McIlhenney Brewing

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McIlhenney Brewing
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #127
Ranked #3,215
4.46 | pDev: 6.28%
Feb 26, 2022
May 30, 2021
Notes: None
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4.32 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Feb 26, 2022
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

Let me be clear in saying that Alpine Nelson was my favorite IPA of all-time. Trying to recapture that is an impossible feat. Semi-orange haze capped by a solid, two fingers worth of eggshell white head. Excellent f*cking retention to boot. As far as aromas go, Nelson is present af up front. That white wine character is banging like a prepubescent teen trying to master his Tama kit. Additional nuances of citrus and rye bring the whole thing together. Taste is that perfect white wine Nelson note that transitions wonderfully mid-palate to all those citrus elements from the OG. I miss this taste. There's a hint of bitterness on the back end, but it really falls quite smoothly on the palate as it's enticing you take another sip. Is this the OG? Well, clearly it's not as the hop bill has been changed, albeit slightly. However, it's the closest thing to it, and I'm thankful. I cannot wait to get my hands on another crowler of Alpine Nel... I mean, Muntz. Thank you, Shawn. Amazing beer.

Jan 22, 2022
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

On tap at the brewery in Alpine. First visit since the changeover! Happy to see them back and officially swore off Alpine Beer Co products after reading the story. This was recommended by a regular, and this is the kind of place for regulars. Love the vibe. A rye IPA with Nelson?? C’mon. It’s outstanding.

Sep 19, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Well fuck me if this isn't the second coming of Nelson. Thanks, Chris, Shane.

A hazy yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is pure Nelson, noth the hops and what the beer used to be. Juicy, grape rich Nelson hops with that classic, snappy rye backbone. The palate mirrors this, along with a bitter, dank component, and with the Nectaron adding a juicy, citrusy depth. Clean, bitter, resiny, hoppy, this is fantastic.

Sep 13, 2021
4.21 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Sep 12, 2021
4.27 by Beerbom from California on Aug 30, 2021
4.34 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Aug 20, 2021
4.64 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jul 24, 2021
4.28 by Keananmichael5 from California on Jun 27, 2021
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by bugume

Amazing ,hazy ipa. Smooth, silky and balanced. I had to order 3 of these bad boys yesterday as I couldn’t stop myself. Just as great as the original Nelson ipa. These guys make beer that is silky and the hops are smooth with lits of flavor without making the beers so filling and bloating. I am so glad that Pat and Sean are brewing again

Jun 20, 2021
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

On tap at Mchilhenney Brewing in Alpine, CA.

It’s tough, man. It’s real tough. Think of the first chick that took you for a spin - and boy did you spin! It’s just impossible to feel that same thing 10 years later (even if it was from the same girl). Things changed, and well, things just change. But this is still a good beer - not amazing like I wanted, but it does the trick.

May 31, 2021
Muntz from McIlhenney Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 11 ratings