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:
3,671
Reviews:
926
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,183
Gots:
608
For Trade:
12
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Photo of JamesStreet
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragetor
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RRB328
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsm45
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of fmccormi
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 10oz tasting glass (Tired Hands stemware, to be specific). This has a freshness date of May 3, 2016 printed in white ink next to the barcode on the label (“BEST BY 03 MAY 16 F15333”), which would make this beer just over a month old, presumably. It came from a cooler and went straight into my fridge, so this is being consumed under essentially ideal conditions.

Appearance (4.25): On pouring, this beer offers three full fingers of ivory-colored foam that die down at a fairly slow rate, capping a crystal-clear, dark honey-amber body with orange highlights. The head leaves thick, globular appendages of foamy lace that look like an archipelago. As the beer recedes, it takes most of the lacing with it, but leaves fragments of a few broken collars here and there. It’s beautiful, while it lasts.

Smell (4.0): A smooth mixture of pithy citrus and prominent, resinous, slightly piny bud, with a fairly rich malt base composed of sugar cookies and country wheat bread. A bit of vaporous booze picks up the backside of the hop aroma, transforming the hop aroma into a weedy, resinous note.

Taste (4.5): Fairly sturdy in build and design, this is a solid DIPA. The hops definitely dominate from the start, starting with a fairly bright, punchy hit of red grapefruit zest, shifting toward an oily, malt-driven body with a bready base and toffee sweetness, incorporating a bit of the earthy, slightly bitter, baked taste of caramelized sugar. That citrusy bitterness takes over again, morphing into a floral, slightly grassy bitterness with spicy undertones. It shifts more into a somewhat garlicky, dank flavor as it moves into the aftertaste, especially at it warms, when the boozy undercurrent of this beer wells up and blurs the line between hops and heat. This absolutely nails the spicy, resinous part of the pale, hoppy beer spectrum, and it’s a very well-crafted DIPA.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is fine-grained but assertive, washing over all surfaces before moving into a tingly wash. That finish is paired with an oily, resinous levity that burns off the slick, full- side of medium-weight body. It feels appropriate for the size, but is still more than easy to drink—it’s all too easy to take faster than you should.

Overall (4.25): This is an excellent, classic type of DIPA, with strong, pithy bitterness, spicy and resinous hop flavors, a sturdy but still subordinate malt body, and a highly drinkable body and feel. It’s not as juicy as the New England DIPAs, not as malty as the old East Coast DIPAs, and not as piny as the Pac NW/West Coast DIPAs of old. It’s just a nice mix of everything that works.

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Photo of chefduff2
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

got as an extra in a trade. appearance is golden with minimal head. smell is pine with citrus fruit strong grapefruit with some orange as well. taste sweet fruit and pine up front with leads to a bitter dry finish. finish is typical for a DIPA, overall a really great west coast DIPA.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz Alpine bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a beautiful golden color with an inch of head with lacing present.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, grapefruit

Taste: Pine, citrus, nice malt backbone kicks in at the end to not make this overly bitter

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid offering from Alpine but this is a step behind the Duet in my opinion. That is the best beer I have had from them to date but I do need to get my hands on some Hoppy Birthday. I would revisit this one in the future though.

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Photo of emount91
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange/brown color. bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. smell is citrus peel, very slightly tropical, with a piney lingering smell and slight malt smell. taste follows the smell but even better: dry citrus, some fruits like mango and peach, with a clean clean piney taste. perfect amount of malt for this amount of bitter. feel is great, nice and carbonated but still a decent DIPA feel. kudos, Alpine (and Green Flash). finally glad this one is on CT shelves. would definitely buy again and can't wait to find more of their beer.

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Photo of amvrana
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A big juicy and dank hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront ripe scent of citrus with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, melon, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of pine resin, grass, and cannabis. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A really good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a very juicy and earthy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, melon, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Also some nice earthy and herbal hops with some notes of pine resin and grass. Some backing malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A really nice hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great West Coast IPA. Good juicy citrus fruit and pine flavors with moderate bitterness.

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

Photo of brother_rebus
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Sweffin
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more citrus than anything else. Does not drink like a DIPA. Very similar to Yellow Rose.

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

Photo of KidDoc
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz draft in a tulip glass. Nice hazy straw color. Wonderful aroma and flavor. Try it if you can.

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

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,671 ratings.
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