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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of Act25
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lucky find as a single at WFM in NJ. Worth it. My first Alpine. Try 24.

A. The beer is a cloudy, sediment laden orange body with a 1 finger dense-white head that fades slowly and leaves a trickley lace on the glass. Poured into Duvel Tulip - my fave glass.

S: The aroma bursts with piney, grassy hops with compliment of citrus sweetness.

T: Follows smell. The taste is dominated by abundant, nuanced piney, grassy, and bitter flavors of hops, but the hops are complimented by citrus sweetness and a malt backbone. Above all is the fresh juiciness, and abundance of the hops and then how it's well-balanced blend of hops bitterness, pepper, with citric sweetness.

M: Juicy, fresh, smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

O: This gets better as it warms and the further you go down the glass.
Hard to follow. World Class. I bought one, you go buy 24!

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a nice draft of this at a local excellent beer bar. It is a little boozy (as expected with the abv), but the taste is very good. I like the hop profile.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft. Dark straw, crystal clear with one finger white head that laced well. Scent of pine and citrus though scent was light. Flavor was very bitter pines with citrus after taste. Perfectly carbonated, clean crisp finish.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly a little disappointed with this beer. My first exposure to Alpine was Duet, which I think is fantastic. So I expected their IIPA to be really strong, but I found it to be solid but unspectacular. Look is wonderful, golden auburn with a thick, white head that laces beautifully. Smell is rich and complex, with pine resin and citrus, yeasty biscuit, dank and herbal, little onion on the back end. Taste is the disappointment. Mostly one note: bitter and piney. Certainly some sweet malt balancing things out, but a good IIPA from a good brewer should have a layered set of flavors to roll through, and I'm just not picking them up. Feel is medium-heavy and sticky, which I like. The carbonation is there but the heft of the mouthfeel is what I note most after each sip. No question this is a good beer. But as a west coast double IPA, it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 10, 2016

12 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium amber with extremely high clarity, pours with a medium body. A small cap of nearly pure white foam, with moderate-low retention.

S – The nose on this is absolutely phenomenal. Resin, pine, musk, something like pecan (maybe?) in the mix. Definitely papaya and very ripe mango making up the muskiness. Hop aroma to the max. Light caramel malt backbone, just enough to lend support to the hops.

T – Again, this is all about the hops, with flavors of pine, resin, ripe mango, and light muskiness. All flavors come and go, interplaying throughout the sip and finish. Malt provides body mostly, but some caramel and possibly Vienna malt is apparent. Bitterness is high but seems moderate thanks to balance.

M – Medium to medium-full body, with moderate sudsy carbonation. The malt provides a firm, lightly sweet backbone for a highly bitter, but perceived as only moderately bitter, hop bomb. Juicy up front but finishes with some dryness.

O – Just a beautiful West Coast hop showcase, really focused on aromatics and flavor rather than bitterness, with the malt body to back it up. My first Alpine brew, will not be my last.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a chill-hazed burnt orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a moderate ring around the glass and leaves some nice lacing

S: Loaded with citrus and pine up front, with plenty of fruity notes. Some malt manages to poke through, but not much

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a burst of citrus and pine, along with some decent bitterness. Some earthy and floral notes come through with the light maltiness. Finishes with lingering bitterness and more citrus and pine notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: West-coast DIPA and no doubt about it. Great brew with surprisingly good drinkability. The hops really shine through in this one, with the malt simply trying to keep a balance between things. Definitely worth seeking this one out, despite the $15-17 6-pack tag

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Photo of anteatr23
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small head, noticeable carbonation. Smells of sweet malts, almost like skittles really, some citrus zest. Taste is bitter, hoppy and floral. Dry and hoppy, but goes down light and fairly easy.

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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 Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Strong, pithy citrus, a touch of garlic.

Taste: Piney first, then solid malt body, then a ton of hop flavor on the finish with citrus peel and black pepper, quite bitter.

Overall: Alpine just came to the MN/WI area so I've been grabbing bottles as I see them. Pure Hoppiness just barely misses the mark for me, a little too bitter and I'm getting a little onion/garlic from it too. I suppose that's fine, this 6er was about $5 more than the other Alpines I like better!

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a thin white head. There is some soapy lacing and good carbonation. The odor for me is powerful, citrus, mandarin, grapefruit, mango, apricot, peach, pineapple, resin, pine, honey, malty. The taste for me is fruity, peach, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, honey, pine, herbal, cracker, malt, slight garlic, spice, herbal bitter dry finish.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just one of those double ipas that is so damn easy to drink. One of those beers where you just enjoy each sip like a soda. It reminds me of Tree House - Haze, just not quite as good, but relatively close...and that says a lot. A little pricey for a 6er but I will definitely pick up a fresh one around if I see it once in a while.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber body with a thin cap of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice DIPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and citrus fruit, particularly tangerine upfront, leading into grassy and resinous, piney hop aromas and light vegetal, onion-like hop aromas supporting. A solid, light aroma of caramel from malt provides backing for the hop derived aromas, while light warm, spicy alcohol provides further depth. Overall impression of aroma is of a very well done West Coast style DIPA. It provides a massive amount of hop aromas but balances them with a solid malt backbone that serves to further highlight the intense hop aromas and contrast them with the malt. Flavor begins massively hoppy, with high bitterness. Hop notes are of pine resin and grassy hops in the foreground with very light tangerine in the background while grapefruit peel dominates the citrus flavors overall. A light hint of caramel is detectable in the background, as is biscuity pale malt. Middle gains in bitterness imparting flavors of grapefruit peel, pine resin and bitter juniper berries. Finish is again, highly bitter with flavors of bitter juniper berries, pepper and spicy alcohol evident, along with pine resin and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is of grapefruit peel, spicy, peppery hops and pine resin, with light notes of biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of an extremely hoppy DIPA. It overwhelms with the most bitter of the hop flavors, yet remains very pleasant as it showcases these flavors well and demonstrates the enjoyment that can be gained from bitterness in taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick, oily feel with a light warmth from alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good DIPA, no problems. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that demonstrates the bitter side of hops. The aroma is rich and varied providing the normal West Coast bouquet, while the flavor goes into the most bitter of the rich array of flavors hops impart and in doing so provides a very pleasing experience, one aided by the superb mouthfeel. A very good example of a DIPA.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottled into a goblet. About a half inch of off-white foam that dissipated quickly into a skim of bubbles. Nose is piney hops with a hint of malt. Hops are very forward but the malt smooths things out quickly. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, could be chewier for a Double IPA. Overall an enjoyable, well-balanced brew that paired well with English Cheddar.

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Photo of Jonny41
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a great beer and I drink and enjoy a lot of great IPAs however this one just had that slight onion bitter I don't enjoy. But that being said,easily drinkable solid beer. Just not my favorite

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Slightly hazy amber-orange color. Two-finger fluffy white head. Aromas were prominent: mainly pine, earthy tones, some orange citrus and some bready malt. Great taste. Bracing bitterness but filled with pine, grapefruit, orange, earth, resin and backed up with a slight caramel sweetness. Clean finish with a ringing hoppiness on the tongue.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. One of my favorite bars in MD was able to get their hands on this stuff. Though I only planned on having one glass, I had to have two because I don't know when I'll get my hands on a dipa this good again. It hits exactly what I like in a DIPA. Pure hoppiness. Unlike a lot of dipa's, this one has the hop bitterness, but it isn't unpleasant. The mouthfeel was very smooth as well. Overall, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Best by 5/5/16. Pours a dark orange with half a finger head. Nose is spicy, super fresh hops, citrus rind. Distinctly Alpjne in the smell. Taste is like drinking hop juice. Nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit like an imperial Nelson. The malt backing is extremely subtle like Alpine's other hoppy offerings. Medium carb. Smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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

pour is transparent golden orange, finger of head recedes quickly, leaves no lacing (4)

nose is packed with hoppy goodness, and beautiful piney resin complimented by some caramel malt scents (4.5)

Taste is sweetish malts and a big bitter finish. medium body, feels nice on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit the alcohol is noticeable, which im not a huge fan of. (taste - 4; feel – 4.5)

Overall this one packs a nice punch in terms of bitterness, and I think the balance between hops and malts is well done. glad to try this although I probably wont seek it out again as it was quite expensive and I prefer ipas with more citrus character. (4)

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Photo of cfalls
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - copper color, no haze (which I think of as a bad sign), head is made of large bubbles that quickly disappear

S - pine, grapefruit, floral

T - more citrus, lots of pine, long bitter finish with a slight earthy/metallic aftertaste

F - well carbonated, substantial without being syrupy

O - would buy again, but Hoppy Birthday is still my favorite Alpine beer so far

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Photo of Budlum
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The hop aromas of this beer are amazing if almost too strong. There is such powerful citrus that it almost comes across as a habanero IPA, playing a trick on the senses. Few IPAs offer such a bright, powerful, and assertive nose. The flavors do not disappoint, but are almost too bitter even for a DIPA. Dank barely begins to describe the finish! This is a quality beer worthy of the acclaim even if only for the smell.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: predominantly pine, with a hint of tropical fruit behind it;

T: follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: don't see too many piney DIPAs; nicely done;

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a golden amber hue with a liberal head after pouring into the glass. There are piney and floral notes and a bold hoppy flavor, I get a little citrus on the back end with notes of pineapple. The bitterness is present but subtle. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-golden pour, nice lacing.
Smells like a perfect DIPA bouquet of hope: pine, floral and citrus. Robust and complex nose is quite nice.
The taste is a continuation of flavors I smell, sweet malts are balanced superbly with the hops, and now there's plenty of pineapple/ grapefruit/ lemon.
Feels medium and well-carbonated, plenty of lingering hops.
Glad I finally found a bottle to try. Really a crisp, piney, well-crafted DIPA. I can see why it's so highly regarded.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip.
Pours a beautiful light amber with perfect clarity, minimal head dissipates.
Aromas are wonderful, so hoppy and floral.
Flavor is a bit of a disappointment TBH very, very light flavor here, decent bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel is wonderful and finishes clean.
A very well made beer that I wish had bigger flavor, but all in all excellent.

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Photo of danh53
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Everything you want n a west coast IPA. Pine forward with onion and bitter hops. Sweet grapefruit citrus and some pineapple balance it out. Nice malt backbone adds nice caramel flavor but it never gets too sweet. Mouth feel is full and clean. This was my first Alpine beer and I'm looking forward to try some more.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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