Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,671
Reviews:
926
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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1,183
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Photo of jeffwright
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jckdaniels03
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good West Coast dry hop bomb. Serious hops with some citrus, a little malt, and a strong DIPA finish. Definite buy again. Excited to try other Alpine Beers. Cheers!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a crystal clear gold-that-borders-on-amber body. The rocky white head holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The nose is outrageous with rich, resiny, piney, fruity and citrusy hops! It's most impressive and very welcoming! The body is medium, and it's smooth across the palate due to a very fine and moderate-level carbonation. Although the nose is astounding, more hops come out in the flavor, over a biscuity and caramel-laced malt. It's got a solid bitterness to it, but it's really well-balanced and finishes dry with just enough bitterness to cleanse the palate. An all-around great beer... the hop aroma is brilliant; the hop flavors come through clearly; the malt base is not overdone (and works as the perfect platform to show off the hops); and the bitterness level is perfectly balanced to accentuate the beer and keep you coming back for more. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours an amber color with a slightly orange tint. Head is foamy, a little off-white, and about two fingers deep. Retention was very good and a really nice looking, sticky coat of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: Wow! This is west coast DIPA (or IPA) heaven. This is packed with citrus scents up front. It's mostly grapefruit, but there's some pineapple, mango, and even a little lemon. Hops are incredibly strong, piney, and citric smelling. Not much floral business to talk about. There is a bit of malt that's noted, but it's clearly a secondary element. This one's all about piney hops and citrus sweetness.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavors are sweet initially. The hop flavor is absolutely delicious and attacks the palate with a very piney and bitter flavor. The hop attack is diminished a little by the malt flavors. They're sweet and do their best to balance it out. Fortunately, the hops are just too much. But, I think the malts are overdone by just a shade here. There's a grainy element that's noted on the tail, as well as a slight alcohol taste. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied (close to full), very creamy and smooth. I really like the feel here. It's not among the smoothest I've ever tried. But, it's very well done. Very close to pulling the "5" trigger. Drinkability is high. At 8%, it's strong, but pretty well mannered and inviting for a beer of its size.

Pure Hoppiness is a kick ass beer. No doubt about it. Definitely worthy of its lofty status. I do think it could be slightly improved by toning down the malt slightly. It's a small gripe. This beer is no doubt an extremely tasty west coast DIPA. Certainly one to seek out.

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Photo of CKees
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lou91
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose was so good that my mouth watered sniffing the cap. A hoplovers air freshener. Big beautiful grapefruit and caramel nose. Bright white head. I was craving a big rich IPA and this delivered. All the qualities you look for – complex and dominant hops, long hop bitterness in the aftertaste, and a thoroughly satisfying crisp clean drinkability. The body was a couple of notches above a normal IPA but not quite a douple IPA. This is more like a 1.5x IPA vs. a double.Although you can drink this all day, I took my time over an hour drinking the 22oz and it was great to sip a little at a time. Ah, hops are good. A rare find at Ledger's.

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Photo of NEOdrinker
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TBoneJones
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish-golden pour, nice lacing.
Smells like a perfect DIPA bouquet of hope: pine, floral and citrus. Robust and complex nose is quite nice.
The taste is a continuation of flavors I smell, sweet malts are balanced superbly with the hops, and now there's plenty of pineapple/ grapefruit/ lemon.
Feels medium and well-carbonated, plenty of lingering hops.
Glad I finally found a bottle to try. Really a crisp, piney, well-crafted DIPA. I can see why it's so highly regarded.

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Photo of Harvey98
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwm5062
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tunic
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rayjay
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good one for my 200th review....thanks to Metallitone1!

Pop off the crown and hops just scream out of the bottle. One of the best smelling beers I've had to date. Nice clean appearance, with an oily head and active crbonation. Lacing rounds out the fine appearance.

Big hops on the palate, not exceptionally bitter and only a mild bitter aftertaste, just pure...hoppiness! Slightly sour, very clean and refreshing. The slightest sweetness coats the tongue and politely yeilds to the massive rush of hop bliss. This one's up there with Hopsickle, Pliny the Younger, and any of Pizza Port's 2xIPAs like Frank and Hop 15. Great beer from a great brewery. I can attest that it only gets better on draft. West coast IPAs rule!

I paired this one with a super spicy vegan sausage with peppers and onions. Mmm mmm good.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrTopher
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful golden amber color with a little head, nothing overwhelming.

Smell - Crisp sent of pine, citrus with a little floral tone.

Taste - I had been warned it was a hop explosion and I wasn't disappointed, it tasted just as explained. The traditional taste of "West Coast IPA" comes out of this brew, flavors of pine and hops cover the mouth and it balances so well through the entire experience. And the hops balance exceptionally well with the malts, but the malts compliment the hops and don't take away anything.

Mouthfeel - Was nothing that I expected, it was more thick feeling than any other DIPA I'd had before, but was extremely satisfying.

Drinkability - In my top 5 of DIPA, this could be a weekly consumption. Not disappointing to any degree, worth the trip if you can pay the fare and handle the smoothness. This beer sucked me into Alpine as a new love.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a Hophead there was much anticipation for this beer review I can tell you. It was very kindly delivered to the Bums locale during our recent 4/5/03 Pub Crawl by fellow BA Xlperro. Living in sunny Southern California, I am no stranger to hoppy brews that kick your ass – so what makes this one different?

Well it looks great for a kick-off. A fantastic totally lucid golden color that reflects the light in so many ways, that at times it looked almost orange when back-lit. The pour reveals a quite stupendously large slightly off-white colored, marshmallow looking head that has a massive body that has awesome staying power. It laces well as the beer is drunk.

The Nose is… well, Holy Humulus Lupulus – “It’s Just Like Totally Hoppy Dude!” Deeply pungent aromatic fresh hops escape the bottle like trapped demons freed after thousands of years of captivity. They invade the air around my desk and stick Pine Needles all over my Apartment. The pine tar odors linger as soon as the beer is poured. When deeply inhaled it has a more floral impact, contains more flora and fauna than the Botanical Section at Kew Gardens.

Wow – Awesome - this one clears your nasal passages – big style.

It does not shirk its responsibilities in the Taste department either. A very bitter introduction that develops into a twirling hoppy middle that really does coat the mouth. The beer has a creamy texture at first, but when swirled in the mouth, the carbonation lends a soft velvety dimension. Quite dry, but yet, mouth-watering. The strong bitterness returns towards the end, complex and ever changing – yet always balanced.

It definitely has some alcohol presence in the back quarter though, that just helps to bolster the hoppy big-ass bad boy image. It is by no means offensive, or even distracting. In fact, I find that I rather take to this “twist” in the dying end of the beer, which is a deeply astringent, exceptionally bitter finish. I love the feel of the Hoppy Skid-Mark Tattoo’s that this beer leaves on your tongue; I dearly hope these Tattoos are permanent because I never want these removing.

Another very aptly named West Coast beer that Hop-Heads will surely die for.

A **Huge** Thanks to fellow BA, Xlperro, for this Monster Beer, you Sir are a Gentlemen and a Hop-Scholar.
I bet he just hates living in San Diego………

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Photo of blowpez
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viggo
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for opening up this gem!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, big bubbles, drops to a solid ring, nice lace spots. Smell is wicked, insane hoppy, pine, caramel, grapefruit, bready brown sugar middle, floral, tangerine, jasmine, very complex. Taste is awesome as well, jasmine, bready and biscuity, caramel, orange peel, pine, grapefruit, insanely hoppy, perfect bitter finish, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very drinkable, almost perfect as an IPA. Thanks Russ!!

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Photo of Johncnh
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yourefragile
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared with 321Jeff and d13logan, poured into a tulip, reviewed from notes.

Reflecting after having Exponential Hoppiness after this, PH was easily my favorite of the two. EH obviously offered more hops, but in the bottle we tried they tasted as being added for the sake of being big and hoppy and lacked the overall balance and awesomeness of this beer. Additionally I found the aroma for this beer to be nearly perfect, a blend of citrus and pine, and much more agreeable to me than EH. Flavor and body are certainly hoppy and brutal on the palate, but if you've had many of the other big IPA/DIPAs the balance and smoothness of this hop bomb are remarkable. The hops and their bitterness is supported by a strong grain and caramel malt body. Overall, incredible balance for a hop bomb DIPA, I need to find more of this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper. Bubbly ivory white head. Lace is pretty intricate and moderate in amount. Great hop aroma. Like burying your nose in a big pile of PacNW hops. Pungent. Grapefruit. Pineapple. And Bong Resin. This DIPA brings a lot of great hop flavor without an abrasive bitterness. AND without a lot of EtOH heat. I like that. I'd rather my DIPAs be in the range of 8% instead of 10ish. Lemony hop oils meld with tropical pineapple and grapefruit. Resinous and a little greasy. Good stuff. Malts are in the background, but give sufficient backbone to this DIPA without contributing a lot of sweetness. Body is medium to medium-full and the beer is lightly carbonated. Very good DIPA.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durrrr
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in bottle picked up recently from the brewery.

Appearance is very clear for a DIPA. Kind of a copper amber color. The nose on this beer is one of my favorites to date. A bit delicate. You get the pine, some citrus, floral and sweet notes, I almost get like a hint of cotton candy. The taste is very well balanced and extremely drinkable, clean and crisp for the style. Very little malt detected, alcohol well hidden and nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. A nice crisp hoppy finish as well. Mouthfeel is solid although possibly the most carbonated DIPA I have tried. I like carbonation but perhaps a bit high for the style. Overall a very solid DIPA. I haven't had the good fortune to try Alpine's others to get a comparison but a wonderful beer from an amazing West Coast brewery.

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Photo of satisfied1013
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into SA glass. No bottle dating but through trade picked up from brewery within the week.
Honey-gold, clear elixir, plenty of white, fluffy bubbles, thick head and lacing as the taste progresses.
You can smell the hops when the cap comes off, but the real spirit of this brew becomes apparent when you take a whiff.
Fruity hops including bananas, grapefruit, lemons, mango and a nice pine backing fragrance.
Mild to strong bitter hops hits the tongue but gives way to sublime fruit, lemon, grapefruit, and pine at the end.
Nicely carbonated with a stiff but not overpowering pine/grapefruit aftertaste that lingers on the tongue and makes me want another sip.
This brew is a keeper and a must for hopheads.

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Photo of Arsenal0328
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,671 ratings.
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