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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

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707 Reviews

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,527
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1,268
Gots: 262 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

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.
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Photo of SummitVA
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour with little head but steady carbonation.

S - Citrus hops. Grapefruit stands out overall. A bit of pine in the background along with some alcohol heat.

T - Citrus hops and again grapefruit stands out most. A bit of mango or even honeydew melon, with resinous pine flavor following. Finishes with pleasant, light heat from the alcohol. Mango really coming out as the glass warms.

M - Light body.

D - Goes down far wonderfully easy for a double IPA.

Overall - Another great brew from Alpine, and I must say that I've never been disappointed with any of their offerings. It has been exactly 53 weeks and 2 days since I've had one of their beers on draft, and it feels like a lifetime.

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Photo of hophead247
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing. As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma. Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter yet smooth. Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation. This is one of the better DIPA's I've tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it.

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Photo of bret27
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of kbm

S: Grapefruits, multiple citrus, melons dancing out of glass. Very appealing.

A: Light orange to yellow. Normal white carb.

T: Piney and citrusy hops. More pine in taste than smell. Appropriate malt to back up hops. A little light on the malt, which is how I like it.

M: Right amount of carb and malt fullness

D: Extremely easy drinking and refreshing

O: Solid. Like Pliny's little southern california protege. Did like their Nelson Rye a bit better. Haven't had their Exponential Hoppiness yet for comparison.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold pour with a loose white head. Very floral and dank with lots of citrus, heavy pine on the finish, a long evergreen aftertaste, hints of tropical fruit in the middle and a grassy, alcoholic finish. Sticky, resiny medium body with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of natasharai
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks torchednoodle for this one in a trade!!

Appearance: Poured with a 1inch of thick bubbles head that dissipated within 5 minutes or so... leaving a nice thin head mmmm! this beer is a nice golden color that is transparent! Leaves some lacing when you drink it.

Smell: Nice malty smell with a great abundant hoppy aroma. The hops are very citrusy. I love the balance in the smell, both hops and malt are present.

Taste: very dry hoppy bitterness, with a nice malty balance, citrus bite and sweetness, reminds me of a very yummy green tea for the after taste!

Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated, fairly dry and not too oily. Nice tingle on the tongue from the yummy hops!

Overall: for a DIPA fairly drinkable... very good flavors and nice balance. Unique in the malt balance and dryness with citrus hops.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for this one.

Bright, bright orange, really reminds me of Pliny, just a brilliant clear orange. A strong pour gives 1 finger of white head that recedes quickly. The aroma is stongly hoppy as is to be expected. Pine resin, grapefruit peel, oranges with a decent caramel undertone. The taste was less than I was expecting given the nose. I think the "double" IPA-ness, increasing the malt and alcohol has served to mute the hops ever so slightly on the palate. It is very balanced and very drinkable, but not quite as hop-forward as I was expecting from the aroma. The mouthfeel is very good, I had absolutely no problem finishing all 22oz myself. Overall another great (D)IPA from Alpine, I wouldn't rank it at the top of their offerings but even their lesser offerings are far better than many of the best that other breweries have to offer.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely better than expo hoppiness, imo. Pours a nice clear amber with a big off white, fluffy head that takes a long time to dissipate. leaves OK lacing behind. Aroma is of hops, in just about all of its possible characteristics. Lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine.

Flavor has similar characteristics, with only a tiny bit of a bready malt base noticeable. Very enjoyable brew. The hop profile is outstanding. VERY drinkable for how strong it is.

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Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bottle - got a few in trade. Feeling like something hoppy and this one did the trick. Pours out a light copper with a decent white head. Beautiful citrus and hop aroma. Terrific flavors and a little bit of grapefruit sweetness. Offers up some tangy, bitter hops and some wonderful pine resins throughout. A nice balance and very easy drinking. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Murky golden-copper with an off white head.

Smell: Floral hops and grapefruit up front. Followed by pineapple and orange.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse with a mid-heavy dryness on the palate. Nice carbonation too.

Overall: Medium bodied with a great balance. Really enjoyed this brew. Would love to try this one REAL fresh! Cheers.

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Photo of STEG
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger white head after No real retention, small splotchy lacing.

Smell has grapefuit, pineapple, peach, pear, and pine.

Taste has bitter hop, slightly skuny hops, fresh fruit, citrus pith.

Mouthfeel has moderate body and medium carbonation. Makes it quite pleasant to drink.

Overall very drinkable tasty stuff.

I very much appreciate johndoe8 for including this first as an extra and then getting this for me a second time.

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Photo of newk340
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam head with wicked lacing and hazy golden yellow in color.

S: a blast of hops, slight citrus hints as well tease the senses.

T: an initial sizzle of hops with an aftertaste of tropical fruits.

MF/D: a buzz of carbonation that fades rather quickly leading to a rather smooth swallow.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a IPA heavy west coast deliciousness beer for sure.

beautiful bright yellow with plenty of carbonation. smell was just out of this world with hops. tons of citrus, beautiful pineyness as well. taste, wowza this one was complex with varying levels of hops. first very potent and bitter and then sweet and mellow. this one drinks quite easily as well. damn fine example of a WCIPA

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Photo of peacebone116
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this brew from the brewery on 8/15/11. Enjoyed from a pint glass on 8/21.

A: Cloudy orange with a creamy white head that stuck around throughout our entire session.

N: Tropical notes abound! Tantalizing notes of fresh apricot, pineapple, peach, & pine tickle my nose and encourage me to take a sip!

T/M: Creamy and smooth, slightly oil tangerine and peach flavors fill my mouth and coat my tongue. This invokes a lot of tropical flavors with a nice piney, bitterness in the end. The drinkability on this beer is incredible, as there is no evidence of the 8%abv this clocks in at.

Although I think the carbonation suffered a little from the growler format, I really enjoy this beer, and it definitely ranks highly for me in terms of worlds' greatest Imperial IPA. It has a wonderfully rich nose and the flavors follow suit. It is smooth with a light body that allows this to be a perfectly refreshing IPA regardless of how hot it is outside. Now, if only I could get a keg of it in San Jose....

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from Alpine. Pours radiant copper, semi-transparent, a finger of foam and decent retention. I'm getting a lot of fresh-cut grass and pine needles in the nose. A bit of grapefruit that feels like it was sprinkled with my grandpa's sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with piney notes taking center stage. I get a big wave of grapefruit on the finish, intermingled with a touch of lemon. Ample doses of bitterness, which is always good. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves that tongue smacking effect I enjoy so much. Glad to have tried this one. Don't pass if you get the hopportunity. Larrrrrrrge.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Indian Wells pint glass.

This beer is picture-esque, seriously, got a little less than an inch of a foam creamy looking head. A little off white but not by much it dissipastes evenly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Awsome coloring on the brew itself, it seriously reminds me of a pale ale like sierra nevada, clear, pristine, golden when held up to the light.

The nose is most definitely ipa, although dipa I'm not too sure about. For sure of the sweeter variety but I mean it can't be only the malt giving it that aroma. I get citrus, sweet sugary smooth dankness, and a tad of bitter pine in there, we'll see what ensues in the flavor!

The flavor is there, it delivers on the nose, and reverses the order of ranking of sweet and bitter I got initially. So that basically means that this guy is mellow. It's got the malt to balance for sure, makes it smooth and sweet in the back of the mouth and on the swallow. But when you're thinking critically, the initial hoppy bitter ipa flavoring is there.

Solid feeling in the mouth, thick enough due to the malt and very smooth due to the sweeter hops used for the swallow.

To me, this brew is smooth, and fresh, not over the top hoppy but definitely not to be underestimated as a flagship beer of the american ipa style. I honestly think its in the wrong catagory by being called an imperial ipa because I just don't think it fits the bill.

Of course, that is extremely knitpicky which in the long run is pretty inconsequential. This is a good beer, good rep of the american ipa style. If you love ipa and can't get enough of the gnarly ones then this is probably not the beer for you but if you're a beer lover and like Ipa as a style then try this bad boy out!

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Photo of grynder33
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lou91 for this gem. Powerful, bold and complex hop aroma,reminds me of the first time I inhaled Dreadnaught, you could keep your nose in that glass all day, wonderful fullbodied malt hop combination like you bit into a sweetened grapefruit/orange with a beautiful tongue coating bitterness that urged you to contemplate the artist skills of the brewmaster. Amongst my top 5 IIPA's

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by a fellow BA - Cosmic Evan. Poured from a bomber into a beer goblet.

Appears a light apricot with no translucense. I'm hoping it's a heavy hitter with flavor based on it's lighter hue.

Smells delicious. Super delicious of tropical fruits especially apricot and sweet orange.

Mouthfeel is good but closes out in a strange fashion. There's an initial sweet blast butbit quickly turns to a bitter malty finish. Love it's first impression of ruby red grapefruit.

Overall a great beer and an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Not an incredible amount of head, about 1 and a half fingers, but laced decently. Very dark amber color. Nose is classic fresh citrusy hops. I could sniff this beer all day. A bit piney. Great fresh citrus, not much heat prevalent. Refreshing, medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. The perfect beer to me.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/6/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with big off-white head that leaves some nice lacing around glass.

S: Big hop aroma, citrus, piney and herbal hops mask most of the malt aroma that is barely able to come through all the hops.

T: Really clean and hop forward. Bright citrus, pine and herbal hops really shine with hints of pale malt. Nice balance between bitter hops and sweet malts, far from being overly bitter like many beers in this style are.

M: Really smooth and clean feel, moderate carbonation and body.

O: Delicious IIPA, so clean and delicious, very little detectable alcohol, really awesome beer. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Very clear orange/gold, almost amber in color. Pours a two-inch, off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes.

S: 4.5 Lots of pine up front with a bit of dank and onion. There’s a pretty interesting grassy, earthy aroma that’s balanced by lemon and grapes.

T: 4.25 Lots of hops offering similar flavors as the nose would indicate. A little sweet at first followed by pine, onion, grapefruit, and that earthy element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: 4.5 The body is very nice and can deliver the big hop flavors without being too heavy. The dryness on the finish makes this beer very refreshing and hides the 8% abv extremely well.

O: 4.25 I had high hopes for this DIPA based on my previous experiences with Alpines beers and I was not let down. I think I prefer duet and nelson, but this is still excellent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint @ O'Brien's on 1/7/10

A - Golden color with a small ring of head. No real lacing of note left on my glass, which i found surprising for an IPA from Alpine.

S - floral and grassy hop notes. There are some light citrus aromas too; possibly navel oranges. A sweet malt backbone balances the hops out.

T - Hops characterized by grapefruit up front. There is a malty/sweet taste mid-palate, but the grapefruit comes back and lingers at the end.

M - Light body with good amount of carbonation. Nice.

D - I could definitely drink another, and then another.

I had a bottle of this, and thought it was better out of the bottle. A more vigorous pour lead to much more aromas and taste, in my opinion, then what was served on tap.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful orange-tinged gold with a dense, two finger, rocky, creamy white head. Excellent retention with moderate-high lacing. Surging carbonation at first settling to a subtle champagne-like effervescence.

S - Hoppy aroma jumps out as soon as the bottle cap is popped. Nice citrus, floral, pineapple nose with some pine and malt in the background.

T - Bright and fresh floral hops, with apricot and citrus fruit coming through loud and clear, with subdued pineapple and caramel malts. A hint of salt water taffy springs up here and there and there is just the most fleeting hint of coconut. Mellow pine lingers at the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth and slightly oily feel. Once it settles down the carbonation is fairly light to medium.

D - I think I'm in love... many mistresses have I. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber poured to New Belgium globe

Pours a burnt orange that glows beautifully. Aggressive pour creates a 2 finger head of off white foam. Leaves a decent amount of lacing throughout.

Smell is great with gobs of citrus hops, unripe tangerines, mango, and a slight malty sweetness.

Taste is exactly what you'd expect after the smell. Upfront with the tangerine and mango, then overwhelmed with citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Finishes dry, just how I like.

Alpine has created my benchmark for IIPA. This was my first experience with Alpine and now I am itching for more.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear dark gold with a slight amber hue. Fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving patchy lacing.

N- Fresh pine needles and dank hop resins fill the nostrils. Some citrus brightens it up, and toasty grain keeps it balanced.

T- Clean sweet toasty grain dripping with piny hop resins. Juicy citrus quenches the thirst as grassy, herbal hop bitterness balances the rich malt. Hop oils completely coat the mouth and throat, leading to a long piny/grassy/herbal bittersweet finish. Toasty grain, grass, and pine resin in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, sticky, moderate carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, just an incredible treat. This beer can hold its own with the best of them. Dangerously drinkable and thirst quenching. A staple beer for me, and a must have for anyone who loves hops.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have had in a while. Beautiful balance of malt and amazing hops.

Looks like a darker version of an IPA, a little more brown than amber. One finger head that settled down to nothing.

Clearly lots of hops in the nose, but the nose did not prepare me for such a great flavor. Perfect combination of hops and malt, with each flavor coming and going. Tons of complexity here.

Good medium body and carbonation and it goes down very easily for an 8% beer. One of my favorites and I wouldn't ever turn it down.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.