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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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world-class

2,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,220
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,255
Gots: 196 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My third Alpine IPA in just over a week, thanks to the generosity of BeerThirty. Tasted 29 March 2013.

Pours a deep bright orange. Very clear, and with no bubbles visible. Half finger of whitish head, decent retention, some nicely patterned lacing on the glass and the surface.

Smell is delightfully fruity. Apricots and oranges, and a dash of tropical fruit. Backed with a big dollop of caramel malts, coming through as honey and a touch of white sugar.

As expected, this is a bigger, badder IPA than their singles like Duet and Nelson. It's decidedly more bitter, but sweet on the front end. The contrast makes for a really nicely balanced beer. And there's a gentle fruitiness throughout, a really pleasant positive hop flavor that comes through well. Smooth, balanced, and flavorful.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, sticky, with carbonation right on the level. Fuzzy carb, rising up slowly and dropping off quickly. Lasts just as long as I want it to, fading out when the bitter becomes too much.

A really tasty big IPA. It's moderately sweet, moderately bitter, and good all the way through. Great fruit presence in the smell and the taste.

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Poured into a footed pilsner from Spieglau

Bright orange/amber colored body with a one finger bright white head.

Huge hop punch with mostly pine on the nose and light citrus rind.

Grapefruit rind, pine needles, and intense bitterness on the taste. It mellows slightly as you continue to drink with enough maltiness to balance. Very bold west coast IPA that is done perfectly to style. The body offers the proper carbonation, drinkability, and finish.

This one is certainly a keeper. The best West Coast IPA I've had in terms of drinkability. If you're one for heavy bitterness and pine, I don't know that you'll find anything better.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,220 ratings.