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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

2,103 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,220
Gots: 177 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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2.08/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A bizarre concoction to be sure. Seemed ok upon pour, but this must have zero malt in it. This had a high acidic note that was horrid, no bitterness. Perhaps I had a bottle that was past it's prime. I can tell this might have that high A fresh taste at bottling. Not impressed, rather horrid. Have more and will re-review.

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3.08/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Globe

Pours out a bright golden color. Body is crystal clear. Head is initially one finger in thickness in a white color. Eventually, settles to small island of foam with a ring around the glass. Etched glass keeps the head present for the whole session but only a thin layer. No lacing is present.

Sweetness front and center with no hops at all and that's all I'm getting. What the heck? Sadly I get nothing that resembles anything like what a "West Coast IPA" should smell like. Perhaps this bottle is old?

Much like the smell, tons of malt sweetness but no hops what so ever. There is a bitterness that is left in the throat after the beer has been swallowed but up front there is just sweetness. Like I said for the smell, I'm going to guess this is an old bottle...

This is really a saving grace for this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth and semi thick. Even though the etched glass kept the carbonation coming it didn't show up on the tongue.

Well I will revisit this beer sometime when I know how old the bottle is. This was just overly sweet and no hop presence. Had there been hops to balance out the sweetness this would probably have scored much higher for me. It was still drinkable, but not what I was looking for considering I was hoping for an Imperial IPA.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wouldn't a hop cone be pure hoppiness? Pours a amber to red color with a pretty hazy appearance. There is a good dense head with good retention through the tasting and decent lacing.

The nose is hoppy with a sugary malt backing. To start there is a strong piney and earthy hop aromas. Very resiny overall. Some malt comes out but nothing very distinguished. Some minor caramel but mostly sweet. Some yeast notes as well, alcohol mostly. Some minor esters, rose and figs as well.

The taste is more in balance. The hops have a strong piney and earthy presence with a very soapy finish. Some bitterness that is a bit harsh and astringent in the finish. Could use a better balance between finishing and bittering. The malt is sweet with some muttled caramel notes. The rose esters really come out as well, but still has an American feel.

The body is a bit sweet with a under attenuated feel. Definitely astringent from the hops. Overall I think this beer is a little overhyped. Balance problems with hops and yeast problems really deter this beer from rating better.

Photo of tjthresh
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like carbonated apple juice with a sizable white head. The had slowly dissipates, leaving lacing along the sides. Looks good. Smells of piney hops and just a touch of citrus. Smells pretty good. The taste is generic bittering hops, malt and maybe a touch of pine. The flavor is somewhat smooth, but just decent. I am not sure what it is, but there seems to be a burgeoning small, off, metallic/soap flavor. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel which all seem appropriate. Drinkability is pretty reasonable, with a finish of bitterness that hangs out for a while on the tongue.

This was not as good to me as exponential hoppiness, duet or hoppy birthday, all enjoyed within the last week or so. Maybe this one is old. If so, I'm not apologizing because I don't see a date stamp anywhere. I'll obviously review another bottle - I otherwise love Alpine beers.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

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3.3/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

clear bright golden orange and an inch and a half of fluffy off-white head that retains very well, leaving a lumpy, frothy peak even after a few minutes. lots of rising bubbles.

bright, fresh, citrusy aroma. tangerines, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. hints of pine and sweet malt as well.

flavor doesn't quite have the same complexity, with a slight hoppiness in the start complemented with a stronger hoppiness in the finish. prickly carbonation and a medium feel; somewhat one-noted, with just a medium-high bitterness and some floral and pine notes. very pretty beer, with a great aroma, but it's slightly downhill from there.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.