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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Hop Boxed, then Unboxed.

This West Coast style IPA is 7% and chocked full of Citra and Mosaic hops.

Added by BucannonXC5 on 11-04-2015

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small but lasting head. Some spots for lace after an initial ring. Mild haze to the lightly dirty gold color.

Very mild, mostly fruity. Very little hop.

Interesting, spicy finish with notes of oregano and lavender. The base is smooth and mild like the smell. Leans rich body-wise with an elevated effervescence. The finish is a bit sweet with a bitter aftertaste. Overall, it works.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 110/3/17, so I, m guessing bottled early March, about 7 weeks old.

pours a brilliant golden amber body with a thick foamy white head. very good lacing.

Aroma is mostly of grapefruit, very pleasing.

Taste gets into a battle between citrus and pine, with the resin holding out for the win. Nice bitter taste to it. malt is merely a suggestion, and while that doesn't always work out for a good taste overall in American ipas, this one does.

Above medium on the mouth, slightly sour and dry bitter finish.

Overall, a most enjoyable and drinkable ipa. thoroughly recommended

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best before 21 July/2017
A: pours a clear light amber with a thin white head and minor lacing.
S: Nice Pine Resin lots of dank hops with wonderful tropical fruits.
T: Hops and pine with fruits, awesome.
F: Nice balance with hops to malt.
O: A great IPA one everyone needs to try.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber and relatively clear color with a modest head. Nevertheless, a sudsy film retains nicely and leaves gentle cascades of lacing in its wake.
The aroma is in and of itself a mini masterpiece of flavors that, like a piece of music, begin modestly and with a gradual crescendo arrive at its climax. At first, there is a soft malt sweetness that is punctuated by a semi sharp citrus bite. In the distance, dank hops pellets and soft pine announce themselves. Tropical fruit, mango, papaya and pineapple, are subdued but present. Soon enough, the herbal, weed like hops continue their ascent and rise up to a nice pungent climax. This is arrived at beautifully with a return of the citrus, notably grapefruit, bite that collaborates with the dankness in perfect harmony.
Similarly, the taste follows the nose in developing a dynamic and understated elegance of flavors. Somewhat clean at first, with a gentle prickle of pine. The body medium to light, the carbonation gentle but tingling. The palate overall is dry, even slightly chalky in the finish at first. Yet, as the drink warms, the flavors begin to loosen up. The malt backbone becomes known and adds an underlying sweetness. The finish becomes more and more silky, velvety, even creamy. The citrus flavors become unlocked; white grapefruit, and even a hint of lemon. All the while, the herbal hops ruminate and grow, while never quite overpowering. I could drink several of these.
I continue to be impressed by Avery, particularly their IPAs. They, and this one is no different, manage to make hops forward brews, in true West Coast style, yet, they do it artfully and tastefully. I loved this brew.

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Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey color with a slight haze. The head is rather small and soapy.

The aroma is of pineapple, pine and pepper. All hops. Perhaps some mango. It's a bright and fruity aroma.

The taste is more earthy. More pine, resin and grass come out. Still has the pineapple and mango. Not too sweet which is good. The malt is slightly bready with a hint of caramel.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Good balance of sweet and bitter.

A very nice IPA. Not my preferred hop profile but it works. Not too tropical and not too dank.

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Photo of MFMB
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yardhouse in Vegas. Beautiful hazy orange pour. Nose is of citrus, herbal/floral and dank. Taste is pretty out there, a lot going on from floral herbal notes, pine, citrus pith and light malts. A bit of earthyness to it and a vice fresh hoppy kick. Bright medium body that finishes semi clean and fresh. Good beer

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah! Smell the nostalgia from the days when I traded for my beloved Alpine IPAs & now they’re here…well, a version of them, anyways. Best by 8/2/17, which I assume means this bottle is over two months of age. But who knows.

The pour is a classic gold that would look good as a paint-by-number sunset. The smell is a bit odd. Oranges, citrus, then a weird burst of drug-induced herbals. Interesting?

Windows Up flips a west coast finger at them newfangled IPAs - I think the hops burnt the back of my tender throat a bit. Wow. This is a hops blitzkrieg - searing bitterness, biting pine, grapefruit peel, with a hearty caramel that manages to sweeten the pot without reducing the viciousness of the hops. Finishes with lavender & that clean, lovely zest that the best west coast IPAs boast. Sharp, biting, & I’d be up for two of these at a time.

I’ll admit that after Green Flash’s version of Duet - a beer I loved - reached here, I was seriously underwhelmed. This makes me think the two of them could make it work. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Bell's Oberon Pint Glass. Best by 9th of September 2017.

L: Clear gold, finger width off-white head has good retention.

S: Pine and citrus hops. Some faint crackery malt.

T: Follows the nose exactly.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry.

O: Meh, another solid IPA but not much else.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/15/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing cling on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, cracker, lightly toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/grassy/spicy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness in the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV; despite the increasing bitter/resin dryness. Extremely dank and piney all the way through, with just enough malt to balanced the bitterness. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Best by 07 August 17 printed on the label. Pours a lovely translucent orange-gold with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Nose expresses earthy/piney notes with a burst of tangerine. Toasted malts round out the aromas. Taste is meh - biscuity, a little syrupy (think malt extract) and earthy/herbal. Citrus isn't particularly apparent. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation. All and all, not impressed. The last few Alpine beers I had have been a bit mediocre. I guess they've lost their luster for me.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden-copper, medium body with ample carbonation and a decent head/ lacing.
Smells tropical/ some melon/ mango/ dank citrus.
Tastes fruity, with tropical/ citrus (orange) and piney-hop bitterness.
Ends fairly dry. Feels smooth and then nice and chewy, and well-carbonated, which works well enough here.
Rock solid IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a medium rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is some bready malt and stinky floral hops.

The flavor is bready malts with soapy catty hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not a big fan of the hop profile.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Light haze. Orange body. Medium white head. Smells, as advertised, dank. Citrusy, too. Pilsner malt, maybe? A little caramel sweetness. Tastes resiny, herbal, a little garlicky. Sweet caramel and again, tastes like pilsner malt. Medium body. High carbonation. Nice.

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and mango. It tasted of tropical fruits and sweet caramel.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold Amber. Thick, medium, Whitehead lasts a while with light lacing.

Smells tropical, malt, light Pine, Light Citrus and light dank.

Tastes tropical and citrus. Doughy malt Fading Into A Piney, earthy, dank with light pepper. Finish is dry with a moderate bitter Pine linger. Medium to full body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (GF) poured into a large wine glass. Pour is a hazed light copper with a restrained cap of whitish foam. Settles to a light cap/ring of carbonation and some spotty lace.

Aroma, while initially ubiquitous and salient, trends slowly into a diffused state. Still there are prominent notes of citrus and a spice character that reminds me of the Alpine beers of yore. Back before the great flood.

Taste offers said spice notes but is a bit thin in hop delivery. Bitterness is largely lacking for the style but the peppery spice does substitute fairly well. Still there is something lacking on the finish vs. say Hop Boxed......In a keg.....

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear medium-light amber beer with a full head. Aromas of fruits shellacked in pine resin. Flavors follow suit. Feel is light and slim, leaving a bitter varnish behind on the tongue. Surprisingly dank for a Citra and Mosaic beer. Best by date of July 31 2017.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure bitterness. Very good but a little one dimensional. Tight citrus bitterness but a little thin on the body. That being said I enjoyed it and would definitely revisit it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours clear gold amber with an average head. The aroma is very tropical - lots of mango, pineapple, banana, meyer lemon, tangerine, with a grassy, spicy hint at the end. The flavor is again dominated by the tropical - pineapple, mango, tangerine, guava - with a bitter finish and a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with foamy carbonation. Overall this is a nice, balanced, full flavored IPA in the tropical dominant sphere.

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Photo of gatornation
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mainly clear golden color with a small white head and small amounts of lacing. Smell is house malts and dank fruits. Tast has an earthy dnak hop taste with some burst of citrus , however this attempt at citra/mosaic is weak , hops are very muted. Mouth feel medium carbonation with with weak hops and a small amount o bitterness in the finish. Glad i just bought a single would have not been able to drink 5 more of these

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Photo of wedge
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 07AUG17

Shining gold color with a low, creamy white covering that sticks nicely. Smell is a blend of oily pine resin, grapefruit zest, earthy dankness, and herbs - a bit of cracker-like malt underneath. Green hoppy dank flavors on a lightly sweet, honey-like malt base. Flowery grapefruit, pine needles, peaches, melons, and spicy hop pellets. Medium bodied, slick, drying out decently into the finish. I like it...

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Photo of craigbelly
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great hop nose and flavor. Citra and Mosaic hops combine for a fruit and tropical combo that really satisfies. Pored out heavily carbonated with little to no lattice.

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Photo of IronLover
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with low retention. Medium hop aromas of ripe pineapple, melon and earthy onion. Medium malty aroma. Medium light bodied with medium carbonation a boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Citrus hop flavors up front that quickly transition spicy. Medium light malt flavor. Medium high spicy hop bitterness through the middle with spicy hops from the middle to the end. Prickly boozy flavors on the back end. Finished with spicy hop bitterness. Beautiful color but the head retention was non-existent. Aromas were pleasant but a bit subtle. Feel lacked creaminess. This was a fairly one-dimensional IPA. Spicy and bitter. With supporting characteristics this could have been much better.

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Photo of donspublic
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into shaker, 1 finger head, nice retention, great lacing. Clear golden in the glass. Smells of sweet malt, pine/pineapple citrus all of what you would expect. Taste initially of sweet malt, pineapple and citrus quickly follow, nice tingly finish. Great beer, hope to find this in 6rs. I really think that this hop combo is cheating, never had a bad one. Malt bill puts it over the top.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear amber.

Lots of tropical and citrusy notes on the nose. Pretty much exactly how I want a West Coast IPA to smell.

Quite juicy, but well balanced by the malt base. Lots of citrus and mango. Again, right on for a WC IPA.

Nice and crisp mouthfeel, thin and easy to drink.

Alpine are one of the masters of this style, so it's no surprise that this is very good.

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