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RATINGS: 608   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7%ABV


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1421) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2011 We tend to associate West Coast IPAs with citrus aromas and flavors with intense bitterness, but not all beers from the left coast follow this mold exactly (thankfully). Alpine Nelson IPA is one that deviates from the style quite well as the flavors here are more in line with tropical fruit and the palate is more refreshing than it is bitter. The result is an IPA that’s not quite as robust as you’d associate with the style, but the flavor is unique enough to appreciate and enjoy.

I poured a 22oz bomber into a tumbler.

Appearance: Hazy, mostly translucent dull orange. Small, off-white, soapy head. Retains well and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Smells like a fruit juice with aromas of white grape and passion fruit. There is a touch of grapefruit and flowers as well giving the beer a light, non-intimidating aroma.

Taste: Alpine Nelson IPA starts out with a typical west coast IPA palate across the front and middle, but takes a huge turn with a fruit juice taste in the end. In fact, it reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum! Flavors of fresh white grapes appear at first, but then turn slightly sour by the end. This beer is not quite as bitter as I’d prefer in a west coast IPA, although the fruity flavor is tasty and unique, although a little mild. I tried to pair this with jambalaya but it wasn’t bitter enough to handle the spice.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is a little thin, but noticeable soft. Perfectly medium-bodied. It goes down very smoothly and is quite quaffable for an IPA. The hops linger momentarily and there is a slightly drying effect of the mouth, but easily tolerable. The 7% ABV seems about right, if not a little high. Not the kind of beer you’d want to session, although one or two servings will hit the spot for sure.

Overall, one of the most interesting IPAs I’ve had, but far from the best.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6BRcYKUZcc


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (414) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Clear yellow gold, white head. Melon, pine, light hay. Quite bitter, light sweetness. Medium body, longer bitter finish, quite clean. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westchesterco (1392) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
On draft at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria The color is a clear gold with a white head. The aroma is citrus and the taste Is a bitter grapefruit with some hints of orange and finishes Bitter

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (4493) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
On draft at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Fruity citrus nose. Flavors of orange, tropical fruits and grapefruit zest. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2015
32oz growler from Dominion Wine & Beer, then draft goblets at Spacebar. Hazy orange-gold with small white head. Aroma and taste are full of fresh juicy floral, citrus, and pine hops. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness, awesome flavor. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (3367) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2015
9 oz pour on draft at Spacebar into a goblet. Thanks DCLawyer for the heads up! Aromas of citrus, floral, light pine. Tastes of grapefruit citrus, floral, pine, hop oils. Medium body with a dry finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenkiGonzo (619) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2015
Draught at GBF Shibuya. Almost clear pale gold with a small tight head. Aroma is a huge hit of fresh hops with some lemon. Incredibly fresh and light. Loads of hop flavour without breaking your palate. What a beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1075) - USA - JUL 26, 2015
Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is mild, floral hops. Flavor is crisp, fruity hops with a clean finish. Very drinkable while remaining flavorful. Hops are present but slightly understated. Perfect summer IPA. Wife: 4.25

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle. This is a killer IPA with such incredible hop depth - not tounge blistering - just balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Growler from Stout Brothers. Murky golden pour with a frothy white head, good lace on the glass. Aroma was citrus, white grapes, lemon, earthy. Flavors came thru with lots of white wine, citrus, earthy, spicy hops. Lingering white wine, grape finish with more bitterness than Duet. Earthy rye malt presence among the wonderful hop flavors. Impressive stuff. Fun and interesting hop.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 17, 2015
On tap at Lost Dog Cafe in Merrifield, VA. Clear, dark yellow with a fine, off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, grapefruit, grass, green onion, biscuits and lemon. Taste of guava, citrus, chardonnay, grass, green onions, pineapple and biscuits. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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