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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,841 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,841
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,169
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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StoneTSR

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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ren, comes through again on this one! Thanks buddy!

APPEARANCE: The Pure Hoppiness pours a bright, brilliantly clear yellow-orange-ish color with a nice half-inch head that sticks around for quite some time. A boat load of bubbles continuously rises from the bottom of the glass as well. The lacing is outstanding.

SMELL: A very strong and piney, hoppy aroma is immediately present upon opening the bottle. A bigger sniff reveals a malty background aroma and some sugary smells.

TASTE: Wow. This is a big, tasty beer. A hoppy and citrusy bitterness hits the palate up front as a malty sweetness and more piney hop flavor slowly builds towards the end of the sip. A decent, bitter, grapefruit, hoppy kick at the very end of the sip provides a much a solidly dry finish, setting the palate up for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Despite all of the lively looking bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass, the Pure Hoppiness is not as sparkling as I expected it to be. It is rather flat, in fact. It is fairly oily, but not mouthcoating at all as it finishes quite clean and dry. It also sits very lightly.

OVERALL: This is a solid Double IPA. It is very well balanced and I can appreciate a big, hoppy DIPA with a focus on the hops and not so much the malt. At 8%, this is quite an easy-drinker and it is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 07:16:59 | More by StoneTSR
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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
97 out of 100 based on 1,841 ratings.