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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of aval89


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

Purchased from Beverages4Less in Santee, Ca.

A: pours a deep golden color almost honey.. got a 2 finger head.. leaves nice lacing..

S: sweet tangerines, mild grapefruit & some lemon peel.. fresh cut grass & pine as well. Touch of doughy breadiness .. but dominant aroma is the citrus!

T: more of those sweet tangerines upfront.. some malt comes through.. mid palate is bitter grapefruit.. nice amount of hop bite.. finish is a lingering lemon peel flavor with some citrus still hanging around.. semi dry finish .

As the beer warms tropical fruits come in to play.. nice!!

Mf: spot on carbonation with a medium body..
Alcohol is minimal in this one.. but does leave a bit of warming in the mouth..

O: great beer! Another imoressive Alpine brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 05:36:58 | More by aval89
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4.12.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange, but clears rather quickly. 1 finger cream colored head with good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like pine and grass.

T- Like pine hops and citrusy.

D- Very smooth and drinkable, a slight bitterness lingers for a bit.

O- I would drink this anytime, anyplace.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:06:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on an Alpine thirst, and this beer is by far the best IPA i have ever had.

Served into a tulip glass.

Color: It glows a honey orange with a bit of haziness. Its beautifully carbonated for an IPA and it develops a nice head as you pour it into a your glass.

Nose: A gorgeous bouquet of fresh hops and dry hop hit the senses first followed by ripe apricots, peaches, and grape fruit. Mellow wet forrest smells appear near the end of your nosing.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Plenty of stuff going on on the tongue: you get hit with the dry hop followed by some moist pine and sweet fruit. Truly complex and bursting with flavor.

Finish: Long and spectacular! layered and layered to perfection. Balanced, yet overwhelmingly hoped. Just blows you away. An IPA lover's dream beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 06:42:01 | More by schmoopsbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to poniell for sharing

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fluffy, bubbly white head. Retains well with some film and a nice collar around the glass, plenty of patchy lacing.

Stiff scents of explosive hops with juicy tendencies. Fruit sweetness and fainter biscuit malts. Grapefruit and a slight touch of alcohol.

Bold hop flavor right off the bat with a blast of grapefruit and pine bitterness. The beer takes hold of your taste buds with drying hops, relieved by some notes of fruit. Bready malt backbone stays out of the way but still delivers some light sweetness. Finishes bitter, dry, hoppy, and with a very soft hit of booze.

Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sticky, dry, and unrelenting on the tongue. This is a fantastic DIPA, and one which provides a true hop attack without too much residual sweetness, booze, or malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 06:16:38 | More by xnicknj
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: It pours an amber color with orange hues. Big two finger white with good retention and lacing.

S: Very hoppy up front with notes of grapefruit and oranges. A little bit of toasty malt, but nothing off the charts. There are some resinous pine notes that waft from the glass on the backside as it warms.

T: A nice blast from the hops begins the show with grapefruit and citrus notes. The malt makes itself known mid palate with some nice toast and spice. It finishes with a pine cone bitterness really dry and lip smacking.

M: Medium bodied and luscious carbonation.

O: Another great beer from Alpine Beer Company. Huge hops and nice malt balance. Seek this one out for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:33:33 | More by Neffbeer
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Deschutes tulip.

Tangerine color with silky white head that falls into a slim ring around the glass with plenty of lacing.

Smells like I just opened a packet of hops to put into a homebrew. Huge hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, orange peel and some pine.

Taste follows up the hop aroma. Like taking the open packet of hops and eating it. Grapefruit is big and pine plays a lesser note. The malt sweetness of a DIPA is there, but not nearly as prevalent as other DIPAs.

Medium-light to medium body that is very smooth. Low carbonation - maybe just this bottle but I need a little more.

Great DIPA overall. Would drink this more if it was easily available to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:38:57 | More by ejyoung
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4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bomber purchased from The Best Damn Bottle Shop in San Diego. Pulled from the back from their latest deliver. Served in a pint glass one day after purchase.

For the hop head, as perfect a beer as you could get. The color is golden with a touch of red. The head starts out plentiful and fades to a wispy film. Retention is fair, but lace is sticky and copious. A moderate amount of tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma is a wonderful balance of grapefruit and caramel with the citrus taking a slight edge. Soft to medium soft mouthfeel and medium body. Flavor is a lot like the aroma, but more emphasis on the hops. Not overly sweet like many DIPAs, but on the dry side. Mild and long bitter finish. Spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 20:35:23 | More by LittleDon
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 11:20:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: red amber with a light very fluffy head about half inch thick. Incredible lacing on this and the head completely suctions onto the glass. looks sticky...

s: big pop of pine and earth followed quickly by a sweet citrus. Immediately getting the standard of grapefruit but I'm also getting peach, tangerine and/or a wonder tropical scent of mango. There is some real sweetness in here.

t: look out for the malt after the initial hoppiness. this was like a sneak attack on my senses...for a beer called pure hoppiness i expected a hop bomb on the palette, though it is actually rather light on the hop. It is an incredible pine flavor, but not nearly as pronounced as I anticipated. The malts however...very subtle but definitely there in the middle. sweet almond nuttiness with a smoky flavor of burnt caramel and vanilla. Incredible. Wish it was a bit stronger but these flavors are amazingly well balanced. finishes with the fruit flavors you'd expect from the nose.

As this warms, picking up more and more of malty sweetness and a very pronounced orange flavor. My god...

m: sticky like syrup and feels amazing. I really would like more fizz here as it feels like there isn't much here. It would probably make the flavors feel like they were popping more. I get a small fizz at the end, but by then it is too late.

o: great double...I can't say I was expecting the maltiness though I'm so happy it isn't a strong one like a hercules double IPA. this is very well balanced and the malts are very complimentary of the delicious citrus and pine notes. there is some real tropical flavor in here as well and another tremendous West Coast flavor I wish I could get more of. Will definitely try to make this happen again at some point down the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:17:22 | More by Preismj
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 13:37:03 | More by zrab11
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4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear dark gold with a slight amber hue. Fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving patchy lacing.

N- Fresh pine needles and dank hop resins fill the nostrils. Some citrus brightens it up, and toasty grain keeps it balanced.

T- Clean sweet toasty grain dripping with piny hop resins. Juicy citrus quenches the thirst as grassy, herbal hop bitterness balances the rich malt. Hop oils completely coat the mouth and throat, leading to a long piny/grassy/herbal bittersweet finish. Toasty grain, grass, and pine resin in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, sticky, moderate carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, just an incredible treat. This beer can hold its own with the best of them. Dangerously drinkable and thirst quenching. A staple beer for me, and a must have for anyone who loves hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:27:29 | More by KevinBrewer
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty gold with an orange hue long with a superb three fingers of fluffy white head and leaves a pretty layer of spider webs along the glass. Nose has hints of tropical fruit, tangerine and a lot of sweet citrus with some bright pine. Taste is very impressive full blown grapefruit bitter hop attack, very plinyesque. My preference is for Nelson or fresh Sculpin as i love all the tropical fruit, this is an extremely well done d/ipa and i was very happy to get some on my trip to SD. Very easy to drink with a nice refreshing hop attack to remind you what it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 03:59:22 | More by Trilogy31
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrhirsheybar for this.

A-golden orange with a whispy white head
S-slightly fruit hops with a very faint smell of that
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet with a nice hop bite to it
M-medium body and oh so smooth
O-nice berr. Loving alpine the more and more I have it!

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 00:34:13 | More by brew3crew
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

Poured from a bomber with no freshness indication into a snifter. This brew appears a nearly clear color of light orange with a finger and a half of yellowish tinted head. Despite a careful pour, some faint particles are stuck hanging in suspension. The cap recedes fairly quick to less than a finger of creamy fluff that leaves some spotty and finger-like lace work on the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with an herbal quality that has a light touch of mint character. Some catty notes evolve as the brew warms and some grapefruit rind picks up inside the nose as well. Some faint notes of orange zest and a touch of sulfur fills out the backend of this brew's scent. Overall pretty good and deceptively fruity sweet smelling.

The taste of this brew is deceptively sweet when it first hits the tongue, however that abruptly turns bitter with hoppiness tasting herbal, catty, pine-like and full of bitter rinds somewhat like grapefruit and a little grassy and earthy. There is a faint green yeastiness included in this brew mid palate before a light toasted grain flavor evolves and finishes with a lasting bitterness that is herbal and lightly catty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very solid representation of the Double/Imperial IPA style but deceptively fruity in the nose and herbal in flavor. Well balanced across the board, this brew is a pleasure to drink. It wasn't until I was half way through my glass that I realize this was 8% abv and it produces a nice warmth across the back of the throat. Well done Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:04:39 | More by stakem
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3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Armand for trading this, looking forward to trying some Alpine. Bomber poured to Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a crystal clear coppery orange, white head starts at a little over a finger, retains nicely as a good cap and thick ring leaving some lacing.

Nose seems mostly pine/earth dominated..lighter fruit such as grapefruit and lemon. Onion-y presence grows with warmth.

Taste brings out a bit more strength in the fruit profile, grapefruit most noticeable along with some faint tropical notes (mango?). Floral, piny and herbally hops as well. Caramel malt is there but barely. Like the scent, a veggie presence pops up over some time.

Carbonation a bit on the high side, solid mouthfeel. Lots of hop flavors going on, not much malt presence but definitely not overly bitter, smooth.

A good DIPA for sure, but truthfully not great, nothing I would go out of my way to trade for again. Freshness may be a factor to that, but with no bottle date I can't say for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 20:20:45 | More by Chico1985
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Nice orange copper color, moderate carbonation, attractive lacing.
S- Grapefruit and citrus right away, pine as well, excellent hoppy aroma.
T- Wow, very hoppy, that grapefruit and citrus bite comes out right away, very bitter on the back of the tongue, but well balanced, as it warms up the malt flavors come out a bit, as well as hints of orange.
M- Medium mouth feel, full bodied and thick on the palate wonderful mouth feel.
O- Excellent DIPA, everything you could ask for in a Imperial IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, slight hints of malt, just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 07:13:45 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear / golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces all the way down the glass. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from the hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I have been holding on to this one for a while, Now I have the "Duet" to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:54:06 | More by beergod1
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This Imperial IPA pours a nice slightly hazey dark,golden honey color with a thick, pure white head. Lots of carbonation bottles exploding to the surface even two minutes after pouring.

Smell: A huge, tropical bouquet of citrus. I get a ton of tangerine followed by some mango and some orange peel. This tropical thunder in a glass.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Big orange initially from the beginning. It follows with some mango and some pineapple and grapefruit on the end. A little on the bitter side but quite dry on the aftertaste. Awesome tasting and no alcohol heat what so ever.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation to distribute these great flavors all over the mouth.

Overall: I could drink this all day especially on a hot summer day which will be hear soon. Goes down real easy for a double ipa. Alpine once again lives up to its name with another stellar ipa. Just a wonderful medley of tropical flavors with a little bitterness to let you know your drinking a higher IBU ipa but still very smooth. I have had most the Alpine IPA's and will have to get my hands on the last one I want to try--Nelson.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:01:31 | More by Rampage1
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Head disseminates quickly.

A- Color is an amber hue

S- hoppy with a slight sugar smell

T- Solid tasting DIPA with earthy tones.

M- goes down extremely smooth and feels almost like an IPA

O- Overalll a great beer. many good beers come from this brewery and look forward to enjoying more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:56:10 | More by werdnacross
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22 oz bomber. I can't find any dating.
A: Clear dark amber, it poured with a big creamy head with lacing that died to a good head.
S: Bright tangerine hops, honey, slightly resinous, with a caramel cream base. Rather enticing.
T: More pine and resinous notes than you'd expect from the aroma, it crips out to a lingering gin bitterness. A slight biscuit and mild nut with honey. Interesting, it's similar to the smell, but surprisingly different.
M: Slightly syrupy and frothy to a crisp cleansing finish.
O: This is a good one. I'd make it a regular if it was available in our area.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:30:26 | More by ne0m00re
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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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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. HUGE thanks to javib458 for throwing this fresh bottle into a trade. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a hazy golden amber color, almost straw-like. Eggshell white head forms about 1 finger thick. Really nice, thick lacing along the glass.

S - Hops all up front and in your face. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange and some apricot come through. Nice caramel and biscuit malts hold up nicely as the backbone of the beer.

T - Bright, juicy hops bring forward fruity flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Some nice fresh pine flavors come through as well, but the citrus seems to take the stage. Biscuit malts mix nicely to what is a very well balanced beer.

M - Medium-full bodied and thicker on the palate than I would have thought. Nice carbonation and a slightly dry finish to the beer.

O - Really awesome DIPA. Fresh flavors and a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that I hope to have the chance of trying again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:37:46 | More by KAP1356
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber emptied into an Imperial pint. Glowing gold with orange adding depth and plenty of sticky, white head.

Juicy pine needles, plenty of complex citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple), grassy herbal overtones add some punch. Malt flavor is masked (as it should be), but it contributes enough general malt sweetness to make Pure Hoppiness one of the smoother examples of the style out there.

Perhaps not quite as aggressive, explosive and, um...abrasive...as some of the other popular DIPAs, including the Elder, but the smooth, refined juiciness, sets Pure Hoppiness apart.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 16:47:20 | More by bump8628
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a fresh bomber.
Creamy 2 finger head that literally sticks around for few moments.
Moderate lacing after all.
Surprising after tasting the medium to light body. Citrus Orange Pineapple caramel aromas. Pretty amazing floral and sweet on the nose.
A fruity cotton candy smell and taste exude from the last sips that warmed up in my LA FIN DU MONDE sniffer.
Sweet but not over the top. Pine bitterness lingers in in the back to balanced with this unconventional west coast IIPA Hop profile.
I love to try an original new DIIPA that brings hop satisfaction and Caramel Malty characters.
I have a sweet tooth anyway, but this is perfect to end a great meal. Maybe for less spicy asian food or just by itself:)
Difficult to notice trace of 8% abv. After been blown away by the Nelson, this an reminder of the creative craftsmanship at Alpine CA.
Pick any time you find on the shelf. A must.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:21:26 | More by HipHop5
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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a shaker pint.

A--Coppery brown brew with a bright white head, decent lacing.

S--Great green hoppy aroma. Can smell it coming out of the bottle.

T--Nice combination of bittering and aroma hops, on top of a nice caramelly malt note.

M--Thinner than expected. Needed more of that great caramelly note.

D--Really good beer, gooes down just right, but not especially remarkable.

Definitely looking forward to trying more Alpine brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:26:34 | More by LBBeer
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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