Keene Idea
Alpine Beer Company

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From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #8
ABV:
8.88%
Score:
100
Ranked #107
Avg:
4.56 | pDev: 8.33%
Ratings:
535
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 11, 2012
Wants:
  567
Gots:
  33
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Notes: Originally brewed for the Toronado 25th, it is still one of the brewery's most popular beers.

Keene Idea is very different from Nelson. No rye, different grain bill, Citra and Rakau hops.
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by shigg85 from Japan

No. No, no, no. I can't understand how everyone takes this well-balanced yet boring double IPA and elevates it to a godly status. It's fine, but the flavors, scent, and mouthfeel stop there. As a California born dude, I above all want to champion our beers. This is fine, but it's just not the champ.

Mar 07, 2022
 
4.25 by gopens44 from Virginia on Mar 05, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AzfromOz from Australia

Many reviews talk about the perfect balance between malt and hops displayed by this beer. They're not wrong. This beer has seen the tightrope strung across the canyon of drinkability and confidently trod the cord, using malt and hops as its balance beam while declining to use any of the 2020s' juiciness for a safety net.

Make no mistake, this is a bitter beer. It demands an experienced drinker's palate, but rewards the garnered experience of a craft beer drinker with a beer that displays subtle citrus notes, a strong yet not overbearing malt backbone and a hoppy, piney, resinous kick that unashamedly proclaims its double IPA genes.

In reality, this is an anachronism in 2022. It recalls the IBU wars of 15 years ago, but remains relevant because, at the end of the day, it's a damn good beer

Cheers!

Mar 05, 2022
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4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Pours golden in color with a nice head that leaves a beautiful lacing. The nose is slightly sweet, almost honey like hint but a bitterness added. Taste is bitter that quickly goes away with a dry finish. Superb beer.

Jan 20, 2022
 
4.17 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
 
4.26 by 22Blue from Kansas on Dec 28, 2021
 
4.48 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 27, 2021
 
4.41 by Lobina from Arizona on Dec 24, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mactrail from Washington

Nearly clear amber brew with plenty of foam in the fat wheat beer glass. Lush with creamy carbonation. Malty and medium sweet. Aromatic with citrus and papaya. Taste is candied bitter orange, or marmalade. Very sippable and well made.

Hops are listed at Citra, Southern Cross, Nelson, and Pacific Jade. This DIPA bears the extra alcohol and malt well. A little of a hop overdose as you might expect. I have not had an Alpine beer in years so was happy to try one I had not seen. Brewed in San Diego. From the 16 oz can dated 10/25/21.

Dec 17, 2021
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Dec 17, 2021
 
4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida on Dec 11, 2021
 
4.32 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 10, 2021
 
4.29 by gelasin from California on Dec 07, 2021
 
4.23 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Nov 30, 2021
 
4.5 by sordyl from Illinois on Nov 29, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of kevindp9.

Nov 28, 2021
 
4.46 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2021
 
4.19 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Nov 25, 2021
 
3.69 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 23, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beers-es from Virginia

From a 3.5-week-old can, pours a clear amber-orange. Small white head leaves scant lacing. Smell is resinous pine, spicy herbs and a touch of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste follows. Some drying bitterness in the finish, but on the mild side I'd say. Great West Coast IIPA.

Nov 22, 2021
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4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very nice light amber color with a generous head and lacing
Aroma has very generous piney and resin with some malt hints
Taste follows the nose with a very well balanced and bitter piney, resin and malt flavor
A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
A great Imperial West Coast IPA

Nov 20, 2021
 
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Nov 19, 2021
 
4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Nov 19, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Zaximus from Colorado

About 10 years too late on this one. It’s fine. Nice West Coast hop bomb.

Nov 14, 2021
 
4.69 by MJSFS from Florida on Nov 13, 2021
 
4.44 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Nov 11, 2021
 
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 02, 2021
 
4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jan 15, 2021
 
4.48 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Jan 09, 2021
 
4.6 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2021
 
4.59 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 31, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Great west coast ipa!

Dec 16, 2020
 
4.49 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 12, 2020
 
4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Dec 05, 2020
 
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 02, 2020
 
4.33 by Bum4ever from California on Dec 01, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned on 11/2/2020. Enjoyed on 11/22/2020.

Nov 22, 2020
 
4.02 by Original_Gravity from Washington on Nov 22, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dicers from Colorado

11/2/2020 Can thanks to the generosity of Original_Gravity #246 of the BA Top 250

L: Very clean, orange/copper coloring. Light white head

S: Lots of resin, a bit of citrus

T: A classic up front West Coast DIPA, a lot of hops but with the malt backbone to support it. Surprisingly well rounded

F: Great medium mouthfeel, carbonation tickles the tongue but isn't overbearing

O: This is a classic Top 250 beer, a classic WC DIPA and something that was really fun to drink. I'd argue this is better than PtE

Nov 22, 2020
 
4.27 by unclekeith from Alaska on Nov 14, 2020
Keene Idea from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 535 ratings