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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
Reviews:
896
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3,523
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
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Photo of BeerAngel
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale orange-tea color with a nice pillowy off-white head that nearly looks like the meringue of a country pie. The aroma consists of pine, pine, and more pine. But amazingly enough, it is mouthwatering! This is one fine beer with the first taste. And dissecting the second taste more closely reveals a biscuit backbone of malts and the hops are done perfectly portraying citrus and piney earth tones. Beautiful! This beer is light to medium bodied and finishes with a complexity rarely noticed by me, which is it is both dry and watery sweet at the end of each swallow. (?)...I'm puzzled too, but I like it! And despite it's 'pure hoppiness' and abv, it's drinkability is surprisingly high.

Notes: Very, very nice! I don't consider myself a hophead, but I could go back to this beer again and again. Thanks xlperro for this offering. I owe you!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, glowing, medium amber, producing 2 fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating frost-like, spidery lacing. Aroma is citrus, earthy floral/herbal, pineapple with a hint of spice & pine hops in a thin backwash of bready caramel malt. Taste is orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & humidor cedar with caramel in the background. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Off balanced as it starts & finishes high on the hop side (I think this was the idea based on the high degree of hopping outlined on the label) with a thin malt background. Aftertaste is resinous hop bitterness with fruity hints. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean, juicy, drying in the latter half & lightly drawing.

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Photo of rousee
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to the San Diego BAs for this sample.

Pours a transparent amber gold color that forms a decent 1 finger thick head which diminishes fairly quickly although a good amount of foam stays on top. Some very fine almost silt-like lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell is robust earthy and muddy with some slighly sour aspect to it. It is predominantyl hops and sometimes these double IPAs actually do have a good aamount of maltiness.

Taste wise there is some good maltiness upfront before the hops just take over completely. It has a very pure clean taste to it. The mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side and the carbonation could be a little more pronounced. Overall, a very smooth and drinkable IPA--the extra alcohol is quite well hidden.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass. Color is like a darker version of straw with a finger or two of white head and decent lacing. You get aromas of citrus and pine but they aren't too overwhelming. The flavor followed suit with pine and citrus, but overall this was perfectly carbonated, nice crisp finish and a very delicious beer. I would definitely buy this again. Cheers!

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Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On my recent trip to San Diego, I brought back 20 bottles of various west coast goodies. This is the first bottle I'm opening of these, and it's something that I'll definitely not be able to get anyplace else.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip (my new go-to glass) a crystal clear golden amber with a distinct red/orange tint to it. The head starts at a modest size and shrinks to a decent sized collar and hazy, tiny-bubbled surface coating that won't disappear. As I drink, splotchy lacing covers the entire height of the glass. A beautiful beer.

SMELL: The hops are (obviously) at the forefront of this and hit you with decent force. They're very citrusy and earthy with a grassy raw quality that I like a lot. Any malt presence is difficult to detect through the sweet hop resins, but I slight hint of bready carameliness is slightly detectable.

TASTE: My initial thought was that this was a fairly balanced beer coming at me. An excellent malt base was clearly present with the hop flavor and bitterness to match. But then at it crosses the palate, the hops just start to ramp up and up. Major citrus floods your mouth, and it's not just late addition hops either. This beer is damn bitter too. Not quite teeth-enamel-stripping levels, but it's definitely hopped to hell. And then comes the finish. The hops don't just last - they escalate even further and leave you puckering from the bitterness. I only wish for a little more substance on the finish, be it a slight maltiness or whatever. Even still, this beer tastes fantastic and leaves you wanted, no, demanding another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a perfect average-level carbonation. The beer could be a bit beefier. I mean, I love raw hop flavor, but it needs a more substantial base on which to sit. Still decent though.

DRINKABILITY: Oh man, this one'll sneak up on you. No alcohol detectable at all. I'd gladly have another glass. In fact, I've got half the bomber left. Don't mind if I do!

Wow, this is a really delicious beer. Amazingly, I think it could actually be hoppier. There's no dating on the bottle, so I can't say how old it is, but I really hope I had this as fresh as I could. Even still, if you're in southern California, make sure you get some Pure Hoppiness. You'll be glad you did.

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

A dark golden color was crystal clear. Two inches of white frothy head faded rapidly. Average amount of medium sized carbonation bubbles meander up. Sticky lace clumps.

Sweet citrus like orange peel and pine blend up front. A hops bitterness is also quite strong in the nose. Malt is a bit subdued, and has a faint honey wheat bread scent.

A bitter apple taste up front was surprising. Buttery malt and a hops bitterness are balanced very nicely. Pine taste expected from aroma is just barely noticeable.

Nice thickness without being heavy, but tastes linger. Carbonation tingle is balanced well.

A great brew. Would work well with a sandwich on a croissant. Surprising flavor after the hints from the aroma. Well worth trying for yourself.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: a translucent golden brown with a thin whipte head.

S: tropical aromas, including, mango, pineapple, and canteloupe.

T: heavy mango and pineapple flavor with a bitter hoppy finish.

M: medium bodied.

O: very good I like it slightly better than Nelson.

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Photo of Phocion
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into my pint glass. Clear gold, almost amber color, with a huge, resilient, frothy pure white head. Thick soap-sud like lacing all over.

Massive hops in the nose. Floral, piney, and grapefruit/pineapple-like citrus. No balance to speak of, but hell, it's a DIPA.

Compared to the aroma, the flavor is actually a little mild. Very sweet caramel-like maltiness that balances this very well; a little disappointing considering the huge hoppiness I smelled earlier.

Dry finish, obviously, and a medium-level of carbonation. Very gentle and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinker, though not quite the "pure hoppiness" I was expecting.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Amazingly beautiful pour, tons of viscous carbonation fighting to breath. Tone amber/yellow body.

Huge herbacous tones in the nose. One of the finest smelling IPA's I've experienced. Ultra fresh, and incredibly dank, with a very nice mix of exotic fruits as well. Pineapples, grapefruit, green apple, and light oranges. Deep intoxicating fresh florals, and ripe piney underlays - while remaining sweet and succulent. Delicious and utterly unique.

Taste is juicy and extremely well balanced. Amazing smoothness and complexity on the whole flavor scheme. Solid lightly caramel malt base, with the perfect backing of hops. Not overly citric, or overly piney.... Just complex. This is an orgasm to the mouth. Simply amazing.

An insanely delicious, meticulously crafted IPA. Very well done, and highly recommended.

Thanks much to Ryan for this one.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very slightly hazy golden orange copper with a long lasting, big, fluffy whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Piny and citrusy hops. Slight bready malt sweetness. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Piny hops with a big citrusy burst of grapefruit/tangerines. Nice caramelly sweet malt balance, with a big, firm hop bitterness that helps the beer finish clean and dry. Not astringent. Medium full body with a nicely carbonated bite.

D - Great for a DIPA. Clean, dry and crisp. Refreshing and full flavored, this is a great DIPA, world class for sure.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks portia99 for hooking me up with this one!

A - Orange-yellow body with a nice big foamy off white head. Lots of sticky lacing on this one.

S - Nice tropical and citrusy fruit flavored aroma. A hint of grass tinted resiny aroma lies in there as well.

T - Nice semi-balanced DIPA. Picking up a nice lingering piney bitterness. A good grapefruit hop punch is in there as well. There is enough malt flavor to complement the hops but it doesn't have any characteristics that stick out. The part that sticks out to me the most is the lingering bitterness. Pretty solid flavor.

M - medium body with an average amount of carbonation. Not really sticky or syrupy pretty standard DIPA body.

D - the lingering bitterness makes this one go down fast since I'm constantly trying to have another sip. I like the aroma more than the flavor but this is a nice DIPA. It would be nice to have this easily available but I am not going to go nuts trying to obtain another bottle. Good beer but not mind blowing.

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Photo of JohnG190
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with thick two-finger head that dissipates rapidly. Good lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, grass and a slight whiff of soap. Sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by earthy, citrusy hops. Soapy and astringent finish (and aftertaste). Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial IPA, balanced and well crafted but the astringent finish and soapy aftertaste diminish its drinkability.

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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 WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a friend for sharing this. Pours a clear golden orange into a snifter. Smelled quite piney. Love the smell of California ipa/iipas. The taste follows suit with the pine and some citrusy orange fruit kind of finish. Good bitterness and hop bite. Very easy to drink for the high percentage. Tasty beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy burnt orange color, with some darker caramel notes towards the center of the glass. nice, 2-3 finger frothy white head that sticks around nicely

s: orange, pineapple, mango, strawberry, sweet caramel, some bready/crackery malts, and grapefruit. EXTREMELY juicy smelling beer - its the kind of aroma that makes you mouth water

t: peach, ripe mango, dank citrus upfront followed by a solid burst of bitterness - a mixture of grapefruit and earthy/herbal bitterness. behind that, and mellowing out the bitterness, is the malts which bring a mixture of sweetness, and dry cracker flavors. flavor finishes off with some lingering (yet not overpowering) bitterness

m: mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation level

o: nice beer. aroma on this is crazy good. and while the flavor leans a little more towards bitter than juicy it does have that nice malt presence that balance it out and make it a real nice double IPA. definitely worth buying, definitely worth drinking

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle best by April 27, 2016.

Tastes like a Green Flash IPA. Seriously. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer isn't anything special. It's super hoppy, dry, and a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin. At $17/sixer you can do a lot better.

Edit: A year later and this is out again. Thought Green Flash would have nailed the Alpine recipes in the interim, but this is somehow way, way worse than I remember it. Full of off flavors, tastes like bitter soap. Nasty.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Clear, medium depth yellow. Tiny bubbles. Slight white rocky head, good lacing

S - Lemon, orange, tangerine, some grass and a bit of bready malt

T - A sophisticated hop bomb. Nice citrus as in the nose but with a nice complement of toffee and honey sweetness. Didn't get much of the breadiness from the nose

M - Medium to semi-light. Tacky. A little too much effervescence.

D - Very well balanced and I'd love to drink more!

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

Nice pure clear copper color, bright looking, half inch white head. Just light clinging of lace, nothing special. The aroma is totally juicy fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, very tropical. Packs a punch too. Very fruity flavor, tropical in nature like the nose full of west coast hops. Combo of big fruit and subtle flower, really nicely done. A clean bitter flavor on the back of the palate. Initially thought this was going to be a cloying mess, but as I drink I find it to be clean and crisp. Pleasant. This is my style double ipa.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden amber in color - very little head, very little lacing.

Smell - Not as pungent as I expected. Hop forward with a little bit of mango and pineapple. Just because the smell isn't super strong does not mean the smell isn't pleasant.

Taste - Hops, pine, little molasses, little orange and mango.

Feel -Smooth, not highly carbonated for an IPA... thicker mouthfeel.

Overall - Solid IPA

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

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of clickpush
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: draught to pint glass. Comes out with a half inch white head over a bright copper body. Quickly after arriving the head leaves a pock-marked cap of pretty lacings. Lots of active bubble trails throughout the glass.

Nose: Hops are in-your-face pine, extremely bitter aroma in anticipation of the taste. A tickle of something sweet, like maple syrup. Chalk, milk, bananas.

Mouth: Man, the hops hit with grass and pine, like sucking on pine needles, but it's not so extremely bitter as to burn me out. A light bitter after taste, balances the fruit character of the front. Pears & grains, like a flavored rice cake. Brown sugar flavor as well. Excellently balanced between the malt & hop with a smooth dry finish. Mouthfeel enters strong and prickly but a bit too creamy in the back as it foams up.

Really fun to drink; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is transparent golden orange, finger of head recedes quickly, leaves no lacing (4)

nose is packed with hoppy goodness, and beautiful piney resin complimented by some caramel malt scents (4.5)

Taste is sweetish malts and a big bitter finish. medium body, feels nice on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit the alcohol is noticeable, which im not a huge fan of. (taste - 4; feel – 4.5)

Overall this one packs a nice punch in terms of bitterness, and I think the balance between hops and malts is well done. glad to try this although I probably wont seek it out again as it was quite expensive and I prefer ipas with more citrus character. (4)

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange color with a sticky white head, that leaves lots of lace as it disappears, though it never fully disappears. Aroma is all hops, citrus and pine mostly.

Taste is bitter, citrusy hops. There is a little pine in there too. Lots of bitterness. A hint of biscuity malt in the background. As the name implies, its Pure Hopiness. If you dont like unbalanced hoppy IPAs this isnt for you, I enjoy it however.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is floral, citrusy, piney, and a bit sweet. Taste is full of grapefruit and pine. Floral and tropical flavors in the back. Nice malt backbone. Some spiciness as well some dankness and sweet onion. Mouthfeel is vey crisp and light. Drinks very easily. Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Better than Pliny, not that it's hard to beat Pliny though.

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