Chad9976 (1125) - Albany, New York, 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 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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_angst_ (2556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Pours hazy pale yellowish golden with a rather small frothy white head that leaves lots of trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is fruity with crackers, white grapes, grapefruit juice, pine needles, minerals, freshly cut grass, pineapple juice, mango, lemon balm, gooseberries and lemon zest. Taste is bitter and fruity with whole grain crackers, grapefruit juice, gooseberries, freshly cut grass, pine needles, grape skins, pineapple juice, unripe mango, lychee and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is dry, slightly astringent and medium bodied. Finish is bitter and fruity with whole grain crackers, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, pine needles, freshly cut grass, gooseberries, grape skins and lemon zest. Possibly the perfect Nelson IPA.
larsniclas (5519) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Alex
Hazy yellow with a white head.
Grapes, pine and diesel in the aroma.
Rather light body.
Pine-apple, pine -needles and grapes in the flavour.
Light, fresh and extremely pleasant!
radiomgb (2181) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky orange in colour with a small white head, light lacing. The aroma is very tropical, pineapple, some pine. The flavour is filled with tropical hops, citrus and a bit of pine. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long and hoppy. A very, very good IPA, so hoppy yet has very good balance.
Opened March 5, 2010.
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.
Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a durable white colored head that leaves a temporary coating on the glass.
Aroma: Hops, with hints of pineapple, grapefruit, starfruit and other tropical notes.
Flavor: Fruity, slightly tart, and only moderately bitter at its peak. Moderate complexity. The hop flavor builds over time but nevers becomes harsh or overbearing
Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation.
O: a distinctive IPA. Recommended.
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Hopwater Distribution in San Francisco, California. The pour is hazy golden orange with a smallish off white head. Head falls slowly, with nice lacing. The aroma is big citrus tropical hop upfront, opening up to soft fruit and a general dank resin. Engaging nose. The taste is big and fresh, hop is the focus with tropical fruit, citrus brightness and a general pear peach fruitiness. The dank and resin carry the finish, and are more evident as the beer warmed. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation and the dry resin finish. Tasty IPA.
TXBadger (1214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice orange-golden color with white head. Spice, grass, light fruits, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean.
Prufrockstar (792) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Colin for sharing this at a recent tasting. Hazy yellow tropical pineapple juice color. Mint, alcohol, citrus (lemon-mango). Restrained bitterness, light body, soft carb. Muted flavor all around. Grassy. Surprisingly unremarkable.
Bpasquini (10) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
AROMA: Tropical fruits, spice, pine, bitterness, and a hint of pineapple and sweet malts, absolutely amazing smell to this beer!
APPEARANCE: Pours very yellow with a slight golden hue to it, was quite surprised with the color of this IPA, it looks more like a blonde ale, but it still looks good
TASTE: Blown away in this category! In the beginning you get a wonderful blend of spice and pine, which transitions to an amazing blend of spice and tropical fruits, and then finishes with spice, tropical fruits, pine, pineapple, and some bitterness. Every flavor in this beer is so perfectly balanced and you get so much of every flavor, and this beer tastes truly incredible!
PALATE: Perfect execution here, crisp, light refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you craving it more and more!
OVERALL: This is an incredible beer, easily hits number 2 on my top IPA’s list! You have to try this beer!
Ricoslim (95) - - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had thanks to my boy weezel. Hazy yellow color with a nice head. A nice variety of tropical fruit dominate the aroma and taste. Hops are excellent. Very tasty IPA
Ataraxia (340) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy yellow color, frothy white head. Mildly sweet, peppery aroma of citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange, lemon), coriander, and other spices. A lot less sweetness in the taste than in the nose. Lively carbonation, a little more than light-bodied, and a bitter finish