Alpine Nelson

Alpine is a brewery that prior to this, I’ve never gotten to try anything from. Their distribution used to be very small and in 2012, they found a growler of their beer for sale on Ebay and threatened to never sell another growler again. It made big news (at least in my little beer universe). Then, in 2014, they got acquired by Green Flash, which helped to increase their distribution, so I can finally get my hands on it.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Golden Rye IPA. An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to the flavor.”

Random: My palm is really itchy, to the point I’m rubbing it against my desk.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure-white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and lemon-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grass, cilantro, light pine and lemon pith. The taste was completely different from the nose. It started with peppery spice from the addition of rye. Then, the cilantro came through as well as white wine grapes and grapefruit flesh. Tropical fruit came through next, specifically mango. The body was thick, yet dry with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with rye spice and tropical fruit. This beer had so much depth and flavor, yet was insanely drinkable and the alcohol was well-hidden. This set me back $9.99 ($.45 per ounce), which is not a bad price for a beer of this quality. Get this beer if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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