Alpine spotted in MA

Discussion in 'US - Northeast' started by Hammerhead79, Dec 10, 2015.

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  1. Hammerhead79

    Hammerhead79 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2015 Massachusetts

    I have seen it on the North Shore starting this week in Salem and Swampscott.
     
  2. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Duet and Hoppy Birthday bombers have been in Boston for a couple months. I was very excited about this development based on my prior Alpine experience, which was limited to the fantastic Exponential Hoppiness. Duet and Hoppy Birthday were both very underwhelming to me.
     
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  3. Hammerhead79

    Hammerhead79 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2015 Massachusetts

    Nice, It's the first I have seen on the NS or in MA. I guess I don't get out enough.
     
  4. wehaveamap

    wehaveamap Aspirant (204) Jan 16, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Can't wait for Nelson 6 packs!
     
  5. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    That I would be excited about.
     
  6. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I picked up a bomber of Alpine Nelson yesterday. I was pretty shocked. It did also have a Green Flash logo.
     
  7. nathanb47

    nathanb47 Initiate (178) Dec 14, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Duet and Hoopy Birthday six packs will be out soon too
     
  8. Hammerhead79

    Hammerhead79 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2015 Massachusetts

    They are on the NS as of Tues.
     
  9. iflah45

    iflah45 Initiate (165) Jul 8, 2010 Massachusetts

    Anyone seen six packs in Boston/Metro west area? Looking to pick one up this afternoon...
     
  10. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    Drinking one right now. It is decent. Kiwi Rising, using similar hops, is quite a bit better.

    I find myself reminded of the many "New England/Vermont" IPA threads and the CA folks saying that Alpine Nelson was in the same style. It isn't. Not even in the ballpark. It is very west coast in style, and fits nicely with Green Flash's portfolio really. It's a good beer, but if those people think this is like Julius, Abner or Melcher Street....well then they haven't had any of those.
     
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  11. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Agreed. I'd like to see the Nelson six-packs here and would pick one up. Duet doesn't do anything for me.
     
  12. Auror

    Auror Defender (623) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts

    Think those same people would tell you Green Flash-brewed Nelson isn't the same beer as Alpine Nelson.
     
  13. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I believe it. That's why I called out that it was the GF version.
     
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  14. JeanJacketLover

    JeanJacketLover Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2015 Massachusetts

    Where on the NS? Also do you have any idea where to find Nelson?
     
  15. Hammerhead79

    Hammerhead79 Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2015 Massachusetts

    Vinnin Liquor in Swampscott and Quality Liquor in Salem
     
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  16. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (961) Mar 17, 2009 Washington

    You paid that for a 6-pack? That had to have been priced wrong. Even in San Diego its around $17.
     
  17. Auror

    Auror Defender (623) Jan 1, 2010 Massachusetts

    The 6-packs were costing retailers $13+. $10.49 is close to what I assume is the cost to the distributor. That's an epic pricing fail on someone's part.
     
  18. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I picked up some Duet and Pure Hoppiness. There is no "Green Flash" on the bottles. I'm not sure what that means or how to tell whether it came from GF or Alpine itself. I assume that the don't have capacity to ship non GF beers to MA.
     
  19. Justin82

    Justin82 Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2015 Massachusetts

    I've seen pure hoppiness on the south coast. My first experience with alpine, very pleased
     
  20. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (186) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    They are bottling into alpine bottles now, but still at green flash
     
  21. vtcraft

    vtcraft Initiate (186) Apr 1, 2013 Vermont
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    Anyone understand the dating, I thought it was 6 months but found bottles dated drink by 7months out.
     
  22. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    I passed at $ 19 DOLLARS for a six pack. Yikes.
     
  23. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Fort Point Market had Pure Hoppiness for $16 a six-pack.
     
  24. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    ^^^ Same thing. Better than fresh trillium right across the street?
     
  25. Justin42

    Justin42 Aspirant (229) Apr 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Of course not, quality-wise. But it is less than half the price. I'd still rather pay more for Trillium of course, which is what I do.

    This is not directed at you, but it continues to baffle me how we collectively find a $16 six-pack abhorrent, but can't pay $10-12 for a 750ml bottle fast enough. Unless we give breweries like Trillium reason to believe we'll pay premium prices for premium products regardless of format, there will be a powerful incentive to stick with large-format bottles because the market will tolerate those in a way that $16-18 six-packs aren't. I've said time and time again that I would gladly pay $20 for a four-pack of pint cans from Trillium.
     
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