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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,837 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:06:24 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 19:01:17 | More by Bitterbill
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to Sixofsigmas for sending me this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured yellow yellow-orange with a four finger bone white head that subsided to a two finger very very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, strong citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was quite the exceptional brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were nothing short of excellent. The citrus aspect of this one definitely brought this brew up to another level. This one is really worth the trouble of seeking out if you have not had it before. It makes sense why this one is currently in the Top 100.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 12:42:39 | More by thagr81us
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-27-2011 05:57:39 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 11:20:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity and orange citrus hops. In the taste, grapefruity and orange citrus hops, but more orange, also both being a bit dry. A small bite, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus hop aftertaste. Big hops and quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 15:34:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

04-12-2013 14:53:59 | More by ShanePB
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a small white head that dissipated. Didn't stick much on the sides, very little lacing and retention.

S - Smells very hoppy, caught a whiff of it from a couple feet away. Small pine notes with a malty backbone that is not overpowering but still present. Sweet, floral smell with a resin kick on the end.

T - Sweet malts, bitter hop profile. Subtle pine notes, bitter resin taste on the end. Malt backbone but it intertwines throughout the length of the drink with the hops. It's not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected from the smell and the fact this is DIPA. Gets more bitter as you drink.

M - Not overly carbonated, medium bodied, pretty smooth.

D - Starts out very easy to drink. Becomes quite bitter as you go and as it warms up. Better cold, and a pretty solid thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:21:12 | More by AgentZero
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden yellow with slow and steady carbonation bubbles within; a firm finger high head of off-white froth gradually fades, lace in good amounts of webby strings.

Puree of hops on the nose! Mega resin filled, alpha acidic, sour citric acids, highly floral sweet and ripe with super fresh zest of grapefruit rinds, lime skins, lemon peels, tangerine, apricot, and the presupposed presense of dryish pine coming through in a largely cedarific sweet sap dryness. Awesome hop nose! Oh my...

Taste has a soothingly mild sweet malt front which is misleading because quickly thereafter the hops build and build and engorge your mouth with cottony sour drying citric acids and juices that are loaded to the hilt bearing piney bitterness and alpha acid wonderment that lingrers for a time beyond time. This gives me the chills on how much after effects the hops have on the palate, wow! Reminds me alot of Rogue's Brutal Bitter which to this day had been my favorite late lingering palate buster. This equals it if not surpasses it due to a bit more complexitiy in the citric bite. Wonderful hop profile, it has a complexing crescendo and contour with all sorts of mixed and super fresh citrusy peels and juices. Yum!

Super clean and fresh, piney, citric, borderline souring bitterness, and full bodied with a crisp drying bitter hop finish that twists your tonsils and blankets your entire mouth, lips included. A purely delightful palate buster!
A big Ol' west coast love touch goes to xlperro for this mad bitch of a hop brew! Fuckin' Yum my man!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:11:44 | More by tavernjef
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 00:14:57 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

22 oz bomber courtesy of cmurren25, thanks Chad! Pours a slightly hazed, dark gold color. Thick, sticky tan foam holds great and clings to the glass with ease. A pretty brew, for sure.

Pine needles galore with a fresh, citrusy grapefruit punch. Almost medicinal smelling, the hops are so thick. Malt background has quite the load of caramel to boot. Fresh and hoppy, for sure.

Taste has a cool, uniquely minty and pithy hop profile, flowery even. Plenty of bitterness here and a decent amount of flavoring hops. Has a malt balance similar to Pliny, light caramel and grainy. Bitterness gets rougher as it warms and shows some rough edges. Flashes of bready yeast actually come through, nice. ABV feels and tastes right at about the 8% that it is, and I like the fact the alcohol is not over the top. Good beer, quite drinkable. I would probably put this third, after Sculpin and Pliny for best IPA/DIPAs that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 15:25:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

22oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks, Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Crystal clear golden orange with a dense two finger off-white head that recedes slowly leaving pretty lace work on the side of the glass.

S: Glorious! Hops abound! Sharp pine and spruce up front with pineapple, some orange, some lemon, some grapefruit and a mild grassy note. This reminds me a LOT of Pliny the Elder. Excellent stuff. This _smells_ dry

T: Strong hop presence up front with bitter, oily, resiny pine followed by a bouquet of citrus, grapefruit and more pine. There's barely any malt presence - bone dry like you wouldn't believe

M: Carbonation is a little low but doesn't hurt as this is definitely among the oilier DIPA's i've had. The hops coat your palate leaving a bitter finish that's dry. The m/f reminds me of Blind Pig

D: Goes down very easy, I wish i had more!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 04:57:12 | More by DefenCorps
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light orange....not much head

S-I'd almost guarantee this bottle has some Nelson Sauvin or Summit in it...it's got that garlicy/herbal aroma up front backed by a smaller basic citrus (oranges/grapefruit)

T-Taste takes on a little citrus but the catty herbalness is still there...has a little of grapefruit peal on the finish...

M-Malt balances as this feels fine and not one sided but the malt never exerts....body is medium to full...a nice little bitterness on the finish but this is not a hugely bitter beer.

D-It's well made I just am not a big fan of the Nelson Sauvin/Summit hop flavors personally. Granted there are other hops at work here but that one or two stick out to me a little more than the others in this beer for some reason...decent enough but not great in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:05:19 | More by ZAP
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is one of the cloudiest IPAs I have ever seen. This is the deep dark murky waters full of sediment. The head was huge, lasting, and lacing. Perfect!

Smell – Man, does this beer reek. The big, strong, floral hops mix with the rind and pine scents to produce a monster aroma. This is making my mouth water.

Taste – Just when you thought that you were going to be slapped by the Godzilla of IPAs, this one steps back and shows some class. It is smooth, creamy, reserved, yet full of flavor.

The profile here is a class act. The hop fullness is complimented by a sharp but unobtrusive pine hop undertone. The hop sharpness picks up strong in the finish, leaving the drinker refreshed and satisfied.

Mouthfeel – Refreshing and almost full in the mouth. This one has not a hint of alcohol. It is creamy smooth like butter.

Drinkability – If it wasn’t for my demanding, share-all-the-good-hoppy-beer-with-me wife, I could chug this all night. This is a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 03:39:28 | More by RoyalT
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claspada

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark orange, almost amber color with a nice bubbly, soapy white inch of head that leaves ooey gooey sticky lacing. Is there anything more enticing then when the head of a beer recedes and the sticky head is just unrelenting, for me no... Lots or carbonation/bubbles are still

Aromas begin with lots of pine, floral and earthy hops. Then you get some citrus fighting for dominance as well but the first three hop smells I mentioned are totally in control. A slight underlying bready maltiness but the hops are really overshadowing the malts here.

The tastes begin with a fair amount of bready malts, more than I got in the nose. Then the bitter hop flavors take over, mainly grapefruit and pine. Lesser earthy/floral hops are also there and slowly actually begin to dominate as they did in the aroma. This is really a nice tribute to the "green" hop flavors (pine, grass and floral). The pale, sweet malts help to counteract the bitterness and keep the flavor profile in balance.

The mouthfeel is medium borderline medium-to-light bodied (which is crazy for an 8% DIPA) with medium carbonation. The finish is really bitter and clean. Pine and grapefruit bitter hop flavors linger on the palate for a decent bit after you sip, not a palate wrecker by any means, just a nice dose of bitterness here.

Overall this is my least favorite Alpine beer to date, but that is like saying you are the shortest midget in the Lollipop Guild. Nelson and Exponential Hoppiness are just in a different class than this beer. In a category that is hard to wow now-a-days, this one falls a tad short for me. Still a great beer and definitely recommended but not a "necessary" find in my opinion. Alpine makes some serious epic beers so anything you can find from them (that is a hop-forward) will definitely be worth your while.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 23:19:33 | More by claspada
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3%

11-16-2012 05:38:13 | More by chippo33
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gford217

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to MiScusi for sharing this beauty. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing.

S: As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma.

T: Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter.

M: Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation.

D: This is one of the better DIPA's I've tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it. Thanks again to MiScusi for passing this one along.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 00:53:47 | More by gford217
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-02-2012 05:26:32 | More by iL0VEbeer
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illidurit

California

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

On tap at Stone. Poured into an 8 oz glass. Dark golden color with orange highlights. Nice creamy cap of tan foam with good retention and lacing. Aroma is very resinous and tropical, with citrus zest, oranges/tangerines, and herbal notes. Flavor is pure hops, hardly any malt getting in the way. Underripe grapefruit and orange with a bitter herbal finish. Pretty solid west coast DIPA but clearly a tier below a beer like PTE.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 03:41:41 | More by illidurit
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

Light gold with a nice frothy head of white foam. Lacing ensues and is quite nice as well. Aromas are of fresh hops, grass, citrus fruits, light bready malts, and more. Taste is lightly carbonated hoppy, fresh, herbal, grassy, and citric. Grapefruit flavors also make an appearance, as does various pine hints, sappy tree-like flavors and more. Awesome medium-bodied mouthfeel and a stellar drinkability. A very hoppy offering that is quite balanced as well. Another CA state gem of a brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 08:07:03 | More by francisweizen
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

07-29-2013 11:00:54 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-07-2012 09:50:34 | More by Duff27
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 01:15:23 | More by Gobzilla
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-25-2012 08:43:34 | More by bsuedekum
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Hophead there was much anticipation for this beer review I can tell you. It was very kindly delivered to the Bums locale during our recent 4/5/03 Pub Crawl by fellow BA Xlperro. Living in sunny Southern California, I am no stranger to hoppy brews that kick your ass – so what makes this one different?

Well it looks great for a kick-off. A fantastic totally lucid golden color that reflects the light in so many ways, that at times it looked almost orange when back-lit. The pour reveals a quite stupendously large slightly off-white colored, marshmallow looking head that has a massive body that has awesome staying power. It laces well as the beer is drunk.

The Nose is… well, Holy Humulus Lupulus – “It’s Just Like Totally Hoppy Dude!” Deeply pungent aromatic fresh hops escape the bottle like trapped demons freed after thousands of years of captivity. They invade the air around my desk and stick Pine Needles all over my Apartment. The pine tar odors linger as soon as the beer is poured. When deeply inhaled it has a more floral impact, contains more flora and fauna than the Botanical Section at Kew Gardens.

Wow – Awesome - this one clears your nasal passages – big style.

It does not shirk its responsibilities in the Taste department either. A very bitter introduction that develops into a twirling hoppy middle that really does coat the mouth. The beer has a creamy texture at first, but when swirled in the mouth, the carbonation lends a soft velvety dimension. Quite dry, but yet, mouth-watering. The strong bitterness returns towards the end, complex and ever changing – yet always balanced.

It definitely has some alcohol presence in the back quarter though, that just helps to bolster the hoppy big-ass bad boy image. It is by no means offensive, or even distracting. In fact, I find that I rather take to this “twist” in the dying end of the beer, which is a deeply astringent, exceptionally bitter finish. I love the feel of the Hoppy Skid-Mark Tattoo’s that this beer leaves on your tongue; I dearly hope these Tattoos are permanent because I never want these removing.

Another very aptly named West Coast beer that Hop-Heads will surely die for.

A **Huge** Thanks to fellow BA, Xlperro, for this Monster Beer, you Sir are a Gentlemen and a Hop-Scholar.
I bet he just hates living in San Diego………

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 23:10:23 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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