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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 723
Hads: 2,597
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 1,260
Gots: 277 | 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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...

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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.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: golden amber hues, a little cloudy, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: citrusy hops, but toffee aromas are pretty forward.

Taste: citrus and piney resin (a bit), but a significant amount of toffee/butterscotch flavor indicates this may not be uber fresh.

Feel: one thing I personally look for in a DIPA is an oily feel, and this really doesn't have that.

Overall: this is enjoyable, but I'm wondering if this isn't the freshest bottle of this. It's a bit stodgy, for lack of a better term.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to light amber hue with a frothy large off-white head. Aroma is big juicy grapefruits and tangerines, a touch 'hot' from the alcohol. Flavor is a bit nutty, citrus medley of orange peel grapefruit and lemon. Good hop bitter but not overpowering - very nice balance. Finish is dry - almost crisp, but not quite. Lemony would be a better term.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

272nd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A mixture of some bronze,copper and orange highlights. A one finger head. Nice scattered lacing.

Smell- A bit let down by this one. Had the usual hops, pine, citrus and some earthy malts.

Taste- It's very balanced and keeps the flavors in check. Hop spice on the backend and its a bit smaller than Exponential in terms of drink. Glad I went backwards with these.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carb level. Fills the mouth with flavor.

Drink- Alpine makes some damn good beers. The two big DIPA's I have had have been very good. Its spicy and flavorful and aggressive but palatable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange to amber in colour. thick white bubbles.

S: Great hops with citrus and tropical fruit bursts. orange peel, more fresh hops.

T: bitter hops, citrus peel, lemon oil, some tropical fruits in the middle, bitter resinous finish.

F: slick and oily, bit of a raw hop bite to it. it does finish crisp though but it has a raw alcohol feel.

O: Decent. truly a WC style IPA, rather disappointing considering the hype this and the other Alpine brews get. Wonder how much has changed since the partnership with GF. I like that this is in 6 packs though.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrtopher for this one!

Into the pint glass goes this one and whoa!!! Loads of carbonation even with an easy pour... Very active head... Quite clear for an unfiltered brew... Golden with 3 inches of head most of the time....

Citrusy and piney aromas that are actually a little more subdued than I was expecting and hoping for... Nice aromas for sure but they don't seem pungent enough for me....doesn't smell old or anything, just a little subdued and that could be due to the head on this thing...

Crisp hoppy flavors led by grapefruit followed by resiny pine finishing abruptly with not much of a lingering bitterness at all... Malts hold their own in the background quite well... Pretty balanced actually...

The carbonation grew tiresome after a while with this one... Overly carbonated on the palate, it hurt the drinkability a bit..

Overall a very solid brew... I have a bottle of Nelson and Duet from these guys and can't wait to see how they measure up...

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

been trying to find this one for awhile. finally found it online for a reasonable price. certainly lived up to my expectations. i've had their "great" before and this one is well done too.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Tap at the Local before the 94.9 fm Ann concert. Poured into pint glass a copper orange color with a small head. Smell of pine and citrus with a hint of malt aroma. Taste was very well balanced with pine hoppiness and grapefruit citrus being very mild the malt body help round out the beer, however for the style this beer is not as extreme as other DIPA i have tried just more balanced. The alcohol was well hidden making the beer very drinkable. Would like to try this beer again but this time from a bottle.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At long last I finally found some Alpine (although it required a trip to SD. Whatever).

A: A light yellowish orange, and totally clear. A bit odd for an IIPA. Nice thick white heat though, two fingers but leaves a 2-3 cm fluffy film with lots of bubbles coming up. This looks really carbonated.

S: Very full hop boquet, but not one style really sticks out. I smell a lot of floral, some grass, and of course some citrus. Don't really note any pine. There's a bit of citrus sweetness but it might just be the hops.

T: Hop dominant and really little to no malt balance. I don't note much sweetness if any at all. Even the hop blast is a bit more subdued than I expected. Grass dominant with a bit of citrus.

MF: High carbonation which I think saves the beer a little bit. Great full mouthfeel with plenty of crispness. For 8% alcohol, it doesn't really hit that hard.

D: I'm not entirely sure this is a DIPA to me, it really has more IPA characters. I love a hop dominant IPA, but you need something to balance it out and this doesn't really have it. The hop flavor is good, but it doesn't pack quite the punch of others either. This rates right up there with some of the really good IPA's out there, but doesn't really do it for me if I'm rating it as a DIPA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole double duecer pours into my glass with a slightly hazy light peach hue offering topped off with a settled spotty ivory head cap containing a few scant tiny bubbles rising up to meet the surface.

Piney resin nose with a grassy note. Malt balance is reserved with a mostly grapefruit nose.

First swigs: Flavor mirrors the nose somewhat with a piney hop flavor met with a citrus grapefruit and grapefruit peel. Orange juice sizzle. A slight Tang drink and some Spree candy notes. No detctable heat. I am talking ZERO!

Feel is spritzy, slightly easy medium feel with a bit of a thin body. Not to a fault.

Last swigs: Thanks to fellow BA NeroFiddled for the generous bottle. In case you can't get your hands on this hoppy dish, it reminds me a bit of Hop Wallop.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many, I've been patiently awaiting my chances to try anything Alpine. So thanks to the Green Flash aquisition The time has come. And just like Duet, Nelson and others Pure Hoppiness has been built up to mythical proportions . . . Only to let down. Sure, these my have been better before the Green Flash years so they are maybe different beers now. That being said, obviously, I'm rather disappointed. This beer looks gorgeous and smells fantastic. Pure Hoppiness has a decent feel as well but I found it to have harsh flavors on the finish and a noticeable alcohol burn. Overall, it's ok. I won't seek it out again and am reminded by this one that I need to not take for granted my local hoppy options.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy yellow. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a bit off with hints of garlic and onion along with some lemon and grapefruit. Dry grassy notes as it warmed

Flavor was a decent balance of sweetness with hops, but nothing exceptional. I may have been tainted since I was blown away by Duet, but this didn't have anything special.

Mouthfeel was medium body, good carb, and nothing wrong with how it went down.

Overall, this is a very drinkable DIPA and I would easily buy this again if I had access, but Duet worked better for me.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.