Alpine Nelson - Is there a better single IPA out there?

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  1. ScottO

    ScottO Disciple (334) Mar 4, 2012 California
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    Spent what passes for the Southern California winter drinking stouts and barleywines. Craving some hoppy goodness so I popped open a 6 week old bottle of Nelson tonight. Holy sh*t what a great beer. Time to head up to the brewery for some more.
     
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  2. omniscientcause

    omniscientcause Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2010 District of Columbia

    I know that people that swear by it...never had it but my favorites have been Blind Pig/lunch/susan
     
  3. match1112

    match1112 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2011 Illinois

    Alpine Nelson - Is there a better single IPA out there?

    No there is not.
     
  4. starrdogg

    starrdogg Champion (822) Jun 21, 2010 District of Columbia
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    When that beer is good (and I've had some off bottles), it just might be the best single IPA out there. Absolutely incredible.
     
  5. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,565) Oct 19, 2010 California

    No. There isn't.
     
  6. vacax

    vacax Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2008 California
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    Duet.

    Problem?
     
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  7. hophead247

    hophead247 Disciple (370) Jan 27, 2008 California
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    I love Nelson.

    But

    I loveeee Aroma Coma.
     
  8. mjl21

    mjl21 Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2008 California

    Duet and Blind Pig are better.
     
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  9. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Though I don't think I enjoy it more than Nelson, this Lagunitas Sucks I'm sippin on right now is tasting damn good!
     
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  10. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    Nelson is so *@#$U(@# amazing.

    I think RPM IPA and Zombie Dust are quite comparably good.
     
  11. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Initiate (132) Jan 12, 2009 California
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    Nelson gives me wood.... but Duet, Sux and Union Jack hang exceptionally well.
     
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  12. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

    Sucks isn't a single IPA.

    I think Nelson at its best is completely unstoppable. But not every bottle I've had was at its best.
     
  13. CenCalMario

    CenCalMario Initiate (132) Jan 12, 2009 California
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    Your right... I was thinking IPA vs Dbl IPA as "single," instead of "single hop."

    Fk it...Sux is still fing awesome :)
     
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  14. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Disciple (352) May 19, 2011 California
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    Societe's Pupil is excellent enough so I don't need to make the 1.5 hour round trip to pick up Nelson.
     
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  15. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    I have not had anything Alpine (cue somebody sending me some just because I haven't had any ;)). Buuuut... Aroma Coma puts me in a coma. Love that stuff!! Drakes just started to distribute in Portland (hint, hint, Alpine) so I can't wait for some aroma coma to be in my fridge ASAP.
     
  16. VaTechHopHead

    VaTechHopHead Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2008

    I'll cast in another vote for Societe's Pupil over Nelson. It's honestly splitting hairs but if I had to pick just one, Pupil.
     
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  17. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Initiate (177) Aug 9, 2011 California

    People keep mentioning beers that are not single hop.
     
  18. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    Nelson isn't a single-hop IPA.
     
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  19. AptosBeerDrinker

    AptosBeerDrinker Initiate (177) Aug 9, 2011 California

    What else is in it? I interpreted the OP question as "single hop IPA's" but maybe he just meant "IPAs".
     
  20. suspect

    suspect Defender (678) Apr 12, 2010 New York
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    There's a difference between single-hop IPA and Single IPA. I believe the OP is looking for a single IPA (vs. DIPA). Also known as - IPA. And yes, Flower Power fresh is better than Nelson.
     
  21. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    Other NZ hops. By single-IPA the OP meant "IPA" vs double or tripple IPA's.
     
  22. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 California

    You'll have to send me some for a blind tasting. Alpine Brewing is 20mins from me.
     
  23. DCRA

    DCRA Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 California

    If any beer could top Nelson it is Duet, but Nelson edges it slightly. After that is probably Kern JO IPA.
     
  24. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Devotee (470) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    Nelson is pretty much king in my books.
     
  25. dcgunman

    dcgunman Defender (620) Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Alpha Supreme from Beachwood BBQ & Brewery is pretty close! IMO. A very hoppy pale ale full of Nelson hops. Maybe the closest to Alpine's Nelson.
     
  26. ScottO

    ScottO Disciple (334) Mar 4, 2012 California
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    MacNCheese is dead-on. I was trying to distinguish single IPAs from doubles and triples. Gotta try me some Flower Power. Wouldn't think that would be too hard to trade for.
     
  27. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Meyvn (1,445) Jan 13, 2011 California
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    Southern Cross I believe
     
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  28. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Meyvn (1,445) Jan 13, 2011 California
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    This response is suspect o_O
     
  29. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    Nelson is my #1. Close runners-up (in order) include RPM, Pupil, Duet, Alesmith IPA, Blind Pig and good Sculpin.

    Hell, I'd rather drink Nelson than most DIPAs.
     
  30. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    They should come up with a beer called Pure Exponential Nelsonness.
     
  31. jtmartino

    jtmartino Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2010 California
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    Keene Idea.
     
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  32. ScottO

    ScottO Disciple (334) Mar 4, 2012 California
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    Isn't that what Keene was? I like your name better.
     
  33. ScottO

    ScottO Disciple (334) Mar 4, 2012 California
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    Jinx. jtmartino owes me a coke.
     
  34. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    I got me some Keene right when they tapped it at O'Brien's a few weeks back, and I didn't think it tasted anything like Nelson. It was wonderful, but i just didn't see the Nelson likeness.
     
  35. LegalBrew87

    LegalBrew87 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 California

    I think they may have fudged with the recipe a little from the Toronado Anniversary beer to Keene Idea. I had the 25th Anniversary at the pub and it was like Nelson on steroids...unreal. With that being said, Keene Idea is amazing as well.
     
  36. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2008 California

    Agreed. Keene is decidedly different from the Toronado anniversary beer at the release party. Less crazy dank, for one thing. I preferred Nelson to both, though.
     
  37. banger1228

    banger1228 Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2010 California

    Love nelson a very unique IPA I would say.
     
  38. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,113) Mar 18, 2010 California

    There are many other IPAs I would prefer over Nelson.
     
  39. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Duet, Zombie Dust, and Furious are about as good as it gets and it comes to single IPA's
     
  40. OTB

    OTB Disciple (373) Sep 2, 2011 California

    Nelson is without comparisons, plain and simple. Truly a unique beer that has that Alpine " terroir " that you can only get from Alpine's beers. Everything else is battling for second place.

    Cheers....
     
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