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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1679
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%


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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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BeerMothaLova; thanks Derrik!

A- Pretty golden clear. Thin lacing with good retention.

S- This is where the beer shines for me. As for CA West Coast IPA; this has the funky dull pine cone smell. Not too over aromatic, but just right. I get lemon funk.

T- Pretty easy drinking for a West Coast IPA. Nutty hops. Fresh tasting. I am getting some cheese down the throat; not like a month old Pliny, but a fresh West Coast IPA.

M- Smooth flowing; lacing follows down the throat. Pretty typical for a well made IPA.

O- My first Alpine Beer Co. beer. I really like what they did here. I know that they are doing some other types of beers really well right now. Cheers Derrik!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:15:38 | More by gueuzedreg
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wking

California

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to ABC this morning while running errands. I picked up a pure hoppiness and a mandarin nectar. Pure Hoppiness was the much better beer in my opinion.
Poured a dark golden/light amber. Not a ton of lacing but a decent amount, 1 inch head.
Smell was a highly citrus mix, like a citrus bowl. Some piney notes and not much malt smell to it. Just a little at the end, overall lemon, orange, grapefruit dominate the smell.
Taste is freaking delicious, I was a huge hop head for awhile and kinda got burned out after tasting so many IPA's. This beer rekindled my love for hops! It tastes like it smells expect a little more pungent. Also I can taste a hint of caramel malts. Whatever mix they used for this was perfect. Just an outstanding west coast IPA.
Overall this beer rocks a hop heads dream. And since the brewery is about 5 miles from my house I will be enjoying more of these.

note- This was my very first beer review.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 05:32:35 | More by wking
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MCain04

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Speigelau tulip, thanks Reggae4203

Pours a golden yellow clear body with a white head of small and medium bubbles.

Great citrus aroma, strong grapefruit, orange, pineapple, papaya, lemon rind. Some pine notes typical of WCSIPA. Nice aroma.

Taste is very bitter, resinous, and malty, getting a lot of pine and a ton of bitter hops, some sticky sweetness, some bready character, leaves a film of resin on the tongue with a definitely dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol burn is present.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, smooth, medium bodied, sticky, dry finish

Overall, I would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out, overhyped IMO. Just didn't come together as well as it could have. Very malty and very bitter, but the tasting hops didn't shine through as nicely. Perhaps fresher, this beer would drink differently. Hope to try it again fresh one day and reassess.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:24:08 | More by MCain04
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, herbal, pine, floral

T-bready malt, light caramel, grapefruit, pine, herbal, light floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-excellent DIPA, nice balance of flavors

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:53:14 | More by MDDMD
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aquazr1

California

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber picked up at the source. Pours a hazy golden amber is a one finger head. Not a lot of lacing left behind. The first thing that hit my nose was pine, quickly followed by various citrus notes. The variety of hops used in this beer is quite evident. The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied beer, there is some malt flavors in the background but they are light. The beer is a very well done DIPA that drinks very easily. A definite must have again beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:50:16 | More by aquazr1
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a trade, but I forget from where. Either way, thanks!

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada glass. Beautiful deep rich copper color with an off white rocky head.

Smells of sweet sticky malts, some toffee, and bitter resinous hops.

Taste gets wonky for me. There is a beautiful sweetness that is immediately hammered down by the hops, but the end of the flavor and finish is oniony/garlicky.

Mouthfeel is spot on, rich, slightly viscous and oily.

Overall, a bitter disappointment. the onion and garlic flavors going on are just nasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:25:10 | More by taylor714914
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange brew, with white foamy head. Great lacing too.

Awesome aroma. Tons of grapefruit, apricot, honey, crystal, pine, dank.

Pretty light and relaxed for the style and aroma. Nicely bitter with well rounded full flavors. Mildly awkward finish, but hangs in there well-enough. Drinks very well. Nice rounded pine flavors, wet and forward with apricot flavors. glassy texture with great sweetness.

Very well blended, could only be improve slightly in a few areas. This is a hit in aroma, feel could improve slightly. Very light and drinkable. Definitely recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:00:04 | More by chugalug06
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, translucent, shot with red highlights. Thick and incredibly bubbly. One finger white head, fades fairly fast, leaving thick lacing.

Strong pulpy ruby red grapefruit aroma, with lesser scents of lemon, caramel malt, and clover honey.

Bright and hoppy - sweet grapefruit and floral - strongly supported by a malt backbone. Caramel and grains, but the heavy malt presence supports, not overpowers. Extremely hoppy. Chewing reveals a slight rind flavor, as well as some pepper.

Medium-light feel, but with a thick oily hop residue. Avoids the syrupy feel some DIPAs have. Very full and lively in the mouth with larger sips. Medium carbonation sting, no foaming.

This is a very drinkable DIPA - more like a single IPA as far as drinkability and mouthfeel. It takes a large sip to get that fullness. More like a Stone DIPA than PtE or HT, but one of the better DIPAs I've tried lately.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 21:59:31 | More by Roguer
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double mega-fail for no bottling date.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large and effervescent white head. Head fades slowly with quite good retention. Thin splotchy lacing.

S: Nice complex hop aroma. Get some citrus, grapefruit and orange. There is tropical fruit too with some apricot and ...hmmm pineapple? Some cat urine in there. Maybe even some pine? Almost too much to pick out all the aromas. Kind of a sweet caramel backing it all up.

T: Big and varied hop flavors up front again. Decent tropical fruit and grapefruit. Maybe tangerine too. Some cat urine initially. Big, big pine and resin finishes it off and lingers through the finish and stands alone between sips. Mild caramel malt barely noticeable underneath it all.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Long lingering dry aftertaste.

O: Another fantastic brew from Alpine. I just had Duet and Nelson, I would rate Duet #1, Nelson #2 and this one #3. They are all fantastic but I feel there are clear winners amongst them. This one probably has the most hop complexity but the pine and resin dominates the most I think. Aroma isn't as bright and strong as the other two either, despite being an overall stronger beer. For all I know this could have been an older bottle, but who knows because they don't date. Regardless, wonderful brew from a fantastic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:45:14 | More by Dope
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: A bright golden color with a huge, creamy white head.
S: Huge citrus aroma at first. This differs from Duet because it has more of a pine resin aroma and a scent of caramel. A bit floral as well.
T: Big pine resin at first, followed by caramel and citrus. Grapefruit, tangerine, peach and some light floral flavors. This is a lot more bitter than Duet.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: Fantastic IPA, but I'll give the edge to Duet. Extremely drinkable pair of IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 20:58:41 | More by standardcherry
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joe1510

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle

Recieved in trade from errantnight, thanks again. Pure Hoppiness pours a clear copper with the slightest bit of haze throughout, just enough to keep it from being crystal clear. Streams of carbonation rise to the surface keeping the head freshly renewed. A two finger dense white head appeared on the pour and stayed put Leaving webbed lacing on its way down. Good looking brew.

This beer reeks of hoppiness but, surprisingly, not the in your face pucker up and bend over type of hoppiness. A sweet candyish malt lays itself down and lets the hops lead the way. The hop additions in this beer are pretty complexingly mouthwatering. A soft floral hoppiness comes first followed by a solid dose of citrus (orange, sweetened grapefruit, and although not citrus, bubblegum). Last but not least the resinous hops show themselves. I love finding a complex hop presence in the world of citric hop bombs.

Pure Hoppiness is actually more balanced than I expected. Don't worry, it's not balanced there's just more malt than I expected. That candyish malt from the aroma meets up with some mild caramel malt and they both lay down for the layers of hoppiness that soon take over. The orange and sweetened grapefruit lead the way in the flavor and there's hints of a floral softness throughout. The resinous hops come through on the backend and finish things off nicely. The layers of flavor don't jump from one to the other but instead glide seamlessly. Great layering on this beer.

The mouthfeel is all I could ask for in a IIPA. Rich and velvety smooth. There's just enough carbonation to keep it moving with being prickly. Ultra creamy on the tongue.

This beer is disappearing far too quickly and I can't slow myself down. Every sip leaves me wanting another. I don't think I set down the glass yet.

This beer walks the line between an IPA and IIPA but does it fantastically. It's hard for me to find beer with such hop complexity and when I do I hold them near and dear. This is one of those brews. Why can't Alpine distribute to Illinois? WHY!

Reviewed: 10/20/07

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:42:24 | More by joe1510
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date (WHY???)

Thanks to Futura123 for this one.

Appearance: Pure Hoppiness pours a very lightly hazed bright golden-orange, with a rough pour yielding a large white head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in beautiful patterns of sticky lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! The nose is fantastically hoppy, but actually quite well balanced by a fairly substantial malt base. Notes include: Sweet citrus (orange, orange peel and tangerine), dank leafy notes, a little peach, grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, pine resin, floral notes and some sweet honey/caramel malt.

Taste: As the nose suggested, the flavour displays a reasonable amount of sweet honey malt to balance the masses of hops. Big resinous pine notes dominate the first sip, but are quickly joined by dank leafy notes, grapefruit pith, sweet orange, tangerine, peach and a light floral note. The finish is moderately bitter and there is no trace of the 8%.

Mouthfeel: Just about bang on for the style - medium (or just over) bodied and quite slick, with a medium-high level of fantastically smooth carbonation.

Overall: Pure Hoppiness is a fantastic IIPA that I hope to have again soon. The mouthfeel and a lack of noticeable alcohol makes this one dangerous beer! I could quite see myself drinking a few too many if they were available!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 13:30:39 | More by Thehuntmaster
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for coordinating and doing the legwork responsible for my possession of this bottle, thanks to JayORear for trading

Consumed 8/4/13

Appearance: Clear, bright, dark gold with a lot of orange - small, bright, mostly white head - fades to a small, decidedly wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Tropical aromas in a beer from Alpine? That's umpossible! Ripe, rich citrus - oily, pithy, and fleshy grapefruit with some orange - tropical aromas, mostly mango, something reminiscent of cantaloupe - tons of pine as well - oily, sticky, resiny - malts are pretty well hidden by the hop assault, but they exist - pale malts, and some caramelized, cooked malts - lightly sweet

Taste: Hoppy, in a unique, complex way - a wide range of hoppiness, including both citrus and pine - oily, juicy, and fleshy grapefruit, with a bitter dose of pith - orange as well - tropical notes, mostly mango - some spicy and herbal notes as well - resiny and wet pine - pale malts and some caramelized malts - light, nice amount of sweetness - touch of earthiness - alcohol is more or less entirely hidden

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, a little oily and could be dryer

Overall: The name of this beer is false. Purity? No. This is tainted with water and maybe some malts.

This is a glorious beer. My only complaint, which isn't even legitimate, is that it's not as remarkably fantastic/memorable as the two other Alpine beers I have reviewed (Duet and Nelson). This is a great DIPA, but the bar for this style has been set absurdly high. That being said, this is definitely in my top 10 DIPAs ever.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 05:20:34 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JayORear for the hookup.

Appearance: Clear dark gold with some copper leanings. Head is off-white and drops to a wispy cap with a small creamy collar. Solid lacing with a moderate carbonation. Moderate retention.

Smell: A bit dank with a solid pine resin bitterness. Loaded with a healthy amount of citrus with some tropical fruit elements. Some grapefruit, peach, and even some mango. Resin and oily pine. Malts are bready with some caramelized sweetness. Cooked malts with a slight hop spiciness. Some sugary sweetness with a backing hint of alcohol. A nicely balanced approach.

Taste: Bitter pine needle. Oily and slick. Some tangerine and mango flesh with a heavy grapefruit fleshiness. A touch floral with some mint and marmalade in the back. Lightly sweet malt breadiness. Some caramelized malt sweetness as well. Straight up bitter on the back of everything. Building dank pine with each sip. Bitter with some restrained alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushes some almost full. Moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish. A bit juicy and wet up front. Some alcohol drying as well.

Overall: Aptly named.

A solid DIPA. Bitter, but not so aggressive it's distracting (I'm looking at you Arctic Panzer Wolf). Malts are light and offer just enough sweetness to curb the bitterness. Oh Alpine, you so good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 19:35:57 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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rringler

California

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

A: Extremely clear, dark straw/mid amber color. Pours with half to 3/4 finger head of fine to very fine bubbles, that dissapates quickly. An oily residue of microbubbles are left over.

S: Starts a bit dank and hoppy, but contains sour-fruit essence, and some malty breads.

T: Different than it smells, and a little hard to describe. A bit of dank hops and mild sour-fruit start the taste before giving way to medium+ malty breads and medium/medium+ hoppy bitterness, which contiues through the finish. Great amount of hops without any pine/resin flavor. Full flavor covers all 8% abv without any taste of alcohol.

M: Proud; a little bit bigger and thicker, and stickier than most, like every Westcoast doubble strives to be. Carbonation is great.

O: An interesting blend of hops. Represents a true double in lots of ways, but the hops selection makes it unique. It makes an exciting alternative if you're burned out on piney hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 05:18:46 | More by rringler
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JohnG190

New York

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with thick two-finger head that dissipates rapidly. Good lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, grass and a slight whiff of soap. Sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by earthy, citrusy hops. Soapy and astringent finish (and aftertaste). Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial IPA, balanced and well crafted but the astringent finish and soapy aftertaste diminish its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:28:38 | More by JohnG190
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an orangeish, light hazy gold. Nice tan head, great lacing

S - Very airy which is off-putting, citrusy light hops slightly dry and resinous

T - As it smells but much more citrusy hops, very airy, resinous, mildly sweet from caramel malts

M - Light bodied and refreshing for sure

O - Airy, not as intense flavoring as I would have liked but definitely an easy drinker.

I had a duet earlier for the first time and found that very airy as well - perhaps hold/lots of temperature changes/or light damage. Will re-review when I have the opportunity to try another of each

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:33:23 | More by MacQ32
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange brown with nice carbonation and medium body

S - Loads of pine with a light caramel malt backbone

T - Tons of pine up front that give it a good bitterness. Light caramel malt comes through in the background to give it a nice balance and sweetness

M - Thick with lots of resin that lingers on in the finish

O - Solid piney IPA that comes through with a lot of resin that lingers on.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:47:44 | More by jeonseh
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a hazy orangey pour with a finger of white foamy head which dissipated slowly and released some great lacing. smells of grapefruit citrus, caramel, bready malt. tastes slightly oxidized.. bready, light hints of hops (grapefruit, minty), subtle sweetness from the malts. medium body with high carbonation.

out of the 3 alpine beers i got (nelson, duet, and this) this is my least favorite and the only one i found had an oxidized flavor. even with the oxidized flavor, it is still a pretty good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:07:02 | More by facundoCNB
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Hendry

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber pour, soapy white head,nice lacing.

Aroma is plenty hoppy with a noted sweetness in there from the malts. There would have to be a good sized malt bill to tame this well hopped IIPA, but the question always remains whether it takes over in the flavor department. Dry hopping seems to step the hop aroma up giving it the edge over the malts.

Taste is nicely balanced: citrus & piney hop content with a definite malt sweetness present. Pure Hopiness rides the balance beam of hoppy/malty perhaps more than any IIPA I have tasted, and presses the limits of what I can handle for malty sweetness without overdoing it
(3F Permanent Funeral fits in that category also).

Mouthfeel is medium, a little slick, soild carbonation. The hops duke it out with the malts and win the battle on a split decision.

Of the 3 Alpine bombers I have tried thus far, Duet is my favorite, followed by Pure Hoppiness, then Nelson. A great IIPA that comes solidly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:23:57 | More by Hendry
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Beer Company - Pure Hoppiness

Poured into DFH IPA glass, I snagged a few Alpine brews from a friend, I was quite excited to try this brew, and the excitement was more than justified!

Look - Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Good balance of honey sweet malts and forward hops that consists of some citrus, some slight floral, and big pine and resin. Mouth-watering aroma.

Taste - Rich, creamy honey malt and then a kick of spice followed up by forward resin hops. I'm usually not a fan of something this malt forward but I'll be damned, they really pulled this off well!

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet but not overly cloying. Glorious hop bitter resiny pine. Not overly boozy, great drinkability.

Overall - Sweetness kicked in the face with hops makes for pure hoppiness, get it? Stellar brew! Highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 19:21:53 | More by JMScowcroft
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a big, foamy, soapy, off-white head that leaves great lacing and decent retention. Gotta admit I'm a little disappointed after Duet being so good-looking. But I'm partial to unfiltered beers.

S: Amazing nose with a proper pour. My first pour was bad but halfway through the pint, a good swirl builds the head back up into a tall, fragrant pile of bubbles. Some sweet malt in there but this is all piney, resiny, woody hops. Sharp and pungent. Incredibly floral and fruity if you dig your nose in after a good swirl. But the sweet, reminiscent-of-honey malt keeps this tuned towards Imperial IPA. The hop is a beautiful thing.

T: Much sweeter than Duet. A more resiny and piney hop presence but the pronounced and lingering malt presence sets this apart noticeably. Much more balanced than Duet. Should I even be comparing the two? I just drank Duet but this is a IIPA, after all. Slightly boozy. Has all the qualities of the style. This is a big brew. Tons of hops and IBU's that leave the palate pretty worn out after the whole bottle.

M: Has that filtered feel to it. A more tingly, carbonated body. A very slight cloying aftertaste, surprisingly. Apart from all that, this is exactly what an Imperial IPA should be.

O: You really gotta let this beer warm up. Becomes exponentially better, as expected. After reading about this beer on Alpine's website, it sounds like an insane amount of hops were used. The IBU's are definitely really high and it's very "West Coast." Very unique and delicious beer. This should definitely be the last beer of the night.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:30:10 | More by Gatch
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My third Alpine IPA in just over a week, thanks to the generosity of BeerThirty. Tasted 29 March 2013.

Pours a deep bright orange. Very clear, and with no bubbles visible. Half finger of whitish head, decent retention, some nicely patterned lacing on the glass and the surface.

Smell is delightfully fruity. Apricots and oranges, and a dash of tropical fruit. Backed with a big dollop of caramel malts, coming through as honey and a touch of white sugar.

As expected, this is a bigger, badder IPA than their singles like Duet and Nelson. It's decidedly more bitter, but sweet on the front end. The contrast makes for a really nicely balanced beer. And there's a gentle fruitiness throughout, a really pleasant positive hop flavor that comes through well. Smooth, balanced, and flavorful.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, sticky, with carbonation right on the level. Fuzzy carb, rising up slowly and dropping off quickly. Lasts just as long as I want it to, fading out when the bitter becomes too much.

A really tasty big IPA. It's moderately sweet, moderately bitter, and good all the way through. Great fruit presence in the smell and the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:20:31 | More by zeledonia
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a footed pilsner from Spieglau

Bright orange/amber colored body with a one finger bright white head.

Huge hop punch with mostly pine on the nose and light citrus rind.

Grapefruit rind, pine needles, and intense bitterness on the taste. It mellows slightly as you continue to drink with enough maltiness to balance. Very bold west coast IPA that is done perfectly to style. The body offers the proper carbonation, drinkability, and finish.

This one is certainly a keeper. The best West Coast IPA I've had in terms of drinkability. If you're one for heavy bitterness and pine, I don't know that you'll find anything better.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 15:24:49 | More by PHBoiler
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

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