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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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4.46
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Hendry
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slight one finger off white head briefly rests atop a golden honey color that is clear as a bell.
Lacing is relatively slight in the Hill Farmstead Belgian stemware.

The nose is exceptionally bright and juicy, super juicy.Exploding with pineapple,mango and nectarine.

The taste is the payoff and a solid reflection of the amazing aroma: juicy tropical all the way.
Impossible to think Bad Boy is 9% abv as this is easily the most flavorful IIPA above 8% that reveals absolutely no alcohol, which is astounding. There is a slight warming in the throat after a full glass, but just an observation, not a negative.

Mouthfeel is light medium with a wonderful glide across the palate delivering just the right amount of carbonation, with a super crisp, dry finish.

Some IIPAs that have super high ratings are often overhyped: not the case with Bad Boy.
Alpine has created a masterpiece, and Bad Boy is easily one of the very best IIPAs I have been fortunate enough to sample.Huge thanks to SDPaul on this one!

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

Big thanks to Robert Zimmerman for breaking this 'bad boy' out. Har har...

Appearance -- Pours a semi-hazed tumeric yellow with a slim sudsy white head. Very unique coloring. Photogenic for sure.

Smell -- Tropical fruit bomb, particularly papaya and pineapple. Caramel malt as well, along with a dab of underlying resinous bitterness. Hop aromas are just beautiful.

Taste -- Bright citrus and tropical fruits in abundance: papaya, mango, sticky ripe pineapple. A slight green onion flavor is also present, but not much of a distraction. Gently sweet caramel base, but a solid baseline hop bitterness keeps this in check. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel -- Smooth, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly boozy.

Overall -- Amazing DIPA! This takes tropical fruit bomb to a new level. Really exceptional, even topping Exponential Hoppiness. If I lived in the area of the brewery I'd drink this any time I could find it on tap.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado SD.

A - Poured a nice golden color, with 1 finger of white head. Dissipated moderately fast, but left beautiful lacing.

S - Caramel, citrus and bittering hops.

T - Caramel, Perhaps some rye?, grapefruity hops, citrus and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, slightly hop dominated and lightly bitter. Really good.

D - Very good beer. A little too full-bodied to sit and sip on. Definitely should be in the top 100.

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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 cavedave
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to harrymel for this growler of exceptional goodness!

Pours a clear golden with a topper of thick foam that rises four fingers.

What a yummy smell. Neutral sweet, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, mango, honeydew melon. Enticing beyond belief.

The taste doesn't diappoint. It is all the flavors of the nose, bright and clean and balanced. The sip ends with just a hint of herbal bitter drying out the citrus perfectly.

This is where the beer shines. Very light on the palate, yet chock full of hop resin, something that seemingly is impossible. Low/med. carb. and a killer clean finish provide just the mouth to showcase a stellar cavalcade of flavors.

Defintely an astoundingly delicious beer, and I give it my highest recommendation along with my deepest thanks to a wonderful trade partner.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a thick, fluffy, off white head, with a slight yellow tint to it. The head fades so very slowly, leaving a thick coating of lace.

This beer has a massive hop aroma. I smell sweet piney hops mostly. Lots of grassy aroma also. It is quite citrusy also. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

The flavor is not a let down either. It is very aggressive. Loads of piney hops, and a massive grassy flavor. It has a slight grapefruity citrus flavor as well. The 9% ABV is well hidden in the flavor.

This beer is very full bodied. It is quite aggressive. It leaves a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

Although this beer is a high ABV, and it is quite aggressive, I think personally, this beer could be a good session beer. It tastes great.

Overall: Get this beer if you can. You wont be sorry. WOW.

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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 brew3crew
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrhirseybar for the hook up. Shared at jackie o's with brad and BAs.

A-great color. Beautiful orange with nice white head
S-very fruity and citrsy. Love the smell
T-believe it or not it tastes better than it smells! Wonderful blend if fruity hops with a nice malt backbine to hold it up
M-medium body and oh so smooth!
O-wow. This is amazing. Alpine did a phenominal job here. Wish it was more avalible!

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

Finally had a chance to try this after looking to get a growler full for years! Small bottle run took place and I got a couple :). Solid offering from Alpine direct instead of the Alpine/Green Flash partnership... :(
Hope they make this a yearly release!!

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Darthkostrizer
Pours a clear apricot color with a foamy white head with good retention and lace.

Big citrus and mild pine hopped nose. A touch boozy.

Flavor follows the nose with a hops explosion. Huge citrus hop character with nice sweet tropical fruit like pineapple and mango. A touch of cat pee funk and a little boozy heat.

Mouth is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall I really like it. Another phenomenal and different big ipa from the best ipa making brewery in the world.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens.... also on cask, but I thought the tap version was much better, so that is what I'm reviewing.

A- light golden with thin light cap. Great clarity.

S- Hops definitely jump out. More of an earthy hop flavor than most beers which focus on a citrus or pine.

T- Earthy hops, lots of it. Finishes really dry so there's not a whole lot of sweetness of any kind that I can detect here. Showcases the hops really nicely.

M- For a fairly big beer they make this feel almost like a IPA, which gets major props. Nice and dry. No syrupy action going on here at all.
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Had on tap at O'Brien's again 2/18/10. Even more impressed with it this time. Got more of a citrusy rind bitterness out of it, not really tropical or anything but like citrus rind oils. Very bitter and very dry.
Increased appearance, smell, and taste to 4.5 from 4.0.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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 LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at O'Brien's in SD.

Amber with a slight haze and low head retention. Minimal lace. Understated citrus aroma with a touch of malt. Soft citrusy front and perfect level of carbonation. Noticeable acetone characteristics in the middle. Soft finish. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Very full bodied.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most wonderfully aromatic IPAs outside of the northeast! Alpine IPAs never fail to deliver, and this bad boy (ho!) is no exception! The bottle creeped me out a little bit, but I won't hold that against such a delicious DIPA.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drove to alpine a week ago to Drink some of their new beers and get some growlers. This one I had to get a growler of.

Pours a golden clear color with a thin head. Had more head on tap so I won't dock it out of the growler. A little lacing.

Aroma is the best part. Tons of pine hops and nice citrus as well. Smells amazing.

Taste is great. Very hoppy. Hop bomb for sure. But pretty malty too which was surprising for alpine. Usually they make them pretty dry. It's got lots of citrus hops but lots of pine hop flavor as well. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I like but not bad. Good carb.

Overall I'm glad I'm sharing the growler because drinking over 4 pints of this would be hard to do. But 2 is good. Glad I got some of this.

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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 BdubleEdubleRUN
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Neffbeer
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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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Photo of mjl21
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam for hooking me up with a growler from Alpine. Poured into a tulip glass.

A-Pours a very clear light amber color. When it is held up to the light, it becomes quite golden in color. It has a one finger off white head that stays at a good level. A ring of lace is left in between each sip.

S-This is the closest beer I have found to PtY in terms of aroma. It has an awesome hoppy nose that screams West Coast. It is a pefect blend of pine, mango, melon, and candied citrus.

T-Like the nose, this one has lots of hop flavor. It begins with lots of resiny pine flavor. The fruit in the nose at first is pushed out. It has a pale malt backbone that adds just a touch of sweetness on the finish. It has a dry finish that is common for a superior WC DIPA. I found after a few sips the hop oils and resinous pine gave way to more of the citrus and fruit character of the hops.

M-Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

D-The booze is extremely well hidden. This drinks like a 6-7% IPA.

Another outstanding beer from Alpine. Well worth seeking out if you can find an Alpine contact.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. Thanks Brandon for sharing this with everyone.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice lacing and retention, ½ finger off white head.
S- The aroma is fantastic, big fruity aroma, spice, mango, citrus, peach, grapefruit, pineapple.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, really fruity and complex, really smooth as well, peach, mango, pineapple, citrus, some peppery spice in the background, nice malt base to balance it out.
M- Medium mouth feel, really smooth drinking with a crisp/dry finish.
O- Another amazing DIPA from Alpine, they can do no wrong in my eyes when it comes to IPAs. Smooth, complex, and easy drinking.

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Photo of csmiley
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I got to partake of prototypic's growler.

A - This beer has a healthy amount of gold color with some light amber in the background. The eggshell head is light and sticks around for maybe a minute or two. It recedes to a cap that barely covers the top of the brew. Lacing has a definite presence. Color is lighter than expected but that isn't always a bad thing.

S - Starts with sweet citrus right off the bat. Maybe some blood orange with a little mango backing it up. Aroma gives way to a more bitter grapefruit around midway. Tobacco pop in midway to end. Alcohol pretty well hidden in the aroma. Light caramel and bread are present on a very distant tail end.

T - Taste somewhat follows aroma. Sweeter fruitiness up front. I'm getting orange, mango, and tangerine. Bitterness is more pronounced in the flavor. Grapefruit is in the mix but seems to get overcome by an earthy / piney flavor. Tobacco and grass come in around midway and stay through til the end. Finishes off with cookie dough...orange flavored cookie dough. Alcohol is noted but it ties in well with the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation. Finish is very dry and abuses the palate (in a good way).

D - Drinkability is good for a beer o this stature. It pretty much fits a bill that any hophead could come to love. All the flavors come together in a balance that makes this brew pretty special - sweet and bitter hops, malt backbone, ABV that stays mostly out of the way, etc. Hands down, one of my favorite Alpine brews to date.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
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 MisSigsFan
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember this being kinda boozy. Huge tropical fruit and dank hops. Somewhat thick mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Great, but not amazing like people say.

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