JorisPPattyn (8432) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught Very good head, collapsing; darker orange-amber. Unbelievable C-hops concentration; some caramel-covered cookies. Bit cheesy hops chosen. Sweet taste! With, no mistake, a lot of hoppy flavours, but NO bitterness. Litte burning sensation, well carbonated; medium body. VERY good IPA, with excellent balance, despite the hops overload
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ O’brien’s. Pours orange with a 2 finger bright white head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is sweet hoppy and nice. Good beer, nice collaboration.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ O’Briens. Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Hop forward aroma but not too crazy. Pine, citrus and sweaty notes. The flavor was malty and piny. Some earthy notes as well. Mild bitter finish with a light to medium body.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at O’Brien’s Pub during their anniversary week barrel aged night, shared with Goldtwins, DarkElf, Wetherl, and others. I’ve seen this a number of times around town lately, but the first time gets the rating. Poured deep golden without much head. Floral hop aroma. flavor had a nice hop biterness, both floral and citrusy. smooth and crisp finish.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange hue with a hint of red and a small slight off white head. Aromas are light. Very light. The beer was served very cold and even as it warmed the aromas still weren’t present. Flavors of diacytel, banana with a light hop bitterness.
I will have to try it again as I may have had a bad batch as I know that Tom and Pat are awesome brewers.
patrick767 (3727) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Stone Bistro - You know, I don’t think they indicate which Alpine IPA they have on tap (O’Brien’s or Bad Boy), but this one appears to be the latest one making it’s way around the San Diego area, so I’ll go with it. It pours copper with a nice, lingering white head. There are citrus and flower notes in the hop heavy aroma. The taste of light caramel malts are balanced well with the assertive hops bitterness. Medium bodied and certainly enjoyable, this IPA is well done.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the new Liars club. I’ve been looking forward to trying this to increase my number of Alpine ratings. Very, very flowery hoppy aroma. Great arom. Mild hop bitterness. Clear amber color. Frothy cask-like microfoam head. Relatively easy to drink.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Churchill’s this past week. Pours orange yellow with a thick, frothy, white head. Decent lace. Smells citrusy with a grassy background. Tastes citrusy and hoppy, grapefruit, lemon, grass, a bit resiny. Medium body, not too thick for a big IPA. Carbonation is good but fades quickly. Pretty good IPA.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dude...where did you get those hops?
Wonderful aroma. Strong raw hop taste which continued long after the glass of goodness was gone.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at O’briens. This IPA was decent flavors of hops and some sweet malts. The balance leaned towards the bitterness. Pretty good though.