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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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.

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pineapple and grapefruit, with some mango and honey.
T: It tasted like mango and grapefruit, with some pineapple and honey. It had a clean and sweet tropical aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great brew with nice tropical scent and taste. The body was ok, but the finish was super smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Expensive ass six pack but I've been wanting to try this beer for friggin' years. Pours clear, glowing orange. Thin white head. Light lacing. Unsurprisingly, a big-hop nose. Wasn't expecting this to be dank - with some onion and garlic and pine. Also a bunch of citrus. Some sugary sweet, candy malt. The flavor is very well done. It's hoppiness is pretty unique. Hops have a woody, earthy, almost leathery component. Pine sap. Sweeter candied citrus hops as well. Sugary maltiness. Very, very bitter. Floral hops, too. Perfumey. The hop bouquet is pretty complex. West Coast style with a twist. Alcoholic heat. Very bold. Resinous. I've had so many damn New England IPAs recently, it's nice to take a break and have a good ol' West Coast headbutt of bitterness. Another Alpine beer that has really impressed me. But its is NOT worth the price of a 6er!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, glowing, medium amber, producing 2 fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating frost-like, spidery lacing. Aroma is citrus, earthy floral/herbal, pineapple with a hint of spice & pine hops in a thin backwash of bready caramel malt. Taste is orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & humidor cedar with caramel in the background. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Off balanced as it starts & finishes high on the hop side (I think this was the idea based on the high degree of hopping outlined on the label) with a thin malt background. Aftertaste is resinous hop bitterness with fruity hints. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean, juicy, drying in the latter half & lightly drawing.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear straw gold, with a bubbly head that retains for a bit. Smell is big lemongrass, citrus, tropical fruits, sweet apricot and mango notes, grassy notes. Taste is lemony, rosy sweet citrus with a dirty west coast bitter bite. Feel is appropriately smooth with some fizz. Great DIPA overall.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was a little underwhelmed with this one, especially compared to some of Alpine's other offerings. What I loved so much about beers like Duet and Nelson was the piney, dank juiciness, and I don't seem to get that in Pure Hoppiness. I think the malt character overpowers the hops just slightly, which detracts from the flavor a bit for me.

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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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

35cl bottle. Pours a hazy orange, with a tall white head with decent retention. Smells dank and salty, like lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, some perfumey roses and pine. Tastes of pine hops, citrus, caramel, some funky dankness and just a bit of mango.
Updating the rating since, apparently, I didn't have a great bottle last time. I am loving it this time around, very well done, tons of pine and citrus and tropical fruits in the mix. Up from 4 to 4.25

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Photo of jspaner
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden-orange, slightly hazy color, with little head or lacing in the glass. The smell is citrusy, lots of aromas, peach comes to mind. The taste is initially bitter, hoppy, and fruity, with a slight caramel taste toward the end. Tastes very good, well-balanced. Mouth feel is thick & substantial, though the carbonation level is a bit on the low side. Overall, it's quite well-done for a DIPA. So many are just over-hopped & unbalanced. This is very tasty, with bitterness, tangy & fruity flavors. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours rusty orange with a bright white head, lots of lacing, no head retention, beer is hazy, not much carbonation, looks about medium bodied.

A: Sweet citrus, guava, resin, picking up some peach, no alcohol at all on the nose, lots of aromas, smell really good.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is world class, hit of citrus with a mix of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, guava, some pine and resin, balanced with a nice malt backbone, not overly bitter, finish is dry and lingers with an aftertaste of citrus peel, solid beer.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, has a good amount of carbonation, sticky mouthfeel on the palate.

O: Very impressed, lots of aroma, lots of flavor, great mouthfeel, definitely a beer I will seek out again, a keeper. This will now be one of the IIPAs I will reach for when I want a great tasting beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is anorange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, resiny pine, herbal, and spicy hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and caramel malts.

Taste: Nice hop glavor, malt bill to back things up, slight booze, lighttingly bitterness, and slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, lingering tingly bitterness, slightly chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid and tasty DIPA. The hops roll through the palate nicely and this beer I easy to drink too

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Photo of phishgator
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wide mouth goblet. Dated best by 5/5/2016, so must be pretty close to bottling I'm guessing. Nice orange/golden hue with a two finger head that coats the glass. Piney and citrus to the nose and the up front taste. The body is consistent enough to not think you are drinking "hop water". the bitterness is citrus up front, piney in the middle, and then a bit of hop oil stays on your tongue. Alcohol is well hidden, but you feel warm by the second one.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, resin, fresh oils, strong pine, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh hop oils, sweet malt, alcohol, strong citrus hops, slight pine, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of GregA135
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard great things about this beer, but I'm pretty sure that the bar had an old keg because there was not much hoppiness in my glass. Could definitely taste the hops, but they were mellowed out. The beer still tasted great, but I'm sure I would give it a better rating if I didn't get an old IPA. Definitely will have to try it again.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color with a pillowy head. Smell reminds me of Pliny quite a lot, but more dank and tropical than floral. Tons of citrus, pine, and dank herbal flavors just jump out of the glass. Just enough malt sweetness and so much hop oil with a lingering bitterness that doesn't kill the tastebuds. Gets a bit hot as it warms up but otherwise a world class DIPA

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Photo of CHickman
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold color with fantastic thick foamy 2 finger cream colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated extremely slowly, easing down like melting snow and leaving great patches of foamy lacing.

Wow, smells of ridiculously fresh hops with a blast of all things citrus hops including a bouquet of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, guava, dank floral hops, graham cracker, caramel, biscuit, malty sweetness, herbs, mild spices including pepper and light coriander, spruce and fresh piney hops. Just enough malt base to make it balanced and allow the hops to show off like a peacock.

Flavor follows suit and delivers just as much citrus hops and tropical fruit as the nose provided. Taste is a delicious combo of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, guava, pear, green apple, wet floral hops which resembles fresh picked weed, graham cracker, fresh cut grass, caramel, toffee, biscuit, sweet malt, herbs, brown sugar, spices including pepper, light cinnamon and coriander, roasted grains, hints of butter or Ritz cracker, cracked wheat and a hoppy sweetness that ties the malt and hops into a bow of harmony. Really smooth and tasty, the hops are bursting with a tremendous amount of complexities and flavor.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with a slick buttery feel across the tongue, mild carbonation, a medium body that leans towards chewy, a nice amount of bitterness and a finish that starts off with some grainy sweetness but then shifts back to citrus and floral hop goodness. Overall a great beer which hides the ABV masterfully and goes down very easy. It's so smooth it's like a session IPA not a DIPA. Really impressive in every way.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Hoppy Birthday on tap and in the bottle, I had to pick up a six of this when I saw it on the shelf. While I hesitated at the $17 price tag for the six pack, this brewery could easily charge $10 for a bomber and people would pay. It's a delicious double IPA with depth of flavor, refreshing, zesty hops and a body that leaves room for you to want more.
Now that I've had this I'm not sure if I would plunk down the money too quickly, mostly because I enjoy trying new things. But if you ask me to come up with a list of beers I would be happy to have again and again, this beer would make the list. I prefer Hoppy Birthday to this one but that's at the point of nitpicking.

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Photo of jckdaniels03
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good West Coast dry hop bomb. Serious hops with some citrus, a little malt, and a strong DIPA finish. Definite buy again. Excited to try other Alpine Beers. Cheers!

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Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label reads: "Best By 27 APR 2016 F15330"

Appearance: The body of the beer appears mostly clear with just a tad of haze. It is a darker golden orange color with a short off-white creamy head.

Aroma: Not much aroma here. It has this sweet candy smell that reminds me of a tootsie roll pop but really even when I close my eyes and try to blank the canvas I'm not getting anything. Pretty lackluster.

Taste: I get a big malty hit right off the bat. It's a very sweet tasting beer. The bottle says "West Coast-Style" which usually has a lot more hop flavor. This one honestly taste more like an East Coast Style beer from the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a good mouthfeel leaving just a bit of residual sweetness. Good bitterness although it feels like the scales are tipped slightly more towards the sweet side.

Overall: It's not a bad beer. I feel like I was a bit misled by the name "Pure Hoppiness" because it is a very sweet tasting beer and the claim to be a "West Coast-Style" threw me a bit. If you are a fan of a maltier DIPA then this is for you. I did enjoy it and I would drink it again but before I would recommend the beer I would have to throw out the caveat explained above.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 6/1/2016.

Medium amber color, brilliant clarity, with a large, creamy, white head. This is how I like my IPAs to look, as opposed to some of the unfiltered milkshakes that have become the recent trend. Big hop aroma filled with citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, and flowers. More citrus in the flavor with a sharp bite to it from the pine. You do get some caramel malt in there for balance. Long, dry, and bitter aftertaste that never gets anywhere near being astringent. In fact, it's very clean and easy to drink.

So, that was some of the good. Now, the bad... $16.99 for a 6-pack. Ouch! And, from what I'm hearing, that's inexpensive compared to some other states. Outstanding Imperial IPAs are being brewed all over the country, so you better be producing something special to charge that much. I've had interest in Alpine for some time now and this was the first beer of theirs to be available in bottles in NJ. So I decided to splurge and give it a shot. I'm happy it's in 6-packs compared to an $8.99 bomber or $14.99 4-pack. I was able to give a couple of bottles to friends and still have some for myself. However, I probably won't be purchasing any of their bottled offerings again until the prices come down. This is a very good beer, but nothing that sets it apart from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber brown color with a full inch of frothy head.
S - Piney and citrus hops with sweet orange malty goodness.
T - Sweet and bitter but has a nice sweet middle were the malts and hops clash so perfectly. Finish is bitter and a touch soapy west coast style.
M - Medium bodied and smooth with a nice balanced bitterness.

Overall I tired this once and liked it enough to post a review with a new bottle. Still did not disappoint!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange with a firm white head and lacing.. Oniony/garlic with piney and surprisingly not as bitterness as expected... Tons of allium notes that get a bit clingy on my palate, I just don't dig it as much as I do other hop profiles. I doubt I will buy another one of these again.. too many other fantastic DIPA's in the rotation.


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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Quite clear golden. Huge soapy white head that leaves bubble bath like lacing everywhere. A real looker here.
smell: Floral and grapefruit and piney with some citrus for good measure. Loads happening in this nose.
taste: Quite dry. A relatively (and unexpected) smooth dry citrusy thing followed by a gentle bitter pleasant bloom in the finish. Nice

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Photo of rajendra82
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

The famed Alpine Pure Hoppiness is finally here, thanks to Green Flash buying out the smaller brewery. The 12 oz. bottle had a best by date of June 6, meaning it was bottled on January 6, which makes this at a fresh age of 2 weeks at the time of this review. The beer poured with a typical amber color of DIPA style, with a slight chill haze. The head formation was on the large end of the spectrum, starting off at over two fingers thick, and mounding above the rim of the tulip glass. The aroma was very pungent, being noticeable at an arm's length, and hitting your nose with the smells of pine, grapefruit peel, black pepper, and hay as the beer was sniffed. The taste was not at aggressively bitter at first as the smell was suggesting. During the initial part of sip the herbal hops were muted, presenting grapefruit and grass, followed by a a touch of pine. Mid palette the flavors turned spicy and resinous. There was not much malt presence here, as this a dry West Coast, hop bomb all the way. The body was on the thinner side of medium, and the finish had teeth coating hop acid. This was truly a hophead's dream come true, and I am so thankful I can pick it up so easily. A notch above my go to staple of Torpedo in hop quotient.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color. 1/2 finger of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruit pith and pine. Light lemony citrus.

Taste is all about resinous pine. Totally dominating. Bitter grapefruit pith. Nice carbonation tickle. Very dank. Onion/garlic notes. Large amount of bitterness that lingers well past the sip. Moderate amount of sweetness that cuts the hop bitterness near the middle of the sip. To summarize: grapefruit, pine resin, bitterness.

Overall, the beer is pretty good. I prefer more tropical fruits and less astringent bitterness. Not bad by any means, but not a personal favorite. Also, I'm pretty sure it's a GF version. I see it pairing well with a green tea ice cream. It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of erikcx
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Lovely floral and caramel aroma. Deep amber color with light head. Rich flavor with a hint of the caramel, loads of hops, and a fair amount of alcohol heat. Alcohol and hops linger on the finish. Tasty, but be prepared for the kick.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.