thome50 (1228) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Bacterial (2164) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by Ryan - thanks!! Hoppy malty and a bit sweet in finish. Really nice!!
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with some fizzy head. Fruity aroma and taste. Lacks nelsons crisp finish. Thick.
BVery (7884) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by Steasy - thanks! Clear golden orange pour with a white head. Huge tropical fruit and citrus. Slightly dank. A bit syrupy yet clean. Great beer!
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
64oz growler, big thanks to hamilton23, enjoyed with dcschiller, pours with a clear deep gold body that has copper hues and supports a white head of foam. The aroma is just plain ol’ yum! I get thick malt sweetened tangelo and tangerine mixed with full up onion spicy dank hoppiness. Yes! The taste is rich and smooth and deep and refreshing but not soft or sweet but rather assertive. It delivers malt sweetened tangerine and clementine citrus hop flavor with a pleasing edge of hop bitterness. It then picks up firm levels of dank spicy onion goodness. Wow! Love it.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by Ibrew2or3. Pours clear golden with eggshell head. Aroma is onion, mango, orange. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Top notch beer.
Bartzilla (565) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a glass of this at Toronado in San Diego. It was called Keene Idea, but I’m led to believe it’s this beer. Superb. Much like OG Nelson, this was a citrus blast. Like concentrated Donald Duck Orange Juice. So fruity and little alcohol notes. Really delicious. I want more Alpine beer in my life. Build a fortress. Take over the old Alpine Inn. MAKE MORE DELICIOUS BEERS!
bytemesis (4468) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to GT2, shared with friends. Pours crystal clear orange with a medium orange-white head that dissipates fairly quickly with nice lacing. Aroma is quite lovely (but then I like Nelson), dank, fruity, tropical with mango, melon, passionfruit. Flavor follows, fruity, tropical, a fair amount of sweetness and light bitterness. Not harsh at all. Very very easy to drink. ABV is extremely, almost dangerously, well masked. Medium body, oily mouthfeel.