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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,169
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a fresh bomber.
Creamy 2 finger head that literally sticks around for few moments.
Moderate lacing after all.
Surprising after tasting the medium to light body. Citrus Orange Pineapple caramel aromas. Pretty amazing floral and sweet on the nose.
A fruity cotton candy smell and taste exude from the last sips that warmed up in my LA FIN DU MONDE sniffer.
Sweet but not over the top. Pine bitterness lingers in in the back to balanced with this unconventional west coast IIPA Hop profile.
I love to try an original new DIIPA that brings hop satisfaction and Caramel Malty characters.
I have a sweet tooth anyway, but this is perfect to end a great meal. Maybe for less spicy asian food or just by itself:)
Difficult to notice trace of 8% abv. After been blown away by the Nelson, this an reminder of the creative craftsmanship at Alpine CA.
Pick any time you find on the shelf. A must.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:21:26 | More by HipHop5
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4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a shaker pint.

A--Coppery brown brew with a bright white head, decent lacing.

S--Great green hoppy aroma. Can smell it coming out of the bottle.

T--Nice combination of bittering and aroma hops, on top of a nice caramelly malt note.

M--Thinner than expected. Needed more of that great caramelly note.

D--Really good beer, gooes down just right, but not especially remarkable.

Definitely looking forward to trying more Alpine brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:26:34 | More by LBBeer
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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in my fridge for about 3 weeks before getting to it. Was assured it was fresh by the guy at the store.

Pours a beautiful orange amber color with an inch of white head. Fades slightly to leaving nice lacing down the glass. Perfectly see through.

Smell is of pine and citrus. Caramel and bread makes a slight appearance, nothing major and not overly balanced.

Taste bursts with hop flavor and not as much bitterness. Huge citrus, pine, herbal flavors smack you in the face and the caramel comes in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with a pine flavor that lingers in the best way possible.

Mouthfeel is full, very filling indeed.

Drinkability is good, extremely inviting but could see it getting old. The pine after taste is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 00:30:50 | More by bs870621345
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Town Hall Stemware glass.

Pours like clear liquid gold with bubbly white 1 finger head. Leaves tons of lacing after several minutes of head dissipation.

Smells of tons of pine, citrus hops, and grapefruit. Lots of hops lots of pine! Very nice,its great success (in Borats accent).

Taste is bitter with a smash you in the face hoppiness. A little malt at first but the citrus hops and bitterness blows it away quickly. I likes.

Mouthfeel is medium with little tongue and mouth bite and just the slightest alcohol burn on the way down.

Drinkability is high. This goes in my top 5 IPA/DIPA reminds me a lot of Surly Abrasive and I love that beer. Hell of a job Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:33:37 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the benevolent bauermj for this one. Long time want.

A- While I was looking for a bottle date I noticed a lot of chunky sludge at the bottom of the bottle. Wanting to keep this out of my glass, I poured slowly. I was successful and got a perfectly clear, shining amber-orange glass of beer. The sizable head is elegant and frothy. There's more lace here than at a West Virginia strip club. This is perfect looking.

S- Big waves of candied hops. Mostly ripe citrus pith but classic west coast pine is quite strong too. Mostly grapefruit. Malts are pretty big too but still remain subordinate to the California style hops. The maltiness smells crackery, nothing beyond lightly toasted grains.

T- This is up the same alley as Pliny the Elder. Its very west coast, personally I prefer what the Midwest guys are doing with IPAs but this is still a world class beer.
Bitterness and sweetened citrus see-saw back and forth. I really love what's going on with the candied tangerines and red grapefruit flavors. Malts hold off until the finish when things get slightly doughy and crackery. Bitterness levels are pretty high at times but there is something about this beer that makes the enamel stripping stuff so easy to deal with.

M- Very high carbonation makes for a nearly painfully prickly beer. Its quite appropriate for what this beer has going on though.

D- One of the best among west coast IPAs. I'd love to do a side by side blind with this and Elder. Anyone wanna help?

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:48:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice two head pour, beautiful gold & rustic appearance, head held up well for an IPA.

S: Big pine resins

T: Very sweet front, piney, clean finish

M: Perfect viscosity, excellent carbonation.

D: High end DIPA, definitely in the class with the big boys...highly recommended if you are a hop head.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:58:31 | More by BillHilly
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4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have had in a while. Beautiful balance of malt and amazing hops.

Looks like a darker version of an IPA, a little more brown than amber. One finger head that settled down to nothing.

Clearly lots of hops in the nose, but the nose did not prepare me for such a great flavor. Perfect combination of hops and malt, with each flavor coming and going. Tons of complexity here.

Good medium body and carbonation and it goes down very easily for an 8% beer. One of my favorites and I wouldn't ever turn it down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 17:57:36 | More by Chizoad
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

San Diego Brew Co.
San Diego, CA

A clear golden yellow with a thin white foam head and some visible carbonation. Leaves tons of lace. Pretty but unspectacular.

A fantastic hop aroma of zest, citrus rind, pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose with a touch of a malt backbone. Not at all overly bitter. Pungent and fresh citrus and pine hops.

A very drinkable and unintimidating DIPA, more reminiscent of a citrusy and piney IPA. Not at all "in your face;" simply superb.

This beer simply does everything very, very well without feeling forced or gimmicky. A DIPA of the highest quality.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 08:41:48 | More by ehammond1
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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour with little head but steady carbonation.

S - Citrus hops. Grapefruit stands out overall. A bit of pine in the background along with some alcohol heat.

T - Citrus hops and again grapefruit stands out most. A bit of mango or even honeydew melon, with resinous pine flavor following. Finishes with pleasant, light heat from the alcohol. Mango really coming out as the glass warms.

M - Light body.

D - Goes down far wonderfully easy for a double IPA.

Overall - Another great brew from Alpine, and I must say that I've never been disappointed with any of their offerings. It has been exactly 53 weeks and 2 days since I've had one of their beers on draft, and it feels like a lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 01:26:32 | More by SummitVA
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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like carbonated apple juice with a sizable white head. The had slowly dissipates, leaving lacing along the sides. Looks good. Smells of piney hops and just a touch of citrus. Smells pretty good. The taste is generic bittering hops, malt and maybe a touch of pine. The flavor is somewhat smooth, but just decent. I am not sure what it is, but there seems to be a burgeoning small, off, metallic/soap flavor. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel which all seem appropriate. Drinkability is pretty reasonable, with a finish of bitterness that hangs out for a while on the tongue.

This was not as good to me as exponential hoppiness, duet or hoppy birthday, all enjoyed within the last week or so. Maybe this one is old. If so, I'm not apologizing because I don't see a date stamp anywhere. I'll obviously review another bottle - I otherwise love Alpine beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 22:46:32 | More by seeswo
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SN tulip.

A - A deep golden color with a two finger creamy head, which settled down into a solid film throughout the drink.

S - Strong piney blast, with a touch of grapefruit. Nice!

T - Expected hoppy bite with a caramel maltiness. Man I love these superbly balanced DIPA'S! A pleasant lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Moderate to slightly heavy mouthfeel and light carbonation.

D- Well, you probably wouldn't want to drink 5-6 of these in a session, but 1-3 would be a perfect fix for a DIPA loving hophead like me.

A superb beer. Don't pass up a chance to enjoy this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 01:13:18 | More by turfy
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4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden orange in color. Massive head that gradually goes down to a light cap.

S: Unbelievable pine and citrus hops. They smell really really fresh. Slight bit of wet dog/strong cheese funk to it as well. Not as bad as that sounds.

T: Hard hit of pine hops followed by bready malts. A bit of creaminess to this beer along with a flavor that I can only describe as buttered popcorn. A slight caramel sweetness pairs well with the massive amounts of hops. Another stellar IPA from Alpine.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 14:10:06 | More by notchucknorris
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hop hazed bright golden amber color with tons of creamy slighlty off white head that lingers for some time and leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is a bit light, notes of grain and a lightly crusted bread up front. the hops in the back, lemon and some light pineapple with pine behind.

T-the taste is a bit brighter and has a strong hop presence. caramel malts and some light grains up front but the hops are the centerpiece. pineapple is strong with a zesty quality and there is more pine than the nose behind that. there is an assertive bitterness that is abrupt in the finish.

M-relatively full bodied and somewhat chewy. rather dry in the finish with a very pleasant carbonation lightly prickly on the back of the throat as the finish seems to dry out further.

D-this is a very nice ipa, the bitterenss is not overly assertive and does not linger but makes a nice presence. the hops are bright and juicy but don't force themselves in your face. solid beer here!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 23:30:58 | More by cpetrone84
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

272nd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A mixture of some bronze,copper and orange highlights. A one finger head. Nice scattered lacing.

Smell- A bit let down by this one. Had the usual hops, pine, citrus and some earthy malts.

Taste- It's very balanced and keeps the flavors in check. Hop spice on the backend and its a bit smaller than Exponential in terms of drink. Glad I went backwards with these.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carb level. Fills the mouth with flavor.

Drink- Alpine makes some damn good beers. The two big DIPA's I have had have been very good. Its spicy and flavorful and aggressive but palatable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:17:32 | More by FosterJM
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader, tbase, for sending this tasty beer to me. I've wanted to try Alpine for a while and today I was lucky enough to have two! Pure hoppiness definitely lives up to it's name.

The beer was enticingly hazy with a bright orange glow and a nice little tuft of rocky eggshell foam. The beer smells very green like freshly peeled grapefruit, crush spruce needles and orange zest. There is a little bit of fruity hop aroma but this is a deep forceful hop presence, not for the meek or faint of heart. The beer tastes a little sweet at first with a little biscuity malt, but that quickly fades as the deeply resinous hops rolls over the tongue. The beer is perfectly carbonated with thick full mouthfeel and just enough playful bubbles to keep it light. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer was very tasty, living up to expectations

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:18:10 | More by Soonami
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3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Clear, medium depth yellow. Tiny bubbles. Slight white rocky head, good lacing

S - Lemon, orange, tangerine, some grass and a bit of bready malt

T - A sophisticated hop bomb. Nice citrus as in the nose but with a nice complement of toffee and honey sweetness. Didn't get much of the breadiness from the nose

M - Medium to semi-light. Tacky. A little too much effervescence.

D - Very well balanced and I'd love to drink more!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:27:42 | More by OakedCanuck
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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into big Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazy golden amber, with two fingers of billowing fluffy head which receded slowly.

The glass smelled strongly of sweet citrusy hops. There was a little bit of resinous pine as well. The taste matched the nose closely. Sweet maltiness up front, then grapefruit and pine. It finished with a bitterness that persisted well after the drink was done.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel, and was well carbonated and creamy. I found it quite tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 05:13:19 | More by surlytheduff
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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to alexsess for the opportunity to try Pure Hoppiness. This is the last bottle of his West Coast IPA sampler box...sad day indeed.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Two fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Huge bubbles left in the film and around the edges once the head finally recedes into the beer. Unbelievably thick and sticky lacing. Giving this one a 5.

S: Nice sweet caramel smell from the malts. Orange citrus and pine.

T: Not terribly bitter...the malts helps to really balance out the beer. Caramel, orange, citrus, pine...a little bit of a lemony zest. Pretty nice.

M: Very full and creamy. I prefer these to the more oily and slick IPAs so I'm giving this one a pretty high score.

D: You can't(or wouldn't want) to fly through the bomber, but Pure Hoppiness is pretty easy to drink.

Alex, thanks for the great box of West Coast IPAs. They were all very good and all very different. Nice to see the variety.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:05:19 | More by titosupertramp
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3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure hoppiness is beer candy. It poors a nice light golden color with a decent head and slight lacing. Smells are of sweetness and hops with some orange and lemon. Decent smell with a good deal of hops and sweetness. It is sweet and citrusy up front with a hoppy finish. Very pleasant blend of flavors. This is a great ipa that is different from most I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 09:41:14 | More by HopMasterFlex
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: a blast of citrus hops, and that's about it

Ap: golden-yellow, 2 finger very frothy off-white head, lots of floaties

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth

Af: packed full of citrus hops with a sweet background, there is some other taste in there that I can't put my finger on, maybe honey? lemons?

O: an interesting flavor palate, not bad, just interesting


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:39:55 | More by THECPJ
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by Dreadnaught33; thanks Jonathan, big want.

a - Pours a clear orange color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strongly of pine hops, as well as fruity malts and citrus hops. The pine really stands out; it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops, fresh fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

d - A very smooth, easy drinking DIPA; I was surprised there wasn't as much bitterness. Lots of pine in this one and I thought it smelled great and fresh. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:48:28 | More by mdfb79
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Sixofsigmas for sending me this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow yellow-orange with a four finger bone white head that subsided to a two finger very very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, strong citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite the exceptional brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent. The citrus aspect of this one definitely brought this brew up to another level. This one is really worth the trouble of seeking out if you have not had it before. It makes sense why this one is currently in the Top 100.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 12:42:39 | More by thagr81us
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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2011 23:06:55 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear light yellow with slight amber. Amazingggg white head that stays thick the whole way down.

Smell is piney with slight mandrian.

The taste is very bitter and dry but still has some depth to it. Bitter pine while the brew is cold but as it warms up it starts to leave a more citrus mandrian in the aftertaste.

Yet ANOTHER amazing Alpine IPA!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:13:18 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to tulip glass

A: Pours a yellow-orange, fairly clear, forming a fluffy, cavernous, 2-inch head. Kinda resembles the surface of the moon. Head is really sticky, lacing everywhere.

S: Good lord, the hops! A big rush of citrusy, vibrant hop aromas fill the nose, even on a tiny sniff. Sugar-sweet grapefruit against freshly cut pine. A dollop of honey and alcohol round out the bouquet. Fresh and clean.

T: The taste follows the smell, but the big malt character suggested by the honey is right there in the front of the sip. Honeybread balances fresh pine, grapefruit and lemon. As the sip progresses, alcohol adds some spice, but just a touch. Citrusy tones bend tropical, with a note of butter. The piny edges of the hops begin to dominate and the beer becomes quite astringent and bitter, but the huge malt-backbone never lets things get out-of-whack. Big pronounced flavors, perfectly balanced. Finishes bitter-sweet and satisfying.

M: Smooth, velvety, a little oily. Plenty of carbonation keeps the palate clean. Rich, full-bodied complexion.

D: As easy to drink as you're going to get for a DIPA. The ale is so well balanced, it soon forms a singular flavor. Really hard to stop drinking this, but expect BIG.

Notes: Easily one of my favorite beers, and probably the only rival to Pliny the Elder. It's too simplistic to call it a hop-bomb - yeah, they crammed a crapload of hops in here, but there's plenty of everything else. I'll be drinking this as long as they brew it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 06:39:57 | More by rand
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.