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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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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 Omnium
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz > snifter

A - Hazy orange with a finger of sudsy white head, some spotty white lacing hanging around.
S - A blitzkrieg of hop aroma invading your nose, bright juicy tropical notes of mango and pineapple, then the classic dankness of grass and pine with orange, a hint of grape.
T - Bright juicy hops hit you with a mild bite of bitterness and then you get the lush flavors of pineapple and huge fresh cut grass, pine, grapefruit, orange juice, and some very mild crackery malt that allows those hops to shine.
M - Bitey, yet incredibly smooth for its potency, medium feel on the body, no trace of alcohol to be felt.
O - Incredible west coast style IPA, the aroma is killer, and the flavor backs it up. So glad to have gotten this, thank you Green Flash for making this possible.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish amber color with a fingers worth of head. Smell is floral with a bit of pine. The taste is very hoppy upfront with a smooth bitterness that tingles the tongue. There is a sweetness that bursts through to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is medium with a good level of carbonation. This is a really great double IPA. Worth the price of the 6 pack.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with an orange tint. There is a short-lived white head that has no retention beyond a ring around the outside. The aroma is lighter, resinous with a smidge of sweetness and fruit. The taste is much the same but a little bit more robust. The body is lighter, mostly smooth with just a little carbonation tingle and a bitter bite.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange to amber in colour. thick white bubbles.

S: Great hops with citrus and tropical fruit bursts. orange peel, more fresh hops.

T: bitter hops, citrus peel, lemon oil, some tropical fruits in the middle, bitter resinous finish.

F: slick and oily, bit of a raw hop bite to it. it does finish crisp though but it has a raw alcohol feel.

O: Decent. truly a WC style IPA, rather disappointing considering the hype this and the other Alpine brews get. Wonder how much has changed since the partnership with GF. I like that this is in 6 packs though.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a tulip. Best By date on the label is 27 April 2016. This bottle is actually an Alpine bottle, not a Green Flash bottle. First time I've ever seen one.

Pours a pretty, very clear, deep amber/golden with a medium head and just the right amount of carbonation. It's a pretty beer. Smell is piney and tropical, citrus, and just a bit of toast or biscuit.

Taste is strong on the pine, grapefruit rind, moderate on the flower/juicy characteristics.

Mouthfeel is thick and full, very nice. Overall, very good beer. Very excited Alpine is showing up on shelves up here in Washington.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness is a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-amber colored beer with a brief-lived, medium pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts and ladders of lacing. The nose is big and bright: sweet pineapple juice and citrus over more modest cotton candy and sweet floral notes, with hints of pine and slight alcohol overtones. The palate leads with moderately-bitter pineapple and piney-floral soapiness, which are joined mid-palate by a bittersweet nuttiness and a view of the bready malt foundation; the bitterness builds some, but remains moderate for the style. The finish is pretty dry and fairly clean, with some hop soapiness remaining, followed by the onset of a substantial style-appropriate clinging bitterness that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is moderately creamy and slightly peppery from the fizzy-but-restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 166 days before best-by)

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Photo of Cobrito
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So four Alpine beers have recently hit GA and I have tried all of them and I really like two of them--Nelson (definitely the best) and Hoppy Birthday--and two are just sort of meh--Duet and this one, Pure Hoppiness.

To be brief: This is one of many DIPAs that has an overly dominant sweet note in both the aroma and the taste, similar to my tastes to Double Trouble or Hoptimum. So to me this is fairly run of the mill and does not rise above the crowd.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle best by April 27, 2016.

Tastes like a Green Flash IPA. Seriously. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer isn't anything special. It's super hoppy, dry, and a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin. At $17/sixer you can do a lot better.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many, I've been patiently awaiting my chances to try anything Alpine. So thanks to the Green Flash aquisition The time has come. And just like Duet, Nelson and others Pure Hoppiness has been built up to mythical proportions . . . Only to let down. Sure, these my have been better before the Green Flash years so they are maybe different beers now. That being said, obviously, I'm rather disappointed. This beer looks gorgeous and smells fantastic. Pure Hoppiness has a decent feel as well but I found it to have harsh flavors on the finish and a noticeable alcohol burn. Overall, it's ok. I won't seek it out again and am reminded by this one that I need to not take for granted my local hoppy options.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into an IPA glass

L: Clear golden hue, no haze, nice white head, and pretty lacing
S: Hop resin; mango, pine - not over powering
T: Definitely West Coast - big malt backbone to keep this a sipper, great bitterness, hops follow the nose
F: Medium body, good balance, alcohol well hidden
O: First Alpine beer available in Alaska - definitely beats out local bottled/canned DIPAs. Very good. Hopefully we sure more from "Alpine"

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Photo of youcantmakeme
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: light golden brown.

smell: not very aromatic but i smell fruit (mango and pineapple) and a lightly skunk.

taste: tropical fruits i get mango peels for some reason and hops at the end it's not overly bitter though it has a nice balance.

feel: light to medium, it has a silky light feel to it i am guessing it comes from the thin layer of foam that stays through the time your drinking it. for it not having a thick feel to it, it has much flavor.

overall: a six pack cost me about $20. was it worth it? I would have to say yes, it probably won't win any awards but imo it can hold it's own maybe i am playing favorites though because i do really like dipas but i feel like this one is well done. you might disagree but i can't really say nothing bad about this beer and it actually still taste good when it's gets near room temperature. would i buy it again? probably not only because i like variety but if i had to choose to spend my money between this and stone's enjoy by then i would pick this. i had to dock a few points because it is on the expensive side and it's not available all the time.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden light Amber color. Has an intense piny, resin and bitter hop aroma. Flavor is piny and resin. Bitter hops all the way through. Definitely a dry hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is pretty solid but I would prefer more of a juicy IPA over a dry bitter one

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Photo of KMachHops
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 27 APR 16.
Look: Frothy head and amber.
Smell: Pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Super dank, a lot of pine and some grapefruit and pepper at the end.
Feel: More carbonated than I like and has lingering bitterness.
Overall: Solid west coast DIPA.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden amber in color - very little head, very little lacing.

Smell - Not as pungent as I expected. Hop forward with a little bit of mango and pineapple. Just because the smell isn't super strong does not mean the smell isn't pleasant.

Taste - Hops, pine, little molasses, little orange and mango.

Feel -Smooth, not highly carbonated for an IPA... thicker mouthfeel.

Overall - Solid IPA

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Photo of anonymoose
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has an orange color. The aroma is resinous paint quality. The taste follows with a lot of bitterness, piney and resinous hop profile, and light paint quality that isn't as bad as the aroma suggested. Barely escapes that horrible taste that masks everything that I find in certain IPAs.

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Photo of BB1313
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 4/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very transparent light copper with a fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Bubbles racing upwards. Great color. The aromas have a nice blend of sweet tropical notes with hints of citrus. Lots of ripe mango. Hints of pineapple along with some orange notes. Some caramel malts in the mix, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors are clean and juicy. Great balance and it's not overwhelming. Solid bitterness, but not brutal at all. More mango along with some grapefruit. Lots of orange. Malts are there giving this one a little bit of sweetness. Pine needles and pine resin is there. Finishes slightly warm, but it's not boozy. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Fluffy and chewy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Very nice DIPA. It's not in a class of its own, in my opinion, but it's very good. Definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had poured on tap at Jack's tap house in Pleasant Hill. Big hoppy floral smell with citrus undertones. One of the best smelling double IPAs. The taste is very strong but falls short of some other double IPAs...and nd can use a little more carbonation as the head disappeared quickly and did not have a full mouth feel

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Photo of clayrock81
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear, copper body with minimal head and lace ring. Piney, citric hop aroma that is textbook and enjoyable along with minimal sweetness. Dry, hopped up body with citrus pine oily and hints of grapefruit sweetness. Enough malt to keep beer balanced and a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear orange/amber with a nice one finger white head that stayed a while. Fluffy lacing.

S: Piney, resin-y with grapefruit and orange.

T: Now this is hop nirvana. A big juiciness with low bitterness. Floral, fruity. Oranges, grapefruit, with a bit of spiciness. I could (and did) drink this one all evening.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: One of the best IPA's on the market. Glad I got to try (and try again). Life is too short not to drink lots of this killer brew. Recommended.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a frothy white head with great retention.

Nose is delicate and leans more floral than fruity. A touch of clove comes through for me.

Flavor is big and juicy, more fruit than floral and unexpectedly so. Bright, bitter hop profile is fantastic. Finish is delicate and soft, more drying than bitter.

Feel is a touch more abbrassive and drying than I'd like but overall this is a fantastic double IPA I'll definitely be having again.

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Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Crystal clear gold color topped with a head of tightly-bubbled cream that settles to a fine layer. Dank, oily aromatics...piney spice, candied grapefruit, grass, and scallions. Tastes of fresh, green hops: pine, apricot, grapefruit, herbs, and a touch of mango. Lots of green, piney dankness - which I enjoy. Medium bodied with a decent bitterness. Very tasty - no idea how it compares to the original, but this is very good - especially as it warms up.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of April 27th, 2016.

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden orange in color with a half finger of sandstone colored head.Sub-par retention, breaking down to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring of suds bordering the edge of the glass.

Smell - Aroma hits on notes of grapefruit, candied orange, a bit of pine and spice.

Taste - Strong citrus notes of orange pith and grapefruit, with a bit of pine and spice hit at first sip. Moderate toasted malt and caramel underbody. A bit of pith and citrus acidity that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. This DIPA is amazingly quaffable and dangerous in its drinkability.

Overall - At $17-20 per sixer, it's hard to justify buying when there's so much amazing beer at half the price, but for the occasional purchase this is a nice treat. Rides that fine line between great balance and amazing hop character.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a really beautiful deep copper-gold, very clear, with a 1-finger off-white head that's nicely dense, but doesn't stick around too long. Just a bit of lacing. With the smell, I'm getting mostly very ripe fruit and an earthy, spicy herbal thing that gets more dank as it warms. Don't get much pine on the nose, in contrast to the taste, which is big and piney, undergirded by a slight malt sweetness, which in turn gives way to a spicy pine finish that is just a bit dry and peppery.

The feel is excellent, with good body and just a hint of oiliness that works great with this beer. Carbonation is low-medium, but seems right on for the style, with enough to add a little acidic tingle that comes in right when the sweetness makes itself known.

This is a really good beer that is just challenging enough to keep it interesting, while remaining well drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking and confidently thick, robust off white foamy head and subtle lacing top this crystal clear golden beer.

Nose pops grapefruit, some pine and an almost menthol-like essence that makes the nose slightly tingly.

Taste magnificently punched out big grapefruit followed by pine and just a trickle of caramel from the well proportioned malts.

Maybe a touch on the thin side but as a result it is dangerously drinkable. No heat, no alcohol taste and a stubborn earthy bitterness hanging around in the aftertaste with just a faint sweetness.

Yep, this beer is very nice indeed.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter best By dare of April 16, 2015

A: excellent clarity light amber in color looks like a lighter bodied beer soapy head that drops to a film

S: very piney, resinous, light alcohol lots of that solvent pine smell,earthy and a little spicy

T: huge on the tongue a lot of the nose follows very piney, earthy, and just a touch of sweetness but super amounts of piney hops none of the alcohol the nose hints at appears in the taste

M: slick medium feel nice coat on the tongue

O: This is a tasty beer I think I was expecting a fruit bomb and this is 180 degree in the other direction. It is smooth and quite piney but I don't know if I would grab it again. Its just not a hop profile I like, but if you like SN's hop profiles you might love this.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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