wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Good beer. Milder than Pliny the Younger. Let me take this time to write about the happiness I am experiencing right now as drinking the exponential hoppiness. I’m sitting at Obrien’s, possibly the best beer pub in the world, at the bar (rare for me get a seat when it’s so busy), eating sausages, apples, cucumbers, pears, tomatos, a brie, a cheddar, and crackers (blissful combo). I’m debating on whether to choose Swami’s IPA or Maharaja (chose Swami’s). The crowd is great, the waitresses are beautiful, Tom’s washing glasses, my beard itches, and life is really great. Yes, life is great. and so is the expo! hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 Some pretty bomb stuff! Had a sampler at the brewery in Alpine with my buddy jarspag. Dark golden color with a medium-sized head and a citrusy aroma with some pine. A HUGE New Zealand hops blast that finishes sweet with defined notes of oak wood, malty grapefruit, and a pretty earthy undertone. Damn good stuff, but agreeing with jarspag, yes the Pure Hoppiness is better, more balanced. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
Draft at O’briens. Alpine continues to impress. A very nice hop presence with very little malt balance. A slight tast of wood, makes the swallow smooth and a little smokey. Decent warmth. I drank this one right after RR Younger. Very good camparisons of the different styles within the IPAs. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2007
Fresh Growler via trade with WeeHeavySD - Pours a clear orangish color with a half finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and citrus hops. Very nice. Flavor is all hops. Not much malt. What strikes me about this beer is it’s so smooth with no astringent after taste. Alcohol isn’t overbearing. Medium body. This is an excellent beer. Hopefully ABC will have some on tap when I stop by in June. Thanks Jonathan. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Had this numerous times, including the 5 batch vertical tasting at Obrien’s... (July ’06 was my fav)..I must say, the most dangerous beer in america really does sneak up and kick you in the ass. Very well balanced and delicious for being 10.5% - can’t taste a bit of it - alcohol in camouflage. Much respect for pulling this beer off so well. Very similar qualities to the Pure, but a little bigger - citrus, malt, orange, and a ton of pine! Great stuff.
Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
Growler from the brewery - shared with Bartzilla and WeeHeavySD. Aroma is awesome, with tons of piney, fruity hops. Color is a hazy, golden amber color. Flavor is nice, with lots of hops going on - however, the hop presence seems a little reserved this time around. I remember liking this beer alot more last time I had it. Apparently, they oak chipped it this time around. Im not sure if this is a new thing for this beer, but it may have something to do with the diminished hop presence. Probably shouldn’t have had this after I had some of the Nelson, which was just a superior beer. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Growler purchased today at the Brewery. Shared with Naven and Bartzilla. This is damn good beer, but sadly after having it earlier back to back with Alpine Nelson this stuff just doesn’t cut it. Pours cloudy amber witha thin milky white head. Aroma is sweet sharp and big on the hoppiness factoral. The taste put a lot big hoppy citrus in the front with a nice mellow hop along the back end. Very drinkable, not very bitter very fresh very clean, very good. Alcohol is very well hidden sneaks up on you. Still taste wise I’ll take Nelson any day. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
On tap at the Liars Club in San Diego, CA. Maybe the second best IPA I ever tasted. WOW! Golden coloured with a medium sized head. Hops, hops and more hops. But still very wellrounded and wellbalanced. Nice complexity. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2006
I had this beer On tap at O’ Brian’s, San Diego. a very balanced beer that is golden in color. A lot of sweetness to wiegh out the bitterness. Not as IBU as I expected. awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
On tap at the Liar’s Club. Transparent, honey lemon colored pour with a finger of sustaining sudsy white, small bubbled head. The aroma is a lusciously crafted perfume of hops. Sweet orange blossoms, blue spruce, honey, asian pear, and apple skins blend together in perfect harmony. Medium bodied, slightly sticky body with nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The flavors are dripping with hordes of hops and all the classic hop characters, combining the bitterness, spiciness, and even sweetness dimensions that any hophead would die for. Finish is smooth and clean withough being excessively bitter. Wow, this is a delicious one. The balance is incredibly floral and so, so good. On par with the yulesmith as far as multi-dimensioned hop character crafting is concerned, but thats my opinion. Incredibly drinkable in addition to the amazing flavor, aroma, etc. Winner.