Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i think that i got this bottle from stefanj. poured light gold with a white head. aroma was pine, citrus, and resin. flavor was pretty much the same. body seemed a little watery.
markwise (4849) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to hamilton23 for this one in trade. Pours opaque caramel with a white head. Nose is caramel, butterscotch, floral hops, with pine and slight citrus. Flavor is similar. Medium bodied and very nice overall.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had this on tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego in August 2009.
A: Golden copper with a nice white head.
S: Lots and lots of tropical and citrus hops going on with a little bit of pine.
T: Wow, much like the nose with plenty of hops in this thing. While I don’t think that this is quite as good as O’Brien’s IPA from Alpine, this simply solidifies the fact that Alpine is right up with Town Hall, Bell’s, and Russian River as the best damn place to get an IPA from.
M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Superb. I absolutely loved this one. Had at the same time as Nelson Rye and this one was definitely better. (Also had Exponential Hoppiness at O’Brien’s that evening, and this one was definitely better in my book.)
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-24-2009
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy orange with a thick, dense off white head. Aroma of tangerine and other citrus, honey, flowers, bubble gum and graham cracker. The flavor has lots of bitterness that hits you in the back of the throat as well as a sweet malty taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a soft, firm mouth feel. Wow, such a great IPA, I could drink a lot of this stuff, too bad they don’t distribute to Alaska.
joeneugs (4304) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orange with a nice disappearing orange head. Complex aroma of caramel, strong citrus notes, minor ketchup and cookie like malts. The flavor is nicely balanced with a cookie like maltiness, citrusy hops and background notes of garlic and ketchup. Love me some Alpine IPA’s!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange with a spotty head. The aroma has grapefruit, orange, vanilla, and pine. The flavor has grapefruit, lemon, spruce, limestone, chalk, honey, and spice on the finish. Pretty nice IPA.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Again with much thanks to stefanje. Pours hazy gold, medium to thick off-white head, excellent lacing. Nose is much overt than the Nelson; Aromas of fresh grapefruit, lime, light spruce, but just gorgeous expression of citrus. This does the same justice to citrus fruits that PtE does to the coniferous trees. Flavours of sweet grapefruit, nice lemon/lime character, malt bill is quite discernible, if looked for. Very softly fragrant, perfumed, scented, just wraps you in joy on the nose. Palate is pretty and expressive, but the nose is in the same realm as Pliny the Elder, and Union Jack. Kickass,.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy yellow with a very thin head. Aroma is very citrus. Like grapefruit. Flavour is sharp bold and citrus. The grapefruit character continues through the palate and finishes very bitter. Very nice.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
20101101 Bomber thanks to ineedabeerhere. Golden color with impossibly huge, persistent, mountains of fluffy white foam that sheets lace. Beautiful beer to look at. Aroma is all hops with indeed a nice balance of tropical fruit, citrus, and resinous notes, all so enticing. The aroma makes me want to chug the stuff, but I will not because this is a rare treat. With temp, some mild garlic notes emerge, and while I enjoy that I know that others have some serious disdain or sensitivity to that aspect of Simcoe. The mouthfeel is ideal, medium heft but lightly dancing on the palate with bursting but fine effervescence. My goodness, it’s practically meringue. I am shocked to read that this one is only 45 IBU because the hops carry a pleasingly potent bitterness from mid-palate through the finish and lingering with a nice resinous tang. What a lovely beer this is, and it seems fairly fresh although I really have no idea. Hop burps start immediately. Bliss.
SrSilliGose (3322) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2010 Bottle. Sheesh. This is good! White wine and grapefruit hops. Whatever. Floral. Slightly grainy mouthfeel. Bitter, grassy, tangerines, and some light pineapple. Great stuff. Bitter, fruity, well made complex super tasty ipa. Right up my alley. Tight beer!