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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 266   ABV: 8.88%
Toronado Pub in San Francisco is celebrating their 25th Anniversary this weekend and we brewed a special beer just for the blessed event. The pub with the notoriously rude bartenders set the bar for craft forward beer bars for two and a half decades, and they like us. So, to show we love them too, we brewed what could be considered “Double Nelson” and it’s called “Toronado 25th Anniversary Ale.” The beer came in at 8.88% abv and is clear, clean and shockingly floral. The Nelson Sauvin hops shine and the alcohol is so unnoticeable that it too could be considered dangerously delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4564) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
(En fût à la brasserie): Un liquide opaque aux aromatiques volcaniques qui ne laissent aucun répit. En bouche c’est au même niveau avec un corps délicieusement mâchable et une forte infusion d’agrumes et de fruits tropicaux. L’aspect juteux dépasse largement la présence résineuse et avec une amertume aussi brève et moelleuse, on a à faire à une buvabilité d’un autre monde.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
On tap at Alpine, Poured a hazy golden / orange color with a small sized head. Pine, citrus, and tropical fruits with lighter malts in the tastes ... IIPA that leans towards the hops!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4467) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours opaque orange gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like creamy caramel, grapefruit, orange, strong citrus and light floral hops, some nutty malt. medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like grapefruit, caramel, nutty malt, and hop resin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4916) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Tap at brewery. Pours slightly hazy gold with fizzy white head. Aroma is dank, pine, citrus, orange peel, cereal malts, and faint spice. Flavor is a burst of super delicious hops with floral, citrus, and dank notes along with light toast. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Type: Draft Glass: Pint glass From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. Price: $6.00 Purchased: Oct. 12, 2014 Consumed: Oct. 12, 2014 Misc.: N/A Poured a honey, caramel, hazy color with one finger of off white head when I got it. Good foamy spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. NOTE: Mine was a bit flat and I used the guy’s glass next to me. I went with somewhere in between the ratings. (Sight - 3.88) Smelled sharp grapefruit juice, Citra hops, floral hops, orange, tangerine rind, nectarine, caramel, honey and light spicy Simcoe hope. (Smell - 4.75) Taste was similar to the nose. Got sharp grapefruit juice, Citra hops, floral hops, tangerine, nectarine, caramel, tangerine rind, more bitter than the nose, very smooth and sweet sugary notes. (Taste - 4.63) Medium-to-long body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, sharp, fruity finish. About as close to perfect as can bee. (Feel - 4.88) Maybe as good as advertised, tough to tell. Wow, best Alpine - beer I’ve ever had? (Overall - 4.63) 4.64 100 A+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrTipple (3177) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Aroma: resin, spruce, pine. Appearance: hazy orange, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy, overripe fruit, getting very dry in the average finish. Overall: incredible IPA, amazing aroma and palate, nice resin flavours. Pint at Alpine Brewing, Alpine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Tap at FWIBF 2014. Pours a golden orange with slight white head. Aroma is sweet peach and pear with a nice slightly dank presence. Taste is a much sweeter Nelson with a more pronounced body. Stone fruit still comes out and the rye is there for a peppery finish. Nice but I think I still prefer Nelson.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (2010) - Florida, USA - APR 6, 2014
This is pretty much the same beer as Nelson, just more intense, stronger hop drive but also has a slightly noticeable malt presence whereas the regular Nelson doesn’t. Great stonefruit/citrus though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Growler shared at Dak’s tasting. Pours a mostly clear gold with a small white head that leaves spots in the glass. Aroma of herbal, citrusy, and oily hops - and a lot of them - and only a smaller pale malt backbone. The flavor is the same, but very clean. I wouldn’t exactly call it ’balanced’ but it’s got a really nice hop character. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, oily, citrusy mouthfeel. They make a damn good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2775) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Growler shared by Ryan - thanks!! Hoppy malty and a bit sweet in finish. Really nice!!

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