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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,268
Gots: 209 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

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.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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Ratings: 2,287 | Reviews: 684
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another overrated IPA. When will the madness end!

Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Sweeter citrus like oranges and pineapple up front with apricots and sweet cantaloupe aromas underneath.

T: Pineapple and grapefruit and resinous pine and orange rind flavors. Some cantaloupe flavors come through before a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is very drinkable.

O: A good DIPA overall. Nothing earth-shattering, but good all-around. I'm glad to finally try it.

Photo of calitrie1486
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very good, very hoppy brew, Was a bit more of a fan of nelson but this was a very close 2nd!

Photo of Zach136
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the source a week prior, enjoying in an IPA glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a great three finger head great lacing.

Aroma: Huge hop bouquet of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and some floral notes.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: More citrus peel and floral hop character up front. Big dank finish. Bitterness is present but in check. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and refreshing. Slight bitter linger. I'd give them both somewhere in the 4.4 range, but that's not an option, so i docked MF a bit.

Overall: An incredible brew.

Photo of jmoore212
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice westie. Great bitterNess to it

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

it takes longer to find it and drinking it

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oily, bitter, hoppy. Melon, pineapple, grapefruit, pine. Clear amber, eggshell white thin head. No lace. Very good, hoppy beer!

Photo of KATCanada
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in Alpine restaurant. Super west coast IPA, could drink it all the time but incredibly it was my 4th Favorite beer of the day! Just a great beer, just not as good as Nelson or Duet...

Photo of weiserr
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from Alpine. Pours radiant copper, semi-transparent, a finger of foam and decent retention. I'm getting a lot of fresh-cut grass and pine needles in the nose. A bit of grapefruit that feels like it was sprinkled with my grandpa's sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with piney notes taking center stage. I get a big wave of grapefruit on the finish, intermingled with a touch of lemon. Ample doses of bitterness, which is always good. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves that tongue smacking effect I enjoy so much. Glad to have tried this one. Don't pass if you get the hopportunity. Larrrrrrrge.

Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Joseph just returns from another one of his contract hitsssssss ...I mean VACATION, and all I got was this lousy Alpine. Wait, what?? Alpine IPAs, like my oldest and and biggest wants?? The same. Holy freaking crap.

Pours a nice deep peach gold with just a touch of haze and a finger of white head that fades to a thick collar.

Oh, the dank sticky hops. Tons of citrus rind and sweet dried tropical fruits in the nose, sweet pale malts, and a some caramel candy with a touch of cedar. Really nice stuff.

Oh man. A really great toasted malt base lays the foundation for waves of sweet red grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple, and an awesome bitterness that builds with each sip. Some other light tropical and citrus fruits are there and a little pine wood (is that even a flavour?).

Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and an exceptionally creamy smooth feel.

Damn. The real life international man of mystery (true story, bro) played this one down a bit, but I'm truly blown away. Unique and so delicious. Thanks, buddy!!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with great clarity and a white sticky head. The aroma is herbal, floral, piney and massively hop focused. The flavor has citrus, green tea, resin and melon. Nice and light for a double IPA this is damn smooth and drinkable. Quite a drinker for those fond of hops.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is floral, citrusy, piney, and a bit sweet. Taste is full of grapefruit and pine. Floral and tropical flavors in the back. Nice malt backbone. Some spiciness as well some dankness and sweet onion. Mouthfeel is vey crisp and light. Drinks very easily. Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Better than Pliny, not that it's hard to beat Pliny though.

Photo of hopFroth
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill, Alpine. Excellent. Balanced, hopliciuos.

Photo of Dynobolt
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer.. Filled up my growler with pure hoppiness on my way back to the imperial valley..

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rather ugly label, by the way, not that it matters. Bright orange golden color with a thick thin head with medium retention but leaving a constant plate.
Unique aroma with notes of biscuit and caramel malts, orange-tangerine, yeast and pine. Not sure what made it unique, maybe some powered herbal dankness.
Hoppy flavor with notes of oranges, grapefruit, lots of pines and resin, spices and American yeast. Increasingly dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Citrusy and piney DIPA with a superb balance. It seems assertive but it has further hop complexity between the lines. A reference.

Photo of aleigator
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to Marcel for the bottle!

Pours a clean amber-orange color with a froth, stable white head.

Unleashes fantastic aromas of piney, lime infused grass with lots of intriguing dankness, hints of herbs and peach pulp. So much going on, fresh weed is paired with kiwi, lemon peel and juicy orange cream. Reveals tangerine, coated up with resinous wet grass. Fantastic nose, located between a great fruitiness and pine.

Drinks outstandingly smooth, while it begins with piney, zingy lemon, accompanied by bready, balancing malts. The malts though, while they blend very well into the dankness, play nothing but a supportive role, handling the fruity, bitter hop madness. Also invites a honeyed fruit note to the palate, containing kiwi, unripe orange and water melon, which perform outstandingly well together with the grassy pine. Finishes slighty dry, outstandingly bitter, with lots of dank citrus and water melon, punchlined by a floral honey note. Awesome beer, incredibly full of subtle hop flavors, while drinking extremely smooth and easy, with a unique, full taste. Blown away.

Photo of Juhnny19
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another great beer from Alpine!

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dank and resiny. Huge citrus in aroma, as well. A bit too bitter, for my palate.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste poured from a bomber into a tulip thanks to Vito at Beachwood BBQ. Golden color with foamy white head that clings all the way down. Huge hop aroma - citrus and earthy, esters, some graininess in the background. Taste is flowery and citrusy hops, warming esters, hints of malts, very bitter. Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyable but didn't live up to the hype, plenty of other good doubles out there. Better as it warmed up.

Photo of Sox311
4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Clear, aromatic, amazing taste, overall the best IPA I can claim to have tasted besides possibly Heady Topper or Pallet Jack.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was old I believe. Too malty for the style

Photo of jakewatt135
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! First offering from Alpine, looking to try more of their stuff! Different than most IPA's I've ever had. Super smooth and delicious, not any harsh bitterness.

Photo of Raziel313
3.36/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Preferred Nelson over this one. A little watered down

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a IPA heavy west coast deliciousness beer for sure.

beautiful bright yellow with plenty of carbonation. smell was just out of this world with hops. tons of citrus, beautiful pineyness as well. taste, wowza this one was complex with varying levels of hops. first very potent and bitter and then sweet and mellow. this one drinks quite easily as well. damn fine example of a WCIPA

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,287 ratings.