Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
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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 MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jhenry04 for this one...

poured into a tulip, this was a glowing orange/deep gold in color with just a slight haze and no sediment. a diminishing white head left thick, sticky patches of lace all the way down. quite a looker, this one, and the other aspects were there as well. inviting, but not overpowering bouqet is honeyed and floral, fresh bread and resiny citric notes also present. lightly sweet malts upfront gracefully defer to an extremely smooth, lingering hop bitterness on the back end. long, pleasantly bitter, spicy/peppery, drying finish. medium to full-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. at 8% this is a killer dipa.

Photo of nohead02
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, fill up your senses with this brew. I often get this in the bottle but found it on top at the San Diego Brewing Company and it really shines on draft. A creamier brew than you expect from an IPA. Nice foamy head that never dies down, producing a long, smooth mouthfeel. Aggressive hoppiness but not to the point where it is just a way to show how macho you are. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

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

Got this beer in a trade from seaoflament and then drank it back in Ireland from the 22oz bottle.

Aroma hits you the second that you open the bottle even before you pour. Pine and hop notes dominate right away but not overpowering.

Pours to a 1 finger head on top of a nice light amber color with little haziness. Head disappears within 2 minutes and leaves a nice lacing as the beer goes down.

Hops is the dominating characteristic taste here and is backed by some light citrus and piney hints-little to no malt sweetness.

Not too full, but definitely enough body to fill you and ends with a rather dry finish. Seems fairly balanced though.

I tend to be a bit hesitant around beers with the word 'hop' in their title as sometimes they can be a bit one-sided and too much for my taste, but I think that this one is nicely balanced and could sneak up on you at 8%. I'll definitely try another if I get the opportunity.

Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a kinda flat looking clear copper with a nice white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is a musky pine with some earth behind it.
Taste is a hop lover's dream. Tons of pine and fresh cut grass. There's just a hint of carbonation and a lingering bitter finish that matches the smell. There's malt here somewhere but the hops just smack it down. Very dry finish and a sticky mouthfeel.
Great on drinkability! Moderate ABV makes this a good one to drink with some nice sharp cheese.

Photo of mixylplik3
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Joey at South Bay in San Diego. Great place to order from! Arrived in a mixed shipment today. Woohoo!

Pours a deep amber in my Fin du monde tulip. A lingering small but thick head tops this brew.

The taste is pine, lots of pine. There is a balanced malt presence, and added together this is a fantastic and balanced IPA. The carbonation really sets off this flavor, as well. The finish is clean and the drinkability is off the charts. Awesome. More please.

Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times - mostly on tap - and was never overly impressed. However, I figured I would save my review for a nice fresh bottle. Let's put it this way - I now understand the hype.

Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head that mostly dies but leaves a ton of lacing. Smells delicious - lots of citrusy hops in this one!

Taste follows suit nicely - very tasty blast of grapefruit hops with touches of pine and caramel. Just enough malt backbone to showcase the hops, but also nice and clean and definitely not syrupy. Nice.

Mouthfeel is rich but light on the tongue with a very nice carbonation level. Drinkability is exceptional.

Highly recommended. This really is a good, clean, not too malty San Diego DIPA.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. This is your typical west-coast hoppy beer. Pours a nice dark gold in color. Smell is hops with some underlying malt. The thing that stands out in this beer is the development of the hop taste throughout each drink. Initially you're hit with the grassy/piney hops. Then midway through the tongue you get a bit of juiciness that shows up. Really quite pleasant and very easy to enjoy. Would be killer on tap.

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

Here we go with the review to fill my mug to the top - with a great beer sent by soloman420 as a nice Xmas present - many, many thanks again.

Poured a gorgeous golden amber, capped by a Brussels white lace around the Corsendonk tulip. A fine presenting frosty.

Classic west coast IPA aroma of citrus, orange and pine. But the quaff transgresses into new territory with the addition of a woody resin, even a hint of bready dough.

Sharp and crisp finish, it actually leaves a tingle on the tongue. The easy 8% does not factor in, this could just as easy be a 5%.

Tasty treat, better get one for a try.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye : Poured a light hazy blonde ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing as well. Aroma of citrus and fresh grapefruit is just out of this world with some low bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some fresh red ruby grapefruit with some bittering notes at the end. Probably one of the best aromas I've had in months of tasting new beers. Full body, creamy texture, perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wow!

Photo of jjayjaye
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear with a full finger off white head that fades to surface fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind. The amber color is lighter than I anticipated. The smell is good mostly because it has a nice balance. The hop pine and grassy character mixes well with a mellow malt sweetness. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium. Hoppy but altogether creamy with an oily piny after taste that lingers appropriately. The lighter creamy body contributes significantly to its easy drinkability. Full flavored, the creamy texture is coming from the sweeter malt component. It doesn't come across as being a BIG beer. Another thing that I find tres cool is that it doesn't have a runaway price just because of it's reputation. Hats off to the folks at Alpine!

Photo of aromatorio
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today from Joey at South Bay - fresh from the brewer!

It pours with a nice, light amber color. Snowy white, creamy colored head. Sticks around quite awhile.

The nose is fantastic. At first I am very put off. I catch some notes that remind me of juniper - very gin like. Piney even. Also a big whiff of flowery esters, riding on some light citrus undertones.

Taste is supremely unique. Bitter to the max, balanced very lightly by sublime malts. Earthy and perhaps a little over the top, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is interesting - as others have noted, the carbonation is as excessive as the hops. Very enjoyable though.

Not sure I could drink a ton of this stuff, but I am more about savoring it than chugging through. Overall I am not a huge fan of IPA/DIPA/hops in general - but I enjoyed this beer a lot.

Photo of lifebeer
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a. light amber, light cream-colored and creamy head

s. fresh and fruity hops

t. begins with sweet hops, a yeasty/earthy flavor, nice malt balance, finishes kinda dead with alcohol and flavorless bitterness, wish it lasted longer

m. round with a medium creaminess

d. very drinkable, would buy more if i could find it over here

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0ggnate for this one. I'd been wanting to try this for some time. Pours a slightly cloudy orangeish golden with a fairly minimal head. What is there stays around as a thin ring. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, particularly grapefruit and orange. Smells very fresh like just squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice with some zest tossed in. Nice. The taste is more of the same of those delicious, citrusy, juicy, hops but this time with a pronounced pine finish as well. This beer drinks clean and pure, and while the malt is there, it clearly plays secondd fiddle to the hops. The hops are intense enough to feeel sticky and even spicy on the finish. Really lovely San Diefo style double IPA, and the 8% seems more like 6%.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard this brewery can be mean to interlopers (don't worry, I don't want to slap anyone), but they brew some fine beer.

Pours a surprisingly light orange with gold overtones. Surprising color for a DIPA. Can't recall any quite this hue. Two or three inches of long lasting foam, nice bubbling. This is a superbly carbonated beer. Smells more grapefruit than pine.

Great flavor. Not the most balanced DIPA, as there isn't much of a malt or tropical/sweet fruit background to intrude. Thankfully, though, they've somehow managed to tone the hop content down just enough with carbonation, or perhaps by blending several different hops, to keep this beer really drinkable. It's not raw, is I guess what I'm trying to say.

Very good beer, I'll keep an eye out for it from now on.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Amazingly beautiful pour, tons of viscous carbonation fighting to breath. Tone amber/yellow body.

Huge herbacous tones in the nose. One of the finest smelling IPA's I've experienced. Ultra fresh, and incredibly dank, with a very nice mix of exotic fruits as well. Pineapples, grapefruit, green apple, and light oranges. Deep intoxicating fresh florals, and ripe piney underlays - while remaining sweet and succulent. Delicious and utterly unique.

Taste is juicy and extremely well balanced. Amazing smoothness and complexity on the whole flavor scheme. Solid lightly caramel malt base, with the perfect backing of hops. Not overly citric, or overly piney.... Just complex. This is an orgasm to the mouth. Simply amazing.

An insanely delicious, meticulously crafted IPA. Very well done, and highly recommended.

Thanks much to Ryan for this one.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Vague, faint maltiness allows to shine the pleasant, distinctive hop aroma of jam-packed with ripe citrus fruits and, to a lesser degree, pine. Sure you can find all of those components in any other IPA, but for some reason, Alpine beers are always a joy to smell.

Taste: Mild cereal grain flavor and sweetness. Strong citrus hoppiness with tastes of grapefruit and tangerines - maybe even a bit of sliced papaya. Some resinous pine. Medium bitterness and acidity. Dry finish with a pinch of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine beer that's not overly bitter, has a very tasty hop profile, and drinks very easily considering the ABV.

Photo of jaxon53
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to magget for sharing this brew. Served chilled, into a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Poured out a beautiful golden copper color that was a bit hazy. A good inch and a half of pillowy, thick, bright white head formed, and faded rather slowly. Left generous amounts of thick lace behind on the glass. The nose on this beer was incredible. Strong floral hop aromas, tons of thick sweet malt, loads of semi sour grapefruit, lemon zest, and some brewers yeast. Awesome. The taste of this beer was quite exceptional as well. Hops, sweet balancing malt flavors, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, and more hops. A little bit of pine and yeast make themselves present in the smooth finish. No noticeable alcohol in this one, and plenty of prickly carbonation. Awsome medium to full bodied mouthfeel here. Just thick enough to coat the palate nicely. Great drinkability. Hands down my favorite IPA.

Photo of ncvbc
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite the incredible beer...is the least I can say.

Pours a clear golden amber with steady beautiful carbonation. Nice creamy white head and sticky lacing down the glass. Smell is of fresh, fresh hops. Grassy, earthy, clean. Citrus comes with orange, pineapple, grapefruit, all of this being moderately light when compared to the earthiness of the beer. Taste is much of the same. It tastes green. Seriously. I don't know how else to describe it and I hope this makes sense. Great citrus hops accentuate and a light malt backbone balances this out somewhat. It's sugary sweet and lightly caramel. Definitely a hop showcase and possibly the finest I've encountered. I'd consider this more of an IPA than DIPA but still, at 8% this is infinitely drinkable. Solid, classic, exceptional, just a great beer all around.

Cheers to seaoflament, one hell of a trader, for this bottle.

Photo of shaebs99
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this from Deuane. Thanks so much!

Poured into a tulip glass to reveal a clear golden orange beer. Easy to see the carbonation rise to help sustain a nice sized white head that leaves good sticky lacing throughout

aroma is of hops, as you would expect. First whiff is of citrusy hops, but a deeper inhalation reveals a piney/grassy aroma

Taste features the citrus hops, but is balanced by the malt which prevents the hops from a runaway victory. The hops still win, but the malt has closed the gap

A fantastic beer that may have solidified a spot on my top 5 DIPA's. Once I received this growler I was considering taking this off my wants list, but I would love to have this again in bottle form or any form really. A pleasant DIPA. My only problem was that I so willingly shared this with two other beer lovers. They owe me and I owe Deuane

Photo of MiScusi
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. Served in a pint glass filled to the brim with no head. Poured a very nice looking clear orange, lots of carbonation see throughout. The smell was very citrusy, as was the taste, with a great hop bouquet but not much bitterness came through. The sweet malt (very evident but not overwhelming) was really able to overshadow a lot of hoppy bitterness, which actually made the mouthfeel almost syrupy. On the verge of syrupy, but just below that. Somewhat viscous but overall lighter than a lot of the DIPA's now days, which doesn't make it so hard to get down. A very flavorful DIPA that doesn't kill you or feel like maple syrup in your mouth.

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Grolwer filled one 3/1/08, consumed on 3/18/08.

Tasted super fresh. My electrical taping of the screw top worked amazingly. This beer oozes with resiny hops... pine, some citrus, just super fresh tasting and smelling. This is an IPA that contains quite a bit of bitterness in it, but that's great to me. Just a super IPA, the freshest I've had. Can't believe how well it held up in the growler over a 2 1/2 week period.

I'm bumping the smell and taste up from a 4.5 each to a 5 each. I love this beer.

Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BeerTruth for this excellent trade.

22oz. bomber poured into an imp pint.

A: Bright golden pour with orange tinting and good visibility. 2 1/2 giners of frothy head with very good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Big floral hops with a nice citrus backbone. Malts are present as a bready note, helping with some complexity.

T/M: Great hop character. Juicy grapefruit and orange with a crisp earthy tone. bitterness is very controlled. I'd normally complain a bit about controlled bitterness in a DIPA but it doesn't bother me so much with this brew for whatever reason. Sweet and creamy malts and a dab of nuttiness brings up the rear before a slightly dry finish comes through with a hint of lasting bitterness.

D: Limited bitterness helps the drinkability a bunch. Great brew. Wish I had more.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best IPA I've ever had with the most amazingly fresh hop experience one could hope to have. It puts Randal to shame. This could even go up as one of the best beers of all time. Thanks to PappaMurf for this one.

This beer pours a bright and crystal clear orange copper color with a big frothy head on the pour that was a dim white and stuck around a bit.

Smells of fresh hops. I can't place the strain, but it's perfectly fresh, youthful and vibrant. Wow. There's a nice dry distant pine and a sweet green organic cleanness that's unbeatable. Behind this is a soft powdered sugar an honey.

Tastes of awesome hoppy goodness. Again, the freshness is startling. It just tastes so green and organic, almost like fruit in the sense that the flavor is so present without being subsumed by bitterness. This is blended well into a multi-grain wheat bread and saltine base.

Feels light but sturdy that gently pricks my tongue, but then allows the flavors to melt in. This dissipates into nothing but pure hop oils. Oh man...

This beer is perfect. What more can i say? Way to go Alpine!

Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On my recent trip to San Diego, I brought back 20 bottles of various west coast goodies. This is the first bottle I'm opening of these, and it's something that I'll definitely not be able to get anyplace else.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip (my new go-to glass) a crystal clear golden amber with a distinct red/orange tint to it. The head starts at a modest size and shrinks to a decent sized collar and hazy, tiny-bubbled surface coating that won't disappear. As I drink, splotchy lacing covers the entire height of the glass. A beautiful beer.

SMELL: The hops are (obviously) at the forefront of this and hit you with decent force. They're very citrusy and earthy with a grassy raw quality that I like a lot. Any malt presence is difficult to detect through the sweet hop resins, but I slight hint of bready carameliness is slightly detectable.

TASTE: My initial thought was that this was a fairly balanced beer coming at me. An excellent malt base was clearly present with the hop flavor and bitterness to match. But then at it crosses the palate, the hops just start to ramp up and up. Major citrus floods your mouth, and it's not just late addition hops either. This beer is damn bitter too. Not quite teeth-enamel-stripping levels, but it's definitely hopped to hell. And then comes the finish. The hops don't just last - they escalate even further and leave you puckering from the bitterness. I only wish for a little more substance on the finish, be it a slight maltiness or whatever. Even still, this beer tastes fantastic and leaves you wanted, no, demanding another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a perfect average-level carbonation. The beer could be a bit beefier. I mean, I love raw hop flavor, but it needs a more substantial base on which to sit. Still decent though.

DRINKABILITY: Oh man, this one'll sneak up on you. No alcohol detectable at all. I'd gladly have another glass. In fact, I've got half the bomber left. Don't mind if I do!

Wow, this is a really delicious beer. Amazingly, I think it could actually be hoppier. There's no dating on the bottle, so I can't say how old it is, but I really hope I had this as fresh as I could. Even still, if you're in southern California, make sure you get some Pure Hoppiness. You'll be glad you did.

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

Wow. This beer is awesome. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had. I recently purchased 2 bottles as part of an order from South Bay Drugs in California. I realize now that I should have bought more than 2. Thanks Joey.

Poured part of bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - It is perfectly transparent and has the color of honey - gold copper and orange hues. It produced a solid two finger head that had the texture of latte foam. It leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very beautiful.

Smell - The initial smell is citrus grapefruit, and behind that is piney resinous hops, along with floral hops. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the back of the scent. The scent is a multilayered blend of hops, and it is heavenly.

Taste - The flavor is great. It is balanced in the hop profile, but not really balanced with the malt. There is an initial sweet malt flavor but it dies very quickly. There isn't any sweetness that I can detect in the middle and end of the flavor. I really appreciate this quality because most other DIPAs are overly sweet, and Pure Hoppiness proves that it doesn't have to be this way to be a good DIPA. The hop profile is perfectly balanced in the sense that I can detect floral hop flavors, citrus hop flavors, and resinous piney hop flavors all in harmony with one another.

Mouthfeel - Liquid velvet. It is medium bodied and extremely creamy. The carbonation level is a little lower than I like it, but it goes down so easily that willing to forgive the carbonation level. Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. A shining example of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. Tasty, smells delicious, and easy drinking...what else do you need?

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,318 ratings.