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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,171
Gots: 140 | FT: 7
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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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again, urbancaver

A - light amber body, a bit cloudy, medium white head, leaves som nice lacing

S - very crisp, lots of grapefruit, some floral notes.

T - not quite what I hoped for from the nose, but a good hop profile from the nose, not as much grapefruit as I'd hope for. a somewhat creamy body.

M - nice and creamy, a medium body, perhaps more appropriate for a single IPA, a bit drying.

D - easy to drink, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:47:44 | More by ColdPoncho
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-10-2013 12:09:09 | More by jarrgal
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craftbeerasian

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

05-30-2013 00:26:26 | More by craftbeerasian
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Tom-Peters

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-30-2012 19:53:23 | More by Tom-Peters
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-12-2013 00:21:47 | More by BColton1
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-02-2012 21:36:17 | More by DNICE555
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billshmeinke

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

Dark golden amber in color. One finger white head. Sick lacing caked to the side of the glass.

Smells of sweet honey malts with tropical fruits (pineapple), and bubble gum. Malts are really foreword on this one in the nose

Taste is of pineapple, bubble gum, spicy pepper, and bitter resin. Nice honey malt backbone that can stand up to the hop onslaught.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. A hop bit on the end. What one would expect from a good DIPA.

Quite drinkable. A very solid offering

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 04:54:45 | More by billshmeinke
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Nightrain87

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

12-21-2013 01:36:12 | More by Nightrain87
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LieutenantSour for this incredible extra in our trade. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

This pours a brilliant pale gold that's largely transparent with a bit of cloud to it. The head was thin, but may have been a product of pouring down the side of the glass at a slow pace. The nose is pretty mild and subdued. Not one of the most pungent hop profiles by any means. Some subtle citrus...no pine. Once this slips between the lips, it's party time. This is one fantastic fuckin' beer. The citrus and pine finally make an appearance, as do the hops. Everything is so incredibly balanced. There isn't any one aspect that dominates this beer, which is refreshing. An expertly orchestrated brew, no doubt. The mouthfeel is marvelous. It doesn't have that tongue scorching effect that makes you wonder if you'd ever be able to taste anything else again...but at the same time delivers a wonderful, citrusy presence with a lingering grapefruit taste. I had a wonderful day of beer drinking, and I just didn't imagine that the first beer I cracked when I got home would be able to top it. Right up there with Abner for today's best.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:27:29 | More by Retail1LO
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Irrationalist

California

2.5/5  rDev -42.9%

05-12-2012 16:41:05 | More by Irrationalist
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-05-2013 04:29:02 | More by BeerBeast
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Maillard

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2013 05:21:47 | More by Maillard
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wiltznucs

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3%

10-09-2013 23:30:14 | More by wiltznucs
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-20-2013 07:44:32 | More by Beeradelphia
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StArnoldFan

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.7%

10-07-2013 00:24:09 | More by StArnoldFan
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Modernrickk

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-12-2014 23:42:32 | More by Modernrickk
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

07-22-2013 04:24:49 | More by lunarbrew
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sukwonee

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-19-2013 09:31:41 | More by sukwonee
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

03-24-2014 02:19:17 | More by weonfire
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rallison

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times - mostly on tap - and was never overly impressed. However, I figured I would save my review for a nice fresh bottle. Let's put it this way - I now understand the hype.

Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head that mostly dies but leaves a ton of lacing. Smells delicious - lots of citrusy hops in this one!

Taste follows suit nicely - very tasty blast of grapefruit hops with touches of pine and caramel. Just enough malt backbone to showcase the hops, but also nice and clean and definitely not syrupy. Nice.

Mouthfeel is rich but light on the tongue with a very nice carbonation level. Drinkability is exceptional.

Highly recommended. This really is a good, clean, not too malty San Diego DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 09:12:46 | More by rallison
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 01:51:47 | More by ithinkimasofa
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 16:10:25 | More by nanobrew
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scottyshades

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of mrmiles, thanks!

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber color with a thick, foamy eggshell color head. Retention is awesome. Lots of sediment in the bottle

S: As soon as I opened the cap I could smell citrusy hops...awesome. The nose is a mixture of piny/resiny hops along with citrusy hops, giving a solid grapefruit aroma. Also, the more it warms, the more tropical fruits I pick up...candied pineapple, mango, and apricot. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: Strong resiny and piny hops immediately greet the palate, along with a solid bitterness and underlying sweetness (honey?) that play on each other. There is a rubber-like aftertaste to it that kind of takes away from the flavor.

MF/D: Full in body, sticky feel to it, and a bitter resinous finish. Since the alcohol is so well hidden, this makes for a drinkable DIPA.

Notes: First beer from Alpine and it was awesome. Really need to get my hands on Nelson and Duet next.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 21:28:59 | More by scottyshades
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 17:51:03 | More by Mikeypnh
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seaoflament

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, golden color with a finger, or less, of fluffy white foam. I was a little disappointed at the lack of head on this one, after drinking YuleSmith yesterday this one was a bit mute on the look. Aroma is a nice range of citrus fruits, apple, sweet cherry and sticky, sweet malt. Some pine notes are also hidden in the back of the dominant citrus hops. The taste is surprisingly balanced. It is a well crafted DIPA but it didn’t wow me. The name “Pure Hoppiness” I was imagining a bitter bliss, but I didn’t get that with this beer because it has a very adequate amount of malt to tame this beer from being bitterer than it is. The mouthfeel is fairly silky and smooth without feeling like a big/heavy beer, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Still, this is a great DIPA that deserves the good reputation it has.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:16:55 | More by seaoflament
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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