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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alpha Dog ó Ahead Of The Pack
A True Hop Bomb Brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood Hops for a Piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich Malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch.


kmeves' rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2010
pours a frothy largish off-white head atop a cloudy amber body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet with grapefruit, some peach and very floral. Flavor is medium sweet with grapefruit, peach, some pine. Medium body, sticky texture. I really expected this one to top Devil Dog but it fell a bit short, still a great DIPA however.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (414) - CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours clear pale amber with two fingers of tight white head, great retention, excellent lacing. (5/5) Nose is piney and citrus hops, mango, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet and strong bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter finish. (4/5) Decent IIPA that tends a bit to the harsh. Itís hop forward, though, and even though thereís lots of malt, it plays the appropriate supporting role instead of coming to the forefront. (As Iíve said many times, Iím always disappointed by malt-forward IPAs or IIPAs, but this isnít one.) Fairly sessionable despite the high ABV and IBUís. (127 IBU? Yeah, I believe that.) OK, fine, it is a bit of a palate wrecker, but if you follow it with another one of the same, thatís not a problem, right? (15/20)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1550) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
660ml bottle from Jasper wine cellar & liquor store. Big sweet caramel and perfumed floral aroma. Pours a good looking pale amber colour, with a fine white head. Warming alcohol in the chest pretty quickly, the smell does remind me of rapeseed plants. Slightly chalky in the finish, but with some background dry grapefruit. Really enjoyed this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"not super impressed with this one - just too many great iipas on the market to buy this agian, but it was ok. aroma and flavor of pine and bready malts, with a little citrus and ample bitterness to back it up."

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kseymour (1) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
22oz bottle. Very pleasant smell slightly citrusy with a piney flavor and a hoppy aftertaste

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Om draft at Isaac Newtonís. This was just okay for me. Very piney finish, some caramel malts, some notes of grapefruit. The aftertaste was a bit harsh in the pine department. Could have been blended better.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (2271) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy copper/orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging slightly. The smell had some grapefruit/piney aromas here and there. The taste was similar. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Overall, good DIPA, itís nothing over the top but gets the DIPA fix done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MunBro (534) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
Amberish pour, white foamy head. Pine focussed taste with some nice hops too. A good IPA!

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
BPBrewCrew (18) - Batavia, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
After pouring and expecting to see my future in a frothy head that over stayed it's welcome similarly to a drunk and inappropriate uncle on an obligatorily awful holiday event, I shuddered with disgust at the aroma of an "alpha dog" after eating an expired disregarded batch of purina. So... There's that. It is a beer. It has a cool label. But even an alpha dog sniffs the a$$ of other dogs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Grass, grapefruit, rosehip aroma. Clear amber, medium head. Grass, overripe orange, solid bitterness. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aatje88 (1) - Seattle, - JUN 8, 2014 does not count
Bottle pour. Wonderful, dank, hoppy nose. Spicy, pine flavor. Great beer overall. Iíll be back for more.


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