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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 669
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:
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 beachbum1975
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perry's Liquor hooked me up on this one. After a long and stressful trip packed away snugly my suitcase with dirty clothes and after a damned TSA inspection (got the lovely card to prove it), I though I'd do this beer a favor and enjoy it freshly & on my own on the back porch!

22 oz, chilled bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a lightly cloudy, dull brass and orange color with a gorgeous, creamy off-white head. Great lacing along the walls of my glass.

Not a whole lot on the nose, mild bitterness and a sweet malt sensation.

The taste brings much more than the nose indicated. I get a solid wave of pineapple, apricot and tangerine from the hops in this one - all chased with a very sweet and sour finish. I almost get a waxy quality in my mouth, the sign of lots of hops! The hops are big and noticeable, but not attacking the palate with bitterness. It all mellows accordingly with the firm malt presence.

Great mouthfeel with just the right amount of refreshing, crisp and active carbonation.

If this was available locally, I'd have it more often!

Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant amber/orange pour into a DFH shaped pint glass. Excellent clarity and an ample off white head with excellent retention and lacing.
Big bouquet of hop perfume, mostly citrus, which subsides to a persistent dank aroma.
The flavors are dry and hoppy, a big shot of grapefruit bitterness up front, a restrained malt balance in the middle, and a another blast of hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel is lush, with a nice bit of carbonation to balance things out.
A very mild alcohol burn is the only downside to what is a really drinkable double IPA.
Having had this and the Exponential Hoppiness, I can only say that Alpine Brewery has produced two really fine examples of the west coast art of the hop.

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

A-Pours a golden/amber with a nice, billowy white head that has good retention and leaves nice, sticky lacing all the way down.

S-Citrus and floral hops, pine resin, an ever so slight malt scent. Not terribly complex but very nice.

T-Bitter yet slightly sweet, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, a bit of honey and just a touch of biscuity malt.

M-Medium body. Perfect for the style. Carb level is just right.

D-This one went down REALLY easy and another was easily doable.

A very enjoyable DIPA. If you're a fan of the style you won't be disappointed in this one.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Fresh bottle from my first South Bay Drugs order.

Orange-amber pour (I need to come up with better colors for DIPAs) with a little over a finger of dense, sticky white foam. Great lacing.

Well, I know this is going to be a pretty hoppy beer, because I can smell citric and piney hops as soon as I pop the cap. Hard to imagine a DIPA smelling any better. Loads and loads of citrus rind, with lesser quantities of pine/resin. This is my third IPA/DIPA from Alpine, and, so far, I have to say their hop-forward beers smell better across the board than anyone else's.

And, let's be honest, they have better flavor, too. Duet and Nelson were absolutely delicious, and Pure Hoppiness is, too. There is a malty sweetness to the flavor, which perfectly balances (but doesn't diminish) the grapefruit/orange hop flavor. Really, really good bitterness in the finish. Just enough to remind you that you're drinking a really hoppy beer. Certainly not overdone. Apparently Alpine has perfected IPA/DIPA balance without losing any hop flavor.

Despite not having a ton of malt flavor, we've got plenty of heft. I prefer IPAs to DIPAs in just about every way, but texture isn't one of them. Pure Hoppiness is a perfect example. Big body, slick and oily yet plush and creamy at the same time. Carbonation is absolutely perfect.

Didn't detect any of the advertised 8% ABV. But, that's likely because the glass was empty before I had a chance to. Pure Hoppiness is as drinkable of a DIPA as I've ever tasted. I'm convinced that Alpine can do no wrong. Next stop: Exponential Hoppiness.

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

nice pillowy head retention that releases a great aroma, this Alpine company really knows how to do hoppy beer aromas! Tropical with some smooth, not harsh citrus and esters.
Taste is similar but with a sweet backbone that stops just short of balance which is great for the style. And the mouthfeel is better on this then the other Alpine ipa i had lastnight, it has more carbination and provides exactly what i was missing in the other, a crisper hop delivery. doesn't have the most dry finish i could hope for but still good and expected for the balace, and makes for an enjoyable bomber top to bottom.

Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a golden yellow with a tint of orange...mostly clear with two fingers of meringue like, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the way down...

Citrusy, tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose...piny and resinous. Slightly earthy and a bit of sweet malt tries to balance things out...

Piny and slightly bitter. Sweet, fruity, oily...pretty one sided hop presence (duh). Not flat out bitter, has a nice sweet side to balance things out...

Sticky and thick with good carbonation...medium to heavy bodied and much chewier than expected...

Pretty good DIPA, I prefer Nelson and Duet from Alpine over this one, but I would definitely drink it again...

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

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Thanks to mobz24 for this chance.
Pours a cloudy copper with a one-finger head which settled into a coating, leaving light lacing. Nose was a wonderful floral, pine and citrus, especially orange and mango. Carbonation was evident and mouthfeel was on the light side for a DIPA. Taste was hop forward, cut well with orange, grapefuit and sticky, bready malts. The bitterness is there at the finish, but this is not one of those screw-with-your-mouth hop bombs that leaves your mouth numb. Instead, this is a pleasant and well-balanced brew, albeit hop-focused. This characteristic is what seperates the great DIPA's from the others for me and this IS a great DIPA. The hype is justified. Now if we could only get this fresh on the right coast...

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

Poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Pours a brilliant pale copper, with a creamy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin film with great lacing.

High alcohols lift a richy, resiny blast of dank, vaguely vegetal hops, full of grapefruit and other citrus notes.

On the palate this is comfortably sweet through the middle, with soft rounded edges belying a firm but delicate bitterness that finishes the deceptively dry brew out with. Hops are not entirely front and center, they live on the edges, grapefruit and tangerine with a slight hint of onion and grass. There's a bit of high alcohols towards the end which adds to the feeling of "bigness" in the brew (despite the "only" 8% ABV).

Mouthfeel is nigh on perfect, luscious and smooth as the beer is rich but finishing with a crackling lift on the back end that leaves this clean except for resiny hop notes on the back palate. Masterful.

Superbly quaffable, if it fails at all its in lacking the rough, ragged edges of its sibling Nelson, or the full on West Coast style hop assault of Duet. This feel like a quieter, more contemplative beverage for fulfilling that hop craving without the hysteria of something more bold.

A classic.

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

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

This is the last beer from my Secret Santa haul and I must say this is the best of the bunch. This beer pours a a nice hazy yellow/orange color with a nice carbonation activity present after the pour. There is a decent white one to two finger head that sticks around for a little while. The smell isn't anything special but a nice solid smelling IPA. The taste is where this beer set itself apart. The taste is a nice smooth balance of hops and malt. There is little bitter taste, rather I am picking up a nice mellow even taste the beer. To me, this tastes more like an IPA than a DIPA. A very nice tasting beer that is easy going down and very well balanced. Thanks to to stevemcqueenjr for this beer. I have had other Alpine beers and this is hands down the best offering I have had.

Photo of wchesak
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pastradul for the trade

Poured into my Spiegelau tulip glass.

A- very light golden amber color, half a fingers worth of small bubble filled white head, some splotchy lace

S - was a good foot away from it and get already pick up the "Dank" citrus flavors - lemon, pineapple, orange also some fresh cut grass

T - good caramel/pilsner malt base flavor starts that lends itself mid palette to dry, bitter citric flavors, slight astringency in the back of the palette like sucking on a lemonhead hop

M - medium bodied, good and bubbly, not syrupy or thick

D - hops dont completely take over the show, but are in the forefront where they should be for the style, beer does not try to do too much, hard to put down as each drink leaves you wanting another, going to be going after more of their hop forward brews

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear golden with a never ending meringue head with Styrofoam lacing

S: Smells delicious with a piney pineapple and some flowers

T: Not as hoppy as i expected. has a pineapple rhine and honeysuckle and a pine tree above you taste.

M: dry mouth

D: the whole beer went down quite easily but when it got warm it had a little soapy taste to it. other than that its a well made beer for an everyday DIPA but nothing to crazy

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a light and clear watery orange, with about one finger of head, that is gone right away. No lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, a little soft piney hops, its nice but not overly complex.

The taste is pretty one noted as well, a fresh pine hops, but the taste is light. Its easy to drink, but a little boring.

Nice feel, easy to drink.

Overall, of the 4 top 100 alpines, this is the easiest to drink, but a little on the boring side.

Photo of AgentZero
3.72/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a small white head that dissipated. Didn't stick much on the sides, very little lacing and retention.

S - Smells very hoppy, caught a whiff of it from a couple feet away. Small pine notes with a malty backbone that is not overpowering but still present. Sweet, floral smell with a resin kick on the end.

T - Sweet malts, bitter hop profile. Subtle pine notes, bitter resin taste on the end. Malt backbone but it intertwines throughout the length of the drink with the hops. It's not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected from the smell and the fact this is DIPA. Gets more bitter as you drink.

M - Not overly carbonated, medium bodied, pretty smooth.

D - Starts out very easy to drink. Becomes quite bitter as you go and as it warms up. Better cold, and a pretty solid thirst quencher.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a clear light orange color with one finger a creamy white head.

Scent of bitter, spicy hops, pine, grapefruit, resin, grass, sugar, and a hint of caramel. The hops are dominant here with very little malt presence, I like it a lot.

Taste of bitter piny hops, grass, a hint of earth, light sugar, grapefruit and a very light malt backbone. I was expecting a more extreme bitterness, but this is doing a damn fine job of satisfying my hop fix.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, tight and piercing, very nice.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a deep copper color, not too dark, but not super pale. Very clear. The head is huge, nice and sticky looking, which leaves a cascade of lace with each sip. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent, leafy, and floral. Suprisingly, it lacks a real frutiness, but there are notes of citrus rind, like the white stuff, the bitter, not too fruity stuff. Though it really does smell like just like hops (dried flower buds, full of pollen and resinous aromatics). Nice, but I wish there was a little more fruit. The taste comes back with some fruit, not flesh, juicy, sweet fruit, but like grapefruit and bitter orange. Maybe a tiny bit of mango, but the bitter outer edges of the flesh. And it's also pumped up with a ton of grassy, piney tastes, which of course, begin to distract you from the fruitiness. The bitterness is nice, like a little kick, but it doesn't overwhelm the hop flavor and the slight sticky maltiness. You do get a quite sticky maltiness, mixed in with a little alcohol, but the alcohol is certainly subdued (which is a characteristic I really like in a DIPA. Tastes in a lot of respects like liquid flowers, resinous, the felling of pollen, leafy bitterness, a little peachy, super dry. Very nice. And as it warms, you start to notice the sweetness, and you start to get more sweet orange. The body is around medium, and very dry, with good moderate carbonation, just enough of a bit to keep it lively. And the hop resins really make it stick, giving you a little flavor to stay around and think of. But really, this is very nice. It has the kind of balance you expect in a DIPA, enough to distract from overwhelming bitterness, and really provide a nice body and the tiny amount of sweetness needed to make the fruitiness of the hops pop. Really, though, the hops shine, and the resinous, pungent varieties of hops. Very raw hoppiness. Maybe a little more fruit, and a bit stronger of a smell could put help this surpass all others, but as it is, there may only be 2 or 3 ahead of it. Really a brilliant DIPA.

Photo of WOTO97
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal west coast ipa. Big, fresh nose of hops: citrus, slight pine/resin notes, tropical notes, such as pineapple, and just enough spice. The look is pretty incredible. Tons of sticky lacing surrounding a orange/golden transparency with just enough head for the style. PH tastes just as it smells--tons of hops with a sweet bite on the finish. Finishes surprisingly clean with just enough stickiness to complement the huge hop kick. In terms of drinkability, I wish I had another.

Photo of ebin6
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick, voluminous head immediately after pouring; Carbonation is clearly visible. Pours a golden orange color.

S - The amount of hops leaps out immediately; very excited to see if it delivers in the taste

T - Absolutely amazing. Best hop taste I've had aside from Pliny the Younger.

M - Hits the lips hard and fast, moving on to every corner of the mouth from there. Literally an eye opener; makes you sit up and take notice

D - Better with every sip; immediately in my top 3 IPAs. Smooth and consistent from start to finish

If anyone is looking for a substitute for PtY, I say look no further than Alpine's Pure Hoppiness!

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

This was on my list of beers to try this year.

Pours orangey-gold with a fluffy head.

This beer is packed with citrus through and through.

The nose jumps out with grapefruit, tangerine, and mandarin orange.

The taste is equally as citrusy with just a touch of sweet, doughy malt and yeast. Once again, if you like citrus, this is the beer for you.

I could drink this often. Very driinkable and has an attractive demeanor. I can't wait to try exponential hoppiness.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange color with a sticky white head, that leaves lots of lace as it disappears, though it never fully disappears. Aroma is all hops, citrus and pine mostly.

Taste is bitter, citrusy hops. There is a little pine in there too. Lots of bitterness. A hint of biscuity malt in the background. As the name implies, its Pure Hopiness. If you dont like unbalanced hoppy IPAs this isnt for you, I enjoy it however.

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

On cask, via hand pump, @ O"Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours ahazy unfiltered looking copper, with a 1/2 finger of smooth bright-white froth. This stays very rich from being on cask, just coating the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of lacing. The aroma is full of pine resins and spice, while sticky notes of tropical fruits (grapefruit, mango, and peaches are really coming out), toasted bread, and caramel sweetness really gives the nose a thick underlying tang. Just a quintessential West Coast bouquet here.

The taste is quite aggressive with the hops, as plenty of spice and pine lash the mouth with bitterness, but this is still wonderfully well balanced by that sweet and tangy mix of caramel and citrus, cutting that initial blast of hops very well. Bitterness strikes back hard in the finish, adding a satisfying intensity to the end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy texture to the carbonation that helps mellow this out to a very drinkable nature, enabling this to glide down the throat despite the intense hop flavor. Very nice.

Some IPAs work better than others on cask but I was pleased to find that this was one of the best that I've had the honor of trying this way. Mellow and silky feeling from the cask conditioning, yet this still was able to fully unleash those West Coast hops without dampening any of their fury. Just a great incarnation here of an already fantastic American IPA.

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

22 oz bottle shared with 321Jeff and d13logan, poured into a tulip, reviewed from notes.

Reflecting after having Exponential Hoppiness after this, PH was easily my favorite of the two. EH obviously offered more hops, but in the bottle we tried they tasted as being added for the sake of being big and hoppy and lacked the overall balance and awesomeness of this beer. Additionally I found the aroma for this beer to be nearly perfect, a blend of citrus and pine, and much more agreeable to me than EH. Flavor and body are certainly hoppy and brutal on the palate, but if you've had many of the other big IPA/DIPAs the balance and smoothness of this hop bomb are remarkable. The hops and their bitterness is supported by a strong grain and caramel malt body. Overall, incredible balance for a hop bomb DIPA, I need to find more of this beer.

Photo of cwps48
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minimal head. Perhaps it was too cold at first. Leaves slight lacing. Light copper color. Head settles to a brim with a little froth on the top. Head comes out more with the slightly warmer second pour.

S: Caramel malts. Smells sweet. Not very hoppy. Smells like a light Old Guardian/Big Eye IPA.

T: Caramel malts. Definitely hot. Almost get a nice iced tea flavor from it. Not terribly hoppy

M: Nice tingly amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. Refreshing and smooth.

Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Tustin. This is the second time I have had this beer from the bottle.

A: Light coppery-orange in color, with 1-finger of white head that diminishes to a foamy residue that lasts and lasts. Lacing is moderate and fine.

S: Sweet, with elements of pine and slight alcohol. This beer smells sticky with hops as well as sugar.

T: Bitter from start to finish, with some alcohol astringency and slight malt coming late. The sweetness detected in the smell is not reflected in the taste. The flavor of this beer begins in a very restrained way, without that usual strong burst of flowers and citrus that has become commonplace in the style. However, hoppy flavors escalate alongside the bitterness until they are restrained by the appropriately cutting alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and fairly low to moderate carbonation. Entirely appropriate for the style.

D: This beer is a very good representative of its style, without demonstrating any single pronounced attribute. What is so special about Pure Hoppiness? I don't know, it's just good. That said, drinkability suffers a little due to the high alcohol content and the fact that it is represented in the flavor.

Photo of dwilson01
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an Indian Wells pint glass.

This beer is picture-esque, seriously, got a little less than an inch of a foam creamy looking head. A little off white but not by much it dissipastes evenly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Awsome coloring on the brew itself, it seriously reminds me of a pale ale like sierra nevada, clear, pristine, golden when held up to the light.

The nose is most definitely ipa, although dipa I'm not too sure about. For sure of the sweeter variety but I mean it can't be only the malt giving it that aroma. I get citrus, sweet sugary smooth dankness, and a tad of bitter pine in there, we'll see what ensues in the flavor!

The flavor is there, it delivers on the nose, and reverses the order of ranking of sweet and bitter I got initially. So that basically means that this guy is mellow. It's got the malt to balance for sure, makes it smooth and sweet in the back of the mouth and on the swallow. But when you're thinking critically, the initial hoppy bitter ipa flavoring is there.

Solid feeling in the mouth, thick enough due to the malt and very smooth due to the sweeter hops used for the swallow.

To me, this brew is smooth, and fresh, not over the top hoppy but definitely not to be underestimated as a flagship beer of the american ipa style. I honestly think its in the wrong catagory by being called an imperial ipa because I just don't think it fits the bill.

Of course, that is extremely knitpicky which in the long run is pretty inconsequential. This is a good beer, good rep of the american ipa style. If you love ipa and can't get enough of the gnarly ones then this is probably not the beer for you but if you're a beer lover and like Ipa as a style then try this bad boy out!

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,191 ratings.