Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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3.48/5 rDev -20.5%
Thanks to dujayhawk for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.
A: Clear, dark gold that glows under light; only mild visible carbonation leads to a small white head.
S: Tropical fruit, citrus, and grassy hops, overlying a little biscuit malt.
T: Unfortunately, doesn't follow the nose here. Caramel maltiness fights with citrus, piney, and spicy hops into a disaster. The spicy hops get more prominent as the beer warms, which is even worse with the caramel malts.
M: Very low carbonation sensation, a small amount of alcohol noticeable, and a medium body.
O: Well, this does have some good points, primary among these the aroma. But not my preference to say the least. Caramel malts do not play well with American hops! I'm glad to have tried it, but there will likely not be a repeat performance for me.
01-07-2013 02:49:19 | More by macrosmatic
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, pure golden color with a moderate amount of carbonation. A thin, pearl white head sits on top and reduces to a thin film. Spotted lacing is left behind.
S: Wonderful hop profile on this one. A balance of pine, orange, grapefruit and other citrus.
T: The taste follows the nose nearly identically. Pine and a plethora of citrus dominate while a mild sweet malt backbone appears during the finish along with a significant bitter bite.
M: Medium bodied with a resiny/oily sort of feel. The flavors coat the palate, leaving a lingering bitterness.
O: This is one of the best examples of a DIPA out there. I'm always excited to try beers from Alpine and I haven't been disappointed yet. Just wish they would start distributing to Northern CA.
01-06-2013 21:13:03 | More by BilbosNuts
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
On tap at the Alpine Brew Pub and from a growler purchased at Alpine Brewery 12/27/12
Served in a pint and tulip glass
A: This beer pours a nice amber reddish 1-2 finger head with some lacing. Some alcohol legs are visible. A small head lingers.
S: Dank pine and grapefruit dominate the aroma. there is no alcohol in the smell.
T: Malty citrus flavors dominate the initial flavor profile. On the back end there is a nice palate cleansing bitterness that cleans up the malt backbone. This beer is fantastic with spicy food like the buffalo chicken sandwich served in the Alpine brewpub.This is a great beer.
M: This beer has a clean crisp mouthfeel. The effervescence does help cut down the dank mouthfeel, the finish is bitter crisp.
O: This is my favorite of the Alpine standard on-tap beers. Highly Recommended.
01-03-2013 21:50:04 | More by Psyko
4/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from the bottle into my Urthel glass. Split with my brother.
Thanks to Brianthebrewer13 for this as an extra. My first Alpine!
Poured a crystal clear reddish orange color with a two finger white head.
Smell is quite potent. First you detect some pine and grapefruit, followed by some more citrus notes. Very earthy smelling as well, almost moss-like.
Taste starts with a typical hop bitterness, making way into some nice fruity notes including lemon, orange, and pineapple. Not quite sweet enough IMO, could use some more malts.
Mouth feel was where it should be. Not much of an alcohol presence which is good.
Overall this was a solid DIPA. I think I have spoiled myself recently with ultra fresh Heady Topper, HF Ipas, and Kiwi Rising, so I was not blown away. Regardless...solid beer. Stoked to try Duet which I hear is superior to this.
12-29-2012 22:18:06 | More by TWStandley
4/5 rDev -8.7%
22oz bomber into a snifter
no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago
A big thanks to harink for sending this long time want over as part of one of my all time favorite trades (Pure Hoppiness, Duet, Nelson, and BA Speedway!).
A: Pours a clear dark amber with almost reddish hues and just a thin sliver of sea foam white colored head. The small amount of head that is present dissipates quickly but manages to leave a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Aroma is a huge tropical fruit sweetness that can be smelled well before you put your nose anywhere close to the glass. There are also some dank hop characters and an almost astringent alcohol-like presence.
T: Taste is somewhat muted at first with generic hops notes followed by some piney bitterness on the finish. Once it warms a bit it gets better with other flavors coming out including citrus rind, lemon zest, a touch of booze and some caramel malts. Piney bitterness becomes more prominent at it warms, as well. This certainly tastes like its stale, doesnt taste fresh at all, even though it was picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago and at the same time as both the Duet and Nelson, which both tasted super fresh. Still tastes good, and improves as it approaches room temperature, but still a let down from what I was expecting.
M/D: Pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, full bodied, big drying finish leaves you eager to take the next sip. Drinkability is good.
O: Overall, this was good, but certainly didnt live up to the hype, and was a pretty big disappointment (especially after recently having Nelson and Duet.) I am curious as to how fresh this bottle is, because from start to finish it comes off as stale. Yet another reason for breweries to bottle date their IPAs/DIPAs! I'm glad I got to try it, but next time I seek out Alpine it will be for one of their many other strong offerings. Of the three Alpine brews Ive had in the last week Id rank them as follows: Duet -> Nelson-> Pure Hoppiness.
12-20-2012 15:33:42 | More by zac16125
4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
[Poured into a generic Tulip Glass]
I: I'm so happy I was able to get a hold of a bottle of this stuff. Even living in California, getting brew from this company is hard. Their most famous and sought bottle would probably be "Exponential Hoppiness", but scoring some "Pure Hoppiness" is the next best thing. As a hop head, I'm mostly hoping for a big hop presence.
B: [8% ABV 22 FL. OZ Bottled December 2012] The beer is good, but not great in terms of presentation. The artwork and label texture don't mesh. It needs a more papery/rugged feel. Parts of the artwork are almost reminiscent of ms clip art/paint. The information provided though is great. Brief description, abv, size, origin, etc... If I do end up keeping this bottle, it will be for the hype and quality.
A: An orange transparent body with a nice fluffy/slight creamy white head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing. A standard ipa in appearance.
S: Nice pine hops, fruity citrus, and sweet malt.
T: Quite tasty! Sweet malt, grapefruit (tropical presence), spicy pine hops throughout. Balanced presence of all flavors throughout. Salivating aftertaste due to it's slick characteristic on the back of tongue.
M: slick/crisp/slight dry finish, medium bodied, perfect carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not intrusive).
O: Pure Hoppiness stands out because it's probably one of the best examples of the style. It has great balance in every category and it makes you salivate for another sip (one of my favorite qualities in a good beer). The only gripes I have is that it's not complex and I really feel Alpine can really do a better job in their presentation. Still great balance and presence. I highly recommend this and while the bottle isn't the greatest looker, it's worthy keeping. Savor Great Beer!
12-19-2012 05:14:39 | More by MEsoJD
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from a bomber into a Golden Monkey Goblet. I have been assured this one is only a couple weeks old - so plenty fresh.
Appearance: A deep gold/amber color - darker than IPA's, and even a bit darker than most DIPA's in my experience. Leaves a nice finger head which diminishes relatively quickly but leaves some lace.
Smell: Dank hops! A nice smell, it's one of hops through-and-through. Some citrus and pine as well, but definitely dominated by the wonderful aroma of hops.
Taste: The hops definitely come through well in this one. Hops, pine, perhaps a bit of grapefruit plus some earthy tones, maybe even a hint of tobacco. This beer is quite complex and wonderful. This one is like a game trying to identify all the little, intricate flavors within. Hops are the dominant one though.
Mouth-feel: A lovely amount of carbonation. This is full-bodied, but not as heavy as some other DIPA's I've had, and I dig it. Extremely smooth and drinkable, but without compromising any complexity whatsoever.
Overall: A fantastic version of a DIPA, this is a hoppy beer that has plenty of complex flavors within. Even though it's a hop-dominated beer it is complex and balanced. Well worth a try for IPA/DIPA lovers.
12-19-2012 04:50:47 | More by Resuin
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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