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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 853
Hads: 3,269
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,222
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 sjones5045
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/30/15 Home Bottle

Pours - Orange and a thin white head about 1 finger. Fizzles out quick and leave just a little lacing. Not impressed with the look.

Smell - Good amount of hop presence but I'd say it's overpowered by one hop in particular. Can't put my finger on it but is just ok.

Taste- Pretty good. Nice bang of hops throughout. A bit piney and bitter but pretty decent.

Feel - PRetty bit and a tongue burner. After a few sips the bitterness keeps building.

Overall - Was very excited for this but I'd say it didn't live up to the hype. Too much pone and bitter for my liking but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, fizzy amber color with a finger of off white head.

The aroma offers fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, orange and lemon peel, pineapple, honey dew melon, and lots of the dankness, pine resin, and onion you would expect from a Stone DIPA.

Sweet citrus and tropical fruits up front. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and papaya up front, toasted biscuit and brown sugar in the middle, and then it finishes dry with lingering bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith, green onion, and pine needles.

The body is medium, typical for this style, and quite drinkable with lots of spritzy carbonation.

A solid DIPA I enjoy quite a lot, but not worth the $20.99 tag. I'll take the more affordable Stone hoppy offering the next time I want a bone-dry, bitter, dank and citrusy IPA or DIPA.

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

Appearance - The beer was copper in color with a huge fluffy white head.

Smell - Mild sweet citrus and some grass are noted in the smell.

Taste - My first impression is fresh grapefruits, guava, black pepper, light grass, and lemon toward the back. The backbone is highlighted toward the back with the lemon notes. It represents sweet malts, but not overly sweet. The taste is more resinous in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - All the hoppy goodness here, but it just does not have enough thickness for me.

Overall - This is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of 98green
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is a clear Amber. Smell is light citrus hops. Taste is mostly sweet malt and some citrus hops. Certainly on the sweet end for a double. Hop bitterness doesn't linger. Feel is slick but not heavy. Not much alcohol burn. Overall a mediocre beer for my palate. I like my doubles more hop forward.

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Photo of tapperm
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a weird adhesive taste to it. Tried to see if I got an older batch but it looked fairly fresh. Maybe I just got an unlucky bottle as peole I trust rave about this. Was Ok, just not anything I'd rank super high.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A nice golden color, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - piney dankness, sweet floral, citrus, spice, grapefruit
Taste - Follows the nose w/ some pungent floral/piney hops. Some earth, spice and citrus in the mix as well.

Overall - This is a nice crisp, clean drinking DIPA. In no way worth the price tag though. Glad I just bought a single and didn't spend $16.99 on a six pack!

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Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is golden amber and very clear. The smell is piney earthy sweet hops. The taste is strong and bitter and crisp. Reminds me a lot of Hop Stoopid. It's really good but too expensive. nb

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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 ThomasJ25
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this for a beer exchange with co-workers. Finally got around to trying it a little bit ago and overall, I really liked it. A little piney, a little bitter, but nice and clean.

However, for the price that Alpine is trying to command for this beer, I would probably pass the next time around. It was $70/case in SE PA. Plenty of other better beers for less out there.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: A pale, translucent, hazy gold. Deep white head that lingers and leaves nice lace on the glass.
S: Super piney aroma.
T: Piney and grassy with a bit of a bitter bite.
F: A bit bubbly, but very drinkable.
O: This is a very nice, well-rounded double IPA. Very drinkable and nice hop characteristics, but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours amber color with a thick white head.

smells like caramel malt and sweet hops. nice aroma!

taste is clean and pure. sweet hoppiness and not a huge bitterness. bitter but not overly bitter. goes down very smooth. finishes bitter yet clean. a very sweet IPA.

overall this is a damn good beer. one of the better IPAs i've ever had. it's bitter but not consumed by bitterness. a sweet taste and aroma without being dominated by sweetness. achieves great balance. a fantastic beer.

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4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another world class hoppy offering from alpine. These guys know how to work with lupulin. Bright and citrusy with pine and an uncanny smoothness. Enough alcohol to make the taste phenomenal. This is a great DIPA.

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Photo of DudMan
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange w a 2 finger head and slight lacing. Smells fruity and piney. Tastes piney but not overwhelming. Nice carbonation and very drinkable. Great beer. I will buy more.

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Photo of MrUse
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a growler, poured into a 10 oz. Tulip glass. Pours a light amber color, pretty minimal white head. Some carbonation sticks to the glass. Smells of citurs and pine. Tastes of some pine, citrus, touch of bread and a ton of bitter hops. Can't taste the 8% alchohol. Goes down smooth. A definite buy again if I come across it.

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Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 6-pack of 12 oz bottles for $17.99 at Healthy Living. Pours a perfectly clear light copper color, with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates, leaving almost no lace. Aroma is piney, resinous and a little dank, with just a bit of citrus mixed in. Taste is at first fruity, but quickly replaced by floral, resinous dankness, and very nicely balanced with a soft bitterness. Mouth is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, almost buttery. Overall, an excellent west coast style IPA. Although it's quite pricey, I'm pretty impressed with my first Alpine beer. Hope we start seeing more of it in VT.

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Photo of 57md
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy copper with over a finger of head. Earthy and citrus hops can be found in the nose. The flavor profile has a solid malt backbone and a nice hoppy finish. The hoppiness is not quite as assertive as I would have hoped (considering the name) but it is certainly sufficiently bitter.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear orange. Smooth, cream colored head. Stove fruit bouquet. Dank, piney. Resiny taste, plenty of caramel malt backbone. Orange zest, pineapple, mango. Oily feel with dry finish, very fine carbonation.

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Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Western Mass. just started getting Alpine a couple of months ago no doubt since Green Flash, which already distributes here, acquired Alpine. To date I've had three of the others: Hoppy Birthday, Duet and Nelson. All good, although I though Nelson was the one to beat.

Best By June 1 2016, so probably no more than a month old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which quickly receded to thin patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s: Intense pine resin.

t: Follows the nose over a medium bready malt base, bitterness lingers and hangs in the back of the throat (or is it throat burn from the highish ABV?) Some oiliness in the flavor as it warms, no doubt from the hops.

m: Medium, good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very hoppy IPA in the West Coast style, also reminiscent of Sixpoint's Hi Res. I might still like Nelson better but this one definitely lives up to its name.

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

A-a clear light orange color with two fingers worth of cream colored head

S-smell is of pine, citrus, and tropical fruits as well as some light caramel malt

T-taste is pretty similar to the smell but with much more pine and grapefruit in the taste

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very drinkable DIPA that goes down quickly

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

By far the best of "the bunch" that has been available in Ohio. Very west coast. Pungent hops and just a touch of sweet malt backbone. Very dry finish that leans on the bitter side. Well done. This has restored my faith in Alpine. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a nonic a slight hazed orange color with a tight full one finger white head that settles very slowly leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Tropical fruits and pine resin make for a lethal combo on the nose,faint doughiness underneath as well,the hops are large and in charge.The hop profile on the palate is just amazing,the complexity matches the brashness,tropical fruits,pine resin,grapefruit,even a little grass over top of sweetish biscuit dough.A damn fine beer,well worth the hype

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Photo of MA_hops
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, hazy with a thin head.
S: Dank, sticky hops, hint of tropical notes.
T: Tropical notes emerge, dank/sticky hops, bitter finish.
M: Medium carbonation, hops very prickly to the tongue, dry and bitter finish.
O: This is what a West Coast IPA is all about. Another very good beer by Alpine!

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

Pure Hoppiness has a medium, off-white head, a fairly hazy, orange-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of white bread and piney hop oil. Taste is the same, with a fairly dank, strong hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Pure Hoppiness finishes dry and drinkable. Outstanding, but not anything new (for me).


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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice medium amber with light and soapy head that leaves a hint of lacing behind.

Dry hopping and aroma hops pop you on the nose...lots of citrus, orange mostly, caramel malt, light pine and some vegetal notes from what is clearly a ton of hops here.

Nice malty forward with citrus and pine leading to a fairly bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. I would have placed this one well north of 60 IBUs so the alcohol may be playing its part there.

Mouthfeel is light to medium which is refreshing with the bitterness. Moderate carbonation can be felt on the tongue.

Overall I think I would like this one more with a bit more malt or a bit less hops, which is something I rarely note. Lots of vegetal flavors here that make this less enjoyable to me than it should. But still and enjoyable brew worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle obtained Black Friday, says best by May 2016. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Foamy 2 finger head with moderate retention, leaves some lacing and a thin ring. Color is a cloudy amber.

S: Very nice citrus, melon, tropical fruits over pine and light malt.

T: Definitely hop-forward. Citrus, melon, tropical fruit, pine.

F: Reasonably well-balanced, light-carbonation, pretty dry finish and a little bit of alcohol burn.

O: Solidly in the second-class of DIPAs.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.