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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,927 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,192
Gots: 152 | FT: 9
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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Goliath

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a clear amber with a luscious off white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Nice hoppy aroma. A very nice pine and citrus pairing with a pale malt background.

Taste is quite nice. A nice hoppiness with piney notes. A little grassy with a nice bittering bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Very nice taste and alcohol is moderate making this beer very easy to consume.

06-20-2008 03:12:18 | More by Goliath
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mithrascruor

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've had this so many times on tap, so I'm surprised I've never reviewed it...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper color with visible carbonation and a really nice thick off-white head.

Smell: Hop florals and spice - a fair amount of sweetness in there, like tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, fruit undertones with lots of bitterness, and some spiciness, coming in. Bitter aftertaste too, but again with some tropical fruit beneath. There's a bit of rye in the bitterness, that I haven't noticed on-tap before.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty with a strong ABV, but it doesn't affect the taste.

Definitely for those who like a bit more bitterness in their IPA than usual. I think I like this one a bit better on tap, but still a really nice IPA!

09-28-2010 23:52:27 | More by mithrascruor
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-17-2011 01:20:35 | More by rbrefbeerman
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

07-07-2013 22:53:49 | More by Anonymous1
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pperez38

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

12-06-2011 05:01:35 | More by pperez38
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

06-04-2013 00:39:15 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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eulerthegrape

California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-01-2013 19:09:51 | More by eulerthegrape
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-01-2014 02:43:14 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -8%

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

08-30-2010 23:36:42 | More by yeahnatenelson
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kmanjohnson

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-09-2014 20:05:20 | More by kmanjohnson
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POTABLE83

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

01-17-2014 15:48:11 | More by POTABLE83
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scootny

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Hazy light copper brew. An excellent head with great retention and lacing.

A piney grapefruit aroma with toasted malt and sweet caramel. An undernote of warm yeasty bread.

Taste is grapefruit and earthy herbal hops. A large malty toffee backbone. Toasted caramelized grains. A strong hop finish with an herbacious flavor. A touch of mint as it fades to toasted bread. Alcohol is well integrated and hidden. Smooth and tingly carbonation. A medium light syrupy feel that is slightly sticky. An easy silky swallow.

Goes down like sweet hoppy milk. No alcohol and a delicious and inviting feel. Quenching and refreshing. A great beer.

From tasting notes 1/7/09

02-16-2009 01:35:55 | More by scootny
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Modernrickk

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-12-2014 23:42:32 | More by Modernrickk
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cp45

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

07-12-2014 03:27:48 | More by cp45
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

A. Rich gold, slightly hazy, short white head, some decent lace, no real complaints here.

S. Super smooth smelling hop bomb, vanilla, hefty malt bomb, approachable, anything but pungent. Hm.

T. Smooth again! This is supremely easy, sweet and slightly dense, minor peaches, tasty hop bitterness, I'm not sure what else to say... you can drink a lot of it.

M. Low carbonation, soft, in fact, everything about this beer is soft... hmm.

D. Yeah, sure... I like it.

Pure Hoppiness is a soft, easy, mellow 8% DIPA that hits all the right notes for simply Having Another. Wish we could get this out my way in SC....

09-12-2009 01:40:09 | More by kkipple
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to gford217 for this lovley extra!

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a snifter. ?Serving temp of 45 degrees.
Semi regerous pour produces a nice 2 finger bubbly foamy white head. Multi assorted bubbles in the head, leaving a bubbly quarter inch cap of retention.
Golden, semi-transparent in color when held to light.
Nice sticky bubbly lace lines the glass as I sip this down.

Aroma is a pungeant purfumy hops bouquet. Pine, grapefruit, grassy hemped hops with a resiny like afterglow. It just sits in the nairs and lingers like grandmas old perfume, except this is a welcome smell.
Some doughy bread aroma, caramel, cloves and sweet honey butter.

mmmm, good flavor!
Its medium carbonation and semi thick mouthfeel leaves this creamy and delicious.
This starts out sweet with clover honey, and somthing nutty, like walnuts. A spice blend of some sort that leads me to beleive cinnemon, but its not in the aroma.
Great balance between hops and malt and a nice bready kick from the yeast.
Pine dominates the hop department. The finish is sweet, yet dry? Nice long grassy piney hop linger.

I really enjoyed picking this apart. I dont feel like I even bagan to understand this interesting brew. I'd need atleast 2 more bottles to do so.
Highly recommend.

12-16-2008 00:46:53 | More by Buebie
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-18-2012 22:43:36 | More by theminutemen
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Pecan

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

04-21-2013 01:06:21 | More by Pecan
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.38/5  rDev 0%

Pours a crystal clear glowing orange color with a finger of head. The smell is a huge blast of floral and pine hops, with a slight dash of grapefruit in the background.

The taste has a bit more citrus and a bit less pine than I anticipated. A very tasty combination for sure. There is a big enough biscuity malt profile to keep somewhat of a balance, and the bitterness is fairly low when you consider the amount of hop flavor. A very easy drinking IPA, one of the smoothest I have encountered.

This one is a tad fuller than medium bodied and it has a high level of carbonation that splashes the flavor in every crevice of your mouth. Not as sticky as I would like, but the (relatively) lighter nature of this compared to some other DIPA's helps with the drinkability. This is a beer that would pair very well with food. Another winner from Alpine.

02-08-2010 03:02:20 | More by alcstradamus
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-30-2013 00:26:26 | More by craftbeerasian
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drseamus

New York

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

Served on tap at the Toronado. This is a great beer all around. No review that does this beer justice could start any other way.

The body is a crystal clear amber with just the thinest of white heads. It could have been the pour, but I like some head on my beer and this was really only a thin lacing on the surface.

The aroma is bursting at the seams with sweet sticky grapefruit. This is pretty much textbook DIPA aroma. These aromas make me want to drink immediately.

The flavor is a perfect 10. It is incredibly smooth and blasting open with grapefruit but with the bitterness held beautifully in check. Nearly all the hops must have been added right at the end of the boil. Behind the grapefruit is a great malt flavor which brings images of barley to mind due to it's crispness.

As I said above, this is a great beer and MUST be tried if you get the chance. I am now treasuring the bottle sitting on my shelf at home.

10-19-2007 03:16:28 | More by drseamus
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MisterClean

California

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at Boonville

A - Poured a nce golden color, with a 2 fingered, off-white head. Dissipated slow and left beautiful lacing.

S/T - Honey, flowers, and grass. Light notes of citrus too.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Refreshing could almost pass as a session if not for the 8%.

D - Great overall, enjoyed it. Will seek out again.

05-11-2009 03:58:18 | More by MisterClean
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M1A2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-14-2012 13:04:53 | More by M1A2
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Tom-Peters

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-30-2012 19:53:23 | More by Tom-Peters
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

A bubbley light tan head crests the glass at about two fingers tall. Body is a honey yellow gold. Head has nice retention and leaves web like lace as it slowly fades. Nose is a very floral sweet hop mixture with fresh citrus and soft piney tones. With first drink I am really taken by how smooth and refreshing the hop profile of this beer is. The hops are very fresh with sweet citrus feel. They do have a bit of grassy bitter but this is very well balanced by a lovely malt balance all along the backbone of this beer. Bitterness is very long and well received on the mouthfeel. Alchol is scary well hidden on this beer, maybe only peeks out with the boldness of the hops. This is a very drinkable tasty hoppiness of a beer.

03-23-2008 21:58:53 | More by SPLITGRIN
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.