RATINGS: 733   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 (1784) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepatrickman (1221) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - APR 13, 2017
On draft. Ive heard that Nelson is a "divisive" hop, but this might be the first time Ive 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 Id definitely drink another pint of it, but it wasnt at all what I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1412) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (1177) - 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 Alpines full Nelson.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16965) - 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. Theres a touch of malt sweetness but not enough to give me the balance I need.

   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 (4739) - 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 (3123) - 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 (2380) - 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 (1227) - 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.

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