oobawa (1867) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2017 ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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Delicious IPA, full of weird Nelson Sauvin vinous fruitiness and a spicy, herbal rye backbone. A dry white grape front houses hints of citrus and a grass undertone, while the rye malt as a distinct grainy heaviness to the finish, balancing out with a bready, chardonnay-tinged fade. White wine and rye on the nose. Pours a beautiful gold with an ample white head and tons of lace. Sparkly, oily texture is perfect. Lovely beer. CraftBeerNick (2982) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2017
Tap at Neighbourhood, San Diego, 22nd November 17. Pours straw coloured with a light haze. Aroma is orange, sweets, tropical fruit. Taste is orange sherbert, light floral, some perfect bitterness, so easy drinking. Awsome IPA bergstaden (3332) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2017
Pale golden with a white head - Hop aroma with herbal notes - Malt body to support a good hop profile that is herbal in flavour - The erhbal hop flavour goes into the finish with bitterness - This was good obxdude10 (2392) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Given the other scores, I’m obviously in the minority when it comes to this one. I did not find this IPA very appealing. There were some very sharp, undesirable flavors up front. Something just didn’t agree with me with this beer. It poured a dark yellow color with a decent white head. I did taste some grapefruit, lemon, biscuit and grass, but the flavors just didn’t come together for me. stevoj (5881) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2017
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Bright golden pour, milky, fluffy head fades fast. Fruity, flowery aroma, mild dank notes. More funk and fruit in the taste, drying bitterness. Sweet and bitter.
hman43 (1898) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2017
It pours golden with a white head that has moderate head retention. It is fairly clear. There are aromas of rye, tropical fruit, and pineapple. There hops work very well with the rye to give it a unique rye and tropical flavor. In addition the flavors are highlighted by some citrus and grapefruit. It has a moderate body with a moderately high bitterness. The bitterness is high enough to provide a good bite, without being overpowering. Overall, this is an excellent ipa highlighted by the rye and tropical flavors with just enough bitterness for a good punch. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2017
On draft. I’ve heard that Nelson is a "divisive" hop, but this might be the first time I’ve really noticed it. From the description, I was expecting tropical, grassy, and white wine notes, but I was blown away by how earthy, woody, and spicy it was. The rye malt definitely accentuated the peppery/woody notes from the Nelson. This is interesting and very unique, and I’d definitely drink another pint of it, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. ttoadee (1665) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2017
Draft at the Draft Shack. Golden pour, thin white head. Nose is grapefruit and tangerine. Bitter. Middle is soft malt, smooth rye, pithy citrus. Finish starts sweet orange, but finishes bitter hop. commonmac (1370) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2017
On tap at Republic Seven Corners with commonshawn. Tulip style glass. Much brighter than what is expected from a rye IPA. Cloudiness reminiscent of New England type efforts. Nice white head about a quarter finger in size. Nose is bright and citrus. Taste leans away from the New England juicy style to bring a citrus forward and bitter IPA to the table. The rye asserts itself towards the end with a little bit of a spice characteristic. Lingering citrus rind bitterness but with an underlying knowing sweetness to help prevent ruining the drinking experience. A vibrant effort that only improves as it warms. Other rye IPAs tremble at the thought of going against Alpine’s full Nelson. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
Hazy and quite pale. Fairly thick head. Has a mellow tart nose, with a berryish hop aroma. On the palate, sort of a harsh bitterness, woody and herbal...ok not the best balanced IPA. There’s a touch of malt sweetness but not enough to give me the balance I need.