Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 672
Hads: 2,341
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 3.93%
Wants: 1,257
Gots: 216 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of MrTopher
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful golden amber color with a little head, nothing overwhelming.

Smell - Crisp sent of pine, citrus with a little floral tone.

Taste - I had been warned it was a hop explosion and I wasn't disappointed, it tasted just as explained. The traditional taste of "West Coast IPA" comes out of this brew, flavors of pine and hops cover the mouth and it balances so well through the entire experience. And the hops balance exceptionally well with the malts, but the malts compliment the hops and don't take away anything.

Mouthfeel - Was nothing that I expected, it was more thick feeling than any other DIPA I'd had before, but was extremely satisfying.

Drinkability - In my top 5 of DIPA, this could be a weekly consumption. Not disappointing to any degree, worth the trip if you can pay the fare and handle the smoothness. This beer sucked me into Alpine as a new love. (891 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.5 Very clear orange/gold, almost amber in color. Pours a two-inch, off-white head that lingers for a couple minutes.

S: 4.5 Lots of pine up front with a bit of dank and onion. There’s a pretty interesting grassy, earthy aroma that’s balanced by lemon and grapes.

T: 4.25 Lots of hops offering similar flavors as the nose would indicate. A little sweet at first followed by pine, onion, grapefruit, and that earthy element that I can’t quite put my finger on. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: 4.5 The body is very nice and can deliver the big hop flavors without being too heavy. The dryness on the finish makes this beer very refreshing and hides the 8% abv extremely well.

O: 4.25 I had high hopes for this DIPA based on my previous experiences with Alpines beers and I was not let down. I think I prefer duet and nelson, but this is still excellent and worth seeking out. (891 characters)

Photo of ratedz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MrTopher for throwing this in as an extra...this is one I have been looking forward to trying!

Pours a hazy gold color with about an inch to inch and a half of off-white head. The head dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a small pillow of foam in the middle and a lot of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

I can smell this one from a couple of feet away! The nose is full of citrus notes...grapefruit and mango are the most noticeable. A slightly sweet caramel-like backbone is present, but the hops are the the main event here.

The taste is loaded with the same citrus hops that dominated the nose. Some pine needles appear in the slightly dry finish.

The mouth feel is slightly oily and a little on the thick side, almost perfect for the style. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This one goes down very easy for an 8% DIPA! (864 characters)

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

Poured into tulip globe glass...

A- Pours a bronze orange color, this one with a golden hue. One finger off white head. The head chills for a bit then takes off.

S- Fruity, mainly oranges and tangerines. Also a nice pineapple and pine kick is given with a swirl. Though the aroma rushed out of the bottle when cap was popped, the aroma isnt as in your face as I like while it sits in the glass... Still wonderful smell though

T/M- Grapefruit and bitter orange peel all the way! Alcohol comes through on the back end, a little warming for balance, but i'm not convinced it helps a whole lot. Bitterness is a great level, but not all that smooth. I get a lingering sting on the tongue and back of the throat. Medium body, slick feel, moderate carbonation.

O- Very much enjoyed this beer, but doesn't get to level of other DIPAs, like Abrasive. The astringent hops and fusel alcohol taste took this beer down a notch. Still, makes me want more from Alpine; maybe Nelson is next after everything I've recently heard about it... (1,028 characters)

Photo of waltersrj
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (from srandycarter).

Pour: Dark, deep amber with a great orange hue and a fluffy white head.

Nose: Intense pine and citrus fruits, mainly pineapple and grapefruit with a great caramel malt smell.

Taste: Once again, a grapefruit and pineapple citrus blast with a sharp pine bite and a soothing caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately oily and viscous for the style. The lacing is great on the glass.

Overall: Fantastic IIPA. Believe the hype...Slpine makes fantastically hoppy west coast style IIPA's. Great stuff, thanks Randy! (542 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- clear pale amber
S- pineapples, mango, lemongrass
T- Not bitter, hoppy but I'm not getting the fruits from the nose until room temp. Pleasantly dry. Very balanced
F- smooth yet peppy, not cloying
O- very good. I had Deep River from Knee Deep and Kern River last week. I prefer the Deep River but Alpine Duet was one of the best IPAs I've ever had (352 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been looking at this one for a long time. Just another crazy generous throw in from jjayjaye!

A hard pour into a Karmeliet tulip, yelds a massive thick off white head over clear bright burnt orange body. Head sticks for quite some time but finally gives way to a thick, clumpy lace. Nice mix of resiny pine and grapefruit hops. Malt aroma's are very faint. This smells like a west coast hop bomb for sure. Citrus hop flavors meld in with a nice semisweet bisquity malt. Hops bully themselves back upfront and center. Nice lingering malt sweetness melds with some minty hop flavors. Bitterness is assertive, but cetainly not over the top. Slight alcohol warmth lingers, but in a very nice subtle way. Nice sticky body and enough carbonation to keep things from getting too sticky. Had a blast with this. Will definatly beg, steal, and borrow for this again. A hop head must.

Thanks again for the chance to consider this Jeff. (926 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Stone IPA glass.
BIG thanks to bennetj17 for another excellent beer trade!
No freshness or best before date.

Pours a very brilliant, glowing orannge color. Very clear with a one and a half inch thick, bright, white, frothy head. Excellent head retention, and tons of sticky lacing, clinging to the glass. Very inviting looking. Strong smelling double IPA. Huge grapefruit aromas, followed by some citrusy, piney smells, maybe a hint of lemon and grass. Nice big dry hopped flavors up front, with a very prevalent caramel malt backbone. Very easy too drink for a double IPA. Finishes bitter, but not over the top. Incredibly well balanced. Lots of carbonation make this a very smooth brew, medium bodied. I wouldn't have a clue that this is 8% abv, alcohol is hidden magnificently. Overall, a excellent beer, a must try for any hophead! (874 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tasting that included Nelson, Duet, and Pure Hoppiness. Nelson was my least favorite and Pure Hoppiness was my favorite by a landslide - what an incredible beer!!

A - PH pours a hazy light bronze with a lovely one finger head with great retention and lacing.

S - Just what you're looking for in a DIPA - piney hops, oranges, lemons, tangerines, and alcohol.

T - Outstanding. Malts up front followed by beautiful citrus hops to finish. Just a great beer.

M - Good carbonation and just the right viscosity.

D - I could drink at least a bomber of this one by myself. Quite drinkable.

All in all, PH is by far the Alpine king when compared to Duet and Nelson - I NEED to get my hands on some Exponential Hoppiness when it is released again. Can't wait!! (774 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Poured into a generic Tulip Glass]

I: I'm so happy I was able to get a hold of a bottle of this stuff. Even living in California, getting brew from this company is hard. Their most famous and sought bottle would probably be "Exponential Hoppiness", but scoring some "Pure Hoppiness" is the next best thing. As a hop head, I'm mostly hoping for a big hop presence.

B: [8% ABV 22 FL. OZ Bottled December 2012] The beer is good, but not great in terms of presentation. The artwork and label texture don't mesh. It needs a more papery/rugged feel. Parts of the artwork are almost reminiscent of ms clip art/paint. The information provided though is great. Brief description, abv, size, origin, etc... If I do end up keeping this bottle, it will be for the hype and quality.

A: An orange transparent body with a nice fluffy/slight creamy white head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing. A standard ipa in appearance.

S: Nice pine hops, fruity citrus, and sweet malt.

T: Quite tasty! Sweet malt, grapefruit (tropical presence), spicy pine hops throughout. Balanced presence of all flavors throughout. Salivating aftertaste due to it's slick characteristic on the back of tongue.

M: slick/crisp/slight dry finish, medium bodied, perfect carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not intrusive).

O: Pure Hoppiness stands out because it's probably one of the best examples of the style. It has great balance in every category and it makes you salivate for another sip (one of my favorite qualities in a good beer). The only gripes I have is that it's not complex and I really feel Alpine can really do a better job in their presentation. Still great balance and presence. I highly recommend this and while the bottle isn't the greatest looker, it's worthy keeping. Savor Great Beer! (1,783 characters)

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

Pours clear orange-gold with one finger off white head. Smells sweet like honey but citrusy. Tons and tons of hops with some malt to back the hops up. Still feels fairly light to drink, which makes it easy to drink a lot of.

A major hop bomb, but nothing that makes me love this one. I'd love to try this on tap though to see if my opinion improved... (353 characters)

Photo of aglose45
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to alexd3891 for this beer in our bet on the NLCS, Go Phillies!

Drinking and reviewing this for my one year birthday here on Beeradvocate...

A: Poured a nice golden, off-white head.

S: Smells of pine needles dipped in grapefruit juice! There is also a sweet tropical flavor in there as well. Backing this all up seems to be a bready backbone. This smells fantastic!

T: Just like it smells, pine needles and grapefruits, with also a hint of possibly pineapple or some other tropical fruit. There is also a malty backbone consisting of a sweet bready flavor, but make no mistake, this is an incredible hop assault! This beer is bitter and that's just how I like 'em! The flavor that stays in the mouth post-swallow is a delicious pine flavor.

M: The tiny little bubbles tingle perfectly in the mouth and on the way down. This beer has perfect carbonation for the style, a medium body, and a good amount of hop residue left on the tongue.

D: This is exactly what I look for in a beer, and this makes me consider moving to San Diego county... (1,051 characters)

Photo of FUNKPhD
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few bottles of Nelson and Pure Hoppiness lying around, so I figured I might as well pop at least one of them open.

Pours a nice clear copper, with a nice pillowy head with good retention. The lacing runs well with it, too. It has a nice sweet hoppiness aroma, not too piney. The taste is just as pleasant as the smell. Nice, crisp hop flavor all the way through. There's a nice tingly hop bite that accompanies the taste.

Overall, I'd say this is a solid dipa that showcases the hops well, but isn't too overwhelming. I do wish there were a bottling date present, though... (583 characters)

Photo of WOTO97
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal west coast ipa. Big, fresh nose of hops: citrus, slight pine/resin notes, tropical notes, such as pineapple, and just enough spice. The look is pretty incredible. Tons of sticky lacing surrounding a orange/golden transparency with just enough head for the style. PH tastes just as it smells--tons of hops with a sweet bite on the finish. Finishes surprisingly clean with just enough stickiness to complement the huge hop kick. In terms of drinkability, I wish I had another. (495 characters)

Photo of Pecorasc
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber as an extra from Floydster. poured into an oversized tulip glass. no date on the bottle.

A- creamy white head immediately leaves lacing as it shrinks down to a thin layer of foam. deep gold to reddish. fantastic clarity. appears moderately to aggressively carbonated. great lacing.

S- pine needles and tree sap dominate, complemented by orange and orange rind with sweet malt, almost honey-like.

T- pine trees and citrus. a strong malt base, but not overpowering the hop character. sort of reminds me of sweet tarts.

M- perfect. viscous, but carbonated enough to make the bitterness pop.

D- don't need to wait very long for the next mouthful, no sipping this one. fast drinking 8%.

Fantastic DIPA. I drank Alpine AND I went to bed. (752 characters)

Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear golden with a never ending meringue head with Styrofoam lacing

S: Smells delicious with a piney pineapple and some flowers

T: Not as hoppy as i expected. has a pineapple rhine and honeysuckle and a pine tree above you taste.

M: dry mouth

D: the whole beer went down quite easily but when it got warm it had a little soapy taste to it. other than that its a well made beer for an everyday DIPA but nothing to crazy (433 characters)

Photo of Rjhami
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from 22oz to NB Globe.

A - A massive foamy head that starts out nearly 4 fingers wide. Layers upon layers of lacing subside above a constant stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. It is an apricot color with some transparency.

S - A toasty pine with citrusy nuances that you have to search for a bit. Pure hoppiness indeed as the hops give a pleasant smack to the senses.

T - A fantastic hop presence that is ridiculously smooth. Nice dry finish.

M - Lighter than expected and refreshing. The carbonation is notable and satisfying. The beer floats into your mouth as you quaff.

D - Goes down very easy for it's style. Could be potentially dangerous it is so drinkable. This brew is right up there with the best of the style. (738 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beautiful orange double coats your mouth like a cup of bitter honey. Plenty of big grapefruit notes on the nose and on the front of the tongue upon first quaff; but as the Pure Hoppiness spreads over the tongue, it's the much more bitter pine and nut flavors that leave a lasting impression. (296 characters)

Photo of turfy
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SN tulip.

A - A deep golden color with a two finger creamy head, which settled down into a solid film throughout the drink.

S - Strong piney blast, with a touch of grapefruit. Nice!

T - Expected hoppy bite with a caramel maltiness. Man I love these superbly balanced DIPA'S! A pleasant lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Moderate to slightly heavy mouthfeel and light carbonation.

D- Well, you probably wouldn't want to drink 5-6 of these in a session, but 1-3 would be a perfect fix for a DIPA loving hophead like me.

A superb beer. Don't pass up a chance to enjoy this one! (597 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bottle. The pour is a clear orange with a white head and lacing. Nice pine cone nose with some malt. Very piny and citrus in the flavor with a nice light malt background. Not overly bitter but still has a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. I can thank my friend Doug for this one! (293 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on an Alpine thirst, and this beer is by far the best IPA i have ever had.

Served into a tulip glass.

Color: It glows a honey orange with a bit of haziness. Its beautifully carbonated for an IPA and it develops a nice head as you pour it into a your glass.

Nose: A gorgeous bouquet of fresh hops and dry hop hit the senses first followed by ripe apricots, peaches, and grape fruit. Mellow wet forrest smells appear near the end of your nosing.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Plenty of stuff going on on the tongue: you get hit with the dry hop followed by some moist pine and sweet fruit. Truly complex and bursting with flavor.

Finish: Long and spectacular! layered and layered to perfection. Balanced, yet overwhelmingly hoped. Just blows you away. An IPA lover's dream beer. (788 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My pops just received a hole bunch of Alpine beers from a co-worker. This is the one i chose since ive enjoyed the majority of the others.

A: Poured out with a faint head with large bubbles that remained around the sides and also a faint spider web of froth in the middle.

S: Man oh man does this one smell good. A very nice hop bouquet jumps from the glass. Extremely fresh and citrusy followed by mellow pears in the nose.

T: This one is an extremely flavorful beer with light bread malt notes that are complimented by the yummiest hop citrus and light piney flavors. A really dry and amazing well rounded IPA that isn't overly bitter but enough to let you know that this sucker is fresh to death.

M: Very dry which hits the style dead on. I really want more and more. Far from thin, that packs plenty of depth for the taste buds from the front to the back of the tongue.

O: Um i need more plain and simple. This sucker is tasty and is freaking "bomb.com" (that means its damn good lolz) (994 characters)

Photo of macktbone
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Obrien's.

Looks nice and dark, for a DIPA. Beautiful bone white head and perfect carbonation.

Smells awesome. Perfect balance of pine and hops..smells much like one famous double not so old compared to itself.

Very fresh flavor. Nice heavy hops without the oily texture on the roof of your mouth. Woodier than other strong doubles that I've had recently. Perfect carbonation allows for concentration of the subtle edges.

Good feel for the style...I enjoyed not scraping the oils from my mouth.

Highly drinkable. This is a real Double with lots of potential for spreading the word. Don't pass it up! (621 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Metallitone1 for this one! This has a very nice and clear golden color but the bubbles were a little large and the head and lacing could have been better. The piny, resiny hoppy aroma is very inviting. It reminds me a lot of Centennial hops and I love Centenntial. The flavor was very hoppy with a piny, resinous flavor and none of the fruity grapefruit flavors. There is little alcohol or other fermentation characteristics. There is a slight sweetness but the beer is rather dry and allows the hops to shine. The dryness made the mouthfeel a little less than great. Overall, though, this is a very tasty San Diego Pale that I would try again. (654 characters)

Photo of durrrr
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in bottle picked up recently from the brewery.

Appearance is very clear for a DIPA. Kind of a copper amber color. The nose on this beer is one of my favorites to date. A bit delicate. You get the pine, some citrus, floral and sweet notes, I almost get like a hint of cotton candy. The taste is very well balanced and extremely drinkable, clean and crisp for the style. Very little malt detected, alcohol well hidden and nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. A nice crisp hoppy finish as well. Mouthfeel is solid although possibly the most carbonated DIPA I have tried. I like carbonation but perhaps a bit high for the style. Overall a very solid DIPA. I haven't had the good fortune to try Alpine's others to get a comparison but a wonderful beer from an amazing West Coast brewery. (799 characters)

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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