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
Ratings:
3,664
Reviews:
925
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,183
Gots:
607
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 3,664 |  Reviews: 925
Photo of nicole309
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of aleckpa
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden with a thick and creamy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing but not much

S-hoppy-citrus and pine. It is not very overpowering but you can tell its all about the hops.

T-Bitter, very bitter-citrus and pine. Not very sweet or tropical, just in your face bitter hops. The finish consists of grapefruit juice and pine. It has a very long and very dry finish. It is one of, if not the most, bitter beers I have ever tried. It is extremely piney and dry.

M-Fairly thick and slightly creamy

D-As I said before this is one of the hoppiest and bitter beers I've tried, which cuts into its drinkability for me. I do not think I could drink more than one in a sitting and definitely believe it would be pointless to drink another beer afterward because the hops strip your palate.

Overall, this is a very well made beer, I just prefer a more tropical and juicy IIPA. This is a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of senglish7
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer represents another fantastic job from one of my (new) favorite breweries in Alpine. This one doesn't quite have the aroma of Duet or Nelson, but it is much more hopped up. Finish is more bitter than the previously mentioned beers as well.

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Photo of ToddSoonerFan
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blaze5445
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtaylord
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along with light amounts of golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer surrounded by a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of sweet caramel malts with a moderate amount of initial sweetness. That is quickly followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops (in descending order of strength) which impart a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely well constructed and very enjoyable. Easy to drink with wonderful hop aromas and flavors. Definitely one to get when you come across it.

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Photo of Theogre83
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samibr
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jayhunter357
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fairly dark orange-gold with a thin white head and average lacing. Resiny, piney hop aroma with orange citrus behind. Dank hop flavor, with just a little malt sweetness and strong bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Fairly light bodied. Great beer.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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Photo of curlybird
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of esiason14
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of webmanspidey
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mawelge
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, I'll be the stick in the mud.

I can think of 10-20 DIPA's I would rather drink . This was an expensive six-pack ($17) that didn't live up to it's price tag. Maybe that's not a fair way to judge this beer, but so be it.

Overall, this is an above average beer, however, the price and hype surrounding this brew demands greatness. It didn't happen for me.

The aroma was definitely the standout on this one. A nose full of piney goodness. Resiny with a touch of citrus and dank. The body was crisp and quaffable. There's nothing wrong with being "above average", but I was hoping for an experience that didn't happen.

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BartS
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,664 ratings.
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