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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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The return of “Bad Boy,” our ‘other’ double IPA, happens this Thursday as soon as our doors open. It’s NOT bottled but we will be filling growlers at the brewery and glasses at the pub. This beer, created by Shawn, uses hops that weren’t around when Pure Hoppiness was invented. That’s one of the reasons it has such a huge hop presence. We also use predominately Premium British ‘Maris Otter’ barley which enriches the flavor and deepens the body. Be careful at 9.25% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2011
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arondee (586) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6030) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (613) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
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. 8 5 7 4 15

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