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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
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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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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 BucannonXC5
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Oct. 15, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 15, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, light caramel, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of offwhite head when I got it. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom at parts of the glass. Very good layered, spiderweb lacing along the sides of the glass. Good retention on top. (Sight - 4.25)

Initial smell reminded me of a Duet. Got grapefruit spices, Citra hops, tropical notes, mango notes late, caramel, nectarine rind and floral hops. (Smell - 4.25)

First thought on taste was wow! Still reminded me or a Duet. Caramel, Citra hops, Columbus hops, bitter grapefruit pulp and just feels like I’m tasting pulp. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, slightly warming finish, surprisingly. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a very, very good beer. So glad I’m living so close that I can catch some of these on random nights. (Overall - 4.25)

4.35 | 97 | A

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Photo of jvillefan
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep golden yellow orange boy with a one finger head.

S: Very strong sweet hops, caramel, and toffee. Normally, not a fan of the sweet hop aroma and flavor but here it works perfectly with rich body of the beer.

T: One of the best IPAs I've had. On par with Double Sunshine, Pliny the Younger, and Heady Topper. Very sweet rich body with caramel, toffee, and some burt sugar. The pine and earthy hops come forward immediately and balance the sweet malt flavors. Well done Alpine.

M: Thick creamy body with a little lacking in carbonation but overall very good.

O: In my top 5 IPAs I've had. Worth mentioning in the same sentence as HT, Younger, Double Sunshine, and Citra.

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Photo of nickd717
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by largadeer on BA, who got it from another BA in the San Diego area. Big thanks to all parties who contributed toward getting this bad boy (which happens to actually be called "Bad Boy") into my mouth. I never mind trying a new Alpine IPA/DIPA, that's for sure.

Pours a brilliant clear copper color with a one-finger white head and great lacing.

Aroma is amazing and dominated by a complex hop character: floral, piney, citrusy, and...um...weedy. Not too much malt.

Flavor has just a touch of sweet malt, similar to Pliny almost, but is almost all about the hops. Fresh, intense floral, piney, and orangey/grapefruity hops. Oh yeah, some good ol' Mary Jane too. Who doesn't like that?

Medium bodied, clean, and crisp, with palate-wrecking hops. Damn near the perfect mouthfeel for this style.

Extremely drinkable. Amazing DIPA, on the same level as Pliny the Elder, if not even better. I will definitely seek out this "bad boy" in the future.

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Photo of seeswo
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Arbitrator
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BarrytheBear
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of the always generous Ryan....big thanks on a real surprise!

Transparent medium orange pour with a nice head and spotty lacing throughout.

Fresh tropical fruits on the nose: pulling loads of fresh cut pineapple and white gooey nectarine. Discernible sweetness, but mostly in the form of natural fruit sugar. Nice.

White nectarine really stands out here. Uncanny. Starts sweet and juicy and ends resinous, dry, and mildly bitter.

Overall quite nice and though I realize it's 9%, the bite here is evident. Really my only qualm and it's a small one. If the abv were somehow better hidden, this would be fantastic. As is, it's still very, very good.

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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this growler from goodspeed94. Thanks, Jon!

A-Crystal clear golden witha hint of peach, nice off white head with great retention and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-Huge blast of citrus hops with some sweet malt behind.

T-Some sweet malt in the front, quickly overtaken by strong citrus hops all the way through the finish. Excellent.

M-Medium bodied with lots of lingering bitterness.

D-Delicious. Tasty with great body and carbonation, no apparent alcohol. Loved this one.

HV

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Photo of HalfFull
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden into a pint glass with a half inch of dense head. This dissipates in a few minutes yet has a lasting surface film bringing about some scattered lacing.

Smell is rich with hops, piney resinous hops along with some wet peat, hemp and citrus. Hop notes seem unusually volatile, becoming rarer as the carbonation decreases.

Taste is slightly rich initially and finishes with a well carbonated and oily orange citrus flavor. Overall the brew appears a bit thin in body, not having much of a malt balance. Yet what is there cloaks the ABV surprisingly well, improving drinkability. This brew seeks to maximize hops and ABV while keeping those pesky malt calories to a minimum, or not. Yes, perhaps that's just a well manipulated illusion as the bitterness is kept in check. Another fine IPA from Alpine that is rich and robust yet convinces you otherwise after a few sips due to its enticing flavor.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

From notes taken at the Alpine Beer Pub.

A - Light amber color with a 0.5 inch head that is white and very dense.

S - Aroma of dank hops. Some pine oils and some nice resin notes. Some lsight sweetness formt eh hops as well. Pretty hop forward. Not as booze heavy as expected with the 9%.

T & M - Dangerously smooth. Nice pine notes with some good dank hops and sticky resin notes. Citrus fills the middle of the beer with a slightly bready balance and then a bitter and dry finish that leaves a nice hoppy mess. Mouthfeel is a bit on the medium side with some sweet notes but mostly a easy drinker. Except for the higher ABV that is well hidden.

O - Its appropriately hop forward but quite smooth at the same time. Can be dangerous because of the ease of drinking. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into Ithaca tulip.
Thanks to smokepot23 for the growler.

Pours a nice deep gold, just slightly hazy. Nice 2 fingers of loose white head. Good chunks of lacing. Nice retention.

Tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit... Mmmm. This has a great nose. Certainly not like Sarah Jessica Parker at all.

The flavor is very nice as well... I think the nose is better than the flavor, although not are quite nice. This is a quintessential DIPA. There is absolutely nothing about this beer that I am not enjoying. The flavor has a light (very light!) malt like crackers. The hops have a nice tropical fruit and grapefruit note. Fantastic bitterness just loitering in my mouth... Very nice.

As this warmed up, I did find one thing I disliked: there is a hint of garlicy summit hops... Meh.

The body is nice- well carbed and relatively light. Very easy to drink. Me likey.
I will keep this one on my wants list.

The

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Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler shared by ejyoung, into a tulip.

Deep gold, like bullion. A little caramel as well, but the drink exhibits perfect clarity. One inch of head is white and fluffy as a cloud. It descends slowly, leaving sticky trails of bubbles.

In the nose: orange peel, dankness, honey, caramel, a little basil. It’s actually so dank as to be almost funky.

The flavor gets much maltier, with a nice sweetness to boot. Lots of caramel and burnt sugar with dank, sticky hops. Grass, a little alcohol, and very lightly toasted biscuits swirl in the finish.

Soft, medium body. Moderate carbonation breaks the beer into a little fizz. Mild bitterness, balanced with aplomb by the malt.

Good boy, Bad Boy. It’s got incredible balance, with a big malt presence to balance them crazy dank hops, and is very drinkable for its strength. A fabulous IPA.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oily copper with a small white head. Sweet, floral aroma of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and sweet bread. Super-sweet resiny hops up front and throughout. Good amount of oranges, nectarines, and kiwi fruit flavors, but very little pine. Sticky caramel finish.

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

On-tap at the Alpine pub. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a bright golden color, topped with an inch of creamy off-white head, great retention, lots of spotty lacing.

S- Very complex hop aroma, lots of dank, earthy hops as well as juicy citrus and pine resin. Nice balance from a sweet malt aroma.

T- Follows the nose with loads of citrus and pine resin, powerfully bitter, also some dank flavors. Bready, chewy malt lends some balancing sweetness, finishes with a leafy bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- A pretty excellent DIPA, awesome hop flavor, very drinkable, I'd probably put this on par with Pure Hoppiness, this is some great stuff.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow. A good amount of white head with great head retention. Smells incredibly hoppy. Lots of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Vry nicely balanced hop profile. Tastes very crisp and bitter. Tns of subtle characters coming through. Very solid mouthfeel. A tasty brew

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into a Half Acre tulip. Thanks evilc for the hook up!

A- pours a bright dark, golden color with a 2" off-white head. Strands and waves of lacing stick to the glass.

S- huge citrus aromas, grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Sweet caramel some spicy, pine.

T- Semi-sweet caramel with citrus. The citrus does not stand out as much as it does in the nose. Bitter grapefruit and orange with some citrus rind and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a slight dryness at the finish.

O- very good dipa. If this beer had more citrus flavor like the nose, and a little oily/syrupy mouthfeel it would be near perfect.

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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 Spider889
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at Jackie O's by some fellow BA's. Thanks to brew3crew for bringing this growler to spread around.

Nice clarity, bright yellow with a white head.

Smelled wonderful. Very light, fresh, and inviting. Lots of crisp wet pine, with some grapefuit adding a fruity sweetness that really helped this beer pop.

Taste was also refreshingly crisp. Pine resin and crackery malt.

Fairly light bodied for a DIPA, good even carbonation. Overall an easy drinker and a beer I'd happily drink again.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +2%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice one from Alpine, these guys seem to know something about hops. Thanks to Matt (starrdogg) for sharing this one last night.

At first I didnt know if I loved this compared to other offerings from Alpine, but the more I had to more I liked it. At first the hops seemed unbalanced but I think once you get pas the first sip it seems to make more sense and taste delicious.

A: The beer pours a super hazy opaque orange with some lacing left and a small ring of fluffy head. Looks kind of like some homebrews I've had, usually like a little brighter orange and less cloudy with more head, but still looks good.

S: Very raw spicy hop aromas, reminds me of opening those air tight bags of hops that homebrewers use. Super dank, kitchen spice, vegetable hop aromas, grass, and even more herbal hops. Not much malt but I dont care.

T: Not super balanced, very much in the direction of hops with little malt to speak of, and at first I was a little put off but then started to really love the hop bite. Raw luscious grass and citrus hop. I can't even really say theres much malt character, its mostly just a bit of sweetness.

M: Bitter back, sweet up front, not super thick but oily over the palate.

Overall another nice beer, but not my favorite from them, which isn't saying much cause most of the time I give their beers A+. Another hop heads dreamy beer!

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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 artoolemomo
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Received with almost a finger's worth of head which disappears as I write this. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears as a golden straw when held up to the light. Light lacing as with Alpine's other beers.

Nose- Have I mentioned that Alpine has hoppy beers on lockdown? Not bitter hophead beers but delicious fruity ones. More fruit notes with citrus notes taking the front (orange, lemon, and grapefruit). Some cherry. Notes of honey and caramel. Floral character. If this follows the aroma this is going to be the type of IIPA that I like.

Taste- Follows the nose to a certain extent. There is definitely a good amount of citrus (orange and lemon) and other fruits- cherry and peach at the moment. Good amount of honey and caramel. However, the best aspect of the flavor profile is one I can't really describe adequately. This is an extremely fresh and bright beer. Some pine and resin but not enough to render this a hophead's beer. The pine and resin does have a bit of linger which also shows some matchstick and grapefruit. Some orange and lemon peel. Caramel meets up with a bit of matchstick and makes it tastes a bit burnt. Some mustiness. Armpit and dirty socks. It is a little too cold to tell but I'm not as impressed with it as others seem to be. Certainly not in the same class as Notorious, Heady Topper, or Pliny the Younger at the moment.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and zing. It's undeniable- high carbonation seems to be as much of signature to Alpine's top beers as low carbonation is for HOTD's elite beers. Still works. The zing complements the freshness and spice of the high hops.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and each taste varies. Each one might not be the best I've ever had but it keeps it interesting. No heat at all and 5 bucks for a 12 oz pour seems pretty reasonable for a high quality IIPA. Especially considering that Apex charges 5 bucks for a 6 oz pour of Notorious. Notorious is great but not that great.

Overall- Really good beer that wants to be great but just isn't. I've had too many world class IIPAs to think otherwise. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of Sintech
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Simi hazy orange hue.

Smell - Dank and citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose with the addition of some tropical fruits. Really good. Gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Super glad I was able to pick this up. Definitely recommended.

Grade (A-)

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Bad Boy from Alpine Beer Company
4.46 out of 5 based on 547 ratings.
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