Chad9976 (1583) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 thatís not quite as robust as youíd 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 Iíd 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 wasnít 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 youíd want to session, although one or two servings will hit the spot for sure.
Overall, one of the most interesting IPAs Iíve had, but far from the best.
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drpimento (2865) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, this stuff tastes so good. Aroma is just right malt with true Nelson tart, fruity, but also a little resin. With these malts, super easy drinking. Slight chewy body. I want more!
kevd193213 (950) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light orange/deep yellow slightly cloudy pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of passion fruit, piney hops, soap, and light malt. Thin to medium body, very drinkable which can be somewhat dangerous given the ABV. Nice snappy finish.
jgb9348 (5436) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich light copper coloured body with a thinnish tan head, about a centimetre tall. Aroma of pure new world hops with some passionfruit, orange zest, citrus, perfume and a bunch of light malt noticeable as well - fairly balanced. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive hops up front but not terribly bitter, but still packing the tropical fruit flavour, with some noticeable malt and earth showing as well near the end. Aftertaste shows some bitterness from the hops, but also a lot of perfume and some grass as well. Overall, a pretty well-balanced IPA, but nothing exceptional or really worth searching out - this was fine, but I was expecting a better West Coast IPA from this brewery. I sampled this 65 cL Green Flash-styled tall bottle purchased from Costco in Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia on 17-January-2016 for US$7,69 sampled at home in Washington after just returning from Europe a few minutes earlier on 27-March-2016. Best By Date on Bottle: 21-March-2016
evergreen0199 (2802) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle hauled back from California by Colin, many thanks to him for that. A hazy golden/orange coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, dank, citrus, grapefruit on the nose. Taste is much the same hoppy, dank, slightly malty, citrus, grapefruit and a little rye. Quite bitter but in a good way. A quality IPA from California.
edwardbass (754) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy yellow color with a really cream medium white head. Taste is resinous with citrus, though more resin on the aftertaste. Malt balance is perfect. Carbonation has some of the finest bubbles, and LOTS of them, that Iíve encountered, especially in an IPA. Dry, and super-easy drinking.
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy yellow with minimal head. Aroma is where it shines: resinous with citrus and berry notes. Taste is same, but lighter, and dry with clean bitterness into the finish.
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cafgen (192) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Light Amber color. Aroma is hops, citrus and some fruits. Taste is a nice combination of citrus, pine, hops and fruits. A good beer.
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bookman10 (844) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy, white-yellow (like a wit), with minimal head. Aroma is full of a very strong grapefruit, with other florals and some grassiness. Flavor is big and bold--citrus/grapefruit, with loads of hop bite in the finish. Very bitter beer with a pretty dry finish. Top-notch.
MetalNHopHead (1163) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A single-hop IPA featuring Nelson Sauvin brewed with rye in the West Coast style? Yes to all of that, please. A golden orange pour with a snowy, rocky head. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, peach cream, lemongrass, and bread aromas. Flavors are complex yet beautifully cohesive. Lemon balm, spicy rye, tangerine, vinous grape, and tropical juice. Mouthfeel is thick, semi-dry, crisp, sticky, balanced. Just beautiful.
thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy gold into a shaker. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to coat surface. Tropical fruit and onion aromas. Soft with sweet and sour caramel upfront turning to earthly pumpernickel in the lasting finish.