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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,365
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,258
Gots: 218 | FT: 12
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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Reviews: 673 | Hads: 2,365
Reviews by taylorhamrick:
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a deep copper color, not too dark, but not super pale. Very clear. The head is huge, nice and sticky looking, which leaves a cascade of lace with each sip. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent, leafy, and floral. Suprisingly, it lacks a real frutiness, but there are notes of citrus rind, like the white stuff, the bitter, not too fruity stuff. Though it really does smell like just like hops (dried flower buds, full of pollen and resinous aromatics). Nice, but I wish there was a little more fruit. The taste comes back with some fruit, not flesh, juicy, sweet fruit, but like grapefruit and bitter orange. Maybe a tiny bit of mango, but the bitter outer edges of the flesh. And it's also pumped up with a ton of grassy, piney tastes, which of course, begin to distract you from the fruitiness. The bitterness is nice, like a little kick, but it doesn't overwhelm the hop flavor and the slight sticky maltiness. You do get a quite sticky maltiness, mixed in with a little alcohol, but the alcohol is certainly subdued (which is a characteristic I really like in a DIPA. Tastes in a lot of respects like liquid flowers, resinous, the felling of pollen, leafy bitterness, a little peachy, super dry. Very nice. And as it warms, you start to notice the sweetness, and you start to get more sweet orange. The body is around medium, and very dry, with good moderate carbonation, just enough of a bit to keep it lively. And the hop resins really make it stick, giving you a little flavor to stay around and think of. But really, this is very nice. It has the kind of balance you expect in a DIPA, enough to distract from overwhelming bitterness, and really provide a nice body and the tiny amount of sweetness needed to make the fruitiness of the hops pop. Really, though, the hops shine, and the resinous, pungent varieties of hops. Very raw hoppiness. Maybe a little more fruit, and a bit stronger of a smell could put help this surpass all others, but as it is, there may only be 2 or 3 ahead of it. Really a brilliant DIPA. (2,066 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is one of the cloudiest IPAs I have ever seen. This is the deep dark murky waters full of sediment. The head was huge, lasting, and lacing. Perfect!

Smell – Man, does this beer reek. The big, strong, floral hops mix with the rind and pine scents to produce a monster aroma. This is making my mouth water.

Taste – Just when you thought that you were going to be slapped by the Godzilla of IPAs, this one steps back and shows some class. It is smooth, creamy, reserved, yet full of flavor.

The profile here is a class act. The hop fullness is complimented by a sharp but unobtrusive pine hop undertone. The hop sharpness picks up strong in the finish, leaving the drinker refreshed and satisfied.

Mouthfeel – Refreshing and almost full in the mouth. This one has not a hint of alcohol. It is creamy smooth like butter.

Drinkability – If it wasn’t for my demanding, share-all-the-good-hoppy-beer-with-me wife, I could chug this all night. This is a masterpiece. (998 characters)

Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on my list of beers to try this year.

Pours orangey-gold with a fluffy head.

This beer is packed with citrus through and through.

The nose jumps out with grapefruit, tangerine, and mandarin orange.

The taste is equally as citrusy with just a touch of sweet, doughy malt and yeast. Once again, if you like citrus, this is the beer for you.

I could drink this often. Very driinkable and has an attractive demeanor. I can't wait to try exponential hoppiness. (469 characters)

Photo of nohead02
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, fill up your senses with this brew. I often get this in the bottle but found it on top at the San Diego Brewing Company and it really shines on draft. A creamier brew than you expect from an IPA. Nice foamy head that never dies down, producing a long, smooth mouthfeel. Aggressive hoppiness but not to the point where it is just a way to show how macho you are. Bravo, bravo, bravo. (390 characters)

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of explosivebeer
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I didn't take notes when I tasted this beer. But it is quite memorable so hopefully that'll be sufficient. From what I remember it was a fine clear light amber color. What was most outstanding was the amazing aroma that simply exploded with hoppy goodness. The body was nicely balanced with sweet maltiness and it finished as spectacularly as it started. This is a beautiful beer. (391 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

S - Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T - Nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Medium length finish with some floral notes on top of a very mild bitterness.

M - Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O - My first brew from ABC and I wasn't disappointed. Very solid DIPA. (490 characters)

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dmann
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even better off the tap. The pour and the color were the same as the bottle version. The smell was a bit more pronounced with a little smoother hop scent than the bottle but just as good. The flavor and the mouthfeel were much better on tap. The malty middle came out much more and balanced the beer just enough to make it near-perfect, and the mouthfeel was much more creamy and easy going. A great beer indeed. (412 characters)

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of newk340
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam head with wicked lacing and hazy golden yellow in color.

S: a blast of hops, slight citrus hints as well tease the senses.

T: an initial sizzle of hops with an aftertaste of tropical fruits.

MF/D: a buzz of carbonation that fades rather quickly leading to a rather smooth swallow. (297 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bombers pours into my glass an impeccable clear golden orange hue, amazing clarity. An inch of creamy white head rises and as it falls it leaves dense patches of sticky lacing. Aromas are evident before even getting close to the glass! Big, brash citric hops show up across the room. Closer inspection brings a cacophony of vibrant citrus, tropical, juicy and resinous green hop aromas out. A sweet caramel malt lies in the background, but hops rule here. Somewhat floral, enticing aroma.

First sip brings a crisp somewhat toasty caramel malt upfront that gets washed over by a solid mix of hops. Leafy, citrus, floral and light tropical flavors move across the palate. Lots of green resinous notes as well. It flows down with a big smack of bitterness that grabs hold. Finishes off with lingering bitterness and floral hop afterthoughts. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness overall. Solid brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Great carbonation makes it go down easy and refreshing. If I could find this regularly it would be a go to brew and I could easily take down a couple bombers. Overall, another solid west coast IPA. I wouldn't say it's amazing and my favorite, but it's a damn good brew that I'm happy to have tried. (1,249 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly packed foam white head. Interesting patterns form in the bubbles. Body is a lighter yellow color, nice and clear though. Lacing shows up to round it out.

Lots of aroma in this, immediately evident when the cap was popped. Citrus and floral hops dominates with some clean straw aromas come in from the malting. Just pure hops mostly (no pun intended), but doesn't seem overly sweet like many other big hopbombs.

Lots of hops are evident as would be expected. Big, bold, brash hops. Floral and straw hops form most of the flavor in this. Some piney resin finishes this out and leads into the lingering bitterness. A bit unbalanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fair amount of carbonation makes for a nice crispness. Decent drinkability, the slightly unbalanced nature brings this down. If you want straight up hops this is a good choice. Good brew overall...similar to Victory's Hop Wallop to me... (912 characters)

Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jp7161
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Hamburgers
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper. One finger white head fades to a thin cap leaving little to no lacing. Aroma is slightly piney, citrusy with some tropical fruit notes. Flavor has notes of grass and grapefruit. Thin to medium body. Not heavy on malt. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish. (280 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Afroman
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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