Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 2,340
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,256
Gots: 215 | 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 Oxymoron
3.17/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wouldn't a hop cone be pure hoppiness? Pours a amber to red color with a pretty hazy appearance. There is a good dense head with good retention through the tasting and decent lacing.

The nose is hoppy with a sugary malt backing. To start there is a strong piney and earthy hop aromas. Very resiny overall. Some malt comes out but nothing very distinguished. Some minor caramel but mostly sweet. Some yeast notes as well, alcohol mostly. Some minor esters, rose and figs as well.

The taste is more in balance. The hops have a strong piney and earthy presence with a very soapy finish. Some bitterness that is a bit harsh and astringent in the finish. Could use a better balance between finishing and bittering. The malt is sweet with some muttled caramel notes. The rose esters really come out as well, but still has an American feel.

The body is a bit sweet with a under attenuated feel. Definitely astringent from the hops. Overall I think this beer is a little overhyped. Balance problems with hops and yeast problems really deter this beer from rating better. (1,065 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored from OlieIPA for ... oh shit, I didn't give him anything yet.

Little bit of a haziness in this golden hued beuaty. White head. Moderate retention.

Smell is mmm, hops. Thick with hops. If there was a hop scented Glade Plug-In, this is what it would smell like.

Taste is strong and good but to be honest, I taste a little water as well. An ever so slight fruit flavor is present. Overall flavor is a little weak.

Of course it's very drinkable and cuddlable. It's just that I had a fresh Sculpin this week and it blows this stuff away.

Ok, finished the bottle and it was good not great.

Overall: Sculpin (614 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a glorious clear golden, with a orange hue into my SA/BA glass. Tiny white head that quickly dissipates. Smell of fresh stinky, lovely nuggets of hops, and it's cousin. Surprised on how clear this beer appears. Like a great DIPA, this one continues to change flavor gears. Starts out sweet piney hop hop then goes to a dense floral hop hop ending with a zesty finish. Very well made DIPA.

Tasted again on 10.01.08
Hazy orange pour with a nice 2 fingers of near-white head. Huge aromas of lemon zest, pink grapefruit, kiwi...somewhat unique for DIPAs that I have tasted. Deceptively hoppy. Just when I think the hop flavor is done, it continues. Real delicate, fragrant hop taste. Light in the body. Extremely drinkable. (735 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dreadnaught followed by this? Yes, thank you.

Pours a clear amber with a white head. Nose is straight up pine tones. Flavor is bright. An interesting mix of citrus and pine. Slight salty edge, but it's more so a big fruity floral thing. Feel is very smooth on liquid and the carbonation is good. This is really easy to drink. Way too much so. I could sip on this all night. Too bad I can tell it's going to totally jack with my recently discovered hop allergy. (yeah...it's true) (481 characters)

Photo of explosivebeer
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I didn't take notes when I tasted this beer. But it is quite memorable so hopefully that'll be sufficient. From what I remember it was a fine clear light amber color. What was most outstanding was the amazing aroma that simply exploded with hoppy goodness. The body was nicely balanced with sweet maltiness and it finished as spectacularly as it started. This is a beautiful beer. (391 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for the sample.

Pours a huge frothy head with excellent retention with a nice yellow/orange color. Hop oils come through and make the beer a little murky.

Huge citrusy/earth hoppiness that is just heavenly. I have a feeling that this one will be an extreme hop bomb with light malts and an in your face hoppiness. The smell and appearance indicate this and I'm excited. As the beer warms, a perfumy aroma comes out.

I've been flamed for wanting a difference in styles between double and triple ipas. This is a double IPA. Not overly malty to take away from the hops, just a kick in the ass with an exquisite hop flavor. Something about the hops aren't harsh either, their citrusy and leave such a clean aftertaste. I feel akward using that reference, but it's so awesome and not often found in double ipas. C hops up the ass in this one. I love C hops and their use in this beer is excellent. As the beer warms, a very perfumy hop aroma and taste pulls through.

I love a crisp IPA. Sometimes I want a hop fix without a whole lot of boozy astringency from too much malting. This one is incredible. It is a must try. (1,147 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Golden orange coloration, nice clarity, plenty of lacing. Fresh, earthy hop aroma. Deep and resiny, some juicy citrus, bitter hop oils. Malty middle with a dry finish, an almost leafy aftertaste. Medium bodied, yet light enough to have several. A superb west-coast style DIPA, among the best in my opinion. (337 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with three good buddy's at the brewery itself (out in Alpine, California). It was so good that we went to the bar down the street... which the brewmaster recommended and had it on tap once again. The notes were taken on my cellphone.

A: What can I say...perfect!!! White one-finger head with a dark gold color. Carbonation was visible and the beer itself was somewhat transparent. Filtered quite nicely!!!

S: As the beer indicates...pure hoppiness possess all the qualities one looks for in a Double-IPA. Extreme hop and piney (not overbearing at all)characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Fantastic!!!

T: Excellent balance, but seemed to favor the wheaty-malt character more so than the hops. Slight and refreshing hop bitterness.

M: Gentle carbonation and light body. A little bit of dry-mouth aftertaste though.

D: Alcohol not noticeable, refreshing, and as my friend Nick would say, "Perfect on a warm summer day".

Overall: A very good DIPA that represents the style perfectly. I prefer the Nelson, Duet, and O'Brien over this though. A must try. Cheers! (1,076 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Big hop aroma at the bottle top and during the pour.

Appearance is golden yellow just hinting at amber, almost crystal clear, no haze but a few flakes that settled quickly. Fluffy white head settled to a persistent layer o fizz, depositing thin lacing all the way down.

Aroma is huge with hops of all varieties. Citrusy, fruity, woody, piney and sprucey. Some honey sweetness in there too, which becomes more prominent as it warms in the glass.

Flavor is all hops, any maltiness is only in the mouthfeel. Bitterness and hop flavor coat the tongue, palate and back of the throat. Big California hop bill could use some heavier crystal malts to balance.

Overall this is a good beer but shy of great because of the lack of balance. But, hey, it's called "Pure Hoppiness" not "some hops & some malt!" I'd ditch some of the flavor hops--such a light pale ale needs bitterness and aroma but with a lesser flavor addition, I think. (995 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into my pint glass. Clear gold, almost amber color, with a huge, resilient, frothy pure white head. Thick soap-sud like lacing all over.

Massive hops in the nose. Floral, piney, and grapefruit/pineapple-like citrus. No balance to speak of, but hell, it's a DIPA.

Compared to the aroma, the flavor is actually a little mild. Very sweet caramel-like maltiness that balances this very well; a little disappointing considering the huge hoppiness I smelled earlier.

Dry finish, obviously, and a medium-level of carbonation. Very gentle and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinker, though not quite the "pure hoppiness" I was expecting. (669 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up a pale orange color with an off white head.... the nose is a very pure floral hop aroma.... the taste is pale matls, floral hops with a hole in it (? I was drunk when I wrote this)...I would like to try this again though if anyone wants to donate to the cause... (281 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks gford217 for this one, large capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Dark orange body with a reasonable white head, it does drop rather fast but keeps a collar all the way to the bitter end.
Impressive aroma, fresh and fruity, piney, citric, with some malty sweetness in there, but clearly overwhelmed by the hop abundance, as expected.
Medium to full body, or perhaps it is just my impression since it is very hot today. Smooth, with the expected hoppy explosion, fruity, here with more noticeable caramel sweetness, but still overwhelmingly hoppy.
I prefer a bit more balance like Dreadnaught, but it is a very good brew. (629 characters)

Photo of m1ked
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely wife picked up a growler for me and the boys....awesome!

A- Pours a clear bright golden elixir with a huge fluffy white head. Multuple slow streamers. Essentially, looks like a perfect beer.

S- The name says it all. Straight piney hops with some sweet apricot in the end.

T- Piney resin up front, with some subtle malt sweetness... you reaaly got wait for it. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit and pineapple in there.

M- Smooth, coats the mouth with great balancing carbonation.

D- Oh man, this is the cream of the crop. If you like anything about hops, you will fall in love with this. It is not over the top hops.... just right. This is on my top tier with Sculpin (675 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: DFH snifter. pours a wonderful vibrant orange color. nice white head with a low retention rate and a fair amount of lacing.

S: wonderful citrus aroma, with a little pine in the back of the nose. some slight apple aromas from the malts.

T: really well-balanced DIPA. I can't pull what hops are in this, but I get tons of citrus hop flavors with a sweet earthy flavor in the back of the palate that lingers for a while. Wonderful sweet malts to blend in the hop flavors perfectly.

M: ridiculously smooth DIPA, very clean and crisp, with a mild carbonation rate.

D: smooth, and appears to be mellow flavor-wise. this is really close to perfection for the style. well worthy of a try if you can get some. (707 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a pint glass.

A nice, 1" head with minimal lacing. It poured an orange color with a beautiful hoppy, floral aroma. Of course, citrus is king, both in the nose and on the tongue. The taste is amazing... a nice hop bite that finishes very dry. A little piney and pineappley to boot. This is the most quaffable DIPA I've ever had. Amazing beer from start to finish. (380 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking at this one for a long time. Just another crazy generous throw in from jjayjaye!

A hard pour into a Karmeliet tulip, yelds a massive thick off white head over clear bright burnt orange body. Head sticks for quite some time but finally gives way to a thick, clumpy lace. Nice mix of resiny pine and grapefruit hops. Malt aroma's are very faint. This smells like a west coast hop bomb for sure. Citrus hop flavors meld in with a nice semisweet bisquity malt. Hops bully themselves back upfront and center. Nice lingering malt sweetness melds with some minty hop flavors. Bitterness is assertive, but cetainly not over the top. Slight alcohol warmth lingers, but in a very nice subtle way. Nice sticky body and enough carbonation to keep things from getting too sticky. Had a blast with this. Will definatly beg, steal, and borrow for this again. A hop head must.

Thanks again for the chance to consider this Jeff. (926 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours an amber color with a slightly orange tint. Head is foamy, a little off-white, and about two fingers deep. Retention was very good and a really nice looking, sticky coat of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: Wow! This is west coast DIPA (or IPA) heaven. This is packed with citrus scents up front. It's mostly grapefruit, but there's some pineapple, mango, and even a little lemon. Hops are incredibly strong, piney, and citric smelling. Not much floral business to talk about. There is a bit of malt that's noted, but it's clearly a secondary element. This one's all about piney hops and citrus sweetness.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are sweet initially. The hop flavor is absolutely delicious and attacks the palate with a very piney and bitter flavor. The hop attack is diminished a little by the malt flavors. They're sweet and do their best to balance it out. Fortunately, the hops are just too much. But, I think the malts are overdone by just a shade here. There's a grainy element that's noted on the tail, as well as a slight alcohol taste. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied (close to full), very creamy and smooth. I really like the feel here. It's not among the smoothest I've ever tried. But, it's very well done. Very close to pulling the "5" trigger. Drinkability is high. At 8%, it's strong, but pretty well mannered and inviting for a beer of its size.

Pure Hoppiness is a kick ass beer. No doubt about it. Definitely worthy of its lofty status. I do think it could be slightly improved by toning down the malt slightly. It's a small gripe. This beer is no doubt an extremely tasty west coast DIPA. Certainly one to seek out. (1,718 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22oz poured into a snifter. little head from the pour and slight lacing. pours a bright amber. lots of floral scent. big hop taste up front that mellows out. slightly carbonated tingle left in the mouth. little hop aftertaste, quite sweet. for a DIPA, i find this quite sessionable. i could drink these all day. (311 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a shaker pint. Thanks to Oodeftone for this baby!! Nice hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Tons of floral and citrusy hop aromas. This smells like a perfect west coast ipa. Taste is wonderful. Great hop biterness, but lots of sweetness to mellow it out. Has to be the sweetest IPA i have ever had. Tremendously drinkable for a dipa. (371 characters)

Photo of ampzilla
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to prototypic for an incredible extra!
Here's a quickie review.
This beer has one of the best floral hop noses I have encountered. Tastes like liquid gold, with lots of (cascade?) hops balanced with just the right amount toffee sweetness to finish.
I generally prefer a little more slickness in my DIPAs, but that is the only thing I could see to improve this.
Drinks like a Two Hearted with an extra kick to the taste buds. (433 characters)

Photo of jbmorch
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have always reviewed new beers that I have recently tried for the first time, and then I realized that I compare every beer I drink (from the Miller Chelada that I got talked into trying the other day to my own homebrew to the latest bourbon-barrel-aged-sour-cherries-added-open-fermented-partially-distilled-limited-release bottle) to the handful of beers that I come back to over and over. And I have never reviewed ~those~. Until now. I'll give these beers straight-fives with a 4.5 on taste to allow for the inevitable future shift in my personal preferences (me in 2020: "IPAs? How can you drink THOSE!?! The brine-infused Chinese double-steam beers are where it is AT, man!")

Pure Hoppiness is the most appropriately-named beer in the world, with the exception of Budmiloors Piss Water. Honestly, there are no malty notes in the taste at all, and the hop aroma hits you when the glass reaches about 12 inches from your face. The taste on the tongue matches the nose exactly, which is not always the case (or the goal) in other brews. This beer is eminently drinkable as a treat, a session staple or a closer.

And since every beer tastes better when you know its story, know this: Pat the brewer retires from his full-time fire captain job in 2009 and will devote his days to brewing. Look out beer world. (1,314 characters)

Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Bright amber with a creamy head. I get some citrus, wood, grass and biscuity malts. Pretty bitter with the citrus fading away as it warms and the malts making more a show. Not as dry or bitter as its big brother Exponential. (250 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this gem!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, big bubbles, drops to a solid ring, nice lace spots. Smell is wicked, insane hoppy, pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready brown sugar middle, floral, tangerine, jasmine, very complex. Taste is awesome as well, jasmine, bready and biscuity, caramel, orange peel, pine, grapefruit, insanely hoppy, perfect bitter finish, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, almost perfect as an IPA. Thanks Russ!! (532 characters)

Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seaoflament hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. huge thanks carlos!

22oz bottle. sampled june 7/08.

pours coppery orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. big hop blast up front. pine, grapefruit, orange peel. bit of orange and tangerine. caramel. bread and biscuit. slightly powdery. light alcohol. there's also a touch of herbal character in there too.

taste is great. light alcohol. tons of juicy hops. orange and tangerine with a touch of sweetness. grapefruit. bit of pine. just over medium bitterness level. a bit powdery. white bread and crackers. bit of herbal character here too, but it works well and gives another dimension to the hops.

mouthfeel is great. medium well integrated carbonation. medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great malt and hop depth. an excellent example of the style, and one i'd be happy to drink all day. (952 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a luscious off white head. Decent retention and some nice lacing.

Nice hoppy aroma. A very nice pine and citrus pairing with a pale malt background.

Taste is quite nice. A nice hoppiness with piney notes. A little grassy with a nice bittering bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is high. Very nice taste and alcohol is moderate making this beer very easy to consume. (437 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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