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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
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Nelson by Alpine Beer Company
American IPA
7.00 % ABV

Review by bakes on 06/23/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2013
This one floored me. I'm an unabashed fan of that bitter tropical fruit, sauvignon/riesling flavor of the Nelson Sauvin hop, and also love rye in IPAs for the non-hop-spiciness that it brings to a beer. So I had high hopes... this one knocked it out of the park.

Pours a hazy apricot gold with a head that may be there next year. The aroma is of spicy, toasty malt and a serious grapefruit and mango marmalade hit.

Starts with a growing bitterness along with a deep, tropical fruit malt/hop combo that just... keeps... going. Mangoes, apricots, bitter orange, grapefruit, slight pine... all there over a very firm, just this side of tongueraking bitterness. But that's just half the story - the incredible depth and chewiness of the malt in this brew is amazing, especially at 7%; we're talking DIPA levels of mouthfeel. The finish is perfect... all of the flavors tapering off like the final notes from a well played symphony. Corny, yes, but damn true.

This one's in my pantheon of IPAs. And no way it'll leave. They did this hop up perfectly.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 20 5 9 0
Incredible India Pale Ale brewed with New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops and rye. Pours with a nice airy light head and a golden coppery, urine like hue. Highly resinous, piney, thick, viscous, with very little malt. Very similar but better (I hate to admit), to Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA – it has that same motor oil and kerosene like quality that gives it a bite and backbone – bitter, but not to the point it bitters you out but similar to an English ESB w/out the malt and twice the flavor. This is an IPA lover’s dream. Very possibly one of the best IPA’s around.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by clockworkorange on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 18 3 8 0
Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed bright golden yellow with at least an inch of fluffy sticky bone white foam. The head leaves a nice lace in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of both white and ruby red grapefruit peel, pith, and juice, tangerines, oranges, lemon oil, fruity, white wine-like notes characteristic of this hop variety. Body is about medium could be a bit fuller, with adequate carbonation and quite dry throughout. Pretty tasty stuff and very easy to drink. Certainly worth checking out.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Thanks to Westsidethreat for this unexpected growler.

Seriously, how does Alpine get their growlers so full? There is no room for air and it's nearly impossible to pour that first pint.

A - Light yellowish color that has a bit of a haze to it. Almost like a weak hefe. Head is about a half inch, bright white, and has some good staying power.

S - Orange, grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Rye is apparent. Very big smell for a "Pale Ale".

T - Lemon twang that sort of lasts throughout. There's a sour bite to it. Grapefruit is up front and largely present here. Dried hay was mentioned in the review before, and I think that hits the nail on the head. Touch of aniceptic flavor, although in no way is it a over-riding flavor, just laying there in the back. Lemon bitterness that lasts on the tongue for a bit.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit biting.

D - Well, this has a hell of a lot more flavor than your run of the mill pale ale. It's going down easy so far and I expect that taking down this growler will be fairly easy.

Served In: Other

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