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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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97
world-class

1,678 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1678
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XLPerro for bringing it up North. A hophead experience, over-the-top of IPA with the seven different hops. Definite hop bite not for everyone. Grapefruit aroma and taste there, very dry after. Very aromatic hops. Grassy, leafy, piney thick mouthfeel. A bit of fruit and carmel mid-sip. Moderate carbonation. The salad to my meat dish.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 03:04:27 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light orange color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Very thick and craggy head on this beer. Leaves a very nice lacing pattern on the drink down. Head stays as a small island in the middle of the glass. Smells of citrus zest, sweet malt, pineapple juice. Tastes of pine/citrus zest hops up front with a caramel malt finish. Slight pineapple too. Mild bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Good carbonation leaves a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very good DIPA that is hard to find around these parts. I am glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:27:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Refulgent tangerine-amber with abundant fine particles that might as well be hop dust. The rich, creamy, yet stiffsticky head falls at the margins, leaving a crowned dollop of milkshake-like foam in the center of the glass. Intricate lace in near contiguous sheets is clinging for all it's worth to all available surfaces. Beautiful.

Stupendous, incandescent, hoptastic nose of sweet citrus peel and pine. I'd love to know what was used to dry hop this nectar. That particular hop variety would instantly shoot to the top of my most-favored list, if it's not there already. Pure Hoppiness's nose instantly and irrevocably takes a spot in my top-3 DIPA aromas of all-time.

Mind-bending hop flavor on the palate. If malt wasn't quite as much of a presence, this would more properly be classified as an IPA. That is precisely why I prefer IPAs, not so much of that pesky malt to get in the way. In this case it provides a sweetness that attempts to hold the hops in check and just barely succeeds (dammit!). Having said that, this is one DIPA that is weighted much more heavily to the hoppy side of things.

Pure Hoppiness isn't Ruination, but it is a tongue-scalding hop bomb, make no mistake. The bitter grapefruit pith covered in a candied conifer coating is having a rave in my mouth that I hope will never end. This stuff shamelessly zeros in on my beer id, digs in its claws and holds on for dear life. You want nuance and complexity? Go drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, just leave this hop tart for us heathens.

The body, needless to say, is big, smooth as silk and as creamy as a non-stout can get; the perfect vehicle for carrying that abundant hoppiness across the palate and keeping it there until reinforcements come with the next sip.

What else can I possibly say? Pure Hoppiness is pure deliciousness. I'm heartened by the fact that I have one more bottle, but depressed that I don't have easy access to this mother's milk of a beer. Alpine's PH is yet another reason to curse the two most vile words in a BA's vocabulary: limited distribution.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 20:18:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I have waited forever to try this one, well it seemed like forever anyway. It had been sitting in the fridge awaiting me to call on it, and call I did. This poured a very bright and very hazy amber with a large sticky head of lace on top. Great retention never really let it fade, but rather just slowly sick down into a nice layer across the top. Deep smell of very sweet orange floral bouquet. Had a bit of a musty kind of odor in the back could not really place it, but it was still very hoppy, just a lot more balanced then I thought it would be. The flavor was sort of light with a very nice creamy consistency to it. Again somewhat musty bread like flavor was underlying the deep floral hoppy smells. A very nice flavor mix actually and kept it from being one of the excruciatingly bitter hop profiles you have actually come to expect from them. The full flavor itself was quite unique and unlike anything I had tried before, but that in of itself was a very good thing. Very drinkable as the 8% abv was not even noticeable for me. Overall I was very impressed with the depth on this one. I had expected it to be rather similar to the other big west coast IPA’s but was very surprised when it showed up to the table packing a different kind of punch, one with more depth and flow to it and something that was more in tune with itself, rather then just loaded down with as much cascade as possible. This is something you should definitely try, and honestly in a class of its own, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 00:44:50 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice looking copper amber color with a small white head and very nice lacing.

S: This beer is aptly named. This is a very fruity IPA featuring lots of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Some pine and malt round things out on the finish.

T: Not nearly as fruity as I would have expected from the nose. There are still some good grapefruit notes, however. This one is very piney and bitter, which I love. The bitterness keeps the malt pretty much out of the picture, which is, again, fine with me.

M: A very crisp feel on the tongue, which is helped by amble carbonation.

D: Yet another solid IPA from the folks down in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 21:49:30 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear medium amber body and a white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Another grapefruity aroma from sunny San Diego

Taste: Starts out rather fruity but that is followed by nice bitter flavors; nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice, well-structured IPA

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2006 03:27:22 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye : Poured a light hazy blonde ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing as well. Aroma of citrus and fresh grapefruit is just out of this world with some low bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some fresh red ruby grapefruit with some bittering notes at the end. Probably one of the best aromas I've had in months of tasting new beers. Full body, creamy texture, perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wow!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 19:11:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and understated, Pure Hoppiness infusses extra finess for intrigue instead of aggression: maximum hop flavor, low bite.

The beer opens with a pour of deep gold and medium copper hue. A creamy white head tops the beer with a dense sheet that never billows but never waivers either. Sticky lace leaves decorative patterns of foam behind. With a relatively low haze for a high-hopped variety, the beer carries a very appealing appearance.

Juicy, citrusy, and vibrant to the nose with elements of freshly grated orange peel, candied appricots, pineapple, mango, sweet ruby red grapefruit pulp, and a light note of herbal lemmongrass. With the thin caramel sweetness scent of confectioner's sugar and honeysuckle, the beer rounds into a mouth watering combination of sugar coated citrus and tropical fruits.

Flavors are no letdown. Sweetness from light caramel, powdered sugar, and fructose give a satisfactory initial taste and satisfies the palate. The mid palate brings about more vibrant fruit character, and leaving the sweetness behind. Freshly squeezed grapefruit, nectarines, and lemon grow from a candy-sweet bit and into a fresh and bitter variety going into finish. Tropical fruits of pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya round into the sweeter, more mellow flavors of citrus. As the beer transitions to clean and crisp bitterness, a slight memory of caramel and fruity sweetness remain in aftertaste. Delicious throughout and with no rise of unpleasantries.

A medium-full start takes a creamy demeanor from carbonation and early malty-sweetness. But as the beer drops it's sweetness to start, the crisper, brighter textures of hop oils begin to dry the beer and usher in a crisp, clean, and refreshing finish. Ultimately dry from hop resins and minty alcohols to finish, the beer holds onto a lightly resiny hop bitterness that lingers well into the next sip.

A remarkable imperial IPA that grows in intensity and bursting with hop flavor, but refuses push the balance into extra sweetness, less dry of finish, or less of a hop showcase; that otherwise would have hurt drinkability. Great control of both the recipe and brewing technique for a beer that's dangerously drinkable.

Thanks crlova2!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 15:28:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Beverages 4 Less in August 2009.

A: A bright gold copper color with a small white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops with quite a bit of citrus thrown in there as well. A good amount of malt backing.

T: I was a little bit disappointed here. This one is definitely a hop bomb, but I think the bitterness starts to overwhelm the hop tastes to the point where it's not as enjoyable as it could be.

M: Good amount of carbonation along with a light-to-medium body.

D: Pretty drinkable, but not nearly as good as Alpine's lineup of American IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 20:39:25 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Vague, faint maltiness allows to shine the pleasant, distinctive hop aroma of jam-packed with ripe citrus fruits and, to a lesser degree, pine. Sure you can find all of those components in any other IPA, but for some reason, Alpine beers are always a joy to smell.

Taste: Mild cereal grain flavor and sweetness. Strong citrus hoppiness with tastes of grapefruit and tangerines - maybe even a bit of sliced papaya. Some resinous pine. Medium bitterness and acidity. Dry finish with a pinch of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine beer that's not overly bitter, has a very tasty hop profile, and drinks very easily considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 20:58:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a crystal clear gold-that-borders-on-amber body. The rocky white head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is outrageous with rich, resiny, piney, fruity and citrusy hops! It's most impressive and very welcoming! The body is medium, and it's smooth across the palate due to a very fine and moderate-level carbonation. Although the nose is astounding, more hops come out in the flavor, over a biscuity and caramel-laced malt. It's got a solid bitterness to it, but it's really well-balanced and finishes dry with just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. An all-around great beer... the hop aroma is brilliant; the hop flavors come through clearly; the malt base is not overdone (and works as the perfect platform to show off the hops); and the bitterness level is perfectly balanced to accentuate the beer and keep you coming back for more. Well worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 12:28:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

This beer's reputation and the exhuberant exultation of the label description have me greatly anticipating this bottle...hell, I'm glad the hunt is over and it's in my mitts at last, now all that's left is the experience..let it begin...
hey, I just cracked the crown and the happiness, and hoppiness has begun already....now, it's freed from the bottle and into the glass...pure honey gold, fine head of pure white froth bobbing on top...
the nose, that's the treasure! Piney and sprucey, sweet tropical/citric fruits...gorgeous!...hop oils aplenty, raw and delicious, this is a heavenly thing, a halo fit for a hophead...I don't want to disrupt this lovely thing by drinking it, but I have no choice...the beer beckons..will it be as savory once past the lips?
A blast of bitterness, a phalanx of fruit, creamy and juicy, with an enhanced hop profile. Some what lightish in body, but the flavor is so high to render that moot, too huge in hoppiness, buzzing every inch of the mouth with the tasty hops..which ones? Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial? How'd I do?* Maybe more, maybe less, but whatever they are, they're there in plentitude.
this is an experience in a bottle, a very happy thing to have in the mouth, I'm an instant admirer, and have a new favorite to add to my must-drink column, ...although that reputation had already put it there..now that it's been in my lucky stomach, it's assumed a rightful place among the greatest IPAs I've ever known. A real humdinger,...which means, literally, as far as humming and dinging goes, it's the real deal!

(precious thanks to kmcnair!)
*I know know it's Cascade, Columbus, and H-something--whoops, I lost...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 03:45:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending one of these my way. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - It looks like Pliny the Younger - honestly I'd be hard pressed to distinguish the two. Two fingers of creamy-white foam, with great retention and gorgeous lacing. Semi-transparent dark gold, with streams of tiny bubbles streaming upwards and the occasional bigger bubble.

S - Earthy & floral hops - lots of pine and lemon zest. There's also a solid malt backbone underneath the massive hop flavor. There's the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T - There's the obvious hop flavors - sweet citrus, mossy pine, but a surprisingly high amount of bready malt as well. The alcohol note I got in the nose is gone. It's a fair bit more understated than the smell, and slightly disappointing. Not a huge bitter aftertaste either.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation tingle, lots of residual oily stickiness. It's really velvety and smooth.

D - Not gonna have any problems with downing this one. Well-hidden ABV, great texture, moderate carbonation - really easy drinking here.

It's not as good as Pliny the Elder, which is a more fair comparison than PtY, but it's still a terrific DIPA in the west coast style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 00:19:29 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has an excellent burst of grassy hops with a well-blended compliment of citrus sweetness. There’s a good caramelized malt smell in the background as well.

T: The taste is dominated by the wonderfully piney and bitter flavor of hops, but it’s very well-complimented by citrus sweetness and a decent malt character. Overall, it’s a very well-balanced taste as shown in the after-taste which is a good blend of healthy hops bitterness with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Super tasty, goes down very easily, nice kick to it, only slightly filling, excellent representation of style, I’m happy I started drinking this late in the night because it’s the type of beer that is extremely difficult to follow. I think this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 07:07:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Golden orange coloration, nice clarity, plenty of lacing. Fresh, earthy hop aroma. Deep and resiny, some juicy citrus, bitter hop oils. Malty middle with a dry finish, an almost leafy aftertaste. Medium bodied, yet light enough to have several. A superb west-coast style DIPA, among the best in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:15:08 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:29:20 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle without a freshness date poured into a St. B goblet (as close as I could get).

Beer is light amber and the beer has high haze. There is almost no head. Just thin broken patches of small white bubbles. The head clings to the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Beer has a sweet smell and then a strong pine hop aroma. Maybe I should have used the snifter for this beer to focus the aroma better. Second smell was the same, mixture of malt sweetness and hop (pine).

Smooth full bodied beer. Good sweetness up front, no hint of alcohol in the flavor, no aftertaste at all. The hop flavor is midpalate and provides great connectivity between the front and the back of the mouth. Second taste, got more sweetness and more bitterness this time, its a good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is really good. Very clean, not dry. A great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 02:49:48 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

Pours a light orange color with a white head. The first thing that hits you in the aroma is hops, with tons of pine and citrus in the nose. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor is outstanding. Tons of orange citrus with a little pine and grapefruit. This is one complex hop bomb. Medium carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable and I wish this available in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 19:06:58 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle of awesomeness from Imperialbeachbrw and I can't wait to crack it. Oh wait, here I am doing it now. Poured into my oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a big bubbly head that looks delicious. A piney brown amber color with touch of orange that is so brilliantly clear I'm watching TV through it, upside down that is. THis looks amazing.

N: Its also got an amazing nose. Its loaded with piney citrus hops, pretty fresh tasting, although I'm sure it really emanates with this great aroma when its even fresher. A slight nice malt character adds a nice touch.

T: Aha! Just as I suspected, great hop taste. Its got a pretty strong piney and some nice citrus hops. It's got a slight crystal malt taste to back up the hops slightly. THe hops are pretty juicy as well, which I love in a great IPA. The fresh hop taste adds a slight chewy feel to it with that great hop taste. I also get a slight grassy hop taste that makes it slightly different than Pliny, as it was pretty similar up to this point. I also get a hint of a creamy caramel. Bitterness builds and builds and it really gets on top of your tongue fast. The big hop character hides the alcohol well, although its only 8% but I can't even really taste it.

M: Semi thick and decent carbonation, almost chewy with the huge hop infiltration on the tongue, somewhat frothy on the mouth as well.

F: The bitterness just bombards the tongue on the finish, especially after a few sips. It starts a little sweet on the finish but dries off pretty quickly as the strong bitterness cuts through it. The juicy taste also dies out pretty quickly but the memory of it on the tongue lasts for a while, or until I am forced to take another sip. However, the crazy bitterness that just builds and builds almost takes away from the enjoyment a little, but it doesn't (hence the "almost").

FInal thoughts: Another great IPA as I expected. Lots of great hops, piney, citrus, slightly grassy, very bitter, juicy and chewy. It didn't seem to have the piney taste I thought it would, but that is probably because it's not super fresh. It also has a slight malt character that helps support the hops so you don't rip your tongue apart. This is really reminds me of Pliny but the hop character is slightly different, and the two are great but probably even better right off the tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 23:58:21 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper color with a prodigious tan head. This has a solid, intense aroma of pine and citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and lychee). The pine comes to dominate the aroma after the first couple of sips. This smells like pure hop lupulin glands, what a scent.

The taste is malty sweet up front, but it rolls into a smooth explosion of hop flavor. There are not harsh elements here, and the bitterness is high but not so much that it is harsh. Light on the palate, though the hops seem to grab my tongue and flagellate my taste buds with fresh hop vines. This definitely has a lots of hoppy pine character to it, as well as a hint of mint at the end. I also get notes of tangerine and grapefruit.

Don't let the hops fool you either, this beer has a solid malt backbone, which allows the hops to take center stage in a full mouth-pleasing manner. The malt peeks out up front and also appears in the finish with a biscuit like note. Quite enjoyable! I like that this IPA is much more focused on the hop aroma and flavor than the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 20:16:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy, loaded with piney aromas. The taste of beer has a bitter resin-like flavor with a pine finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and sharp dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:23:37 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught followed by this? Yes, thank you.

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is straight up pine tones. Flavor is bright. An interesting mix of citrus and pine. Slight salty edge, but it's more so a big fruity floral thing. Feel is very smooth on liquid and the carbonation is good. This is really easy to drink. Way too much so. I could sip on this all night. Too bad I can tell it's going to totally jack with my recently discovered hop allergy. (yeah...it's true)

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 03:08:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale hazed apricot hue with a large thicket of finely bubbled billowing off white head. Chunky textured rises up above the rim of my glass, aromatics play the part cutting through your senses with grapefruit pith, sweet baby aspirin tones and herbal grassiness. Sweet sugar coated hops come through with a strong long lived bitterness this is West Coast IPA. I actually enjoy the diacetyl put forth in these beers, I don't see it as an off flavor just a nice complimentary flavor compared to most other big hoppy beers out there. I'm thoroughly impressed with the three IPAs I've had thus far. Big brash bitter but balanced with a nice biscuit breadiness/buttered bread really comforting malt profile with herbaceous, spicy hops and citrus grapefruit pith. Pretty incredible tasting IPA, I'm glad to have the opportunity to try these brews. This is rounded out from front to back hop flavor hits the palate oily slick with resin, medium to fuller bodied soft fluffy carbonation gotta love this stuff. Inredible drinkability compared to most big hoppy ales, this one is full of finesse. My friend and brother may have to make a pilgrimage out to this brewery someday in the near future, we all love these beers. Outstanding effort, I plan to imbibe more of these and possibly an Exponential Hoppiness to one up this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 05:10:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Fresh hops, wildflowers, pine.

T: Great hop flavour in this one, light grassiness, almost a sweet bitterness, light cedary pine, very interesting, reminiscent of Pliny the Elder for sure in its hop intensity. Malt is bready and light and stays out of the way of the powerful hop profile.

M: Resiny, but has a lightness and crisp character not often found in Double IPA's. Very easy to drink and enjoy in a pub setting.

D: Really good beer, my first from Alpine and I look forward to trying more whenever I'm in San Diego. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 03:36:58 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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