MrTipple (3000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: light vinegar, floral hops, spruce, resin. Appearance: slightly hazy, dark gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets intensifying, heavy flowers, some spruce, getting medium bitter, dry finish. Overall: very nice IIPA, well-balanced, aroma not as nice as palate. Pint at Alpine Brewing, Alpine.
Sarlacc83 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Apex. From notes.
A: Clear gold touched by orange. White head.
N: Pine, dirty earth, melon, pineapple. Onion powder. Similar to Keene Idea if earthier.
T: Bitter and more bitter. Not balanced to the point of astringency.
M: Resinous and medium bodied.
O: Not really a fan of this IPA. I’d much prefer one of their other beers.
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Apex. Clear dark golden color. Aroma is passionfruit and sweet citrus. Taste is tropical fruit, nectarine, and sweet malt, with a hint of bitter funk. Finishes with a blast of bittersweet hops.
douglas88 (8023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at APEX, drank next to Keene Idea. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Smooth citrus nose, bread. The Marris Otter provides some backbone, but very smooth hop dominated flavors, citrus, lemons, light grass, more oranges. Very smooth comes across as balanced but isn’t Awesome.
tleaver33 (62) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Toronado. Golden yellow with minimal head. Nose is floral, with citrus and resin notes thrown in. Taste is the same with a peppery finish. Overall a very good beer.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clear gold with a two finger foamy head.
Heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pine in the nose. Your standard west coast IPA.
Light citrus flavor hits the tongue first then rolls straight into a piney bitterness that lingers on the tongue finishing crisp and dry. Hop forward beer.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation levels even from a growler.
Another very good beer from Alpine, but I prefer Hoppy Birthday and maybe Duet to this.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky to get a growler of this on the way to pick up my Speedway allotment. Beautiful 14 karat pour with a meringue-like ivory crown. Bright grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and mango with the addition of evergreen, resin, and pepper. Assertive but not aggressive. Just enough honey to provide a backbone and complexity without the distraction. The alcohol is truly invisibly in this one.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favs from my hometown brewery. Golden pour with white head and decent retention. Nose of citrus, pine, and other fruit. Taste is a little less on citrus and a little more piney. Nice malt backbone (but not large) on this one that balances everything out. Finish is drier than most DIPA’s. Never pass on opportunity to get this.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared at Dan’s Birthday Tasting (Lyons, IL). Pours a nice near clear golden hue, frothy brighter white head sits atop as a nice layer, laces ok as a thicker ring. Aromas show bigger florals and melon, touches of citrus rind. Mellow crisp bready malt. Nice, fresh, firmly hoppy. Initial is floral, lighter end of the fold in body. Some lemon and grapefruit rind. Touches of earth, orange, and clean dry hops. Touches of crisp bread and straw, small malt bill and body. Middle is florals, melon, and some grapefruit. Touches of warmth. A bit thinner than expected, crushable but richly dry at times. Backend is dry, a bit resiny and bready, some crisp straw. Clean and quite drinkable. Some florals, pine, and mellow rind influence. Finish is dry, quite drinkable, a bit resiny. Well constructed. Not the most complex hopping oir richly fruity throw, but well done and dry, quite drinkable, perhaps a touch warm and dry at times. Nice.
anders37 (21947) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Hollister Brewing Company, Goleta, CA. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity hoppy piney aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter piney grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy bitter finish.