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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure Hoppiness has a medium, off-white head, a fairly hazy, orange-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of white bread and piney hop oil. Taste is the same, with a fairly dank, strong hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Pure Hoppiness finishes dry and drinkable. Outstanding, but not anything new (for me).


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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice medium amber with light and soapy head that leaves a hint of lacing behind.

Dry hopping and aroma hops pop you on the nose...lots of citrus, orange mostly, caramel malt, light pine and some vegetal notes from what is clearly a ton of hops here.

Nice malty forward with citrus and pine leading to a fairly bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. I would have placed this one well north of 60 IBUs so the alcohol may be playing its part there.

Mouthfeel is light to medium which is refreshing with the bitterness. Moderate carbonation can be felt on the tongue.

Overall I think I would like this one more with a bit more malt or a bit less hops, which is something I rarely note. Lots of vegetal flavors here that make this less enjoyable to me than it should. But still and enjoyable brew worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle obtained Black Friday, says best by May 2016. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Foamy 2 finger head with moderate retention, leaves some lacing and a thin ring. Color is a cloudy amber.

S: Very nice citrus, melon, tropical fruits over pine and light malt.

T: Definitely hop-forward. Citrus, melon, tropical fruit, pine.

F: Reasonably well-balanced, light-carbonation, pretty dry finish and a little bit of alcohol burn.

O: Solidly in the second-class of DIPAs.

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Photo of -Rick
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with a nice white head. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. sort of sweet. The taste was very boozy. To much so. Lots of sweet malts, but not much tropic fruit flavor. Some piney notes in the finish. Overall an OK beer, but way to boozy in the taste. At $17 for a 6pk, I will not seek this out again.

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Photo of RJB66
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a hop bomb!! I chased this brew all over town. The chase was worth the reward. I like this more than Nelson. A little on the light side for a double, but I don't think it was to light. I would definitely have more and I'm glad we were able to find four of them. Cheers!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-color is a very clear copper, pours a finger of white foam that dissipates very quickly, leaving little lacing.
Smell-Subtle notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Quite a bit of dankness and a touch of malt as well.
Taste-All the notes from the aroma are in the taste but on an even more subtle level.
Feel-light, crisp, very carbonated.
Overall- I suppose i am not a huge fan of this style in general, but i enjoyed this.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden orange yellow color, nice white head

Smell: Orange, lemon, some pine

Taste: A good balanced bitterness, orange citrus, some caramel and malt.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus and bitter hops.

Overall: Excellent IPA! I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottled poured into a stemmed tulip style glass.
Orangey, coppery hue color apperance with a nice white head on the beer.
Citrus hop aromas throughout, and came through on the taste as well with a strong, bitter aftertaste.
I was glad Alpine became available here in Virginia Beach, because this is one dank DIPA!

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Transparent amber bronze color, with 1 finger of white head. Fades into a collar with rings of bubbled lacing on the glass. Big bitter hops and pine, sharp citrus, and sweet caramel mixed in. My mouth is blasted with bitter hops. Big pine, grapefruit pith and some citrus. It does sweeten with some caramel and malt in the middle. Finish is a nice bitter pine bite. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Quite resinous and very dry. A nice classic west coast IIPA that uses a nice combo of hops.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ISO Beer

A: Pours copper amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Floral, herbal, dank, a bit earthy, plenty of citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and a little biscuity malt.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon lime, earthy herbal dank notes, hints of tropical fruit, faintly toasty biscuity malt, and a little dark caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation keeps it light for a DIPA.

O: I have to appreciate all the hops they crammed into this beer, but I'm not a huge fan of how earthy and dank it got. I'd love to retry an Alpine brewed version.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by June 1,2016. Pours a crystal clear light honey color with a thick, tightly packed white head. The aroma is very traditional west coast style DIPA. Clementines, tropical fruits, pine resin, sweet bready caramel malt, some bubblegum, grapefruit peel, lime zest, mangoes and apricot. Nice carbonation with a relatively dry finish. The flavor has sweet citrus fruit, a tropical zestiness, bitter grapefruit, dank pine, caramel malt, with the alcohol biting through slightly on the back end. Overall a very well balanced, perfectly crafted west coast IPA. This is how I always imagined Pliney tasting, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So glad Green Flash took over Alpune do that we could get this in Louisiana. This IPA was on the dankier rather than piney tropical side of the spectrum which is great because I love DANK hops. Glad I got to try this!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[If you guys are actually paying attention to my reviews, I'm dicking around with general formatting. I think with this one I've found a good medium!]

Looks damn good in a glass, thanks to the thick, soapy head leaving a lot of lacing behind.

The aroma seems typical for a west-coast DIPA, yet this offers a defined piny edge that separates it slightly from the Ruinations of the world. It's also grassy from the hops, and maybe - just maybe - even a bit onion-esque. Not Mosaic onion...maybe Simcoe onion? There are touches of orange peel, but the dominating hop qualities are pine and dankness. Actually, it gets a bit weird-smelling after a while. Hey wait - I never mentioned the malt backbone! Oh yeah, that's there, I guess (now that's a compliment for a west-coast IPA, right there...)

It tastes similarly to the nose. I get some notes of dankness, pine, and onion to start. Flavors of sugar cookie and light caramel show up around the mid-taste, and a faint citrus note finishes it off. Everything comes together nicely - and I get used to the weirder hop notes eventually - there just isn't a whole lot to make it stand out from the pack.

It has a fairly typical feel, too: it's light and crisp to start, while the sweetness and body bulks up a little as more is consumed. Medium carbonation keeps things in check, at least.

Good, but I expected far more. Not just considering it's Alpine (post-GF merger be damned, their beer still rocks!), but because it's damn near $20 a 6 pack. Thank Jeepers I only got a single bottle - almost $20 should buy a beer that's beyond 'good'. In that regard, it's the first time Alpine has disappointed. I honestly don't see much reason to purchase this again (draught notwithstanding) when superior locals like Double Duckpin and Lot 6 exist on the shelves.

3.55/5: This long-time want ends up being another face in the crowd

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love that six month "shelf life". Way to go, GF.

A: Pours a fairly dark orange. Translucent with a fair amount of bottle conditioned particulant floating in solution. Two fingers off white head. Carbonation is minimal, with a few light bubbles floating to the surface. Head is a shy over a single finger. Decent retention. Great lacing.

S: Big shot of hops. Lots of orange and lemon peel with big pine. Undercurrent of kafir lime and soapiness that all sits on a moderate malt body.

T: Very nice. Big hit of hop bitterness up front that takes one most of the way to bracing but backs off at the last second. Flavors of mango, orange, lime peel, big pine needle carry through a malt presence that is felt more than tasted. Picks up some breadiness and yeast components throughout but ends with a distinct evergreen and citrus peel bitterness. Fairly clean finish with notes of those same two components in the end,

M: Medium bodied with an excellent subdued carbonation. The bubbles feel tiny on the tongue, which gives this one a pleasing feel in the mouth. Still some weight on this (8%'er after all) but fairly drinkable.

O: Damn fine. Probably won't buy again considering I can get a twelve pack of comparable quality for the same price. Paid 19.99 for this. Never tried any Alpine stuff pre GF so I have no basis for comparison, but the stuff they put out is delicious if not overpriced.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz. crowler from Beertopia.

Smell is fairly big citrus aroma, pine resin, and malt.

Taste is heavy malt sweetness with a good amount of bitterness up front, followed by orange and lemon citrus flavors. A really nice west coast double IPA and a great contrast to the influx of tropical fruit-forward IPAs that seem to have predominated lately.

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Photo of babaracas
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber with towering white head, settles to a half inch, rings of thick clumpy lace on the glass. Smell: pine needles, grape / pilsy, mildly floral, vague orange citrus, biscuit note. Nice but underpowered here. Taste: grapefruit juice, pine, dried apricot, a little sweet grape and peach, alcohol note. Medium bodied, creamy feel cut by oily and bitter hop blast. Pretty straightforward san diego-y DIPA, quite good.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger creamy white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is heavy grapefruit, orange peel, and pine.

T - The flavor starts with big piney hops. The hops give way to grapefruit, orange peel, and earthy dank hops. Nice lingering bitterness is the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a big bitter DIPA. The flavor are right in your face. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange/light amber, with a quarter inch head, and a small head.

This is pretty wonderfully aromatic, super, super piney, with some grapefruit and grassy aromas as well.

This is basically a piney mouthgasm. It's fairly bitter, in a very clean and tasty way, with some bitter grapefruit rind, grassy hops, and a little bit of orangey citrus. It's pretty delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

I have no idea how this GF-brewed version compares with the original Alpine version, but as it stands for me now, it's super delicious anyway.

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Photo of LAp
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a not-quite-hazy honey color with a half finger head that quickly recede. Nose is thickly resinous with faintest traces of citrus. The palate opens with pine sap, which gives way to a hop profile that is beautifully complex - wonderfully bitter, but not acutely dry. There's an almost wet bitter hop presence here, due perhaps in large part to the mouthfeel, which is almost creamy. Definite medium body on this beer that really adds to the strong hop presence. Not a DIPA that relies on its ABV, there's plenty of complexity here in the hop presence alone. Overall, a wonderful DIPA.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow what an excellent hoppy IPA. the smell is very piney with a hint of citrus. the beer pours a dark amber with a robust two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. the beer has a smooth and not overly bitter or boozy flavor. an excellent IPA, cant wait to have another. Thank you Green Flash for making this beer more available.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Gold with 1 finger of creamy off-white head. Slightly hazy with moderate carbonation.

Peach, passion fruit, dank, catty, pineapple, pine, candied orange, honeydew, and lemon. Pretty much a bit of everything.

Huge amounts of candied citrus and dank greenery. Peach and passion fruit. Candied orange, lemon wedges, grapefruit zest, and pine resin. Very catty along with wintergreen and bright florals. Light honey maltiness with residual candy sugar.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, slick, bitter, and dry.

Very robust hop character with a high complexity. Hop slam to ya face!

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Photo of gandres
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass
Appearance: Deep dark yellow, copper color, minimal head some lacing
Smell: Dominant smell is hops with hint of citrus
Taste: Good balance of bitter
Overall: excellent beer

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have only had this beer since Alpine was bought out by Green Flash. I've thus far been a little underwhelmed by their offerings given the hype. It's a big bodacious hoppy west coast IPA but it really doesn't do anything original or particularly impressive. And it is way too expensive at nearly $20 for a six pack. My interest in west coast IPAs as a genre may be dissipating faster than the head on this beer.

Crystal clear amber in the glass. Light tan head that disappeared quickly. No lacing. Over ripe bordering on fermenting fruit aromas of melon and orange, along with a funky earthy kind of dirty smell. Flavor adds in a pine resin quality to the past-ripe citrus. Crisp mouthfeel that I rather enjoyed. This is a good beer but not deserving of the praise it once received when Alpine was on their own. I am a little concerned about the prospect of Green Flash being a poison pill when it comes to acquisitions in the future.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 881 ratings.