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Bad Boy - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 533
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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DJButters

California

4.9/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

03-31-2011 16:46:08 | More by DJButters
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%

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

03-24-2011 11:31:46 | More by brentk56
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rand

California

4.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

01-26-2011 23:08:10 | More by rand
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

Growler courtesy of the always generous Ryan....big thanks on a real surprise!

Transparent medium orange pour with a nice head and spotty lacing throughout.

Fresh tropical fruits on the nose: pulling loads of fresh cut pineapple and white gooey nectarine. Discernible sweetness, but mostly in the form of natural fruit sugar. Nice.

White nectarine really stands out here. Uncanny. Starts sweet and juicy and ends resinous, dry, and mildly bitter.

Overall quite nice and though I realize it's 9%, the bite here is evident. Really my only qualm and it's a small one. If the abv were somehow better hidden, this would be fantastic. As is, it's still very, very good.

12-15-2010 01:46:55 | More by BarrytheBear
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HopHead84

California

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

11/26/10

Thanks, Arthur. Snifter.

A: Transparent dark orange with a frothy white head. Good clarity and color. Good head retention and scattered lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange (pith and flesh), peach, pine resin, crackery malt, a little alcohol. Splendid aroma. Short lived sweetness, very dry on the whole.

T: Upper moderate bitterness. Ephemeral sweetness, pulverized by a citrus attack comprised of grapefruit rind and flesh, as well as orange flesh. There's some peach in there also. Pine is pervasive, and malt has no real presence aside from light cracker notes. Alcohol is noticeable. 

M: Sticky and dry mouthfeel. Medium body. Good carbonation.

Overall: A top notch Double IPA and consistently one of my favorites.

11-27-2010 06:09:12 | More by HopHead84
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Picked up a growler of this for $14. (absolute steal!) at Alpine Brewery in Alpine, CA. and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clean golden/light amber (apple juice) hue with a decent head and small amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Major floral hop - earthy and sweet, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, a bit of grain and malt but the hops are running the show.

T: Earthy hops with a ton of citrus bight, a bit of tropical fruit, sweet malt and grain to finish - not too sure where they're hiding the 9% ABV, because there's hardly a trace of it in the flavor, and it's not over-rmalted like a lot of DIPA's out there - just hops for daze!

M: Medium-bodied and surprisingly very dry for a DIPA (none of the sticky mouthfeel you generally get from this beer style), the mellow carbonation lends to the smoothness well and the bitterness in the mouth from the hop is amazing.

D: Ridiculously drinkable for a DIPA, but man the 9% sneaks up and takes control. Don't get me wrong, my growler's empty, but I think i'm done for the night!

11-27-2010 02:27:13 | More by DeanMoriarty
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koopa

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

Growler of San Diego beer week goodness sent to me in a trade thanks to johndoe8!

Appearance: Pours a transparent goldfish orange with a 2 finger off white (slightly buttery...hop oil tinged) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Strong pine note over a slight caramel base with pineapple sweetened edges. Some grapefruit notes lend support. Really nice but I'd expect a bit more punch out of a geniune west coast DIPA from a brewer as reputable as Alpine.

Taste: Same as nose but more full flavored! Enough bitterness to satisfy but not overly bitter by any means. Tiny hint of alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty sessionable!

11-18-2010 23:01:19 | More by koopa
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured amber brown with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was pretty damn piney with floral hops, citrus, slight mango, and a good sweet malty presence. Upfron the piney hop notes stand out nice on the palate alongside citrus grapefruit that help out on the overall bitter bite but also had mango accents and a great malty backbone to balance out the piney potentcy. The brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a piney hoppy bitter crisp finish. It drank really good and I felt like it was expo's baby brother.

09-02-2010 03:18:33 | More by Gobzilla
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OlieIPA

California

4.88/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

08-30-2010 00:31:57 | More by OlieIPA
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LittleDon

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

08-27-2010 18:28:07 | More by LittleDon
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mjl21

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

05-29-2010 02:38:48 | More by mjl21
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

05-26-2010 02:23:13 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Bajasith

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%

Drove 80 minutes West to Alpine CA to pick up some Bad Boy... Poured me some directly into a thin snifter glass.

App: Poured clear yellow/orange with a rather small head to go with it.

Smell: Wow, citris and floral scents come to life as the hops rise to the top. A hint of caramel mellows out the intense pine scent.

Taste: Very smoothe and warming as the citris hits the palate. Not as dry as I thought it would be for a DIPA.

M/D: Did not get that aftertaste as most DIPA's have. Very bold yet subtle, delicate faint and mysterious... This Bad Boy left a smile on my face. Alpine should bottle this brew. A definite hot seller and very drinkable. Way to go Alpine.

05-24-2010 03:08:32 | More by Bajasith
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Had on-tap at the brewery during my visit to SD. Thanks to Pat for the pour and personal tour, what a nice guy! Reviewed from notes 08/15/09.

A - Pours a very clear golden/orange with a white head. Some good lacing and bubbles remain on top as the cap.

S - Huge hoppy aroma with some citrus and floral notes in there as well. Really, this one was a huge hop bomb that blew out my sense of smell. Bad Boy is right.

T - Hops, bitter, hops, bitter, touch of malt, hops, bitter, bitter. Repeat over and over until you have finished your pour. Pretty much zero malt character, which I like.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, crisp and smooth.

D - Another great one from Alpine. I think they're the kings of DIPA and IPA. This is yet another great example of what Pat and company are doing in sunny CA.

05-03-2010 19:46:04 | More by Sean9689
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John_M

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Was really in the mood for a good DIPA, and what a surprise, Alpine delivered. Dyan mentioned that he'd had the growler for over a week, which I thought amazing considering how fresh tasting this beer was.

BB pours a lovely golden peach color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, this beer is a thing of DIPA beauty. I get a huge blast of orange citrus, light pine, mango, pineapple and a slighty skunky marijuana aroma. Mmmm... On the palate this beer is delicious, though the flavor profile is not as intense or complex as the aroma profile. Still, the beer otherwise replicates the nose, with a fairly long, impressively bitter finish. This DIPA is very much in the west coast style, with the sweet malt dialed down and the beer coming across as fairly dry and bitter. The beer is no more then medium bodied, and has a mouthwatering component that I always love to see in a DIPA/IPA. Drinkability is excellent, with the alcohol no more then a fleeting after thought. For a 9% beer, this beer is far too easy to drink.

Just delicious. Yum!!!

04-12-2010 15:29:50 | More by John_M
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

iowaherkeye on RB sent me a growler of this, along with a growler of O'Brien's IPA, both of which will be destroyed today. Thank you, Joey.

Does Alpine make a bad looking beer? Crystal clear light orange with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a phenomenal-looking beer.
The nose is big and hop forward with some pine and some grapefruit. Moderately floral, there's also a complex citrus hop character present, rather orange like. As expected, malt is non-existent.
The palate opens with a pretty big hop character (surprise), dominated by flavor hops in favor of bittering hops (surprise again). A melange of pine and plenty of citrus are present, with juicy tangerines, grapefruit zest-like bitterness, Plenty of floral character, this really is a class apart from most other DIPAs out there. Drying on the finish, my palate is covered in hop resins. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is killer. I could drink a LOT of this.

04-11-2010 17:46:12 | More by DefenCorps
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PPITim

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

It is good to live in San Diego where I live so close to places that make very good beer. Alpine Beer Company is one of these places. I have made three worth while trips to Alpine Beer Company and everytime I have gone there I have inquired about the Badboy. It is a beer that should be shared with good friends. This double I.P.A (aka San Diego pale ale) is a beer that brings relief to the strife of the everyday stress. From its wonderful honey color to it's heavenly aroma and beautiful taste, this beer can bring a smile to the most weary face.
If you are visiting the area of San Diego County and you like a good beer, I suggest a trip to the Alpine Beer Company for a growler of Badboy. There is another option if you want, you can always go to bed.

03-10-2010 07:56:46 | More by PPITim
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PPIBrian

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%

What can I say? This is an exceptional local IPA. Actually, this style should be called a San Diego Pale Ale, because the double IPA style was invented here. Time to give the San Diego brew culture their due.

The first time I tasted this beer I was impressed. My friend brought over a full growler, but he left with an empty one. This beer is worth the trip up the hill to the Alpine Beer Company. Unfortunately, they don't make enough of it, so be sure to check before making the trip. Not to worry, though -- they always have something awesome to offer.

Thank you Pat for starting the Alpine Beer Company, and thank you Val for your warm hospitality and sense of humor. You guys always make our day. Keep up the good work!

03-10-2010 07:56:16 | More by PPIBrian
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abrand

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

03-03-2010 03:13:02 | More by abrand
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nickd717

California

4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

Growler shared by largadeer on BA, who got it from another BA in the San Diego area. Big thanks to all parties who contributed toward getting this bad boy (which happens to actually be called "Bad Boy") into my mouth. I never mind trying a new Alpine IPA/DIPA, that's for sure.

Pours a brilliant clear copper color with a one-finger white head and great lacing.

Aroma is amazing and dominated by a complex hop character: floral, piney, citrusy, and...um...weedy. Not too much malt.

Flavor has just a touch of sweet malt, similar to Pliny almost, but is almost all about the hops. Fresh, intense floral, piney, and orangey/grapefruity hops. Oh yeah, some good ol' Mary Jane too. Who doesn't like that?

Medium bodied, clean, and crisp, with palate-wrecking hops. Damn near the perfect mouthfeel for this style.

Extremely drinkable. Amazing DIPA, on the same level as Pliny the Elder, if not even better. I will definitely seek out this "bad boy" in the future.

02-26-2010 19:26:26 | More by nickd717
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csmiley

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-23-2010 04:46:37 | More by csmiley
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prototypic

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

Many, many thanks to JessetheHutt for the growler.

Bad Boy pours a golden color. It's very clear and bright with backlighting. A soft white head caps it off. It's relatively modest and is about a finger in depth. It's quick to recede to a surface covering, and holds there for a bit. Lacing was a little sticky, but light. I'm excited. It looks too light to have much caramel malt. Excellent!

The nose is nothing short of excellent. Hops are front and center and are very prominent throughout. They're primarily citric and feature grapefruit, orange, and mango scents. However, there is a nice dose of pine in the mix, as well. There is some malty sweetness present, but it smells mostly like pale malt. It does have a sweet, sugar cookie scent. Fortunately, there's very little caramel malt to discuss. I love that. Its presence is minimal. Alcohol is, surprisingly, nowhere to be found.

The flavor is fantastic. It kicks off with a delicious hop flavor. It's full of delicious grapefruit and pineapple flavor. There is definitely some pine in there. Slightly resiny. It's bitter and dry. Nicely done. The malt base seems predominantly pale. It's sweet and sugar cookie-esque. I am getting a little caramel, but not much. Overall, the hops definitely win the day. It remains full of delicious hop flavor with a nice bitter edge. Alcohol is blended very well and doesn't come through strong at all. I'd guess that this is in the 7% range, rather than 9%. It's masked extremely well. It finishes dry with a nice bitter hop kick.

Bad Boy has a medium body that's svelte and goes down easy. Carbonation seems light and perfect. Drinkability is very high. I'm splitting this growler, but I suspect I could take one down alone. This is damn tasty stuff that's dangerously drinkable. I'm feeling it already and I haven't even poured a second glass.

I'm super impressed with Alpine Beer Company's IPAs. They brew some of the world's finest. Honestly, I believe this is the best one of the bunch (that I've tried). Just comparing DIPAs, it truly is just a tad bit better than Pure Hoppiness. I'm that impressed with it. I hope that Alpine decides to bottle this at some point. It's worthy of it. The masses need to experience this beer. It's flat-out delicious. If you have a shot at a growler, go all out for it. It's worth it. Thanks, Jesse. This was awesome!

02-21-2010 03:09:25 | More by prototypic
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-19-2010 04:54:34 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-20-2010 23:32:17 | More by Thorpe429
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -2%

Got this growler from goodspeed94. Thanks, Jon!

A-Crystal clear golden witha hint of peach, nice off white head with great retention and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-Huge blast of citrus hops with some sweet malt behind.

T-Some sweet malt in the front, quickly overtaken by strong citrus hops all the way through the finish. Excellent.

M-Medium bodied with lots of lingering bitterness.

D-Delicious. Tasty with great body and carbonation, no apparent alcohol. Loved this one.

HV

11-01-2009 02:55:29 | More by sholland119
Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.