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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,017 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,199
Gots: 168 | 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 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.

emerge077, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a crystal clear gold-that-borders-on-amber body. The rocky white head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is outrageous with rich, resiny, piney, fruity and citrusy hops! It's most impressive and very welcoming! The body is medium, and it's smooth across the palate due to a very fine and moderate-level carbonation. Although the nose is astounding, more hops come out in the flavor, over a biscuity and caramel-laced malt. It's got a solid bitterness to it, but it's really well-balanced and finishes dry with just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. An all-around great beer... the hop aroma is brilliant; the hop flavors come through clearly; the malt base is not overdone (and works as the perfect platform to show off the hops); and the bitterness level is perfectly balanced to accentuate the beer and keep you coming back for more. Well worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I want to thank BA xlperro for the sample. 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date and a 6.8% abv on the side of the label. Contract brewed by Alesmith Brewing.

Appearance: Big brassy golden hue with a signature froth that can only come for a highly hopped brew.

Smell: Big earthy veggie hop with a huge drop of spicy citrus. Lots of fresh hop aroma to go around as well as hints of alcoholic esters and malt sweetness within.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Think pungent halo of hops lingers on the first sip to the last, soft flowery and citric flavours mingle throughout. Faint flavours of toasted malt and vague caramel come to the palate clouded, as they should. The alcoholic warmth hits middle to end and shows that there is a slight kick; esters are held to a minimum yet a quite noticeable.

Notes: What can I say, this is all I expected from a west coast IPA and a little bit more. Its nice to get a kick in the mouth with a big hoppy brew.

Jason, Sep 30, 2003
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

nickfl, May 04, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale hazed apricot hue with a large thicket of finely bubbled billowing off white head. Chunky textured rises up above the rim of my glass, aromatics play the part cutting through your senses with grapefruit pith, sweet baby aspirin tones and herbal grassiness. Sweet sugar coated hops come through with a strong long lived bitterness this is West Coast IPA. I actually enjoy the diacetyl put forth in these beers, I don't see it as an off flavor just a nice complimentary flavor compared to most other big hoppy beers out there. I'm thoroughly impressed with the three IPAs I've had thus far. Big brash bitter but balanced with a nice biscuit breadiness/buttered bread really comforting malt profile with herbaceous, spicy hops and citrus grapefruit pith. Pretty incredible tasting IPA, I'm glad to have the opportunity to try these brews. This is rounded out from front to back hop flavor hits the palate oily slick with resin, medium to fuller bodied soft fluffy carbonation gotta love this stuff. Inredible drinkability compared to most big hoppy ales, this one is full of finesse. My friend and brother may have to make a pilgrimage out to this brewery someday in the near future, we all love these beers. Outstanding effort, I plan to imbibe more of these and possibly an Exponential Hoppiness to one up this one.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ O"Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours ahazy unfiltered looking copper, with a 1/2 finger of smooth bright-white froth. This stays very rich from being on cask, just coating the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of lacing. The aroma is full of pine resins and spice, while sticky notes of tropical fruits (grapefruit, mango, and peaches are really coming out), toasted bread, and caramel sweetness really gives the nose a thick underlying tang. Just a quintessential West Coast bouquet here.

The taste is quite aggressive with the hops, as plenty of spice and pine lash the mouth with bitterness, but this is still wonderfully well balanced by that sweet and tangy mix of caramel and citrus, cutting that initial blast of hops very well. Bitterness strikes back hard in the finish, adding a satisfying intensity to the end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy texture to the carbonation that helps mellow this out to a very drinkable nature, enabling this to glide down the throat despite the intense hop flavor. Very nice.

Some IPAs work better than others on cask but I was pleased to find that this was one of the best that I've had the honor of trying this way. Mellow and silky feeling from the cask conditioning, yet this still was able to fully unleash those West Coast hops without dampening any of their fury. Just a great incarnation here of an already fantastic American IPA.

Kegatron, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught followed by this? Yes, thank you.

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is straight up pine tones. Flavor is bright. An interesting mix of citrus and pine. Slight salty edge, but it's more so a big fruity floral thing. Feel is very smooth on liquid and the carbonation is good. This is really easy to drink. Way too much so. I could sip on this all night. Too bad I can tell it's going to totally jack with my recently discovered hop allergy. (yeah...it's true)

RblWthACoz, Sep 27, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Slatetank, May 18, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

russpowell, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending one of these my way. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - It looks like Pliny the Younger - honestly I'd be hard pressed to distinguish the two. Two fingers of creamy-white foam, with great retention and gorgeous lacing. Semi-transparent dark gold, with streams of tiny bubbles streaming upwards and the occasional bigger bubble.

S - Earthy & floral hops - lots of pine and lemon zest. There's also a solid malt backbone underneath the massive hop flavor. There's the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T - There's the obvious hop flavors - sweet citrus, mossy pine, but a surprisingly high amount of bready malt as well. The alcohol note I got in the nose is gone. It's a fair bit more understated than the smell, and slightly disappointing. Not a huge bitter aftertaste either.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation tingle, lots of residual oily stickiness. It's really velvety and smooth.

D - Not gonna have any problems with downing this one. Well-hidden ABV, great texture, moderate carbonation - really easy drinking here.

It's not as good as Pliny the Elder, which is a more fair comparison than PtY, but it's still a terrific DIPA in the west coast style.

MasterSki, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle of awesomeness from Imperialbeachbrw and I can't wait to crack it. Oh wait, here I am doing it now. Poured into my oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with a big bubbly head that looks delicious. A piney brown amber color with touch of orange that is so brilliantly clear I'm watching TV through it, upside down that is. THis looks amazing.

N: Its also got an amazing nose. Its loaded with piney citrus hops, pretty fresh tasting, although I'm sure it really emanates with this great aroma when its even fresher. A slight nice malt character adds a nice touch.

T: Aha! Just as I suspected, great hop taste. Its got a pretty strong piney and some nice citrus hops. It's got a slight crystal malt taste to back up the hops slightly. THe hops are pretty juicy as well, which I love in a great IPA. The fresh hop taste adds a slight chewy feel to it with that great hop taste. I also get a slight grassy hop taste that makes it slightly different than Pliny, as it was pretty similar up to this point. I also get a hint of a creamy caramel. Bitterness builds and builds and it really gets on top of your tongue fast. The big hop character hides the alcohol well, although its only 8% but I can't even really taste it.

M: Semi thick and decent carbonation, almost chewy with the huge hop infiltration on the tongue, somewhat frothy on the mouth as well.

F: The bitterness just bombards the tongue on the finish, especially after a few sips. It starts a little sweet on the finish but dries off pretty quickly as the strong bitterness cuts through it. The juicy taste also dies out pretty quickly but the memory of it on the tongue lasts for a while, or until I am forced to take another sip. However, the crazy bitterness that just builds and builds almost takes away from the enjoyment a little, but it doesn't (hence the "almost").

FInal thoughts: Another great IPA as I expected. Lots of great hops, piney, citrus, slightly grassy, very bitter, juicy and chewy. It didn't seem to have the piney taste I thought it would, but that is probably because it's not super fresh. It also has a slight malt character that helps support the hops so you don't rip your tongue apart. This is really reminds me of Pliny but the hop character is slightly different, and the two are great but probably even better right off the tap.

jlindros, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
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...

feloniousmonk, Nov 08, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle without a freshness date poured into a St. B goblet (as close as I could get).

Beer is light amber and the beer has high haze. There is almost no head. Just thin broken patches of small white bubbles. The head clings to the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Beer has a sweet smell and then a strong pine hop aroma. Maybe I should have used the snifter for this beer to focus the aroma better. Second smell was the same, mixture of malt sweetness and hop (pine).

Smooth full bodied beer. Good sweetness up front, no hint of alcohol in the flavor, no aftertaste at all. The hop flavor is midpalate and provides great connectivity between the front and the back of the mouth. Second taste, got more sweetness and more bitterness this time, its a good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is really good. Very clean, not dry. A great DIPA.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. Slight smell of caramel from the malt along with some fruit.

Taste: A lot more bitterness than the smell would have suggested. Citrus peel hops along with a note of pine. The malt balances things out a bit, but the hops dominate. The finish is bitter and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA. I just started trading, and have had an abundance of wonderful IPA's. This one is up there with the best of them.

oline73, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clearish copper pour, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, and not much else, as the name promised. The taste follows the aroma, not quite as juicy and fresh as some of its contemporaries, but still loaded with hoppy goodness, citrus zest, pine, quite bitter, there's a pale malt base in there, but it's mostly dominated by the hops, which stick around into the aftertaste. Body was medium, crisp and moderately carbonation, appropriate for the style. Very nice overall.

Rifugium, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

mendvicdog, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by Dreadnaught33; thanks Jonathan, big want.

a - Pours a clear orange color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strongly of pine hops, as well as fruity malts and citrus hops. The pine really stands out; it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops, fresh fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

d - A very smooth, easy drinking DIPA; I was surprised there wasn't as much bitterness. Lots of pine in this one and I thought it smelled great and fresh. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Jan 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

beernads, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkyMOD, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

Pours a light orange color with a white head. The first thing that hits you in the aroma is hops, with tons of pine and citrus in the nose. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor is outstanding. Tons of orange citrus with a little pine and grapefruit. This is one complex hop bomb. Medium carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable and I wish this available in Texas.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine a couple weeks ago. Expectations are high because I've been loving Alpine's offerings. They're quickly rising on my best of California list.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured (initially) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour floater. Hardly a head at all. Retention is terrible, even given the ABV. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent copper - very curious for the style, which I expect to be clear and clean. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

I was able to coax a head out of it by pouring with additional vigor after finishing off my first glass. Head retention was more frothy, with nice cream and thickness - plus better retention (~2 minutes). Strange.

Sm: Pine, clean malts, fruit esters, grapefruit citrus, hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates. Some oily hops. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp pine, floral hops, clean malts, grapefruit citrus, sweet brighter malts, and well hidden hop bitterness - but it still comes through, negativley impacting the balance. There's certainly a hop bite on the climax and through the third act. Nowhere near as complex or well layered as Exponential Hoppiness, but there's some subtlety here. The grapefruit is a nice touch, though grapefruit dominant IPAs are not my favourite. I like it, but it's far from unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Much cleaner than the appearance would have you suspect. Nice body.

Gets more nectary as it warms. I like it much better as it mellows, bringing the balance into a careful duel between subtle malt sweetness and tame hop bitterness. I regret serving this cold.

Mf: Clean. Dry and coarse from the hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely crisp. Wet and smooth in the early acts, but never as much as it needs to be to attain a refreshing character. Good thickness and carbonation. Somewhat oily. Suits the flavours only generally.

Mellowed as it warmed, like the flavour. Got smoother and wetter, suiting the flavours much better. Curious. But inconsistent. Somewhat buttery until the dry finish.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not Alpine's best. Pales in comparison to Exponential Hoppiness, which I quite admired. I'd get this again on draught. Interestingly priced. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice Double IPA. This will likely satisfy most fans of the style. I dislike the grapefruit focus and the apparent hop bitterness, but to each his or her own.

High B-

kojevergas, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.