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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,682 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color with an off white head. The head is fluffy. It fades quickle leaving a lot of laces. This beer smells very hoppy. It smells piney. It has a slight citrus aroma also. I cant detect much malt aroma. The alcohol is hard to detect also, but it is there if you look. This beer tastes hoppy. Very hoppy. It has a piney, earthy taste to it. It has a slightly citrusy taste also. I can not detect much in the way of malt flavor. This beer is mainly just bitter. It is very refreshing. It is a full bodied, aggressive beer, but I think that it is very enjoyable. It leaves a piney aftertaste. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation. This beer might not be the best session beer if you are not fond of the style. The aggressive flavor might wear a little thin on some drinkers. This beer is a very good Double IPA. It is well worth any effort you might have to take to get it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 02:32:23 | More by OStrungT
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IceAce

California

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium-bronze body with striking clarity. Creamy light tan collar of foam with a floral hoppy nose (!). This poorly named IPA implies all hops and no backbone...but the reality of the situation is this; Without the structure of base malt, this brew would simply be another over-hopped Left Coast IPA.

Pine dominates the inhale and entry is smooth with an initial hop-bite quickly brushed back by a sturdy backbone of quality malt. Mouthfeel is near perfect and the finish is clean with a BAHB (Big ass hop bite) followed by a beautiful fade from one of my new found hop bombs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2005 22:46:31 | More by IceAce
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 22 oz bomber from oggg. The beer pours a rather light, hazy yellow-orange. The creamy, white head stays around for a few minutes eventually falling to nothing and leaves great lacing. There is also almost no visible carbonation.

Smell – Pungent lemon pine combo. Very resinous, a real hop bomb. There may be a hint of sweet malt way off in the distance, but it’s faint. Alcohol shows up a bit as the beer warms along with a touch of floral.

Taste – Bitterness up front that transforms into a variety of hop flavors, citrus and pine in particular. Not much balance from the malt. Complex hop flavor, but the malt is lacking. The final pour had a bit of yeast which added some nice earthiness to the beer.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is medium-full with light prickly carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability and Notes – A lighter malt presence than most means that this is a very drinkable beer. It’s a solid DIPA, but it doesn’t have the malt profile to make it standout from the pack. Great hops, and if that’s all you look for in an IPA, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 21:13:06 | More by OldSock
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice sticky lacing on the glass. Resiny, piney, green and citrus hop aroma. Taste is very bright, limes, lemons, citrus grapefruit. Light malts to balance it all out. Decent, but I would reach for the Expo Hoppiness first, if I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 14:49:44 | More by egajdzis
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is what it says it is, though well made in the genre and fairly well balanced in the hopheads domain. It first appears orange-amber and very clear. Its head is sticky and white. Interesting oily C-hops aroma well mellowed by a tea bag reminiscent herbal maltiness. Generous earthiness and more of this tea goodness keep up on the tongue and come close to offering a match to the slick oily hops, tongue-slicingly bitter, flowery and grapefruity. Thin and refreshing mouthfeel, surprisingly light carbonation feels somehow too much with the oiliness of the hops used. Thanks Eyechartbrew, very clean brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:14:28 | More by Rastacouere
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rowew

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liar's Club in Mission Beach. First pint out of the keg. Poured with a thick white head that stayed throughout the glass. Left thick lacing. Bright golden color. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit). Taset is incredibly balanced, but dominated by hops. Very very drinkable. All in all a great double IPA - find it if you can!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2005 18:27:04 | More by rowew
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Sixpoint

New York

3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to my friend Mike for procuring this bottle fresh for me from San Diego. Thanks, Mike.

The beer poured a deep golden color with a white lacing of head. The consistency of the head was wispy and foamy, not mouselike or creamy.

The aroma was a strong citrus smell, most likely a heavy contribution from Cascade hops. Beer bottle indicates the beer is run through a hopback but also dry hopped after primary fermentation.

I liked the taste, but it did not blow me away. The firmness of the hops was there, but there was a slight misrepresentation from the malt. Not by much though... this beer was obviously very well-crafted. It was clean, free of all off-flavors and impurities.

The beer was medium-bodied, which I think could of benefited from being medium to full-bodied.

Overall, it was definitely a drinkable brew. Probably not a beer I would seek out, but something that I could enjoy on any given night.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 23:02:22 | More by Sixpoint
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very golden color with a big soapy head that deposited loads of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pine tar with some lighter citrus in the background and caramel and toffee underpinnings.
Flavor was caramel and toffee front dominated by a very powerful pine and resiny bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was swet to start but the hop domination soon tookover. A bit too unbalanced for me but very true to style.
Drinkability is very solid. Alpine obviously makes great beer and looking forward to a few more from this newly found brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 21:07:07 | More by CRJMellor
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the golden brew. Frothy head exhibits some staying power, and lacing is foamy and plentiful. Aroma is all about the piney hops, with perhaps a dash of citrus, all shimmed up with ample malt character. Taste is as well all about piney hops, with smooth malts sliding in somewhat under that radar. Mouthfeel is great for the style, not too overboard, and drinkability is good as well. Another delectible Alpine offering, I'll have to keep an eye out for others...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 22:32:07 | More by ppoitras
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

Light gold with a nice frothy head of white foam. Lacing ensues and is quite nice as well. Aromas are of fresh hops, grass, citrus fruits, light bready malts, and more. Taste is lightly carbonated hoppy, fresh, herbal, grassy, and citric. Grapefruit flavors also make an appearance, as does various pine hints, sappy tree-like flavors and more. Awesome medium-bodied mouthfeel and a stellar drinkability. A very hoppy offering that is quite balanced as well. Another CA state gem of a brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 08:07:03 | More by francisweizen
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is damn good. Fellow BA Xlperro gave us a bottle this past friday, and really, it wasn't like I wanted this one to sit around. I shared the bomber with David of course, and we each got plenty of good beer. Color when poured was tangerine, very slight haze. Since I controlled the pour, we each got a lovely 1/2 inch of thick chewy foam. I am about 2/3's done, and still am rewarded with faint lace throughout the glass. There's a lot going on with the aroma...initial whiffs reveal some grassy hops, also some woody ones. A deeper whiff reveals frankly what one gets when they stick their nose in a bag of fresh hops...very nice. Tastewise, one is rewarded with solid medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, and hops upon hops. The hops have a bit of bitterness in the finish, but I find the beer pretty balanced (there's malt in there somewhere). I have to give this beer high marks for drinkability, because not only would I like another, I can't tell this beer is 8% at all...thanks!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 02:53:49 | More by PatandDavid
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

This beer's reputation and the exhuberant exultation of the label description have me greatly anticipating this bottle...hell, I'm glad the hunt is over and it's in my mitts at last, now all that's left is the experience..let it begin...
hey, I just cracked the crown and the happiness, and hoppiness has begun already....now, it's freed from the bottle and into the glass...pure honey gold, fine head of pure white froth bobbing on top...
the nose, that's the treasure! Piney and sprucey, sweet tropical/citric fruits...gorgeous!...hop oils aplenty, raw and delicious, this is a heavenly thing, a halo fit for a hophead...I don't want to disrupt this lovely thing by drinking it, but I have no choice...the beer beckons..will it be as savory once past the lips?
A blast of bitterness, a phalanx of fruit, creamy and juicy, with an enhanced hop profile. Some what lightish in body, but the flavor is so high to render that moot, too huge in hoppiness, buzzing every inch of the mouth with the tasty hops..which ones? Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial? How'd I do?* Maybe more, maybe less, but whatever they are, they're there in plentitude.
this is an experience in a bottle, a very happy thing to have in the mouth, I'm an instant admirer, and have a new favorite to add to my must-drink column, ...although that reputation had already put it there..now that it's been in my lucky stomach, it's assumed a rightful place among the greatest IPAs I've ever known. A real humdinger,...which means, literally, as far as humming and dinging goes, it's the real deal!

(precious thanks to kmcnair!)
*I know know it's Cascade, Columbus, and H-something--whoops, I lost...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 03:45:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XLPerro for bringing it up North. A hophead experience, over-the-top of IPA with the seven different hops. Definite hop bite not for everyone. Grapefruit aroma and taste there, very dry after. Very aromatic hops. Grassy, leafy, piney thick mouthfeel. A bit of fruit and carmel mid-sip. Moderate carbonation. The salad to my meat dish.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 03:04:27 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Refulgent tangerine-amber with abundant fine particles that might as well be hop dust. The rich, creamy, yet stiffsticky head falls at the margins, leaving a crowned dollop of milkshake-like foam in the center of the glass. Intricate lace in near contiguous sheets is clinging for all it's worth to all available surfaces. Beautiful.

Stupendous, incandescent, hoptastic nose of sweet citrus peel and pine. I'd love to know what was used to dry hop this nectar. That particular hop variety would instantly shoot to the top of my most-favored list, if it's not there already. Pure Hoppiness's nose instantly and irrevocably takes a spot in my top-3 DIPA aromas of all-time.

Mind-bending hop flavor on the palate. If malt wasn't quite as much of a presence, this would more properly be classified as an IPA. That is precisely why I prefer IPAs, not so much of that pesky malt to get in the way. In this case it provides a sweetness that attempts to hold the hops in check and just barely succeeds (dammit!). Having said that, this is one DIPA that is weighted much more heavily to the hoppy side of things.

Pure Hoppiness isn't Ruination, but it is a tongue-scalding hop bomb, make no mistake. The bitter grapefruit pith covered in a candied conifer coating is having a rave in my mouth that I hope will never end. This stuff shamelessly zeros in on my beer id, digs in its claws and holds on for dear life. You want nuance and complexity? Go drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, just leave this hop tart for us heathens.

The body, needless to say, is big, smooth as silk and as creamy as a non-stout can get; the perfect vehicle for carrying that abundant hoppiness across the palate and keeping it there until reinforcements come with the next sip.

What else can I possibly say? Pure Hoppiness is pure deliciousness. I'm heartened by the fact that I have one more bottle, but depressed that I don't have easy access to this mother's milk of a beer. Alpine's PH is yet another reason to curse the two most vile words in a BA's vocabulary: limited distribution.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 20:18:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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oggg

California

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to find these bottles: I picked up this 22oz bomber from the Alpine Brewing Company along with a growler of the Pure Hoppiness so I could have my PH now AND later.

Compared to the cask and fresh from the tap, this beer from the bottle is still excellent but clearly loses some of its luster. The appearance is the same. The smell is nice and hoppy but certainly way less intense. The hop flavor is pretty well preserved. Not quite as mouth puckering, but still tons of grapefruit. Malt flavor also seems a touch less intense. Same mouthfeel and subtle alcohol. Even in this diminished state, this is the best IPA/DIPA from a bottle.

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1/20/09 another bottle that had aged in my closet (58-72F) for 2.5 years at least. Tasted in my Unibroue goblet. Very foamy, almost too much. great lace. This time I get a huge lychee scent next to the now-subdued pine cone and grapefruit, which come later. Extreme juiciness is still in effect, making my mouth water big time. Crisp with a solid bitterness that really goes along with the lychee, citrus, and then the biscuit backbone. Finishes with a great balance between the syrupy malt and the bitter hops. Wonderful. Alcohol still imperceptible.

Overall: This hop juice is amazing. This has bitterness, but if you can take the bitterness of any APA, you can dig this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 17:53:27 | More by oggg
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

This is one beer I have wanted to try for a long time. Now that I got a hold of 3 bottles I couldn’t wait to crack it open. This poured out a hazy golden orange body with a tall off white head. As this was consumed sheets of lacing were left decorating the sides of the glass. The aroma was filled with citric hops as well as floral ones, this is one of the most hoppy aromas I have had the pleasure of smelling. Also noted in the scent was piney smells but not much malt was detectable at all. With the first sip you know you are in for an all out hop assault citric hops jump on your tongue, grab hold and don’t let go. Notes of pine and slightly sweet malt are present but take a back seat here. The after taste is bitter and dry leaving your mouth caked in a hoppy bitterness. Everything done with the hops is done big, but not to the point of excess. Mouthfeel is creamy and about medium. This goes down pretty easily considering the huge hoppiness of it. I was not disappointed at all with this, except that it is not readily available near me.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 14:52:41 | More by meathookjones
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper color with a prodigious tan head. This has a solid, intense aroma of pine and citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and lychee). The pine comes to dominate the aroma after the first couple of sips. This smells like pure hop lupulin glands, what a scent.

The taste is malty sweet up front, but it rolls into a smooth explosion of hop flavor. There are not harsh elements here, and the bitterness is high but not so much that it is harsh. Light on the palate, though the hops seem to grab my tongue and flagellate my taste buds with fresh hop vines. This definitely has a lots of hoppy pine character to it, as well as a hint of mint at the end. I also get notes of tangerine and grapefruit.

Don't let the hops fool you either, this beer has a solid malt backbone, which allows the hops to take center stage in a full mouth-pleasing manner. The malt peeks out up front and also appears in the finish with a biscuit like note. Quite enjoyable! I like that this IPA is much more focused on the hop aroma and flavor than the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 20:16:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gusler

Arizona

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

Well, I have had this beer on tap, cask, bottle, also had it fresh as it gets at the brewery, and I must say know matter how you sample it, its “The Cat’s Meow”!

Another thing I must say the people who brew this beer are a prime example of what “Beer and Brewing” are about, dedicated to making a quality product for us “Lovers” of beer, and they are exceptionally nice to us wandering “Beer Lovers”, if you get the chance Alpine Brewery is a must stop, plus Alpine is a quite picturesque town.

The beer after disemboguing from the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous golden amber color, the head a majestic white crown upon the body, the texture creamy, and the lace a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The aroma of hops is what this beer is about, sweet and inviting, fresh, crisp, a treat for all the senses. Start is ambrosial, the malt profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish has a delightful acidity, the hops perfection, the aftertaste desert bone dry and long lasting, what a magnificent beer, my ever lasting gratitude to the fine people at Alpine for this elixir of life.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 22:52:44 | More by Gusler
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mzwolinski

California

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rather darkish gold, lightly carbonated and with a moderate white head. Hop aroma is lovely -- sharp and piney with a big citric acidity. A mild alcohol aroma comes through as the beer warms. The flavor is dripping with sappy, spurcey hop bitterness. Sweetness is held to a minimum, despite the relatively low carbonation. The malt contributes a nice toasty background to the hop headliner, but yields in the end to a delicate, flowery hop finale. Alcohol warmth is present but mild. A delightful beer from the bottle, and pure heaven on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 03:56:39 | More by mzwolinski
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Dmann

California

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even better off the tap. The pour and the color were the same as the bottle version. The smell was a bit more pronounced with a little smoother hop scent than the bottle but just as good. The flavor and the mouthfeel were much better on tap. The malty middle came out much more and balanced the beer just enough to make it near-perfect, and the mouthfeel was much more creamy and easy going. A great beer indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2004 01:06:29 | More by Dmann
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden yellow with slow and steady carbonation bubbles within; a firm finger high head of off-white froth gradually fades, lace in good amounts of webby strings.

Puree of hops on the nose! Mega resin filled, alpha acidic, sour citric acids, highly floral sweet and ripe with super fresh zest of grapefruit rinds, lime skins, lemon peels, tangerine, apricot, and the presupposed presense of dryish pine coming through in a largely cedarific sweet sap dryness. Awesome hop nose! Oh my...

Taste has a soothingly mild sweet malt front which is misleading because quickly thereafter the hops build and build and engorge your mouth with cottony sour drying citric acids and juices that are loaded to the hilt bearing piney bitterness and alpha acid wonderment that lingrers for a time beyond time. This gives me the chills on how much after effects the hops have on the palate, wow! Reminds me alot of Rogue's Brutal Bitter which to this day had been my favorite late lingering palate buster. This equals it if not surpasses it due to a bit more complexitiy in the citric bite. Wonderful hop profile, it has a complexing crescendo and contour with all sorts of mixed and super fresh citrusy peels and juices. Yum!

Super clean and fresh, piney, citric, borderline souring bitterness, and full bodied with a crisp drying bitter hop finish that twists your tonsils and blankets your entire mouth, lips included. A purely delightful palate buster!
A big Ol' west coast love touch goes to xlperro for this mad bitch of a hop brew! Fuckin' Yum my man!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:11:44 | More by tavernjef
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Boilermaker88

California

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

Served on-tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. I had a couple pints during a break for dinner while at the Belgian Beer Festival. Pure Hoppiness had a nice amber hue and a sizeable white head that left great sheets of lace behind. Great nose to this brew - lots of grapefruit peels and pine resins swirl about in a most enticing way. This was a tough brew to keep from just downing in a couple big gulps. It had a great velvety smooth creaminess that was packed with grapefruit juice-like flavor and a sprinkling of pine sap for added bitterness. The grapefruit peel/pine resins taste coated the tongue and left a long-lasting bitter kick, not to mention a couple potent hops-burps.
This offering from Alpine does credit to the West Coast IPA/imperial IPA style. The hops certainly pack a punch but the alcohol content is cleverly concealed. I can't wait to finally get to try it's sibling, Exponential Hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2004 18:29:43 | More by Boilermaker88
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego.

This double IPA poured a clear, amber color with 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. This was a very nice beer, and I wish I could have another.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2004 08:20:32 | More by UncleJimbo
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KingSlender

California

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

Pure Hoppiness is the perfect name for this beer. For all you hop heads out there....this is the one! Immediately after popping the cap off the pungent hop aroma overwhelms the senses. As stated before, this beer smells like "bud" (you know what I'm talking about). I wish my wife could find potpourri in this scent. The brew pours a nice golden color with a thick off-white head. I was amazed at how the head stuck on the sides of my pint glass throughout my drinking excursion. A lowly amateur might complain at the excessive amount of hops used to make this beer. Not me!! I also liked the fact that this beer wasn't as heavy as most hoppy IPAs. Light, crisp, and very easy to drink.

The king recommends drinking this beer with a hot pastrami sandwich (with extra pickles)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 20:18:39 | More by KingSlender
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saskguy

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

Wow, this is now one of my favourites of all time. Agressive floral hopping that comes out in both the nose and the taste. Great head! A light straw colour.

Tried it at OBriens in San Diego where it was the hit of the evening for most people. Some people suggested it smelled like "bud" and I do not mean the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2004 17:46:02 | More by saskguy
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.