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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

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1,682 Ratings

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Ratings: 1682
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 DCon


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a very generous, 12oz Pour from a Growler @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Alpine Beer Labeled 64oz Growler w/ the Mts. across the label into a 12oz Pint Glass. Fresh from the brewery!

Aroma- Huge hops and strength hits the nose first. Then strong fruit and malt come into play. A very balanced nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark copper, light orange colored body with a reddish, cloudy background. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of character, strength, and mixed hop flavors hit the palate first. Hops galore and had a stupid amount of bitterness. One of the highest I've had in a minute.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, sweet on the finish, and had a easy alcohol strength.

Overall Impression- For a top ranked 2X IPA, this one was very nice but not in my top 5 list. Still am glad I finally was able to enjoy this guy! Highly recommend nonetheless and will be looking for this in bottle!

Serving type: growler

05-02-2012 20:55:27 | More by DCon
Photo of peacebone116


4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this brew from the brewery on 8/15/11. Enjoyed from a pint glass on 8/21.

A: Cloudy orange with a creamy white head that stuck around throughout our entire session.

N: Tropical notes abound! Tantalizing notes of fresh apricot, pineapple, peach, & pine tickle my nose and encourage me to take a sip!

T/M: Creamy and smooth, slightly oil tangerine and peach flavors fill my mouth and coat my tongue. This invokes a lot of tropical flavors with a nice piney, bitterness in the end. The drinkability on this beer is incredible, as there is no evidence of the 8%abv this clocks in at.

Although I think the carbonation suffered a little from the growler format, I really enjoy this beer, and it definitely ranks highly for me in terms of worlds' greatest Imperial IPA. It has a wonderfully rich nose and the flavors follow suit. It is smooth with a light body that allows this to be a perfectly refreshing IPA regardless of how hot it is outside. Now, if only I could get a keg of it in San Jose....

Serving type: growler

08-22-2011 22:53:46 | More by peacebone116
Photo of Sideswipe


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery today. Poured into a tulip.

A- crystal clear copper colored ale with three fingers of white foam. Excellent lacing.

S- Huge dank hop aroma. Hemp, citrus, pine and pale malt combine to to provide a lupulin infused olefactory experience.

T- Starts out with citrus notes. Orange, tangelo and grapefruit in copious amounts. Pine enters mid-palate along with a healthy dose of sweet malt. Bitterness slides in at the end and lingers through the finish.

M- Feel is medium to heavy without being cloying. There is a slick viscosity to the beer that works well here. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creaminess to the beer as it warms.

O- Pure Hoppiness is an excellent example of a west coast DIPA. What sets it apart from it's esteemed brethren is the subtlety with which the different aspects of the beer interact. The flavors flow from one to the next seamlessly making the beer a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 06:06:51 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of brew3crew


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrhirsheybar for this.

A-golden orange with a whispy white head
S-slightly fruit hops with a very faint smell of that
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet with a nice hop bite to it
M-medium body and oh so smooth
O-nice berr. Loving alpine the more and more I have it!

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 00:34:13 | More by brew3crew
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2011 23:06:55 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of AleWatcher


3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another alpine beer and another nod to sideswipe-- thanks John!

Reviewed from notes (in my ongoing effort to get caught up on my reviews!)

A slightly hazy golden with some copper hues in there. A white head settles to a cloud froth-- good lacing.

Smell holds some caramel sweet malts and some orange peels. The orange peels smell great. No pine or tropical fruit in this one.

Mandarin oranges and crisp fresh floral notes follow up the caramel malts. Very pleasant flavor.

Would like a little more carbonation. The body feels heavier than it should, almost lackluster.

The beer is certainly palatable-- I've had a bottle that I found to be much better than this...

Serving type: growler

09-15-2010 03:12:34 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of mattwjones


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey orange, nice lacing

S: Piney smells are the most prominent with some floral as well.

T: Mostly piney hops with a mild, but perfectly appropriate amount of balancing malt.

M: Light and crisp, appropriate levels of carbonation.

D: I could drink this one all day long if I metabolized alcohol like mosquitos do, but I don't, so let me say it another way. My mouth could drink this one all day long but the 8% ABV would knock my ass out after an hour or two.

Pure Hoppiness was one of the first harder core IPA's that I loved. It truly is Pure Hoppiness.

Serving type: growler

11-22-2009 06:00:55 | More by mattwjones
Photo of Deuane


4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler obtained during GatM. Shared with Ffejherb, SierraGS, Brewslut, dashirey and Jill.

A-Brilliant copper with a thin white head that holds strong and left spotty lace.

S-The ever so intoxicating aroma of citrus and light pine hops that can only be a San Diego County west coast DIPA. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T-Grapefruit, orange and tangerine hop flavours that meld into a magical elixir! A light hint of sweet caramel malt to balance the bitterness out.

M-Medium-light body with a LONG lasting hop flavour.

D-One of my very favorite west coast DIPA's out there. I could drink this one all day. Exactly what I crave in a hop bomb.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2009 23:04:20 | More by Deuane
Photo of HalfFull


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

This beer pours a clear and deep golden from a freshly filled growler into a pint glass. A half inch of head rises then settles and yields scattered lacing. The carbonation doesn't really support a surface cap for long however.

Smell is very robust of hops here, and even more so than in the bottled version. This reminds me of the Alesmith IPA where excessive head and carbonation from the bottle may detract from the hop volatiles present on tap.

Taste/Feel and Finish are similar to the bottled version with a pleasant light citric malt flavor and finish. Offers just a light bitterness and a great drinkability.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2009 04:48:18 | More by HalfFull
Photo of m1ked


4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely wife picked up a growler for me and the boys....awesome!

A- Pours a clear bright golden elixir with a huge fluffy white head. Multuple slow streamers. Essentially, looks like a perfect beer.

S- The name says it all. Straight piney hops with some sweet apricot in the end.

T- Piney resin up front, with some subtle malt sweetness... you reaaly got wait for it. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit and pineapple in there.

M- Smooth, coats the mouth with great balancing carbonation.

D- Oh man, this is the cream of the crop. If you like anything about hops, you will fall in love with this. It is not over the top hops.... just right. This is on my top tier with Sculpin

Serving type: growler

08-29-2008 01:40:27 | More by m1ked
Photo of DrunkenMaster


3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Bright amber with a creamy head. I get some citrus, wood, grass and biscuity malts. Pretty bitter with the citrus fading away as it warms and the malts making more a show. Not as dry or bitter as its big brother Exponential.

Serving type: growler

07-01-2008 19:11:53 | More by DrunkenMaster
Photo of shaebs99

New York

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

Serving type: growler

01-07-2008 23:54:41 | More by shaebs99
Photo of alohaC


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler straight from the brewery. An old favorite of mine from my San Diego days, Pure Hoppiness pours the color of a copper penny with a foamy white head that dissipates and thins quickly. The first whiff is classic San Diego IPA style - big piney hops with danky floral notes. Taste is smooth and clean with lots of grapefruit and pine punching your tongue around. There’s a nice caramel malt in the background to help balance things out a little and make it very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, clean and lightly resinous finish. Overall, one of the more sessionable IIPAs I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. I used to drink a lot of this and only wish i had easier access to this gem nowadays. There’s a reason it’s one of the IIPAs that made SD famous.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2007 08:26:38 | More by alohaC
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, John Serra), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - mandarin orange-to-amber coloration, moderate clarity (but cannot read or see through), initial frothy white head resolves into glass lacing with small white bubbles, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - on warming, this is a proverbial pine forest with lots of Simcoe, CTZ and Chinook-ish aroma; some mild Vienna or Munich malt aroma and some alcohol; but, as expected, it's the hops that shine that only becomes more dramatic as it warms

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an initial PW hop bitterness that pops the taste buds for what's too follow - a straight up pine hop assault - some people comment that they taste citrus but I don't get that at all here; in the middle of the profile, there's a mild biscuity pils-ish malt bill but the hops still shine; like most West Coast DIPAs, finishes dry and inviting with high drinkability

M: 4/5 - medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I would like (and hence the 1 point detraction), full hop oils fill up the mouthfeel and sit on the tongue but, again, don't reduce the drinkability

O: 9/10 - quavering between an 8 and a 9 here but I eventually settled on an 9 because the aroma really improved as it warmed; while I think that this is an excellent pine forward hop imperial IPA, there are better, I think, out there, e.g. Half Acre's Space; however, if you can get your hands on it, this is definitely worth the try; Alpine definitely needs to bottle date their IPAs though!

TOTAL - 42/50

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:54:52 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of lordofstarside


4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:35:49 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of PicoPapa


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

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this bottle.

22oz bottle pours a translucent orange with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is juicy tropical fruits. Mango, guava, tangerine and pine. The taste is more of the same. Lots of juicy tropical fruit flavors. Mango and guava upfront with some pine as well. Resinous towards the finish with more piney hop bitterness. Oily mouthfeel. Somewhat noticeable alcohol presence but it drinks very easily. This one is a great mix of pine and tropical fruit flavors along with a solid amount of bitterness. More dank hop flavor comes out as it warms. Overall, outstanding Imperial that I would love to get a chance to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:08:04 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of koutkid41


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear pale copper color with a sturdy big foamy head.

S: Huge pine notes upfront, love me some pine. Some other citrus and caramel but faint, pine is in the driver seat with this one.

T: Love it, like eating a pine cone, leave piney beers. Mostly get pine again with some caramel notes. Could easily always drink this.

M: Really easy to drink, and nicely carbonation. Not really sweet, which is good. Could drink this all day.

O: So far my favorite Alpine beer out of the three I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 22:46:31 | More by koutkid41
Photo of Stevedore


4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, thanks Dustin. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 3/4/2014. Not the first time I've had this but the first time I can review this..

App- clear straw yellow body, disappointingly thin white head with weak retention. Good lacing.

Smell- smells reasonably dank, like fresh hop pellets. Earthy, floral, grapefruit, pineapple. Pretty solid.

Flavor- better than it smells. More citrus and pineapple come out on top of the floral notes. A nice crackery, caramel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than I'd like. Fair amount of carbonation, nice dry finish. Not too resinous or thick. Quite bitter but clean.

Overall- solid IPA. Nelson is definitely the best one of the Alpine trio. This may very well be the worst of the three which isn't saying much since this is more than solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 02:55:38 | More by Stevedore
Photo of fox227


4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep, elegant gold into my Delirium tulip glass, leaving about half an inch of foam which quickly resigned to a ring around the glass. Smells of pine and citrus, some bready malts, but I honestly felt that the taste is more explicit than the aroma. Taste smacks of resinous pine and pleasingly bitter citrus rind - a true to form west coast IPA, but is nicely balanced by a bready malt which finishes dry and punishes, in a good way, the palate with a wave of bitterness letting you experience pure hoppiness in its full glory.

Overall, this is worth the hunt. So far from the IPA tastings from Alpine I have noticed that their beers tend to run on the 'classy' side rather than being too in your face and aggressive. The assertive hop character is just perfect for the style, and not overwhelming or distracting from actual flavor. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 15:36:16 | More by fox227
Photo of reebtaerG


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a bronzey orange with a one finger white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Smell is impressive with lots West Coast IPA flair -- pine, grapefruit, hops, fresh fruit.

T-Taste follows suit, despite the massive hop presence it is only lightly bitter with balancing sweetness.

M-Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

O-Overall great DIPA, great taste of hops, great brew from Alpine. I look forward to their other brews. They do need to date their bottles.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 13:35:08 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of jbaker67


4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber color with thick white foam. The smell was a strong and persistent fruity-chewy hop aroma with some malt backing it up. The taste was naturally dominated by the chewy, resinous hops, but the hops were not really over the top and were nicely balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly sweet with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The dry, hoppy flavor lingered on the tongue pleasantly.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:14:46 | More by jbaker67
Photo of dar482

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a bright orange marmalade color. Quite hazy with a bright white head.

The aroma has tropical fruits of orange, peach, papaya, mango. Some deep dank resin in the back.

The flavor follows with that fruit in the front of apricot, peach, tropical, sweet tangerine. There's a big caramel malt body in there that gives the beer a well balanced feel. It adds a good amount of sweetness. The finish and general theme of the beer is big dank resinous pine.

An incredible brew, although not my personal preference with the bigger malt body and big resinous pine notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 05:35:46 | More by dar482
Photo of evanforbeer


4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clean golden orange with clean white head

nose-very green- big dank pine and florals, with mango, guava, a touch of mint, bready malt. awesome.

taste- lush guava and mango hit with pine and hop spice. Biscuity malt comes in with grapefruit, finishes slightly spicy with biscuity malt, guava, and citrusy twang

feel- medium bodied, dank, lush, spicy

as expected, a great DIPA from Alpine. Fantastic layered hop profile with floral, fruity, and spicy notes, with a nice malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:28:52 | More by evanforbeer
Photo of Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden, with an amber hue. Smells like pine, grass, some citrus and some malt. Taste is a bit sweet. Caramel right up front with a nice balance of pine and citrus on the end. Not too thin on the mouthfeel, yet very easy to drink, medium body. I tend to not like the caramel taste in any ipas but this one is balanced nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 17:51:03 | More by Mikeypnh
Photo of zhanson88


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with 1" of eggshell white head, which has nice retention and decent lacing. Good amount of carbonation. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Slight caramel malt base apparent, with heavy citrus and bitterness. 4.25

Taste: Caramel malt sweetness, followed by orange rind, more citrus, and an abundance of bitterness on the finish. Excellent hop bomb.

Mouthfeel/overall: Light to medium bodied beer with a good level of carbonation. Nice. Overall, a very good IPA with great hop flavors. Another winner from Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 03:53:09 | More by zhanson88
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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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