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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,186 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,186
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,250
Gots: 192 | FT: 11
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 kdmcguire10
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of PerHops
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Crawfordesquire
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lucho
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of theminutemen
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nitro0292
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of bertram
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of chingonjefe
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of javiernano
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Heatwave33
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Color: Murky golden-copper with an off white head.

Smell: Floral hops and grapefruit up front. Followed by pineapple and orange.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse with a mid-heavy dryness on the palate. Nice carbonation too.

Overall: Medium bodied with a great balance. Really enjoyed this brew. Would love to try this one REAL fresh! Cheers.

Photo of SoCalStout
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into delirium tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clean, slight amber, golden hue with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving massive amounts of lace.

Smell: Fresh and hoppy - extremely resinous pine and citrus backed by a bit of sweet maltyness. The hop aroma is amazing and by far one of the nicest smelling IPA's around.

Taste: Super grassy, resinous hops, strong citrus flavor with a bit of sweet roasted malt at the end that balances out the hop perfectly. I like that the malt is not overdone on this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sticky, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Too easy to drink - at 8% ABV, they'll get to you quickly.

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to try this, alpine never disappoints.

The body looks like your classic IPA, golden body and a razor thin white head. The smell is super tropical, not blooming though. The taste is pretty on par with the taste, but a lot more bitterness sits on the palate than expected. It tastes relatively clean with a little bit too much hoppiness in the aftertaste, kind of grapefruit rindy...
The beer is a little boozy but still relatively balanced. Better when it's warmer. Definitely tasty at the end.

Photo of xnapshot
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of micstache
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,186 ratings.