chickenflea (349) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
OK, I think I have reached my hop limit with this beer. And Perhaps, that was the goal here. But this beer is so bitter that the aftertaste destroys the experience. The only way to put out the fire is to drink more. But eventually one reaches the end of the bottle and must face the relentless bitterness. With a name like Alphadog, I guess I should have not expected less.
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of lace behind. Very earthy hop aroma with a strong pine and floral presence. There might be a small grainy component to the aroma as well. Texture is medium-full with average carbonation. Huge resinous, sticky pine needle flavor that dominates lingering over the sweeter notes. Lingering finish. If you love hops for hops sake, this is your beer. For a more balance brew, look elsewhere.
Maxbier (491) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy dark golden with off white head. Alcohol & syrupy mango aroma. Boozy up front, oily pine citrus bitter. Malt is mild mannered. Gets better as it warms up, donít serve below 50įF.
Iznogud (1188) - CROATIA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Ginger Man, New York. pours hazy golden to amber with smooth off-white head. Fruity aroma. Citrus, fruit, malt, pine with dry hoppy bitter finish.
p1meatloaf (228) - Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks yellow apricot slight haze. Large carbonation. Smells of solid citrus american hops. Tastes of a strong bitterness across the palate, mostly citrus. A mild malt balance. Rather high carbonation really brings out the flavors of this beer.
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 17, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 08.16.14.
A: Hop resin and red grapefruit.
A: 2 finger head. See through amber/gold body.
T: Hop resin, pineapple, and almost a bubblegum quality dominate. Flower, cracker, and honey are subtle.
P: Creamy and crisp. Lip smacking mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation.
O: This one is super resiny. I loved it. For 126.8 IBU, itís definitely hop forward but itís surprisingly not too much. The malt is there as balance, but itís not annoying. Pineapple flavor is there in force too. It really is a fantastic West Coast style IIPA. Pliny who?
Ed5388 (2356) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crossroads. Pours a clear light Amber color with a small foamy white head. Aroma and taste were much the same. Sweet citrus, resinous pine, lemon zest, and a tad boozy.
radagast83 (5259) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a cloudy, vibrant yellow-orange color with a large white head. Aroma was orange peel, pine, resin notes. Flavor was lots of pine, citrus, some warming booze on the end.
UXO (515) - CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
RichardW (1602) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"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."
kseymour (1) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Very pleasant smell slightly citrusy with a piney flavor and a hoppy aftertaste