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RATINGS: 408   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5116) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2012
660ml bottle from a trade, thanks stawn!

Pours light clear orange with a small bubbly head. Fresh fruity aroma with notes of grassy hops, pine, citrus and lemon. Taste is malty and hoppy with fresh fruity notes, grass, pine and citrus. Sweetish finish is hoppy and biscuity malty with some alcohol burning through. Lots of fruity and grassy hops, citrus and pine. Tasty, but not as perfectly balanced as the other Alpines.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2859) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bomber poured in tulip. Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a thick creamy head that lingers a long time. Aroma is oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tropical fruit and some light cream and malt. Taste is very creamy from the thick head retention. Lots of slightly sweet fruitiness and only mildly bitter. Finish is dry leaving a grapefruit and pineapple taste. Pretty thin for an Imperial IPA and only touch of malt flavor comes through. Some things I like and some I donít. Itís pretty good but nothing special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bomber served in a tulip Pours clear light gold with a medium white head. Good retention and lace. The nose has Alpineís signature all over it. Bright aroma of oranges and lemon. Wafts of fresh pine over a light malt. Medium bitter, light sweet flavor. More lemon. Medium body, creamy-oily texture, average carbonation, and a big bitter finish that goes forever. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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 youíd expect from NB...which is a good thing! Alpine rocks...YUM!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
toxichop (501) - South Gate, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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 witís I found this to be strong on bitterness and alcohol. None the less both of this companys make better beer apart.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2104) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1827) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2012
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3002) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
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


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