Windows Up | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Windows Up is a single IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. It pours a hazy straw color and is topped with bright white beer foam. Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA.

Added by BucannonXC5 on 11-04-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,324
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
574
pDev:
6.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 574 |  Reviews: 146
Reviews by TheSixthRing:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 09/14/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention before dissolving to a mostly barren surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much in the way of lacing sans a few spots.

Smell - Orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of mango.

Taste - Fair flavor with citrusy notes of orange and grapefruit with a good amount of mango to boot. Light pineapple. Malts sit beneath, but hit on bready sweetness and a hint of caramel. The finish is mild, with juiciness lingering and just a touch of citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Not a particularly punchy IPA, but the flavor profile is nice in the least. Nothing that's must-buy or try though, IMO. There are similar IPAs for considerably less that are better. Aurora Hoppyalis comes to mind.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce with the Best By of some time in September 2016. Kind of already affects my tastebuds not knowing exactly when this was bottled. Just tell me when the shit was bottled.

Flavor and nose here show a bit of funk, citrusy notes, and a floral element. Light melon. Zesty grapefruit. Biscuity and lightly bready malt. Plenty of flavor. Plenty of aroma. Also a plenty of body.

A bit too much body actually. With the refreshing and light flavors, a lower ABV and body would have been more welcome. Still, it drinks cleanly, has a mellow bitterness and restrained malt presence.

Pretty solid thought the bottle dating pissed me the hell off.

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear light orange with a thick finger of white head that leaves decent lacing.

Grapefruit, white pepper and tangerine pith in the nose.

The taste is more muted, with dull citrus and light pithy bitterness, then a fairly watery finish.

Light to medium bodied with a strong peppery prickliness in the mouthfeel.

Pretty good, but not in the same class as some of Alpine's other offerings.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Clear pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company (brewery) in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.00
Purchased: Nov. 3, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 3, 2015
Misc.: Tried on release day

Poured a honey, golden, pale, clear color with two fingers of off-white fizzy head when I got it. Average amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of layered, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Mosaic, Citra, resin, orange blossom, light tropical and juicy orange, reminding me a lot of High Kicks I think. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose nicely, maybe slightly more boozy. Got Mosaic, Citra, tropical pulp, light resin, bitter orange rind, earthy mango, caramel and Amarillo (I think). (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, abrupt, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Just another good ABC offering and I may have slightly underrated this overall. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heddar33
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -33.3%
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 petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of G_Shoe
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidR_9
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by dec 1st 2017. This brew has a beautifully clear and bubbly dark gold color. An exceptionally well balanced flavor profile. Heavy on the pine, hints of tropical flavors, and satisfying bitterness. Really great body and mouthfeel - generously carbonated. Great all around IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a half inch of creamy off white on top. I'm smelling earthy mosaic hops and light malt. I'm tasting those wonderful mosaic and also some citrus hops along with light malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NapaClancy
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid beer! Fresh cut cannabis aroma. Tropical and piney taste. Medium body with citrusy finish. Great tone throughout. Hops are very present yet interwoven to taste component.

Great for juicy hops lovers.

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Photo of Clarth
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a 21 June 2017 BB date stamp from JAX.
Pours medium amber in color with a nice off-white head. Faintly hazy.

Aroma: markedly dank and piney but with floral, citrus and melon tones.

Flavor: pine, citrus, and melon notes. Some grapefruit and citrus peel build into the aftertaste. Moderately-high bitterness.

Feel: smooth medium body with well set carbonation.

Overall: dank and resinous aroma precede a surprisingly palatable and fruity ale. Recommended!

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 574 ratings