Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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882
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3,463
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info apparent. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange with a big golden glow throughout. Not cloudy at all. Half a finger of bubbly bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Juicy grapefruit and orange up front with a big dose of pine. A slight sweet caramel malt backbone ever so slightly cuts the huge bitter aroma.

T - Tongue twisting bitterness up front. Huge pine flavours dominate the palate with grapefruit and orange zest evident as well. The orange peel flavour really lingers in a massively bitter and dry finish. There is a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background but this one definitely lives up to its billing a a west coast hop bomb.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Full of tongue coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - The most bitter DIPA I have had in a while. A nice change of pace with pine as the dominant hop flavour.

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

A: poured a golden yellow with light orange highlights and a half finger head that left pretty good sticky lacing.

S: nice piney floral hop aromas with citrus fruit presence and malts that let off sweetness and hints of booze and grass.

T: very crisp bitter sweet piney hop punch with a great malt balance hints of caramel, citrus grapefruit and slight booze.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation that has a sweet bitter oily finish and lingers on the palate.

D: great DIPA from alpine brewery, these guys really know how to brew some bad ass west coast hop bombs. I'm lucky I can go down the street anytime and pick some up.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd like more punch in the aroma, but the hop character is deep and complex, while the body of this 8% brew is dangerously drinkable. I get grapefruit and ground pepper, orange peel. There's more spicy melon in the nose, then the deeper citrus fruit cuts through the flavor. Great beer. So clean and hoppy.

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

Pours a hazy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, resin, fresh oils, strong pine, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh hop oils, sweet malt, alcohol, strong citrus hops, slight pine, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this bottle as an extra.

Pours a light orange color with a white head. The first thing that hits you in the aroma is hops, with tons of pine and citrus in the nose. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness, but the hop flavor is outstanding. Tons of orange citrus with a little pine and grapefruit. This is one complex hop bomb. Medium carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable and I wish this available in Texas.

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

On-tap at Stone World Bistro in an 8 ounce glass, on to the beer:

This is a little different than the usual DIPA. Sure, the faded orange color with glow and good laing is common for the style, and so are the juicy hops you get in the nose and mouth...but it smells like freshly sqeezed hops without any added weight. Hop pedals and flowers dominante with some notes of mango and pine. The malt level seems a little lighter too, which allows the hops to shine more. Hoppy, but not bitter. Not bitter at all, and decently balanced for the style. I'll take it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus and mint; lightly floral. The profile seems European with noble hops. Flavor is resinous piney and lightly citrus hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit. A good supporting malt base, but the malt flavor is masked by the dominate hops flavors. Finishes with hints of caramel malt and resinous, herbal and mildly floral hop bitterness. Really nice creamy body with great mouth feel. A rich, somewhat complex imperial IPA with a really nice hop flavor mixture, not over the top bitter but the hops are intense enough to satisfy, particularly in flavor. The taste combined with the creamy body made this a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revist: 31 Dec 15

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 16 May 16

Been A Long Time!

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice touch of citrus and pines notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly malty, slightly sweet, very nice citrus and pine notes. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice DIPA for the ABV. Highly Recommended!

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of malt, citrus, some pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, a touch of malts, good dose of citrus/pines/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an excellent DIPA, and my first from this brewery.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of crisp and clean pine, light grapefruit, other citrus fruits, and also features some slight floral notes. The flavors are an array of grapefruit, clean pine, slight malty sweetness and a hoppy, bitter finish. It isn't overly sticky and is a pretty nice drinker. Overall this is another nice IPA from Alpine, but I preferred Nelson to Exponential Hoppiness.

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

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper color with a prodigious tan head. This has a solid, intense aroma of pine and citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, and lychee). The pine comes to dominate the aroma after the first couple of sips. This smells like pure hop lupulin glands, what a scent.

The taste is malty sweet up front, but it rolls into a smooth explosion of hop flavor. There are not harsh elements here, and the bitterness is high but not so much that it is harsh. Light on the palate, though the hops seem to grab my tongue and flagellate my taste buds with fresh hop vines. This definitely has a lots of hoppy pine character to it, as well as a hint of mint at the end. I also get notes of tangerine and grapefruit.

Don't let the hops fool you either, this beer has a solid malt backbone, which allows the hops to take center stage in a full mouth-pleasing manner. The malt peeks out up front and also appears in the finish with a biscuit like note. Quite enjoyable! I like that this IPA is much more focused on the hop aroma and flavor than the bitterness.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange with a firm white head and lacing.. Oniony/garlic with piney and surprisingly not as bitterness as expected... Tons of allium notes that get a bit clingy on my palate, I just don't dig it as much as I do other hop profiles. I doubt I will buy another one of these again.. too many other fantastic DIPA's in the rotation.

4/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with great clarity and a white sticky head. The aroma is herbal, floral, piney and massively hop focused. The flavor has citrus, green tea, resin and melon. Nice and light for a double IPA this is damn smooth and drinkable. Quite a drinker for those fond of hops.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Fresh hops, wildflowers, pine.

T: Great hop flavour in this one, light grassiness, almost a sweet bitterness, light cedary pine, very interesting, reminiscent of Pliny the Elder for sure in its hop intensity. Malt is bready and light and stays out of the way of the powerful hop profile.

M: Resiny, but has a lightness and crisp character not often found in Double IPA's. Very easy to drink and enjoy in a pub setting.

D: Really good beer, my first from Alpine and I look forward to trying more whenever I'm in San Diego. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had for sure.

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Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great thanks to Grub for sharing this 650ml bottle!

The orange glow of a dimming sunset has this dressed in lovely colour. A ring of bubbles embrace from the outside with a big hug. Textbook style. An irresistible looking beer.

Looking at the beer made me want to guzzle it down instantly, smelling it, however, wasn't quite as rousing. There seems to be a hint of jasmine/green tea character. A light soapy note precedes a dynamic cocktail of one part pine, one part grapefruit. Accurate to say, I suppose, the smell is 'pure hoppiness'.

You can almost feel little hop particles scrubbing your cheeks and tongue with bitterness; the alpha acids are in no small way hidden and pinch especially after sips. The 8% is not unnoticed either, but like with the bitterness, you are far too distracted by all the wonderful flavour to notice...

And indeed, the flavour is more than just wonderful: it is all the fruits of the rainbow! Vivid, vivid, vivid notes of grapefruit and tangerine, melon and mango, mandarin and cantaloupe... this has fruit and citrus coming out the ying/yang! There are also smaller hints of green tea, jasmine, and your expected level of pine. The flavours are so damn vivid!

This is a beer not only full of colour and flavour, but also full of life. Everything about this beer is zestful and animated... something particularly intrinsic to big, hoppy West Coast beers.

Attention brewers: Alpine's Pure Hoppiness - this is your benchmark.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Hazy amber with fluffy off-white head. As expected, hops rule the day in both aroma and taste. Even with the hop variety listed, flavors lean toward the resinous, piney end of the spectrum. Bitter snap at the end.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on December 10, 2015. Best by 05 May 16. Look is hazy gold, white foam head and nice lingering lacing. Smell is pine, lime, herb, spice and bread grain notes. Taste is balanced and complex with caramel, toasted bread, citrus, pine and herb flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel. Great beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'brien's the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This is a nice looking IPA, but certainly is nothing spectacular... on the nose and palate however....

This beer has a VERY IPA nose, with lots of orange citrus, earth and wet tobacco. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except there's an interesting soft creaminess on the mid palate that I quite like. This beer is very much a West Coast style IPA, with just barely enough malt to balance the hops and a very dry, hoppy finish. This beer is just delicious. Drinkability is exceptional and I was shocked to see the abv. for this beer. At best I would have guessed in the 6% range (if that).

This is a very nice IPA that I enjoyed more and more through the evening. Good stuff.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0ggnate for this one. I'd been wanting to try this for some time. Pours a slightly cloudy orangeish golden with a fairly minimal head. What is there stays around as a thin ring. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, particularly grapefruit and orange. Smells very fresh like just squeezed grapefruit juice and orange juice with some zest tossed in. Nice. The taste is more of the same of those delicious, citrusy, juicy, hops but this time with a pronounced pine finish as well. This beer drinks clean and pure, and while the malt is there, it clearly plays secondd fiddle to the hops. The hops are intense enough to feeel sticky and even spicy on the finish. Really lovely San Diefo style double IPA, and the 8% seems more like 6%.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a simply phenomenal DIPA. Cloudy golden apricot color with a good-sized head settling slowly to a creamy wisp on top. Strong lacing.

Lots of pineapple hops smelled from a few feet away. As you breathe in deeply you get more citrus fruits and slight onion-y undertone. The flavor is deliciously hoppy, packed full of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Again the hint of onion and garlic, perhaps from summit hops? Very restrained malt character as typical for this style. Light sweetness. Bitterness is definitely there but doesn’t overshadow all the subtle nuances created by the wide variety of hops used. Really tasty and intricate.

Medium-full body, slightly creamy, with less of a lingering aftertaste than you’d expect. What’s there isn’t overly bitter either; the details of the flavor remain. Medium carbonation for a west coast DIPA.

What can I say? Alpine is killin’ it. Their IPAs are clearly among the best in the world.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/01/2011

Bottle shared by ArthurPendragon to celebrate him taking the bar exam. I recommended he take a bar review course, but he wouldn't listen. Oh well, I hope he passed so he can practice in California and New York. Thanks for this one Arthur, and don't forget your old friends when you move on to greater glory!

A: Hard pour into a snifter, the beer appears pellucid burnished orange with an inch of beige froth. A little lacing clings to the glass.

S: Perfumy dank pine resin with a light saltine cracker and caramel malt backbone. Orange and grapefruit mingle with tangerine, and floral notes are faint. There's a light sweetness to the malt profile, almost sugary, but not quite.

T: The beer opens with a pleasant upper moderate bitterness. Malt is lightly sweet and reminiscent of caramel midway through. There's a lot of grapefruit and orange flesh throughout, with just a little of the drier rind and pith notes. A touch of alcohol greets the palate in the dry citrus and pine finish.

M: Lower medium in body with an upper moderate carbonation dancing across my tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: A nice Double IPA. This bottle/batch seems a bit maltier than I remember the beer being, but it's still really nice when allowed to warm up to a proper temperature. It seemed maltier than it was when too cold. I often take this beer for granted, passing it up for the likes of Duet, Nelson, Hoppy Birthday, and others, but this remains a San Diego classic.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't remember who I got this one from. Remind me!
Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with steady streams of carbonation that rise to the top. A rocky, white, 1 finger head slowly fades out. A small amount of floaters kicking around the bottom. A solid tube of lacing coats the entire glass before slowly dissapating into broken up streaky lacing.
Smell is of honey, grain, flowers, earthy notes, mild spices, light amounts of sugary and citrus. There are also highlights of vanilla and apricot found in there. Nice bounty of hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet balance of sugar and hops that aren't overkill.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, smooth, sugary, with vanilla running along the near perfect palate. Very nice!

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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with a thick 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very good retention with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and orange peel. Slight biscuit presence.

Chewy full body with a uber fresh resinous hop blast up front that has all o the earthy and sweet flavors that the aroma suggests. Again, I'm picking up mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus sweetness which is countered by a slightly bitter, dry pine needle presence. This is excellently balanced by a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. The ABV is very well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Each sip leaves me salivating for more. I was drinking this bomber way too fast and had to stop myself for pounding the whole thing down.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had of any style. I enjoy it much more than all of the other Alpine IPAs I've had so far including Exponential Hoppiness. Highly recommended!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange/light amber, with a quarter inch head, and a small head.

This is pretty wonderfully aromatic, super, super piney, with some grapefruit and grassy aromas as well.

This is basically a piney mouthgasm. It's fairly bitter, in a very clean and tasty way, with some bitter grapefruit rind, grassy hops, and a little bit of orangey citrus. It's pretty delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

I have no idea how this GF-brewed version compares with the original Alpine version, but as it stands for me now, it's super delicious anyway.

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