UnionBeerCzar (80) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In a world where a growler can make it across sed world for some beer freak, to drink I never imagined I would be on the receiptory of such an adventure. As I type this I have recently benefited from something equally as crazy. A gentleman who makes his own beer and will remain nameless (not my beer contact) did procure growler(s) of this bad boy, and then using his bottle siphon, transfer this to a bomber with no room from O2. It thus travelled to Michigan where I was able to share it with the intended receiptent, and that is the story of how I was very lucky this valentines day, *wink wink*. Hence, bomber to snifter... Not much head, Iím forgiving in this department giving the circumstances. The nose on this beer is absolutely ridiculous. Itís a clear golden orange and it smells of, mango, guava, cat piss, weed, dank jungle fruit, and godís vagina. This is the best nose on an IPA/DIPA hands down. It would oust Pliny or Two hearted... Accept itís not from Michigan (biased) and the body is a little thin. Itís drinks to easy, if there is such a problem. Do not get wrong this beer KICKS ASS however if we are going to this echelon I have to be picky. Carbonation perfect, mouthfeel just a smidge to thin, thatís the only possible detraction I can send toward this beer. The weirdest IPA burps Iíve ever had, seriously pineapple. Overall this beer kills!!! This is all from memory 2 hours prior, thank you universe for this and thank you Cheff Scott. And also that crazy guy in Cali, send us some jack in the box tacos (frozen) next!
BucannonXC5 (910) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: Oct. 15, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 15, 2014
Poured a honey, light caramel, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of offwhite head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom at parts of the glass. Very good layered, spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on top. (Sight - 4.38)
Initial smell reminded me of a Duet. Got grapefruit spices, Citra hops, tropical notes, mango notes late, caramel, nectarine rind and floral hops. (Smell - 4.38)
First thought on taste was wow! Still reminded me or a Duet. Caramel, Citra hops, Columbus hops, bitter grapefruit pulp and just feels like Iím tasting pulp. (Taste - 4.50)
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, slightly warming finish, surprisingly. (Feel - 4.38)
This was a very, very good beer. So glad Iím living so close that I can catch some of these on random nights. (Overall - 4.38)
4.43 98 A
Beergeek23322 (2446) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/15/204. On tap at the brewpub. Amber with a white head. A bit more settled than the Pure Hoppiness, but still an awesome brew. Caramel, hops, pine with a bitter finish.
AdiBeer (1434) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: light vinegar, floral hops, spruce, resin. Appearance: slightly hazy, dark gold, small, creamy, white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets intensifying, heavy flowers, some spruce, getting medium bitter, dry finish. Overall: very nice IIPA, well-balanced, aroma not as nice as palate. Pint at Alpine Brewing, Alpine.
Sarlacc83 (903) - Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Apex. From notes.
A: Clear gold touched by orange. White head.
N: Pine, dirty earth, melon, pineapple. Onion powder. Similar to Keene Idea if earthier.
T: Bitter and more bitter. Not balanced to the point of astringency.
M: Resinous and medium bodied.
O: Not really a fan of this IPA. Iíd much prefer one of their other beers.
pdx77 (1428) - Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Apex. Clear dark golden color. Aroma is passionfruit and sweet citrus. Taste is tropical fruit, nectarine, and sweet malt, with a hint of bitter funk. Finishes with a blast of bittersweet hops.
douglas88 (6251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at APEX, drank next to Keene Idea. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Smooth citrus nose, bread. The Marris Otter provides some backbone, but very smooth hop dominated flavors, citrus, lemons, light grass, more oranges. Very smooth comes across as balanced but isnít Awesome.
tleaver33 (62) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Toronado. Golden yellow with minimal head. Nose is floral, with citrus and resin notes thrown in. Taste is the same with a peppery finish. Overall a very good beer.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clear gold with a two finger foamy head.
Heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pine in the nose. Your standard west coast IPA.
Light citrus flavor hits the tongue first then rolls straight into a piney bitterness that lingers on the tongue finishing crisp and dry. Hop forward beer.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation levels even from a growler.
Another very good beer from Alpine, but I prefer Hoppy Birthday and maybe Duet to this.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky to get a growler of this on the way to pick up my Speedway allotment. Beautiful 14 karat pour with a meringue-like ivory crown. Bright grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and mango with the addition of evergreen, resin, and pepper. Assertive but not aggressive. Just enough honey to provide a backbone and complexity without the distraction. The alcohol is truly invisibly in this one.
48FanInCali (739) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favs from my hometown brewery. Golden pour with white head and decent retention. Nose of citrus, pine, and other fruit. Taste is a little less on citrus and a little more piney. Nice malt backbone (but not large) on this one that balances everything out. Finish is drier than most DIPAís. Never pass on opportunity to get this.