Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 2,340
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
Wants: 1,256
Gots: 215 | FT: 12
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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 CruisaC
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having been on an IPA/DIPA kick for a bit, this bottle was procured in a very timely fashion by my fellow BA Urbancaver; thanks Cam!

Pours golden with a splash of orange into my New Belgium globe. An inch of off white head forms; pretty looking beer.

Smells of pine needles and astringent cleaner. Very sharp and refreshing but lacking a little in the citrus department to suit my tastes (or smells in this case)

Wow, hops. I know, an understatement, but there is not in the way of balance here. Very piney and floral without much sweetness. Hops dominate every aspect.

Smooth, without much bitterness on the finish which is a bit surprising.

Overall a really good beer. I have to say that I prefer Nelson, although I know they are two different beers, they're my only Alpine examples to date. I could drink this on the regular, especially during the summer. (864 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sarge27 for this major want as an extra. Poured into KtG bulb glass.

A 2 finger white is thick and lush that turns foamy. The body is pretty clear with a small haze and is gold with a slight orange tint. As the head slowly comes down thick, foamy lace is left and a 1/4" slab of foam is left above the body. Some nice carbonation bubbles as well. Very close to a 5

S Big citrusy hops come out initially and a strong earthy/piney scent follows. Tropical fruits are intertwined in there as well.

T Big bitter bite upfront that carries all the way to the finish. Orange zest, pine, grass, floral, earthy hops take the majority of the flavor. This is mainly bitter with flavors coming through secondary.

M Medium carbonation feel that consists of tiny bubbles. Feel is a bit heavier and thicker than other DIPAs. Finish is somewhat dry.

O Very nice bitterness all the way through and looked amazing in the glass. My only complaint is the feel, it's a little thick but not the end of the world. Well done DIPA. (1,022 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light orange color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Very thick and craggy head on this beer. Leaves a very nice lacing pattern on the drink down. Head stays as a small island in the middle of the glass. Smells of citrus zest, sweet malt, pineapple juice. Tastes of pine/citrus zest hops up front with a caramel malt finish. Slight pineapple too. Mild bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Good carbonation leaves a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very good DIPA that is hard to find around these parts. I am glad I got to try this one. (592 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Sunlit bronze with an off-white head that shows a thick, creamy underbelly beneath the medium-sized soapy bubbles on top. Showed good retention and left some sticky lace as it settled to a thick collar of foam around the neck.

A: Well, with a name like "Pure Hoppiness", I was expecting a megaton explosion of all things hoppy to catapult out of the glass, singe my nose hairs, and knock my socks off. Unfortunately, it didn't do either. But still, it does have a hop-a-licious aroma that, even though it doesn't approach the elites, is nothing to scoff at. Citrus is right upfront with grapefruit in the lead, followed closely by some vibrant tropical fruits, fresh pine needles, and a flower petal or two. Sweet, biscuity malt and caramel bring up the rear, as they should.

T: Sweet, caramel-dipped biscuity malts lay low as the hops launch their attack on the palate. Just like the nose, citrus is dominant with primarily grapefruit, peaches, mangos, and melons running the show, while pine sap rides right underneath and hits the tongue with some bitter spiciness on the slightly one-dimensional back end. Speaking of bitterness, it's not overactive and it's not on vacation, either. It's right in the 'moderate' range and helps to dry things out considerably on the finish.

M: Pure Hoppiness feels just a notch below being full-bodied for the style. It's not exactly velvety smooth, but it does glide across the tongue quite easily and offers some creaminess that really helps the drinkability.

Notes: I am so excited to finally see some Alpine brews (other than Ichabod) being bottled and distributed to some local stores. It's about damn time! I was even more excited when this was the first thing I was greeted with as I walked into my favorite spot. Pure Hoppiness is a rock solid DIPA that I enjoyed, but it doesn't approach the upper eschalon of West Coast DIPA's, in my humble opinion. Still, it's a very good beer that satisfied my hop fix for the night. (1,998 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at San Diego Brewing Company. Color was amber. Inch of head. Long-lasting lacing. Some film on the sides. Good-looking beer.

Smell was citrus hops, mainly grapefruit. Also some orange in there.

Smooth taste. Not really an alcohol bite that I’m used to from a double IPA. Some grapefruit in there. Also some vanilla.

Medium body. Moderately carbonated. Abrupt bitter finish.

I liked this beer a lot. It was probably my favorite of the five I had that night. Would like to try some more Alpine. (534 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Pretty quiet body compared to the Nelson - bright gold with a thinner cap than I would expect, laces very well though nonetheless.

Mellow tropical fruit character on the nose, sharp citrus shows itself later on, faint conifer qualities beneath all that. Not quite as pungent as Nelson but still very inviting and textbook execution.

Bitter spruce flavors come to the forefront... juicy citrus as well, distinctly bitter, relatively dry... given all the hop additions described on the bottle, I'm inclined to believe that this bottle might not be too freshy fresh. Still delicious though.

Damn good. (640 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by RoyMunson. This is your typical west-coast hoppy beer. Pours a nice dark gold in color. Smell is hops with some underlying malt. The thing that stands out in this beer is the development of the hop taste throughout each drink. Initially you're hit with the grassy/piney hops. Then midway through the tongue you get a bit of juiciness that shows up. Really quite pleasant and very easy to enjoy. Would be killer on tap. (435 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 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 GRG1313
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ON TAP at STONE. Pure yellow/orange honey color; very clear and bright in the glass with a nice white head.

A very floral, light orange and citrus nose that is very inviting and pleasant.

Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit with a nice fresh hop character and with nice balance, and, while nice and appealing fresh and clean flavors, mouthfeel is a little thin and with very light carbonation.

Short flavors/short in the mouth and with a short finish but still a very pleasant quality drink. Very good; so pleasant that one just wants "more" of everything.

EDIT: Almost 5 years to the day from first review of this. This addition/edit based on bottles. Mouthfeel is great and beer holds up in all respect. Every bit as good, if not better, than PtE. Good beer. (769 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into my Urthel glass. Split with my brother.

Thanks to Brianthebrewer13 for this as an extra. My first Alpine!

Poured a crystal clear reddish orange color with a two finger white head.

Smell is quite potent. First you detect some pine and grapefruit, followed by some more citrus notes. Very earthy smelling as well, almost moss-like.

Taste starts with a typical hop bitterness, making way into some nice fruity notes including lemon, orange, and pineapple. Not quite sweet enough IMO, could use some more malts.

Mouth feel was where it should be. Not much of an alcohol presence which is good.

Overall this was a solid DIPA. I think I have spoiled myself recently with ultra fresh Heady Topper, HF Ipas, and Kiwi Rising, so I was not blown away. Regardless...solid beer. Stoked to try Duet which I hear is superior to this. (854 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 CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very golden color with a big soapy head that deposited loads of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pine tar with some lighter citrus in the background and caramel and toffee underpinnings.
Flavor was caramel and toffee front dominated by a very powerful pine and resiny bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was swet to start but the hop domination soon tookover. A bit too unbalanced for me but very true to style.
Drinkability is very solid. Alpine obviously makes great beer and looking forward to a few more from this newly found brewery. (541 characters)

Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again... A tribute to Beer Advocate and the active trading site. Many thanks to the great trading community here for giving me the chance to try this one out.

And an interesting beer it is - especially in comparison to the pliny I had just last night. This one... Is really hoppy and bitter and pale with low head - just like the pliny. Only, see, this one has ridiculously more balance to it and a bit more body.

That said, yeah. Go figure why the other is rated higher. Shouldn't there be some balance in the beer? Let's check this out, shall we? "High to absurdly high hop bitterness." OK. Well, the pliny sure has one of those. This one is just highly bitter. But, oops! It's supposed to have medium to high body.

Examples:Pliny,Dreadnaught,Majaraja,Hop Slam,Ruination, Hercules,Furious,I2PA,Hopsickle, Stoudt’s Double, 90-minute IPA, Hop Wallop. Well, yeah. I've had most of these. Pliny stands out for me as one that just doesn't belong. It is interesting that the hop emphasis in all of these beers is very different.

But, hey, I'm not reviewing them or pliny or whatever. I'm talking about pure hoppiness. And it's a fine beer. Give it some more color, give it better head and I'll give it a better scrore. (1,230 characters)

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

No freshness info apparent. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange with a big golden glow throughout. Not cloudy at all. Half a finger of bubbly bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Juicy grapefruit and orange up front with a big dose of pine. A slight sweet caramel malt backbone ever so slightly cuts the huge bitter aroma.

T - Tongue twisting bitterness up front. Huge pine flavours dominate the palate with grapefruit and orange zest evident as well. The orange peel flavour really lingers in a massively bitter and dry finish. There is a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background but this one definitely lives up to its billing a a west coast hop bomb.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Full of tongue coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - The most bitter DIPA I have had in a while. A nice change of pace with pine as the dominant hop flavour. (881 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange hue with a foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: Orange and other citrus fruits.

T: Rather sweet up front, but it finishes with a nice dosage of bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: It's a pretty good DIPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but I wish there was a brewed-on date so I could know if this bottle had a little age on it. (350 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter
no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago

A big thanks to harink for sending this long time want over as part of one of my all time favorite trades (Pure Hoppiness, Duet, Nelson, and BA Speedway!).

A: Pours a clear dark amber with almost reddish hues and just a thin sliver of sea foam white colored head. The small amount of head that is present dissipates quickly but manages to leave a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma is a huge tropical fruit sweetness that can be smelled well before you put your nose anywhere close to the glass. There are also some dank hop characters and an almost astringent alcohol-like presence.

T: Taste is somewhat muted at first with generic hops notes followed by some piney bitterness on the finish. Once it warms a bit it gets better with other flavors coming out including citrus rind, lemon zest, a touch of booze and some caramel malts. Piney bitterness becomes more prominent at it warms, as well. This certainly tastes like its stale, doesnt taste fresh at all, even though it was picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago and at the same time as both the Duet and Nelson, which both tasted super fresh. Still tastes good, and improves as it approaches room temperature, but still a let down from what I was expecting.

M/D: Pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, full bodied, big drying finish leaves you eager to take the next sip. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this was good, but certainly didnt live up to the hype, and was a pretty big disappointment (especially after recently having Nelson and Duet.) I am curious as to how fresh this bottle is, because from start to finish it comes off as stale. Yet another reason for breweries to bottle date their IPAs/DIPAs! I'm glad I got to try it, but next time I seek out Alpine it will be for one of their many other strong offerings. Of the three Alpine brews Ive had in the last week Id rank them as follows: Duet -> Nelson-> Pure Hoppiness. (2,041 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my #1 beer importer BeerFMAndy for yet another Cali beer from his trip. Poured Split and poured into my tulip. The beer is golden amber with about two fingers of off white head. Spotty bits of lace are left behind.

The aroma is mostly pine and citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and oranges along with fresh pine needles. A tiny bit of burnt rubber in the background does knock this one down a bit.

The flavor is a huge pine blast. Lots of resinous pine along with mango and grapefruit citrus flavors. I get a bit of hot alcohol in each sip. A definite sweetness comes in on the finish from the malt.

Medium body with modest carbonation.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Not outstanding but glad I had the chance to try it. (735 characters)

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

Poured into big Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazy golden amber, with two fingers of billowing fluffy head which receded slowly.

The glass smelled strongly of sweet citrusy hops. There was a little bit of resinous pine as well. The taste matched the nose closely. Sweet maltiness up front, then grapefruit and pine. It finished with a bitterness that persisted well after the drink was done.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel, and was well carbonated and creamy. I found it quite tasty and refreshing. (500 characters)

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

About as even a beer as you'll ever find, this little goodie from the recently fire-ravaged area of San Diego County will satisfy most any BA. Lovely beer in look, smell, and taste, this treat is just plain good.

The light amber body has an off-white head that laces with great gusto. The nose is very complex providing a parade of nice hop notes, whilst the malt base is shy andd retiring in this blend. The flavor is light citrus with some spicy fruitiness. Lovely feel with nice finish. Very drinkable ale. (512 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've had this so many times on tap, so I'm surprised I've never reviewed it...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper color with visible carbonation and a really nice thick off-white head.

Smell: Hop florals and spice - a fair amount of sweetness in there, like tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, fruit undertones with lots of bitterness, and some spiciness, coming in. Bitter aftertaste too, but again with some tropical fruit beneath. There's a bit of rye in the bitterness, that I haven't noticed on-tap before.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty with a strong ABV, but it doesn't affect the taste.

Definitely for those who like a bit more bitterness in their IPA than usual. I think I like this one a bit better on tap, but still a really nice IPA! (855 characters)

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose lots of grapefruit and piney hops in the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well this is definitely a hop bomb so if thats your thing you'll love this one so for all you hop heads out there give this a try (379 characters)

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

Poured into tulip globe glass...

A- Pours a bronze orange color, this one with a golden hue. One finger off white head. The head chills for a bit then takes off.

S- Fruity, mainly oranges and tangerines. Also a nice pineapple and pine kick is given with a swirl. Though the aroma rushed out of the bottle when cap was popped, the aroma isnt as in your face as I like while it sits in the glass... Still wonderful smell though

T/M- Grapefruit and bitter orange peel all the way! Alcohol comes through on the back end, a little warming for balance, but i'm not convinced it helps a whole lot. Bitterness is a great level, but not all that smooth. I get a lingering sting on the tongue and back of the throat. Medium body, slick feel, moderate carbonation.

O- Very much enjoyed this beer, but doesn't get to level of other DIPAs, like Abrasive. The astringent hops and fusel alcohol taste took this beer down a notch. Still, makes me want more from Alpine; maybe Nelson is next after everything I've recently heard about it... (1,028 characters)

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

Pours clear orange-gold with one finger off white head. Smells sweet like honey but citrusy. Tons and tons of hops with some malt to back the hops up. Still feels fairly light to drink, which makes it easy to drink a lot of.

A major hop bomb, but nothing that makes me love this one. I'd love to try this on tap though to see if my opinion improved... (353 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (676 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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