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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1675
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%


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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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, John Serra), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - mandarin orange-to-amber coloration, moderate clarity (but cannot read or see through), initial frothy white head resolves into glass lacing with small white bubbles, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - on warming, this is a proverbial pine forest with lots of Simcoe, CTZ and Chinook-ish aroma; some mild Vienna or Munich malt aroma and some alcohol; but, as expected, it's the hops that shine that only becomes more dramatic as it warms

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an initial PW hop bitterness that pops the taste buds for what's too follow - a straight up pine hop assault - some people comment that they taste citrus but I don't get that at all here; in the middle of the profile, there's a mild biscuity pils-ish malt bill but the hops still shine; like most West Coast DIPAs, finishes dry and inviting with high drinkability

M: 4/5 - medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I would like (and hence the 1 point detraction), full hop oils fill up the mouthfeel and sit on the tongue but, again, don't reduce the drinkability

O: 9/10 - quavering between an 8 and a 9 here but I eventually settled on an 9 because the aroma really improved as it warmed; while I think that this is an excellent pine forward hop imperial IPA, there are better, I think, out there, e.g. Half Acre's Space; however, if you can get your hands on it, this is definitely worth the try; Alpine definitely needs to bottle date their IPAs though!

TOTAL - 42/50

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:54:52 | More by MNishCT77
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:35:49 | More by lordofstarside
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this bottle.

22oz bottle pours a translucent orange with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is juicy tropical fruits. Mango, guava, tangerine and pine. The taste is more of the same. Lots of juicy tropical fruit flavors. Mango and guava upfront with some pine as well. Resinous towards the finish with more piney hop bitterness. Oily mouthfeel. Somewhat noticeable alcohol presence but it drinks very easily. This one is a great mix of pine and tropical fruit flavors along with a solid amount of bitterness. More dank hop flavor comes out as it warms. Overall, outstanding Imperial that I would love to get a chance to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:08:04 | More by PicoPapa
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koutkid41

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear pale copper color with a sturdy big foamy head.

S: Huge pine notes upfront, love me some pine. Some other citrus and caramel but faint, pine is in the driver seat with this one.

T: Love it, like eating a pine cone, leave piney beers. Mostly get pine again with some caramel notes. Could easily always drink this.

M: Really easy to drink, and nicely carbonation. Not really sweet, which is good. Could drink this all day.

O: So far my favorite Alpine beer out of the three I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:46:31 | More by koutkid41
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..

App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.

Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.

Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.

Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 02:55:38 | More by Stevedore
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fox227

California

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 15:36:16 | More by fox227
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a bronzey orange with a one finger white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Smell is impressive with lots West Coast IPA flair -- pine, grapefruit, hops, fresh fruit.

T-Taste follows suit, despite the massive hop presence it is only lightly bitter with balancing sweetness.

M-Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

O-Overall great DIPA, great taste of hops, great brew from Alpine. I look forward to their other brews. They do need to date their bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 13:35:08 | More by reebtaerG
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber color with thick white foam. The smell was a strong and persistent fruity-chewy hop aroma with some malt backing it up. The taste was naturally dominated by the chewy, resinous hops, but the hops were not really over the top and were nicely balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly sweet with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The dry, hoppy flavor lingered on the tongue pleasantly.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:14:46 | More by jbaker67
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dar482

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a bright orange marmalade color. Quite hazy with a bright white head.

The aroma has tropical fruits of orange, peach, papaya, mango. Some deep dank resin in the back.

The flavor follows with that fruit in the front of apricot, peach, tropical, sweet tangerine. There's a big caramel malt body in there that gives the beer a well balanced feel. It adds a good amount of sweetness. The finish and general theme of the beer is big dank resinous pine.

An incredible brew, although not my personal preference with the bigger malt body and big resinous pine notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 05:35:46 | More by dar482
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evanforbeer

California

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clean golden orange with clean white head

nose-very green- big dank pine and florals, with mango, guava, a touch of mint, bready malt. awesome.

taste- lush guava and mango hit with pine and hop spice. Biscuity malt comes in with grapefruit, finishes slightly spicy with biscuity malt, guava, and citrusy twang

feel- medium bodied, dank, lush, spicy

as expected, a great DIPA from Alpine. Fantastic layered hop profile with floral, fruity, and spicy notes, with a nice malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:28:52 | More by evanforbeer
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden, with an amber hue. Smells like pine, grass, some citrus and some malt. Taste is a bit sweet. Caramel right up front with a nice balance of pine and citrus on the end. Not too thin on the mouthfeel, yet very easy to drink, medium body. I tend to not like the caramel taste in any ipas but this one is balanced nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 17:51:03 | More by Mikeypnh
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BeerMothaLova; thanks Derrik!

A- Pretty golden clear. Thin lacing with good retention.

S- This is where the beer shines for me. As for CA West Coast IPA; this has the funky dull pine cone smell. Not too over aromatic, but just right. I get lemon funk.

T- Pretty easy drinking for a West Coast IPA. Nutty hops. Fresh tasting. I am getting some cheese down the throat; not like a month old Pliny, but a fresh West Coast IPA.

M- Smooth flowing; lacing follows down the throat. Pretty typical for a well made IPA.

O- My first Alpine Beer Co. beer. I really like what they did here. I know that they are doing some other types of beers really well right now. Cheers Derrik!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:15:38 | More by gueuzedreg
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wking

California

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to ABC this morning while running errands. I picked up a pure hoppiness and a mandarin nectar. Pure Hoppiness was the much better beer in my opinion.
Poured a dark golden/light amber. Not a ton of lacing but a decent amount, 1 inch head.
Smell was a highly citrus mix, like a citrus bowl. Some piney notes and not much malt smell to it. Just a little at the end, overall lemon, orange, grapefruit dominate the smell.
Taste is freaking delicious, I was a huge hop head for awhile and kinda got burned out after tasting so many IPA's. This beer rekindled my love for hops! It tastes like it smells expect a little more pungent. Also I can taste a hint of caramel malts. Whatever mix they used for this was perfect. Just an outstanding west coast IPA.
Overall this beer rocks a hop heads dream. And since the brewery is about 5 miles from my house I will be enjoying more of these.

note- This was my very first beer review.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 05:32:35 | More by wking
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MCain04

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Speigelau tulip, thanks Reggae4203

Pours a golden yellow clear body with a white head of small and medium bubbles.

Great citrus aroma, strong grapefruit, orange, pineapple, papaya, lemon rind. Some pine notes typical of WCSIPA. Nice aroma.

Taste is very bitter, resinous, and malty, getting a lot of pine and a ton of bitter hops, some sticky sweetness, some bready character, leaves a film of resin on the tongue with a definitely dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol burn is present.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, smooth, medium bodied, sticky, dry finish

Overall, I would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out, overhyped IMO. Just didn't come together as well as it could have. Very malty and very bitter, but the tasting hops didn't shine through as nicely. Perhaps fresher, this beer would drink differently. Hope to try it again fresh one day and reassess.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:24:08 | More by MCain04
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, herbal, pine, floral

T-bready malt, light caramel, grapefruit, pine, herbal, light floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-excellent DIPA, nice balance of flavors

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:53:14 | More by MDDMD
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aquazr1

California

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber picked up at the source. Pours a hazy golden amber is a one finger head. Not a lot of lacing left behind. The first thing that hit my nose was pine, quickly followed by various citrus notes. The variety of hops used in this beer is quite evident. The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied beer, there is some malt flavors in the background but they are light. The beer is a very well done DIPA that drinks very easily. A definite must have again beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:50:16 | More by aquazr1
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a trade, but I forget from where. Either way, thanks!

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada glass. Beautiful deep rich copper color with an off white rocky head.

Smells of sweet sticky malts, some toffee, and bitter resinous hops.

Taste gets wonky for me. There is a beautiful sweetness that is immediately hammered down by the hops, but the end of the flavor and finish is oniony/garlicky.

Mouthfeel is spot on, rich, slightly viscous and oily.

Overall, a bitter disappointment. the onion and garlic flavors going on are just nasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:25:10 | More by taylor714914
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange brew, with white foamy head. Great lacing too.

Awesome aroma. Tons of grapefruit, apricot, honey, crystal, pine, dank.

Pretty light and relaxed for the style and aroma. Nicely bitter with well rounded full flavors. Mildly awkward finish, but hangs in there well-enough. Drinks very well. Nice rounded pine flavors, wet and forward with apricot flavors. glassy texture with great sweetness.

Very well blended, could only be improve slightly in a few areas. This is a hit in aroma, feel could improve slightly. Very light and drinkable. Definitely recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:00:04 | More by chugalug06
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, translucent, shot with red highlights. Thick and incredibly bubbly. One finger white head, fades fairly fast, leaving thick lacing.

Strong pulpy ruby red grapefruit aroma, with lesser scents of lemon, caramel malt, and clover honey.

Bright and hoppy - sweet grapefruit and floral - strongly supported by a malt backbone. Caramel and grains, but the heavy malt presence supports, not overpowers. Extremely hoppy. Chewing reveals a slight rind flavor, as well as some pepper.

Medium-light feel, but with a thick oily hop residue. Avoids the syrupy feel some DIPAs have. Very full and lively in the mouth with larger sips. Medium carbonation sting, no foaming.

This is a very drinkable DIPA - more like a single IPA as far as drinkability and mouthfeel. It takes a large sip to get that fullness. More like a Stone DIPA than PtE or HT, but one of the better DIPAs I've tried lately.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 21:59:31 | More by Roguer
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double mega-fail for no bottling date.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large and effervescent white head. Head fades slowly with quite good retention. Thin splotchy lacing.

S: Nice complex hop aroma. Get some citrus, grapefruit and orange. There is tropical fruit too with some apricot and ...hmmm pineapple? Some cat urine in there. Maybe even some pine? Almost too much to pick out all the aromas. Kind of a sweet caramel backing it all up.

T: Big and varied hop flavors up front again. Decent tropical fruit and grapefruit. Maybe tangerine too. Some cat urine initially. Big, big pine and resin finishes it off and lingers through the finish and stands alone between sips. Mild caramel malt barely noticeable underneath it all.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Long lingering dry aftertaste.

O: Another fantastic brew from Alpine. I just had Duet and Nelson, I would rate Duet #1, Nelson #2 and this one #3. They are all fantastic but I feel there are clear winners amongst them. This one probably has the most hop complexity but the pine and resin dominates the most I think. Aroma isn't as bright and strong as the other two either, despite being an overall stronger beer. For all I know this could have been an older bottle, but who knows because they don't date. Regardless, wonderful brew from a fantastic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:45:14 | More by Dope
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: A bright golden color with a huge, creamy white head.
S: Huge citrus aroma at first. This differs from Duet because it has more of a pine resin aroma and a scent of caramel. A bit floral as well.
T: Big pine resin at first, followed by caramel and citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, peach and some light floral flavors. This is a lot more bitter than Duet.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: Fantastic IPA, but I'll give the edge to Duet. Extremely drinkable pair of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 20:58:41 | More by standardcherry
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joe1510

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:42:24 | More by joe1510
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 13:30:39 | More by Thehuntmaster
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for coordinating and doing the legwork responsible for my possession of this bottle, thanks to JayORear for trading

Consumed 8/4/13

Appearance: Clear, bright, dark gold with a lot of orange - small, bright, mostly white head - fades to a small, decidedly wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Tropical aromas in a beer from Alpine? That's umpossible! Ripe, rich citrus - oily, pithy, and fleshy grapefruit with some orange - tropical aromas, mostly mango, something reminiscent of cantaloupe - tons of pine as well - oily, sticky, resiny - malts are pretty well hidden by the hop assault, but they exist - pale malts, and some caramelized, cooked malts - lightly sweet

Taste: Hoppy, in a unique, complex way - a wide range of hoppiness, including both citrus and pine - oily, juicy, and fleshy grapefruit, with a bitter dose of pith - orange as well - tropical notes, mostly mango - some spicy and herbal notes as well - resiny and wet pine - pale malts and some caramelized malts - light, nice amount of sweetness - touch of earthiness - alcohol is more or less entirely hidden

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, a little oily and could be dryer

Overall: The name of this beer is false. Purity? No. This is tainted with water and maybe some malts.

This is a glorious beer. My only complaint, which isn't even legitimate, is that it's not as remarkably fantastic/memorable as the two other Alpine beers I have reviewed (Duet and Nelson). This is a great DIPA, but the bar for this style has been set absurdly high. That being said, this is definitely in my top 10 DIPAs ever.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 05:20:34 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

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
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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.