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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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2,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,184
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 MarkIntihar
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Third and final Alpine bottle of the night, polishing off the awesome trio that Brett sent my way. Poured from the bottle into my comically huge CBS glass. Yes, poured into the glass in one shot.

A - Pours a beautiful orange with just a hint of yellow to it as I hold it to the light. Also pours with a finger plus of cream colored head. Not as perfectly translucent as the previous two from this evening, with a bit of cloudiness that seems to give the beer more body. Head retention is nice, once again keeping about half a finger's worth throughout the experience.

S - Hop bomb. Pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, everything I want from a DIPA and more. The nose on this beer is astounding, with a huge hit of aromatic hops with a perfect blend between the pine and citrus characteristics.

T - Taste follows perfectly from the nose. A superb blend of piney and citrusy hops, with a fruit backbone that continues through the entire duration of the sip. A nice cleansing bitter finish, which I obviously did not detect in the nose, but is altogether pleasant, though I'd hoped for more balance. As I swish this beer around in my mouth, the balance seems to fade a bit and the bitter hops come through more pronounced.

M - Alcohol is slightly harsh at first, but not to the point where it is off-putting. The bitter finish, however, leaves an almost stinging feeling on the tongue. My one gripe with this beer.

O - Overall an excellent beer, and one I will definitely go back to when given the opportunity.

Photo of nataku00
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark but vibrant orange, clear, with a finger of white head consisting of large open bubbles. Head recedes to a layer of big bubbles covering the surface of the beer with some decent lacing. Some light carbonation visible, a bubble here and there.

Nose has some sweet orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a bit of light fresh pine mixed in. Caramel and light grains round out the aroma. Would have like a little more strength to it though.

Taking a sip, fresh grapefruit right away, peel and pith providing some additional bitterness, some light orange and tropical fruit flavors follow, pineapple and mango. Really light malt backbone on the flavor, barest minimum caramel malt near the back of the tongue trying to offset the citrus peel and pith that really dominates the flavor. Finishes dry with lingering citrus.

Medium body, oily and slick on the tongue with a little bit of small bubble carbonation that pricks briefly on the tongue. Decently smooth delivery of hop flavor on the tongue. A very good DIPA, though the aroma was a little lacking for this bottle.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jerryfreak for this bottle from the N00B round 6 BIF.

A: Pours an amazing deep gold/amber. There are more orange and yellow hues than reds. A vigorous pours produces a frothy white head of mainly larger bubbles.

S: Smells like pure pine and lemon. I'm blown away. the Citrus is dialed down, but the pine is huge in this beer.

T: There seems to be very little malt profile in this beer. It starts off bitter with a punch of lemon, but the pine flavors shine through right after. It's basically a huge hop bomb. The finish is dray and bittersweet. The finish is the first time I taste the malt coming through. A tiny bit of booze in the finish, too.

M: Medium bodied beer that starts and finishes dry.

O: This beer is a hop head's dream. The hoppy bitters are never overpowering, but it's full on pine and citrus. Another winner from Alpine

Photo of waltersrj
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (from srandycarter).

Pour: Dark, deep amber with a great orange hue and a fluffy white head.

Nose: Intense pine and citrus fruits, mainly pineapple and grapefruit with a great caramel malt smell.

Taste: Once again, a grapefruit and pineapple citrus blast with a sharp pine bite and a soothing caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately oily and viscous for the style. The lacing is great on the glass.

Overall: Fantastic IIPA. Believe the hype...Slpine makes fantastically hoppy west coast style IIPA's. Great stuff, thanks Randy!

Photo of axeman9182
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Alpine Pure Hoppiness pours somewhere between tangerine and orange, with just a little bit of haze to it. There's about a finger of white foam serving as a head. Head retention is not bad, but lacing is fairly spotty. The nose is a complete hop bomb. It's a citrus-tropical overload, with pineapple and grapefruit shining through in particular. Orange and mango show up as well. There's just a barely there flash of sweetness at the start, before a loud, yet pleasant bitter bite briefly take over. The last flavor to come is a spot on recreation of that incredible hop bouquet from the nose. The body is nice and light, but with a certain creaminess to it that you don't always find in IPAs. The carbonation is fairly bubbly, adding a liveliness to the beer and the hops in particular. This is right up there with Nelson for inclusion in my top 5 IPA/IIPas, and cements Alpine as one of, if not the best breweries when it comes to hoppy beers.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ren, comes through again on this one! Thanks buddy!

APPEARANCE: The Pure Hoppiness pours a bright, brilliantly clear yellow-orange-ish color with a nice half-inch head that sticks around for quite some time. A boat load of bubbles continuously rises from the bottom of the glass as well. The lacing is outstanding.

SMELL: A very strong and piney, hoppy aroma is immediately present upon opening the bottle. A bigger sniff reveals a malty background aroma and some sugary smells.

TASTE: Wow. This is a big, tasty beer. A hoppy and citrusy bitterness hits the palate up front as a malty sweetness and more piney hop flavor slowly builds towards the end of the sip. A decent, bitter, grapefruit, hoppy kick at the very end of the sip provides a much a solidly dry finish, setting the palate up for the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Despite all of the lively looking bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass, the Pure Hoppiness is not as sparkling as I expected it to be. It is rather flat, in fact. It is fairly oily, but not mouthcoating at all as it finishes quite clean and dry. It also sits very lightly.

OVERALL: This is a solid Double IPA. It is very well balanced and I can appreciate a big, hoppy DIPA with a focus on the hops and not so much the malt. At 8%, this is quite an easy-drinker and it is very refreshing.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (thanks Brianthebrewer) poured into a tulip glass:

A: Pours golden orange, mostly clear, with just over 2-fingers of extremely tight white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S: Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T: Not as big and bright up front as the nose suggested, Slightly muted orange and grapefruit with a good amount of pine (not overly bitter though) and a solid pale malt base that seems a little breadier than the average DIPA. Hop profile become more dank and herbal as it warms. Just a touch of sweetness comes through. Dry and somewhat resinous finish, though again not that bitter. This definitely gets better as it warms. Very balanced hop flavor and just plain enjoyable.

M: Medium to slightly full body, fairly smooth, light carbonation. It doesn't seem to have that clean and crisp finish I like in my 8% DIPAs, though there isn't any unpleasant astringency.

O: A really good DIPA that is close to greatness. I could see how this could be amazing on tap with more carbonation and livelier hop presence/punch. That said, it definitely is a DIPA that needs to warm up. Close to room temp it's much more "ripe". Perhaps I need to next trade for fresh growlers to see if this can be an A+ DIPA.

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. Slight smell of caramel from the malt along with some fruit.

Taste: A lot more bitterness than the smell would have suggested. Citrus peel hops along with a note of pine. The malt balances things out a bit, but the hops dominate. The finish is bitter and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA. I just started trading, and have had an abundance of wonderful IPA's. This one is up there with the best of them.

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

Sampled this on-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego a week ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a paper-thin layer of dense, white foam on-top (it was filled to the brim). The body is crystal clear and polished gold in color. Fantastic lacing: a crusty, web-like skeleton stretched across the entire glass. Nice head retention too! Very well done.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, herbal pine, and pepper come to mind first. A mellow malt backbone sits underneath, adding a consistent caramel-y sweetness to each whiff. Lime zest adds to the mix, contributing a succinct bite. Complex and hop-forward.

Taste: Pine resin, pineapple, caramel, and earth dominated the first few sips, making for a sweet, prickly, and very bitter experience. In time, however, my palate acclimated, and I began noticing mango. Oddly enough, juniper and mint also found their way into the mix, though I may have mistaken those as alcoholic esters. Bold, hop-forward, and dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Dry, prickly, and warm, with great mouth-coating and long-lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style; residual sweetness reduces palate stress.

Overall: An interesting and iconic example of the west coast imperial IPA. Always worthy of consideration.

Photo of kevanb
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hop monster pours a dark copper color, reminiscent of honey or a softer amber. It has a nice big thick head with large soapy bubbles at the summit that leaves behind exceptional lacing and has really nice retention, a big layer of soapy film completely covers the top of the beer all the way down. Massive citrus notes burst from the glass, tropical aromas of mango, pineapple compliment the lighter citrus elements followed by a strong backing earthy pine and bitter resins with just the faintest biscuit aroma and some rye or caraway notes. Citrus again leads the way on the tongue, mango, pineapple and almost some peach come forward too, bitter resinous pine and earthy tones with rye and biscuit brining up the back end. It certainly is a journey of flavors that starts bright and juicy and finishes dry, dank and bitter. Great body, very juicy while still being crisp and dry at the finish, perfectly compliments the flavors and no sign of alcohol even at 8%.

Verdict: Amazing hop bouquet, great balance with the complex variety of flavors and great dry bitter finish. One of the best examples of a west coast IPA, a treat to have each and every time.

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of crisp and clean pine, light grapefruit, other citrus fruits, and also features some slight floral notes. The flavors are an array of grapefruit, clean pine, slight malty sweetness and a hoppy, bitter finish. It isn't overly sticky and is a pretty nice drinker. Overall this is another nice IPA from Alpine, but I preferred Nelson to Exponential Hoppiness.

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,184 ratings.