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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 853
Hads: 3,270
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,221
Gots: 489 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

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.
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date (WHY???)

Thanks to Futura123 for this one.

Appearance: Pure Hoppiness pours a very lightly hazed bright golden-orange, with a rough pour yielding a large white head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in beautiful patterns of sticky lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! The nose is fantastically hoppy, but actually quite well balanced by a fairly substantial malt base. Notes include: Sweet citrus (orange, orange peel and tangerine), dank leafy notes, a little peach, grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, pine resin, floral notes and some sweet honey/caramel malt.

Taste: As the nose suggested, the flavour displays a reasonable amount of sweet honey malt to balance the masses of hops. Big resinous pine notes dominate the first sip, but are quickly joined by dank leafy notes, grapefruit pith, sweet orange, tangerine, peach and a light floral note. The finish is moderately bitter and there is no trace of the 8%.

Mouthfeel: Just about bang on for the style - medium (or just over) bodied and quite slick, with a medium-high level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: Pure Hoppiness is a fantastic IIPA that I hope to have again soon. The mouthfeel and a lack of noticeable alcohol makes this one dangerous beer! I could quite see myself drinking a few too many if they were available!

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Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear orange hue with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin thin blanket and leaving a thicker halo as well.

S - Dank, wet hops here. Big grapefruit, faint tropical, light malts. Even as aromatic as it is it is quite balanced. Smells enticing.

T - Taste is solid. Like the nose but with a bit more malts. Nice citrus notes along with lighter pine. Like someone else said, pretty sure there is some Nelson hops in here as there is that earthy almost onion note. Nice bitter earthy finish as well.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, just solid. Good carbonation for the style, and quite drinkable. Stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O - Overall, a delicious west coast DIPA here. Enjoy basically everything from Alpine and this stays true with that.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to chuglife for this one!!

22 oz. Bottle poured in a tulip

Pure hoppiness poured an amber hued color with almost no head. Awesome west coast hop smell. Big citrusy, mouthwatering smell. It's got a a very balanced sweetness to bitterness mouthfeel, with some nice alcohol warmth on the back end. Alpine seems to be doing everything right with beers I've tasted so far. I wish I lived in Cali so I could have them on tap!!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is bursting with hops. There is a nice mix of citrus and piney hops that are super fresh. There is just a touch of caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Starts off with a big hit of hops and bitterness. There is again, a nice mix of piney hops and grapefruit flavor. Through the middle, the caramel sweetness sneaks in a bit and the bitterness grows as well. The finish is a mix of lots of hop bitterness and some sweet caramel malts that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and fairly dry. The finish is especially dry from the strong hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Very hop heavy, but the hop profile is so excellent it does not matter. From start to end, the hops just do not seem to give up at all.

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Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard this brewery can be mean to interlopers (don't worry, I don't want to slap anyone), but they brew some fine beer.

Pours a surprisingly light orange with gold overtones. Surprising color for a DIPA. Can't recall any quite this hue. Two or three inches of long lasting foam, nice bubbling. This is a superbly carbonated beer. Smells more grapefruit than pine.

Great flavor. Not the most balanced DIPA, as there isn't much of a malt or tropical/sweet fruit background to intrude. Thankfully, though, they've somehow managed to tone the hop content down just enough with carbonation, or perhaps by blending several different hops, to keep this beer really drinkable. It's not raw, is I guess what I'm trying to say.

Very good beer, I'll keep an eye out for it from now on.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a bottle this weekend after having it on tap the weekend before up at Stone. The bottle was recently bought and assured to be fresh by Freddy out at Bevs4Less.

Appearance: Golden-orange IPA standard color. Nice head that lasts for a few seconds and begins to lay down, leaving a nice lace. Pretty, but nothing exceptional.

Smell: Wow, that's hoppy. I mean, next to Exponential it's obviously a different beast, but the hops are fresh and really aromatic and pleasing for those summer nights where an IPA is simply the best. Great pine, citrus, and skunky hop character that just feels like you're sniffing a home-brew hop fridge.

Taste: This really surprised me, as there is a hint of sweetness here from the malt that just balanced out the hoppiness and keeping this from simply being hop liquor. A really piny, citric burst hints with that sweetness that engages in a nice war for your palate. The hoppiness wins out, but the attempt at balance is certainly there. Really solid.

Mouthfeel: Some super-hoppy beers get too resinous to really enjoy a lot of and take their toll on that palate, but this beer was carbonated sufficiently and the sweetness from the malt character is like a tongue refresher, keeping your palate from being leveled entirely.

Drinkability: Really great. Drinks like an IPA, with great flavor start to finish. Can't decide which I liked better, the tap or the bottle, which is weird since fresh taps of IPAs tend to blow the bottle version away in my mind, but this beer was really fantastic, and worth the praise it receives. Not Pliny the Elder, and more expensive as well, but definitely a very solid IPA that is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of gibby
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 bombers courtesy of goodspeed94 through trade, thanks man.

Been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time. Great name and right up my alley for what i want in a beer, lots of hops.

Poured a nice crystal clear amber color with chunky 1 finger head. I could smell the hops while the beer was on the table and I was standing over it. Overall great smell, lots of citrus, pine, but I feel like I smell a lot of orange/peach, smells great. The smell reminded me of dreadnaught a little bit. Taste is very similar to smell, pine and citrus with a touch of malt thrown in there but not much. Carbonation was good and mouthfeel was right on point. I put the whole bomber down with ease, really tasty and only 8% abv. I really enjoyed this beer and I am glad I have the other bomber. If this beer was locally available it would be a regular buy for me. My first alpine brew and I look fwd to having this again...and hopefully an exponential hoppiness growler thorugh my west coast friends on here.
Pure hoppiness is highly recommended to those who, like a really good DIPA. Cheers.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this in bottle, had it on draft and it was better, of course! Poured a pint at Toronado, in San Diego May 30th on my honeymoon. I'm a lucky man that my wife loves beer too.

A: Pretty, mostly clear color with orange and gold most prominent in the hue. A small head and some lacing round it out.

S: Dank weed-like hops, the best kind IMHO. Honey citrus, a little pine and more grass. Yes!

T: Follows the smell in it's 'pure dank hoppiness' with a very full character. Spicey almost woodsy tree taste that I like, biscuit malt, raw hops that are dry without a lot of sweetness. Total west coast DIPA.

M: Great dry feel and not overly bitter with nice rounded edges on the front and back of the palate. Smooth and great carbonation.

O: Another great one from perhaps my favorite hop brewery to date, along with FFF and some of the Vermont guys.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on an Alpine thirst, and this beer is by far the best IPA i have ever had.

Served into a tulip glass.

Color: It glows a honey orange with a bit of haziness. Its beautifully carbonated for an IPA and it develops a nice head as you pour it into a your glass.

Nose: A gorgeous bouquet of fresh hops and dry hop hit the senses first followed by ripe apricots, peaches, and grape fruit. Mellow wet forrest smells appear near the end of your nosing.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Plenty of stuff going on on the tongue: you get hit with the dry hop followed by some moist pine and sweet fruit. Truly complex and bursting with flavor.

Finish: Long and spectacular! layered and layered to perfection. Balanced, yet overwhelmingly hoped. Just blows you away. An IPA lover's dream beer.

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Photo of azdback
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright, crystal clear, orange color. Two finger, creamy, bright white head. Resembles sea foam. Lace doesn't seem to want to stick around for the end.

Smell is at first, very citrus. It mellows to more of a pine resin smell. Pink grapefruit/orangeade. My truck needs an air freshener that smells like this. MMMM!!

Taste is a citrus punch in the mouth. Sweet citrus is first, orange, pink grapefruit, tangerine. Just a bit of nutty flavor of a sunflower seed. There are bitter citrus following, yellow grapefruit comes to mind. The tongue thrashing is epic, but not at all in a bad way.

Mouth is bright (of course!) and refreshing. Carbonation is just as bright and carries the flavors all the way to the finish.

Overall I could type about this beer all night long. I will spare you the pain. Great DIPA from the West Coast. Enjoy the palate lashing like the rest of us! No crazy yeast strains or malt bill. West Coast my tongue. Very hoppy with this one. Thanks to Jeff for the pick-up.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow/Golden color with 2 fingers of Creamy Head. Head fades slower than average to leave a light film.

S - Smells of Citrus, Pine, Flowers, and Fruit Nectar.

T - Taste of Lemon, Grapfruit, Pine Resin, Honey, and Grass.

M - Mouthfeel is Oily, great Carbonation, and a very enjoyable Bitterness.

D - Drinkability is great as the alcohol is not too apparent and the balance makes it easy to finish a bottle or Growler. I've had many of these and being purchased(month ago) from the brewery it is also the best.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine on 6/30/11.

A - Clear amber liquid with sparse carbonation and a creamy white crown that reduced to a fine film and a wall of cheese cloth-like lacing around the glass.

S - Grapefruit! Quite a citrusy nose on this guy. There is also a hint of piney resin and traces of alcohol around the edges, giving the nose a slightly spicy, though undeniably West Coast hop character. Sweet malt and a hint of pepper rounds out the fantastic aroma.

T - Juicy citrus with some spicy notes and sticky pine and resinous hops combine to give Pure Hoppiness a well-rounded hop profile without a crazy alcohol bite. Sweet caramel malt balances the bitterness a bit, along with a hint of lightly toasted bread.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and modest carbonation, resulting in a soft mouthfeel overall. Finishes with fairly assertive bitterness, though it doesn't linger too long on the palate. It produces adequate hop burps, though.

D - Awesome on tap! Enjoyed this a bit more than the Duet this time around. Chalk up yet another amazing West Coast DIPA!

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Photo of afrokaze
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color with a pillowy head. Smell reminds me of Pliny quite a lot, but more dank and tropical than floral. Tons of citrus, pine, and dank herbal flavors just jump out of the glass. Just enough malt sweetness and so much hop oil with a lingering bitterness that doesn't kill the tastebuds. Gets a bit hot as it warms up but otherwise a world class DIPA

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Photo of trygelski1
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz Alpine bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a beautiful golden color with an inch of head with lacing present.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, grapefruit

Taste: Pine, citrus, nice malt backbone kicks in at the end to not make this overly bitter

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid offering from Alpine but this is a step behind the Duet in my opinion. That is the best beer I have had from them to date but I do need to get my hands on some Hoppy Birthday. I would revisit this one in the future though.

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Photo of Rjhami
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from 22oz to NB Globe.

A - A massive foamy head that starts out nearly 4 fingers wide. Layers upon layers of lacing subside above a constant stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. It is an apricot color with some transparency.

S - A toasty pine with citrusy nuances that you have to search for a bit. Pure hoppiness indeed as the hops give a pleasant smack to the senses.

T - A fantastic hop presence that is ridiculously smooth. Nice dry finish.

M - Lighter than expected and refreshing. The carbonation is notable and satisfying. The beer floats into your mouth as you quaff.

D - Goes down very easy for it's style. Could be potentially dangerous it is so drinkable. This brew is right up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was copper in color with a huge fluffy white head.

Smell - Mild sweet citrus and some grass are noted in the smell.

Taste - My first impression is fresh grapefruits, guava, black pepper, light grass, and lemon toward the back. The backbone is highlighted toward the back with the lemon notes. It represents sweet malts, but not overly sweet. The taste is more resinous in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - All the hoppy goodness here, but it just does not have enough thickness for me.

Overall - This is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a big, foamy, soapy, off-white head that leaves great lacing and decent retention. Gotta admit I'm a little disappointed after Duet being so good-looking. But I'm partial to unfiltered beers.

S: Amazing nose with a proper pour. My first pour was bad but halfway through the pint, a good swirl builds the head back up into a tall, fragrant pile of bubbles. Some sweet malt in there but this is all piney, resiny, woody hops. Sharp and pungent. Incredibly floral and fruity if you dig your nose in after a good swirl. But the sweet, reminiscent-of-honey malt keeps this tuned towards Imperial IPA. The hop is a beautiful thing.

T: Much sweeter than Duet. A more resiny and piney hop presence but the pronounced and lingering malt presence sets this apart noticeably. Much more balanced than Duet. Should I even be comparing the two? I just drank Duet but this is a IIPA, after all. Slightly boozy. Has all the qualities of the style. This is a big brew. Tons of hops and IBU's that leave the palate pretty worn out after the whole bottle.

M: Has that filtered feel to it. A more tingly, carbonated body. A very slight cloying aftertaste, surprisingly. Apart from all that, this is exactly what an Imperial IPA should be.

O: You really gotta let this beer warm up. Becomes exponentially better, as expected. After reading about this beer on Alpine's website, it sounds like an insane amount of hops were used. The IBU's are definitely really high and it's very "West Coast." Very unique and delicious beer. This should definitely be the last beer of the night.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a golden amber hue with a liberal head after pouring into the glass. There are piney and floral notes and a bold hoppy flavor, I get a little citrus on the back end with notes of pineapple. The bitterness is present but subtle. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of snaxcat
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This being my second Alpine beer reassures my thirst for more.

A bouquet of tropical and floral aromas burst out of the tulip upon pouring this strikingly clear, golden-hued DIPA. A quarter inch frothy head dissipates to a filmy slick on top with little lacing.

A highly resinous and fruity flavor leads to a strong bitter finish, not stopping there, but lingering with luscious pineapple and citrus.

Truly a divine intervention of Pure Hoppiness.
Drink Alpine Ale, or go to bed!

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Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle

Recieved in trade from errantnight, thanks again. Pure Hoppiness pours a clear copper with the slightest bit of haze throughout, just enough to keep it from being crystal clear. Streams of carbonation rise to the surface keeping the head freshly renewed. A two finger dense white head appeared on the pour and stayed put Leaving webbed lacing on its way down. Good looking brew.

This beer reeks of hoppiness but, surprisingly, not the in your face pucker up and bend over type of hoppiness. A sweet candyish malt lays itself down and lets the hops lead the way. The hop additions in this beer are pretty complexingly mouthwatering. A soft floral hoppiness comes first followed by a solid dose of citrus (orange, sweetened grapefruit, and although not citrus, bubblegum). Last but not least the resinous hops show themselves. I love finding a complex hop presence in the world of citric hop bombs.

Pure Hoppiness is actually more balanced than I expected. Don't worry, it's not balanced there's just more malt than I expected. That candyish malt from the aroma meets up with some mild caramel malt and they both lay down for the layers of hoppiness that soon take over. The orange and sweetened grapefruit lead the way in the flavor and there's hints of a floral softness throughout. The resinous hops come through on the backend and finish things off nicely. The layers of flavor don't jump from one to the other but instead glide seamlessly. Great layering on this beer.

The mouthfeel is all I could ask for in a IIPA. Rich and velvety smooth. There's just enough carbonation to keep it moving with being prickly. Ultra creamy on the tongue.

This beer is disappearing far too quickly and I can't slow myself down. Every sip leaves me wanting another. I don't think I set down the glass yet.

This beer walks the line between an IPA and IIPA but does it fantastically. It's hard for me to find beer with such hop complexity and when I do I hold them near and dear. This is one of those brews. Why can't Alpine distribute to Illinois? WHY!

Reviewed: 10/20/07

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to LaChupacabra for the bottle!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. no freshness info.

the first pour results in a very clear orange- golden color with a nice two fingers of white head, settles to a nice thin retentive layer with some big almost soapy like bubbles. lots of sticky lace covers the glass. the second pour was a a bit cloudy with some sediment, but this was to be expected.

nice big hop aromas, tropical fruits and pineapple taking the lead with some grapefruit citrus and pine as well. slight lemon, mango, apricot and a bit of that onion/ garlic i get in most alpine IPAs. more veggie the more it warms. just a trace of a sweet breadiness.

loving the taste, definatly lives up to its name. sweet citrus, orange, a bit of lemon, resinous pine, mango, pineapple... all sorts of tropical fruits. a little bit of apricot and again a little bit of that onion, garlic, veggie going on, but its more welcomed here than in exponential because its in very nice balance with the rest of the hop flavors. almost no malt coming through.

dry, resinous bitterness covers the palate. medium bodied, no alcohol noticable at all. very nice feeling carbonation for the style. very easy drinking.

really this is almost every hop flavor in one IPA, all in almost perfect balance with one another. vibrant, big, fresh hop flavors. of all the alpine IPA's ive tried, im really torn between this and Nelson as my favorite, did not care for exponential, but id for sure trade for more Alpine.

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Photo of rringler
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this gem courtesy of gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, in that order. Caramel malt aromas lurk in the background, but hops completely dominate the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by citrus and pine hop flavors. The pine seems to stick around a touch longer than the citrus flavors, finally giving way to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. This has a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation that makes this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is great. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber (or two) of this.

Overall this beer is all that it's advertised to be. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber body with a thin cap of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice DIPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and citrus fruit, particularly tangerine upfront, leading into grassy and resinous, piney hop aromas and light vegetal, onion-like hop aromas supporting. A solid, light aroma of caramel from malt provides backing for the hop derived aromas, while light warm, spicy alcohol provides further depth. Overall impression of aroma is of a very well done West Coast style DIPA. It provides a massive amount of hop aromas but balances them with a solid malt backbone that serves to further highlight the intense hop aromas and contrast them with the malt. Flavor begins massively hoppy, with high bitterness. Hop notes are of pine resin and grassy hops in the foreground with very light tangerine in the background while grapefruit peel dominates the citrus flavors overall. A light hint of caramel is detectable in the background, as is biscuity pale malt. Middle gains in bitterness imparting flavors of grapefruit peel, pine resin and bitter juniper berries. Finish is again, highly bitter with flavors of bitter juniper berries, pepper and spicy alcohol evident, along with pine resin and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is of grapefruit peel, spicy, peppery hops and pine resin, with light notes of biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of an extremely hoppy DIPA. It overwhelms with the most bitter of the hop flavors, yet remains very pleasant as it showcases these flavors well and demonstrates the enjoyment that can be gained from bitterness in taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick, oily feel with a light warmth from alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good DIPA, no problems. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that demonstrates the bitter side of hops. The aroma is rich and varied providing the normal West Coast bouquet, while the flavor goes into the most bitter of the rich array of flavors hops impart and in doing so provides a very pleasing experience, one aided by the superb mouthfeel. A very good example of a DIPA.

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Photo of aval89
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Beverages4Less in Santee, Ca.

A: pours a deep golden color almost honey.. got a 2 finger head.. leaves nice lacing..

S: sweet tangerines, mild grapefruit & some lemon peel.. fresh cut grass & pine as well. Touch of doughy breadiness .. but dominant aroma is the citrus!

T: more of those sweet tangerines upfront.. some malt comes through.. mid palate is bitter grapefruit.. nice amount of hop bite.. finish is a lingering lemon peel flavor with some citrus still hanging around.. semi dry finish .

As the beer warms tropical fruits come in to play.. nice!!

Mf: spot on carbonation with a medium body..
Alcohol is minimal in this one.. but does leave a bit of warming in the mouth..

O: great beer! Another imoressive Alpine brew!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.