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:
1,185
Gots:
609
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 3,673 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smell: A bouquet of fresh hops hits the nose as soon as the bottle is uncapped; the aroma is spicy and floral with a big resiny pine undercurrent.

Taste/mouthfeel: Hops and nothing but - the malt profile is dry and slightly biscuit-like, lending no sweetness and serving as little more than a foundation for the amazing hop character. There's plenty of complexity to be found in the hop flavor, from wildflowers to spruce, though it leans toward grapefruit and lemon. So damn light and crisp, it's hard to believe this is 8%; I've had IPAs of 6% ABV that felt heavier and maltier. The finish is punchy and bitter yet not overwhelming - this brew is really more about the hop flavor and aroma, as any good IPA should be in my opinion.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/4/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold/light amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, lemon, orange zest, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, light caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, papaya, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention with nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden sunset orange. Very good looking DIPA.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Has a nice citrus mixture going on, but this dipa isn't bready so far. I like it. Nice mango and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: So this isn't bready, which I like, but instead it has some caramel malts going on here. A little booze shows up. The mango is more apparent then the grapefruit here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, despite the bubbles in the glass. Leaves a dry musky aftertaste that I am not to fond of, but quite typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I got to try it fresh. Decent price on a bomber, so if you see one of these give it a try.

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Photo of Boone757
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Beverages 4 Less in August 2009.

A: A bright gold copper color with a small white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops with quite a bit of citrus thrown in there as well. A good amount of malt backing.

T: I was a little bit disappointed here. This one is definitely a hop bomb, but I think the bitterness starts to overwhelm the hop tastes to the point where it's not as enjoyable as it could be.

M: Good amount of carbonation along with a light-to-medium body.

D: Pretty drinkable, but not nearly as good as Alpine's lineup of American IPA's.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear light amber; excellent clarity; a weak off-shite head that manages to leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: very, very mild and subtle for style. Just faint hops. Pleasant.

Flavor: Mild for style -- more IPA than DIPA -- still, stronger and hoppier than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Only moderately bitter at its peak. Moderate complexity. The hop flavor lingers on in the aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation. Dry finish. Slightly astringent.

O: a distinctive (D)IPA. Recommended.

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

Pours into a nonic a slight hazed orange color with a tight full one finger white head that settles very slowly leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Tropical fruits and pine resin make for a lethal combo on the nose,faint doughiness underneath as well,the hops are large and in charge.The hop profile on the palate is just amazing,the complexity matches the brashness,tropical fruits,pine resin,grapefruit,even a little grass over top of sweetish biscuit dough.A damn fine beer,well worth the hype

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

This ale pours a crystal clear gold-that-borders-on-amber body. The rocky white head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is outrageous with rich, resiny, piney, fruity and citrusy hops! It's most impressive and very welcoming! The body is medium, and it's smooth across the palate due to a very fine and moderate-level carbonation. Although the nose is astounding, more hops come out in the flavor, over a biscuity and caramel-laced malt. It's got a solid bitterness to it, but it's really well-balanced and finishes dry with just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. An all-around great beer... the hop aroma is brilliant; the hop flavors come through clearly; the malt base is not overdone (and works as the perfect platform to show off the hops); and the bitterness level is perfectly balanced to accentuate the beer and keep you coming back for more. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has an excellent burst of grassy hops with a well-blended compliment of citrus sweetness. There’s a good caramelized malt smell in the background as well.

T: The taste is dominated by the wonderfully piney and bitter flavor of hops, but it’s very well-complimented by citrus sweetness and a decent malt character. Overall, it’s a very well-balanced taste as shown in the after-taste which is a good blend of healthy hops bitterness with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Super tasty, goes down very easily, nice kick to it, only slightly filling, excellent representation of style, I’m happy I started drinking this late in the night because it’s the type of beer that is extremely difficult to follow. I think this is an excellent beer.

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

A: Pours a relatively clear golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along with light amounts of golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer surrounded by a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of sweet caramel malts with a moderate amount of initial sweetness. That is quickly followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops (in descending order of strength) which impart a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely well constructed and very enjoyable. Easy to drink with wonderful hop aromas and flavors. Definitely one to get when you come across it.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ O"Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours ahazy unfiltered looking copper, with a 1/2 finger of smooth bright-white froth. This stays very rich from being on cask, just coating the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of lacing. The aroma is full of pine resins and spice, while sticky notes of tropical fruits (grapefruit, mango, and peaches are really coming out), toasted bread, and caramel sweetness really gives the nose a thick underlying tang. Just a quintessential West Coast bouquet here.

The taste is quite aggressive with the hops, as plenty of spice and pine lash the mouth with bitterness, but this is still wonderfully well balanced by that sweet and tangy mix of caramel and citrus, cutting that initial blast of hops very well. Bitterness strikes back hard in the finish, adding a satisfying intensity to the end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy texture to the carbonation that helps mellow this out to a very drinkable nature, enabling this to glide down the throat despite the intense hop flavor. Very nice.

Some IPAs work better than others on cask but I was pleased to find that this was one of the best that I've had the honor of trying this way. Mellow and silky feeling from the cask conditioning, yet this still was able to fully unleash those West Coast hops without dampening any of their fury. Just a great incarnation here of an already fantastic American IPA.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Twenty-two ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a half-inch thick slightly off-white head which fades to the rim and leaves puzzle lace.

N: Juicy and pungent grapefruit, orange and tangerine zest and pith, brightly floral and fruity.

T: Great balance between sweetish malts and citrus and pine explosions, dank and herbal overtones.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter, resinous and sticky finish.

O: Forgot how good this is. World class. Don't pass this by.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clearish copper pour, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, and not much else, as the name promised. The taste follows the aroma, not quite as juicy and fresh as some of its contemporaries, but still loaded with hoppy goodness, citrus zest, pine, quite bitter, there's a pale malt base in there, but it's mostly dominated by the hops, which stick around into the aftertaste. Body was medium, crisp and moderately carbonation, appropriate for the style. Very nice overall.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

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