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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,920
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,191
Gots: 153 | FT: 9
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 BillHilly


4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Nice two head pour, beautiful gold & rustic appearance, head held up well for an IPA.

S: Big pine resins

T: Very sweet front, piney, clean finish

M: Perfect viscosity, excellent carbonation.

D: High end DIPA, definitely in the class with the big boys...highly recommended if you are a hop head.

03-01-2011 05:58:31 | More by BillHilly


4.45/5  rDev +1.6%

A bubbley light tan head crests the glass at about two fingers tall. Body is a honey yellow gold. Head has nice retention and leaves web like lace as it slowly fades. Nose is a very floral sweet hop mixture with fresh citrus and soft piney tones. With first drink I am really taken by how smooth and refreshing the hop profile of this beer is. The hops are very fresh with sweet citrus feel. They do have a bit of grassy bitter but this is very well balanced by a lovely malt balance all along the backbone of this beer. Bitterness is very long and well received on the mouthfeel. Alchol is scary well hidden on this beer, maybe only peeks out with the boldness of the hops. This is a very drinkable tasty hoppiness of a beer.

03-23-2008 21:58:53 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-05-2013 04:29:02 | More by BeerBeast
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -21.2%

This one is what it says it is, though well made in the genre and fairly well balanced in the hopheads domain. It first appears orange-amber and very clear. Its head is sticky and white. Interesting oily C-hops aroma well mellowed by a tea bag reminiscent herbal maltiness. Generous earthiness and more of this tea goodness keep up on the tongue and come close to offering a match to the slick oily hops, tongue-slicingly bitter, flowery and grapefruity. Thin and refreshing mouthfeel, surprisingly light carbonation feels somehow too much with the oiliness of the hops used. Thanks Eyechartbrew, very clean brew.

03-08-2005 00:14:28 | More by Rastacouere
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-21-2013 01:36:12 | More by Nightrain87
Photo of Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a clear golden, with an amber hue. Smells like pine, grass, some citrus and some malt. Taste is a bit sweet. Caramel right up front with a nice balance of pine and citrus on the end. Not too thin on the mouthfeel, yet very easy to drink, medium body. I tend to not like the caramel taste in any ipas but this one is balanced nicely.

01-07-2014 17:51:03 | More by Mikeypnh
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-19-2013 21:06:50 | More by durlta
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew pours a nice golden hue with a white capped head. The head may not be bold and big, but boy is it leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma, for lack of better terms, is Pure Hoppiness. Fresh hops, dry hops, bitter hops, citrus hops, piny hops. All in one glass.

T: Despite all the hops, this brew maintains a certain balance that is impressing. Sweet maulty flavor mix with a nice hop citrus biterness.

MF: Mouthfeel gets a 5 for 3 reasons, the body is full, the carbonation is creamy adding to a nice body, and the finish leaves very little pallet wrecking bitterness that many IPAs of this kind leave. As a matter of fact, the aftertaste is pleasant.

Overall, I'm glad I was able to visit Alpine on my California business trip. Keep it up guys, I'm very impressed at what you're doing with beer!

03-09-2012 02:44:24 | More by TKEbeerman
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

09-24-2012 01:00:54 | More by Rempo
Photo of kirok1999


4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a kinda flat looking clear copper with a nice white head and moderate lacing.
Smell is a musky pine with some earth behind it.
Taste is a hop lover's dream. Tons of pine and fresh cut grass. There's just a hint of carbonation and a lingering bitter finish that matches the smell. There's malt here somewhere but the hops just smack it down. Very dry finish and a sticky mouthfeel.
Great on drinkability! Moderate ABV makes this a good one to drink with some nice sharp cheese.

03-12-2008 01:57:14 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Nugganooch


4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Notes taken from this weekend. Nice to see some Pure Hop hitting the shelves again!

*Poured into my Alpine pint naturally

A: Pours a shiny golden brass-like pale that is super clear and bubbly. my first had a fizzy little head to it but second pour offered up a much creamier 2 finger tan foam. Clingy lace.

S: Aroma is a nice stingy pungent pine resin with some sweet citrus rinds and grapefruit oils. Quite tangy and lingers after the pour.

T: Tastes of delicious caramel hoppiness! Some deep danky pine hops for sure but this brew also has a very pronounced sweet caramel toffee malt character to it. Although it seems well attenuated in that the finish is light, dry, and crisp without cloying. Nice juicy bursts of citrus and exotic fruits throughout. Bittered ever so nicely on the tongue. Slightly warming.

M: Overall creamy texture with a lighter body and a deifinte residual stickiness on the palate. Hops bitter and pucker out the kisser.

D: It's so hoppy and delicously sweet that the drinkibility is quite high for this DIPA. Big hop punch with a big caramel malt presence that is packed into a light to med bodied ale.

I am not a fan of overly sweet IPA's at all and while Pure has that definite caramel candy sugarness it pulls up dry and light in finish making it all work. Really toting the line. While still a tad on the sweeter side for my personal preference this brew is nicely hopped to counter. Not my fav Alpine offering but a great one to have for sure!

Drink Alpine or go to bed!

06-13-2011 17:56:07 | More by Nugganooch
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-19-2013 19:35:26 | More by patm1986
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-12-2012 00:11:55 | More by marine1975
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-01-2013 19:09:51 | More by eulerthegrape
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%

Obtained via trade from ThaFATkid. Poured from a bottle with no freshness data into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is hazy and orange-apricot in color. Carbonation is low and a rough pour produces only a thin lacy head. The nose is divine. Sweet oranges, peaches, grapefruit, and fresh herbs.

Medium body and a feel that is a bit thin, yet still sharp and crisp. Very refreshing and easy to drink. No booziness at all. I get a nice graininess up front (like a cracker) and the hops are all citrus fruit. Lots of orange zest and lemon. Botanic, pithy, and slightly herbal on the finish.

Overall, an extremely well-balanced beer. Lots of fruity citrus-like bitterness with just a touch of sweetness. Drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. An excellent beer for a hot summer day.

03-24-2013 16:26:05 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.1/5  rDev -6.4%

A bomber poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Beautiful golden brown, with a thin head that dissipates down to whiffs of foam fairly quickly. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Light citrusy hops with notes of lime forward as well. I've never picked out lime so strongly in an IPA. Some light graininess lies in the back, but the hops shine through.

T: Nice hoppiness upfront, with a solid grainy body. Unfortunately, I sat on this baby a bit too long, because I'm getting less robust hops than other reviews made me expect. Nice nonetheless.

B: Perfect medium body with nice carbonation.

O: Lovely DIPA. I definitely want to try a fresh bottle in the future.

01-16-2012 00:11:02 | More by Hophead717
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-07-2013 05:25:55 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-20-2013 03:30:17 | More by gpawned
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-09-2013 01:11:58 | More by Dirtinabottle
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 05:21:47 | More by Maillard
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4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

This beer pours a nice golden yellow color with an off white head. The head is fluffy. It fades quickle leaving a lot of laces. This beer smells very hoppy. It smells piney. It has a slight citrus aroma also. I cant detect much malt aroma. The alcohol is hard to detect also, but it is there if you look. This beer tastes hoppy. Very hoppy. It has a piney, earthy taste to it. It has a slightly citrusy taste also. I can not detect much in the way of malt flavor. This beer is mainly just bitter. It is very refreshing. It is a full bodied, aggressive beer, but I think that it is very enjoyable. It leaves a piney aftertaste. This beer has just the right amount of carbonation. This beer might not be the best session beer if you are not fond of the style. The aggressive flavor might wear a little thin on some drinkers. This beer is a very good Double IPA. It is well worth any effort you might have to take to get it.

10-25-2005 02:32:23 | More by OStrungT
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-22-2013 04:24:49 | More by lunarbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-22-2014 17:33:41 | More by FreshZ
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-05-2013 03:17:00 | More by brandonld23
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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark but vibrant orange, clear, with a finger of white head consisting of large open bubbles. Head recedes to a layer of big bubbles covering the surface of the beer with some decent lacing. Some light carbonation visible, a bubble here and there.

Nose has some sweet orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a bit of light fresh pine mixed in. Caramel and light grains round out the aroma. Would have like a little more strength to it though.

Taking a sip, fresh grapefruit right away, peel and pith providing some additional bitterness, some light orange and tropical fruit flavors follow, pineapple and mango. Really light malt backbone on the flavor, barest minimum caramel malt near the back of the tongue trying to offset the citrus peel and pith that really dominates the flavor. Finishes dry with lingering citrus.

Medium body, oily and slick on the tongue with a little bit of small bubble carbonation that pricks briefly on the tongue. Decently smooth delivery of hop flavor on the tongue. A very good DIPA, though the aroma was a little lacking for this bottle.

11-11-2011 03:17:24 | More by nataku00
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,920 ratings.