Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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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
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