Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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884
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3,468
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
15.74%
 
 
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Reviews by Gushue3:
Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sarge27 for this major want as an extra. Poured into KtG bulb glass.

A 2 finger white is thick and lush that turns foamy. The body is pretty clear with a small haze and is gold with a slight orange tint. As the head slowly comes down thick, foamy lace is left and a 1/4" slab of foam is left above the body. Some nice carbonation bubbles as well. Very close to a 5

S Big citrusy hops come out initially and a strong earthy/piney scent follows. Tropical fruits are intertwined in there as well.

T Big bitter bite upfront that carries all the way to the finish. Orange zest, pine, grass, floral, earthy hops take the majority of the flavor. This is mainly bitter with flavors coming through secondary.

M Medium carbonation feel that consists of tiny bubbles. Feel is a bit heavier and thicker than other DIPAs. Finish is somewhat dry.

O Very nice bitterness all the way through and looked amazing in the glass. My only complaint is the feel, it's a little thick but not the end of the world. Well done DIPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BB1313
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 4/28/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very transparent light copper with a fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. Bubbles racing upwards. Great color. The aromas have a nice blend of sweet tropical notes with hints of citrus. Lots of ripe mango. Hints of pineapple along with some orange notes. Some caramel malts in the mix, but the hop aromas shine. The flavors are clean and juicy. Great balance and it's not overwhelming. Solid bitterness, but not brutal at all. More mango along with some grapefruit. Lots of orange. Malts are there giving this one a little bit of sweetness. Pine needles and pine resin is there. Finishes slightly warm, but it's not boozy. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. Fluffy and chewy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

Very nice DIPA. It's not in a class of its own, in my opinion, but it's very good. Definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many, I've been patiently awaiting my chances to try anything Alpine. So thanks to the Green Flash aquisition The time has come. And just like Duet, Nelson and others Pure Hoppiness has been built up to mythical proportions . . . Only to let down. Sure, these my have been better before the Green Flash years so they are maybe different beers now. That being said, obviously, I'm rather disappointed. This beer looks gorgeous and smells fantastic. Pure Hoppiness has a decent feel as well but I found it to have harsh flavors on the finish and a noticeable alcohol burn. Overall, it's ok. I won't seek it out again and am reminded by this one that I need to not take for granted my local hoppy options.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A: A pale, translucent, hazy gold. Deep white head that lingers and leaves nice lace on the glass.
S: Super piney aroma.
T: Piney and grassy with a bit of a bitter bite.
F: A bit bubbly, but very drinkable.
O: This is a very nice, well-rounded double IPA. Very drinkable and nice hop characteristics, but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a 10oz tasting glass (Tired Hands stemware, to be specific). This has a freshness date of May 3, 2016 printed in white ink next to the barcode on the label (“BEST BY 03 MAY 16 F15333”), which would make this beer just over a month old, presumably. It came from a cooler and went straight into my fridge, so this is being consumed under essentially ideal conditions.

Appearance (4.25): On pouring, this beer offers three full fingers of ivory-colored foam that die down at a fairly slow rate, capping a crystal-clear, dark honey-amber body with orange highlights. The head leaves thick, globular appendages of foamy lace that look like an archipelago. As the beer recedes, it takes most of the lacing with it, but leaves fragments of a few broken collars here and there. It’s beautiful, while it lasts.

Smell (4.0): A smooth mixture of pithy citrus and prominent, resinous, slightly piny bud, with a fairly rich malt base composed of sugar cookies and country wheat bread. A bit of vaporous booze picks up the backside of the hop aroma, transforming the hop aroma into a weedy, resinous note.

Taste (4.5): Fairly sturdy in build and design, this is a solid DIPA. The hops definitely dominate from the start, starting with a fairly bright, punchy hit of red grapefruit zest, shifting toward an oily, malt-driven body with a bready base and toffee sweetness, incorporating a bit of the earthy, slightly bitter, baked taste of caramelized sugar. That citrusy bitterness takes over again, morphing into a floral, slightly grassy bitterness with spicy undertones. It shifts more into a somewhat garlicky, dank flavor as it moves into the aftertaste, especially at it warms, when the boozy undercurrent of this beer wells up and blurs the line between hops and heat. This absolutely nails the spicy, resinous part of the pale, hoppy beer spectrum, and it’s a very well-crafted DIPA.

Mouthfeel (4.5): The carbonation is fine-grained but assertive, washing over all surfaces before moving into a tingly wash. That finish is paired with an oily, resinous levity that burns off the slick, full- side of medium-weight body. It feels appropriate for the size, but is still more than easy to drink—it’s all too easy to take faster than you should.

Overall (4.25): This is an excellent, classic type of DIPA, with strong, pithy bitterness, spicy and resinous hop flavors, a sturdy but still subordinate malt body, and a highly drinkable body and feel. It’s not as juicy as the New England DIPAs, not as malty as the old East Coast DIPAs, and not as piny as the Pac NW/West Coast DIPAs of old. It’s just a nice mix of everything that works.

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Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer. Great head that's almost too happy to be alive. You have to pour this one carefully. It's a slightly sandy head but very sticky. The first glass laced, the second glass left thick patches of foam stuck to the sides of the glass. I may need a scouring pad to clean the glass. The body is solid amber. It looks a little thin though. I don't mean pale, I've seen paler IPAs (Sweetwater IPA is more yellow and less red), just thin. The aroma is heavenly. Big fruity hops, a bit of sweetness, a very aromatic beer. The flavor is where things drop off. The rich hop profile thins out to mostly just a bitterness. It would have been nice if the juiciness had carried through from the aroma, but it didn't. The malt is seriously lacking. I got a glimpse at a nice caramel and biscuits malt at the first sip but then it was lost under the hops. It's not that the hops are really overpowering, it's just the malt backbone isn't there to hold it up. It makes the beer a bit thin. This is also a really dry beer. It's one thing in a lager like a pils to be dry, but I actually prefer my pale ales to be less dry. A little sweetness really helps to balance the hops and give a little character. If the flavor was as good as the appearance and aroma this would be an incredible beer. Still not bad though.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good smelling and tasting double ipa. However 18.99 a six pack is rather pricey in my opinion. I think nelson is a much better choice of this for the price but still recommend to try at least once. Can't wait to try there other ipas. Thanks to green flash to help with there distribution.

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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Alpine Beer Company on 7-16, and consumed on 7-27.

Nice, golden color with 1" head.

The smell is dank, weedy hops that preview what is yet to come.

The taste is a little lighter than expected, but delicious. Dank, fresh, herbal hops, tropical fruit, and a good malt back bone to balance it all out. This skews a little toward the Stone IPA's and reminds me somewhat of a lighter Enjoy by, but with more balance.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, with average carbonation. This was obviously bottled right before I purchased it as the freshness is there in spades.

What an enjoyable double IPA. It certainly gives it's more celebrated brothers Nelson and Duet a run for it's money from a quality/pleasure standpoint,, and I will happily buy my quota of this every time I set foot in Alpine Beer Co.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Refulgent tangerine-amber with abundant fine particles that might as well be hop dust. The rich, creamy, yet stiffsticky head falls at the margins, leaving a crowned dollop of milkshake-like foam in the center of the glass. Intricate lace in near contiguous sheets is clinging for all it's worth to all available surfaces. Beautiful.

Stupendous, incandescent, hoptastic nose of sweet citrus peel and pine. I'd love to know what was used to dry hop this nectar. That particular hop variety would instantly shoot to the top of my most-favored list, if it's not there already. Pure Hoppiness's nose instantly and irrevocably takes a spot in my top-3 DIPA aromas of all-time.

Mind-bending hop flavor on the palate. If malt wasn't quite as much of a presence, this would more properly be classified as an IPA. That is precisely why I prefer IPAs, not so much of that pesky malt to get in the way. In this case it provides a sweetness that attempts to hold the hops in check and just barely succeeds (dammit!). Having said that, this is one DIPA that is weighted much more heavily to the hoppy side of things.

Pure Hoppiness isn't Ruination, but it is a tongue-scalding hop bomb, make no mistake. The bitter grapefruit pith covered in a candied conifer coating is having a rave in my mouth that I hope will never end. This stuff shamelessly zeros in on my beer id, digs in its claws and holds on for dear life. You want nuance and complexity? Go drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, just leave this hop tart for us heathens.

The body, needless to say, is big, smooth as silk and as creamy as a non-stout can get; the perfect vehicle for carrying that abundant hoppiness across the palate and keeping it there until reinforcements come with the next sip.

What else can I possibly say? Pure Hoppiness is pure deliciousness. I'm heartened by the fact that I have one more bottle, but depressed that I don't have easy access to this mother's milk of a beer. Alpine's PH is yet another reason to curse the two most vile words in a BA's vocabulary: limited distribution.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a nonic a slight hazed orange color with a tight full one finger white head that settles very slowly leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Tropical fruits and pine resin make for a lethal combo on the nose,faint doughiness underneath as well,the hops are large and in charge.The hop profile on the palate is just amazing,the complexity matches the brashness,tropical fruits,pine resin,grapefruit,even a little grass over top of sweetish biscuit dough.A damn fine beer,well worth the hype

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Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is one of the cloudiest IPAs I have ever seen. This is the deep dark murky waters full of sediment. The head was huge, lasting, and lacing. Perfect!

Smell – Man, does this beer reek. The big, strong, floral hops mix with the rind and pine scents to produce a monster aroma. This is making my mouth water.

Taste – Just when you thought that you were going to be slapped by the Godzilla of IPAs, this one steps back and shows some class. It is smooth, creamy, reserved, yet full of flavor.

The profile here is a class act. The hop fullness is complimented by a sharp but unobtrusive pine hop undertone. The hop sharpness picks up strong in the finish, leaving the drinker refreshed and satisfied.

Mouthfeel – Refreshing and almost full in the mouth. This one has not a hint of alcohol. It is creamy smooth like butter.

Drinkability – If it wasn’t for my demanding, share-all-the-good-hoppy-beer-with-me wife, I could chug this all night. This is a masterpiece.

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Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

This was on my list of beers to try this year.

Pours orangey-gold with a fluffy head.

This beer is packed with citrus through and through.

The nose jumps out with grapefruit, tangerine, and mandarin orange.

The taste is equally as citrusy with just a touch of sweet, doughy malt and yeast. Once again, if you like citrus, this is the beer for you.

I could drink this often. Very driinkable and has an attractive demeanor. I can't wait to try exponential hoppiness.

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Photo of nohead02
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, fill up your senses with this brew. I often get this in the bottle but found it on top at the San Diego Brewing Company and it really shines on draft. A creamier brew than you expect from an IPA. Nice foamy head that never dies down, producing a long, smooth mouthfeel. Aggressive hoppiness but not to the point where it is just a way to show how macho you are. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

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Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So glad Green Flash took over Alpune do that we could get this in Louisiana. This IPA was on the dankier rather than piney tropical side of the spectrum which is great because I love DANK hops. Glad I got to try this!

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of explosivebeer
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I didn't take notes when I tasted this beer. But it is quite memorable so hopefully that'll be sufficient. From what I remember it was a fine clear light amber color. What was most outstanding was the amazing aroma that simply exploded with hoppy goodness. The body was nicely balanced with sweet maltiness and it finished as spectacularly as it started. This is a beautiful beer.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

S - Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T - Nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Medium length finish with some floral notes on top of a very mild bitterness.

M - Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O - My first brew from ABC and I wasn't disappointed. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dmann
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even better off the tap. The pour and the color were the same as the bottle version. The smell was a bit more pronounced with a little smoother hop scent than the bottle but just as good. The flavor and the mouthfeel were much better on tap. The malty middle came out much more and balanced the beer just enough to make it near-perfect, and the mouthfeel was much more creamy and easy going. A great beer indeed.

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