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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
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Gots: 155 | 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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Photo of Trilogy31


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

A pretty gold with an orange hue long with a superb three fingers of fluffy white head and leaves a pretty layer of spider webs along the glass. Nose has hints of tropical fruit, tangerine and a lot of sweet citrus with some bright pine. Taste is very impressive full blown grapefruit bitter hop attack, very plinyesque. My preference is for Nelson or fresh Sculpin as i love all the tropical fruit, this is an extremely well done d/ipa and i was very happy to get some on my trip to SD. Very easy to drink with a nice refreshing hop attack to remind you what it is.

04-17-2011 03:59:22 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of brew3crew


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to mrhirsheybar for this.

A-golden orange with a whispy white head
S-slightly fruit hops with a very faint smell of that
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet with a nice hop bite to it
M-medium body and oh so smooth
O-nice berr. Loving alpine the more and more I have it!

04-08-2011 00:34:13 | More by brew3crew
Photo of stakem


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

Poured from a bomber with no freshness indication into a snifter. This brew appears a nearly clear color of light orange with a finger and a half of yellowish tinted head. Despite a careful pour, some faint particles are stuck hanging in suspension. The cap recedes fairly quick to less than a finger of creamy fluff that leaves some spotty and finger-like lace work on the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with an herbal quality that has a light touch of mint character. Some catty notes evolve as the brew warms and some grapefruit rind picks up inside the nose as well. Some faint notes of orange zest and a touch of sulfur fills out the backend of this brew's scent. Overall pretty good and deceptively fruity sweet smelling.

The taste of this brew is deceptively sweet when it first hits the tongue, however that abruptly turns bitter with hoppiness tasting herbal, catty, pine-like and full of bitter rinds somewhat like grapefruit and a little grassy and earthy. There is a faint green yeastiness included in this brew mid palate before a light toasted grain flavor evolves and finishes with a lasting bitterness that is herbal and lightly catty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very solid representation of the Double/Imperial IPA style but deceptively fruity in the nose and herbal in flavor. Well balanced across the board, this brew is a pleasure to drink. It wasn't until I was half way through my glass that I realize this was 8% abv and it produces a nice warmth across the back of the throat. Well done Alpine.

04-07-2011 02:04:39 | More by stakem
Photo of Chico1985


3.9/5  rDev -11%

Thanks to Armand for trading this, looking forward to trying some Alpine. Bomber poured to Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a crystal clear coppery orange, white head starts at a little over a finger, retains nicely as a good cap and thick ring leaving some lacing.

Nose seems mostly pine/earth dominated..lighter fruit such as grapefruit and lemon. Onion-y presence grows with warmth.

Taste brings out a bit more strength in the fruit profile, grapefruit most noticeable along with some faint tropical notes (mango?). Floral, piny and herbally hops as well. Caramel malt is there but barely. Like the scent, a veggie presence pops up over some time.

Carbonation a bit on the high side, solid mouthfeel. Lots of hop flavors going on, not much malt presence but definitely not overly bitter, smooth.

A good DIPA for sure, but truthfully not great, nothing I would go out of my way to trade for again. Freshness may be a factor to that, but with no bottle date I can't say for sure.

04-05-2011 20:20:45 | More by Chico1985
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Nice orange copper color, moderate carbonation, attractive lacing.
S- Grapefruit and citrus right away, pine as well, excellent hoppy aroma.
T- Wow, very hoppy, that grapefruit and citrus bite comes out right away, very bitter on the back of the tongue, but well balanced, as it warms up the malt flavors come out a bit, as well as hints of orange.
M- Medium mouth feel, full bodied and thick on the palate wonderful mouth feel.
O- Excellent DIPA, everything you could ask for in a Imperial IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, slight hints of malt, just amazing.

04-05-2011 07:13:45 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of beergod1


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a clear / golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces all the way down the glass. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from the hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I have been holding on to this one for a while, Now I have the "Duet" to try.

03-21-2011 20:54:06 | More by beergod1
Photo of Rampage1


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: This Imperial IPA pours a nice slightly hazey dark,golden honey color with a thick, pure white head. Lots of carbonation bottles exploding to the surface even two minutes after pouring.

Smell: A huge, tropical bouquet of citrus. I get a ton of tangerine followed by some mango and some orange peel. This tropical thunder in a glass.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Big orange initially from the beginning. It follows with some mango and some pineapple and grapefruit on the end. A little on the bitter side but quite dry on the aftertaste. Awesome tasting and no alcohol heat what so ever.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation to distribute these great flavors all over the mouth.

Overall: I could drink this all day especially on a hot summer day which will be hear soon. Goes down real easy for a double ipa. Alpine once again lives up to its name with another stellar ipa. Just a wonderful medley of tropical flavors with a little bitterness to let you know your drinking a higher IBU ipa but still very smooth. I have had most the Alpine IPA's and will have to get my hands on the last one I want to try--Nelson.

03-21-2011 01:01:31 | More by Rampage1
Photo of werdnacross


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Head disseminates quickly.

A- Color is an amber hue

S- hoppy with a slight sugar smell

T- Solid tasting DIPA with earthy tones.

M- goes down extremely smooth and feels almost like an IPA

O- Overalll a great beer. many good beers come from this brewery and look forward to enjoying more of this in the future.

03-19-2011 23:56:10 | More by werdnacross
Photo of ne0m00re


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Live review of a 22 oz bomber. I can't find any dating.
A: Clear dark amber, it poured with a big creamy head with lacing that died to a good head.
S: Bright tangerine hops, honey, slightly resinous, with a caramel cream base. Rather enticing.
T: More pine and resinous notes than you'd expect from the aroma, it crips out to a lingering gin bitterness. A slight biscuit and mild nut with honey. Interesting, it's similar to the smell, but surprisingly different.
M: Slightly syrupy and frothy to a crisp cleansing finish.
O: This is a good one. I'd make it a regular if it was available in our area.

03-19-2011 22:30:26 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.03/5  rDev -8%

Pours a very clear light orange color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Very thick and craggy head on this beer. Leaves a very nice lacing pattern on the drink down. Head stays as a small island in the middle of the glass. Smells of citrus zest, sweet malt, pineapple juice. Tastes of pine/citrus zest hops up front with a caramel malt finish. Slight pineapple too. Mild bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Good carbonation leaves a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very good DIPA that is hard to find around these parts. I am glad I got to try this one.

03-19-2011 00:27:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of KAP1356


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Reviewed from notes. HUGE thanks to javib458 for throwing this fresh bottle into a trade. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a hazy golden amber color, almost straw-like. Eggshell white head forms about 1 finger thick. Really nice, thick lacing along the glass.

S - Hops all up front and in your face. Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange and some apricot come through. Nice caramel and biscuit malts hold up nicely as the backbone of the beer.

T - Bright, juicy hops bring forward fruity flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Some nice fresh pine flavors come through as well, but the citrus seems to take the stage. Biscuit malts mix nicely to what is a very well balanced beer.

M - Medium-full bodied and thicker on the palate than I would have thought. Nice carbonation and a slightly dry finish to the beer.

O - Really awesome DIPA. Fresh flavors and a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that I hope to have the chance of trying again sometime.

03-16-2011 23:37:46 | More by KAP1356
Photo of bump8628


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Bomber emptied into an Imperial pint. Glowing gold with orange adding depth and plenty of sticky, white head.

Juicy pine needles, plenty of complex citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple), grassy herbal overtones add some punch. Malt flavor is masked (as it should be), but it contributes enough general malt sweetness to make Pure Hoppiness one of the smoother examples of the style out there.

Perhaps not quite as aggressive, explosive and, um...abrasive...as some of the other popular DIPAs, including the Elder, but the smooth, refined juiciness, sets Pure Hoppiness apart.

03-15-2011 16:47:20 | More by bump8628
Photo of HipHop5


4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

03-15-2011 03:21:26 | More by HipHop5
Photo of LBBeer


4.05/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

03-13-2011 20:26:34 | More by LBBeer
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

03-09-2011 00:30:50 | More by bs870621345
Photo of UMNbeerhunter


4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

03-05-2011 07:33:37 | More by UMNbeerhunter
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

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?

03-05-2011 05:48:12 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of BillHilly


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

03-01-2011 05:58:31 | More by BillHilly
Photo of Chizoad


4.6/5  rDev +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.

02-27-2011 17:57:36 | More by Chizoad
Photo of ehammond1

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

02-27-2011 08:41:48 | More by ehammond1
Photo of SummitVA


4.22/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

02-27-2011 01:26:32 | More by SummitVA
Photo of seeswo


3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

02-26-2011 22:46:32 | More by seeswo
Photo of turfy


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

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!

02-24-2011 01:13:18 | More by turfy
Photo of notchucknorris


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

02-23-2011 14:10:06 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of cpetrone84


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

02-22-2011 23:30:58 | More by cpetrone84
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