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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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97
world-class

1,964 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,964
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,200
Gots: 160 | FT: 11
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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Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of badbeer
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!

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Matthew
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.

Matthew, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of PatronWizard
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

PatronWizard, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear light amber; excellent clarity; a weak off-shite head that manages to leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: very, very mild and subtle for style. Just faint hops. Pleasant.

Flavor: Mild for style -- more IPA than DIPA -- still, stronger and hoppier than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Only moderately bitter at its peak. Moderate complexity. The hop flavor lingers on in the aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation. Dry finish. Slightly astringent.

O: a distinctive (D)IPA. Recommended.

chinchill, Jul 04, 2014
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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,964 ratings.