jrallen34 (3483) - 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 (583) - 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.
AmEricanbrew (6008) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
SD Strong Ale fest 2010. Clear light amber color/ fleeting head. Pungent pine, grassy hop aromas. rich, smooth mouthfeel. Nice grassy, pine sap flavors riding a solid pale, caramel malty base brew.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery in August 2009.
Pours a nice, bright gold with a little bit of lacing as it goes down. The aroma is absolutely wonderful, with loads of citrus notes and a bit of pine. The malt is in the background--more so than with Exponential or Pure Hoppiness--but only adds a little bit of balance, which is quite appropriate. The taste is much the same, with a really nice bitterness coming through. Medium-bodied and insanely drinkable given the alcohol. Another big hit from Alpine.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Growler from ABC. Pours orange with some white head. Loads of pine and citrus smell, some grapefruit and a nice malt backbone. There is some tropical fruits in there too.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Alpine. Slightly cloudy light amber with a small head. Aroma of zesty citrus, flowers, pine and toasty malt. The flavor is very bitter with a sweet malt base and a touch of alcohol. Medium body with average carbonation and a long, sticky, bitter finish. Really good beer, the toasty malt works well with the big American hops.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours an amber gold with a tight white cap for head. Leaves webby lacing behind.
Aroma: Tangerine, piny dank. Amazing like most Alpine noses, but not quite as large as Duet, Nelson, or Expo.
Taste: Orange rind,, grapefruit, pine finishing with sweet malt.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, coating, with prickly carbonation.
Overall: A first class double IPA, that is definitely unique compared to Pure and Exponential Hoppiness.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a growler of this a few months back and forgot to rate it. Thanks to Mike for picking some up. Hops were nice and floral with a pine presence. A little alcohol burn but still nice. Loved the aroma!
JoeMcPhee (8569) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 Pale amber pour with a tight white head. Very bright citrusy nose. Tangerine, orange and a touch of lemon peel. Rich and very fruity with an intense citrus aroma. Hoppy and fresh and quite pungent. Lots of chewy resinous hoppiness. A little bit of pineapple and lemon. Really bright, fresh and intensely hoppy. A bit of light pineapple and lemon. Goddamn – this stuff is incredible.
Hazy golden pour with a very thick sticky white head. The nose is fresh and pineapply. Light pine and fruity hoppiness. Soft and a little bit fruity. A touch of grassy dry hop character along with more bright citrus. Clean and fresh.
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