Bad Boy | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uses Columbus and Amarillo hops.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#194
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
582
pDev:
8%
 
 
Wants:
668
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 582
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As with other Alpine beers, this one looks great. I tad murky, but the burnt orange/rusty body is topped with a fluffy, sticky white head.

Strong aroma, mostly grass, pine and resinous. A hint of citrus zest.

yeah, more pine, grass and resin with the flavors. I like it as a contrast with ExpHop, which I thought was more citrus forward. This beer has hops, for sure. Malt? Not for sure. Joking...but the malt gives a very subtle hint of a backbone with some caramel. That's about all for the malt.

Nice bite to it. It digs in. The resinous side leaves a bit of a filmy feel. This kills the snap or zip on the end. Oh well.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/03/12 notes. Big big thanks to Nugganooch for sending me a growler of this one; thanks Dane! Big want of mine. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, fruity malts, and some floral hops. Ton of pine, and I enjoy the oranges, though there isn't as much as in Nelson. Really awesome fresh and hoppy nose.

t - Tastes of pine hops, oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruity, fruity malts, grapefruits, light earthy notes. Very nice taste though not as great as the nose. Some bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation with some light bitterness. PRetty easy t drink for 9% ABV.

o - Overall another really nice hoppy beer from Alpine. It isn't my favorite Alpine beer, but it is right there with the majority of them. I think I actually like Duet the best personally, followed by Hoppy Birthday, but this is probably tied for third, and they're all great. I think if you can find this, or any of their hoppy beers, fresh you should get it in a heartbeat.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler provided by Dan. Thanks, this is sort of a big deal...a top 100 beer that I have never ticked. At the time of this review, this is the #67 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular", #11 on the "Top Beers - Double IPA", #48 on the "Top Beers - United States", and the #19 beer on the "Top Beers - West Coast" lists, one of my biggest wants. Thanks Dan. Ultimately this is not the best IPA they make...I like fresh Nelson better. I wll definitely have this again if I find it on draft when I finally make it to Alpine. But as it stands now this was a let down for me.

Beer is orange, mostly clear, off white head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is grassy, piny, mildly citrus, earthy.

Beer is very hoppy, sweet mildly and earthy, grindingly hoppy, nice flavors with moderate to high bitterness on the backend. Very strong, nice, but the hops seem slightly decayed and the beer is quite resinous. I would definitely have it again on draft but in a growler probably not.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.41/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with an off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and honey aromas. Taste is quite exceptional with a very nice balance between citrus zest, citrus fruit, and a honey sweetness. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good IPA with an awesome citrus presence.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company Pub
Alpine, CA

Clear, light golden yellow in color with a loose, big bubbled, near-white head that leaves ribbons of stick down the glass.

Incredible aroma. I could smell how pungent and bright this beer smelled even as the waitress placed it down in front of me. The aroma is a big, powerful combination of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and big notes of pine forest. This would make for a wonderful air freshener for my car. This stuff smells great!

The flavor is big, bold, and aggressive. The bitterness is fairly high with lots of pine/resin/marijuana flavors. There's some mild citrus present as well, but this is big, dank, and piney. Very nice.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Just fantastic. This isn't as unique or interesting a beer as Nelson, but it's just as good as Pure Hoppiness, and in my opinion, better than Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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!!!

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden straw color with small head and some lacing.

Smells really hoppy, lots of fruits, grapefruit, mango, lemon. A ton of hops that overwhelm the malts in a good way. I love hop forward beers from Alpine and this is a great example.

Tastes similar, with tropical fruit flavors. Finishes crisp and dry, medium body with an oily mouthfeel.

Another great IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of seeswo
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As part of a trade where I brought the Matt and Coldponcho brought this growler. I proceeded to drink half of it, despite there being more than 2 people :)

Pours a dark orangey color that suggests a malt profile. The nose is big tropical hops, citrus goodness, medium malt body and resiny pine. Tum. Tropical citrus (orange, pineapple) and dank pine hoppiness on top of a moderate malt base. This beer is crazy good. So drinkable that I would likely drink too much before I knew what happened. Good carbonation, good medium body. Not too much of a sugary mouthfeel like you sometimes get with IIPAs. Overall, this beer is really, really good. I would like many more growlers of this. Yum.

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Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado

A: Golden straw color with peach hues. There was a small head that hung around for a second and left some spotty lacing.

S: Dank, dank, dank. Dirty passion fruit, mango, and papaya. There is just a flood of hoppy goodness that completely dominates the malts.

T: More of the same. Loads of dank tropical fruit flavors followed by a crisp dry finish. Sublime.

M: Medium bodied with some palpable viscosity from the hop oils.

O: My favorite DIPA to date. Can we please get some Alpine brews on the east coast!!!!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's for 2011 SDBW. Pint glass.

Pours clear pale golden, with minimal head consisting of a ring of white foam, and no lacing. Smell is juicy grapefruit and orange, some floral in the secondary, with a hefty dose of sweet malt. Taste is similar, dry, also now with some pine. Mild carbonation and medium-full body, not much alcohol presence. Overall, very drinkable, nice light citrus hop flavor with a good amount of malt backbone. Delicious! More malty than some of their other offerings, but overall another winner from Alpine.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes I took out of the growler poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear dark golden color with a very nice large white head that clings on to the glass and doesn't want to let go. The aroma is putting out huge citrus smells with a nice sweet fruitiness followed with some lighter pine notes. Very sweet refreshing fruts and citrus as well as strong floral and pine flavors. A medium body that coats the mouth and lingering flavors. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great thanks Brandon.

A - clear copper body nice white head.

S - pungent earthy and grassy hops. Citrus too. Great smell

T - citrus and the same as te smell. Tasty and bitter. A solid ipa. Tropical fruits coming out with warmth

M - smooth and full. A bit drying. Right on

O - such a good all around ipa. Nuff said

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge, massive thanks goes out to DearthVader for yet another growler of delicious California goodness (50th review, hardly a milestone, but I'll note it anyway for personal reference).

64oz growler poured to an Alpine pint. Filled about 1-2 weeks ago. Possible leakage issue during shipping but there was still a good hiss when I cracked the growler.

Pours yields a 2" off-white head that shows pretty good retention but very inconsistent lacing. The perfect clarity for this medium yellow-orange brew keeps the score so high.

Smell is excellent. Huge tropical aromas with a bit of citrus in the background. Big mango and peach, huge malty sweetness and a bit of grapefruit. Taste follows the nose for the most part with a bit more complexity in the tropical notes and big juicy resinous hops. The mango is a bit like fried mango. Screwing around in the kitchen one day a dropped a couple little pieces in the fryer with no batter and it's very akin to the wonderful flavor great DIPAs have. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel, a bit lighter in body than similar DIPA's.

Normally, I will have finished my review when I am about half way through my drink but this stuff is insanely drinkable and I had to pour another pint before I had adequately assessed the smell. Heady Topper is on deck but for now this is the king of DIPA's, in my opinion.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of coonanan.

A: Crystal clear pale, orange-copper body. Inch, inch and a half of creamy white foam sits on top after the initial pour. Spotty lacing is left down the sides of the glass.

S: Assertive mix of citric and pine notes. Tangerine, orange and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: Like the nose this is an assertive blast of fresh citric notes and resinous pine. The hops come through more so in terms of flavor than overwhelming bitterness. Another stellar flavor profile from Alpine IPA/dIPA.

M: Medium bodied with lively, but appropriate, carbonation. Crisp, refreshing finish. Incredibly easy to drink given the 9% ABV.

O: Cracked this open in the parking lot of Capones before the Hill Farmstead event. It easily outshined Ephraim, Amarillo, and Abner... and also beat out the can of Heady Topper that was opened before the event as well. Alpine does it again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently got in a trade. Thanks Jimmy!

Pours a very clear gold with a two finger foamy head.

Heavy tropical fruit, grapefruit and some pine in the nose. Your standard west coast IPA.

Light citrus flavor hits the tongue first then rolls straight into a piney bitterness that lingers on the tongue finishing crisp and dry. Hop forward beer.

Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation levels even from a growler.

Another very good beer from Alpine, but I prefer Hoppy Birthday and maybe Duet to this.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear golden/amber color with two fingers of snow white head. The foam recedes leaving minimal lacing. An aroma of citrus fruit fills the air as I pour. Orange, grapefruit and pale malt combine to produce that signature Alpine IPA smell. The first sip is pure bliss. Bitter grapefruit out of the gate followed by dank hemp. More citrus mid-palate in the form of orange blossoms and pineapple. Exquisite bitterness and pine resin in the finish. Feel is medium leaning toward full with a nice prickly level of carbonation. Bad boy is my favorite beer from Alpine, and IMO one of the best DIPAs on the market. seek this one out, it will not disappoint.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to Milohop for sending out this growler!

Appearance: My growler pour is a fairly transparent light copper color with a light eggshell head. Eventually fading to a collar, there is a bit of lace down the glass.

Smell: Some light sweetness to go along with a lightly toasted biscuity graininess. Some bubblegum and honey as well. The hops are blended quite well. Grapefruit, sticky pine, and some herbal notes provide the hoppy goodness.

Taste: The flavor starts with a honey biscuity malt sweetness, with a little bit of spice and bubblegum yeast in the middle, which adds a Belgian quality. The hops have pineapple, grapefruit, spicy pine, and a little herbal character.

Mouthfeel: This has a fuller than medium body, starting sweet and staying juicy through each sip. A creamy mouthfeel that has a prickly pine nature and is lightly grainy as well. A little bit of booze adds character and depth.

Overall: As part of the growler side by side tasting we had, this absolutely killed our other offerings. I would definitely go back to this. Every time I have something from Alpine, I regret that I do not live there. Like in the fermenters.

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Photo of readbaron
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for sharing another wale. After the Hill Farmstead brews this is a happy (hoppy?) improvement.

Pours a clear golden orange with a healthy dose of white foam. Fades into a white ring.

Smell is fantastic. Piney hops, subtle dank and citrus notes, light grainey malt, a bit of honey sweetness, and faint belgian bubblegum. Delicious.

Taste is excellent - leaving you with hoppy and crisp impressions. Starts with honey and biscuits, then the hops hit the palate. Piney, bitter, citrus. It's a beautiful crisp progression and amalgamation of flavors that works really well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-light bodied, and well carbed. I think the growler hurt the feel a bit - carbonation could have lasted longer.

Overall, yet another outstanding Alpine IPA. Right up there with Pure Hoppiness and the top notch FFF DIPAs for my favorite hoppy beers.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled growler into a glass. From Sideswipe. THANK YOU JOHN. Yes, that had to be in all caps. I'd bold it and make the font bigger if the site would let me.

A: Pours a brilliant, clear copper-orange body capped with a well-retaining off-white head. It collapses into a ring around the beer, leaving no lace or curtains.

S: Citrus hops cranked up to 11: lemon, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, peach. Small aroma of pine underneath.

T: This is semi-dry, with a moderate sweetness that accentuates the fruity smorgasbord of the nose. The dominant flavors here are tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and grass. A touch of peach and lemon are detected near the finish, which transitions into a light, lingering piney aftertaste. The grassy prominence is a bit unusual for me, but it is well tempered by citrus flavors, and it makes for a unique spin on the beer.

M: Medium+ bodied. Well carbonated. No lingering sweetness or oiliness. Very clean finish.

O: What a fantastic beer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a Growler brought by Alewatcher.
Slightly hazy orange color with a thin cap that fades to a collar.
Man, this aroma gets me excited. packed full of tropical juicyness, the tangerine is to die for in here. Aroma is perfect, truly.
The flavors attack from the same luscious pineapple, mango, tangerine, and orange tropical notes that were exhibited by the aroma, not very bitter here which allows the flavors to be clearer.

really an exceptional IPA, fantastic. This is Alpine's homerun in my book.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to make a trip down to Alpine today and was greeted by an amzing tap list.

It pours a translucent copper with a nice 1 finger head of pure white foam. The head falls to a crown and doesn't leave any lacing.

It's really hard to get passed the hops in the aroma, but that's a good thing. The nose is jam packed with delicious, juicy hops. Definite citrus notes as well as some nice malt.

Taste follows the nose. The hops just grab hold of your taste buds and dont let go. Very dry finish with a nice citrus resin left behind.

The absolute perfect mouthfeel. Dry, and relatively light. This beer invites 100 degree weather to the party. Insanely refreshing and you can't notice the 9% ABV at all.

This is a great beer. It takes two glasses before you love it though. Kind of your typical DIPA at first, but after the second pour, you understand why it's rated how it is. Well done Alpine.

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Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 582 ratings