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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 719
Hads: 2,562
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 1,263
Gots: 276 | 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.
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Photo of HiAIPA
2.16/5  rDev -50.1%
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.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.11/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.17/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.27/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.45/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
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-

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Photo of tarheels86
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another alpine beer and another nod to sideswipe-- thanks John!

Reviewed from notes (in my ongoing effort to get caught up on my reviews!)

A slightly hazy golden with some copper hues in there. A white head settles to a cloud froth-- good lacing.

Smell holds some caramel sweet malts and some orange peels. The orange peels smell great. No pine or tropical fruit in this one.

Mandarin oranges and crisp fresh floral notes follow up the caramel malts. Very pleasant flavor.

Would like a little more carbonation. The body feels heavier than it should, almost lackluster.

The beer is certainly palatable-- I've had a bottle that I found to be much better than this...

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Photo of anonymoose
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an orange color. The aroma is resinous paint quality. The taste follows with a lot of bitterness, piney and resinous hop profile, and light paint quality that isn't as bad as the aroma suggested. Barely escapes that horrible taste that masks everything that I find in certain IPAs.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dujayhawk for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Clear, dark gold that glows under light; only mild visible carbonation leads to a small white head.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus, and grassy hops, overlying a little biscuit malt.

T: Unfortunately, doesn't follow the nose here. Caramel maltiness fights with citrus, piney, and spicy hops into a disaster. The spicy hops get more prominent as the beer warms, which is even worse with the caramel malts.

M: Very low carbonation sensation, a small amount of alcohol noticeable, and a medium body.

O: Well, this does have some good points, primary among these the aroma. But not my preference to say the least. Caramel malts do not play well with American hops! I'm glad to have tried it, but there will likely not be a repeat performance for me.

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Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the SD Toronado. This was my first try of anything from Alpine, a brewery I've wanted to taste for a long time. Good looking amber/golden in the pint glass with a wafty head and decent lace.

Refreshing pine and citrus smells radiate off the head. The malt is there, providing a good balance.

Awesome hop flavor, although a little subdued. Evergreen, pineapple and floral flavors mesh well with a sweet, malty backbone.

Good stuff but a little weak in the hop department. I want a DIPA to crack me in the face with hop flavor and aroma. This one fell just a little short. Very good, nonetheless.

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Photo of e11a627
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty golden-yellow color.

S: Obvious hop aromas but also kind of smelled like soap or potpourri.

T: Not sure if Alpine Beer Co. used a different kind of hops that I'm not familiar with/used to but it tasted too fruity and reminded me of soap. Almost the floral flavors you taste in belgian IPAs.

M: Hops flavor lingers on tongue for a while. Almost feels like a syrup consistency in throat post-swallow with a sharp aftertaste and stays with you.

D: Wasn't too fond of this beer but maybe because I'm just not used to the sweeter hops. Too fruity and sweet for my tastebuds.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a deep orange/amber color with a nice 1 finger fluffy white head. Strong aroma of citrus and sweet malt. The taste is quite nice without being too hop overpowering. Very well balanced with what they call the "hop bite" and the end. More citrus rind hop flavors than pine. Lack of alcohol taste for being 8%. Mouthfeel is slightly off in my opinion as it seems like it should be slightly heavier. This isn't a bad beer by any means but I think I was expecting a little more out of it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light orange....not much head

S-I'd almost guarantee this bottle has some Nelson Sauvin or Summit in it...it's got that garlicy/herbal aroma up front backed by a smaller basic citrus (oranges/grapefruit)

T-Taste takes on a little citrus but the catty herbalness is still there...has a little of grapefruit peal on the finish...

M-Malt balances as this feels fine and not one sided but the malt never exerts....body is medium to full...a nice little bitterness on the finish but this is not a hugely bitter beer.

D-It's well made I just am not a big fan of the Nelson Sauvin/Summit hop flavors personally. Granted there are other hops at work here but that one or two stick out to me a little more than the others in this beer for some reason...decent enough but not great in my mind.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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. I'd drink it again. Cheers.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a hazy orangey pour with a finger of white foamy head which dissipated slowly and released some great lacing. smells of grapefruit citrus, caramel, bready malt. tastes slightly oxidized.. bready, light hints of hops (grapefruit, minty), subtle sweetness from the malts. medium body with high carbonation.

out of the 3 alpine beers i got (nelson, duet, and this) this is my least favorite and the only one i found had an oxidized flavor. even with the oxidized flavor, it is still a pretty good ipa.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter best By dare of April 16, 2015

A: excellent clarity light amber in color looks like a lighter bodied beer soapy head that drops to a film

S: very piney, resinous, light alcohol lots of that solvent pine smell,earthy and a little spicy

T: huge on the tongue a lot of the nose follows very piney, earthy, and just a touch of sweetness but super amounts of piney hops none of the alcohol the nose hints at appears in the taste

M: slick medium feel nice coat on the tongue

O: This is a tasty beer I think I was expecting a fruit bomb and this is 180 degree in the other direction. It is smooth and quite piney but I don't know if I would grab it again. Its just not a hop profile I like, but if you like SN's hop profiles you might love this.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - This beer had a thick fluffy off white, creamy head, the beer itself nice bronze amber color with some honey tones about it.

Smell - Extremely fresh hop smell, hine of green apple peel, one hell of a fresh spring like smell, like the air outside smells when the seasons change from winter to spring, very floral fresh aroma.

Taste - Like most good quality IPA's the first thing you notice is the fresh hop tast, excellent citrus and pine flavors explore your palate. One dissapointing charactieristic that I found was that the flavor doesn't linger on the palate it dissappears very quickly after the sip This is why i gave the taste a lower score.

Mouthfeel - Very well carbinated, not a light beer but very medium bodied.

Drinkability - Hard to get beer here in Texas. Great IPA to try, highly recommend, very well balanced IPA easy to drink, very smooth, nice and refreshing, bring the spring season out from the cold.

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Photo of fear025
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Nice grapefruity hoppy aroma, with just a little bit of skunk. Sweet malt in the nose as well.

Appearance:Dark amber in color, nice white fluffy head, ok retention, very nice lacing.

Taste:The foretaste gives me a moderate amount of hops, but what I'm noticing more is the sweet malt backbone of this beer. On subsequent sips, the hope flavor does come through more, but I'm not sure I'd agree with the "mega hopped" description on the label. The hops are really interesting though, I'm getting some apricot/peach flavors, along with mint. The mint is what sticks around through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a low to medium body with good carbonation, and a delightful smoothness.

Drinkability:I was expecting more hop bite from this beer, but I ordered it online, so there's no telling how long it's been on the shelf. It did still have delicious and unique hop flavors.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.