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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1334) - 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (461) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 20, 2015
22 oz bottle. Tasted on 4/20/15. Bottle courtesy of Gary G. Aroma was slightly dank & hoppy. Taste is smooth with a great body & carbonation. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
Pale orange with a decent pale head. Aroma is apricot, honey, melon, hints of oak and white wine. Full bodied, fruity on the palate with a good balance and slightly dry, boozy finish. Taste is apricots, green peppercorns, dried apricots, hint of melon, white wine and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1981) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2015
Thanks ericteusink for hooking this one up. Only my second Alpine beer. High bitterness of grapefruit, orange, hint of tropical, solid malt base, bits of pine as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (5154) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2015
Hazy golden with a thin sticky white cap. Lovely nose full of Nelson Sauvign hoppy tropical juicy tones with a kiss of the and loads of mango and melon. Loads of melon and mango and papaya and a bit of juicy piney bitterness. There’s a bit of resin toward the back but overall very tropical and sweet and just the right bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (910) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
Draft at Hopcat GR - pours a glowing orange color . Huge grapefruit nose . Beginning of taste is lots a juicy grapefruit , then a nice mild rye spice note shows through followed by bitter citrus pith . An Outstanding IPA . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1191) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Draught at neighborhood. Clear straw yellow. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus. Taste is bitter sweetness. Palate is super sticky, and massive dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3167) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2015
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a hazy golden topped with a sand head. Nose is mango along with mix of other tropical fruit citrus and a rich malt. Taste is more of the mango citrus tropical fruit tons of Nelson and a nice malt balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1005) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
On tap, poured a lightly hazy yellow hue w/ medium lasting white head. Moderate to bold floral hop aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are lime, grassy hop, grapefruit pith, and straw. Medium bodied, lively carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (447) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle - pours golden yellow. Nice citrusy notes in the nose. Good bitterness w/ a subtle maltiness. Lemons, oranges, and tangerines in the tastes. Well balanced and damn good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jacobrm (16) - - MAR 20, 2015
So much Nelson!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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