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:
3,671
Reviews:
926
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,183
Gots:
608
For Trade:
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bilco
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a perfectly hazy bright gold capped off by a thin yet very creamy slightly off-white colored head. It's only about one finger thick but it leaves a healthy coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Very floral hop aroma along with smells of honey, caramel, pine, apricot, spiced peach, and pressed wild flowers.

T: Same as above with the main difference being a lessening of honey flavors but a lot more pine. Also, the herbal/floral hop presence is stepped up and compliments the slightly sweet orchard fruit aspects of this.

M: This has got to be one of the best "feeling" DIPAs on the market. There is so much harmony between the bitter, sweet, dry, and sticky...we were astounded! Finish is long and bitter and dry-just the right thing to cap off a wonderful bottle of beer.

D: What can we say but, wow. We were utterly humbled in the presence of this beer. This beer deserves all the hype.

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Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

It was clearly a well crafted double IPA, however as I had it a couple of days after its best by date it lacked the uber hoppy aromas and flavors that you expect from such a beer. I hope I can get a fresh one some day.

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

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

T - Nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Medium length finish with some floral notes on top of a very mild bitterness.

M - Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O - My first brew from ABC and I wasn't disappointed. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of Fargrow
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into an IPA glass

L: Clear golden hue, no haze, nice white head, and pretty lacing
S: Hop resin; mango, pine - not over powering
T: Definitely West Coast - big malt backbone to keep this a sipper, great bitterness, hops follow the nose
F: Medium body, good balance, alcohol well hidden
O: First Alpine beer available in Alaska - definitely beats out local bottled/canned DIPAs. Very good. Hopefully we sure more from "Alpine"

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

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this bomber.

a - pours a burnt orange color with a big rocky white head, good retention, great lacing, some sediment

s - big mix of piney and citrusy hop aromas, not much malt in the nose, slight hint of alcohol

t - sweetness mixed with immediate bitterness up front, nice citrus and pine notes in the body, grapefruit and lemon, as it warms up, there is a bit of biscuity malt in the body, finish is once again sweet and bitter with a slight hint of alcohol, orangey bitterness lingers on the palate for some time

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, hop oil coats the mouth, fairly dry finish

d - pretty drinkable for a DIPA hopbomb, doesn't destroy the palate as much as I would have thought, just enough sweetness to preserve the palate, alcohol not very evident

Great DIPA and deserving of the praise it gets. Not on the level of Dreadnaught for me, but very good nonetheless. DIPA lovers need to seek out a bottle of this - and metallitone is a good source.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

My son picked up a growler of this at Saveon and brought it over. He is a good son.

This thing is super pretty. Almost clear, dark golden, nice fizz. The aroma is to die for. It just keeps giving. Bitter and grassy smelling. Sublime.

The taste is a bitter hop bomb that still holds enough malt to say, "Look out!" Did I mention bitter.

The aftertaste is a bitter malty bomb. I am THANKFUL, this thanksgiving eve for my thoughtful son who brought over a really special brew. I always have great beer around but this one is really special. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of BB1313
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 4/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very transparent light copper with a fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Bubbles racing upwards. Great color. The aromas have a nice blend of sweet tropical notes with hints of citrus. Lots of ripe mango. Hints of pineapple along with some orange notes. Some caramel malts in the mix, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors are clean and juicy. Great balance and it's not overwhelming. Solid bitterness, but not brutal at all. More mango along with some grapefruit. Lots of orange. Malts are there giving this one a little bit of sweetness. Pine needles and pine resin is there. Finishes slightly warm, but it's not boozy. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Fluffy and chewy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Very nice DIPA. It's not in a class of its own, in my opinion, but it's very good. Definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from Liars Club in San Diego

Pour was golden orange with a silky head that stuck around for about fifteen minutes

Smell was filled with oranges and pine

Taste was fantastic for an IPA, I cannot explain how hoppy this beer is, I cannot wait to try Exponential because I heard that has even more

This is a serious IPA that can be drank pretty easily, which is scary because it is eight percent alcohol

All the guys in the Alesmith line were right about this brew, great local brew out of SD

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured a very golden color with a big soapy head that deposited loads of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pine tar with some lighter citrus in the background and caramel and toffee underpinnings.
Flavor was caramel and toffee front dominated by a very powerful pine and resiny bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was swet to start but the hop domination soon tookover. A bit too unbalanced for me but very true to style.
Drinkability is very solid. Alpine obviously makes great beer and looking forward to a few more from this newly found brewery.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,671 ratings.
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