Pours clear with a half inch of white foam. Retention isn't the strong suit. Light lacing but thick when it sticks.
Aroma is ginormous with grapefruit hops. Mango with other fruits come on loud and clear. Light caramel sweetness forms the backbone while a touch of alcohol is there.
Taste is a little sweet but not much. Hops are mango, grapefruit, and tropical fruits that are part of the entire drink. Very slight bitterness that is fruity but doesn't linger. Mango and grapefruit hold on to the palate.
Medium body with a light carbonation. Carbonation really isn't needed as the beer has plenty going on. Dries the palate.
Holy shit is that balanced. I thought this beer was going to be off the charts over the top. Instead it drinks unbelievably well without and unrefined edges. Awesome. Enjoy!
A: Name says it all Deep Gold thats bright with a faint haze. The very soft, off-white foam is more of an accent.
S: A tropical, citrus rush. The most crisp and clear aroma I've face in a long time. Nothing muddles the focus of this aroma.
T: Fruit, fire, and flavor in a semi-sweet and slightly drying melt. It's a big brew, but opens loud but then gets subtle. Just when think it's over the top, other parts put all the pieces together. Not cloying, not over alcohol, not overly malt sweet. I really like the citrus smell and taste, like eating at a Florida citrus orchard breakfest bar, with the notes of sweet grapefruit lingering in the back of the mouth.
O: Maybe my case is worship from far, as it's hard to get this So-SoCal brewer's wares all the way to Chicago. But all the effort is worth it. I've never had an Alpine beer that wasn't the top of it's group (style or peers, or whatever). It's A rating in BA is deserved. And it challenges local hero, Bells Hopslam in the category, which says loads. I've got to visit this brewery.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers