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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

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

Pours a clear orange w a 2 finger head and slight lacing. Smells fruity and piney. Tastes piney but not overwhelming. Nice carbonation and very drinkable. Great beer. I will buy more.

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Photo of MrUse
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a growler, poured into a 10 oz. Tulip glass. Pours a light amber color, pretty minimal white head. Some carbonation sticks to the glass. Smells of citurs and pine. Tastes of some pine, citrus, touch of bread and a ton of bitter hops. Can't taste the 8% alchohol. Goes down smooth. A definite buy again if I come across it.

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Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 6-pack of 12 oz bottles for $17.99 at Healthy Living. Pours a perfectly clear light copper color, with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates, leaving almost no lace. Aroma is piney, resinous and a little dank, with just a bit of citrus mixed in. Taste is at first fruity, but quickly replaced by floral, resinous dankness, and very nicely balanced with a soft bitterness. Mouth is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, almost buttery. Overall, an excellent west coast style IPA. Although it's quite pricey, I'm pretty impressed with my first Alpine beer. Hope we start seeing more of it in VT.

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Photo of 57md
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy copper with over a finger of head. Earthy and citrus hops can be found in the nose. The flavor profile has a solid malt backbone and a nice hoppy finish. The hoppiness is not quite as assertive as I would have hoped (considering the name) but it is certainly sufficiently bitter.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear orange. Smooth, cream colored head. Stove fruit bouquet. Dank, piney. Resiny taste, plenty of caramel malt backbone. Orange zest, pineapple, mango. Oily feel with dry finish, very fine carbonation.

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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Western Mass. just started getting Alpine a couple of months ago no doubt since Green Flash, which already distributes here, acquired Alpine. To date I've had three of the others: Hoppy Birthday, Duet and Nelson. All good, although I though Nelson was the one to beat.

Best By June 1 2016, so probably no more than a month old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which quickly receded to thin patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s: Intense pine resin.

t: Follows the nose over a medium bready malt base, bitterness lingers and hangs in the back of the throat (or is it throat burn from the highish ABV?) Some oiliness in the flavor as it warms, no doubt from the hops.

m: Medium, good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very hoppy IPA in the West Coast style, also reminiscent of Sixpoint's Hi Res. I might still like Nelson better but this one definitely lives up to its name.

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Photo of ksimons
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear light orange color with two fingers worth of cream colored head

S-smell is of pine, citrus, and tropical fruits as well as some light caramel malt

T-taste is pretty similar to the smell but with much more pine and grapefruit in the taste

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very drinkable DIPA that goes down quickly

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

By far the best of "the bunch" that has been available in Ohio. Very west coast. Pungent hops and just a touch of sweet malt backbone. Very dry finish that leans on the bitter side. Well done. This has restored my faith in Alpine. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a nonic a slight hazed orange color with a tight full one finger white head that settles very slowly leaving broken chunks of lace behind.Tropical fruits and pine resin make for a lethal combo on the nose,faint doughiness underneath as well,the hops are large and in charge.The hop profile on the palate is just amazing,the complexity matches the brashness,tropical fruits,pine resin,grapefruit,even a little grass over top of sweetish biscuit dough.A damn fine beer,well worth the hype

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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, hazy with a thin head.
S: Dank, sticky hops, hint of tropical notes.
T: Tropical notes emerge, dank/sticky hops, bitter finish.
M: Medium carbonation, hops very prickly to the tongue, dry and bitter finish.
O: This is what a West Coast IPA is all about. Another very good beer by Alpine!

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

Pure Hoppiness has a medium, off-white head, a fairly hazy, orange-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of white bread and piney hop oil. Taste is the same, with a fairly dank, strong hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Pure Hoppiness finishes dry and drinkable. Outstanding, but not anything new (for me).


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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice medium amber with light and soapy head that leaves a hint of lacing behind.

Dry hopping and aroma hops pop you on the nose...lots of citrus, orange mostly, caramel malt, light pine and some vegetal notes from what is clearly a ton of hops here.

Nice malty forward with citrus and pine leading to a fairly bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. I would have placed this one well north of 60 IBUs so the alcohol may be playing its part there.

Mouthfeel is light to medium which is refreshing with the bitterness. Moderate carbonation can be felt on the tongue.

Overall I think I would like this one more with a bit more malt or a bit less hops, which is something I rarely note. Lots of vegetal flavors here that make this less enjoyable to me than it should. But still and enjoyable brew worth trying if you can find it.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle obtained Black Friday, says best by May 2016. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Foamy 2 finger head with moderate retention, leaves some lacing and a thin ring. Color is a cloudy amber.

S: Very nice citrus, melon, tropical fruits over pine and light malt.

T: Definitely hop-forward. Citrus, melon, tropical fruit, pine.

F: Reasonably well-balanced, light-carbonation, pretty dry finish and a little bit of alcohol burn.

O: Solidly in the second-class of DIPAs.

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Photo of -Rick
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with a nice white head. Lots of grapefruit on the nose. sort of sweet. The taste was very boozy. To much so. Lots of sweet malts, but not much tropic fruit flavor. Some piney notes in the finish. Overall an OK beer, but way to boozy in the taste. At $17 for a 6pk, I will not seek this out again.

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Photo of RJB66
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a hop bomb!! I chased this brew all over town. The chase was worth the reward. I like this more than Nelson. A little on the light side for a double, but I don't think it was to light. I would definitely have more and I'm glad we were able to find four of them. Cheers!

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Photo of SteveB24
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-color is a very clear copper, pours a finger of white foam that dissipates very quickly, leaving little lacing.
Smell-Subtle notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Quite a bit of dankness and a touch of malt as well.
Taste-All the notes from the aroma are in the taste but on an even more subtle level.
Feel-light, crisp, very carbonated.
Overall- I suppose i am not a huge fan of this style in general, but i enjoyed this.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden orange yellow color, nice white head

Smell: Orange, lemon, some pine

Taste: A good balanced bitterness, orange citrus, some caramel and malt.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Citrus and pine notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus and bitter hops.

Overall: Excellent IPA! I would definitely have this again.

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

22 oz bottled poured into a stemmed tulip style glass.
Orangey, coppery hue color apperance with a nice white head on the beer.
Citrus hop aromas throughout, and came through on the taste as well with a strong, bitter aftertaste.
I was glad Alpine became available here in Virginia Beach, because this is one dank DIPA!

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Transparent amber bronze color, with 1 finger of white head. Fades into a collar with rings of bubbled lacing on the glass. Big bitter hops and pine, sharp citrus, and sweet caramel mixed in. My mouth is blasted with bitter hops. Big pine, grapefruit pith and some citrus. It does sweeten with some caramel and malt in the middle. Finish is a nice bitter pine bite. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Quite resinous and very dry. A nice classic west coast IIPA that uses a nice combo of hops.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20%
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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4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ISO Beer

A: Pours copper amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Floral, herbal, dank, a bit earthy, plenty of citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and a little biscuity malt.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon lime, earthy herbal dank notes, hints of tropical fruit, faintly toasty biscuity malt, and a little dark caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation keeps it light for a DIPA.

O: I have to appreciate all the hops they crammed into this beer, but I'm not a huge fan of how earthy and dank it got.

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

Best by June 1,2016. Pours a crystal clear light honey color with a thick, tightly packed white head. The aroma is very traditional west coast style DIPA. Clementines, tropical fruits, pine resin, sweet bready caramel malt, some bubblegum, grapefruit peel, lime zest, mangoes and apricot. Nice carbonation with a relatively dry finish. The flavor has sweet citrus fruit, a tropical zestiness, bitter grapefruit, dank pine, caramel malt, with the alcohol biting through slightly on the back end. Overall a very well balanced, perfectly crafted west coast IPA. This is how I always imagined Pliney tasting, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So glad Green Flash took over Alpune do that we could get this in Louisiana. This IPA was on the dankier rather than piney tropical side of the spectrum which is great because I love DANK hops. Glad I got to try this!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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