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

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915
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3,632
Avg:
4.31
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8.12%
 
 
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Photo of Moose90
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served From 12oz Bottle Dated "BEST BY 08 JUN 16 F15390" paid $3.09

A — Pours a clear and bright vivid orange hue into the glass. There is a bright white colored foamy head that settles to a thin layer and leaves behind some spots of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is robust and focused on hops, I haven't used the term dank to describe a beer lately but this certainly fits the mold, lots of pine, resin, citrus, herbaceous lemon.

T — Taste is bitter, piney, robust, lemon, peach, melon, hugely bitter and piney. Fresh lemon, lime, citrus, dank, resinous, chewy.

M — Medium-Full bodied, bold and astringent.

O — Great overall, have heard Alpine / Green Flash being thrown under the bus lately, but this is a killer beer, fantastically rich, bold, dank, resinous, and assertive.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. June best buy date puts it four months inside the code date.

A: Amber colored. Bubbly white head collapses a bit, but holds firm at a quarter inch cap. Minute particles in suspension.

S: Oily orange peel, gummy citrus candy, pineapple, melon, kiwi. There is no end to the tropical, hoppy depth. Soft pine and green pith. Earthy. Toast and caramel malt base. Crazy hop complexity.

T: Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, pomelo, hints of lime. Pine branches. Slightly minty. Faint brush of alcohol. Dark honey and toast malts flavors. Firm but even bitterness throughout. Oily and sappy finish.

M: Full medium body. Lush and creamy with an easy, silky texture. Firmly scrubbing carbonation lends crispness. Moderate gripping and oily astringency.

O: Just a crazy amount of hop flavor and complexity to wrap your head around. If you like hops, put this on your must-try list.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle snatched from hi-times in costa mesa. great not to have to drive to san diego to grab a bottle.

Poured an amber body with a nice head that lasted for a loooong time. nice soap bubbles and lacing.

Nose was straightfoward west coast: grapefruit, fresh hops, citrus, a small amount of pine.

taste was very well balanced. this definitely wasn't a hop bomb like i thought it might be. again, balanced malt backbone towards the end, a bit of warmth. nice, not exceptional.

definitely drinkable. very little carbonation and a medium body are a combination that makes this one go quickly.

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Photo of match1112
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another big shout out to ehammond1 for hooking me up with some incredibly tasting beers!

deep amber body with a finger and a half of thick white creamy head. glass looks like lace curtains when the beer is gone. floral hops and a nice citrus presence are detected by my super sleuth nose. pure hoppy goodness is detected by my taste buds! man is this good, wish i would of done a side by side with pliny! nice crisp juicy fresh fruits in the flavor of this. my only knock about this is that there appears to be too much sugar residule hidden in the back somewhere. not enough to take away from the awesomeness of this beer, just enough to detect, but then again after having a super fresh pliny everything lacks a little. full resiny body with spot on carbonation and a not too bitter or dry finish add to the drinkability.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle courtesy of ThirstyBird. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half inch bright white head that dissipated into a skim with a thick band of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Big grapefruit nose - sweet and tangy. Taste was not too sweet; balanced and malty with some bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a consistent level of background carbonation - a little oily with some dryness at the finish. This is an incredibly flavorful DIPA, without having to be huge. Really tasty without being overly resinous.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft. Dark straw, crystal clear with one finger white head that laced well. Scent of pine and citrus though scent was light. Flavor was very bitter pines with citrus after taste. Perfectly carbonated, clean crisp finish.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for this IPA Day gift!

Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a three finger foamy white head that leaves some lacing and retains a very nice cap.

Aroma is citrusy hops of grapefruit and orange, some pineapple, mango, and apricot, good floral notes along with a hint of pine as well as some light bready and caramel malt. Very good strength.

Flavor is some pretty serious resinous hops, grapefruit rind and apricot, not as complex as the aroma but delicious never-the-less. There is some caramel malt in the middle and overall great bitterness from start to finish. Minimal alcohol. I like ’em bitter and this delivers big time!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, with good carbonation.

This is a killer DIPA! I love ’em around 8%, less malt, less booze, more hops and this delivers! Hop juice! Mmmm Mmmm Mmmmm....

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Photo of soze47
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour as part of a flight.

This beer is very hoppy all the way through. It is a bit one note, but it is a good note. Right away, I get flowers and citrus rind to varying degrees of bitterness all the way through the taste. It has a medium/heavy body which could potentially be a problem if you were tackling a whole bomber on your own, but it isn't bothersome in a single pour and didn't kill my palette.

Like this beer a lot. While not complex, it wears its flavors well.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Continue to be impressed with this small west coast brewery.

A: Single fingered, creamy off-white head tops this pale orange bodied brew. The head displays good retention settling to a thin film and leaving behind some lacing in its wake.

S: Candied malts accompanied by a punch of floral and pine scents. Tropical fruits follow and remind me of Alpine's Nelson.

T: As the name indicates, hops are at the forefront. Biscuity malts show up and the beer is drier than I anticipated.

M: Very well carbonated, medium bodied brew that keeps you reaching for that next sip.

O: I love when a DIPA can make me smile like this one.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kids today don’t drink like they used to. Nor do adults. Some people might say this is because some kind of personal fault, like because you and I ain’t as masculine as our forefathers. That explanation doesn’t work for me, though, because I don’t enjoy taking personal responsibility for things. Me, I like to blame society.

Yes, society. All those hand-wringing nancies with their DARE programs, .08 DUIs, and pre-employment criminal background checks. They ruined drinking. My dad once told me about a time he got pulled over in his early 20s after having downed “twenty something beers in a few hours.” He had hit a mailbox and then turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. As punishment, the police made him dump out the beer he was holding and then told him to drive directly home.

The most infuriating part of that story is that it isn’t even very good; odds are, someone you personally know has told you one that was more extreme. I—it’s just not fair, that things used to be so fun. Now driving after more than a mouthful of whiskey could lead to ten grand in penalties, a different-colored insurance card, and having to spend two weeks around hideous sobriety cultists who will try to make your natural urges feel wrong and bad.

Now, drinking more than a couple nights a week is a sign of a severe personal fault. A fault that, according to the cultists at AA, one can never be cured of. Enjoying intoxication used to be taken as a given, a sign of being conscious and aware, wanting to dull the sensations of this rotten and awful world. Now it means you’re Sick. You need to take pills.

As such, full-on, old-timey crapulence is now rarely seen outside of dark alleys, Detroit, and other such destitution hotspots. Kids today, they say they raised hell but really they barely raised heck. I mean, I can’t blame them—they were brought up in an environment when a single fuckup resulted in arrest or expulsion, and where not being fanatically devoted to sobriety was considered the worst kind of insanity. But goddamn are they lame.

Me, I just went on the kind of bender that would have impressed Graham Greene. My personal life entered in a change phase brought about by success and hardwork that nonetheless marks the end of a very nice, long period of peace. Such a mix of celebration and despondency entreats one toward either drunkenness or schizophrenia, and I gleefully chose the former. (Plus the Blackhawks won the cup, and you gotta stay drunk for a while after that happens).

Alas, responsible existence has once again beckoned for me, and so I promised myself three straight days of stark, sober productivity. Like a monkey trained to mine for gems, or one of those pale cubicle dwellers in Brazil.

Manfully, I have failed. And so I opened up this little fucker and let me tell you even though I was tired enough of beer to swear temporarily off it, and even though my tolerance had recently reached a point where it alarmed hobos, one snort of this sonofabitch confirmed all my long-held prejudices, made it clear now and forever always the drunkenness is the one and only path towards light.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden amber color with moderate lacing
Ripe tropical fruits, pine, citrus
Fruity upfront overwhelmed by pine bitterness
Medium body
Nice offering from Green Flash, oops I meant Alpine.

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Photo of Jjski
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- clear pale amber
S- pineapples, mango, lemongrass
T- Not bitter, hoppy but I'm not getting the fruits from the nose until room temp. Pleasantly dry. Very balanced
F- smooth yet peppy, not cloying
O- very good. I had Deep River from Knee Deep and Kern River last week. I prefer the Deep River but Alpine Duet was one of the best IPAs I've ever had

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Photo of wedge
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BEST BY 03 MAY 16

Crystal clear gold color topped with a head of tightly-bubbled cream that settles to a fine layer. Dank, oily aromatics...piney spice, candied grapefruit, grass, and scallions. Tastes of fresh, green hops: pine, apricot, grapefruit, herbs, and a touch of mango. Lots of green, piney dankness - which I enjoy. Medium bodied with a decent bitterness. Very tasty - no idea how it compares to the original, but this is very good - especially as it warms up.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for coordinating and doing the legwork responsible for my possession of this bottle, thanks to JayORear for trading

Consumed 8/4/13

Appearance: Clear, bright, dark gold with a lot of orange - small, bright, mostly white head - fades to a small, decidedly wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Tropical aromas in a beer from Alpine? That's umpossible! Ripe, rich citrus - oily, pithy, and fleshy grapefruit with some orange - tropical aromas, mostly mango, something reminiscent of cantaloupe - tons of pine as well - oily, sticky, resiny - malts are pretty well hidden by the hop assault, but they exist - pale malts, and some caramelized, cooked malts - lightly sweet

Taste: Hoppy, in a unique, complex way - a wide range of hoppiness, including both citrus and pine - oily, juicy, and fleshy grapefruit, with a bitter dose of pith - orange as well - tropical notes, mostly mango - some spicy and herbal notes as well - resiny and wet pine - pale malts and some caramelized malts - light, nice amount of sweetness - touch of earthiness - alcohol is more or less entirely hidden

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, a little oily and could be dryer

Overall: The name of this beer is false. Purity? No. This is tainted with water and maybe some malts.

This is a glorious beer. My only complaint, which isn't even legitimate, is that it's not as remarkably fantastic/memorable as the two other Alpine beers I have reviewed (Duet and Nelson). This is a great DIPA, but the bar for this style has been set absurdly high. That being said, this is definitely in my top 10 DIPAs ever.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottled into a goblet. About a half inch of off-white foam that dissipated quickly into a skim of bubbles. Nose is piney hops with a hint of malt. Hops are very forward but the malt smooths things out quickly. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, could be chewier for a Double IPA. Overall an enjoyable, well-balanced brew that paired well with English Cheddar.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color. 1/2 finger of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruit pith and pine. Light lemony citrus.

Taste is all about resinous pine. Totally dominating. Bitter grapefruit pith. Nice carbonation tickle. Very dank. Onion/garlic notes. Large amount of bitterness that lingers well past the sip. Moderate amount of sweetness that cuts the hop bitterness near the middle of the sip. To summarize: grapefruit, pine resin, bitterness.

Overall, the beer is pretty good. I prefer more tropical fruits and less astringent bitterness. Not bad by any means, but not a personal favorite. Also, I'm pretty sure it's a GF version. I see it pairing well with a green tea ice cream. It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of rawfish
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold with stunning clarity, forms a pillowy 2 finger head with loads of retention. Curtains of lace on the glass.

Hops are resinous pine with delicate floral notes. Underlying malt is nearly undetectable but provides a simple syrup and pastry sweetness. Doesn't exactly fill the room but there's plenty to like here.

Malt is slightly bready with more pastry dough to provide sweetness before the resinous hops pass over the tongue. Pine resin, spicy herbs and lemon pith make up the hop profile that smacks you around a bit before the end with alcohol and a light bitterness to deliver the finisher.

Body and carbonation are appropriate for the style maybe a bit higher on the scale for carbonation. Alcohol is very much evident and gets a little abrasive before lifting into bitterness and accompanying drying.

A hop forward DIPA with a shallow malt backing yet stays very balanced. Hop character is like a flower patch in a forest, deep and resinous with uplifting notes. Alcohol burn is part of the profile as well. Ultimately this profile makes for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden light Amber color. Has an intense piny, resin and bitter hop aroma. Flavor is piny and resin. Bitter hops all the way through. Definitely a dry hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is pretty solid but I would prefer more of a juicy IPA over a dry bitter one

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bombers pours into my glass an impeccable clear golden orange hue, amazing clarity. An inch of creamy white head rises and as it falls it leaves dense patches of sticky lacing. Aromas are evident before even getting close to the glass! Big, brash citric hops show up across the room. Closer inspection brings a cacophony of vibrant citrus, tropical, juicy and resinous green hop aromas out. A sweet caramel malt lies in the background, but hops rule here. Somewhat floral, enticing aroma.

First sip brings a crisp somewhat toasty caramel malt upfront that gets washed over by a solid mix of hops. Leafy, citrus, floral and light tropical flavors move across the palate. Lots of green resinous notes as well. It flows down with a big smack of bitterness that grabs hold. Finishes off with lingering bitterness and floral hop afterthoughts. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness overall. Solid brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Great carbonation makes it go down easy and refreshing. If I could find this regularly it would be a go to brew and I could easily take down a couple bombers. Overall, another solid west coast IPA. I wouldn't say it's amazing and my favorite, but it's a damn good brew that I'm happy to have tried.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle,, with "Best by" dating printed on the label.

Pours hazed medium amber, moderate cap, leaves a thin and fine bubble filmand some slight strands of lace.

Aggresive DIPA, waves of citric hops and caramel malty goodness. Solid all the way. Big, flavorful, tasty and well worth a try. Glad to see this fine breweries beers being distributed in my area

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to KingG for this one...
Pours a super clear copper color with a full finger of thick, bright white head that sticks around forever...the lacing is thick and has tremendous cling to the side of my snifter glass.
Huge fruity hops in the nose...mainly grapefruit and citrus and a subtle sweetness to balance it out.
The taste is great...a hefty malt backbone to counteract the huge bitter profile in this one...finishes pretty clean and the alcohol is well hidden for 8%, but does make an appearance in the last few swigs.
Mouthfeel is less than average for the style, but still not too thin...it is where I like to see my IPA's at.
Carbonation is where I like to see it and the finish is quite dry...very drinkable, as the bomber disappears very quickly.
A solid first for me from Alpine and worth seeking out.

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Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a nice golden orangeish amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is good, but not as good as I expected. I expected it just to be stronger, the actual scent is great, nice perfumey hops, some pine, some citrus, candy, sugar.

The taste is great, Surly Abrasive territory in flavor. This one is better though. Nice pine, nice citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, balancing malt but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice dry and bitter finish, though not insanely bitter.

This is just a fine beer.

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Photo of wking
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to ABC this morning while running errands. I picked up a pure hoppiness and a mandarin nectar. Pure Hoppiness was the much better beer in my opinion.
Poured a dark golden/light amber. Not a ton of lacing but a decent amount, 1 inch head.
Smell was a highly citrus mix, like a citrus bowl. Some piney notes and not much malt smell to it. Just a little at the end, overall lemon, orange, grapefruit dominate the smell.
Taste is freaking delicious, I was a huge hop head for awhile and kinda got burned out after tasting so many IPA's. This beer rekindled my love for hops! It tastes like it smells expect a little more pungent. Also I can taste a hint of caramel malts. Whatever mix they used for this was perfect. Just an outstanding west coast IPA.
Overall this beer rocks a hop heads dream. And since the brewery is about 5 miles from my house I will be enjoying more of these.

note- This was my very first beer review.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery today. Poured into a tulip.

A- crystal clear copper colored ale with three fingers of white foam. Excellent lacing.

S- Huge dank hop aroma. Hemp, citrus, pine and pale malt combine to to provide a lupulin infused olefactory experience.

T- Starts out with citrus notes. Orange, tangelo and grapefruit in copious amounts. Pine enters mid-palate along with a healthy dose of sweet malt. Bitterness slides in at the end and lingers through the finish.

M- Feel is medium to heavy without being cloying. There is a slick viscosity to the beer that works well here. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creaminess to the beer as it warms.

O- Pure Hoppiness is an excellent example of a west coast DIPA. What sets it apart from it's esteemed brethren is the subtlety with which the different aspects of the beer interact. The flavors flow from one to the next seamlessly making the beer a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear medium amber body and a white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Another grapefruity aroma from sunny San Diego

Taste: Starts out rather fruity but that is followed by nice bitter flavors; nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice, well-structured IPA

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,632 ratings.
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