dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pour is gold with a white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, honey, pine, grapefruit, and some herbal qualities. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of biscuit and some tropical fruit that wasn’t quite present on the nose.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler, thanks to Kan for sharing. this poured gold with white head. aroma has grapefruit, pine, and honey. flavors are juicy piney goodness, really dry
stuff, honey doughy malt notes finish while a alcohol kick sorta adds to the experience of a big hoppy and booze beer. nice stuff.
joeneugs (2765) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery. It pours clear orange with an off white head. The aroma is super fresh citrus, marijuana and lovely florals. One of the best hop aromas I can think of. The flavor is just as good with tons of floral complexity, marijuana, citrus and herbal leafy qualities. This is hop potency at its very finest. The finish is strong and bitter with more leafy dank and citrus. The body is amazing without any heaviness and utterly drinkable. This is dangerous stuff.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alpine badboy dipa. Growler fill thanks to paytoplay. Thanks so
much... Pours a mostly clear, transparent golden orange pour with a
seemingly vivid white head while quickly retreating towards the
edges... Freshly hopped it seems even after being on tap for awhile.
Somewhat dank fresh and green with an emphasis on a fruity tropical
side of the house. some fruity additions of honeydew and pear.. Flavors are hoppy upfront, a fair bit of
sweetness, with a predominantly sweet tropical fruit feel. Dry finish
with a touch of bitterness to go along with it. Yet another excellent hoppy offering from the folks at Alpine. They are easily becoming one of my favorites to cure a hop craving.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 4/10/11 from a growler, thanks Kan. Pours clear orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to thick and rocky lace. The nose is super bitter and hoppy with resin, herbal notes, and an intense tropical fruit aroma. The flavor is fruitier with very intense herbal and resin hops bitterness, very well balanced. The body is medium and sticky with average carbonation and a long bitter and herbal finish. Alpine continues to make the best IPA’s in this country.
jeremytoni (2881) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Strong hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.
regspeir (196) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Session was growler pours (thank you sleepyhead!) into a standard pint glass. This great looking DIPA poured a light orange, almost honey-colored, with a two-finger, white-as-snow head. There was healthy, sticky lacing with good retention. The nose was wonderful - orange, mango, lemon, pine, floral and citrus hops predominating but some sweetness in the back. Taste was near perfection - tropical fuit and grapefruit with light malt notes. There was the expected (refreshing, not off-putting) moderate bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and crisp, even after it warms. There was no hint that this could be 9%, so it’s dangerously drinkable. Maybe Alpine makes an OK beer but I haven’t had it and this one sure isn’t it. Having now had over 150 different IPA’s and DIPA’s, this jumps easily near the top. Do those of you who live close to the treasure know how fortunate you are? I love this beer AND this brewery! If you get the chance - grab it!
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Chris for this fresh growler... Pours a nice clear gold with a huge head and incredibly lacing... The aroma is a little muted buts its super fresh grassy hops, really nice... The taste is more grassy hops, a touch of alcohol but hidden well for 9%. Very crushable... This is well worth seeking out.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewpub. I agree with several other raters, this is a great IPA, reminding me of Pliny the Elder in some ways. I think the aromas are as good as any beer I have smelled. Hops with floral notes and bitterness are in the nose. The color is light yellow with a white head. The aroma is something that you cannot get over. Taste is very, very well balanced for a DIPA. The hops come through as you would expect, but the back end is balanced but not too sweet. Palate is light body with average carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a top notch DIPA that you must try. Wish it was more available.
arondee (526) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Got a growler of this today straight from the brewery. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is heaven, it shocked me it was so powerful. I opened the growler and the hop aroma filled the room. It’s like sticking your face in a bag of fresh hops. I would have rated this highly just because of the aroma but the taste is amazing. The hops are there and powerful but perfectly balanced with a slightly sweet honey malt backbone. If you’re a fan of Pliny, this has to be on your short list of beers to try in San Diego. I love the beers from Alpine and this one stands tall at the top above Pliny for me. It is so good, I almost rated it as perfect. The only thing I could find any fault at all in was the appearance, I suppose it could have been a little clearer. I love it, time to get another growler.