Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4.06/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Big thanks to JayORear for the hookup.
Appearance: Clear dark gold with some copper leanings. Head is off-white and drops to a wispy cap with a small creamy collar. Solid lacing with a moderate carbonation. Moderate retention.
Smell: A bit dank with a solid pine resin bitterness. Loaded with a healthy amount of citrus with some tropical fruit elements. Some grapefruit, peach, and even some mango. Resin and oily pine. Malts are bready with some caramelized sweetness. Cooked malts with a slight hop spiciness. Some sugary sweetness with a backing hint of alcohol. A nicely balanced approach.
Taste: Bitter pine needle. Oily and slick. Some tangerine and mango flesh with a heavy grapefruit fleshiness. A touch floral with some mint and marmalade in the back. Lightly sweet malt breadiness. Some caramelized malt sweetness as well. Straight up bitter on the back of everything. Building dank pine with each sip. Bitter with some restrained alcohol heat.
Mouthfeel: Medium body pushes some almost full. Moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish. A bit juicy and wet up front. Some alcohol drying as well.
Overall: Aptly named.
A solid DIPA. Bitter, but not so aggressive it's distracting (I'm looking at you Arctic Panzer Wolf). Malts are light and offer just enough sweetness to curb the bitterness. Oh Alpine, you so good.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2013 19:35:57 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Extremely clear, dark straw/mid amber color. Pours with half to 3/4 finger head of fine to very fine bubbles, that dissapates quickly. An oily residue of microbubbles are left over.
S: Starts a bit dank and hoppy, but contains sour-fruit essence, and some malty breads.
T: Different than it smells, and a little hard to describe. A bit of dank hops and mild sour-fruit start the taste before giving way to medium+ malty breads and medium/medium+ hoppy bitterness, which contiues through the finish. Great amount of hops without any pine/resin flavor. Full flavor covers all 8% abv without any taste of alcohol.
M: Proud; a little bit bigger and thicker, and stickier than most, like every Westcoast doubble strives to be. Carbonation is great.
O: An interesting blend of hops. Represents a true double in lots of ways, but the hops selection makes it unique. It makes an exciting alternative if you're burned out on piney hops.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 05:18:46 | More by rringler
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.