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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alpha Dog — 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4169) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Grass, grapefruit, rosehip aroma. Clear amber, medium head. Grass, overripe orange, solid bitterness. Good.

   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. I’ll be back for more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseMartineau (88) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2014
Beautiful nose, pine, floral, spice. Taste is not as good as nose, but still great, pine is prominent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4699) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Slightly hazy copper under a sticky thin white head. Lovely nose with a bitter dose of piney and floral resins, with a sticky sweet note of papaya and a bunch of other tropical notes. Flavor is sticky with tropical fruity notes featuring papaya and grains of paradise, with a strong pine resin bitterness and some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Draft. Pours hazy gold with slight head, dissapates quickly. Aroma is nutty, floral, dank, bready. Taste is combination of those aromas. Hits the bitter notes pretty well. Nice full hop experience. I’d go back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (428) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a two finger rocky white head that fades slowly. Nose is lots of pine and floral hops with a faint background of honey and caramel. There is a a sufficient level of sweet malt and honey to provide a base for the massive pine and citrus bitterness to follow. Medium slick mouth with average carbonation and a long dry bitter finish with a very faint metallic tang at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (790) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2014
22 oz bottle pour. Pours a dark copper with a cloudy head. Strong floral hop aroma from a distance. Caramel, and malt flavor. A lot of it. Finishes with pine. Overall a pretty nutty flavor as well. I like this. Unique. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotchzombie (373) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2014
Pours copper and a bit hazy with a creamy off-white head that settles to a finger and laces wet. Like a Guiness head but white. Aroma is caramel malt and light peach and hop resin. Taste is very malt forward and quite active in the mouth. Strong bitter bomb that slams the door on the sweet citrus notes. Pine, grapefruit, did I say pine? More pine. Booze bitter hop vs fresh hop. Just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2769) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a slightly hazy, medium amber (SRM 13) body....nose is light floral, with hints of pine from the hops, cereal, with sweet tones from the malts, minimal esters....taste is lead by caramelized honey sweetness, light cereal tones, leading to a strong floral dominated, with hints of resin, moderate bitter finish.....mouth feel, medium body, mildly sticky, slight alcohol warmth, carbonation makes a moderate tingle and very light acid on the finish. The floral notes, almost rose like, are present in both aroma and flavor, and are balanced by mildly sweet malts. The bitterness, which lingers, is not the typical American hop type dominated by resin, and citrus peel. I would prefer more hop complexity, and would suggest a change in the hops to include a slightly stronger pine, resin note perhaps Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade in type. BJCP 8/3/15/5/7

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