BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright 14 karat pour with a fluffy ivory tower. Aroma shows grapefruit, citrus pith, lemon zest and orange peel. Quite bitter. Flavor follows. Assertive hops, grassy and earthy, spice and black pepper. The alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Much more aggressive than you’d expect from NB...which is a good thing! Alpine rocks...YUM!
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 isn’t as intense as some of the Alpine beers I’ve 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 doesn’t 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.
toxichop (416) - South Gate, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: pine and limes, grapefruit some pineapple. P: light copper with a thin head. T: Pine, pineapple, mango, green onions and hint of limes. Noticable alcohol, with a strong caramel backbone and has a peppery finish. Finishes dry and bitter. M: light body soft carbonation. O: Maybe cause I have been drinking saisons and wit’s I found this to be strong on bitterness and alcohol. None the less both of this companys make better beer apart.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had been chasing this beer for a bit and once found, it was only so-so. Pours a dark orange. Aroma was only detected when I really stuck my nose in it. Strong pine notes with backing flavors of pepper and candied citrus.
portableparty (1978) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Bottle to snifter. Pours bright orange with a foamy tight white head that fades to a foamy collar and film. Aroma is bitter resinous piny hops with subtle caramel malt and pepper. Taste is very bitter piny/grapefruit like hops and pepper/spice with the malt somewhat balancing it all out and being slightly sweet and resinous on the finish. Palate is slick and sticky with a warming dry finish. Good beer for $6.99 a 22 oz.
AWISLguy (1517) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bomber from Discount in Waukesha. Pours a very clear golden yellow with a bit of a foamy white head. Lacing in drops along the side of the glass. Aroma has huge floral hops (hello Amarillo!), citrus fruit and overwhelming resin with some toast (hello simcoe ...). Very hop-forward in the smell with no malt detection at all. Taste is of raw bitter citrus - like an entire hop cone - then resin and pine. Some sweetness in the piney/spruciness, but very, very bitter. No alcohol detected in the flavor at all, but some afterward. Finishes dry, bitter, long and bitter. And bitter. Very unbalanced to the hoppy side, and a fairly smooth drinker, but the overwhelming bitterness is a bit much.
drjay44 (2799) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, long lived, off white head, with some lacing, over a hazy, dark gold (SRM 6) body.......nose is pine, resin, citrus peel, light toffee/caramel......taste is light toffee/caramel, pine, grapefruit peel, light floral honey, finishing with a lingering, but not overwhelming bitterness, tinged with licorice.......mouth feel medium, light alcohol warmth, carbonation adds tingles on the tongue. This is a typical "American" I/DIPA. It is is hop dominated in both aroma and flavor, but is sufficiently complex to be well balanced. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
ACHops (839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Über. Pours bright golden with medium lacey head. Aroma is big tart and fruity hops. Taste is huge hops: juicy, floral, and piney with a bitterness that lasts through the finish. Light biscuity body that offers no resistance to the hop parade here. Deceptive, the 9% sneaks up on you as this is so easy drinking. The hops are mastered here, the best-in-class DIPAs have a bit more going with their malts.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber for Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours lightly hazed golden orange and white head. Aromas of bright citrus and tropical fruits with a bit of biscuity malts. Flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, nice malt base, and good amount of bitter hops. Nicely balanced and drinkable IPA.
emacgee (4203) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Milltown. Pours a soft straw yellow with one two fingers of sticky white head. Sickly hoppy nose, tons of resin and citrus rind with raw hop leaf and cone seeping through. Very dank and heady. Flavor is super intense, takes on that mothbally character some overhopped beers have for me. Tastes almost like a chemical on the finish. No me gusta.