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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 1679
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%

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 rringler


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely clear, dark straw/mid amber color. Pours with half to 3/4 finger head of fine to very fine bubbles, that dissapates quickly. An oily residue of microbubbles are left over.

S: Starts a bit dank and hoppy, but contains sour-fruit essence, and some malty breads.

T: Different than it smells, and a little hard to describe. A bit of dank hops and mild sour-fruit start the taste before giving way to medium+ malty breads and medium/medium+ hoppy bitterness, which contiues through the finish. Great amount of hops without any pine/resin flavor. Full flavor covers all 8% abv without any taste of alcohol.

M: Proud; a little bit bigger and thicker, and stickier than most, like every Westcoast doubble strives to be. Carbonation is great.

O: An interesting blend of hops. Represents a true double in lots of ways, but the hops selection makes it unique. It makes an exciting alternative if you're burned out on piney hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 05:18:46 | More by rringler
Photo of JohnG190

New York

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with thick two-finger head that dissipates rapidly. Good lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, grass and a slight whiff of soap. Sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by earthy, citrusy hops. Soapy and astringent finish (and aftertaste). Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial IPA, balanced and well crafted but the astringent finish and soapy aftertaste diminish its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:28:38 | More by JohnG190
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an orangeish, light hazy gold. Nice tan head, great lacing

S - Very airy which is off-putting, citrusy light hops slightly dry and resinous

T - As it smells but much more citrusy hops, very airy, resinous, mildly sweet from caramel malts

M - Light bodied and refreshing for sure

O - Airy, not as intense flavoring as I would have liked but definitely an easy drinker.

I had a duet earlier for the first time and found that very airy as well - perhaps hold/lots of temperature changes/or light damage. Will re-review when I have the opportunity to try another of each

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:33:23 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jeonseh


4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange brown with nice carbonation and medium body

S - Loads of pine with a light caramel malt backbone

T - Tons of pine up front that give it a good bitterness. Light caramel malt comes through in the background to give it a nice balance and sweetness

M - Thick with lots of resin that lingers on in the finish

O - Solid piney IPA that comes through with a lot of resin that lingers on.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:47:44 | More by jeonseh
Photo of 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
Photo of Hendry


4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber pour, soapy white head,nice lacing.

Aroma is plenty hoppy with a noted sweetness in there from the malts. There would have to be a good sized malt bill to tame this well hopped IIPA, but the question always remains whether it takes over in the flavor department. Dry hopping seems to step the hop aroma up giving it the edge over the malts.

Taste is nicely balanced: citrus & piney hop content with a definite malt sweetness present. Pure Hopiness rides the balance beam of hoppy/malty perhaps more than any IIPA I have tasted, and presses the limits of what I can handle for malty sweetness without overdoing it
(3F Permanent Funeral fits in that category also).

Mouthfeel is medium, a little slick, soild carbonation. The hops duke it out with the malts and win the battle on a split decision.

Of the 3 Alpine bombers I have tried thus far, Duet is my favorite, followed by Pure Hoppiness, then Nelson. A great IIPA that comes solidly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:23:57 | More by Hendry
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Beer Company - Pure Hoppiness

Poured into DFH IPA glass, I snagged a few Alpine brews from a friend, I was quite excited to try this brew, and the excitement was more than justified!

Look - Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Good balance of honey sweet malts and forward hops that consists of some citrus, some slight floral, and big pine and resin. Mouth-watering aroma.

Taste - Rich, creamy honey malt and then a kick of spice followed up by forward resin hops. I'm usually not a fan of something this malt forward but I'll be damned, they really pulled this off well!

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet but not overly cloying. Glorious hop bitter resiny pine. Not overly boozy, great drinkability.

Overall - Sweetness kicked in the face with hops makes for pure hoppiness, get it? Stellar brew! Highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 19:21:53 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of Gatch


4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a big, foamy, soapy, off-white head that leaves great lacing and decent retention. Gotta admit I'm a little disappointed after Duet being so good-looking. But I'm partial to unfiltered beers.

S: Amazing nose with a proper pour. My first pour was bad but halfway through the pint, a good swirl builds the head back up into a tall, fragrant pile of bubbles. Some sweet malt in there but this is all piney, resiny, woody hops. Sharp and pungent. Incredibly floral and fruity if you dig your nose in after a good swirl. But the sweet, reminiscent-of-honey malt keeps this tuned towards Imperial IPA. The hop is a beautiful thing.

T: Much sweeter than Duet. A more resiny and piney hop presence but the pronounced and lingering malt presence sets this apart noticeably. Much more balanced than Duet. Should I even be comparing the two? I just drank Duet but this is a IIPA, after all. Slightly boozy. Has all the qualities of the style. This is a big brew. Tons of hops and IBU's that leave the palate pretty worn out after the whole bottle.

M: Has that filtered feel to it. A more tingly, carbonated body. A very slight cloying aftertaste, surprisingly. Apart from all that, this is exactly what an Imperial IPA should be.

O: You really gotta let this beer warm up. Becomes exponentially better, as expected. After reading about this beer on Alpine's website, it sounds like an insane amount of hops were used. The IBU's are definitely really high and it's very "West Coast." Very unique and delicious beer. This should definitely be the last beer of the night.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:30:10 | More by Gatch
Photo of zeledonia


4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My third Alpine IPA in just over a week, thanks to the generosity of BeerThirty. Tasted 29 March 2013.

Pours a deep bright orange. Very clear, and with no bubbles visible. Half finger of whitish head, decent retention, some nicely patterned lacing on the glass and the surface.

Smell is delightfully fruity. Apricots and oranges, and a dash of tropical fruit. Backed with a big dollop of caramel malts, coming through as honey and a touch of white sugar.

As expected, this is a bigger, badder IPA than their singles like Duet and Nelson. It's decidedly more bitter, but sweet on the front end. The contrast makes for a really nicely balanced beer. And there's a gentle fruitiness throughout, a really pleasant positive hop flavor that comes through well. Smooth, balanced, and flavorful.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, sticky, with carbonation right on the level. Fuzzy carb, rising up slowly and dropping off quickly. Lasts just as long as I want it to, fading out when the bitter becomes too much.

A really tasty big IPA. It's moderately sweet, moderately bitter, and good all the way through. Great fruit presence in the smell and the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:20:31 | More by zeledonia
Photo of PHBoiler


4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a footed pilsner from Spieglau

Bright orange/amber colored body with a one finger bright white head.

Huge hop punch with mostly pine on the nose and light citrus rind.

Grapefruit rind, pine needles, and intense bitterness on the taste. It mellows slightly as you continue to drink with enough maltiness to balance. Very bold west coast IPA that is done perfectly to style. The body offers the proper carbonation, drinkability, and finish.

This one is certainly a keeper. The best West Coast IPA I've had in terms of drinkability. If you're one for heavy bitterness and pine, I don't know that you'll find anything better.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 15:24:49 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of writerLJBerg


4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Thanks! 2 weeks old.

A: Orange tinted cider color with a thin whipping of head. Decent legs.

N: Truckloads of pineapple and mandarin oranges. There's a modicum of spurce and a dense layer of malt at the base. A little oniony zest.

T: Good correlation between the taste and the smell. Pineapple, dense pine - more so than the nose - clementines, crystal sugars. There's a wonderful sweet base that yields to the stern bite of the bitterness.

M: sticky with a medium-full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

O: This is a delightful tropical treat. It's very balanced in its approach, which is an aspect I greatly appreciate in my (D)IPAs. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:31:20 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy and orange-apricot in color. Carbonation is low and a rough pour produces only a thin lacy head. The nose is divine. Sweet oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and fresh herbs.

Medium body and a feel that is a bit thin, yet still sharp and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink. No booziness at all. I get a nice graininess up front (like a cracker) and the hops are all citrus fruit. Lots of orange zest and lemon. Botanic, pithy, and slightly herbal on the finish.

Overall, an extremely well-balanced beer. Lots of fruity citrus-like bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. An excellent beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:26:05 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of rudzud


4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear orange hue with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin thin blanket and leaving a thicker halo as well.

S - Dank, wet hops here. Big grapefruit, faint tropical, light malts. Even as aromatic as it is it is quite balanced. Smells enticing.

T - Taste is solid. Like the nose but with a bit more malts. Nice citrus notes along with lighter pine. Like someone else said, pretty sure there is some Nelson hops in here as there is that earthy almost onion note. Nice bitter earthy finish as well.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, just solid. Good carbonation for the style, and quite drinkable. Stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O - Overall, a delicious west coast DIPA here. Enjoy basically everything from Alpine and this stays true with that.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:12:30 | More by rudzud
Photo of Knapp85


4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy, loaded with piney aromas. The taste of beer has a bitter resin-like flavor with a pine finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and sharp dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:23:37 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy golden orange with a one finger of a quickly dissipating white head.

S- Super citrusy. A big grapefruit aroma, a little cat piss. A slight mango. Actually smells quite balanced.

T- A bitter bite at first. A very tropical hop flavor in this beer. A Sweet citrus fruitiness. Grapefruit, lemongrass and mango. Of course, a slight cat piss from the hops. The malt backbone doesnt provide much flavor here but does a good job of showcasing the hoppiness.

M- A slight stickiness from the mouthfeel. Relatively low bitterness and alcohol taste. A good body, syrupy sweet and great carbonation.

O- A fine DIPA. I would kill to try more Alpine brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:08:59 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of StubFaceJoe


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the lady, into a New Belgium Globe.

Pours with a golden copper, very clear. Less than half a finger of head from a slightly aggressive pour and very little lacing as it goes down.

Smell is wonderful. Super rich bouquet of peach, lemon oil, very slight pline.

Taste follows the smell, lemon oil with other citrus and some peaches in the background with slight hoppy resinous and bitterness. Slight mineral flavor from the water perhaps?

Mouthfeel-Very light on the palate for the style, a little "bubbly" as well and finishes drier than expected.

Overall- A great DIPA but not quite as much as a expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 19:10:04 | More by StubFaceJoe
Photo of SirBentham


4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark golden orange, with nice off white head.

S - Pine and citrus immediately jump out

T - The pine and citrus hit you first, with a nice malt and slight caramel follow through. They keep making this beer better and better.

M - Medium body. Nice amount of carbonation

O - One of the best DIPAs out there. I think the more recent batches are better than what it was a couple years ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 05:42:03 | More by SirBentham
Photo of t420o


4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

A- pour produces a 2 finger light tab head on a deep golden-copper body. Good lacing and decent retention. 4

S- heavy hops. Beautiful. Citrus, pine, some oniony hops (not sure if there are Nelson Sauvin hops in this but it smells like it). Earthy and lightly herbal as well. 4.5

T- very similar to the nose but the malt is a little more noticeable. Nice piney, citrus, and oniony hop tastes going well with the light malt graham-crackery backbone. Excellent beer. 4.5

M- good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation and medium body. 4.5

O- another excellent IPA from Alpine. I wish I still lived in San Diego and had easy access to their stuff. 4.5


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:35:16 | More by t420o
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear tannish orange with a thin but steady head.

Smell is very hoppy.... pine, grass, pineapple, and perhaps even juniper on the nose.

Flavor is bitter, citrusy, clean, with hints of tropical fruit. Not as well balanced as I tend to prefer, bit I find myself wanted more.

Mouthfeel is fault-free. Proper carbonation, dry, crisp.

Overall a great beer. A bit hoppier than necessary in my opinion, yet I can't seem to wait more than a few seconds between sips!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 00:24:23 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of Rifugium


4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clearish copper pour, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, and not much else, as the name promised. The taste follows the aroma, not quite as juicy and fresh as some of its contemporaries, but still loaded with hoppy goodness, citrus zest, pine, quite bitter, there's a pale malt base in there, but it's mostly dominated by the hops, which stick around into the aftertaste. Body was medium, crisp and moderately carbonation, appropriate for the style. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 08:39:19 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Bringthebeards


4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - orange sunset hay

S - earthy hops, mellow pine notes

T - pine, slight tropical fruit, touch of bitterness on the finish

M - DIPA mouth coating, resin and bitterness lingers after swallowing rather than a floating hop


O - Balanced. Almost too balanced. Perfect foundation but I need a tad more hop bite.

Enjoyed thoroughly none the less.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:59:44 | More by Bringthebeards
Photo of Hamburgers


4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper. One finger white head fades to a thin cap leaving little to no lacing. Aroma is slightly piney, citrusy with some tropical fruit notes. Flavor has notes of grass and grapefruit. Thin to medium body. Not heavy on malt. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 07:07:11 | More by Hamburgers
Photo of pschul4


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Ehammond1 for hooking me up!

A- Pours a light orange hue with a small white head that leaves just a ring around the top of the glass

S- Huge piney hops! Malt? We don't need no stinkin malt!

T- Again the huge bitter piney hops but a dash of citrus in there that brings everything to balance. Simply wonderful

M- Light, refreshing, prickley, gorgeous

O- This doesnt quiiite match up to Nelson or Duet but let's be honest, hardly any IPAs do. This is delicious and Alpine certainly knows how to brew a damn IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 03:38:44 | More by pschul4
Photo of Drunk_And_Sarcastic


4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottle was purchased on December 27th, 2013.

A - Dark gold to bronze

S - Citrus notes and grassy. Mostly a hop forward nose. Some biscuity/yeasty smells are noticeable after a little swirl.

T - Lots of citrus and tropical fruits from the hops. Lots of grapefruit, orange and pine. You also get a little toasted malt and biscuit toward the end. The finish is classic Alpine. Its crisp and resinous.

M - It's medium to light bodied. It has that oily/sticky body that I love in IPAs. Its very drinkable and hides the 8.00% Abv well.

O - This is another example of an amazing (D)IPA by Alpine. The classic resinous and crisp finish makes this beer extremely drinkable. Although I prefer Nelson and Duet to this (just barely), this is still a top DIPA that ranks up there with Heady and Pliny.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:26:25 | More by Drunk_And_Sarcastic
Photo of rlee1390


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of pine and grassy hops. What a hop forward nose.

T-Lots of pine, some toasted malt, ends with solid bitterness. Well rounded with the earthy hops and the bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A damn good DIPA. Had after PtE and Heady so it didn't match up there, but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:07:30 | More by rlee1390
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