RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7%ABV

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
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 thats not quite as robust as youd 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 Id 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 wasnt 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 youd want to session, although one or two servings will hit the spot for sure.

Overall, one of the most interesting IPAs Ive had, but far from the best.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - NOV 5, 2016
On tap at the San Diego Brewers guild festival. Very strong Nelson sauvin aroma, grapes. Taste is dry and hoppy, citrusy. Dry hopiness mouthfeel, some hop spiceness in the end. Amazing beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strife21 (338) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2016
​ Pours hazy golden yellow with thick stickey white head. Smell is tropical Fruit, citrus and hops. Taste is juicy citrus, hint of lime, pine and hops. Light body medium carb. Different but excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (4564) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2016
Tap @ Villains Chicago. Dark hazy yellow amber brown, good head. Bitter citrus hop aroma. Dry mango grapefruit lime flavour. Very bitter aftertaste. Good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2994) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Another waylaid review. Grapefruit and tropicals, pine. And Ive come to the conclusion that rye is a great addition to just about anything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (2274) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2016
On tap at Beer Run. Aromas of bubble gum, piney, floral, subtle tropical fruit. Hazy yellow with a fairly lasting white head. Dry, tropical, grassy, somewhat spicy. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (969) - Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2016
Draft at Green Flash Brewing Company, 7/2/2016. hazy pale straw with a white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, and grapefruit. Taste follows nose with some mild pine and hints of white wine noted at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap at Brunzies. Ozone, resin, pineapple, apricot. Dank and heady, with light sweet vapor. Cloudy golden-amber with creamy lacing off-white head. Medium body with a little heft and medium smooth carbonation. Strong hop taste with characteristic Nelson Sauvin profile. Moderate sweetness throughout, finishing with a burst of hop flavor and moderate bitterness. Light bitter after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2487) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Draft to taster at cappys pour hazy light gold with thin white head. Nose floral, tropical fruit hop, sweeter flavors. Taste moderate bitter bite up front, then grassy, weedy, lemon hop. Taste a little disconnected from the nose. Moderate bitter through the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (5240) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Lovely wafting aroma. Solid funk, cheese, a little lemon. Some rye brashness. Bright white cream on cloudy yellow white body. Bright, kind of unusual appearance. Clean, full IPA. Sweet hops, Nelson, some grape must. Rye is in check and a nice compliment. Simply fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinator (1985) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Nice spicy and piney aroma and flavors. Mildly sweet and relatively complex. The kind of beer that would be easy to drink quite a few. Light caramel color and a medium body. Not too filling.

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