Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 2,341
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,256
Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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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 NYC-IPAnAPA
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from 22oz bottle acquired in a trade with SDRedDevil. Poured an amber orangish color with decent lacing. Looks like and smells similar to Alpine's Hoppy Birthday. Didn't like it as much as HB, but I loved that beer and had it fresh on draft. Had it not had to survive appx 4 Summer days working through the mail system, it would likely have been even better. Definitely want to have more of this beer, and hope I can make it out to Alpine to do so. In the meantime, trades will do just fine. (503 characters)

Photo of lazydayspoiler
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold, light brown, average to above average carbonation, minimal lacing

S - Sublet tropical fruit, not the big west coast dipa I was expecting. hints of peach juice, orange peel, guava

T - Bright, savory, crisp, mild to medium bitterness fades quickly

M - Balance is incredible, much like all the top shelf Alpines. hop wonderland.

O - Drinkability is off the charts, smooth, balanced, medium bodied, but light enough to throw back endless glasses. I'd go for a Nelson over this, but might beat Duet. (515 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- clear pale amber
S- pineapples, mango, lemongrass
T- Not bitter, hoppy but I'm not getting the fruits from the nose until room temp. Pleasantly dry. Very balanced
F- smooth yet peppy, not cloying
O- very good. I had Deep River from Knee Deep and Kern River last week. I prefer the Deep River but Alpine Duet was one of the best IPAs I've ever had (352 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Sweeter citrus like oranges and pineapple up front with apricots and sweet cantaloupe aromas underneath.

T: Pineapple and grapefruit and resinous pine and orange rind flavors. Some cantaloupe flavors come through before a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is very drinkable.

O: A good DIPA overall. Nothing earth-shattering, but good all-around. I'm glad to finally try it. (524 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the source a week prior, enjoying in an IPA glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a great three finger head great lacing.

Aroma: Huge hop bouquet of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and some floral notes.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: More citrus peel and floral hop character up front. Big dank finish. Bitterness is present but in check. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and refreshing. Slight bitter linger. I'd give them both somewhere in the 4.4 range, but that's not an option, so i docked MF a bit.

Overall: An incredible brew. (547 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in Alpine restaurant. Super west coast IPA, could drink it all the time but incredibly it was my 4th Favorite beer of the day! Just a great beer, just not as good as Nelson or Duet... (192 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from Alpine. Pours radiant copper, semi-transparent, a finger of foam and decent retention. I'm getting a lot of fresh-cut grass and pine needles in the nose. A bit of grapefruit that feels like it was sprinkled with my grandpa's sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with piney notes taking center stage. I get a big wave of grapefruit on the finish, intermingled with a touch of lemon. Ample doses of bitterness, which is always good. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves that tongue smacking effect I enjoy so much. Glad to have tried this one. Don't pass if you get the hopportunity. Larrrrrrrge. (615 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Joseph just returns from another one of his contract hitsssssss ...I mean VACATION, and all I got was this lousy Alpine. Wait, what?? Alpine IPAs, like my oldest and and biggest wants?? The same. Holy freaking crap.

Pours a nice deep peach gold with just a touch of haze and a finger of white head that fades to a thick collar.

Oh, the dank sticky hops. Tons of citrus rind and sweet dried tropical fruits in the nose, sweet pale malts, and a some caramel candy with a touch of cedar. Really nice stuff.

Oh man. A really great toasted malt base lays the foundation for waves of sweet red grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple, and an awesome bitterness that builds with each sip. Some other light tropical and citrus fruits are there and a little pine wood (is that even a flavour?).

Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and an exceptionally creamy smooth feel.

Damn. The real life international man of mystery (true story, bro) played this one down a bit, but I'm truly blown away. Unique and so delicious. Thanks, buddy!! (1,041 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with great clarity and a white sticky head. The aroma is herbal, floral, piney and massively hop focused. The flavor has citrus, green tea, resin and melon. Nice and light for a double IPA this is damn smooth and drinkable. Quite a drinker for those fond of hops. (294 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is floral, citrusy, piney, and a bit sweet. Taste is full of grapefruit and pine. Floral and tropical flavors in the back. Nice malt backbone. Some spiciness as well some dankness and sweet onion. Mouthfeel is vey crisp and light. Drinks very easily. Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Better than Pliny, not that it's hard to beat Pliny though. (445 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rather ugly label, by the way, not that it matters. Bright orange golden color with a thick thin head with medium retention but leaving a constant plate.
Unique aroma with notes of biscuit and caramel malts, orange-tangerine, yeast and pine. Not sure what made it unique, maybe some powered herbal dankness.
Hoppy flavor with notes of oranges, grapefruit, lots of pines and resin, spices and American yeast. Increasingly dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Citrusy and piney DIPA with a superb balance. It seems assertive but it has further hop complexity between the lines. A reference. (640 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to Marcel for the bottle!

Pours a clean amber-orange color with a froth, stable white head.

Unleashes fantastic aromas of piney, lime infused grass with lots of intriguing dankness, hints of herbs and peach pulp. So much going on, fresh weed is paired with kiwi, lemon peel and juicy orange cream. Reveals tangerine, coated up with resinous wet grass. Fantastic nose, located between a great fruitiness and pine.

Drinks outstandingly smooth, while it begins with piney, zingy lemon, accompanied by bready, balancing malts. The malts though, while they blend very well into the dankness, play nothing but a supportive role, handling the fruity, bitter hop madness. Also invites a honeyed fruit note to the palate, containing kiwi, unripe orange and water melon, which perform outstandingly well together with the grassy pine. Finishes slighty dry, outstandingly bitter, with lots of dank citrus and water melon, punchlined by a floral honey note. Awesome beer, incredibly full of subtle hop flavors, while drinking extremely smooth and easy, with a unique, full taste. Blown away. (1,095 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dank and resiny hops initially. Huge citrus in aroma, as well.

Flavor is similar, but the finish is a bit too bitter, for my palate. Would prefer more malt presence. (172 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste poured from a bomber into a tulip thanks to Vito at Beachwood BBQ. Golden color with foamy white head that clings all the way down. Huge hop aroma - citrus and earthy, esters, some graininess in the background. Taste is flowery and citrusy hops, warming esters, hints of malts, very bitter. Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish. (384 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! First offering from Alpine, looking to try more of their stuff! Different than most IPA's I've ever had. Super smooth and delicious, not any harsh bitterness. (170 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sidestepping the whole GF-brewed issue, all I can say is that the pints I've had at the pub have generally been stellar, exemplifying dank, green hops with a pleasing bitterness. A very satisfying DIPA indeed. (209 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a IPA heavy west coast deliciousness beer for sure.

beautiful bright yellow with plenty of carbonation. smell was just out of this world with hops. tons of citrus, beautiful pineyness as well. taste, wowza this one was complex with varying levels of hops. first very potent and bitter and then sweet and mellow. this one drinks quite easily as well. damn fine example of a WCIPA (394 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From brewery. Great intial hoppy taste with sweet malty and bready backbone. The only problem is that it tastes alittle flat but it goes down really crisp. It's hard to explain, its a beer to dream about

A lot better on tap than in bottle (239 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint from O'Brien's in SD. Nice deep gold, orange color still had a touch of a white head when it arrived, although the keep made several top offs as it foamed pretty vigorously out of the tap. Immediately the aroma of hop resin, pine and mixed citrus was present even though the beer was too cold to drink. Being the impatient persona I am, I tasted anyway. Not much flavor. My fault. Waited while a replay of Tottenham just thrashing Chelsea was on the TV.

When the beer came to temp, all of the promises of that gorgeous aroma came to be in the taste. Citrus and pine with resin up front, a little maltiness to balance in the middle and a finish with the hop resin dominating the finish. Just awesome. Top shelf DIPA.

Curious to see what the union with Green Flash will mean to production and availability of this gem. Look forward to getting some without having to head up the hill or downtown. (900 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kids today don’t drink like they used to. Nor do adults. Some people might say this is because some kind of personal fault, like because you and I ain’t as masculine as our forefathers. That explanation doesn’t work for me, though, because I don’t enjoy taking personal responsibility for things. Me, I like to blame society.

Yes, society. All those hand-wringing nancies with their DARE programs, .08 DUIs, and pre-employment criminal background checks. They ruined drinking. My dad once told me about a time he got pulled over in his early 20s after having downed “twenty something beers in a few hours.” He had hit a mailbox and then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. As punishment, the police made him dump out the beer he was holding and then told him to drive directly home.

The most infuriating part of that story is that it isn’t even very good; odds are, someone you personally know has told you one that was more extreme. I—it’s just not fair, that things used to be so fun. Now driving after more than a mouthful of whiskey could lead to ten grand in penalties, a different-colored insurance card, and having to spend two weeks around hideous sobriety cultists who will try to make your natural urges feel wrong and bad.

Now, drinking more than a couple nights a week is a sign of a severe personal fault. A fault that, according to the cultists at AA, one can never be cured of. Enjoying intoxication used to be taken as a given, a sign of being conscious and aware, wanting to dull the sensations of this rotten and awful world. Now it means you’re Sick. You need to take pills.

As such, full-on, old-timey crapulence is now rarely seen outside of dark alleys, Detroit, and other such destitution hotspots. Kids today, they say they raised hell but really they barely raised heck. I mean, I can’t blame them—they were brought up in an environment when a single fuckup resulted in arrest or expulsion, and where not being fanatically devoted to sobriety was considered the worst kind of insanity. But goddamn are they lame.

Me, I just went on the kind of bender that would have impressed Graham Greene. My personal life entered in a change phase brought about by success and hardwork that nonetheless marks the end of a very nice, long period of peace. Such a mix of celebration and despondency entreats one toward either drunkenness or schizophrenia, and I gleefully chose the former. (Plus the Blackhawks won the cup, and you gotta stay drunk for a while after that happens).

Alas, responsible existence has once again beckoned for me, and so I promised myself three straight days of stark, sober productivity. Like a monkey trained to mine for gems, or one of those pale cubicle dwellers in Brazil.

Manfully, I have failed. And so I opened up this little fucker and let me tell you even though I was tired enough of beer to swear temporarily off it, and even though my tolerance had recently reached a point where it alarmed hobos, one snort of this sonofabitch confirmed all my long-held prejudices, made it clear now and forever always the drunkenness is the one and only path towards light. (3,149 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Fresh grassy hops and lightly toasted bread malt. Elegant taste with little bitterness, ironic given its marketing on the bottle that it was hopped extravagantly at every conceivable opportunity. This is world class, at the very pinnacle of all hoppy beers. (257 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased the day before.

A: Light amber body topped with a pearl white one finger head. Head recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass and leaves spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon and grapefruit zest at the forefront, followed by sappy pine and some herbal/floral notes. Small amount of bready malt as it warms. Beautiful nose.

T: Resiny pine and herbal flavors dominate the front of the palate. Pithy grapefruit and zesty orange emerge mid-palate and fade into an earthy and dry bitterness. Not quite as potent as the nose but still fantastic.

M: Light bodied and airy, with moderate carbonation. Lingering drying finish pairs very well with the more herbal and resinous flavor profile.

O: The herbal nature of this beauty place it on the opposite flavor spectrum from the tropical nature of Nelson and Duet but is still an amazing example of what an IPA can be. The moderate bitterness and long dry finish pair perfectly with the dank herbal flavor profile. What more can you expect from a hoppy beer from Alpine? (1,078 characters)

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely a world class beer. Great hop profile with a nice balance of pine and citrus. Medium body with excellent mouthfeel. Despite the name, it isnt an over the top hop bomb, it comes off more balanced and brilliantly executed... It is missing a certain element that the very best IIPAs have (Heady and Hop Zombie come to mind) that prevents this from being a 5. Nonetheless, a fantastic beer well worth seeking out. (420 characters)

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Aroma: Dank hop resin, pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, a little mango, a little bread malts, and a little sweet malts, smells absolutely superb! 5

Appearance: A nice really clear, yellow, orange, amber, color mix that leaves a very creamy kooky head that lasts for a long time, leaves some nice lacing as well. 4.25

Taste: Wow! From the aroma you're expecting a hop bomb, you get a hop bomb but it is slightly tame and not incredibly over done and it's brilliant. Loads of pine, lemon, orange, grapefruit, hints of mango, mixed with a slight sweet and bread malt. Superbly balanced and complex, this really is a great DIPA! 4.75

Palate: Incredibly light, crisp, refreshing, the flavor profile lingers awhile and it slowly overtakes the perfect amount of bitterness, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you craving for more! 5

O: This is an incredible DIPA and IMO contends with the best of the best! 4.75 (917 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a nonic pint glass from the 22 ounce bottle. A vigorous pour produces a monstrous, fluffy, foamy cream-colored head. The body is a light amber with blonde hues and more opaque than clear. The head persists well and leaves plenty of lace. 4.25

Tropical fruit and hop resin are dominant aromas when I take a whiff. Pine is there but mellow, as is the floral aspect. 4.25

Although not as potent as on the nose, I'm still getting tasty tropical fruit flavors, a burst of pine, and a resinous finish. The malt offers some caramel about mid-palate that manages to tone down the hops, but it's still subtle enough to not detract from the hopfest. 4.2

There's some hop bite to this, and it feels aggressively hopped, but it's not a palate wrecker and there's a good, creamy malt quality to it. It's smooth and relatively drinkable. The bitterness is easily dealt with and the finish is only slightly dry. 4.4

Well, Alpine seems to have mastered the smooth, mellow drinking but still big IPAs. This is another great example. Love it. 4.35 (1,045 characters)

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