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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was clearly a well crafted double IPA, however as I had it a couple of days after its best by date it lacked the uber hoppy aromas and flavors that you expect from such a beer. I hope I can get a fresh one some day.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: clear, light amber, golden look ale. Nice white head.. Not much else to say. decent amount of bubbles

Smell: very clean hoppy scents. This particular bottle is smelling of sweet citrus, like lemon cooler cake too. Its a fruit bomb. Smelling like some of the trillium street series beers. I smell a slight spicyness or something, not sure if its the yeast or the hops. smelling great.

Taste: pineapple juice, orange hard candy, sweet generic fruit flavors. I taste less malts than other times ive had this beer. This beer is really well crafted even in today's

Feel: the feel is fine. about a medium or just a hair fuller. Nice carbonation, it suits the beer well.

Overall: this beer is not as amazing or delicious or impressive as their world famous BAD BOY or KEENE IDEA double IPA's but for a year round offering its quite incredible. One of the better imperial IPA's in Socal.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle. best by may 5th 2016. kudos on the clear dating.

looks slightly hazy orange yellow with nice foamy white head which subsides to a solid ring and faint covering. leaves okay lacing.

aroma gives off that of tropical fruit with a decent hop aroma. this is a fall beer, so likely closing in on 6 months old.

i'm enjoying the taste on this one . good balance, and layers of the flavors, first a good hop bite, then a nice sweet wash from the malt. the finish is slightly bitter, which lingers. at 8.0, it's on the low side abv-wise for a DIPA, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Feel is medium, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, andenjoyable DIPA. Pity I only grabbed the one bottle.

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Photo of HoneyLamb
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a six pack from Crockers Party Store in Niles, Michigan from a fantastic selection of beers....probably the best in southwest Michigan. Best buy date on bottle was May 5th, 2016. Anyway, this beer straight from the fridge doesn't have great flavor, but give it a few minutes to warm up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and WOW! It turned from an average beer to an outstanding beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy burnt orange color, with some darker caramel notes towards the center of the glass. nice, 2-3 finger frothy white head that sticks around nicely

s: orange, pineapple, mango, strawberry, sweet caramel, some bready/crackery malts, and grapefruit. EXTREMELY juicy smelling beer - its the kind of aroma that makes you mouth water

t: peach, ripe mango, dank citrus upfront followed by a solid burst of bitterness - a mixture of grapefruit and earthy/herbal bitterness. behind that, and mellowing out the bitterness, is the malts which bring a mixture of sweetness, and dry cracker flavors. flavor finishes off with some lingering (yet not overpowering) bitterness

m: mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation level

o: nice beer. aroma on this is crazy good. and while the flavor leans a little more towards bitter than juicy it does have that nice malt presence that balance it out and make it a real nice double IPA. definitely worth buying, definitely worth drinking

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Finger Lakes beverage center. Gold out of the bottle with about a finger of white head. Super piney on the nose with pungent earthy, citrus, and tropical notes. This is a classic West coast style DIPA; almost like finding a unicorn amongst today's current IPAs

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Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 10th May 2016. Got the same batch as "kitch" who gave it a 4.3. The nose is indeed tropical fruits, pine and grapefruit. Quite ordinary but well done. The taste is pure west coast IPA. But I don't see this being better than say, a Hop Ottin' IPA by Anderson Valley. It's basically the same in the taste and finish : too much resin and bitterness, not enough fruits and balance. It's also a bit too sticky. Had they done this 10 years ago maybe people would have been impressed, but in this day an age, it's "just" a descent West Coast IPA. Not worth actively searching for it. I don't care if you hop the hell out of it, just give me some complex flavors not a linear predictable brew...

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Photo of Sabtos
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden peach hue, with a moderate white bubbly head that dies down to a spotty blanket, with sticky spotty lacing.

Very aromatic pine and nectarine on the nose.

Bitter spicy hops yet juicy orange undertones, with maybe a little vanilla as well.

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Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Hazy amber with fluffy off-white head. As expected, hops rule the day in both aroma and taste. Even with the hop variety listed, flavors lean toward the resinous, piney end of the spectrum. Bitter snap at the end.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.64/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very Piney. Not my kind of IPA in that the Pine/Wood/Ash outshines the Citrus in the hop flavors. I know this is pretty highly regarded and I appreciate the complexity, but the taste is not for me.
Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
** "

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best by date : 10 may 16

L - a bit hazy amber with a two fingers head

S - biscuits, citrus and tropical fruits and so much pine

T - more and more complex as it warms up. Good malt backbone, grapefruit and a load of pine and a wonderful hop bitterness

M - good carbonation and somehow oily

O - a wonderful west Coast ipa even if I'm near the best by date (in less than 2 months). So drinkable even with the high abv. Balanced. A must try

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Photo of flyingpig
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£4.90 approx.):
An outstanding beer, I'd been expecting a good one but it easily exceeded my expectations & turned out to be one of the best DIPA's I've tried. Huge pine & tropical fruit bitterness with some good citrus sat atop of a well-rounded, sweet malt base that complimented the bitterness well. I really enjoyed the beer & I'm hoping it's one I'll come across again because I wouldn't think twice about picking it up again; excellent stuff.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on 3/18/16 with a best by date of June 8 2016. Very piney and resiny with a nice punch of flavor and smell to boot and finishes nice and smooth. Full bodied and malt balance as well. Very well crafted. Not quite my hop profile of choice but very respectful and enjoyable none-the -less.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is full and smooth. Piney hops, bready malt and ripe fruit nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Excellent brew.

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Photo of davidperez
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, it pours a beautiful glaring orange, slightly hazy, with a one-finger ivory head with good retention.
The lacing in this beer is incredible.

One of the two most massive aromas that I've smelled.
The hoppy scent invaded my nostrils while opening and serving the beer, and it suffices to get near to the snifter to smell it again.
Massive piney, citrusy notes of orange, kiwi, tangerine and passion fruit, caramel candy, dankness, slight booze.
Overwhelmingly delicious.

So, so drinkable for an IIPA. The hoppy bitterness is perfectly intertwined with the candy, caramel sweetness, delivering a subtle balance that accentuates the hoppy profile.
The flavor notes follows the nose, all the tropical fruits, dankness and caramel are blended in and don't fight for protagonism; rather, they understand that the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts.
The aftertaste is the fading of that one multifaceted flavor, and it is predominantly bitter. Yet, this beer doesn't coat your palate with that much bitterness at the end as many other IIPA's.
Medium to light body, silky, oily, smooth.

Perfect equilibrium.

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful golden orange color into my tulip glass with very little head and perhaps a little lacing around the edges. The nose has some hints of a sweet aroma, nothing really jumps to the front IMO.
The taste is where the true beer comes through a nice complex blend of fruits with a pleasant with that nice resin forward after taste. There is a real nice bitterness to this beer. I'm surprised at the 8% ABV that I find a slight alcohol burn in the taste. The mouth feel is pleasant and smooth. This is a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy orange color with a bit of beige foam that goes away quickly. Aroma has candied orange and other fruits like peach and papaya. Taste starts sweet and fruity with oranges and mango but gets quite bitter with grapefruit notes on the finish. Aftertaste lingers with a good amount of bitterness, pine resin and grapefruit pith. Medium body and carbonation, ABV is quite well hidden. Really tasty, classic DIPA with a solid malt backbone and lots of bittering hops.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had so many NE IPA's that I forgot what a good west coast was. The bottle I had was a 6 week old purchase which has been refrigerated since. This was the last one from this sixer and dang did it finish nicely. Lots of citrus and resin, with a nice taste of tangerine and clementine notes. Out of the 6 I drank, this was awesome. Very well made beer and I finally was able to see what all the hype was all about on this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle,, with "Best by" dating printed on the label.

Pours hazed medium amber, moderate cap, leaves a thin and fine bubble filmand some slight strands of lace.

Aggresive DIPA, waves of citric hops and caramel malty goodness. Solid all the way. Big, flavorful, tasty and well worth a try. Glad to see this fine breweries beers being distributed in my area

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Photo of pagriley
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty extreme and over the top. No balance and almost painfully bitter. Many better DIPA, but for what it proports to beit does what it says on the box so hard to mark it down

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Photo of rjd722
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very hazy, light golden-orange. There is some sediment floating throughout and the head is off-white, two-finger foam. Lacing is consistent and the retention is excellent!

Aroma: Huge, piney hops and orange peel. It seriously feels as if you're standing in the middle of an unbelievably clean forest. Dank.

Taste: Resinous, piney hops. Sweet, bready malt and very bitter hops drop at the end and ride it out for quite a while. Extremely bitter and satisfying.

Feel: Wet and sticky. Bitterness lingers for quite a while, but it is no doubt a welcome bitterness. Phenomenal balance between the malts and bitter hops.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a honey-amber with a fluffy, two-finger snow-white head and extensive lacing. It's a very pretty pour. It smells of grapefruit, pine needles, and orange peel. There is also a whiff of honey. The taste features biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit, and lots of hops. It's dry and very bitter but there is also a hint of sweet malt. This is a medium-bodied, moderately carbonated ale and with an ABV of 8% it's very drinkable. This is a big West Coast IPA that lives up to its excellent rating. Well done!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a slightly hazy copper hue with frothy eggshell white head foaming up 2 cm. The head fades gradually to a wispy surface layer and some clingy lacing on the edge. The pine sap aroma is prevalent immediately from popping the cap of the bottle. I also get grapefruit rind and some orange citrusy notes. The aroma is appealing and urges me to take a sip.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture, very fine and spacious gentle carbonation with an average body.
The flavor is a brief hit of sweet grainy malt and then rolls to citrusy orange and then a lot of pine sap that lingers in my palate with a bit of bite, but no where near the harsh bitterness I may have expected. The beer finishes very dry and leaves a tingling sensation in my palate after each sip.
The ABV is well hidden and this beer drinks very nicely.
Im glad I knew to buy a bottle of this one and even though Im not a hop head, I would buy this one again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. June best buy date puts it four months inside the code date.

A: Amber colored. Bubbly white head collapses a bit, but holds firm at a quarter inch cap. Minute particles in suspension.

S: Oily orange peel, gummy citrus candy, pineapple, melon, kiwi. There is no end to the tropical, hoppy depth. Soft pine and green pith. Earthy. Toast and caramel malt base. Crazy hop complexity.

T: Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, pomelo, hints of lime. Pine branches. Slightly minty. Faint brush of alcohol. Dark honey and toast malts flavors. Firm but even bitterness throughout. Oily and sappy finish.

M: Full medium body. Lush and creamy with an easy, silky texture. Firmly scrubbing carbonation lends crispness. Moderate gripping and oily astringency.

O: Just a crazy amount of hop flavor and complexity to wrap your head around. If you like hops, put this on your must-try list.

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