tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. My least favorite of their IPAs, but still a great beer. Very drinkable.
brokensail (16332) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is golden in color with a fluffy white head on tap which leaves lots of sticky lacing.
S: The nose is all grapefruit and pine with maybe just an inkling of malt coming through.
T: The flavor is what you expect from the nose. Lots of bitter grapefruit and piney hops with just a touch of malt sweetness.
M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a bitter finish.
D: This is pretty much what you expect from an Alpine brewed IPA. Great hop flavors and aromas.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 On draft at Hamilton’s Tavern for 2nd Saturday: Pours out a clear golden, white spotted lacing. Fruity nose filled with mandarin oranges, pink pulpy grapefruit, some pine, and wet grass. The flavor is a real let-down compared to the wonderful nose- sour and metallic with bites of stale citrus that lasts into the finish. Drinkability: Dry grapefruit and lemon rind add a fairly nice balance of sweetness/bitterness. Mostly, not bad. Pairing: Orange sorbet. Rebuy: Probably not. #387 on 10042010, DG.
Terminus (3634) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Stone as well as later at the brewery-ite copper hue with a sudsy white head. nose at stone was sweet, slightly malty and piney but fresh at the brewery, it was much more floral. i think the stone one was a bit old. subtle hops on the flavors from the stone sample, but the hops from the brewery version were much like the Nelson-in your face, tropical and somewhat piney. nice floral finish but it was missing some dryness. carbonation was spritzy but becomes slick as the beer warmed. fresh, this beer was very good, but somewhat lower than their other stellar ipa’s. everybody must go to Alpine to have the best ipa’s out there!
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado SD. Clear orange amber with a small off-white head, fading to a thin ring and film for the duration. Nose is grapefruit rind and pine with a bit of skunky hops--not in a bad way. Flavor adds some dull pineapple notes and a tinge of jackfruit. Only a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Firm bitterness throughout, peaking at a 6 in the dry finish and lingering a bit. No alcohol presence. Low prickly carbonation with a light smooth body. Good IPA from Alpine, as usual, but not my favorite from them.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. A golden copper color with plentiful white head. Fragrant citrus and pine on the nose. Medium bodied with perfect feel on your palate. Upfront bitter hops with some sneaky malt sweetness. Finish good and bitter without being overly dry. Great beer.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado SD. Lovely orange amber with medium white head. Great light citrus on top of sweet hoppy nose. Taste is pretty much the same. Bitter sticky piny hops and light citrus sweetness. Great IPA.
JohnnyJ (5474) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Obriens. Clear amber pour. Grapefruit, citrus, sticky bitter hops, caramel malt, lemon, and some tropical fruit.
daleharshman (1061) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Toronado San Diego (and not at O’Brien’s). Pours a clear orange with minimal head. Aroma is less strong than other IPA’s but is otherwise straight up west coast IPA with hoppy aromas: citrus (mainly the sweet and bitter of ruby red grapefruit) and pine. LIke the grapefruit, there are both sweet and bitter flavors present in here. The malt backbone is strong enough to create a bit of sweetness. But the hops are certainly stronger with a bitter flavor being more predominant throughout -- more grapefruit and pine as well as a notable "spicy" hop character. Dry finish with moderate lingering bitterness.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Toronado SD. Dark gold with a ruddy tint. The damn bartender didn’t leave a milliliter of space for a head, so only some scant white film remained (well, more Alpine IPA for me so I can’t really complain. Not a super pngent hop aroma, but still nice spicy and herbal hops with a fruity kiwi note. The flavor has a nice and lean toasty malt base with a spicy, juicy hop flavor with that same kiwi note and a resiny bitter finish that is actually on the lower side for the style considering all the aroma hops (typical for Alpine, and part of why I love them). Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. A very nice IPA that definitely falls on the drinkable side. As good as it was, this was actually the least impressive IPA from Alpine that I had while in town. These guys are on it.