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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,220
Gots: 176 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this gem. We split this while watching the Super Bowl.

Appearance: A cloudy straw colored pour with orange tinge emerges from the bomber with a thick and sudsy white cap.

Smell: A wonderful citrus hop aroma with a touch of sweet malt. The hops are poppin' and I'm loving it! What a great fresh citrus aroma on this one...

Taste: Orange juice, lemon zest, grapefruit...hop oils galore!! A nice malty carmel base to balance it out. This is what I think of when it comes to West Coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium and oily, slightly dry and puckering. Not harsh but lively and enjoyable.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. Lovely nectar it is. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. Outstanding indeed.

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

thanks to jhenry04 for this one...

poured into a tulip, this was a glowing orange/deep gold in color with just a slight haze and no sediment. a diminishing white head left thick, sticky patches of lace all the way down. quite a looker, this one, and the other aspects were there as well. inviting, but not overpowering bouqet is honeyed and floral, fresh bread and resiny citric notes also present. lightly sweet malts upfront gracefully defer to an extremely smooth, lingering hop bitterness on the back end. long, pleasantly bitter, spicy/peppery, drying finish. medium to full-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. at 8% this is a killer dipa.

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4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another hook up from augustgarage. Thanks!!!

22oz into Chouffe tulip.

A- A shimmering, amazing, vibrant goldenrod beer, with a creamy head that laces and settles to a half-finger of snowy goodness. Really impressive pour.

S- Nose is grassy, lemony, soapy? No, not soapy.. but floral and light. Lemons and limes. Hmm.

T- Hoppy! Grapefruit wallop. Mild pine, some tangerine. Very good. A really tasty DIPA. Not overdone, not a hop grenade... extremely refined and hits all the right notes, with no ill-conceived elements. I'm impressed. Most DIPAs are hopped with little regard to how they interact. This one was masterfully crafted.

M- Awesome. Perfect amount of malt.. not enough to cross over and interfere with the hops... truly pure hoppiness. I've never had a cleaner presentation of hops in a DIPA. Seriously.

D- Insane. Keep 'em coming.. I could drink a growler of this, a case of this, a keg of this and ask for more. Unreal... damn you, Cali DIPAs... damn you! You're so tasty!

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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy golden orange with a one finger of a quickly dissipating white head.

S- Super citrusy. A big grapefruit aroma, a little cat piss. A slight mango. Actually smells quite balanced.

T- A bitter bite at first. A very tropical hop flavor in this beer. A Sweet citrus fruitiness. Grapefruit, lemongrass and mango. Of course, a slight cat piss from the hops. The malt backbone doesnt provide much flavor here but does a good job of showcasing the hoppiness.

M- A slight stickiness from the mouthfeel. Relatively low bitterness and alcohol taste. A good body, syrupy sweet and great carbonation.

O- A fine DIPA. I would kill to try more Alpine brews.

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

A- Pours a Golden color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Good lacing

S- Has wonderful pine notes with some hops aroma mixed in, Im catching some nice citrus and grain notes also

T- HAs a super clean start, with some cirtus hops in the middle then finish's with a nice malty hoppness that is like your walking through a pine forest.

M-Medium Bodied, with good carbonation

D-Overall i was very pleased by this beer. Thought this was just going to be One BIG HOP bomb(which isn' bad, just kinda boring sometimes), but i was pleasently surprised that your still got the Hops flavor i love but mixed in was a grassy pine explosion that balanced quite well. Love this beer and will trade for again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a pretty clear copper hue with a wonderful two finger head that takes a good while to die down. Stickiness holds on to the glass all over, I may be scrubbing the sides to clean this one. Smell is a sweet, hypnotizing citrus (mostly grapefruit) with a tiny hint of caramel in the nose. Taste is one of a kind. Creamy, buttery, pine hop flavor...this is a flavor I find difficult to describe. Aftertaste is a spicey, dry hop flavor with a sweet orange tingle. Mouthfeel is perfect, fairly light bodied with the right amount of carbonation. For a DIPA, this baby goes down so smooth. Probably one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had to date, pick up this treat for sure.

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Sampled this on-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego a week ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a paper-thin layer of dense, white foam on-top (it was filled to the brim). The body is crystal clear and polished gold in color. Fantastic lacing: a crusty, web-like skeleton stretched across the entire glass. Nice head retention too! Very well done.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, herbal pine, and pepper come to mind first. A mellow malt backbone sits underneath, adding a consistent caramel-y sweetness to each whiff. Lime zest adds to the mix, contributing a succinct bite. Complex and hop-forward.

Taste: Pine resin, pineapple, caramel, and earth dominated the first few sips, making for a sweet, prickly, and very bitter experience. In time, however, my palate acclimated, and I began noticing mango. Oddly enough, juniper and mint also found their way into the mix, though I may have mistaken those as alcoholic esters. Bold, hop-forward, and dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Dry, prickly, and warm, with great mouth-coating and long-lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style; residual sweetness reduces palate stress.

Overall: An interesting and iconic example of the west coast imperial IPA. Always worthy of consideration.

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