nickd717 (4888) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
On tap at City Beer. Brilliant clear golden-orange in color with a one-finger white head. Excellent aroma with pineapple and resin leading the way along with other citrus and pine. Great fresh hop flavor, a bit more malt-forward than most Alpine beers, which is not saying much. Killer hoppy finish. Medium-bodied with hop oils on the mouthfeel and a good carbonation level. Excellent tick. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Review from bottle, previously tried on draft. Pours tawny and clear. Small off-white head. Good lacing and retention. Looked pretty much the same from the keg. The aroma has lots of citrus and tropical fruit with stone fruit, berries and grapes chiming in, as well. I’m mostly getting tangerine and pineapple. Some peach, apricot, raspberry, green grapes, grass and honeysuckle. Lots of hops. I’m getting some definite Nelson Sauvin probably combined with Citra and other more citrusy hops. A gentle touch of caramel malt sweetness comes out but sticks to the background. I was a bit worried that the beer would be maltier, based on the seven hop/seven malt angle, but it’s definitely right in Alpine’s normal, hop-forward IPA wheelhouse. The taste starts with a burst of sweet green grapes, peaches and juicy pineapple. Tangerine and grapefruit flavors come out next and provide some solid bitterness. Mild pale malt sweetness with a touch of that caramel holds up the hops. There also seems to be some rye spice zinging around. The finish is citrus, grass and floral hoppiness. The beer is moderately dry and chock full of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty normal for an Alpine IPA. Perhaps, a bit more body, but it’s still light on the palate with a pleasant hop oiliness. Overall, it’s worthy of standing alongside the rest of Alpine’s IPA lineup. I prefer Nelson and would probably put it right around Duet. It’s just a touch unfocused. However, it’s a minor criticism, and the beer is still quite good. ineedbeer (2257) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Light cracker malt character but overall the aroma is dominated by hops. Some tropical fruit, mango, tangerine, orange, light peach and a moderate light bit of pine resin. A light woodsy aroma.
Pours a fairly clear golden orange with a moderately thin, very slightly off white head. Moderate lacing and small legs.
Flavor starts with a bit of sweet cracker and biscuit. After the upfront malt fades you get lots of fruity hop flavors. There is more tropical fruit, peach, tangerine and orange. As the fruit fades you get some pine resin and woodsy dankness. Moderately high bitterness with a hint of alcohol. Dry finish has light cracker notes, lingering bitterness and some hop resin.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low hop astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a really great IPA. The first taste I had of this left me a bit underwhelmed but having a bottle to myself gave me a chance to really appreciate this. I like the combination of the hops and the way no one hop dominates the flavor profile. Very well balanced and integrated hop notes. I find myself appreciating more and more the IPAs that have a more integrated and complex hop profile. A bit too sweet and big bodied. czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
bottle share at hill farmstead’s pre-3rd anniversary. pours hazy golden orange with a nice white head, some retention and lacing. juicy and dank hops, mango, passionfruit, hint of caramel and honeyed malts - bit too sweet but not cloying. average carbonation, medium body - sticky and juicy, short to medium long citrusy finish. very nice offering! tom10101 (6265) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle (22 oz) shared by the Oregon crew at Hill Farmstead pre-3rd anniversary bottle share. Golden with a medium white head and good lacing. Aroma is intensely hoppy with dank hops, tropical fruits, citrus, pine, malt and slight floral notes. Taste is moderately sweet with tons of tropical fruits, pine, floral notes, honeyed malt and light earthy touch. Moderate bitterness. Medium body. Silky mouthfeel. Very good DIPA. Way better than Exponential hoppiness and even slightly better than Pure Hoppiness. It’s a good thing that they keep the abv at 7,7%... their beer are much more drinkable like this!
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Poured from 22oz bottle from Shawn and Danielle for my birthday. Thanks guys. Pours murky amber in color with thin white head. Aroma is TONS of grapefruit. Taste is like a perfect mixture of Nelson, Expo and Hoppy Birthday. The malt backbone of Expo is there, with the citrus notes of Hoppy Birthday and Duet. Truly Magnificent.
PhillyCraft (7937) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Fresh Bottle from Conner in VT, Hazy gold pour, straight up skunky nelson in the initial nose, also mineral water, dry as hell bitterness. Creamy as fuck, dank hops, vanilla, papaya mango cum, and a good bit of malt to accompany the dank bitterness in this cali ipa. Top of the class, just under nelson for me. mrtripod (34) - USA - MAY 24, 2013
Juicy hop aroma, full flavor of fresh hops, Usual hop moster from Alpine. A must try. 22 oz bottle at City Beer. Godofthecellar (678) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Damn this smells good, hops and mango on the nose. Sweet hoppy flavor, tropical fruit and citrus, very juicy, blew nelson away zebra (2313) - Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 missed the Seven Year Anniversary Celebration by a day. lucky they had some left over. on tap @ cbs. / smoke, slick, chocolate, salty, average, astringent, full, woody, clear, lively, leather / scratch that: a citrusy, hop-forward ipa