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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Alpine might be small, but their brewing chops are mighty. We teamed up to create this triple dry-hopped imperial IPA bursting with Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops. Consider yourself a hero for getting an Alpine beer outside of San Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (896) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Draft at Urge Gastropub in San Diego ($4 for half pint). Pours a clear straw-orange hue with one finger of off-white foam. Aroma is wet pione forest, juicy tropical fruit, dank hops, light booze, and hints of honey caramel. Yes, I also get interesting notes of chopped garlic and perhaps onion in the nose that some of the other raters here found. Flavor of very fresh hops, mostly of tropical fruit (pineapple and passionfruit mainly along with a bit of mango) but also with a considerable amount of resiny pine needles and grapefruit as well. There is a little bit of the "onion" in the finish too, but it is actually pleasant. Some sweet caramel comes in at the end, mitigating the bitterness and providing balance, but this is still a big hop bomb. But amazingly, this actually finishes almost equal parts bitter and sweet. The alcohol is mostly well concealed as well. I am one of the fortunate residents of San Diego, and I have been enjoying Alpine beers for a number of years now (one of the "heroes" I suppose). I am really happy that New Belgium now makes it possible for much of the rest of the country to at least sample what the hop masters of Alpine are capable of. This is a great DIPA...up there with Alpine’s Pure Hoppiness but not quite to the level of their Exponential Hoppiness, in my opinion. (54, 722)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Overall pretty good IPA. orangey in color and white head. Citrusy in taste. Boozy upfront. Once it warms up it goes down a lot easier ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
What happened here with these amazing hops listed on the bottle, because none of them shine through. Sugar bomb, centennial seems to dominate but tastes more like cotton candy, big acidic citrus, under attenuated, very biscuity, some great flavors here but very convoluted with the sweetness and whatever else. Had no idea it was 9% so well done there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Medium gold with a light haze - soapy lace - pine and cedar hit the notes first, followed by sweet tropical notes and citrus zest - texture is a little oily - medium-low, soft carbonation - flavor is pretty straightforward - zesty, peppery hops - strong bitterness that is held in check fairly well by the sweeter notes of peach and tropical fruit - piney hop character late - alcohol is masked well, aside from a bit of warmth in the finish, and it mostly just accentuates the spicy hops in the finish - it’s nothing terribly complex, but it has nice hop aromatics and is balanced and enjoyable for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
pours a semi-clear orange with a small egg-shell head, and very good lacing. smell is of grapefruit, caramel, some malt, a tad floral, and a little pine. taste is creamy, citrus, grain, hops, caramel, some pine, malt, and citrus. ends chewy and bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 bottle. clear orange with a fine white head and little retention. powerful orange and peach gelatin and pine resin nose with circulating notes of cedar shavings and rye seed. medium-low carbonation; medium-high sweetness; medium-high bitterness; medium acid; chewy and syrupy texture as expected of the style but the low carbonation is soft enough to keep things in place, texture-wise. pine shavings and resin dominate the hop flavor while toasted orange peel and tart peach linger underneath. about what you’d expect: big, bold, powerful and simple. not really my thing these days, but I can appreciate the effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
(22oz bottle) clear rich amber, offwhite head. Nose of rich tropical fruit, tiny bit of caramelized onion, fairly sweet but also quite hoppy. Taste of onion, light grapefruit bitterness, melba toast, pretty fresh. Medium body that tends on the sweet side, nice IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
bomber, with deep orange color and good off white foam, lots of blue cheese and herbal essence shampoo, strawberry and citrusy floral, smooth finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours clear golden / copper with a nice beige head. The aroma has lots of tropical hops, mild sweetness, modest toast, citrus, floral hops, light pine and green onions - nice. It has a medium / full body that’s a bit rough and grainy with smooth semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with dry caramel malt, nice toast, funky hops, perfume/floral hops and some citrus. The finish has grapefruit, pine, earth and a lot of hop resin. Really nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy golden amber with a large off-white creamy head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Aroma is strong grapefruit, pine resin. Flavor is grapefruit, spruce and pine, mild caramel malt, some undefined spice and herb flavors. Medium bitter finish. Rich and full bodied. Very good beer.

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