Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Pour from tap at GABF ’12. Appearance is clear golden in color with a small off-white head and good lacing. Big grass, weed, light grapefruit, and resin in the aroma. Taste is super dank, big weed, orange peel, a touch of pine, straw, and sweet caramel with a medium bitter finish. Really smooth and super easy-to-drink especially given the high ABV. Medium body with high carbonation. Nice DIPA! drfabulous (7780) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Hoppy and intense like Alpine beers are. Bitte but touches of fruit and citrus. Awesome. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
pour is clear golden orange with tons of creamy tan head that lingers forever. Nose is heavy pine with citrus and pineapple notes and a hint green. Well balanced caramel biscuit malt gentle cascades the side of the mouth. Taste follows suit, I was expecting big bitterness but it is surprisingly smooth and clean. Got balance of caramel and biscuit mid palate with sweet citrus up front and loads of piney resinous hop in back. The body is full and creamy with a gentle carbonation and light lingering bitterness. wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Growler pour; thanks for sharing, Steve. Pours murky yellow with a small head. Fruity, hoppy nose; taste is grapefruit/citrius and bitter hops. Very good.
Reynolds314 (3433) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 18, 2012
What a great beer. A complete hop bomb with tons of Columbus(I presume). Aroma is super dank grapefruit. Taste is sticky resiny lightly sweet and citrusy with that awesome Alpine maltyness that I absolutely love. The malts provide a caramel/butterscotch note that compliments the massive dry hopping in this. WOW!
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2012
big thanks to thome50. This is rediculous, highly dank and drinkable, big citrus and dank flavors. Awesome stuff! daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Growler fill from brewery while returning from a camping / mountain biking trip in east county ($20 for growler fill). Pours an amazingly clear orange-amber hue with two fingers of frothy white foam. Aroma has lots of luscious tropical fruit (mango, rambutan, mangosteen, papaya) along with some very dank/resiny hops, honey, citrus, and hints of bready malts. Flavor has a tangy dank-herbal hoppiness with considerable semi-sweet fruitiness (tangerine, berries, papaya, some grapefruit) and a bit of spice (pepper and maybe even some cumin?!). Though the nose and mouth are full of oily hops, this does not finish super bitter but rather has a nicely balancing sweet honey maltiness toward the end. The high ABV is completely hidden, making this a "bad boy" indeed...almost seems sessionable! I tried researching what hops are used in this, but could not find any info. My guess is that there is a lot of New Zealand hops up in here based on the aroma/flavor leaning more toward tropical fruit than grapefruit/pine. Alpine certainly has a history of using NZ hops in their Nelson and Tuatara ales. I found this to be quite reminiscent of Stone’s very recent Enjoy By 09.21.12 DIPA (which definitely has NZ hops in it). Speaking of Stone, I live only about four miles from the brewery and I am there very often for growler fills. While Stone is widely regarded as the ultimate hop masters, my vote would actually go for the guys at Alpine, and I would be there all the time if the brewery were not an hour away. (104, 729) JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Thanks to Lee for sharing. Wow, this one was ass-rapingly good. Very handsome dark gold to orange pour, lustrous and clean looking like all Alpine IPAs I’ve had. Silky but not overly sticky head, and good retention throughout. Nose strongly reminiscent of Duet on some kind of steroid, with floral and bitters amplified and just a touch of resin and booze. Silky smooth mouthfeel as usual with this brewer, and the flavors are just pure overall more than anything else. Well balanced, abundantly flavorful, booze almost indetectable. Terrific. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Gift from S.J. This brew has everything I like in an Imperial IPA. Intense hop, big floral and grapefruit notes, some pine and caramel malts. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Growler at Woodshop 7. Pours clear, vibrant golden with sticky white bubbles. Rich onion and garlic nose with mega earthy Simcoe. Taste follows suit with bitter root vegetables, parsnips, and shallot. Raw and bitter. Heavy orange pulp and peel. Bitter and earthy. Palate gains the lovely Alpine house butterscotch note famous in Duet. Nice, but the Hoppy Birthday was much better. Yum.