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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

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of rand
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to tulip glass

A: Pours a yellow-orange, fairly clear, forming a fluffy, cavernous, 2-inch head. Kinda resembles the surface of the moon. Head is really sticky, lacing everywhere.

S: Good lord, the hops! A big rush of citrusy, vibrant hop aromas fill the nose, even on a tiny sniff. Sugar-sweet grapefruit against freshly cut pine. A dollop of honey and alcohol round out the bouquet. Fresh and clean.

T: The taste follows the smell, but the big malt character suggested by the honey is right there in the front of the sip. Honeybread balances fresh pine, grapefruit and lemon. As the sip progresses, alcohol adds some spice, but just a touch. Citrusy tones bend tropical, with a note of butter. The piny edges of the hops begin to dominate and the beer becomes quite astringent and bitter, but the huge malt-backbone never lets things get out-of-whack. Big pronounced flavors, perfectly balanced. Finishes bitter-sweet and satisfying.

M: Smooth, velvety, a little oily. Plenty of carbonation keeps the palate clean. Rich, full-bodied complexion.

D: As easy to drink as you're going to get for a DIPA. The ale is so well balanced, it soon forms a singular flavor. Really hard to stop drinking this, but expect BIG.

Notes: Easily one of my favorite beers, and probably the only rival to Pliny the Elder. It's too simplistic to call it a hop-bomb - yeah, they crammed a crapload of hops in here, but there's plenty of everything else. I'll be drinking this as long as they brew it.

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Photo of Rjhami
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from 22oz to NB Globe.

A - A massive foamy head that starts out nearly 4 fingers wide. Layers upon layers of lacing subside above a constant stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. It is an apricot color with some transparency.

S - A toasty pine with citrusy nuances that you have to search for a bit. Pure hoppiness indeed as the hops give a pleasant smack to the senses.

T - A fantastic hop presence that is ridiculously smooth. Nice dry finish.

M - Lighter than expected and refreshing. The carbonation is notable and satisfying. The beer floats into your mouth as you quaff.

D - Goes down very easy for it's style. Could be potentially dangerous it is so drinkable. This brew is right up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip, thanks to Solomon420 for sending this! Review #800!

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a small bright white head that immediately starts to lay on lacing. Nose is really nice and fruity, floral and sweet, a bit piny and citrusy but it's a light.

Well, it's certainly bitter, hoppy and enamel ripping. That harsh bite stays on your tongue for quite a while. There's a good piney taste to it although it's not quite as fruity as some other beers. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, sublime carbonation. Nice easy drinking beer that hides its abv very well.

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

Pure Hoppiness has a dark, copper colored body with at least a finger of off-white head. The head is pretty creamy looking, and unsurprisingly it has good retention and leaves behind good lacing.

As soon as this beer landing on the bar, everyone around me could smell it. Holy shit is it hoppy. Loads of fruit with pineapple, mango, white grape and grapefruit. A lot of resin and pine scents; just a hint of pale malt lurks in the background.

Pure Hoppiness tastes about as good as it smells. Once again, there are just a ton of fruit flavors competing for dominance, including everything I picked up in the aroma: pineapple, mango, white grape, blood orange and grapefruit. All of these flavors come together to form a flavor that I imagine tastes like some sort of very bitter citrus juice. The resin and pine flavors are almost as powerful as the fruit flavors in the taste. Although this beer is bitter, especially in the finish the amount of hop flavor exceeds the bitterness. Somewhere in the background a bit of pale malt is hiding, but it doesn't do a whole lot to try and express itself.

The mouthfeel has a good amount of body. It is dry, bitter and a bit oily across the tongue.

I don't think Pure Hoppiness is a beer that you will sip. You will drink as much as you can quickly and happily, and then finish drunk.

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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From notes:

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with a thick 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head. Very good retention with large rings and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes as well as some earthy pine and subtle malt. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and orange peel. Slight biscuit presence.

Chewy full body with a uber fresh resinous hop blast up front that has all o the earthy and sweet flavors that the aroma suggests. Again, I'm picking up mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus sweetness which is countered by a slightly bitter, dry pine needle presence. This is excellently balanced by a pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. The ABV is very well masked making this beer dangerously drinkable. Each sip leaves me salivating for more. I was drinking this bomber way too fast and had to stop myself for pounding the whole thing down.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had of any style. I enjoy it much more than all of the other Alpine IPAs I've had so far including Exponential Hoppiness. Highly recommended!

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Photo of STEG
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger white head after No real retention, small splotchy lacing.

Smell has grapefuit, pineapple, peach, pear, and pine.

Taste has bitter hop, slightly skuny hops, fresh fruit, citrus pith.

Mouthfeel has moderate body and medium carbonation. Makes it quite pleasant to drink.

Overall very drinkable tasty stuff.

I very much appreciate johndoe8 for including this first as an extra and then getting this for me a second time.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
A: Burnt-orange, nice foam and lace that was well-retained throughout
S: Floral, bit of honey, grapefruit
T: Smooth and balanced IPA
M: Bittery start, but tasty throughout
D: Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but a very nice IPA!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again, urbancaver

A - light amber body, a bit cloudy, medium white head, leaves som nice lacing

S - very crisp, lots of grapefruit, some floral notes.

T - not quite what I hoped for from the nose, but a good hop profile from the nose, not as much grapefruit as I'd hope for. a somewhat creamy body.

M - nice and creamy, a medium body, perhaps more appropriate for a single IPA, a bit drying.

D - easy to drink, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- pour a bit murky orange with lots of foamy head. Lote of lacing on the glass

Smell- smells piny and hoppy. Lookouts of cascade hops on the nose. Gapefruit and citrus

Taste- lots of citrus/grapefruit on the tongue. Very crisp and hoppy

Mouthfeel- pretty decent mouthfeel. Some light malt profile but nothing too crazy

Drinkability- A bit bitter to be very drinkable but overall not too shabby ;)

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Photo of afksports
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this earlier with a good BA buddy, CooperEllis. Review's from notes while I wait for the woman to arrive before we head to this show... (which was epic, and now I'm finishing the review).

The appearance is a little murky but otherwise a very nice light amber with lovely head and solid lacing. It smells citrusy, sweet, and also features caramel malts. The taste is the same, and isn't totally hopped out. Pleasantly balanced and totally complete without a single element popping out at you.

Decent carbonation sits in the medium body and keeps this beer straight while you drink it. And as well composed as it is, I'd be in serious danger if this were available off the shelves. Totally perfect balance for me. Hands down. I'd keep it flowing like water.

Too bad I had to split a bomber.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.11/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Globe

Pours out a bright golden color. Body is crystal clear. Head is initially one finger in thickness in a white color. Eventually, settles to small island of foam with a ring around the glass. Etched glass keeps the head present for the whole session but only a thin layer. No lacing is present.

Sweetness front and center with no hops at all and that's all I'm getting. What the heck? Sadly I get nothing that resembles anything like what a "West Coast IPA" should smell like. Perhaps this bottle is old?

Much like the smell, tons of malt sweetness but no hops what so ever. There is a bitterness that is left in the throat after the beer has been swallowed but up front there is just sweetness. Like I said for the smell, I'm going to guess this is an old bottle...

This is really a saving grace for this beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth and semi thick. Even though the etched glass kept the carbonation coming it didn't show up on the tongue.

Well I will revisit this beer sometime when I know how old the bottle is. This was just overly sweet and no hop presence. Had there been hops to balance out the sweetness this would probably have scored much higher for me. It was still drinkable, but not what I was looking for considering I was hoping for an Imperial IPA.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a bright copper coloring with a fomay, quick to disipate head. Aromas of pine and foresty hops, with sweet citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel, and some candi sugar highlights. Initial tastes are sweet and flowery, with a full fisted punch of hops explosion to the back of your mouth. Citrus undertones help to balance the resinous and piney hops characteristics that land on you palate. Some very grassy notes in there, as well. Very green on the aftertaste, with pine notes balancing with a tart and sweet citrus blend of grapefruit and orange. Smooth, slick, robust bodied, yet with a crisp finish. Easy on the palate despite the heavy flavors and full feel, making the beer extremely easy to drink. Dangerous at 8% ABV, but what a fantastic beer!

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Photo of gregshead
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours w a nice finger of head. Head dissipates but leaves a nice ring of lacing on top.

S: Lots of grapefruit maybe a little orange citrus as well.

T: Lots of grapefruit hops bite but backed by a nice large dose of biscuity malt backbone

M: Good carbonation and a nice light feel especially for a DIPA.

D: Wow. So easy to drink. The best balanced DIPA to date for me.

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

22 oz Bottle - got a few in trade. Feeling like something hoppy and this one did the trick. Pours out a light copper with a decent white head. Beautiful citrus and hop aroma. Terrific flavors and a little bit of grapefruit sweetness. Offers up some tangy, bitter hops and some wonderful pine resins throughout. A nice balance and very easy drinking. Enjoyable.

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

Special thanks to biglobo8971 for sending me this awesome brew in a trade. This stuff doesn't exactly grow on trees around here (or in most places).

A: Vanilla-orange in color, fairly hazy, and with more head that brew... perhaps I shouldn't have poured it so hard. Yikes!

S: Mandarin oranges, with orange peel, lemon, and a good bit of candy sugar (in a cobbler sort of way).

T: Same as the nose, but with a mild, pleasant aspriny quiality, and a good bit of hoppy, candy-coated alcohol. The finish was fairly dry.

M: There was a mild peppery quality to this brew that killed the potential syrupiness. Also, this was a VERY well carbonated brew. It was actually so prickly that it almost burned.

D: This was my first Alpine brew and it definitely didn't disappoint. Awesome drinkability!

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -15.1%
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 +10.7%
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 -14.6%
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 -2.6%
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 +3.2%
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 -4.9%
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 +7.7%
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 +4.4%
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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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,527 ratings.
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