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:
920
Ratings:
3,648
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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Photo of rudylaw
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a pint glass.

A nice, 1" head with minimal lacing. It poured an orange color with a beautiful hoppy, floral aroma. Of course, citrus is king, both in the nose and on the tongue. The taste is amazing... a nice hop bite that finishes very dry. A little piney and pineappley to boot. This is the most quaffable DIPA I've ever had. Amazing beer from start to finish.

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

Poured into big Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazy golden amber, with two fingers of billowing fluffy head which receded slowly.

The glass smelled strongly of sweet citrusy hops. There was a little bit of resinous pine as well. The taste matched the nose closely. Sweet maltiness up front, then grapefruit and pine. It finished with a bitterness that persisted well after the drink was done.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel, and was well carbonated and creamy. I found it quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Bistro. Reviewed off notes.

Appearance - A light copper color, with a very small head. Really just a thin ring. Laces slightly.

Smell - Nice. Some tropical fruit going on. Mango and apricot, definitely. Also grassy and herbal on the end.

Taste - Follows the smell. The mango and citrus fruit is nice, but the grassy herbalness takes over. There is a bitter sweetness off the caramel malt that isn't working for me.

EDIT: The finish isn't so much a malt as an grassy astringency. It's quite unpleasant, and harms what is otherwise a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp, like an IPA should be.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty easy. Enjoyable.

This is a good, but not great, beer. Probably suffered in comparison because I had an O'Brien's also by Alpine immediately afterward and that one was far superior. I'd have this again if it were more available, but it's not something I'd bother seeking out.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Alpine after a road trip to Julian. . .
Poured 750ml into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a clear yellow/orange hue, head is 3-fingers' of white, smooth, cream that dissipates down to a thin layer, super sticky lacing all over the glass
S- Nose is a major hop wallop on the olfactories, mostly pine with a hint of orange/citrus, alcohol presence is stiff, so delicious
T- No surprise that the taste is dominated by big, bold pine hops backed by more subtle citrus, some sweet malts balance out the bitter hops midway through leading to a mildly bitter finish with alcohol warming, what a great example of a well-balanced DIPA that isn't overwhelming
M- Medium/full-bodied beer, oily and resinous texture coats the mouth, lively level of carbonation
D- This is a heavy-hitting hoppy DIPA that packs a punch in a good way, definitely not for those faint of hops, the alcohol is warming and would be an issue for drinking large quantities, a standout DIPA even for us West Coasters, my only complaint is that Alpine beers are not well distributed even in SD, be sure to try this out if you're looking for a hop adventure
Buy Again? Absolutely
|Personal score- 93/100

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another world class hoppy offering from alpine. These guys know how to work with lupulin. Bright and citrusy with pine and an uncanny smoothness. Enough alcohol to make the taste phenomenal. This is a great DIPA.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22oz bomber from Heavytaste as an EXTRA in a trade, awesome , THANKS! Served in a DFH signature glass. No bottled on date, but knowing how quickly these go off the shelves, I assume it is very fresh, it certainly tastes that way.

A -Looks nice, nice orange color, small head.

S: As soon as the bottle opens, the smell comes through. Not only does it smell nice at opening, the smell lingers throughout each sip!

T: This beer tastes great. Not as sweet as a Sculpin or PTE, but tastes very nice.

M: Feels nice in your mouth, I cant wait to get another sip of it.

O:This is a great beer. I wish I had more, this feels like one I can drink over and over again. This one moves into move top 5 or 10 of my favorite beers.

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Photo of fiver29
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours amber/orange color with tan head. Aroma is big pine, citrus, and bold hops. Has a medium mouthfeel and has hop blast upfront with mostly citrus coming through. Grapefruit rind, pine, and just really tasty resinous hops. Some malt on the back end and is overall a really nice IPA.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Clear amber-orange colored body with a sticky head that sustains decently and leaves some streaky lace. The aroma is pretty forceful, with lots of grapefruit, orange, pine, and sweet mango. the flavor is much more hop flavor than bitterness, which caught me off guard at first. Then I remembered back to when I had exponential hoppiness, which was likewise flavorful and not too bitter; seems to be their style, and I like it. This is pretty ridiculously drinkable, but at the same time, the flavor seems a little light and muted. I'm getting a good deal of oily and resiny hops in the mouth, and just a kiss of honey sweet malt carrying it. Not really light bodied, but the oily feel that the ridiculous amount of hopping brings makes it slide quite slickly through the mouth. Alcohol is barely detectable; hardly feels like 8%. The finish is like hop flowers lingering lightly over your tongue. For a beer that is pretty much simply liquid hop flavor, I can't see it getting much better than this, but is it so much to ask for a little malt?

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

A-Pours a Golden amber color with a nice 2 finger head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S-As soon as I open the bomber I get blasted with citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange peel are very noticeable, pine also.

T-Hops, Grapefruit and more pine than the nose indicates. Little bit of caramel malts. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

T-Nothing outstanding, just a good solid mouthfeel.

O-This beer is excellent. One of the best DIPA"s I've had. Big thanks to badboyrsl84 hooking me up with this.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a thick velvety bubbly head. Visible sediments float in the beer as well.

Smell is as you would expect, hoppy. Very floral hop aroma, some grapefruit, pine and citrus. Some slight sweet malt scent detectable as well.

Taste is very creamy and smooth for a DIPA. Hops are definitely present though, bitterness is quite low for such a hoppy beer. As with all the other Alpine beers I have encountered there is a sweet malt finish. I would like to see more hops in a DIPA than this beer has. Good beer though, just not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation in this beer.

Drinkability is good, a nice easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another west coast acquired from JesseTheHutt.

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass

The Pure Hoppiness pours a bright orange color with the usual Alpine frothy head and very good retention. Very good clarity and a great start to this IPA with the pour. Usually the aromas of IPAs blend together but this one is very unique to me. The nose isn't really overpowering with hops but there are still plenty present. A very nice citrus sweetness is also present but not quite like the other IPA's. I think there is a lot of caramel and malts present as well. After allowing the brew to warm up a bit, the taste is dominated with hops, but without a very bitter aftertaste. Some pines and the citrus fruits linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Drinkability is high considering it being a west coast IPA but for me a little less than the other IPA's from Alpine. A great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice honey orange color with a big creamy off white head with stained glass lacing and great retention. The aroma is big mango gelato followed by clementines and some honey on the finish. The flavor has some big time Clementine acidity with some bright lemon bitter oil characteristics. The malt profile is lacking a little bit but the hops are fresh and definitely present. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, yet highly smooth and easy to pair with light seafood dishes and chicken. Drinkability lacks because it so hop forward it loses balance and really needs food or else it gets lost the hops. Aroma is unreal, but drinkability suggests that it needs food.

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Photo of TH28
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottl. 5/1/17 BB date. Appearance: Deep golden with a touch of orange, hazy, with a moderate foam cap and nice lacing. Aroma: Typical west coast IPA aroma of strong grassy, resinous, and citrus rind hoppiness. A touch more sweet, bready maltiness than a normal west coast IPA. Taste: Wow, wasn’t expecting this hard on the aroma... Starets with really sweet maltiness with some caramel undertones, and a strong dank, resinous, and garlic like hoppy flavor that builds into a strong bitterness that balances well against the maltiness. Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body for an IPA, with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry and sticky on the tongue, with some caramel malt, but the bitterness is the dominant factor. Overall: Maybe a bit too much maltiness to feel like a true west coast IPA, but that’s not a bad thing as the overall depth and intensity of flavor was a surprise against a stereotypical west coast IPA aroma. With the strong maltiness, bitterness, and relatively heavy body for the style, this is definitely a slow drinker

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Photo of sloejams
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

edit: just realized the beer at the Strong Ale Fest was Anniversary Pure Hoppiness - so that is the beer reviewed here:

This is one of the highlights from the San Diego Strong Ale Festival.

The hop nose hits you instantly: very floral, slight pine and citrus tones. The pour was perfect: a frothy laced head topped the golden colored ale. The hop bite is substantial, but the taste is well-balanced. It has a nice creaminess that masks the 8% ABV, making it potential dangerous – I could see myself drinking this all day.

I need to find a vendor where I can load up on some of these bottles or make a trip to the brewery myself.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Vivid clear orange body with a big frothy tan head with long persistence. Visible carbonation.
S- Citrusy hops, subtle. Not much going on here.
T- Orange, tangerine and sweet malts upfront. Then comes the dank resinous hops with a caramel undertone.
F- Medium, rich.
O- Very good but I expected much more. Not as hoppy as I would liked.

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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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, fizzy amber color with a finger of off white head.

The aroma offers fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, orange and lemon peel, pineapple, honey dew melon, and lots of the dankness, pine resin, and onion you would expect from a Stone DIPA.

Sweet citrus and tropical fruits up front. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and papaya up front, toasted biscuit and brown sugar in the middle, and then it finishes dry with lingering bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith, green onion, and pine needles.

The body is medium, typical for this style, and quite drinkable with lots of spritzy carbonation.

A solid DIPA I enjoy quite a lot, but not worth the $20.99 tag. I'll take the more affordable Stone hoppy offering the next time I want a bone-dry, bitter, dank and citrusy IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of bbothen
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Clear straw orange color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head.

S - Earthy piney grassy hops mostly. Although a significant citurs presence as well. Smells great if you like hops. I do. So there you go.

T - Hop salad. Like the aroma there is piney spruce hop flavors & plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, citrus flavors as well. Oily & yummy. Balanced? You have to seek out the malt flavors. That's fine though.

M - Medium feel. Medium carbonation. Dry & somewhat thin feeling to me.

D - Drinkability is high. I could down these all day.

Tasy brew. I'm a hop lover, so I like the somewhat one deminsional taste. That's not a knock.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a glorious clear golden, with a orange hue into my SA/BA glass. Tiny white head that quickly dissipates. Smell of fresh stinky, lovely nuggets of hops, and it's cousin. Surprised on how clear this beer appears. Like a great DIPA, this one continues to change flavor gears. Starts out sweet piney hop hop then goes to a dense floral hop hop ending with a zesty finish. Very well made DIPA.

Tasted again on 10.01.08
Hazy orange pour with a nice 2 fingers of near-white head. Huge aromas of lemon zest, pink grapefruit, kiwi...somewhat unique for DIPAs that I have tasted. Deceptively hoppy. Just when I think the hop flavor is done, it continues. Real delicate, fragrant hop taste. Light in the body. Extremely drinkable.

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

Pours a clear deep golden color with a quickly evaporating dingy white head. Light grapefruit and pine on the nose. Heavy mouthfeel for the style. Just adds to the richness of the experience. Starts out with grapefruit and finishes with lingering pine. Lives up to its hype. Super, drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a really beautiful deep copper-gold, very clear, with a 1-finger off-white head that's nicely dense, but doesn't stick around too long. Just a bit of lacing. With the smell, I'm getting mostly very ripe fruit and an earthy, spicy herbal thing that gets more dank as it warms. Don't get much pine on the nose, in contrast to the taste, which is big and piney, undergirded by a slight malt sweetness, which in turn gives way to a spicy pine finish that is just a bit dry and peppery.

The feel is excellent, with good body and just a hint of oiliness that works great with this beer. Carbonation is low-medium, but seems right on for the style, with enough to add a little acidic tingle that comes in right when the sweetness makes itself known.

This is a really good beer that is just challenging enough to keep it interesting, while remaining well drinkable.

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Photo of zshaft
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear golden with nice one finger head that dissipates rather quick. nose is light pine intermingling with melons and some berry and citrus is faint. taste is up front light pine followed by some astringent bitterness. if I closer my eyes I feel like im drinking light pine needle juice. but not overpowering. this travels into nice grapefruit pith and possibly some orange and melon finishing with nice bitter hop blast of slick candied orange. some malt balance is noted throughout. mouthfeel is typical alpine which I find is rather thick and full. overall this is a awsome beer. flavor profile is complex and rewarding and full body makes each sip a delight. at 18 bones a sixer a little pricy but at least I got some this year.

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Photo of Dmann
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even better off the tap. The pour and the color were the same as the bottle version. The smell was a bit more pronounced with a little smoother hop scent than the bottle but just as good. The flavor and the mouthfeel were much better on tap. The malty middle came out much more and balanced the beer just enough to make it near-perfect, and the mouthfeel was much more creamy and easy going. A great beer indeed.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip down to the Alpine Beer Co. Had a few tasters, and picked a couple 22oz. PH bottles. Also picked up a bottle of "Great" their barlywine.

Trip was well worth it, met the brewer's son and wife, very nice people. I'll be making a trip out there again.

Anyways back to the beer,

As soon as I popped that bad boy I could smell the intense amount of hops even before I poured it into my tulip glass.

Poured a bright golden honey color. Thin white fizzy head. Quite a bit of carbonation.

My god what an awesome hop aroma, as if I was burying my face in pure hops, awesome! Very citusy and grassy almost pine.

Night crips taste, very nice strong hop finish. Grapefruit like bitterness. Not so bold that it is unbalanced, actually it's very balanced. Pine like bitterness left on the tongue.

One of my favorite beers, finally got it in bottle form Awesome!

Cheers!

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to alexsess for the opportunity to try Pure Hoppiness. This is the last bottle of his West Coast IPA sampler box...sad day indeed.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Two fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Huge bubbles left in the film and around the edges once the head finally recedes into the beer. Unbelievably thick and sticky lacing. Giving this one a 5.

S: Nice sweet caramel smell from the malts. Orange citrus and pine.

T: Not terribly bitter...the malts helps to really balance out the beer. Caramel, orange, citrus, pine...a little bit of a lemony zest. Pretty nice.

M: Very full and creamy. I prefer these to the more oily and slick IPAs so I'm giving this one a pretty high score.

D: You can't(or wouldn't want) to fly through the bomber, but Pure Hoppiness is pretty easy to drink.

Alex, thanks for the great box of West Coast IPAs. They were all very good and all very different. Nice to see the variety.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,648 ratings.
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