Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber into a snifter
no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago
A big thanks to harink for sending this long time want over as part of one of my all time favorite trades (Pure Hoppiness, Duet, Nelson, and BA Speedway!).
A: Pours a clear dark amber with almost reddish hues and just a thin sliver of sea foam white colored head. The small amount of head that is present dissipates quickly but manages to leave a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Aroma is a huge tropical fruit sweetness that can be smelled well before you put your nose anywhere close to the glass. There are also some dank hop characters and an almost astringent alcohol-like presence.
T: Taste is somewhat muted at first with generic hops notes followed by some piney bitterness on the finish. Once it warms a bit it gets better with other flavors coming out including citrus rind, lemon zest, a touch of booze and some caramel malts. Piney bitterness becomes more prominent at it warms, as well. This certainly tastes like its stale, doesnt taste fresh at all, even though it was picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago and at the same time as both the Duet and Nelson, which both tasted super fresh. Still tastes good, and improves as it approaches room temperature, but still a let down from what I was expecting.
M/D: Pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, full bodied, big drying finish leaves you eager to take the next sip. Drinkability is good.
O: Overall, this was good, but certainly didnt live up to the hype, and was a pretty big disappointment (especially after recently having Nelson and Duet.) I am curious as to how fresh this bottle is, because from start to finish it comes off as stale. Yet another reason for breweries to bottle date their IPAs/DIPAs! I'm glad I got to try it, but next time I seek out Alpine it will be for one of their many other strong offerings. Of the three Alpine brews Ive had in the last week Id rank them as follows: Duet -> Nelson-> Pure Hoppiness.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 15:33:42 | More by zac16125
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4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bomber into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling but surprisingly big legs. Solid.
Nose is tropical fruit, cane sugar and pine. Sweet and refreshing with a hop aroma that hints at what's to come.
Opens mango, citrus and starfruit. Resiny and sap hop bitterness enter in the middle balanced by a soapy, cane sugar presence. Real juicy and pulpy. Ends with a nice balance of fruit sweetness and hop bitterness. Aftertaste of pine with a grassy hop film. Very good.
Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and crisp in the mouth and goes down sappy and juicy. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Really awesome!
There's certainly a ton of hype behind Alpine's IPAs and Pure Hoppiness doesn't disappoint. Incredibly balanced, not overly bitter with a great feel that brings the whole experience together. Certainly worth the acclaim.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 23:00:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,685 ratings.