Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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

22oz bottle (thanks Brianthebrewer) poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours golden orange, mostly clear, with just over 2-fingers of extremely tight white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T: Not as big and bright up front as the nose suggested, Slightly muted orange and grapefruit with a good amount of pine (not overly bitter though) and a solid pale malt base that seems a little breadier than the average DIPA. Hop profile become more dank and herbal as it warms. Just a touch of sweetness comes through. Dry and somewhat resinous finish, though again not that bitter. This definitely gets better as it warms. Very balanced hop flavor and just plain enjoyable.

M: Medium to slightly full body, fairly smooth, light carbonation. It doesn't seem to have that clean and crisp finish I like in my 8% DIPAs, though there isn't any unpleasant astringency.

O: A really good DIPA that is close to greatness. I could see how this could be amazing on tap with more carbonation and livelier hop presence/punch. That said, it definitely is a DIPA that needs to warm up. Close to room temp it's much more "ripe". Perhaps I need to next trade for fresh growlers to see if this can be an A+ DIPA.

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

22oz Bomber Bottle received in a recent trade!

Appearance: Attractive goldfish orange with honey folds. A lush 1.5 finger white frothy crown that shows some retention and good lacing.

Smell: Strong bouquet of floral hops blending with a nice spice note over the faintest trace of citrus hops. Some sweet caramel malt is found as well.

Taste: The bitterness really masks the caramel malt and the caramel malt really keeps the bitterness from crushing everything so I'd say the brewer did a good marriage of the two.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and very carbonated. Thats a smart choice considering the large amount of hops and malt utilized in this brew. But I would still prefer the brew to be a little less big with a more chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Its a big beer but the mouthfeel and balance helps the drinkability department.

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

Pours a nice golden-orange, slightly hazy color, with little head or lacing in the glass. The smell is citrusy, lots of aromas, peach comes to mind. The taste is initially bitter, hoppy, and fruity, with a slight caramel taste toward the end. Tastes very good, well-balanced. Mouth feel is thick & substantial, though the carbonation level is a bit on the low side. Overall, it's quite well-done for a DIPA. So many are just over-hopped & unbalanced. This is very tasty, with bitterness, tangy & fruity flavors. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden.

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

A-a clear light orange color with two fingers worth of cream colored head

S-smell is of pine, citrus, and tropical fruits as well as some light caramel malt

T-taste is pretty similar to the smell but with much more pine and grapefruit in the taste

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very drinkable DIPA that goes down quickly

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, John Serra), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - mandarin orange-to-amber coloration, moderate clarity (but cannot read or see through), initial frothy white head resolves into glass lacing with small white bubbles, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - on warming, this is a proverbial pine forest with lots of Simcoe, CTZ and Chinook-ish aroma; some mild Vienna or Munich malt aroma and some alcohol; but, as expected, it's the hops that shine that only becomes more dramatic as it warms

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an initial PW hop bitterness that pops the taste buds for what's too follow - a straight up pine hop assault - some people comment that they taste citrus but I don't get that at all here; in the middle of the profile, there's a mild biscuity pils-ish malt bill but the hops still shine; like most West Coast DIPAs, finishes dry and inviting with high drinkability

M: 4/5 - medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I would like (and hence the 1 point detraction), full hop oils fill up the mouthfeel and sit on the tongue but, again, don't reduce the drinkability

O: 9/10 - quavering between an 8 and a 9 here but I eventually settled on an 9 because the aroma really improved as it warmed; while I think that this is an excellent pine forward hop imperial IPA, there are better, I think, out there, e.g. Half Acre's Space; however, if you can get your hands on it, this is definitely worth the try; Alpine definitely needs to bottle date their IPAs though!

TOTAL - 42/50

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Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy burnt orange color, with some darker caramel notes towards the center of the glass. nice, 2-3 finger frothy white head that sticks around nicely

s: orange, pineapple, mango, strawberry, sweet caramel, some bready/crackery malts, and grapefruit. EXTREMELY juicy smelling beer - its the kind of aroma that makes you mouth water

t: peach, ripe mango, dank citrus upfront followed by a solid burst of bitterness - a mixture of grapefruit and earthy/herbal bitterness. behind that, and mellowing out the bitterness, is the malts which bring a mixture of sweetness, and dry cracker flavors. flavor finishes off with some lingering (yet not overpowering) bitterness

m: mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation level

o: nice beer. aroma on this is crazy good. and while the flavor leans a little more towards bitter than juicy it does have that nice malt presence that balance it out and make it a real nice double IPA. definitely worth buying, definitely worth drinking

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Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden yellow, but lacked decent head and lacing. Both are things I expect from a double ipa. The aroma was very complex and completely loaded with hops. I've just started home brewing, so I can sometimes pick out what type of hops are being used by the smell, but with this, they intermingled and fed off eachother to create an almost supernatural aroma. The taste was like the smell, but was complemented nicely by the sublte malt back-bone. They really let the hops take over making my face pucker and distort in joy. It was also extremely easy to go through a bomber in a sitting. I like this beer.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so today I did an Alpine IPA tasting with myself, 3x22oz IPAs- Pure Hoppiness, Duet, Nelson.

A- Pours a dark golden/amber color with nice 1-2 fingers head that left amazing amounts of lacing on my glass.

S- Very good hop scent similar to Pliny. Loads of citrus and pine with loads of resin and grapefruit, after the first couple of sips I noticed more mango and tropical fruits.

T- Loads of pine and grapefruit with a light malt backbone for balance, I wish the taste had as much flavor as the nose, I don't get as much tropical flavors.

M- Medium body with resiny hops that stick and clean the pallate, no trace of alcohol. Decent balance.

D- Very easy to drink, just wish the taste was equal to the smell...

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Photo of Moose90
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served From 12oz Bottle Dated "BEST BY 08 JUN 16 F15390" paid $3.09

A — Pours a clear and bright vivid orange hue into the glass. There is a bright white colored foamy head that settles to a thin layer and leaves behind some spots of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is robust and focused on hops, I haven't used the term dank to describe a beer lately but this certainly fits the mold, lots of pine, resin, citrus, herbaceous lemon.

T — Taste is bitter, piney, robust, lemon, peach, melon, hugely bitter and piney. Fresh lemon, lime, citrus, dank, resinous, chewy.

M — Medium-Full bodied, bold and astringent.

O — Great overall, have heard Alpine / Green Flash being thrown under the bus lately, but this is a killer beer, fantastically rich, bold, dank, resinous, and assertive.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. June best buy date puts it four months inside the code date.

A: Amber colored. Bubbly white head collapses a bit, but holds firm at a quarter inch cap. Minute particles in suspension.

S: Oily orange peel, gummy citrus candy, pineapple, melon, kiwi. There is no end to the tropical, hoppy depth. Soft pine and green pith. Earthy. Toast and caramel malt base. Crazy hop complexity.

T: Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, pomelo, hints of lime. Pine branches. Slightly minty. Faint brush of alcohol. Dark honey and toast malts flavors. Firm but even bitterness throughout. Oily and sappy finish.

M: Full medium body. Lush and creamy with an easy, silky texture. Firmly scrubbing carbonation lends crispness. Moderate gripping and oily astringency.

O: Just a crazy amount of hop flavor and complexity to wrap your head around. If you like hops, put this on your must-try list.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle snatched from hi-times in costa mesa. great not to have to drive to san diego to grab a bottle.

Poured an amber body with a nice head that lasted for a loooong time. nice soap bubbles and lacing.

Nose was straightfoward west coast: grapefruit, fresh hops, citrus, a small amount of pine.

taste was very well balanced. this definitely wasn't a hop bomb like i thought it might be. again, balanced malt backbone towards the end, a bit of warmth. nice, not exceptional.

definitely drinkable. very little carbonation and a medium body are a combination that makes this one go quickly.

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Photo of match1112
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another big shout out to ehammond1 for hooking me up with some incredibly tasting beers!

deep amber body with a finger and a half of thick white creamy head. glass looks like lace curtains when the beer is gone. floral hops and a nice citrus presence are detected by my super sleuth nose. pure hoppy goodness is detected by my taste buds! man is this good, wish i would of done a side by side with pliny! nice crisp juicy fresh fruits in the flavor of this. my only knock about this is that there appears to be too much sugar residule hidden in the back somewhere. not enough to take away from the awesomeness of this beer, just enough to detect, but then again after having a super fresh pliny everything lacks a little. full resiny body with spot on carbonation and a not too bitter or dry finish add to the drinkability.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of ThirstyBird. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half inch bright white head that dissipated into a skim with a thick band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Big grapefruit nose - sweet and tangy. Taste was not too sweet; balanced and malty with some bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a consistent level of background carbonation - a little oily with some dryness at the finish. This is an incredibly flavorful DIPA, without having to be huge. Really tasty without being overly resinous.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft. Dark straw, crystal clear with one finger white head that laced well. Scent of pine and citrus though scent was light. Flavor was very bitter pines with citrus after taste. Perfectly carbonated, clean crisp finish.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this IPA Day gift!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves some lacing and retains a very nice cap.

Aroma is citrusy hops of grapefruit and orange, some pineapple, mango, and apricot, good floral notes along with a hint of pine as well as some light bready and caramel malt. Very good strength.

Flavor is some pretty serious resinous hops, grapefruit rind and apricot, not as complex as the aroma but delicious never-the-less. There is some caramel malt in the middle and overall great bitterness from start to finish. Minimal alcohol. I like ’em bitter and this delivers big time!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with good carbonation.

This is a killer DIPA! I love ’em around 8%, less malt, less booze, more hops and this delivers! Hop juice! Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm....

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Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour as part of a flight.

This beer is very hoppy all the way through. It is a bit one note, but it is a good note. Right away, I get flowers and citrus rind to varying degrees of bitterness all the way through the taste. It has a medium/heavy body which could potentially be a problem if you were tackling a whole bomber on your own, but it isn't bothersome in a single pour and didn't kill my palette.

Like this beer a lot. While not complex, it wears its flavors well.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Continue to be impressed with this small west coast brewery.

A: Single fingered, creamy off-white head tops this pale orange bodied brew. The head displays good retention settling to a thin film and leaving behind some lacing in its wake.

S: Candied malts accompanied by a punch of floral and pine scents. Tropical fruits follow and remind me of Alpine's Nelson.

T: As the name indicates, hops are at the forefront. Biscuity malts show up and the beer is drier than I anticipated.

M: Very well carbonated, medium bodied brew that keeps you reaching for that next sip.

O: I love when a DIPA can make me smile like this one.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kids today don’t drink like they used to. Nor do adults. Some people might say this is because some kind of personal fault, like because you and I ain’t as masculine as our forefathers. That explanation doesn’t work for me, though, because I don’t enjoy taking personal responsibility for things. Me, I like to blame society.

Yes, society. All those hand-wringing nancies with their DARE programs, .08 DUIs, and pre-employment criminal background checks. They ruined drinking. My dad once told me about a time he got pulled over in his early 20s after having downed “twenty something beers in a few hours.” He had hit a mailbox and then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. As punishment, the police made him dump out the beer he was holding and then told him to drive directly home.

The most infuriating part of that story is that it isn’t even very good; odds are, someone you personally know has told you one that was more extreme. I—it’s just not fair, that things used to be so fun. Now driving after more than a mouthful of whiskey could lead to ten grand in penalties, a different-colored insurance card, and having to spend two weeks around hideous sobriety cultists who will try to make your natural urges feel wrong and bad.

Now, drinking more than a couple nights a week is a sign of a severe personal fault. A fault that, according to the cultists at AA, one can never be cured of. Enjoying intoxication used to be taken as a given, a sign of being conscious and aware, wanting to dull the sensations of this rotten and awful world. Now it means you’re Sick. You need to take pills.

As such, full-on, old-timey crapulence is now rarely seen outside of dark alleys, Detroit, and other such destitution hotspots. Kids today, they say they raised hell but really they barely raised heck. I mean, I can’t blame them—they were brought up in an environment when a single fuckup resulted in arrest or expulsion, and where not being fanatically devoted to sobriety was considered the worst kind of insanity. But goddamn are they lame.

Me, I just went on the kind of bender that would have impressed Graham Greene. My personal life entered in a change phase brought about by success and hardwork that nonetheless marks the end of a very nice, long period of peace. Such a mix of celebration and despondency entreats one toward either drunkenness or schizophrenia, and I gleefully chose the former. (Plus the Blackhawks won the cup, and you gotta stay drunk for a while after that happens).

Alas, responsible existence has once again beckoned for me, and so I promised myself three straight days of stark, sober productivity. Like a monkey trained to mine for gems, or one of those pale cubicle dwellers in Brazil.

Manfully, I have failed. And so I opened up this little fucker and let me tell you even though I was tired enough of beer to swear temporarily off it, and even though my tolerance had recently reached a point where it alarmed hobos, one snort of this sonofabitch confirmed all my long-held prejudices, made it clear now and forever always the drunkenness is the one and only path towards light.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color with moderate lacing
Ripe tropical fruits, pine, citrus
Fruity upfront overwhelmed by pine bitterness
Medium body
Nice offering from Green Flash, oops I meant Alpine.

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Photo of Jjski
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- clear pale amber
S- pineapples, mango, lemongrass
T- Not bitter, hoppy but I'm not getting the fruits from the nose until room temp. Pleasantly dry. Very balanced
F- smooth yet peppy, not cloying
O- very good. I had Deep River from Knee Deep and Kern River last week. I prefer the Deep River but Alpine Duet was one of the best IPAs I've ever had

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Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BEST BY 03 MAY 16

Crystal clear gold color topped with a head of tightly-bubbled cream that settles to a fine layer. Dank, oily aromatics...piney spice, candied grapefruit, grass, and scallions. Tastes of fresh, green hops: pine, apricot, grapefruit, herbs, and a touch of mango. Lots of green, piney dankness - which I enjoy. Medium bodied with a decent bitterness. Very tasty - no idea how it compares to the original, but this is very good - especially as it warms up.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for coordinating and doing the legwork responsible for my possession of this bottle, thanks to JayORear for trading

Consumed 8/4/13

Appearance: Clear, bright, dark gold with a lot of orange - small, bright, mostly white head - fades to a small, decidedly wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Tropical aromas in a beer from Alpine? That's umpossible! Ripe, rich citrus - oily, pithy, and fleshy grapefruit with some orange - tropical aromas, mostly mango, something reminiscent of cantaloupe - tons of pine as well - oily, sticky, resiny - malts are pretty well hidden by the hop assault, but they exist - pale malts, and some caramelized, cooked malts - lightly sweet

Taste: Hoppy, in a unique, complex way - a wide range of hoppiness, including both citrus and pine - oily, juicy, and fleshy grapefruit, with a bitter dose of pith - orange as well - tropical notes, mostly mango - some spicy and herbal notes as well - resiny and wet pine - pale malts and some caramelized malts - light, nice amount of sweetness - touch of earthiness - alcohol is more or less entirely hidden

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, a little oily and could be dryer

Overall: The name of this beer is false. Purity? No. This is tainted with water and maybe some malts.

This is a glorious beer. My only complaint, which isn't even legitimate, is that it's not as remarkably fantastic/memorable as the two other Alpine beers I have reviewed (Duet and Nelson). This is a great DIPA, but the bar for this style has been set absurdly high. That being said, this is definitely in my top 10 DIPAs ever.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottled into a goblet. About a half inch of off-white foam that dissipated quickly into a skim of bubbles. Nose is piney hops with a hint of malt. Hops are very forward but the malt smooths things out quickly. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, could be chewier for a Double IPA. Overall an enjoyable, well-balanced brew that paired well with English Cheddar.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color. 1/2 finger of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruit pith and pine. Light lemony citrus.

Taste is all about resinous pine. Totally dominating. Bitter grapefruit pith. Nice carbonation tickle. Very dank. Onion/garlic notes. Large amount of bitterness that lingers well past the sip. Moderate amount of sweetness that cuts the hop bitterness near the middle of the sip. To summarize: grapefruit, pine resin, bitterness.

Overall, the beer is pretty good. I prefer more tropical fruits and less astringent bitterness. Not bad by any means, but not a personal favorite. Also, I'm pretty sure it's a GF version. I see it pairing well with a green tea ice cream. It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold with stunning clarity, forms a pillowy 2 finger head with loads of retention. Curtains of lace on the glass.

Hops are resinous pine with delicate floral notes. Underlying malt is nearly undetectable but provides a simple syrup and pastry sweetness. Doesn't exactly fill the room but there's plenty to like here.

Malt is slightly bready with more pastry dough to provide sweetness before the resinous hops pass over the tongue. Pine resin, spicy herbs and lemon pith make up the hop profile that smacks you around a bit before the end with alcohol and a light bitterness to deliver the finisher.

Body and carbonation are appropriate for the style maybe a bit higher on the scale for carbonation. Alcohol is very much evident and gets a little abrasive before lifting into bitterness and accompanying drying.

A hop forward DIPA with a shallow malt backing yet stays very balanced. Hop character is like a flower patch in a forest, deep and resinous with uplifting notes. Alcohol burn is part of the profile as well. Ultimately this profile makes for a very enjoyable brew.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.
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