Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 2,344
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,258
Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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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 Frozensoul327
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich coppery orange color with a nice head of off white foam. Lots of lace, and a high level of carbonation indicated by the streams of bubbles in the glass.

S: Hops dominate, with intricate notes of citrus fruits, pine, and floral notes. Very nice.

T: Dense and complex hoppy flavors of pine, citrus and sweet floral notes give way to a mildly grainy malt profile. Slightly sweet and soapy, with a nice caramel appeal about itself.

M: Nice and smooth, with a strong hop oil character. Medium levels of carbonation translate to a bubbly and effervescent experience.

D: Pretty good. I like the fact that the hops aren't one sided, but give a hoppy taste from around the spectrum.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample (742 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has an excellent burst of grassy hops with a well-blended compliment of citrus sweetness. There’s a good caramelized malt smell in the background as well.

T: The taste is dominated by the wonderfully piney and bitter flavor of hops, but it’s very well-complimented by citrus sweetness and a decent malt character. Overall, it’s a very well-balanced taste as shown in the after-taste which is a good blend of healthy hops bitterness with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Super tasty, goes down very easily, nice kick to it, only slightly filling, excellent representation of style, I’m happy I started drinking this late in the night because it’s the type of beer that is extremely difficult to follow. I think this is an excellent beer. (1,108 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orangy gold, clear, with a white modest head.
Aromatics are floral and extremely fruiy. Lots of peaches, tangerines, and pear. Fresh hops waft upward and the bottle seems fresh. A hint of powdered pixie sugar and aspirin in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium, a bit crisp and refreshing.
The pallet is lively with hops and a light malt backbone. The hopping is primarily in the flavor, with bitterness being firm but secondary to the juice. Very tropical in nature, with intermingeled citrus fruits and a slightly boozy note hinting at Grand Marnier.
A slight "hollowness" in the bittering is not even a detraction.
The allure of this beer is not in any insane amount of aggresive hopping, but in the balance of the brew. There no offensiveness whatsoever in the any one component, which allows the "pure hoppiness" to really shine. Incredibly drinkable and tasty.
To have a draught pint would be heavenly. (919 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold in color and clear with a small white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit and pineapple, a sweet tropical fruitiness. Nice grapefruit citrus hoppiness up front in the taste followed by a some pine and grassy bitterness and a nice peppery bite. Fairly dry with a hint of alcohol in the finish. A nice creamy medium body in the background works well to balance but not overpower. A very nice example of the style, nothing was to over the top but everything was very nicely balanced, good hop aroma and nice peppery bite, solid. (550 characters)

Photo of Pagzzz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderfull IPA!

Fresh citrus hop flavor, moderate bitterness. IBU on this beer is deceptive with bitterness balanced well by flavor and aroma! Great juicy mouthfeel and heavenly C hop aroma. Brewer uses many hop infusion techniques including hopbacks.

Orange/gold color, slight lacy head. Best enjoyed on draft. I had 5! It's that drinkable. (347 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very good IPA, I say IPA instead of Double IPA because even though it is labled as a double IPA I think it is actually closer to the stregnth and flavor of an excellent American IPA. Nice use of hops, somewhat grassy with citrus notes. Color is a rich gold color. Very drinkable. I just wish it was available where I live. (324 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Stone IPA glass.
BIG thanks to bennetj17 for another excellent beer trade!
No freshness or best before date.

Pours a very brilliant, glowing orannge color. Very clear with a one and a half inch thick, bright, white, frothy head. Excellent head retention, and tons of sticky lacing, clinging to the glass. Very inviting looking. Strong smelling double IPA. Huge grapefruit aromas, followed by some citrusy, piney smells, maybe a hint of lemon and grass. Nice big dry hopped flavors up front, with a very prevalent caramel malt backbone. Very easy too drink for a double IPA. Finishes bitter, but not over the top. Incredibly well balanced. Lots of carbonation make this a very smooth brew, medium bodied. I wouldn't have a clue that this is 8% abv, alcohol is hidden magnificently. Overall, a excellent beer, a must try for any hophead! (874 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 14, 2006. 22 oz Bottle. Lucious sweet liquor of hops, licking my nose with Centennial piney resins. Full of swaying fresh grasses and grapefruit trees. Pour of an amber tinged pure gold, crowned with a rocky froth of off-white. Flavor is a delicious lightly creamy malt body, heavy with droopy eyelids of fresh white pine needles and a bough of aspen leaves. Dryly smacking of grass resin and freshly squeezed Valencia oranges. A drop of lemon juice and vodka sneak in. Mmmm hops. An well built IPA with great balance and body. I love the long draw of hoppy apple peels. (603 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JahNoth for sending this hop monster my way.

A: Very cloudy yellowish straw color with a big pillow like frothy monster of a head. Measures about 2 fingers leaving thick sticky white spider web lacing. Big time retention. Looks tiptop.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes blend very well together. Orange and lemon zest fruityness. Malty profile comes through if you give the glass a decent swirl. Sweet and spicy notes also present.
T/M: Both the hop and malt profile emerge with avengence. Floral and fruity hop notes say hello to the tastebuds. Big maltyness follows the hops with an above average thick body. Sugary sweet and chewy, but not oily and resiny like other double IPA's I've had--it's more crisp. Sharp fizzy carbonation followed by a slightly dry floral-like finish and aftertaste.
D: Damn drinkable. Slightly carbonated for my tastes and I'd like to try it on draft--not a knock. Bigger hop notes in the aroma but with a good balance in the flavors. Highly drinkable and one that I'd have any day. (1,030 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't remember who I got this one from. Remind me!
Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbonation that rise to the top. A rocky, white, 1 finger head slowly fades out. A small amount of floaters kicking around the bottom. A solid tube of lacing coats the entire glass before slowly dissapating into broken up streaky lacing.
Smell is of honey, grain, flowers, earthy notes, mild spices, light amounts of sugary and citrus. There are also highlights of vanilla and apricot found in there. Nice bounty of hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet balance of sugar and hops that aren't overkill.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, smooth, sugary, with vanilla running along the near perfect palate. Very nice! (750 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Anniversary Fest.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end. West coast all the way baby!

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated and wasn't smackingly sweet, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp at 8.0%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to get a pint before it's gone, go back for as many as you can.

With so many amazing DIPAs coming out of San Diego, it's no wonder this city (area) continues to define the style that was essentially pioneered there. Many are starting to call double IPAs "San Diego Pale Ale." They've earned it. (1,137 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly packed foam white head. Interesting patterns form in the bubbles. Body is a lighter yellow color, nice and clear though. Lacing shows up to round it out.

Lots of aroma in this, immediately evident when the cap was popped. Citrus and floral hops dominates with some clean straw aromas come in from the malting. Just pure hops mostly (no pun intended), but doesn't seem overly sweet like many other big hopbombs.

Lots of hops are evident as would be expected. Big, bold, brash hops. Floral and straw hops form most of the flavor in this. Some piney resin finishes this out and leads into the lingering bitterness. A bit unbalanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fair amount of carbonation makes for a nice crispness. Decent drinkability, the slightly unbalanced nature brings this down. If you want straight up hops this is a good choice. Good brew overall...similar to Victory's Hop Wallop to me... (912 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: draught to pint glass. Comes out with a half inch white head over a bright copper body. Quickly after arriving the head leaves a pock-marked cap of pretty lacings. Lots of active bubble trails throughout the glass.

Nose: Hops are in-your-face pine, extremely bitter aroma in anticipation of the taste. A tickle of something sweet, like maple syrup. Chalk, milk, bananas.

Mouth: Man, the hops hit with grass and pine, like sucking on pine needles, but it's not so extremely bitter as to burn me out. A light bitter after taste, balances the fruit character of the front. Pears & grains, like a flavored rice cake. Brown sugar flavor as well. Excellently balanced between the malt & hop with a smooth dry finish. Mouthfeel enters strong and prickly but a bit too creamy in the back as it foams up.

Really fun to drink; extremely enjoyable. (852 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ O' Briens in San Diego

A- fluffy 1" white head, golden straw color with a hint of orange, good retnet, plenty of lace

S- super citrus, some pine in there to

T- citrus, then citrus, did I mention citrus. So after the grapefruit slam, you got some pine and malt sweetness, but then the citrus is back for the finish and aftertaste.

M- bit thin, but very smooth

D- smell is just as strong as the taste, great for a hop fix. Fun to try, but i wouldnt go out of my way for another. I would take one if i was in my way though. Best to enjoy over a extended amount of time. (590 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper appearance with high clarity. Frothy light foam begins at 1/2 inch, settles some leaving a nice crust and minor lace. Intense piney hop aroma, nectary and floral, with a hint of spiciness and also mild citrus notes. The taste has a strong dry-hopped flavor and a light nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of roast. The bitterness creeps in slowly after a few sips and really builds toward a sharp cheddar-like bite. I am really impressed with the freshness of the hops. Alcohol is not real noticible here. Mouthfeel is solid, medium body, moderate carbonation, very-clean like finish, not sticky. I loved this beer, even more than anticipated. The hops were fantastic, and I think they managed to make a big double without overdoing it too much. Excellent... (775 characters)

Photo of stoner420
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Medium amber, white bubbly head, good carbonation

Aroma of major hops, citrus, pine, grass, cannabis, malt, carmel, sweet

Tastes much like is smells, big hops out front, followed by mildly sweet malt and faint carmel, finishes with an earthy taste and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Creamy texture, but not too heavy, very drinkable, this is a beer in a class by itself. (386 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to the San Diego BAs for this sample.

Pours a transparent amber gold color that forms a decent 1 finger thick head which diminishes fairly quickly although a good amount of foam stays on top. Some very fine almost silt-like lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell is robust earthy and muddy with some slighly sour aspect to it. It is predominantyl hops and sometimes these double IPAs actually do have a good aamount of maltiness.

Taste wise there is some good maltiness upfront before the hops just take over completely. It has a very pure clean taste to it. The mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side and the carbonation could be a little more pronounced. Overall, a very smooth and drinkable IPA--the extra alcohol is quite well hidden. (767 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful deep golden color, with bubbles clinging to the glass as the head settles. Not much lacing, but you cant drink lacing, so who cares?!?!

Smells pretty good, like a toned down Dreadnaught. Pine, tropical fruits, toffee. This is gonna be a treat.

First sip is really good, reminds me a bit of Dreadnaught. Some of the same characteristics -- pine, mangoes, floral hops, maybe apricots....sticky sweet taste without being TOO sweet....Buttery is a good word here. The taste isnt as strong as a Dread, but its definately delicious and in the same ballpark, IMO, and the best DIPA Ive had in quite a while. This one holds its own very well..

Mouthfeel: It TASTES like a heavy, syrupy DIPA, but it doesnt FEEL like a heavy, syrupy DIPA. That being said, this has a near perfect mouthfeel for the style, and it goes down all too easy. Excellently crafted beer.

Drinkability is quite high, and alcohol forgets to make an appearance in the taste. At only (only?!?!) 8% ABV, I could knock back a couple of bombers with ease. And I want to. The trouble is, I only have one.

BIG props to westsidethreat for sending me this excellent beer. Cheers, brother! And to the beer guys over at FBG, if I were you, Id do whatever it took to get the Lord of the Sky to send you one of these. Its that good. :thumbup:

:banned: (1,337 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip.

A - Pours an orangish amber color with a small, but resilient head. It just keeps on lasting and lasting and lasting.

S - I'm not a religious guy, but I think I just saw god. Perfect on the nose. Reminds me of Pliny the Elder. Sweet tangerines melding with pine and some grassy scents popping through as well. This is a beautiful smelling beer.

T - Very nice as well. Not as hoppy as I expected from the smell, but very well balanced. Piney hops are the star here, and they start things off, paving the way to a vibrant caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bit more of pine and citris, but sweet at the same time. Very, very good.

M - Perfect.

D - One of the most drinkable double IPAs I have ever sampled. Many thanks to westsidethreat. I love you man. :sniff: This shit is awesome. Reminds me of all the DIPAs that I enjoy more than sex. Dreadnaught, Goose Island, Pliney. Easily up there with all of them. Great stuff. (969 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Vibrant golden color, crystal clear. Thousands of bubbles violently fight their way to the top where a huge pillowy off white head plumes over the glass awaiting them.

S: Sugary grapefruit, fresh squeezed OJ and some lemon zest. Bit'o pine in there but it gets lost in the citrus.

T: An immediate buttery grapefruit flavor. Literally, imagine grapefruit flavored butter and this might cover it. Very unique, came out of leftfield. From there a sweet biscuit backbone slides along before the bittering hops show themselves. Mind you that gorgeous buttey flavor has not left...and will not leave...and will become more pronounced as the beer warms. The aftertaste finally showcases the pine that had been hiding among the citrus hops...slowly lingers into a crescendo where the pine and now strawberry malt flavors meet/greet then fade away...

M: Full bodied and creamy for such an aggresively hopped beer.

D: How often do you drink an IPA or DIPA that stands out as something different? Thats what I'm saying.

Crisp, refreshing with enough alcohol to remind you who's boss. Aesthetically phenomenal, aromatically arousing with a taste that stops you dead in your tracks.... Great friggin beer.

I can not believe how easilly this 22oz went down. (1,266 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lou91 for this gem. Powerful, bold and complex hop aroma,reminds me of the first time I inhaled Dreadnaught, you could keep your nose in that glass all day, wonderful fullbodied malt hop combination like you bit into a sweetened grapefruit/orange with a beautiful tongue coating bitterness that urged you to contemplate the artist skills of the brewmaster. Amongst my top 5 IIPA's (387 characters)

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

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's had a light amber glow with a 1/2 inch of white foam. Nice light lace after each sip.

It smells exactly like the name it's given, and then even a wee bit hoppier. Fresh piney hops, truck loads of em...that's what you smell here.

The flavor...you guessed it, HOPS-a-plenty! Very nice, mildly sweet introduction, only to be put out visciously by the bittering of some serious hopping here. Gotta admit though, it tastes great, very well done!

Decent body with the alcohol burried under the hoppiness, this stuff goes down easier than water (especially SD tap-water). Highly recommend, especially to mega-hopheads...heres to you! (671 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear medium amber body and a white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Another grapefruity aroma from sunny San Diego

Taste: Starts out rather fruity but that is followed by nice bitter flavors; nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice, well-structured IPA (368 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale orange-tea color with a nice pillowy off-white head that nearly looks like the meringue of a country pie. The aroma consists of pine, pine, and more pine. But amazingly enough, it is mouthwatering! This is one fine beer with the first taste. And dissecting the second taste more closely reveals a biscuit backbone of malts and the hops are done perfectly portraying citrus and piney earth tones. Beautiful! This beer is light to medium bodied and finishes with a complexity rarely noticed by me, which is it is both dry and watery sweet at the end of each swallow. (?)...I'm puzzled too, but I like it! And despite it's 'pure hoppiness' and abv, it's drinkability is surprisingly high.

Notes: Very, very nice! I don't consider myself a hophead, but I could go back to this beer again and again. Thanks xlperro for this offering. I owe you! (865 characters)

Photo of audiojon
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The epitome of what a Double IPA should be. This is my go to DIPA whenever I am in San Diego. The scent is pure hops, very piney, a little citrusy. Taste is also piney, hops hops hops, but man what a balanced beer this is! I can drink this all day long, easily one of the smoothest brews I have ever had. This is what I compare every DIPA I taste to, and I wish I could get it more often up here in LA. Fortunately, I head down to SD on a weekly basis, and enjoy this frequently at O'Brien's and the Liar's Club. I preach the gospel of this brew to every hophead I meet, and dub this a "must try" if it ever crosses your path. (626 characters)

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