callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Growler courtesy of cuda7051. Poured into a large tulip.
A: Dark golden-orange body. Crystal clear with a nice stream of carbonation releasing straight out of the center. Large creamy white head that slowly receded while leaving a respectable amount of lacing down the sides of the glass after each sip.
S: The rich citric aroma was detectable the second i unscrewed the cap of the growler. In the glass, assertive tangerine, orange, mango, and nectarine aromas dominate over the background of a slightly resinous pine hop note.
T: Disappointing! Compare to the nose that is :) I knew it would be hard to live up to the exceptional nose, and the taste is certainly superb, but not the equal of the nose. Sweet citric hops like those described in the nose are present and ride atop a soft malt background. Not as assertive as the nose though. Clean bitterness in the back end.
M: Soft, light-medium bodied. Good, consistent carbonation. Clean, crisp finish.
O: An exceptional IPA right up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig, AleSmith IPA, Masala Mama and Furious as the tops in the category. This is an easy drinking brew that does not skimp on flavor and aroma.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.
S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts peaking out from the background.
T - Starts off with some building citrus and pine hops that taste super fresh. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the bitterness and pine hop flavor both get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and hops and bitterness that linger for a while.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and dry from the heavy hop flavor and bitterness.
D - Very drinkable. Definitely hop-forward but there is enough other flavors to provide some balance. The hop profile is really nice from start to finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Joe for the bottle! Vibrant clear gold pour with a fluffy white head an spotty lace. Resinous hop aroma, pine, grapefruit and citrus. Flavor follows suite. Fresh, vibrant, resinous and bitter
I really wish somebody would have the nuts to do something like this locally on the reg
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Hamilton23
Pours Golden with a nice white head. Aroma is bitter citrus, mango, tropical sweetness, papaya, orange zest. Mouthful is more citrus, tropical hoppiness, some pine sap bitterness makes an entrance in the middle and citrus and pine meld together for a pleasantly bitter, but deliciously tropical experience. Yum
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duet is a deep golden color with three fingers of rocky white foam on top. Head recedes leaving a thin coaster and decent lacing. The nose is big citrus notes. Grapefruit, mango and mandarin oranges present themselves. Pale malt hovers in the background and a bit of pine can be detected as well. Taste is an explosion of fruity, citrus hops backed by sugar cookie malt. Pine enters mid palate with a medium level of hoppy bitterness. Finish is dry with a mild, lingering bitterness. Feel is medium wih a great level of carbonation making this very easy drinking and refreshing. Overall Alpine hits another one out of the park with this one! A well balanced, refreshing, super drinkable IPA that showcases flavors of citrus and pine in the west coast style. Recommended.
craftycarl21 (2306) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by jblauvs. Clear light copper pour with a frothy head. Aroma holds massive fruit notes, including clementine, mango, pineapple, and orange zest, along with great pine and spruce and subtle but well defined biscuity malt backbone. Flavor is much of the same, though the evergreen bitterness is more pronounced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very bitter with good carbonation and a delightful lingering finish. Damn good IPA.
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve had this beer so many times I can’t believe I never took the time to rate it. It pours a clear light brown color with a nice white head and good lacing. Aromas are amazing, just like all of Alpines beers, biscuits, floral and piney hops overwhelm your nose. The taste is so well balanced. Perfectly hoppy and malty, along with this amazing biscuit/bread backbone. One of the best beers in the world.
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours light golden with a thick off-white head and a citrus and toffee aroma. There is a delicious caramel malt flavor with a bitter citrus and pine finish. Nicely hopped - bitter enough to be interesting but not overwhelming. A good hot day drink.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A crisp and clean fruity and woody IPA with a strong sharp citric character
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after receiving directly from California through DaSilky1, thanks a lot Todd
The look: Clear golden body topped by a dense medium white head leaving a lot of lacings
In long: The strong and fresh nose is dominated by fruity hops (apricots, grapefruits, tangerines, pineapples and oranges) with notes of freshly cut wood. In mouth the relatively solid malt backbone has some kind of honeyed cookies flavor reminiscent of chinese fortune cookies. Somehow the hopping that was dominantly fruity on the nose becomes equally woody in the mouth. Freshly cut wood, pineapples, oranges, grapefruits, lemon, etc. Although the hops didn’t feel resinous per say the strong bitterness really sticks to the side of the mouth for a long time. Carbonation was a bit aggressive with a lot of small hard bubbles. The bitterness may be a bit too sharp and the finish a bit too citric to be an all-night-long session IPA like the best west-coast IPAs. But it is nonetheless a very good offering from a brewery that I am only able to drink here up north because of ratebeer people sending me bottles. Let’s face it people, ratebeer is just one table snack away from being a giant AA meeting.
PhillyCraft (4528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2014 Pours a slightly clear golden yellow. Small head and little spotted lacing. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, cocoa, vanilla, molasses, resinous and juicy hoppy. Tons of simcoe and ammarillo hops present. Taste is a juicy cherry hop bite, and wood notes. Amazing beer. Tons of dank melons and pineapple.