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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Photo of Crentist
3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- medium amber, decent carbonation, small bubbles with low retention, slightly opaque clarity.
S- I'm not getting any tropical fruit or overwhelming hops others are describing. Cat Piss, sourdough bread, un-aromatic hops.
T- Pine, dark hop flavor. The malt and hops both come through. Astringent. Clean finish.
F-medium to medium-light body for a DIPA. Sticky. It does hide the alcohol well as another reviewer described.

O- I don't seem to agree with the consensus about this beer. I found it a little too bitter, a little too astringent, and it lacked the overwhelming hop aroma I was expecting. The smell left a lot to be desired; pretty one note. The hop flavor is there, but I prefer more aromatic DIPAs that I think result from less hops in the boil, and more from dry hopping. Maybe mine in CT is not as fresh as it should be, even though BB is 5 months away.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a medium Amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells very hoppy.
T - Very smooth and hoppy.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really drinkable IPA. The alcohol seems well hidden.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, bright foam with medium low retention. Medium high, intense, sharp citric hop aromas with low malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium low carbonation and an incredible creamy smooth feel through the middle to the end along with pleasant boozy warmth. Medium high, dank, citrus hop flavors followed by a medium high hop bitter bite through the middle. Citrus flavors and bitterness taper below low malt flavors to the end. Finished semi-dryly with citrus hop flavor and a lingering light bitterness. Fresh, bright, intense hop flavors with an incredible feel. A fabulous DIPA.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber, clear, with a thin head that diminished quickly. Aroma is fruit and citrus with hints of some alcohol. Flavor is pine, grapefruit and grass. Very hop forward with a resinous mouthfeel. Hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A tasty beer overall.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep gold, almost orange color with a white feathery head. Aromas and flavors are fairly intense: resinous pine and bitter grapefruit pith dominate, with hints of pineapple, passion fruit, and sticky caramel malts. This is not a "juicy" IPA, nor a "dank" one, but it isn't a straight up assault of bitterness either. Its certainly interesting and feels like a beer that bucks current trends, while being versatile enough to be enjoyable to many ever-changing palates.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head. Nice retention with tight lacing - at least at the start. Aroma is a blast of hops and notes. Citrus, orange, resin, and pine come through in a sticky, almost-juicy aroma. Very tasty and appetizing. Biscuit malts form a nice base, and help substantiate the aroma. Fruity, citrus, orange hops pop through the flavor profile first. After the peak of fruity, orange notes, resin and pine hop notes stick the beer to the palate for a hoppy, slightly-bitter decompression of flavor. Mouth feel is filling, slightly abrasive and grainy, with a medium-thick consistency and texture. It's more of an experience to drink, rather then something to pound by the pool side. Overall, a well rounded DIPA with lots and lots going on. It's really more of an experience to drink, rather then something to slam.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 oz. bottle from Craft Beer Cellar Fort Point, best by date of April 30, 2017. Pours a translucent bronze/burnt orange color with a quickly fading 1 finger head. No lacing really to speak of. Unbelievable nose... dank hop resins, cat piss, sourdough bread, a bit of marijuana oils coming in as it warms up. Like the name says, taste is straight hop cones. Some noticeably astringent bitterness throughout the sip. Simcoe, Vic's Secret, Nelson hop varietals pop up on the palate. Not balanced in any sense but not too malt-heavy either. Too much hoppiness? Possibly. A beer not for the faint of heart or those with less refined palates, but it is certainly worth a try. Feeling like I prefer Duet and Hoppy Birthday.

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

Orange creamsicle. Booze. Sweet DIPA. I would like this a lot more in a single IPA version. Surprising how much the booze comes through in a relatively tame 8% ABV brew.

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

best by april 2017 so i assume this is pretty fresh.

pours fairly clear with a fluffy white head. super skunky aroma, in a good way. dank and resinous. very fresh aroma and i like it. hard to believe this is 8 percent abv as it is fairly easy drinking. well done brew by alpine.

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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 anon
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance left a little to be desired on this one, not much head and minimal lace accompanying this clear, deep gold elixer; two of my nitpicks on most DIPAs, but that minor note aside, there isnt much more to be said that hasn't been said before on this one.

All around fantastic take on a west coast DIPA. Smell is happy and sweet. Tons of hop and pine resin bitterness in the taste. Lots of floral, citrusy goodness going on here. Malt backbone gives this a nice, smooth sweetness in the end that I noticed right away. Feels excellent and very well balanced.

The smooth, sweet finish on this one stands out to me amongst the plethora of other DIPAs out there, and left me wanting more. A great beer.

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

On tap at Brewport into their pint glass, pours a clear amber color with a small head that leaves some spots on the side of the glass.

Smell is pretty dank and hoppy, malt sweetness provides a foundation underneath, somewhat fruity. Malt note upfront on the flavor, toasted bread, caramel and fruit sweetness, hops come in later, they're somewhat fruity, bit of dank resin, citrus notes. Finishes bitter and a bit sticky.

Leans more malty than the name would imply, but overall the beer is very well executed and tasty. If it were really pure hoppiness I would be much more impressed with this.

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

On tap at the brewery. I prefer Hoppy Birthday to this. Very solid beer, with monster hop aroma's. Taste is in par with Hoppy Birthday, but Hoppy Birthday smells better, IMO. Both are great solid beers. Would drink both of them anytime.

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

Pours golden to a darker shade of yellow. Aroma smacks heavy of dry hopping, no shortage going on here. Piney.

Taste is a minor malt sweetness enveloped by a shit ton of hops despite not being excessively bitter. Hides the alcohol very well, doesn't get bogged down in malt or caramel. You could wade dangerously into sessioning this stuff territory.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing amazing amazing. Had the opportunity to try this and it is by far one of the best double IPA's I've ever had. Piney and citrusy with a great malt backbone. Can't get much better.

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

It was clearly a well crafted double IPA, however as I had it a couple of days after its best by date it lacked the uber hoppy aromas and flavors that you expect from such a beer. I hope I can get a fresh one some day.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: clear, light amber, golden look ale. Nice white head.. Not much else to say. decent amount of bubbles

Smell: very clean hoppy scents. This particular bottle is smelling of sweet citrus, like lemon cooler cake too. Its a fruit bomb. Smelling like some of the trillium street series beers. I smell a slight spicyness or something, not sure if its the yeast or the hops. smelling great.

Taste: pineapple juice, orange hard candy, sweet generic fruit flavors. I taste less malts than other times ive had this beer. This beer is really well crafted even in today's

Feel: the feel is fine. about a medium or just a hair fuller. Nice carbonation, it suits the beer well.

Overall: this beer is not as amazing or delicious or impressive as their world famous BAD BOY or KEENE IDEA double IPA's but for a year round offering its quite incredible. One of the better imperial IPA's in Socal.

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

poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle. best by may 5th 2016. kudos on the clear dating.

looks slightly hazy orange yellow with nice foamy white head which subsides to a solid ring and faint covering. leaves okay lacing.

aroma gives off that of tropical fruit with a decent hop aroma. this is a fall beer, so likely closing in on 6 months old.

i'm enjoying the taste on this one . good balance, and layers of the flavors, first a good hop bite, then a nice sweet wash from the malt. the finish is slightly bitter, which lingers. at 8.0, it's on the low side abv-wise for a DIPA, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Feel is medium, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, an enjoyable DIPA. Pity I only grabbed the one bottle.

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

Got a six pack from Crockers Party Store in Niles, Michigan from a fantastic selection of beers....probably the best in southwest Michigan. Best buy date on bottle was May 5th, 2016. Anyway, this beer straight from the fridge doesn't have great flavor, but give it a few minutes to warm up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and WOW! It turned from an average beer to an outstanding beer.

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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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Photo of Stignacious
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Finger Lakes beverage center. Gold out of the bottle with about a finger of white head. Super piney on the nose with pungent earthy, citrus, and tropical notes. This is a classic West coast style DIPA; almost like finding a unicorn amongst today's current IPAs

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Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 10th May 2016. Got the same batch as "kitch" who gave it a 4.3. The nose is indeed tropical fruits, pine and grapefruit. Quite ordinary but well done. The taste is pure west coast IPA. But I don't see this being better than say, a Hop Ottin' IPA by Anderson Valley. It's basically the same in the taste and finish : too much resin and bitterness, not enough fruits and balance. It's also a bit too sticky. Had they done this 10 years ago maybe people would have been impressed, but in this day an age, it's "just" a descent West Coast IPA. Not worth actively searching for it. I don't care if you hop the hell out of it, just give me some complex flavors not a linear predictable brew...

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Photo of Sabtos
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden peach hue, with a moderate white bubbly head that dies down to a spotty blanket, with sticky spotty lacing.

Very aromatic pine and nectarine on the nose.

Bitter spicy hops yet juicy orange undertones, with maybe a little vanilla as well.

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Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Hazy amber with fluffy off-white head. As expected, hops rule the day in both aroma and taste. Even with the hop variety listed, flavors lean toward the resinous, piney end of the spectrum. Bitter snap at the end.

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