Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
3,674 Ratings
Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness
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:
3,674
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,186
Gots:
609
For Trade:
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Ratings: 3,674 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of smithj4
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours an amber color wit ha thick white two finger foamy head. nice head retention and excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy as expected,very floral with lots of citrus and pine. Taste is all about the hops as well, like the nose pine and citrus dominate. The finish has a good amount of pine and bitterness to it with a decent amount of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, if you like west coast DIPA's then this will be a drinkable beer for you.

Overall another outstanding hoppy beer from Alpine. I liked Nelson better then Duet and now Pure Hoppyness better then Nelson. I can't wait to try the Expo hoppyness I have coming.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Beautiful deep copper orange body with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Surprisinggly mild nose, even as it warms. Earthy pine and brown bread.

T - Sharp and woody with bitter herbs. Opens strong and dry with bright fresh wood, resiny pine, thyme and tarragon. Honey and a soft bread crust sweetness balance out the center, and accented by a brisk boozy note. Long, delicious, bitter herb and honey finish.

M - Fantastic. Medium-full to full frame manages to stay light and drinkable. Great carbonation.

O - A fantastic example of a pine-forward DIPA; one of the best out there imho.

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Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber color. Modest head which settles to a rim of bubbles. Nearly no spots for lace.

Unlike its Nelson cousin, this has a balance of malt to the hop nose.

I get caramel and light toast on the tongue initially. The hop shows up on the swallow with a dry peppery bitterness. The aftertaste is long lasting with a straight up floral hop bite. Good carbonation with a neutral body.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Vague, faint maltiness allows to shine the pleasant, distinctive hop aroma of jam-packed with ripe citrus fruits and, to a lesser degree, pine. Sure you can find all of those components in any other IPA, but for some reason, Alpine beers are always a joy to smell.

Taste: Mild cereal grain flavor and sweetness. Strong citrus hoppiness with tastes of grapefruit and tangerines - maybe even a bit of sliced papaya. Some resinous pine. Medium bitterness and acidity. Dry finish with a pinch of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine beer that's not overly bitter, has a very tasty hop profile, and drinks very easily considering the ABV.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to James for sending this one to me! Been wanting to try it for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color with small bubbles constantly being released from the bottom. A foamy white head formed on top, about two fingers in height with great retention and tons of sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus/tropical fruit forward aromas with some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some orange peel and zest mixed in with a touch of caramel.

T: Very similar to the aroma with plenty of citrus fruits and some pine with very little lingering bitterness. Some pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and grassy hops. There is again a little bit of caramel to balance things slightly.

M: Medium bodied, extremely easy drinking. Not overly bitter at all.

O: Another amazing IPA from Alpine. Hard to pick a favorite from the big 4, but I am glad that I don't really have to since I can't get them easily enough!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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 drewone
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I want to thank BA xlperro for the sample. 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date and a 6.8% abv on the side of the label. Contract brewed by Alesmith Brewing.

Appearance: Big brassy golden hue with a signature froth that can only come for a highly hopped brew.

Smell: Big earthy veggie hop with a huge drop of spicy citrus. Lots of fresh hop aroma to go around as well as hints of alcoholic esters and malt sweetness within.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Think pungent halo of hops lingers on the first sip to the last, soft flowery and citric flavours mingle throughout. Faint flavours of toasted malt and vague caramel come to the palate clouded, as they should. The alcoholic warmth hits middle to end and shows that there is a slight kick; esters are held to a minimum yet a quite noticeable.

Notes: What can I say, this is all I expected from a west coast IPA and a little bit more. Its nice to get a kick in the mouth with a big hoppy brew.

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got an initial two fingers' worth of off-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrus-grapefruity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hops taste on the tongue. It was the sort of thing that causes a couple of east coast lager brewers that I know to muse on whether the brewer may have forgotten to add malt. There was malt, though, as evidenced by the outstanding lacing throughout. For me, it was an indulgence in my hop habit. The ABV makes it a bit difficult, but otherwise, I found it to be an eminently drinkable beer. Finish had the whacking "hop bite" for which the label indicated they were striving.

I'm leaving my original bottle review and scores in place, but since I just scored a fresh bottle as part of their expanded distribution, I am giving it a second look.

From the bottle: "This mega-hopped, West Coast-Style India Pale Ale 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. Drink better beer so ... Drink Alpine Ale or Go to Bed! - [undersigned] Pat McIlhenney".

I had no more than Pop!ped the cap than the kitchen smelled like I was in the midst of a pine forest! Wow. The head came foaming up pretty quickly, forming three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber-Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The lacing that formed as the head fell clung to everything, making me dread the clean-up later. The nose was filled with pine and my hophead mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but it hit my taste buds with a take-no-prisoners attitude. The taste was at once both lemon-citrusy and sticky with pine-like resin. Phew! Finish was dry and gasping and world-class, indeed! This is why I became a hophead in the first place.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I have waited forever to try this one, well it seemed like forever anyway. It had been sitting in the fridge awaiting me to call on it, and call I did. This poured a very bright and very hazy amber with a large sticky head of lace on top. Great retention never really let it fade, but rather just slowly sick down into a nice layer across the top. Deep smell of very sweet orange floral bouquet. Had a bit of a musty kind of odor in the back could not really place it, but it was still very hoppy, just a lot more balanced then I thought it would be. The flavor was sort of light with a very nice creamy consistency to it. Again somewhat musty bread like flavor was underlying the deep floral hoppy smells. A very nice flavor mix actually and kept it from being one of the excruciatingly bitter hop profiles you have actually come to expect from them. The full flavor itself was quite unique and unlike anything I had tried before, but that in of itself was a very good thing. Very drinkable as the 8% abv was not even noticeable for me. Overall I was very impressed with the depth on this one. I had expected it to be rather similar to the other big west coast IPA’s but was very surprised when it showed up to the table packing a different kind of punch, one with more depth and flow to it and something that was more in tune with itself, rather then just loaded down with as much cascade as possible. This is something you should definitely try, and honestly in a class of its own, a very nice beer.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by Dreadnaught33; thanks Jonathan, big want.

a - Pours a clear orange color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strongly of pine hops, as well as fruity malts and citrus hops. The pine really stands out; it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops, fresh fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

d - A very smooth, easy drinking DIPA; I was surprised there wasn't as much bitterness. Lots of pine in this one and I thought it smelled great and fresh. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very nice looking copper amber color with a small white head and very nice lacing.

S: This beer is aptly named. This is a very fruity IPA featuring lots of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Some pine and malt round things out on the finish.

T: Not nearly as fruity as I would have expected from the nose. There are still some good grapefruit notes, however. This one is very piney and bitter, which I love. The bitterness keeps the malt pretty much out of the picture, which is, again, fine with me.

M: A very crisp feel on the tongue, which is helped by amble carbonation.

D: Yet another solid IPA from the folks down in San Diego.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,674 ratings.
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