Chad9976 (1250) - 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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ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
December 27, 2014 - bottle shared by Brett. Cloudy dark golden pour with some head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus/fruit, some pine and malt. Taste was consistent with aroma and nicely balanced. Finish was clean and this was easy to drink. Very well done.
manuelMTL (164) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap at Toronado, San Francisco. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. The nose is dank hops with lots of grapefruit and citrus aromas and some breadiness. In the mouth its grassy hops with lots of fresh breadiness, grapefruit flavors and a long pine bitterness. Great IPA with lots of dank hops.
thomashall (164) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared at tasting. Pours clear golden with minimal head. Strong citrus smell with slight hops. Bitter hop taste with nice citrus balance. Good stuff.
drsandman (410) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Toronado. Pours a cloudy vibrant neon yellow orange, white head. Aroma is super dank floraly hop resin, cat piss, grapefruit, guava, pine sap. Flavor is gooey resiny pine hop, floral hop, tropical fruits. This is a good-un, my first Alpine, Impressive beer.
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last taste poured from a bomber on the bus at the BeerCraft 2nd Anniversary Party in August (based on notes): diesel, onion, blueberry. Cloudy, dried out, clean.
snoworsummer (2503) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy dull yellow gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like resin, grapefruit, lemon, and musky dry pine hops. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like grapefruit hops, musky orange, green pine, and a hint of caramel.
TylerGreenDC (392) - - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft. Aroma of orange juice and cat pee. Flavors are of juice: first blood orange, then grapefruit. Finishes with more sweet orange. Not much malt presence beyond a hint of bread-and-Nutella. Juicy and more juicy.
jdb288 (581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle. Pours opaque orange with white frothy head. Aroma is lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine sap. Taste is citrusy, bubbly, crisp, and excellent. The distinctive cat **%* essence from Nelson Sauvin is present and is great. Love the balance here. Remarkable.
Clownoisseur (268) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright honey color, small white head, that leaves loads of lacing across the top of the glass. Aromas are intense!! Wow. Loads of peaches, mango, pine, cat piss, orange peel, musty grapes and a tender cereal note. Taste mimics the nose with the wave of tropical fruit hitting you first. A nice moderate bitter note, along with some citrus peels give this some bite, before a clean finish, coupled with the soft mouth on this makes it go down far too easy. Excellent IPA.
Koelschtrinker (11070) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ziemlich hopfiger, hell getreidiger Antrunk. Intensiv würzig, der Hopfen bleibt süßlich und vollmundig. Die Getreidigkeit bleibt auf Hopfen Niveau, weich, nicht sonderlich süffig. Sehr intensiv, gut. 11/12/11/12/8/12