scooter520 (185) - - AUG 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear amber orange thin white head. Aroma of some biscuit yeast and all kinds of hops: pine, grass, orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit. Tastes of pure fruit forward and slightly bitter hops, caramel, and hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is mid thin with medium carbonation. Overall a very solid mix between a west coast and midwest style DIPA.
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HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours a clear dark golden with a medium white head and nice lacing. The aroma isnít as intense as some of the Alpine beers Iíve had. I get some pine and light tropical fruit. The taste is well balanced and hides the alcohol very. The mouthfeel is medium light and it has a clean finish. Overall this is a really nice beer but it doesnít live up to the expectations I had knowing what Alpine can do on their own. I hope this helps Alpine continue to get the exposure they deserve and it is a bold brew for New Belgium.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two of my favorite breweries really came up with something special. Probably the best collaboration Iíve ever tasted. Alpineís specialty is hop flavor blending for perfectly balanced IPAs. New Belgium brings a mastery of texture, carbonation and clarity. The combination is spectacular. An extraordinarily balanced IPA.
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is amazing that Alpineís flavor came from such a larger brewhouse/system... This is a fantastic IPA. Big rich, tropical notes - mango, guava - grapefruit and a hint of pine - it also has that unexplainable sweet smell that Alpine does. Only thing it is lacking a tad is the slight creamy mouthfeel they get to balance the big hops. Fantastic, I am taken aback.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong pine and hop aroma and pours golden color with ample white head, strong hop flavor with a sweet finish. Overall itís pretty good
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two finger head, mostly diminishing, off white, active carbonation, cloudy, dark golden color, good lacing, caramel floral aroma, nice bitter bite.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: Golden honey orange, white lacing. Smell: Dank, mild passion fruit, orange peel, little onion, resinous pine, alcohol. Taste: Dank pine, resin, tropical fruits, earthy, heat, lemon oil, grass, alcohol sweetness, citrus/pine bitterness that lingers for a while. Feel: Medium-light, soft carbonation. Overall: The aroma on this is excellent. The flavor profile is off centered by the alcohol sweetness (This is why I usually dislike most DIPAís). This could be great if the sweetness was more mellow.
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good beer is good by every measure, but greatness can be subjective. For me, this is one of the most enjoyable beers Iíve ever tasted. Iíve heard good things from people I trust when it comes to palate and once I tasted this amazing double/super IPA and instantly loved it. Aroma is fresh hops and lots of citrus and floral notes. Also some candy and spice present. Not quite grapefruit, but some other citrus is present. Maybe Cara Cara orange. It pours a slightly cloudy and beautiful orange color with a this white head that gives way to moderate lacing. Itís medium bodied and there is some hot alcohol in the back of each sip, but not overwhelming for a 9% abv beer. Some resin and oil, but very smooth. It tastes amazing. I love the pine and citrus hops that give way to a unique citrus flavor like a cara cara orange or maybe a mandarin and some definite pineapple comes through as does some cotton candy and perhaps dreamsicle or push-ups. A little malt to balance the hops and some delicate spicing. Itís very balanced and not bitter at all. No astringent aftertaste. Actually, the lingering taste is of the citrus and pineapple. Again. All reviews and palates are subjective. For me, a must drink and a huge winner.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gold with a small white head. Classic alpine ipa smell (those who love alpine know what I mean), tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, and a little bit of the Ganga (the good shit). Flavor follows. More tropical fruit, citrus, pine and more of that dank sticky weed. Solid bitterness compliments the fruit and citrus. Medium bodied, lower carbonation. The finish could be a bit more dry, but this is a great IIPA. Easy drinking and a solid beer!
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is evident immediately and quite strong. It has notes of pine and resin, with a bit of alcohol. The taste is bitter up front, but not overwhelmingly so. Next comes intense hop flavor with notes of citrus, pine and resin. The taste ends with a bit of alcohol. This is an extremely well rounded and excellent ipa.