Bad Boy | Alpine Beer Company

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uses Columbus and Amarillo hops.

Added by SacoDeToro on 12-03-2006

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556
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131
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
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Photo of rand
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From tap to tulip glass

Reviewed from notes from San Diego Beer Week

Pours a clear yellow orange, little carbonation, little head. Looks oily.

Smells of strong pine, some tropical notes, alcohol. Did I say pine?

It tastes of bitter, piny hops up front, probably the most bitter of Alpine's line-up. Turns to sweet, caramelly malts with a tropical nuance, suggesting mango-papaya. Spicy alcohol burn. Finishes amazingly balanced and clean.

It feels big and creamy on the palate, not sticky. Plenty of deceptive carbonation that wasn't seen in the pour.

I could drink this all day. Alpine makes some of the best IPA's out there, this is yet another.

Update 9/15/11: Just got a growler of the latest batch...did a line up of Bad Boy against Kern River Citra and PtE, my three favorite DIPA's. Alpine seems to have perfected this beer - it was the best of the three.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear, honey color with a ring of white foam around the top.

S: Dear God. The smell of this one is amazing. Huge pine hops, mango and a ton of hop resins. Incredible.

T: There's a big, peppery pine hop bite right off the bat and then a little bit of bready malt that evens things out just enough. The finish is huge and bitter, like sucking on a hop cone. There's a hint of tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. This is an absolute must-try.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Need this again soon! Amazing dry hop that Alpine is known for. Smooth double ipa that starts with an amazing smell and ends with the perfect finish. My favorite double ipa!

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Photo of IPeteA91
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DJButters
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Similar to all DIPA. Arrives with dark gold color and a perfect head that sheds a little lace. Apperance is one thing... but how does it smell and taste?

Smell: Tropical fruit and hops so strong you feel a scatchy sensation on the back of your throat. So fresh its oozing though the glass. Last DIPA that this compares to is PtY. Is this dry hopped? Could have fooled me.

Taste: Smooth. Well done hidding the 9+%. Drinking other high ABV DIPAs leaves you with the feeling of breathing fire this brew seems to hide the fact very well. There is no bitterness on the back end, the epitome of a fresh DIPA. No malt favors distorting the back end flavor. A dance in your mouth of hops and tropical flavors.

Mouthfeel: Why not just finish the whole growler? Drinkability is so easy that one could.

Overall: A perfect DIPA IMO. I will put it side by side with Hopfather and PtY. Drink up while its fresh. Shawn knocked this one out of the park.

Serving type: on-tap at Alpine and a two growlers to go. In addition I had a Pure Hop on cask with dry hops added... very tasty.

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Photo of evilc
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is bar none the best IPA Alpine makes. It was a tossup for me between it and Exponential Hoppiness for awhile but the latest batch ( Week of August 27, 2012 ) turned the tide.

A: Beautiful golden appearance, copper in lower light. Crystal clear. Large 3 finger, fluffy head on a normal pour.

S: Pungeant hop aroma with a differing character from most WC IPAs - probably due to the British malts?

T: The ultimate IPA. Perfectly clean, malt/hop balance in perfection, dry finish. 9% that you can literally down a growler in an hour if you don't watch it. So damn good and smooth.

M: Resinous, syrupy, oily perfection.

I wish Alpine would switch Pure Hoppiness and this beer around. Bottle Bad Boy year round and make PH from time to time.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler. Fresh fresh fresh! Hop aromas are pretty floral and fruit-forward. Plenty of biscuity grain detectable. Flavor is juicy citrus and melon fruits and some dank rosewater. Grassy on the back end, seems like a hallmark of Alpine. Mouthfeel is smooth with a distinctive tongue tickle. Way too drinkable for how strong it is. Right up there next to Enjoy By and Dinner.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Maui Brewing tulip/pint glass at roughly 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: A pale copper body with a white colored head and decent amounts of lacing; looks pretty darn tasty!

S: A robust and clean forest/pine aroma throughout with hints of grapefruit and orange towards the second half. Upon further analysis (And what I mean by "analysis" is...basically sticking my nose into my glass and inhaling this BAD BOY for several minutes), I was able to pick a very rich and complex malt body that wasn't there initially. This character was noticeable enough, that it was almost as if I had just picked up a handful of malted barley from my local homebrew shop.

T: The initial sip is a combination of citrus fruits, and again, pine-like flavors. The malt body is sweet at first, which I think might be attributed and enhanced by the high alcohol presence, but then transcends into a sharp "grapenut" (yes, like the cereal) quality. The alcohol presence is detectable, but in many ways, helps accentuate a lot of the underlying flavors of the beer.

M: A medium body DIPA that leaves a thin layer of oil on the palate.

D: Even though this was a high gravity beer, Bad Boy was able to make up for some of it's heat by supplying the palate with ample amounts of flavor and complexity.

Overall: This beer reminds me in so many ways of Pliny the Elder straight from the source. A sweet and rich malt body, accompanied by tons of clean...yet fruity hop flavors and characteristics. A masterpiece to say the least...and probably the best DIPA produced by San Diego County. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this for $14. (absolute steal!) at Alpine Brewery in Alpine, CA. and poured it into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clean golden/light amber (apple juice) hue with a decent head and small amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Major floral hop - earthy and sweet, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, a bit of grain and malt but the hops are running the show.

T: Earthy hops with a ton of citrus bight, a bit of tropical fruit, sweet malt and grain to finish - not too sure where they're hiding the 9% ABV, because there's hardly a trace of it in the flavor, and it's not over-rmalted like a lot of DIPA's out there - just hops for daze!

M: Medium-bodied and surprisingly very dry for a DIPA (none of the sticky mouthfeel you generally get from this beer style), the mellow carbonation lends to the smoothness well and the bitterness in the mouth from the hop is amazing.

D: Ridiculously drinkable for a DIPA, but man the 9% sneaks up and takes control. Don't get me wrong, my growler's empty, but I think i'm done for the night!

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Photo of TBedeezy
4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crbooher
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Alpine Beer Company, Alpine, CA,

Now that Raul has just woken up from his coma... Like pulling out of a perfect double overhead barrel, this dang sucker is all West Coast. Like Amber Heard's bleached locks, this is a sunburst of ecstasy. Feeling it? Hells to the yeah, Raul is feeling it. Cleaner than your mama while at prom, this my friends, is Mecca.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden orange/amber topped with a solid inch of head. Tight laced, but spotty foam lines my glass.
S: Distinct and crisp hop aromas abound. Delicious citrus notes are balance well within this IIPA.
T: Clean and crisp balance of hops. Citrus continues, with a light lemon-like flavor. Very hoppy, but in a good way. Light pine taste, but not overly bitter.
M: Very crisp and smooth. The body holds its flavor very well. The hops are not overwhelming, but make their presence well known.
D: Very palatable. Smooth balance and profound drinkability for a beer of this ABV and in this style. Bad Boy taste sessionable, but I think after a few the ABV would catch up to me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Jesse for letting me try this one. I had been dying to give these new Alpines a chance and he made it happen. Served chilled and poured into multiple pint glasses during the day, this one was consumed on 05/29/2009.
 
The pour was just spot on. Rich amber in color, bright as could be with loads of carbonation just rippling up to the surface throughout the session. Really nice head of white, huge foamy bubbles just going up and down the side of the glass throughout the session letting me know this was going to be a biggie. Huge smack of citrus hops right out of the gate. Dripping with orange, grapefruit and tangerine notes. Just sticky and resin fresh here. Warming only adds enough sweetness to change it over to a more orange like flavor. Super smooth with the ABV all but absent here,. The first taste just shreds the taste buds. Literally just wave after wave of rich citrus hops thrashing the mouth and leaving all else in its wake. Tons of dry notes on the finish and the overall flavor was just exactly what I needed. Long lasting taste of pineapple was sublime on the way out and just left me in the dust with a great big smile on my fast.
 
Overall this one is one of the freshest and smoothest big IPA's I have come across in quite some time. I polished this growler off in the afternoon, though I have to admit it hurt a bit, it was wonderful. Go get this one, it can hang with the big boys any day.

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Photo of regspeir
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Session was growler pours (thank you sleepyhead!) into a standard pint glass. This great looking DIPA poured a light orange, almost honey-colored, with a two-finger, white-as-snow head. There was healthy, sticky lacing with good retention. The nose was wonderful - orange, mango, lemon, pine, floral and citrus hops predominating but some sweetness in the back. Taste was near perfection - tropical fuit and grapefruit with light malt notes. There was the expected (refreshing, not off-putting) moderate bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and crisp, even after it warms. There was no hint that this could be 9%, so it's dangerously drinkable. Maybe Alpine makes an OK beer but I haven't had it and this one sure isn't it. Having now had over 150 different IPA's and DIPA's, this jumps easily near the top. Do those of you who live close to the treasure know how fortunate you are? I love this beer AND this brewery! If you get the chance - grab it!

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Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of kash2112
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of abrand
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Third of the West Coast IPA's again from JesseTheHutt, thanks Jesse!

Growler poured into a Square One pint glass.

The Bad Boy pours a golden orange color with a great looking frothy white head and lots of retention on the glass. The pour is extremely clear. The smell of this DIPA is noticed as soon as the top of the growler is popped. Aromas are quite hoppy with the usual citrus grapefruits and subtle pines. Quaff is dominated with bitter hops and has a lingering dryness to it. Other characteristics that round out the flavor profile include plenty of pines and fruits including pineapples, grapefruit and lemons. Some malts are also tasted. Mouthfeel has some dryness to it but a nice hop tartness and full bodied. Drinkability is extremely high for this DIPA. I have heard comparisons to PtY. Little alcohol is tasted with lots of flavor as well as hops. Excited to try other Alpine IPA's but compared to Nelson, this one gets my vote so far.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChadQuest
4.77/5  rDev +7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Altenor
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
4.46 out of 5 based on 556 ratings.
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