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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,380
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,266
Gots: 219 | FT: 12
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:
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 weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't remember who I got this one from. Remind me!
Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbonation that rise to the top. A rocky, white, 1 finger head slowly fades out. A small amount of floaters kicking around the bottom. A solid tube of lacing coats the entire glass before slowly dissapating into broken up streaky lacing.
Smell is of honey, grain, flowers, earthy notes, mild spices, light amounts of sugary and citrus. There are also highlights of vanilla and apricot found in there. Nice bounty of hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet balance of sugar and hops that aren't overkill.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, smooth, sugary, with vanilla running along the near perfect palate. Very nice!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by ArthurPendragon to celebrate him taking the bar exam. I recommended he take a bar review course, but he wouldn't listen. Oh well, I hope he passed so he can practice in California and New York. Thanks for this one Arthur, and don't forget your old friends when you move on to greater glory!

A: Hard pour into a snifter, the beer appears pellucid burnished orange with an inch of beige froth. A little lacing clings to the glass.

S: Perfumy dank pine resin with a light saltine cracker and caramel malt backbone. Orange and grapefruit mingle with tangerine, and floral notes are faint. There's a light sweetness to the malt profile, almost sugary, but not quite.

T: The beer opens with a pleasant upper moderate bitterness. Malt is lightly sweet and reminiscent of caramel midway through. There's a lot of grapefruit and orange flesh throughout, with just a little of the drier rind and pith notes. A touch of alcohol greets the palate in the dry citrus and pine finish.

M: Lower medium in body with an upper moderate carbonation dancing across my tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: A nice Double IPA. This bottle/batch seems a bit maltier than I remember the beer being, but it's still really nice when allowed to warm up to a proper temperature. It seemed maltier than it was when too cold. I often take this beer for granted, passing it up for the likes of Duet, Nelson, Hoppy Birthday, and others, but this remains a San Diego classic.

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Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great thanks to Grub for sharing this 650ml bottle!

The orange glow of a dimming sunset has this dressed in lovely colour. A ring of bubbles embrace from the outside with a big hug. Textbook style. An irresistible looking beer.

Looking at the beer made me want to guzzle it down instantly, smelling it, however, wasn't quite as rousing. There seems to be a hint of jasmine/green tea character. A light soapy note precedes a dynamic cocktail of one part pine, one part grapefruit. Accurate to say, I suppose, the smell is 'pure hoppiness'.

You can almost feel little hop particles scrubbing your cheeks and tongue with bitterness; the alpha acids are in no small way hidden and pinch especially after sips. The 8% is not unnoticed either, but like with the bitterness, you are far too distracted by all the wonderful flavour to notice...

And indeed, the flavour is more than just wonderful: it is all the fruits of the rainbow! Vivid, vivid, vivid notes of grapefruit and tangerine, melon and mango, mandarin and cantaloupe... this has fruit and citrus coming out the ying/yang! There are also smaller hints of green tea, jasmine, and your expected level of pine. The flavours are so damn vivid!

This is a beer not only full of colour and flavour, but also full of life. Everything about this beer is zestful and animated... something particularly intrinsic to big, hoppy West Coast beers.

Attention brewers: Alpine's Pure Hoppiness - this is your benchmark.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'brien's the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This is a nice looking IPA, but certainly is nothing spectacular... on the nose and palate however....

This beer has a VERY IPA nose, with lots of orange citrus, earth and wet tobacco. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there's an interesting soft creaminess on the mid palate that I quite like. This beer is very much a West Coast style IPA, with just barely enough malt to balance the hops and a very dry, hoppy finish. This beer is just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional and I was shocked to see the abv. for this beer. At best I would have guessed in the 6% range (if that).

This is a very nice IPA that I enjoyed more and more through the evening. Good stuff.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of malt, citrus, some pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, a touch of malts, good dose of citrus/pines/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an excellent DIPA, and my first from this brewery.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info apparent. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange with a big golden glow throughout. Not cloudy at all. Half a finger of bubbly bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Juicy grapefruit and orange up front with a big dose of pine. A slight sweet caramel malt backbone ever so slightly cuts the huge bitter aroma.

T - Tongue twisting bitterness up front. Huge pine flavours dominate the palate with grapefruit and orange zest evident as well. The orange peel flavour really lingers in a massively bitter and dry finish. There is a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background but this one definitely lives up to its billing a a west coast hop bomb.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Full of tongue coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - The most bitter DIPA I have had in a while. A nice change of pace with pine as the dominant hop flavour.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy.

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

A: poured a golden yellow with light orange highlights and a half finger head that left pretty good sticky lacing.

S: nice piney floral hop aromas with citrus fruit presence and malts that let off sweetness and hints of booze and grass.

T: very crisp bitter sweet piney hop punch with a great malt balance hints of caramel, citrus grapefruit and slight booze.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation that has a sweet bitter oily finish and lingers on the palate.

D: great DIPA from alpine brewery, these guys really know how to brew some bad ass west coast hop bombs. I'm lucky I can go down the street anytime and pick some up.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of crisp and clean pine, light grapefruit, other citrus fruits, and also features some slight floral notes. The flavors are an array of grapefruit, clean pine, slight malty sweetness and a hoppy, bitter finish. It isn't overly sticky and is a pretty nice drinker. Overall this is another nice IPA from Alpine, but I preferred Nelson to Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a simply phenomenal DIPA. Cloudy golden apricot color with a good-sized head settling slowly to a creamy wisp on top. Strong lacing.

Lots of pineapple hops smelled from a few feet away. As you breathe in deeply you get more citrus fruits and slight onion-y undertone. The flavor is deliciously hoppy, packed full of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Again the hint of onion and garlic, perhaps from summit hops? Very restrained malt character as typical for this style. Light sweetness. Bitterness is definitely there but doesn’t overshadow all the subtle nuances created by the wide variety of hops used. Really tasty and intricate.

Medium-full body, slightly creamy, with less of a lingering aftertaste than you’d expect. What’s there isn’t overly bitter either; the details of the flavor remain. Medium carbonation for a west coast DIPA.

What can I say? Alpine is killin’ it. Their IPAs are clearly among the best in the world.

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

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the golden brew. Frothy head exhibits some staying power, and lacing is foamy and plentiful. Aroma is all about the piney hops, with perhaps a dash of citrus, all shimmed up with ample malt character. Taste is as well all about piney hops, with smooth malts sliding in somewhat under that radar. Mouthfeel is great for the style, not too overboard, and drinkability is good as well. Another delectible Alpine offering, I'll have to keep an eye out for others...

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold in colour with a bit of haze. The beer was capped by a half inch of fine white foam that left a smidge of lace on the glass. Good head retention. Intense hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus peel/oil. Solid bitterness with lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and slightly spicy hop flavour. There was just enough malt to keep it from completely drying out. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol and a light hop dryness. Smooth carbonation that was average in quantity, nice texture. There's a ton of hops in there, but still comes across as balanced. Great aroma and flavour.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours from 22oz bottle a hazy medium gold with a good 2 finger head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer further into the session and it has lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppiness to the max. Grapefruit rules the nose and it's powerful.

The taste has huge notes of grapefruit up front..maybe the most I've tasted, initially, in any DIPA. I can *just* taste some malt in the background but it doesn't come to anywhere near the forefront during the entire session. This sample of the style is all about the hops. And what a nice hop character it has. Lots of grapefruit, some floral, some grass, some spice...still, it's mostly the grapefruit. A darn good sample of a hoppy DIPA and yes..I *do* love examples of the style where the malt shares the thrown with the hops. Sometimes, you look for that malt-hop balance in a DIPA and sometimes you don't. When they are done right, I can appreciate both and this one fits the bill. The 8%abv is very well hidden. My first sample from the Alpine Brewery and I'd dare say, not my last. Well done!

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Photo of Viggo
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this gem!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, big bubbles, drops to a solid ring, nice lace spots. Smell is wicked, insane hoppy, pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready brown sugar middle, floral, tangerine, jasmine, very complex. Taste is awesome as well, jasmine, bready and biscuity, caramel, orange peel, pine, grapefruit, insanely hoppy, perfect bitter finish, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, almost perfect as an IPA. Thanks Russ!!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is pretty intricate and moderate in amount. Great hop aroma. Like burying your nose in a big pile of PacNW hops. Pungent. Grapefruit. Pineapple. And Bong Resin. This DIPA brings a lot of great hop flavor without an abrasive bitterness. AND without a lot of EtOH heat. I like that. I'd rather my DIPAs be in the range of 8% instead of 10ish. Lemony hop oils meld with tropical pineapple and grapefruit. Resinous and a little greasy. Good stuff. Malts are in the background, but give sufficient backbone to this DIPA without contributing a lot of sweetness. Body is medium to medium-full and the beer is lightly carbonated. Very good DIPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4.12.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange, but clears rather quickly. 1 finger cream colored head with good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like pine and grass.

T- Like pine hops and citrusy.

D- Very smooth and drinkable, a slight bitterness lingers for a bit.

O- I would drink this anytime, anyplace.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gearing up for the DIPA fest tomorrow, here's some notes from last year's. Pours a good dark yellow, kinda like when you've been partying or working out real hard.

Aroma, pure hops. Taste, a decent sweet yeast is a nice touch in addition to the obviously very hopped beer. Malt isn't too heavy, a nice dipa at 8%, as sessionable as they get for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, the sweetness which I'm guessing may be a less frequent yeast strain than I'm used to in dipas, nice touch.

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Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to check it out.

Pours a beautiful gold color with a thin white head into my glass. Looks very promising.

A citrus monster greets the nose with a hint of mint to top it off.

Whoa! The carbonation is so strong that it coats the taste buds with a splash of grapefruit. The malt takes on a buttery sheen and the whole thing explodes in my mouth. Oh yeah.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt flavors. Very crisp and chock full of a lasting bitterness.

NICE! I like this DIPA and it's a good example of a beer that will probably never make it to my area.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all.

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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark orange, almost amber color with a nice bubbly, soapy white inch of head that leaves ooey gooey sticky lacing. Is there anything more enticing then when the head of a beer recedes and the sticky head is just unrelenting, for me no... Lots or carbonation/bubbles are still

Aromas begin with lots of pine, floral and earthy hops. Then you get some citrus fighting for dominance as well but the first three hop smells I mentioned are totally in control. A slight underlying bready maltiness but the hops are really overshadowing the malts here.

The tastes begin with a fair amount of bready malts, more than I got in the nose. Then the bitter hop flavors take over, mainly grapefruit and pine. Lesser earthy/floral hops are also there and slowly actually begin to dominate as they did in the aroma. This is really a nice tribute to the "green" hop flavors (pine, grass and floral). The pale, sweet malts help to counteract the bitterness and keep the flavor profile in balance.

The mouthfeel is medium borderline medium-to-light bodied (which is crazy for an 8% DIPA) with medium carbonation. The finish is really bitter and clean. Pine and grapefruit bitter hop flavors linger on the palate for a decent bit after you sip, not a palate wrecker by any means, just a nice dose of bitterness here.

Overall this is my least favorite Alpine beer to date, but that is like saying you are the shortest midget in the Lollipop Guild. Nelson and Exponential Hoppiness are just in a different class than this beer. In a category that is hard to wow now-a-days, this one falls a tad short for me. Still a great beer and definitely recommended but not a "necessary" find in my opinion. Alpine makes some serious epic beers so anything you can find from them (that is a hop-forward) will definitely be worth your while.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this gem courtesy of gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, in that order. Caramel malt aromas lurk in the background, but hops completely dominate the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by citrus and pine hop flavors. The pine seems to stick around a touch longer than the citrus flavors, finally giving way to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. This has a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation that makes this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is great. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber (or two) of this.

Overall this beer is all that it's advertised to be. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a light and clear watery orange, with about one finger of head, that is gone right away. No lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, a little soft piney hops, its nice but not overly complex.

The taste is pretty one noted as well, a fresh pine hops, but the taste is light. Its easy to drink, but a little boring.

Nice feel, easy to drink.

Overall, of the 4 top 100 alpines, this is the easiest to drink, but a little on the boring side.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have had this beer on tap, cask, bottle, also had it fresh as it gets at the brewery, and I must say know matter how you sample it, its “The Cat’s Meow”!

Another thing I must say the people who brew this beer are a prime example of what “Beer and Brewing” are about, dedicated to making a quality product for us “Lovers” of beer, and they are exceptionally nice to us wandering “Beer Lovers”, if you get the chance Alpine Brewery is a must stop, plus Alpine is a quite picturesque town.

The beer after disemboguing from the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous golden amber color, the head a majestic white crown upon the body, the texture creamy, and the lace a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The aroma of hops is what this beer is about, sweet and inviting, fresh, crisp, a treat for all the senses. Start is ambrosial, the malt profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish has a delightful acidity, the hops perfection, the aftertaste desert bone dry and long lasting, what a magnificent beer, my ever lasting gratitude to the fine people at Alpine for this elixir of life.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.