Alpha Drive - Valiant Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really nice aroma of juniper and mango with a fresh breeze off the piney lake. Color is a dark amber with an abundance of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Lots of lacing in the glass.
Fruity and intense with a deep malty taste. Fairly sweet but tending toward bitterness and a dryer finish. Flavors of cedar and salted plum. This is not quite tropical fruit but more of meaty taste with some fermenting pineapple and shortbread. There is a salty tang that adds to the intensity of flavors.
I think this is one of the better great big IPAs I've had lately. It seems to deliver the huge hoppy tastes while maintaining a sippable friendliness. Here's another reason not to overlook Orange County as a serious beer region, after stopping in Temecla, of course. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 05:27:33 | More by mactrail
Alpha Drive from Valiant Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.