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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,963
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,201
Gots: 160 | 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:
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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GoGators, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

jtk, Dec 14, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber with a slight haze. off-white head that holds and leaves tons of very pretty lace. nose is sweet, fruity hops with a touch of pine, caramel and fresh wood(?). taste is grapefruity, fruity and piney with some estery notes (a bit of Alpine experience, and I am getting to know their yeast) and very well integrated backbone of sweet bread (not sweetbread, sweet bread) and caramel for balance. this is for sure pure hoppiness flavor, not pure bitterness smack. medium-full body seems creamy, and bitterness just helps amplify, it doesn't kick you in the face. nice, long finish. no unpleasant aftertastes. i am very impressed with the simple beers of Alpine. they just seem like they don't try too hard to "blow your mind", and just give it to you like it is and should be. another pure winner.

timtim, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

deadmule, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

penginpunk, Dec 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

RSchaeffer, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

jeff1973, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Schlais, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

bkny27, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

maltlikker, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

drummermattie02, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 11/10/11.

A-Pours a clear orange with very little white head and no lacing.

S-Sweet, juicy hops and some nice caramel malt.

T-Sweet malt, piney and resinous hops. Tons of flavor and great balance.

O-A deliciously hoppy beverage.


sholland119, Dec 09, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for sharing this with my wife and I while we were at Cigar City.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter Matt swiped from behind the bar!

Pours a bright golden color with good clarity and a very tall white head. Awesome rocky lace hangs tightly to side sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of big citrus and pine notes - typical of a well-balanced west coast DIPA.

The taste is very bitter and citrusy. Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit pith. There's a small amount of pine flavor as well, but it seems the majority of these hops were added for aroma. The flavor of orange juice seems to add acidity to the beer.

The mouthfeel was very slimy/mouth-coating surprisingly. Sticky with a hint of booze.

Overall very nice, but I still prefer my Great Lakes region style of IPA/DIPA to the west coast variants.

Spider889, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

cLin, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

muhf41, Dec 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another awesome bottle from BA Tieman - thanks again!

A - a nice golden orange color with a very inviting bright white foamy head on top.

S - WHOA! Smells like sticking my nose into a bag of centennial and/or cascade hops. Really outstanding aroma pouring out of this glass.

T - Amazing hop profile here, especially the centennial and cascade, just as the nose predicted. Not scored a 5 for the sole reason that it's a bit one dimensional in that regard, but still incredible.

M - ultra smooth, creamy and flavorful on the palate.

O - this is a spectacular DIPA bursting with fresh hop flavors and not a hint of alcohol. Pliny lovers - I hope you brought your lunch.

GabrielM, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pest, Dec 06, 2011
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,963 ratings.