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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,017 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,199
Gots: 168 | 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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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Thanks! 2 weeks old.

A: Orange tinted cider color with a thin whipping of head. Decent legs.

N: Truckloads of pineapple and mandarin oranges. There's a modicum of spurce and a dense layer of malt at the base. A little oniony zest.

T: Good correlation between the taste and the smell. Pineapple, dense pine - more so than the nose - clementines, crystal sugars. There's a wonderful sweet base that yields to the stern bite of the bitterness.

M: sticky with a medium-full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

O: This is a delightful tropical treat. It's very balanced in its approach, which is an aspect I greatly appreciate in my (D)IPAs. Kudos.

Sarlacc83, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Jae9979
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jae9979, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

BeastLU, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy and orange-apricot in color. Carbonation is low and a rough pour produces only a thin lacy head. The nose is divine. Sweet oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and fresh herbs.

Medium body and a feel that is a bit thin, yet still sharp and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink. No booziness at all. I get a nice graininess up front (like a cracker) and the hops are all citrus fruit. Lots of orange zest and lemon. Botanic, pithy, and slightly herbal on the finish.

Overall, an extremely well-balanced beer. Lots of fruity citrus-like bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. An excellent beer for a hot summer day.

deadonhisfeet, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -3%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

kscaldef, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Kuemmelbrau, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of JulianB
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

JulianB, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of pmoney
4.25/5  rDev -3%

pmoney, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of ScottO
4.25/5  rDev -3%

ScottO, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Pete27lax, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of lucas1801
4.25/5  rDev -3%

lucas1801, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Evan
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Evan, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Fusebuddy
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Fusebuddy, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jderosia603
4.25/5  rDev -3%

jderosia603, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev -8.7%

elcrawl, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kevindp9
4/5  rDev -8.7%

kevindp9, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear orange hue with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin thin blanket and leaving a thicker halo as well.

S - Dank, wet hops here. Big grapefruit, faint tropical, light malts. Even as aromatic as it is it is quite balanced. Smells enticing.

T - Taste is solid. Like the nose but with a bit more malts. Nice citrus notes along with lighter pine. Like someone else said, pretty sure there is some Nelson hops in here as there is that earthy almost onion note. Nice bitter earthy finish as well.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, just solid. Good carbonation for the style, and quite drinkable. Stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O - Overall, a delicious west coast DIPA here. Enjoy basically everything from Alpine and this stays true with that.

rudzud, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -3%

MickeyHops, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

IrishColonial, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Cazlo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Cazlo, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

RMoeNay, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

grittybrews, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy, loaded with piney aromas. The taste of beer has a bitter resin-like flavor with a pine finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and sharp dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, well balanced and very drinkable.

Knapp85, Mar 10, 2013
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.