Keene Idea - Alpine Beer Company
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5/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Too many pints consumed at Toronado SF during their anniversary.
Appearance: Pale clear gold with a thin but lasting head.
Smell: The nose on this stuff is massive, somehow even bigger than regular Nelson. An explosion of tropical fruit, gooseberry jam, white grape and orange. Floral, slightly oniony and catty. For a single hop beer, this has a lot of depth.
Palate: Floral and citrus hop flavors up front. Tropical fruit, gooseberry and orange, a touch of onion and white grape. Not much in the way of malt, and sweetness is very impressively reigned-in for such a big beer. Rye does come out a bit mid-palate, contributing an earthy twang that works nicely with the huge nelson hop flavor. The balance here is masterful, making this entirely too quaffable for how strong it is. There's no trace of alcohol, and bitterness is fairly mild in the finish.
Overall: This is every bit as good as I was expecting, and possibly Alpine's best beer to date, which is saying a lot.
Serving type: on-tap
08-13-2012 16:57:37 | More by largadeer
Keene Idea from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.