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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,838 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double mega-fail for no bottling date.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large and effervescent white head. Head fades slowly with quite good retention. Thin splotchy lacing.

S: Nice complex hop aroma. Get some citrus, grapefruit and orange. There is tropical fruit too with some apricot and ...hmmm pineapple? Some cat urine in there. Maybe even some pine? Almost too much to pick out all the aromas. Kind of a sweet caramel backing it all up.

T: Big and varied hop flavors up front again. Decent tropical fruit and grapefruit. Maybe tangerine too. Some cat urine initially. Big, big pine and resin finishes it off and lingers through the finish and stands alone between sips. Mild caramel malt barely noticeable underneath it all.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Long lingering dry aftertaste.

O: Another fantastic brew from Alpine. I just had Duet and Nelson, I would rate Duet #1, Nelson #2 and this one #3. They are all fantastic but I feel there are clear winners amongst them. This one probably has the most hop complexity but the pine and resin dominates the most I think. Aroma isn't as bright and strong as the other two either, despite being an overall stronger beer. For all I know this could have been an older bottle, but who knows because they don't date. Regardless, wonderful brew from a fantastic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:45:14 | More by Dope
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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.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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