Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,346
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,258
Gots: 216 | 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 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)

Photo of bbothen
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Clear straw orange color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head.

S - Earthy piney grassy hops mostly. Although a significant citurs presence as well. Smells great if you like hops. I do. So there you go.

T - Hop salad. Like the aroma there is piney spruce hop flavors & plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, citrus flavors as well. Oily & yummy. Balanced? You have to seek out the malt flavors. That's fine though.

M - Medium feel. Medium carbonation. Dry & somewhat thin feeling to me.

D - Drinkability is high. I could down these all day.

Tasy brew. I'm a hop lover, so I like the somewhat one deminsional taste. That's not a knock. (669 characters)

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

22oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks, Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear golden orange with a dense two finger off-white head that recedes slowly leaving pretty lace work on the side of the glass.

S: Glorious! Hops abound! Sharp pine and spruce up front with pineapple, some orange, some lemon, some grapefruit and a mild grassy note. This reminds me a LOT of Pliny the Elder. Excellent stuff. This _smells_ dry

T: Strong hop presence up front with bitter, oily, resiny pine followed by a bouquet of citrus, grapefruit and more pine. There's barely any malt presence - bone dry like you wouldn't believe

M: Carbonation is a little low but doesn't hurt as this is definitely among the oilier DIPA's i've had. The hops coat your palate leaving a bitter finish that's dry. The m/f reminds me of Blind Pig

D: Goes down very easy, I wish i had more! (872 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great thanks to Grub for sharing this 650ml bottle!

The orange glow of a dimming sunset has this dressed in lovely colour. A ring of bubbles embrace from the outside with a big hug. Textbook style. An irresistible looking beer.

Looking at the beer made me want to guzzle it down instantly, smelling it, however, wasn't quite as rousing. There seems to be a hint of jasmine/green tea character. A light soapy note precedes a dynamic cocktail of one part pine, one part grapefruit. Accurate to say, I suppose, the smell is 'pure hoppiness'.

You can almost feel little hop particles scrubbing your cheeks and tongue with bitterness; the alpha acids are in no small way hidden and pinch especially after sips. The 8% is not unnoticed either, but like with the bitterness, you are far too distracted by all the wonderful flavour to notice...

And indeed, the flavour is more than just wonderful: it is all the fruits of the rainbow! Vivid, vivid, vivid notes of grapefruit and tangerine, melon and mango, mandarin and cantaloupe... this has fruit and citrus coming out the ying/yang! There are also smaller hints of green tea, jasmine, and your expected level of pine. The flavours are so damn vivid!

This is a beer not only full of colour and flavour, but also full of life. Everything about this beer is zestful and animated... something particularly intrinsic to big, hoppy West Coast beers.

Attention brewers: Alpine's Pure Hoppiness - this is your benchmark. (1,468 characters)

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

Appearance: Clear amber with a fluffy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smell: A bouquet of fresh hops hits the nose as soon as the bottle is uncapped; the aroma is spicy and floral with a big resiny pine undercurrent.

Taste/mouthfeel: Hops and nothing but - the malt profile is dry and slightly biscuit-like, lending no sweetness and serving as little more than a foundation for the amazing hop character. There's plenty of complexity to be found in the hop flavor, from wildflowers to spruce, though it leans toward grapefruit and lemon. So damn light and crisp, it's hard to believe this is 8%; I've had IPAs of 6% ABV that felt heavier and maltier. The finish is punchy and bitter yet not overwhelming - this brew is really more about the hop flavor and aroma, as any good IPA should be in my opinion. (813 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to MiScusi for sharing this beauty. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing.

S: As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma.

T: Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter.

M: Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation.

D: This is one of the better DIPA's I've tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it. Thanks again to MiScusi for passing this one along. (869 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bombers pours into my glass an impeccable clear golden orange hue, amazing clarity. An inch of creamy white head rises and as it falls it leaves dense patches of sticky lacing. Aromas are evident before even getting close to the glass! Big, brash citric hops show up across the room. Closer inspection brings a cacophony of vibrant citrus, tropical, juicy and resinous green hop aromas out. A sweet caramel malt lies in the background, but hops rule here. Somewhat floral, enticing aroma.

First sip brings a crisp somewhat toasty caramel malt upfront that gets washed over by a solid mix of hops. Leafy, citrus, floral and light tropical flavors move across the palate. Lots of green resinous notes as well. It flows down with a big smack of bitterness that grabs hold. Finishes off with lingering bitterness and floral hop afterthoughts. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness overall. Solid brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Great carbonation makes it go down easy and refreshing. If I could find this regularly it would be a go to brew and I could easily take down a couple bombers. Overall, another solid west coast IPA. I wouldn't say it's amazing and my favorite, but it's a damn good brew that I'm happy to have tried. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Fresh hops, wildflowers, pine.

T: Great hop flavour in this one, light grassiness, almost a sweet bitterness, light cedary pine, very interesting, reminiscent of Pliny the Elder for sure in its hop intensity. Malt is bready and light and stays out of the way of the powerful hop profile.

M: Resiny, but has a lightness and crisp character not often found in Double IPA's. Very easy to drink and enjoy in a pub setting.

D: Really good beer, my first from Alpine and I look forward to trying more whenever I'm in San Diego. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had for sure. (688 characters)

Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden yellow hue with a 1.5 finger eggshell head which sits on top of this brew for quite a while.

S- Smell consists of extreme piney hoppiness with almost a grassy flare and a definite sweet, caramel malt backbone.

T- The hoppiness pretty much overides all else here but I guess thats what you should expect! Starts off with a blast of pine and moves into a wheaty breadiness with alcohol and bitterness intertwining at the end.

M- More viscous than your average DIPA with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is a huge hop bomb and I think it would be quite the stretch to say it is overly drinkable. I love hops and DIPAs but this one didn't quite do it for me. (679 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - 2007 Bottling - Cellar temp.

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange and yellow color with a half inch head. The head has mediocre retention and some lace. Bubbles are soapy and vary in size. Lots of clingy lace after each sip, which builds and builds.

Smell: A very crisp and floral hop aroma. Grassy and fresh, reminiscent of Double Simcoe. Lavender, grapefruit, sweet basil and honey suckle. Very nice.

Taste: Bitter hop resins are everywhere in a lot of flavors. Fresh grassy flavors run rampant with notes of grapefruit, fresh celery and other earthy freshness of green veggies. Malt background, lingering bitterness. Not too sweet!

Mouthfeel: Quite bitter, but not unpleasant. Creamy and pinchy with a slickness that keeps you drinking. The lack of heavy sugars makes it more quenching than most DIPAs.

Drinkability: Very light and drinkable for a DIPA. Very balanced for a pronounced flavor profile that it has. A great beer. Easy to quaff. Highly recommended. (1,015 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of Padrefan98 and this one in particular shared by MiguelMandingo on BA. Pour is rich amber colored in a snifter with a smallish white head. Smell is piney, hoppy and fairly aromatic fresh hops chock full of resiny goodness. Taste is much of the same with hop flavors leaning towards piney and resiny with a moderate bitterness and ample malt backing to keep it pretty balanced. For an IPA, it is quite strong, but for a DIPA, I'd say it's extremely drinkable. Very nice beer all around and thanks again for Mike for sharing this great beer! (558 characters)

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

A bubbley light tan head crests the glass at about two fingers tall. Body is a honey yellow gold. Head has nice retention and leaves web like lace as it slowly fades. Nose is a very floral sweet hop mixture with fresh citrus and soft piney tones. With first drink I am really taken by how smooth and refreshing the hop profile of this beer is. The hops are very fresh with sweet citrus feel. They do have a bit of grassy bitter but this is very well balanced by a lovely malt balance all along the backbone of this beer. Bitterness is very long and well received on the mouthfeel. Alchol is scary well hidden on this beer, maybe only peeks out with the boldness of the hops. This is a very drinkable tasty hoppiness of a beer. (726 characters)

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

thanks to jhenry04 for this one...

poured into a tulip, this was a glowing orange/deep gold in color with just a slight haze and no sediment. a diminishing white head left thick, sticky patches of lace all the way down. quite a looker, this one, and the other aspects were there as well. inviting, but not overpowering bouqet is honeyed and floral, fresh bread and resiny citric notes also present. lightly sweet malts upfront gracefully defer to an extremely smooth, lingering hop bitterness on the back end. long, pleasantly bitter, spicy/peppery, drying finish. medium to full-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. at 8% this is a killer dipa. (649 characters)

Photo of nohead02
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, fill up your senses with this brew. I often get this in the bottle but found it on top at the San Diego Brewing Company and it really shines on draft. A creamier brew than you expect from an IPA. Nice foamy head that never dies down, producing a long, smooth mouthfeel. Aggressive hoppiness but not to the point where it is just a way to show how macho you are. Bravo, bravo, bravo. (390 characters)

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

Got this beer in a trade from seaoflament and then drank it back in Ireland from the 22oz bottle.

Aroma hits you the second that you open the bottle even before you pour. Pine and hop notes dominate right away but not overpowering.

Pours to a 1 finger head on top of a nice light amber color with little haziness. Head disappears within 2 minutes and leaves a nice lacing as the beer goes down.

Hops is the dominating characteristic taste here and is backed by some light citrus and piney hints-little to no malt sweetness.

Not too full, but definitely enough body to fill you and ends with a rather dry finish. Seems fairly balanced though.

I tend to be a bit hesitant around beers with the word 'hop' in their title as sometimes they can be a bit one-sided and too much for my taste, but I think that this one is nicely balanced and could sneak up on you at 8%. I'll definitely try another if I get the opportunity. (927 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a kinda flat looking clear copper with a nice white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is a musky pine with some earth behind it.
Taste is a hop lover's dream. Tons of pine and fresh cut grass. There's just a hint of carbonation and a lingering bitter finish that matches the smell. There's malt here somewhere but the hops just smack it down. Very dry finish and a sticky mouthfeel.
Great on drinkability! Moderate ABV makes this a good one to drink with some nice sharp cheese. (483 characters)

Photo of mixylplik3
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Joey at South Bay in San Diego. Great place to order from! Arrived in a mixed shipment today. Woohoo!

Pours a deep amber in my Fin du monde tulip. A lingering small but thick head tops this brew.

The taste is pine, lots of pine. There is a balanced malt presence, and added together this is a fantastic and balanced IPA. The carbonation really sets off this flavor, as well. The finish is clean and the drinkability is off the charts. Awesome. More please. (473 characters)

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

I've had this a few times - mostly on tap - and was never overly impressed. However, I figured I would save my review for a nice fresh bottle. Let's put it this way - I now understand the hype.

Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head that mostly dies but leaves a ton of lacing. Smells delicious - lots of citrusy hops in this one!

Taste follows suit nicely - very tasty blast of grapefruit hops with touches of pine and caramel. Just enough malt backbone to showcase the hops, but also nice and clean and definitely not syrupy. Nice.

Mouthfeel is rich but light on the tongue with a very nice carbonation level. Drinkability is exceptional.

Highly recommended. This really is a good, clean, not too malty San Diego DIPA. (731 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. This is your typical west-coast hoppy beer. Pours a nice dark gold in color. Smell is hops with some underlying malt. The thing that stands out in this beer is the development of the hop taste throughout each drink. Initially you're hit with the grassy/piney hops. Then midway through the tongue you get a bit of juiciness that shows up. Really quite pleasant and very easy to enjoy. Would be killer on tap. (435 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go with the review to fill my mug to the top - with a great beer sent by soloman420 as a nice Xmas present - many, many thanks again.

Poured a gorgeous golden amber, capped by a Brussels white lace around the Corsendonk tulip. A fine presenting frosty.

Classic west coast IPA aroma of citrus, orange and pine. But the quaff transgresses into new territory with the addition of a woody resin, even a hint of bready dough.

Sharp and crisp finish, it actually leaves a tingle on the tongue. The easy 8% does not factor in, this could just as easy be a 5%.

Tasty treat, better get one for a try. (603 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye : Poured a light hazy blonde ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing as well. Aroma of citrus and fresh grapefruit is just out of this world with some low bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some fresh red ruby grapefruit with some bittering notes at the end. Probably one of the best aromas I've had in months of tasting new beers. Full body, creamy texture, perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wow! (482 characters)

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

Pours clear with a full finger off white head that fades to surface fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind. The amber color is lighter than I anticipated. The smell is good mostly because it has a nice balance. The hop pine and grassy character mixes well with a mellow malt sweetness. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium. Hoppy but altogether creamy with an oily piny after taste that lingers appropriately. The lighter creamy body contributes significantly to its easy drinkability. Full flavored, the creamy texture is coming from the sweeter malt component. It doesn't come across as being a BIG beer. Another thing that I find tres cool is that it doesn't have a runaway price just because of it's reputation. Hats off to the folks at Alpine! (780 characters)

Photo of aromatorio
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today from Joey at South Bay - fresh from the brewer!

It pours with a nice, light amber color. Snowy white, creamy colored head. Sticks around quite awhile.

The nose is fantastic. At first I am very put off. I catch some notes that remind me of juniper - very gin like. Piney even. Also a big whiff of flowery esters, riding on some light citrus undertones.

Taste is supremely unique. Bitter to the max, balanced very lightly by sublime malts. Earthy and perhaps a little over the top, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is interesting - as others have noted, the carbonation is as excessive as the hops. Very enjoyable though.

Not sure I could drink a ton of this stuff, but I am more about savoring it than chugging through. Overall I am not a huge fan of IPA/DIPA/hops in general - but I enjoyed this beer a lot. (833 characters)

Photo of lifebeer
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a. light amber, light cream-colored and creamy head

s. fresh and fruity hops

t. begins with sweet hops, a yeasty/earthy flavor, nice malt balance, finishes kinda dead with alcohol and flavorless bitterness, wish it lasted longer

m. round with a medium creaminess

d. very drinkable, would buy more if i could find it over here (329 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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