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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 848
Hads: 3,260
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,226
Gots: 484 | FT: 15
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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.
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Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of cwps48
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of dwilson01
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
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!

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Photo of muttyd
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a thick foamy head that really opens up the aroma. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Fresh hop aroma all over the place. Piney, florally and citrusy aroma. Hints of bready maltness in the background.

T - Citrusy sweetness up front with a crisp bitter finish. Hints of grapefruit and pepper also present. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - Bubbly and sticky. Finishes clean.

D - I can't stop drinking this beer, so glad I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of popery
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. A superb DIPA, and an essentially perfect execution of the style.

The beer pours a fair medium orange-gold with an okay white head. It looks good enough, but it's not particularly special in any way. Appearance-wise, this could be any of a number of DIPAs. Then again, who cares about appearance when this beer has it where it counts?

The aroma is dominated by an enormous candied grapefruit rind note. Sweet wildflowers and pine needles kick in the rest of the round, full hop presence. It's hard to describe exactly what differentiates this beer from other DIPAs. The aroma has the same general hop palette, but the notes are simply bigger, fuller and better. It's like the difference between a great piece of fruit picked right from the tree over something from the supermarket.

The flavor is wonderfully dry. There's a bit more malt presence than Pliny the Elder, but it's a rather similar beer otherwise. There's a dry yeast note that makes the feel a bit rough, but I'm just nitpicking. This is a fantastic beer. I only wish that Alpine would distribute it more regularly to Northern California.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another west coast acquired from JesseTheHutt.

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass

The Pure Hoppiness pours a bright orange color with the usual Alpine frothy head and very good retention. Very good clarity and a great start to this IPA with the pour. Usually the aromas of IPAs blend together but this one is very unique to me. The nose isn't really overpowering with hops but there are still plenty present. A very nice citrus sweetness is also present but not quite like the other IPA's. I think there is a lot of caramel and malts present as well. After allowing the brew to warm up a bit, the taste is dominated with hops, but without a very bitter aftertaste. Some pines and the citrus fruits linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Drinkability is high considering it being a west coast IPA but for me a little less than the other IPA's from Alpine. A great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a thick velvety bubbly head. Visible sediments float in the beer as well.

Smell is as you would expect, hoppy. Very floral hop aroma, some grapefruit, pine and citrus. Some slight sweet malt scent detectable as well.

Taste is very creamy and smooth for a DIPA. Hops are definitely present though, bitterness is quite low for such a hoppy beer. As with all the other Alpine beers I have encountered there is a sweet malt finish. I would like to see more hops in a DIPA than this beer has. Good beer though, just not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation in this beer.

Drinkability is good, a nice easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of chimay68
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice orange/amber, with slight copper jacket.

Smell - Tangerine, little honey sweetness in the nose, citrus and a little tinge of burnt sugar.
Taste - Bitter Hop, Resiny, slightly carbonated. Instantly reminds me of a Stone Ruination ipa when it hits the tongue but more rounded flavor.
Mouthfeel - Tingy, with a slight rise of carbonation, malt comes out a little making it smoother

Drinkability - Starting from a clean palate, meaning no beers before this one, not a bad DIPA. I like the fresh hop profile, the resiny introduction, but this is lacking something for me. The taste leaves you too fast. I'm looking for more of a punch and deeper taste profile. I would still recommend.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, golden straw color with some light amber highlights. Dense, bright white head. Nothing wrong at all with the appearance, whatsoever!

S - Tons of fresh, piney hops. Reminds me of sappy evergreen trees. I'm getting a sourdough breadiness, as well. Very nice, though the aroma is a little subdued.

T - Wonderful, malty sweetness upfront on the tongue, followed by spicy and cirtus hop flavor, then ends with bold bitterness. Perfect combo! Not terribly comples, but a great example of a double ipa.

M/D - Medium body with a frothy carbonation. Overall, I would highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of fiver29
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours amber/orange color with tan head. Aroma is big pine, citrus, and bold hops. Has a medium mouthfeel and has hop blast upfront with mostly citrus coming through. Grapefruit rind, pine, and just really tasty resinous hops. Some malt on the back end and is overall a really nice IPA.

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Photo of Telix
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: A crystal clear copper ale with a nice mild carbonation rising from the nucleation points. The head quickly fades to a little film. Up my alley.

S: A bit... off? Mild, but appetizing in general. My bottle wasn't super fresh so I may have lost some aromatics.

T: Nice resinous hops with controlled bitterness, some mild candied cherry sweetness, white wine grapes. It's a bit mild, probably due to the lack of freshness. A tasty IPA, sure, with some honey maltiness and sharp effervescence.

M: Solid, creamy and thick but not syrupy. Good.

D: Very quaffable, something I'd seek out again. I was much more a fan of it's bigger brother Exponential Hoppiness, though.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a nice pure white head. Huge lacing.

Smell is pure hops, limes, lemons....lemon marange pie! Perfect!!! you have to smell this one!

Tastes of bitter hops of course but just enough sugars to balance. Lots of carbonation medium mouthfeel. Alcohol taste and burn.
Great brew. Memorable!

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear glowing orange color with a finger of head. The smell is a huge blast of floral and pine hops, with a slight dash of grapefruit in the background.

The taste has a bit more citrus and a bit less pine than I anticipated. A very tasty combination for sure. There is a big enough biscuity malt profile to keep somewhat of a balance, and the bitterness is fairly low when you consider the amount of hop flavor. A very easy drinking IPA, one of the smoothest I have encountered.

This one is a tad fuller than medium bodied and it has a high level of carbonation that splashes the flavor in every crevice of your mouth. Not as sticky as I would like, but the (relatively) lighter nature of this compared to some other DIPA's helps with the drinkability. This is a beer that would pair very well with food. Another winner from Alpine.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gearing up for the DIPA fest tomorrow, here's some notes from last year's. Pours a good dark yellow, kinda like when you've been partying or working out real hard.

Aroma, pure hops. Taste, a decent sweet yeast is a nice touch in addition to the obviously very hopped beer. Malt isn't too heavy, a nice dipa at 8%, as sessionable as they get for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, the sweetness which I'm guessing may be a less frequent yeast strain than I'm used to in dipas, nice touch.

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Photo of snpub540
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orangish, light golden hue into my pint glass. Nice fluffy white 2 finger head that had some nice retention and left a nice trail down the glass.

Smell was like sticking my nose straight into a bag of hop pellets. Very floral and fruity smelling. Pine, grass, citrus notes were all ther in a very pleasing smell.

Taste was slightly sweet upfront, then an onslaught of delicious hop flavor. Again very grassy, a little grapefruit, and a dry bitter pine finish. For all the hop flavor in there it is not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and seemes to coat the entire palate. Drinkability is great because it is so smooth and crisp. I am going to have to pick up some more of these because it was addicting.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great offering from Alpine Beer Company!

Very similar to the Duet IPA in appearance. A thick, one inch worth of head is produced upon the medium amber hue. Lacing just sticks to the glass.

Prominent tropical fruit/floral aroma with some undertones of pine and citrus fruits. Very pleasant, mellow, and fresh aroma.

Taste echoes the nose quite nicely. Very balanced with just enough malt presence to keep the hops in check. Absolutely no harshness or excessive lingering from the hops, and packed with tropical fruit and pine flavor.

Creamy, medium/high carbonation that just envelopes the mouth. It is almost too good to swallow.

Highly sip-able and coupled with the fresh hop flavor and creamy mouthfeel makes this DIPA's drinkability impressive to say the least.

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Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome!

solid dark color with a nice floral and malty aroma with a solid palatable brew to follow. very enjoyable. solid white head retention with good lacing and very drinkable!

i recommend again and again!

the one problem i do find is i wish there was a more prominent malt finishing to the beer to go with the abv. otherwise i LOVE THIS BEER!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to this one after having just about everything else from them. 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours gold with a barley half a fingers worth of white head. There's some bubbles here and there along the edge of the glass and a thin film on top.

S - A nice piney citrus aroma mixed in with a hoppy bitterness. Not over-the-top, but enough to let you know this DIPA means business.

T - Much the same as the nose. Lots of pine, citrus, hops, and bitter notes. A slight touch of malt on the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth.

D - An nice DIPA that I could several times in one session. Easier to drink then Expo for me, and more "down the middle of the road" compared to the uber-hoppy Expo.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint @ O'Brien's on 1/7/10

A - Golden color with a small ring of head. No real lacing of note left on my glass, which i found surprising for an IPA from Alpine.

S - floral and grassy hop notes. There are some light citrus aromas too; possibly navel oranges. A sweet malt backbone balances the hops out.

T - Hops characterized by grapefruit up front. There is a malty/sweet taste mid-palate, but the grapefruit comes back and lingers at the end.

M - Light body with good amount of carbonation. Nice.

D - I could definitely drink another, and then another.

I had a bottle of this, and thought it was better out of the bottle. A more vigorous pour lead to much more aromas and taste, in my opinion, then what was served on tap.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dgb3 for this one. 22 oz. bombler poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Hazy, dark gold color. The pour produced a quarter of white sand colored head that retained well and left great sticky lace. Impressive.

A: Holy hop explosion! Huge grapefruit,orange and pineapple. I get a small sweetness from the pale malt, but the hops really shine.

T: As expected. Great citrus hop flavor with a small malt backbone. Really diggin the hop flavor. It finishes very dry and bitter, as it should, with almost no hint of the alcohol.

M: Medium body and good amount of carbonation. Rather sharp on the back end, nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty solid. Overall, really, really good IPA. One of the better west coast offerings IMO. Wish I had more. Skal.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from Smokepot23 for winning SNF Squares Week 11, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that settled down but still left a thick sheet of sticky lacing.
Citrus and earthy hop aroma is a smell to behold.
Great blast of hops with enough of a malt background to keep things in check.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
Easy to drink.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.