1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

2,077 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,077
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,214
Gots: 171 | FT: 12
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pure Hoppiness Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,077 | Reviews: 655 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Deuane
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler obtained during GatM. Shared with Ffejherb, SierraGS, Brewslut, dashirey and Jill.

A-Brilliant copper with a thin white head that holds strong and left spotty lace.

S-The ever so intoxicating aroma of citrus and light pine hops that can only be a San Diego County west coast DIPA. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T-Grapefruit, orange and tangerine hop flavours that meld into a magical elixir! A light hint of sweet caramel malt to balance the bitterness out.

M-Medium-light body with a LONG lasting hop flavour.

D-One of my very favorite west coast DIPA's out there. I could drink this one all day. Exactly what I crave in a hop bomb.

Deuane, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden-orange body. Transparent with nice carbonation. Medium sized white head comprised of tiny little bubbles... good retention before subsiding to a nice skim. Super lacing. Sheets of lacing left behind. Appetizing.

S: Cheerful citrus aroma... mostly grapefruit... light pine hop aroma as well. Some sweet malt shines through.

T: Juicy, grapefruit bitterness... assertive and bold... not overly resinous or piney... more floral in character... light caramel malt flavorings break through.

M: Excellent carbonation levels keep this beer light-medium in body. Crisp finish.

D: A wonderful brew. Pleasant to drink at 8%.

callmemickey, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of macktbone
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Obrien's.

Looks nice and dark, for a DIPA. Beautiful bone white head and perfect carbonation.

Smells awesome. Perfect balance of pine and hops..smells much like one famous double not so old compared to itself.

Very fresh flavor. Nice heavy hops without the oily texture on the roof of your mouth. Woodier than other strong doubles that I've had recently. Perfect carbonation allows for concentration of the subtle edges.

Good feel for the style...I enjoyed not scraping the oils from my mouth.

Highly drinkable. This is a real Double with lots of potential for spreading the word. Don't pass it up!

macktbone, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden brown/orange with lovely carbonation bubbles rising quickly to the top. One finger foamy head with light lacing and decent retention.

S - Big citrusy hop aroma. Notes of grapefruit and a little tangerine. Also some light piney notes underneath. Great smell. The lightest hint of a biscuity sweetness.

T - Big juicy hoppiness. Lots of citrus, primarily grapefruit. There is an underlying bready sweetness that provides very good balance without bringing too much malt to the front. The pine also provides an excellent combo.

M/D - Medium bodied and a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is at an excellent level. Ridiculously drinkable.

ckeegan04, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of RedChrome
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark golden color was crystal clear. Two inches of white frothy head faded rapidly. Average amount of medium sized carbonation bubbles meander up. Sticky lace clumps.

Sweet citrus like orange peel and pine blend up front. A hops bitterness is also quite strong in the nose. Malt is a bit subdued, and has a faint honey wheat bread scent.

A bitter apple taste up front was surprising. Buttery malt and a hops bitterness are balanced very nicely. Pine taste expected from aroma is just barely noticeable.

Nice thickness without being heavy, but tastes linger. Carbonation tingle is balanced well.

A great brew. Would work well with a sandwich on a croissant. Surprising flavor after the hints from the aroma. Well worth trying for yourself.

RedChrome, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just reviewed exponential hoppiness the other day. I tried to buy some pure hoppiness, then, but was told it had not been bottled siince November and no one had it. I found it in a Santee location. So, maybe not Pure Hoppiness at its freshest, but I will give it a go.

A - Pretty orange, clear, nice near white head, chunky head, webby lace. Nice retention.

S - The smell is all about the hops, of course. Lots, and lots of hoppy aroma.

T - Huge hop profile - Citrus and perfume, mostly. Thinner and more astringent than Xpo Hoppiness, but similar.

M - Nice medium body, good carb, nice balance. Again, XPo junior, IMO.

D - I would be deceived into drinking more that recommended of this beer.

Drink Alpine Ale or go to bed!

srandycarter, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of 1000Bottles
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to light amber hue with a frothy large off-white head. Aroma is big juicy grapefruits and tangerines, a touch 'hot' from the alcohol. Flavor is a bit nutty, citrus medley of orange peel grapefruit and lemon. Good hop bitter but not overpowering - very nice balance. Finish is dry - almost crisp, but not quite. Lemony would be a better term.

1000Bottles, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of LJArsenal
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to errantnight for the opportunity to sample this fine West Coast gem.

Poured out of a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Orange to yellow in color with a nice two finger head. Great lacing. Pine and grapefruit are the primary notes, but there isn't as much in terms of smell as is experienced with other DIPA's.

Taste is hoppy, crisp, citrus with a bite at the end. Somewhat oily mouthfeel with a medium level of carbonation. This is a very well-balanced beer with just a smidge of alcohol flavor at the end. At eight percent, it fills a niche between higher ABV beers like Hopslam and PTE and lower ABV IPA's like Masala Mama and Two Hearted Ale.

A refreshing and enjoyable beer, this is one that would be great on summer's day to go along with some grilling and baseball. While one bomber is all I need at a time, I definitely will keep this beer on my wants list for quite some time.

LJArsenal, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a snifter

Appearance: Pours a hazy-yellow-gold with lots of hop flecks that quickly settle to the bottom. Nice 2" foam head that quickly dissipates, good lacing.

Smell: Hops with just a light touch of malt. Pine, citrus, grapefruit, etc

Taste: Malt adds just enough sweetness to balance things out. Little bit of caramel, with lots of hop flavors - grapefruit, citrus, pine, etc

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, a little over-carbonated for me - almost like a sprite. It is full bodied but not heavy. Incredibly dry (more dry than any other IPA or DIPA).

Drinkability: Good, but not the best, I prefer yulesmith, ruination, pliny the younger, etc. Enjoyed trying it but will stick to those three kings. It is a little bit more drinkable than those three, the ABV is not noticeable.

craytonic, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending one of these my way. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - It looks like Pliny the Younger - honestly I'd be hard pressed to distinguish the two. Two fingers of creamy-white foam, with great retention and gorgeous lacing. Semi-transparent dark gold, with streams of tiny bubbles streaming upwards and the occasional bigger bubble.

S - Earthy & floral hops - lots of pine and lemon zest. There's also a solid malt backbone underneath the massive hop flavor. There's the faintest hint of alcohol as well.

T - There's the obvious hop flavors - sweet citrus, mossy pine, but a surprisingly high amount of bready malt as well. The alcohol note I got in the nose is gone. It's a fair bit more understated than the smell, and slightly disappointing. Not a huge bitter aftertaste either.

M - Medium body, nice carbonation tingle, lots of residual oily stickiness. It's really velvety and smooth.

D - Not gonna have any problems with downing this one. Well-hidden ABV, great texture, moderate carbonation - really easy drinking here.

It's not as good as Pliny the Elder, which is a more fair comparison than PtY, but it's still a terrific DIPA in the west coast style.

MasterSki, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of MacDomer
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fellow BA Googzoid10 - thanks for the opportunity, Greg!

I love me some DIPAs. This is a nice looking one - orangey yellow, with a thick white head and great lacing. This one smells piney, tart with grapefruit rind, and fresh. Yum. Flavor is very nice, but not what I pictured from something named pure hoppiness. It has more balance that I expected, but it's still a nice hop bomb. The hops are big and juicy but don't have as long of a finish I would have liked. The mouthfeel is delicious with nice carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good to boot. Overall, quite nice!

MacDomer, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from Alpine. Received in a trade with srandycarter. Thanks for the trade!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer has an excellent head and a beautiful light copper color. Poured at around 45 degrees.

The aroma is of fresh hop...I wish Iknew all the varieties because this is very unique and easy to pick out. Beautiful aromas of hops and light malt. It's almost like being in a pine wood forest - much like Pliny the Elder in this respect.

The taste is much like the aroma. This happens to be a great thing in the case of this beer. The hop flavor up front is backed by a nice malt backbone. Many IPA's are not as well balanced as this. I could use a bit more up front but the hops are nice and orderly in this beer.

Mouthfeel and drinkability go hand in hand on this one. This is an extremely drinkable beer because the mouthfeel is so inviting. There is nothing over the top or oily about this IPA so I really could drink another if I wasn't saving it for my tasting in a few weeks.

PerzentRizen, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Briens in SD.

Pours a nice almost glowing orange with a nice frothy head. Lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells nice and hoppy. Really nice hop smell.

Taste is pretty awesome. Almost like elder but a little less hoppy. I wish there was more. Hop flavor but I'm spoiled.

Mouthfeel seems like it could use more carbonation. Very good otherwise.

Overall a very wonderful beer but if given the choice I would take Pliny the elder. But often you don't have that choice so I would drink this over many beers on tap.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Ty to Natasharai for the split!

A: Pours a very clear light copper with a small off-white head with some lacing and decent retention.

S: Very unique, strong citrus hops and a very malty caramel backbone. very bold scent.

T: Smell is a good indicator of this one, malty upfront with a caramel taste going into strong hops and a citrus finish. Not much alcohol comes through, very nice.

Overall: Decent mouthfeel that's moderately carbonated and has a nice oily feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol and boldness. Great DIPA try it if you can get it!

AdmiralDiaz, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks torchednoodle for this one in a trade!!

Appearance: Poured with a 1inch of thick bubbles head that dissipated within 5 minutes or so... leaving a nice thin head mmmm! this beer is a nice golden color that is transparent! Leaves some lacing when you drink it.

Smell: Nice malty smell with a great abundant hoppy aroma. The hops are very citrusy. I love the balance in the smell, both hops and malt are present.

Taste: very dry hoppy bitterness, with a nice malty balance, citrus bite and sweetness, reminds me of a very yummy green tea for the after taste!

Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated, fairly dry and not too oily. Nice tingle on the tongue from the yummy hops!

Overall: for a DIPA fairly drinkable... very good flavors and nice balance. Unique in the malt balance and dryness with citrus hops.

natasharai, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light copper brew. An excellent head with great retention and lacing.

A piney grapefruit aroma with toasted malt and sweet caramel. An undernote of warm yeasty bread.

Taste is grapefruit and earthy herbal hops. A large malty toffee backbone. Toasted caramelized grains. A strong hop finish with an herbacious flavor. A touch of mint as it fades to toasted bread. Alcohol is well integrated and hidden. Smooth and tingly carbonation. A medium light syrupy feel that is slightly sticky. An easy silky swallow.

Goes down like sweet hoppy milk. No alcohol and a delicious and inviting feel. Quenching and refreshing. A great beer.

From tasting notes 1/7/09

scootny, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for lugging this back for me from CA.

Poured a 22oz bomber into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a crystal clear honey orange, with a decent 2 inch orange-cream head that left just a hint of lacing. I will say, this is the first beer that right after I poured it, I said to myself, "Wow this looks like a beer poured in a beer commercial". Pure Hoppiness would have definitely received a 5 if the lacing were a bit stickier. The aroma is a subtle yet distinct infusion of orangey citrus and pine needles. This is a wonderful example of a beer where both styles of hops are very prevalent in the nose. Unfortunately, there is really no hint of malty sweetness, which is supposed to be there in a DIPA. The flavor is a bit subdued for me. There are definitely prevalent hops, bunches of citrus and a bit of pine, but the bitterness just isn't there. Also, like I said earlier, there really is not a malt presence in this beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied and just a bit effervescent. No real resiny mouthfeel noted. This is a great beer, but a DIPA, I don't think so. This is just a stronger IPA and is definitely lacking some of the qualities that I look for in my double IPA's. If this was reclassified to an American IPA, I would positively reconsider my scores and put this up with Bell's Two Hearted, Firestone's Union Jack, and Ballast Point's Sculpin.

hwwty4, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear and deep golden from a freshly filled growler into a pint glass. A half inch of head rises then settles and yields scattered lacing. The carbonation doesn't really support a surface cap for long however.

Smell is very robust of hops here, and even more so than in the bottled version. This reminds me of the Alesmith IPA where excessive head and carbonation from the bottle may detract from the hop volatiles present on tap.

Taste/Feel and Finish are similar to the bottled version with a pleasant light citric malt flavor and finish. Offers just a light bitterness and a great drinkability.

HalfFull, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

A: Amber golden hue with a big pillowy white head. Great lacing as well.

S: Great hop aroma, lots of citrus and pine.

T: A damn fine DIPA. Very well balanced, quite bitter, and very tasty. Lots of spicy hops, lots of citrus and pine.

M: Smooth, a little viscous. Nice amount of carbonation.

D: A great DIPA. Could easily be my go-to beer if it was readily available.

willjschmidt, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of csmiley
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appreciation goes to KingG for sending this my way.

A - Pours a clear amber with just a touch of orange. Color is lighter than expected. The eggshell head appears slightly rocky and tops out at just under an inch. Sticks around for a while. It recedes to a nice thick cap that just does not want to go away. Lots of sticky lace stays behind. Active carbonation is present throughout the brew.

S - Smells of bitter citrus up front. Mostly grapefruit and lemon. Mild piney notes follow and pretty much dominate the middle. Some malt tries to show up toward the end but has a hard time poking through. Could be a sugary caramel aroma.

T - Taste is not as bitter as expected. More of a complex hop profile shows up. Alot of fruit right out of the gate - grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Just a hint of earthy flavors pull in towards the middle. A little bit grassy with some pine. The malt base is able to push through more in the flavor than smell. Definitely caramel with hints of cookie dough. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M - Light bodied for the style. Finish is bitter with some dryness but doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is very good for the Pure Hoppiness. The body is somewhat light for the style and alcohol is almost completely hidden. That makes for a beer that disappears very quick. This one punishes the taste buds but doesn't destroy the palate like other selections from this particular style. Comes across as more of a delicate example of the Double IPA. Easily recommended.

csmiley, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of badbeer
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color with a big pillowy white head; great retention and lacing. Citrus and lemon zest notes in the aroma; very hop forward. Also a bit of a smell I can only describe as dank and slightly vegetal. The first taste I get is a bit of the vegetal one noted in the aroma, thankfully it goes to a combination of lemon, orange, and pine shortly thereafter. Slightly higher than medium carbonation and a little less than medium bodied. Good beer, I'd like to try this again. Thanks, Kyle!

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of 0110x011
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente.

A - Coppery gold color & crystal clear. Thin head fades quickly, leaving a thin collar. Spotty lacing.

S - Pure SoCal IPA. Lemon, grapefruit & pine from the huge hop bouquet. A dash of biscuit & caramel.

T - As big on the hops as expected, with a light sweetness providing just enough balance to prevent the major bitter kick from being too overwhelming. Hop city.

M - medium body, with a fluffy effervescence that keeps it dry.

D - The bitterness is kickin, but any hophead will keep wanting more.

One of the best DIPAs out there, and a new personal favorite.

0110x011, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange/golden sort of color. Very clean looking beer. Big hop aroma-very citrusy and piney. Almost a lemon like quality to it. Big hop flavor up front. Suprisingly smooth maltiness to it. Very nice lingering bitter taste but not the "bite" you would expect. Well balanced with the amount of hops in there. Solid mouthfeel. A terriffic beer for sure.

lackenhauser, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'brien's the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This is a nice looking IPA, but certainly is nothing spectacular... on the nose and palate however....

This beer has a VERY IPA nose, with lots of orange citrus, earth and wet tobacco. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there's an interesting soft creaminess on the mid palate that I quite like. This beer is very much a West Coast style IPA, with just barely enough malt to balance the hops and a very dry, hoppy finish. This beer is just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional and I was shocked to see the abv. for this beer. At best I would have guessed in the 6% range (if that).

This is a very nice IPA that I enjoyed more and more through the evening. Good stuff.

John_M, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for this lovley extra!

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a snifter. ?Serving temp of 45 degrees.
Semi regerous pour produces a nice 2 finger bubbly foamy white head. Multi assorted bubbles in the head, leaving a bubbly quarter inch cap of retention.
Golden, semi-transparent in color when held to light.
Nice sticky bubbly lace lines the glass as I sip this down.

Aroma is a pungeant purfumy hops bouquet. Pine, grapefruit, grassy hemped hops with a resiny like afterglow. It just sits in the nairs and lingers like grandmas old perfume, except this is a welcome smell.
Some doughy bread aroma, caramel, cloves and sweet honey butter.

mmmm, good flavor!
Its medium carbonation and semi thick mouthfeel leaves this creamy and delicious.
This starts out sweet with clover honey, and somthing nutty, like walnuts. A spice blend of some sort that leads me to beleive cinnemon, but its not in the aroma.
Great balance between hops and malt and a nice bready kick from the yeast.
Pine dominates the hop department. The finish is sweet, yet dry? Nice long grassy piney hop linger.

I really enjoyed picking this apart. I dont feel like I even bagan to understand this interesting brew. I'd need atleast 2 more bottles to do so.
Highly recommend.

Buebie, Dec 16, 2008
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,077 ratings.