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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,365
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,259
Gots: 218 | FT: 12
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:
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 DocJitsu
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a quickly evaporating dingy white head. Light grapefruit and pine on the nose. Heavy mouthfeel for the style. Just adds to the richness of the experience. Starts out with grapefruit and finishes with lingering pine. Lives up to its hype. Super, drinkable DIPA. (297 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind as part of the blind bif 7

Well after a cold from hell and then a pesky storm that we were lucky to skirt for the most part, I am ready to dip into my very generous box from quirkzoo that I received awhile ago. Inside were 12 hobo wrapped bottles and one very nice Crooked Stave shirt. The wait has been killing me but I wanted to hold off until this cold was gone so I could enjoy these beers.

Pours a golden orange with an inch of white foam that leaves some good lacing down the glass. Right off the bat the aroma of this one is very juicy. Lots of citrus hops and boy is it smelling divine! I don't want to stop smelling it. Its just too damn good.
Nice amount of bitterness but nothing that overtakes the flavor. Very resiny with a hint of soapiness. This is very drinkable. The flavor doesn't knock you over like the aroma does, but its very enjoyable. Very dry finish, sort of reminds me of plink the elder but I don't think its the right bottle for it.

Pours the same as 1A but a little darker and with just a little less amount of foam. The lacing is not as pronounced and sticky as 1A. In comparison to 1A this has a lot of the same citrusy notes but way more subtle. A little bit more of the malt comes through. Now this one seems a bit more ramped up in the flavor. There is a bigger malty backbone to it which helps bring the flavor of the hops forward. Less bitterness as well. Its thicker bodied than 1A as well.

So these seem to be two different beers, one seems like an IPA and the other a DIPA. Its neat to see how the higher the maltiness really seems to bring out the hops in the flavor while the other one is all aroma. Both of these beers are really good and I was in need of some good hops so these hit the spot. So lets see what I was drinking…

1A is Alpine Nelson
1B is Alpine Pure Hoppiness

I really wanted to guess Alpine on a hunch but never had, and both were wants in my book. Hell of a good start thanks to quirkzoo for a great start to this bif for me. (2,016 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this at the tiny brewpub almost a month ago.

Pours a hazy, glowing light orange - lots of chill haze or hop sediment? Not sure. The rocky ivory head dissipates rather quickly to a chunky ring. Aromatic, perfumey, citrusy hops fill the nose. High bitterness upfront in the taste with massive grapefruit, apricot, pine hop flavors. The bitterness builds and batters the light bready malt profile. Alcohol very well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and complete and total hop cotton mouth. Lots of resiny bitterness coats my mouth and makes for an incredibly long, bitter, hoppy finish.

This is a standout DIPA. Very heavy on the hops with all sorts of concentrated West Coast hop flavors. This brewery knows IPAs like no other. Seek this out and if you ever have the chance, visit the place in Alpine. (846 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewery.

Pours golden with a quilt of white foam. Smells tropical with mango, peach, pineapple and plenty of resiny goodness. Some tangerine as well as sweet lemon. Flavor matches with full malt sweetness and fruity yummyness. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a crispy finish. Nice beer. (296 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine a couple weeks ago. Expectations are high because I've been loving Alpine's offerings. They're quickly rising on my best of California list.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured (initially) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour floater. Hardly a head at all. Retention is terrible, even given the ABV. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent copper - very curious for the style, which I expect to be clear and clean. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

I was able to coax a head out of it by pouring with additional vigor after finishing off my first glass. Head retention was more frothy, with nice cream and thickness - plus better retention (~2 minutes). Strange.

Sm: Pine, clean malts, fruit esters, grapefruit citrus, hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates. Some oily hops. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp pine, floral hops, clean malts, grapefruit citrus, sweet brighter malts, and well hidden hop bitterness - but it still comes through, negativley impacting the balance. There's certainly a hop bite on the climax and through the third act. Nowhere near as complex or well layered as Exponential Hoppiness, but there's some subtlety here. The grapefruit is a nice touch, though grapefruit dominant IPAs are not my favourite. I like it, but it's far from unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Much cleaner than the appearance would have you suspect. Nice body.

Gets more nectary as it warms. I like it much better as it mellows, bringing the balance into a careful duel between subtle malt sweetness and tame hop bitterness. I regret serving this cold.

Mf: Clean. Dry and coarse from the hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely crisp. Wet and smooth in the early acts, but never as much as it needs to be to attain a refreshing character. Good thickness and carbonation. Somewhat oily. Suits the flavours only generally.

Mellowed as it warmed, like the flavour. Got smoother and wetter, suiting the flavours much better. Curious. But inconsistent. Somewhat buttery until the dry finish.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not Alpine's best. Pales in comparison to Exponential Hoppiness, which I quite admired. I'd get this again on draught. Interestingly priced. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice Double IPA. This will likely satisfy most fans of the style. I dislike the grapefruit focus and the apparent hop bitterness, but to each his or her own.

High B- (2,723 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to chuglife for this one!!

22 oz. Bottle poured in a tulip

Pure hoppiness poured an amber hued color with almost no head. Awesome west coast hop smell. Big citrusy, mouthwatering smell. It's got a a very balanced sweetness to bitterness mouthfeel, with some nice alcohol warmth on the back end. Alpine seems to be doing everything right with beers I've tasted so far. I wish I lived in Cali so I could have them on tap!! (436 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CheapBeerBuzz for this fantastic offering!

A: bright gold color with some orange in the middle. It has little head, but leaves nice lacing and a thin layer covering half of the top of the beer with white bubbles.

S: the amount of hops is striking, with all sorts of flavors coming out. It's very piney and earthy, with some fruity smells but not much.

T: this is a lot more fruit-oriented in the hops flavor. Good amount of bitterness with some sweet malt, but the highlight is the pineapple flavor noticeable in between the bitterness and the sweetness.

M: with the hoppiness mixed with this carbonation, it's a lot more crisp than an 8% beer could have been. Medium-heavy body is cut well by the carbonation.

O: very good beer, but something about the hops just don't put it on par with Heady. Some of the best bitterness I have had on a double IPA, with a great mix of hop flavors. (903 characters)

Photo of Blackwolf
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- Foggy amber body, lots of chunky sediment floating between the lovely uniformed carbonation, nice head with decent retention and sticky lacing! This is a sight for sore eyes!

S- Tons of bold hop aromas, pine, citra, some light alcohol notes, very very solid!

T- Piney hop forward, citrus backbone and a dry hop bitterness a the end which bites your tongue with the alcohol. Again very solid! Not so complex but it really grabs you with a full flavored hoppiness from start to finish.

MF- Medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, slick coating to the palate the resonates the dry hops long after the finish.

O- Fantastic. Nothing else needs to be said. I really like how you can dig into this beer in every way. Not the ordinary dipa! (780 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another big shout out to ehammond1 for hooking me up with some incredibly tasting beers!

deep amber body with a finger and a half of thick white creamy head. glass looks like lace curtains when the beer is gone. floral hops and a nice citrus presence are detected by my super sleuth nose. pure hoppy goodness is detected by my taste buds! man is this good, wish i would of done a side by side with pliny! nice crisp juicy fresh fruits in the flavor of this. my only knock about this is that there appears to be too much sugar residule hidden in the back somewhere. not enough to take away from the awesomeness of this beer, just enough to detect, but then again after having a super fresh pliny everything lacks a little. full resiny body with spot on carbonation and a not too bitter or dry finish add to the drinkability. (824 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got my Alpine box today, gotta drink 'em fresh!

Golden orange body, plenty of white head with average retention. Spiderwebs of sticky lace adorn my glass. Aroma is nice but not strong enough: fresh hops, pine, minimal fruitiness. Definitely more West Coast style.

Bold and hoppy, decently malty but the hops are still clearly the focus here. Piney with hop oil & resin. This bottle is clearly quite fresh. Still, the lingering resiny bitterness is a turn-off for me; more fruity hops would make this shine.

Pure Hoppiness has nothing on Hill Famstead. (559 characters)

Photo of beesy
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders standard pint glass. Thanks Dudeabide for hooking me up with this one. I'm going to have to find something special to send you as a thanks!

A - pours a medium golden color that is very clear. A finger and a half of eggshell colored head builds and disappears fairly quickly. A fair amount of lacing left - which seems unusual considering the head dies so quick. A small coating of foam covers the top of the beer for the entire drink.

S - citrus hop blast with some piney notes. Maybe a slight note of alcohol detected.

T - Fantastic! Tons of hops that are mostly citrusy. A slightly coarse, piney hop bitterness, but this one seems to be all about the hop aroma and flavor. A touch of alcohol present. I'm surprised there's a slight malt flavor in the late palate.

M - fairly dry. - just how I like IPA/IIPA

D - very high for me. It's very easy to drink. The alchohol is mostly muted and a lack of a tounge busting coase bitterness makes it easy to keep on it sip after delicious sip.

Overall, a fantastic beer. It was slightly less hoppy than Heady, especially in the nose, however, its visuals and drinkability outweigh that of Heady. A high quality beer I'm thankful to have tried! (1,236 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sarge27 for this major want as an extra. Poured into KtG bulb glass.

A 2 finger white is thick and lush that turns foamy. The body is pretty clear with a small haze and is gold with a slight orange tint. As the head slowly comes down thick, foamy lace is left and a 1/4" slab of foam is left above the body. Some nice carbonation bubbles as well. Very close to a 5

S Big citrusy hops come out initially and a strong earthy/piney scent follows. Tropical fruits are intertwined in there as well.

T Big bitter bite upfront that carries all the way to the finish. Orange zest, pine, grass, floral, earthy hops take the majority of the flavor. This is mainly bitter with flavors coming through secondary.

M Medium carbonation feel that consists of tiny bubbles. Feel is a bit heavier and thicker than other DIPAs. Finish is somewhat dry.

O Very nice bitterness all the way through and looked amazing in the glass. My only complaint is the feel, it's a little thick but not the end of the world. Well done DIPA. (1,022 characters)

Photo of DCRA
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, consistently great.

Probably my 3rd favorite beer from Alpine which says a lot about Alpine. The taste is so fresh and hoppy with citrus and pine blast.

It has great balance and the alcohol is hidden very well. Everything you could ask from a DIPA and more. The appearance is orange and the sight and smell alone make this very inviting.

Thank you Alpine. (376 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to James for sending this one to me! Been wanting to try it for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color with small bubbles constantly being released from the bottom. A foamy white head formed on top, about two fingers in height with great retention and tons of sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus/tropical fruit forward aromas with some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some orange peel and zest mixed in with a touch of caramel.

T: Very similar to the aroma with plenty of citrus fruits and some pine with very little lingering bitterness. Some pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and grassy hops. There is again a little bit of caramel to balance things slightly.

M: Medium bodied, extremely easy drinking. Not overly bitter at all.

O: Another amazing IPA from Alpine. Hard to pick a favorite from the big 4, but I am glad that I don't really have to since I can't get them easily enough! (930 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with okay retention. More head please. Crystal clear brass color. Pretty but not exceptional. Second pour to finish the 22 poured cloudy :-(
S: Citrus, tropical fruit, slight dankness. Strong but pleasant esters. Papaya, orange julius.
T: Very bitter and sweet at the same time. Very interesting dichotomy. "Always 2 there are, a master and an apprentice" The sweetness is the apprentice here. Pine needle bitterness with some savory allium notes. Some tropical fruit, lots of caramel. Pungent.
M: Super bitter, pungent, rich, full-bodied.
O: Good DIPA. Very West coast in hops without being astringent. I'd buy again and order another. However, it is not in my upper eschelon of DIPAs cause it is a tad imbalanced towards - dare I say it - hops! (822 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Stawn for sending this one over as an extra.

Beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is fantastic - a great blast of citrusy hops hits me in the face right off the bat. Flavor follows the nose - the balance is really excellent. It's a little sweet and a little citrusy with bread malt and a great bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a great DIPA, one of the best year-round beers of the style. If this was sold around me, I'd drink it all the time. (536 characters)

Photo of durrrr
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in bottle picked up recently from the brewery.

Appearance is very clear for a DIPA. Kind of a copper amber color. The nose on this beer is one of my favorites to date. A bit delicate. You get the pine, some citrus, floral and sweet notes, I almost get like a hint of cotton candy. The taste is very well balanced and extremely drinkable, clean and crisp for the style. Very little malt detected, alcohol well hidden and nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. A nice crisp hoppy finish as well. Mouthfeel is solid although possibly the most carbonated DIPA I have tried. I like carbonation but perhaps a bit high for the style. Overall a very solid DIPA. I haven't had the good fortune to try Alpine's others to get a comparison but a wonderful beer from an amazing West Coast brewery. (799 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a very generous, 12oz Pour from a Growler @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Alpine Beer Labeled 64oz Growler w/ the Mts. across the label into a 12oz Pint Glass. Fresh from the brewery!

Aroma- Huge hops and strength hits the nose first. Then strong fruit and malt come into play. A very balanced nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark copper, light orange colored body with a reddish, cloudy background. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of character, strength, and mixed hop flavors hit the palate first. Hops galore and had a stupid amount of bitterness. One of the highest I've had in a minute.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, sweet on the finish, and had a easy alcohol strength.

Overall Impression- For a top ranked 2X IPA, this one was very nice but not in my top 5 list. Still am glad I finally was able to enjoy this guy! Highly recommend nonetheless and will be looking for this in bottle! (1,001 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold with stunning clarity, forms a pillowy 2 finger head with loads of retention. Curtains of lace on the glass.

Hops are resinous pine with delicate floral notes. Underlying malt is nearly undetectable but provides a simple syrup and pastry sweetness. Doesn't exactly fill the room but there's plenty to like here.

Malt is slightly bready with more pastry dough to provide sweetness before the resinous hops pass over the tongue. Pine resin, spicy herbs and lemon pith make up the hop profile that smacks you around a bit before the end with alcohol and a light bitterness to deliver the finisher.

Body and carbonation are appropriate for the style maybe a bit higher on the scale for carbonation. Alcohol is very much evident and gets a little abrasive before lifting into bitterness and accompanying drying.

A hop forward DIPA with a shallow malt backing yet stays very balanced. Hop character is like a flower patch in a forest, deep and resinous with uplifting notes. Alcohol burn is part of the profile as well. Ultimately this profile makes for a very enjoyable brew. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Paulydeets
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber, orange, really nice clarity. Smells of piney, resinous, delicious hops, it really smacks you right in the face. Taste is pretty hop forward, but honestly a lot smoother than I expected. Very balanced. I dont know the age on this bottle but if I had to guess then I would say thats its not as fresh as one would like. The hops die off in the flavor rather quickly and the malts come through. Still very tasty but I wish that I could have it freesh. Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well, very smooth, you can tell it has carbonation, but its almost like the thick resinous hops just eat it up. Very good, but Id really like to try it fresh. (660 characters)

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium orange color with a 1-finger head that dissipates very quickly. Hops, hops, hops...I love hops. I could literally smell this one from across the room. Tons of piney, herby, resiny hops on the nose. Intense. Some citrus as first but soon changes to a caramel and bread aroma. Complex stuff. Smack-you-in-your-face hop bite right up front, but a really well-balanced DIPA by the maltiness on the taste. 8% alcohol, completely hidden. Another home-run by Alpine. These guys know how to make hoppy beers. (507 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a nice golden orangeish amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is good, but not as good as I expected. I expected it just to be stronger, the actual scent is great, nice perfumey hops, some pine, some citrus, candy, sugar.

The taste is great, Surly Abrasive territory in flavor. This one is better though. Nice pine, nice citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, balancing malt but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice dry and bitter finish, though not insanely bitter.

This is just a fine beer. (511 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (852 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.