Alpha Hive Double IPA
COOP Ale Works

Alpha Hive Double IPAAlpha Hive Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #377
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,513
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.55%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
187
From:
COOP Ale Works
 
Oklahoma, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  65
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Alpha Hive Double IPAAlpha Hive Double IPA
Notes: This double IPA is infused with a fierce American hop profile and a delicate, bee-crafted orange blossom honey from Northern California. A sting of dankness, floral notes and many a compelling nuance make this spring seasonal delicious. This is no time to buzz off.
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Felix_Leiter from Texas

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA, but on the lighter side. I wouldn't say it tastes like honey, but there is a hint of sweetness. Good smell and look. A strong 9.1% that doesn't taste like it. Not your typical IPA, but pretty good overall.

Can, poured into pint glass.

May 07, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can. Date is smudged so I cannot see the canning date but it tastes fresh so I assume it is.

Pours a bright caramel color with a bubbly off-white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Smell is mainly a combination of hops and sweetness from the honey, somewhat floral, and a little dank but not too much. I detect a hint of peppery spices as well.

Taste follows the nose. Good hop and citrus bitterness up front with the honey coming in strong about halfway through. Finish is long and a touch on the bitter side, but there is some sweetness. Very balanced.

Feel - medium body, medium to high carbonation. The texture is a little bit too syrupy for me. I am left with a coating on the back of my tongue that isn’t necessarily unpleasant, but it wasn’t expected either.

Overall - I don’t yet have much experience with double IPAs, but this has me curious to try more, and it is really pretty good.

Apr 11, 2020
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Saysosenso from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tastes great - velvety going down. Minimal carbonation. I drank it on draft at the Garage in Norman, Ok. The honey taste is very subtle, difficult to notice. It tastes slightly spicy - mostly hoppy. Very little head in a draft pour in a pint glass. Deep golden color. I ordered two before dinner and couldn’t be happier

Feb 15, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpha Hive - Coop Ale Works
DIPA - 8.9% abv
Canned 2/19/18 (47 days ago)

L - 2-finger offwhite head atop a translucent orange body.

S - citrus, caramel malt, cotton candy, pine, booze, a little herb.

T - big dank start. Wasn’t expecting that from the nose. Then some citrus and pine. Moderately boozy, very bitter, moderately sweet.

F - medium oily body with medium carb.

O - an intense hop encounter. These aren’t my favorite hops, but it’s an enjoyable experience.

Apr 08, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Goebel Liquor / Rob’s World of Beer in Wichita, Kan.
Price: $10.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: March 14, 2018
Consumed: March 16, 2018
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 24, 2018 at 9:18 p.m. CT

Had two of these previous in Wichita on a work trip. Gave them each a 4.0 on Untappd, writing, “Wow. This is outstanding. DIPA with orange blossom honey. Full review later.” Well, here we are. Hoping it holds up, despite the Jan. 24, 2018 canned on date. Canned description read, “This double IPA is infused with a fierce American hop profile and a delicate, bee-crafted orange blossom honey from Northern California. A sting of dankness, floral notes and many a compelling nuance make this spring seasonal delicious. This is no time to buzz off.”

Poured a copper hazy color with three fingers of rocky off-white head. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent layered lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled Cascade, Citra, honey, caramel, orange blossom, floral, pine, resin, spoiled fruit, hints of Centennial, peach, apricot, purple grape, tropical zest, pineapple and some peppery spices. Pretty much the same from the can, maybe more honey than the glass. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted honey, orange blossom, caramel, Cascade, woody pine, spoiled fruit, Centennial, peppery spice (Chinook?), Citra, peach, floral, herbal, tangerine, pineapple, tea and orange peel. Boozy, but not 9.1 pct. boozy. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily, sticky texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Astringent finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just a solid DIPA. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.03 | 90 | A-

Apr 04, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alpha Hive has a medium, ivory head, a mostly clear, bubbly, orange appearance, and heavy lacing. Aroma is of sweet, white bread crust and strong hops resin. The flavor is the same, with intense bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium to heavy, and Alpha Hive finishes puckering, with linger bitterness, on the tongue.

RJT

Mar 27, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a brownish gold with mild head and lacing. It's got a haze that's caused by the considerable particulate presence. Smell is dank and hoppy with a definite honey background. Taste? Delicious. Hoppiness is there in the bitter forefront, but the sweet honey asserts itself and it leads to a taste combination that works together, not against each other. Feel is dominated by the strong alcohol, kind of juicy, well balanced, easy to drink for a beer that's strong in a couple different ways.

Mar 25, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear amber body with a two finger head, with a LOT of lacing.

Aroma – Spruce, lime, and floral.

Taste – Bitter alpha acids followed by caramel. Floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – A little sticky and thick, nice.

Overall – Didn’t get a honey flavor but I am sure that’s where the floral taste came from. Nice but very bitter.

Mar 23, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.98/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

CAN: 12 fl oz format with a standard pull-tab. Green and yellow label. Art depicts a honeybee carrying a hop bud. Cost is $10.99 USD per 4 pack at the Total Wine & More in Austin, TX.

9.1% ABV. SRM 16. IBU 100+. "Ale with honey." "Double IPA."

HEAD: Frothy and off-white, with plenty of coating thickness. Robust and long-lasting (~7 minute retention in a tulip).

BODY: Rich vibrant copper. Clear; obviously filtered. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking imperial IPA whose head retention doesn't betray its high ABV. Not unique or special for the style, but definitely inviting,.

AROMA: Pine and resin are the first hop aromatics that greet me, backed by ample pale malt sweetness and probably some crystal malt as well. I do pick up on honey if only because the aroma reminds me immediately of that of Bell's Hopslam, though the hop profile seems less interesting. I'd guess Centennial if pressed, since it's clean and floral but also resinous and fairly oily. In any case, hop aromatics are sufficiently pungent and the aroma conceals the beer's high ABV pretty well.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no off-notes, overt yeasty notes, or spices.

TASTE: Honey injects ample sweetness into the pale malt-dominated backbone but has the unfortunate side effect of giving the open an almost medicinal raw taste. Hop profile is floral, a bit resinous, and somewhat oily but not piney as the aroma suggested. Not citrusy, fruity/tropical, overtly herbal/tea-like, oniony, or "green."

I'd bet on Centennial and Magnum if I was forced to guess, but I'm rubbish at that.

Alcohol warmth is present but it's not unwelcome. Finishes oddly sweet, bending it almost syrupy and medicinal like the open.

Uneven structurally, with the pleasant aspects of the beer packed into the second act and the unpleasant flavours flanking it in the open and finish. There's a glimmer of Hopslam-like balance in the middle bit, but it doesn't last or sustain. A troubled brew in terms of balance, but I like what they're going for.

TEXTURE: Overly thick. Unrefreshing. Borders on syrupy at times. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet. Not soft or light enough. Oily. Full-bodied. Not quite chewy, but it's heavy on the palate.

OVERALL: It juts out too far into syrupy sweet territory for my tastes, lacking the hop pungency to counter those attributes as well as a hop profile interesting enough to warrant adding yet another imperial IPA to the already direly oversaturated global market. It does invite comparison to Bell's Hopslam, and it fails to hold a candle thereto. It's derivative work, lacking any unique or special characteristics to set it apart from the myriad expressions of the style, but I don't dislike it. This wasn't my favourite, but I'll keep trying beer from COOP Ale Works and I do see flickers of inspiration in this.

High C (2.98) / AVERAGE

Feb 24, 2018
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 01/24/2018.
Pours to permanent head and patchy lace. Amber orange. Nose is fruity, flowery and dank. Smells of peach/apricot, citrus, wildflowers and some light malts. Flavor is rich and balanced. Hop flavors similar to aroma upfront, balancing malt backbone lingers. MF is medium and CO2 is within tolerance. Great stuff.

Feb 17, 2018
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Pwater918 from Oklahoma

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alpha hive is a citrus double ipa. It has a taste of honey lemon and lime. The hoppy taste is there but not like what you would expect from a double ipa. This beer is strong and i personally love it. I nicknamed it the “grenade” because of the green can and the fact every time i drink it i pass out. I’m talking like a pint of it when i get off work and maybe an old fashioned and I’m out. Had a chick come over one day and she drank one with me, Woke up at 4am looked over she was passed out with me. Had my buddy come over he and i drank these. We were watching a thunder game literally had 2 of these each and a old fashioned Anyway i passed out.i felt like a bad host Becusee i had passed out in the chair on my buddy but funny thing is i woke up and To my surprise i looked over and he was passed out too! This shit knocks you out like a light. 2 beers deep. They should sell this in the damn pharmacy for people with insomnia! Love coop and this beer. Glad it’s seasonal. Cheers!!

Feb 11, 2018
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpha hive pours a honey copper, but is no sluggish chugger. Indeed, quite the rush is to be expected with this one. Atltough the smell is subdued, Citrus, citrus, lemon/line, CITRUS! This beer shouts at me. It offers a sour reward like candy upon finish beckoning to sip yet again. Less of a malt background but with a hop array that holds together long after the carbonated finish. A wonderful achievement.

Dec 26, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus fruits and honey sweetness. Very smooth, sweet flavor. The honey really mellows out the hops.

May 14, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- The beer was orange yellow, with a murky complexion and a white head.

Smell - The nose is very malt forward with not a strong hop presence.

Taste - There is a big malt sweetness at the beginning. The grassy hops are well mask and parallel a certain tea quality. There is a hint of orange as well, but the malt is overwhelming even in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- The haziness doesn't betray the thickness.

Overall- There is too much malt and not enough hops here.

Apr 29, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, floral notes, and some bread on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with a malty sweetness combined with a floral hop note.

Apr 04, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy dark bronze with three fat fingers of manila folder-colored head that leaves thick rings of lacing and a big ole mountain of head left floating in the middle.

Big malty aroma, tons of honey, some piney hops and alcohol.

Nice honey, bready taste up front. A little tropical fruit. A little pine. Modest bitterness and warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

Soft mouthfeel, fairly light-bodied for the style, too.

Decent. 1/27/17 canned on date.

Mar 26, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip, 1 finger tight cream colored head, hangs around a while, great lacing. Pale turbid orange in the glass, very thick looking :). Heavy orange/citrus on the nose, some dankness mixed in, but orange is really prevalent. Orange it is, right off the bat, but not that bright juicy stuff, this is almost the reverse of that. This is an earthy dankish orange flavor, that has grapefruit mixed in with some caramel sweetness, as it warms pineapple shows up to the party. There is a pith bitterness that shows up in the middle and a small amount of alcohol peeking thru at the end. Thick and syrupy in the mouth, taste like it looks. Daughter moving back from Tulsa this summer, hopefully COOP will start getting this down to Houston.

Mar 20, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A fine looking beer with a frothy two finger head, super hazy orange honey color, comes in a cool can

S: Big dank citrus notes, tropical orange slices, slight pine twinge

T: Honey covered oranges, a natural kinda sweetness. the white stuff on oranges that peels off, ends bittersweet

F: Smooth, not to much carb

O: A fun spring beer, big on the orange flavor. I would recommend drinking it out of can. For some reason it tastes better in can that being poured.

Mar 12, 2017
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McStagger from California

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/10/2017

A: Murky orange. Finger of white head. Head collapses pretty quickly into a cap of foam on top of the beer.

S: Dank. Orange, honey, onion/garlic, big biscuit maltiness. Scent rockets from the glass.

T: Dank orange up front. Big slap of bitterness. Savory onion/garlic notes that are present but not overpowering. Honey flavor without much honey sweetness. What is there intermingles with the malt for a graham cracker mid palate. Finish is very hoppy, with big hits of dankness. Aftertaste is bitter orange/graham cracker mingling.

M: Full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer.

O: Not bad. Four packers was something like eight bucks. Would pick up again.

Mar 11, 2017
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superspak from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 2/16/2017. Pours hazy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops, honey, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, honey, biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, honey, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, honey, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/resin/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 9.1%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops, honey, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV; despite the moderately strong/drying bitter finish. Very juicy/dank hops with a nice malt backbone, without being too sweet. Aggressively hoppy, but still really well balanced. A highly enjoyable offering.

Mar 11, 2017
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A twelve ounce can dated 01/26/17 poured in a nonic pint glass.

Look- Pours a brilliant cloudy orange leaving two fingers of creamy white foam. It slowly settles revealing some heavy lacing.

Smell- Fresh orange peel, pineapple and floral notes.

Taste- Juicy orange slices, floral esters and pineapple. A dash of earthy honey in the finish.

Feel- Slick and creamy smooth to start with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- This is one tasty and easy drinking 9.1% DIPA! You might call it Hopslams younger and more refined brother? It's not as in your face as Slam and brings a wonderful orange taste from the orange blossom honey. Very creamy smooth feel considering the abv. I would buy this by the case if I had access to it. Thanks to fellow BA jvgoor3786 for sending a couple my way!

Feb 27, 2017
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Secret from Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks amazing. A deep, dark golden color, with a long lasting head- which is a golden cream color, about 1 to two fingers when gently poured. Probably 2 fingers with aggressive pour. Given its long lasting nature, I did partake before the head was gone, and the head has an amazingly creamy mouthfeel.

Smell definitely has that honey right up in the front, with a strong citrus scent. Boozy (at 9.5% ABV, this is to be expected). Fairly highly carbonated at first, but it settles down after a minute.

Taste, like most COOP Ale Works, is rich and deep. There's not a single COOP beer that exists, which I think would please a light beer drinker, all of their beers are thick, rich, and powerfully flavorful. They drink like a meal. Alpha Hive is no exception to this rule. The floral aspects, which are a bit of a footnote in the scent of the beer, definitely come through more strongly once you have this baby on the tongue. Those grassy, hoppy flavors you get from good IPA's are there, and then a cornucopia of fruity tastes. Almost a touch of dark fruit on the tail end, but mostly a spicy finish. In spite of it having a 100+ IBU, I did not find it too bitter, or "soapy" as I often find IPA's.

It's pretty sweet, but in a good way; the intensity of fruit flavors makes that little sweetness seem right. I think the bottom line for this beer is rich, fruity, and complex: I could inhale and taste this beer all day and give a dozen different descriptors. Instead, I will simply say it's probably the best Pale Ale I've had. I don't drink many Pale Ales or IPA's. I'm more of a stout lover, and prefer my IBU's in the low and mid ranges. But if IPA's were all like this, I'd be an IPA drinker, and I would ABSOLUTELY buy this again. For my health, I've had to cut back on beverages in general, so I probably won't get to buy this again, but if I were having a beer a day, like many do, I'd be getting another couple of four packs next weekend. If you love IPA's, and haven't had this one before, don't buy one pack of this. Buy two. Take that leap of faith, you won't regret it.

If whoever developed this recipe weren't already brewing some of the best beer in Oklahoma, I'd buy them a beer. ;)

Feb 26, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark yellow to honey colored, mostly opaque, a thin wispy head fading to a slim ring.

Aroma of fresh hop cone, slight hop oils, honey, and a touch of grassiness.

Flavor is a mixture of honey and fresh pine, followed by some earthy notes, slight alcohol, and then earthy hop. Finish of hot alcohol.

Feel is resiny, wet, and fairly boozy. A heavy carbonation props it up.

Overall, Alpha Hive is one of the best midwestern IPA's around. Super fresh and tasty, and I'd put it up against the big hitters on both coasts. This is pretty much a Hopslam killer at half the price.

Feb 25, 2017
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great in the glass. Copper/ Amber body with sticky-looking head.
Smell is floral bouquet of tropical mango with honey and dank. Nice.
Taste is delicious, with orange tropical fruit bitterness at play with the sweet honey. Some juicy pineapple lingers.
Feels medium and nicely carbonated. Nice bitter bite at the end, without ol wing overly sweet from the honey, and without coming off as medicinal.
Terrific DIPA.

Aug 03, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/23/17 - Updated review from my previous one (last year). - Many thanks to jvgoor3786 for this can!

A - Dark amber gold color with a thick, bright white, creamy lacing ring. Carbonation is very mild.

S - Dank, sticky & juicy tropical fruit aroma, spicy fruit rind, mango, oranges, orange rind, honey.

T - Citrus, weedy and slightly herbal, sweet floral, juicy tropical fruit of mango, orange, pineapple, citrus rind pepper spiciness on the tail end, and a lingering spicy and resiny pine bitterness.

M - Very big and full bodied, thick, velvety mouth feel and finish.

O - This is a cornucopia of dank, spicy tropical fruit. Really diggin' this beer. Recommended.

Jun 15, 2016
Alpha Hive Double IPA from COOP Ale Works
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 187 ratings