DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 On cask at Hamilton’s Tavern for 2nd Saturday (San Diego, CT): Pours a slightly hazed, golden ambery hue and topped with a dense white head that isn’t going anywhere. Full aromatic notes of pink grapefruit, golden wheat, florals, candied cherry, wet grass, caramel malts, fresh pine, and dough. A dissapointing metallic mouthfeel, with added grains, biscuits, and sour to complement. This one didn’t come all together or me. Drinkability: Estery. Pairing: Tri tip with a side of collard greens. Rebuy: Yeah. #390 on 10042010, DG.
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
A: The pour is just like all the other Alpine IPAs--a light golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves some nice lacing.
S: The nose is just a burst of citrusy hops which just dominates the senses. The pine is mild and I don’t pick up much malt in this one.
T: There is a touch of sweetness which I wasn’t expecting but it works great with the citrus hop flavors. The pine is mild but provides the necessary bitterness to the beer.
M: A moderate level of carbonation with a light-medium body. Really the only knock on this beer.
D: What a shocker, Alpine made another great (D)IPA. It was a pleasure to try this one, and I would certainly have it again. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
On tap at Toronado SD. Clear amber with a tiny off-white head, no room for a head, actually. Fair retention. Lots of fruity and dank hops turning towards herbal and earthy in the flavor. As with most of the hoppy beers, minimal sweetness noted. Again, very fruity. A little spruce showed up as it warmed. Bitterness peaked at a 5 in the dry finish, picking up on a little alcohol warmth. I had to drunk this down a bit before i could properly nose it. Aroma was much the same but not getting the pine--mainly really fruity and a little dank. Sweeter in the aroma as well. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Very good--I remember having this a few months ago and didn’t like it near as much. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Growler shared by largadeer on BA, who got it from another BA in the San Diego area. Big thanks to all parties who contributed toward getting this bad boy (which happens to actually be called "Bad Boy") into my mouth. I never mind trying a new Alpine IPA/DIPA, that’s for sure.
Pours a brilliant clear copper color with a one-finger white head and great lacing.
Aroma is amazing and dominated by a complex hop character: floral, piney, citrusy, and...um...weedy. Not too much malt.
Flavor has just a touch of sweet malt, similar to Pliny almost, but is almost all about the hops. Fresh, intense floral, piney, and orangey/grapefruity hops. Oh yeah, some good ol’ Mary Jane too. Who doesn’t like that?
Medium bodied, clean, and crisp, with palate-wrecking hops. Damn near the perfect mouthfeel for this style.
Extremely drinkable. Amazing DIPA, on the same level as Pliny the Elder easily. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap. Poured a dull orange with a thin whisp of head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, fruit, and earth. Quite hoppy. Earthy and citrus predominantly. A touch of floral. A pretty solid beer overall.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
On tap at Obrien’s. Clear amber in the glass. Nose is mild hops. Taste is big flash of sweet with strong bitterness low in the back. Interesting the way it hits the palate deep in the back. Sharp. Big, long lasting vegetable sweetness. Wet and gooey and wonderful. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Growler, courtesy hopscotch. Pours a mostly clear, medium orange-amber hue with a small, lasting head of bubbly, snow white froth. Scattered, spotty lacing dots the glass. The nose explodes with varied hop character, showing ultra-dank grass notes, cannabis, dried citrus fruit, and peppery wildflowers. Rich, dried out toffee comprises the malt base, lending necessary sweetness, though this one is all about the sensory hop experience. The flavors follow suit, strikingly bitter with sticky resins, grass, and grapefruit hop notes, yet sufficiently reigned in by the fresh toffee sweetness in the background. Incredibly drinkable for such a staunch, massively hopped beer, the palate is substantial, moderately carbonated, and slightly drying on the back end. Hop flavors linger on the tongue for ages. This is a damn fine IIPA, reminiscent of its big brother, Exponential Hoppiness, only toned down in every category. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Growler. Gold pour. Malt and hops are in harmony. Citrus hops lead the way with some biscuit aroma too. Flavor is hoppy and malty together. Tropical fruit and pine. Good stuff. sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown, growler courtesy of Hopscotch.
Pours amber/orange, of-white head.
Aroma is hoppy, malty with hints of fresh hops, leading to a nice citrus nose.
Flavor, lots of hops, sweet mouthfeel that was very exceptional, reminded me a lot of the New Zeland hops used in Nelson. Heavy hops and once again, Alpine manages to keep it very drinkable and smooth with very enjoyable hops. hopscotch (11104) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Growler… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… Clear golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Spicy, peppery, earthy hop nose. Full-bodied and chewy with gentle carbonation. Leans toward the sweet side of balance. Sweet toffee and caramel malts outweigh bitter, spicy hops. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.