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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,196
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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Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - nice tan and gold head about a finger thick. amber gold and orange hues. looks light as far as carbonation, but then again, i know looks can be deceiving.

s - really hoppy but suprisingly balanced in the mix. exotic fruit, and pear? lightly floral.

t - hoppppsss. less invigorating than the smell but a seriously damn good IPA. faint wheaty malts. as it warms up after a while it brings out more metallic notes in the hops. dry crisp finish. clean.

m - as i said before looks are deceiving. a nice full rush of flavor and a clean cut to the taste. med - high carbonation level. the beer nicely finishes with a happy after taste and hop breath, but im hoppy with that (zing...)

o - the major difference between this and more accessible IPAs like green flash and great divide is that there is a lotta love in this beer. you cant really taste the hand crafted affection in my opinion. nuff said about this beer. its a hit with me.

alenonbeeradv, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this in bottle, had it on draft and it was better, of course! Poured a pint at Toronado, in San Diego May 30th on my honeymoon. I'm a lucky man that my wife loves beer too.

A: Pretty, mostly clear color with orange and gold most prominent in the hue. A small head and some lacing round it out.

S: Dank weed-like hops, the best kind IMHO. Honey citrus, a little pine and more grass. Yes!

T: Follows the smell in it's 'pure dank hoppiness' with a very full character. Spicey almost woodsy tree taste that I like, biscuit malt, raw hops that are dry without a lot of sweetness. Total west coast DIPA.

M: Great dry feel and not overly bitter with nice rounded edges on the front and back of the palate. Smooth and great carbonation.

O: Another great one from perhaps my favorite hop brewery to date, along with FFF and some of the Vermont guys.

Dreadnaught33, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/6/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with big off-white head that leaves some nice lacing around glass.

S: Big hop aroma, citrus, piney and herbal hops mask most of the malt aroma that is barely able to come through all the hops.

T: Really clean and hop forward. Bright citrus, pine and herbal hops really shine with hints of pale malt. Nice balance between bitter hops and sweet malts, far from being overly bitter like many beers in this style are.

M: Really smooth and clean feel, moderate carbonation and body.

O: Delicious IIPA, so clean and delicious, very little detectable alcohol, really awesome beer. Dangerously drinkable.

Azurescens, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pure clear copper color, bright looking, half inch white head. Just light clinging of lace, nothing special. The aroma is totally juicy fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, very tropical. Packs a punch too. Very fruity flavor, tropical in nature like the nose full of west coast hops. Combo of big fruit and subtle flower, really nicely done. A clean bitter flavor on the back of the palate. Initially thought this was going to be a cloying mess, but as I drink I find it to be clean and crisp. Pleasant. This is my style double ipa.

pmlondrigan, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of soze47
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour as part of a flight.

This beer is very hoppy all the way through. It is a bit one note, but it is a good note. Right away, I get flowers and citrus rind to varying degrees of bitterness all the way through the taste. It has a medium/heavy body which could potentially be a problem if you were tackling a whole bomber on your own, but it isn't bothersome in a single pour and didn't kill my palette.

Like this beer a lot. While not complex, it wears its flavors well.

soze47, Jun 05, 2011
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type : bomber bottle purchased in california while on vacation. Poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance : pours a hazy amber color . Aggressive pour will lead to a nicewell developed head .

Smell: Very floral aromas Lots of citrus and pine . Just what i am looking for when I buy an ipa.

Taste: this beer is great representation of style lots of pure hoppiness and very well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer would love to have a regular basis . Coming straight from a hophead I really recommend anyone who is looking to try this beer

BUNZILLA, May 26, 2011
Photo of mater
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Golden amber color with a nice 2 finger head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S-As soon as I open the bomber I get blasted with citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange peel are very noticeable, pine also.

T-Hops, Grapefruit and more pine than the nose indicates. Little bit of caramel malts. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

T-Nothing outstanding, just a good solid mouthfeel.

O-This beer is excellent. One of the best DIPA"s I've had. Big thanks to badboyrsl84 hooking me up with this.

mater, May 25, 2011
Photo of whitemomba
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my 22oz bottle into my FFF glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orange color. Vigorous pour leaves about a finger length of head that leaves pretty quick. Lots of lacing here. Looks very sticky.

S - Not much on the nose for me. I get mostly pine and some grapefruit.

T - Big hop flavor right from the start. Mostly piney hops. The hops take over your palate. Some sweetness and grapefruit on the end. Lots of flavor here. I like it.

M - Pretty syrupy. Dry on the aftertaste. Very good body and carbonation here. Slightly creamy.

O - Very good. Pretty bitter but i enjoy that. One of the better IIPA's ive tried.

whitemomba, May 23, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into....You guessed it my Darkness snifter.

Pour looks like a burnt honey color with a bit of off white head. My eyes light up with the smell. Sticky hop wrapped in pine and covered with some good old sweet citrus. Lovely. Carbonation is about what you want in a ipa. Not overly and certainly not under. Get the nice hop bite but it quickly goes away. Initially thought it may be aggressive but I was wrong. Very solid beer. Easy to drink even at 8%.

TheDudeRules, May 23, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Surly pint glass. Big thanks goes out to DearthVader for this surprise box.

A- Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger fluffy head with a great amount of retention.

S- Good amount of pine, followed by some pink grapefruit, lemon and a small amount of caramel malt

T- Massive amount of citrus hops hit the taste buds as well as pine and grass. Lot’s of grapefruit, lemon peel, mandarin, ripe mango and pineapple. There is a hint of caramel malt in the background, but the hops definitely take the drivers seat.

M- Medium carbonation with a slightly oily and sticky mouth feel. Very drinkable. Finishes dry leaving your taste buds crave more.

O- This is an amazing representation of a West Coast IPA. . This beer is all about the variety of hops and by no means a balanced DIPA. Can’t wait to try Duet. Thanks again Brian!

iadler, May 20, 2011
Photo of ccm414
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle...

A- I had kind of a heavy pour that produced a 3-4 finger head. Bubbles appear to be average in size with some larger ones attached to the glass. A mix of consistenct (partially my own fault). Has a nice golden/straw color with some haze. Leaves a nice uniform lace of the larger bubbles.

S- More piney hops at the beginning, but some floral hops are definitely noticable. I was really expecting an over abundance from the smell (the name IS pure hoppiness), but maybe it will be in the taste. Some light malt noticed, certainly an afterthought though.

T- Grain soaked in hop resin. Citrusy in the body, grapefruit and lemon rind. Some lighter floral hops, but mainly piney and bitter (a good bitter). The grassy, hoppy flavors linger throughout the finish.

M- Medium bodied, coats the pallet. Lightly carbonated with its bittersweet finish.

D- This IPA is a nice representation of the west coast beer scene. Living in New England (thank you to my brother for the beer!) I really like to see these flavors. I would grab for another if it were available.


ccm414, May 19, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for being awesome and sharing this bottle.

A- Orange-amber hue with a nice creamy, frothy white head. Size of about two fingers and decent retention. Nice webbed lace runs down the glass.

S- Nice peach tropical fruit note comes off the top with a big presence of pine and citrus zest. Yeast bread and a bit of malt round it out.

T- Hops come off with pine first, then some peach/tropical fruit, citrus fruit/zest and some floral in the end. Balanced out nicely by yeast notes, mostly bread, and some caramel malt.

MF- Creamy moderately thick feel with a nice smooth carbonation. Bitterness level is right down the middle and feels right with the flavors

Not the biggest DIPA in the world but it packs nice flavors and drinks very well. Not overly bitter and the hop profile displays brewing skill instead of just dumping in a bag full of hops.

cbutova, May 18, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber poured to New Belgium globe

Pours a burnt orange that glows beautifully. Aggressive pour creates a 2 finger head of off white foam. Leaves a decent amount of lacing throughout.

Smell is great with gobs of citrus hops, unripe tangerines, mango, and a slight malty sweetness.

Taste is exactly what you'd expect after the smell. Upfront with the tangerine and mango, then overwhelmed with citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Finishes dry, just how I like.

Alpine has created my benchmark for IIPA. This was my first experience with Alpine and now I am itching for more.

DearthVader, May 17, 2011
Photo of ghetto90007
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a golden amber, with a tidy, silky, off-white head about two fingers thick. Slight haze. Substantial lacing. Juicy and resilient head.

Smells amazing. Floral, citrus and pine hops and notes of bubble gum (?) sweetness. Smells just delicious.

Nice grainy malt character underpins this brew, with a variety of hop flavors coming out of it. Bitterness, a pungent earthy flavor, some funkiness like overcooked greens lurks in the background. Some herbal qualities. Fresh produce - seriously. Some sweet malt flavors come in, muted caramel, and a fleeting fruit like sweetness. Flavors clear and there is just citrus rind like hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The carbonation seems to work through this brew in a very balanced way as the mouthfeel is quite soft and smooth.

An enjoyable and in some ways surprising beer. Drinkable and delicious.

ghetto90007, May 13, 2011
Photo of aval89
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Beverages4Less in Santee, Ca.

A: pours a deep golden color almost honey.. got a 2 finger head.. leaves nice lacing..

S: sweet tangerines, mild grapefruit & some lemon peel.. fresh cut grass & pine as well. Touch of doughy breadiness .. but dominant aroma is the citrus!

T: more of those sweet tangerines upfront.. some malt comes through.. mid palate is bitter grapefruit.. nice amount of hop bite.. finish is a lingering lemon peel flavor with some citrus still hanging around.. semi dry finish .

As the beer warms tropical fruits come in to play.. nice!!

Mf: spot on carbonation with a medium body..
Alcohol is minimal in this one.. but does leave a bit of warming in the mouth..

O: great beer! Another imoressive Alpine brew!

aval89, May 12, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4.12.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange, but clears rather quickly. 1 finger cream colored head with good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like pine and grass.

T- Like pine hops and citrusy.

D- Very smooth and drinkable, a slight bitterness lingers for a bit.

O- I would drink this anytime, anyplace.

HuskyinPDX, May 12, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on an Alpine thirst, and this beer is by far the best IPA i have ever had.

Served into a tulip glass.

Color: It glows a honey orange with a bit of haziness. Its beautifully carbonated for an IPA and it develops a nice head as you pour it into a your glass.

Nose: A gorgeous bouquet of fresh hops and dry hop hit the senses first followed by ripe apricots, peaches, and grape fruit. Mellow wet forrest smells appear near the end of your nosing.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Plenty of stuff going on on the tongue: you get hit with the dry hop followed by some moist pine and sweet fruit. Truly complex and bursting with flavor.

Finish: Long and spectacular! layered and layered to perfection. Balanced, yet overwhelmingly hoped. Just blows you away. An IPA lover's dream beer.

schmoopsbeer, May 10, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to poniell for sharing

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a fluffy, bubbly white head. Retains well with some film and a nice collar around the glass, plenty of patchy lacing.

Stiff scents of explosive hops with juicy tendencies. Fruit sweetness and fainter biscuit malts. Grapefruit and a slight touch of alcohol.

Bold hop flavor right off the bat with a blast of grapefruit and pine bitterness. The beer takes hold of your taste buds with drying hops, relieved by some notes of fruit. Bready malt backbone stays out of the way but still delivers some light sweetness. Finishes bitter, dry, hoppy, and with a very soft hit of booze.

Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sticky, dry, and unrelenting on the tongue. This is a fantastic DIPA, and one which provides a true hop attack without too much residual sweetness, booze, or malt.

xnicknj, May 07, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: It pours an amber color with orange hues. Big two finger white with good retention and lacing.

S: Very hoppy up front with notes of grapefruit and oranges. A little bit of toasty malt, but nothing off the charts. There are some resinous pine notes that waft from the glass on the backside as it warms.

T: A nice blast from the hops begins the show with grapefruit and citrus notes. The malt makes itself known mid palate with some nice toast and spice. It finishes with a pine cone bitterness really dry and lip smacking.

M: Medium bodied and luscious carbonation.

O: Another great beer from Alpine Beer Company. Huge hops and nice malt balance. Seek this one out for sure.

Neffbeer, May 03, 2011
Photo of ejyoung
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into Deschutes tulip.

Tangerine color with silky white head that falls into a slim ring around the glass with plenty of lacing.

Smells like I just opened a packet of hops to put into a homebrew. Huge hop aroma of grapefruit, grass, orange peel and some pine.

Taste follows up the hop aroma. Like taking the open packet of hops and eating it. Grapefruit is big and pine plays a lesser note. The malt sweetness of a DIPA is there, but not nearly as prevalent as other DIPAs.

Medium-light to medium body that is very smooth. Low carbonation - maybe just this bottle but I need a little more.

Great DIPA overall. Would drink this more if it was easily available to me.

ejyoung, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bomber purchased from The Best Damn Bottle Shop in San Diego. Pulled from the back from their latest deliver. Served in a pint glass one day after purchase.

For the hop head, as perfect a beer as you could get. The color is golden with a touch of red. The head starts out plentiful and fades to a wispy film. Retention is fair, but lace is sticky and copious. A moderate amount of tiny carbonation bubbles. Aroma is a wonderful balance of grapefruit and caramel with the citrus taking a slight edge. Soft to medium soft mouthfeel and medium body. Flavor is a lot like the aroma, but more emphasis on the hops. Not overly sweet like many DIPAs, but on the dry side. Mild and long bitter finish. Spectacular.

LittleDon, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

Alieniloquium, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: red amber with a light very fluffy head about half inch thick. Incredible lacing on this and the head completely suctions onto the glass. looks sticky...

s: big pop of pine and earth followed quickly by a sweet citrus. Immediately getting the standard of grapefruit but I'm also getting peach, tangerine and/or a wonder tropical scent of mango. There is some real sweetness in here.

t: look out for the malt after the initial hoppiness. this was like a sneak attack on my senses...for a beer called pure hoppiness i expected a hop bomb on the palette, though it is actually rather light on the hop. It is an incredible pine flavor, but not nearly as pronounced as I anticipated. The malts however...very subtle but definitely there in the middle. sweet almond nuttiness with a smoky flavor of burnt caramel and vanilla. Incredible. Wish it was a bit stronger but these flavors are amazingly well balanced. finishes with the fruit flavors you'd expect from the nose.

As this warms, picking up more and more of malty sweetness and a very pronounced orange flavor. My god...

m: sticky like syrup and feels amazing. I really would like more fizz here as it feels like there isn't much here. It would probably make the flavors feel like they were popping more. I get a small fizz at the end, but by then it is too late.

o: great double...I can't say I was expecting the maltiness though I'm so happy it isn't a strong one like a hercules double IPA. this is very well balanced and the malts are very complimentary of the delicious citrus and pine notes. there is some real tropical flavor in here as well and another tremendous West Coast flavor I wish I could get more of. Will definitely try to make this happen again at some point down the road.

Preismj, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a Golden color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Good lacing

S- Has wonderful pine notes with some hops aroma mixed in, Im catching some nice citrus and grain notes also

T- HAs a super clean start, with some cirtus hops in the middle then finish's with a nice malty hoppness that is like your walking through a pine forest.

M-Medium Bodied, with good carbonation

D-Overall i was very pleased by this beer. Thought this was just going to be One BIG HOP bomb(which isn' bad, just kinda boring sometimes), but i was pleasently surprised that your still got the Hops flavor i love but mixed in was a grassy pine explosion that balanced quite well. Love this beer and will trade for again.

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear dark gold with a slight amber hue. Fluffy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film, leaving patchy lacing.

N- Fresh pine needles and dank hop resins fill the nostrils. Some citrus brightens it up, and toasty grain keeps it balanced.

T- Clean sweet toasty grain dripping with piny hop resins. Juicy citrus quenches the thirst as grassy, herbal hop bitterness balances the rich malt. Hop oils completely coat the mouth and throat, leading to a long piny/grassy/herbal bittersweet finish. Toasty grain, grass, and pine resin in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, sticky, moderate carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, just an incredible treat. This beer can hold its own with the best of them. Dangerously drinkable and thirst quenching. A staple beer for me, and a must have for anyone who loves hops.

KevinBrewer, Apr 19, 2011
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.