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RATINGS: 376   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz. bomber. Pours a hazed orange color with a medium white head with lots of lacing. Aroma had me worried at first because I got that same Fat Tire malt wiff when I opened the bottle. It appears to be that malt profile, however they’ve done themselves the favor by dumping hops on it. This is probably what they should have done with Ranger. I get a nice strong citrus and pine note, with bits of herbal hops. Flavor follows the same route: tons of bitter hops hiding the inferior malt profile. I don’t know why New Belgium is obsessed with their signature malt as it only detracts from their beers. Fat Tire is what it is: a gateway to craft beer and nothing more. The body is somewhat syrupy, decent carbonation. I get a bit of alcohol towards the finish. I would say this is a good concept but a average execution. Overall, it’s a bit above meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Wow, there is alot going on in this thing! Pours a somewhat hazy deep gold with rich soapy head that just laces the glass. Aroma, I swear, has some funky brett in it along with a shit ton of citrus, tropical fruit, over ripe, pungent hops. Flavor is similar to aroma with a pretty sweet, malty backbone, a ton of hops to balance it out, mild bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Overall, I know what this is, but, damn, very cloying. Was great with the first few ounces but, shit, very sweet. I just can’t give this a high score. This is one of those instances where it seems that they used a shit ton of malt, a shit ton of hops and fermented it. Too much going on to even pick out off flavors, everything is just masked up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3163) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Mostly clear medium gold body under a tall, sticky, long lasting off-white head. Light pine and citrus hop aroma. The flavor is lightly sweet, no real hops going on here at all. Somewhat thin and uninteresting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5871) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Pure amber color, with a sticky, lasting head. You have to whiff really, really hard to evoke much of an aroma here, but this drinks wtih a good West coast, pine sap-laden, earthy, hoppy character. Makes your mouth sticky. (#4848, 12/8/2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8211) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1181) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 The appearance here is darker golden hue with a creamy off white head which is long lasting. Aroma of grapefruit, onion, garlic. Flavor is more garlic and onion. Odd combination, but it works somewhat. I had this after Sierra Nevada hoptimum, and it pales in comparison. Interesting flavor, yet with that said, it doesn’t quite float my boat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Draught at Eureka Burger. Rating #72. Hazy orangish color with a white head. Sweet malty and light tropical aroma. Toasty flavor, very malt forward, which threw me for a loop. Wasn’t a real big fan to tell you the truth. (2475)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Split a bomber bottle. Clear golden pour with a huge white head that sticks around. Just picked up this bottle yesterday, but I am not getting the hops out of this I expected. Not off the nose or the flavor itself. Seems very malt forward, which is not bad, but not what I was expecting or wanted. I almost feel like I got a bad bottle...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Draft at Haymarket, pours slightly hazy gold with soapy white head. Aroma has sweet caramel, resiny, floral, earthy hops, with an annoying sweet grainy malt backing. Flavors are sweet stiff toasty malts, odd rancid hop note that is of course off putting, green and lychee fruit dominate. Theres some good parts here but they aren’t happy together in the same beer. Really under shot the bittering hops. Sweet grainy and odd hop utilization. I would take ranger over this easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5084) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
22oz bottle pours a clear orange with some spitty, white head. Nose is a little odd, orange candied, pine, but mostly orange creamcicle. Flavor is sweet, light pine but mostly orange creamcicle like you get from an ice cream truck. Medium bodied, orangey finish.

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