San Diego, California
Alpine Beer Company is part of the blossoming beer domination that San Diego’s breweries have over the craft beer scene in America. Pat McIlhenney, a retired firefighter, is the owner/brewmaster in this mostly family run enterprise. Alpine Nelson is described as a Golden Rye IPA, coming in at 7.0% ABV. The ale features Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand– characteristic by a very distinct taste of lemons and white grapes. European rye is added to impart a smooth, dry finish and provides for its dark color. Nelson is a very sweet IPA with a thick, chewy mouth feel. Flavors of white grapes are present, combined with other fruit punch notes, and pine. Pine and tropical fruits are noticeable on the nose immediately upon opening this potent brew. The pungent pine bouquet will fill the room.