Alpine Hop Boxed
Brewed by: Alpine Beer Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 7%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: This beer has since been renamed “Windows Up.”
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
A Citra / Mosaic West Coast IPA
Hops: Citra and Mosaic
Malts: 2 Row
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Artwork: No label, served from growler.
Color: Iridescent, vibrant gold.
Aroma: Citrus and pineapple.
Arrived in: 32oz. Growler
Served in: Specialty IPA Glass
We drank Alpine Beer Company Hop Boxed at the San Diego Beer Week Brewers Guild Festival, and it was the best beer of the day. Yes, there were 180+ beers on tap — and no we didn’t try them all — but it was tops for us. In our opinion, it even bested BNS Revolver IPA, which had just won gold at 2015 Great American Beer Festival.
Now that Green Flash has taken over production of several core Alpine beers, these mad IPA scientists are free to get back into their lupulin lab and brew up even more amazing hopped-up masterpieces like Hop Boxed, HFS, and Singled Out (single hop series). What Alpine did with Hop Boxed was take Duet’s malt bill, but instead of Simcoe and Amarillo hops, they used Citra and Mosaic.
This tentpole West Coast Style IPA has quickly become one of our favorite beers. When we see it on the menu, we order it — no matter what else is available. It’s difficult to take one of your favorite beers and write about it, out of fear you won’t do it enough justice.
So even if this review does not convince you how damn delicious it is, do yourself a favor and go seek out a pour of this beer, because Hop Boxed is one of the best IPAs San Diego has to offer. Yes, that’s a bold statement, and we gladly stand behind it.
In the glass, Hop Boxed poured an opaque vibrant gold to bronze tone. With a majestic, pure white crown and tight racing effervescence, this ale maintained the ideal appearance you expect to find among West Coast IPAs.
With more exotic hops available, tropical flavors are becoming the new “it” for IPAs, and Hop Boxed delivered exactly that. This India Pale Ale was a mouthful of sunshine in the tropics. But before drenching your palate, its aroma was a knockout as well, with big notes of ripe citrus and pineapple.
Up front Hop Boxed showcased tropical mango and melon, with just enough malt sweetness underneath. The beer slowly amplified its wave of fruit flavors, until it reached a tropical explosion that could only be extinguished by a quenching of sweet malt, and stinging pine hop bitterness for the finish.
What was amazing about this beer was how crisp and clean it was, while still managing to be an absolute flavor bomb. Hop Boxed was extremely hoppy, and if you get the clever pun behind its name, you wouldn’t expect anything less than pure dankness.
This India Pale Ale is not bottled (yet — crossing our fingers), and can be found on draft at Alpine Beer Company, and from time to time at Green Flash or Cellar 3. Local San Diego beer bars have also had it on tap the last few months.
Final Score: 5/5
With its smooth mouthfeel, and huge tropical and pine character, Alpine Beer Company Hop Boxed was a standout IPA in an overpopulated India Pale Ale town. If we were multi-millionaires, and commissioned a brewery to brew our perfect IPA, Hop Boxed would be it.