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
Ranking:
#422
Reviews:
946
Ratings:
3,724
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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1,180
Gots:
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Ratings: 3,724 |  Reviews: 946
Photo of nh_eng
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duncian
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange with solid white cap. 4.25
Deep, oily orange peel with a hint of dank. 4.25
Thread of toffee, then ringing candy-sweet orange, slight resin, grass, and flowers. Hints of pineapple and apricot as it opens. 4.5
Gentle but steady bitter pine needle linger.
Halfway to medium, oily, smooth. 4

Looks and smells serious, and man, does it follow up. It’s like a traditional C hop IPA that’s been distilled down to IPA essence: hugely intense oiliness, aroma, citrus punch, vibrancy… (Brewdog Hop Shot is the only thing similar that comes to mind.) The only things it wisely pulls punches on are bitterness - which is almost underpitched - and body, a staggeringly drinkable medium-rare.

Not a finely crafted intricate piece of jewelry like Pliny; rather, a single, shining gemstone of a DIPA. 4.5

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Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at Pizza Parlor in the West Loop of Chicago. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had bitter citrus hints. The taste was bitter leaning and not for those that disdain grapfruit. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not to sound cliche, but this truly is a beer focused on pure hoppiness. It is a big DIPA, but minimal malt. Just enough to tie it all together. Hops take center stage and boy are they prominent. Piney, hoppy, floral, citrus, dank hops front and center. This is all about the hops. Malt takes a backseat to let the hops shine, which makes it fairly drinkable for a big DIPA like this. It feels lighter than the ABV would suggest, although, the minimal malt does let the alcohol heat poke through just a little.

Pretty good stuff and possibly one of the best DIPA'S I've had that showcases hops in all their glory, restraining the malt to make sure they come through uninterrupted.

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Photo of NodakEric
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic West Coast style IPA. Slightly sticky and syrupy, sweet, with some mild pine-y hop presence but only minimal bitterness.a s Pliny doesn't end up in the Midwest - I'd happily drink Pure Hoppiness any time. Honestly... I'd put it up against Pliny, confidently. It's a fantastic beer, and it should get more credit. Excellent IPA!

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of George2744
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fearless2357
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpine and their hoppy beers. One of my favorite DIPAs.

The smell and aroma of the hops in this beer is just amazing. So much complexity and combinations of smells. If you like the hops, this is your beer. Bitter + fruity flowery aromas = pure happiness

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

After being on a stout/barleywine/porter kick for the last month, having had few thoughts of returning to hop bombs I found myself at a bar, with only one vaguely interesting sounding beer on tap, Alpine Pure Hoppiness. Drinking this beer was like coming home. I was back to my origins. This copper-orange brew serves up an incredible dose of floral, earthy hops. The nose, oh my god the nose, is incredibly complex. It's the closest you can get to sniffing Jerry Garcia's beard. Patchouli, orange peel, skunky weed, cardamom, caramel. On the tongue, the flavors develop in waves. First, you're hit with malty marzipan goodness, then comes the earthy notes and floral and citrus overtones, then a bitter hop slap which leaves behind by a lingering pineyness like a ringing in your ears.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Alpine Brewing (and bought 6 for transport home to Canada). Pours a clear golden-orange with one finger white head. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, somewhat sweet. Taste sweet grainy malt, pine, grapefruit, citrus rind with flood of hop bitterness that seems to linger forever (but remains very balanced). Hop avalanche - fantastic.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaneb818
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clear pale orange brew with a smooth topping of tan froth.

Prolific herbal and oily hops to the nose with a hint of caramel and fruit.

Herbal, floral and bitter on the tongue followed by alcohol spice, tannin, sugar and a wave peach and pear.

Medium and smooth from start to finish.

Just about as perfect as it gets.

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Photo of Noles9585
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber with an average head. The aroma features bright floral tones, pine, grapefruit peel, caramel, grass, onion, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. The flavor starts with bright, fresh pine and juniper, then burnt orange peel, pineapple, mango, cannabis, and a big sweet dollop of caramel, with healthy strong bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is very full with moderate fizzy carbonation and a touch of astringency. Overall this is a really nice beer - I see why it is so renown - the pronounced bitterness balanced with strong malt makes for a powerful beer maybe a touch too sweet for me.

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Photo of pkjorgy
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold with a white head. Smells of very strong weed, dankness, hops, and citrus. Tastes of weed, dankness, slightly bitter hops, caramel, malt, pine, and light citrus. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall an incredible DIPA. This is one of the few IPAs I have ever tasted/smelled weed in, and it is very strong.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3,724 ratings