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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1679
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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Photo of zhanson88


4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with 1" of eggshell white head, which has nice retention and decent lacing. Good amount of carbonation. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Slight caramel malt base apparent, with heavy citrus and bitterness. 4.25

Taste: Caramel malt sweetness, followed by orange rind, more citrus, and an abundance of bitterness on the finish. Excellent hop bomb.

Mouthfeel/overall: Light to medium bodied beer with a good level of carbonation. Nice. Overall, a very good IPA with great hop flavors. Another winner from Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 03:53:09 | More by zhanson88
Photo of ALBuff


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beautiful orange double coats your mouth like a cup of bitter honey. Plenty of big grapefruit notes on the nose and on the front of the tongue upon first quaff; but as the Pure Hoppiness spreads over the tongue, it's the much more bitter pine and nut flavors that leave a lasting impression.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 22:21:55 | More by ALBuff
Photo of marysparks18


4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 03:46:10 | More by marysparks18
Photo of Psyko


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alpine Brew Pub and from a growler purchased at Alpine Brewery 12/27/12
Served in a pint and tulip glass

A: This beer pours a nice amber reddish 1-2 finger head with some lacing. Some alcohol legs are visible. A small head lingers.

S: Dank pine and grapefruit dominate the aroma. there is no alcohol in the smell.

T: Malty citrus flavors dominate the initial flavor profile. On the back end there is a nice palate cleansing bitterness that cleans up the malt backbone. This beer is fantastic with spicy food like the buffalo chicken sandwich served in the Alpine brewpub.This is a great beer.

M: This beer has a clean crisp mouthfeel. The effervescence does help cut down the dank mouthfeel, the finish is bitter crisp.

O: This is my favorite of the Alpine standard on-tap beers. Highly Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 21:50:04 | More by Psyko
Photo of tarheels86


3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Toronado SD. Poured a clear yellow with a dense, white head leaving very good sticky lace. Aroma of bitter high-alpha acid hops, earthy hops, moving to sweat and brine almost in the nose. Taste is lots of bitter, earthy hops. Not much of a backbone. I really liked fresh Duet a hell of a lot better and will need to try this again in a fresh bomber. 7/6/2010 6/4/7/4/14=3.5

22oz courtesy of peteinsd. Great pour with a dense, fluffy white head. Good lacing. Fresh citrus hop aroma- juicy oranges and grapefruit and mango peel. Taste is watery, seltzer, dry, not much to it. Some slight butterscotch comes into balance but not nearly enough and the end result is bitter seltzer water with not enough of a malt backbone. 8/22/2010 7/4/7/3/14=3.5

Overall, I think Duet is superior to Pure and Expo Hoppiness consistently. Even after having on tap at Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 17:51:46 | More by tarheels86
Photo of DocJitsu


4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a quickly evaporating dingy white head. Light grapefruit and pine on the nose. Heavy mouthfeel for the style. Just adds to the richness of the experience. Starts out with grapefruit and finishes with lingering pine. Lives up to its hype. Super, drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 02:22:05 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of harrymel


4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewery.

Pours golden with a quilt of white foam. Smells tropical with mango, peach, pineapple and plenty of resiny goodness. Some tangerine as well as sweet lemon. Flavor matches with full malt sweetness and fruity yummyness. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a crispy finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 06:48:33 | More by harrymel
Photo of DCRA


4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, consistently great.

Probably my 3rd favorite beer from Alpine which says a lot about Alpine. The taste is so fresh and hoppy with citrus and pine blast.

It has great balance and the alcohol is hidden very well. Everything you could ask from a DIPA and more. The appearance is orange and the sight and smell alone make this very inviting.

Thank you Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 00:45:08 | More by DCRA
Photo of sholland119


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 11/10/11.

A-Pours a clear orange with very little white head and no lacing.

S-Sweet, juicy hops and some nice caramel malt.

T-Sweet malt, piney and resinous hops. Tons of flavor and great balance.

O-A deliciously hoppy beverage.


Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 20:05:48 | More by sholland119
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 19:56:36 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of ike4tay45


4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 00:31:03 | More by ike4tay45
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.03/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 06:57:07 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of ffejherb


4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine on 6/30/11.

A - Clear amber liquid with sparse carbonation and a creamy white crown that reduced to a fine film and a wall of cheese cloth-like lacing around the glass.

S - Grapefruit! Quite a citrusy nose on this guy. There is also a hint of piney resin and traces of alcohol around the edges, giving the nose a slightly spicy, though undeniably West Coast hop character. Sweet malt and a hint of pepper rounds out the fantastic aroma.

T - Juicy citrus with some spicy notes and sticky pine and resinous hops combine to give Pure Hoppiness a well-rounded hop profile without a crazy alcohol bite. Sweet caramel malt balances the bitterness a bit, along with a hint of lightly toasted bread.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and modest carbonation, resulting in a soft mouthfeel overall. Finishes with fairly assertive bitterness, though it doesn't linger too long on the palate. It produces adequate hop burps, though.

D - Awesome on tap! Enjoyed this a bit more than the Duet this time around. Chalk up yet another amazing West Coast DIPA!

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 18:43:41 | More by ffejherb
Photo of mrkun


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: Golden amber with puffy, white, cloudlike head and light lacing.

S: Lots of hops and lots of citrus with additional floral notes.

T: The taste follows the nose starting with moderate hops. Pine needles first following with a citrus and grapefruit aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, dry, and smooth.

O: A great double IPA that can stand up to the best.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 23:45:19 | More by mrkun
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this in bottle, had it on draft and it was better, of course! Poured a pint at Toronado, in San Diego May 30th on my honeymoon. I'm a lucky man that my wife loves beer too.

A: Pretty, mostly clear color with orange and gold most prominent in the hue. A small head and some lacing round it out.

S: Dank weed-like hops, the best kind IMHO. Honey citrus, a little pine and more grass. Yes!

T: Follows the smell in it's 'pure dank hoppiness' with a very full character. Spicey almost woodsy tree taste that I like, biscuit malt, raw hops that are dry without a lot of sweetness. Total west coast DIPA.

M: Great dry feel and not overly bitter with nice rounded edges on the front and back of the palate. Smooth and great carbonation.

O: Another great one from perhaps my favorite hop brewery to date, along with FFF and some of the Vermont guys.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 22:45:53 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of soze47


4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour as part of a flight.

This beer is very hoppy all the way through. It is a bit one note, but it is a good note. Right away, I get flowers and citrus rind to varying degrees of bitterness all the way through the taste. It has a medium/heavy body which could potentially be a problem if you were tackling a whole bomber on your own, but it isn't bothersome in a single pour and didn't kill my palette.

Like this beer a lot. While not complex, it wears its flavors well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 13:55:19 | More by soze47
Photo of Chizoad


4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have had in a while. Beautiful balance of malt and amazing hops.

Looks like a darker version of an IPA, a little more brown than amber. One finger head that settled down to nothing.

Clearly lots of hops in the nose, but the nose did not prepare me for such a great flavor. Perfect combination of hops and malt, with each flavor coming and going. Tons of complexity here.

Good medium body and carbonation and it goes down very easily for an 8% beer. One of my favorites and I wouldn't ever turn it down.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 17:57:36 | More by Chizoad
Photo of ehammond1

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 08:41:48 | More by ehammond1
Photo of HopMasterFlex


3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure hoppiness is beer candy. It poors a nice light golden color with a decent head and slight lacing. Smells are of sweetness and hops with some orange and lemon. Decent smell with a good deal of hops and sweetness. It is sweet and citrusy up front with a hoppy finish. Very pleasant blend of flavors. This is a great ipa that is different from most I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 09:41:14 | More by HopMasterFlex
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure Hoppiness has a dark, copper colored body with at least a finger of off-white head. The head is pretty creamy looking, and unsurprisingly it has good retention and leaves behind good lacing.

As soon as this beer landing on the bar, everyone around me could smell it. Holy shit is it hoppy. Loads of fruit with pineapple, mango, white grape and grapefruit. A lot of resin and pine scents; just a hint of pale malt lurks in the background.

Pure Hoppiness tastes about as good as it smells. Once again, there are just a ton of fruit flavors competing for dominance, including everything I picked up in the aroma: pineapple, mango, white grape, blood orange and grapefruit. All of these flavors come together to form a flavor that I imagine tastes like some sort of very bitter citrus juice. The resin and pine flavors are almost as powerful as the fruit flavors in the taste. Although this beer is bitter, especially in the finish the amount of hop flavor exceeds the bitterness. Somewhere in the background a bit of pale malt is hiding, but it doesn't do a whole lot to try and express itself.

The mouthfeel has a good amount of body. It is dry, bitter and a bit oily across the tongue.

I don't think Pure Hoppiness is a beer that you will sip. You will drink as much as you can quickly and happily, and then finish drunk.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 16:20:01 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of juhl31


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 09:09:01 | More by juhl31
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with a very light white head, carbonation evident in a nice, clean-looking slight-orange color.

Smell is of tropical fruits and pure hops, all the way through. Taste is, well, like it smells...hoppy, resiny (though sig less than expo hop), fruity, and all together pleasant. Malt is very subdued, but gives you a little notice.

Mouthfeel is smooth... not particularly crisp or creamy, just smooth with that hop bite always lingering. Drinkability is very good for the abv.... reminded me a lot of PtE in that sense (actually a lot about this beer reminded me of PtE).

Had this in same session with expo hop, nelson, and duet... and while they are all great, i'd probably pick this if I had to pick one...but I get the feeling that opinion would probably vary week to week for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 01:26:38 | More by mechamifune
Photo of itfitz


4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you're content with grabbing a six-pack of mega-brew from your local convenience store, quit reading this now. If, however, you've somehow become addicted to the flowers of the Humulus lupulus, you may have finally met your match. Alpine Beer Company has raised the bar for hop aroma, nose, mouthfeel and aftertaste. Opening a bottle of Pure Hoppiness is like spraying an aromatherapy can around you -- except instead of lavender and jasmine, the air becomes filled with a citrusy-floral aroma which invites you to investigate and discover the pot of gold at the end of the brown glass bottle. And the smell is such a tease when compared to the smooth ultra-hopped flavor of the beer itself. Mildly malty, well-carbonated with a pale yellow color, this beer is pure homage to the hop.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 23:18:24 | More by itfitz
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gearing up for the DIPA fest tomorrow, here's some notes from last year's. Pours a good dark yellow, kinda like when you've been partying or working out real hard.

Aroma, pure hops. Taste, a decent sweet yeast is a nice touch in addition to the obviously very hopped beer. Malt isn't too heavy, a nice dipa at 8%, as sessionable as they get for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, the sweetness which I'm guessing may be a less frequent yeast strain than I'm used to in dipas, nice touch.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 07:39:34 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Kaiser81


3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint @ O'Brien's on 1/7/10

A - Golden color with a small ring of head. No real lacing of note left on my glass, which i found surprising for an IPA from Alpine.

S - floral and grassy hop notes. There are some light citrus aromas too; possibly navel oranges. A sweet malt backbone balances the hops out.

T - Hops characterized by grapefruit up front. There is a malty/sweet taste mid-palate, but the grapefruit comes back and lingers at the end.

M - Light body with good amount of carbonation. Nice.

D - I could definitely drink another, and then another.

I had a bottle of this, and thought it was better out of the bottle. A more vigorous pour lead to much more aromas and taste, in my opinion, then what was served on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 06:48:59 | More by Kaiser81
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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.