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Review by duhast500 on 10/18/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Stemmed glass.

The color is a hazy dark orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty piney and smells a bit like wet hops. Some nice citrus flavor is the background that is quite lemony in flavor and is a bit pithy.

The taste is bitter citrus hop flavor at first. There is a soft embrace of piney flavors with the hops in front and a nice malty flavor that finishes this beer off in the back. There is some interesting hits of sugary flavor that is a bit too sweet but overall the taste is really good.

The feel of this beet is medium bodied with some strong hop flavor that is strong but easy to handle. It goes down well and is just the right mix for a West Coast IPA.

Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 2010
Clear light golden yellow with slow and steady carbonation bubbles within; a firm finger high head of off-white froth gradually fades, lace in good amounts of webby strings.

Puree of hops on the nose! Mega resin filled, alpha acidic, sour citric acids, highly floral sweet and ripe with super fresh zest of grapefruit rinds, lime skins, lemon peels, tangerine, apricot, and the presupposed presense of dryish pine coming through in a largely cedarific sweet sap dryness. Awesome hop nose! Oh my...

Taste has a soothingly mild sweet malt front which is misleading because quickly thereafter the hops build and build and engorge your mouth with cottony sour drying citric acids and juices that are loaded to the hilt bearing piney bitterness and alpha acid wonderment that lingrers for a time beyond time. This gives me the chills on how much after effects the hops have on the palate, wow! Reminds me alot of Rogue's Brutal Bitter which to this day had been my favorite late lingering palate buster. This equals it if not surpasses it due to a bit more complexitiy in the citric bite. Wonderful hop profile, it has a complexing crescendo and contour with all sorts of mixed and super fresh citrusy peels and juices. Yum!

Super clean and fresh, piney, citric, borderline souring bitterness, and full bodied with a crisp drying bitter hop finish that twists your tonsils and blankets your entire mouth, lips included. A purely delightful palate buster!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 04/05/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 19 4 8 2010
This is Alpine’s Flagship Beer. It pours from a 22oz. bottle a nice blurry, milky dark gold tinted hue with a foamy one inch head fruity, almost tobacco smell. The initial taste is all hops, fruit and bitterness. I believe I can taste the actually hop flower in this – that first taste just knock your block off with the floral “essence” of the hop; it’s followed by loads of fruit – apricots, grapefruit, and I even taste a slight banana flavor here. The finish is pine resin and is like, when you’re chopping wood and get some pine resin on your hand, then a splinter, then try to “bite” the splinter out and you taste that pine resin on your finger (well, this is disgusting, but you get what I mean). The beer is an incredible amalgam of hops flavor – it has just one tiny drawback – not enough of that viscous kerosene.

Price: $7.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 0
22oz Bottle

Recieved in trade from errantnight, thanks again. Pure Hoppiness pours a clear copper with the slightest bit of haze throughout, just enough to keep it from being crystal clear. Streams of carbonation rise to the surface keeping the head freshly renewed. A two finger dense white head appeared on the pour and stayed put Leaving webbed lacing on its way down. Good looking brew.

This beer reeks of hoppiness but, surprisingly, not the in your face pucker up and bend over type of hoppiness. A sweet candyish malt lays itself down and lets the hops lead the way. The hop additions in this beer are pretty complexingly mouthwatering. A soft floral hoppiness comes first followed by a solid dose of citrus (orange, sweetened grapefruit, and although not citrus, bubblegum). Last but not least the resinous hops show themselves. I love finding a complex hop presence in the world of citric hop bombs.

Pure Hoppiness is actually more balanced than I expected. Don't worry, it's not balanced there's just more malt than I expected. That candyish malt from the aroma meets up with some mild caramel malt and they both lay down for the layers of hoppiness that soon take over. The orange and sweetened grapefruit lead the way in the flavor and there's hints of a floral softness throughout. The resinous hops come through on the backend and finish things off nicely. The layers of flavor don't jump from one to the other but instead glide seamlessly. Great layering on this beer.

The mouthfeel is all I could ask for in a IIPA. Rich and velvety smooth. There's just enough carbonation to keep it moving with being prickly. Ultra creamy on the tongue.

This beer is disappearing far too quickly and I can't slow myself down. Every sip leaves me wanting another. I don't think I set down the glass yet.

This beer walks the line between an IPA and IIPA but does it fantastically. It's hard for me to find beer with such hop complexity and when I do I hold them near and dear. This is one of those brews. Why can't Alpine distribute to Illinois? WHY!

Reviewed: 10/20/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 11/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 8 12 3 6 2008
Pours a amber to red color with a pretty hazy appearance. There is a good dense head with good retention through the tasting and decent lacing.

The nose is hoppy with a sugary malt backing. To start there is a strong piney and earthy hop aromas. Very resiny overall. Some malt comes out but nothing very distinguished. Some minor caramel but mostly sweet. Some yeast notes as well, alcohol mostly. Some minor esters, rose and figs as well.

The taste is more in balance. The hops have a strong piney and earthy presence with a very soapy finish. Some bitterness that is a bit harsh and astringent in the finish. Could use a better balance between finishing and bittering. The malt is sweet with some muttled caramel notes. The rose esters really come out as well, but still has an American feel.

The body is a bit sweet with a under attenuated feel. Definitely astringent from the hops. Overall I think this beer is a little overhyped. Balance problems with hops and yeast problems really deter this beer from rating better

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 08/10/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Pours a light amber color with a thin quarter inch of foam. The second half of the bomber produced a good inch of head.

Huge grapefruit and pineapple aroma followed closely by the pine notes. There’s also some orange, nectarine, hints of mango, a minty aroma in the back and a trace of alcohol. Also malty, sweet, crackers, caramel and a bit of toast.

Not as big and bold as the aroma but very refreshing and crisp. Bitter grapefruit, tropical fruits, toast, and pine in the finish. Crackers and bready flavors as well. Grassy hops begin to show up later on. Herbal and floral with a medium bitterness.

A little lively with carbonation on the palate, a bit thin but a good lingering finish. A hint of alcohol late in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel improves with the second half of the bottle, creamy and smooth.

A very good beer but I’m still not overly impressed.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 01/09/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 3 8 2008
Bottle from some guy in SD named Joey G.

Nice slight amber/copper color.Just a bit brighter than some other DIPA examples. I like it though. Crisp and clean looking, no floaties. Nice smell, with citrus and hops. A bit thinner than others on the smell too. First taste is good, but get a bit more alcohol than expected. Hop bite follows. Strangely I don't get the citrus and grapefruit than TT mentions. No clue why. I blame KingG for improper storage. But that's just me. Taste doesn't knock me over, for whatever reason. Feel is OK, but nothing special.

I am seriously wondering if I am just missing something here. Or maybe Joey switched the label on this with another beer. I was all ready to have this bottle and really really enjoy it. Specifically picked it as my first one today. But really, this just doesn't make me want another one. Or in Furley's case, half of one and then pour the rest. I won't be pouring, though.

ETA:
I am told that they changed the recipe for Pure Hoppiness. I have to say that I don't like this one as much as the old recipe, which I've had once before.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Originally reviewed 07/28/06

A - Deep golden color with some fine bubbles racing to the top. Generous off white soapy head.

S - Oh my. This is going to be my type of beer. Tangerines and grapefruit. Smells like a wonderful tribute to floral hops used in many West Coast IPAs.

T - Super nice and fruity hops. Nothing overpowering at all. Grapefruit citrus taste through and through. Drinks very much like a DIPA.

M - Very nice. Great carbonation is the best component here. Almost oily and syrupy, but not really. Crisp.

D - This is a winner. Nice and refreshing. A double IPA that I could use as a session beer if it were available to me.

Thanks to Westsidethreat for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Thanks to West Siiiide for this brew. This is what a IPA should look like. Deep caramel color, with an awesome foam lacing on this brew. Taste is top notch, hops + hops. Very drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

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