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Review by younger35 on 10/22/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 5 8 2011
Received a growler of this from BeerTruth just yesterday. As a homebrewer (and lover of Alpines Nelson) I’ve been extremely interested in this hop and what the exact characteristics are really like. A single hop brewski by a professional; what better way to learn! Drank from my Harriet Brewing nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a lightly chill hazed straw yellow with a nice petite quarter inch bright white head. It fizzles away fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and spotty cap. Not much in the way of lacing.
Smell- You can really smell the white wine characteristic that is often used to describe this hop. It’s snappy and almost tart with a deep fruity earthiness that really is vinous in aroma. Behind the earthiness is a light sort of fruitiness that is grapefruity and almost orange peel like. The harder I smell the more I get some grassiness that really plays into the characteristics of the hop. The base of the beer is pretty neutral with a touch of cracker crumb that really allows the hop to show its shit.
Taste- Very unique flavor here that would really satisfy the dank hophead. Deep and earthy and tastes very much like it smells. Maybe not quite as vinous as the nose but obviously the tartness doesn’t translate to the taste. Pretty damned bitter and it reminds me a lot of raw dandelion stems (don’t ask). There is literally not a shred of fruitiness in this hop. It’s just brutally earthy and bright. Finish is dry with absolutely no shred of any malts. Perfect base for a single hopped beer.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice silky/oily feel. The carbonation is light and prickly and f’n spot on.
Drinkability- As a IPA fan and a homebrewer, I’ve received best of both worlds here. This is an extremely unique hop and I know this beer won’t be a fan of everyone. I’m definitely a fruity/citric hop guy but I find a weird satisfaction in this beer. Add a touch of Simcoe in this with a sprinkle of caramel malt – BOOM - you have Alpine Nelson. Dank, bitter and delicious. Thanks much Adam!

Served In: Pint Glass