1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,846 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,846
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
View: Beers (46) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,846 | Reviews: 643 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by aracauna:
Photo of aracauna
aracauna

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Great head that's almost too happy to be alive. You have to pour this one carefully. It's a slightly sandy head but very sticky. The first glass laced, the second glass left thick patches of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. I may need a scouring pad to clean the glass. The body is solid amber. It looks a little thin though. I don't mean pale, I've seen paler IPAs (Sweetwater IPA is more yellow and less red), just thin. The aroma is heavenly. Big fruity hops, a bit of sweetness, a very aromatic beer. The flavor is where things drop off. The rich hop profile thins out to mostly just a bitterness. It would have been nice if the juiciness had carried through from the aroma, but it didn't. The malt is seriously lacking. I got a glimpse at a nice caramel and biscuits malt at the first sip but then it was lost under the hops. It's not that the hops are really overpowering, it's just the malt backbone isn't there to hold it up. It makes the beer a bit thin. This is also a really dry beer. It's one thing in a lager like a pils to be dry, but I actually prefer my pale ales to be less dry. A little sweetness really helps to balance the hops and give a little character. If the flavor was as good as the appearance and aroma this would be an incredible beer. Still not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 00:10:13 | More by aracauna
More User Reviews:
Photo of SUBER
SUBER

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-13-2014 23:22:03 | More by SUBER
Photo of mhenson42
mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-13-2014 03:10:40 | More by mhenson42
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-13-2014 01:09:15 | More by AlexFields
Photo of WadeBridgman
WadeBridgman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-13-2014 00:36:18 | More by WadeBridgman
Photo of GuttaMane138
GuttaMane138

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-12-2014 19:06:41 | More by GuttaMane138
Photo of LegalBrew87
LegalBrew87

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-12-2014 04:50:53 | More by LegalBrew87
Photo of cp45
cp45

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

07-12-2014 03:27:48 | More by cp45
Photo of Graffy
Graffy

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-11-2014 04:55:32 | More by Graffy
Photo of huntermop
huntermop

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-11-2014 02:50:57 | More by huntermop
Photo of ScorseseZoe
ScorseseZoe

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-10-2014 19:15:09 | More by ScorseseZoe
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-10-2014 05:14:57 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
Photo of Ben7773
Ben7773

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-10-2014 04:43:29 | More by Ben7773
Photo of jaeone
jaeone

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-09-2014 17:40:10 | More by jaeone
Photo of PhillipMicupp
PhillipMicupp

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-08-2014 23:39:42 | More by PhillipMicupp
Photo of ctone
ctone

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-08-2014 19:52:25 | More by ctone
Photo of mbbransc
mbbransc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-08-2014 18:06:11 | More by mbbransc
Photo of bastu
bastu

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-08-2014 06:52:33 | More by bastu
Photo of jmkoller11
jmkoller11

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-07-2014 21:39:09 | More by jmkoller11
Photo of Kmlund
Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-07-2014 18:42:40 | More by Kmlund
Photo of Davepoolesque
Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-07-2014 14:40:18 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of LambicPentameter
LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour coaxes out just a finger of bleached white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few medium sized suds from the pour. The color of the body is a deep tangerine orange with amber gold highlights. Retention is slight, with the head fading to a film after a minute or so, and leaving spotty, silky lace intermittently along the sides of the glass. No rings to speak of.

Smell - Bright and pungent hops impart strong notes of citrus with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith and a less aggressive complement of orange zest. Some notes of pine and herbal accents also serve to give the aroma a little bit of depth, but this is mostly a citrus bomb. Very hard to detect much, if any grain in the aroma of this imperial. Maybe just some faint bread.

Taste - The same grapefruit pith that fronted the aroma is also leading the charge for the taste. Bright, pungent bitterness is complemented by just some subtle generic citrus and even a hint of malty sweetness that is only present enough to prevent this from being like drinking straight hop oil. There is some subtle tropical characteristic here that I didn't pick up in the aroma, and again, the pine and herbal bitterness is just enough to give some interest to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate to low carbonation and a very dry finish that lingers on the tongue well after the liquid has gone.

Overall, a very tasty DIPA, with a heavy emphasis on grapefruit and a fair amount of bitterness. The IPA market is so saturated these days, and it seems that so many brewers are getting their IPA legs under them that it's hard to truly stand out. I think this one suffers just a bit from that phenomenon, but it is still a very good IPA all the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 00:00:51 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of newbeeraday
newbeeraday

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-05-2014 22:10:09 | More by newbeeraday
Photo of cherche
cherche

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-05-2014 19:43:53 | More by cherche
Photo of bsnone
bsnone

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-05-2014 02:47:56 | More by bsnone
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,846 ratings.