Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,217
Gots: 178 | FT: 13
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 maxpower
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden-copper color, minimal carbonation, has a small off-white head that does cling to the glass. Good strong hoppy candy grapefruit aroma, nice hoppy resiny grapefruit flavor, has a good malt balance, medium bodied, finishes bitter and sticky, a great one for pure hopheads like me, delicious, thanks go out to fellow beergeek herbjones for this west coast hop juice.

Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes out to plinytheyoungest for this as an extra. 22oz into an old school New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color almost orange, with a dense white head about an inch thick that will not go away, incredibly billowy. Huge gobs of lacing. Excellent color.

S: Smells a lot like a hopped up version of Alpine's Duet, strong citrus notes, and some great pine notes. Slightly cake batter as well with the malt profile. I don't want to say it smells sweet, but it does as it mingles with the hops. Some decent tropical fruits as well. Nice.

T: Fades from the nose into the mouth quite nicely, the hops shine on the front end with lots of tropical fruit, maybe a bit of pineapple, and a fair amount of grapefruit as well. Nice malty sweetness as well but not over the top. Bitterness is nice, but by no means overwhelming. Overall a nice DIPA.

M: Medium body, excellent dry finish, and slightly warm on the booze. This is exactly what it needs to be.

D: Sessionable DIPA? This is it, has all the aroma and nose of the huge hop bombs but not over the top with bitterness, also a little lower in alcohol which helps. If this was on tap I'd have no problem having a few pints. Nicely done.

Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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

Thanks go to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this gem. We split this while watching the Super Bowl.

Appearance: A cloudy straw colored pour with orange tinge emerges from the bomber with a thick and sudsy white cap.

Smell: A wonderful citrus hop aroma with a touch of sweet malt. The hops are poppin' and I'm loving it! What a great fresh citrus aroma on this one...

Taste: Orange juice, lemon zest, grapefruit...hop oils galore!! A nice malty carmel base to balance it out. This is what I think of when it comes to West Coast IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium and oily, slightly dry and puckering. Not harsh but lively and enjoyable.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day. Lovely nectar it is. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. Outstanding indeed.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to jhenry04 for this one...

poured into a tulip, this was a glowing orange/deep gold in color with just a slight haze and no sediment. a diminishing white head left thick, sticky patches of lace all the way down. quite a looker, this one, and the other aspects were there as well. inviting, but not overpowering bouqet is honeyed and floral, fresh bread and resiny citric notes also present. lightly sweet malts upfront gracefully defer to an extremely smooth, lingering hop bitterness on the back end. long, pleasantly bitter, spicy/peppery, drying finish. medium to full-bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. at 8% this is a killer dipa.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another hook up from augustgarage. Thanks!!!

22oz into Chouffe tulip.

A- A shimmering, amazing, vibrant goldenrod beer, with a creamy head that laces and settles to a half-finger of snowy goodness. Really impressive pour.

S- Nose is grassy, lemony, soapy? No, not soapy.. but floral and light. Lemons and limes. Hmm.

T- Hoppy! Grapefruit wallop. Mild pine, some tangerine. Very good. A really tasty DIPA. Not overdone, not a hop grenade... extremely refined and hits all the right notes, with no ill-conceived elements. I'm impressed. Most DIPAs are hopped with little regard to how they interact. This one was masterfully crafted.

M- Awesome. Perfect amount of malt.. not enough to cross over and interfere with the hops... truly pure hoppiness. I've never had a cleaner presentation of hops in a DIPA. Seriously.

D- Insane. Keep 'em coming.. I could drink a growler of this, a case of this, a keg of this and ask for more. Unreal... damn you, Cali DIPAs... damn you! You're so tasty!

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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy golden orange with a one finger of a quickly dissipating white head.

S- Super citrusy. A big grapefruit aroma, a little cat piss. A slight mango. Actually smells quite balanced.

T- A bitter bite at first. A very tropical hop flavor in this beer. A Sweet citrus fruitiness. Grapefruit, lemongrass and mango. Of course, a slight cat piss from the hops. The malt backbone doesnt provide much flavor here but does a good job of showcasing the hoppiness.

M- A slight stickiness from the mouthfeel. Relatively low bitterness and alcohol taste. A good body, syrupy sweet and great carbonation.

O- A fine DIPA. I would kill to try more Alpine brews.

Photo of zrab11
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a Golden color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Good lacing

S- Has wonderful pine notes with some hops aroma mixed in, Im catching some nice citrus and grain notes also

T- HAs a super clean start, with some cirtus hops in the middle then finish's with a nice malty hoppness that is like your walking through a pine forest.

M-Medium Bodied, with good carbonation

D-Overall i was very pleased by this beer. Thought this was just going to be One BIG HOP bomb(which isn' bad, just kinda boring sometimes), but i was pleasently surprised that your still got the Hops flavor i love but mixed in was a grassy pine explosion that balanced quite well. Love this beer and will trade for again.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Roguer
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, translucent, shot with red highlights. Thick and incredibly bubbly. One finger white head, fades fairly fast, leaving thick lacing.

Strong pulpy ruby red grapefruit aroma, with lesser scents of lemon, caramel malt, and clover honey.

Bright and hoppy - sweet grapefruit and floral - strongly supported by a malt backbone. Caramel and grains, but the heavy malt presence supports, not overpowers. Extremely hoppy. Chewing reveals a slight rind flavor, as well as some pepper.

Medium-light feel, but with a thick oily hop residue. Avoids the syrupy feel some DIPAs have. Very full and lively in the mouth with larger sips. Medium carbonation sting, no foaming.

This is a very drinkable DIPA - more like a single IPA as far as drinkability and mouthfeel. It takes a large sip to get that fullness. More like a Stone DIPA than PtE or HT, but one of the better DIPAs I've tried lately.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.