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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 845
Hads: 3,246
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 1,229
Gots: 480 | FT: 15
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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.
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Photo of lnashsig
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bomber into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a rich orange/yellow color, slightly hazy. citrus orange, some caramel sweet aroma, definitely a breadiness to it. Taste- sweet pear, caramel butterscotch, the hops are all west coast and citrus- very little to no bitterness. So buttery. On the end, there is a resurgence of orange citrus hops, and then a buttery caramel ending after it. This is a really nice IIPA- so tropical, so well balanced, nice mouthfeel- not too syrupy, but it lets you know that it has some thickness to it. Up there with the best of them for sure. I am officially ISO Exponential Hoppiness, haven't tried a single Alpine beer that I've been less than thrilled with yet. Bravo!

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Taken from notes

Pours a light orange vibrant color with a two and half inch white fluffy head. Good retention that leaves bits amount of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The smell is of citrus with tangerine being dominate along with pine like hops and slight floral aromatics.

The taste upfront was of a slight citrus tangerines flavor along with grapefruit and midway is a pine bitterness that seemed to dominate the rest of the flavor.

Thick syrup like body that I did not really care for with average carbonation.

Out of Duet, Nelson, and Pure hoppiness. This one was the worst of the three. I recommend Duet if you are going to choose.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery today. Poured into a tulip.

A- crystal clear copper colored ale with three fingers of white foam. Excellent lacing.

S- Huge dank hop aroma. Hemp, citrus, pine and pale malt combine to to provide a lupulin infused olefactory experience.

T- Starts out with citrus notes. Orange, tangelo and grapefruit in copious amounts. Pine enters mid-palate along with a healthy dose of sweet malt. Bitterness slides in at the end and lingers through the finish.

M- Feel is medium to heavy without being cloying. There is a slick viscosity to the beer that works well here. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creaminess to the beer as it warms.

O- Pure Hoppiness is an excellent example of a west coast DIPA. What sets it apart from it's esteemed brethren is the subtlety with which the different aspects of the beer interact. The flavors flow from one to the next seamlessly making the beer a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear and golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces some nice sheets. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from those hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out as if it were a perfect ying and yang. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I would call this an IPA of perfection, huge hops but the finish and drinkability is not a DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of snpub540
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orangish, light golden hue into my pint glass. Nice fluffy white 2 finger head that had some nice retention and left a nice trail down the glass.

Smell was like sticking my nose straight into a bag of hop pellets. Very floral and fruity smelling. Pine, grass, citrus notes were all ther in a very pleasing smell.

Taste was slightly sweet upfront, then an onslaught of delicious hop flavor. Again very grassy, a little grapefruit, and a dry bitter pine finish. For all the hop flavor in there it is not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and seemes to coat the entire palate. Drinkability is great because it is so smooth and crisp. I am going to have to pick up some more of these because it was addicting.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with three good buddy's at the brewery itself (out in Alpine, California). It was so good that we went to the bar down the street... which the brewmaster recommended and had it on tap once again. The notes were taken on my cellphone.

A: What can I say...perfect!!! White one-finger head with a dark gold color. Carbonation was visible and the beer itself was somewhat transparent. Filtered quite nicely!!!

S: As the beer indicates...pure hoppiness possess all the qualities one looks for in a Double-IPA. Extreme hop and piney (not overbearing at all)characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Fantastic!!!

T: Excellent balance, but seemed to favor the wheaty-malt character more so than the hops. Slight and refreshing hop bitterness.

M: Gentle carbonation and light body. A little bit of dry-mouth aftertaste though.

D: Alcohol not noticeable, refreshing, and as my friend Nick would say, "Perfect on a warm summer day".

Overall: A very good DIPA that represents the style perfectly. I prefer the Nelson, Duet, and O'Brien over this though. A must try. Cheers!

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

Shared with Cavery and sundaysour. Thanks!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pure gold, with every variation of gold's color represented at different angles and depths. A respectable head with solid lacing.

S: Pine, honey, and blueberry. One of my first thoughts was: double duet. Duet is easily an all time favorite for me so this got me awfully excited.

T/M: I honestly think that Alpine IPAs tend to be an experience that is difficult when trying to split between mouthfeel and taste, so I'm going to be awfully cheap here and combine the two into one. Pine, honey, sweet berries, cracked pepper, hop bitterness all on the tongue. Crisp, clean, and horribly refreshing. Like most Alpine IPAs, so refreshing in character no other beers compare. The hop bitterness cuts in to the flavor and smoothness a bit too much, though, and it lacks the subtle complexity that I'd say something like Duet or Kern 5th Anniversary has.

O: Pure hoppiness is no doubt a fantastic beer. If a demon appeared before me and told me I was forced to accept pure hoppiness as the only IPA in my life, I could not curse him (to put it in the strangest and most roundabout terms possible). However, I must admit my let down when I got double duet in the nose and less complex, hop-juiced taste. Still better than the vast majority of even top IPAs out there, but I'm not sure why it seems to often be prized above the more widely available Duet and Nelson.

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Photo of t420o
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

A- pour produces a 2 finger light tab head on a deep golden-copper body. Good lacing and decent retention. 4

S- heavy hops. Beautiful. Citrus, pine, some oniony hops (not sure if there are Nelson Sauvin hops in this but it smells like it). Earthy and lightly herbal as well. 4.5

T- very similar to the nose but the malt is a little more noticeable. Nice piney, citrus, and oniony hop tastes going well with the light malt graham-crackery backbone. Excellent beer. 4.5

M- good mouthfeel. Smooth carbonation and medium body. 4.5

O- another excellent IPA from Alpine. I wish I still lived in San Diego and had easy access to their stuff. 4.5

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Photo of oggg
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to find these bottles: I picked up this 22oz bomber from the Alpine Brewing Company along with a growler of the Pure Hoppiness so I could have my PH now AND later.

Compared to the cask and fresh from the tap, this beer from the bottle is still excellent but clearly loses some of its luster. The appearance is the same. The smell is nice and hoppy but certainly way less intense. The hop flavor is pretty well preserved. Not quite as mouth puckering, but still tons of grapefruit. Malt flavor also seems a touch less intense. Same mouthfeel and subtle alcohol. Even in this diminished state, this is the best IPA/DIPA from a bottle.

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1/20/09 another bottle that had aged in my closet (58-72F) for 2.5 years at least. Tasted in my Unibroue goblet. Very foamy, almost too much. great lace. This time I get a huge lychee scent next to the now-subdued pine cone and grapefruit, which come later. Extreme juiciness is still in effect, making my mouth water big time. Crisp with a solid bitterness that really goes along with the lychee, citrus, and then the biscuit backbone. Finishes with a great balance between the syrupy malt and the bitter hops. Wonderful. Alcohol still imperceptible.

Overall: This hop juice is amazing. This has bitterness, but if you can take the bitterness of any APA, you can dig this beer.

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Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 6-pack of 12 oz bottles for $17.99 at Healthy Living. Pours a perfectly clear light copper color, with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates, leaving almost no lace. Aroma is piney, resinous and a little dank, with just a bit of citrus mixed in. Taste is at first fruity, but quickly replaced by floral, resinous dankness, and very nicely balanced with a soft bitterness. Mouth is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, almost buttery. Overall, an excellent west coast style IPA. Although it's quite pricey, I'm pretty impressed with my first Alpine beer. Hope we start seeing more of it in VT.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pleasantly suprised by this one. expecting to be blown away by hops and i was. malt character balanced the flavor out beautifully. on the pricier side of the six pack spectrum but i do believe this beer delivers. worth the try.

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Photo of hu5om
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again, Evan.
a-golden orange, finger of cream fluffy head. nice patchy lacing
s-white grapes, apricot, citrus
t-big hoppy sugary white grapes, apricot, light pineapple, a bit of pine, lots of stuff goin on here. bubble gum?
m-gentle tingle of alcohol. light effervescence. pretty light and refreshing.
d-like it more than duet, less than nelson. but hell, that's pretty damn good. fruity pebbles ipa. i dig it.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Pours a clear golden in color with a heavy eggshell head. Leaves a thick layer and a solid clingy lace.
Wonderful hoppy aroma. Floral and citrusy with hints of orange peel.
Bitter hoppy bite gets you in the back of the throat. Resinous pine sap notes. By mid-glass it's still a hopheads delight, no malt here, but drinks crisp & clean. The Pure Hoppiness name stays true to the end, just barely giving way to a hint of malt.
Medium body with dead on carbonation make for a solid IPA. I'll be tasting this one after it is long gone. Thanks xlperro for this taste of the west coast. Cheers!

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Photo of scottg
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to choprite for this one.
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a light copper color with slight orange with a one finger white fluffy head that leaves patchy lacing. First smell-wow, this beer smells like the hops were just strained out, super fresh citrus-lemon & grapefruit, grass, honey and vanilla. Grapefruit and resiny pine up front lead to sweet orange and caramel with some bready malt flavor to balance ending with the bitter pucker of grapefruit rind. Medium high carbonation, medium body this is one smooth and creamy beer with the carbonation cutting through the creaminess. Fantastic beer, this is what a west coast IPA should taste like.
My first beer from the Alpine Beer Company but certainly not my last.

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Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a golden yellow with a tint of orange...mostly clear with two fingers of meringue like, soft white head which leaves a lot of lacing on the way down...

Citrusy, tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose...piny and resinous. Slightly earthy and a bit of sweet malt tries to balance things out...

Piny and slightly bitter. Sweet, fruity, oily...pretty one sided hop presence (duh). Not flat out bitter, has a nice sweet side to balance things out...

Sticky and thick with good carbonation...medium to heavy bodied and much chewier than expected...

Pretty good DIPA, I prefer Nelson and Duet from Alpine over this one, but I would definitely drink it again...

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle date

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, strong carbonation in the center with a few bubbles here and there on the sides of the glass. Lacing is good, not a bad looking beer

Smell is pretty upfront with the hops, lots of tropical red fruits with strong notes of mostly grapefruit and some pine. Malt sports a very sweet caramel with a little alcohol on the finish

Taste really blew me away here, with the nose but oh so much better! Upfront very sweet tropical fruits that mix nicely with the citrus and pine. Very robust sweet malt background that plays off the hops very well. Finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel was my favorite part. Very wet and sweet initially but finishes very dry bitter, reminds me of ruination. Alcohol hidden well, this thing is a pleasure to drink

Overall, this thing was really something else. Thanks to Nate for the trade, I would do terrible things to have regular access to this. Making sure to get multiples next time

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to April for giving me a bottle off my Wants. Great West Coast IPA. Amber pour with a one inch head. Big hops smell mostly of pine. Taste is mostly of piney hops. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a big DIPA. Very drinkable for the style. A must for a hophead like me.

Cheers.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to pint glass. Ty to Natasharai for the split!

A: Pours a very clear light copper with a small off-white head with some lacing and decent retention.

S: Very unique, strong citrus hops and a very malty caramel backbone. very bold scent.

T: Smell is a good indicator of this one, malty upfront with a caramel taste going into strong hops and a citrus finish. Not much alcohol comes through, very nice.

Overall: Decent mouthfeel that's moderately carbonated and has a nice oily feel. Very drinkable for the alcohol and boldness. Great DIPA try it if you can get it!

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Best by 5/5/16. Pours a dark orange with half a finger head. Nose is spicy, super fresh hops, citrus rind. Distinctly Alpjne in the smell. Taste is like drinking hop juice. Nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit like an imperial Nelson. The malt backing is extremely subtle like Alpine's other hoppy offerings. Medium carb. Smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours w a nice finger of head. Head dissipates but leaves a nice ring of lacing on top.

S: Lots of grapefruit maybe a little orange citrus as well.

T: Lots of grapefruit hops bite but backed by a nice large dose of biscuity malt backbone

M: Good carbonation and a nice light feel especially for a DIPA.

D: Wow. So easy to drink. The best balanced DIPA to date for me.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a frothy white head with great retention.

Nose is delicate and leans more floral than fruity. A touch of clove comes through for me.

Flavor is big and juicy, more fruit than floral and unexpectedly so. Bright, bitter hop profile is fantastic. Finish is delicate and soft, more drying than bitter.

Feel is a touch more abbrassive and drying than I'd like but overall this is a fantastic double IPA I'll definitely be having again.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into....You guessed it my Darkness snifter.

Pour looks like a burnt honey color with a bit of off white head. My eyes light up with the smell. Sticky hop wrapped in pine and covered with some good old sweet citrus. Lovely. Carbonation is about what you want in a ipa. Not overly and certainly not under. Get the nice hop bite but it quickly goes away. Initially thought it may be aggressive but I was wrong. Very solid beer. Easy to drink even at 8%.

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Photo of berkey
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of dannyhipps. Thanks again buddy for making this happen! Beer Karma shall smile on you soon, I guarantee it. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Body is considerably darker in color than typical for an IIPA, somewhere between amber and mahogany with a moderate haze. This one is topped by a fairly large, amazingly persistent, rocky off white head. This style can be quite a sight to behold and this in another great one.

Nose starts off with a shot of tangerine and other citrusy hop aromas, pine needles, and a dry clean bitterness. Malt sweetness is a little buried but you can still pick it out with a deep whiff so I'm not complaining at all. There's no freshness date listed but from the way it smells this can only be at the pinnacle of freshness.

I was hoping for just a continuation of the great aroma on the taste but was greeted with that and more. Big citrus and pine are joined by a pungent and leafy dry bitterness which is backed by a sweet yet clean bready malt profile.

Something about this beer begs you to throw it down your throat, it's just too drinkable. I'm the slowest beer drinker that I know but I had to stop myself from chugging the stuff.

Overall one of the better West Coast Hop Bombs I've tried in quite some time. I don't always drink hoppy beers, but if this were more easily available it would definitely be a regular in my fridge. ISO more Alpine Brews!

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Photo of tjthresh
3.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks for sending this one my way!

Pours a translucent golden yellow color with some ruby hues coming through when the light strikes it just right. A finger’s-breadth of foamy white head grows, and takes its time subsiding, leaving generous wet lacing behind.

Smells of floral hops, malt, orange, grapefruit, pine, and dark sugar. Reminds me of those dried, sugar coated fruits, but with some herbal backing to them; very tantalizing.

Taste is delicious, though the aggressiveness of the hops are more subdued than in the nose. A very well rounded brew, with the caramel texture of the sugary malt really playing well off of the hoppy forefront. Some fruity, citrus esters are detectable as well, especially orange. Again, the sugar coated fruit analogy holds, though I'd toss in a bit of caramel with it this time.

Mouth is good, with the acidity of the hops and the carbonation cutting only slightly through the backbone, leaving a velvety, creamy body.

Overall, a delicious DIPA that I would love to have again. Alpine did a good job bringing more flavors than just the hops to the table with this one.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.