Nelson - Alpine Beer Company
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4.38/5 rDev -2%
Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is gold and straw-colored. Very pale and pilsener-like. It sports a nice 2-finger creamy white head. I get some nice notes of lemon, orange, pine, and cedar on the nose.
Crisp and light-bodied, almost like a hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale, but somehow retains a nice, creamy feel. The flavors are very well-balanced, but hoppy enough so that you don't forget this is an American IPA. Up front I get some orange marmalade, lemon zest, and a nice cracker-like graininess. Flavors of grapefruit come in at mid-palate. Not sure if I'm getting any of the rye. If I am, then it's very subtle. Right in the back of the mouth, there's a nice pineapple and apricot-like sweetness that joins the bitterness on the finish. The finish is dry and lingering, but this is in no way a palate-wrecker. Very, very refreshing and well-balanced. Not a trace of booziness.
I got this beer in a trade (thanks ThaFATkid!) and I'm glad it was included. Those West Coasters really know how to make a good IPA. Highly recommended.
04-30-2013 11:55:41 | More by deadonhisfeet
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,145 ratings.