Alpine Beer Company Bad Boy IPA
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6784) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown, growler courtesy of Hopscotch. Pours amber/orange, of-white head. Aroma is hoppy, malty with hints of fresh hops, leading to a nice citrus nose. Flavor, lots of hops, sweet mouthfeel that was very exceptional, reminded me a lot of the New Zeland hops used in Nelson. Heavy hops and once again, Alpine manages to keep it very drinkable and smooth with very enjoyable hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Growler… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Spicy, peppery, earthy hop nose. Full-bodied and chewy with gentle carbonation. Leans toward the sweet side of balance. Sweet toffee and caramel malts outweigh bitter, spicy hops. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4398) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
On tap at PP Carlsbad. Hazy orange pour, nice off-white head. Piney hops, caramel malt, biscuits, citrus, hint of grass, and some tropical fruit. Really good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2009
growler - thanks alex for another alpine hookup; this one was tasty; dark orange with slight haze and fluffy white head; big nose of resiny hops; slightly on the thin side with a little malty sweetness; some booze and quite bitter, but also quite easy to knock down; a lovely DIPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
On tap at Alpine, I was excited to get a good sample of this beer. It was yellow in color, little head. The smell was kind of brutal hops. The flavor made me open my eyes a little wider between the extreme hoppiness, pungent aroma, and obviously high alcohol content of the beer. This was good and I wish I’d been able to drink a growler of this but you can’t do everything especially when there is Duet waiting to be drank. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-22-2009 00:35:05

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