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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,223
Reviews: 675
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,259
Gots: 195 | FT: 11
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:
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.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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Ratings: 2,223 | Reviews: 675
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright copper coloring with a fomay, quick to disipate head. Aromas of pine and foresty hops, with sweet highlights. Initial tastes are sweet and flowery, with a full fisted punch of hops explosion to the back of your mouth. Citrus undertones help to balance the entire taste attack. Very green on the aftertaste, with pine notes lacing the hops flavors. Bittersweet aftertastes, blended of hops and citrus. Smooth yet crisp finish. Easy on the palate despite the heavy flavors, making the beer extremely easy to drink. Fantastic beer!

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a simply phenomenal DIPA. Cloudy golden apricot color with a good-sized head settling slowly to a creamy wisp on top. Strong lacing.

Lots of pineapple hops smelled from a few feet away. As you breathe in deeply you get more citrus fruits and slight onion-y undertone. The flavor is deliciously hoppy, packed full of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Again the hint of onion and garlic, perhaps from summit hops? Very restrained malt character as typical for this style. Light sweetness. Bitterness is definitely there but doesn’t overshadow all the subtle nuances created by the wide variety of hops used. Really tasty and intricate.

Medium-full body, slightly creamy, with less of a lingering aftertaste than you’d expect. What’s there isn’t overly bitter either; the details of the flavor remain. Medium carbonation for a west coast DIPA.

What can I say? Alpine is killin’ it. Their IPAs are clearly among the best in the world.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold in colour with a bit of haze. The beer was capped by a half inch of fine white foam that left a smidge of lace on the glass. Good head retention. Intense hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus peel/oil. Solid bitterness with lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and slightly spicy hop flavour. There was just enough malt to keep it from completely drying out. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol and a light hop dryness. Smooth carbonation that was average in quantity, nice texture. There's a ton of hops in there, but still comes across as balanced. Great aroma and flavour.

Photo of IPAchris
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Viggo
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this gem!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, big bubbles, drops to a solid ring, nice lace spots. Smell is wicked, insane hoppy, pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready brown sugar middle, floral, tangerine, jasmine, very complex. Taste is awesome as well, jasmine, bready and biscuity, caramel, orange peel, pine, grapefruit, insanely hoppy, perfect bitter finish, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, almost perfect as an IPA. Thanks Russ!!

Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is pretty intricate and moderate in amount. Great hop aroma. Like burying your nose in a big pile of PacNW hops. Pungent. Grapefruit. Pineapple. And Bong Resin. This DIPA brings a lot of great hop flavor without an abrasive bitterness. AND without a lot of EtOH heat. I like that. I'd rather my DIPAs be in the range of 8% instead of 10ish. Lemony hop oils meld with tropical pineapple and grapefruit. Resinous and a little greasy. Good stuff. Malts are in the background, but give sufficient backbone to this DIPA without contributing a lot of sweetness. Body is medium to medium-full and the beer is lightly carbonated. Very good DIPA.

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.

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

Reviewed on 4.12.11

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange, but clears rather quickly. 1 finger cream colored head with good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like pine and grass.

T- Like pine hops and citrusy.

D- Very smooth and drinkable, a slight bitterness lingers for a bit.

O- I would drink this anytime, anyplace.

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of crisp and clean pine, light grapefruit, other citrus fruits, and also features some slight floral notes. The flavors are an array of grapefruit, clean pine, slight malty sweetness and a hoppy, bitter finish. It isn't overly sticky and is a pretty nice drinker. Overall this is another nice IPA from Alpine, but I preferred Nelson to Exponential Hoppiness.

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden yellow with light orange highlights and a half finger head that left pretty good sticky lacing.

S: nice piney floral hop aromas with citrus fruit presence and malts that let off sweetness and hints of booze and grass.

T: very crisp bitter sweet piney hop punch with a great malt balance hints of caramel, citrus grapefruit and slight booze.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation that has a sweet bitter oily finish and lingers on the palate.

D: great DIPA from alpine brewery, these guys really know how to brew some bad ass west coast hop bombs. I'm lucky I can go down the street anytime and pick some up.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours from 22oz bottle a hazy medium gold with a good 2 finger head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer further into the session and it has lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppiness to the max. Grapefruit rules the nose and it's powerful.

The taste has huge notes of grapefruit up front..maybe the most I've tasted, initially, in any DIPA. I can *just* taste some malt in the background but it doesn't come to anywhere near the forefront during the entire session. This sample of the style is all about the hops. And what a nice hop character it has. Lots of grapefruit, some floral, some grass, some spice...still, it's mostly the grapefruit. A darn good sample of a hoppy DIPA and yes..I *do* love examples of the style where the malt shares the thrown with the hops. Sometimes, you look for that malt-hop balance in a DIPA and sometimes you don't. When they are done right, I can appreciate both and this one fits the bill. The 8%abv is very well hidden. My first sample from the Alpine Brewery and I'd dare say, not my last. Well done!

Photo of Brad007
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade a few weeks ago. I've been meaning to check it out.

Pours a beautiful gold color with a thin white head into my glass. Looks very promising.

A citrus monster greets the nose with a hint of mint to top it off.

Whoa! The carbonation is so strong that it coats the taste buds with a splash of grapefruit. The malt takes on a buttery sheen and the whole thing explodes in my mouth. Oh yeah.

Lingering grapefruit and buttery malt flavors. Very crisp and chock full of a lasting bitterness.

NICE! I like this DIPA and it's a good example of a beer that will probably never make it to my area.

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this gem courtesy of gford217 - much obliged!

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas, in that order. Caramel malt aromas lurk in the background, but hops completely dominate the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by citrus and pine hop flavors. The pine seems to stick around a touch longer than the citrus flavors, finally giving way to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. This has a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation that makes this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is great. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily finish a bomber (or two) of this.

Overall this beer is all that it's advertised to be. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all.

Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have had this beer on tap, cask, bottle, also had it fresh as it gets at the brewery, and I must say know matter how you sample it, its “The Cat’s Meow”!

Another thing I must say the people who brew this beer are a prime example of what “Beer and Brewing” are about, dedicated to making a quality product for us “Lovers” of beer, and they are exceptionally nice to us wandering “Beer Lovers”, if you get the chance Alpine Brewery is a must stop, plus Alpine is a quite picturesque town.

The beer after disemboguing from the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous golden amber color, the head a majestic white crown upon the body, the texture creamy, and the lace a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The aroma of hops is what this beer is about, sweet and inviting, fresh, crisp, a treat for all the senses. Start is ambrosial, the malt profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish has a delightful acidity, the hops perfection, the aftertaste desert bone dry and long lasting, what a magnificent beer, my ever lasting gratitude to the fine people at Alpine for this elixir of life.

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/25/2011

A: a blast of citrus hops, and that's about it

Ap: golden-yellow, 2 finger very frothy off-white head, lots of floaties

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth

Af: packed full of citrus hops with a sweet background, there is some other taste in there that I can't put my finger on, maybe honey? lemons?

O: an interesting flavor palate, not bad, just interesting

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.