Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 2,342
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
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Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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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 Phatz
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for sharing with me. In a session of DIPA's this one did not stand out among crowd, with the name "Pure Hoppiness" I expected more. Maybe it shouldn't have followed Goose Island Imperial IPA. Still, the dry feel the citrus pine hops make it one very worth revisiting. It had a light feel and very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (367 characters)

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

A good one for my 200th review....thanks to Metallitone1!

Pop off the crown and hops just scream out of the bottle. One of the best smelling beers I've had to date. Nice clean appearance, with an oily head and active crbonation. Lacing rounds out the fine appearance.

Big hops on the palate, not exceptionally bitter and only a mild bitter aftertaste, just pure...hoppiness! Slightly sour, very clean and refreshing. The slightest sweetness coats the tongue and politely yeilds to the massive rush of hop bliss. This one's up there with Hopsickle, Pliny the Younger, and any of Pizza Port's 2xIPAs like Frank and Hop 15. Great beer from a great brewery. I can attest that it only gets better on draft. West coast IPAs rule!

I paired this one with a super spicy vegan sausage with peppers and onions. Mmm mmm good. (822 characters)

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

Fresh growler straight from the brewery. An old favorite of mine from my San Diego days, Pure Hoppiness pours the color of a copper penny with a foamy white head that dissipates and thins quickly. The first whiff is classic San Diego IPA style - big piney hops with danky floral notes. Taste is smooth and clean with lots of grapefruit and pine punching your tongue around. There’s a nice caramel malt in the background to help balance things out a little and make it very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, clean and lightly resinous finish. Overall, one of the more sessionable IIPAs I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. I used to drink a lot of this and only wish i had easier access to this gem nowadays. There’s a reason it’s one of the IIPAs that made SD famous. (781 characters)

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

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this tasty DIPA my way. Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a slightly hazy golden copper color with about two fingers of off-white head. The foam leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet citrus (orange), caramel malt, tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango, and piney hops. Tastes of sweet tangerine, bitter grapefruit, piney hops and a nice caramel malt back. Slightly thin in the mouth with medium carbonation. I would certainly drink this fine beer again, but if given a choice, I'd pick the Elder which is more accessible here in PA. (648 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

clear bright golden orange and an inch and a half of fluffy off-white head that retains very well, leaving a lumpy, frothy peak even after a few minutes. lots of rising bubbles.

bright, fresh, citrusy aroma. tangerines, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. hints of pine and sweet malt as well.

flavor doesn't quite have the same complexity, with a slight hoppiness in the start complemented with a stronger hoppiness in the finish. prickly carbonation and a medium feel; somewhat one-noted, with just a medium-high bitterness and some floral and pine notes. very pretty beer, with a great aroma, but it's slightly downhill from there. (676 characters)

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

A- Thick white dense head on a clear orange body.
S-Huge hops come to the nose first. Big sweet grapefruit juice and pine are the first things to mind. The pine is out weighing the citrus hops.
T- Nice pine and grapefruit juice hops. Its a strong juicy fruits and pine straw. In the aftertaste there is a mix between the two as well. A nice light caramel platform for all the hops to stand on. Kind of sweet but not overwhelming so.
M- Medium to full body with low carbonation. A sticky smoothness to it (as weird as that may sound).
D- I think it is a very good brew. I think I will be drinking my other bottles of this instead of trading it. Shame these aren't easier to get. (681 characters)

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

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this bomber.

a - pours a burnt orange color with a big rocky white head, good retention, great lacing, some sediment

s - big mix of piney and citrusy hop aromas, not much malt in the nose, slight hint of alcohol

t - sweetness mixed with immediate bitterness up front, nice citrus and pine notes in the body, grapefruit and lemon, as it warms up, there is a bit of biscuity malt in the body, finish is once again sweet and bitter with a slight hint of alcohol, orangey bitterness lingers on the palate for some time

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, hop oil coats the mouth, fairly dry finish

d - pretty drinkable for a DIPA hopbomb, doesn't destroy the palate as much as I would have thought, just enough sweetness to preserve the palate, alcohol not very evident

Great DIPA and deserving of the praise it gets. Not on the level of Dreadnaught for me, but very good nonetheless. DIPA lovers need to seek out a bottle of this - and metallitone is a good source. (1,015 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

clear pale copper with a thick head.. one that leaves lacing behind that reminds me of the dead, withered legs of a spider. honeycomb patterns are left behind encrusted to the glass.

aroma is excessively grassy with a big hint of wet envelope glue. the freshness here begins to transcend into a world of excess, but pulls itself back just before reaching critical mass. sweet violet and green berry scents prosper in defense of a big, sweet warning. warmth brings real strong homebrewed iced tea wafts.

the tea leaves really come out in the flavor, and even finish with that tobacco-like dryness. very english flavors with mild sweet-lemon citrus notes. super-light for a DIPA, finishing sweet with limited bitterness and no sign of thick resistance in the body. dryness really tries to evolve here, but the chosen hop flavors seem to promote overripe berry puree flavors and sweet sesame. perfumey overall and a bit light for my tastes. if you told me this was a southern tier ipa, i might be fooled.

a nice dipa but not one of the revolutionary ones of the universe. (1,078 characters)

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

Clear copper. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is pretty intricate and moderate in amount. Great hop aroma. Like burying your nose in a big pile of PacNW hops. Pungent. Grapefruit. Pineapple. And Bong Resin. This DIPA brings a lot of great hop flavor without an abrasive bitterness. AND without a lot of EtOH heat. I like that. I'd rather my DIPAs be in the range of 8% instead of 10ish. Lemony hop oils meld with tropical pineapple and grapefruit. Resinous and a little greasy. Good stuff. Malts are in the background, but give sufficient backbone to this DIPA without contributing a lot of sweetness. Body is medium to medium-full and the beer is lightly carbonated. Very good DIPA. (681 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy. (828 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich coppery orange color with a nice head of off white foam. Lots of lace, and a high level of carbonation indicated by the streams of bubbles in the glass.

S: Hops dominate, with intricate notes of citrus fruits, pine, and floral notes. Very nice.

T: Dense and complex hoppy flavors of pine, citrus and sweet floral notes give way to a mildly grainy malt profile. Slightly sweet and soapy, with a nice caramel appeal about itself.

M: Nice and smooth, with a strong hop oil character. Medium levels of carbonation translate to a bubbly and effervescent experience.

D: Pretty good. I like the fact that the hops aren't one sided, but give a hoppy taste from around the spectrum.

Notes: Special thanks to KingG for the sample (742 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has an excellent burst of grassy hops with a well-blended compliment of citrus sweetness. There’s a good caramelized malt smell in the background as well.

T: The taste is dominated by the wonderfully piney and bitter flavor of hops, but it’s very well-complimented by citrus sweetness and a decent malt character. Overall, it’s a very well-balanced taste as shown in the after-taste which is a good blend of healthy hops bitterness with a little bit of sweetness.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Super tasty, goes down very easily, nice kick to it, only slightly filling, excellent representation of style, I’m happy I started drinking this late in the night because it’s the type of beer that is extremely difficult to follow. I think this is an excellent beer. (1,108 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours orangy gold, clear, with a white modest head.
Aromatics are floral and extremely fruiy. Lots of peaches, tangerines, and pear. Fresh hops waft upward and the bottle seems fresh. A hint of powdered pixie sugar and aspirin in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium, a bit crisp and refreshing.
The pallet is lively with hops and a light malt backbone. The hopping is primarily in the flavor, with bitterness being firm but secondary to the juice. Very tropical in nature, with intermingeled citrus fruits and a slightly boozy note hinting at Grand Marnier.
A slight "hollowness" in the bittering is not even a detraction.
The allure of this beer is not in any insane amount of aggresive hopping, but in the balance of the brew. There no offensiveness whatsoever in the any one component, which allows the "pure hoppiness" to really shine. Incredibly drinkable and tasty.
To have a draught pint would be heavenly. (919 characters)

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

Pours a medium gold in color and clear with a small white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, grapefruit and pineapple, a sweet tropical fruitiness. Nice grapefruit citrus hoppiness up front in the taste followed by a some pine and grassy bitterness and a nice peppery bite. Fairly dry with a hint of alcohol in the finish. A nice creamy medium body in the background works well to balance but not overpower. A very nice example of the style, nothing was to over the top but everything was very nicely balanced, good hop aroma and nice peppery bite, solid. (550 characters)

Photo of Pagzzz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderfull IPA!

Fresh citrus hop flavor, moderate bitterness. IBU on this beer is deceptive with bitterness balanced well by flavor and aroma! Great juicy mouthfeel and heavenly C hop aroma. Brewer uses many hop infusion techniques including hopbacks.

Orange/gold color, slight lacy head. Best enjoyed on draft. I had 5! It's that drinkable. (347 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very good IPA, I say IPA instead of Double IPA because even though it is labled as a double IPA I think it is actually closer to the stregnth and flavor of an excellent American IPA. Nice use of hops, somewhat grassy with citrus notes. Color is a rich gold color. Very drinkable. I just wish it was available where I live. (324 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Stone IPA glass.
BIG thanks to bennetj17 for another excellent beer trade!
No freshness or best before date.

Pours a very brilliant, glowing orannge color. Very clear with a one and a half inch thick, bright, white, frothy head. Excellent head retention, and tons of sticky lacing, clinging to the glass. Very inviting looking. Strong smelling double IPA. Huge grapefruit aromas, followed by some citrusy, piney smells, maybe a hint of lemon and grass. Nice big dry hopped flavors up front, with a very prevalent caramel malt backbone. Very easy too drink for a double IPA. Finishes bitter, but not over the top. Incredibly well balanced. Lots of carbonation make this a very smooth brew, medium bodied. I wouldn't have a clue that this is 8% abv, alcohol is hidden magnificently. Overall, a excellent beer, a must try for any hophead! (874 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 14, 2006. 22 oz Bottle. Lucious sweet liquor of hops, licking my nose with Centennial piney resins. Full of swaying fresh grasses and grapefruit trees. Pour of an amber tinged pure gold, crowned with a rocky froth of off-white. Flavor is a delicious lightly creamy malt body, heavy with droopy eyelids of fresh white pine needles and a bough of aspen leaves. Dryly smacking of grass resin and freshly squeezed Valencia oranges. A drop of lemon juice and vodka sneak in. Mmmm hops. An well built IPA with great balance and body. I love the long draw of hoppy apple peels. (603 characters)

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

Big thanks to JahNoth for sending this hop monster my way.

A: Very cloudy yellowish straw color with a big pillow like frothy monster of a head. Measures about 2 fingers leaving thick sticky white spider web lacing. Big time retention. Looks tiptop.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes blend very well together. Orange and lemon zest fruityness. Malty profile comes through if you give the glass a decent swirl. Sweet and spicy notes also present.
T/M: Both the hop and malt profile emerge with avengence. Floral and fruity hop notes say hello to the tastebuds. Big maltyness follows the hops with an above average thick body. Sugary sweet and chewy, but not oily and resiny like other double IPA's I've had--it's more crisp. Sharp fizzy carbonation followed by a slightly dry floral-like finish and aftertaste.
D: Damn drinkable. Slightly carbonated for my tastes and I'd like to try it on draft--not a knock. Bigger hop notes in the aroma but with a good balance in the flavors. Highly drinkable and one that I'd have any day. (1,030 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't remember who I got this one from. Remind me!
Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbonation that rise to the top. A rocky, white, 1 finger head slowly fades out. A small amount of floaters kicking around the bottom. A solid tube of lacing coats the entire glass before slowly dissapating into broken up streaky lacing.
Smell is of honey, grain, flowers, earthy notes, mild spices, light amounts of sugary and citrus. There are also highlights of vanilla and apricot found in there. Nice bounty of hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet balance of sugar and hops that aren't overkill.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, smooth, sugary, with vanilla running along the near perfect palate. Very nice! (750 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Anniversary Fest.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end. West coast all the way baby!

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer was well attenuated and wasn't smackingly sweet, which is were I feel that most double IPAs are susceptible to loosing points. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp at 8.0%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to get a pint before it's gone, go back for as many as you can.

With so many amazing DIPAs coming out of San Diego, it's no wonder this city (area) continues to define the style that was essentially pioneered there. Many are starting to call double IPAs "San Diego Pale Ale." They've earned it. (1,137 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly packed foam white head. Interesting patterns form in the bubbles. Body is a lighter yellow color, nice and clear though. Lacing shows up to round it out.

Lots of aroma in this, immediately evident when the cap was popped. Citrus and floral hops dominates with some clean straw aromas come in from the malting. Just pure hops mostly (no pun intended), but doesn't seem overly sweet like many other big hopbombs.

Lots of hops are evident as would be expected. Big, bold, brash hops. Floral and straw hops form most of the flavor in this. Some piney resin finishes this out and leads into the lingering bitterness. A bit unbalanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fair amount of carbonation makes for a nice crispness. Decent drinkability, the slightly unbalanced nature brings this down. If you want straight up hops this is a good choice. Good brew overall...similar to Victory's Hop Wallop to me... (912 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: draught to pint glass. Comes out with a half inch white head over a bright copper body. Quickly after arriving the head leaves a pock-marked cap of pretty lacings. Lots of active bubble trails throughout the glass.

Nose: Hops are in-your-face pine, extremely bitter aroma in anticipation of the taste. A tickle of something sweet, like maple syrup. Chalk, milk, bananas.

Mouth: Man, the hops hit with grass and pine, like sucking on pine needles, but it's not so extremely bitter as to burn me out. A light bitter after taste, balances the fruit character of the front. Pears & grains, like a flavored rice cake. Brown sugar flavor as well. Excellently balanced between the malt & hop with a smooth dry finish. Mouthfeel enters strong and prickly but a bit too creamy in the back as it foams up.

Really fun to drink; extremely enjoyable. (852 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ O' Briens in San Diego

A- fluffy 1" white head, golden straw color with a hint of orange, good retnet, plenty of lace

S- super citrus, some pine in there to

T- citrus, then citrus, did I mention citrus. So after the grapefruit slam, you got some pine and malt sweetness, but then the citrus is back for the finish and aftertaste.

M- bit thin, but very smooth

D- smell is just as strong as the taste, great for a hop fix. Fun to try, but i wouldnt go out of my way for another. I would take one if i was in my way though. Best to enjoy over a extended amount of time. (590 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper appearance with high clarity. Frothy light foam begins at 1/2 inch, settles some leaving a nice crust and minor lace. Intense piney hop aroma, nectary and floral, with a hint of spiciness and also mild citrus notes. The taste has a strong dry-hopped flavor and a light nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of roast. The bitterness creeps in slowly after a few sips and really builds toward a sharp cheddar-like bite. I am really impressed with the freshness of the hops. Alcohol is not real noticible here. Mouthfeel is solid, medium body, moderate carbonation, very-clean like finish, not sticky. I loved this beer, even more than anticipated. The hops were fantastic, and I think they managed to make a big double without overdoing it too much. Excellent... (775 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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