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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 266   ABV: 8.88%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (12241) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Dark orange color with a white head. Enormous citrus aroma. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and tangerine. Tropical fruits galore! Flavor is slightly sweet with tons of fruit. Peach, pineapple, melon, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine, just to name a few. Pine bitterness with some floral hops and very minimal malt flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10037) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Sparkling orange/gold color with a white head. Wow the aroma is a tropical fruit bomb! Tons of mango, some citrus, and a hint of malt in the back. Flavor is incredible! Loads of and loads of lychee, mango, bitter citrus hops, and a good malt dose to just balance this one amazingly well!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2012 8 oz flip-top growler... Clear golden ale with orange highlights and a small, flimsy, white head. The aroma is a medley of tropical fruits, melons, citrus fruits and musky hops with suggestions of orange blossom honey, pine, biscuit malt and rye. Medium to full-bodied and fatty with soft carbonation. The flavor is loaded with tropical fruits, melons and rye malt. Amazingly well-balanced. The relatively high abv is nearly undetectable; it’s only an afterthought. Finishes mildly bitter, sticky and grassy. Growler courtesy of richiesd!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9461) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
> Rather ordinary tropical DIPA rocketed to fame by Alpine cultists

[ Tap ][ Alpine ][ 16oz x2 ][ American Pint ][ $8? ][ 2/28/14 ]
>> Super fresh tap, first to order at the bar, brand new keg. Pours a chill haze orange golden with medium rocky head with decent formation, quick retention, and scant but webby lacing. Nose is rich jackfruit, soft mango, fairly tropical but not the most assertive. Taste is bone dry, making it a tad papery on the palate with the hop content. Still, the flavor is pithy, squashy, fresh melon. Pretty ordinary. Higher boost. Nice butterscotch nose as it warms. Overall, another circle jerk style Alpine cult beer.

<!> good, just not superlative

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8995) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sample at the brewpub (as Keene Idea). This beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a medium thick off-white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, tropical fruit and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of grassy hops, pine and sweet malt, along with some fruit in the background. The finish is moderately bitter with a lingering piney hops aftertaste. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (8136) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
On tap at Apex, pours a clear golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out loads of piney hops, some floral notes, and crispy biscuity malt - sublime on the nose. Flavour is just as awesome, with loads of divine piney hops, resinous hops, and super crisp biscuity malt. Wow, is this fantastic. The hops are so pungent, yet with no astringency. Amazing IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7891) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Growler. Pours with a lightly hazed golden hued body with a lasting white head. Aromas are insanely pungently hoppy! White grapes, tropical fruit, grassy. No malt. Huge dry hop character. Smells like a hop bag. Flavors are huge and clearly Nelson in character. Tropical fruit, passionfruit, grassy, dank, low malt. Again, like a bag of hops. Pungent. Medium bitterness, tons of flavor. Medium carbonation, slightly fuller body than one would imagine. Dry finish. One of the best DIPAs that I’ve had in a while!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (7387) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
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.

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