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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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704 Reviews

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Reviews: 704
Hads: 2,514
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1,270
Gots: 259 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

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.
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Photo of MisterGone
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint from O'Brien's in SD. Nice deep gold, orange color still had a touch of a white head when it arrived, although the keep made several top offs as it foamed pretty vigorously out of the tap. Immediately the aroma of hop resin, pine and mixed citrus was present even though the beer was too cold to drink. Being the impatient persona I am, I tasted anyway. Not much flavor. My fault. Waited while a replay of Tottenham just thrashing Chelsea was on the TV.

When the beer came to temp, all of the promises of that gorgeous aroma came to be in the taste. Citrus and pine with resin up front, a little maltiness to balance in the middle and a finish with the hop resin dominating the finish. Just awesome. Top shelf DIPA.

Curious to see what the union with Green Flash will mean to production and availability of this gem. Look forward to getting some without having to head up the hill or downtown.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kids today don’t drink like they used to. Nor do adults. Some people might say this is because some kind of personal fault, like because you and I ain’t as masculine as our forefathers. That explanation doesn’t work for me, though, because I don’t enjoy taking personal responsibility for things. Me, I like to blame society.

Yes, society. All those hand-wringing nancies with their DARE programs, .08 DUIs, and pre-employment criminal background checks. They ruined drinking. My dad once told me about a time he got pulled over in his early 20s after having downed “twenty something beers in a few hours.” He had hit a mailbox and then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. As punishment, the police made him dump out the beer he was holding and then told him to drive directly home.

The most infuriating part of that story is that it isn’t even very good; odds are, someone you personally know has told you one that was more extreme. I—it’s just not fair, that things used to be so fun. Now driving after more than a mouthful of whiskey could lead to ten grand in penalties, a different-colored insurance card, and having to spend two weeks around hideous sobriety cultists who will try to make your natural urges feel wrong and bad.

Now, drinking more than a couple nights a week is a sign of a severe personal fault. A fault that, according to the cultists at AA, one can never be cured of. Enjoying intoxication used to be taken as a given, a sign of being conscious and aware, wanting to dull the sensations of this rotten and awful world. Now it means you’re Sick. You need to take pills.

As such, full-on, old-timey crapulence is now rarely seen outside of dark alleys, Detroit, and other such destitution hotspots. Kids today, they say they raised hell but really they barely raised heck. I mean, I can’t blame them—they were brought up in an environment when a single fuckup resulted in arrest or expulsion, and where not being fanatically devoted to sobriety was considered the worst kind of insanity. But goddamn are they lame.

Me, I just went on the kind of bender that would have impressed Graham Greene. My personal life entered in a change phase brought about by success and hardwork that nonetheless marks the end of a very nice, long period of peace. Such a mix of celebration and despondency entreats one toward either drunkenness or schizophrenia, and I gleefully chose the former. (Plus the Blackhawks won the cup, and you gotta stay drunk for a while after that happens).

Alas, responsible existence has once again beckoned for me, and so I promised myself three straight days of stark, sober productivity. Like a monkey trained to mine for gems, or one of those pale cubicle dwellers in Brazil.

Manfully, I have failed. And so I opened up this little fucker and let me tell you even though I was tired enough of beer to swear temporarily off it, and even though my tolerance had recently reached a point where it alarmed hobos, one snort of this sonofabitch confirmed all my long-held prejudices, made it clear now and forever always the drunkenness is the one and only path towards light.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Fresh grassy hops and lightly toasted bread malt. Elegant taste with little bitterness, ironic given its marketing on the bottle that it was hopped extravagantly at every conceivable opportunity. This is world class, at the very pinnacle of all hoppy beers.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased the day before.

A: Light amber body topped with a pearl white one finger head. Head recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass and leaves spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon and grapefruit zest at the forefront, followed by sappy pine and some herbal/floral notes. Small amount of bready malt as it warms. Beautiful nose.

T: Resiny pine and herbal flavors dominate the front of the palate. Pithy grapefruit and zesty orange emerge mid-palate and fade into an earthy and dry bitterness. Not quite as potent as the nose but still fantastic.

M: Light bodied and airy, with moderate carbonation. Lingering drying finish pairs very well with the more herbal and resinous flavor profile.

O: The herbal nature of this beauty place it on the opposite flavor spectrum from the tropical nature of Nelson and Duet but is still an amazing example of what an IPA can be. The moderate bitterness and long dry finish pair perfectly with the dank herbal flavor profile. What more can you expect from a hoppy beer from Alpine?

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely a world class beer. Great hop profile with a nice balance of pine and citrus. Medium body with excellent mouthfeel. Despite the name, it isnt an over the top hop bomb, it comes off more balanced and brilliantly executed... It is missing a certain element that the very best IIPAs have (Heady and Hop Zombie come to mind) that prevents this from being a 5. Nonetheless, a fantastic beer well worth seeking out.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Aroma: Dank hop resin, pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, a little mango, a little bread malts, and a little sweet malts, smells absolutely superb! 5

Appearance: A nice really clear, yellow, orange, amber, color mix that leaves a very creamy kooky head that lasts for a long time, leaves some nice lacing as well. 4.25

Taste: Wow! From the aroma you're expecting a hop bomb, you get a hop bomb but it is slightly tame and not incredibly over done and it's brilliant. Loads of pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, hints of mango, mixed with a slight sweet and bread malt. Superbly balanced and complex, this really is a great DIPA! 4.75

Palate: Incredibly light, crisp, refreshing, the flavor profile lingers awhile and it slowly overtakes the perfect amount of bitterness, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you craving for more! 5

O: This is an incredible DIPA and IMO contends with the best of the best! 4.75

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a nonic pint glass from the 22 ounce bottle. A vigorous pour produces a monstrous, fluffy, foamy cream-colored head. The body is a light amber with blonde hues and more opaque than clear. The head persists well and leaves plenty of lace. 4.25

Tropical fruit and hop resin are dominant aromas when I take a whiff. Pine is there but mellow, as is the floral aspect. 4.25

Although not as potent as on the nose, I'm still getting tasty tropical fruit flavors, a burst of pine, and a resinous finish. The malt offers some caramel about mid-palate that manages to tone down the hops, but it's still subtle enough to not detract from the hopfest. 4.2

There's some hop bite to this, and it feels aggressively hopped, but it's not a palate wrecker and there's a good, creamy malt quality to it. It's smooth and relatively drinkable. The bitterness is easily dealt with and the finish is only slightly dry. 4.4

Well, Alpine seems to have mastered the smooth, mellow drinking but still big IPAs. This is another great example. Love it. 4.35

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Twenty-two ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a half-inch thick slightly off-white head which fades to the rim and leaves puzzle lace.

N: Juicy and pungent grapefruit, orange and tangerine zest and pith, brightly floral and fruity.

T: Great balance between sweetish malts and citrus and pine explosions, dank and herbal overtones.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter, resinous and sticky finish.

O: Forgot how good this is. World class. Don't pass this by.

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Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Very clear orange/gold, almost amber in color. Pours a two-inch, off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes.

S: 4.5 Lots of pine up front with a bit of dank and onion. There’s a pretty interesting grassy, earthy aroma that’s balanced by lemon and grapes.

T: 4.25 Lots of hops offering similar flavors as the nose would indicate. A little sweet at first followed by pine, onion, grapefruit, and that earthy element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: 4.5 The body is very nice and can deliver the big hop flavors without being too heavy. The dryness on the finish makes this beer very refreshing and hides the 8% abv extremely well.

O: 4.25 I had high hopes for this DIPA based on my previous experiences with Alpines beers and I was not let down. I think I prefer duet and nelson, but this is still excellent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Alpine Beer Company on 7-16, and consumed on 7-27.

Nice, golden color with 1" head.

The smell is dank, weedy hops that preview what is yet to come.

The taste is a little lighter than expected, but delicious. Dank, fresh, herbal hops, tropical fruit, and a good malt back bone to balance it all out. This skews a little toward the Stone IPA's and reminds me somewhat of a lighter Enjoy by, but with more balance.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, with average carbonation. This was obviously bottled right before I purchased it as the freshness is there in spades.

What an enjoyable double IPA. It certainly gives it's more celebrated brothers Nelson and Duet a run for it's money from a quality/pleasure standpoint,, and I will happily buy my quota of this every time I set foot in Alpine Beer Co.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you really like malt forward, bitter IPAs, as opposed to fruity, tropical IPAs, then you'll like it.

It isn't clean. It's dirty and earthy and bitter. The hops are harsh. The beer lashes at your tongue.

And I love it.

This is not Heady Topper. It is not fun. It is beautiful in its own way. Darker than your average IPA, with a light head. Perfect IPA mouthful. So much onion flavor. Green onion and yellow onion.

And delicious.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: a translucent golden brown with a thin whipte head.

S: tropical aromas, including, mango, pineapple, and canteloupe.

T: heavy mango and pineapple flavor with a bitter hoppy finish.

M: medium bodied.

O: very good I like it slightly better than Nelson.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear amber color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is light pine. Some honey sweetness.
taste is heavy pine and slight citrus.
mouthfeel is not as crisp as nelson. Sort of syrupy. Lingering bitterness.
overall this is a little potent for my liking but it's tasty.
would pair nicely with food.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour coaxes out just a finger of bleached white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few medium sized suds from the pour. The color of the body is a deep tangerine orange with amber gold highlights. Retention is slight, with the head fading to a film after a minute or so, and leaving spotty, silky lace intermittently along the sides of the glass. No rings to speak of.

Smell - Bright and pungent hops impart strong notes of citrus with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith and a less aggressive complement of orange zest. Some notes of pine and herbal accents also serve to give the aroma a little bit of depth, but this is mostly a citrus bomb. Very hard to detect much, if any grain in the aroma of this imperial. Maybe just some faint bread.

Taste - The same grapefruit pith that fronted the aroma is also leading the charge for the taste. Bright, pungent bitterness is complemented by just some subtle generic citrus and even a hint of malty sweetness that is only present enough to prevent this from being like drinking straight hop oil. There is some subtle tropical characteristic here that I didn't pick up in the aroma, and again, the pine and herbal bitterness is just enough to give some interest to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate to low carbonation and a very dry finish that lingers on the tongue well after the liquid has gone.

Overall, a very tasty DIPA, with a heavy emphasis on grapefruit and a fair amount of bitterness. The IPA market is so saturated these days, and it seems that so many brewers are getting their IPA legs under them that it's hard to truly stand out. I think this one suffers just a bit from that phenomenon, but it is still a very good IPA all the same.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear light amber; excellent clarity; a weak off-shite head that manages to leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: very, very mild and subtle for style. Just faint hops. Pleasant.

Flavor: Mild for style -- more IPA than DIPA -- still, stronger and hoppier than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Only moderately bitter at its peak. Moderate complexity. The hop flavor lingers on in the aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation. Dry finish. Slightly astringent.

O: a distinctive (D)IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of McSmack
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alpine's line of IPAs are amazing and I probably would give all of them 5.0 ratings.

Pure Hoppiness is my go to DIPA when Nelson is not available. Always consistent and super enjoyable. Everyone I introduce to Alpine I bottle share Pure Hoppiness and they become new fans.

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Photo of mabermud
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After drinking this beer for more than 10 years, I have finally come around to review this beer.

A - Delicious golden/orange body. White, fine head with dense sticky head.
S - Sweet citrus and pine.
T - Balanced sweet citrus, pine, hops, and goodness.
M - Just the right amount of carbonation and body.
O - Excellence

This is a classic West Coast IPA which many IPAs were fashioned after it was created. Hoppy, bright, and full of sunshine. San Diego style.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bomber into Hill Farmstead stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling but surprisingly big legs. Solid.

Nose is tropical fruit, cane sugar and pine. Sweet and refreshing with a hop aroma that hints at what's to come.

Opens mango, citrus and starfruit. Resiny and sap hop bitterness enter in the middle balanced by a soapy, cane sugar presence. Real juicy and pulpy. Ends with a nice balance of fruit sweetness and hop bitterness. Aftertaste of pine with a grassy hop film. Very good.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and crisp in the mouth and goes down sappy and juicy. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Really awesome!

There's certainly a ton of hype behind Alpine's IPAs and Pure Hoppiness doesn't disappoint. Incredibly balanced, not overly bitter with a great feel that brings the whole experience together. Certainly worth the acclaim.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, John Serra), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - mandarin orange-to-amber coloration, moderate clarity (but cannot read or see through), initial frothy white head resolves into glass lacing with small white bubbles, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - on warming, this is a proverbial pine forest with lots of Simcoe, CTZ and Chinook-ish aroma; some mild Vienna or Munich malt aroma and some alcohol; but, as expected, it's the hops that shine that only becomes more dramatic as it warms

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an initial PW hop bitterness that pops the taste buds for what's too follow - a straight up pine hop assault - some people comment that they taste citrus but I don't get that at all here; in the middle of the profile, there's a mild biscuity pils-ish malt bill but the hops still shine; like most West Coast DIPAs, finishes dry and inviting with high drinkability

M: 4/5 - medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I would like (and hence the 1 point detraction), full hop oils fill up the mouthfeel and sit on the tongue but, again, don't reduce the drinkability

O: 9/10 - quavering between an 8 and a 9 here but I eventually settled on an 9 because the aroma really improved as it warmed; while I think that this is an excellent pine forward hop imperial IPA, there are better, I think, out there, e.g. Half Acre's Space; however, if you can get your hands on it, this is definitely worth the try; Alpine definitely needs to bottle date their IPAs though!

TOTAL - 42/50

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this bottle.

22oz bottle pours a translucent orange with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is juicy tropical fruits. Mango, guava, tangerine and pine. The taste is more of the same. Lots of juicy tropical fruit flavors. Mango and guava upfront with some pine as well. Resinous towards the finish with more piney hop bitterness. Oily mouthfeel. Somewhat noticeable alcohol presence but it drinks very easily. This one is a great mix of pine and tropical fruit flavors along with a solid amount of bitterness. More dank hop flavor comes out as it warms. Overall, outstanding Imperial that I would love to get a chance to drink again.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear pale copper color with a sturdy big foamy head.

S: Huge pine notes upfront, love me some pine. Some other citrus and caramel but faint, pine is in the driver seat with this one.

T: Love it, like eating a pine cone, leave piney beers. Mostly get pine again with some caramel notes. Could easily always drink this.

M: Really easy to drink, and nicely carbonation. Not really sweet, which is good. Could drink this all day.

O: So far my favorite Alpine beer out of the three I have had.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..

App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.

Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.

Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.

Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.

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Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a bronzey orange with a one finger white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Smell is impressive with lots West Coast IPA flair -- pine, grapefruit, hops, fresh fruit.

T-Taste follows suit, despite the massive hop presence it is only lightly bitter with balancing sweetness.

M-Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

O-Overall great DIPA, great taste of hops, great brew from Alpine. I look forward to their other brews. They do need to date their bottles.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.