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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,845 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,845
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

01-15-2012 13:57:11 | More by acurtis
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

12-26-2011 22:09:48 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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jamvt

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

11-23-2013 17:29:20 | More by jamvt
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johnhenryconway


3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

01-08-2012 02:00:24 | More by johnhenryconway
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Brew33

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

12-04-2013 13:54:55 | More by Brew33
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

03-24-2013 03:10:24 | More by kscaldef
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neorunner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

09-12-2013 17:13:45 | More by neorunner
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

06-04-2014 18:47:01 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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LarryK

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

02-14-2013 13:44:53 | More by LarryK
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
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...

Serving type: growler

09-15-2010 03:12:34 | More by AleWatcher
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RodBurg

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 17:02:33 | More by RodBurg
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e11a627

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 16:05:20 | More by e11a627
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 13:43:39 | More by kbutler1
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:05:19 | More by ZAP
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CONOR8832

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:31:11 | More by CONOR8832
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:07:02 | More by facundoCNB
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fear025

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:03:50 | More by fear025
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JDV

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of Padrefan98 and this one in particular shared by MiguelMandingo on BA. Pour is rich amber colored in a snifter with a smallish white head. Smell is piney, hoppy and fairly aromatic fresh hops chock full of resiny goodness. Taste is much of the same with hop flavors leaning towards piney and resiny with a moderate bitterness and ample malt backing to keep it pretty balanced. For an IPA, it is quite strong, but for a DIPA, I'd say it's extremely drinkable. Very nice beer all around and thanks again for Mike for sharing this great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:34:36 | More by JDV
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CooperEllis

New York

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into .3l tulip

An amber pour, sticky fluffy light white head. There is quite a bit of lacing. Some sticky and some which receeds nicely with the brew. Loose, large bubbles.

A pine head w/ malt sweetness. There is also some note of sweet citrus.

With the initial sip the aroma is more clearly defined. There is a more pronounced pine bitterness but this is a pleasent flavor/aroma combination and does not take anything away from the many citrus and floral notes.

The carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel of this is unremarkable if needing no imporvement. It neither takes away from nor contributes much to the overall enjoyment of this brew. The enjoyment really lies in the initial burst and the way that it smoothly fades with each successive sip.

Finishes easy. Odd that this makes me wish it was a 12oz bottle. I think the overall drinkability is good, but I do not think that it is as enjoyable in larger quantities simply because the highlights of this brew are lost with familiarity.

(45)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:40:47 | More by CooperEllis
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a small white head that dissipated. Didn't stick much on the sides, very little lacing and retention.

S - Smells very hoppy, caught a whiff of it from a couple feet away. Small pine notes with a malty backbone that is not overpowering but still present. Sweet, floral smell with a resin kick on the end.

T - Sweet malts, bitter hop profile. Subtle pine notes, bitter resin taste on the end. Malt backbone but it intertwines throughout the length of the drink with the hops. It's not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected from the smell and the fact this is DIPA. Gets more bitter as you drink.

M - Not overly carbonated, medium bodied, pretty smooth.

D - Starts out very easy to drink. Becomes quite bitter as you go and as it warms up. Better cold, and a pretty solid thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:21:12 | More by AgentZero
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badbeer

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color with a big pillowy white head; great retention and lacing. Citrus and lemon zest notes in the aroma; very hop forward. Also a bit of a smell I can only describe as dank and slightly vegetal. The first taste I get is a bit of the vegetal one noted in the aroma, thankfully it goes to a combination of lemon, orange, and pine shortly thereafter. Slightly higher than medium carbonation and a little less than medium bodied. Good beer, I'd like to try this again. Thanks, Kyle!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:02:24 | More by badbeer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 8% ABV, no date.

A - Just like the other Alpine brews, Pure Hoppiness pours out a clear golden yellow color with a great head rising to two fingers. Good retention ends up as thick lace all over the glass.

S - Once again, the aroma is a little bit low and finally enters in with an unfortunate plastic and burnt rubber aroma. A bit of mango and a hint of onion ask the hops. What is going on in these two beers (Nelson included). A bit of malts in the background but its not appealing.

T - Again, most of the gross off-flavors in the nose disappear in the taste. This time the beer is better with a fairly strong pine and fruit profile that carefully lets a smooth toasted biscuit malt backing through.

M - Pure Hoppiness is medium-full-bodied and bold with a smooth but almost slick feel and a low-medium carbonation finish. Bitterness is balanced well on the finish with malty sweetness.

D - Decent drinkability, much better than Nelson, it goes down well and smooth with a nice finish. A drinkable double IPA that doesn't feel at all like a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 19:02:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Matthew

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours into my tulip glass a nice golden orange color with a small spotty white head. There is a decent amount of lacing that clings to the inside of the glass just above the top of the beer.
The aroma is filled with a piny hoppiness that is most prominent. A decent amount of citrus hop aroma is present as well but not quite as much as I expected. Piny hops, a good amount of a green grassiness is there just before you are left with a fair amount of something that is similar to mandarin oranges.
A decent hoppy pine bitterness is first but fades quick to leave my tongue with some dry earthy tones and a tinge of malt sweetness. After a couple of sips and the beer warms a bit, I can taste a small amount of orangey flavor. This DIPA finishes dry, which is a plus in my book.
Decent body but carbonation is lacking.
Very good drinkability. Goes down easy and isn't overwhelming.
This is a very nice beer, but despite the nice aroma and good initial hop bite, the hop profile seems to fade quite a bit. I was left wanting more of a middle and a better end.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 23:42:42 | More by Matthew
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PatronWizard

California

3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored from OlieIPA for ... oh shit, I didn't give him anything yet.

Little bit of a haziness in this golden hued beuaty. White head. Moderate retention.

Smell is mmm, hops. Thick with hops. If there was a hop scented Glade Plug-In, this is what it would smell like.

Taste is strong and good but to be honest, I taste a little water as well. An ever so slight fruit flavor is present. Overall flavor is a little weak.

Of course it's very drinkable and cuddlable. It's just that I had a fresh Sculpin this week and it blows this stuff away.

Ok, finished the bottle and it was good not great.

Overall: Sculpin

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 05:10:22 | More by PatronWizard
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

03-10-2014 17:16:21 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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