Saturday, November 26, 2016

Alpine Pure Hoppiness Review

Name: Alpine Pure Hoppiness
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8%
IBUs: 61

It's been a little while since I reviewed an Imperial IPA since hoppier beers tend to take a backseat during the winter months. So let's take a look at Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, a name that makes it obvious that it's just chuck-full of hops. That and I've heard it's considered one of the best Imperial IPAs on that market right now; I mean it does come from San Diego, but I'll wait to pass judgement.

Appearance - Mildly hazy orange color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The head is pretty thin but has some good retention and the lacing is plentiful

Aroma - Rich citrus hops with some moderate piney hops. I'm also getting some nice caramel maltiness and even some light yeastiness.

Taste - Rich citrus hop and tangerine notes, both of which linger throughout the palate. Towards the middle and back is where that caramel maltiness starts to show itself while those piney hops show up right at the end and they're there but are eclipsed by the citrus hoppiness. The aftertaste is light piney hops with more tangerine notes.

Well, it's got a bright & robust citrus hop profile and it manages to please the palate quite well. With that said, it's a fairly by-the-book West Coast Imperial IPA but a good one at that. In short, you aren't going wrong by buying a six-pack of this and if you're a fan of West Coast IPAs, you'll definitely find something to love about this.

Alpine Pure Hoppiness - 8.5/10 

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