Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 2,341
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 3.93%
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Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to try my first beer from alpine.

A: Golden orange witha faint amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. It left a half inch layer of head that quickly faded leaving a thin foamy white layer on top of the beer and nice spider webbed lace.

S: Nice citrus hops. Mostly mango and apricot. Not as strong smelling as some other beers but very pleasant. Some caramel notes can also be detected.

T: An initial wave of mango, peaches and grapefruit give way to a robust pine finish. The pine overtakes a biscuity sweetness especially after the first sip.

M: Slightly bready and full bodied with an intense lingering hop finish.

D: Wow I downed this one quickly. Tasty for sure and something I would surely have again, but I left feeling somewhat let down probably becasuse I had insanely high expectations. (834 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

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

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. Slight smell of caramel from the malt along with some fruit.

Taste: A lot more bitterness than the smell would have suggested. Citrus peel hops along with a note of pine. The malt balances things out a bit, but the hops dominate. The finish is bitter and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA. I just started trading, and have had an abundance of wonderful IPA's. This one is up there with the best of them. (685 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright copper coloring with a fomay, quick to disipate head. Aromas of pine and foresty hops, with sweet highlights. Initial tastes are sweet and flowery, with a full fisted punch of hops explosion to the back of your mouth. Citrus undertones help to balance the entire taste attack. Very green on the aftertaste, with pine notes lacing the hops flavors. Bittersweet aftertastes, blended of hops and citrus. Smooth yet crisp finish. Easy on the palate despite the heavy flavors, making the beer extremely easy to drink. Fantastic beer! (598 characters)

Photo of awalk1227
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/2/10; the last of three wonderful Alpine IPAs from Rock4sc96, thanks so much man!

I've been extremely excited to try this, as I saved it for last out of Duet and Alpine.

Poured into an Alchemist Brewery pint glass

A: Light orange/amber, hazy like many DIPAs are. Good head.

S: Grapefruits, orange, then some sticky pine resin on the finish. Some caramel hints

T: Hops, bittering, malt. This is really good, but at this point, and compared to the Nelson that absolutely floored me, I don't see anything spectacular. It makes me wonder if with no bottling dates, this was the oldest of the three.

F: I like the big DIPA feel. Not too syrupy, solid medium body, slightly chewy. Enough carbonation to carry it home.

D: Good, I can taste a hint of alcohol here. Perhaps fresher hops would have changed this?

I'm not giving up on this beer. I was simply astounded by the other two previously mentioned, so I'm going to seek out another trade of this to review. (974 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark orange, almost amber color with a nice bubbly, soapy white inch of head that leaves ooey gooey sticky lacing. Is there anything more enticing then when the head of a beer recedes and the sticky head is just unrelenting, for me no... Lots or carbonation/bubbles are still

Aromas begin with lots of pine, floral and earthy hops. Then you get some citrus fighting for dominance as well but the first three hop smells I mentioned are totally in control. A slight underlying bready maltiness but the hops are really overshadowing the malts here.

The tastes begin with a fair amount of bready malts, more than I got in the nose. Then the bitter hop flavors take over, mainly grapefruit and pine. Lesser earthy/floral hops are also there and slowly actually begin to dominate as they did in the aroma. This is really a nice tribute to the "green" hop flavors (pine, grass and floral). The pale, sweet malts help to counteract the bitterness and keep the flavor profile in balance.

The mouthfeel is medium borderline medium-to-light bodied (which is crazy for an 8% DIPA) with medium carbonation. The finish is really bitter and clean. Pine and grapefruit bitter hop flavors linger on the palate for a decent bit after you sip, not a palate wrecker by any means, just a nice dose of bitterness here.

Overall this is my least favorite Alpine beer to date, but that is like saying you are the shortest midget in the Lollipop Guild. Nelson and Exponential Hoppiness are just in a different class than this beer. In a category that is hard to wow now-a-days, this one falls a tad short for me. Still a great beer and definitely recommended but not a "necessary" find in my opinion. Alpine makes some serious epic beers so anything you can find from them (that is a hop-forward) will definitely be worth your while. (1,832 characters)

Photo of LBBeer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a shaker pint.

A--Coppery brown brew with a bright white head, decent lacing.

S--Great green hoppy aroma. Can smell it coming out of the bottle.

T--Nice combination of bittering and aroma hops, on top of a nice caramelly malt note.

M--Thinner than expected. Needed more of that great caramelly note.

D--Really good beer, gooes down just right, but not especially remarkable.

Definitely looking forward to trying more Alpine brews. (455 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewery.

Pours golden with a quilt of white foam. Smells tropical with mango, peach, pineapple and plenty of resiny goodness. Some tangerine as well as sweet lemon. Flavor matches with full malt sweetness and fruity yummyness. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a crispy finish. Nice beer. (296 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Metallitone1 for this one! This has a very nice and clear golden color but the bubbles were a little large and the head and lacing could have been better. The piny, resiny hoppy aroma is very inviting. It reminds me a lot of Centennial hops and I love Centenntial. The flavor was very hoppy with a piny, resinous flavor and none of the fruity grapefruit flavors. There is little alcohol or other fermentation characteristics. There is a slight sweetness but the beer is rather dry and allows the hops to shine. The dryness made the mouthfeel a little less than great. Overall, though, this is a very tasty San Diego Pale that I would try again. (654 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, golden color with a finger, or less, of fluffy white foam. I was a little disappointed at the lack of head on this one, after drinking YuleSmith yesterday this one was a bit mute on the look. Aroma is a nice range of citrus fruits, apple, sweet cherry and sticky, sweet malt. Some pine notes are also hidden in the back of the dominant citrus hops. The taste is surprisingly balanced. It is a well crafted DIPA but it didn’t wow me. The name “Pure Hoppiness” I was imagining a bitter bliss, but I didn’t get that with this beer because it has a very adequate amount of malt to tame this beer from being bitterer than it is. The mouthfeel is fairly silky and smooth without feeling like a big/heavy beer, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Still, this is a great DIPA that deserves the good reputation it has. (840 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a light and clear watery orange, with about one finger of head, that is gone right away. No lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, a little soft piney hops, its nice but not overly complex.

The taste is pretty one noted as well, a fresh pine hops, but the taste is light. Its easy to drink, but a little boring.

Nice feel, easy to drink.

Overall, of the 4 top 100 alpines, this is the easiest to drink, but a little on the boring side. (514 characters)

Photo of hansgruber
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Very clear slightly dark orange color. Nice one finger fluffy head that remains throughout albeit not so tall. Very nice lacing.

S- Malt hits you at first and then the hops. Not very in your face(err nose) hoppy aroma. The weakest part of the beer for me.

T- Citrusy hops all the way. Lightly bitter. Hops just coat your mouth for a nice long finish. The flavor just remains there to savor.

M- Full bodied without being too heavy. Great level of carbonation

D- Very drinkable. Not too high on the alcohol scale so it doesn't slow you down too much. Really like this beer and would drink it often if it were around. That doesn't appear it will ever happen unless traded for.

Definitely impressed with Alpine's beers. (780 characters)

Photo of LJArsenal
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to errantnight for the opportunity to sample this fine West Coast gem.

Poured out of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Orange to yellow in color with a nice two finger head. Great lacing. Pine and grapefruit are the primary notes, but there isn't as much in terms of smell as is experienced with other DIPA's.

Taste is hoppy, crisp, citrus with a bite at the end. Somewhat oily mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation. This is a very well-balanced beer with just a smidge of alcohol flavor at the end. At eight percent, it fills a niche between higher ABV beers like Hopslam and PTE and lower ABV IPA's like Masala Mama and Two Hearted Ale.

A refreshing and enjoyable beer, this is one that would be great on summer's day to go along with some grilling and baseball. While one bomber is all I need at a time, I definitely will keep this beer on my wants list for quite some time. (894 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perry's Liquor hooked me up on this one. After a long and stressful trip packed away snugly my suitcase with dirty clothes and after a damned TSA inspection (got the lovely card to prove it), I though I'd do this beer a favor and enjoy it freshly & on my own on the back porch!

22 oz, chilled bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a lightly cloudy, dull brass and orange color with a gorgeous, creamy off-white head. Great lacing along the walls of my glass.

Not a whole lot on the nose, mild bitterness and a sweet malt sensation.

The taste brings much more than the nose indicated. I get a solid wave of pineapple, apricot and tangerine from the hops in this one - all chased with a very sweet and sour finish. I almost get a waxy quality in my mouth, the sign of lots of hops! The hops are big and noticeable, but not attacking the palate with bitterness. It all mellows accordingly with the firm malt presence.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of refreshing, crisp and active carbonation.

If this was available locally, I'd have it more often! (1,063 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Small head. Aromas are very nice floral hops. Medium bodied IPA. A hop fest in a glass. The malts are really overpowered by the hops in this beer. The hops are floral, grapefruity, spicy, piney and bitter; take your choice cause they are all here in this beer. As the name implies it a hop bomb and very bitter, yet it still manages to have some smoothness to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. (462 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dank and resiny hops initially. Huge citrus in aroma, as well.

Flavor is similar, but the finish is a bit too bitter, for my palate. Would prefer more malt presence. (172 characters)

Photo of chaz01
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a trade with mobz24 (Thanks Richard) poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow color, thick head that retains very well and produces some nice lacing.

S: Pine, Citrus and Caramel Aromas

T: More of a mellow, earthy, piney hop flavor initially -- a bit subdued and not overpowering. But then the beer finishes with an incredible long lasting piney hop finish that goes on and on.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

D: Very solid IPA that I would seek out again -- easily drinkable and would pair well with a pasta or fish entree. (563 characters)

Photo of Telix
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: A crystal clear copper ale with a nice mild carbonation rising from the nucleation points. The head quickly fades to a little film. Up my alley.

S: A bit... off? Mild, but appetizing in general. My bottle wasn't super fresh so I may have lost some aromatics.

T: Nice resinous hops with controlled bitterness, some mild candied cherry sweetness, white wine grapes. It's a bit mild, probably due to the lack of freshness. A tasty IPA, sure, with some honey maltiness and sharp effervescence.

M: Solid, creamy and thick but not syrupy. Good.

D: Very quaffable, something I'd seek out again. I was much more a fan of it's bigger brother Exponential Hoppiness, though. (726 characters)

Photo of Cavery
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired by Klym for a wonderful weekend tasting (woot), shared with SundaySour.

A: Classic pale ale hue with a bit more transparency that borders on yellow. Liquid gold flake in a classic pale ale coloration. Perhaps a bit on the lighter side for a DIPA, but there's nothing wrong with that.

S: Orangey pine, lemon cammomile tea with a swirl of marmalade. Honey sweetness takes the nose for a joy ride. Promising smells from this DIPA! Even if a bit 101. That said, it's well done.

T: Very light orange and pine sap flavor. Smooth and modest for the style. Very nice, but there's a bit of a lemon ricola lozenge taste that interrupts the other characteristics. Up to the point of that interruption it's quite good, but when i get a dose of that throat medicine I feel a bit cheated. It at least remains consistent in that it's still a nuanced flavor. The strong point of the beer is the malty perfection. It tastes like oven fresh French bread crusts. simply delicious malt flavors in what can be an overly hop dominant style.

M: The mouth is just about right. A refreshing double IPA that wins you over with sessionability. Alpine is no stranger to sessionable IPA's, but I'd say this one has a particularly silky mouth-feel. Alpine did a good job here on their DIPA.

O: Another very solid offering from Alpine. They really have yet to disappoint, but I think their single IPA's are more enjoyable. Nelson and Duet are both so good, I couldn't help but have some soaring expectations coming into Pure Hoppiness. It's not fair to the brewers, but one can dream. I'd still take this over a great many in style, but if I reach for an alpine brew I think I'd grab one of their equally sessionable single IPA's. (1,718 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego, CA

Poured a clear amber with a thick, dense, creamy, frothy, off-white head. Lots of clingy, thick lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and citrusy with noticeable sweet caramel malts.

The taste was similar to the aroma yet a bit more smooth, sweet and fruity. Citrusy hops were obvious along with tropical fruits (including mango) and a sweet, caramel malt backbone. The malts were most noticeable up front and mid-palate, where they combined seamlessly with the hops to provide a needed balance. As the beer warmed, the sweet caramel malts became even more pronounced. The finish was hoppy, yet not over the top, with lingering notes of pine sap, grapefruit and pineapple.

Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and quite creamy, but the carbonation was excessively low.

As for drinkability, this beer was quite easy-drinking (especially for the style). There was a nice mix of both sweet and bitter flavors, and the 8% ABV was very well hidden (but it definitely caught up with me by the beer's end).

Overall, this was a smooth and tasty double IPA, albeit somewhat less extreme than many others in its category. (1,162 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

clear pale copper with a thick head.. one that leaves lacing behind that reminds me of the dead, withered legs of a spider. honeycomb patterns are left behind encrusted to the glass.

aroma is excessively grassy with a big hint of wet envelope glue. the freshness here begins to transcend into a world of excess, but pulls itself back just before reaching critical mass. sweet violet and green berry scents prosper in defense of a big, sweet warning. warmth brings real strong homebrewed iced tea wafts.

the tea leaves really come out in the flavor, and even finish with that tobacco-like dryness. very english flavors with mild sweet-lemon citrus notes. super-light for a DIPA, finishing sweet with limited bitterness and no sign of thick resistance in the body. dryness really tries to evolve here, but the chosen hop flavors seem to promote overripe berry puree flavors and sweet sesame. perfumey overall and a bit light for my tastes. if you told me this was a southern tier ipa, i might be fooled.

a nice dipa but not one of the revolutionary ones of the universe. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JayORear for the hookup.

Appearance: Clear dark gold with some copper leanings. Head is off-white and drops to a wispy cap with a small creamy collar. Solid lacing with a moderate carbonation. Moderate retention.

Smell: A bit dank with a solid pine resin bitterness. Loaded with a healthy amount of citrus with some tropical fruit elements. Some grapefruit, peach, and even some mango. Resin and oily pine. Malts are bready with some caramelized sweetness. Cooked malts with a slight hop spiciness. Some sugary sweetness with a backing hint of alcohol. A nicely balanced approach.

Taste: Bitter pine needle. Oily and slick. Some tangerine and mango flesh with a heavy grapefruit fleshiness. A touch floral with some mint and marmalade in the back. Lightly sweet malt breadiness. Some caramelized malt sweetness as well. Straight up bitter on the back of everything. Building dank pine with each sip. Bitter with some restrained alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushes some almost full. Moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish. A bit juicy and wet up front. Some alcohol drying as well.

Overall: Aptly named.

A solid DIPA. Bitter, but not so aggressive it's distracting (I'm looking at you Arctic Panzer Wolf). Malts are light and offer just enough sweetness to curb the bitterness. Oh Alpine, you so good. (1,340 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for lugging this back for me from CA.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a crystal clear honey orange, with a decent 2 inch orange-cream head that left just a hint of lacing. I will say, this is the first beer that right after I poured it, I said to myself, "Wow this looks like a beer poured in a beer commercial". Pure Hoppiness would have definitely received a 5 if the lacing were a bit stickier. The aroma is a subtle yet distinct infusion of orangey citrus and pine needles. This is a wonderful example of a beer where both styles of hops are very prevalent in the nose. Unfortunately, there is really no hint of malty sweetness, which is supposed to be there in a DIPA. The flavor is a bit subdued for me. There are definitely prevalent hops, bunches of citrus and a bit of pine, but the bitterness just isn't there. Also, like I said earlier, there really is not a malt presence in this beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied and just a bit effervescent. No real resiny mouthfeel noted. This is a great beer, but a DIPA, I don't think so. This is just a stronger IPA and is definitely lacking some of the qualities that I look for in my double IPA's. If this was reclassified to an American IPA, I would positively reconsider my scores and put this up with Bell's Two Hearted, Firestone's Union Jack, and Ballast Point's Sculpin. (1,386 characters)

Photo of wchesak
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pastradul for the trade

Poured into my Spiegelau tulip glass.

A- very light golden amber color, half a fingers worth of small bubble filled white head, some splotchy lace

S - was a good foot away from it and get already pick up the "Dank" citrus flavors - lemon, pineapple, orange also some fresh cut grass

T - good caramel/pilsner malt base flavor starts that lends itself mid palette to dry, bitter citric flavors, slight astringency in the back of the palette like sucking on a lemonhead hop

M - medium bodied, good and bubbly, not syrupy or thick

D - hops dont completely take over the show, but are in the forefront where they should be for the style, beer does not try to do too much, hard to put down as each drink leaves you wanting another, going to be going after more of their hop forward brews (822 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a golden yellow with a tint of orange...mostly clear with two fingers of meringue like, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the way down...

Citrusy, tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose...piny and resinous. Slightly earthy and a bit of sweet malt tries to balance things out...

Piny and slightly bitter. Sweet, fruity, oily...pretty one sided hop presence (duh). Not flat out bitter, has a nice sweet side to balance things out...

Sticky and thick with good carbonation...medium to heavy bodied and much chewier than expected...

Pretty good DIPA, I prefer Nelson and Duet from Alpine over this one, but I would definitely drink it again... (700 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice honey orange color with a big creamy off white head with stained glass lacing and great retention. The aroma is big mango gelato followed by clementines and some honey on the finish. The flavor has some big time Clementine acidity with some bright lemon bitter oil characteristics. The malt profile is lacking a little bit but the hops are fresh and definitely present. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, yet highly smooth and easy to pair with light seafood dishes and chicken. Drinkability lacks because it so hop forward it loses balance and really needs food or else it gets lost the hops. Aroma is unreal, but drinkability suggests that it needs food. (713 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.