Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sampled this on-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego a week ago. Following review composed from notes.
Served in a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Arrived with a paper-thin layer of dense, white foam on-top (it was filled to the brim). The body is crystal clear and polished gold in color. Fantastic lacing: a crusty, web-like skeleton stretched across the entire glass. Nice head retention too! Very well done.
Smell: Pineapple, mango, herbal pine, and pepper come to mind first. A mellow malt backbone sits underneath, adding a consistent caramel-y sweetness to each whiff. Lime zest adds to the mix, contributing a succinct bite. Complex and hop-forward.
Taste: Pine resin, pineapple, caramel, and earth dominated the first few sips, making for a sweet, prickly, and very bitter experience. In time, however, my palate acclimated, and I began noticing mango. Oddly enough, juniper and mint also found their way into the mix, though I may have mistaken those as alcoholic esters. Bold, hop-forward, and dynamic.
Mouthfeel: Dry, prickly, and warm, with great mouth-coating and long-lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style; residual sweetness reduces palate stress.
Overall: An interesting and iconic example of the west coast imperial IPA. Always worthy of consideration.
Serving type: on-tap
10-04-2011 19:56:36 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
4.79/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
If you really like malt forward, bitter IPAs, as opposed to fruity, tropical IPAs, then you'll like it.
It isn't clean. It's dirty and earthy and bitter. The hops are harsh. The beer lashes at your tongue.
And I love it.
This is not Heady Topper. It is not fun. It is beautiful in its own way. Darker than your average IPA, with a light head. Perfect IPA mouthful. So much onion flavor. Green onion and yellow onion.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 00:40:00 | More by tkdchampxi
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.