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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,603
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 1,260
Gots: 281 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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 StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge fan of this one, thanks to my buddy for bringing me back one from his trip out there. stoked to finally try this rarity. this is really how double ipa used to be, and i bet when it came out, people were floored because they had never had anything like it. i think this is sort of the pliny effect. amazing beer, but a lot of others have caught up to it, even surpassed it at its own game over the years since it was first made. that said, its awesome, unique in its hops. very west coast, sticky and oily in all aspects, resinous and dank, less tropical than is fashionable now, but plenty of orange sweetness and assertive but not out of place hop bitterness. its a neat combination really, because while its a little intense, its also extremely drinkable as they go. also not trying to get up into the 10% abv range or anything, comfortable where its at. i like the citrus and pine mixture, and the relatively low bitter for what it is. still bitter, but i get more of the dry hops and the hop back processes than i do extended boil. as much as this is a flag post in the history of double ipa. i think it still stands out as original. more in flavor than in style anymore, but thats what we want right? i was overjoyed with it, and am dying for a bad boy now!

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Photo of SlothB77
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at west 4th and jane in santa monica.

This is very average. I don't understand the hype for Alpine ipas. Visiting from the east coast. They are all very pedestrian. I thought maybe I'd get authentic Alpine here. It isn't bad. But it isn't anything I'd get excited for either.

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Photo of snaxcat
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This being my second Alpine beer reassures my thirst for more.

A bouquet of tropical and floral aromas burst out of the tulip upon pouring this strikingly clear, golden-hued DIPA. A quarter inch frothy head dissipates to a filmy slick on top with little lacing.

A highly resinous and fruity flavor leads to a strong bitter finish, not stopping there, but lingering with luscious pineapple and citrus.

Truly a divine intervention of Pure Hoppiness.
Drink Alpine Ale, or go to bed!

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Photo of BigGold
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from fancy embossed 12-oz. bottle, stamped "Best by 28 April 16," into tulip. This Alpine beer--my first from a bottle--lives up to the hype.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
L: Light orange amber color. Lots of carbonation initially but it died down to a think layer of bubbles
S: Grapefruit mixed with some pine and sap elements. Aroma is similar to grapefruit sculpin.
T: Follows the nose, lots of grapefruit on the taste (again similar to GF sculpin) with some sap and pine flavors coming in on the finish. Some malt sweetness is also present. The finish brings medium bitterness.
F: Medium light. very drinkable
Overall a solid offering. Has all the characteristics you expect from a DIPA: hop aroma and flavor, some malt sweetness, and some bitterness. An overall well constructed beer but not something I would search for.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden with a thick and creamy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing but not much

S-hoppy-citrus and pine. It is not very overpowering but you can tell its all about the hops.

T-Bitter, very bitter-citrus and pine. Not very sweet or tropical, just in your face bitter hops. The finish consists of grapefruit juice and pine. It has a very long and very dry finish. It is one of, if not the most, bitter beers I have ever tried. It is extremely piney and dry.

M-Fairly thick and slightly creamy

D-As I said before this is one of the hoppiest and bitter beers I've tried, which cuts into its drinkability for me. I do not think I could drink more than one in a sitting and definitely believe it would be pointless to drink another beer afterward because the hops strip your palate.

Overall, this is a very well made beer, I just prefer a more tropical and juicy IIPA. This is a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of senglish7
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer represents another fantastic job from one of my (new) favorite breweries in Alpine. This one doesn't quite have the aroma of Duet or Nelson, but it is much more hopped up. Finish is more bitter than the previously mentioned beers as well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along with light amounts of golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer surrounded by a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/pineapple, citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of sweet caramel malts with a moderate amount of initial sweetness. That is quickly followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, pine, and tropical/pineapple hops (in descending order of strength) which impart a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Extremely well constructed and very enjoyable. Easy to drink with wonderful hop aromas and flavors. Definitely one to get when you come across it.

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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fairly dark orange-gold with a thin white head and average lacing. Resiny, piney hop aroma with orange citrus behind. Dank hop flavor, with just a little malt sweetness and strong bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Fairly light bodied. Great beer.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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Photo of mawelge
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, I'll be the stick in the mud.

I can think of 10-20 DIPA's I would rather drink . This was an expensive six-pack ($17) that didn't live up to it's price tag. Maybe that's not a fair way to judge this beer, but so be it.

Overall, this is an above average beer, however, the price and hype surrounding this brew demands greatness. It didn't happen for me.

The aroma was definitely the standout on this one. A nose full of piney goodness. Resiny with a touch of citrus and dank. The body was crisp and quaffable. There's nothing wrong with being "above average", but I was hoping for an experience that didn't happen.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good smelling and tasting double ipa. However 18.99 a six pack is rather pricey in my opinion. I think nelson is a much better choice of this for the price but still recommend to try at least once. Can't wait to try there other ipas. Thanks to green flash to help with there distribution.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted into a tulip glass, at a temperature between refrigerated and cellar.

Two or three cm of just off-white foam. A little lacing, and a rich golden orange of high clarity with a suspension of tiny particles upon close inspection. I approve.

The aroma is multitudinous and nuanced. It has a distinctive, zesty, garlic-bordering herbal note that I really love in an IPA, and also a spectrum of fruitiness. The spectrum of fruitiness includes but is not limited to the following, in order of decreasing magnitude: tangerine, pineapple, mango, nectarine. I don't know what this final comment contributes, but I'll add that it smells of EARTHY hops. Hops of the earth, yes.

Unholy HELL, that's dank. My palate is awash with astringent, zesty, pungent, pine. The similarity to the general traits of garlic is again noted and loved. Lime and orange and maybe a little honey or sap are present early on, and restrained bits of minerals, earthy herbs, and bread are felt in the finish, but mostly and above all, this is a dank, dank, dank, bitter, btter, astringent IPA.

Carbonation is somewhat lax, which I love, because this lets the absurd astringency coat and cling to my mouth without mercy. No spritzy carbonation will clean the hop residues from thy palate upon partaking of this concoction; thou will be bathed in brutal bitterness.

Pine is predominant in this IIPA. If the boreal forest had a flavor, this would be it.

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

My son picked up a growler of this at Saveon and brought it over. He is a good son.

This thing is super pretty. Almost clear, dark golden, nice fizz. The aroma is to die for. It just keeps giving. Bitter and grassy smelling. Sublime.

The taste is a bitter hop bomb that still holds enough malt to say, "Look out!" Did I mention bitter.

The aftertaste is a bitter malty bomb. I am THANKFUL, this thanksgiving eve for my thoughtful son who brought over a really special brew. I always have great beer around but this one is really special. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you SomethingClever for this
12 oz bottle, best before April 28th, 2016, poured into a teku

A- A clear golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Piney, dank, citrus, grapefruit, faint tropical fruits.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, faint of tropical fruits, big piney/dank finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, high carbonation.

O- A good DIPA, happy I got the try it. I can see where the hype came from, but feel I can find locals that are just as good.

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Photo of BeerNW
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found 12oz short neck bottles in WA for the first time. Wondering if this Alpine brewed or GF? It is really good but honestly expected more hoppy smell than I got. Great beer and getting better as it warms up.

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Photo of Irbycp
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm an exclusive IPA drinker and this is one of the better beers that I've had in recent memory. I'm not sure where the bad reviews below are coming from. My take: incredibly floral smell- not too dank but just right. Super drinkable unlike most DIPAs. Not too syrupy and not too watery. Carbonation is perfect and subtle. Finish is a bit of piney resin and some gentle spice; a hint of tropical fruit, but you have to notice it- the beer doesn't overpower with fruit. Again, overall it's one of the best I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Omnium
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz > snifter

A - Hazy orange with a finger of sudsy white head, some spotty white lacing hanging around.
S - A blitzkrieg of hop aroma invading your nose, bright juicy tropical notes of mango and pineapple, then the classic dankness of grass and pine with orange, a hint of grape.
T - Bright juicy hops hit you with a mild bite of bitterness and then you get the lush flavors of pineapple and huge fresh cut grass, pine, grapefruit, orange juice, and some very mild crackery malt that allows those hops to shine.
M - Bitey, yet incredibly smooth for its potency, medium feel on the body, no trace of alcohol to be felt.
O - Incredible west coast style IPA, the aroma is killer, and the flavor backs it up. So glad to have gotten this, thank you Green Flash for making this possible.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish amber color with a fingers worth of head. Smell is floral with a bit of pine. The taste is very hoppy upfront with a smooth bitterness that tingles the tongue. There is a sweetness that bursts through to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is medium with a good level of carbonation. This is a really great double IPA. Worth the price of the 6 pack.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with an orange tint. There is a short-lived white head that has no retention beyond a ring around the outside. The aroma is lighter, resinous with a smidge of sweetness and fruit. The taste is much the same but a little bit more robust. The body is lighter, mostly smooth with just a little carbonation tingle and a bitter bite.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange to amber in colour. thick white bubbles.

S: Great hops with citrus and tropical fruit bursts. orange peel, more fresh hops.

T: bitter hops, citrus peel, lemon oil, some tropical fruits in the middle, bitter resinous finish.

F: slick and oily, bit of a raw hop bite to it. it does finish crisp though but it has a raw alcohol feel.

O: Decent. truly a WC style IPA, rather disappointing considering the hype this and the other Alpine brews get. Wonder how much has changed since the partnership with GF. I like that this is in 6 packs though.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Best By date on the label is 27 April 2016. This bottle is actually an Alpine bottle, not a Green Flash bottle. First time I've ever seen one.

Pours a pretty, very clear, deep amber/golden with a medium head and just the right amount of carbonation. It's a pretty beer. Smell is piney and tropical, citrus, and just a bit of toast or biscuit.

Taste is strong on the pine, grapefruit rind, moderate on the flower/juicy characteristics.

Mouthfeel is thick and full, very nice. Overall, very good beer. Very excited Alpine is showing up on shelves up here in Washington.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness is a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-amber colored beer with a brief-lived, medium pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts and ladders of lacing. The nose is big and bright: sweet pineapple juice and citrus over more modest cotton candy and sweet floral notes, with hints of pine and slight alcohol overtones. The palate leads with moderately-bitter pineapple and piney-floral soapiness, which are joined mid-palate by a bittersweet nuttiness and a view of the bready malt foundation; the bitterness builds some, but remains moderate for the style. The finish is pretty dry and fairly clean, with some hop soapiness remaining, followed by the onset of a substantial style-appropriate clinging bitterness that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is moderately creamy and slightly peppery from the fizzy-but-restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 166 days before best-by)

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Photo of Cobrito
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So four Alpine beers have recently hit GA and I have tried all of them and I really like two of them--Nelson (definitely the best) and Hoppy Birthday--and two are just sort of meh--Duet and this one, Pure Hoppiness.

To be brief: This is one of many DIPAs that has an overly dominant sweet note in both the aroma and the taste, similar to my tastes to Double Trouble or Hoptimum. So to me this is fairly run of the mill and does not rise above the crowd.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle best by April 27, 2016.

Tastes like a Green Flash IPA. Seriously. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer isn't anything special. It's super hoppy, dry, and a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin. At $17/sixer you can do a lot better.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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