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 juhl31
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +10.2%
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 -5.3%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 +10.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +11.1%
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 -2.1%
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 -7.2%
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 -0.2%
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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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -7.2%
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 +0.9%
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 -3.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +6.3%
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 -18.8%
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 -15.1%
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 -6.3%
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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