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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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world-class

1,883 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,181
Gots: 145 | FT: 10
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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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2014 21:49:49 | More by sammyg832
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scootny

New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-23-2014 04:41:27 | More by Norseman
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moonknight31

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-21-2013 21:16:23 | More by moonknight31
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Pretty quiet body compared to the Nelson - bright gold with a thinner cap than I would expect, laces very well though nonetheless.

Mellow tropical fruit character on the nose, sharp citrus shows itself later on, faint conifer qualities beneath all that. Not quite as pungent as Nelson but still very inviting and textbook execution.

Bitter spruce flavors come to the forefront... juicy citrus as well, distinctly bitter, relatively dry... given all the hop additions described on the bottle, I'm inclined to believe that this bottle might not be too freshy fresh. Still delicious though.

Damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:22:10 | More by yamar68
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scottoale

California

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

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's had a light amber glow with a 1/2 inch of white foam. Nice light lace after each sip.

It smells exactly like the name it's given, and then even a wee bit hoppier. Fresh piney hops, truck loads of em...that's what you smell here.

The flavor...you guessed it, HOPS-a-plenty! Very nice, mildly sweet introduction, only to be put out visciously by the bittering of some serious hopping here. Gotta admit though, it tastes great, very well done!

Decent body with the alcohol burried under the hoppiness, this stuff goes down easier than water (especially SD tap-water). Highly recommend, especially to mega-hopheads...heres to you!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2006 11:10:28 | More by scottoale
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3%

06-21-2014 02:28:56 | More by NooseJustice
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Chingringo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

01-19-2014 07:11:20 | More by Chingringo
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is what it says it is, though well made in the genre and fairly well balanced in the hopheads domain. It first appears orange-amber and very clear. Its head is sticky and white. Interesting oily C-hops aroma well mellowed by a tea bag reminiscent herbal maltiness. Generous earthiness and more of this tea goodness keep up on the tongue and come close to offering a match to the slick oily hops, tongue-slicingly bitter, flowery and grapefruity. Thin and refreshing mouthfeel, surprisingly light carbonation feels somehow too much with the oiliness of the hops used. Thanks Eyechartbrew, very clean brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:14:28 | More by Rastacouere
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-17-2011 01:20:35 | More by rbrefbeerman
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-20-2013 05:57:52 | More by Beerbuddy21
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

06-04-2013 00:39:15 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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aquazr1

California

4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber picked up at the source. Pours a hazy golden amber is a one finger head. Not a lot of lacing left behind. The first thing that hit my nose was pine, quickly followed by various citrus notes. The variety of hops used in this beer is quite evident. The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied beer, there is some malt flavors in the background but they are light. The beer is a very well done DIPA that drinks very easily. A definite must have again beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:50:16 | More by aquazr1
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Rempo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.2%

09-24-2012 01:00:54 | More by Rempo
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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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M1A2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-14-2012 13:04:53 | More by M1A2
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kirok1999

Ohio

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

Pours a kinda flat looking clear copper with a nice white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is a musky pine with some earth behind it.
Taste is a hop lover's dream. Tons of pine and fresh cut grass. There's just a hint of carbonation and a lingering bitter finish that matches the smell. There's malt here somewhere but the hops just smack it down. Very dry finish and a sticky mouthfeel.
Great on drinkability! Moderate ABV makes this a good one to drink with some nice sharp cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 01:57:14 | More by kirok1999
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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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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a nice golden hue with a white capped head. The head may not be bold and big, but boy is it leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma, for lack of better terms, is Pure Hoppiness. Fresh hops, dry hops, bitter hops, citrus hops, piny hops. All in one glass.

T: Despite all the hops, this brew maintains a certain balance that is impressing. Sweet maulty flavor mix with a nice hop citrus biterness.

MF: Mouthfeel gets a 5 for 3 reasons, the body is full, the carbonation is creamy adding to a nice body, and the finish leaves very little pallet wrecking bitterness that many IPAs of this kind leave. As a matter of fact, the aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall, I'm glad I was able to visit Alpine on my California business trip. Keep it up guys, I'm very impressed at what you're doing with beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:44:24 | More by TKEbeerman
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-19-2013 19:35:26 | More by patm1986
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-12-2012 00:11:55 | More by marine1975
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BillHilly

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice two head pour, beautiful gold & rustic appearance, head held up well for an IPA.

S: Big pine resins

T: Very sweet front, piney, clean finish

M: Perfect viscosity, excellent carbonation.

D: High end DIPA, definitely in the class with the big boys...highly recommended if you are a hop head.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:58:31 | More by BillHilly
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eulerthegrape

California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-01-2013 19:09:51 | More by eulerthegrape
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Nightrain87

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-21-2013 01:36:12 | More by Nightrain87
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy and orange-apricot in color. Carbonation is low and a rough pour produces only a thin lacy head. The nose is divine. Sweet oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and fresh herbs.

Medium body and a feel that is a bit thin, yet still sharp and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink. No booziness at all. I get a nice graininess up front (like a cracker) and the hops are all citrus fruit. Lots of orange zest and lemon. Botanic, pithy, and slightly herbal on the finish.

Overall, an extremely well-balanced beer. Lots of fruity citrus-like bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. An excellent beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:26:05 | More by deadonhisfeet
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.