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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Another single IPA with a lighter slant. A slightly elevated malt profile and a higher mash temp leaves more sweetness to balance the hop bitterness against. Several different popular hop varieties are used while boiling and dry-hopping. 1.059 OG 60IBU 6%ABV


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 20, 2010
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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2009
On tap at Toronado SD. Lovely orange amber with medium white head. Great light citrus on top of sweet hoppy nose. Taste is pretty much the same. Bitter sticky piny hops and light citrus sweetness. Great IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
On tap at Obriens. Clear amber pour. Grapefruit, citrus, sticky bitter hops, caramel malt, lemon, and some tropical fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (933) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Draft at Toronado San Diego (and not at O’Brien’s). Pours a clear orange with minimal head. Aroma is less strong than other IPA’s but is otherwise straight up west coast IPA with hoppy aromas: citrus (mainly the sweet and bitter of ruby red grapefruit) and pine. LIke the grapefruit, there are both sweet and bitter flavors present in here. The malt backbone is strong enough to create a bit of sweetness. But the hops are certainly stronger with a bitter flavor being more predominant throughout -- more grapefruit and pine as well as a notable "spicy" hop character. Dry finish with moderate lingering bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
Draught at Toronado SD. Dark gold with a ruddy tint. The damn bartender didn’t leave a milliliter of space for a head, so only some scant white film remained (well, more Alpine IPA for me so I can’t really complain. Not a super pngent hop aroma, but still nice spicy and herbal hops with a fruity kiwi note. The flavor has a nice and lean toasty malt base with a spicy, juicy hop flavor with that same kiwi note and a resiny bitter finish that is actually on the lower side for the style considering all the aroma hops (typical for Alpine, and part of why I love them). Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A very nice IPA that definitely falls on the drinkable side. As good as it was, this was actually the least impressive IPA from Alpine that I had while in town. These guys are on it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 20, 2009
From growler. Pours a bright orange with nice fluffy off white head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma is lemon, citrus, pine hops. Flavor is resiny pine, light citrus, some carmel malts in the backbone. finishes bitter and dry. very smooth and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Draft at Obriens. Pours orange amber with a white head and spotty lacing. Nice lemony citrus hop aroma. Pale malt backdrop behind a dry grapefruit rind bitterness, but with some sweetness to balance things out. Not bad

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
On tap at San Diego Brewing: Extreme amount of grapefruit flavoring which left me craving IPA’s like it for a few days. In a more scientific summary the flavor was a bit sour with domination of bitterness while my aftertaste ended metallically. Fine golden color and small head. Nose detected is of pure hops and notes of citrus.


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