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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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673 Reviews
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 2,365
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,262
Gots: 218 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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 cbniles
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas present from sister-in-law, sent from southern California. Close to perfect west coast IPA and I'm consider myself a discerning IPA fan, partial to west coast hops and malts. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, yet have to meet the minimum character limit. I'm not sure how to define drinkability or mouthfeel, and really who cares what the beer looks like, but it looked fine. Citrusy hops, well balanced. I'd love to drink it every day. (453 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint from O'Brien's in SD. Nice deep gold, orange color still had a touch of a white head when it arrived, although the keep made several top offs as it foamed pretty vigorously out of the tap. Immediately the aroma of hop resin, pine and mixed citrus was present even though the beer was too cold to drink. Being the impatient persona I am, I tasted anyway. Not much flavor. My fault. Waited while a replay of Tottenham just thrashing Chelsea was on the TV.

When the beer came to temp, all of the promises of that gorgeous aroma came to be in the taste. Citrus and pine with resin up front, a little maltiness to balance in the middle and a finish with the hop resin dominating the finish. Just awesome. Top shelf DIPA.

Curious to see what the union with Green Flash will mean to production and availability of this gem. Look forward to getting some without having to head up the hill or downtown. (900 characters)

Photo of PZBREW
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's alpine Nelson.
Wine, spivey pungent hoppiness.
Low bitter, lots of aroma and flavor.
Don't need to say much more. Should drink it. It is delicious as you heard. (165 characters)

Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (362 characters)

Photo of jbmorch
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have always reviewed new beers that I have recently tried for the first time, and then I realized that I compare every beer I drink (from the Miller Chelada that I got talked into trying the other day to my own homebrew to the latest bourbon-barrel-aged-sour-cherries-added-open-fermented-partially-distilled-limited-release bottle) to the handful of beers that I come back to over and over. And I have never reviewed ~those~. Until now. I'll give these beers straight-fives with a 4.5 on taste to allow for the inevitable future shift in my personal preferences (me in 2020: "IPAs? How can you drink THOSE!?! The brine-infused Chinese double-steam beers are where it is AT, man!")

Pure Hoppiness is the most appropriately-named beer in the world, with the exception of Budmiloors Piss Water. Honestly, there are no malty notes in the taste at all, and the hop aroma hits you when the glass reaches about 12 inches from your face. The taste on the tongue matches the nose exactly, which is not always the case (or the goal) in other brews. This beer is eminently drinkable as a treat, a session staple or a closer.

And since every beer tastes better when you know its story, know this: Pat the brewer retires from his full-time fire captain job in 2009 and will devote his days to brewing. Look out beer world. (1,314 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of hophead247
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing. 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. 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 yet smooth. Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation. 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. (726 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all. (869 characters)

Photo of DavidEddie
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from seaoflament in a trade. Thanks Carlos.

Golden copper in color. Very thick fluffy white head. The smell is an incredible blend of citrus (mainly grapefruit), tons of pine, and floral aromas. As it warmed, a faint alcohol scent appeared. Taste of zesty citrus, pine needles, and a bit of sweet malt. Some bitter hops in the finish to balance it out. 8% ABV well hidden. Mouth feel is creamy, lightly syrupy and sticky.

The drinkability is extremely easy. This bomber went down real quick. A real treat. Highly recommended. (538 characters)

Photo of popery
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you really like malt forward, bitter IPAs, as opposed to fruity, tropical IPAs, then you'll like it.

It isn't clean. It's dirty and earthy and bitter. The hops are harsh. The beer lashes at your tongue.

And I love it.

This is not Heady Topper. It is not fun. It is beautiful in its own way. Darker than your average IPA, with a light head. Perfect IPA mouthful. So much onion flavor. Green onion and yellow onion.

And delicious. (436 characters)

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

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Not an incredible amount of head, about 1 and a half fingers, but laced decently. Very dark amber color. Nose is classic fresh citrusy hops. I could sniff this beer all day. A bit piney. Great fresh citrus, not much heat prevalent. Refreshing, medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. The perfect beer to me. (346 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 mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rather darkish gold, lightly carbonated and with a moderate white head. Hop aroma is lovely -- sharp and piney with a big citric acidity. A mild alcohol aroma comes through as the beer warms. The flavor is dripping with sappy, spurcey hop bitterness. Sweetness is held to a minimum, despite the relatively low carbonation. The malt contributes a nice toasty background to the hop headliner, but yields in the end to a delicate, flowery hop finale. Alcohol warmth is present but mild. A delightful beer from the bottle, and pure heaven on tap. (557 characters)

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

22oz Bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is filled with hops. Floral, pine and resin dominate. Tart fruit, apricots caramel and honey round the nose out nicely. Tastes like sucking on a hop cone, but in a good way. Pine and resin again dominate the flavor. Very little, if any malt makes its way to the surface. Grapefruit and apricots find their way into the middle followed by a long lingering bitter dry finish. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. That is one fine DIPA! I'm not sure I can find anything to fault it on. Very well done. (681 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip.

A - Pours an orangish amber color with a small, but resilient head. It just keeps on lasting and lasting and lasting.

S - I'm not a religious guy, but I think I just saw god. Perfect on the nose. Reminds me of Pliny the Elder. Sweet tangerines melding with pine and some grassy scents popping through as well. This is a beautiful smelling beer.

T - Very nice as well. Not as hoppy as I expected from the smell, but very well balanced. Piney hops are the star here, and they start things off, paving the way to a vibrant caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bit more of pine and citris, but sweet at the same time. Very, very good.

M - Perfect.

D - One of the most drinkable double IPAs I have ever sampled. Many thanks to westsidethreat. I love you man. :sniff: This shit is awesome. Reminds me of all the DIPAs that I enjoy more than sex. Dreadnaught, Goose Island, Pliney. Easily up there with all of them. Great stuff. (969 characters)

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

A growler obtained during GatM. Shared with Ffejherb, SierraGS, Brewslut, dashirey and Jill.

A-Brilliant copper with a thin white head that holds strong and left spotty lace.

S-The ever so intoxicating aroma of citrus and light pine hops that can only be a San Diego County west coast DIPA. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T-Grapefruit, orange and tangerine hop flavours that meld into a magical elixir! A light hint of sweet caramel malt to balance the bitterness out.

M-Medium-light body with a LONG lasting hop flavour.

D-One of my very favorite west coast DIPA's out there. I could drink this one all day. Exactly what I crave in a hop bomb. (669 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to unclejedi who included this, among other fresh IPAs from Cali in the 2009 Great BIF Race. Pours a vibrant amber color with a hearty one finger white head. At 8%, and having brewed some of these myself, when I see a DIPA that has this clarity, and bright amber color, I am impressed. The aroma is an absolute delicious citrus hop explosion. There are some floral and pine hints, but this one definitely has some of my favorite American hop varieties in it to produce such a lip smacking citrus aroma. Taste follows much what the aroma would indicate. A nice punch of citrus hop bitterness is not overwhelmed by the sweet malt backbone. I like my hops right front and forward, and thats what this beer has. A nice slick mouthfeel, due to high hop usage I assume. Amazingly, with this high hop profile, the beer remains incredibly drinkable, not to mention I am still stunned by the 8% ABV. Just an incredible drinking DIPA, I was surprised by exactly how much I enjoyed it. Glad I enjoyed this fresh, just wish I could do so on a consistent basis. (1,059 characters)

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A - A clear deep golden orange body with a large white head that bubbles well and fades to a nice ring and lace.

S - Resiny hops and pine and earthen sweet dominate the front of the nose. Then the cirtus busrst comes in and the smells mold to make a wonderful hoppy IPA aroma.

T & M & D - Incredibly balanced throughout. The pine and resine notes come out and play with citrus hops. All the flavors are bold and powerful and pronounced while at the same time they work together and mingle. What great flavors - and the mouth feel is great. A wonderful bitterness and IPA feel without being overwhelming on the palate. The beer manages to be strong in smell and flavor while feeling light and easy on the palate.

O - I was very excited to try this beer and it managed to meet expectations. The IPA was bold and strong but balanced as well. My palate only wanted more and more. Fantastic beer!

-Cheers (940 characters)

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

Another awesome bottle from BA Tieman - thanks again!

A - a nice golden orange color with a very inviting bright white foamy head on top.

S - WHOA! Smells like sticking my nose into a bag of centennial and/or cascade hops. Really outstanding aroma pouring out of this glass.

T - Amazing hop profile here, especially the centennial and cascade, just as the nose predicted. Not scored a 5 for the sole reason that it's a bit one dimensional in that regard, but still incredible.

M - ultra smooth, creamy and flavorful on the palate.

O - this is a spectacular DIPA bursting with fresh hop flavors and not a hint of alcohol. Pliny lovers - I hope you brought your lunch. (675 characters)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Town Hall Stemware glass.

Pours like clear liquid gold with bubbly white 1 finger head. Leaves tons of lacing after several minutes of head dissipation.

Smells of tons of pine, citrus hops, and grapefruit. Lots of hops lots of pine! Very nice,its great success (in Borats accent).

Taste is bitter with a smash you in the face hoppiness. A little malt at first but the citrus hops and bitterness blows it away quickly. I likes.

Mouthfeel is medium with little tongue and mouth bite and just the slightest alcohol burn on the way down.

Drinkability is high. This goes in my top 5 IPA/DIPA reminds me a lot of Surly Abrasive and I love that beer. Hell of a job Alpine. (703 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 KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is a good looking beer out of the glass. It pours a copper tangerine color with a foamy white head. Decent retention on the head, with a smattering of sticky lace coating the glass on the way down.

Smell: This nose just pops and drives my olfactory system nuts. I can't even place the primary aroma exactly, but I get a cotton candy-like sugary sweetness, some honey, pure cane sugar, a touch of caramel, and oh yea, a ton of hops. Sugary grapefruit, some floral hops, and pine really control the nose.

Taste: Light sweet caramel malt, some light biscuity malt, and then an explosion of hops. Hops in the boil turn into a dank flavor, while candy grapefruit, a floral burst from the nose, and a touch of sticky pine finishes the hop bill out. This is a hop bomb, and it is fantastic. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, juicy yet dry at the finish, medium carbonation in a slightly fuller than medium body, and I walk away thinking about how creamy this feels.

Drinkability: Just amazing, there is not more that needs to be said about it. (1,108 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden yellow with slow and steady carbonation bubbles within; a firm finger high head of off-white froth gradually fades, lace in good amounts of webby strings.

Puree of hops on the nose! Mega resin filled, alpha acidic, sour citric acids, highly floral sweet and ripe with super fresh zest of grapefruit rinds, lime skins, lemon peels, tangerine, apricot, and the presupposed presense of dryish pine coming through in a largely cedarific sweet sap dryness. Awesome hop nose! Oh my...

Taste has a soothingly mild sweet malt front which is misleading because quickly thereafter the hops build and build and engorge your mouth with cottony sour drying citric acids and juices that are loaded to the hilt bearing piney bitterness and alpha acid wonderment that lingrers for a time beyond time. This gives me the chills on how much after effects the hops have on the palate, wow! Reminds me alot of Rogue's Brutal Bitter which to this day had been my favorite late lingering palate buster. This equals it if not surpasses it due to a bit more complexitiy in the citric bite. Wonderful hop profile, it has a complexing crescendo and contour with all sorts of mixed and super fresh citrusy peels and juices. Yum!

Super clean and fresh, piney, citric, borderline souring bitterness, and full bodied with a crisp drying bitter hop finish that twists your tonsils and blankets your entire mouth, lips included. A purely delightful palate buster!
A big Ol' west coast love touch goes to xlperro for this mad bitch of a hop brew! Fuckin' Yum my man! (1,561 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even better off the tap. The pour and the color were the same as the bottle version. The smell was a bit more pronounced with a little smoother hop scent than the bottle but just as good. The flavor and the mouthfeel were much better on tap. The malty middle came out much more and balanced the beer just enough to make it near-perfect, and the mouthfeel was much more creamy and easy going. A great beer indeed. (412 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.