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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A nice golden color, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - piney dankness, sweet floral, citrus, spice, grapefruit
Taste - Follows the nose w/ some pungent floral/piney hops. Some earth, spice and citrus in the mix as well.

Overall - This is a nice crisp, clean drinking DIPA. In no way worth the price tag though. Glad I just bought a single and didn't spend $16.99 on a six pack!

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

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, herbal, pine, floral

T-bready malt, light caramel, grapefruit, pine, herbal, light floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-excellent DIPA, nice balance of flavors

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks!!! Split w/ dkachur, and poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a radiant golden amber colored beer with hop floaties - hop floaties! - that stay perfectly suspended. Head retention is nice, perhaps a little above average for the style, with great, huge, sticky, three-dimensional lacing that's splattered everywhere.

Aroma: Smells like a mini Pliny. Appropriate, given its pedigree. Smells hugely of mint, lemon, grapefruit, pine needle, basil, orange zest ... the list goes on. It's a little more subtle than pliney

Taste: Smoooth. This one's really nice. Tons of bitterness, not rough or biting, but smooth and even. Doughy caramel malts are dominated by the bitterness and a handful of biting piney, zesty, and leafy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy but slightly uneven. Of an average to slightly above average thickness, with a nice level of carbonation, slightly prickly, which enhances the smooth but intense bitterness of the taste.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, and an excellent DIPA. Alcohol is surprisingly reasonable - 8.0% isn't anywhere near the upper realm of DIPAs I've had - the aroma is fantastic, lacing and head retention great ... I think we have a winner. Many thanks to Phocion for hooking me up with this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in Alpine restaurant. Super west coast IPA, could drink it all the time but incredibly it was my 4th Favorite beer of the day! Just a great beer, just not as good as Nelson or Duet...

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Photo of zookerman182
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear amber color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is light pine. Some honey sweetness.
taste is heavy pine and slight citrus.
mouthfeel is not as crisp as nelson. Sort of syrupy. Lingering bitterness.
overall this is a little potent for my liking but it's tasty.
would pair nicely with food.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 27 APR 16.
Look: Frothy head and amber.
Smell: Pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Super dank, a lot of pine and some grapefruit and pepper at the end.
Feel: More carbonated than I like and has lingering bitterness.
Overall: Solid west coast DIPA.

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Photo of scxcrunner
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Dope
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double mega-fail for no bottling date.

A: Pours a clear amber with a large and effervescent white head. Head fades slowly with quite good retention. Thin splotchy lacing.

S: Nice complex hop aroma. Get some citrus, grapefruit and orange. There is tropical fruit too with some apricot and ...hmmm pineapple? Some cat urine in there. Maybe even some pine? Almost too much to pick out all the aromas. Kind of a sweet caramel backing it all up.

T: Big and varied hop flavors up front again. Decent tropical fruit and grapefruit. Maybe tangerine too. Some cat urine initially. Big, big pine and resin finishes it off and lingers through the finish and stands alone between sips. Mild caramel malt barely noticeable underneath it all.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Long lingering dry aftertaste.

O: Another fantastic brew from Alpine. I just had Duet and Nelson, I would rate Duet #1, Nelson #2 and this one #3. They are all fantastic but I feel there are clear winners amongst them. This one probably has the most hop complexity but the pine and resin dominates the most I think. Aroma isn't as bright and strong as the other two either, despite being an overall stronger beer. For all I know this could have been an older bottle, but who knows because they don't date. Regardless, wonderful brew from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Thanks! 2 weeks old.

A: Orange tinted cider color with a thin whipping of head. Decent legs.

N: Truckloads of pineapple and mandarin oranges. There's a modicum of spurce and a dense layer of malt at the base. A little oniony zest.

T: Good correlation between the taste and the smell. Pineapple, dense pine - more so than the nose - clementines, crystal sugars. There's a wonderful sweet base that yields to the stern bite of the bitterness.

M: sticky with a medium-full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

O: This is a delightful tropical treat. It's very balanced in its approach, which is an aspect I greatly appreciate in my (D)IPAs. Kudos.

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Photo of errantnight
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Pours a brilliant pale copper, with a creamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin film with great lacing.

High alcohols lift a richy, resiny blast of dank, vaguely vegetal hops, full of grapefruit and other citrus notes.

On the palate this is comfortably sweet through the middle, with soft rounded edges belying a firm but delicate bitterness that finishes the deceptively dry brew out with. Hops are not entirely front and center, they live on the edges, grapefruit and tangerine with a slight hint of onion and grass. There's a bit of high alcohols towards the end which adds to the feeling of "bigness" in the brew (despite the "only" 8% ABV).

Mouthfeel is nigh on perfect, luscious and smooth as the beer is rich but finishing with a crackling lift on the back end that leaves this clean except for resiny hop notes on the back palate. Masterful.

Superbly quaffable, if it fails at all its in lacking the rough, ragged edges of its sibling Nelson, or the full on West Coast style hop assault of Duet. This feel like a quieter, more contemplative beverage for fulfilling that hop craving without the hysteria of something more bold.

A classic.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to alexsess for the opportunity to try Pure Hoppiness. This is the last bottle of his West Coast IPA sampler box...sad day indeed.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Two fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Huge bubbles left in the film and around the edges once the head finally recedes into the beer. Unbelievably thick and sticky lacing. Giving this one a 5.

S: Nice sweet caramel smell from the malts. Orange citrus and pine.

T: Not terribly bitter...the malts helps to really balance out the beer. Caramel, orange, citrus, pine...a little bit of a lemony zest. Pretty nice.

M: Very full and creamy. I prefer these to the more oily and slick IPAs so I'm giving this one a pretty high score.

D: You can't(or wouldn't want) to fly through the bomber, but Pure Hoppiness is pretty easy to drink.

Alex, thanks for the great box of West Coast IPAs. They were all very good and all very different. Nice to see the variety.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very good IPA, I say IPA instead of Double IPA because even though it is labled as a double IPA I think it is actually closer to the stregnth and flavor of an excellent American IPA. Nice use of hops, somewhat grassy with citrus notes. Color is a rich gold color. Very drinkable. I just wish it was available where I live.

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Photo of muttyd
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a thick foamy head that really opens up the aroma. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Fresh hop aroma all over the place. Piney, florally and citrusy aroma. Hints of bready maltness in the background.

T - Citrusy sweetness up front with a crisp bitter finish. Hints of grapefruit and pepper also present. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - Bubbly and sticky. Finishes clean.

D - I can't stop drinking this beer, so glad I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ren, comes through again on this one! Thanks buddy!

APPEARANCE: The Pure Hoppiness pours a bright, brilliantly clear yellow-orange-ish color with a nice half-inch head that sticks around for quite some time. A boat load of bubbles continuously rises from the bottom of the glass as well. The lacing is outstanding.

SMELL: A very strong and piney, hoppy aroma is immediately present upon opening the bottle. A bigger sniff reveals a malty background aroma and some sugary smells.

TASTE: Wow. This is a big, tasty beer. A hoppy and citrusy bitterness hits the palate up front as a malty sweetness and more piney hop flavor slowly builds towards the end of the sip. A decent, bitter, grapefruit, hoppy kick at the very end of the sip provides a much a solidly dry finish, setting the palate up for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Despite all of the lively looking bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass, the Pure Hoppiness is not as sparkling as I expected it to be. It is rather flat, in fact. It is fairly oily, but not mouthcoating at all as it finishes quite clean and dry. It also sits very lightly.

OVERALL: This is a solid Double IPA. It is very well balanced and I can appreciate a big, hoppy DIPA with a focus on the hops and not so much the malt. At 8%, this is quite an easy-drinker and it is very refreshing.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..

App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.

Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.

Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.

Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Visited elder daughter Caitlin today up in Plymouth NH with Alewife and the Scheister... Cut a fresh Christmas tree and then had lunch at Biedermans... Alpine Pure Hoppiness? New to NH? WTF, Gus?!? Why not, eh... Got a pint, and later a second, for $6.00 each....

Shaker pint glass was filled to the brim with a slightly cloudy, medium copper/golden brew... Had scattered carbo, and a thin, fine, creamy white head. It was mostly thin because there was no more room in the glass for more than a sliver of foam. Lacing, once the level receded, was quite nice. Aroma was "pure hoppiness"! Lots of rindy, pithy, piney hop action was wafting about. T'was quite inviting... Body was no more than medium, and the feel was mostly smooth, with a smidge of prickle....

Flavor had a hint, no more, no less, of toasty malt and caramel. Thereafter it was hops and more hops. They were rindy, pithy and bitter, with a plentitude of grapefruit, and a hint of pineapple, hitting the palate. The lupulins lingered a bit, but it was mostly a dry finish.... Good bier? Yes indeed.... a solid DIPA, for sure. World beater? Not by a long shot.... Another product of the THM™.... Prosit!!

4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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