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Keene Idea - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 398
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.88% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Toronado 25th.

Keene Idea is very different from Nelson. No rye, different grain bill, Citra and Rakau hops.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 08-11-2012)
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-14-2014 22:46:01 | More by siege06nd
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California

5/5  rDev +8.9%

09-01-2014 23:38:06 | More by jose_alehouseSD
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warnerry

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at Alpine

A - Pours a bright orange/brown with very little head. Slightly hazy.

S - Large citrus aroma with a bit of weed thrown in. In addition to the citrus, quite a bit of mango in the aroma.

T - A little sweeter than I thought it would be from the aroma. Hops still predominate, and the sweetness is actually complimentary in this case, even for an IPA. Like the aroma, lots of citrus and mango in the taste. Just enough malt base to provide balance. Very smooth and tasty.

M - very smooth mouthfeel. Just a touch of alcohol burn, but very minor. Nice bitterness, though the finish is pretty clean.

O - Haven't had Nelson in a while, so I can't compare directly, but this is very nice. Would love to have again.

12-16-2012 22:19:41 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

5/5  rDev +8.9%

01-22-2014 01:11:48 | More by Callmecoon
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aquazr1

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

12-14-2013 20:54:47 | More by aquazr1
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Altenor

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

09-01-2012 09:19:15 | More by Altenor
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

03-10-2014 17:20:22 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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ehammond1


4.73/5  rDev +3.1%

On Tap

O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Clear golden with a pillowy off-white head that never fully dies down completely, leaving regular lines of lace down the glass. Gorgeous IPA.

Incredibly strong, dank aroma: marijuana, some pine, orange flesh and zest, some grapefruit, along with distinct rye. I didn't think there was a better smelling IPA of this style than the single Nelson, but this one's even better.

The flavor is also exceptional: dank, sticky marijuana and pine, big notes of grapefruit and citrus zest, some cracker malt, moderate bitterness, and some rye and white fruit character as well. In the moment, this felt like a Bad Boy + Nelson mashup.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation--somewhat sticky.

Astonishingly good beer. I heard a number of hopheads proclaim this their "favorite IPA ever." It's most certainly in the ballpark.

08-12-2012 01:20:33 | More by ehammond1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-09-2014 11:28:45 | More by Cynic-ale
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

05-29-2013 23:47:22 | More by rudylaw
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2%

03-18-2014 17:35:06 | More by stereosforgeeks
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johnyb

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

06-25-2014 02:26:06 | More by johnyb
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Reappropriated

California

4.5/5  rDev -2%

03-24-2014 20:47:25 | More by Reappropriated
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leschkie

California

5/5  rDev +8.9%

05-19-2013 06:04:05 | More by leschkie
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joshwith

Colorado

5/5  rDev +8.9%

07-08-2014 02:02:22 | More by joshwith
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terpinsd

California

5/5  rDev +8.9%

04-27-2014 05:53:19 | More by terpinsd
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dsgolovin

California

4.95/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Pours an amber color with small amount of head and little retention

S- Floral hops, weed

T- Deep resin flavor. Hits you in the back of your nose. So smooth and crushable for nearing 9% and just delicious. I have never had a better DIPA. Move aside Pliny, Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, and yes, even Citra.

M- This is the only knock I can give this beer. I would have liked a little more carbonation for the style. But, don't get me wrong, this is still the best I've had.

O- I don't normally review beers, but had to let Alpine know just how good this beer is so hopefully they'll make it again. Very hard to resist the urge to go to the Toronado and just drink this beer until I can't stand up to leave.

08-17-2012 20:52:42 | More by dsgolovin
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Sisky

California

4.5/5  rDev -2%

06-12-2013 04:12:48 | More by Sisky
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JohnQBeer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

06-09-2013 14:59:28 | More by JohnQBeer
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OTB

California

4/5  rDev -12.9%

Finally getting around to my notes on this taken from my lunch at Alpine right before the holiday's. The beer pours a beautiful light copper with a thin head of beady white foam. The nose is the tell tale Nelson Sauvin hop profile meshed with sweet malty bisquits and the funkiness from the hop bill. For me this is a different beer than the last effort that was either called T-25, Double Nelson or whatever you wanted to call it. This seems a bit hotter, the booze is evident here, its bitter as it should be but almost in an unfinished clunky way that isn't as seamless as the last time I had it. The mouth is fine if not a bit hot but its a joy to drink none the less. I still prefer the regular bottling of Nelson to the more amped up version.

12-29-2012 01:53:47 | More by OTB
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claaark13

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

08-11-2012 21:40:27 | More by claaark13
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

04-14-2014 02:08:56 | More by resistdefy
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EliotRosewater

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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farnold

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2%

07-14-2014 19:59:32 | More by farnold
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NRo

California

4/5  rDev -12.9%

05-29-2014 17:55:47 | More by NRo
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Keene Idea from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.