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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,380
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1,266
Gots: 219 | FT: 12
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:
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 russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

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Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for sharing with me. In a session of DIPA's this one did not stand out among crowd, with the name "Pure Hoppiness" I expected more. Maybe it shouldn't have followed Goose Island Imperial IPA. Still, the dry feel the citrus pine hops make it one very worth revisiting. It had a light feel and very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for sharing this with my wife and I while we were at Cigar City.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter Matt swiped from behind the bar!

Pours a bright golden color with good clarity and a very tall white head. Awesome rocky lace hangs tightly to side sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of big citrus and pine notes - typical of a well-balanced west coast DIPA.

The taste is very bitter and citrusy. Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit pith. There's a small amount of pine flavor as well, but it seems the majority of these hops were added for aroma. The flavor of orange juice seems to add acidity to the beer.

The mouthfeel was very slimy/mouth-coating surprisingly. Sticky with a hint of booze.

Overall very nice, but I still prefer my Great Lakes region style of IPA/DIPA to the west coast variants.

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Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Tustin. This is the second time I have had this beer from the bottle.

A: Light coppery-orange in color, with 1-finger of white head that diminishes to a foamy residue that lasts and lasts. Lacing is moderate and fine.

S: Sweet, with elements of pine and slight alcohol. This beer smells sticky with hops as well as sugar.

T: Bitter from start to finish, with some alcohol astringency and slight malt coming late. The sweetness detected in the smell is not reflected in the taste. The flavor of this beer begins in a very restrained way, without that usual strong burst of flowers and citrus that has become commonplace in the style. However, hoppy flavors escalate alongside the bitterness until they are restrained by the appropriately cutting alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and fairly low to moderate carbonation. Entirely appropriate for the style.

D: This beer is a very good representative of its style, without demonstrating any single pronounced attribute. What is so special about Pure Hoppiness? I don't know, it's just good. That said, drinkability suffers a little due to the high alcohol content and the fact that it is represented in the flavor.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally sampled this beer on 19 June 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
Rerated when sampled from a bottle. A far better hop experience in a bottle. It's amber clored with a whitish head. This has a nice flavor and is a must try for hop heads. Too bad that this is hard to come by, even in southern californa.

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Photo of ALBuff
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beautiful orange double coats your mouth like a cup of bitter honey. Plenty of big grapefruit notes on the nose and on the front of the tongue upon first quaff; but as the Pure Hoppiness spreads over the tongue, it's the much more bitter pine and nut flavors that leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of cwps48
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minimal head. Perhaps it was too cold at first. Leaves slight lacing. Light copper color. Head settles to a brim with a little froth on the top. Head comes out more with the slightly warmer second pour.

S: Caramel malts. Smells sweet. Not very hoppy. Smells like a light Old Guardian/Big Eye IPA.

T: Caramel malts. Definitely hot. Almost get a nice iced tea flavor from it. Not terribly hoppy

M: Nice tingly amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. Refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Speigelau tulip, thanks Reggae4203

Pours a golden yellow clear body with a white head of small and medium bubbles.

Great citrus aroma, strong grapefruit, orange, pineapple, papaya, lemon rind. Some pine notes typical of WCSIPA. Nice aroma.

Taste is very bitter, resinous, and malty, getting a lot of pine and a ton of bitter hops, some sticky sweetness, some bready character, leaves a film of resin on the tongue with a definitely dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol burn is present.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, smooth, medium bodied, sticky, dry finish

Overall, I would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out, overhyped IMO. Just didn't come together as well as it could have. Very malty and very bitter, but the tasting hops didn't shine through as nicely. Perhaps fresher, this beer would drink differently. Hope to try it again fresh one day and reassess.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Bright amber with a creamy head. I get some citrus, wood, grass and biscuity malts. Pretty bitter with the citrus fading away as it warms and the malts making more a show. Not as dry or bitter as its big brother Exponential.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this tasty DIPA my way. Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a slightly hazy golden copper color with about two fingers of off-white head. The foam leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet citrus (orange), caramel malt, tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango, and piney hops. Tastes of sweet tangerine, bitter grapefruit, piney hops and a nice caramel malt back. Slightly thin in the mouth with medium carbonation. I would certainly drink this fine beer again, but if given a choice, I'd pick the Elder which is more accessible here in PA.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Clear, medium depth yellow. Tiny bubbles. Slight white rocky head, good lacing

S - Lemon, orange, tangerine, some grass and a bit of bready malt

T - A sophisticated hop bomb. Nice citrus as in the nose but with a nice complement of toffee and honey sweetness. Didn't get much of the breadiness from the nose

M - Medium to semi-light. Tacky. A little too much effervescence.

D - Very well balanced and I'd love to drink more!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured in DFH signature glass. No bottle date present.

A: Deep amber. 1/2 finger head. Crisp white head. No alcohol legs. Some lacing on the glass during the sip.

S: Big pine hop character. Strong malt backbone. Maybe drifting towards UNFRESH, but can't tell without dating.

T: Hop bite at front of tongue. Malts at the center. Spicey malts. Crisp hop bite at back of throat,

M: Medium bodied

O: I am not sure if this was a good example of this beer at this point. I would love to try it again, for freshness sake.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy yellow. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a bit off with hints of garlic and onion along with some lemon and grapefruit. Dry grassy notes as it warmed

Flavor was a decent balance of sweetness with hops, but nothing exceptional. I may have been tainted since I was blown away by Duet, but this didn't have anything special.

Mouthfeel was medium body, good carb, and nothing wrong with how it went down.

Overall, this is a very drinkable DIPA and I would easily buy this again if I had access, but Duet worked better for me.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear golden with a never ending meringue head with Styrofoam lacing

S: Smells delicious with a piney pineapple and some flowers

T: Not as hoppy as i expected. has a pineapple rhine and honeysuckle and a pine tree above you taste.

M: dry mouth

D: the whole beer went down quite easily but when it got warm it had a little soapy taste to it. other than that its a well made beer for an everyday DIPA but nothing to crazy

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Photo of sfoley333
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Tap at the Local before the 94.9 fm Ann concert. Poured into pint glass a copper orange color with a small head. Smell of pine and citrus with a hint of malt aroma. Taste was very well balanced with pine hoppiness and grapefruit citrus being very mild the malt body help round out the beer, however for the style this beer is not as extreme as other DIPA i have tried just more balanced. The alcohol was well hidden making the beer very drinkable. Would like to try this beer again but this time from a bottle.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At long last I finally found some Alpine (although it required a trip to SD. Whatever).

A: A light yellowish orange, and totally clear. A bit odd for an IIPA. Nice thick white heat though, two fingers but leaves a 2-3 cm fluffy film with lots of bubbles coming up. This looks really carbonated.

S: Very full hop boquet, but not one style really sticks out. I smell a lot of floral, some grass, and of course some citrus. Don't really note any pine. There's a bit of citrus sweetness but it might just be the hops.

T: Hop dominant and really little to no malt balance. I don't note much sweetness if any at all. Even the hop blast is a bit more subdued than I expected. Grass dominant with a bit of citrus.

MF: High carbonation which I think saves the beer a little bit. Great full mouthfeel with plenty of crispness. For 8% alcohol, it doesn't really hit that hard.

D: I'm not entirely sure this is a DIPA to me, it really has more IPA characters. I love a hop dominant IPA, but you need something to balance it out and this doesn't really have it. The hop flavor is good, but it doesn't pack quite the punch of others either. This rates right up there with some of the really good IPA's out there, but doesn't really do it for me if I'm rating it as a DIPA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole double duecer pours into my glass with a slightly hazy light peach hue offering topped off with a settled spotty ivory head cap containing a few scant tiny bubbles rising up to meet the surface.

Piney resin nose with a grassy note. Malt balance is reserved with a mostly grapefruit nose.

First swigs: Flavor mirrors the nose somewhat with a piney hop flavor met with a citrus grapefruit and grapefruit peel. Orange juice sizzle. A slight Tang drink and some Spree candy notes. No detctable heat. I am talking ZERO!

Feel is spritzy, slightly easy medium feel with a bit of a thin body. Not to a fault.

Last swigs: Thanks to fellow BA NeroFiddled for the generous bottle. In case you can't get your hands on this hoppy dish, it reminds me a bit of Hop Wallop.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to light amber hue with a frothy large off-white head. Aroma is big juicy grapefruits and tangerines, a touch 'hot' from the alcohol. Flavor is a bit nutty, citrus medley of orange peel grapefruit and lemon. Good hop bitter but not overpowering - very nice balance. Finish is dry - almost crisp, but not quite. Lemony would be a better term.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

272nd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A mixture of some bronze,copper and orange highlights. A one finger head. Nice scattered lacing.

Smell- A bit let down by this one. Had the usual hops, pine, citrus and some earthy malts.

Taste- It's very balanced and keeps the flavors in check. Hop spice on the backend and its a bit smaller than Exponential in terms of drink. Glad I went backwards with these.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carb level. Fills the mouth with flavor.

Drink- Alpine makes some damn good beers. The two big DIPA's I have had have been very good. Its spicy and flavorful and aggressive but palatable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrtopher for this one!

Into the pint glass goes this one and whoa!!! Loads of carbonation even with an easy pour... Very active head... Quite clear for an unfiltered brew... Golden with 3 inches of head most of the time....

Citrusy and piney aromas that are actually a little more subdued than I was expecting and hoping for... Nice aromas for sure but they don't seem pungent enough for me....doesn't smell old or anything, just a little subdued and that could be due to the head on this thing...

Crisp hoppy flavors led by grapefruit followed by resiny pine finishing abruptly with not much of a lingering bitterness at all... Malts hold their own in the background quite well... Pretty balanced actually...

The carbonation grew tiresome after a while with this one... Overly carbonated on the palate, it hurt the drinkability a bit..

Overall a very solid brew... I have a bottle of Nelson and Duet from these guys and can't wait to see how they measure up...

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Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Urthel glass. Split with my brother.

Thanks to Brianthebrewer13 for this as an extra. My first Alpine!

Poured a crystal clear reddish orange color with a two finger white head.

Smell is quite potent. First you detect some pine and grapefruit, followed by some more citrus notes. Very earthy smelling as well, almost moss-like.

Taste starts with a typical hop bitterness, making way into some nice fruity notes including lemon, orange, and pineapple. Not quite sweet enough IMO, could use some more malts.

Mouth feel was where it should be. Not much of an alcohol presence which is good.

Overall this was a solid DIPA. I think I have spoiled myself recently with ultra fresh Heady Topper, HF Ipas, and Kiwi Rising, so I was not blown away. Regardless...solid beer. Stoked to try Duet which I hear is superior to this.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very golden color with a big soapy head that deposited loads of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pine tar with some lighter citrus in the background and caramel and toffee underpinnings.
Flavor was caramel and toffee front dominated by a very powerful pine and resiny bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was swet to start but the hop domination soon tookover. A bit too unbalanced for me but very true to style.
Drinkability is very solid. Alpine obviously makes great beer and looking forward to a few more from this newly found brewery.

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Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again... A tribute to Beer Advocate and the active trading site. Many thanks to the great trading community here for giving me the chance to try this one out.

And an interesting beer it is - especially in comparison to the pliny I had just last night. This one... Is really hoppy and bitter and pale with low head - just like the pliny. Only, see, this one has ridiculously more balance to it and a bit more body.

That said, yeah. Go figure why the other is rated higher. Shouldn't there be some balance in the beer? Let's check this out, shall we? "High to absurdly high hop bitterness." OK. Well, the pliny sure has one of those. This one is just highly bitter. But, oops! It's supposed to have medium to high body.

Examples:Pliny,Dreadnaught,Majaraja,Hop Slam,Ruination, Hercules,Furious,I2PA,Hopsickle, Stoudt’s Double, 90-minute IPA, Hop Wallop. Well, yeah. I've had most of these. Pliny stands out for me as one that just doesn't belong. It is interesting that the hop emphasis in all of these beers is very different.

But, hey, I'm not reviewing them or pliny or whatever. I'm talking about pure hoppiness. And it's a fine beer. Give it some more color, give it better head and I'll give it a better scrore.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.