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Bad Boy - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 544
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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Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Ithaca tulip.
Thanks to smokepot23 for the growler.

Pours a nice deep gold, just slightly hazy. Nice 2 fingers of loose white head. Good chunks of lacing. Nice retention.

Tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit... Mmmm. This has a great nose. Certainly not like Sarah Jessica Parker at all.

The flavor is very nice as well... I think the nose is better than the flavor, although not are quite nice. This is a quintessential DIPA. There is absolutely nothing about this beer that I am not enjoying. The flavor has a light (very light!) malt like crackers. The hops have a nice tropical fruit and grapefruit note. Fantastic bitterness just loitering in my mouth... Very nice.

As this warmed up, I did find one thing I disliked: there is a hint of garlicy summit hops... Meh.

The body is nice- well carbed and relatively light. Very easy to drink. Me likey.
I will keep this one on my wants list.

The

AleWatcher, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler shared by ejyoung, into a tulip.

Deep gold, like bullion. A little caramel as well, but the drink exhibits perfect clarity. One inch of head is white and fluffy as a cloud. It descends slowly, leaving sticky trails of bubbles.

In the nose: orange peel, dankness, honey, caramel, a little basil. It’s actually so dank as to be almost funky.

The flavor gets much maltier, with a nice sweetness to boot. Lots of caramel and burnt sugar with dank, sticky hops. Grass, a little alcohol, and very lightly toasted biscuits swirl in the finish.

Soft, medium body. Moderate carbonation breaks the beer into a little fizz. Mild bitterness, balanced with aplomb by the malt.

Good boy, Bad Boy. It’s got incredible balance, with a big malt presence to balance them crazy dank hops, and is very drinkable for its strength. A fabulous IPA.

Phelps, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

From notes taken at the Alpine Beer Pub.

A - Light amber color with a 0.5 inch head that is white and very dense.

S - Aroma of dank hops. Some pine oils and some nice resin notes. Some lsight sweetness formt eh hops as well. Pretty hop forward. Not as booze heavy as expected with the 9%.

T & M - Dangerously smooth. Nice pine notes with some good dank hops and sticky resin notes. Citrus fills the middle of the beer with a slightly bready balance and then a bitter and dry finish that leaves a nice hoppy mess. Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium side with some sweet notes but mostly a easy drinker. Except for the higher ABV that is well hidden.

O - Its appropriately hop forward but quite smooth at the same time. Can be dangerous because of the ease of drinking. Solid DIPA.

JoEBoBpr, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

MrVonzipper, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Enish266
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a day-old growler picked up from Alpine myself.

A - pours a very light copper/amber with a 1/4" milky-white head on an average pour

S - dank and piney in the very best way. A touch of grapefruit and pineapple sweet mixed in for good measure.

T - slippery on the tongue leading into a bitter bite. Grass and resin coat the tongue all the way down the throat. Dry, bitter finish that lingers on the palate for a few seconds after swallowing. Leaves just enough piney goodness to warrant more tastes.

M - very clean with medium-low carbonation (I think I prefer it with a touch more carb like the times I've had it on draft).

O - one of my favorite IPAs period. Hop profile is very distinctive to me and I always try to get a taste every time a new batch is available.

Enish266, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Bartzilla
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this down at Liar's Club last Thursday. I knew that this wasn't doing to disappoint and I was correct. So amazingly fresh tasting with just hops everywhere. Kind of tasted like a mix of Exponential Hoppiness with some of the florals from Duet.

Love it. Wish I had a keg of it at my house. Wait, scratch that. it's probably better I don't. Job and all that.

Please keep this in rotation. Delicious.

Bartzilla, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
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 jrallen34
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this fresh growler... Pours a nice clear gold with a huge head and incredibly lacing... The aroma is a little muted buts its super fresh grassy hops, really nice... The taste is more grassy hops, a touch of alcohol but hidden well for 9%. Very crushable... This is well worth seeking out.

jrallen34, May 30, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
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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.

MiScusi, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ehammond1 thanks bud

Look: Pours a nice shade of yellow with some orangish hues. Only a 1/8 inch on the pour but that was probably my fault for pouring it too slowly there is some spotty lacing left on the glass

Smell: Very powerful nose and for me the clear cut winner of this beer. Very bright crisp and clean citrus notes with some piney hops hiding in the background

Taste: Very similar to the nose but just not as bright and crisp still a damn fine tasting beer

Mouthfeel: A touch thinner than medium body with not quite medium carbonation

Overall: Just another damn fine IPA from Alpine

DarthKostrizer, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 64oz Alpine growler to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

-- Many thanks, Bill --

A: Clean and clear 24k gold. A carefule pour yields a .75 finger head. As it fades, a healthy white collar rims the glass.

S: Phenomenal. Juicy to the max, the fruit here is out of bounds.

T: Bitter melon, pink grapefruit and juicy hops dominate from the get-go. It's not overly bitter mind you, merely a perfect balance of hop oil and on the finish, a touch of golden malt. God damn this is good.

M: From a growler shipped from the opposite end of the country, this has held up incredibly well. The density keeps the massive flavors in check, and carries the beer to greater heights then you'd expect for a Double IPA.

O: Reach high and grab that bottle of Bad Boy off the top shelf. Seriously - this is pretty incredible and maddeningly drinkable. My hats off to another Alpine winner, a brewery I hold close to my heart.

Epically recommended.

Rhettroactive, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1109th Review on BA
Draft to 10oz

@Downtown Johnny Browns

App- A weird looking light medium orange with a smalled one finger head that was a bit off white in color and then falls to reveal great great cling.

Smell- A pine forest in a nose. Grapefruit, orange juice, hop oil and a biting bitter nose rounds out this one.

Taste- For a profile I don't seek out, I would on this one. Opens with a damp deep citrus nose and then moves to a pine tree esque biting bitter flavor. Its damn good and I dont like this profile. Important so I said it TWICE!! Huge flavor and layers of citrus and bitter

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with huge residual pine tree, orange zest and dampness. Just a good feel.

Drink- Its really good but for a profile I dont seek out cant go 5. Find it, drink it! This means you E!!!

FosterJM, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BarrytheBear, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

mothman, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

koopa, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of hpthebull
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

hpthebull, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly golden orange, with two fingers of off white head and a few legs.

S - grapefruit and pine trees

T - More floral piney hops with the citrus taking the back seat. alcohol is completely hidden.

M - creamy body with good carb, way too easy to drink.

O - Another outstanding DIPA from Alpine, who'd a guess.

xpimptastikx, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The Firkin is Workin" - Brouwers, Hopfest

appearance: 12oz pour, unbranded snifter, very murky, light apricot-orange body, thin layer of clear bubbles

smell: the zest of many fruits - tangerine, lemon, orange. tropical, pine

taste: This is the 4th Alpine IPA I have sampled (pure, exponential, duet, bad boy) and all have been exceptional - the firkin serving allowed for some loose hop leafs to find their way into the tulip providing a nice touch. Tangerine zest, pine resin, hop oil, honey, grapefruit. Very nice - I went for seconds.

mouthfeel: impacted by the firkin...pulpy, medium-light, oily

overall: really nice stuff

dirtylou, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, May 26, 2010
Photo of iadler
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

iadler, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Nugganooch
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Nugganooch, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Chriscrundwell12
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Chriscrundwell12, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of csmiley
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

csmiley, Feb 23, 2010
Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.