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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Hop Monster uses multiple kettle hop additions with the technique of doubling the hop amount each addition (exponentially). Add in the hop back and the continuous dry hopping and your starting to get the picture. The beer is finished off with a "body-bag" sized hop-bag full of hop cones and oak chips. There it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a double strong, incredibly hoppy, yet drinkable beer.

Added by xlperro on 12-08-2003

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4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of SkiBum22
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

T - Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date.

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Photo of SSGeq
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer comes from a awesome small little brewery out here in san diego, ca. they only release this beer once a year and it normally sells out in about three days, this year though, it sold out in one day. it's a was a limit 6 this year and sold for $10 a 22oz bottle. it has a great hoppy small to it that is quiet overwhelming and awesome. for a 11%ABV, doesn't taste like it. it's easy and smooth.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bomber into tulip

A: reddish orange. thin but staying layer of head. sticky on the side of the glass.

S: smells great. grapefruit and citrus, then pine.

T: very hoppy, as to be expected. but also very well balanced and easy to drink considering the alcohol content. very minimal alcohol burn. the oak is more pronounced than i expected. its an interesting taste in a big DIPA. not as sweet as many beers of this style, but also not a palette-wrecker. again just very well balanced, but not getting the great citrusy flavors like in pliny.

M: very full bodied. perfect carbonation. almost creamy. noticeably sticky on top of mouth. perfect mouthfeel

O: really tasty beer. would go through the effort for this one again, but its not my top 2-3 alltime favorite DIPAs.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into delirium tulip

Appearance: Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: This beer hits you nose hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is extremely aromatic and hop floral forward.

Taste: Taste is abrasive and I love it! Nothing but hops from start to finish. There is some malty sweetness in there. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering of citrus. The booze is hidden well, only allowing a subtle warmth in the throat. Delicious Perfection!

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness.

Overall: This beer is an experience! Tons of flavor and huge bodied. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster with a nice sweetness in the middle. Hugely complex, balanced and surprising. IMO I would rank this with PtY. I have not had PtY but will shortly and look forward to the comparison. Cheers to HOPS!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Gambac. Thanks Greg!

It pours a clear golden colour with a +1 finger head of foam and some very nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy; loads of tropical fruits, some pine and grapefruit, and a light malt profile.

Big tropical fruit in the taste as well with pine and grapefruit well represented. There's an underlying malt sweetness there that I didn't notice at all in the smell; I'm sure if I had left the bottle sitting for longer, it would come out more but as is, it's doing the light balancing act nicely and really, I wanted to drink this fresh anyway.

The body is close to full with just the right amount of carbonation. A GREAT mouthfeel.

This is a fine brew and I'm super glad that I got a chance to try it.

Btw, there's no sign of any bottled on/best before date so I'll assume that it's a 2012.

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Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this out of a 22oz bomber - This was pretty good but I was a little disappointed. Hoppy, but a little malty, perhaps a little old. Wow, just had a fresh growler (thanks, Dakine!) and it’s WAY better. Amazing tropical fruits, hemp, a lot going on. So much better than the bottle... awesome!

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Photo of Enish266
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip, batch released on 1/27/12.

A - slightly hazy apricot-orange. Lacing lasts the entire glass and is about 1/2 in with a vigorous pour.

S - Pine, sweet mango, and some citrus.

T - Not the most aggressively hoppy batch but the oliy/piney taste comes through first. Slick and grapefruity mid-palate with a green bitter finish. Reminds me of the last Poor Man's IPA that I had and that's a good thing.

M - Coats the mouth pretty well and stands up well to be consumed with pizza.

O - One of the best d/tIPAs that gets bottled. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pub.
Tuesday 01-31-11 – The Aftermath

Served up in a 10oz Snifter Tulip

A: Expo pours a very well conditioned caramel color. Great clarity. Two fingers of bone white whip top the glass with some great retention skills. Splashes of lace.

S: Aroma is a real nice burst of hops. All grapefruit and pine really. Very floral and hop forward. Some faint alcohol vapor.

T: Pine is predominant and resinous. Some grass, citrus, and floral hop notes. Light caramel malts and lots of vanillin from the oak chips. Especially in the finish. Not all that intense from a bitterness perspective. Which makes sense, that exponentially you are increasing hops towards later additions in the boil, but really there is no sharp bitter hop bite at all. So smooth. Alcohol is incorporated extremely well here. A real high wire balance act. Previous batches have been a bit too boozy for my liking but this is one its barely detectable. Hops are a step down from the nose but damn this is one smooth brew. Scary. Keith muthafuckin’ Stone!

M: Incredibly light in body for such a big DIPA. I’d say more medium overall with a nice creamy texture. Good carb. Dry and crisp finish.

D: Really enjoyed this batch. An 11% ABV DIPA should not be this drinkable. I think the conditioning is right on. Nice hop flavors with a good amount of vanilla character. Not boozy at all.

This is NOT a hop bomb like the name eludes but it is quite the tasty treat. A really great practice of craftsmanship.

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

My second bottle from the Friday release. Beautiful golden color with a rather thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. This beer is very clear and clean looking. The nose s all monstrous hops, I mean HUGE hops with pine resin and bitter citrus notes on the back end. The first impression on the pallette is holy hop monster, hang on baby this is not for the faint of heart. Unbelievably the guys at Alpine have crafted a hop centric beast that is not only incredibly balanced but brilliantly flavorful without any noticeable heat from the 11% abv. There are tons of hops, oak and tropical fruit that just attack your taste buds in an amazingly refreshing way. The mouth is cleaned with great carbonation that leaves your pallette clean and bone dry, no cloying sweetness at all, the finish lasts thirty seconds at least. This is just a freak of a beer. So huge in every way but so drinkable for it's size. I am glad I was able to grab several bottles. This is not an everyday beer but a brew you sit down with when nothing else needs to be attended to. Bravo to the crew at Alpine for crafting another amazing beer.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade with Thome50 last Summer. Reviewed from notes.

Shared with friends during the Woodward Dreamcruise.

A: Nice orange color. White foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Slam to the nose with fresh piney hops!

T: This one is a punch in the mouth of hops. Like brushing your teeth with them. Very over the top in a good way.

M: Medium body and well carbonated.

O: Glad to have checked this one off. Big my favorite DIPA, but I see why it has such a following.

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with a thin layer everywhere else. There is a mild amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Citrus peel and pine hops are both present. As hoppy as the beer smells, it's also quite smooth. Sweet malt mixes with the citrus and is quite nice. Just a hint of woodiness as well.

Taste: No way I would have guess this beer is 11%. The hop profile is wonderful. Pine hops dominate, with some citrus flavors in the mix as well. Some tangerine and maybe some pineapple. The finish is bitter and very woody. You can definitely pick up the oak and it is a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with lots of fluffy carbonation. The finish is a touch dry at first and then it gets slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic Imperial IPA. The addition of the oak just puts it over the top. Extremely smooth given the Abv. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, courtesy of millerbuffoon, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: Hazy amber body under a finger of creamy eggshell foam. Great retention and lacing, especially for its strength.

S: Intense, directly organic hops: pine, floral, grapefruit, mango, vanilla, and general sweet greatness.

T: Follows the nose: hugely hoppy, sweet vanilla, lemon-lime citrus hoppiness, oak, and some booze. Huge.

M: Sticky medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Not for the faint of heart. Gigantic hops + gigantic alcohol + substantial oak = a monster of a beer. While this one has potential to spare to become an unbalanced mess of sweetness, it has enough hops to keep that from happening. Genuinely impressive, and genuinely delicious.

Cheers!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer, the beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a white head. the smell is very citrusy with a faint hint of malt. the taste follows suit with a nice citrus flavor but its so smooth and drinkable that there is very little bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little to full for the style. overalll a very good beer but not bitter enough.

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Photo of Cisco619
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into Ballast Point pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with 3 fingers of white head after a vigorous pour. The way the carbonation slowly bubbles up the glass, overcoming the hop oils is mesmerizing.

S: Mango & pineapple. A nice hop dankness rounds out the scent before getting hit with that tropical fruit sweetness. Quite enticing.

T: Dank hops & bready malts. Very mild hop bitterness rolls through to the back of the tongue leading to a crisp finish. Not as intense as the nose, but nice balance.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop tackyness. Slight bitterness mingles with the carbonation to tickle the tongue. Dry finish that leaves a hop oil veil in the mouth.

O: Good but not great. Maybe fresher this is a more intense beer. Good nose, but doesn't follow through to the taste. Still better than alot of overly bitter, unbalanced hop bombs masquerading as palatable ipa's.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber graciously provided by Cisco619 into RR-tion glass.

Pours a dark, hazy, golden hue. There is a small, but thick head that quickly vanishes into a slight, white ring with a hefty amount of lacing.

The smell is of fresh hops, with a bit more of a malt backbone than I expected. The two scents meld together to make a bitterly sweet scent, in a good way.

There are a lot of flavors going on here for a 'hop bomb'. I'm noticing bitter hops and some sweet, slightly bready malt. The hops are definately prevelant, but the malt is there in the back. The 11% is pracically invisible.

This is all DIPA in the mouth. I'm feeling the oily hops which I love sooo much. Substantial body rounds this out.

This beer is in an absolute winner. Ive had several that I enjoyed more, but this is a fanatastic beer that is well worth the search to enjoy it.

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Photo of chalsk
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a Damico beer tasting. Pours a golden color with a white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and earthiness. Alcohol comes through a bit. Sweet citrus taste with a nice harsh hop hit. Yet still somehow smooth and creamy. Damn tasty.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to trying this one, poured into my Duvel snifter.

This hoppy monster can almost be smelled across the room. Great piney smell and vast citrus, mostly grapefruit i guess, maybe pineapple?

Nice color to this imperial IPA, great white foam that clinged to the glass an hour after i was done with it as well.

Very smooth as well, didn't feel the 11% abv at all, maybe a little after i drank the whole bottle.

I would say this ranks third in my personal imperial IPA rankings, behind DFH 90 and RR Pliney, and just ahead of Lost Coast Double Trouble, will be seeking this one out again!

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Brez07, again we were in agreement (completely this time) so I'm using his review.

A: Burnt orange hue with a 1 finger cream head. Retains a small layer can be replicated with a swirl of the glass

S: Tons of hops right up front. Citrusy notes, grapefruit, oranges slices, melon. As it warms, the fruit fades a little and some light scallion appears. Some breadiness comes through. Slight tinge of alcohol

T: Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish. Strange pepper presence on the front of the tongue towards the end of the glass

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth due to light carbonation. Very minor amount of residual bitterness

D: Considering the bottle says this is a triple IPA, it drinks fabulously. Super hoppy but yet doesn't kill your palate. Fantastic balance

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review a long time coming. Growler highlight of the n00b BIF 5. Sexy sexy.

Dark golden with a fine upstanding white head. Tremendous lacing on the glass, a little haze in there, as there should be.
Massive fruit aroma, oranges and grapefruits, a little lemon and apricot, there's pine and fir up in there too. No noticeable alcohol at all in the nose or in the flavor. Incredibly done.
The bitterness quickly fades into a citrus assault, a little malt to back it up, but not sweet, just delicious. Terrific.
Shared this with 3 other good people amidst drinking a bunch of delicious beers, and this was an absolute stud. I could drink this beer for hours, like a peach.

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Photo of brian44556
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Hats off to Sixofsigmas for the awesome trade. No dating on the bottle, but this one is fresh.

Pours a hazy, honey orange, with a 2 finger, frothy white head. Great lacing left on the sides of the glass. One of the best looking heads I have ever witnessed on a DIPA. The smell is citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, all from the strong hops. This beer is sitting 3 feet from me as I review and the smell from it is still overwhelming. Taste is bitter citrus with a great sweet malt backbone. The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a great crisp, finish. All I can say is...WOW. This may be the best DIPA I have had. It is a shame this one may only come around once a year (if I'm lucky). This ranks up with HopSlam, Pliny, etc as a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

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Photo of litheum94
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Murky amber body, perhaps chill hazed. Moderate, lace white head. Awesome lacing.

A melange of hop aromas: tea, mango and ganja. Very leafy and herbal. A passing whiff of biscuit malts.

Mango sweetness and summer grass. Herbal flavors of tea and ganja. Honeyed malts build a backbone that is immediately overcome by pine bitterness. Alcohol starts to build as it warms. Great balance for all the hop flavors.

This reminds me of PtY with more aggressive bitterness. This comes so damn close to a perfect beer.

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Photo of HosP
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ren for this hoppy drink. Poured 22 oz into snifter.

A- Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S- Very nice big hop aroma. Citrus notes come through the strongest. Slight malt aroma towards the end mixed with grapefruit.

T- Just how I like my DIPA's, lots of hops! Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and pine hop flavors mixed throughout from start to finish. Nice malt touch in the background. Bitterness isn't as much as expected. Love the hop flavors that just don't stop in this beer.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some bitterness stays with you.

D- Very much enjoyed this DIPA. Would eagerly drink another one anytime. If your a fan of hops, this is your kind of beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big THANK YOU to millerbuffoon for acquiring this through a trade.

A - Pours a bright copper gold color with a cream colored cotton candy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass like total glue, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - VERY pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, oily, and mildly piney.

T - This is the BEST part of this beer. It's a huge, no, colossal basket of tropical fruity goodness that's incredibly resinous, spicy, piney, and a little vinous. It's also slightly boozy with a crackery malt underneath that's big, bold, spicy, slightly garlic, and a little bit oaky.

M - Medium body with resiny hops that leave a coating in the mouth that
's very indicative of fruit rinds.

O - a "FANTABULOUS" beer! If you can get it, you absolutely have to try this one.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle procured at Texas Wine and Liquor, Carlsbad, CA, shared with Baker City Boys 9.15.11, $16+tax, ouch!

Nary any head, small ring around edge of glass produced some decent spider-legs after swirling, a few small trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Light amber color, clear. Nose features the oak quite prominently, not picking up much hops, a bit of citrus, along with some caramel. Taste mirrors nose, once again not picking up a lot of hops, the oak 'dry hop' is quite prominent in the taste too. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium, sticky, significant amount of alcohol heat. While I appreciate the grail status of this beer, I just don't get it aroma or tastewise. We did a side by side with Barley Brown's Tank Slapper, and IMO there's just no comparison. Glad I was able to share this with the homeys, but I'll opt for the Nelson or Duet next time.

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