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 SanDiegoBeerLove
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow/Golden color with 2 fingers of Creamy Head. Head fades slower than average to leave a light film.

S - Smells of Citrus, Pine, Flowers, and Fruit Nectar.

T - Taste of Lemon, Grapfruit, Pine Resin, Honey, and Grass.

M - Mouthfeel is Oily, great Carbonation, and a very enjoyable Bitterness.

D - Drinkability is great as the alcohol is not too apparent and the balance makes it easy to finish a bottle or Growler. I've had many of these and being purchased(month ago) from the brewery it is also the best.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've had this so many times on tap, so I'm surprised I've never reviewed it...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper color with visible carbonation and a really nice thick off-white head.

Smell: Hop florals and spice - a fair amount of sweetness in there, like tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, fruit undertones with lots of bitterness, and some spiciness, coming in. Bitter aftertaste too, but again with some tropical fruit beneath. There's a bit of rye in the bitterness, that I haven't noticed on-tap before.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty with a strong ABV, but it doesn't affect the taste.

Definitely for those who like a bit more bitterness in their IPA than usual. I think I like this one a bit better on tap, but still a really nice IPA!

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Photo of domtronzero
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very slightly hazy golden orange copper with a long lasting, big, fluffy whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Piny and citrusy hops. Slight bready malt sweetness. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Piny hops with a big citrusy burst of grapefruit/tangerines. Nice caramelly sweet malt balance, with a big, firm hop bitterness that helps the beer finish clean and dry. Not astringent. Medium full body with a nicely carbonated bite.

D - Great for a DIPA. Clean, dry and crisp. Refreshing and full flavored, this is a great DIPA, world class for sure.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks: pours a perfectly clear pale almond yellow with a frothy one-finger head of off-white foam. The head recedes to about half its weight, sticks around as as heavy layer of film and a thick, sticky ring.

Smells: like Hawaiian pizza. Sweet honey, pineapple, pine and caramel apples.

Tastes: grapefruit, orange peel, honey, a little bit of ethyl alcohol, some soap, and, oddly, a tiny bit of oak. A hefty bitterness lingers across the taste buds.

Feels: fuzzy. Light, tickly carbonation, medium-bodied, nice, smooth and velvety. The alcohol is well-hidden and works with the bitterness. Great feel.

Drinks: impressively. Having tried both Pure Hoppiness and its big brother Exponential Hoppiness, it's clear that the brewers at Alpine know their way around hops. I'd rank this among the top IPAs in the country.

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

22oz bomber courtesy of mrmiles, thanks!

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber color with a thick, foamy eggshell color head. Retention is awesome. Lots of sediment in the bottle

S: As soon as I opened the cap I could smell citrusy hops...awesome. The nose is a mixture of piny/resiny hops along with citrusy hops, giving a solid grapefruit aroma. Also, the more it warms, the more tropical fruits I pick up...candied pineapple, mango, and apricot. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: Strong resiny and piny hops immediately greet the palate, along with a solid bitterness and underlying sweetness (honey?) that play on each other. There is a rubber-like aftertaste to it that kind of takes away from the flavor.

MF/D: Full in body, sticky feel to it, and a bitter resinous finish. Since the alcohol is so well hidden, this makes for a drinkable DIPA.

Notes: First beer from Alpine and it was awesome. Really need to get my hands on Nelson and Duet next.

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

Definitely better than expo hoppiness, imo. Pours a nice clear amber with a big off white, fluffy head that takes a long time to dissipate. leaves OK lacing behind. Aroma is of hops, in just about all of its possible characteristics. Lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine.

Flavor has similar characteristics, with only a tiny bit of a bready malt base noticeable. Very enjoyable brew. The hop profile is outstanding. VERY drinkable for how strong it is.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with a very light white head, carbonation evident in a nice, clean-looking slight-orange color.

Smell is of tropical fruits and pure hops, all the way through. Taste is, well, like it smells...hoppy, resiny (though sig less than expo hop), fruity, and all together pleasant. Malt is very subdued, but gives you a little notice.

Mouthfeel is smooth... not particularly crisp or creamy, just smooth with that hop bite always lingering. Drinkability is very good for the abv.... reminded me a lot of PtE in that sense (actually a lot about this beer reminded me of PtE).

Had this in same session with expo hop, nelson, and duet... and while they are all great, i'd probably pick this if I had to pick one...but I get the feeling that opinion would probably vary week to week for me.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another alpine beer and another nod to sideswipe-- thanks John!

Reviewed from notes (in my ongoing effort to get caught up on my reviews!)

A slightly hazy golden with some copper hues in there. A white head settles to a cloud froth-- good lacing.

Smell holds some caramel sweet malts and some orange peels. The orange peels smell great. No pine or tropical fruit in this one.

Mandarin oranges and crisp fresh floral notes follow up the caramel malts. Very pleasant flavor.

Would like a little more carbonation. The body feels heavier than it should, almost lackluster.

The beer is certainly palatable-- I've had a bottle that I found to be much better than this...

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Photo of fear025
3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Nice grapefruity hoppy aroma, with just a little bit of skunk. Sweet malt in the nose as well.

Appearance:Dark amber in color, nice white fluffy head, ok retention, very nice lacing.

Taste:The foretaste gives me a moderate amount of hops, but what I'm noticing more is the sweet malt backbone of this beer. On subsequent sips, the hope flavor does come through more, but I'm not sure I'd agree with the "mega hopped" description on the label. The hops are really interesting though, I'm getting some apricot/peach flavors, along with mint. The mint is what sticks around through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a low to medium body with good carbonation, and a delightful smoothness.

Drinkability:I was expecting more hop bite from this beer, but I ordered it online, so there's no telling how long it's been on the shelf. It did still have delicious and unique hop flavors.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice honey orange color with a big creamy off white head with stained glass lacing and great retention. The aroma is big mango gelato followed by clementines and some honey on the finish. The flavor has some big time Clementine acidity with some bright lemon bitter oil characteristics. The malt profile is lacking a little bit but the hops are fresh and definitely present. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, yet highly smooth and easy to pair with light seafood dishes and chicken. Drinkability lacks because it so hop forward it loses balance and really needs food or else it gets lost the hops. Aroma is unreal, but drinkability suggests that it needs food.

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Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange hue with a foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: Orange and other citrus fruits.

T: Rather sweet up front, but it finishes with a nice dosage of bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: It's a pretty good DIPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but I wish there was a brewed-on date so I could know if this bottle had a little age on it.

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Photo of newk340
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam head with wicked lacing and hazy golden yellow in color.

S: a blast of hops, slight citrus hints as well tease the senses.

T: an initial sizzle of hops with an aftertaste of tropical fruits.

MF/D: a buzz of carbonation that fades rather quickly leading to a rather smooth swallow.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of cmurren25, thanks Chad! Pours a slightly hazed, dark gold color. Thick, sticky tan foam holds great and clings to the glass with ease. A pretty brew, for sure.

Pine needles galore with a fresh, citrusy grapefruit punch. Almost medicinal smelling, the hops are so thick. Malt background has quite the load of caramel to boot. Fresh and hoppy, for sure.

Taste has a cool, uniquely minty and pithy hop profile, flowery even. Plenty of bitterness here and a decent amount of flavoring hops. Has a malt balance similar to Pliny, light caramel and grainy. Bitterness gets rougher as it warms and shows some rough edges. Flashes of bready yeast actually come through, nice. ABV feels and tastes right at about the 8% that it is, and I like the fact the alcohol is not over the top. Good beer, quite drinkable. I would probably put this third, after Sculpin and Pliny for best IPA/DIPAs that I have had.

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

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a very nice strong golden color with some orange and amber hues. Oily like pour. There is a nice .25 inch head that is nice and white with slight ivory hints and pretty dense and small bubbles. It recedes slowly but then again its a smaller head.

S - Delicious citrus hops and grapefruit sweetness with some mild honey-suckle aroma. Slight grainy malt. Great pine like aroma almost Christmas tree strong but very appealing. The grassy hop aroma is soooo fresh almost like there are hop cones in the bottle.

T - Wow delicious hop explosion in the mouth! Citrus orange and grapefruit peel as well as delicious sweetness from these fruits. In the middle there is a nice pale malt biscuit flavor that is well balanced along with the hoppiness. To me this flavor attains 99.99% perfection. Great dry citrus feel on the back end that is bitter and deliciously refreshing. As the beer warms there is some nice alcoholic warmth and spice. Perfect addition to other flavors.

M - A bit on the light side but still very delicious, crisp and oily. Clean flavors that are very distinct and pop out. One of the best DIPA's in my book.

D - Refreshing and delicious. ABV is not too crazy.

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Photo of e11a627
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty golden-yellow color.

S: Obvious hop aromas but also kind of smelled like soap or potpourri.

T: Not sure if Alpine Beer Co. used a different kind of hops that I'm not familiar with/used to but it tasted too fruity and reminded me of soap. Almost the floral flavors you taste in belgian IPAs.

M: Hops flavor lingers on tongue for a while. Almost feels like a syrup consistency in throat post-swallow with a sharp aftertaste and stays with you.

D: Wasn't too fond of this beer but maybe because I'm just not used to the sweeter hops. Too fruity and sweet for my tastebuds.

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Photo of hu5om
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again, Evan.
a-golden orange, finger of cream fluffy head. nice patchy lacing
s-white grapes, apricot, citrus
t-big hoppy sugary white grapes, apricot, light pineapple, a bit of pine, lots of stuff goin on here. bubble gum?
m-gentle tingle of alcohol. light effervescence. pretty light and refreshing.
d-like it more than duet, less than nelson. but hell, that's pretty damn good. fruity pebbles ipa. i dig it.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mlaroche for throwing in this want extra of mine.

Pours a golden color with a tinge of orange, great sized head that fades at a slow rate, some nice patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is beautifully hopped, the majority of the aroma is citrus blended with a hint of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste starts out sweetly hoppy, it's kind of weird that it's not overly bitter hoppy, but there's a nice sweetness to it that isn't cloying but just right, the citrusy hops have enough bite with a slight presence of fruit.

A very good DIPA that doesn't go overboard on the bitterness factor but highlights the other aspects of a hoppy beer.

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Photo of chaz01
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a trade with mobz24 (Thanks Richard) poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Golden yellow color, thick head that retains very well and produces some nice lacing.

S: Pine, Citrus and Caramel Aromas

T: More of a mellow, earthy, piney hop flavor initially -- a bit subdued and not overpowering. But then the beer finishes with an incredible long lasting piney hop finish that goes on and on.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation

D: Very solid IPA that I would seek out again -- easily drinkable and would pair well with a pasta or fish entree.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a deep orange/amber color with a nice 1 finger fluffy white head. Strong aroma of citrus and sweet malt. The taste is quite nice without being too hop overpowering. Very well balanced with what they call the "hop bite" and the end. More citrus rind hop flavors than pine. Lack of alcohol taste for being 8%. Mouthfeel is slightly off in my opinion as it seems like it should be slightly heavier. This isn't a bad beer by any means but I think I was expecting a little more out of it.

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Photo of jamex
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

S - An amazing bouquet of pine, citrus, hops, pineapple and everything you would expect from a wonderful WC DIPA.

T - Similar to smell, with an added burst of 'rusty' hops. An absolutely brilliant beer with a very clean finish. Almost Pliny worthy, but not quite. However, leaves me wanting another (I'll call this the "pliny effect.")

Notes: This is my second Alpine beer. My only other was a Mandarin Nectar which I found incredibly refreshing after a day at the beach. When I purchased this beer I also bought a Duet and Nelson - reviews to come.

Edit: I just had this beer again (2/18/11) and it is friggin' amazing.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrtopher for this one!

Into the pint glass goes this one and whoa!!! Loads of carbonation even with an easy pour... Very active head... Quite clear for an unfiltered brew... Golden with 3 inches of head most of the time....

Citrusy and piney aromas that are actually a little more subdued than I was expecting and hoping for... Nice aromas for sure but they don't seem pungent enough for me....doesn't smell old or anything, just a little subdued and that could be due to the head on this thing...

Crisp hoppy flavors led by grapefruit followed by resiny pine finishing abruptly with not much of a lingering bitterness at all... Malts hold their own in the background quite well... Pretty balanced actually...

The carbonation grew tiresome after a while with this one... Overly carbonated on the palate, it hurt the drinkability a bit..

Overall a very solid brew... I have a bottle of Nelson and Duet from these guys and can't wait to see how they measure up...

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Taken from notes

Pours a light orange vibrant color with a two and half inch white fluffy head. Good retention that leaves bits amount of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The smell is of citrus with tangerine being dominate along with pine like hops and slight floral aromatics.

The taste upfront was of a slight citrus tangerines flavor along with grapefruit and midway is a pine bitterness that seemed to dominate the rest of the flavor.

Thick syrup like body that I did not really care for with average carbonation.

Out of Duet, Nelson, and Pure hoppiness. This one was the worst of the three. I recommend Duet if you are going to choose.

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

A generous and fresh gift from Arbitrator. Thanks once again, Arbi!

Served in a pint glass, it pours a very frothy head with incredible lacing evenly dispersed. Somewhat opaque, not cloudy and more orange than the largely brownish DIPAs I've enjoyed recently.

Wafts of tangy citrus fruits abound..grapefruit, orange, lemon zest - an aromatic and great smelling beer.

Well balanced, a bit grassy, not a huge malt presence. Sweet caramel comes through but in a subdued fashion. Tropical fruits and a clean finish. Just the correct amount of carbonation. I pick up some pine but it is not sticky or resiny overall.

How do they get it this clear appearing as an unfiltered beer?

I've never experienced an DIPA that comes off the palette as clean as this one.

Scary session-like for a big boy. No heat at all; you would never guess it packs such a large ABV.

Much love for yet another Alpine product. I can see why they are in such huge demand. I would buy this again and again if available locally.

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Photo of hayesez
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kaiser81 for sending me this a week ago. I didn't know what treat I was actually receiving! Cracked it open at a recent poker game - wasn't planning on reviewing it until I took my first whiff. Whew, amazing! This my first beer from Alpine, and it sure started off with a bang!

I cracked this thing open as the big blind landed in front of me. A very nice frothy head billowed up inside of my Cigar City pint glass. The beer itself is a deep golden amber with a dark center and leaves sporadic off-white lace in my glass.

The smell - this is it. I was absolutely blown away by the smell of this beer. I kept passing it around to the guys at the table (most of whom are BMC kinda guys) in hopes of someone finding it to be as amazing as I...yet unsuccessful. I didn't even dive into this one until a full round of blinds - I just enjoyed the smell. The grapefruit is the dominant smell, and it is juicy and full. There is an obvious orange peel as well as the orange fruit as well. On the end, there is a bit of pine. An outstanding job of balancing the sweet maltiness with the hops.

The flavor of this guy is just bursting with sweet fruit. Grapefruits and oranges for sure, and if I had a better idea what tangerines or mangos, and all of that tasted like, I'm sure they would be in there too. Followed closely by a blast of hops, this beer truly is aptly named. The hoppy resin is definitely felt in the medium-bodied brew. It is well carbonated but a bit slick.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the Pure Hoppiness. A great example of a well-balanced DIPA. Fortunately, Ryan sent me some more of Alpine's stuff as well. I look forward to cracking those open this week.

Consumed: 7/31/2010

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