mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to weeheavysd. amber with a white head. big citrusy, piney hops and great esters. big chewy citrusy/grapefruit hops and a clean finish.
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2011 When I cracked this bottle open there was an instant smack in the nose of huge grassy hops, smells amazing like I just mowed the lawn or something! Very clear dark orange color. The nose on this is just incredible. Flavors of honeydew melon and mandarin orange, slightly on the sweet side. Great beer.
Upgraded from 4 to 4.5 on Oct 8, 2011. Amazing beer, huge nose and a wonderfully clean finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a copper orange toned body with a white head. I think alpine makes some of the best ipa’s on the market right there with RR and Alesmith so there might be some personal bias here. Fresh floral citrus grapefruit lush skins that are bittering and yet sweet and tart. A pine y citrus sweet crisp medium with a bittering and yet still crisp fresh cut herbal grass y tone. Very fresh and a touch green, and awesome overall.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to smokepot23 for sharing. Pours a lovely bright translucent gold with a 1-2 finger sticky white head. The nose is absolutely amazing, wonderfully pungent and resinous while being very delicate and refined, fruity, citrus rind, spicy Simcoe character and a nice balancing malt sweetness. Flavor is a delicious blend of Simcoe and Amarillo characters that simultaneously allows each to be expressed individually in the context of their joint impact. Simcoe adds a light piny and spicy character underneath the citrus and mandarin orange flavors of Amarillo, resinous hop feel with some pink grapefruit rind all laid over a crisp sweet malt profile. Palate has the perfect level of perceivable bitterness with a slightly spicy quality. What a boss IPA.
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Clear orange yellow pour. Smell has sweet hops and an aged quality that is enjoyable. Dry hops but a large sweet taste. Floral hops are right on the front. Pretty nice.
TURDFERGUSON (3948) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This smells fantastic to me right now. I challenge anyone to smell this beautiful beer and not be turned on by its blasting aromas of honeysuckle, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Boss. Tastes great too with an extremely clean and nicely bittered finish. Pretty fucking impressive. I’m a sucker for this kind of beer. Me want more!
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to weeheavysd. Hazy light brown pour. Aroma is citrus, dank, pine, grass. Flavor is pine, grass, citrus, grapefruit. Lively mouthfeel.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is grassy, lemon, caramel, some crystal malt, some mint and nice juicy citrus hops. Flavor is caramel, crystal malt, grassy, citrus, lemon, grassy and a bitter juicy hop finish.
eaglefan538 (2886) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared courtesy of sloth. Thanks, Bert, great stuff! Pour was typical of the style a full straw to orange color, nice white colored head, frothy, splotchy lacing all the way down. The aroma was all citrus, grapefruits and oranges, some melons. The flavor followed the aroma, a bit of a reinsous bite in there, but could certainly have had more bite. A very nice IPA. Thanks, Bert, for sending this my way. Body was moderate.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bomber. Pours a clear, dark, golden-amber colored body with a moderate, frothy, cream colored head. Sticky, clumpy swaths of lacing coat the glass well. The nose booms with fresh, juicy hop character, showing notes of pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. Citrus blossoms, fresh green grass, and just a drop of pine resin complete the complex and mouth watering hop profile, while a malt base of lightly toasted toffee and honey provide the sweet counterpoint. Flavors are sharp and hoppy as well, showing a bevy of tropical and citrus fruits, including pineapple, papaya, mango, and tangelo. Drying resin lends further bitterness, while honey kissed toffee again offers balance. The palate is substantial, smooth, and creamy, finishing on the drier side, finely carbonated throughout. It’s a damn fine, west coast style IPA through and through, with tropical flavors that push it towards elite level status. Awesome beer. Right up there with Pliny and Sculpin if you ask me.