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Bad Boy - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 497
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 8.52%
Wants: 627
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

Uses Columbus and Amarillo hops.
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Photo of brew3crew
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrhirseybar for the hook up. Shared at jackie o's with brad and BAs.

A-great color. Beautiful orange with nice white head
S-very fruity and citrsy. Love the smell
T-believe it or not it tastes better than it smells! Wonderful blend if fruity hops with a nice malt backbine to hold it up
M-medium body and oh so smooth!
O-wow. This is amazing. Alpine did a phenominal job here. Wish it was more avalible!

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Darthkostrizer
Pours a clear apricot color with a foamy white head with good retention and lace.

Big citrus and mild pine hopped nose. A touch boozy.

Flavor follows the nose with a hops explosion. Huge citrus hop character with nice sweet tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. A touch of cat pee funk and a little boozy heat.

Mouth is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall I really like it. Another phenomenal and different big ipa from the best ipa making brewery in the world.

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Photo of cavedave
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to harrymel for this growler of exceptional goodness!

Pours a clear golden with a topper of thick foam that rises four fingers.

What a yummy smell. Neutral sweet, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, mango, honeydew melon. Enticing beyond belief.

The taste doesn't diappoint. It is all the flavors of the nose, bright and clean and balanced. The sip ends with just a hint of herbal bitter drying out the citrus perfectly.

This is where the beer shines. Very light on the palate, yet chock full of hop resin, something that seemingly is impossible. Low/med. carb. and a killer clean finish provide just the mouth to showcase a stellar cavalcade of flavors.

Defintely an astoundingly delicious beer, and I give it my highest recommendation along with my deepest thanks to a wonderful trade partner.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens.... also on cask, but I thought the tap version was much better, so that is what I'm reviewing.

A- light golden with thin light cap. Great clarity.

S- Hops definitely jump out. More of an earthy hop flavor than most beers which focus on a citrus or pine.

T- Earthy hops, lots of it. Finishes really dry so there's not a whole lot of sweetness of any kind that I can detect here. Showcases the hops really nicely.

M- For a fairly big beer they make this feel almost like a IPA, which gets major props. Nice and dry. No syrupy action going on here at all.

Had on tap at O'Brien's again 2/18/10. Even more impressed with it this time. Got more of a citrusy rind bitterness out of it, not really tropical or anything but like citrus rind oils. Very bitter and very dry.
Increased appearance, smell, and taste to 4.5 from 4.0.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great thanks Brandon.

A - clear copper body nice white head.

S - pungent earthy and grassy hops. Citrus too. Great smell

T - citrus and the same as te smell. Tasty and bitter. A solid ipa. Tropical fruits coming out with warmth

M - smooth and full. A bit drying. Right on

O - such a good all around ipa. Nuff said

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Photo of rand
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From tap to tulip glass

Reviewed from notes from San Diego Beer Week

Pours a clear yellow orange, little carbonation, little head. Looks oily.

Smells of strong pine, some tropical notes, alcohol. Did I say pine?

It tastes of bitter, piny hops up front, probably the most bitter of Alpine's line-up. Turns to sweet, caramelly malts with a tropical nuance, suggesting mango-papaya. Spicy alcohol burn. Finishes amazingly balanced and clean.

It feels big and creamy on the palate, not sticky. Plenty of deceptive carbonation that wasn't seen in the pour.

I could drink this all day. Alpine makes some of the best IPA's out there, this is yet another.

Update 9/15/11: Just got a growler of the latest batch...did a line up of Bad Boy against Kern River Citra and PtE, my three favorite DIPA's. Alpine seems to have perfected this beer - it was the best of the three.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at O'Brien's in SD.

Amber with a slight haze and low head retention. Minimal lace. Understated citrus aroma with a touch of malt. Soft citrusy front and perfect level of carbonation. Noticeable acetone characteristics in the middle. Soft finish. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Very full bodied.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drove to alpine a week ago to Drink some of their new beers and get some growlers. This one I had to get a growler of.

Pours a golden clear color with a thin head. Had more head on tap so I won't dock it out of the growler. A little lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Tons of pine hops and nice citrus as well. Smells amazing.

Taste is great. Very hoppy. Hop bomb for sure. But pretty malty too which was surprising for alpine. Usually they make them pretty dry. It's got lots of citrus hops but lots of pine hop flavor as well. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I like but not bad. Good carb.

Overall I'm glad I'm sharing the growler because drinking over 4 pints of this would be hard to do. But 2 is good. Glad I got some of this.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Alpine Beer Company, Alpine, CA,

Now that Raul has just woken up from his coma... Like pulling out of a perfect double overhead barrel, this dang sucker is all West Coast. Like Amber Heard's bleached locks, this is a sunburst of ecstasy. Feeling it? Hells to the yeah, Raul is feeling it. Cleaner than your mama while at prom, this my friends, is Mecca.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes I took out of the growler poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear dark golden color with a very nice large white head that clings on to the glass and doesn't want to let go. The aroma is putting out huge citrus smells with a nice sweet fruitiness followed with some lighter pine notes. Very sweet refreshing fruts and citrus as well as strong floral and pine flavors. A medium body that coats the mouth and lingering flavors. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado

A: Golden straw color with peach hues. There was a small head that hung around for a second and left some spotty lacing.

S: Dank, dank, dank. Dirty passion fruit, mango, and papaya. There is just a flood of hoppy goodness that completely dominates the malts.

T: More of the same. Loads of dank tropical fruit flavors followed by a crisp dry finish. Sublime.

M: Medium bodied with some palpable viscosity from the hop oils.

O: My favorite DIPA to date. Can we please get some Alpine brews on the east coast!!!!

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a Growler brought by Alewatcher.
Slightly hazy orange color with a thin cap that fades to a collar.
Man, this aroma gets me excited. packed full of tropical juicyness, the tangerine is to die for in here. Aroma is perfect, truly.
The flavors attack from the same luscious pineapple, mango, tangerine, and orange tropical notes that were exhibited by the aroma, not very bitter here which allows the flavors to be clearer.

really an exceptional IPA, fantastic. This is Alpine's homerun in my book.

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Photo of mjl21
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam for hooking me up with a growler from Alpine. Poured into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a very clear light amber color. When it is held up to the light, it becomes quite golden in color. It has a one finger off white head that stays at a good level. A ring of lace is left in between each sip.

S-This is the closest beer I have found to PtY in terms of aroma. It has an awesome hoppy nose that screams West Coast. It is a pefect blend of pine, mango, melon, and candied citrus.

T-Like the nose, this one has lots of hop flavor. It begins with lots of resiny pine flavor. The fruit in the nose at first is pushed out. It has a pale malt backbone that adds just a touch of sweetness on the finish. It has a dry finish that is common for a superior WC DIPA. I found after a few sips the hop oils and resinous pine gave way to more of the citrus and fruit character of the hops.

M-Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

D-The booze is extremely well hidden. This drinks like a 6-7% IPA.

Another outstanding beer from Alpine. Well worth seeking out if you can find an Alpine contact.

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Photo of Hendry
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slight one finger off white head briefly rests atop a golden honey color that is clear as a bell.
Lacing is relatively slight in the Hill Farmstead Belgian stemware.

The nose is exceptionally bright and juicy, super juicy.Exploding with pineapple,mango and nectarine.

The taste is the payoff and a solid reflection of the amazing aroma: juicy tropical all the way.
Impossible to think Bad Boy is 9% abv as this is easily the most flavorful IIPA above 8% that reveals absolutely no alcohol, which is astounding. There is a slight warming in the throat after a full glass, but just an observation, not a negative.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a wonderful glide across the palate delivering just the right amount of carbonation, with a super crisp, dry finish.

Some IIPAs that have super high ratings are often overhyped: not the case with Bad Boy.
Alpine has created a masterpiece, and Bad Boy is easily one of the very best IIPAs I have been fortunate enough to sample.Huge thanks to SDPaul on this one!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. Thanks Brandon for sharing this with everyone.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice lacing and retention, ½ finger off white head.
S- The aroma is fantastic, big fruity aroma, spice, mango, citrus, peach, grapefruit, pineapple.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, really fruity and complex, really smooth as well, peach, mango, pineapple, citrus, some peppery spice in the background, nice malt base to balance it out.
M- Medium mouth feel, really smooth drinking with a crisp/dry finish.
O- Another amazing DIPA from Alpine, they can do no wrong in my eyes when it comes to IPAs. Smooth, complex, and easy drinking.

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Photo of csmiley
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I got to partake of prototypic's growler.

A - This beer has a healthy amount of gold color with some light amber in the background. The eggshell head is light and sticks around for maybe a minute or two. It recedes to a cap that barely covers the top of the brew. Lacing has a definite presence. Color is lighter than expected but that isn't always a bad thing.

S - Starts with sweet citrus right off the bat. Maybe some blood orange with a little mango backing it up. Aroma gives way to a more bitter grapefruit around midway. Tobacco pop in midway to end. Alcohol pretty well hidden in the aroma. Light caramel and bread are present on a very distant tail end.

T - Taste somewhat follows aroma. Sweeter fruitiness up front. I'm getting orange, mango, and tangerine. Bitterness is more pronounced in the flavor. Grapefruit is in the mix but seems to get overcome by an earthy / piney flavor. Tobacco and grass come in around midway and stay through til the end. Finishes off with cookie dough...orange flavored cookie dough. Alcohol is noted but it ties in well with the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation. Finish is very dry and abuses the palate (in a good way).

D - Drinkability is good for a beer o this stature. It pretty much fits a bill that any hophead could come to love. All the flavors come together in a balance that makes this brew pretty special - sweet and bitter hops, malt backbone, ABV that stays mostly out of the way, etc. Hands down, one of my favorite Alpine brews to date.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge, massive thanks goes out to DearthVader for yet another growler of delicious California goodness (50th review, hardly a milestone, but I'll note it anyway for personal reference).

64oz growler poured to an Alpine pint. Filled about 1-2 weeks ago. Possible leakage issue during shipping but there was still a good hiss when I cracked the growler.

Pours yields a 2" off-white head that shows pretty good retention but very inconsistent lacing. The perfect clarity for this medium yellow-orange brew keeps the score so high.

Smell is excellent. Huge tropical aromas with a bit of citrus in the background. Big mango and peach, huge malty sweetness and a bit of grapefruit. Taste follows the nose for the most part with a bit more complexity in the tropical notes and big juicy resinous hops. The mango is a bit like fried mango. Screwing around in the kitchen one day a dropped a couple little pieces in the fryer with no batter and it's very akin to the wonderful flavor great DIPAs have. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel, a bit lighter in body than similar DIPA's.

Normally, I will have finished my review when I am about half way through my drink but this stuff is insanely drinkable and I had to pour another pint before I had adequately assessed the smell. Heady Topper is on deck but for now this is the king of DIPA's, in my opinion.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at O'Brien's
A- Murky orange hue, light head leaves of cluster of white in the middle, minimal lacing
S- Sweet fruits, bread and rye malts, citrus tones, molasses and brown sugar
T- Initial taste is pine hops followed by bread malts, maple syrup and brown sugar, thick molasses, finishes dry and bitter... delicious
M- Full-bodied, oily texture coats mouth, low carbonation
D- Super-balanced and complex DIPA that has aspects of sweet barleywine, alcohol is well-masked at 9%, truly a DIPA treat

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Photo of readbaron
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for sharing another wale. After the Hill Farmstead brews this is a happy (hoppy?) improvement.

Pours a clear golden orange with a healthy dose of white foam. Fades into a white ring.

Smell is fantastic. Piney hops, subtle dank and citrus notes, light grainey malt, a bit of honey sweetness, and faint belgian bubblegum. Delicious.

Taste is excellent - leaving you with hoppy and crisp impressions. Starts with honey and biscuits, then the hops hit the palate. Piney, bitter, citrus. It's a beautiful crisp progression and amalgamation of flavors that works really well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-light bodied, and well carbed. I think the growler hurt the feel a bit - carbonation could have lasted longer.

Overall, yet another outstanding Alpine IPA. Right up there with Pure Hoppiness and the top notch FFF DIPAs for my favorite hoppy beers.

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Photo of abrand
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Third of the West Coast IPA's again from JesseTheHutt, thanks Jesse!

Growler poured into a Square One pint glass.

The Bad Boy pours a golden orange color with a great looking frothy white head and lots of retention on the glass. The pour is extremely clear. The smell of this DIPA is noticed as soon as the top of the growler is popped. Aromas are quite hoppy with the usual citrus grapefruits and subtle pines. Quaff is dominated with bitter hops and has a lingering dryness to it. Other characteristics that round out the flavor profile include plenty of pines and fruits including pineapples, grapefruit and lemons. Some malts are also tasted. Mouthfeel has some dryness to it but a nice hop tartness and full bodied. Drinkability is extremely high for this DIPA. I have heard comparisons to PtY. Little alcohol is tasted with lots of flavor as well as hops. Excited to try other Alpine IPA's but compared to Nelson, this one gets my vote so far.

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Photo of DJButters
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Similar to all DIPA. Arrives with dark gold color and a perfect head that sheds a little lace. Apperance is one thing... but how does it smell and taste?

Smell: Tropical fruit and hops so strong you feel a scatchy sensation on the back of your throat. So fresh its oozing though the glass. Last DIPA that this compares to is PtY. Is this dry hopped? Could have fooled me.

Taste: Smooth. Well done hidding the 9+%. Drinking other high ABV DIPAs leaves you with the feeling of breathing fire this brew seems to hide the fact very well. There is no bitterness on the back end, the epitome of a fresh DIPA. No malt favors distorting the back end flavor. A dance in your mouth of hops and tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel: Why not just finish the whole growler? Drinkability is so easy that one could.

Overall: A perfect DIPA IMO. I will put it side by side with Hopfather and PtY. Drink up while its fresh. Shawn knocked this one out of the park.

Serving type: on-tap at Alpine and a two growlers to go. In addition I had a Pure Hop on cask with dry hops added... very tasty.

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Photo of iadler
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hamilton23 for this growler. Very much appreciated sir! From notes:

A- Pours a bright gold with a one finger head that leaves adequate lacing.

S- Pungent peach and mango with some pineapple, pine needles, floral hops and a touch of caramel malt. Reminds me of fresh Dreadnaught.

T- Again plenty of peach and mango with pine needles, floral notes, caramel, grapefruit and some fresh herbs including rosemary.

M- Medium carbonation and body that finishes pretty dry. ABV is hidden very well.

O- Once again, Alpine makes a kick ass DIPA. No sign of the abv, which makes it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear golden/amber color with two fingers of snow white head. The foam recedes leaving minimal lacing. An aroma of citrus fruit fills the air as I pour. Orange, grapefruit and pale malt combine to produce that signature Alpine IPA smell. The first sip is pure bliss. Bitter grapefruit out of the gate followed by dank hemp. More citrus mid-palate in the form of orange blossoms and pineapple. Exquisite bitterness and pine resin in the finish. Feel is medium leaning toward full with a nice prickly level of carbonation. Bad boy is my favorite beer from Alpine, and IMO one of the best DIPAs on the market. seek this one out, it will not disappoint.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Maui Brewing tulip/pint glass at roughly 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: A pale copper body with a white colored head and decent amounts of lacing; looks pretty darn tasty!

S: A robust and clean forest/pine aroma throughout with hints of grapefruit and orange towards the second half. Upon further analysis (And what I mean by "analysis" is...basically sticking my nose into my glass and inhaling this BAD BOY for several minutes), I was able to pick a very rich and complex malt body that wasn't there initially. This character was noticeable enough, that it was almost as if I had just picked up a handful of malted barley from my local homebrew shop.

T: The initial sip is a combination of citrus fruits, and again, pine-like flavors. The malt body is sweet at first, which I think might be attributed and enhanced by the high alcohol presence, but then transcends into a sharp "grapenut" (yes, like the cereal) quality. The alcohol presence is detectable, but in many ways, helps accentuate a lot of the underlying flavors of the beer.

M: A medium body DIPA that leaves a thin layer of oil on the palate.

D: Even though this was a high gravity beer, Bad Boy was able to make up for some of it's heat by supplying the palate with ample amounts of flavor and complexity.

Overall: This beer reminds me in so many ways of Pliny the Elder straight from the source. A sweet and rich malt body, accompanied by tons of clean...yet fruity hop flavors and characteristics. A masterpiece to say the least...and probably the best DIPA produced by San Diego County. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Klym
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my brother for this growler. Poured into a surly pint glass.

A: Pours a dark but very transparent gold with a hint of red. A small fragile and foamy head that leaves small slices of lacing.

S: Holy hop heaven. Deep dank, citrus, and wheat, hops on tops of hops. Majorly pungent, but not at all obnoxious.

T: The nose says it all. Nice smooth tame dank flavor explodes into citrus hop mayhem and gets carried out in a cart of wheat and wood. Can alpine be any better and destroying the IPA/DIPA world?

M: The mouthfeel is certainly the weak spot on this beer if it has one. It's been in the growler for a little while and underwent some long transportation, so it might account for its very slight flatness. Regardless it's delicious, and is just so overshadowed by the good spots on this beer.

O: This is Alpine showing off. Most breweries cant make one decent IPA. Alpine makes another.. and another.. and another.. all so unique, all so delicious, and all kings-- this one is no different and definitely a top 3 alpine brew for me.

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Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.