Alpine Windows Up

Val and I went to one of my favorite places, The Pour House in Pennsylvania for dinner. Every time we go out there, we stop at World Market. It’s one of the few retailers that I enjoy going to. It’s not overly crowded and they have a lot of unique things, like lavender candies that remind me of fabric softener (which is something I like, Val thinks it’s weird).

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Windows Up is a single IPA made with Mosaic and Citra hops. It pours a hazy straw color and is topped with bright white beer foam. Piney aromas mingle with fruity notes, while hints of citrus fruit and an overall lingering resinous quality lend a touch of complexity to this dank IPA.”

Random: This beer comes in at 41 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and orange in color with lots of carbonation. The nose was filled with grass and vegetal notes of green peppers and green onions. The taste was equally vegetal with grass clippings, pine cleaner and light lemon notes. Green peppers and onions were there as well. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The booze was well-hidden. It had a lengthy finish with pine cleaner. This wasn’t the best beer that I’ve had from Alpine, but I had no problems drinking it. That being said, there are better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Alpine Duet

I keep listening to CNN on the way to work. It’s depressing. I’ve never been so interested in politics, and I was a Political Science minor. It feels like a bad reality show. Anyways, this is a beer that has been on my “try” list for a long time.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A West Coast IPA Our original single IPA made with Simcoe and Amarillo hops ‘in harmony.’ 1.065 OG 7% ABV”

Random: Alpine’s beers are still on the more expensive side, but well worth it.

The beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated relatively quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. It did leave a half a finger of a crown on top of the body. The body itself was clear and yellow. The nose had a lot of citrus fruit, specifically grapefruit. It also had grapefruit zest along with some pine needles. It had a touch of a stone fruit note as well. The flavor of the beer mirrored the nose. It was a lot of grapefruit flesh and zest and even a touch of tangerine. The pine needles and oil came through next. There was very little malt on this beer. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish. A bottle was $2.50, which broke down to $.21 per ounce. This beer was perfection in a glass. The flavors married so well together and it just worked. I will definitely be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Alpine Hoppy Birthday

When I heard that this brewery was purchased by Green Flash, I was excited about the possibility of trying this beer. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.25%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hoppy Birthday Truth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true. 69 IBU 5.25%ABV”

Random: It’s a month and a day until my birthday.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, off-white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass, along with a crown. The body was clear, with high carbonation and light copper in color. The nose was dank. It had fresh pine needles and citrus. It also had a floral note. The taste, as expected, also had a lot of pine and grapefruit pith. The taste had a slight malt presence that the nose was lacking. It was really flavorful and drank much bigger than a session IPA. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. The finish was sticky with piney hops. A single bottle of this was expensive at $2.50 ($.21 per ounce), but worth every penny. I would have this again in a minute.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

This beer was one that I was insanely excited to try. It gets a near-perfect score on most beer review sites, and with the takeover by Green Flash, it’s finally available in the area. Spoiler alert: this is one beer that is worthy of the hype.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: The website says that it’s only available in 22 ounce bottles. I’m guessing they haven’t updated it in awhile…

This beer poured with a dense, one finger, ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and left lacing on the IPA glass along with a crown. The body was a clear amber color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was huge. It had a lot of pine resin, but quickly went into fresh grapefruit flesh and pith. It quickly went into tropical fruit with mango and pineapple. The taste was bursting with bitterness that was quickly balanced out by lots of citrus. It had grapefruit flesh and huge tropical notes of mango. Pine resin was present, but the citrus notes really stole the show on this one. The body was a bit oily and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with mango and pine resin. A bottle of this was expensive at $3 ($.25 per ounce), but was worth every penny. I loved this beer. It had so much flavor, with hidden alcohol and the mouthfeel was perfect. This is easily in my top ten of the style that I’ve had.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Alpine Nelson

Alpine is a brewery that prior to this, I’ve never gotten to try anything from. Their distribution used to be very small and in 2012, they found a growler of their beer for sale on Ebay and threatened to never sell another growler again. It made big news (at least in my little beer universe). Then, in 2014, they got acquired by Green Flash, which helped to increase their distribution, so I can finally get my hands on it.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A Golden Rye IPA. An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to the flavor.”

Random: My palm is really itchy, to the point I’m rubbing it against my desk.

This beer poured with a three finger, pure-white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and lemon-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had grass, cilantro, light pine and lemon pith. The taste was completely different from the nose. It started with peppery spice from the addition of rye. Then, the cilantro came through as well as white wine grapes and grapefruit flesh. Tropical fruit came through next, specifically mango. The body was thick, yet dry with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with rye spice and tropical fruit. This beer had so much depth and flavor, yet was insanely drinkable and the alcohol was well-hidden. This set me back $9.99 ($.45 per ounce), which is not a bad price for a beer of this quality. Get this beer if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0