Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.05/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Acquired by Klym for a wonderful weekend tasting (woot), shared with SundaySour.
A: Classic pale ale hue with a bit more transparency that borders on yellow. Liquid gold flake in a classic pale ale coloration. Perhaps a bit on the lighter side for a DIPA, but there's nothing wrong with that.
S: Orangey pine, lemon cammomile tea with a swirl of marmalade. Honey sweetness takes the nose for a joy ride. Promising smells from this DIPA! Even if a bit 101. That said, it's well done.
T: Very light orange and pine sap flavor. Smooth and modest for the style. Very nice, but there's a bit of a lemon ricola lozenge taste that interrupts the other characteristics. Up to the point of that interruption it's quite good, but when i get a dose of that throat medicine I feel a bit cheated. It at least remains consistent in that it's still a nuanced flavor. The strong point of the beer is the malty perfection. It tastes like oven fresh French bread crusts. simply delicious malt flavors in what can be an overly hop dominant style.
M: The mouth is just about right. A refreshing double IPA that wins you over with sessionability. Alpine is no stranger to sessionable IPA's, but I'd say this one has a particularly silky mouth-feel. Alpine did a good job here on their DIPA.
O: Another very solid offering from Alpine. They really have yet to disappoint, but I think their single IPA's are more enjoyable. Nelson and Duet are both so good, I couldn't help but have some soaring expectations coming into Pure Hoppiness. It's not fair to the brewers, but one can dream. I'd still take this over a great many in style, but if I reach for an alpine brew I think I'd grab one of their equally sessionable single IPA's.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2011 01:55:02 | More by Cavery
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4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..
App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.
Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.
Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.
Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 02:55:38 | More by Stevedore
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,622 ratings.