Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness
3,677 Ratings
Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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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Ratings: 3,677 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brotherloco
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

S - Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T - Nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Medium length finish with some floral notes on top of a very mild bitterness.

M - Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O - My first brew from ABC and I wasn't disappointed. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Herky21
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of harrymel
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewery.

Pours golden with a quilt of white foam. Smells tropical with mango, peach, pineapple and plenty of resiny goodness. Some tangerine as well as sweet lemon. Flavor matches with full malt sweetness and fruity yummyness. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a crispy finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall this is an outrageously good IIPA. I am not crazy about the extreme pine/ grapefruit, though.

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Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this bomber.

a - pours a burnt orange color with a big rocky white head, good retention, great lacing, some sediment

s - big mix of piney and citrusy hop aromas, not much malt in the nose, slight hint of alcohol

t - sweetness mixed with immediate bitterness up front, nice citrus and pine notes in the body, grapefruit and lemon, as it warms up, there is a bit of biscuity malt in the body, finish is once again sweet and bitter with a slight hint of alcohol, orangey bitterness lingers on the palate for some time

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, hop oil coats the mouth, fairly dry finish

d - pretty drinkable for a DIPA hopbomb, doesn't destroy the palate as much as I would have thought, just enough sweetness to preserve the palate, alcohol not very evident

Great DIPA and deserving of the praise it gets. Not on the level of Dreadnaught for me, but very good nonetheless. DIPA lovers need to seek out a bottle of this - and metallitone is a good source.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flexabull
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great selection at the Toronado.

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are exceptional. It bursts with smells of fresh resiny pine hops.

Flavors are mostly of hops. That aroma carries through the beer with resin and pine flavors. It's very sharp and biting. There is a general sweet and creamy maltiness that helps balance this one out. The only drawback, is an underlying sourness that sets this one back a bit.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Full and well rounded.

Drinkability is good. It's an excellent DIPA. A notch below the best, but still well done and quite tasty.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of campfirebrew
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of Danny1217
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is bursting with hops. There is a nice mix of citrus and piney hops that are super fresh. There is just a touch of caramel sweetness in the background.

T - Starts off with a big hit of hops and bitterness. There is again, a nice mix of piney hops and grapefruit flavor. Through the middle, the caramel sweetness sneaks in a bit and the bitterness grows as well. The finish is a mix of lots of hop bitterness and some sweet caramel malts that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and fairly dry. The finish is especially dry from the strong hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Very hop heavy, but the hop profile is so excellent it does not matter. From start to end, the hops just do not seem to give up at all.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Caramel in color with 1/2 inch tan foamy head and ok rentention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Pure funkiness from the earthy piney hops with hints of orange lemon and grapefruit

Taste: Piney hops up front and caramel malts on the backend with some orange and lemon zest. Great balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slightly high carbonation and a smooth clean finish

Overall: Another great IPA from Alpine. Great hoppiness great malt to hop balance clean crisp and smooth. This is exactly how a IPA should be.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ton of thanks to msubulldog25 for his considerate inclusion of this bottle in a recent trade. Couldn't wait to try this. Pours an orange-leaning gold color, with an inch-thick head, soapy-looking and with lots of bubbles rushing up to meet it. Only mildly hop-hazed. Splats of lace streak the glass.

Prying off the cap, a huge wave of orange aroma hits the nose. It remains potent in the glass, along with grapefruit/lemon rind, a hint of spearmint...and more orange. Not a ton of malt backup in evidence, but so far this beer makes good on its name.

Tart fruit, citrus rind and a somewhat sharp pine character are swirled together in the flavor, and while it doesn't have a ton of depth (the malt presence is dialed down), it somehow avoids becoming too harsh in terms of bitterness or tongue-slashing extremity. An almost vanilla ice cream-like sweetness gives an orangesicle vibe. Ultimately, everything is balanced, fairly straightforward, and, most importantly, tasty.

Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy or syrupy as expected. Has a lighter, breezy vibe that is fairly uncommon for the style, with gentle but very present carbonation. Lacks some stickiness too...but this somewhat unremarkable texture is a double-edged sword, working in the favor of the beer's overall palatability. And there's no question that the hops go above and beyond the call of duty and deliver what the name promises.

It doesn't always follow that "hoppiness is happiness," but in this case it definitely does. Thanks again, Brian!

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jakecattleco
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Original rating of 4.25 based on bomber of unknown age at Far Bar.

Rating updated based on 12 oz bottle dated Best By 27 APR 16. Vibrant golden color with minimal head. Sweet pine aroma is pleasant and not overwhelming. Taste is sweet but finishes bitter, very enjoyable West Coast style DIPA. Solid mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Bottle had ABC logo, so not 100% sure if it was brewed by GF. Pricey though for a 6er, but $ well spent for a beer I'd been several years between tastes.

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Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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