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Review by Ricarrdo on 04/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 5 8 2010
This is Alpine’s “triple IPA.” It pours from a 22oz. bottle as a viscous, oil like quality and a nice light coppery hue with very little head. The smell is flowers, pine, and syrupy with the tiniest malt sweetness. The initial taste is an initial bomb of alcohol with malt sweetness, hop flower, and bitterness. I find the rest of the tasting experience hard to describe – it is an incredible taste and at 11% alcohol, don’t see how they managed to keep the malt flavor down, but they have. The mid-palate is sweetness, but it’s almost a “hop sweetness” which I have never experienced before – it isn’t the malt – and as we all know, hops are seldom sweet – bitter, floral, piney, resiny, but sweet? but it’s the only descriptor I can think of – hoppy sweet – and kerosene sweet – to the point it makes me sneeze (which is a good sign for me). I actually get some overtones of cedar – now, that is a first – I have never tasted cedar in a beer. The finish on the beer is almost all bitterness – this beer is more bitter than any ex-girlfriend, but, unlike the ex, this bitter is good! But again, the alcohol shows through. It is difficult to rate this beer – as a triple IPA style, it is fantastic – I like the Nelson better; the Pliny the Elder better, the Sculpin better, and on the one occasion I had it, the Pliny the Younger better, but certainly this is one heckuva beer…

Price: $10.00 Served In: Pint Glass