Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 punkrkr27
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold pour with a loose white head. Very floral and dank with lots of citrus, heavy pine on the finish, a long evergreen aftertaste, hints of tropical fruit in the middle and a grassy, alcoholic finish. Sticky, resiny medium body with lots of carbonation.

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

Wow! Pours a hazy golden with a good head and plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is orange with lots of fruit and citrus rind and a strong piney character as well. The flavor is again tons of orange and various citrus (both rind and fruit), The beer is very dry and piney with some fruity malt and yeast character. Really one of the best West Coast IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance - This beer had a thick fluffy off white, creamy head, the beer itself nice bronze amber color with some honey tones about it.

Smell - Extremely fresh hop smell, hine of green apple peel, one hell of a fresh spring like smell, like the air outside smells when the seasons change from winter to spring, very floral fresh aroma.

Taste - Like most good quality IPA's the first thing you notice is the fresh hop tast, excellent citrus and pine flavors explore your palate. One dissapointing charactieristic that I found was that the flavor doesn't linger on the palate it dissappears very quickly after the sip This is why i gave the taste a lower score.

Mouthfeel - Very well carbinated, not a light beer but very medium bodied.

Drinkability - Hard to get beer here in Texas. Great IPA to try, highly recommend, very well balanced IPA easy to drink, very smooth, nice and refreshing, bring the spring season out from the cold.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This is a good looking beer out of the glass. It pours a copper tangerine color with a foamy white head. Decent retention on the head, with a smattering of sticky lace coating the glass on the way down.

Smell: This nose just pops and drives my olfactory system nuts. I can't even place the primary aroma exactly, but I get a cotton candy-like sugary sweetness, some honey, pure cane sugar, a touch of caramel, and oh yea, a ton of hops. Sugary grapefruit, some floral hops, and pine really control the nose.

Taste: Light sweet caramel malt, some light biscuity malt, and then an explosion of hops. Hops in the boil turn into a dank flavor, while candy grapefruit, a floral burst from the nose, and a touch of sticky pine finishes the hop bill out. This is a hop bomb, and it is fantastic. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, juicy yet dry at the finish, medium carbonation in a slightly fuller than medium body, and I walk away thinking about how creamy this feels.

Drinkability: Just amazing, there is not more that needs to be said about it.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into .3l tulip

An amber pour, sticky fluffy light white head. There is quite a bit of lacing. Some sticky and some which receeds nicely with the brew. Loose, large bubbles.

A pine head w/ malt sweetness. There is also some note of sweet citrus.

With the initial sip the aroma is more clearly defined. There is a more pronounced pine bitterness but this is a pleasent flavor/aroma combination and does not take anything away from the many citrus and floral notes.

The carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel of this is unremarkable if needing no imporvement. It neither takes away from nor contributes much to the overall enjoyment of this brew. The enjoyment really lies in the initial burst and the way that it smoothly fades with each successive sip.

Finishes easy. Odd that this makes me wish it was a 12oz bottle. I think the overall drinkability is good, but I do not think that it is as enjoyable in larger quantities simply because the highlights of this brew are lost with familiarity.


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Photo of ratedz
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MrTopher for throwing this in as an extra...this is one I have been looking forward to trying!

Pours a hazy gold color with about an inch to inch and a half of off-white head. The head dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a small pillow of foam in the middle and a lot of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

I can smell this one from a couple of feet away! The nose is full of citrus notes...grapefruit and mango are the most noticeable. A slightly sweet caramel-like backbone is present, but the hops are the the main event here.

The taste is loaded with the same citrus hops that dominated the nose. Some pine needles appear in the slightly dry finish.

The mouth feel is slightly oily and a little on the thick side, almost perfect for the style. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This one goes down very easy for an 8% DIPA!

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold. Pours with a large, voluminous, fluffy, off-white head that just sits on top of the beer. Excellent retention. Copious lacing.

S: Loads of pungent citrus. Grapefruit and orange rind. Tropical fruit to a lesser extent and some pine to round it all out.

T & M: Clean, lighter bodied with a pale malt base. Some floral and citrus hops. Maybe some pineapple or mango. A bit sweet, almost creamy smooth. Moderate bitterness on the finish with a little fusel heat.

D: Very good for any hop lover. Nice light malt base allows for the hops to come through while allowing this beer to go down real easy.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and a light tan head. In the aroma, grapefruity and orange citrus hops. In the taste, grapefruity and orange citrus hops, but more orange, also both being a bit dry. A small bite, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus hop aftertaste. Big hops and quite good.

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Photo of sitarist
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to thedindaniel.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color...lose head that falls to a ring leaving rings of lacing.

I sell loads of citrus(orange peel, grapefruit, lemon), and tropical fruits...It is candy like, lemon-heads maybe? It tickles my nose, and is begging me to take a sip.

That sip becomes a gulp...It is resinous with orange peel, tropical fruits, pepper, and candy...Its all about the hops...More like an IPA! IMO

Smooth and creamy...just a little light for the style...a little bite from the hops, with light carbonation...the flavors slide across my tongue.

I could drink this everyday...another great hop-bomb from the west-side! This beer will remain on my wants list.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured golden with tints of brown. One finger bright white head. No visual carbonation. thick lacing on the sides of the glass

S-- Big aggressive pine, grapefruit, mango and orange. Very in your face. Just a bit of Carmel backbone.

T-- Orange, Mango, passion fruit and flashes of pine.

M-- Oily feel and heavy, even with medium carbonation. Long lasting Pine and grapefruit feel.

D-- Big and aggressive. Very in your face. A big time sipper for a DIPA. Bigger than the listed 8% ABV but well hidden.Massive is all I can say. Enjoyed every bit of this. lower score for the 22oz format. Would be a near 5 for a 12oz. Amazing beer.

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Photo of juhl31
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-clear gold color with a white head that had some some decent credentials to match

-good malt/hop combo. a little on the sweet side

-good balanced IPA. not overly bitter either. a little bit of pepper in there

-very smooth with a good body. no harshness in the carbonation to take away

-very good straight up IPA. this is a very pitcher friendly beer!

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

Bottle shared by Dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan!

This beer appears a slightly hazy yellowish orange hue. Random bits of sediment can be found floating about. There is about an inch of head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. I didn't enjoy this beer as much as Duet, but still thought it was decent. The beer has nice hop and grapefruit flavors. The feel is sticky and coats the palate. It's slightly sweet and finishes with a hint of alcohol. Overall, a solid beer and worth a try.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $6.99 at Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty clean (especially for a Double IPA), slight amber, golden hue with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for a few sips, leaving massive amounts of lace from start to finish.

S: Fresh and hoppy - extremely resinous pine and citrus backed by a bit of sweet malt and slight booziness. The hop aroma is amazing and by far one of the nicest smelling IPA's around.

T: Wow - being a lover of hoppy beers, this one takes the cake! Super grassy, resinous hop, strong citrus flavor with a bit of sweet roasted malt at the end that balances out the hop perfectly without being too prevalent. I like that the malt is not overdone on this one, as many of the other Double IPA's out there are.

M: Medium bodied, sticky, smooth and well carbonated with small vigorous bubbles that roll across the palate perfectly.

D: Too easy to drink - at 8% ABV, they'll get on top of you quick though.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/2/10; the last of three wonderful Alpine IPAs from Rock4sc96, thanks so much man!

I've been extremely excited to try this, as I saved it for last out of Duet and Alpine.

Poured into an Alchemist Brewery pint glass

A: Light orange/amber, hazy like many DIPAs are. Good head.

S: Grapefruits, orange, then some sticky pine resin on the finish. Some caramel hints

T: Hops, bittering, malt. This is really good, but at this point, and compared to the Nelson that absolutely floored me, I don't see anything spectacular. It makes me wonder if with no bottling dates, this was the oldest of the three.

F: I like the big DIPA feel. Not too syrupy, solid medium body, slightly chewy. Enough carbonation to carry it home.

D: Good, I can taste a hint of alcohol here. Perhaps fresher hops would have changed this?

I'm not giving up on this beer. I was simply astounded by the other two previously mentioned, so I'm going to seek out another trade of this to review.

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

pours a pale hazed peach color with a great fresh billow head and sticky clingy lacing..smell is pine ,citrus.sweet floral hop resins some malt and bread in the background..taste is a hop heads dream..its pine hops.citrus hops ,floral hops,tropical hops..its balanced with the hop assault with sweet caramel malts and bread tones in the back of the mouth..mouth feel is is medium full of hops delicious and void of ABV..this bomber disappeared like water went down fast and oh so good...so drinkable so fresh so hoppy

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes out to plinytheyoungest for this as an extra. 22oz into an old school New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color almost orange, with a dense white head about an inch thick that will not go away, incredibly billowy. Huge gobs of lacing. Excellent color.

S: Smells a lot like a hopped up version of Alpine's Duet, strong citrus notes, and some great pine notes. Slightly cake batter as well with the malt profile. I don't want to say it smells sweet, but it does as it mingles with the hops. Some decent tropical fruits as well. Nice.

T: Fades from the nose into the mouth quite nicely, the hops shine on the front end with lots of tropical fruit, maybe a bit of pineapple, and a fair amount of grapefruit as well. Nice malty sweetness as well but not over the top. Bitterness is nice, but by no means overwhelming. Overall a nice DIPA.

M: Medium body, excellent dry finish, and slightly warm on the booze. This is exactly what it needs to be.

D: Sessionable DIPA? This is it, has all the aroma and nose of the huge hop bombs but not over the top with bitterness, also a little lower in alcohol which helps. If this was on tap I'd have no problem having a few pints. Nicely done.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear gold with a white foamy head that lasts, leaving gobs of sticky lace on the glass.

Smells of biscuits and perfumy floral hops with a tinge of sweetness.

Tastes of biscuity malt, with intense floral and mildly bitter hops. It is nicely balanced between malt sweetness and hops.

The body is moderate, with good carbonation. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Very tasty and drinkable IPA. I should have gotten more, cause I want another bomber right now.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale hazed apricot hue with a large thicket of finely bubbled billowing off white head. Chunky textured rises up above the rim of my glass, aromatics play the part cutting through your senses with grapefruit pith, sweet baby aspirin tones and herbal grassiness. Sweet sugar coated hops come through with a strong long lived bitterness this is West Coast IPA. I actually enjoy the diacetyl put forth in these beers, I don't see it as an off flavor just a nice complimentary flavor compared to most other big hoppy beers out there. I'm thoroughly impressed with the three IPAs I've had thus far. Big brash bitter but balanced with a nice biscuit breadiness/buttered bread really comforting malt profile with herbaceous, spicy hops and citrus grapefruit pith. Pretty incredible tasting IPA, I'm glad to have the opportunity to try these brews. This is rounded out from front to back hop flavor hits the palate oily slick with resin, medium to fuller bodied soft fluffy carbonation gotta love this stuff. Inredible drinkability compared to most big hoppy ales, this one is full of finesse. My friend and brother may have to make a pilgrimage out to this brewery someday in the near future, we all love these beers. Outstanding effort, I plan to imbibe more of these and possibly an Exponential Hoppiness to one up this one.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold / orange color with a two finger foamy head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, and pine. Very nice.

The taste has grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, and pine. A nice combination of sweetness from the malt backbone, and bitterness from the hops.

Medium bodied, nice carbonated, smooth, and creamy. A very nice DIPA which I could drink again and again.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Stemmed glass.

The color is a hazy dark orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty piney and smells a bit like wet hops. Some nice citrus flavor is the background that is quite lemony in flavor and is a bit pithy.

The taste is bitter citrus hop flavor at first. There is a soft embrace of piney flavors with the hops in front and a nice malty flavor that finishes this beer off in the back. There is some interesting hits of sugary flavor that is a bit too sweet but overall the taste is really good.

The feel of this beet is medium bodied with some strong hop flavor that is strong but easy to handle. It goes down well and is just the right mix for a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip. Huge thanks to sleepyhead for sending me a fresh bottle of this.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a thick off-white head that receded into a thin scum that left a lattice of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: This smells amazing, and yet strangely the first beer that came to mind when smelling this is Sculpin. The hops in this range from citrusy grapefruit and pineapple, to exotic passion fruits and grassy pine. This beer smells super sweet and super fresh and perfumey all around.
T: Hops are fresh and resiny. I pick up notes of honey, grapefruit, and bitter pine. More malt comes through than the nose, but it takes a welcomed backseat to the hop onslaught. Finish is clean with a touch of herbal tea and tobacco. Aftertaste is both sweet and bitter.
M: Medium slick body with an oily mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.
D: One of the better DIPA's I've had, but not quite the best. Close though. Extremely drinkable with an exceptional hop profile. Thanks again Jeff for the great brew!

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Photo of hophead247
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing. As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma. Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter yet smooth. Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation. This is one of the better DIPA's I've tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it.

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

Ok so today I did an Alpine IPA tasting with myself, 3x22oz IPAs- Pure Hoppiness, Duet, Nelson.

A- Pours a dark golden/amber color with nice 1-2 fingers head that left amazing amounts of lacing on my glass.

S- Very good hop scent similar to Pliny. Loads of citrus and pine with loads of resin and grapefruit, after the first couple of sips I noticed more mango and tropical fruits.

T- Loads of pine and grapefruit with a light malt backbone for balance, I wish the taste had as much flavor as the nose, I don't get as much tropical flavors.

M- Medium body with resiny hops that stick and clean the pallate, no trace of alcohol. Decent balance.

D- Very easy to drink, just wish the taste was equal to the smell...

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose lots of grapefruit and piney hops in the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well this is definitely a hop bomb so if thats your thing you'll love this one so for all you hop heads out there give this a try

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alan for some Alpine extras. Never had this one, but love all their other offerings. Consumed from my 3Floyds glass...

A- Golden Amber color, with a soapy white head. Very nice lacing coats the glass. It has a nice warm glow about it.

S- Smells piney and of fresh hops. Very Pliney esque, with an Alpine style citrusy scent.

T- Nice and crisp, fresh hops fill my palate. There notes of lemon/orange, and strong pine notes transition in my mouth. Strong hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

M- Perfect for the style. Nice and bubbly, with a transitional mouth to it that just keeps changing. The hops aftertaste coats the mouth.

D- Very nice on a hot day. Perfect balance and the mouthfeel is amazing. I want to chug it at times.

Another great beer from Alpine. While it's probably not my favorite of their offerings, it is a darn good beer. Wish this stuff was available on this coast, as it would be a staple of my beer drinking selection.

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