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Sippin' On The Dock Of The Bay IPA by Alpine Beer Company
American IPA
7.00 % ABV

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Review by seaoflament on 08/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for sharing this rare beer last night at La Bella. This beer was made for the AHA Conference 2009 that took place in Oakland, California and was filled into 22oz bottles, labeled, and only available to brewers and industry people. The beer was brewed by Pat Mcllhenney of the Alpine Brewing Co and in collaboration with: White Labs, Hop Union, Anheuser-Busch, More Beer, Brewcraft USA, The Lost Abbey, and The Country Malt Group. A description of the beer can be found at the left side of the label, and it reads:

Inspired by successes of California Pro Brewers at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup in the Amrican IPA & Double IPA categories, and brewed by Pat Mcllhenney of the Alpine Beer Company, this is what San Diego brewers like to call a California IPA. According to Harold Gulbransen of QUAFF, "Pat, a San Diego County fire captain (when not brewing beer), is a great brewer and supporter of homebrewing. He has been a long time member of QUAFF and an overall great guy. This beer will not be a Double IPA, but more like an American IPA...a bit more 'quaffable.'" Pun intended.

7% abv and 75 IBU.

The beer poured a light golden color, very pale, with great clarity. About an inch of soapy white head formed on top and exhibited excellent retention. A bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

At first the aroma was a bit tame but it began to open up after a few sips. Mostly the aroma consisted of some light grass and subtle tangerine, orange, cracker malt, and light toast. A few notes of lightly spicy hops and medium-low level of yeast esters like apples and a bit of grape. Halfway though the beer the aroma got more floral with more noticeable malt sweetness.

The first sip had flavors of tangerine, orange, a slight bitterness that comes late in the finish with a medium-low malt background of cracker and light toast flavors. The flavor is very similar to Alpine's "Duet IPA", with citrus flavor, clean bitterness, yet in this case there is a bit more malt presence. Second and following sips had more hop bitterness upfront with a tasty caramel and cracker malt finish. A bit more bitter citrus flavor later on.

Clean and dry finish, very light, moderate carbonation and indeed very "quaffable." Really good beer that had some nice hop flavors, interesting yeast profile, just enough malt to balance out the bitterness, and very drinkable. Would love to have again.

Served In: Pint Glass

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