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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
Reviews:
894
Ratings:
3,519
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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1,195
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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with a thick 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very good retention with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and orange peel. Slight biscuit presence.

Chewy full body with a uber fresh resinous hop blast up front that has all o the earthy and sweet flavors that the aroma suggests. Again, I'm picking up mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus sweetness which is countered by a slightly bitter, dry pine needle presence. This is excellently balanced by a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. The ABV is very well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Each sip leaves me salivating for more. I was drinking this bomber way too fast and had to stop myself for pounding the whole thing down.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had of any style. I enjoy it much more than all of the other Alpine IPAs I've had so far including Exponential Hoppiness. Highly recommended!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear, copper body with minimal head and lace ring. Piney, citric hop aroma that is textbook and enjoyable along with minimal sweetness. Dry, hopped up body with citrus pine oily and hints of grapefruit sweetness. Enough malt to keep beer balanced and a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber color with thick white foam. The smell was a strong and persistent fruity-chewy hop aroma with some malt backing it up. The taste was naturally dominated by the chewy, resinous hops, but the hops were not really over the top and were nicely balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly sweet with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The dry, hoppy flavor lingered on the tongue pleasantly.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours from 22oz bottle a hazy medium gold with a good 2 finger head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer further into the session and it has lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppiness to the max. Grapefruit rules the nose and it's powerful.

The taste has huge notes of grapefruit up front..maybe the most I've tasted, initially, in any DIPA. I can *just* taste some malt in the background but it doesn't come to anywhere near the forefront during the entire session. This sample of the style is all about the hops. And what a nice hop character it has. Lots of grapefruit, some floral, some grass, some spice...still, it's mostly the grapefruit. A darn good sample of a hoppy DIPA and yes..I *do* love examples of the style where the malt shares the thrown with the hops. Sometimes, you look for that malt-hop balance in a DIPA and sometimes you don't. When they are done right, I can appreciate both and this one fits the bill. The 8%abv is very well hidden. My first sample from the Alpine Brewery and I'd dare say, not my last. Well done!

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

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Expensive ass six pack but I've been wanting to try this beer for friggin' years. Pours clear, glowing orange. Thin white head. Light lacing. Unsurprisingly, a big-hop nose. Wasn't expecting this to be dank - with some onion and garlic and pine. Also a bunch of citrus. Some sugary sweet, candy malt. The flavor is very well done. It's hoppiness is pretty unique. Hops have a woody, earthy, almost leathery component. Pine sap. Sweeter candied citrus hops as well. Sugary maltiness. Very, very bitter. Floral hops, too. Perfumey. The hop bouquet is pretty complex. West Coast style with a twist. Alcoholic heat. Very bold. Resinous. I've had so many damn New England IPAs recently, it's nice to take a break and have a good ol' West Coast headbutt of bitterness. Another Alpine beer that has really impressed me. But its is NOT worth the price of a 6er!

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

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the golden brew. Frothy head exhibits some staying power, and lacing is foamy and plentiful. Aroma is all about the piney hops, with perhaps a dash of citrus, all shimmed up with ample malt character. Taste is as well all about piney hops, with smooth malts sliding in somewhat under that radar. Mouthfeel is great for the style, not too overboard, and drinkability is good as well. Another delectible Alpine offering, I'll have to keep an eye out for others...

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dank and resiny hops initially. Huge citrus in aroma, as well.

Flavor is similar, but the finish is a bit too bitter, for my palate. Would prefer more malt presence.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark orange color, light fine foam layer across the top with little to no carbonation.

S - Nose is spicy, earthy, vinous malt with moderate tropical fruit blending with the malt at the same sensory level. Booziness is slightly detectable but not enough to be a hindering force.

T - Balanced across the sip with the same nuances detected in the nose. Vinous, fruity, floral, and overall, a sweet, bitter, fruity blend that is outstanding.

M - Medium heavy body and silky on the tongue.

O - An outstanding beer, hands down.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber brown color with a full inch of frothy head.
S - Piney and citrus hops with sweet orange malty goodness.
T - Sweet and bitter but has a nice sweet middle were the malts and hops clash so perfectly. Finish is bitter and a touch soapy west coast style.
M - Medium bodied and smooth with a nice balanced bitterness.

Overall I tired this once and liked it enough to post a review with a new bottle. Still did not disappoint!

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

Pours golden to a darker shade of yellow. Aroma smacks heavy of dry hopping, no shortage going on here. Piney.

Taste is a minor malt sweetness enveloped by a shit ton of hops despite not being excessively bitter. Hides the alcohol very well, doesn't get bogged down in malt or caramel. You could wade dangerously into sessioning this stuff territory.

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

22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..

App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.

Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.

Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.

Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold, with 1/4 inch head and moderate carbonation. Smell is citrus and piney hops. Taste is very citrusy--lime, lemon, orange, and a bit of pine. One of the most citrusy IPAs that I have had in a while. Bitter, but not overly so. A really super good beer. I will pick this up again. First experience with Alpine is a winner.

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

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more citrus than anything else. Does not drink like a DIPA. Very similar to Yellow Rose.

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold in colour with a bit of haze. The beer was capped by a half inch of fine white foam that left a smidge of lace on the glass. Good head retention. Intense hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus peel/oil. Solid bitterness with lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and slightly spicy hop flavour. There was just enough malt to keep it from completely drying out. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol and a light hop dryness. Smooth carbonation that was average in quantity, nice texture. There's a ton of hops in there, but still comes across as balanced. Great aroma and flavour.

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

22oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks, Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear golden orange with a dense two finger off-white head that recedes slowly leaving pretty lace work on the side of the glass.

S: Glorious! Hops abound! Sharp pine and spruce up front with pineapple, some orange, some lemon, some grapefruit and a mild grassy note. This reminds me a LOT of Pliny the Elder. Excellent stuff. This _smells_ dry

T: Strong hop presence up front with bitter, oily, resiny pine followed by a bouquet of citrus, grapefruit and more pine. There's barely any malt presence - bone dry like you wouldn't believe

M: Carbonation is a little low but doesn't hurt as this is definitely among the oilier DIPA's i've had. The hops coat your palate leaving a bitter finish that's dry. The m/f reminds me of Blind Pig

D: Goes down very easy, I wish i had more!

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Photo of Brad007
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to check it out.

Pours a beautiful gold color with a thin white head into my glass. Looks very promising.

A citrus monster greets the nose with a hint of mint to top it off.

Whoa! The carbonation is so strong that it coats the taste buds with a splash of grapefruit. The malt takes on a buttery sheen and the whole thing explodes in my mouth. Oh yeah.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt flavors. Very crisp and chock full of a lasting bitterness.

NICE! I like this DIPA and it's a good example of a beer that will probably never make it to my area.

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

Big thanks to grub for opening up this gem!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, big bubbles, drops to a solid ring, nice lace spots. Smell is wicked, insane hoppy, pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready brown sugar middle, floral, tangerine, jasmine, very complex. Taste is awesome as well, jasmine, bready and biscuity, caramel, orange peel, pine, grapefruit, insanely hoppy, perfect bitter finish, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, almost perfect as an IPA. Thanks Russ!!

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

Clear copper. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is pretty intricate and moderate in amount. Great hop aroma. Like burying your nose in a big pile of PacNW hops. Pungent. Grapefruit. Pineapple. And Bong Resin. This DIPA brings a lot of great hop flavor without an abrasive bitterness. AND without a lot of EtOH heat. I like that. I'd rather my DIPAs be in the range of 8% instead of 10ish. Lemony hop oils meld with tropical pineapple and grapefruit. Resinous and a little greasy. Good stuff. Malts are in the background, but give sufficient backbone to this DIPA without contributing a lot of sweetness. Body is medium to medium-full and the beer is lightly carbonated. Very good DIPA.

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

Reviewed on 4.12.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange, but clears rather quickly. 1 finger cream colored head with good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like pine and grass.

T- Like pine hops and citrusy.

D- Very smooth and drinkable, a slight bitterness lingers for a bit.

O- I would drink this anytime, anyplace.

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

Gearing up for the DIPA fest tomorrow, here's some notes from last year's. Pours a good dark yellow, kinda like when you've been partying or working out real hard.

Aroma, pure hops. Taste, a decent sweet yeast is a nice touch in addition to the obviously very hopped beer. Malt isn't too heavy, a nice dipa at 8%, as sessionable as they get for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, the sweetness which I'm guessing may be a less frequent yeast strain than I'm used to in dipas, nice touch.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of ThirstyBird. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half inch bright white head that dissipated into a skim with a thick band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Big grapefruit nose - sweet and tangy. Taste was not too sweet; balanced and malty with some bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a consistent level of background carbonation - a little oily with some dryness at the finish. This is an incredibly flavorful DIPA, without having to be huge. Really tasty without being overly resinous.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a light and clear watery orange, with about one finger of head, that is gone right away. No lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, a little soft piney hops, its nice but not overly complex.

The taste is pretty one noted as well, a fresh pine hops, but the taste is light. Its easy to drink, but a little boring.

Nice feel, easy to drink.

Overall, of the 4 top 100 alpines, this is the easiest to drink, but a little on the boring side.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,519 ratings.
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