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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2945) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Rating #1500 Bottle pours a hazy light orange/amber with a large fluffy off-white head even though I sneaked it a bit in to the glass. Nice citrusy aroma but not the up front grapefruit west coast IPA type. A little papery and of wet cardboard. Flavor is all about the bitterness. Big, in-your-face hop IBU. It seems to give up a little of the top notch fresh flavor for the power of thre Alpha (dog) Acid. A bit too much for me. Very strong, very long bitter trailer. Feel is a bit light for how big it is. I maybe would have liked .5% less AU in exchange for a little more residual sweetness to balance this a bit more. Moderate carbonation and did I mention bitter?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (10687) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
500 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Fruity hops in the aroma with candied citrus, peach and other fruit notes, alongside caramel malty notes. Taste is earthy, grassy slight bitter hops with a citrus twinge in the finish, followed by sweet toffeeish malt notes. The bitterness is fairly strong throughout and lingers on the tongue. Well done... very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1622) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours dark orange with a fluffy white head. Nice, clean citrusy hop aroma; also note grass and pine. Very good bitter hop flavor. This one is very grapefruity. I do taste something else along with the bitterness that I’m not completely digging. I can’t quite put my finger on it. This one is good but I’ve had Devil Dog and it is much better.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10118) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle… Mostly clear yellow ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is of intense, fresh lupulin; mainly of the grapefruit variety with a tinge of pine. Full-bodied and very creamy with tingly carbonation. If I were a total hophead, and I’m not, this is a beer that I would be totally gaga over. Hop-wise, this beer’s not fuckin’ around. The bitterness in here is Big-Time – Broadway – Vegas, baby! Even at room temperature, there is absolutely no discernable sweetness to squeeze past the bitter-as-hell hop oils that surround, coat and fry my palate. Just a hint of acidity. Lengthy, mouth numbingly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of scraff!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4222) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2009
22 oz. Lightly hazy and golden-amber with a long-lasting quarter inch of creamy foam. Big floral, pineapple and grapefruit nose is nice. Flavor starts the same but is quickly overtaken by just a tad too much resin. The other flavors peek through a bit, but just a little more malt (or less resiny hop) for balance would be really nice in this one. Later some earthy tea leaf, orange and wood notes appear to make this more than a one-note blast of hops. Near-medium body is soft and smoothly drinkable, and of course hop-dry on the finish. All in all, this is a quality hophead beer, which is what it set out to be.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours an amber orange with a thin white head. Nose is piney hops. Hops come through as piney and floral. There is a bit of citrus in the finish, and the mouthfeel is rich and a bit oily. Pretty good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a very nice, light straw amber with a thin, white head and slight lacing. aroma is excellent with big, fresh, resinous and slightly floral hops, pine needles, slightly sweet citrus notes of orange and pink grapefruit, with a touch of toasted toffee malt. flavor is very good as well with big, bitter resinous hops up front matched by notes of sweet tangerine, melon, and pine oil with a nice balance of caramel malts and boozy warmth. palate is slightly syrupy with great carbonation and a long, bitter, piney hop finish. overall, a very good, underrated DIPA

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bomber. Clear amber with a big white head. Resinous nose, tangerine and caramel. Excellent lace, medium body. Tasty tangerine resiny flavor, bitter but not over the top. Niiiice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Don’t remember the color but the smell was nice. Very hoppy. Taste was refreshingly bitter with fruity and citrusy flavor. Strong hop flavor and was quite fresh tasting. Good body and carbonation. Much better than average DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2397) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2009
cloudy light orange brew with white tight head this ale is wheaty in body and appearance it is harsh in taste with bitter grapefruit hop character that seems ripe with honey, sugar and is incorporated with a lost sense of broomstraw malt that is somewhat apparant only overwhelmed. finishes long after sip and that is bitter grapefruit rind in hop syurp. typical American power IPA and i highly enjoy it.


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