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
Ratings:
3,674
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,186
Gots:
609
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,674 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of gspeicher
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brown120
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chicagoish
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours clean medium golden orange with two finger white head, good retention and lacing. Light citrusy aroma. Nice big punch of piney hops right up front that carry all the way through the semi dry end. Enough caramel backbone to keep things in check, but hop flavors dominate. Medium soft mouthfeel with a touch of oil feel to it. Overall excellent piney west coast IPA, drinks lighter than the 8% abv, dangerous. So glad this brew is here, hope to see more Alpine soon!

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Photo of jeremy3311
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrand2621
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 torr99
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmos27
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 petmoo23
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased one of their 6 packs that was brewed in conjunction with their purchase by Green Flash, this was not an 'old school' pure hoppiness bottle.

L- Hazy yellow orange, thin but creamy head with small bubbles, some visible carbonation.
S- Flowery bouquet, grape fruit peel
T- Nice hoppiness, not overly bitter, more grapefruit peel and a little citrusy. Nice hop character.
F- Medium bodied, good mouthfeel, very clean.
O- Very good beer, nothing wrong with it, does not stand out against the many other great double IPAs like Pliny and Zombie Dust. Would need a reason to buy again.

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Photo of dirtyhalos
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcisco44
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CCutch
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Freeldrcw
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

huge fan of this one, thanks to my buddy for bringing me back one from his trip out there. stoked to finally try this rarity. this is really how double ipa used to be, and i bet when it came out, people were floored because they had never had anything like it. i think this is sort of the pliny effect. amazing beer, but a lot of others have caught up to it, even surpassed it at its own game over the years since it was first made. that said, its awesome, unique in its hops. very west coast, sticky and oily in all aspects, resinous and dank, less tropical than is fashionable now, but plenty of orange sweetness and assertive but not out of place hop bitterness. its a neat combination really, because while its a little intense, its also extremely drinkable as they go. also not trying to get up into the 10% abv range or anything, comfortable where its at. i like the citrus and pine mixture, and the relatively low bitter for what it is. still bitter, but i get more of the dry hops and the hop back processes than i do extended boil. as much as this is a flag post in the history of double ipa. i think it still stands out as original. more in flavor than in style anymore, but thats what we want right? i was overjoyed with it, and am dying for a bad boy now!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,674 ratings.
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