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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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848 Reviews

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Reviews: 848
Hads: 3,260
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,226
Gots: 485 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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.
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Photo of scxcrunner
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

got as an extra in a trade. appearance is golden with minimal head. smell is pine with citrus fruit strong grapefruit with some orange as well. taste sweet fruit and pine up front with leads to a bitter dry finish. finish is typical for a DIPA, overall a really great west coast DIPA.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz Alpine bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a beautiful golden color with an inch of head with lacing present.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, grapefruit

Taste: Pine, citrus, nice malt backbone kicks in at the end to not make this overly bitter

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid offering from Alpine but this is a step behind the Duet in my opinion. That is the best beer I have had from them to date but I do need to get my hands on some Hoppy Birthday. I would revisit this one in the future though.

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Photo of emount91
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange/brown color. bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. smell is citrus peel, very slightly tropical, with a piney lingering smell and slight malt smell. taste follows the smell but even better: dry citrus, some fruits like mango and peach, with a clean clean piney taste. perfect amount of malt for this amount of bitter. feel is great, nice and carbonated but still a decent DIPA feel. kudos, Alpine (and Green Flash). finally glad this one is on CT shelves. would definitely buy again and can't wait to find more of their beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A big juicy and dank hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront ripe scent of citrus with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, melon, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of pine resin, grass, and cannabis. Background malt hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A really good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a very juicy and earthy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Juicy citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, melon, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Also some nice earthy and herbal hops with some notes of pine resin and grass. Some backing malt notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A really nice hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: Another great West Coast IPA. Good juicy citrus fruit and pine flavors with moderate bitterness.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more citrus than anything else. Does not drink like a DIPA. Very similar to Yellow Rose.

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Photo of SFC21
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No subtlety to this bad boy. An unabashed, mammoth west coast IPA. Piney, resinous, and grapefruit pith flavors jump out. The malt balance is just right, letting the hops shine while reigning th back in just enough for a smooth finish.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden hue with some reddishness. White head. Smells of rindy citrus. Has a lot of citrus flavored but some puckering bitterness. Very dry and some what chalky. The bitterness is very sticky. A really awesome DIPA.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pleasantly suprised by this one. expecting to be blown away by hops and i was. malt character balanced the flavor out beautifully. on the pricier side of the six pack spectrum but i do believe this beer delivers. worth the try.

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Photo of Fen9way
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Have heard good things about this beer, and was hoping to enjoy it...can't say it lived up to expectations.

A: golden amber, white head, very little lacing

S: pine, earthy, dank hops

T: grassy, resiney, bitter

M: medium body, dry finish

O: decent offering if you like grassy, resiney, hoppy DIPA's. Not one of my favorites...sorry Alpine/Green Flash.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by May 5, 2016. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L- Light copper, slight amount of haze, two finger slightly off white head.

S- Like opening a bag of hops, pine, onion, sweet grapefruit, maybe a touch of tropical.

T- Similar to aroma with a sweet citrus taste but a nice dry bitter finish.

F- Medium, typical IPA.

O- A very good IPA that reminds me of Enjoy By a bit with that really bright fresh hop aroma, I enjoy this one more than Duet.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color with moderate lacing
Ripe tropical fruits, pine, citrus
Fruity upfront overwhelmed by pine bitterness
Medium body
Nice offering from Green Flash, oops I meant Alpine.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Amber with white head and some lacing
A - Pine, Resin and an underlying funk that for me is a bit unpleasant
T - Some pine, lots of grapefruit, funky after taste
F - pleasant medium body
I liked this beer, but may have been let down by my own expectations

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Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Visited elder daughter Caitlin today up in Plymouth NH with Alewife and the Scheister... Cut a fresh Christmas tree and then had lunch at Biedermans... Alpine Pure Hoppiness? New to NH? WTF, Gus?!? Why not, eh... Got a pint, and later a second, for $6.00 each....

Shaker pint glass was filled to the brim with a slightly cloudy, medium copper/golden brew... Had scattered carbo, and a thin, fine, creamy white head. It was mostly thin because there was no more room in the glass for more than a sliver of foam. Lacing, once the level receded, was quite nice. Aroma was "pure hoppiness"! Lots of rindy, pithy, piney hop action was wafting about. T'was quite inviting... Body was no more than medium, and the feel was mostly smooth, with a smidge of prickle....

Flavor had a hint, no more, no less, of toasty malt and caramel. Thereafter it was hops and more hops. They were rindy, pithy and bitter, with a plentitude of grapefruit, and a hint of pineapple, hitting the palate. The lupulins lingered a bit, but it was mostly a dry finish.... Good bier? Yes indeed.... a solid DIPA, for sure. World beater? Not by a long shot.... Another product of the THM™.... Prosit!!

4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a nice white and frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a very nice clear medium amber that borders on bronze. The hue is pretty dang good looking to where looking at it almost makes me happy.

The beer smell is very good. It's a nice hoppy delight that definitely stands out even among most other DIPAs. This particular aroma has a nice hop smell. It's very hop but it doesn't fall under the 'Strategic Hop Bomb' category. The hop notes primarily fall under a strong dry hopped pine note with a little bit of grass and resin to it but the pine notes dominate it. However, there is also a slight sweet caramel malt note that is present and takes the edge off of the high hop content.

The taste is also pretty good. There is a strong bitter hop taste that comes out in pine notes and resin as well. There is also a slight malt sweetness in the finish to keep the beer from being too bitter.

The feel is heavy bodied but does not quite carry the same amount of weight that some other ones do. The beer seems to fall on the lighter side of the heavy bodied spectrum due to the light carbonation.

Overall, a very good DIPA. It's not too extreme but certainly hoppy enough to make the average hophead happy. Go for it.

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 27 April 16 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Light amber with prodigious 1-2 finger oatmeal colored head with loads of craggy lacing.

S: Pine and resiney hops, earthy herbal dank hops in the nose as well.

T: Very bitter with resiney hops blast and dank grassy overtones with light hand of grapefruit pith.

M: Creamy with very dry finish, medium body at most.

O: Pretty good beer if you like dank, resiney hoppiness. I wish it had a little more subtlety and variety to it.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear light amber color with a two finger white head. Very little retention and not much lacing. Smell is subtle. A nice mix of floral, citrus, tropical and pine, just wish it was stronger. Taste is the same. Floral, citrus and tropica juiciness on the front and dank piney bitterness on the back end. Medium feel, oily, resinous and good carbonation. Overall a very good beer, but not my favorite Alpine. I'd prefer Nelson or Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clean medium golden orange with two finger white head, good retention and lacing. Light citrusy aroma. Nice big punch of piney hops right up front that carry all the way through the semi dry end. Enough caramel backbone to keep things in check, but hop flavors dominate. Medium soft mouthfeel with a touch of oil feel to it. Overall excellent piney west coast IPA, drinks lighter than the 8% abv, dangerous. So glad this brew is here, hope to see more Alpine soon!

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Vivid clear orange body with a big frothy tan head with long persistence. Visible carbonation.
S- Citrusy hops, subtle. Not much going on here.
T- Orange, tangerine and sweet malts upfront. Then comes the dank resinous hops with a caramel undertone.
F- Medium, rich.
O- Very good but I expected much more. Not as hoppy as I would liked.

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Photo of do_ob
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Medium golden on the pour, and settles the same in the glass. Good clarity and carbonation, and tops off with about 2 fingers of off-white foam. Wonderful aroma with loads of juicy, tropical fruit as well as a sweet malt counterbalance and fragrant notes of pine and citrus. A really nice smelling beer - reminds of of Little Sumpin', which is one of the best smelling beers out there, in my opinion. Amazing taste to follow along, wow. There's no shortage of hops in this beer. But for all the piney, hoppy bitterness, there's a followup of sweet fruit and malts to balance it all out. Very juicy and sweet on the back end. Great feel; well carbonated and creamy on the palate.

Overall, damn good. Probably the best all around IPA I've had in a while.

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Photo of petmoo23
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased one of their 6 packs that was brewed in conjunction with their purchase by Green Flash, this was not an 'old school' pure hoppiness bottle.

L- Hazy yellow orange, thin but creamy head with small bubbles, some visible carbonation.
S- Flowery bouquet, grape fruit peel
T- Nice hoppiness, not overly bitter, more grapefruit peel and a little citrusy. Nice hop character.
F- Medium bodied, good mouthfeel, very clean.
O- Very good beer, nothing wrong with it, does not stand out against the many other great double IPAs like Pliny and Zombie Dust. Would need a reason to buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge fan of this one, thanks to my buddy for bringing me back one from his trip out there. stoked to finally try this rarity. this is really how double ipa used to be, and i bet when it came out, people were floored because they had never had anything like it. i think this is sort of the pliny effect. amazing beer, but a lot of others have caught up to it, even surpassed it at its own game over the years since it was first made. that said, its awesome, unique in its hops. very west coast, sticky and oily in all aspects, resinous and dank, less tropical than is fashionable now, but plenty of orange sweetness and assertive but not out of place hop bitterness. its a neat combination really, because while its a little intense, its also extremely drinkable as they go. also not trying to get up into the 10% abv range or anything, comfortable where its at. i like the citrus and pine mixture, and the relatively low bitter for what it is. still bitter, but i get more of the dry hops and the hop back processes than i do extended boil. as much as this is a flag post in the history of double ipa. i think it still stands out as original. more in flavor than in style anymore, but thats what we want right? i was overjoyed with it, and am dying for a bad boy now!

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Photo of SlothB77
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at west 4th and jane in santa monica.

This is very average. I don't understand the hype for Alpine ipas. Visiting from the east coast. They are all very pedestrian. I thought maybe I'd get authentic Alpine here. It isn't bad. But it isn't anything I'd get excited for either.

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Photo of snaxcat
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This being my second Alpine beer reassures my thirst for more.

A bouquet of tropical and floral aromas burst out of the tulip upon pouring this strikingly clear, golden-hued DIPA. A quarter inch frothy head dissipates to a filmy slick on top with little lacing.

A highly resinous and fruity flavor leads to a strong bitter finish, not stopping there, but lingering with luscious pineapple and citrus.

Truly a divine intervention of Pure Hoppiness.
Drink Alpine Ale, or go to bed!

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Photo of BigGold
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from fancy embossed 12-oz. bottle, stamped "Best by 28 April 16," into tulip. This Alpine beer--my first from a bottle--lives up to the hype.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
L: Light orange amber color. Lots of carbonation initially but it died down to a think layer of bubbles
S: Grapefruit mixed with some pine and sap elements. Aroma is similar to grapefruit sculpin.
T: Follows the nose, lots of grapefruit on the taste (again similar to GF sculpin) with some sap and pine flavors coming in on the finish. Some malt sweetness is also present. The finish brings medium bitterness.
F: Medium light. very drinkable
Overall a solid offering. Has all the characteristics you expect from a DIPA: hop aroma and flavor, some malt sweetness, and some bitterness. An overall well constructed beer but not something I would search for.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.