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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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97
world-class

1,959 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,198
Gots: 160 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

jonathanogden, Oct 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

kevgod, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Googs, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

harrymel, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

SEANDOYLE, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

BoRaeCho, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Archemedies, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
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-

kojevergas, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

ComRock12, Oct 18, 2012
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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.

yamar68, Oct 17, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
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!!

Thedaver4220, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

aztec87, Oct 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

muskiesman, Oct 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Prospero, Oct 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Holland, Oct 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

djaeon, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

huskermike12, Sep 27, 2012
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.