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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 3,278
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,221
Gots: 491 | 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 Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold. Pours with a large, voluminous, fluffy, off-white head that just sits on top of the beer. Excellent retention. Copious lacing.

S: Loads of pungent citrus. Grapefruit and orange rind. Tropical fruit to a lesser extent and some pine to round it all out.

T & M: Clean, lighter bodied with a pale malt base. Some floral and citrus hops. Maybe some pineapple or mango. A bit sweet, almost creamy smooth. Moderate bitterness on the finish with a little fusel heat.

D: Very good for any hop lover. Nice light malt base allows for the hops to come through while allowing this beer to go down real easy.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego a week ago. Following review composed from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Arrived with a paper-thin layer of dense, white foam on-top (it was filled to the brim). The body is crystal clear and polished gold in color. Fantastic lacing: a crusty, web-like skeleton stretched across the entire glass. Nice head retention too! Very well done.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, herbal pine, and pepper come to mind first. A mellow malt backbone sits underneath, adding a consistent caramel-y sweetness to each whiff. Lime zest adds to the mix, contributing a succinct bite. Complex and hop-forward.

Taste: Pine resin, pineapple, caramel, and earth dominated the first few sips, making for a sweet, prickly, and very bitter experience. In time, however, my palate acclimated, and I began noticing mango. Oddly enough, juniper and mint also found their way into the mix, though I may have mistaken those as alcoholic esters. Bold, hop-forward, and dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Dry, prickly, and warm, with great mouth-coating and long-lasting bitterness. Medium-bodied for the style; residual sweetness reduces palate stress.

Overall: An interesting and iconic example of the west coast imperial IPA. Always worthy of consideration.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear with a full finger off white head that fades to surface fairly quickly leaving a reasonable amount of lacing behind. The amber color is lighter than I anticipated. The smell is good mostly because it has a nice balance. The hop pine and grassy character mixes well with a mellow malt sweetness. The mouth feel is on the lighter side of medium. Hoppy but altogether creamy with an oily piny after taste that lingers appropriately. The lighter creamy body contributes significantly to its easy drinkability. Full flavored, the creamy texture is coming from the sweeter malt component. It doesn't come across as being a BIG beer. Another thing that I find tres cool is that it doesn't have a runaway price just because of it's reputation. Hats off to the folks at Alpine!

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Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours an amber color wit ha thick white two finger foamy head. nice head retention and excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy as expected,very floral with lots of citrus and pine. Taste is all about the hops as well, like the nose pine and citrus dominate. The finish has a good amount of pine and bitterness to it with a decent amount of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, if you like west coast DIPA's then this will be a drinkable beer for you.

Overall another outstanding hoppy beer from Alpine. I liked Nelson better then Duet and now Pure Hoppyness better then Nelson. I can't wait to try the Expo hoppyness I have coming.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Clear amber liquid, dense, frothy , white foam cap , good lacings

Fragrant citrus hop aroma, pine notes

Pine hop notes on the sides of the tongue, back of the tongue,good flavoring without the bite

Good sudsing, gentle lingering hop bitterness

Very good beer

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz 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.
A: Burnt-orange, nice foam and lace that was well-retained throughout
S: Floral, bit of honey, grapefruit
T: Smooth and balanced IPA
M: Bittery start, but tasty throughout
D: Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but a very nice IPA!

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Photo of pschul4
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Ehammond1 for hooking me up!

A- Pours a light orange hue with a small white head that leaves just a ring around the top of the glass

S- Huge piney hops! Malt? We don't need no stinkin malt!

T- Again the huge bitter piney hops but a dash of citrus in there that brings everything to balance. Simply wonderful

M- Light, refreshing, prickley, gorgeous

O- This doesnt quiiite match up to Nelson or Duet but let's be honest, hardly any IPAs do. This is delicious and Alpine certainly knows how to brew a damn IPA

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Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange brew, with white foamy head. Great lacing too.

Awesome aroma. Tons of grapefruit, apricot, honey, crystal, pine, dank.

Pretty light and relaxed for the style and aroma. Nicely bitter with well rounded full flavors. Mildly awkward finish, but hangs in there well-enough. Drinks very well. Nice rounded pine flavors, wet and forward with apricot flavors. glassy texture with great sweetness.

Very well blended, could only be improve slightly in a few areas. This is a hit in aroma, feel could improve slightly. Very light and drinkable. Definitely recommended

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Photo of tregan_20
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass. Color is like a darker version of straw with a finger or two of white head and decent lacing. You get aromas of citrus and pine but they aren't too overwhelming. The flavor followed suit with pine and citrus, but overall this was perfectly carbonated, nice crisp finish and a very delicious beer. I would definitely buy this again. Cheers!

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Photo of jbaker67
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber color with thick white foam. The smell was a strong and persistent fruity-chewy hop aroma with some malt backing it up. The taste was naturally dominated by the chewy, resinous hops, but the hops were not really over the top and were nicely balanced with the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and slightly sweet with a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The dry, hoppy flavor lingered on the tongue pleasantly.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to April for giving me a bottle off my Wants. Great West Coast IPA. Amber pour with a one inch head. Big hops smell mostly of pine. Taste is mostly of piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a big DIPA. Very drinkable for the style. A must for a hophead like me.

Cheers.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

San Diego Brew Co.
San Diego, CA

A clear golden yellow with a thin white foam head and some visible carbonation. Leaves tons of lace. Pretty but unspectacular.

A fantastic hop aroma of zest, citrus rind, pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose with a touch of a malt backbone. Not at all overly bitter. Pungent and fresh citrus and pine hops.

A very drinkable and unintimidating DIPA, more reminiscent of a citrusy and piney IPA. Not at all "in your face;" simply superb.

This beer simply does everything very, very well without feeling forced or gimmicky. A DIPA of the highest quality.

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Photo of BillyB
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Several different hop varieties and a huge hop back offer an overwhelmingly hoppy beer from the brewers at Alpine.
Pure Hoppiness is a very accurate name for this beer.

Pours a clear honey golden color with with a thick white head.

Aroma is HOPS, HOPS, HOPS! Piney, citrus, floral, slight hints of cedar and an inkling of sweet malt.

Tastes of citrusy, spicy, grapefruit with some sweet malty balance.

Light, slightly syrupy mouthfeel

Overall a phenomenally hoptastic IPA.

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Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, translucent, shot with red highlights. Thick and incredibly bubbly. One finger white head, fades fairly fast, leaving thick lacing.

Strong pulpy ruby red grapefruit aroma, with lesser scents of lemon, caramel malt, and clover honey.

Bright and hoppy - sweet grapefruit and floral - strongly supported by a malt backbone. Caramel and grains, but the heavy malt presence supports, not overpowers. Extremely hoppy. Chewing reveals a slight rind flavor, as well as some pepper.

Medium-light feel, but with a thick oily hop residue. Avoids the syrupy feel some DIPAs have. Very full and lively in the mouth with larger sips. Medium carbonation sting, no foaming.

This is a very drinkable DIPA - more like a single IPA as far as drinkability and mouthfeel. It takes a large sip to get that fullness. More like a Stone DIPA than PtE or HT, but one of the better DIPAs I've tried lately.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

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Photo of scottg
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to choprite for this one.
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light copper color with slight orange with a one finger white fluffy head that leaves patchy lacing. First smell-wow, this beer smells like the hops were just strained out, super fresh citrus-lemon & grapefruit, grass, honey and vanilla. Grapefruit and resiny pine up front lead to sweet orange and caramel with some bready malt flavor to balance ending with the bitter pucker of grapefruit rind. Medium high carbonation, medium body this is one smooth and creamy beer with the carbonation cutting through the creaminess. Fantastic beer, this is what a west coast IPA should taste like.
My first beer from the Alpine Beer Company but certainly not my last.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No dating on the bottle.

A nice very good consistent tight foamy head is made about three fingers off white in color, sitting on a body of bronze amber. Nice and clear, no visible carbonation anywhere. Some nice lacing is very noticeable on this.

Nose is a big biscuit malt, and dry smelling pine. Very biscuity it seems, real nice. Some fresh citrus orange and grapefruit comes out later after many more sips.

A real simple solid pine rush at first to taste. The palate slowly fills with just a hint of sweetness and caramel, then on the swallow a good portion of resin like feel. Nice texture to this, dry piney tasting hop sense kicks in with further sips. Mouthfeel hits with mild carbonation and lots of thick hop like texture without any syrupy sensations. Some mild orange and bitter grapefruit comes out later.

Overall a great tasting IPA, and another great one from Alpine.

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Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times - mostly on tap - and was never overly impressed. However, I figured I would save my review for a nice fresh bottle. Let's put it this way - I now understand the hype.

Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head that mostly dies but leaves a ton of lacing. Smells delicious - lots of citrusy hops in this one!

Taste follows suit nicely - very tasty blast of grapefruit hops with touches of pine and caramel. Just enough malt backbone to showcase the hops, but also nice and clean and definitely not syrupy. Nice.

Mouthfeel is rich but light on the tongue with a very nice carbonation level. Drinkability is exceptional.

Highly recommended. This really is a good, clean, not too malty San Diego DIPA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round #1 of my journey into Alpine IPA goodness was very enjoyable with a Nelson. Round #2 was even better with a Duet. The third and final round is now Pure Hoppiness. Big thanks to glazeman for the chance to try the trio. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear medium orange color. The carbonation issue with the Nelson has manifested again. First pour yielded 4+ fingers of frothy pillowy head. Unfortunately, very good retention. This took a while to get a full glass. Moderate amounts of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: Lovely. Loads of fruity and floral hop aroma without any harsher aromas. Papaya, mango, pineapple, mandarin orange, and the slightest touches of grapefruit.

4.5 T: Grapefruit, pine, and orange are the biggest contributors to the taste. Slightly herbal in the secondary. Malts make an appearance in the taste and are overall neutral with a touch of toffee and caramel sweetness. But, make no mistake, the hops are the concentration here. The overall dryness and hop punch give a tongue twisting experience. Moderate, but very soft bitterness.

4.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit higher than desirable, but that was expected. Creaminess is there and is quite nice. This is easily the best of the three in terms of MF.

4.5 D: I'm glad I ended with this one as it is the best. The other two were tasty, but this one is the best tasting and it also has the best mouthfeel by far. Based on the 4 Alpine IPAs I've had now, I can say Alpine makes some good hoppy brews.

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Photo of ike4tay45
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Alpine.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a minimal head disapating quickly leaving behind some really nice lacing.

S: Fresh squeezed citrus juices and lots of sweet pineapple in the nose.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple, and a little bit of a sweet malt flavor, fruits became more pronounced as it warmed.

M: Medium carbonation. clean, crisp, smooth.

Overall: One of my favorites from Alpine. Very good beer all around.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! First offering from Alpine, looking to try more of their stuff! Different than most IPA's I've ever had. Super smooth and delicious, not any harsh bitterness.

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Photo of t420o
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

A- pour produces a 2 finger light tab head on a deep golden-copper body. Good lacing and decent retention. 4

S- heavy hops. Beautiful. Citrus, pine, some oniony hops (not sure if there are Nelson Sauvin hops in this but it smells like it). Earthy and lightly herbal as well. 4.5

T- very similar to the nose but the malt is a little more noticeable. Nice piney, citrus, and oniony hop tastes going well with the light malt graham-crackery backbone. Excellent beer. 4.5

M- good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation and medium body. 4.5

O- another excellent IPA from Alpine. I wish I still lived in San Diego and had easy access to their stuff. 4.5

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'brien's the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This is a nice looking IPA, but certainly is nothing spectacular... on the nose and palate however....

This beer has a VERY IPA nose, with lots of orange citrus, earth and wet tobacco. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there's an interesting soft creaminess on the mid palate that I quite like. This beer is very much a West Coast style IPA, with just barely enough malt to balance the hops and a very dry, hoppy finish. This beer is just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional and I was shocked to see the abv. for this beer. At best I would have guessed in the 6% range (if that).

This is a very nice IPA that I enjoyed more and more through the evening. Good stuff.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a shaker pint. Thanks to Oodeftone for this baby!! Nice hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Tons of floral and citrusy hop aromas. This smells like a perfect west coast ipa. Taste is wonderful. Great hop biterness, but lots of sweetness to mellow it out. Has to be the sweetest IPA i have ever had. Tremendously drinkable for a dipa.

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Poured into a generic Tulip Glass]

I: I'm so happy I was able to get a hold of a bottle of this stuff. Even living in California, getting brew from this company is hard. Their most famous and sought bottle would probably be "Exponential Hoppiness", but scoring some "Pure Hoppiness" is the next best thing. As a hop head, I'm mostly hoping for a big hop presence.

B: [8% ABV 22 FL. OZ Bottled December 2012] The beer is good, but not great in terms of presentation. The artwork and label texture don't mesh. It needs a more papery/rugged feel. Parts of the artwork are almost reminiscent of ms clip art/paint. The information provided though is great. Brief description, abv, size, origin, etc... If I do end up keeping this bottle, it will be for the hype and quality.

A: An orange transparent body with a nice fluffy/slight creamy white head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing. A standard ipa in appearance.

S: Nice pine hops, fruity citrus, and sweet malt.

T: Quite tasty! Sweet malt, grapefruit (tropical presence), spicy pine hops throughout. Balanced presence of all flavors throughout. Salivating aftertaste due to it's slick characteristic on the back of tongue.

M: slick/crisp/slight dry finish, medium bodied, perfect carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not intrusive).

O: Pure Hoppiness stands out because it's probably one of the best examples of the style. It has great balance in every category and it makes you salivate for another sip (one of my favorite qualities in a good beer). The only gripes I have is that it's not complex and I really feel Alpine can really do a better job in their presentation. Still great balance and presence. I highly recommend this and while the bottle isn't the greatest looker, it's worthy keeping. Savor Great Beer!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.