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RATINGS: 664   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7%ABV

Hoptagon's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2010
22oz. bomber. Very pale straw color with a very lacy layer of froth. Crazy nose from the New Zealand hops that is heavily tropical with mango and papaya characteristics. A trace of rye malt is also detectable in the aroma. The taste is also very fruity with a touch of sweet malt and a strong rye malt flavor. A little bit of dough and bread flavor with a strange almost Belgian yeast note. Excellent light mouthfeel with a slightly oily texture that showcases the hops well. Finishes with a tropical fruit flourish and a very mild bitterness. The best of the rye malt IPAs I’ve tried. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (3169) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2015
on tap @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Soapy, dirty grapefruit color, mottled head cover, curtain of lace. Aroma of pine hops. Taste is malt that is immediately joined by smooth pine hops on the swallow. Light fizz shows, then a much bigger hop shot closes things out. Too much hop presence for me. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2492) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2015
On tap at Duckworth’s Park location. Clear golden with small/medium white head. Aroma is herbal hops, medium body, light/medium carbonation, and pretty good lacing. Taste is herbal hops and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (623) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Aroma is funky, pine, floral, zesty citrus and not at all sweet, then rye spice. Appearance is beautiful, slightly hazy orange/yellow, white head. Taste is orange peel, pine, floral hops, very very bitter, rye. Mouthfeel is medium body and light carbonation, far from crisp. Overall, I really REALLY wanted this to be good but it’s just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHeath99 (1522) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a thin layer of off white head. Aroma and taste of crisp malts, citrus hops, grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2076) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Tap. Creamy white head, hazy marigold body. Passion fruit, guava, slight spicy hop, and rounded hop sweetness in the aroma. Guava, mango rind earthiness, and a peach skin sweet end. Bitter for sure. Thicker body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 Draught at Deep Ellum, 11/17/15.
Bright tangerine-apricot liquid shows good clarity and a medium-sized white head with moderate retention.
I love this hop and the nose does justice to it. Lots of stonefruit, very big and juicy, with bright orange marmalade accents. There’s a good deal of malt behind it, adding lots of honey and white bread-like character. Fresh and highly aromatic, but there’s somehow a touch of resin here or sharpness of some sort. As well, there’s a definite plastic note that’s quite strong but not terribly bothersome.
The flavor confirms this as, though the flavors of the hop are delicious, the beer is just heavily, heavily bitter. Way more than is necessary to balance the pale malt sweetness that creates a medium to medium-full body. With every sip I keep trying to focus and enjoy the flavors, but my palate gets further an further harried by all of this obnoxious bitterness. Nearly exact same situation as with the other beers I’ve tried from them lately: duet and hoppy birthday. I have fond memories of Pure Hoppiness, and I don’t think my tastes have changed to be less tolerant of heavily bitter IPAs (have always hated em), so I don’t really get what’s going on with Alpine’s mediocrity these days (I usually like Green Flash, though I guess they have a high propensity for making overly bitter beers too). Oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (478) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pours a golden with one finger head with mild lacing. Are of citrus and tropical fruit dominates. Toasted malt. Moderate to full bitterness. Medium bodies. Carbonation a touch brisk but still good. Excellent moderate to heavy bitterness. Well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popway (120) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Aroma is fruit punch, tangerine soaked wet towel, Pours a nice white foam head with lingering cirus (spelling?) cloud formation. Mellow, easy to drink, little bitterness, pineapple on the finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Clear golden pour white pour with light spotty lacing .... Aroma of tropical fruits, piney, grapefruit, mango .... Taste is of spicy rye, grapefruit, piney hops, tropical fruits, mango and caramel malts .... Very dry bitter and spicy with a nice lingering tropical and grapefruit .... Abv hidden well.... Awesome IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2015
bottle. Deep golden with one finger head. Light rye body with just a bit of spiciness. Solid Nelson Sauvin hops. Fairly low bitterness, but very nice hop flavors. Citrus/tropical mainly. Very good stuff, not sure that it meets the hype though.

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