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:
3,664
Reviews:
925
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,183
Gots:
607
For Trade:
12
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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale hazed apricot hue with a large thicket of finely bubbled billowing off white head. Chunky textured rises up above the rim of my glass, aromatics play the part cutting through your senses with grapefruit pith, sweet baby aspirin tones and herbal grassiness. Sweet sugar coated hops come through with a strong long lived bitterness this is West Coast IPA. I actually enjoy the diacetyl put forth in these beers, I don't see it as an off flavor just a nice complimentary flavor compared to most other big hoppy beers out there. I'm thoroughly impressed with the three IPAs I've had thus far. Big brash bitter but balanced with a nice biscuit breadiness/buttered bread really comforting malt profile with herbaceous, spicy hops and citrus grapefruit pith. Pretty incredible tasting IPA, I'm glad to have the opportunity to try these brews. This is rounded out from front to back hop flavor hits the palate oily slick with resin, medium to fuller bodied soft fluffy carbonation gotta love this stuff. Inredible drinkability compared to most big hoppy ales, this one is full of finesse. My friend and brother may have to make a pilgrimage out to this brewery someday in the near future, we all love these beers. Outstanding effort, I plan to imbibe more of these and possibly an Exponential Hoppiness to one up this one.

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

Photo of johnnnniee
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz Bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is filled with hops. Floral, pine and resin dominate. Tart fruit, apricots caramel and honey round the nose out nicely. Tastes like sucking on a hop cone, but in a good way. Pine and resin again dominate the flavor. Very little, if any malt makes its way to the surface. Grapefruit and apricots find their way into the middle followed by a long lingering bitter dry finish. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. That is one fine DIPA! I'm not sure I can find anything to fault it on. Very well done.

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

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

Poured from a bomber with no freshness indication into a snifter. This brew appears a nearly clear color of light orange with a finger and a half of yellowish tinted head. Despite a careful pour, some faint particles are stuck hanging in suspension. The cap recedes fairly quick to less than a finger of creamy fluff that leaves some spotty and finger-like lace work on the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with an herbal quality that has a light touch of mint character. Some catty notes evolve as the brew warms and some grapefruit rind picks up inside the nose as well. Some faint notes of orange zest and a touch of sulfur fills out the backend of this brew's scent. Overall pretty good and deceptively fruity sweet smelling.

The taste of this brew is deceptively sweet when it first hits the tongue, however that abruptly turns bitter with hoppiness tasting herbal, catty, pine-like and full of bitter rinds somewhat like grapefruit and a little grassy and earthy. There is a faint green yeastiness included in this brew mid palate before a light toasted grain flavor evolves and finishes with a lasting bitterness that is herbal and lightly catty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very solid representation of the Double/Imperial IPA style but deceptively fruity in the nose and herbal in flavor. Well balanced across the board, this brew is a pleasure to drink. It wasn't until I was half way through my glass that I realize this was 8% abv and it produces a nice warmth across the back of the throat. Well done Alpine.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AlexFields
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught followed by this? Yes, thank you.

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is straight up pine tones. Flavor is bright. An interesting mix of citrus and pine. Slight salty edge, but it's more so a big fruity floral thing. Feel is very smooth on liquid and the carbonation is good. This is really easy to drink. Way too much so. I could sip on this all night. Too bad I can tell it's going to totally jack with my recently discovered hop allergy. (yeah...it's true)

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No dating on the bottle.

A nice very good consistent tight foamy head is made about three fingers off white in color, sitting on a body of bronze amber. Nice and clear, no visible carbonation anywhere. Some nice lacing is very noticeable on this.

Nose is a big biscuit malt, and dry smelling pine. Very biscuity it seems, real nice. Some fresh citrus orange and grapefruit comes out later after many more sips.

A real simple solid pine rush at first to taste. The palate slowly fills with just a hint of sweetness and caramel, then on the swallow a good portion of resin like feel. Nice texture to this, dry piney tasting hop sense kicks in with further sips. Mouthfeel hits with mild carbonation and lots of thick hop like texture without any syrupy sensations. Some mild orange and bitter grapefruit comes out later.

Overall a great tasting IPA, and another great one from Alpine.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle,, with "Best by" dating printed on the label.

Pours hazed medium amber, moderate cap, leaves a thin and fine bubble filmand some slight strands of lace.

Aggresive DIPA, waves of citric hops and caramel malty goodness. Solid all the way. Big, flavorful, tasty and well worth a try. Glad to see this fine breweries beers being distributed in my area

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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 jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,664 ratings.
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