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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
Reviews:
894
Ratings:
3,519
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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1,196
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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber body with a thin cap of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice DIPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and citrus fruit, particularly tangerine upfront, leading into grassy and resinous, piney hop aromas and light vegetal, onion-like hop aromas supporting. A solid, light aroma of caramel from malt provides backing for the hop derived aromas, while light warm, spicy alcohol provides further depth. Overall impression of aroma is of a very well done West Coast style DIPA. It provides a massive amount of hop aromas but balances them with a solid malt backbone that serves to further highlight the intense hop aromas and contrast them with the malt. Flavor begins massively hoppy, with high bitterness. Hop notes are of pine resin and grassy hops in the foreground with very light tangerine in the background while grapefruit peel dominates the citrus flavors overall. A light hint of caramel is detectable in the background, as is biscuity pale malt. Middle gains in bitterness imparting flavors of grapefruit peel, pine resin and bitter juniper berries. Finish is again, highly bitter with flavors of bitter juniper berries, pepper and spicy alcohol evident, along with pine resin and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is of grapefruit peel, spicy, peppery hops and pine resin, with light notes of biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of an extremely hoppy DIPA. It overwhelms with the most bitter of the hop flavors, yet remains very pleasant as it showcases these flavors well and demonstrates the enjoyment that can be gained from bitterness in taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick, oily feel with a light warmth from alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good DIPA, no problems. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that demonstrates the bitter side of hops. The aroma is rich and varied providing the normal West Coast bouquet, while the flavor goes into the most bitter of the rich array of flavors hops impart and in doing so provides a very pleasing experience, one aided by the superb mouthfeel. A very good example of a DIPA.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Jonny41
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a great beer and I drink and enjoy a lot of great IPAs however this one just had that slight onion bitter I don't enjoy. But that being said,easily drinkable solid beer. Just not my favorite

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Slightly hazy amber-orange color. Two-finger fluffy white head. Aromas were prominent: mainly pine, earthy tones, some orange citrus and some bready malt. Great taste. Bracing bitterness but filled with pine, grapefruit, orange, earth, resin and backed up with a slight caramel sweetness. Clean finish with a ringing hoppiness on the tongue.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. One of my favorite bars in MD was able to get their hands on this stuff. Though I only planned on having one glass, I had to have two because I don't know when I'll get my hands on a dipa this good again. It hits exactly what I like in a DIPA. Pure hoppiness. Unlike a lot of dipa's, this one has the hop bitterness, but it isn't unpleasant. The mouthfeel was very smooth as well. Overall, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Best by 5/5/16. Pours a dark orange with half a finger head. Nose is spicy, super fresh hops, citrus rind. Distinctly Alpjne in the smell. Taste is like drinking hop juice. Nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit like an imperial Nelson. The malt backing is extremely subtle like Alpine's other hoppy offerings. Medium carb. Smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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

pour is transparent golden orange, finger of head recedes quickly, leaves no lacing (4)

nose is packed with hoppy goodness, and beautiful piney resin complimented by some caramel malt scents (4.5)

Taste is sweetish malts and a big bitter finish. medium body, feels nice on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit the alcohol is noticeable, which im not a huge fan of. (taste - 4; feel – 4.5)

Overall this one packs a nice punch in terms of bitterness, and I think the balance between hops and malts is well done. glad to try this although I probably wont seek it out again as it was quite expensive and I prefer ipas with more citrus character. (4)

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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 Budlum
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The hop aromas of this beer are amazing if almost too strong. There is such powerful citrus that it almost comes across as a habanero IPA, playing a trick on the senses. Few IPAs offer such a bright, powerful, and assertive nose. The flavors do not disappoint, but are almost too bitter even for a DIPA. Dank barely begins to describe the finish! This is a quality beer worthy of the acclaim even if only for the smell.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: predominantly pine, with a hint of tropical fruit behind it;

T: follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: don't see too many piney DIPAs; nicely done;

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a golden amber hue with a liberal head after pouring into the glass. There are piney and floral notes and a bold hoppy flavor, I get a little citrus on the back end with notes of pineapple. The bitterness is present but subtle. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-golden pour, nice lacing.
Smells like a perfect DIPA bouquet of hope: pine, floral and citrus. Robust and complex nose is quite nice.
The taste is a continuation of flavors I smell, sweet malts are balanced superbly with the hops, and now there's plenty of pineapple/ grapefruit/ lemon.
Feels medium and well-carbonated, plenty of lingering hops.
Glad I finally found a bottle to try. Really a crisp, piney, well-crafted DIPA. I can see why it's so highly regarded.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a beautiful light amber with perfect clarity, minimal head dissipates.
Aromas are wonderful, so hoppy and floral.
Flavor is a bit of a disappointment TBH very, very light flavor here, decent bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel is wonderful and finishes clean.
A very well made beer that I wish had bigger flavor, but all in all excellent.

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Photo of danh53
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Everything you want n a west coast IPA. Pine forward with onion and bitter hops. Sweet grapefruit citrus and some pineapple balance it out. Nice malt backbone adds nice caramel flavor but it never gets too sweet. Mouth feel is full and clean. This was my first Alpine beer and I'm looking forward to try some more.

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine.
T: The taste is a near mirror image of the smell, having moderate to strong flavors of gooseberries, notes of citrus, and hints of pine. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy and has an interesting and complex mixture of hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold, with 1/4 inch head and moderate carbonation. Smell is citrus and piney hops. Taste is very citrusy--lime, lemon, orange, and a bit of pine. One of the most citrusy IPAs that I have had in a while. Bitter, but not overly so. A really super good beer. I will pick this up again. First experience with Alpine is a winner.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/30/15 Home Bottle

Pours - Orange and a thin white head about 1 finger. Fizzles out quick and leave just a little lacing. Not impressed with the look.

Smell - Good amount of hop presence but I'd say it's overpowered by one hop in particular. Can't put my finger on it but is just ok.

Taste- Pretty good. Nice bang of hops throughout. A bit piney and bitter but pretty decent.

Feel - PRetty bit and a tongue burner. After a few sips the bitterness keeps building.

Overall - Was very excited for this but I'd say it didn't live up to the hype. Too much pone and bitter for my liking but still an enjoyable beer.

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

Comes in a clear, fizzy amber color with a finger of off white head.

The aroma offers fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, orange and lemon peel, pineapple, honey dew melon, and lots of the dankness, pine resin, and onion you would expect from a Stone DIPA.

Sweet citrus and tropical fruits up front. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and papaya up front, toasted biscuit and brown sugar in the middle, and then it finishes dry with lingering bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith, green onion, and pine needles.

The body is medium, typical for this style, and quite drinkable with lots of spritzy carbonation.

A solid DIPA I enjoy quite a lot, but not worth the $20.99 tag. I'll take the more affordable Stone hoppy offering the next time I want a bone-dry, bitter, dank and citrusy IPA or DIPA.

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

Appearance - The beer was copper in color with a huge fluffy white head.

Smell - Mild sweet citrus and some grass are noted in the smell.

Taste - My first impression is fresh grapefruits, guava, black pepper, light grass, and lemon toward the back. The backbone is highlighted toward the back with the lemon notes. It represents sweet malts, but not overly sweet. The taste is more resinous in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - All the hoppy goodness here, but it just does not have enough thickness for me.

Overall - This is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of 98green
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is a clear Amber. Smell is light citrus hops. Taste is mostly sweet malt and some citrus hops. Certainly on the sweet end for a double. Hop bitterness doesn't linger. Feel is slick but not heavy. Not much alcohol burn. Overall a mediocre beer for my palate. I like my doubles more hop forward.

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Photo of tapperm
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a weird adhesive taste to it. Tried to see if I got an older batch but it looked fairly fresh. Maybe I just got an unlucky bottle as peole I trust rave about this. Was Ok, just not anything I'd rank super high.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is golden amber and very clear. The smell is piney earthy sweet hops. The taste is strong and bitter and crisp. Reminds me a lot of Hop Stoopid. It's really good but too expensive. nb

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Clear amber liquid, dense, frothy , white foam cap , good lacings

Fragrant citrus hop aroma, pine notes

Pine hop notes on the sides of the tongue, back of the tongue,good flavoring without the bite

Good sudsing, gentle lingering hop bitterness

Very good beer

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Photo of ThomasJ25
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this for a beer exchange with co-workers. Finally got around to trying it a little bit ago and overall, I really liked it. A little piney, a little bitter, but nice and clean.

However, for the price that Alpine is trying to command for this beer, I would probably pass the next time around. It was $70/case in SE PA. Plenty of other better beers for less out there.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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