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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 glid02
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this gem courtesy of gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, in that order. Caramel malt aromas lurk in the background, but hops completely dominate the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by citrus and pine hop flavors. The pine seems to stick around a touch longer than the citrus flavors, finally giving way to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. This has a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation that makes this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is great. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber (or two) of this.

Overall this beer is all that it's advertised to be. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goodspeed94 for sending this my way in addition to allsorts of other great hoppy stuff, knocking a few nice ones off my wants. Looking forward to this one. Hop on!

Looks like an IPA. Smells like an IPA. Lots of hops in the nose.

Pine in the mouth that I really like in an IPA, but not quite as aggressive to make the top tier. The hops have quite a punch! I can feel my taste buds slowly withering on the vine. Nice & creamy, with a very appealing virtue. Despite the middling-high ABV, I could certainly have a few of these bellied up to the bar.

Very good beer. Doesn't reach my top-tier, but I'd never turn one down!

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have had this beer on tap, cask, bottle, also had it fresh as it gets at the brewery, and I must say know matter how you sample it, its “The Cat’s Meow”!

Another thing I must say the people who brew this beer are a prime example of what “Beer and Brewing” are about, dedicated to making a quality product for us “Lovers” of beer, and they are exceptionally nice to us wandering “Beer Lovers”, if you get the chance Alpine Brewery is a must stop, plus Alpine is a quite picturesque town.

The beer after disemboguing from the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous golden amber color, the head a majestic white crown upon the body, the texture creamy, and the lace a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The aroma of hops is what this beer is about, sweet and inviting, fresh, crisp, a treat for all the senses. Start is ambrosial, the malt profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish has a delightful acidity, the hops perfection, the aftertaste desert bone dry and long lasting, what a magnificent beer, my ever lasting gratitude to the fine people at Alpine for this elixir of life.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of pine and grassy hops. What a hop forward nose.

T-Lots of pine, some toasted malt, ends with solid bitterness. Well rounded with the earthy hops and the bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A damn good DIPA. Had after PtE and Heady so it didn't match up there, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Joseph just returns from another one of his contract hitsssssss ...I mean VACATION, and all I got was this lousy Alpine. Wait, what?? Alpine IPAs, like my oldest and and biggest wants?? The same. Holy freaking crap.

Pours a nice deep peach gold with just a touch of haze and a finger of white head that fades to a thick collar.

Oh, the dank sticky hops. Tons of citrus rind and sweet dried tropical fruits in the nose, sweet pale malts, and a some caramel candy with a touch of cedar. Really nice stuff.

Oh man. A really great toasted malt base lays the foundation for waves of sweet red grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple, and an awesome bitterness that builds with each sip. Some other light tropical and citrus fruits are there and a little pine wood (is that even a flavour?).

Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and an exceptionally creamy smooth feel.

Damn. The real life international man of mystery (true story, bro) played this one down a bit, but I'm truly blown away. Unique and so delicious. Thanks, buddy!!

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Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: a blast of citrus hops, and that's about it

Ap: golden-yellow, 2 finger very frothy off-white head, lots of floaties

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth

Af: packed full of citrus hops with a sweet background, there is some other taste in there that I can't put my finger on, maybe honey? lemons?

O: an interesting flavor palate, not bad, just interesting


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 8% ABV, no date.

A - Just like the other Alpine brews, Pure Hoppiness pours out a clear golden yellow color with a great head rising to two fingers. Good retention ends up as thick lace all over the glass.

S - Once again, the aroma is a little bit low and finally enters in with an unfortunate plastic and burnt rubber aroma. A bit of mango and a hint of onion ask the hops. What is going on in these two beers (Nelson included). A bit of malts in the background but its not appealing.

T - Again, most of the gross off-flavors in the nose disappear in the taste. This time the beer is better with a fairly strong pine and fruit profile that carefully lets a smooth toasted biscuit malt backing through.

M - Pure Hoppiness is medium-full-bodied and bold with a smooth but almost slick feel and a low-medium carbonation finish. Bitterness is balanced well on the finish with malty sweetness.

D - Decent drinkability, much better than Nelson, it goes down well and smooth with a nice finish. A drinkable double IPA that doesn't feel at all like a double IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light orange....not much head

S-I'd almost guarantee this bottle has some Nelson Sauvin or Summit in it...it's got that garlicy/herbal aroma up front backed by a smaller basic citrus (oranges/grapefruit)

T-Taste takes on a little citrus but the catty herbalness is still there...has a little of grapefruit peal on the finish...

M-Malt balances as this feels fine and not one sided but the malt never exerts....body is medium to full...a nice little bitterness on the finish but this is not a hugely bitter beer.

D-It's well made I just am not a big fan of the Nelson Sauvin/Summit hop flavors personally. Granted there are other hops at work here but that one or two stick out to me a little more than the others in this beer for some reason...decent enough but not great in my mind.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Alpine for $5 which I think is a great deal for a double IPA. Clear golden color, soapy head, good lacing. The smell is hoppy but not in the fruity, citrus vein and more of the oily grassy hoppiness. The flavor is quite hoppy but again, not much fruit or citrus but a ton of oily bitter hoppiness with a decent biscuit-like malt to back it up. This is a fantastic value and if I could I would buy this all the time.

update -5/2013 - bottle

This is just a great IPA. Bitter, hoppy, got a hint of sugar. Nice.

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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 xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hop hazed bright golden amber color with tons of creamy slighlty off white head that lingers for some time and leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is a bit light, notes of grain and a lightly crusted bread up front. the hops in the back, lemon and some light pineapple with pine behind.

T-the taste is a bit brighter and has a strong hop presence. caramel malts and some light grains up front but the hops are the centerpiece. pineapple is strong with a zesty quality and there is more pine than the nose behind that. there is an assertive bitterness that is abrupt in the finish.

M-relatively full bodied and somewhat chewy. rather dry in the finish with a very pleasant carbonation lightly prickly on the back of the throat as the finish seems to dry out further.

D-this is a very nice ipa, the bitterenss is not overly assertive and does not linger but makes a nice presence. the hops are bright and juicy but don't force themselves in your face. solid beer here!

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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 Pencible
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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 FLima
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rather ugly label, by the way, not that it matters. Bright orange golden color with a thick thin head with medium retention but leaving a constant plate.
Unique aroma with notes of biscuit and caramel malts, orange-tangerine, yeast and pine. Not sure what made it unique, maybe some powered herbal dankness.
Hoppy flavor with notes of oranges, grapefruit, lots of pines and resin, spices and American yeast. Increasingly dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Citrusy and piney DIPA with a superb balance. It seems assertive but it has further hop complexity between the lines. A reference.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mnbearsfan for popping this in the good people don't need rules FARM system BIF. shared with Yagman3000.

a - classic deep orange with frothy foamy white head that left chunky lacing. beer was pretty opaque. exactly what i'm looking for right now.

s - citric grapefruit. not too sweaty or sticky...good sweetness. very enjoyable to smell.

t - there is a lot going on in there. possibly one of the more complex hop forward beers i've had. there is a battle of varying hop flavors going on. almost a battle between hop varieties. but much like the nose, i'd call it a citric grapefruit thing. great sweetness in the backbone. really tasty beer.

m - not a bitter knock down. medium bodied. i'm knocked out by bitterness and that is a really good thing for my taste buds.

o - overall, pure hoppiness indeed. i'm really glad i got to try this and really sad it isn't a local offering.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of cmurren25, thanks Chad! Pours a slightly hazed, dark gold color. Thick, sticky tan foam holds great and clings to the glass with ease. A pretty brew, for sure.

Pine needles galore with a fresh, citrusy grapefruit punch. Almost medicinal smelling, the hops are so thick. Malt background has quite the load of caramel to boot. Fresh and hoppy, for sure.

Taste has a cool, uniquely minty and pithy hop profile, flowery even. Plenty of bitterness here and a decent amount of flavoring hops. Has a malt balance similar to Pliny, light caramel and grainy. Bitterness gets rougher as it warms and shows some rough edges. Flashes of bready yeast actually come through, nice. ABV feels and tastes right at about the 8% that it is, and I like the fact the alcohol is not over the top. Good beer, quite drinkable. I would probably put this third, after Sculpin and Pliny for best IPA/DIPAs that I have had.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[If you guys are actually paying attention to my reviews, I'm dicking around with general formatting. I think with this one I've found a good medium!]

Looks damn good in a glass, thanks to the thick, soapy head leaving a lot of lacing behind.

The aroma seems typical for a west-coast DIPA, yet this offers a defined piny edge that separates it slightly from the Ruinations of the world. It's also grassy from the hops, and maybe - just maybe - even a bit onion-esque. Not Mosaic onion...maybe Simcoe onion? There are touches of orange peel, but the dominating hop qualities are pine and dankness. Actually, it gets a bit weird-smelling after a while. Hey wait - I never mentioned the malt backbone! Oh yeah, that's there, I guess (now that's a compliment for a west-coast IPA, right there...)

It tastes similarly to the nose. I get some notes of dankness, pine, and onion to start. Flavors of sugar cookie and light caramel show up around the mid-taste, and a faint citrus note finishes it off. Everything comes together nicely - and I get used to the weirder hop notes eventually - there just isn't a whole lot to make it stand out from the pack.

It has a fairly typical feel, too: it's light and crisp to start, while the sweetness and body bulks up a little as more is consumed. Medium carbonation keeps things in check, at least.

Good, but I expected far more. Not just considering it's Alpine (post-GF merger be damned, their beer still rocks!), but because it's damn near $20 a 6 pack. Thank Jeepers I only got a single bottle - almost $20 should buy a beer that's beyond 'good'. In that regard, it's the first time Alpine has disappointed. I honestly don't see much reason to purchase this again (draught notwithstanding) when superior locals like Double Duckpin and Lot 6 exist on the shelves.

3.55/5: This long-time want ends up being another face in the crowd

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Photo of thagr81us
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Sixofsigmas for sending me this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow yellow-orange with a four finger bone white head that subsided to a two finger very very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, strong citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite the exceptional brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent. The citrus aspect of this one definitely brought this brew up to another level. This one is really worth the trouble of seeking out if you have not had it before. It makes sense why this one is currently in the Top 100.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Huge thanks to sleepyhead for sending me a fresh bottle of this.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick off-white head that receded into a thin scum that left a lattice of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: This smells amazing, and yet strangely the first beer that came to mind when smelling this is Sculpin. The hops in this range from citrusy grapefruit and pineapple, to exotic passion fruits and grassy pine. This beer smells super sweet and super fresh and perfumey all around.
T: Hops are fresh and resiny. I pick up notes of honey, grapefruit, and bitter pine. More malt comes through than the nose, but it takes a welcomed backseat to the hop onslaught. Finish is clean with a touch of herbal tea and tobacco. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter.
M: Medium slick body with an oily mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.
D: One of the better DIPA's I've had, but not quite the best. Close though. Extremely drinkable with an exceptional hop profile. Thanks again Jeff for the great brew!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: golden amber hues, a little cloudy, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: citrusy hops, but toffee aromas are pretty forward.

Taste: citrus and piney resin (a bit), but a significant amount of toffee/butterscotch flavor indicates this may not be uber fresh.

Feel: one thing I personally look for in a DIPA is an oily feel, and this really doesn't have that.

Overall: this is enjoyable, but I'm wondering if this isn't the freshest bottle of this. It's a bit stodgy, for lack of a better term.

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Photo of popery
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. A superb DIPA, and an essentially perfect execution of the style.

The beer pours a fair medium orange-gold with an okay white head. It looks good enough, but it's not particularly special in any way. Appearance-wise, this could be any of a number of DIPAs. Then again, who cares about appearance when this beer has it where it counts?

The aroma is dominated by an enormous candied grapefruit rind note. Sweet wildflowers and pine needles kick in the rest of the round, full hop presence. It's hard to describe exactly what differentiates this beer from other DIPAs. The aroma has the same general hop palette, but the notes are simply bigger, fuller and better. It's like the difference between a great piece of fruit picked right from the tree over something from the supermarket.

The flavor is wonderfully dry. There's a bit more malt presence than Pliny the Elder, but it's a rather similar beer otherwise. There's a dry yeast note that makes the feel a bit rough, but I'm just nitpicking. This is a fantastic beer. I only wish that Alpine would distribute it more regularly to Northern California.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,477 ratings.
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