Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders standard pint glass. Thanks Dudeabide for hooking me up with this one. I'm going to have to find something special to send you as a thanks!
A - pours a medium golden color that is very clear. A finger and a half of eggshell colored head builds and disappears fairly quickly. A fair amount of lacing left - which seems unusual considering the head dies so quick. A small coating of foam covers the top of the beer for the entire drink.
S - citrus hop blast with some piney notes. Maybe a slight note of alcohol detected.
T - Fantastic! Tons of hops that are mostly citrusy. A slightly coarse, piney hop bitterness, but this one seems to be all about the hop aroma and flavor. A touch of alcohol present. I'm surprised there's a slight malt flavor in the late palate.
M - fairly dry. - just how I like IPA/IIPA
D - very high for me. It's very easy to drink. The alchohol is mostly muted and a lack of a tounge busting coase bitterness makes it easy to keep on it sip after delicious sip.
Overall, a fantastic beer. It was slightly less hoppy than Heady, especially in the nose, however, its visuals and drinkability outweigh that of Heady. A high quality beer I'm thankful to have tried!
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2012 23:44:42 | More by beesy
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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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