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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 852
Hads: 3,268
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,223
Gots: 487 | FT: 15
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 OStrungT
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color with an off white head. The head is fluffy. It fades quickle leaving a lot of laces. This beer smells very hoppy. It smells piney. It has a slight citrus aroma also. I cant detect much malt aroma. The alcohol is hard to detect also, but it is there if you look. This beer tastes hoppy. Very hoppy. It has a piney, earthy taste to it. It has a slightly citrusy taste also. I can not detect much in the way of malt flavor. This beer is mainly just bitter. It is very refreshing. It is a full bodied, aggressive beer, but I think that it is very enjoyable. It leaves a piney aftertaste. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation. This beer might not be the best session beer if you are not fond of the style. The aggressive flavor might wear a little thin on some drinkers. This beer is a very good Double IPA. It is well worth any effort you might have to take to get it.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear and deep golden from a freshly filled growler into a pint glass. A half inch of head rises then settles and yields scattered lacing. The carbonation doesn't really support a surface cap for long however.

Smell is very robust of hops here, and even more so than in the bottled version. This reminds me of the Alesmith IPA where excessive head and carbonation from the bottle may detract from the hop volatiles present on tap.

Taste/Feel and Finish are similar to the bottled version with a pleasant light citric malt flavor and finish. Offers just a light bitterness and a great drinkability.

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Photo of hayesez
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this a week ago. I didn't know what treat I was actually receiving! Cracked it open at a recent poker game - wasn't planning on reviewing it until I took my first whiff. Whew, amazing! This my first beer from Alpine, and it sure started off with a bang!

I cracked this thing open as the big blind landed in front of me. A very nice frothy head billowed up inside of my Cigar City pint glass. The beer itself is a deep golden amber with a dark center and leaves sporadic off-white lace in my glass.

The smell - this is it. I was absolutely blown away by the smell of this beer. I kept passing it around to the guys at the table (most of whom are BMC kinda guys) in hopes of someone finding it to be as amazing as I...yet unsuccessful. I didn't even dive into this one until a full round of blinds - I just enjoyed the smell. The grapefruit is the dominant smell, and it is juicy and full. There is an obvious orange peel as well as the orange fruit as well. On the end, there is a bit of pine. An outstanding job of balancing the sweet maltiness with the hops.

The flavor of this guy is just bursting with sweet fruit. Grapefruits and oranges for sure, and if I had a better idea what tangerines or mangos, and all of that tasted like, I'm sure they would be in there too. Followed closely by a blast of hops, this beer truly is aptly named. The hoppy resin is definitely felt in the medium-bodied brew. It is well carbonated but a bit slick.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the Pure Hoppiness. A great example of a well-balanced DIPA. Fortunately, Ryan sent me some more of Alpine's stuff as well. I look forward to cracking those open this week.

Consumed: 7/31/2010

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Photo of DudMan
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange w a 2 finger head and slight lacing. Smells fruity and piney. Tastes piney but not overwhelming. Nice carbonation and very drinkable. Great beer. I will buy more.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: a translucent golden brown with a thin whipte head.

S: tropical aromas, including, mango, pineapple, and canteloupe.

T: heavy mango and pineapple flavor with a bitter hoppy finish.

M: medium bodied.

O: very good I like it slightly better than Nelson.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure Hoppiness has a dark, copper colored body with at least a finger of off-white head. The head is pretty creamy looking, and unsurprisingly it has good retention and leaves behind good lacing.

As soon as this beer landing on the bar, everyone around me could smell it. Holy shit is it hoppy. Loads of fruit with pineapple, mango, white grape and grapefruit. A lot of resin and pine scents; just a hint of pale malt lurks in the background.

Pure Hoppiness tastes about as good as it smells. Once again, there are just a ton of fruit flavors competing for dominance, including everything I picked up in the aroma: pineapple, mango, white grape, blood orange and grapefruit. All of these flavors come together to form a flavor that I imagine tastes like some sort of very bitter citrus juice. The resin and pine flavors are almost as powerful as the fruit flavors in the taste. Although this beer is bitter, especially in the finish the amount of hop flavor exceeds the bitterness. Somewhere in the background a bit of pale malt is hiding, but it doesn't do a whole lot to try and express itself.

The mouthfeel has a good amount of body. It is dry, bitter and a bit oily across the tongue.

I don't think Pure Hoppiness is a beer that you will sip. You will drink as much as you can quickly and happily, and then finish drunk.

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Photo of LAp
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a not-quite-hazy honey color with a half finger head that quickly recede. Nose is thickly resinous with faintest traces of citrus. The palate opens with pine sap, which gives way to a hop profile that is beautifully complex - wonderfully bitter, but not acutely dry. There's an almost wet bitter hop presence here, due perhaps in large part to the mouthfeel, which is almost creamy. Definite medium body on this beer that really adds to the strong hop presence. Not a DIPA that relies on its ABV, there's plenty of complexity here in the hop presence alone. Overall, a wonderful DIPA.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Cheers!

Bright copper color with minimal head and little lacing.

Big fruity aroma with tropical fruits, orange rind and just a hint of pine. Big juicy hop taste delivers fully what is promised by the nose. Lingering peppery bitterness, well balanced with the brighter flavors.

Medium body with light but appropriate carbonation. A tasty and drinkable DIPA. This one seems refined and elegant compared to some of the other beers in the category - not a rustic example. After trying Nelson as well, I am thinking maybe this is the Alpine style?

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of April 27th, 2016.

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden orange in color with a half finger of sandstone colored head.Sub-par retention, breaking down to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds bordering the edge of the glass.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of grapefruit, candied orange, a bit of pine and spice.

Taste - Strong citrus notes of orange pith and grapefruit, with a bit of pine and spice hit at first sip. Moderate toasted malt and caramel underbody. A bit of pith and citrus acidity that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. This DIPA is amazingly quaffable and dangerous in its drinkability.

Overall - At $17-20 per sixer, it's hard to justify buying when there's so much amazing beer at half the price, but for the occasional purchase this is a nice treat. Rides that fine line between great balance and amazing hop character.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22oz bomber poured out into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pure amber liquid with a thick egg-white-like ivory head with sticky (even rocky) lacing and superior retention. Faint oily legs.

Popping the cap unleashes an intense array of hop aromatics - an immediate shift in the air akin to the scent that precedes a tornado. Bringing the glass to my nose I'm met with evergreen, mint, orange zest, and a bit of sweet alcohol esters and guava or maybe pineapple.

This is not the hop-bomb I was first expecting on the palate. The hops provide a great deal of flavor but the bitterness is held in check by clean rich malt. Not as fruit-laden as Sculpin but similarly impressive in its balance despite being so hopped. The finish is fairly dry, and there is a floral woodsy aftertaste.

Almost medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Excellent carbonation. Very refreshing and crisp without any limitations on its drinkability by the alcohol.

Perfectly executed as is everything I've tried thus far from Alpine.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Murky golden-copper with an off white head.

Smell: Floral hops and grapefruit up front. Followed by pineapple and orange.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse with a mid-heavy dryness on the palate. Nice carbonation too.

Overall: Medium bodied with a great balance. Really enjoyed this brew. Would love to try this one REAL fresh! Cheers.

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Photo of Psyko
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alpine Brew Pub and from a growler purchased at Alpine Brewery 12/27/12
Served in a pint and tulip glass

A: This beer pours a nice amber reddish 1-2 finger head with some lacing. Some alcohol legs are visible. A small head lingers.

S: Dank pine and grapefruit dominate the aroma. there is no alcohol in the smell.

T: Malty citrus flavors dominate the initial flavor profile. On the back end there is a nice palate cleansing bitterness that cleans up the malt backbone. This beer is fantastic with spicy food like the buffalo chicken sandwich served in the Alpine brewpub.This is a great beer.

M: This beer has a clean crisp mouthfeel. The effervescence does help cut down the dank mouthfeel, the finish is bitter crisp.

O: This is my favorite of the Alpine standard on-tap beers. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Golden orange coloration, nice clarity, plenty of lacing. Fresh, earthy hop aroma. Deep and resiny, some juicy citrus, bitter hop oils. Malty middle with a dry finish, an almost leafy aftertaste. Medium bodied, yet light enough to have several. A superb west-coast style DIPA, among the best in my opinion.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. I had a couple pints during a break for dinner while at the Belgian Beer Festival. Pure Hoppiness had a nice amber hue and a sizeable white head that left great sheets of lace behind. Great nose to this brew - lots of grapefruit peels and pine resins swirl about in a most enticing way. This was a tough brew to keep from just downing in a couple big gulps. It had a great velvety smooth creaminess that was packed with grapefruit juice-like flavor and a sprinkling of pine sap for added bitterness. The grapefruit peel/pine resins taste coated the tongue and left a long-lasting bitter kick, not to mention a couple potent hops-burps.
This offering from Alpine does credit to the West Coast IPA/imperial IPA style. The hops certainly pack a punch but the alcohol content is cleverly concealed. I can't wait to finally get to try it's sibling, Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for the sample.

Pours a huge frothy head with excellent retention with a nice yellow/orange color. Hop oils come through and make the beer a little murky.

Huge citrusy/earth hoppiness that is just heavenly. I have a feeling that this one will be an extreme hop bomb with light malts and an in your face hoppiness. The smell and appearance indicate this and I'm excited. As the beer warms, a perfumy aroma comes out.

I've been flamed for wanting a difference in styles between double and triple ipas. This is a double IPA. Not overly malty to take away from the hops, just a kick in the ass with an exquisite hop flavor. Something about the hops aren't harsh either, their citrusy and leave such a clean aftertaste. I feel akward using that reference, but it's so awesome and not often found in double ipas. C hops up the ass in this one. I love C hops and their use in this beer is excellent. As the beer warms, a very perfumy hop aroma and taste pulls through.

I love a crisp IPA. Sometimes I want a hop fix without a whole lot of boozy astringency from too much malting. This one is incredible. It is a must try.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4.12.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange, but clears rather quickly. 1 finger cream colored head with good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like pine and grass.

T- Like pine hops and citrusy.

D- Very smooth and drinkable, a slight bitterness lingers for a bit.

O- I would drink this anytime, anyplace.

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Photo of Rampage1
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This Imperial IPA pours a nice slightly hazey dark,golden honey color with a thick, pure white head. Lots of carbonation bottles exploding to the surface even two minutes after pouring.

Smell: A huge, tropical bouquet of citrus. I get a ton of tangerine followed by some mango and some orange peel. This tropical thunder in a glass.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Big orange initially from the beginning. It follows with some mango and some pineapple and grapefruit on the end. A little on the bitter side but quite dry on the aftertaste. Awesome tasting and no alcohol heat what so ever.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation to distribute these great flavors all over the mouth.

Overall: I could drink this all day especially on a hot summer day which will be hear soon. Goes down real easy for a double ipa. Alpine once again lives up to its name with another stellar ipa. Just a wonderful medley of tropical flavors with a little bitterness to let you know your drinking a higher IBU ipa but still very smooth. I have had most the Alpine IPA's and will have to get my hands on the last one I want to try--Nelson.

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Photo of mater
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Golden amber color with a nice 2 finger head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S-As soon as I open the bomber I get blasted with citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange peel are very noticeable, pine also.

T-Hops, Grapefruit and more pine than the nose indicates. Little bit of caramel malts. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

T-Nothing outstanding, just a good solid mouthfeel.

O-This beer is excellent. One of the best DIPA"s I've had. Big thanks to badboyrsl84 hooking me up with this.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JahNoth for sending this hop monster my way.

A: Very cloudy yellowish straw color with a big pillow like frothy monster of a head. Measures about 2 fingers leaving thick sticky white spider web lacing. Big time retention. Looks tiptop.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes blend very well together. Orange and lemon zest fruityness. Malty profile comes through if you give the glass a decent swirl. Sweet and spicy notes also present.
T/M: Both the hop and malt profile emerge with avengence. Floral and fruity hop notes say hello to the tastebuds. Big maltyness follows the hops with an above average thick body. Sugary sweet and chewy, but not oily and resiny like other double IPA's I've had--it's more crisp. Sharp fizzy carbonation followed by a slightly dry floral-like finish and aftertaste.
D: Damn drinkable. Slightly carbonated for my tastes and I'd like to try it on draft--not a knock. Bigger hop notes in the aroma but with a good balance in the flavors. Highly drinkable and one that I'd have any day.

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Photo of Nashvillain
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep golden into a stemless Chardonnay, clings to the glass for dear life. Nice head, great lacing.

The smell hits you with a floral bouquet, some interesting things pop out that I can't make out along with grapefruit.

Taste is awesome. Everything I want in an IPA, big fruits and a cloying bitterness, a slight alcohol warm in the finish.

I love this beer. It's not in your face, but it doesn't shy away from big flavors and an amazing aroma. Great beer overall, shame it's so hard to get.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Hoppy Birthday on tap and in the bottle, I had to pick up a six of this when I saw it on the shelf. While I hesitated at the $17 price tag for the six pack, this brewery could easily charge $10 for a bomber and people would pay. It's a delicious double IPA with depth of flavor, refreshing, zesty hops and a body that leaves room for you to want more.
Now that I've had this I'm not sure if I would plunk down the money too quickly, mostly because I enjoy trying new things. But if you ask me to come up with a list of beers I would be happy to have again and again, this beer would make the list. I prefer Hoppy Birthday to this one but that's at the point of nitpicking.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one from PP Carlsbad bottle shop. This beer poured vigorously into the glass had only a small amount of head., the color nice and light copper, lacing was minimal.
The bouquet is all floral hops, great hop aroma, some apricot sweetness from the malts, but hard to tell it is the malts.
Taste is full bodied, low on carbonation, great grapefruit hop bitterness, and well balanced malts. This beer reminds me of the Hop Stoopid in some respects.
This is a great DIPA, refreshing, hoppy and bitter, yet smooth. Another West Coast IPA on the list.

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Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden amber color. A couple fingers of sticky foam that leave some nice lace patterns behind. The aroma features just about the entire spectrum of IPA aromas. It's ripe and fruity with notes of pineapple, but it's also got a dank and resinous undercurrent. Very floral and aromatic overall.

At the low end of the ABV spectrum for double IPAs, this is nonetheless packing enough of a malt backbone to belong in the category. I would say this is drier than most DIPAs, though, especially those closer to the 10% mark, and the hop bitterness is correspondingly more apparent. Herbal and piney notes. Slight onion/garlic powder note that I don't find off-putting when it's faint. The only real knock is a thin mouthfeel with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

Another great California hop-bomb. Still, when price is taken into account, it's hard to make a case to pick this over other DIPAs that are just as good or better while also being substantially less expensive.

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold. Pours with a large, voluminous, fluffy, off-white head that just sits on top of the beer. Excellent retention. Copious lacing.

S: Loads of pungent citrus. Grapefruit and orange rind. Tropical fruit to a lesser extent and some pine to round it all out.

T & M: Clean, lighter bodied with a pale malt base. Some floral and citrus hops. Maybe some pineapple or mango. A bit sweet, almost creamy smooth. Moderate bitterness on the finish with a little fusel heat.

D: Very good for any hop lover. Nice light malt base allows for the hops to come through while allowing this beer to go down real easy.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego a week ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a paper-thin layer of dense, white foam on-top (it was filled to the brim). The body is crystal clear and polished gold in color. Fantastic lacing: a crusty, web-like skeleton stretched across the entire glass. Nice head retention too! Very well done.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, herbal pine, and pepper come to mind first. A mellow malt backbone sits underneath, adding a consistent caramel-y sweetness to each whiff. Lime zest adds to the mix, contributing a succinct bite. Complex and hop-forward.

Taste: Pine resin, pineapple, caramel, and earth dominated the first few sips, making for a sweet, prickly, and very bitter experience. In time, however, my palate acclimated, and I began noticing mango. Oddly enough, juniper and mint also found their way into the mix, though I may have mistaken those as alcoholic esters. Bold, hop-forward, and dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Dry, prickly, and warm, with great mouth-coating and long-lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style; residual sweetness reduces palate stress.

Overall: An interesting and iconic example of the west coast imperial IPA. Always worthy of consideration.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.