Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. A complete hop bomb with tons of Columbus(I presume). Aroma is super dank grapefruit. Taste is sticky resiny lightly sweet and citrusy with that awesome Alpine maltyness that I absolutely love. The malts provide a caramel/butterscotch note that compliments the massive dry hopping in this. WOW!
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to thome50. This is rediculous, highly dank and drinkable, big citrus and dank flavors. Awesome stuff!
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler fill from brewery while returning from a camping / mountain biking trip in east county ($20 for growler fill). Pours an amazingly clear orange-amber hue with two fingers of frothy white foam. Aroma has lots of luscious tropical fruit (mango, rambutan, mangosteen, papaya) along with some very dank/resiny hops, honey, citrus, and hints of bready malts. Flavor has a tangy dank-herbal hoppiness with considerable semi-sweet fruitiness (tangerine, berries, papaya, some grapefruit) and a bit of spice (pepper and maybe even some cumin?!). Though the nose and mouth are full of oily hops, this does not finish super bitter but rather has a nicely balancing sweet honey maltiness toward the end. The high ABV is completely hidden, making this a "bad boy" indeed...almost seems sessionable! I tried researching what hops are used in this, but could not find any info. My guess is that there is a lot of New Zealand hops up in here based on the aroma/flavor leaning more toward tropical fruit than grapefruit/pine. Alpine certainly has a history of using NZ hops in their Nelson and Tuatara ales. I found this to be quite reminiscent of Stone’s very recent Enjoy By 09.21.12 DIPA (which definitely has NZ hops in it). Speaking of Stone, I live only about four miles from the brewery and I am there very often for growler fills. While Stone is widely regarded as the ultimate hop masters, my vote would actually go for the guys at Alpine, and I would be there all the time if the brewery were not an hour away. (104, 729)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Lee for sharing. Wow, this one was ass-rapingly good. Very handsome dark gold to orange pour, lustrous and clean looking like all Alpine IPAs I’ve had. Silky but not overly sticky head, and good retention throughout. Nose strongly reminiscent of Duet on some kind of steroid, with floral and bitters amplified and just a touch of resin and booze. Silky smooth mouthfeel as usual with this brewer, and the flavors are just pure overall more than anything else. Well balanced, abundantly flavorful, booze almost indetectable. Terrific.
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gift from S.J. This brew has everything I like in an Imperial IPA. Intense hop, big floral and grapefruit notes, some pine and caramel malts.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at Woodshop 7. Pours clear, vibrant golden with sticky white bubbles. Rich onion and garlic nose with mega earthy Simcoe. Taste follows suit with bitter root vegetables, parsnips, and shallot. Raw and bitter. Heavy orange pulp and peel. Bitter and earthy. Palate gains the lovely Alpine house butterscotch note famous in Duet. Nice, but the Hoppy Birthday was much better. Yum.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Pours an orange color with a white head. Aroma is super hoppy with lots of tropical fruits, like mango, papaya, peach, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and floral notes. The flavor follows the nose with lots of juicy hops with lots of tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit, papaya, some peach, orange and tangerine notes along with the grapefruit and floral notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overal an amazing DIPA, almost as good as Expo!
snotrocket (20) - USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler.. wow this is almost the perfect DIPA for me. Fruity, floral hoppy nose. Taste of grapefruit with the perfect amount of sweetness and bitterness. Doesnt linger around and finishes of so clean, begging for you to take another sip. Such a well balanced and highly drinkable DIPA.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at Avery Strong Ale 2012, hazy yellow-orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big dank hops, with some grapefruit and orange notes with big pine, some nice floral notes as well with a hint of biscuit, but it is dominated by hops for sure. Taste is a nice mix of dank and resinous, pine hops, hints of grapefruit, lemon and orange notes, touch of biscuit and caramel, slight earth and floral notes, finishing bitter and dry. Tasty stuff, well done.
onceblind (6101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Clear dark golden with a foamy white head. Big west coast hop nose of resiny pine, grapefruit rind, and bitter floral-ness. Taste is citric hoppy with grapefruit and orange tones, a fair dose of pine resin, lots of bitterness with a backing undertone of toast and toffee. A little too bitter, but the flavor is very Californian hoppy. In a good way.