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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 LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Best by 5/5/16. Pours a dark orange with half a finger head. Nose is spicy, super fresh hops, citrus rind. Distinctly Alpjne in the smell. Taste is like drinking hop juice. Nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit like an imperial Nelson. The malt backing is extremely subtle like Alpine's other hoppy offerings. Medium carb. Smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Jonny41
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a great beer and I drink and enjoy a lot of great IPAs however this one just had that slight onion bitter I don't enjoy. But that being said,easily drinkable solid beer. Just not my favorite

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Photo of trappistlover
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle from el cerrito market and liquor). So I finally get to try my first alpine beer. I’m not sure why I didn’t try it sooner, but I’m happy to finally have it. Pours mostly clear amber, but there are some odd floaties in suspension. Nice, chunky white head that is lacing quite nicely. Aroma has loads of fruit: mango, papaya, orange and maybe some grapefruit along with some pine. Taste is sweet with some sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily/slick texture. Bitter finish, but very well balanced. This is a nice, bright DIPA that really hits the flavor profile that I like best.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color with a pillowy head. Smell reminds me of Pliny quite a lot, but more dank and tropical than floral. Tons of citrus, pine, and dank herbal flavors just jump out of the glass. Just enough malt sweetness and so much hop oil with a lingering bitterness that doesn't kill the tastebuds. Gets a bit hot as it warms up but otherwise a world class DIPA

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a deep copper color, not too dark, but not super pale. Very clear. The head is huge, nice and sticky looking, which leaves a cascade of lace with each sip. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent, leafy, and floral. Suprisingly, it lacks a real frutiness, but there are notes of citrus rind, like the white stuff, the bitter, not too fruity stuff. Though it really does smell like just like hops (dried flower buds, full of pollen and resinous aromatics). Nice, but I wish there was a little more fruit. The taste comes back with some fruit, not flesh, juicy, sweet fruit, but like grapefruit and bitter orange. Maybe a tiny bit of mango, but the bitter outer edges of the flesh. And it's also pumped up with a ton of grassy, piney tastes, which of course, begin to distract you from the fruitiness. The bitterness is nice, like a little kick, but it doesn't overwhelm the hop flavor and the slight sticky maltiness. You do get a quite sticky maltiness, mixed in with a little alcohol, but the alcohol is certainly subdued (which is a characteristic I really like in a DIPA. Tastes in a lot of respects like liquid flowers, resinous, the felling of pollen, leafy bitterness, a little peachy, super dry. Very nice. And as it warms, you start to notice the sweetness, and you start to get more sweet orange. The body is around medium, and very dry, with good moderate carbonation, just enough of a bit to keep it lively. And the hop resins really make it stick, giving you a little flavor to stay around and think of. But really, this is very nice. It has the kind of balance you expect in a DIPA, enough to distract from overwhelming bitterness, and really provide a nice body and the tiny amount of sweetness needed to make the fruitiness of the hops pop. Really, though, the hops shine, and the resinous, pungent varieties of hops. Very raw hoppiness. Maybe a little more fruit, and a bit stronger of a smell could put help this surpass all others, but as it is, there may only be 2 or 3 ahead of it. Really a brilliant DIPA.

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Photo of glazeman
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a blind tasting involving Pure Hoppiness, Nelson, and Duet. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

A: Wonderful looking beer, deep orange color, almost bordering on amber. 1.5 inch white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Great, complex aroma of grapefruit, pinecones, potpourri, and a tad bit of caramel.

T: I thought this was a lot like Nelson in that I thought both had excellent balance. This however, had a much more intense, enjoyable flavor than Nelson. I didn't have to "search" for all the different flavors, everything was apparent and blended great right immediately upon my first sip. As with the smell, I got nice amounts of citrus and pine, with a bit of malt balanced in.

M: Great mouthfeel, with a nice aftertaste, a little bit of stickiness, and just the right level of carbonation.

D: By far my favorite of the Alpine IPAs at this tasting. I'm not really a fan of hop bombs, so with a name like Pure Hoppiness I would have been a little skeptical, had this not been a blind tasting. Turns out I really enjoyed this beer, don't think it was overly hoppy, but while the hops were definitely there, they were quite balanced and pleasant. I would love to drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of LAp
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden yellow, but lacked decent head and lacing. Both are things I expect from a double ipa. The aroma was very complex and completely loaded with hops. I've just started home brewing, so I can sometimes pick out what type of hops are being used by the smell, but with this, they intermingled and fed off eachother to create an almost supernatural aroma. The taste was like the smell, but was complemented nicely by the sublte malt back-bone. They really let the hops take over making my face pucker and distort in joy. It was also extremely easy to go through a bomber in a sitting. I like this beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived and was a crystal clear toasted golden elixir. Topped with a nice bone colored head of fine bubbles that left an awesome amount of lacing. The smell is rather modest, light in the hop area with only hints of pine, there is something also slightly sweet as well. Perhaps the aroma of Sweet-tarts candy. The taste is a hops explosion and yet that sweetness is still there, hanging around. Pronounced piney hop bite in the finish. This is also slightly drying at the same time. Medium bodied, and medium carbonation with a nice full mouthfeel. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of m1ked
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely wife picked up a growler for me and the boys....awesome!

A- Pours a clear bright golden elixir with a huge fluffy white head. Multuple slow streamers. Essentially, looks like a perfect beer.

S- The name says it all. Straight piney hops with some sweet apricot in the end.

T- Piney resin up front, with some subtle malt sweetness... you reaaly got wait for it. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit and pineapple in there.

M- Smooth, coats the mouth with great balancing carbonation.

D- Oh man, this is the cream of the crop. If you like anything about hops, you will fall in love with this. It is not over the top hops.... just right. This is on my top tier with Sculpin

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Photo of tjkinate
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Continue to be impressed with this small west coast brewery.

A: Single fingered, creamy off-white head tops this pale orange bodied brew. The head displays good retention settling to a thin film and leaving behind some lacing in its wake.

S: Candied malts accompanied by a punch of floral and pine scents. Tropical fruits follow and remind me of Alpine's Nelson.

T: As the name indicates, hops are at the forefront. Biscuity malts show up and the beer is drier than I anticipated.

M: Very well carbonated, medium bodied brew that keeps you reaching for that next sip.

O: I love when a DIPA can make me smile like this one.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow what an excellent hoppy IPA. the smell is very piney with a hint of citrus. the beer pours a dark amber with a robust two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. the beer has a smooth and not overly bitter or boozy flavor. an excellent IPA, cant wait to have another. Thank you Green Flash for making this beer more available.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in my fridge for about 3 weeks before getting to it. Was assured it was fresh by the guy at the store.

Pours a beautiful orange amber color with an inch of white head. Fades slightly to leaving nice lacing down the glass. Perfectly see through.

Smell is of pine and citrus. Caramel and bread makes a slight appearance, nothing major and not overly balanced.

Taste bursts with hop flavor and not as much bitterness. Huge citrus, pine, herbal flavors smack you in the face and the caramel comes in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with a pine flavor that lingers in the best way possible.

Mouthfeel is full, very filling indeed.

Drinkability is good, extremely inviting but could see it getting old. The pine after taste is excellent.

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Photo of muttyd
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a thick foamy head that really opens up the aroma. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Fresh hop aroma all over the place. Piney, florally and citrusy aroma. Hints of bready maltness in the background.

T - Citrusy sweetness up front with a crisp bitter finish. Hints of grapefruit and pepper also present. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - Bubbly and sticky. Finishes clean.

D - I can't stop drinking this beer, so glad I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a shaker pint. Thanks to Oodeftone for this baby!! Nice hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Tons of floral and citrusy hop aromas. This smells like a perfect west coast ipa. Taste is wonderful. Great hop biterness, but lots of sweetness to mellow it out. Has to be the sweetest IPA i have ever had. Tremendously drinkable for a dipa.

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Photo of HosP
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Scottfrie for sending this beer to me. Poured 22oz bottle into gulden draak snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, copper in color. Slight haze with a white head. Lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Lots of hop aromas going on here. Citrus and grapefruit jump out the most. Just keeps going all the way to the end.

T- More malts come through at the beginning here which was unexpected. Quickly turns to a burst of hop bitterness. Citrus hop flavor comes out the most. Some piney, grassy hops mixed in too. Bitterness and hops fade at the end. A little sweet at the end as well.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth.

O- Interesting beer for sure. With the hop aromas, wasn't expecting that taste to it. Still a very good beer. Would drink another one easily.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one from PP Carlsbad bottle shop. This beer poured vigorously into the glass had only a small amount of head., the color nice and light copper, lacing was minimal.
The bouquet is all floral hops, great hop aroma, some apricot sweetness from the malts, but hard to tell it is the malts.
Taste is full bodied, low on carbonation, great grapefruit hop bitterness, and well balanced malts. This beer reminds me of the Hop Stoopid in some respects.
This is a great DIPA, refreshing, hoppy and bitter, yet smooth. Another West Coast IPA on the list.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Third and final Alpine bottle of the night, polishing off the awesome trio that Brett sent my way. Poured from the bottle into my comically huge CBS glass. Yes, poured into the glass in one shot.

A - Pours a beautiful orange with just a hint of yellow to it as I hold it to the light. Also pours with a finger plus of cream colored head. Not as perfectly translucent as the previous two from this evening, with a bit of cloudiness that seems to give the beer more body. Head retention is nice, once again keeping about half a finger's worth throughout the experience.

S - Hop bomb. Pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, everything I want from a DIPA and more. The nose on this beer is astounding, with a huge hit of aromatic hops with a perfect blend between the pine and citrus characteristics.

T - Taste follows perfectly from the nose. A superb blend of piney and citrusy hops, with a fruit backbone that continues through the entire duration of the sip. A nice cleansing bitter finish, which I obviously did not detect in the nose, but is altogether pleasant, though I'd hoped for more balance. As I swish this beer around in my mouth, the balance seems to fade a bit and the bitter hops come through more pronounced.

M - Alcohol is slightly harsh at first, but not to the point where it is off-putting. The bitter finish, however, leaves an almost stinging feeling on the tongue. My one gripe with this beer.

O - Overall an excellent beer, and one I will definitely go back to when given the opportunity.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased the day before.

A: Light amber body topped with a pearl white one finger head. Head recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass and leaves spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon and grapefruit zest at the forefront, followed by sappy pine and some herbal/floral notes. Small amount of bready malt as it warms. Beautiful nose.

T: Resiny pine and herbal flavors dominate the front of the palate. Pithy grapefruit and zesty orange emerge mid-palate and fade into an earthy and dry bitterness. Not quite as potent as the nose but still fantastic.

M: Light bodied and airy, with moderate carbonation. Lingering drying finish pairs very well with the more herbal and resinous flavor profile.

O: The herbal nature of this beauty place it on the opposite flavor spectrum from the tropical nature of Nelson and Duet but is still an amazing example of what an IPA can be. The moderate bitterness and long dry finish pair perfectly with the dank herbal flavor profile. What more can you expect from a hoppy beer from Alpine?

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Photo of iadler
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Surly pint glass. Big thanks goes out to DearthVader for this surprise box.

A- Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger fluffy head with a great amount of retention.

S- Good amount of pine, followed by some pink grapefruit, lemon and a small amount of caramel malt

T- Massive amount of citrus hops hit the taste buds as well as pine and grass. Lot’s of grapefruit, lemon peel, mandarin, ripe mango and pineapple. There is a hint of caramel malt in the background, but the hops definitely take the drivers seat.

M- Medium carbonation with a slightly oily and sticky mouth feel. Very drinkable. Finishes dry leaving your taste buds crave more.

O- This is an amazing representation of a West Coast IPA. . This beer is all about the variety of hops and by no means a balanced DIPA. Can’t wait to try Duet. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty gold with an orange hue long with a superb three fingers of fluffy white head and leaves a pretty layer of spider webs along the glass. Nose has hints of tropical fruit, tangerine and a lot of sweet citrus with some bright pine. Taste is very impressive full blown grapefruit bitter hop attack, very plinyesque. My preference is for Nelson or fresh Sculpin as i love all the tropical fruit, this is an extremely well done d/ipa and i was very happy to get some on my trip to SD. Very easy to drink with a nice refreshing hop attack to remind you what it is.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good smelling and tasting double ipa. However 18.99 a six pack is rather pricey in my opinion. I think nelson is a much better choice of this for the price but still recommend to try at least once. Can't wait to try there other ipas. Thanks to green flash to help with there distribution.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bomber into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a rich orange/yellow color, slightly hazy. citrus orange, some caramel sweet aroma, definitely a breadiness to it. Taste- sweet pear, caramel butterscotch, the hops are all west coast and citrus- very little to no bitterness. So buttery. On the end, there is a resurgence of orange citrus hops, and then a buttery caramel ending after it. This is a really nice IIPA- so tropical, so well balanced, nice mouthfeel- not too syrupy, but it lets you know that it has some thickness to it. Up there with the best of them for sure. I am officially ISO Exponential Hoppiness, haven't tried a single Alpine beer that I've been less than thrilled with yet. Bravo!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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