Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
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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 bhalter8
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to unclejedi who included this, among other fresh IPAs from Cali in the 2009 Great BIF Race. Pours a vibrant amber color with a hearty one finger white head. At 8%, and having brewed some of these myself, when I see a DIPA that has this clarity, and bright amber color, I am impressed. The aroma is an absolute delicious citrus hop explosion. There are some floral and pine hints, but this one definitely has some of my favorite American hop varieties in it to produce such a lip smacking citrus aroma. Taste follows much what the aroma would indicate. A nice punch of citrus hop bitterness is not overwhelmed by the sweet malt backbone. I like my hops right front and forward, and thats what this beer has. A nice slick mouthfeel, due to high hop usage I assume. Amazingly, with this high hop profile, the beer remains incredibly drinkable, not to mention I am still stunned by the 8% ABV. Just an incredible drinking DIPA, I was surprised by exactly how much I enjoyed it. Glad I enjoyed this fresh, just wish I could do so on a consistent basis.

Photo of callmescraps
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Bistro. Reviewed off notes.

Appearance - A light copper color, with a very small head. Really just a thin ring. Laces slightly.

Smell - Nice. Some tropical fruit going on. Mango and apricot, definitely. Also grassy and herbal on the end.

Taste - Follows the smell. The mango and citrus fruit is nice, but the grassy herbalness takes over. There is a bitter sweetness off the caramel malt that isn't working for me.

EDIT: The finish isn't so much a malt as an grassy astringency. It's quite unpleasant, and harms what is otherwise a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp, like an IPA should be.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty easy. Enjoyable.

This is a good, but not great, beer. Probably suffered in comparison because I had an O'Brien's also by Alpine immediately afterward and that one was far superior. I'd have this again if it were more available, but it's not something I'd bother seeking out.

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

22oz Bomber Bottle received in a recent trade!

Appearance: Attractive goldfish orange with honey folds. A lush 1.5 finger white frothy crown that shows some retention and good lacing.

Smell: Strong bouquet of floral hops blending with a nice spice note over the faintest trace of citrus hops. Some sweet caramel malt is found as well.

Taste: The bitterness really masks the caramel malt and the caramel malt really keeps the bitterness from crushing everything so I'd say the brewer did a good marriage of the two.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and very carbonated. Thats a smart choice considering the large amount of hops and malt utilized in this brew. But I would still prefer the brew to be a little less big with a more chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Its a big beer but the mouthfeel and balance helps the drinkability department.

Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of ThirstyBird. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half inch bright white head that dissipated into a skim with a thick band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Big grapefruit nose - sweet and tangy. Taste was not too sweet; balanced and malty with some bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a consistent level of background carbonation - a little oily with some dryness at the finish. This is an incredibly flavorful DIPA, without having to be huge. Really tasty without being overly resinous.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a bottle this weekend after having it on tap the weekend before up at Stone. The bottle was recently bought and assured to be fresh by Freddy out at Bevs4Less.

Appearance: Golden-orange IPA standard color. Nice head that lasts for a few seconds and begins to lay down, leaving a nice lace. Pretty, but nothing exceptional.

Smell: Wow, that's hoppy. I mean, next to Exponential it's obviously a different beast, but the hops are fresh and really aromatic and pleasing for those summer nights where an IPA is simply the best. Great pine, citrus, and skunky hop character that just feels like you're sniffing a home-brew hop fridge.

Taste: This really surprised me, as there is a hint of sweetness here from the malt that just balanced out the hoppiness and keeping this from simply being hop liquor. A really piny, citric burst hints with that sweetness that engages in a nice war for your palate. The hoppiness wins out, but the attempt at balance is certainly there. Really solid.

Mouthfeel: Some super-hoppy beers get too resinous to really enjoy a lot of and take their toll on that palate, but this beer was carbonated sufficiently and the sweetness from the malt character is like a tongue refresher, keeping your palate from being leveled entirely.

Drinkability: Really great. Drinks like an IPA, with great flavor start to finish. Can't decide which I liked better, the tap or the bottle, which is weird since fresh taps of IPAs tend to blow the bottle version away in my mind, but this beer was really fantastic, and worth the praise it receives. Not Pliny the Elder, and more expensive as well, but definitely a very solid IPA that is well worth seeking out.

Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle purchased at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop.

A - Golden and clear with very little head.

S - Floral hops, toasted malt and yeast.

T - A nice citrusy bitterness partially offset by a semi-sweet malt contribution. There's some floral and citrusy hop flavor but this one leans more toward the bitterness. This is a good IPA but for me, not a great one.

M - Oily and silky consistency with a low carbonation.

D - A good beer and it grew on me more and more but it's just not up to the CA standard set by RR, Ballast Point and Stone.

Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention with nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden sunset orange. Very good looking DIPA.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Has a nice citrus mixture going on, but this dipa isn't bready so far. I like it. Nice mango and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: So this isn't bready, which I like, but instead it has some caramel malts going on here. A little booze shows up. The mango is more apparent then the grapefruit here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, despite the bubbles in the glass. Leaves a dry musky aftertaste that I am not to fond of, but quite typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I got to try it fresh. Decent price on a bomber, so if you see one of these give it a try.

Photo of HiAIPA
2.08/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A bizarre concoction to be sure. Seemed ok upon pour, but this must have zero malt in it. This had a high acidic note that was horrid, no bitterness. Perhaps I had a bottle that was past it's prime. I can tell this might have that high A fresh taste at bottling. Not impressed, rather horrid. Have more and will re-review.

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

Pours murky orange, and the haze almost makes it look like a dark orangey hefe-weizen. Creamy white head isn't necessarily large, but it retains well, offers a sexy delivery of the ale onto the palate, and laces well on my glass.

Nose has a candy orange quality that is very appetizing, maybe with some orange creme popsicle suggestions there too. Some light grapefruit, tangerine, and other such fruits in the background.

Good dose of malt, somewhat biscuity, but quickly the focus is back on the orange-grapefruity hops. Again there is a candied quality to the hops. Mouthfeel and body is quite creamy, and among the best for IPAs. Finish is rather long, delightfully tart, and the alcohol is masked well.

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

22 oz. bottle.
Slightly hazy, darkish peach nectar body. Sturdy inch of frothy, cobwebby, light beige head. Good lacing. Nose is rife with big resinous pine and grapefruit/citrus hops. Sugary cookie and toffee malt underpinning all the fresh [pure] hoppiness.

Toasted malts up front. Orange marmalade and resinous hop flavors follow. Bitterness starts to crescendo. Light fruit sweetness mixes with some singed caramel/toffee. Hop bitterness peaks in the finish, with strong pine and resin notes. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Very nice!

Photo of Arbitrator
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've managed to track this down a few times since my original review. I haven't been _quite_ as impressed by it as I once was.

A: Pours an amber body that leans toward soft orange in the snifter. The bottle has been open for at least 20 minutes, but the pour still generates a fingers' worth of off-white head that remains for a minute or two before retreating into a thin line of bubbles on top of the brew. Nice lace.

S: This is fittingly named. The nose is all hops. Pine is strongest on the nose, and it meshes nicely with a tropical citrus blend of grapefruit, mango, lychee, and pineapple. Some malt on the nose too, but it was so fleeting I couldn't pick it out.

T: Malt is first on the palate, giving a light biscuit backbone before exploding into a hopnucopia. Most of the flavor is citrus, in the fruity elements noted on the nose. I don't think I've ever had a beer that had a lychee flavor to it, so this is genuinely interesting. Pine comes through in the finish with a light touch of mint.

M: Light-to-medium bodied on the palate, with moderate carbonation that keeps it lively. Not too resiny or sticky, and the bitterness is kept in check as a result. Well-hidden ABV.

D: At $6 to $7 a pop, I am finding this a consistently excellent deal. I don't love it as much as Pliny the Elder, but it's still a world-class DIPA.

Photo of tjthresh
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

Photo of srroos
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange-gold with one finger off white head. Smells sweet like honey but citrusy. Tons and tons of hops with some malt to back the hops up. Still feels fairly light to drink, which makes it easy to drink a lot of.

A major hop bomb, but nothing that makes me love this one. I'd love to try this on tap though to see if my opinion improved...

Photo of mjl21
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottliong date is given, but it was picked up fresh from the brewery a week ago. Comes in at 8%.

A-Pours a really nice amber that veers towards the orange end of the spectrum. Has a one finger off white head which reduces in size to a nice foamy layer. Lots of lace is left after each sip.

S-A piece of dry hopped art. Just tons and tons of hops. Lots of citrus such as pineapple and mango and pine jump out. This is one that needs to be in a snifter so that you can really get your nose in the glass.

T-All of the citrus and pine hop flavors dance on the tongue. There is an initial level of bitterness that is quickly brought in check with a malt backbone of caramel and biscuit flavors. After it has gone down there is a pleasing level of bitterness and the citrus and pine remain apparent between sips. It finishes quite dry. As it warms it becomes a little spicy and every few sips I pick up on a mint flavor.

M-Medium bodied with soft carbonation. The hop oils coat the mouth with a nice oily layer and help leave a sticky coating on my lips.

D-The 8% is so well hidden. This one is just loaded with hops but is balanced enough that palate fatigue does not happen.

It has been a year since I last had this beer and it was every bit as good as I remember. Truly one of the best DIPAs on the market. Only wish it was available in Northern California.

Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Lighter than expected. A deep golden light orange color with a tight huge 2 finger white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops with some herbal floral notes and a slightly sweet malt smell.

T: Fruity and floral. Large amounts of orange with some grapefruit and other sweeter fruits, floral herbal flavors and a tough of deeper pine. Very hoppy, wow. The malt is there with some honey sweetness, but the hops smack it down into place. This is one hoppy beer! Wow, nice. Finish is hops but the bitterness smooths out.

M: Medium, but a bit thin for a DIPA. A slight hint of alcohol and the prickly mouthfeel smooths out in the end.

D: Pretty high, very drinkable for a 8% beer.

Overall this beer is one hoppy beer, right up there with some of the best of them. A real solid brew. I must try this one again.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with almost three fingers of pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving some thick lace down the glass.

Smell is mostly pine and grapefruit, with hints of mango and tangerine, and some floral and herbal notes.

Taste is dominated by the citrus hops, with a touch of alcohol heat poking through. Only a hint of caramel hiding in the background. Bitterness is very moderate throughout, and it finishes dry with a floral, herbal hop spiciness.

Full-bodied, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable and a very enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of illidurit
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone. Poured into an 8 oz glass. Dark golden color with orange highlights. Nice creamy cap of tan foam with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very resinous and tropical, with citrus zest, oranges/tangerines, and herbal notes. Flavor is pure hops, hardly any malt getting in the way. Underripe grapefruit and orange with a bitter herbal finish. Pretty solid west coast DIPA but clearly a tier below a beer like PTE.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

Photo of HopHobo
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up this bottle a few months back and it was my second time trying this tastey brew from Alpine. I poured the beer from a brown 22oz bottle into my HopCat snifter. It pours with a generous two fingers of head that has a good amount of retention and lacing evern after the first 5 or so drink. The beer pours a bright orange color, almost reminds me of a less cloudy american wheat in color. The carbonation is pretty pronounced on this ale which I really like because it really gets the sweet citrus and hop smell right up into you nose during every drink and I love to smell my beer while I drink it. Overall, the beer smells more malty than hoppy, but this may be as complex a smell as I have every smelt with a DIPA. Smells citrusy, hoppy, malty sweetness with an earthy undertone....in one word delicious. The taste is much the same. It doesn't blow you out of the water with hop bitterness, instead it seems to have a boat load of flavor and aroma hops that make the beer tast absoloutely devine. The mouthfeel is light and appropriate for the beer. This is one hell of a DIPA, one of the best I've had, and unlike most I feel like I could drink bottle after bottle and not get tired of this brew. Its scarry that its 8% ABV and I think they should change the name to A Hoppy Night in Jail, cause thats what could happen. One final note, I enjoyed this beer the first time I had it more due to the fact that it was fresh. This bottle is about 4 months old and its starting to loose its charm, but still a tremendous offering from Alpine!

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ON TAP at STONE. Pure yellow/orange honey color; very clear and bright in the glass with a nice white head.

A very floral, light orange and citrus nose that is very inviting and pleasant.

Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit with a nice fresh hop character and with nice balance, and, while nice and appealing fresh and clean flavors, mouthfeel is a little thin and with very light carbonation.

Short flavors/short in the mouth and with a short finish but still a very pleasant quality drink. Very good; so pleasant that one just wants "more" of everything.

EDIT: Almost 5 years to the day from first review of this. This addition/edit based on bottles. Mouthfeel is great and beer holds up in all respect. Every bit as good, if not better, than PtE. Good beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone World Bistro in an 8 ounce glass, on to the beer:

This is a little different than the usual DIPA. Sure, the faded orange color with glow and good laing is common for the style, and so are the juicy hops you get in the nose and mouth...but it smells like freshly sqeezed hops without any added weight. Hop pedals and flowers dominante with some notes of mango and pine. The malt level seems a little lighter too, which allows the hops to shine more. Hoppy, but not bitter. Not bitter at all, and decently balanced for the style. I'll take it.

Photo of rmaste6282
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one from PP Carlsbad bottle shop. This beer poured vigorously into the glass had only a small amount of head., the color nice and light copper, lacing was minimal.
The bouquet is all floral hops, great hop aroma, some apricot sweetness from the malts, but hard to tell it is the malts.
Taste is full bodied, low on carbonation, great grapefruit hop bitterness, and well balanced malts. This beer reminds me of the Hop Stoopid in some respects.
This is a great DIPA, refreshing, hoppy and bitter, yet smooth. Another West Coast IPA on the list.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bomber from super fast and cool trader JessetheHutt and he said he took it right off the line before shipping it. I may have to con him into sending me some more Alpine goodness.

A: Pours a more golden color with a finger of white head that settles down to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a hop air freshener, super fresh hops too, citrus, grapefruit, etc and I feel like I can pick up a hint of malt in the background

T: Tastes like hops, but not to the intensity that I really expected, still tasty though, with some solid smooth bittering and dryness in the finish, slight malt hiding in there too

M: a little watery, but not really watery or anything, just wouldn't consider this creamy or completely full bodied...some bite from the carbonation

D: the flavor isn't super intense and the mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side which actually helps in the easy to drink department, but hurts it because i love intense sweet hoppy beers and syrupy ones which means i'm not longing for this as much as I could be

Photo of bulletrain76
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Clear amber-orange colored body with a sticky head that sustains decently and leaves some streaky lace. The aroma is pretty forceful, with lots of grapefruit, orange, pine, and sweet mango. the flavor is much more hop flavor than bitterness, which caught me off guard at first. Then I remembered back to when I had exponential hoppiness, which was likewise flavorful and not too bitter; seems to be their style, and I like it. This is pretty ridiculously drinkable, but at the same time, the flavor seems a little light and muted. I'm getting a good deal of oily and resiny hops in the mouth, and just a kiss of honey sweet malt carrying it. Not really light bodied, but the oily feel that the ridiculous amount of hopping brings makes it slide quite slickly through the mouth. Alcohol is barely detectable; hardly feels like 8%. The finish is like hop flowers lingering lightly over your tongue. For a beer that is pretty much simply liquid hop flavor, I can't see it getting much better than this, but is it so much to ask for a little malt?

Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boonville

A - Poured a nce golden color, with a 2 fingered, off-white head. Dissipated slow and left beautiful lacing.

S/T - Honey, flowers, and grass. Light notes of citrus too.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Refreshing could almost pass as a session if not for the 8%.

D - Great overall, enjoyed it. Will seek out again.

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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