Gachupines (850) - USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is citrus hops. Flavor is strong and hoppy with big grapefruit. Not too much malt but doesnít feel overbalanced. Very strong IPA.
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a hazy golden/amber color with a thin white top. Scent is big citrus and pine at first then sweet malt and fruit. Taste is grassy with sweet citrus and pine. Very good.
HughConway (772) - Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber bottle. Orange stiff white head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus, taste is a bit thick, finish a bit off.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice sunset orange color with a finger white head. Dissipates slowly and leaves a soapy lacing. Smells of dank pine, some grass, grapefruit, pineapple, a little mango, lemon. Some sweetness from the malt. Taste starts with a nice dose of pineapple, grapefruit, and other fruits. Some bitterness. Very creamy mouthfeel from the start. Then get the carmel malt in the middle along with more astringent bitterness and citrus fruits. Finishes very bitter, but still get some sweetness and the creaminess of the beer somewhat relieves the bitterness. Not the most balanced, but this is meant to be a west coast style ipa. Pretty full body with no alcohol detection on the nose or the taste, but does go down somewhat warm. As it warms, it gets much better. Gets much more complex with more citrus fruit and pine flavors from the hops. Nicely done.
TomTron (363) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange with a sudsy white head. Aromas of pungent floral hops and grapefruit, really fragrant. Flavor is really packed with fruit and the malt character is there but not shining through like the citrus and grapefruit. Perhaps the sweetest DIPA Iíve ever tried. Has a tinge of bitterness in the back end as well as a dry finish, but also leaves me feeling like I have flowery breath which I canít say Iíve ever felt before. Not a bad beer, a rather interesting one actually and the aroma is what is most memorable, but itís one that I canít see myself drinking very often at all.
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Aroma is insane, huge floral grapefruit thing, appearance is dark yellow and cloudy. The taste is where Iím struggling, at least now at a cool temp it is too sweet. Palate is thick and dense.
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dallas Untapped. Light orange pour with a white head. Aroma is crazy fruit and florals. Taste is dry, hoppy, nice bitterness, and fruit.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. The body was a medium gold with a fluffy and dense light khaki head. The nose is strong with lots of grapefruit. The smell also has lots of bread crust and some wood. The taste is fairly bitter at first with sugared grapefruit. There is a woody and piney resin finish with some glue notes. There is some warming booze. I want to like this, but the over the top woody glue like character is just not for me. This has a thick chewy body. However, I know this is right on an expected unbalanced hop forward west coast style hop bomb.
bb (6739) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Summer fruit and grapefruit aroma. Summer fruit and grapefruit flavor with caramel. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Summer fruit and grapefruit linger with caramel.
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a New Belgium glass because sadly, I donít have an Alpine glass and was unable to score a double glassware win.
The beer is ever so slightly hazy, appearing a beautiful golden color and teeming with effervescence. A somewhat careful pours still yields nearly two inches of thick, white head. As the head settles around a half inch, it plasters the glass with sticky lacing.
The aroma is fabulous and screams Alpine. Fresh hops and citrus in mouth watering fashion. I would have guessed Alpine if served this beer in a blind test.
The flavor is quite nice. Aggressively hop forward with a touch of sweetness. Lots of citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. My kind of IPA.
Silky smooth feel with minimal bitterness, especially considering how hoppy this beer is. Alcohol content is hidden exceptionally well.
Overall, this is certainly a winner for me. So glad to be able to acquire this at my local store.