hopscotch (9997) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler...Clear golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aromatic highlights are grapefruit, star fruit and toffee. Light to medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is quite hoppy although the bitterness is relatively low. Also, toffee and butterscotch are offered up. Finishes crisp, floral and fruity. Growler courtesy of richiesd!
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a clear golden color with a nice tall white head and some streaks of lace.
S: As usual with a hoppy Alpine beer, the nose is just stellar. Great citrus character to it with plenty of floral and spicy notes as well. A bit of bread and and biscuit give the beer some malt flavor and a light sweetness.
T: The citrus hops are the first thing I taste here and the grapefruit and tangerine notes are just great. A touch of grass along with some rather strong floral hop flavors. Like with the nose, just enough malt flavor and sweetness.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Just supremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this beer at the brewery and the color is copper golden with a bountiful white head. The aroma is once again outstanding with fresh grassy earthy hops. Medium to light mouthfeel. Flavors begin with nutty malt and prickly carbonation. Some solid bitter hops kick in next and linger on. The finish is balanced and somewhat dry. Tasty pale ale.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 On tap at the brewpub. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that soon diminishes and shows some minor lacing. The aroma is modest with herbs and citrus. The flavor is quite robust with abundant citrus, mixed fruits and mangoes set in not too sweet caramel base. The palate is full and smooth. The finish is long, dry and biter. Overall: Awesome hoppy APA.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to largadeer for this tick. Growler pours clear golden with a one finger white head that fades to a thin film. The aroma is hoppy, believe it or not, with citrus and herbal notes, and a bready malt character behind it. The flavor is interesting, rather biscuity and bready, with an average hop bite. Earthy with orange and grapefruit. Medium-light bodied and crisp with good hop oils and very high drinkability. Not quite Alpine’s best, but enjoyable as always.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours with a clear golden body with a large, foamy white head. Creamy, with good retention. Huge hop aroma! Citrusy, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits and mango. Dry, malt bill, lightly grainy. Flavors are again huge. Really hoppy (I get columbus)! Tropical fruit, pomelo, over ripe fruit, mango, esters, fruity, lightly grassy, grainy, dry. Lively bubbles. Awesome!
Terminus (3328) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 Tap at the brewpub, cask and tap at Toranado San Diego-pours lite golden orange with a small white head. nose is dank hops, citris and tropical notes with some lite notes of grapes and melon. the flavors are mostly dank tropical hops but with little bitterness. This could be the best session beer i have ever had. Lite sweet hoppy finish with lingering notes of lemons, grapes, and lingering lite bitterness. For such a low ABV beer, this thing has the most flavor i have ever seen in a beer of its stature. Cask version was a bit more round with some sweet pale malt coming through more. However, both versions were great in their own respect. i would have to go with the tap due to its in-your-face hops. This is the best APA i have ever had!!!! RERATE-i still love this beer but i had their Hoppy Birthday and THAT is the best APA i have ever had!!!! This is still damn tasty and makes for a great session beer!
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Growler) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, herbs, tangerine, and grass. Flavor of florals, herbs, grass, earthiness, caramel, some citrus, and pine.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler courtesy of richiesd. Pours copper with a lasting off white head. Smells of melon, sweet juicy citrus, some pine, nutty. Tastes earthy with some floral elements and a spicy bitter, grassy finish.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Golden beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and summer fruit aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light earth. Medium bodied. Pine and earth lingers with malt and grapefruit.