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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,679 Ratings
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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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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/01/2011

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:03:50 | More by HopHead84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention with nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden sunset orange. Very good looking DIPA.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Has a nice citrus mixture going on, but this dipa isn't bready so far. I like it. Nice mango and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: So this isn't bready, which I like, but instead it has some caramel malts going on here. A little booze shows up. The mango is more apparent then the grapefruit here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, despite the bubbles in the glass. Leaves a dry musky aftertaste that I am not to fond of, but quite typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I got to try it fresh. Decent price on a bomber, so if you see one of these give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 16:24:26 | More by mothman
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Sixofsigmas for sending me this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow yellow-orange with a four finger bone white head that subsided to a two finger very very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, strong citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite the exceptional brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent. The citrus aspect of this one definitely brought this brew up to another level. This one is really worth the trouble of seeking out if you have not had it before. It makes sense why this one is currently in the Top 100.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 12:42:39 | More by thagr81us
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity and orange citrus hops. In the taste, grapefruity and orange citrus hops, but more orange, also both being a bit dry. A small bite, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus hop aftertaste. Big hops and quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 15:34:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden yellow with slow and steady carbonation bubbles within; a firm finger high head of off-white froth gradually fades, lace in good amounts of webby strings.

Puree of hops on the nose! Mega resin filled, alpha acidic, sour citric acids, highly floral sweet and ripe with super fresh zest of grapefruit rinds, lime skins, lemon peels, tangerine, apricot, and the presupposed presense of dryish pine coming through in a largely cedarific sweet sap dryness. Awesome hop nose! Oh my...

Taste has a soothingly mild sweet malt front which is misleading because quickly thereafter the hops build and build and engorge your mouth with cottony sour drying citric acids and juices that are loaded to the hilt bearing piney bitterness and alpha acid wonderment that lingrers for a time beyond time. This gives me the chills on how much after effects the hops have on the palate, wow! Reminds me alot of Rogue's Brutal Bitter which to this day had been my favorite late lingering palate buster. This equals it if not surpasses it due to a bit more complexitiy in the citric bite. Wonderful hop profile, it has a complexing crescendo and contour with all sorts of mixed and super fresh citrusy peels and juices. Yum!

Super clean and fresh, piney, citric, borderline souring bitterness, and full bodied with a crisp drying bitter hop finish that twists your tonsils and blankets your entire mouth, lips included. A purely delightful palate buster!
A big Ol' west coast love touch goes to xlperro for this mad bitch of a hop brew! Fuckin' Yum my man!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:11:44 | More by tavernjef
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 19:01:17 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 08:54:02 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of cmurren25, thanks Chad! Pours a slightly hazed, dark gold color. Thick, sticky tan foam holds great and clings to the glass with ease. A pretty brew, for sure.

Pine needles galore with a fresh, citrusy grapefruit punch. Almost medicinal smelling, the hops are so thick. Malt background has quite the load of caramel to boot. Fresh and hoppy, for sure.

Taste has a cool, uniquely minty and pithy hop profile, flowery even. Plenty of bitterness here and a decent amount of flavoring hops. Has a malt balance similar to Pliny, light caramel and grainy. Bitterness gets rougher as it warms and shows some rough edges. Flashes of bready yeast actually come through, nice. ABV feels and tastes right at about the 8% that it is, and I like the fact the alcohol is not over the top. Good beer, quite drinkable. I would probably put this third, after Sculpin and Pliny for best IPA/DIPAs that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 15:25:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 8% ABV, no date.

A - Just like the other Alpine brews, Pure Hoppiness pours out a clear golden yellow color with a great head rising to two fingers. Good retention ends up as thick lace all over the glass.

S - Once again, the aroma is a little bit low and finally enters in with an unfortunate plastic and burnt rubber aroma. A bit of mango and a hint of onion ask the hops. What is going on in these two beers (Nelson included). A bit of malts in the background but its not appealing.

T - Again, most of the gross off-flavors in the nose disappear in the taste. This time the beer is better with a fairly strong pine and fruit profile that carefully lets a smooth toasted biscuit malt backing through.

M - Pure Hoppiness is medium-full-bodied and bold with a smooth but almost slick feel and a low-medium carbonation finish. Bitterness is balanced well on the finish with malty sweetness.

D - Decent drinkability, much better than Nelson, it goes down well and smooth with a nice finish. A drinkable double IPA that doesn't feel at all like a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 19:02:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is one of the cloudiest IPAs I have ever seen. This is the deep dark murky waters full of sediment. The head was huge, lasting, and lacing. Perfect!

Smell – Man, does this beer reek. The big, strong, floral hops mix with the rind and pine scents to produce a monster aroma. This is making my mouth water.

Taste – Just when you thought that you were going to be slapped by the Godzilla of IPAs, this one steps back and shows some class. It is smooth, creamy, reserved, yet full of flavor.

The profile here is a class act. The hop fullness is complimented by a sharp but unobtrusive pine hop undertone. The hop sharpness picks up strong in the finish, leaving the drinker refreshed and satisfied.

Mouthfeel – Refreshing and almost full in the mouth. This one has not a hint of alcohol. It is creamy smooth like butter.

Drinkability – If it wasn’t for my demanding, share-all-the-good-hoppy-beer-with-me wife, I could chug this all night. This is a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 03:39:28 | More by RoyalT
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright copper coloring with a fomay, quick to disipate head. Aromas of pine and foresty hops, with sweet highlights. Initial tastes are sweet and flowery, with a full fisted punch of hops explosion to the back of your mouth. Citrus undertones help to balance the entire taste attack. Very green on the aftertaste, with pine notes lacing the hops flavors. Bittersweet aftertastes, blended of hops and citrus. Smooth yet crisp finish. Easy on the palate despite the heavy flavors, making the beer extremely easy to drink. Fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:14:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light orange....not much head

S-I'd almost guarantee this bottle has some Nelson Sauvin or Summit in it...it's got that garlicy/herbal aroma up front backed by a smaller basic citrus (oranges/grapefruit)

T-Taste takes on a little citrus but the catty herbalness is still there...has a little of grapefruit peal on the finish...

M-Malt balances as this feels fine and not one sided but the malt never exerts....body is medium to full...a nice little bitterness on the finish but this is not a hugely bitter beer.

D-It's well made I just am not a big fan of the Nelson Sauvin/Summit hop flavors personally. Granted there are other hops at work here but that one or two stick out to me a little more than the others in this beer for some reason...decent enough but not great in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:05:19 | More by ZAP
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

22oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks, Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear golden orange with a dense two finger off-white head that recedes slowly leaving pretty lace work on the side of the glass.

S: Glorious! Hops abound! Sharp pine and spruce up front with pineapple, some orange, some lemon, some grapefruit and a mild grassy note. This reminds me a LOT of Pliny the Elder. Excellent stuff. This _smells_ dry

T: Strong hop presence up front with bitter, oily, resiny pine followed by a bouquet of citrus, grapefruit and more pine. There's barely any malt presence - bone dry like you wouldn't believe

M: Carbonation is a little low but doesn't hurt as this is definitely among the oilier DIPA's i've had. The hops coat your palate leaving a bitter finish that's dry. The m/f reminds me of Blind Pig

D: Goes down very easy, I wish i had more!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 04:57:12 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to MiScusi for sharing this beauty. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing.

S: As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma.

T: Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter.

M: Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation.

D: This is one of the better DIPA's I've tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it. Thanks again to MiScusi for passing this one along.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 00:53:47 | More by gford217
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Hophead there was much anticipation for this beer review I can tell you. It was very kindly delivered to the Bums locale during our recent 4/5/03 Pub Crawl by fellow BA Xlperro. Living in sunny Southern California, I am no stranger to hoppy brews that kick your ass – so what makes this one different?

Well it looks great for a kick-off. A fantastic totally lucid golden color that reflects the light in so many ways, that at times it looked almost orange when back-lit. The pour reveals a quite stupendously large slightly off-white colored, marshmallow looking head that has a massive body that has awesome staying power. It laces well as the beer is drunk.

The Nose is… well, Holy Humulus Lupulus – “It’s Just Like Totally Hoppy Dude!” Deeply pungent aromatic fresh hops escape the bottle like trapped demons freed after thousands of years of captivity. They invade the air around my desk and stick Pine Needles all over my Apartment. The pine tar odors linger as soon as the beer is poured. When deeply inhaled it has a more floral impact, contains more flora and fauna than the Botanical Section at Kew Gardens.

Wow – Awesome - this one clears your nasal passages – big style.

It does not shirk its responsibilities in the Taste department either. A very bitter introduction that develops into a twirling hoppy middle that really does coat the mouth. The beer has a creamy texture at first, but when swirled in the mouth, the carbonation lends a soft velvety dimension. Quite dry, but yet, mouth-watering. The strong bitterness returns towards the end, complex and ever changing – yet always balanced.

It definitely has some alcohol presence in the back quarter though, that just helps to bolster the hoppy big-ass bad boy image. It is by no means offensive, or even distracting. In fact, I find that I rather take to this “twist” in the dying end of the beer, which is a deeply astringent, exceptionally bitter finish. I love the feel of the Hoppy Skid-Mark Tattoo’s that this beer leaves on your tongue; I dearly hope these Tattoos are permanent because I never want these removing.

Another very aptly named West Coast beer that Hop-Heads will surely die for.

A **Huge** Thanks to fellow BA, Xlperro, for this Monster Beer, you Sir are a Gentlemen and a Hop-Scholar.
I bet he just hates living in San Diego………

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 23:10:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:25:31 | More by jrallen34
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2011 23:06:55 | More by TurdFurgison
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz Bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is filled with hops. Floral, pine and resin dominate. Tart fruit, apricots caramel and honey round the nose out nicely. Tastes like sucking on a hop cone, but in a good way. Pine and resin again dominate the flavor. Very little, if any malt makes its way to the surface. Grapefruit and apricots find their way into the middle followed by a long lingering bitter dry finish. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. That is one fine DIPA! I'm not sure I can find anything to fault it on. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:35:26 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 11:20:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

Light gold with a nice frothy head of white foam. Lacing ensues and is quite nice as well. Aromas are of fresh hops, grass, citrus fruits, light bready malts, and more. Taste is lightly carbonated hoppy, fresh, herbal, grassy, and citric. Grapefruit flavors also make an appearance, as does various pine hints, sappy tree-like flavors and more. Awesome medium-bodied mouthfeel and a stellar drinkability. A very hoppy offering that is quite balanced as well. Another CA state gem of a brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 08:07:03 | More by francisweizen
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

272nd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A mixture of some bronze,copper and orange highlights. A one finger head. Nice scattered lacing.

Smell- A bit let down by this one. Had the usual hops, pine, citrus and some earthy malts.

Taste- It's very balanced and keeps the flavors in check. Hop spice on the backend and its a bit smaller than Exponential in terms of drink. Glad I went backwards with these.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carb level. Fills the mouth with flavor.

Drink- Alpine makes some damn good beers. The two big DIPA's I have had have been very good. Its spicy and flavorful and aggressive but palatable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:17:32 | More by FosterJM
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tpd975

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came in what seems to be a never ending BIF with my main man BeerTruth. Most people don't think too much about upstate NY when it comes to beer, but let me tell you it’s a beer utopia for me. BT sends me box after box loaded with the best the US has to offer. He is a great guy/trader that I can't say enough about. I had never heard of this beer but he loved it and sent me his last bottle that tells you the kind of guy he is. Enough with the man crush... On to the BEER!

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice thick two finger head. The head lingers forever and produces beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.... which by the way was sent to me by none other than BeerTruth I told you he kicks a$$.

S: A huge floral bouquet of a nose. It is a perfect battle between citrus and pine. Fresh cut grass wafts from the glass along with a nice sweet rock candy type malt. This beer begs you to taste it.

T: And as for the taste boy does it pull thru. I would call this a perfectly crafted IPA as opposed to a DIPA, but I am not going to take away any points for that. The balance between malt and hops is divine. You are immediately blasted by the flavor of citrus and pine along with a sweetness reminiscent of state fair cotton candy which arrives on the scene to sweeten it out. What you get is a beer that is balanced like no other.

M: Medium bodied and filling. There is a perfect level of carbonation to make this one a true winner.

D: It's drinkable. I sucked each and every last drop from the bottle.

Overall: BeerTruth please give me your supplier so I don't have to keep stealing your last bottle. This beer is liquid cocaine. I love it! I dream of taking a couple bombers of this beer to the beach on a hot summer Florida afternoon and watching the world pass me by. If you are looking for a hop bomb to assault your senses go with Ruination, but if you are looking for a perfectly crafted true West Coast style IPA this is the one. The balance is uncanny, and the taste suburb.

The bottle says drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed. I think I will drink Alpine Ale and go to bed. It's a wonderful beer that is worthy of its top 100 rating.

One last shout out to BeerTruth...Thanks Bro! You are what this website is all about.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 19:29:48 | More by tpd975
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of ThirstyBird. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half inch bright white head that dissipated into a skim with a thick band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Big grapefruit nose - sweet and tangy. Taste was not too sweet; balanced and malty with some bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a consistent level of background carbonation - a little oily with some dryness at the finish. This is an incredibly flavorful DIPA, without having to be huge. Really tasty without being overly resinous.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 18:15:17 | More by Jwale73
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

22 oz. bottle.
Slightly hazy, darkish peach nectar body. Sturdy inch of frothy, cobwebby, light beige head. Good lacing. Nose is rife with big resinous pine and grapefruit/citrus hops. Sugary cookie and toffee malt underpinning all the fresh [pure] hoppiness.

Toasted malts up front. Orange marmalade and resinous hop flavors follow. Bitterness starts to crescendo. Light fruit sweetness mixes with some singed caramel/toffee. Hop bitterness peaks in the finish, with strong pine and resin notes. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:55:40 | More by alexgash
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Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz shared bottle provided by EDA (thanks!).

Poured a darker golden color with an averaged sized white head. Nice hoppy aromas. Citrus and piney. Tastes of lemons and grapefruit with light pine. Some floral hoppiness. Nicely bitter with a lighter sweetness.

Notes from 12/11/04

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 02:54:50 | More by hopdog
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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