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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4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bomber purchased from Alpine Beer Company on 7-16, and consumed on 7-27.
Nice, golden color with 1" head.
The smell is dank, weedy hops that preview what is yet to come.
The taste is a little lighter than expected, but delicious. Dank, fresh, herbal hops, tropical fruit, and a good malt back bone to balance it all out. This skews a little toward the Stone IPA's and reminds me somewhat of a lighter Enjoy by, but with more balance.
Mouthfeel is average for the style, with average carbonation. This was obviously bottled right before I purchased it as the freshness is there in spades.
What an enjoyable double IPA. It certainly gives it's more celebrated brothers Nelson and Duet a run for it's money from a quality/pleasure standpoint,, and I will happily buy my quota of this every time I set foot in Alpine Beer Co.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 16:26:20 | More by highdesertdrinker
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.