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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,958
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Rado, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light copper brew. An excellent head with great retention and lacing.

A piney grapefruit aroma with toasted malt and sweet caramel. An undernote of warm yeasty bread.

Taste is grapefruit and earthy herbal hops. A large malty toffee backbone. Toasted caramelized grains. A strong hop finish with an herbacious flavor. A touch of mint as it fades to toasted bread. Alcohol is well integrated and hidden. Smooth and tingly carbonation. A medium light syrupy feel that is slightly sticky. An easy silky swallow.

Goes down like sweet hoppy milk. No alcohol and a delicious and inviting feel. Quenching and refreshing. A great beer.

From tasting notes 1/7/09

scootny, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Nugganooch
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Nugganooch, Jun 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

M1A2, May 14, 2012
Photo of Mikeypnh
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Mikeypnh, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Maillard, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of kkipple
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Rich gold, slightly hazy, short white head, some decent lace, no real complaints here.

S. Super smooth smelling hop bomb, vanilla, hefty malt bomb, approachable, anything but pungent. Hm.

T. Smooth again! This is supremely easy, sweet and slightly dense, minor peaches, tasty hop bitterness, I'm not sure what else to say... you can drink a lot of it.

M. Low carbonation, soft, in fact, everything about this beer is soft... hmm.

D. Yeah, sure... I like it.

Pure Hoppiness is a soft, easy, mellow 8% DIPA that hits all the right notes for simply Having Another. Wish we could get this out my way in SC....

kkipple, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for this lovley extra!

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a snifter. ?Serving temp of 45 degrees.
Semi regerous pour produces a nice 2 finger bubbly foamy white head. Multi assorted bubbles in the head, leaving a bubbly quarter inch cap of retention.
Golden, semi-transparent in color when held to light.
Nice sticky bubbly lace lines the glass as I sip this down.

Aroma is a pungeant purfumy hops bouquet. Pine, grapefruit, grassy hemped hops with a resiny like afterglow. It just sits in the nairs and lingers like grandmas old perfume, except this is a welcome smell.
Some doughy bread aroma, caramel, cloves and sweet honey butter.

mmmm, good flavor!
Its medium carbonation and semi thick mouthfeel leaves this creamy and delicious.
This starts out sweet with clover honey, and somthing nutty, like walnuts. A spice blend of some sort that leads me to beleive cinnemon, but its not in the aroma.
Great balance between hops and malt and a nice bready kick from the yeast.
Pine dominates the hop department. The finish is sweet, yet dry? Nice long grassy piney hop linger.

I really enjoyed picking this apart. I dont feel like I even bagan to understand this interesting brew. I'd need atleast 2 more bottles to do so.
Highly recommend.

Buebie, Dec 16, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear glowing orange color with a finger of head. The smell is a huge blast of floral and pine hops, with a slight dash of grapefruit in the background.

The taste has a bit more citrus and a bit less pine than I anticipated. A very tasty combination for sure. There is a big enough biscuity malt profile to keep somewhat of a balance, and the bitterness is fairly low when you consider the amount of hop flavor. A very easy drinking IPA, one of the smoothest I have encountered.

This one is a tad fuller than medium bodied and it has a high level of carbonation that splashes the flavor in every crevice of your mouth. Not as sticky as I would like, but the (relatively) lighter nature of this compared to some other DIPA's helps with the drinkability. This is a beer that would pair very well with food. Another winner from Alpine.

alcstradamus, Feb 08, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Pecan, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of BillHilly
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BillHilly, Mar 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
Photo of drseamus
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Toronado. This is a great beer all around. No review that does this beer justice could start any other way.

The body is a crystal clear amber with just the thinest of white heads. It could have been the pour, but I like some head on my beer and this was really only a thin lacing on the surface.

The aroma is bursting at the seams with sweet sticky grapefruit. This is pretty much textbook DIPA aroma. These aromas make me want to drink immediately.

The flavor is a perfect 10. It is incredibly smooth and blasting open with grapefruit but with the bitterness held beautifully in check. Nearly all the hops must have been added right at the end of the boil. Behind the grapefruit is a great malt flavor which brings images of barley to mind due to it's crispness.

As I said above, this is a great beer and MUST be tried if you get the chance. I am now treasuring the bottle sitting on my shelf at home.

drseamus, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of MisterClean
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boonville

A - Poured a nce golden color, with a 2 fingered, off-white head. Dissipated slow and left beautiful lacing.

S/T - Honey, flowers, and grass. Light notes of citrus too.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Refreshing could almost pass as a session if not for the 8%.

D - Great overall, enjoyed it. Will seek out again.

MisterClean, May 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Camjmorton, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pjkelley82, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

moonknight31, May 21, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

TKEbeerman, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Pretty quiet body compared to the Nelson - bright gold with a thinner cap than I would expect, laces very well though nonetheless.

Mellow tropical fruit character on the nose, sharp citrus shows itself later on, faint conifer qualities beneath all that. Not quite as pungent as Nelson but still very inviting and textbook execution.

Bitter spruce flavors come to the forefront... juicy citrus as well, distinctly bitter, relatively dry... given all the hop additions described on the bottle, I'm inclined to believe that this bottle might not be too freshy fresh. Still delicious though.

Damn good.

yamar68, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's had a light amber glow with a 1/2 inch of white foam. Nice light lace after each sip.

It smells exactly like the name it's given, and then even a wee bit hoppier. Fresh piney hops, truck loads of em...that's what you smell here.

The flavor...you guessed it, HOPS-a-plenty! Very nice, mildly sweet introduction, only to be put out visciously by the bittering of some serious hopping here. Gotta admit though, it tastes great, very well done!

Decent body with the alcohol burried under the hoppiness, this stuff goes down easier than water (especially SD tap-water). Highly recommend, especially to mega-hopheads...heres to you!

scottoale, May 26, 2006
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3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rastacouere, Mar 08, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

lunarbrew, Jul 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Boston_Steve, Nov 30, 2013
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,958 ratings.