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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,186
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,250
Gots: 192 | FT: 11
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:
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.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a clear light orange color with one finger a creamy white head.

Scent of bitter, spicy hops, pine, grapefruit, resin, grass, sugar, and a hint of caramel. The hops are dominant here with very little malt presence, I like it a lot.

Taste of bitter piny hops, grass, a hint of earth, light sugar, grapefruit and a very light malt backbone. I was expecting a more extreme bitterness, but this is doing a damn fine job of satisfying my hop fix.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, tight and piercing, very nice.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of piny and tropical hops with some sweetness.

Tastes of big hops with a wave of malt sweetness. Hops are characterized by citrus, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit with a good amount of bitterness. Malt has a big caramel note. Touch of spiciness comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour coaxes out just a finger of bleached white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few medium sized suds from the pour. The color of the body is a deep tangerine orange with amber gold highlights. Retention is slight, with the head fading to a film after a minute or so, and leaving spotty, silky lace intermittently along the sides of the glass. No rings to speak of.

Smell - Bright and pungent hops impart strong notes of citrus with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith and a less aggressive complement of orange zest. Some notes of pine and herbal accents also serve to give the aroma a little bit of depth, but this is mostly a citrus bomb. Very hard to detect much, if any grain in the aroma of this imperial. Maybe just some faint bread.

Taste - The same grapefruit pith that fronted the aroma is also leading the charge for the taste. Bright, pungent bitterness is complemented by just some subtle generic citrus and even a hint of malty sweetness that is only present enough to prevent this from being like drinking straight hop oil. There is some subtle tropical characteristic here that I didn't pick up in the aroma, and again, the pine and herbal bitterness is just enough to give some interest to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate to low carbonation and a very dry finish that lingers on the tongue well after the liquid has gone.

Overall, a very tasty DIPA, with a heavy emphasis on grapefruit and a fair amount of bitterness. The IPA market is so saturated these days, and it seems that so many brewers are getting their IPA legs under them that it's hard to truly stand out. I think this one suffers just a bit from that phenomenon, but it is still a very good IPA all the same.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is a good looking beer out of the glass. It pours a copper tangerine color with a foamy white head. Decent retention on the head, with a smattering of sticky lace coating the glass on the way down.

Smell: This nose just pops and drives my olfactory system nuts. I can't even place the primary aroma exactly, but I get a cotton candy-like sugary sweetness, some honey, pure cane sugar, a touch of caramel, and oh yea, a ton of hops. Sugary grapefruit, some floral hops, and pine really control the nose.

Taste: Light sweet caramel malt, some light biscuity malt, and then an explosion of hops. Hops in the boil turn into a dank flavor, while candy grapefruit, a floral burst from the nose, and a touch of sticky pine finishes the hop bill out. This is a hop bomb, and it is fantastic. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, juicy yet dry at the finish, medium carbonation in a slightly fuller than medium body, and I walk away thinking about how creamy this feels.

Drinkability: Just amazing, there is not more that needs to be said about it.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a small glass at a tasting. The pour resulted in a good sized off white head with a nice light yellow liquid. The smell is big on the citrus and grapefruit with almost no hint of malt. Just the way I like it. The flavor follows suit with a load of citrus flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall an excellent ipa

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Wayne17
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rowew
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liar's Club in Mission Beach. First pint out of the keg. Poured with a thick white head that stayed throughout the glass. Left thick lacing. Bright golden color. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit). Taset is incredibly balanced, but dominated by hops. Very very drinkable. All in all a great double IPA - find it if you can!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of craytonic
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a snifter

Appearance: Pours a hazy-yellow-gold with lots of hop flecks that quickly settle to the bottom. Nice 2" foam head that quickly dissipates, good lacing.

Smell: Hops with just a light touch of malt. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, etc

Taste: Malt adds just enough sweetness to balance things out. Little bit of caramel, with lots of hop flavors - grapefruit, citrus, pine, etc

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, a little over-carbonated for me - almost like a sprite. It is full bodied but not heavy. Incredibly dry (more dry than any other IPA or DIPA).

Drinkability: Good, but not the best, I prefer yulesmith, ruination, pliny the younger, etc. Enjoyed trying it but will stick to those three kings. It is a little bit more drinkable than those three, the ABV is not noticeable.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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