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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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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

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Photo of HosP
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Scottfrie for sending this beer to me. Poured 22oz bottle into gulden draak snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, copper in color. Slight haze with a white head. Lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Lots of hop aromas going on here. Citrus and grapefruit jump out the most. Just keeps going all the way to the end.

T- More malts come through at the beginning here which was unexpected. Quickly turns to a burst of hop bitterness. Citrus hop flavor comes out the most. Some piney, grassy hops mixed in too. Bitterness and hops fade at the end. A little sweet at the end as well.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth.

O- Interesting beer for sure. With the hop aromas, wasn't expecting that taste to it. Still a very good beer. Would drink another one easily.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber, clear, with a thin head that diminished quickly. Aroma is fruit and citrus with hints of some alcohol. Flavor is pine, grapefruit and grass. Very hop forward with a resinous mouthfeel. Hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A tasty beer overall.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one from PP Carlsbad bottle shop. This beer poured vigorously into the glass had only a small amount of head., the color nice and light copper, lacing was minimal.
The bouquet is all floral hops, great hop aroma, some apricot sweetness from the malts, but hard to tell it is the malts.
Taste is full bodied, low on carbonation, great grapefruit hop bitterness, and well balanced malts. This beer reminds me of the Hop Stoopid in some respects.
This is a great DIPA, refreshing, hoppy and bitter, yet smooth. Another West Coast IPA on the list.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Third and final Alpine bottle of the night, polishing off the awesome trio that Brett sent my way. Poured from the bottle into my comically huge CBS glass. Yes, poured into the glass in one shot.

A - Pours a beautiful orange with just a hint of yellow to it as I hold it to the light. Also pours with a finger plus of cream colored head. Not as perfectly translucent as the previous two from this evening, with a bit of cloudiness that seems to give the beer more body. Head retention is nice, once again keeping about half a finger's worth throughout the experience.

S - Hop bomb. Pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, everything I want from a DIPA and more. The nose on this beer is astounding, with a huge hit of aromatic hops with a perfect blend between the pine and citrus characteristics.

T - Taste follows perfectly from the nose. A superb blend of piney and citrusy hops, with a fruit backbone that continues through the entire duration of the sip. A nice cleansing bitter finish, which I obviously did not detect in the nose, but is altogether pleasant, though I'd hoped for more balance. As I swish this beer around in my mouth, the balance seems to fade a bit and the bitter hops come through more pronounced.

M - Alcohol is slightly harsh at first, but not to the point where it is off-putting. The bitter finish, however, leaves an almost stinging feeling on the tongue. My one gripe with this beer.

O - Overall an excellent beer, and one I will definitely go back to when given the opportunity.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased the day before.

A: Light amber body topped with a pearl white one finger head. Head recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass and leaves spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon and grapefruit zest at the forefront, followed by sappy pine and some herbal/floral notes. Small amount of bready malt as it warms. Beautiful nose.

T: Resiny pine and herbal flavors dominate the front of the palate. Pithy grapefruit and zesty orange emerge mid-palate and fade into an earthy and dry bitterness. Not quite as potent as the nose but still fantastic.

M: Light bodied and airy, with moderate carbonation. Lingering drying finish pairs very well with the more herbal and resinous flavor profile.

O: The herbal nature of this beauty place it on the opposite flavor spectrum from the tropical nature of Nelson and Duet but is still an amazing example of what an IPA can be. The moderate bitterness and long dry finish pair perfectly with the dank herbal flavor profile. What more can you expect from a hoppy beer from Alpine?

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a Surly pint glass. Big thanks goes out to DearthVader for this surprise box.

A- Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger fluffy head with a great amount of retention.

S- Good amount of pine, followed by some pink grapefruit, lemon and a small amount of caramel malt

T- Massive amount of citrus hops hit the taste buds as well as pine and grass. Lot’s of grapefruit, lemon peel, mandarin, ripe mango and pineapple. There is a hint of caramel malt in the background, but the hops definitely take the drivers seat.

M- Medium carbonation with a slightly oily and sticky mouth feel. Very drinkable. Finishes dry leaving your taste buds crave more.

O- This is an amazing representation of a West Coast IPA. . This beer is all about the variety of hops and by no means a balanced DIPA. Can’t wait to try Duet. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty gold with an orange hue long with a superb three fingers of fluffy white head and leaves a pretty layer of spider webs along the glass. Nose has hints of tropical fruit, tangerine and a lot of sweet citrus with some bright pine. Taste is very impressive full blown grapefruit bitter hop attack, very plinyesque. My preference is for Nelson or fresh Sculpin as i love all the tropical fruit, this is an extremely well done d/ipa and i was very happy to get some on my trip to SD. Very easy to drink with a nice refreshing hop attack to remind you what it is.

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

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bomber into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a rich orange/yellow color, slightly hazy. citrus orange, some caramel sweet aroma, definitely a breadiness to it. Taste- sweet pear, caramel butterscotch, the hops are all west coast and citrus- very little to no bitterness. So buttery. On the end, there is a resurgence of orange citrus hops, and then a buttery caramel ending after it. This is a really nice IIPA- so tropical, so well balanced, nice mouthfeel- not too syrupy, but it lets you know that it has some thickness to it. Up there with the best of them for sure. I am officially ISO Exponential Hoppiness, haven't tried a single Alpine beer that I've been less than thrilled with yet. Bravo!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a really beautiful deep copper-gold, very clear, with a 1-finger off-white head that's nicely dense, but doesn't stick around too long. Just a bit of lacing. With the smell, I'm getting mostly very ripe fruit and an earthy, spicy herbal thing that gets more dank as it warms. Don't get much pine on the nose, in contrast to the taste, which is big and piney, undergirded by a slight malt sweetness, which in turn gives way to a spicy pine finish that is just a bit dry and peppery.

The feel is excellent, with good body and just a hint of oiliness that works great with this beer. Carbonation is low-medium, but seems right on for the style, with enough to add a little acidic tingle that comes in right when the sweetness makes itself known.

This is a really good beer that is just challenging enough to keep it interesting, while remaining well drinkable.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Taken from notes

Pours a light orange vibrant color with a two and half inch white fluffy head. Good retention that leaves bits amount of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The smell is of citrus with tangerine being dominate along with pine like hops and slight floral aromatics.

The taste upfront was of a slight citrus tangerines flavor along with grapefruit and midway is a pine bitterness that seemed to dominate the rest of the flavor.

Thick syrup like body that I did not really care for with average carbonation.

Out of Duet, Nelson, and Pure hoppiness. This one was the worst of the three. I recommend Duet if you are going to choose.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery today. Poured into a tulip.

A- crystal clear copper colored ale with three fingers of white foam. Excellent lacing.

S- Huge dank hop aroma. Hemp, citrus, pine and pale malt combine to to provide a lupulin infused olefactory experience.

T- Starts out with citrus notes. Orange, tangelo and grapefruit in copious amounts. Pine enters mid-palate along with a healthy dose of sweet malt. Bitterness slides in at the end and lingers through the finish.

M- Feel is medium to heavy without being cloying. There is a slick viscosity to the beer that works well here. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creaminess to the beer as it warms.

O- Pure Hoppiness is an excellent example of a west coast DIPA. What sets it apart from it's esteemed brethren is the subtlety with which the different aspects of the beer interact. The flavors flow from one to the next seamlessly making the beer a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear and golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces some nice sheets. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from those hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out as if it were a perfect ying and yang. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I would call this an IPA of perfection, huge hops but the finish and drinkability is not a DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of snpub540
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orangish, light golden hue into my pint glass. Nice fluffy white 2 finger head that had some nice retention and left a nice trail down the glass.

Smell was like sticking my nose straight into a bag of hop pellets. Very floral and fruity smelling. Pine, grass, citrus notes were all ther in a very pleasing smell.

Taste was slightly sweet upfront, then an onslaught of delicious hop flavor. Again very grassy, a little grapefruit, and a dry bitter pine finish. For all the hop flavor in there it is not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and seemes to coat the entire palate. Drinkability is great because it is so smooth and crisp. I am going to have to pick up some more of these because it was addicting.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with three good buddy's at the brewery itself (out in Alpine, California). It was so good that we went to the bar down the street... which the brewmaster recommended and had it on tap once again. The notes were taken on my cellphone.

A: What can I say...perfect!!! White one-finger head with a dark gold color. Carbonation was visible and the beer itself was somewhat transparent. Filtered quite nicely!!!

S: As the beer indicates...pure hoppiness possess all the qualities one looks for in a Double-IPA. Extreme hop and piney (not overbearing at all)characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Fantastic!!!

T: Excellent balance, but seemed to favor the wheaty-malt character more so than the hops. Slight and refreshing hop bitterness.

M: Gentle carbonation and light body. A little bit of dry-mouth aftertaste though.

D: Alcohol not noticeable, refreshing, and as my friend Nick would say, "Perfect on a warm summer day".

Overall: A very good DIPA that represents the style perfectly. I prefer the Nelson, Duet, and O'Brien over this though. A must try. Cheers!

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

Shared with Cavery and sundaysour. Thanks!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pure gold, with every variation of gold's color represented at different angles and depths. A respectable head with solid lacing.

S: Pine, honey, and blueberry. One of my first thoughts was: double duet. Duet is easily an all time favorite for me so this got me awfully excited.

T/M: I honestly think that Alpine IPAs tend to be an experience that is difficult when trying to split between mouthfeel and taste, so I'm going to be awfully cheap here and combine the two into one. Pine, honey, sweet berries, cracked pepper, hop bitterness all on the tongue. Crisp, clean, and horribly refreshing. Like most Alpine IPAs, so refreshing in character no other beers compare. The hop bitterness cuts in to the flavor and smoothness a bit too much, though, and it lacks the subtle complexity that I'd say something like Duet or Kern 5th Anniversary has.

O: Pure hoppiness is no doubt a fantastic beer. If a demon appeared before me and told me I was forced to accept pure hoppiness as the only IPA in my life, I could not curse him (to put it in the strangest and most roundabout terms possible). However, I must admit my let down when I got double duet in the nose and less complex, hop-juiced taste. Still better than the vast majority of even top IPAs out there, but I'm not sure why it seems to often be prized above the more widely available Duet and Nelson.

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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 t420o
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

A- pour produces a 2 finger light tab head on a deep golden-copper body. Good lacing and decent retention. 4

S- heavy hops. Beautiful. Citrus, pine, some oniony hops (not sure if there are Nelson Sauvin hops in this but it smells like it). Earthy and lightly herbal as well. 4.5

T- very similar to the nose but the malt is a little more noticeable. Nice piney, citrus, and oniony hop tastes going well with the light malt graham-crackery backbone. Excellent beer. 4.5

M- good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation and medium body. 4.5

O- another excellent IPA from Alpine. I wish I still lived in San Diego and had easy access to their stuff. 4.5

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Photo of oggg
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to find these bottles: I picked up this 22oz bomber from the Alpine Brewing Company along with a growler of the Pure Hoppiness so I could have my PH now AND later.

Compared to the cask and fresh from the tap, this beer from the bottle is still excellent but clearly loses some of its luster. The appearance is the same. The smell is nice and hoppy but certainly way less intense. The hop flavor is pretty well preserved. Not quite as mouth puckering, but still tons of grapefruit. Malt flavor also seems a touch less intense. Same mouthfeel and subtle alcohol. Even in this diminished state, this is the best IPA/DIPA from a bottle.

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1/20/09 another bottle that had aged in my closet (58-72F) for 2.5 years at least. Tasted in my Unibroue goblet. Very foamy, almost too much. great lace. This time I get a huge lychee scent next to the now-subdued pine cone and grapefruit, which come later. Extreme juiciness is still in effect, making my mouth water big time. Crisp with a solid bitterness that really goes along with the lychee, citrus, and then the biscuit backbone. Finishes with a great balance between the syrupy malt and the bitter hops. Wonderful. Alcohol still imperceptible.

Overall: This hop juice is amazing. This has bitterness, but if you can take the bitterness of any APA, you can dig this beer.

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Photo of hu5om
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again, Evan.
a-golden orange, finger of cream fluffy head. nice patchy lacing
s-white grapes, apricot, citrus
t-big hoppy sugary white grapes, apricot, light pineapple, a bit of pine, lots of stuff goin on here. bubble gum?
m-gentle tingle of alcohol. light effervescence. pretty light and refreshing.
d-like it more than duet, less than nelson. but hell, that's pretty damn good. fruity pebbles ipa. i dig it.

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

22oz bomber

Pours a clear golden in color with a heavy eggshell head. Leaves a thick layer and a solid clingy lace.
Wonderful hoppy aroma. Floral and citrusy with hints of orange peel.
Bitter hoppy bite gets you in the back of the throat. Resinous pine sap notes. By mid-glass it's still a hopheads delight, no malt here, but drinks crisp & clean. The Pure Hoppiness name stays true to the end, just barely giving way to a hint of malt.
Medium body with dead on carbonation make for a solid IPA. I'll be tasting this one after it is long gone. Thanks xlperro for this taste of the west coast. Cheers!

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Photo of scottg
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to choprite for this one.
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light copper color with slight orange with a one finger white fluffy head that leaves patchy lacing. First smell-wow, this beer smells like the hops were just strained out, super fresh citrus-lemon & grapefruit, grass, honey and vanilla. Grapefruit and resiny pine up front lead to sweet orange and caramel with some bready malt flavor to balance ending with the bitter pucker of grapefruit rind. Medium high carbonation, medium body this is one smooth and creamy beer with the carbonation cutting through the creaminess. Fantastic beer, this is what a west coast IPA should taste like.
My first beer from the Alpine Beer Company but certainly not my last.

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Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a golden yellow with a tint of orange...mostly clear with two fingers of meringue like, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the way down...

Citrusy, tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose...piny and resinous. Slightly earthy and a bit of sweet malt tries to balance things out...

Piny and slightly bitter. Sweet, fruity, oily...pretty one sided hop presence (duh). Not flat out bitter, has a nice sweet side to balance things out...

Sticky and thick with good carbonation...medium to heavy bodied and much chewier than expected...

Pretty good DIPA, I prefer Nelson and Duet from Alpine over this one, but I would definitely drink it again...

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,529 ratings.
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