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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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world-class

1,840 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-19-2011 04:44:46 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 19:24:16 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-21-2014 20:16:53 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 00:17:35 | More by barleywinefiend
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with 321Jeff and d13logan, poured into a tulip, reviewed from notes.

Reflecting after having Exponential Hoppiness after this, PH was easily my favorite of the two. EH obviously offered more hops, but in the bottle we tried they tasted as being added for the sake of being big and hoppy and lacked the overall balance and awesomeness of this beer. Additionally I found the aroma for this beer to be nearly perfect, a blend of citrus and pine, and much more agreeable to me than EH. Flavor and body are certainly hoppy and brutal on the palate, but if you've had many of the other big IPA/DIPAs the balance and smoothness of this hop bomb are remarkable. The hops and their bitterness is supported by a strong grain and caramel malt body. Overall, incredible balance for a hop bomb DIPA, I need to find more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 03:55:32 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 02:51:16 | More by akorsak
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

Poured from a bomber with no freshness indication into a snifter. This brew appears a nearly clear color of light orange with a finger and a half of yellowish tinted head. Despite a careful pour, some faint particles are stuck hanging in suspension. The cap recedes fairly quick to less than a finger of creamy fluff that leaves some spotty and finger-like lace work on the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with an herbal quality that has a light touch of mint character. Some catty notes evolve as the brew warms and some grapefruit rind picks up inside the nose as well. Some faint notes of orange zest and a touch of sulfur fills out the backend of this brew's scent. Overall pretty good and deceptively fruity sweet smelling.

The taste of this brew is deceptively sweet when it first hits the tongue, however that abruptly turns bitter with hoppiness tasting herbal, catty, pine-like and full of bitter rinds somewhat like grapefruit and a little grassy and earthy. There is a faint green yeastiness included in this brew mid palate before a light toasted grain flavor evolves and finishes with a lasting bitterness that is herbal and lightly catty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very solid representation of the Double/Imperial IPA style but deceptively fruity in the nose and herbal in flavor. Well balanced across the board, this brew is a pleasure to drink. It wasn't until I was half way through my glass that I realize this was 8% abv and it produces a nice warmth across the back of the throat. Well done Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:04:39 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-22-2013 01:35:34 | More by XmnwildX12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-20-2013 20:03:08 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

I got an initial two fingers' worth of off-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrus-grapefruity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hops taste on the tongue. It was the sort of thing that causes a couple of east coast lager brewers that I know to muse on whether the brewer may have forgotten to add malt. There was malt, though, as evidenced by the outstanding lacing throughout. For me, it was an indulgence in my hop habit. The ABV makes it a bit difficult, but otherwise, I found it to be an eminently drinkable beer. Finish had the whacking "hop bite" for which the label indicated they were striving.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 15:37:29 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

02-20-2014 05:33:23 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

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

On-tap at Stone World Bistro in an 8 ounce glass, on to the beer:

This is a little different than the usual DIPA. Sure, the faded orange color with glow and good laing is common for the style, and so are the juicy hops you get in the nose and mouth...but it smells like freshly sqeezed hops without any added weight. Hop pedals and flowers dominante with some notes of mango and pine. The malt level seems a little lighter too, which allows the hops to shine more. Hoppy, but not bitter. Not bitter at all, and decently balanced for the style. I'll take it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 04:50:33 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0ggnate for this one. I'd been wanting to try this for some time. Pours a slightly cloudy orangeish golden with a fairly minimal head. What is there stays around as a thin ring. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, particularly grapefruit and orange. Smells very fresh like just squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice with some zest tossed in. Nice. The taste is more of the same of those delicious, citrusy, juicy, hops but this time with a pronounced pine finish as well. This beer drinks clean and pure, and while the malt is there, it clearly plays secondd fiddle to the hops. The hops are intense enough to feeel sticky and even spicy on the finish. Really lovely San Diefo style double IPA, and the 8% seems more like 6%.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 18:47:14 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of malt, citrus, some pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, a touch of malts, good dose of citrus/pines/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an excellent DIPA, and my first from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 20:38:16 | More by Wasatch
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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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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -8.7%

09-11-2012 04:20:09 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention with nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden sunset orange. Very good looking DIPA.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Has a nice citrus mixture going on, but this dipa isn't bready so far. I like it. Nice mango and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: So this isn't bready, which I like, but instead it has some caramel malts going on here. A little booze shows up. The mango is more apparent then the grapefruit here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, despite the bubbles in the glass. Leaves a dry musky aftertaste that I am not to fond of, but quite typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I got to try it fresh. Decent price on a bomber, so if you see one of these give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 16:24:26 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-24-2013 03:10:56 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

05-16-2013 22:25:21 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

A great thanks to Grub for sharing this 650ml bottle!

The orange glow of a dimming sunset has this dressed in lovely colour. A ring of bubbles embrace from the outside with a big hug. Textbook style. An irresistible looking beer.

Looking at the beer made me want to guzzle it down instantly, smelling it, however, wasn't quite as rousing. There seems to be a hint of jasmine/green tea character. A light soapy note precedes a dynamic cocktail of one part pine, one part grapefruit. Accurate to say, I suppose, the smell is 'pure hoppiness'.

You can almost feel little hop particles scrubbing your cheeks and tongue with bitterness; the alpha acids are in no small way hidden and pinch especially after sips. The 8% is not unnoticed either, but like with the bitterness, you are far too distracted by all the wonderful flavour to notice...

And indeed, the flavour is more than just wonderful: it is all the fruits of the rainbow! Vivid, vivid, vivid notes of grapefruit and tangerine, melon and mango, mandarin and cantaloupe... this has fruit and citrus coming out the ying/yang! There are also smaller hints of green tea, jasmine, and your expected level of pine. The flavours are so damn vivid!

This is a beer not only full of colour and flavour, but also full of life. Everything about this beer is zestful and animated... something particularly intrinsic to big, hoppy West Coast beers.

Attention brewers: Alpine's Pure Hoppiness - this is your benchmark.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 18:11:14 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

This beer appears a slightly hazy yellowish orange hue. Random bits of sediment can be found floating about. There is about an inch of head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. I didn't enjoy this beer as much as Duet, but still thought it was decent. The beer has nice hop and grapefruit flavors. The feel is sticky and coats the palate. It's slightly sweet and finishes with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a solid beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 17:41:04 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'brien's the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This is a nice looking IPA, but certainly is nothing spectacular... on the nose and palate however....

This beer has a VERY IPA nose, with lots of orange citrus, earth and wet tobacco. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there's an interesting soft creaminess on the mid palate that I quite like. This beer is very much a West Coast style IPA, with just barely enough malt to balance the hops and a very dry, hoppy finish. This beer is just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional and I was shocked to see the abv. for this beer. At best I would have guessed in the 6% range (if that).

This is a very nice IPA that I enjoyed more and more through the evening. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 15:45:47 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-20-2011 04:01:27 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-30-2012 05:49:21 | More by drewone
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this gem!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, big bubbles, drops to a solid ring, nice lace spots. Smell is wicked, insane hoppy, pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready brown sugar middle, floral, tangerine, jasmine, very complex. Taste is awesome as well, jasmine, bready and biscuity, caramel, orange peel, pine, grapefruit, insanely hoppy, perfect bitter finish, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, almost perfect as an IPA. Thanks Russ!!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 00:57:44 | More by Viggo
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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