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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

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707 Reviews

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,527
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1,268
Gots: 262 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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 RockRuler
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid DIPA and glad I tried it. A good balance of hops and malt. Sometimes the DIPA can have too much malt but this one is well balanced. Finishes clean with a warm alcohol feel after drinking. Cheers.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold color with medium haze. Haze clears slightly but not all the way. 2+ finger head is a very light tan color. Head dissipates semi-slow and leaves heavy sticky lacing behind.

Aroma is earthy, floral hops. Some mild citrus bite. Big caramel malt. Some pepper. Pine and grapefruit at the end.

Floral hops on the first taste. Then pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Pretty solid malt bill. Caramel, biscuit, and dough. Pepper, yeast, and bitter orange. Alcoholic warmth at the end.

Medium body and mouth feel. Oily and bitter. Medium carbonation. Flavors and bitterness lingers. A bit boozy for 8%

Big bold West Coast IPA. Packs a punch. Interesting mix of hop flavors with floral, pine and citrus notes blending and competing with each other.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus and mint; lightly floral. The profile seems European with noble hops. Flavor is resinous piney and lightly citrus hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit. A good supporting malt base, but the malt flavor is masked by the dominate hops flavors. Finishes with hints of caramel malt and resinous, herbal and mildly floral hop bitterness. Really nice creamy body with great mouth feel. A rich, somewhat complex imperial IPA with a really nice hop flavor mixture, not over the top bitter but the hops are intense enough to satisfy, particularly in flavor. The taste combined with the creamy body made this a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip, brewed by Alpine

A- pours a crystal clear golden color with a creamy and foamy white head that retains for a while before settling into a film floating on top

S- lots of tropical hop aromas up front with notes of mango, passion fruit, tangerine peel, fresh cut grass & peach. A bit of caramel malty sweetness underneath

T- lots of fruity peach & mango up front with notes of guava and melon, followed by some sharp grassy notes. This transitions into some floral notes, before finishing dry and clean, with lingers of mor citrus fruit

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy and dry

O- there are very few DIPA's that I catagorize as 'clean', meaning that it's pure hop showcase. PtE is one of those, and this certainly fits that bill as well. Very good overall

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a nice IPA from Alpine. Lots of piney hoppiness on the nose with a nice clean white head. This one seems pretty well balanced, but does hit you with some residual bittnerss on the finish. Still a fantastic IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

been trying to find this one for awhile. finally found it online for a reasonable price. certainly lived up to my expectations. i've had their "great" before and this one is well done too.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: golden amber hues, a little cloudy, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: citrusy hops, but toffee aromas are pretty forward.

Taste: citrus and piney resin (a bit), but a significant amount of toffee/butterscotch flavor indicates this may not be uber fresh.

Feel: one thing I personally look for in a DIPA is an oily feel, and this really doesn't have that.

Overall: this is enjoyable, but I'm wondering if this isn't the freshest bottle of this. It's a bit stodgy, for lack of a better term.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd like more punch in the aroma, but the hop character is deep and complex, while the body of this 8% brew is dangerously drinkable. I get grapefruit and ground pepper, orange peel. There's more spicy melon in the nose, then the deeper citrus fruit cuts through the flavor. Great beer. So clean and hoppy.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light copper in color with a fingernail of off white around the rim and the majority of the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is sweet floral hops and some honey like sweetness. why can't their be an air freshener or fragrance for women that smells like this? I taste aggressive floral hops with a sharp bite. There's light notes of pine mixed in. The mouth is chewy, thick, and full of resinous floral hops.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's alpine Nelson.
Wine, spivey pungent hoppiness.
Low bitter, lots of aroma and flavor.
Don't need to say much more. Should drink it. It is delicious as you heard.

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from 22oz bottle acquired in a trade with SDRedDevil. Poured an amber orangish color with decent lacing. Looks like and smells similar to Alpine's Hoppy Birthday. Didn't like it as much as HB, but I loved that beer and had it fresh on draft. Had it not had to survive appx 4 Summer days working through the mail system, it would likely have been even better. Definitely want to have more of this beer, and hope I can make it out to Alpine to do so. In the meantime, trades will do just fine.

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Photo of lazydayspoiler
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold, light brown, average to above average carbonation, minimal lacing

S - Sublet tropical fruit, not the big west coast dipa I was expecting. hints of peach juice, orange peel, guava

T - Bright, savory, crisp, mild to medium bitterness fades quickly

M - Balance is incredible, much like all the top shelf Alpines. hop wonderland.

O - Drinkability is off the charts, smooth, balanced, medium bodied, but light enough to throw back endless glasses. I'd go for a Nelson over this, but might beat Duet.

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Photo of Jjski
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- clear pale amber
S- pineapples, mango, lemongrass
T- Not bitter, hoppy but I'm not getting the fruits from the nose until room temp. Pleasantly dry. Very balanced
F- smooth yet peppy, not cloying
O- very good. I had Deep River from Knee Deep and Kern River last week. I prefer the Deep River but Alpine Duet was one of the best IPAs I've ever had

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Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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!!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.