Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by CaptCleveland:
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bomber poured into SA glass. No bottle dating but through trade picked up from brewery within the week.
Honey-gold, clear elixir, plenty of white, fluffy bubbles, thick head and lacing as the taste progresses.
You can smell the hops when the cap comes off, but the real spirit of this brew becomes apparent when you take a whiff.
Fruity hops including bananas, grapefruit, lemons, mango and a nice pine backing fragrance.
Mild to strong bitter hops hits the tongue but gives way to sublime fruit, lemon, grapefruit, and pine at the end.
Nicely carbonated with a stiff but not overpowering pine/grapefruit aftertaste that lingers on the tongue and makes me want another sip.
This brew is a keeper and a must for hopheads.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2011 20:53:35 | More by CaptCleveland
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4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.
Appearance - Aggressive pour coaxes out just a finger of bleached white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few medium sized suds from the pour. The color of the body is a deep tangerine orange with amber gold highlights. Retention is slight, with the head fading to a film after a minute or so, and leaving spotty, silky lace intermittently along the sides of the glass. No rings to speak of.
Smell - Bright and pungent hops impart strong notes of citrus with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith and a less aggressive complement of orange zest. Some notes of pine and herbal accents also serve to give the aroma a little bit of depth, but this is mostly a citrus bomb. Very hard to detect much, if any grain in the aroma of this imperial. Maybe just some faint bread.
Taste - The same grapefruit pith that fronted the aroma is also leading the charge for the taste. Bright, pungent bitterness is complemented by just some subtle generic citrus and even a hint of malty sweetness that is only present enough to prevent this from being like drinking straight hop oil. There is some subtle tropical characteristic here that I didn't pick up in the aroma, and again, the pine and herbal bitterness is just enough to give some interest to the taste.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate to low carbonation and a very dry finish that lingers on the tongue well after the liquid has gone.
Overall, a very tasty DIPA, with a heavy emphasis on grapefruit and a fair amount of bitterness. The IPA market is so saturated these days, and it seems that so many brewers are getting their IPA legs under them that it's hard to truly stand out. I think this one suffers just a bit from that phenomenon, but it is still a very good IPA all the same.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 00:00:51 | More by LambicPentameter
3.75/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.
Appearance: Clear light amber; excellent clarity; a weak off-shite head that manages to leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma: very, very mild and subtle for style. Just faint hops. Pleasant.
Flavor: Mild for style -- more IPA than DIPA -- still, stronger and hoppier than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Only moderately bitter at its peak. Moderate complexity. The hop flavor lingers on in the aftertaste.
Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation. Dry finish. Slightly astringent.
O: a distinctive (D)IPA. Recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
07-04-2014 02:29:36 | More by chinchill
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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