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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,959 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,196
Gots: 160 | FT: 10
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 GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 22oz undated bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden with a touch of cloudyness. Small bits of sediment float around. Nice lacing as well as a 3/4 inch white head.

Smell- Pleasant scent of fruity and pine hops. Not really much of a malt smell though.

Taste- Malt does come through nicely in the taste. Fairly dark malt leads to a mid range bitterness from the hops. Mostly citrus...grapefruit and orange with bits of pine tastes on every few sips.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level that leaves a semi bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice DIPA. Glad I snagged a few while I could.

GClarkage, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine a couple weeks ago. Expectations are high because I've been loving Alpine's offerings. They're quickly rising on my best of California list.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured (initially) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour floater. Hardly a head at all. Retention is terrible, even given the ABV. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent copper - very curious for the style, which I expect to be clear and clean. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

I was able to coax a head out of it by pouring with additional vigor after finishing off my first glass. Head retention was more frothy, with nice cream and thickness - plus better retention (~2 minutes). Strange.

Sm: Pine, clean malts, fruit esters, grapefruit citrus, hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates. Some oily hops. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp pine, floral hops, clean malts, grapefruit citrus, sweet brighter malts, and well hidden hop bitterness - but it still comes through, negativley impacting the balance. There's certainly a hop bite on the climax and through the third act. Nowhere near as complex or well layered as Exponential Hoppiness, but there's some subtlety here. The grapefruit is a nice touch, though grapefruit dominant IPAs are not my favourite. I like it, but it's far from unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Much cleaner than the appearance would have you suspect. Nice body.

Gets more nectary as it warms. I like it much better as it mellows, bringing the balance into a careful duel between subtle malt sweetness and tame hop bitterness. I regret serving this cold.

Mf: Clean. Dry and coarse from the hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely crisp. Wet and smooth in the early acts, but never as much as it needs to be to attain a refreshing character. Good thickness and carbonation. Somewhat oily. Suits the flavours only generally.

Mellowed as it warmed, like the flavour. Got smoother and wetter, suiting the flavours much better. Curious. But inconsistent. Somewhat buttery until the dry finish.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not Alpine's best. Pales in comparison to Exponential Hoppiness, which I quite admired. I'd get this again on draught. Interestingly priced. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice Double IPA. This will likely satisfy most fans of the style. I dislike the grapefruit focus and the apparent hop bitterness, but to each his or her own.

High B-

kojevergas, Oct 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got an initial two fingers' worth of off-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrus-grapefruity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hops taste on the tongue. It was the sort of thing that causes a couple of east coast lager brewers that I know to muse on whether the brewer may have forgotten to add malt. There was malt, though, as evidenced by the outstanding lacing throughout. For me, it was an indulgence in my hop habit. The ABV makes it a bit difficult, but otherwise, I found it to be an eminently drinkable beer. Finish had the whacking "hop bite" for which the label indicated they were striving.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with a thick 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very good retention with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and orange peel. Slight biscuit presence.

Chewy full body with a uber fresh resinous hop blast up front that has all o the earthy and sweet flavors that the aroma suggests. Again, I'm picking up mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus sweetness which is countered by a slightly bitter, dry pine needle presence. This is excellently balanced by a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. The ABV is very well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Each sip leaves me salivating for more. I was drinking this bomber way too fast and had to stop myself for pounding the whole thing down.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had of any style. I enjoy it much more than all of the other Alpine IPAs I've had so far including Exponential Hoppiness. Highly recommended!

corby112, Jan 13, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't remember who I got this one from. Remind me!
Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbonation that rise to the top. A rocky, white, 1 finger head slowly fades out. A small amount of floaters kicking around the bottom. A solid tube of lacing coats the entire glass before slowly dissapating into broken up streaky lacing.
Smell is of honey, grain, flowers, earthy notes, mild spices, light amounts of sugary and citrus. There are also highlights of vanilla and apricot found in there. Nice bounty of hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet balance of sugar and hops that aren't overkill.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, smooth, sugary, with vanilla running along the near perfect palate. Very nice!

weeare138, Nov 08, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with 321Jeff and d13logan, poured into a tulip, reviewed from notes.

Reflecting after having Exponential Hoppiness after this, PH was easily my favorite of the two. EH obviously offered more hops, but in the bottle we tried they tasted as being added for the sake of being big and hoppy and lacked the overall balance and awesomeness of this beer. Additionally I found the aroma for this beer to be nearly perfect, a blend of citrus and pine, and much more agreeable to me than EH. Flavor and body are certainly hoppy and brutal on the palate, but if you've had many of the other big IPA/DIPAs the balance and smoothness of this hop bomb are remarkable. The hops and their bitterness is supported by a strong grain and caramel malt body. Overall, incredible balance for a hop bomb DIPA, I need to find more of this beer.

yourefragile, Mar 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

orangesol, Feb 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

barleywinefiend, May 27, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

Poured from a bomber with no freshness indication into a snifter. This brew appears a nearly clear color of light orange with a finger and a half of yellowish tinted head. Despite a careful pour, some faint particles are stuck hanging in suspension. The cap recedes fairly quick to less than a finger of creamy fluff that leaves some spotty and finger-like lace work on the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger's strength.

The aroma of this brew is fruity with an herbal quality that has a light touch of mint character. Some catty notes evolve as the brew warms and some grapefruit rind picks up inside the nose as well. Some faint notes of orange zest and a touch of sulfur fills out the backend of this brew's scent. Overall pretty good and deceptively fruity sweet smelling.

The taste of this brew is deceptively sweet when it first hits the tongue, however that abruptly turns bitter with hoppiness tasting herbal, catty, pine-like and full of bitter rinds somewhat like grapefruit and a little grassy and earthy. There is a faint green yeastiness included in this brew mid palate before a light toasted grain flavor evolves and finishes with a lasting bitterness that is herbal and lightly catty.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A very solid representation of the Double/Imperial IPA style but deceptively fruity in the nose and herbal in flavor. Well balanced across the board, this brew is a pleasure to drink. It wasn't until I was half way through my glass that I realize this was 8% abv and it produces a nice warmth across the back of the throat. Well done Alpine.

stakem, Apr 07, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0ggnate for this one. I'd been wanting to try this for some time. Pours a slightly cloudy orangeish golden with a fairly minimal head. What is there stays around as a thin ring. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, particularly grapefruit and orange. Smells very fresh like just squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice with some zest tossed in. Nice. The taste is more of the same of those delicious, citrusy, juicy, hops but this time with a pronounced pine finish as well. This beer drinks clean and pure, and while the malt is there, it clearly plays secondd fiddle to the hops. The hops are intense enough to feeel sticky and even spicy on the finish. Really lovely San Diefo style double IPA, and the 8% seems more like 6%.

Georgiabeer, Feb 03, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

drewone, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy.

akorsak, Mar 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

duceswild, Sep 11, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone World Bistro in an 8 ounce glass, on to the beer:

This is a little different than the usual DIPA. Sure, the faded orange color with glow and good laing is common for the style, and so are the juicy hops you get in the nose and mouth...but it smells like freshly sqeezed hops without any added weight. Hop pedals and flowers dominante with some notes of mango and pine. The malt level seems a little lighter too, which allows the hops to shine more. Hoppy, but not bitter. Not bitter at all, and decently balanced for the style. I'll take it.

DoubleJ, May 22, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip Pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Good retention with nice lace walls. Color is a hazed golden sunset orange. Very good looking DIPA.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Has a nice citrus mixture going on, but this dipa isn't bready so far. I like it. Nice mango and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: So this isn't bready, which I like, but instead it has some caramel malts going on here. A little booze shows up. The mango is more apparent then the grapefruit here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation, despite the bubbles in the glass. Leaves a dry musky aftertaste that I am not to fond of, but quite typical for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I got to try it fresh. Decent price on a bomber, so if you see one of these give it a try.

mothman, Jul 31, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

afsdan, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of malt, citrus, some pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, a touch of malts, good dose of citrus/pines/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an excellent DIPA, and my first from this brewery.

Wasatch, Aug 18, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

This beer appears a slightly hazy yellowish orange hue. Random bits of sediment can be found floating about. There is about an inch of head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. I didn't enjoy this beer as much as Duet, but still thought it was decent. The beer has nice hop and grapefruit flavors. The feel is sticky and coats the palate. It's slightly sweet and finishes with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a solid beer and worth a try.

Huhzubendah, Nov 13, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the golden brew. Frothy head exhibits some staying power, and lacing is foamy and plentiful. Aroma is all about the piney hops, with perhaps a dash of citrus, all shimmed up with ample malt character. Taste is as well all about piney hops, with smooth malts sliding in somewhat under that radar. Mouthfeel is great for the style, not too overboard, and drinkability is good as well. Another delectible Alpine offering, I'll have to keep an eye out for others...

ppoitras, Jan 01, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Mebuzzard, Jul 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

BillRoth, May 16, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to James for sending this one to me! Been wanting to try it for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color with small bubbles constantly being released from the bottom. A foamy white head formed on top, about two fingers in height with great retention and tons of sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus/tropical fruit forward aromas with some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some orange peel and zest mixed in with a touch of caramel.

T: Very similar to the aroma with plenty of citrus fruits and some pine with very little lingering bitterness. Some pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and grassy hops. There is again a little bit of caramel to balance things slightly.

M: Medium bodied, extremely easy drinking. Not overly bitter at all.

O: Another amazing IPA from Alpine. Hard to pick a favorite from the big 4, but I am glad that I don't really have to since I can't get them easily enough!

mdaschaf, Jun 06, 2012
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.