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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 (1163) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Obtained by trade. Pours a clear golden, light copper color with minimal head. Aroma of floral hops, spruce and some grass. Flavor of strong floral hops, spruce, grass, biscuity malts, exotic fruitiness, caramel and some herbal notes. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and good carbonation. Finishes very bitter, floral, herbal and light sweet. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5419) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
65cl, as Alpine Beer Company Nelson, American brew, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex bitter brew, fruity/bitter and slightly woody/floral, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1170) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2014
A - pours clear bright yellow with 1 finger white head. S - centennial hops dominate. Tea bitters. Soapy piney lemon zesty hops. Nice. Smells balanced. M - bitter and bright. High carb. Nice rich ipa body. Full palate. T - hops and a half. Centennial (sun tea) lemon zest and piney hops with slight soap and grasses. End is bitter and hoppy. Nice caramel malts in the middle. slight vegetal notes. O - nice ipa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle shared at El Bait Shop, thank you guys! Pour is cloudy yellow yellow with a thin white. Aroma is so clean with loads of grapefruit and passion fruit. Awesome. Flavor is also loaded with grapefruit and pineapple. So pure and so clean. An amazing IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3132) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Draft, City Beer, San Fran. Aroma is just great. Grassy, white grape and some citrus punch. Flavor is just like it smells and damn bold! Mouth feel is spicy and grassy, light grape notes in the thourghout. Great effervescent, spicy, zing in the mouthfeel. Damn I would drink this again. Nicely crafted

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (765) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Pours a golden color with a white head. Citrus, floral, pine, hop and malt aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a citrus hop and floral finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinsenn (1062) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. Incredible juicy citrus aroma. Cloudy amber. Incredible citrus and grape taste, sweet and bitter. Nice balance, leaning towards bitter. Long grapefruit finish. Full sweet body. Wonderful IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1765) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Draught at City Beer SF. Hazy yellow color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, floral hops, mango, pine and a hint of resin. Bitter finish with grapefruit, hops, pine and a bit of mango. Excellent IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2144) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle from the great Ontape ! Pours a slightly hazy warm golden color with a finger of white foam. Nose is pungent from the moment I poured it into a glass. Juicy grapefruit, earthy peach fuzz, fuji apple, orange pith and soe dank pine. Palate follows beautifully... bright hop juice, layers of sweet citrus fruit on the front and some added rye character plays nicely mid to late palate as the dank earth bitterness rolls in and dries out the finish. Yum !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
On tap at Enzo’s BBQ in Oceanside, CA. Pours opaque golden orange with a frothy pure white head. Aroma is tangerine, sweet pineapple, grapefruit, dank hops, bready malt. Taste is more citrus than anything... mostly tangerine and grapefruit with some lemon zest and pine. Extremely balanced but no discernable malt characteristic... not really picking up any rye aromas or flavors. Very smooth and crisp... drinkable. Leaves good to heavy lacing

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