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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 852
Hads: 3,268
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,223
Gots: 487 | FT: 15
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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 SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours a nice amber, hazy golden color with about a finger of relatively slowly dissipating foam which leads into some great looking lacing.

Smell - Very "fresh." Hoppy, piney, and citrusy which is followed by a nice malt/sweet character. Smells great!

Taste - A bit more bitter than I was expecting from the smell, but not in a bad way. I immediately taste the bitter grapefruit, orange peel, hops, and some pine. This is followed by a nice balanced malty taste. [Edit] The more I drink this the less bitter and more enjoyable this becomes.

Mouthfeel - Relatively thick mouthfeel with decent carbonation but not over the top. Ends with a crisp and fresh finish.

Drinkability - Very much so. I meant to drink this a couple weeks ago when I first got it but have not had a chance so I'm sure if it was even more fresh it would have been that much better. Not the "best" DIPA I've had but pretty good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I have waited forever to try this one, well it seemed like forever anyway. It had been sitting in the fridge awaiting me to call on it, and call I did. This poured a very bright and very hazy amber with a large sticky head of lace on top. Great retention never really let it fade, but rather just slowly sick down into a nice layer across the top. Deep smell of very sweet orange floral bouquet. Had a bit of a musty kind of odor in the back could not really place it, but it was still very hoppy, just a lot more balanced then I thought it would be. The flavor was sort of light with a very nice creamy consistency to it. Again somewhat musty bread like flavor was underlying the deep floral hoppy smells. A very nice flavor mix actually and kept it from being one of the excruciatingly bitter hop profiles you have actually come to expect from them. The full flavor itself was quite unique and unlike anything I had tried before, but that in of itself was a very good thing. Very drinkable as the 8% abv was not even noticeable for me. Overall I was very impressed with the depth on this one. I had expected it to be rather similar to the other big west coast IPA’s but was very surprised when it showed up to the table packing a different kind of punch, one with more depth and flow to it and something that was more in tune with itself, rather then just loaded down with as much cascade as possible. This is something you should definitely try, and honestly in a class of its own, a very nice beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy and orange-apricot in color. Carbonation is low and a rough pour produces only a thin lacy head. The nose is divine. Sweet oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and fresh herbs.

Medium body and a feel that is a bit thin, yet still sharp and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink. No booziness at all. I get a nice graininess up front (like a cracker) and the hops are all citrus fruit. Lots of orange zest and lemon. Botanic, pithy, and slightly herbal on the finish.

Overall, an extremely well-balanced beer. Lots of fruity citrus-like bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. An excellent beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a thin white head. There is some soapy lacing and good carbonation. The odor for me is powerful, citrus, mandarin, grapefruit, mango, apricot, peach, pineapple, resin, pine, honey, malty. The taste for me is fruity, peach, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, honey, pine, herbal, cracker, malt, slight garlic, spice, herbal bitter dry finish.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks portia99 for hooking me up with this one!

A - Orange-yellow body with a nice big foamy off white head. Lots of sticky lacing on this one.

S - Nice tropical and citrusy fruit flavored aroma. A hint of grass tinted resiny aroma lies in there as well.

T - Nice semi-balanced DIPA. Picking up a nice lingering piney bitterness. A good grapefruit hop punch is in there as well. There is enough malt flavor to complement the hops but it doesn't have any characteristics that stick out. The part that sticks out to me the most is the lingering bitterness. Pretty solid flavor.

M - medium body with an average amount of carbonation. Not really sticky or syrupy pretty standard DIPA body.

D - the lingering bitterness makes this one go down fast since I'm constantly trying to have another sip. I like the aroma more than the flavor but this is a nice DIPA. It would be nice to have this easily available but I am not going to go nuts trying to obtain another bottle. Good beer but not mind blowing.

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Photo of BeerNW
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found 12oz short neck bottles in WA for the first time. Wondering if this Alpine brewed or GF? It is really good but honestly expected more hoppy smell than I got. Great beer and getting better as it warms up.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour coaxes out just a finger of bleached white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few medium sized suds from the pour. The color of the body is a deep tangerine orange with amber gold highlights. Retention is slight, with the head fading to a film after a minute or so, and leaving spotty, silky lace intermittently along the sides of the glass. No rings to speak of.

Smell - Bright and pungent hops impart strong notes of citrus with a heavy dose of grapefruit pith and a less aggressive complement of orange zest. Some notes of pine and herbal accents also serve to give the aroma a little bit of depth, but this is mostly a citrus bomb. Very hard to detect much, if any grain in the aroma of this imperial. Maybe just some faint bread.

Taste - The same grapefruit pith that fronted the aroma is also leading the charge for the taste. Bright, pungent bitterness is complemented by just some subtle generic citrus and even a hint of malty sweetness that is only present enough to prevent this from being like drinking straight hop oil. There is some subtle tropical characteristic here that I didn't pick up in the aroma, and again, the pine and herbal bitterness is just enough to give some interest to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied, with moderate to low carbonation and a very dry finish that lingers on the tongue well after the liquid has gone.

Overall, a very tasty DIPA, with a heavy emphasis on grapefruit and a fair amount of bitterness. The IPA market is so saturated these days, and it seems that so many brewers are getting their IPA legs under them that it's hard to truly stand out. I think this one suffers just a bit from that phenomenon, but it is still a very good IPA all the same.

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Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a very generous, 12oz Pour from a Growler @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Alpine Beer Labeled 64oz Growler w/ the Mts. across the label into a 12oz Pint Glass. Fresh from the brewery!

Aroma- Huge hops and strength hits the nose first. Then strong fruit and malt come into play. A very balanced nose.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark copper, light orange colored body with a reddish, cloudy background. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of character, strength, and mixed hop flavors hit the palate first. Hops galore and had a stupid amount of bitterness. One of the highest I've had in a minute.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, sweet on the finish, and had a easy alcohol strength.

Overall Impression- For a top ranked 2X IPA, this one was very nice but not in my top 5 list. Still am glad I finally was able to enjoy this guy! Highly recommend nonetheless and will be looking for this in bottle!

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

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Photo of cretemixer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Pours a clear golden in color with a heavy eggshell head. Leaves a thick layer and a solid clingy lace.
Wonderful hoppy aroma. Floral and citrusy with hints of orange peel.
Bitter hoppy bite gets you in the back of the throat. Resinous pine sap notes. By mid-glass it's still a hopheads delight, no malt here, but drinks crisp & clean. The Pure Hoppiness name stays true to the end, just barely giving way to a hint of malt.
Medium body with dead on carbonation make for a solid IPA. I'll be tasting this one after it is long gone. Thanks xlperro for this taste of the west coast. Cheers!

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Photo of juhl31
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-clear gold color with a white head that had some some decent credentials to match

-good malt/hop combo. a little on the sweet side

-good balanced IPA. not overly bitter either. a little bit of pepper in there

-very smooth with a good body. no harshness in the carbonation to take away

-very good straight up IPA. this is a very pitcher friendly beer!

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention with nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden sunset orange. Very good looking DIPA.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Has a nice citrus mixture going on, but this dipa isn't bready so far. I like it. Nice mango and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: So this isn't bready, which I like, but instead it has some caramel malts going on here. A little booze shows up. The mango is more apparent then the grapefruit here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, despite the bubbles in the glass. Leaves a dry musky aftertaste that I am not to fond of, but quite typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I got to try it fresh. Decent price on a bomber, so if you see one of these give it a try.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bomber from super fast and cool trader JessetheHutt and he said he took it right off the line before shipping it. I may have to con him into sending me some more Alpine goodness.

A: Pours a more golden color with a finger of white head that settles down to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a hop air freshener, super fresh hops too, citrus, grapefruit, etc and I feel like I can pick up a hint of malt in the background

T: Tastes like hops, but not to the intensity that I really expected, still tasty though, with some solid smooth bittering and dryness in the finish, slight malt hiding in there too

M: a little watery, but not really watery or anything, just wouldn't consider this creamy or completely full bodied...some bite from the carbonation

D: the flavor isn't super intense and the mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side which actually helps in the easy to drink department, but hurts it because i love intense sweet hoppy beers and syrupy ones which means i'm not longing for this as much as I could be

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Best by 5/5/16. Pours a dark orange with half a finger head. Nose is spicy, super fresh hops, citrus rind. Distinctly Alpjne in the smell. Taste is like drinking hop juice. Nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit like an imperial Nelson. The malt backing is extremely subtle like Alpine's other hoppy offerings. Medium carb. Smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dank and resiny hops initially. Huge citrus in aroma, as well.

Flavor is similar, but the finish is a bit too bitter, for my palate. Would prefer more malt presence.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous bronze pour with a 2 finger head which receded slowly leaving a nice set of lacing.

S: Smells like a pine forest filled with flowery hops and a faint pineapple.

T: Hops, hops, and hops. A wonderful blend of in your face hops with citrus undertones. On second drink could taste a small bit of pineapple up front as soon as it hit the tongue.

M: Very clean, moderate carbs

D: Unless you choose to intentionally drink it slow this beer will be gone quickly. Extremely drinkable.

Overall an outstanding beer from Alpine Beer Company.

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Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got my Alpine box today, gotta drink 'em fresh!

Golden orange body, plenty of white head with average retention. Spiderwebs of sticky lace adorn my glass. Aroma is nice but not strong enough: fresh hops, pine, minimal fruitiness. Definitely more West Coast style.

Bold and hoppy, decently malty but the hops are still clearly the focus here. Piney with hop oil & resin. This bottle is clearly quite fresh. Still, the lingering resiny bitterness is a turn-off for me; more fruity hops would make this shine.

Pure Hoppiness has nothing on Hill Famstead.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden/amber with a nice, billowy white head that has good retention and leaves nice, sticky lacing all the way down.

S-Citrus and floral hops, pine resin, an ever so slight malt scent. Not terribly complex but very nice.

T-Bitter yet slightly sweet, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, a bit of honey and just a touch of biscuity malt.

M-Medium body. Perfect for the style. Carb level is just right.

D-This one went down REALLY easy and another was easily doable.

A very enjoyable DIPA. If you're a fan of the style you won't be disappointed in this one.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden, with an amber hue. Smells like pine, grass, some citrus and some malt. Taste is a bit sweet. Caramel right up front with a nice balance of pine and citrus on the end. Not too thin on the mouthfeel, yet very easy to drink, medium body. I tend to not like the caramel taste in any ipas but this one is balanced nicely.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the benevolent bauermj for this one. Long time want.

A- While I was looking for a bottle date I noticed a lot of chunky sludge at the bottom of the bottle. Wanting to keep this out of my glass, I poured slowly. I was successful and got a perfectly clear, shining amber-orange glass of beer. The sizable head is elegant and frothy. There's more lace here than at a West Virginia strip club. This is perfect looking.

S- Big waves of candied hops. Mostly ripe citrus pith but classic west coast pine is quite strong too. Mostly grapefruit. Malts are pretty big too but still remain subordinate to the California style hops. The maltiness smells crackery, nothing beyond lightly toasted grains.

T- This is up the same alley as Pliny the Elder. Its very west coast, personally I prefer what the Midwest guys are doing with IPAs but this is still a world class beer.
Bitterness and sweetened citrus see-saw back and forth. I really love what's going on with the candied tangerines and red grapefruit flavors. Malts hold off until the finish when things get slightly doughy and crackery. Bitterness levels are pretty high at times but there is something about this beer that makes the enamel stripping stuff so easy to deal with.

M- Very high carbonation makes for a nearly painfully prickly beer. Its quite appropriate for what this beer has going on though.

D- One of the best among west coast IPAs. I'd love to do a side by side blind with this and Elder. Anyone wanna help?

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Photo of marysparks18
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear, golden orange yellow, almost no head

S: like you want to go swimming in it:-) yeasty, strong

T: HOPPY, strong, good contrast of sweet malt and bitter citrus hops

M: smooth, medium body, malty,

Overall very refreshing, and drinkable. Pairs well with almost any food. Great disguise for the amount of alcohol

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Photo of newk340
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam head with wicked lacing and hazy golden yellow in color.

S: a blast of hops, slight citrus hints as well tease the senses.

T: an initial sizzle of hops with an aftertaste of tropical fruits.

MF/D: a buzz of carbonation that fades rather quickly leading to a rather smooth swallow.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper. One finger white head fades to a thin cap leaving little to no lacing. Aroma is slightly piney, citrusy with some tropical fruit notes. Flavor has notes of grass and grapefruit. Thin to medium body. Not heavy on malt. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle from el cerrito market and liquor). So I finally get to try my first alpine beer. I’m not sure why I didn’t try it sooner, but I’m happy to finally have it. Pours mostly clear amber, but there are some odd floaties in suspension. Nice, chunky white head that is lacing quite nicely. Aroma has loads of fruit: mango, papaya, orange and maybe some grapefruit along with some pine. Taste is sweet with some sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily/slick texture. Bitter finish, but very well balanced. This is a nice, bright DIPA that really hits the flavor profile that I like best.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.