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

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3,633
Avg:
4.31
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8.12%
 
 
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Photo of kawilliams81
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Light copper, very clean. 2 finger off-white head with excellent lacing that stays through the beer.

S- Tons of citrus, but pineapple is the first thing that stands out.

T- Some sweet malts but doesn't last for long. Citrus is does not shine through in the taste as it does in the nose. Some sort of different flavor is here near middle/finish...maybe roasted malts or almost nuts? Good amount of citrus and pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied, mouth astringency is left in the aftertaste that coats your mouth.

O- Love the nose of this beer, but was a little disappointed that it did not continue into the taste of this beer. Still a very good ipa/dipa but not a top tier one IMO.

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to poniell for sharing

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fluffy, bubbly white head. Retains well with some film and a nice collar around the glass, plenty of patchy lacing.

Stiff scents of explosive hops with juicy tendencies. Fruit sweetness and fainter biscuit malts. Grapefruit and a slight touch of alcohol.

Bold hop flavor right off the bat with a blast of grapefruit and pine bitterness. The beer takes hold of your taste buds with drying hops, relieved by some notes of fruit. Bready malt backbone stays out of the way but still delivers some light sweetness. Finishes bitter, dry, hoppy, and with a very soft hit of booze.

Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sticky, dry, and unrelenting on the tongue. This is a fantastic DIPA, and one which provides a true hop attack without too much residual sweetness, booze, or malt.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by Dreadnaught33; thanks Jonathan, big want.

a - Pours a clear orange color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strongly of pine hops, as well as fruity malts and citrus hops. The pine really stands out; it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops, fresh fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

d - A very smooth, easy drinking DIPA; I was surprised there wasn't as much bitterness. Lots of pine in this one and I thought it smelled great and fresh. Would like to have again.

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

huge fan of this one, thanks to my buddy for bringing me back one from his trip out there. stoked to finally try this rarity. this is really how double ipa used to be, and i bet when it came out, people were floored because they had never had anything like it. i think this is sort of the pliny effect. amazing beer, but a lot of others have caught up to it, even surpassed it at its own game over the years since it was first made. that said, its awesome, unique in its hops. very west coast, sticky and oily in all aspects, resinous and dank, less tropical than is fashionable now, but plenty of orange sweetness and assertive but not out of place hop bitterness. its a neat combination really, because while its a little intense, its also extremely drinkable as they go. also not trying to get up into the 10% abv range or anything, comfortable where its at. i like the citrus and pine mixture, and the relatively low bitter for what it is. still bitter, but i get more of the dry hops and the hop back processes than i do extended boil. as much as this is a flag post in the history of double ipa. i think it still stands out as original. more in flavor than in style anymore, but thats what we want right? i was overjoyed with it, and am dying for a bad boy now!

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

This is a tongue ripper. Ultra bitter. The nose is very citrus-y with a hint of grass. It's very good for what it is - a bold IIPA. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't make the extra effort to grab it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jerryfreak for this bottle from the N00B round 6 BIF.

A: Pours an amazing deep gold/amber. There are more orange and yellow hues than reds. A vigorous pours produces a frothy white head of mainly larger bubbles.

S: Smells like pure pine and lemon. I'm blown away. the Citrus is dialed down, but the pine is huge in this beer.

T: There seems to be very little malt profile in this beer. It starts off bitter with a punch of lemon, but the pine flavors shine through right after. It's basically a huge hop bomb. The finish is dray and bittersweet. The finish is the first time I taste the malt coming through. A tiny bit of booze in the finish, too.

M: Medium bodied beer that starts and finishes dry.

O: This beer is a hop head's dream. The hoppy bitters are never overpowering, but it's full on pine and citrus. Another winner from Alpine

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Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pineapple and grapefruit, with some mango and honey.
T: It tasted like mango and grapefruit, with some pineapple and honey. It had a clean and sweet tropical aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great brew with nice tropical scent and taste. The body was ok, but the finish was super smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of rousee
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to the San Diego BAs for this sample.

Pours a transparent amber gold color that forms a decent 1 finger thick head which diminishes fairly quickly although a good amount of foam stays on top. Some very fine almost silt-like lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell is robust earthy and muddy with some slighly sour aspect to it. It is predominantyl hops and sometimes these double IPAs actually do have a good aamount of maltiness.

Taste wise there is some good maltiness upfront before the hops just take over completely. It has a very pure clean taste to it. The mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side and the carbonation could be a little more pronounced. Overall, a very smooth and drinkable IPA--the extra alcohol is quite well hidden.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with great clarity and a white sticky head. The aroma is herbal, floral, piney and massively hop focused. The flavor has citrus, green tea, resin and melon. Nice and light for a double IPA this is damn smooth and drinkable. Quite a drinker for those fond of hops.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a deep copper color, not too dark, but not super pale. Very clear. The head is huge, nice and sticky looking, which leaves a cascade of lace with each sip. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent, leafy, and floral. Suprisingly, it lacks a real frutiness, but there are notes of citrus rind, like the white stuff, the bitter, not too fruity stuff. Though it really does smell like just like hops (dried flower buds, full of pollen and resinous aromatics). Nice, but I wish there was a little more fruit. The taste comes back with some fruit, not flesh, juicy, sweet fruit, but like grapefruit and bitter orange. Maybe a tiny bit of mango, but the bitter outer edges of the flesh. And it's also pumped up with a ton of grassy, piney tastes, which of course, begin to distract you from the fruitiness. The bitterness is nice, like a little kick, but it doesn't overwhelm the hop flavor and the slight sticky maltiness. You do get a quite sticky maltiness, mixed in with a little alcohol, but the alcohol is certainly subdued (which is a characteristic I really like in a DIPA. Tastes in a lot of respects like liquid flowers, resinous, the felling of pollen, leafy bitterness, a little peachy, super dry. Very nice. And as it warms, you start to notice the sweetness, and you start to get more sweet orange. The body is around medium, and very dry, with good moderate carbonation, just enough of a bit to keep it lively. And the hop resins really make it stick, giving you a little flavor to stay around and think of. But really, this is very nice. It has the kind of balance you expect in a DIPA, enough to distract from overwhelming bitterness, and really provide a nice body and the tiny amount of sweetness needed to make the fruitiness of the hops pop. Really, though, the hops shine, and the resinous, pungent varieties of hops. Very raw hoppiness. Maybe a little more fruit, and a bit stronger of a smell could put help this surpass all others, but as it is, there may only be 2 or 3 ahead of it. Really a brilliant DIPA.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Dark golden amber in color. One finger white head. Sick lacing caked to the side of the glass.

Smells of sweet honey malts with tropical fruits (pineapple), and bubble gum. Malts are really foreword on this one in the nose

Taste is of pineapple, bubble gum, spicy pepper, and bitter resin. Nice honey malt backbone that can stand up to the hop onslaught.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. A hop bit on the end. What one would expect from a good DIPA.

Quite drinkable. A very solid offering

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BeerMothaLova; thanks Derrik!

A- Pretty golden clear. Thin lacing with good retention.

S- This is where the beer shines for me. As for CA West Coast IPA; this has the funky dull pine cone smell. Not too over aromatic, but just right. I get lemon funk.

T- Pretty easy drinking for a West Coast IPA. Nutty hops. Fresh tasting. I am getting some cheese down the throat; not like a month old Pliny, but a fresh West Coast IPA.

M- Smooth flowing; lacing follows down the throat. Pretty typical for a well made IPA.

O- My first Alpine Beer Co. beer. I really like what they did here. I know that they are doing some other types of beers really well right now. Cheers Derrik!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

35cl bottle. Pours a hazy orange, with a tall white head with decent retention. Smells dank and salty, like lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, some perfumey roses and pine. Tastes of pine hops, citrus, caramel, some funky dankness and just a bit of mango.
Updating the rating since, apparently, I didn't have a great bottle last time. I am loving it this time around, very well done, tons of pine and citrus and tropical fruits in the mix. Up from 4 to 4.25

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy orange color with a bit of beige foam that goes away quickly. Aroma has candied orange and other fruits like peach and papaya. Taste starts sweet and fruity with oranges and mango but gets quite bitter with grapefruit notes on the finish. Aftertaste lingers with a good amount of bitterness, pine resin and grapefruit pith. Medium body and carbonation, ABV is quite well hidden. Really tasty, classic DIPA with a solid malt backbone and lots of bittering hops.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal west coast ipa. Big, fresh nose of hops: citrus, slight pine/resin notes, tropical notes, such as pineapple, and just enough spice. The look is pretty incredible. Tons of sticky lacing surrounding a orange/golden transparency with just enough head for the style. PH tastes just as it smells--tons of hops with a sweet bite on the finish. Finishes surprisingly clean with just enough stickiness to complement the huge hop kick. In terms of drinkability, I wish I had another.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for being awesome and sharing this bottle.

A- Orange-amber hue with a nice creamy, frothy white head. Size of about two fingers and decent retention. Nice webbed lace runs down the glass.

S- Nice peach tropical fruit note comes off the top with a big presence of pine and citrus zest. Yeast bread and a bit of malt round it out.

T- Hops come off with pine first, then some peach/tropical fruit, citrus fruit/zest and some floral in the end. Balanced out nicely by yeast notes, mostly bread, and some caramel malt.

MF- Creamy moderately thick feel with a nice smooth carbonation. Bitterness level is right down the middle and feels right with the flavors

Not the biggest DIPA in the world but it packs nice flavors and drinks very well. Not overly bitter and the hop profile displays brewing skill instead of just dumping in a bag full of hops.

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Photo of Raime
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpine Brewing Pure Hoppiness.


Ermehgerdddddd they be owned by green flash now errrmehgerdddddd they took er jerbzzzz!..ohwait, I'm not one of those guys lolololol. Anyway, never had a brew outta these guys and due to all the forum complaining I elected to pick up a single. Hey man, green flash makes good beer so I'm sure this will be good too. Old hipsterisms are old.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours that beautiful californian sunset copperish orange that all good californian ipas tend to pour. The head is about two and a half fingers in height and starts leaving immediate stick as soon as it starts dying down a bit. The carbonation level appear to be between low and medium without truly going one way or the other. There was a moderate amount of stick left once the beer was gone and the head retained quite well.

Smell - Well as usually expected for über fresh Californian dipas, I get a monster pine note with the usual other tropical and non tropical fruityness. Lots of grapefruit and a nice maltyness also makes their faces shown. Yep, smells like a proper west coast DIPA.

Taste - You see the thing I like the most about this flavor profile is it keeps all the dankness in a perfect check without going over and into that ' cat piss ' border. Big hits of pine...and I mean BIGGGGGG hits of pine. The pine level here is almost like a Knee Deep Simtra minus the alcohol level. Lots of fresh juicy fruityness to give it a good balance with a touch of malts I cannot name. Again, very west coast tasting and pleasant. After a but of a beer warm up, it is all pine and grapefruit juices. Smallest hit of mango on the tail end.

Feel - The feel on this brew is a light to medium body with all the aformentioned flavors remaining quite correctly. A low to medium level of carbonation seemingly depending on the temperature of the brew. Swallows bitter as expected and the alcohol is very tame and pleasantly warming amongst arrival to the stomach.

Overall - ERRRMAHHGERDDDDD THEY GOT BOUGHT OUT?! THEY TOOK ERRR JERRBSSSS! 1/5!....Wait a minute I don't do that shit. A perfect example of a typical Californian DIPA without all the frills that may send you over the edge. Must say it isn't exactly a mind blower, but it is a great example of what it is meant to be. Easy drinking, bitter, with enough flavor for the biggest hop heads. As always, give it a shot and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle of awesomeness from Imperialbeachbrw and I can't wait to crack it. Oh wait, here I am doing it now. Poured into my oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a big bubbly head that looks delicious. A piney brown amber color with touch of orange that is so brilliantly clear I'm watching TV through it, upside down that is. THis looks amazing.

N: Its also got an amazing nose. Its loaded with piney citrus hops, pretty fresh tasting, although I'm sure it really emanates with this great aroma when its even fresher. A slight nice malt character adds a nice touch.

T: Aha! Just as I suspected, great hop taste. Its got a pretty strong piney and some nice citrus hops. It's got a slight crystal malt taste to back up the hops slightly. THe hops are pretty juicy as well, which I love in a great IPA. The fresh hop taste adds a slight chewy feel to it with that great hop taste. I also get a slight grassy hop taste that makes it slightly different than Pliny, as it was pretty similar up to this point. I also get a hint of a creamy caramel. Bitterness builds and builds and it really gets on top of your tongue fast. The big hop character hides the alcohol well, although its only 8% but I can't even really taste it.

M: Semi thick and decent carbonation, almost chewy with the huge hop infiltration on the tongue, somewhat frothy on the mouth as well.

F: The bitterness just bombards the tongue on the finish, especially after a few sips. It starts a little sweet on the finish but dries off pretty quickly as the strong bitterness cuts through it. The juicy taste also dies out pretty quickly but the memory of it on the tongue lasts for a while, or until I am forced to take another sip. However, the crazy bitterness that just builds and builds almost takes away from the enjoyment a little, but it doesn't (hence the "almost").

FInal thoughts: Another great IPA as I expected. Lots of great hops, piney, citrus, slightly grassy, very bitter, juicy and chewy. It didn't seem to have the piney taste I thought it would, but that is probably because it's not super fresh. It also has a slight malt character that helps support the hops so you don't rip your tongue apart. This is really reminds me of Pliny but the hop character is slightly different, and the two are great but probably even better right off the tap.

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Photo of Jayli
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from mthomas84 via Secret Santa '11 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a 1/4 inch of bone white head. Head recedes immediately leaving wisps of lacing all over the glass.

S: Nose is chalk full of citrus hops - grapefruit, orange peel and tangerine.

T: Taste starts with a burst of grapefruit at the forefront. Lighter pale malts and a touch of carmelized malts come through in the middle blending with the grapefruit bitterness. Finish is nothing but orange peel.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily slick body that coats your tongue.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, nice representation of style. I've waited a long time to try some of Alpine's beers - and the three I was gifted haven't let me down.

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Photo of cfalls
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - copper color, no haze (which I think of as a bad sign), head is made of large bubbles that quickly disappear

S - pine, grapefruit, floral

T - more citrus, lots of pine, long bitter finish with a slight earthy/metallic aftertaste

F - well carbonated, substantial without being syrupy

O - would buy again, but Hoppy Birthday is still my favorite Alpine beer so far

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrhirsheybar for this.

A-golden orange with a whispy white head
S-slightly fruit hops with a very faint smell of that
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet with a nice hop bite to it
M-medium body and oh so smooth
O-nice berr. Loving alpine the more and more I have it!

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Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Golden Monkey Goblet. I have been assured this one is only a couple weeks old - so plenty fresh.

Appearance: A deep gold/amber color - darker than IPA's, and even a bit darker than most DIPA's in my experience. Leaves a nice finger head which diminishes relatively quickly but leaves some lace.

Smell: Dank hops! A nice smell, it's one of hops through-and-through. Some citrus and pine as well, but definitely dominated by the wonderful aroma of hops.

Taste: The hops definitely come through well in this one. Hops, pine, perhaps a bit of grapefruit plus some earthy tones, maybe even a hint of tobacco. This beer is quite complex and wonderful. This one is like a game trying to identify all the little, intricate flavors within. Hops are the dominant one though.

Mouth-feel: A lovely amount of carbonation. This is full-bodied, but not as heavy as some other DIPA's I've had, and I dig it. Extremely smooth and drinkable, but without compromising any complexity whatsoever.

Overall: A fantastic version of a DIPA, this is a hoppy beer that has plenty of complex flavors within. Even though it's a hop-dominated beer it is complex and balanced. Well worth a try for IPA/DIPA lovers.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a nice draft of this at a local excellent beer bar. It is a little boozy (as expected with the abv), but the taste is very good. I like the hop profile.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle without a freshness date poured into a St. B goblet (as close as I could get).

Beer is light amber and the beer has high haze. There is almost no head. Just thin broken patches of small white bubbles. The head clings to the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Beer has a sweet smell and then a strong pine hop aroma. Maybe I should have used the snifter for this beer to focus the aroma better. Second smell was the same, mixture of malt sweetness and hop (pine).

Smooth full bodied beer. Good sweetness up front, no hint of alcohol in the flavor, no aftertaste at all. The hop flavor is midpalate and provides great connectivity between the front and the back of the mouth. Second taste, got more sweetness and more bitterness this time, its a good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is really good. Very clean, not dry. A great DIPA.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good smelling and tasting double ipa. However 18.99 a six pack is rather pricey in my opinion. I think nelson is a much better choice of this for the price but still recommend to try at least once. Can't wait to try there other ipas. Thanks to green flash to help with there distribution.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,633 ratings.
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