Nelson, Baby!
Alvarado Street Brewery

Nelson, Baby!Nelson, Baby!
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New England IPA
Ranked #463
4.52 | pDev: 5.09%
Alvarado Street Brewery
California, United States
Nelson, Baby!Nelson, Baby!
Notes: Juicy IPA with 100% insanely aromatic Nelson Sauvin hops from Freestyle Farms in New Zealand. We've been waiting our entire career at ASB to make a beer with this much Nelson; to us, few hops have this much tropical fruit expression. If you're into sauvignon blanc wines from the Marlborough region in New Zealand, it's uncanny how similar the hop aroma profile echoes the famous "crushed gooseberry" character these wines are famous for.

Malt: American 2-Row, Raw Oats, Malted Oats, Chit
Hops: Nelson Sauvin
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 16
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nelson is one of the best hops out there, at least one of my personal favorites and one of the most distinctive, and it always does so well in a single hop context. this is a huge dose of it, on the edge of extreme, and i really dig it. putting nelson in the hands of a brewery as capable as these guys is my dream, and they did not disappoint here. the beer is really milky and dull and dense looking, but if all that grain and sediment is a necessarily catalyst for these hops than so be it. its cool that the hops are as bold in the taste as they are in the nose, familiar huge white wine notes, but also with lemongrass, coconut flesh, meyer lemon, lemongrass, tangerine, kiwi, and green grape character, even subtle peach juice to it, both in aroma and taste, dynamite! its so juicy its almost dripping, and there is just a little dry wheat character in there too supporting and grounding it. its fresh as can be, intense like it rarely is, and really just a wonderful showcase of nelson hops, about as good as this single hop thing really gets as far as i am concerned. the finish is great, the hops just linger and slow fade, their absolute essence. if you have been living under a rock for the last few years and are still not hip to what nelson tastes like, do yourself a favor an source some of this!

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Photo of lucius10
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet tropical, slightly yeasty hoppy nose on this one! Great nose...taste follows with well-balanced Nelson hoppy-dank bitter notes. There is a hint of grapefruit-citrus bitterness that lingers on the tongue a little bit. This has such fantastic depth and mouthfeel that it feels like a DIPA. So soft and delicate on the palate for a single!

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 10/22/18.
L: Pours completely murky in appearance. Color is vibrant yellow. About a finger of a bubbly white cap with heaps of lacing. Look-wise, this beer is picture perfect for how I like NEIPAs.
S: The nelson hops are the stars of the show. Citrus and yeast is also present on the nose. The more I smell it, I get some apricot-like aromas as well. It isn't often I have Nelson brews, but this is making me want more from the smell alone.
T: Orange and grapefruit are dominant up front, then comes a cascade of apricot, peach, lemon. Yeast flavor is present throughout but in an enjoyable way. The finish is dank with lingering fruit sweetness and mild hop presence. Very juice-forward.
F: Soft, pillowy and perfectly carbonated. A very nice feeling NEIPA.
O: Man, Alvarado is 2 for 2 this evening. This is a damn good beer, and one I would pick up again without hesitation. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 10/22/18, consumed 10/29/18

Poured hazy cloudy dirty straw color with a really nice head that left lots of bands of lacing.

The aroma - is perfect. Bright, full-on Nelson notes of tropical fruits, white wine grapes, and citrus peel.

The taste is slightly less bright and defined as the aroma, still absolutely delicious and probably the best tasting Nelson beer I've had.

Feel is creamy and smooth with low bitterness.

This beer makes me love and want Nelson more. This is a stellar beer.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10/22/18 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours murky dirty white orange with 2+ fingers of frothy sticky medium density white head with good retention that left mixed ringed and spotted lacing.

S: Lots of Nelson goodness here, citrus and white grape, great nose!

T: Not quite as enjoyable as the nose, but still quite nice. Plenty of juicy citrus, white grape undertones. Finishes with limited bitterness, medium acidity and slight astringency, acidity lingers on the palate a bit.

F: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, full on the tongue with tingling from the acidity, slick on the swallow.

O: One of the best Nelson single-hopped recipes I've tried. Wish I'd bought more than 1 4pk. Great beer for my palate and preferences.

Updated original Smell from 4.75 to 5 and Taste from 4.25 to 4.5 after a can with a week of age. One of the definite tier 1 Nelson-hopped beers for my palate and preferences

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Nelson, Baby! from Alvarado Street Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 16 ratings