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RATINGS: 626   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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

Chad9976's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1471) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tsd08460 (318) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Aroma: grass, floral, citrus, spruce, Appearance: hazy gold, white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Most excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2657) - New York, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Bomber. Slight cloudy gold with nice white head. Grapefruit and mango and such. Dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbastard (808) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2015
22oz Bottle. Best by March 2016. Hazy pale straw yellow. Nice ring around the glass. Big dank and oily hops of pine and citrus. Loads of flavors, like a pink grapefruit a mix of bitter and mildly sweet taste. Has some burn in the finish. Its flavors and balance is what makes this so great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Padron4KM (703) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2015
22 oz bottle, best before march 2016.
Hazy orange, with a tight white head and sticky lace.
Aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit.
Flavor is sweet grapefruit, citrus pith, pineapple, peppery rye.
Long dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (3788) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Draft at Tap And Handle. Opaque pale orange appearance with a white head and light lacing. Aroma of citrus, gooseberry, hop resin, light pine and light peppery rye spice. Similar flavor, fresh and dank. A nice IPA overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (2956) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2015
Tap at Wiz. Yummy. But exactly as expected. Initial tropical fruit burst, mango, pineapple, then nice bitterness. Pretty damn tasty. Recent Nelson beers I’ve had have been a bit disappointing, but this reminds me why I like it. Very easy drinking in spite of the %. Perfect balance between hoppy bitterness and sweet fruitiness. Like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jc1762 (314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 13, 2015
Small shaker showing bright yellow. The nose shows a lot of clean tropical fruit. The palate is medium bodied and well carbonated. A lot of clean pine resin forwardness on the palate and once more on the finish. Barely any perceivable bitterness imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (3979) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Cloudy yellow. Big white head. Citrus aroma you can smell a few feet away. Very delicious and bitter. I like this one very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pras (540) - Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Tap at Downtown Crown Wine and Beer. This is probably the first time this beer was poured in Montgomery County Maryland. I hope the trend continues. Beer poured a hazy yellow, with aromas of dank piney and citrusy hops. Palate was dry and full bodied. Flavor followed through from the aroma. Totally in balance, totally amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4174) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Sauvin cask version. Pours hazy apricot with a nice eggshell head. Aroma has strong note of dusty hops with fruity and malt hints. Hoppy flavor is quite evergreen and bitter, while malty and citrus tones provide support. Mouthfeel has firm body and good fizz, leaving a nice hoppy finish. Don’t go for a half Nelson, get a full one!

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