arondee (599) - 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.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite IPA/DIPA/TIPA of all time. I have had small batch IPA’s from all over the country including pty and Bad Boy is the king of all things hoppy. Pours a perfect golden orange with a frothy white head. Smell is pine and citrus, the dry hopping really brings out the aroma and carries through to the taste. taste is citrusy, pine, trpical with a great bittering hoppy finish. I don’t know if it can get better than this. If only they had the resources to brew it year round...
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Session was growler pours (thank you sleepyhead!) into a standard pint glass. This great looking DIPA poured a light orange, almost honey-colored, with a two-finger, white-as-snow head. There was healthy, sticky lacing with good retention. The nose was wonderful - orange, mango, lemon, pine, floral and citrus hops predominating but some sweetness in the back. Taste was near perfection - tropical fuit and grapefruit with light malt notes. There was the expected (refreshing, not off-putting) moderate bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and crisp, even after it warms. There was no hint that this could be 9%, so it’s dangerously drinkable. Maybe Alpine makes an OK beer but I haven’t had it and this one sure isn’t it. Having now had over 150 different IPA’s and DIPA’s, this jumps easily near the top. Do those of you who live close to the treasure know how fortunate you are? I love this beer AND this brewery! If you get the chance - grab it!
snotrocket (20) - USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler.. wow this is almost the perfect DIPA for me. Fruity, floral hoppy nose. Taste of grapefruit with the perfect amount of sweetness and bitterness. Doesnt linger around and finishes of so clean, begging for you to take another sip. Such a well balanced and highly drinkable DIPA.
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.
Schmaltzy (13) - Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My absolute favorite DIPA. Scent is fantastic, you can smell the citrus as they pour you the glass from 10ft away. This thing is loaded with huge citrusy hops, loads of grapefruit, Meyer lemon and mango fruits finishes with a nice balance of caramel malt and dry bready yeast. Awesome beer that I always get multiple growlers of when on tap... Keep it up alpine
nickd717 (4059) - 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.
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Ernesto987 (5373) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to thome50. This is rediculous, highly dank and drinkable, big citrus and dank flavors. Awesome stuff!
Reynolds314 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great beer. A complete hop bomb with tons of Columbus(I presume). Aroma is super dank grapefruit. Taste is sticky resiny lightly sweet and citrusy with that awesome Alpine maltyness that I absolutely love. The malts provide a caramel/butterscotch note that compliments the massive dry hopping in this. WOW!