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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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97
world-class

1,887 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 146 | FT: 10
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)
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Ratings: 1,887 | Reviews: 647 | Display Reviews Only:
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jraras

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -77.2%

01-11-2012 04:01:49 | More by jraras
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glitchedmind

California

1/5  rDev -77.2%

10-04-2013 21:43:21 | More by glitchedmind
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fishguyac

Virginia

1/5  rDev -77.2%

11-08-2012 20:58:24 | More by fishguyac
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ajzy

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -65.8%

05-27-2013 00:32:12 | More by ajzy
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mborge

Nevada

2/5  rDev -54.3%

02-12-2012 06:25:44 | More by mborge
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HiAIPA

Maine

2.08/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A bizarre concoction to be sure. Seemed ok upon pour, but this must have zero malt in it. This had a high acidic note that was horrid, no bitterness. Perhaps I had a bottle that was past it's prime. I can tell this might have that high A fresh taste at bottling. Not impressed, rather horrid. Have more and will re-review.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:12:50 | More by HiAIPA
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Irrationalist

California

2.5/5  rDev -42.9%

05-12-2012 16:41:05 | More by Irrationalist
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shuggy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31.5%

11-21-2011 23:15:49 | More by shuggy
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -31.5%

08-01-2013 17:48:53 | More by mwbrady12
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StoutFest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.5%

12-07-2011 04:57:10 | More by StoutFest
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -31.5%

07-19-2014 02:14:38 | More by Nichols33
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Swimsum

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Globe

Pours out a bright golden color. Body is crystal clear. Head is initially one finger in thickness in a white color. Eventually, settles to small island of foam with a ring around the glass. Etched glass keeps the head present for the whole session but only a thin layer. No lacing is present.

Sweetness front and center with no hops at all and that's all I'm getting. What the heck? Sadly I get nothing that resembles anything like what a "West Coast IPA" should smell like. Perhaps this bottle is old?

Much like the smell, tons of malt sweetness but no hops what so ever. There is a bitterness that is left in the throat after the beer has been swallowed but up front there is just sweetness. Like I said for the smell, I'm going to guess this is an old bottle...

This is really a saving grace for this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth and semi thick. Even though the etched glass kept the carbonation coming it didn't show up on the tongue.

Well I will revisit this beer sometime when I know how old the bottle is. This was just overly sweet and no hop presence. Had there been hops to balance out the sweetness this would probably have scored much higher for me. It was still drinkable, but not what I was looking for considering I was hoping for an Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:59:23 | More by Swimsum
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wouldn't a hop cone be pure hoppiness? Pours a amber to red color with a pretty hazy appearance. There is a good dense head with good retention through the tasting and decent lacing.

The nose is hoppy with a sugary malt backing. To start there is a strong piney and earthy hop aromas. Very resiny overall. Some malt comes out but nothing very distinguished. Some minor caramel but mostly sweet. Some yeast notes as well, alcohol mostly. Some minor esters, rose and figs as well.

The taste is more in balance. The hops have a strong piney and earthy presence with a very soapy finish. Some bitterness that is a bit harsh and astringent in the finish. Could use a better balance between finishing and bittering. The malt is sweet with some muttled caramel notes. The rose esters really come out as well, but still has an American feel.

The body is a bit sweet with a under attenuated feel. Definitely astringent from the hops. Overall I think this beer is a little overhyped. Balance problems with hops and yeast problems really deter this beer from rating better.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 16:00:58 | More by Oxymoron
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 12:26:10 | More by tjthresh
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

04-12-2013 14:53:59 | More by ShanePB
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jacewg

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

08-06-2012 18:19:07 | More by jacewg
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seeswo

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like carbonated apple juice with a sizable white head. The had slowly dissipates, leaving lacing along the sides. Looks good. Smells of piney hops and just a touch of citrus. Smells pretty good. The taste is generic bittering hops, malt and maybe a touch of pine. The flavor is somewhat smooth, but just decent. I am not sure what it is, but there seems to be a burgeoning small, off, metallic/soap flavor. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel which all seem appropriate. Drinkability is pretty reasonable, with a finish of bitterness that hangs out for a while on the tongue.

This was not as good to me as exponential hoppiness, duet or hoppy birthday, all enjoyed within the last week or so. Maybe this one is old. If so, I'm not apologizing because I don't see a date stamp anywhere. I'll obviously review another bottle - I otherwise love Alpine beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:46:32 | More by seeswo
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 00:17:35 | More by barleywinefiend
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

clear bright golden orange and an inch and a half of fluffy off-white head that retains very well, leaving a lumpy, frothy peak even after a few minutes. lots of rising bubbles.

bright, fresh, citrusy aroma. tangerines, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. hints of pine and sweet malt as well.

flavor doesn't quite have the same complexity, with a slight hoppiness in the start complemented with a stronger hoppiness in the finish. prickly carbonation and a medium feel; somewhat one-noted, with just a medium-high bitterness and some floral and pine notes. very pretty beer, with a great aroma, but it's slightly downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 03:30:18 | More by Prufrock
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a trade, but I forget from where. Either way, thanks!

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada glass. Beautiful deep rich copper color with an off white rocky head.

Smells of sweet sticky malts, some toffee, and bitter resinous hops.

Taste gets wonky for me. There is a beautiful sweetness that is immediately hammered down by the hops, but the end of the flavor and finish is oniony/garlicky.

Mouthfeel is spot on, rich, slightly viscous and oily.

Overall, a bitter disappointment. the onion and garlic flavors going on are just nasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:25:10 | More by taylor714914
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is what it says it is, though well made in the genre and fairly well balanced in the hopheads domain. It first appears orange-amber and very clear. Its head is sticky and white. Interesting oily C-hops aroma well mellowed by a tea bag reminiscent herbal maltiness. Generous earthiness and more of this tea goodness keep up on the tongue and come close to offering a match to the slick oily hops, tongue-slicingly bitter, flowery and grapefruity. Thin and refreshing mouthfeel, surprisingly light carbonation feels somehow too much with the oiliness of the hops used. Thanks Eyechartbrew, very clean brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:14:28 | More by Rastacouere
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Taken from notes

Pours a light orange vibrant color with a two and half inch white fluffy head. Good retention that leaves bits amount of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The smell is of citrus with tangerine being dominate along with pine like hops and slight floral aromatics.

The taste upfront was of a slight citrus tangerines flavor along with grapefruit and midway is a pine bitterness that seemed to dominate the rest of the flavor.

Thick syrup like body that I did not really care for with average carbonation.

Out of Duet, Nelson, and Pure hoppiness. This one was the worst of the three. I recommend Duet if you are going to choose.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 14:36:13 | More by tr4nc3d
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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
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tarheels86

California

3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Toronado SD. Poured a clear yellow with a dense, white head leaving very good sticky lace. Aroma of bitter high-alpha acid hops, earthy hops, moving to sweat and brine almost in the nose. Taste is lots of bitter, earthy hops. Not much of a backbone. I really liked fresh Duet a hell of a lot better and will need to try this again in a fresh bomber. 7/6/2010 6/4/7/4/14=3.5

22oz courtesy of peteinsd. Great pour with a dense, fluffy white head. Good lacing. Fresh citrus hop aroma- juicy oranges and grapefruit and mango peel. Taste is watery, seltzer, dry, not much to it. Some slight butterscotch comes into balance but not nearly enough and the end result is bitter seltzer water with not enough of a malt backbone. 8/22/2010 7/4/7/3/14=3.5

Overall, I think Duet is superior to Pure and Expo Hoppiness consistently. Even after having on tap at Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 17:51:46 | More by tarheels86
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kojevergas

Texas

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

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine a couple weeks ago. Expectations are high because I've been loving Alpine's offerings. They're quickly rising on my best of California list.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured (initially) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour floater. Hardly a head at all. Retention is terrible, even given the ABV. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent copper - very curious for the style, which I expect to be clear and clean. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

I was able to coax a head out of it by pouring with additional vigor after finishing off my first glass. Head retention was more frothy, with nice cream and thickness - plus better retention (~2 minutes). Strange.

Sm: Pine, clean malts, fruit esters, grapefruit citrus, hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates. Some oily hops. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp pine, floral hops, clean malts, grapefruit citrus, sweet brighter malts, and well hidden hop bitterness - but it still comes through, negativley impacting the balance. There's certainly a hop bite on the climax and through the third act. Nowhere near as complex or well layered as Exponential Hoppiness, but there's some subtlety here. The grapefruit is a nice touch, though grapefruit dominant IPAs are not my favourite. I like it, but it's far from unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Much cleaner than the appearance would have you suspect. Nice body.

Gets more nectary as it warms. I like it much better as it mellows, bringing the balance into a careful duel between subtle malt sweetness and tame hop bitterness. I regret serving this cold.

Mf: Clean. Dry and coarse from the hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely crisp. Wet and smooth in the early acts, but never as much as it needs to be to attain a refreshing character. Good thickness and carbonation. Somewhat oily. Suits the flavours only generally.

Mellowed as it warmed, like the flavour. Got smoother and wetter, suiting the flavours much better. Curious. But inconsistent. Somewhat buttery until the dry finish.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not Alpine's best. Pales in comparison to Exponential Hoppiness, which I quite admired. I'd get this again on draught. Interestingly priced. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice Double IPA. This will likely satisfy most fans of the style. I dislike the grapefruit focus and the apparent hop bitterness, but to each his or her own.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 04:40:05 | More by kojevergas
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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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