beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The alcohol on this one really sneaks up on you. Not one of my favorite Alpine hop favorites. Ranks well below Duet and Nelson in my book. Hop bite is there just not different from a typical DIPA
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on-tap at the brewery during my visit to SD. Thanks to Pat for the pour and personal tour, what a nice guy! Reviewed from notes 08/15/09.
A - Pours a very clear golden/orange with a white head. Some good lacing and bubbles remain on top as the cap.
S - Huge hoppy aroma with some citrus and floral notes in there as well. Really, this one was a huge hop bomb that blew out my sense of smell. Bad Boy is right.
T - Hops, bitter, hops, bitter, touch of malt, hops, bitter, bitter. Repeat over and over until you have finished your pour. Pretty much zero malt character, which I like.
M - Light to medium, good carbonation, crisp and smooth.
D - Another great one from Alpine. I think they’re the kings of DIPA and IPA. This is yet another great example of what Pat and company are doing in sunny CA.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 On cask at Hamilton’s Tavern for 2nd Saturday (San Diego, CT): Pours a slightly hazed, golden ambery hue and topped with a dense white head that isn’t going anywhere. Full aromatic notes of pink grapefruit, golden wheat, florals, candied cherry, wet grass, caramel malts, fresh pine, and dough. A dissapointing metallic mouthfeel, with added grains, biscuits, and sour to complement. This one didn’t come all together or me. Drinkability: Estery. Pairing: Tri tip with a side of collard greens. Rebuy: Yeah. #390 on 10042010, DG.
brokensail (13270) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is just like all the other Alpine IPAs--a light golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves some nice lacing.
S: The nose is just a burst of citrusy hops which just dominates the senses. The pine is mild and I don’t pick up much malt in this one.
T: There is a touch of sweetness which I wasn’t expecting but it works great with the citrus hop flavors. The pine is mild but provides the necessary bitterness to the beer.
M: A moderate level of carbonation with a light-medium body. Really the only knock on this beer.
D: What a shocker, Alpine made another great (D)IPA. It was a pleasure to try this one, and I would certainly have it again.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado SD. Clear amber with a tiny off-white head, no room for a head, actually. Fair retention. Lots of fruity and dank hops turning towards herbal and earthy in the flavor. As with most of the hoppy beers, minimal sweetness noted. Again, very fruity. A little spruce showed up as it warmed. Bitterness peaked at a 5 in the dry finish, picking up on a little alcohol warmth. I had to drunk this down a bit before i could properly nose it. Aroma was much the same but not getting the pine--mainly really fruity and a little dank. Sweeter in the aroma as well. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Very good--I remember having this a few months ago and didn’t like it near as much.
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by largadeer on BA, who got it from another BA in the San Diego area. Big thanks to all parties who contributed toward getting this bad boy (which happens to actually be called "Bad Boy") into my mouth. I never mind trying a new Alpine IPA/DIPA, that’s for sure.
Pours a brilliant clear copper color with a one-finger white head and great lacing.
Aroma is amazing and dominated by a complex hop character: floral, piney, citrusy, and...um...weedy. Not too much malt.
Flavor has just a touch of sweet malt, similar to Pliny almost, but is almost all about the hops. Fresh, intense floral, piney, and orangey/grapefruity hops. Oh yeah, some good ol’ Mary Jane too. Who doesn’t like that?
Medium bodied, clean, and crisp, with palate-wrecking hops. Damn near the perfect mouthfeel for this style.
Extremely drinkable. Amazing DIPA, on the same level as Pliny the Elder easily.
alexanderj (3414) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured a dull orange with a thin whisp of head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, fruit, and earth. Quite hoppy. Earthy and citrus predominantly. A touch of floral. A pretty solid beer overall.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Obrien’s. Clear amber in the glass. Nose is mild hops. Taste is big flash of sweet with strong bitterness low in the back. Interesting the way it hits the palate deep in the back. Sharp. Big, long lasting vegetable sweetness. Wet and gooey and wonderful.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, courtesy hopscotch. Pours a mostly clear, medium orange-amber hue with a small, lasting head of bubbly, snow white froth. Scattered, spotty lacing dots the glass. The nose explodes with varied hop character, showing ultra-dank grass notes, cannabis, dried citrus fruit, and peppery wildflowers. Rich, dried out toffee comprises the malt base, lending necessary sweetness, though this one is all about the sensory hop experience. The flavors follow suit, strikingly bitter with sticky resins, grass, and grapefruit hop notes, yet sufficiently reigned in by the fresh toffee sweetness in the background. Incredibly drinkable for such a staunch, massively hopped beer, the palate is substantial, moderately carbonated, and slightly drying on the back end. Hop flavors linger on the tongue for ages. This is a damn fine IIPA, reminiscent of its big brother, Exponential Hoppiness, only toned down in every category.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Gold pour. Malt and hops are in harmony. Citrus hops lead the way with some biscuit aroma too. Flavor is hoppy and malty together. Tropical fruit and pine. Good stuff.