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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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724 Reviews

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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,604
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 1,260
Gots: 281 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Pours a clear and golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces some nice sheets. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from those hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out as if it were a perfect ying and yang. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I would call this an IPA of perfection, huge hops but the finish and drinkability is not a DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, golden color with a finger, or less, of fluffy white foam. I was a little disappointed at the lack of head on this one, after drinking YuleSmith yesterday this one was a bit mute on the look. Aroma is a nice range of citrus fruits, apple, sweet cherry and sticky, sweet malt. Some pine notes are also hidden in the back of the dominant citrus hops. The taste is surprisingly balanced. It is a well crafted DIPA but it didn’t wow me. The name “Pure Hoppiness” I was imagining a bitter bliss, but I didn’t get that with this beer because it has a very adequate amount of malt to tame this beer from being bitterer than it is. The mouthfeel is fairly silky and smooth without feeling like a big/heavy beer, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Still, this is a great DIPA that deserves the good reputation it has.

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

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of malt, citrus, some pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, a touch of malts, good dose of citrus/pines/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an excellent DIPA, and my first from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a pretty clear copper hue with a wonderful two finger head that takes a good while to die down. Stickiness holds on to the glass all over, I may be scrubbing the sides to clean this one. Smell is a sweet, hypnotizing citrus (mostly grapefruit) with a tiny hint of caramel in the nose. Taste is one of a kind. Creamy, buttery, pine hop flavor...this is a flavor I find difficult to describe. Aftertaste is a spicey, dry hop flavor with a sweet orange tingle. Mouthfeel is perfect, fairly light bodied with the right amount of carbonation. For a DIPA, this baby goes down so smooth. Probably one of the most drinkable DIPA's I've had to date, pick up this treat for sure.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is light toasted caramel with good carbonation. The head is a big two fingers off white and leaves good lace.

The Smell is very nice earthy hops, with hints of citrus.

The taste follows and is very good. The bitter is strong and lingers long. The malt is also present and quite good producing excellent balance.

The mouthfeel is very good, nice and thick with very good carbonation.

The drinkability is Very good. I could turn to this any time.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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

22 oz. Bottle. The pour is a clear orange with a white head and lacing. Nice pine cone nose with some malt. Very piny and citrus in the flavor with a nice light malt background. Not overly bitter but still has a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. I can thank my friend Doug for this one!

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

Drank on-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego, CA

Poured a clear amber with a thick, dense, creamy, frothy, off-white head. Lots of clingy, thick lacing cascaded down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy and citrusy with noticeable sweet caramel malts.

The taste was similar to the aroma yet a bit more smooth, sweet and fruity. Citrusy hops were obvious along with tropical fruits (including mango) and a sweet, caramel malt backbone. The malts were most noticeable up front and mid-palate, where they combined seamlessly with the hops to provide a needed balance. As the beer warmed, the sweet caramel malts became even more pronounced. The finish was hoppy, yet not over the top, with lingering notes of pine sap, grapefruit and pineapple.

Mouthfeel was rich, smooth and quite creamy, but the carbonation was excessively low.

As for drinkability, this beer was quite easy-drinking (especially for the style). There was a nice mix of both sweet and bitter flavors, and the 8% ABV was very well hidden (but it definitely caught up with me by the beer's end).

Overall, this was a smooth and tasty double IPA, albeit somewhat less extreme than many others in its category.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22 oz. bottle without a freshness date, courtesy of BlindPig. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Gorgeous golden-orange, glowing in the sunlight with a slight suspended haziness. About 1-finger of creamy, soapy white head. Head dies to a thin film within a couple minutes and I noted just a few random streams of carbonation, more like single bubbles rising here and there. Very pretty bands of sticking lace from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Enticingly sweet, smelling of fresh citrus, pine and a hefty dose of caramel. Aroma also offers ripe melon, orange zest, and a grassy spice. Rises high and lasts forever, an excellent introduction to this beer.

T: A lovely beer, extremely well balanced! Hops are appropriately strong, tasting of oranges & tangerines, a dash of grapefruit juice, spicy pine oils. Malted grain is not a supporting layer but an equal here, gently easing off the bitterness throttle and keeping this one on course. Caramel and a lightly biscuit-y maltiness provide just enough sweetness. Very tasty!

M: Not the strongest, fullest mouthfeel; I judged this one as 'medium', considering some other DIPA's that induce a powerful pucker, strip off tooth enamel, and generally kill the tastebuds. The Pure Hoppiness is a gentle giant - an 8% DIPA that's smooth, balanced, creamy in th mouth and finishes surprisingly clean. Yes, there's some hoppy/bitter aftertaste and just a hint of alcohol warmth, but this is one of the nicest DIPAs I've ever had.

D: 5's are pretty rare for me, but it's also rare I find a DIPA with so much flavor that is also so drinkable. Often flavors and hops get so overwhelming, I want to quit a bomber about halfway through. Not this one...terrific flavors, aroma and mouthfeel make this a new favorite. Deserving the reputation and highly recommended!

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Photo of walshclimb
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear golden amber with finger thick foamy head that leaves lace all the way up the glass. The head thins slowly, remaining foamy and 1/4" thick. Strong floral to piney hop smell with a hint of grapefruit. Crisp, bitter and very hoppy initial flavor with a hint of grapefruit. The malt base is good but doesn't quite balance with the strong hops. Nice moderately bitter aftertaste that is medium to long lived and very pleasant. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel that remains crisp and alcholic. Try pairing it with rosemary encrusted lamb chops. I would definitely purchase this again, and I have been very lucky to have a couple of friends travling to San Diego, bringing me back some of this fine ale. I can only dream that they will increase their distribution.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden yellow, but lacked decent head and lacing. Both are things I expect from a double ipa. The aroma was very complex and completely loaded with hops. I've just started home brewing, so I can sometimes pick out what type of hops are being used by the smell, but with this, they intermingled and fed off eachother to create an almost supernatural aroma. The taste was like the smell, but was complemented nicely by the sublte malt back-bone. They really let the hops take over making my face pucker and distort in joy. It was also extremely easy to go through a bomber in a sitting. I like this beer.

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Photo of jamdugan
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, this is an amazing beer. DIPA's are my favorite style, and I've tried most of em out there. I have to say Pure Hoppiness is one of the best Double IPA's I've had. Of course Pliny the Elder is my #1, but I'm always searching for something similar...or possibly better. So far this is my #2. If you like Pliny, you'll love this beer!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle, 8% ABV. Slightly hazy golden color, with a thick white head. The head disappeared rather quickly, however it left some great patches of lace.

Intense piney and citrusy hop aroma. A bit of grass clippings as well.

Solid caramel malt base. Great citrusy hop presence, with some floral and piney notes following in the background. Somehow, the malt character seems to linger along with the hop bitterness. Talk about well balanced!

Great body, appropriate carbonation. So easy to drink, no way this is 8%. A very solid brew. Seemed to be a bit more in line with a standard IPA, but who cares.

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

What a good changeling IPA takes the form of. White head is a little thin but fluffy. Does leave a sticky thin lace, somewhat spotty. Head fades farily quickly.

Nose is sticky pine forest thick. Sweet and a bit tangy with a citrusy aroma hidden within, on the peachy side with a tangerine orange twist with a orange blossom as well. Toffee malty ness helps balance but the pine hops are front and foremost.

Damn, damn good IPA. Big bittering hop on the finish with a nice caramel malt with a bit of RS helping to balance. Chewy, resiny, pine infused hop profile throughout the palate. Again peach, and tangerine with hints of floral hops in the middle. Other citrus fruity flavors are hard to distinguish from the huge amounts of bitterness (a good thing).

Mouth is medium, hoppy and nice. Not perfect but nice. An IPA I would like to drink daily.

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

22oz. bomber. Courtesy of blindpig or drseamus - can't remember which trade came in first!

Crystal clear, dark gold fluid. Medium sized, creamy, ivory colored head. Great lacing.

Nose was grapefruit, caramel and peaches. Delightful.

Taste was grapefruit and pine. Nice biscuity middle, covered in honey and caramel. Great balance for a hop monster. Grassy at finish. Alcohol well hidden throughout.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Very dry.

Incredibly drinkable for the kick in the head I know it is. Not sure if I prefer this or the Exponential. I believe Expo is a bit sweeter and I know it is a good bit hotter. Whatever! Just glad I have 2 more bombers of this to work through.

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

Thanks to April for giving me a bottle off my Wants. Great West Coast IPA. Amber pour with a one inch head. Big hops smell mostly of pine. Taste is mostly of piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a big DIPA. Very drinkable for the style. A must for a hophead like me.


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

Another great selection at the Toronado.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are exceptional. It bursts with smells of fresh resiny pine hops.

Flavors are mostly of hops. That aroma carries through the beer with resin and pine flavors. It's very sharp and biting. There is a general sweet and creamy maltiness that helps balance this one out. The only drawback, is an underlying sourness that sets this one back a bit.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Full and well rounded.

Drinkability is good. It's an excellent DIPA. A notch below the best, but still well done and quite tasty.

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Photo of beersabound
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Metallitone1 for this one! This has a very nice and clear golden color but the bubbles were a little large and the head and lacing could have been better. The piny, resiny hoppy aroma is very inviting. It reminds me a lot of Centennial hops and I love Centenntial. The flavor was very hoppy with a piny, resinous flavor and none of the fruity grapefruit flavors. There is little alcohol or other fermentation characteristics. There is a slight sweetness but the beer is rather dry and allows the hops to shine. The dryness made the mouthfeel a little less than great. Overall, though, this is a very tasty San Diego Pale that I would try again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.