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Bad Boy - Alpine Beer Company

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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 562
Gots: 14 | 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%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Biglobo for this one!

Pours a half finger of white head. Really nice lace rings. Color is a clear golden orange. Solid.

Aroma: Dank and hoppy. Cascade hop flavor. Light onion notes. Not to fruity, but a little shows. Very solid.

Taste: Very dank and weedy. Again, a cascade onion touch shows. Grassy and floral. Straight up hops. No malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter but smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky, but clean.

Overall, a really awesome beer. Very drinkable. Top notch dipa. I could drink a lot of this in a night.

Photo of Neffbeer
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
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!!!!

Photo of pmarlowe
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's for 2011 SDBW. Pint glass.

Pours clear pale golden, with minimal head consisting of a ring of white foam, and no lacing. Smell is juicy grapefruit and orange, some floral in the secondary, with a hefty dose of sweet malt. Taste is similar, dry, also now with some pine. Mild carbonation and medium-full body, not much alcohol presence. Overall, very drinkable, nice light citrus hop flavor with a good amount of malt backbone. Delicious! More malty than some of their other offerings, but overall another winner from Alpine.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Photo of Nugganooch
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'briens Pub

A: My Bad Boy arrived a super clear golden light colored pale. Another brim reaching pour that held only just a collar of white foam. Fading out rather quickly but showcasing some nice lingering lace.

S: Smells real fruity with big notes of grapefruit zest and sticky greens. Some sweet sugary malts bring a soft caramel aroma behind all of the fruits.

T: Tastes just plain danky! Piney hops are in your face and resinous. Citrus-Grapefruit flesh and stone fruit notes. Hints of pineapple. Bitterness is subtle at first then intensifies towards the back of the palate and linger ever so nicely. Has an underlying caramel sweetness like sugary crackers. Alcohol presence with a bit of chest warmth but extremely well masked. Very light and dry in the finish for a DIPA. Damn this is really good.

M: Light semi-dry body with a puckering finish. Creamy in texture. Good carbonation. Sticky hop resins coat the mouth.

D: A definite Bad Boy. Probably one of my favorite all-time DIPA’s due to such great balance. Very quaffable.

A real hoppy DIPA and one I would consider some of Alpine's best work. Caramel sugar support but not too sweet. Alcohol warmth but not too boozy. Highly recommended.

Drink Alpine or go to bed! Actually I think after a few of these one would be going to bed.

Photo of LSUPT
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of coonanan.

A: Crystal clear pale, orange-copper body. Inch, inch and a half of creamy white foam sits on top after the initial pour. Spotty lacing is left down the sides of the glass.

S: Assertive mix of citric and pine notes. Tangerine, orange and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: Like the nose this is an assertive blast of fresh citric notes and resinous pine. The hops come through more so in terms of flavor than overwhelming bitterness. Another stellar flavor profile from Alpine IPA/dIPA.

M: Medium bodied with lively, but appropriate, carbonation. Crisp, refreshing finish. Incredibly easy to drink given the 9% ABV.

O: Cracked this open in the parking lot of Capones before the Hill Farmstead event. It easily outshined Ephraim, Amarillo, and Abner... and also beat out the can of Heady Topper that was opened before the event as well. Alpine does it again.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently got in a trade. Thanks Jimmy!

Pours a very clear gold with a two finger foamy head.

Heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pine in the nose. Your standard west coast IPA.

Light citrus flavor hits the tongue first then rolls straight into a piney bitterness that lingers on the tongue finishing crisp and dry. Hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation levels even from a growler.

Another very good beer from Alpine, but I prefer Hoppy Birthday and maybe Duet to this.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to Milohop for sending out this growler!

Appearance: My growler pour is a fairly transparent light copper color with a light eggshell head. Eventually fading to a collar, there is a bit of lace down the glass.

Smell: Some light sweetness to go along with a lightly toasted biscuity graininess. Some bubblegum and honey as well. The hops are blended quite well. Grapefruit, sticky pine, and some herbal notes provide the hoppy goodness.

Taste: The flavor starts with a honey biscuity malt sweetness, with a little bit of spice and bubblegum yeast in the middle, which adds a Belgian quality. The hops have pineapple, grapefruit, spicy pine, and a little herbal character.

Mouthfeel: This has a fuller than medium body, starting sweet and staying juicy through each sip. A creamy mouthfeel that has a prickly pine nature and is lightly grainy as well. A little bit of booze adds character and depth.

Overall: As part of the growler side by side tasting we had, this absolutely killed our other offerings. I would definitely go back to this. Every time I have something from Alpine, I regret that I do not live there. Like in the fermenters.

Photo of readbaron
4.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled growler into a glass. From Sideswipe. THANK YOU JOHN. Yes, that had to be in all caps. I'd bold it and make the font bigger if the site would let me.

A: Pours a brilliant, clear copper-orange body capped with a well-retaining off-white head. It collapses into a ring around the beer, leaving no lace or curtains.

S: Citrus hops cranked up to 11: lemon, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, peach. Small aroma of pine underneath.

T: This is semi-dry, with a moderate sweetness that accentuates the fruity smorgasbord of the nose. The dominant flavors here are tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. A touch of peach and lemon are detected near the finish, which transitions into a light, lingering piney aftertaste. The grassy prominence is a bit unusual for me, but it is well tempered by citrus flavors, and it makes for a unique spin on the beer.

M: Medium+ bodied. Well carbonated. No lingering sweetness or oiliness. Very clean finish.

O: What a fantastic beer.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of DearthVader
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to make a trip down to Alpine today and was greeted by an amzing tap list.

It pours a translucent copper with a nice 1 finger head of pure white foam. The head falls to a crown and doesn't leave any lacing.

It's really hard to get passed the hops in the aroma, but that's a good thing. The nose is jam packed with delicious, juicy hops. Definite citrus notes as well as some nice malt.

Taste follows the nose. The hops just grab hold of your taste buds and dont let go. Very dry finish with a nice citrus resin left behind.

The absolute perfect mouthfeel. Dry, and relatively light. This beer invites 100 degree weather to the party. Insanely refreshing and you can't notice the 9% ABV at all.

This is a great beer. It takes two glasses before you love it though. Kind of your typical DIPA at first, but after the second pour, you understand why it's rated how it is. Well done Alpine.

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice one from Alpine, these guys seem to know something about hops. Thanks to Matt (starrdogg) for sharing this one last night.

At first I didnt know if I loved this compared to other offerings from Alpine, but the more I had to more I liked it. At first the hops seemed unbalanced but I think once you get pas the first sip it seems to make more sense and taste delicious.

A: The beer pours a super hazy opaque orange with some lacing left and a small ring of fluffy head. Looks kind of like some homebrews I've had, usually like a little brighter orange and less cloudy with more head, but still looks good.

S: Very raw spicy hop aromas, reminds me of opening those air tight bags of hops that homebrewers use. Super dank, kitchen spice, vegetable hop aromas, grass, and even more herbal hops. Not much malt but I dont care.

T: Not super balanced, very much in the direction of hops with little malt to speak of, and at first I was a little put off but then started to really love the hop bite. Raw luscious grass and citrus hop. I can't even really say theres much malt character, its mostly just a bit of sweetness.

M: Bitter back, sweet up front, not super thick but oily over the palate.

Overall another nice beer, but not my favorite from them, which isn't saying much cause most of the time I give their beers A+. Another hop heads dreamy beer!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sending this Brandon!

Growler poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a half finger, near-white head. The head fades mostly to the sides and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Very strong citrus - orange, lemon, and honey.

T - Orange, grapefruit, lemons.

D - Average body and carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Very fruity and wonderful.

Photo of Klym
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.