Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,217
Gots: 178 | 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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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.

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Appearance: Clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smell: A bouquet of fresh hops hits the nose as soon as the bottle is uncapped; the aroma is spicy and floral with a big resiny pine undercurrent.

Taste/mouthfeel: Hops and nothing but - the malt profile is dry and slightly biscuit-like, lending no sweetness and serving as little more than a foundation for the amazing hop character. There's plenty of complexity to be found in the hop flavor, from wildflowers to spruce, though it leans toward grapefruit and lemon. So damn light and crisp, it's hard to believe this is 8%; I've had IPAs of 6% ABV that felt heavier and maltier. The finish is punchy and bitter yet not overwhelming - this brew is really more about the hop flavor and aroma, as any good IPA should be in my opinion.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.