Pure Hoppiness
Alpine Beer Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #56
Ranked #587
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
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Notes: 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
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

2.86/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle best by April 27, 2016.

Tastes like a Green Flash IPA. Seriously. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer isn't anything special. It's super hoppy, dry, and a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin. At $17/sixer you can do a lot better.

Edit: A year later and this is out again. Thought Green Flash would have nailed the Alpine recipes in the interim, but this is somehow way, way worse than I remember it. Full of off flavors, tastes like bitter soap. Nasty.

Nov 21, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Nov 18, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't see what all the fuss about this beer is all about!!! Looks great but very ordinary other aspects. Poured a clear golden/orange color with a big white head and thick bands of lacing on the glass. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is fairly weak, some mild grassy and piney hops. Didn't get much else out of it. Flavor is fairly average, piney and grassy hops, a little vegetable/onion (could they have used Summit hops which my taste buds hate?). The malt is the dry biscuity type. Mouthfeel isaverage, some bitterness and rich enough for the style. Nothing outstanding. Far from an outstanding beer!!!!

Dec 09, 2016
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aracauna from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Feb 01, 2003
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fmccormi from California

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Dec 10, 2015
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Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Dec 27, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Nov 21, 2015
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Sep 21, 2004
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Jul 30, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and understated, Pure Hoppiness infusses extra finess for intrigue instead of aggression: maximum hop flavor, low bite.

The beer opens with a pour of deep gold and medium copper hue. A creamy white head tops the beer with a dense sheet that never billows but never waivers either. Sticky lace leaves decorative patterns of foam behind. With a relatively low haze for a high-hopped variety, the beer carries a very appealing appearance.

Juicy, citrusy, and vibrant to the nose with elements of freshly grated orange peel, candied appricots, pineapple, mango, sweet ruby red grapefruit pulp, and a light note of herbal lemmongrass. With the thin caramel sweetness scent of confectioner's sugar and honeysuckle, the beer rounds into a mouth watering combination of sugar coated citrus and tropical fruits.

Flavors are no letdown. Sweetness from light caramel, powdered sugar, and fructose give a satisfactory initial taste and satisfies the palate. The mid palate brings about more vibrant fruit character, and leaving the sweetness behind. Freshly squeezed grapefruit, nectarines, and lemon grow from a candy-sweet bit and into a fresh and bitter variety going into finish. Tropical fruits of pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya round into the sweeter, more mellow flavors of citrus. As the beer transitions to clean and crisp bitterness, a slight memory of caramel and fruity sweetness remain in aftertaste. Delicious throughout and with no rise of unpleasantries.

A medium-full start takes a creamy demeanor from carbonation and early malty-sweetness. But as the beer drops it's sweetness to start, the crisper, brighter textures of hop oils begin to dry the beer and usher in a crisp, clean, and refreshing finish. Ultimately dry from hop resins and minty alcohols to finish, the beer holds onto a lightly resiny hop bitterness that lingers well into the next sip.

A remarkable imperial IPA that grows in intensity and bursting with hop flavor, but refuses push the balance into extra sweetness, less dry of finish, or less of a hop showcase; that otherwise would have hurt drinkability. Great control of both the recipe and brewing technique for a beer that's dangerously drinkable.

Thanks crlova2!

Jul 13, 2011
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Nov 26, 2015
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Lerxst from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden/amber with a nice, billowy white head that has good retention and leaves nice, sticky lacing all the way down.

S-Citrus and floral hops, pine resin, an ever so slight malt scent. Not terribly complex but very nice.

T-Bitter yet slightly sweet, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, a bit of honey and just a touch of biscuity malt.

M-Medium body. Perfect for the style. Carb level is just right.

D-This one went down REALLY easy and another was easily doable.

A very enjoyable DIPA. If you're a fan of the style you won't be disappointed in this one.

May 16, 2010
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nrbw23 from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden amber color with a creamy off white head. Head has great retention and leaves some really nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is very awesome. A ton of tropical fruits here with a nice touch of pine. A bit of bready malts in the very distant background.

T- A very hop forward brew here. A ton of tropical fruits, again a nice touch of pine with a strong malt back bone. Hops are front and center.

M- A touch on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was about right on.

O- This is an awesome brew and is highly recommended.

Aug 21, 2011
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pperez38 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Dec 06, 2011
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Rckmo10 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jan 25, 2012
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pauljunk from Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Apr 17, 2014
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OMsweetOM from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

May 15, 2014
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dlello2 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Feb 20, 2013
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ahermsen from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jan 20, 2014
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jkrug5 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 19, 2015
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Ginepiece from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 09, 2015
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WadeBridgman from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Jul 13, 2014
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HopsAholic79 from California

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2015
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HopasaursRex08 from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 20, 2015
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