Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by aracauna:
3.48/5 rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Nice looking beer. Great head that's almost too happy to be alive. You have to pour this one carefully. It's a slightly sandy head but very sticky. The first glass laced, the second glass left thick patches of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. I may need a scouring pad to clean the glass. The body is solid amber. It looks a little thin though. I don't mean pale, I've seen paler IPAs (Sweetwater IPA is more yellow and less red), just thin. The aroma is heavenly. Big fruity hops, a bit of sweetness, a very aromatic beer. The flavor is where things drop off. The rich hop profile thins out to mostly just a bitterness. It would have been nice if the juiciness had carried through from the aroma, but it didn't. The malt is seriously lacking. I got a glimpse at a nice caramel and biscuits malt at the first sip but then it was lost under the hops. It's not that the hops are really overpowering, it's just the malt backbone isn't there to hold it up. It makes the beer a bit thin. This is also a really dry beer. It's one thing in a lager like a pils to be dry, but I actually prefer my pale ales to be less dry. A little sweetness really helps to balance the hops and give a little character. If the flavor was as good as the appearance and aroma this would be an incredible beer. Still not bad though.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2003 00:10:13 | More by aracauna
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4.15/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.
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.
Smell - Bright and pungent hops impart strong notes of citrus with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith and a less aggressive complement of orange zest. Some notes of pine and herbal accents also serve to give the aroma a little bit of depth, but this is mostly a citrus bomb. Very hard to detect much, if any grain in the aroma of this imperial. Maybe just some faint bread.
Taste - The same grapefruit pith that fronted the aroma is also leading the charge for the taste. Bright, pungent bitterness is complemented by just some subtle generic citrus and even a hint of malty sweetness that is only present enough to prevent this from being like drinking straight hop oil. There is some subtle tropical characteristic here that I didn't pick up in the aroma, and again, the pine and herbal bitterness is just enough to give some interest to the taste.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate to low carbonation and a very dry finish that lingers on the tongue well after the liquid has gone.
Overall, a very tasty DIPA, with a heavy emphasis on grapefruit and a fair amount of bitterness. The IPA market is so saturated these days, and it seems that so many brewers are getting their IPA legs under them that it's hard to truly stand out. I think this one suffers just a bit from that phenomenon, but it is still a very good IPA all the same.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 00:00:51 | More by LambicPentameter
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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