Monday, April 8, 2013

Alpine Pure Hoppiness - Gus #47

It's been a while since I've posted a review.  Been working on some other things, including traveling a bit with work and vacation.  I'm coming back with a good one though!  Today's brew comes from a small but very revered brewery in California.  Located in Alpine, CA outside of San Diego.  Alpine Beer Company has been a major name in the beer world for their hoppy brews.  I've had a couple of them on my list for a while now.  I was fortunate enough to receive this one and one other from Winton!  Thanks again man!  Duet was a very tasty brew but there was some carbonation issues so I decided not to review that one.  This will be the review of their West Coast Double IPA named Pure Hoppiness.

How it rates with others:

YouTube Reviews:
Jamison's Review
Ryan AKA StumpyJoeJr
Daniel from Beyond the Pour

ratebeer review:

Information from Alpine's website:

About the Beer:
Style:  Double IPA
Alcohol by Volume:  8.0%
IBUs:  Classified
O.G.:  1.072

A West Coast Double IPA
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 other pale in comparison.

I poured this brew into my Jester King glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured out of the glass with a glowing orange color.  Really clear and decent carbonation.  The head was about a finger but it didn't last very long.  Hints of alcohol legs on the edges of the glass.  Head finally gave way to a floating island of bubbles and rocky clumps around the edge of the glass.

Aroma:  First thing I notices was a tropical fruit sweetness.  Really a sweet orange like a tangerine with some hints of pineapple and fruit punch.  Then you get the malty backbone and some pine notes.  After you let it warm up you get more of a citrus almost like grapefruit.  But, the big players in the aroma of this one are the orange and pineapple.

Taste:  Taste follows the nose as it usually does with a hoppy brew.  Sweet tangerine or mandarin oranges mixed with some fruit punch type flavors.  Hops follow through on the back of the palate with that dry finish that gives some lemon or grapefruit tartness.  Middle of the mouth you pick up some more sweetness.  I really like the mouthfeel of this one.  Easy to drink and alcohol isn't traceable at all.

Verdict:  This is a really nice brew.  It's balanced well and showcases some nice hop flavors and aromas.  All too often all you get is grapefruit or pine flavors.  This had a nice display of what fruits can come out of a brew.  I'd like to have this one with a nice oriental salad, keeping with that mandarin orange theme.  I think it would be super refreshing in that sense.  This is definitely an A beer.  I like it much better than the Duet I had.  I will not say it's a better brew in my honest opinion until I get another bottle of Duet that has good carbonation.

Another big thanks to Winton for sending this out to me.  Be sure to take a look at his YouTube channel.  He has some great reviews.

Sorry for the lag in the posts, again.  I will get back on track with the uploads.  Expect to see more homebrew stuff as well.  That's another reason I've been slow with reviews.  The good news is I have a stock pile of stuff to review now!