savnac (2352) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Alpine. Wow, this is my type of brewery. So many solid IPA’s, and this is yet another one. Pretty standard all around, lots of citrus, pine, flowers with the malt just hanging out for balance. Nice and dry too, which shows off the hops well.
StefanSD (1920) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy bass color with a small white head that soon fades away. The aroma is complex citrus--oranges, grapefruit and lemons. The flavor is a big bitter blast of citrus(mostly grapefruit), with help from weeds, herbs and wheat. The palate is smooth and malty with lively carbonation. Finishes long and biter with a light bubblegum flavor emerging. Overall: A very tasty IPA.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared thanks to Arbitrator. Awesome appearance. Brilliant mostly clear copper color with a lasting two-finger white head and great lacing. Huge citrusy, piney, and resinous hope aroma with sweet malt and fresh cereal grains. Sweet pale malt base, a little sweeter than most Alpine IPAs in a good way. Really tastes like wort in a way, and I like it. Also huge ripe grapefruit flesh and peel, resins, and pine needles. Brutal resins attack your palate despite the fact that the body is only medium. Dry and bitter. Really really awesome overall. Not surprising.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden pour. The nose is very fresh and bright. A little bit of orange and grapefruit. Fresh and piny with a soft rich fruitiness. A bit of softly sweet fruity hops. Dry and a little bit resiny. Fruity and pithy bitterness. Nice stuff.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. My least favorite of their IPAs, but still a great beer. Very drinkable.
brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is golden in color with a fluffy white head on tap which leaves lots of sticky lacing.
S: The nose is all grapefruit and pine with maybe just an inkling of malt coming through.
T: The flavor is what you expect from the nose. Lots of bitter grapefruit and piney hops with just a touch of malt sweetness.
M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a bitter finish.
D: This is pretty much what you expect from an Alpine brewed IPA. Great hop flavors and aromas.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 On draft at Hamilton’s Tavern for 2nd Saturday: Pours out a clear golden, white spotted lacing. Fruity nose filled with mandarin oranges, pink pulpy grapefruit, some pine, and wet grass. The flavor is a real let-down compared to the wonderful nose- sour and metallic with bites of stale citrus that lasts into the finish. Drinkability: Dry grapefruit and lemon rind add a fairly nice balance of sweetness/bitterness. Mostly, not bad. Pairing: Orange sorbet. Rebuy: Probably not. #387 on 10042010, DG.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Stone as well as later at the brewery-ite copper hue with a sudsy white head. nose at stone was sweet, slightly malty and piney but fresh at the brewery, it was much more floral. i think the stone one was a bit old. subtle hops on the flavors from the stone sample, but the hops from the brewery version were much like the Nelson-in your face, tropical and somewhat piney. nice floral finish but it was missing some dryness. carbonation was spritzy but becomes slick as the beer warmed. fresh, this beer was very good, but somewhat lower than their other stellar ipa’s. everybody must go to Alpine to have the best ipa’s out there!
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado SD. Clear orange amber with a small off-white head, fading to a thin ring and film for the duration. Nose is grapefruit rind and pine with a bit of skunky hops--not in a bad way. Flavor adds some dull pineapple notes and a tinge of jackfruit. Only a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Firm bitterness throughout, peaking at a 6 in the dry finish and lingering a bit. No alcohol presence. Low prickly carbonation with a light smooth body. Good IPA from Alpine, as usual, but not my favorite from them.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. A golden copper color with plentiful white head. Fragrant citrus and pine on the nose. Medium bodied with perfect feel on your palate. Upfront bitter hops with some sneaky malt sweetness. Finish good and bitter without being overly dry. Great beer.