Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4.03/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz. into a snifter
P: Sunlit bronze with an off-white head that shows a thick, creamy underbelly beneath the medium-sized soapy bubbles on top. Showed good retention and left some sticky lace as it settled to a thick collar of foam around the neck.
A: Well, with a name like "Pure Hoppiness", I was expecting a megaton explosion of all things hoppy to catapult out of the glass, singe my nose hairs, and knock my socks off. Unfortunately, it didn't do either. But still, it does have a hop-a-licious aroma that, even though it doesn't approach the elites, is nothing to scoff at. Citrus is right upfront with grapefruit in the lead, followed closely by some vibrant tropical fruits, fresh pine needles, and a flower petal or two. Sweet, biscuity malt and caramel bring up the rear, as they should.
T: Sweet, caramel-dipped biscuity malts lay low as the hops launch their attack on the palate. Just like the nose, citrus is dominant with primarily grapefruit, peaches, mangos, and melons running the show, while pine sap rides right underneath and hits the tongue with some bitter spiciness on the slightly one-dimensional back end. Speaking of bitterness, it's not overactive and it's not on vacation, either. It's right in the 'moderate' range and helps to dry things out considerably on the finish.
M: Pure Hoppiness feels just a notch below being full-bodied for the style. It's not exactly velvety smooth, but it does glide across the tongue quite easily and offers some creaminess that really helps the drinkability.
Notes: I am so excited to finally see some Alpine brews (other than Ichabod) being bottled and distributed to some local stores. It's about damn time! I was even more excited when this was the first thing I was greeted with as I walked into my favorite spot. Pure Hoppiness is a rock solid DIPA that I enjoyed, but it doesn't approach the upper eschalon of West Coast DIPA's, in my humble opinion. Still, it's a very good beer that satisfied my hop fix for the night.
Serving type: bottle
10-19-2009 09:12:12 | More by sweetbrew82
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