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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1353) - 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.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6BRcYKUZcc


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (804) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
How have I not rated this beer yet. Had multiple times on draft and bottles. Orangish gold pour with white head. Cat pissy nose of Nelson Sauvin hops with a trace of citrus. Taste follows the nose with not much malt on the back end. One of the best out there for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1579) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Pours a finger of head on a light straw body. The aroma is lots of grapefruit. The taste is moderate grapefruit bitterness, pine and more grapefruit. The texture is crisp with soft edges. It’s good and bold.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (1770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2015
This is an amazing iPad. I absolutely love the Nelson Sauvignon hoppy. Citrusy and super hoppy. Easy t drink and smells hoppy. Easy light finish. Had at sheffields ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5060) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear golden/yellow color ale with a large foamy head with excellent retention and some really good lacing. Aroma of floral hops of mango, Sauvignon and papaya is just ab out perfect. Taste is also dominated by loads of fresh floral hoppy notes of mango, papaya and Sauvignon. Light residual sugar notes can also be detected and bitterness is very minimal. Body is about average with good carbonation. Can’s say I really tasted the rye malt so much but the hops flavours are just about perfect.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jro (7) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2015 does not count
Perfectly executed golden rye ipa that showcases how tasty Nelson Sauvin can be. The rye really is the kicker that balances out the sweetness of the hop and malt profile. Top 5 beer for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
salvaticas (521) - - MAY 2, 2015
On tap at Gold Cash Gold in Detroit. What a surprise. Very smooth, lightly hoppy but great balance. Excellent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1410) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2015
Nice and the perfumeis unique. The body is not that of the duet so less malt. Cleaner but not as robust. Funky in a good way

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (489) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1589) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2006) - 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.


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