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Alpine Beer Company Keene Idea
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 4.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (5914) - Kyoto, - AUG 15, 2012
Draught at toronado. Wonderful nose of rye, grass, chocolate, and bit N.S. hops. Orange amber with a low head. Big Nelson flavor, grass, white grapes, a bit of cat piss, plus chocolate and biscuits, spicy and grainy rye. A full and flavorful beer. Truly wonderful.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HonusWagner (1233) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5889) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Growler shared by Ryan - thanks!! Hoppy malty and a bit sweet in finish. Really nice!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (807) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Dark amber with some fizzy head. Fruity aroma and taste. Lacks nelsons crisp finish. Thick.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (5620) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Growler shared by Ibrew2or3. Pours clear golden with eggshell head. Aroma is onion, mango, orange. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Top notch beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bartzilla (530) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2014
From growler. Thank you Bytemesis for sharing. Classic Nelson dank, pine, tropical fruit nuances, with balanced sweet malt undertone. Simply perfect. Similar flavors of dank, pine and tropical fruit, with a balanced malt backbone. Great balanced mouthfeel. Great balanced weight. Alcohol is very well hidden. Simply very well made and very well balanced. A absolute pleasure to drink. I had to contain myself from drinking the entire growler. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...


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