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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,232
Gots: 184 | FT: 12
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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:
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 berkey
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of soupyman10
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bonkers
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cbniles
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JTahoe
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of bret27
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

Thanks to choprite for this one.
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light copper color with slight orange with a one finger white fluffy head that leaves patchy lacing. First smell-wow, this beer smells like the hops were just strained out, super fresh citrus-lemon & grapefruit, grass, honey and vanilla. Grapefruit and resiny pine up front lead to sweet orange and caramel with some bready malt flavor to balance ending with the bitter pucker of grapefruit rind. Medium high carbonation, medium body this is one smooth and creamy beer with the carbonation cutting through the creaminess. Fantastic beer, this is what a west coast IPA should taste like.
My first beer from the Alpine Beer Company but certainly not my last.

Photo of sdderek
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drove up to Beverages 4 Less in Santee the other day and picked up a gaggle of beers, this being one of them. I have had many Alpine beers in my day, however this beer was one that I had not tried. Wow I'm glad I tried it. Although not quite as impressive as its cousin Nelson from New Zealand, it's definitely a Top 100 beer IMO.

A - Not a lot of head with this one although there's still a fair amount of carbonation.

S - WOW! I smell grapefruit, orange, lemon - it's surprisingly refreshing!

T - Now this is what I'm talking about. An in your face west coast, San Diego, double IPA...there's no hiding the amount of hops they threw into this beer and yet it's not unbalanced at all.

M - Perfectly carbonated - this is how all beers should feel in a mouth!

D - In a perfect world I'd drink this beer at least once a week!!

Photo of oceanman
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with average head and lacing. Full, deep hop bitterness spread across palate. Spicy vanilla with fruity and herbal notes. Pleasantly warming, lasting, bitter finish. Bold flavor, but far from harsh - alcohol is restrained. One 22 oz. is perfect amount.

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

22 ounce bottle without a freshness date poured into a St. B goblet (as close as I could get).

Beer is light amber and the beer has high haze. There is almost no head. Just thin broken patches of small white bubbles. The head clings to the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Beer has a sweet smell and then a strong pine hop aroma. Maybe I should have used the snifter for this beer to focus the aroma better. Second smell was the same, mixture of malt sweetness and hop (pine).

Smooth full bodied beer. Good sweetness up front, no hint of alcohol in the flavor, no aftertaste at all. The hop flavor is midpalate and provides great connectivity between the front and the back of the mouth. Second taste, got more sweetness and more bitterness this time, its a good beer. Drinkability high and mouthfeel is really good. Very clean, not dry. A great DIPA.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz Bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is filled with hops. Floral, pine and resin dominate. Tart fruit, apricots caramel and honey round the nose out nicely. Tastes like sucking on a hop cone, but in a good way. Pine and resin again dominate the flavor. Very little, if any malt makes its way to the surface. Grapefruit and apricots find their way into the middle followed by a long lingering bitter dry finish. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. That is one fine DIPA! I'm not sure I can find anything to fault it on. Very well done.

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

A: Honey orange, nice lacing

S: Piney smells are the most prominent with some floral as well.

T: Mostly piney hops with a mild, but perfectly appropriate amount of balancing malt.

M: Light and crisp, appropriate levels of carbonation.

D: I could drink this one all day long if I metabolized alcohol like mosquitos do, but I don't, so let me say it another way. My mouth could drink this one all day long but the 8% ABV would knock my ass out after an hour or two.

Pure Hoppiness was one of the first harder core IPA's that I loved. It truly is Pure Hoppiness.

Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a perfectly hazy bright gold capped off by a thin yet very creamy slightly off-white colored head. It's only about one finger thick but it leaves a healthy coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Very floral hop aroma along with smells of honey, caramel, pine, apricot, spiced peach, and pressed wild flowers.

T: Same as above with the main difference being a lessening of honey flavors but a lot more pine. Also, the herbal/floral hop presence is stepped up and compliments the slightly sweet orchard fruit aspects of this.

M: This has got to be one of the best "feeling" DIPAs on the market. There is so much harmony between the bitter, sweet, dry, and sticky...we were astounded! Finish is long and bitter and dry-just the right thing to cap off a wonderful bottle of beer.

D: What can we say but, wow. We were utterly humbled in the presence of this beer. This beer deserves all the hype.

Photo of aglose45
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to alexd3891 for this beer in our bet on the NLCS, Go Phillies!

Drinking and reviewing this for my one year birthday here on Beeradvocate...

A: Poured a nice golden, off-white head.

S: Smells of pine needles dipped in grapefruit juice! There is also a sweet tropical flavor in there as well. Backing this all up seems to be a bready backbone. This smells fantastic!

T: Just like it smells, pine needles and grapefruits, with also a hint of possibly pineapple or some other tropical fruit. There is also a malty backbone consisting of a sweet bready flavor, but make no mistake, this is an incredible hop assault! This beer is bitter and that's just how I like 'em! The flavor that stays in the mouth post-swallow is a delicious pine flavor.

M: The tiny little bubbles tingle perfectly in the mouth and on the way down. This beer has perfect carbonation for the style, a medium body, and a good amount of hop residue left on the tongue.

D: This is exactly what I look for in a beer, and this makes me consider moving to San Diego county...

Photo of MrTopher
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful golden amber color with a little head, nothing overwhelming.

Smell - Crisp sent of pine, citrus with a little floral tone.

Taste - I had been warned it was a hop explosion and I wasn't disappointed, it tasted just as explained. The traditional taste of "West Coast IPA" comes out of this brew, flavors of pine and hops cover the mouth and it balances so well through the entire experience. And the hops balance exceptionally well with the malts, but the malts compliment the hops and don't take away anything.

Mouthfeel - Was nothing that I expected, it was more thick feeling than any other DIPA I'd had before, but was extremely satisfying.

Drinkability - In my top 5 of DIPA, this could be a weekly consumption. Not disappointing to any degree, worth the trip if you can pay the fare and handle the smoothness. This beer sucked me into Alpine as a new love.

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.