Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Nice orange copper color, moderate carbonation, attractive lacing.
S- Grapefruit and citrus right away, pine as well, excellent hoppy aroma.
T- Wow, very hoppy, that grapefruit and citrus bite comes out right away, very bitter on the back of the tongue, but well balanced, as it warms up the malt flavors come out a bit, as well as hints of orange.
M- Medium mouth feel, full bodied and thick on the palate wonderful mouth feel.
O- Excellent DIPA, everything you could ask for in a Imperial IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, slight hints of malt, just amazing.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a not-quite-hazy honey color with a half finger head that quickly recede. Nose is thickly resinous with faintest traces of citrus. The palate opens with pine sap, which gives way to a hop profile that is beautifully complex - wonderfully bitter, but not acutely dry. There's an almost wet bitter hop presence here, due perhaps in large part to the mouthfeel, which is almost creamy. Definite medium body on this beer that really adds to the strong hop presence. Not a DIPA that relies on its ABV, there's plenty of complexity here in the hop presence alone. Overall, a wonderful DIPA.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ O' Briens in San Diego

A- fluffy 1" white head, golden straw color with a hint of orange, good retnet, plenty of lace

S- super citrus, some pine in there to

T- citrus, then citrus, did I mention citrus. So after the grapefruit slam, you got some pine and malt sweetness, but then the citrus is back for the finish and aftertaste.

M- bit thin, but very smooth

D- smell is just as strong as the taste, great for a hop fix. Fun to try, but i wouldnt go out of my way for another. I would take one if i was in my way though. Best to enjoy over a extended amount of time.

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

Gotta love that six month "shelf life". Way to go, GF.

A: Pours a fairly dark orange. Translucent with a fair amount of bottle conditioned particulant floating in solution. Two fingers off white head. Carbonation is minimal, with a few light bubbles floating to the surface. Head is a shy over a single finger. Decent retention. Great lacing.

S: Big shot of hops. Lots of orange and lemon peel with big pine. Undercurrent of kafir lime and soapiness that all sits on a moderate malt body.

T: Very nice. Big hit of hop bitterness up front that takes one most of the way to bracing but backs off at the last second. Flavors of mango, orange, lime peel, big pine needle carry through a malt presence that is felt more than tasted. Picks up some breadiness and yeast components throughout but ends with a distinct evergreen and citrus peel bitterness. Fairly clean finish with notes of those same two components in the end,

M: Medium bodied with an excellent subdued carbonation. The bubbles feel tiny on the tongue, which gives this one a pleasing feel in the mouth. Still some weight on this (8%'er after all) but fairly drinkable.

O: Damn fine. Probably won't buy again considering I can get a twelve pack of comparable quality for the same price. Paid 19.99 for this. Never tried any Alpine stuff pre GF so I have no basis for comparison, but the stuff they put out is delicious if not overpriced.

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Photo of do_ob
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Medium golden on the pour, and settles the same in the glass. Good clarity and carbonation, and tops off with about 2 fingers of off-white foam. Wonderful aroma with loads of juicy, tropical fruit as well as a sweet malt counterbalance and fragrant notes of pine and citrus. A really nice smelling beer - reminds of of Little Sumpin', which is one of the best smelling beers out there, in my opinion. Amazing taste to follow along, wow. There's no shortage of hops in this beer. But for all the piney, hoppy bitterness, there's a followup of sweet fruit and malts to balance it all out. Very juicy and sweet on the back end. Great feel; well carbonated and creamy on the palate.

Overall, damn good. Probably the best all around IPA I've had in a while.

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Photo of Soonami
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader, tbase, for sending this tasty beer to me. I've wanted to try Alpine for a while and today I was lucky enough to have two! Pure hoppiness definitely lives up to it's name.

The beer was enticingly hazy with a bright orange glow and a nice little tuft of rocky eggshell foam. The beer smells very green like freshly peeled grapefruit, crush spruce needles and orange zest. There is a little bit of fruity hop aroma but this is a deep forceful hop presence, not for the meek or faint of heart. The beer tastes a little sweet at first with a little biscuity malt, but that quickly fades as the deeply resinous hops rolls over the tongue. The beer is perfectly carbonated with thick full mouthfeel and just enough playful bubbles to keep it light. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer was very tasty, living up to expectations

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, John Serra), unknown brewing/bottling date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass, drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - mandarin orange-to-amber coloration, moderate clarity (but cannot read or see through), initial frothy white head resolves into glass lacing with small white bubbles, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - on warming, this is a proverbial pine forest with lots of Simcoe, CTZ and Chinook-ish aroma; some mild Vienna or Munich malt aroma and some alcohol; but, as expected, it's the hops that shine that only becomes more dramatic as it warms

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is an initial PW hop bitterness that pops the taste buds for what's too follow - a straight up pine hop assault - some people comment that they taste citrus but I don't get that at all here; in the middle of the profile, there's a mild biscuity pils-ish malt bill but the hops still shine; like most West Coast DIPAs, finishes dry and inviting with high drinkability

M: 4/5 - medium bodied, slightly higher carbonation than I would like (and hence the 1 point detraction), full hop oils fill up the mouthfeel and sit on the tongue but, again, don't reduce the drinkability

O: 9/10 - quavering between an 8 and a 9 here but I eventually settled on an 9 because the aroma really improved as it warmed; while I think that this is an excellent pine forward hop imperial IPA, there are better, I think, out there, e.g. Half Acre's Space; however, if you can get your hands on it, this is definitely worth the try; Alpine definitely needs to bottle date their IPAs though!

TOTAL - 42/50

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another good beer from Alpine. Pours radiant copper, semi-transparent, a finger of foam and decent retention. I'm getting a lot of fresh-cut grass and pine needles in the nose. A bit of grapefruit that feels like it was sprinkled with my grandpa's sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with piney notes taking center stage. I get a big wave of grapefruit on the finish, intermingled with a touch of lemon. Ample doses of bitterness, which is always good. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves that tongue smacking effect I enjoy so much. Glad to have tried this one. Don't pass if you get the hopportunity. Larrrrrrrge.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a frothy white head with great retention.

Nose is delicate and leans more floral than fruity. A touch of clove comes through for me.

Flavor is big and juicy, more fruit than floral and unexpectedly so. Bright, bitter hop profile is fantastic. Finish is delicate and soft, more drying than bitter.

Feel is a touch more abbrassive and drying than I'd like but overall this is a fantastic double IPA I'll definitely be having again.

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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 Gyle41386
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Fresh bottle from my first South Bay Drugs order.

Orange-amber pour (I need to come up with better colors for DIPAs) with a little over a finger of dense, sticky white foam. Great lacing.

Well, I know this is going to be a pretty hoppy beer, because I can smell citric and piney hops as soon as I pop the cap. Hard to imagine a DIPA smelling any better. Loads and loads of citrus rind, with lesser quantities of pine/resin. This is my third IPA/DIPA from Alpine, and, so far, I have to say their hop-forward beers smell better across the board than anyone else's.

And, let's be honest, they have better flavor, too. Duet and Nelson were absolutely delicious, and Pure Hoppiness is, too. There is a malty sweetness to the flavor, which perfectly balances (but doesn't diminish) the grapefruit/orange hop flavor. Really, really good bitterness in the finish. Just enough to remind you that you're drinking a really hoppy beer. Certainly not overdone. Apparently Alpine has perfected IPA/DIPA balance without losing any hop flavor.

Despite not having a ton of malt flavor, we've got plenty of heft. I prefer IPAs to DIPAs in just about every way, but texture isn't one of them. Pure Hoppiness is a perfect example. Big body, slick and oily yet plush and creamy at the same time. Carbonation is absolutely perfect.

Didn't detect any of the advertised 8% ABV. But, that's likely because the glass was empty before I had a chance to. Pure Hoppiness is as drinkable of a DIPA as I've ever tasted. I'm convinced that Alpine can do no wrong. Next stop: Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of sitarist
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to thedindaniel.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color...lose head that falls to a ring leaving rings of lacing.

I sell loads of citrus(orange peel, grapefruit, lemon), and tropical fruits...It is candy like, lemon-heads maybe? It tickles my nose, and is begging me to take a sip.

That sip becomes a gulp...It is resinous with orange peel, tropical fruits, pepper, and candy...Its all about the hops...More like an IPA! IMO

Smooth and creamy...just a little light for the style...a little bite from the hops, with light carbonation...the flavors slide across my tongue.

I could drink this everyday...another great hop-bomb from the west-side! This beer will remain on my wants list.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Cheers!

Bright copper color with minimal head and little lacing.

Big fruity aroma with tropical fruits, orange rind and just a hint of pine. Big juicy hop taste delivers fully what is promised by the nose. Lingering peppery bitterness, well balanced with the brighter flavors.

Medium body with light but appropriate carbonation. A tasty and drinkable DIPA. This one seems refined and elegant compared to some of the other beers in the category - not a rustic example. After trying Nelson as well, I am thinking maybe this is the Alpine style?

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Photo of badbeer
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color with a big pillowy white head; great retention and lacing. Citrus and lemon zest notes in the aroma; very hop forward. Also a bit of a smell I can only describe as dank and slightly vegetal. The first taste I get is a bit of the vegetal one noted in the aroma, thankfully it goes to a combination of lemon, orange, and pine shortly thereafter. Slightly higher than medium carbonation and a little less than medium bodied. Good beer, I'd like to try this again. Thanks, Kyle!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Thanks! 2 weeks old.

A: Orange tinted cider color with a thin whipping of head. Decent legs.

N: Truckloads of pineapple and mandarin oranges. There's a modicum of spurce and a dense layer of malt at the base. A little oniony zest.

T: Good correlation between the taste and the smell. Pineapple, dense pine - more so than the nose - clementines, crystal sugars. There's a wonderful sweet base that yields to the stern bite of the bitterness.

M: sticky with a medium-full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

O: This is a delightful tropical treat. It's very balanced in its approach, which is an aspect I greatly appreciate in my (D)IPAs. Kudos.

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the lady, into a New Belgium Globe.

Pours with a golden copper, very clear. Less than half a finger of head from a slightly aggressive pour and very little lacing as it goes down.

Smell is wonderful. Super rich bouquet of peach, lemon oil, very slight pline.

Taste follows the smell, lemon oil with other citrus and some peaches in the background with slight hoppy resinous and bitterness. Slight mineral flavor from the water perhaps?

Mouthfeel-Very light on the palate for the style, a little "bubbly" as well and finishes drier than expected.

Overall- A great DIPA but not quite as much as a expected.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22 oz bomber. I can't find any dating.
A: Clear dark amber, it poured with a big creamy head with lacing that died to a good head.
S: Bright tangerine hops, honey, slightly resinous, with a caramel cream base. Rather enticing.
T: More pine and resinous notes than you'd expect from the aroma, it crips out to a lingering gin bitterness. A slight biscuit and mild nut with honey. Interesting, it's similar to the smell, but surprisingly different.
M: Slightly syrupy and frothy to a crisp cleansing finish.
O: This is a good one. I'd make it a regular if it was available in our area.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

been trying to find this one for awhile. finally found it online for a reasonable price. certainly lived up to my expectations. i've had their "great" before and this one is well done too.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A nice golden color, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - piney dankness, sweet floral, citrus, spice, grapefruit
Taste - Follows the nose w/ some pungent floral/piney hops. Some earth, spice and citrus in the mix as well.

Overall - This is a nice crisp, clean drinking DIPA. In no way worth the price tag though. Glad I just bought a single and didn't spend $16.99 on a six pack!

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

Appreciation goes to KingG for sending this my way.

A - Pours a clear amber with just a touch of orange. Color is lighter than expected. The eggshell head appears slightly rocky and tops out at just under an inch. Sticks around for a while. It recedes to a nice thick cap that just does not want to go away. Lots of sticky lace stays behind. Active carbonation is present throughout the brew.

S - Smells of bitter citrus up front. Mostly grapefruit and lemon. Mild piney notes follow and pretty much dominate the middle. Some malt tries to show up toward the end but has a hard time poking through. Could be a sugary caramel aroma.

T - Taste is not as bitter as expected. More of a complex hop profile shows up. Alot of fruit right out of the gate - grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Just a hint of earthy flavors pull in towards the middle. A little bit grassy with some pine. The malt base is able to push through more in the flavor than smell. Definitely caramel with hints of cookie dough. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M - Light bodied for the style. Finish is bitter with some dryness but doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is very good for the Pure Hoppiness. The body is somewhat light for the style and alcohol is almost completely hidden. That makes for a beer that disappears very quick. This one punishes the taste buds but doesn't destroy the palate like other selections from this particular style. Comes across as more of a delicate example of the Double IPA. Easily recommended.

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Photo of blitz134
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly packed foam white head. Interesting patterns form in the bubbles. Body is a lighter yellow color, nice and clear though. Lacing shows up to round it out.

Lots of aroma in this, immediately evident when the cap was popped. Citrus and floral hops dominates with some clean straw aromas come in from the malting. Just pure hops mostly (no pun intended), but doesn't seem overly sweet like many other big hopbombs.

Lots of hops are evident as would be expected. Big, bold, brash hops. Floral and straw hops form most of the flavor in this. Some piney resin finishes this out and leads into the lingering bitterness. A bit unbalanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fair amount of carbonation makes for a nice crispness. Decent drinkability, the slightly unbalanced nature brings this down. If you want straight up hops this is a good choice. Good brew overall...similar to Victory's Hop Wallop to me...

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden with a thick and creamy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing but not much

S-hoppy-citrus and pine. It is not very overpowering but you can tell its all about the hops.

T-Bitter, very bitter-citrus and pine. Not very sweet or tropical, just in your face bitter hops. The finish consists of grapefruit juice and pine. It has a very long and very dry finish. It is one of, if not the most, bitter beers I have ever tried. It is extremely piney and dry.

M-Fairly thick and slightly creamy

D-As I said before this is one of the hoppiest and bitter beers I've tried, which cuts into its drinkability for me. I do not think I could drink more than one in a sitting and definitely believe it would be pointless to drink another beer afterward because the hops strip your palate.

Overall, this is a very well made beer, I just prefer a more tropical and juicy IIPA. This is a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's alpine Nelson.
Wine, spivey pungent hoppiness.
Low bitter, lots of aroma and flavor.
Don't need to say much more. Should drink it. It is delicious as you heard.

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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 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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