Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,673
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,184
Gots:
609
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright copper coloring with a fomay, quick to disipate head. Aromas of pine and foresty hops, with sweet citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel, and some candi sugar highlights. Initial tastes are sweet and flowery, with a full fisted punch of hops explosion to the back of your mouth. Citrus undertones help to balance the resinous and piney hops characteristics that land on you palate. Some very grassy notes in there, as well. Very green on the aftertaste, with pine notes balancing with a tart and sweet citrus blend of grapefruit and orange. Smooth, slick, robust bodied, yet with a crisp finish. Easy on the palate despite the heavy flavors and full feel, making the beer extremely easy to drink. Dangerous at 8% ABV, but what a fantastic beer!

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, resin, fresh oils, strong pine, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh hop oils, sweet malt, alcohol, strong citrus hops, slight pine, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 10, 2015. Best by 05 May 16. Look is hazy gold, white foam head and nice lingering lacing. Smell is pine, lime, herb, spice and bread grain notes. Taste is balanced and complex with caramel, toasted bread, citrus, pine and herb flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel. Great beer.

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

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

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

This beer's reputation and the exhuberant exultation of the label description have me greatly anticipating this bottle...hell, I'm glad the hunt is over and it's in my mitts at last, now all that's left is the experience..let it begin...
hey, I just cracked the crown and the happiness, and hoppiness has begun already....now, it's freed from the bottle and into the glass...pure honey gold, fine head of pure white froth bobbing on top...
the nose, that's the treasure! Piney and sprucey, sweet tropical/citric fruits...gorgeous!...hop oils aplenty, raw and delicious, this is a heavenly thing, a halo fit for a hophead...I don't want to disrupt this lovely thing by drinking it, but I have no choice...the beer beckons..will it be as savory once past the lips?
A blast of bitterness, a phalanx of fruit, creamy and juicy, with an enhanced hop profile. Some what lightish in body, but the flavor is so high to render that moot, too huge in hoppiness, buzzing every inch of the mouth with the tasty hops..which ones? Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial? How'd I do?* Maybe more, maybe less, but whatever they are, they're there in plentitude.
this is an experience in a bottle, a very happy thing to have in the mouth, I'm an instant admirer, and have a new favorite to add to my must-drink column, ...although that reputation had already put it there..now that it's been in my lucky stomach, it's assumed a rightful place among the greatest IPAs I've ever known. A real humdinger,...which means, literally, as far as humming and dinging goes, it's the real deal!

(precious thanks to kmcnair!)
*I know know it's Cascade, Columbus, and H-something--whoops, I lost...

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Photo of BEER88
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending one of these my way. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - It looks like Pliny the Younger - honestly I'd be hard pressed to distinguish the two. Two fingers of creamy-white foam, with great retention and gorgeous lacing. Semi-transparent dark gold, with streams of tiny bubbles streaming upwards and the occasional bigger bubble.

S - Earthy & floral hops - lots of pine and lemon zest. There's also a solid malt backbone underneath the massive hop flavor. There's the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T - There's the obvious hop flavors - sweet citrus, mossy pine, but a surprisingly high amount of bready malt as well. The alcohol note I got in the nose is gone. It's a fair bit more understated than the smell, and slightly disappointing. Not a huge bitter aftertaste either.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation tingle, lots of residual oily stickiness. It's really velvety and smooth.

D - Not gonna have any problems with downing this one. Well-hidden ABV, great texture, moderate carbonation - really easy drinking here.

It's not as good as Pliny the Elder, which is a more fair comparison than PtY, but it's still a terrific DIPA in the west coast style.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange/light amber, with a quarter inch head, and a small head.

This is pretty wonderfully aromatic, super, super piney, with some grapefruit and grassy aromas as well.

This is basically a piney mouthgasm. It's fairly bitter, in a very clean and tasty way, with some bitter grapefruit rind, grassy hops, and a little bit of orangey citrus. It's pretty delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

I have no idea how this GF-brewed version compares with the original Alpine version, but as it stands for me now, it's super delicious anyway.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 22oz undated bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden with a touch of cloudyness. Small bits of sediment float around. Nice lacing as well as a 3/4 inch white head.

Smell- Pleasant scent of fruity and pine hops. Not really much of a malt smell though.

Taste- Malt does come through nicely in the taste. Fairly dark malt leads to a mid range bitterness from the hops. Mostly citrus...grapefruit and orange with bits of pine tastes on every few sips.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level that leaves a semi bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice DIPA. Glad I snagged a few while I could.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

This bottle was part of a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of crisp and clean pine, light grapefruit, other citrus fruits, and also features some slight floral notes. The flavors are an array of grapefruit, clean pine, slight malty sweetness and a hoppy, bitter finish. It isn't overly sticky and is a pretty nice drinker. Overall this is another nice IPA from Alpine, but I preferred Nelson to Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus and mint; lightly floral. The profile seems European with noble hops. Flavor is resinous piney and lightly citrus hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit. A good supporting malt base, but the malt flavor is masked by the dominate hops flavors. Finishes with hints of caramel malt and resinous, herbal and mildly floral hop bitterness. Really nice creamy body with great mouth feel. A rich, somewhat complex imperial IPA with a really nice hop flavor mixture, not over the top bitter but the hops are intense enough to satisfy, particularly in flavor. The taste combined with the creamy body made this a pleasure to drink.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,673 ratings.
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