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Bad Boy - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 536
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Uses Columbus and Amarillo hops.

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006)
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and honey aromas. Taste is quite exceptional with a very nice balance between citrus zest, citrus fruit, and a honey sweetness. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good IPA with an awesome citrus presence.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a nice, bright gold with a little bit of lacing as it goes down. The aroma is absolutely wonderful, with loads of citrus notes and a bit of pine. The malt is in the background--more so than with Exponential or Pure Hoppiness--but only adds a little bit of balance, which is quite appropriate. The taste is much the same, with a really nice bitterness coming through. Medium-bodied and insanely drinkable given the alcohol. Another big hit from Alpine.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

acurtis, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear light amber color and a modest cap that sheds a little lace; looks nice overall

Smell: Like a walk through the tropical produce section at a grocery story, I pick up grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango

Taste: The tropical fruit flavors provide an enticing balance of sweet and citrusy bitterness from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Here is a DIPA that balances the malt and hops perfectly in a complement that never gets cloying, limits the assault on the tongue and benefits from a great mouthfeel; one of the best examples of the west coast DIPA style I have encountered

brentk56, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jesse for letting me try this one. I had been dying to give these new Alpines a chance and he made it happen. Served chilled and poured into multiple pint glasses during the day, this one was consumed on 05/29/2009.
 
The pour was just spot on. Rich amber in color, bright as could be with loads of carbonation just rippling up to the surface throughout the session. Really nice head of white, huge foamy bubbles just going up and down the side of the glass throughout the session letting me know this was going to be a biggie. Huge smack of citrus hops right out of the gate. Dripping with orange, grapefruit and tangerine notes. Just sticky and resin fresh here. Warming only adds enough sweetness to change it over to a more orange like flavor. Super smooth with the ABV all but absent here,. The first taste just shreds the taste buds. Literally just wave after wave of rich citrus hops thrashing the mouth and leaving all else in its wake. Tons of dry notes on the finish and the overall flavor was just exactly what I needed. Long lasting taste of pineapple was sublime on the way out and just left me in the dust with a great big smile on my fast.
 
Overall this one is one of the freshest and smoothest big IPA's I have come across in quite some time. I polished this growler off in the afternoon, though I have to admit it hurt a bit, it was wonderful. Go get this one, it can hang with the big boys any day.

mikesgroove, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler sample at Blue Palms

A: The pour is just like all the other Alpine IPAs--a light golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose is just a burst of citrusy hops which just dominates the senses. The pine is mild and I don't pick up much malt in this one.

T: There is a touch of sweetness which I wasn't expecting but it works great with the citrus hop flavors. The pine is mild but provides the necessary bitterness to the beer.

M: A moderate level of carbonation with a light-medium body. Really the only knock on this beer.

D: What a shocker, Alpine made another great (D)IPA. It was a pleasure to try this one, and I would certainly have it again.

womencantsail, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +10.4%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
5/5  rDev +10.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a stemless snifter.

Thanks to Florida9 for sharing this growler!

Some reggae-backed white trash crimes spring to mind... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises leek, Sorachi-style lemon zest, and light straw. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a melange of bitter grass and other greenery. Supposedly others got some pleasant citrus out of this, but I was apparently not so fortunate. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I just didn't get around to actually enjoying this beer. For me, the hops focused on onions and funky lemons with a biting bitterness behind them, and that combination is just not for me.

TMoney2591, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of largadeer
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hop hazed amber with a huge sticky white head that lasts and lasts. This beer has an almost greenish glow to it, a sign of excessive hopping?

S: Tangerine, grapefruit, rich resiny pine. Malt? No. Pungent as hell, I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. One of the most aromatic IPAs out there.

T/M: A C-hop monster. Grapefruity, floral hops open this one up, leading to oranges, tangerines. Sticky, resiny bitterness soon takes over, but the bitterness is in perfect harmony with the juicy hop flavor. No real malt presence to comment on, the hops overwhelm everything. Light to medium in body, crisp, dry. Incredible stuff.

largadeer, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this bad boy. Served in a Fuller's imperial pint glass.

A - Three fingers of the dirtiest off-white foam, bordering on sandy blonde. Solid retention and lots of spotty lacing - the foam dissipates to a very thick cap that sticks around until the beer is almost done. Transparent golden colored brew that has a nice glow to it. Great looking stuff!

S - Candied citrus (grapefruit/orange), pine, and some dank earthy notes as well - it's very busy in terms of hop variety but they somehow seem to all work together. Like many DIPAs there is a healthy amount of sweet toffeed malt flavors that complement the citrus sweetness. Great balance and intensity.

T - This is a bit of a letdown compared to the smell, with a lot less of the citrus, and more pine and plenty of bitterness on the tongue and palate. There's a bread/dough character to the malt that comes out a bit more, and the sweetness is tempered a bit. The aftertaste is bitter, but surprisingly mild compared to the initial assault.

M - Dry finish, with some nice oily hop resins. Bigger body than the other Alpine brews I've had recently (Duet & Nelson), but still definitively medium-bodied. Nice moderate carbonation. No complaints here...

D - The 9% is incredibly well hidden, with no obvious heat in the taste or smell. It definitely will sneak up on you if you're not careful. Moderate carbonation and bitterness make this one easy to down in a hurry.

MasterSki, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler provided by Dan. Thanks, this is sort of a big deal...a top 100 beer that I have never ticked. At the time of this review, this is the #67 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular", #11 on the "Top Beers - Double IPA", #48 on the "Top Beers - United States", and the #19 beer on the "Top Beers - West Coast" lists, one of my biggest wants. Thanks Dan. Ultimately this is not the best IPA they make...I like fresh Nelson better. I wll definitely have this again if I find it on draft when I finally make it to Alpine. But as it stands now this was a let down for me.

Beer is orange, mostly clear, off white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grassy, piny, mildly citrus, earthy.

Beer is very hoppy, sweet mildly and earthy, grindingly hoppy, nice flavors with moderate to high bitterness on the backend. Very strong, nice, but the hops seem slightly decayed and the beer is quite resinous. I would definitely have it again on draft but in a growler probably not.

drabmuh, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful clear amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour and leaves some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: The hops aren't overpowering, but they're very nice. I'm getting some citrus peel and pine notes along with a rather pronounced sweetness from the malt. I'm also getting some citrus fruit notes along with the hops.

Taste: The hops are the star, but it's not one of those DIPAs that completely crushes your taste buds. A good amount of malt sweetness backs up the hops rather nicely. The hop bitterness contains some grapefruit rind notes along with some pine needles. The finish is quite bitter, but the malt still shows up.

Mouthfeel: The body of this one is just on the syrupy side of medium with smooth, tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good DIPA, but I feel it's a step below some of the big boys. I would drink this all day if it were easily available to me, but I don't know that I'd trade for another growler given the risk involved.

oline73, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Big big thanks to Nugganooch for sending me a growler of this one; thanks Dane! Big want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, fruity malts, and some floral hops. Ton of pine, and I enjoy the oranges, though there isn't as much as in Nelson. Really awesome fresh and hoppy nose.

t - Tastes of pine hops, oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruity, fruity malts, grapefruits, light earthy notes. Very nice taste though not as great as the nose. Some bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation with some light bitterness. PRetty easy t drink for 9% ABV.

o - Overall another really nice hoppy beer from Alpine. It isn't my favorite Alpine beer, but it is right there with the majority of them. I think I actually like Duet the best personally, followed by Hoppy Birthday, but this is probably tied for third, and they're all great. I think if you can find this, or any of their hoppy beers, fresh you should get it in a heartbeat.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

MarkyMOD, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

beernads, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/26/06- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- From the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Medium to deep golden hued color. Small 1/4 inch creamy white head. Leaves behind light patch patterns of lace.

Smell- Very large pine sap and woodsy smell. Grapefruit hops intermix as well, but pine trumps all. Real light malt noticed.

Taste- Hops are really in play here, but a light toasted and sweet caramel malt combines with them well. Fruity grapefruit and pine laden hops provide a wonderful flavor for the taste buds.

Mouthfeel- Super smooth and lightly creamy. Lower carbonation level which is almost cask like.

Drinkability- Overall a real good DIPA that isn't as in your face as some others, but still provides great balance and taste. Possibly better than Pure Hoppiness.

GClarkage, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

imperialking, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by starrdogg.

Very hazy/cloudy golden orange and a small white head. Minimal lacing. Looks unremarkable. Aroma was the highlight, very dank and green, spicy and light vegetable with a strong citrus finish. Sweet body, doughy and bubblegum base with intense and unbalanced herbal hops and grass. Some peach and grapefruit, but not much resin or pine. Hoppy Birthday and Nelson are among my favorites, but Alpine's bigger IIPAs continue to disappoint me.

yourefragile, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Toronado in August. Pours a dark golden with little head and some lacing. Smell is mostly piney hops with some faint malt in the background. Taste is very dry and a little slick with some fruitiness up front and a long earthy hop bitterness. Very dry and attenuated. This one was good, but a little dryer and one dimensional than I expected. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I thought I would.

Georgiabeer, Sep 24, 2007
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Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.