Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
915
Ratings:
3,633
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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Photo of Apellonious
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by may 4 2017. Poured into a tulip glass, a cloudy orange with a half finger of white head that moves quickly to a thin rim of lace. The aroma is citrus/orange/grapefruit dominant with hints of sugar and pine. The taste is more pine and grass centric, with some underlying caramel malt sweetness, but faint. Finishes dry and bitter. An almost herbal/tea like aftertaste comes out every now and again. The feel is medium heavy, carbonation is at medium level, and pretty crisp. A solid IIPA.

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Photo of TH28
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottl. 5/1/17 BB date. Appearance: Deep golden with a touch of orange, hazy, with a moderate foam cap and nice lacing. Aroma: Typical west coast IPA aroma of strong grassy, resinous, and citrus rind hoppiness. A touch more sweet, bready maltiness than a normal west coast IPA. Taste: Wow, wasn’t expecting this hard on the aroma... Starets with really sweet maltiness with some caramel undertones, and a strong dank, resinous, and garlic like hoppy flavor that builds into a strong bitterness that balances well against the maltiness. Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body for an IPA, with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry and sticky on the tongue, with some caramel malt, but the bitterness is the dominant factor. Overall: Maybe a bit too much maltiness to feel like a true west coast IPA, but that’s not a bad thing as the overall depth and intensity of flavor was a surprise against a stereotypical west coast IPA aroma. With the strong maltiness, bitterness, and relatively heavy body for the style, this is definitely a slow drinker

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Photo of MurphDog14
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours golden and cloudy. It has a little head that goes away fast and it has good lacing. The smell of the beer is light and orangey. The taste of the beer is dry and hoppy. The feel is rich and fresh. The beer also lingers in the back of the throat. Overall, I'd buy this beer again.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, Best By 09MAY17
A - bright amber body is capped by a creamy ivory head
S - zesty nose with grapefruit & orange, floral orange blossom, honey, and caramel; some tropical notes as well
T - bitter charge of grapefruit and orange rind and pith, caramel malt, pineapple, mango, and pine
M - full body, resinous hop oils stick to the palate for insured bitterness, ample carbonation, alcohol is warming yet well concealed in flavor
O - solid DIPA. I haven't had anything that wasn't good from Alpine. I'd get this again.

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Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color with white cap and good lacing.

Fairly heavy hop aroma with a resin hit. Some citrus elements as well, rather straight forward and solid.

Taste is hop dominant completely covering the malt which serves more as a carrier for the hops. I don't really notice the caramel elements mentioned in other reviews though there is something in the background that's counter balancing the hops. I say hops as plural supposing, perhaps inaccurately, that there are several varieties used. Maybe it's the way they're used. I do pick up what I can only describe as grapefruit peel in the aftertaste, also a long lingering essence of hops.

Good texture, solid and balanced.

Of course it's hoppy, that's rather the point. Not heavy palate whacking hops though, rather a strong hop presence from the beginning that builds to a crescendo somewhere past mid palate. I'm not getting the caramel sweetness that's been mentioned by others, perhaps it's in there but it eludes me. Right after the hops peak I notice the resinous grapefruit flavors. All in all there's a bunch of stuff going on in this brew and if my palate were less bitter sensitive I might spot more things directly rather than through a glass darkly.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Kettleborough Cider House glass. Best before 27 April 2017. Stamped F16353.
3.5/4.75/4.5/4/4.75
Completely clear, apple juice colored. Very light head. No effervescence.
It smells delightfully fruity-bitter. Loads of sticky peach, blackberry jam, pine needles. I could nose this all day.
A big, sticky, sweet beer that lures you in and then wallops you with woody resins and an aftertaste that lingers for ages. Initially a sweet malt and gentle, floral fruit character. This gives way to a traditionally piny flavor with huge body that fades just a touch before you think it will. That lingeringly hoppy endtaste though just goes on and on.
A truly exceptional beer. I can't believe I haven't had this before! I think I've been confusing it with Hoppy Birthday. Highly recommended. Will seek out.

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Photo of claminat420
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my sierra Nevada ipa spiegelau glass. bottle dated best by 17may17

Appearance- from a hardy pour it's a golden straw color with some transparency. leaves medium to heavy lacing.

Smell- grapefruit, floral with some slight grass and pine. hoppy and what an ipa should smell like.

Taste- just like the smell. malt is very muted. I was expecting more bitterness but it's still there. alcohol is well hidden behind the hops.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- easily killing five out of the six pack.

Overall- to me this beer reminds me of a new Belgium ranger ramped up bane style (sorry watched the dark knight rises recently). i refer to ranger cuz i get a huge hardy dry-hop of cascade hops. anyone who b#tches about this being a hop bomb i think that's the idea. i could be wrong with the hops but to me this is a old school hop (cascade, centennial, chinook, and colombus) showcase hit out of the park. i would [email protected] about the hefty price tag ( 16.99 a six) but to me i would rather buy this than bells hopslam anyday. a solid hop bomb.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve-ounce bottle copped from Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a copper, orange hue with minimal frothing. Pungent aroma replete with hints of grapefruit and hops. Strong hop bite.

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Photo of NapaClancy
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Massive full hop beer. Forest aromas. Fantastically balanced then boom the danky hops! Piney and dry taste. Full body. Serious resin on this. Great beer.

For those that like hop bombs!

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, Golden Amber color. Piney, a little bready malt, with a grapefruit bitterness on the taste. I get pretty much the same on the nose. Although I like this beer I'd much rather be drinking Nelson.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice deep amber with a medium size head that dissipates quickly but not before leaving some lovely lacing patterns behind. The nose is of pine and citrus and for most part so is the taste. Lingering bitterness after every sip. A very enjoyable DIPA no doubt.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had my first taste for New Beer Sunday. Delicious! Not quite a Treehouse or Hill Farmstead offering but probably in that next tier. Would drink again!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Malty aroma with citrus, caramel and slight piney hop. Really light on aroma. Bitter up front with some spicy hops and mild citrus on the end. It is a little dank. Smooth, silky taste with moderate carbonation. Peppery bitterness on aftertaste that persists. Good beer but not really what I was expecting. Maybe it was old.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber with medium head and some lacing. Aroma seems mild considering the taste.
Taste is pure hoppiness alright. Peppery hops, bitterness and tang in the front, fades to mild citrus on the back end.
Feel is decent thanks to just the right amount of carbonation. Nice beer, and that's what I have come to expect from these guys. Doesn't beat thier Nelson though.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice to me able to find this in MN. Best by "26April17"
Earthy and pine aroma with a solid malt background. Hops push towards excess with a vegetal quality that I don't like, otherwise I like the hop presentation. More old school.
Sticky white head over a golden amber cloudy body. The head is nice and dense.
Not quite a sticky body but a heavy body and fully carbonated.
Bittering is prominent but not excessive and it dries out nicely on long finish with a tongue sticking quality.
Hop taste resembles the aroma with a very earthy and pine presentation. But I also get the hoppy excess like plants decomposing. Funny, but I don't like that.
Overall this is okay, but in all honesty I'm glad I bought a single and not a 6-pack.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 2/13/16 from notes

L - Pours a clear orange amber with an off white head one finger
S - I get oranges, lemon, and malt sweetness
T - The flavors are lemon, grapefruit, a little bitter finish. Seems to be missing some of the malty sweetness
F - a little thin lots of carbonation
O - A very good DIPA

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/4/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold/light amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, lemon, orange zest, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JayQue
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't see what all the fuss about this beer is all about!!! Looks great but very ordinary other aspects. Poured a clear golden/orange color with a big white head and thick bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is fairly weak, some mild grassy and piney hops. Didn't get much else out of it. Flavor is fairly average, piney and grassy hops, a little vegetable/onion (could they have used Summit hops which my taste buds hate?). The malt is the dry biscuity type. Mouthfeel isaverage, some bitterness and rich enough for the style. Nothing outstanding. Far from an outstanding beer!!!!

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Photo of TripleSun
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Slight frothy head, typical kind of golden orange color. ok carbonation
grapefruit, honey, juicy nose, marijuana funk at the end
crisp pine notes and good amount of hops without being too much
very medium bodied for a dipa. not overwhelming mouthful

very easy to drink, full flavored, juicy IPA

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Photo of Crentist
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- medium amber, decent carbonation, small bubbles with low retention, slightly opaque clarity.
S- I'm not getting any tropical fruit or overwhelming hops others are describing. Cat Piss, sourdough bread, un-aromatic hops.
T- Pine, dark hop flavor. The malt and hops both come through. Astringent. Clean finish.
F-medium to medium-light body for a DIPA. Sticky. It does hide the alcohol well as another reviewer described.

O- I don't seem to agree with the consensus about this beer. I found it a little too bitter, a little too astringent, and it lacked the overwhelming hop aroma I was expecting. The smell left a lot to be desired; pretty one note. The hop flavor is there, but I prefer more aromatic DIPAs that I think result from less hops in the boil, and more from dry hopping. Maybe mine in CT is not as fresh as it should be, even though BB is 5 months away.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a medium Amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells very hoppy.
T - Very smooth and hoppy.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really drinkable IPA. The alcohol seems well hidden.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, bright foam with medium low retention. Medium high, intense, sharp citric hop aromas with low malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium low carbonation and an incredible creamy smooth feel through the middle to the end along with pleasant boozy warmth. Medium high, dank, citrus hop flavors followed by a medium high hop bitter bite through the middle. Citrus flavors and bitterness taper below low malt flavors to the end. Finished semi-dryly with citrus hop flavor and a lingering light bitterness. Fresh, bright, intense hop flavors with an incredible feel. A fabulous DIPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber, clear, with a thin head that diminished quickly. Aroma is fruit and citrus with hints of some alcohol. Flavor is pine, grapefruit and grass. Very hop forward with a resinous mouthfeel. Hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A tasty beer overall.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head. Nice retention with tight lacing - at least at the start. Aroma is a blast of hops and notes. Citrus, orange, resin, and pine come through in a sticky, almost-juicy aroma. Very tasty and appetizing. Biscuit malts form a nice base, and help substantiate the aroma. Fruity, citrus, orange hops pop through the flavor profile first. After the peak of fruity, orange notes, resin and pine hop notes stick the beer to the palate for a hoppy, slightly-bitter decompression of flavor. Mouth feel is filling, slightly abrasive and grainy, with a medium-thick consistency and texture. It's more of an experience to drink, rather then something to pound by the pool side. Overall, a well rounded DIPA with lots and lots going on. It's really more of an experience to drink, rather then something to slam.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 oz. bottle from Craft Beer Cellar Fort Point, best by date of April 30, 2017. Pours a translucent bronze/burnt orange color with a quickly fading 1 finger head. No lacing really to speak of. Unbelievable nose... dank hop resins, cat piss, sourdough bread, a bit of marijuana oils coming in as it warms up. Like the name says, taste is straight hop cones. Some noticeably astringent bitterness throughout the sip. Simcoe, Vic's Secret, Nelson hop varietals pop up on the palate. Not balanced in any sense but not too malt-heavy either. Too much hoppiness? Possibly. A beer not for the faint of heart or those with less refined palates, but it is certainly worth a try. Feeling like I prefer Duet and Hoppy Birthday.

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