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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

2,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,220
Gots: 177 | FT: 13
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 Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light orange color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Very thick and craggy head on this beer. Leaves a very nice lacing pattern on the drink down. Head stays as a small island in the middle of the glass. Smells of citrus zest, sweet malt, pineapple juice. Tastes of pine/citrus zest hops up front with a caramel malt finish. Slight pineapple too. Mild bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Good carbonation leaves a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very good DIPA that is hard to find around these parts. I am glad I got to try this one.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Beverages 4 Less in August 2009.

A: A bright gold copper color with a small white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops with quite a bit of citrus thrown in there as well. A good amount of malt backing.

T: I was a little bit disappointed here. This one is definitely a hop bomb, but I think the bitterness starts to overwhelm the hop tastes to the point where it's not as enjoyable as it could be.

M: Good amount of carbonation along with a light-to-medium body.

D: Pretty drinkable, but not nearly as good as Alpine's lineup of American IPA's.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ON TAP at STONE. Pure yellow/orange honey color; very clear and bright in the glass with a nice white head.

A very floral, light orange and citrus nose that is very inviting and pleasant.

Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit with a nice fresh hop character and with nice balance, and, while nice and appealing fresh and clean flavors, mouthfeel is a little thin and with very light carbonation.

Short flavors/short in the mouth and with a short finish but still a very pleasant quality drink. Very good; so pleasant that one just wants "more" of everything.

EDIT: Almost 5 years to the day from first review of this. This addition/edit based on bottles. Mouthfeel is great and beer holds up in all respect. Every bit as good, if not better, than PtE. Good beer.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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

Delicious and understated, Pure Hoppiness infusses extra finess for intrigue instead of aggression: maximum hop flavor, low bite.

The beer opens with a pour of deep gold and medium copper hue. A creamy white head tops the beer with a dense sheet that never billows but never waivers either. Sticky lace leaves decorative patterns of foam behind. With a relatively low haze for a high-hopped variety, the beer carries a very appealing appearance.

Juicy, citrusy, and vibrant to the nose with elements of freshly grated orange peel, candied appricots, pineapple, mango, sweet ruby red grapefruit pulp, and a light note of herbal lemmongrass. With the thin caramel sweetness scent of confectioner's sugar and honeysuckle, the beer rounds into a mouth watering combination of sugar coated citrus and tropical fruits.

Flavors are no letdown. Sweetness from light caramel, powdered sugar, and fructose give a satisfactory initial taste and satisfies the palate. The mid palate brings about more vibrant fruit character, and leaving the sweetness behind. Freshly squeezed grapefruit, nectarines, and lemon grow from a candy-sweet bit and into a fresh and bitter variety going into finish. Tropical fruits of pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya round into the sweeter, more mellow flavors of citrus. As the beer transitions to clean and crisp bitterness, a slight memory of caramel and fruity sweetness remain in aftertaste. Delicious throughout and with no rise of unpleasantries.

A medium-full start takes a creamy demeanor from carbonation and early malty-sweetness. But as the beer drops it's sweetness to start, the crisper, brighter textures of hop oils begin to dry the beer and usher in a crisp, clean, and refreshing finish. Ultimately dry from hop resins and minty alcohols to finish, the beer holds onto a lightly resiny hop bitterness that lingers well into the next sip.

A remarkable imperial IPA that grows in intensity and bursting with hop flavor, but refuses push the balance into extra sweetness, less dry of finish, or less of a hop showcase; that otherwise would have hurt drinkability. Great control of both the recipe and brewing technique for a beer that's dangerously drinkable.

Thanks crlova2!

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

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I have waited forever to try this one, well it seemed like forever anyway. It had been sitting in the fridge awaiting me to call on it, and call I did. This poured a very bright and very hazy amber with a large sticky head of lace on top. Great retention never really let it fade, but rather just slowly sick down into a nice layer across the top. Deep smell of very sweet orange floral bouquet. Had a bit of a musty kind of odor in the back could not really place it, but it was still very hoppy, just a lot more balanced then I thought it would be. The flavor was sort of light with a very nice creamy consistency to it. Again somewhat musty bread like flavor was underlying the deep floral hoppy smells. A very nice flavor mix actually and kept it from being one of the excruciatingly bitter hop profiles you have actually come to expect from them. The full flavor itself was quite unique and unlike anything I had tried before, but that in of itself was a very good thing. Very drinkable as the 8% abv was not even noticeable for me. Overall I was very impressed with the depth on this one. I had expected it to be rather similar to the other big west coast IPA’s but was very surprised when it showed up to the table packing a different kind of punch, one with more depth and flow to it and something that was more in tune with itself, rather then just loaded down with as much cascade as possible. This is something you should definitely try, and honestly in a class of its own, a very nice beer.

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

A: A very nice looking copper amber color with a small white head and very nice lacing.

S: This beer is aptly named. This is a very fruity IPA featuring lots of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Some pine and malt round things out on the finish.

T: Not nearly as fruity as I would have expected from the nose. There are still some good grapefruit notes, however. This one is very piney and bitter, which I love. The bitterness keeps the malt pretty much out of the picture, which is, again, fine with me.

M: A very crisp feel on the tongue, which is helped by amble carbonation.

D: Yet another solid IPA from the folks down in San Diego.

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy, loaded with piney aromas. The taste of beer has a bitter resin-like flavor with a pine finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and sharp dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearance: Clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smell: A bouquet of fresh hops hits the nose as soon as the bottle is uncapped; the aroma is spicy and floral with a big resiny pine undercurrent.

Taste/mouthfeel: Hops and nothing but - the malt profile is dry and slightly biscuit-like, lending no sweetness and serving as little more than a foundation for the amazing hop character. There's plenty of complexity to be found in the hop flavor, from wildflowers to spruce, though it leans toward grapefruit and lemon. So damn light and crisp, it's hard to believe this is 8%; I've had IPAs of 6% ABV that felt heavier and maltier. The finish is punchy and bitter yet not overwhelming - this brew is really more about the hop flavor and aroma, as any good IPA should be in my opinion.

Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Golden orange coloration, nice clarity, plenty of lacing. Fresh, earthy hop aroma. Deep and resiny, some juicy citrus, bitter hop oils. Malty middle with a dry finish, an almost leafy aftertaste. Medium bodied, yet light enough to have several. A superb west-coast style DIPA, among the best in my opinion.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.