Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by hayesez:
4.43/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this a week ago. I didn't know what treat I was actually receiving! Cracked it open at a recent poker game - wasn't planning on reviewing it until I took my first whiff. Whew, amazing! This my first beer from Alpine, and it sure started off with a bang!
I cracked this thing open as the big blind landed in front of me. A very nice frothy head billowed up inside of my Cigar City pint glass. The beer itself is a deep golden amber with a dark center and leaves sporadic off-white lace in my glass.
The smell - this is it. I was absolutely blown away by the smell of this beer. I kept passing it around to the guys at the table (most of whom are BMC kinda guys) in hopes of someone finding it to be as amazing as I...yet unsuccessful. I didn't even dive into this one until a full round of blinds - I just enjoyed the smell. The grapefruit is the dominant smell, and it is juicy and full. There is an obvious orange peel as well as the orange fruit as well. On the end, there is a bit of pine. An outstanding job of balancing the sweet maltiness with the hops.
The flavor of this guy is just bursting with sweet fruit. Grapefruits and oranges for sure, and if I had a better idea what tangerines or mangos, and all of that tasted like, I'm sure they would be in there too. Followed closely by a blast of hops, this beer truly is aptly named. The hoppy resin is definitely felt in the medium-bodied brew. It is well carbonated but a bit slick.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with the Pure Hoppiness. A great example of a well-balanced DIPA. Fortunately, Ryan sent me some more of Alpine's stuff as well. I look forward to cracking those open this week.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2010 22:11:56 | More by hayesez
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4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..
App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.
Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.
Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.
Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 02:55:38 | More by Stevedore
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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