Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,317
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1,258
Gots: 210 | FT: 13
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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 PHBoiler
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a footed pilsner from Spieglau

Bright orange/amber colored body with a one finger bright white head.

Huge hop punch with mostly pine on the nose and light citrus rind.

Grapefruit rind, pine needles, and intense bitterness on the taste. It mellows slightly as you continue to drink with enough maltiness to balance. Very bold west coast IPA that is done perfectly to style. The body offers the proper carbonation, drinkability, and finish.

This one is certainly a keeper. The best West Coast IPA I've had in terms of drinkability. If you're one for heavy bitterness and pine, I don't know that you'll find anything better.

Photo of grynder33
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Lou91 for this gem. Powerful, bold and complex hop aroma,reminds me of the first time I inhaled Dreadnaught, you could keep your nose in that glass all day, wonderful fullbodied malt hop combination like you bit into a sweetened grapefruit/orange with a beautiful tongue coating bitterness that urged you to contemplate the artist skills of the brewmaster. Amongst my top 5 IIPA's

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a IPA heavy west coast deliciousness beer for sure.

beautiful bright yellow with plenty of carbonation. smell was just out of this world with hops. tons of citrus, beautiful pineyness as well. taste, wowza this one was complex with varying levels of hops. first very potent and bitter and then sweet and mellow. this one drinks quite easily as well. damn fine example of a WCIPA

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. I'm review 500 for this beer. Hooray?

A- pours a gorgeous, transparent shade of orange with a half finger white head. The head fades pretty quickly, but leaves excellent lacing.

S- super juicy grapefruits! Smells divine.

T- it's bitter, but not tongue-meltingly so. There's a ton of grapefruit coming out of this, with a nice pine backbone. The sweet aftertaste of the grapefruit sticks around for awhile

M- it's got some syrupy qualities to it, but at the same time, it's a little thin. Does that make sense? I really like the texture of it, though. It works well

O- great beer. Not as in your face as some other west coast IPAs, but it's got a lot going on

Photo of SteveO1231
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip down to the Alpine Beer Co. Had a few tasters, and picked a couple 22oz. PH bottles. Also picked up a bottle of "Great" their barlywine.

Trip was well worth it, met the brewer's son and wife, very nice people. I'll be making a trip out there again.

Anyways back to the beer,

As soon as I popped that bad boy I could smell the intense amount of hops even before I poured it into my tulip glass.

Poured a bright golden honey color. Thin white fizzy head. Quite a bit of carbonation.

My god what an awesome hop aroma, as if I was burying my face in pure hops, awesome! Very citusy and grassy almost pine.

Night crips taste, very nice strong hop finish. Grapefruit like bitterness. Not so bold that it is unbalanced, actually it's very balanced. Pine like bitterness left on the tongue.

One of my favorite beers, finally got it in bottle form Awesome!


Photo of kdmcguire10
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium orange color with a 1-finger head that dissipates very quickly. Hops, hops, hops...I love hops. I could literally smell this one from across the room. Tons of piney, herby, resiny hops on the nose. Intense. Some citrus as first but soon changes to a caramel and bread aroma. Complex stuff. Smack-you-in-your-face hop bite right up front, but a really well-balanced DIPA by the maltiness on the taste. 8% alcohol, completely hidden. Another home-run by Alpine. These guys know how to make hoppy beers.

Photo of jamdugan
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of STEG
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger white head after No real retention, small splotchy lacing.

Smell has grapefuit, pineapple, peach, pear, and pine.

Taste has bitter hop, slightly skuny hops, fresh fruit, citrus pith.

Mouthfeel has moderate body and medium carbonation. Makes it quite pleasant to drink.

Overall very drinkable tasty stuff.

I very much appreciate johndoe8 for including this first as an extra and then getting this for me a second time.

Photo of bs870621345
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in my fridge for about 3 weeks before getting to it. Was assured it was fresh by the guy at the store.

Pours a beautiful orange amber color with an inch of white head. Fades slightly to leaving nice lacing down the glass. Perfectly see through.

Smell is of pine and citrus. Caramel and bread makes a slight appearance, nothing major and not overly balanced.

Taste bursts with hop flavor and not as much bitterness. Huge citrus, pine, herbal flavors smack you in the face and the caramel comes in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with a pine flavor that lingers in the best way possible.

Mouthfeel is full, very filling indeed.

Drinkability is good, extremely inviting but could see it getting old. The pine after taste is excellent.

Photo of jrnyc
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22oz bomber from Heavytaste as an EXTRA in a trade, awesome , THANKS! Served in a DFH signature glass. No bottled on date, but knowing how quickly these go off the shelves, I assume it is very fresh, it certainly tastes that way.

A -Looks nice, nice orange color, small head.

S: As soon as the bottle opens, the smell comes through. Not only does it smell nice at opening, the smell lingers throughout each sip!

T: This beer tastes great. Not as sweet as a Sculpin or PTE, but tastes very nice.

M: Feels nice in your mouth, I cant wait to get another sip of it.

O:This is a great beer. I wish I had more, this feels like one I can drink over and over again. This one moves into move top 5 or 10 of my favorite beers.

Photo of mattcrill
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this gem. We split this while watching the Super Bowl.

Appearance: A cloudy straw colored pour with orange tinge emerges from the bomber with a thick and sudsy white cap.

Smell: A wonderful citrus hop aroma with a touch of sweet malt. The hops are poppin' and I'm loving it! What a great fresh citrus aroma on this one...

Taste: Orange juice, lemon zest, grapefruit...hop oils galore!! A nice malty carmel base to balance it out. This is what I think of when it comes to West Coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium and oily, slightly dry and puckering. Not harsh but lively and enjoyable.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. Lovely nectar it is. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. Outstanding indeed.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's reputation and the exhuberant exultation of the label description have me greatly anticipating this bottle...hell, I'm glad the hunt is over and it's in my mitts at last, now all that's left is the experience..let it begin...
hey, I just cracked the crown and the happiness, and hoppiness has begun already....now, it's freed from the bottle and into the glass...pure honey gold, fine head of pure white froth bobbing on top...
the nose, that's the treasure! Piney and sprucey, sweet tropical/citric fruits...gorgeous!...hop oils aplenty, raw and delicious, this is a heavenly thing, a halo fit for a hophead...I don't want to disrupt this lovely thing by drinking it, but I have no choice...the beer beckons..will it be as savory once past the lips?
A blast of bitterness, a phalanx of fruit, creamy and juicy, with an enhanced hop profile. Some what lightish in body, but the flavor is so high to render that moot, too huge in hoppiness, buzzing every inch of the mouth with the tasty hops..which ones? Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial? How'd I do?* Maybe more, maybe less, but whatever they are, they're there in plentitude.
this is an experience in a bottle, a very happy thing to have in the mouth, I'm an instant admirer, and have a new favorite to add to my must-drink column, ...although that reputation had already put it there..now that it's been in my lucky stomach, it's assumed a rightful place among the greatest IPAs I've ever known. A real humdinger,...which means, literally, as far as humming and dinging goes, it's the real deal!

(precious thanks to kmcnair!)
*I know know it's Cascade, Columbus, and H-something--whoops, I lost...

Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a bright orange marmalade color. Quite hazy with a bright white head.

The aroma has tropical fruits of orange, peach, papaya, mango. Some deep dank resin in the back.

The flavor follows with that fruit in the front of apricot, peach, tropical, sweet tangerine. There's a big caramel malt body in there that gives the beer a well balanced feel. It adds a good amount of sweetness. The finish and general theme of the beer is big dank resinous pine.

An incredible brew, although not my personal preference with the bigger malt body and big resinous pine notes.

Photo of axeman9182
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Alpine Pure Hoppiness pours somewhere between tangerine and orange, with just a little bit of haze to it. There's about a finger of white foam serving as a head. Head retention is not bad, but lacing is fairly spotty. The nose is a complete hop bomb. It's a citrus-tropical overload, with pineapple and grapefruit shining through in particular. Orange and mango show up as well. There's just a barely there flash of sweetness at the start, before a loud, yet pleasant bitter bite briefly take over. The last flavor to come is a spot on recreation of that incredible hop bouquet from the nose. The body is nice and light, but with a certain creaminess to it that you don't always find in IPAs. The carbonation is fairly bubbly, adding a liveliness to the beer and the hops in particular. This is right up there with Nelson for inclusion in my top 5 IPA/IIPas, and cements Alpine as one of, if not the best breweries when it comes to hoppy beers.

Photo of SirBentham
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark golden orange, with nice off white head.

S - Pine and citrus immediately jump out

T - The pine and citrus hit you first, with a nice malt and slight caramel follow through. They keep making this beer better and better.

M - Medium body. Nice amount of carbonation

O - One of the best DIPAs out there. I think the more recent batches are better than what it was a couple years ago.

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

Thanks to mlaroche for throwing in this want extra of mine.

Pours a golden color with a tinge of orange, great sized head that fades at a slow rate, some nice patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is beautifully hopped, the majority of the aroma is citrus blended with a hint of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste starts out sweetly hoppy, it's kind of weird that it's not overly bitter hoppy, but there's a nice sweetness to it that isn't cloying but just right, the citrusy hops have enough bite with a slight presence of fruit.

A very good DIPA that doesn't go overboard on the bitterness factor but highlights the other aspects of a hoppy beer.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is floral, citrusy, piney, and a bit sweet. Taste is full of grapefruit and pine. Floral and tropical flavors in the back. Nice malt backbone. Some spiciness as well some dankness and sweet onion. Mouthfeel is vey crisp and light. Drinks very easily. Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Better than Pliny, not that it's hard to beat Pliny though.

Photo of ebin6
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick, voluminous head immediately after pouring; Carbonation is clearly visible. Pours a golden orange color.

S - The amount of hops leaps out immediately; very excited to see if it delivers in the taste

T - Absolutely amazing. Best hop taste I've had aside from Pliny the Younger.

M - Hits the lips hard and fast, moving on to every corner of the mouth from there. Literally an eye opener; makes you sit up and take notice

D - Better with every sip; immediately in my top 3 IPAs. Smooth and consistent from start to finish

If anyone is looking for a substitute for PtY, I say look no further than Alpine's Pure Hoppiness!

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

Wow. This beer is awesome. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had. I recently purchased 2 bottles as part of an order from South Bay Drugs in California. I realize now that I should have bought more than 2. Thanks Joey.

Poured part of bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - It is perfectly transparent and has the color of honey - gold copper and orange hues. It produced a solid two finger head that had the texture of latte foam. It leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very beautiful.

Smell - The initial smell is citrus grapefruit, and behind that is piney resinous hops, along with floral hops. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the back of the scent. The scent is a multilayered blend of hops, and it is heavenly.

Taste - The flavor is great. It is balanced in the hop profile, but not really balanced with the malt. There is an initial sweet malt flavor but it dies very quickly. There isn't any sweetness that I can detect in the middle and end of the flavor. I really appreciate this quality because most other DIPAs are overly sweet, and Pure Hoppiness proves that it doesn't have to be this way to be a good DIPA. The hop profile is perfectly balanced in the sense that I can detect floral hop flavors, citrus hop flavors, and resinous piney hop flavors all in harmony with one another.

Mouthfeel - Liquid velvet. It is medium bodied and extremely creamy. The carbonation level is a little lower than I like it, but it goes down so easily that willing to forgive the carbonation level. Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. A shining example of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. Tasty, smells delicious, and easy drinking...what else do you need?

Photo of
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of mixylplik3
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

Wow, this is now one of my favourites of all time. Agressive floral hopping that comes out in both the nose and the taste. Great head! A light straw colour.

Tried it at OBriens in San Diego where it was the hit of the evening for most people. Some people suggested it smelled like "bud" and I do not mean the beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a crystal clear gold-that-borders-on-amber body. The rocky white head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is outrageous with rich, resiny, piney, fruity and citrusy hops! It's most impressive and very welcoming! The body is medium, and it's smooth across the palate due to a very fine and moderate-level carbonation. Although the nose is astounding, more hops come out in the flavor, over a biscuity and caramel-laced malt. It's got a solid bitterness to it, but it's really well-balanced and finishes dry with just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. An all-around great beer... the hop aroma is brilliant; the hop flavors come through clearly; the malt base is not overdone (and works as the perfect platform to show off the hops); and the bitterness level is perfectly balanced to accentuate the beer and keep you coming back for more. Well worth seeking out!

Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of lou91
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose was so good that my mouth watered sniffing the cap. A hoplovers air freshener. Big beautiful grapefruit and caramel nose. Bright white head. I was craving a big rich IPA and this delivered. All the qualities you look for – complex and dominant hops, long hop bitterness in the aftertaste, and a thoroughly satisfying crisp clean drinkability. The body was a couple of notches above a normal IPA but not quite a douple IPA. This is more like a 1.5x IPA vs. a double.Although you can drink this all day, I took my time over an hour drinking the 22oz and it was great to sip a little at a time. Ah, hops are good. A rare find at Ledger's.

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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