Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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District of Columbia
4.23/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, John Serra), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over an hour
A: 2/3 - mandarin orange-to-amber coloration, moderate clarity (but cannot read or see through), initial frothy white head resolves into glass lacing with small white bubbles, moderate alcohol legs
S: 9/12 - on warming, this is a proverbial pine forest with lots of Simcoe, CTZ and Chinook-ish aroma; some mild Vienna or Munich malt aroma and some alcohol; but, as expected, it's the hops that shine that only becomes more dramatic as it warms
T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an initial PW hop bitterness that pops the taste buds for what's too follow - a straight up pine hop assault - some people comment that they taste citrus but I don't get that at all here; in the middle of the profile, there's a mild biscuity pils-ish malt bill but the hops still shine; like most West Coast DIPAs, finishes dry and inviting with high drinkability
M: 4/5 - medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I would like (and hence the 1 point detraction), full hop oils fill up the mouthfeel and sit on the tongue but, again, don't reduce the drinkability
O: 9/10 - quavering between an 8 and a 9 here but I eventually settled on an 9 because the aroma really improved as it warmed; while I think that this is an excellent pine forward hop imperial IPA, there are better, I think, out there, e.g. Half Acre's Space; however, if you can get your hands on it, this is definitely worth the try; Alpine definitely needs to bottle date their IPAs though!
TOTAL - 42/50
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 02:54:52 | More by MNishCT77
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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