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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,193
Gots: 155 | FT: 10
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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 Beerandraiderfan


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Gearing up for the DIPA fest tomorrow, here's some notes from last year's. Pours a good dark yellow, kinda like when you've been partying or working out real hard.

Aroma, pure hops. Taste, a decent sweet yeast is a nice touch in addition to the obviously very hopped beer. Malt isn't too heavy, a nice dipa at 8%, as sessionable as they get for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, the sweetness which I'm guessing may be a less frequent yeast strain than I'm used to in dipas, nice touch.

02-06-2010 07:39:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of snpub540


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured an orangish, light golden hue into my pint glass. Nice fluffy white 2 finger head that had some nice retention and left a nice trail down the glass.

Smell was like sticking my nose straight into a bag of hop pellets. Very floral and fruity smelling. Pine, grass, citrus notes were all ther in a very pleasing smell.

Taste was slightly sweet upfront, then an onslaught of delicious hop flavor. Again very grassy, a little grapefruit, and a dry bitter pine finish. For all the hop flavor in there it is not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and seemes to coat the entire palate. Drinkability is great because it is so smooth and crisp. I am going to have to pick up some more of these because it was addicting.

01-27-2010 22:05:08 | More by snpub540
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

Another great offering from Alpine Beer Company!

Very similar to the Duet IPA in appearance. A thick, one inch worth of head is produced upon the medium amber hue. Lacing just sticks to the glass.

Prominent tropical fruit/floral aroma with some undertones of pine and citrus fruits. Very pleasant, mellow, and fresh aroma.

Taste echoes the nose quite nicely. Very balanced with just enough malt presence to keep the hops in check. Absolutely no harshness or excessive lingering from the hops, and packed with tropical fruit and pine flavor.

Creamy, medium/high carbonation that just envelopes the mouth. It is almost too good to swallow.

Highly sip-able and coupled with the fresh hop flavor and creamy mouthfeel makes this DIPA's drinkability impressive to say the least.

01-21-2010 23:15:56 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman


4.78/5  rDev +9.1%

this beer is awesome!

solid dark color with a nice floral and malty aroma with a solid palatable brew to follow. very enjoyable. solid white head retention with good lacing and very drinkable!

i recommend again and again!

the one problem i do find is i wish there was a more prominent malt finishing to the beer to go with the abv. otherwise i LOVE THIS BEER!

01-15-2010 06:26:25 | More by PhiGDeltaBrewman
Photo of Sean9689


4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Finally getting around to this one after having just about everything else from them. 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours gold with a barley half a fingers worth of white head. There's some bubbles here and there along the edge of the glass and a thin film on top.

S - A nice piney citrus aroma mixed in with a hoppy bitterness. Not over-the-top, but enough to let you know this DIPA means business.

T - Much the same as the nose. Lots of pine, citrus, hops, and bitter notes. A slight touch of malt on the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth.

D - An nice DIPA that I could several times in one session. Easier to drink then Expo for me, and more "down the middle of the road" compared to the uber-hoppy Expo.

01-09-2010 21:16:22 | More by Sean9689
Photo of Kaiser81


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%

Had a pint @ O'Brien's on 1/7/10

A - Golden color with a small ring of head. No real lacing of note left on my glass, which i found surprising for an IPA from Alpine.

S - floral and grassy hop notes. There are some light citrus aromas too; possibly navel oranges. A sweet malt backbone balances the hops out.

T - Hops characterized by grapefruit up front. There is a malty/sweet taste mid-palate, but the grapefruit comes back and lingers at the end.

M - Light body with good amount of carbonation. Nice.

D - I could definitely drink another, and then another.

I had a bottle of this, and thought it was better out of the bottle. A more vigorous pour lead to much more aromas and taste, in my opinion, then what was served on tap.

01-09-2010 06:48:59 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of Gtreid


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Big thanks to dgb3 for this one. 22 oz. bombler poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Hazy, dark gold color. The pour produced a quarter of white sand colored head that retained well and left great sticky lace. Impressive.

A: Holy hop explosion! Huge grapefruit,orange and pineapple. I get a small sweetness from the pale malt, but the hops really shine.

T: As expected. Great citrus hop flavor with a small malt backbone. Really diggin the hop flavor. It finishes very dry and bitter, as it should, with almost no hint of the alcohol.

M: Medium body and good amount of carbonation. Rather sharp on the back end, nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty solid. Overall, really, really good IPA. One of the better west coast offerings IMO. Wish I had more. Skal.

01-06-2010 22:18:58 | More by Gtreid
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

I got this brew from Smokepot23 for winning SNF Squares Week 11, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that settled down but still left a thick sheet of sticky lacing.
Citrus and earthy hop aroma is a smell to behold.
Great blast of hops with enough of a malt background to keep things in check.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
Easy to drink.

01-06-2010 01:19:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Lunch


4.18/5  rDev -4.6%

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn Snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a golden hued rusty amber color with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin. I can detect tones of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine including tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The malt backbone is a semi-sweet biscuit and bread with some caramel layers. I'm really enjoying the malt character from these Alpine IPA/DIPAs.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no real trace whatsoever of the 8% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this a very nice American DIPA from Alpine, but I must say that I may have a preference for Duet (IPA) over this, but that is not to say that this is not a really nice beer. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

01-04-2010 16:32:30 | More by Lunch
Photo of berkey


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz bottle courtesy of dannyhipps. Thanks again buddy for making this happen! Beer Karma shall smile on you soon, I guarantee it. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Body is considerably darker in color than typical for an IIPA, somewhere between amber and mahogany with a moderate haze. This one is topped by a fairly large, amazingly persistent, rocky off white head. This style can be quite a sight to behold and this in another great one.

Nose starts off with a shot of tangerine and other citrusy hop aromas, pine needles, and a dry clean bitterness. Malt sweetness is a little buried but you can still pick it out with a deep whiff so I'm not complaining at all. There's no freshness date listed but from the way it smells this can only be at the pinnacle of freshness.

I was hoping for just a continuation of the great aroma on the taste but was greeted with that and more. Big citrus and pine are joined by a pungent and leafy dry bitterness which is backed by a sweet yet clean bready malt profile.

Something about this beer begs you to throw it down your throat, it's just too drinkable. I'm the slowest beer drinker that I know but I had to stop myself from chugging the stuff.

Overall one of the better West Coast Hop Bombs I've tried in quite some time. I don't always drink hoppy beers, but if this were more easily available it would definitely be a regular in my fridge. ISO more Alpine Brews!

01-04-2010 00:36:19 | More by berkey
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

A ton of thanks to msubulldog25 for his considerate inclusion of this bottle in a recent trade. Couldn't wait to try this. Pours an orange-leaning gold color, with an inch-thick head, soapy-looking and with lots of bubbles rushing up to meet it. Only mildly hop-hazed. Splats of lace streak the glass.

Prying off the cap, a huge wave of orange aroma hits the nose. It remains potent in the glass, along with grapefruit/lemon rind, a hint of spearmint...and more orange. Not a ton of malt backup in evidence, but so far this beer makes good on its name.

Tart fruit, citrus rind and a somewhat sharp pine character are swirled together in the flavor, and while it doesn't have a ton of depth (the malt presence is dialed down), it somehow avoids becoming too harsh in terms of bitterness or tongue-slashing extremity. An almost vanilla ice cream-like sweetness gives an orangesicle vibe. Ultimately, everything is balanced, fairly straightforward, and, most importantly, tasty.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy or syrupy as expected. Has a lighter, breezy vibe that is fairly uncommon for the style, with gentle but very present carbonation. Lacks some stickiness too...but this somewhat unremarkable texture is a double-edged sword, working in the favor of the beer's overall palatability. And there's no question that the hops go above and beyond the call of duty and deliver what the name promises.

It doesn't always follow that "hoppiness is happiness," but in this case it definitely does. Thanks again, Brian!

01-03-2010 21:01:04 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of DrJay


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

Gold in colour with a bit of haze. The beer was capped by a half inch of fine white foam that left a smidge of lace on the glass. Good head retention. Intense hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus peel/oil. Solid bitterness with lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and slightly spicy hop flavour. There was just enough malt to keep it from completely drying out. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol and a light hop dryness. Smooth carbonation that was average in quantity, nice texture. There's a ton of hops in there, but still comes across as balanced. Great aroma and flavour.

01-02-2010 23:50:17 | More by DrJay
Photo of billab914


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours an amber color wit ha thick white two finger foamy head. nice head retention and excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy as expected,very floral with lots of citrus and pine. Taste is all about the hops as well, like the nose pine and citrus dominate. The finish has a good amount of pine and bitterness to it with a decent amount of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, if you like west coast DIPA's then this will be a drinkable beer for you.

Overall another outstanding hoppy beer from Alpine. I liked Nelson better then Duet and now Pure Hoppyness better then Nelson. I can't wait to try the Expo hoppyness I have coming.

01-01-2010 01:05:11 | More by billab914
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District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Danke in advance.

Nice looking amber color with a small off-white head. Fairly nice lacing.

Nose is monstrous citrus hops. A really sweet aroma mixed in there too - cookies and toffee. Light oak, maple syrup, raisins, apricot and pineapple. Nose is not nearly as drying as some of the West Coast IPAs.

Flavor follows through with the hops and drying flavors coming through in the back of the mouth. Piney hops dominate with a toffee backbone. Light pineapple again, kind of bizarre for an IPA.

Medium body, works for the style.

Just a delicious fantastic brew. Maybe not quite on the level of the unique AleSmith IPA or archetypal Pliny the Elder that I also got from Joey, but really delicious nonetheless.

12-31-2009 01:41:45 | More by soupyman10
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev 0%

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a deep orange with a long lasting, sticky white head. The nose is grapefruit, pine and tropical fruit. The flavor is heavy on sweet tropical fruit with a chaser of grapefruit. The beer is full bodied and has a creamy feel to it. I liked this beer, but it is not the hop bomb I was expecting.
edit: I had another bottle last night and it was amazing. The room filled with pine scents as soon as I popped the top. The flavor was much "pinier" than the last time, and it was more sticky. I don't know if it was just bottle variation, but the bottle I had last night was great.

12-29-2009 22:49:49 | More by bonkers
Photo of Mora2000


4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

Pours a light orange color with a white head. The first thing that hits you in the aroma is hops, with tons of pine and citrus in the nose. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor is outstanding. Tons of orange citrus with a little pine and grapefruit. This is one complex hop bomb. Medium carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable and I wish this available in Texas.

12-29-2009 19:06:58 | More by Mora2000
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

Christmas present from sister-in-law, sent from southern California. Close to perfect west coast IPA and I'm consider myself a discerning IPA fan, partial to west coast hops and malts. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, yet have to meet the minimum character limit. I'm not sure how to define drinkability or mouthfeel, and really who cares what the beer looks like, but it looked fine. Citrusy hops, well balanced. I'd love to drink it every day.

12-26-2009 02:52:05 | More by cbniles
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4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

Fresh 22oz bomber poured out into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pure amber liquid with a thick egg-white-like ivory head with sticky (even rocky) lacing and superior retention. Faint oily legs.

Popping the cap unleashes an intense array of hop aromatics - an immediate shift in the air akin to the scent that precedes a tornado. Bringing the glass to my nose I'm met with evergreen, mint, orange zest, and a bit of sweet alcohol esters and guava or maybe pineapple.

This is not the hop-bomb I was first expecting on the palate. The hops provide a great deal of flavor but the bitterness is held in check by clean rich malt. Not as fruit-laden as Sculpin but similarly impressive in its balance despite being so hopped. The finish is fairly dry, and there is a floral woodsy aftertaste.

Almost medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Excellent carbonation. Very refreshing and crisp without any limitations on its drinkability by the alcohol.

Perfectly executed as is everything I've tried thus far from Alpine.

12-25-2009 23:48:10 | More by augustgarage
Photo of DogFood11


4.6/5  rDev +5%

Brown bottled bomber poured into a oversized wine glass. Light shade of copper body with plenty of speckled lace left behind.

Hmmmm its fairly unique for a DIPA in that its got the one-sided hop factor but its complex. Most DIPA's I come across jam a hop down your throat and call it good which I respect and love. This tugs ya in the bitter direction then eases ya into a sweetened hard candy middle. The finish dry's up nicely and lingers about the palate until you decide to drink again.

Notes: I would search this out high and low. Its not a blow you away brew. If your into complexity and skilled brewing this is one you must try.

12-24-2009 06:33:36 | More by DogFood11
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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%

A - Beautiful orange-tinged gold with a dense, two finger, rocky, creamy white head. Excellent retention with moderate-high lacing. Surging carbonation at first settling to a subtle champagne-like effervescence.

S - Hoppy aroma jumps out as soon as the bottle cap is popped. Nice citrus, floral, pineapple nose with some pine and malt in the background.

T - Bright and fresh floral hops, with apricot and citrus fruit coming through loud and clear, with subdued pineapple and caramel malts. A hint of salt water taffy springs up here and there and there is just the most fleeting hint of coconut. Mellow pine lingers at the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth and slightly oily feel. Once it settles down the carbonation is fairly light to medium.

D - I think I'm in love... many mistresses have I. Very drinkable.

12-24-2009 01:35:13 | More by JTahoe
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Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

Another hook up from augustgarage. Thanks!!!

22oz into Chouffe tulip.

A- A shimmering, amazing, vibrant goldenrod beer, with a creamy head that laces and settles to a half-finger of snowy goodness. Really impressive pour.

S- Nose is grassy, lemony, soapy? No, not soapy.. but floral and light. Lemons and limes. Hmm.

T- Hoppy! Grapefruit wallop. Mild pine, some tangerine. Very good. A really tasty DIPA. Not overdone, not a hop grenade... extremely refined and hits all the right notes, with no ill-conceived elements. I'm impressed. Most DIPAs are hopped with little regard to how they interact. This one was masterfully crafted.

M- Awesome. Perfect amount of malt.. not enough to cross over and interfere with the hops... truly pure hoppiness. I've never had a cleaner presentation of hops in a DIPA. Seriously.

D- Insane. Keep 'em coming.. I could drink a growler of this, a case of this, a keg of this and ask for more. Unreal... damn you, Cali DIPAs... damn you! You're so tasty!

12-22-2009 23:33:20 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Gorgeous bronze pour with a 2 finger head which receded slowly leaving a nice set of lacing.

S: Smells like a pine forest filled with flowery hops and a faint pineapple.

T: Hops, hops, and hops. A wonderful blend of in your face hops with citrus undertones. On second drink could taste a small bit of pineapple up front as soon as it hit the tongue.

M: Very clean, moderate carbs

D: Unless you choose to intentionally drink it slow this beer will be gone quickly. Extremely drinkable.

Overall an outstanding beer from Alpine Beer Company.

12-18-2009 01:09:23 | More by Sixofsigmas
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Much thanks to joepais for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle bright, clear orange-gold with two fingers of rocky white head.

Hoppy aroma of pineapple, flowers, and pine followed by more pineapple, grapefruit and pine. To be fair, the caramel malt presence isn't bad either.

The taste is a beautiful medley of floral hops, pine, and sweet caramel malts. Well-balanced with a clean finish. The 8% alcohol is well-hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with a moderate carbonation.

This is a terrific IIPA from Alpine. So drinkable and so tasty.

12-16-2009 01:16:35 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Pecorasc


4.58/5  rDev +4.6%

22 oz bomber as an extra from Floydster. poured into an oversized tulip glass. no date on the bottle.

A- creamy white head immediately leaves lacing as it shrinks down to a thin layer of foam. deep gold to reddish. fantastic clarity. appears moderately to aggressively carbonated. great lacing.

S- pine needles and tree sap dominate, complemented by orange and orange rind with sweet malt, almost honey-like.

T- pine trees and citrus. a strong malt base, but not overpowering the hop character. sort of reminds me of sweet tarts.

M- perfect. viscous, but carbonated enough to make the bitterness pop.

D- don't need to wait very long for the next mouthful, no sipping this one. fast drinking 8%.

Fantastic DIPA. I drank Alpine AND I went to bed.

12-08-2009 05:26:03 | More by Pecorasc
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

bottle courtesy of kbm

S: Grapefruits, multiple citrus, melons dancing out of glass. Very appealing.

A: Light orange to yellow. Normal white carb.

T: Piney and citrusy hops. More pine in taste than smell. Appropriate malt to back up hops. A little light on the malt, which is how I like it.

M: Right amount of carb and malt fullness

D: Extremely easy drinking and refreshing

O: Solid. Like Pliny's little southern california protege. Did like their Nelson Rye a bit better. Haven't had their Exponential Hoppiness yet for comparison.

12-07-2009 03:07:26 | More by bret27
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