This is another brewery that is new to me and also another that came from my New Hampshire connection that does a lot of trading. Alpine Beer Company is a small brewery in California that appears to be making some very good in a variety of styles. According to their site they make high quality ales, lagers and sours. Based solely on the two beers I have had from them I have to agree.
Pure Hoppiness is their double IPA which clocks in at a solid 8% ABV. Appearance is OK with almost no head. Aroma is better than the appearance as there are lots of piney hops, some citrus and sweet malts as well but I got mostly pine. Taste is where this one excels with the pine hops from the nose but also a fair amount of citrus that is very well balanced with what must be a big malt bill.
This is not a palate wrecking over the top hop bomb just a very solid, well balanced and very drinkable double IPA. While I enjoy beers that are over the top hoppy I also enjoy well balanced beers like Pure Hoppiness. Excited to try more from Alpine Beer Company.
Pros: Very well balanced
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Alpine Beer
Brewers Description: This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large “hop back” to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.