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

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Photo of jckdaniels03
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good West Coast dry hop bomb. Serious hops with some citrus, a little malt, and a strong DIPA finish. Definite buy again. Excited to try other Alpine Beers. Cheers!

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Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label reads: "Best By 27 APR 2016 F15330"

Appearance: The body of the beer appears mostly clear with just a tad of haze. It is a darker golden orange color with a short off-white creamy head.

Aroma: Not much aroma here. It has this sweet candy smell that reminds me of a tootsie roll pop but really even when I close my eyes and try to blank the canvas I'm not getting anything. Pretty lackluster.

Taste: I get a big malty hit right off the bat. It's a very sweet tasting beer. The bottle says "West Coast-Style" which usually has a lot more hop flavor. This one honestly taste more like an East Coast Style beer from the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a good mouthfeel leaving just a bit of residual sweetness. Good bitterness although it feels like the scales are tipped slightly more towards the sweet side.

Overall: It's not a bad beer. I feel like I was a bit misled by the name "Pure Hoppiness" because it is a very sweet tasting beer and the claim to be a "West Coast-Style" threw me a bit. If you are a fan of a maltier DIPA then this is for you. I did enjoy it and I would drink it again but before I would recommend the beer I would have to throw out the caveat explained above.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 6/1/2016.

Medium amber color, brilliant clarity, with a large, creamy, white head. This is how I like my IPAs to look, as opposed to some of the unfiltered milkshakes that have become the recent trend. Big hop aroma filled with citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, and flowers. More citrus in the flavor with a sharp bite to it from the pine. You do get some caramel malt in there for balance. Long, dry, and bitter aftertaste that never gets anywhere near being astringent. In fact, it's very clean and easy to drink.

So, that was some of the good. Now, the bad... $16.99 for a 6-pack. Ouch! And, from what I'm hearing, that's inexpensive compared to some other states. Outstanding Imperial IPAs are being brewed all over the country, so you better be producing something special to charge that much. I've had interest in Alpine for some time now and this was the first beer of theirs to be available in bottles in NJ. So I decided to splurge and give it a shot. I'm happy it's in 6-packs compared to an $8.99 bomber or $14.99 4-pack. I was able to give a couple of bottles to friends and still have some for myself. However, I probably won't be purchasing any of their bottled offerings again until the prices come down. This is a very good beer, but nothing that sets it apart from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber brown color with a full inch of frothy head.
S - Piney and citrus hops with sweet orange malty goodness.
T - Sweet and bitter but has a nice sweet middle were the malts and hops clash so perfectly. Finish is bitter and a touch soapy west coast style.
M - Medium bodied and smooth with a nice balanced bitterness.

Overall I tired this once and liked it enough to post a review with a new bottle. Still did not disappoint!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange with a firm white head and lacing.. Oniony/garlic with piney and surprisingly not as bitterness as expected... Tons of allium notes that get a bit clingy on my palate, I just don't dig it as much as I do other hop profiles. I doubt I will buy another one of these again.. too many other fantastic DIPA's in the rotation.


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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Quite clear golden. Huge soapy white head that leaves bubble bath like lacing everywhere. A real looker here.
smell: Floral and grapefruit and piney with some citrus for good measure. Loads happening in this nose.
taste: Quite dry. A relatively (and unexpected) smooth dry citrusy thing followed by a gentle bitter pleasant bloom in the finish. Nice

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Photo of rajendra82
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

The famed Alpine Pure Hoppiness is finally here, thanks to Green Flash buying out the smaller brewery. The 12 oz. bottle had a best by date of June 6, meaning it was bottled on January 6, which makes this at a fresh age of 2 weeks at the time of this review. The beer poured with a typical amber color of DIPA style, with a slight chill haze. The head formation was on the large end of the spectrum, starting off at over two fingers thick, and mounding above the rim of the tulip glass. The aroma was very pungent, being noticeable at an arm's length, and hitting your nose with the smells of pine, grapefruit peel, black pepper, and hay as the beer was sniffed. The taste was not at aggressively bitter at first as the smell was suggesting. During the initial part of sip the herbal hops were muted, presenting grapefruit and grass, followed by a a touch of pine. Mid palette the flavors turned spicy and resinous. There was not much malt presence here, as this a dry West Coast, hop bomb all the way. The body was on the thinner side of medium, and the finish had teeth coating hop acid. This was truly a hophead's dream come true, and I am so thankful I can pick it up so easily. A notch above my go to staple of Torpedo in hop quotient.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange color. 1/2 finger of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is dominated by grapefruit pith and pine. Light lemony citrus.

Taste is all about resinous pine. Totally dominating. Bitter grapefruit pith. Nice carbonation tickle. Very dank. Onion/garlic notes. Large amount of bitterness that lingers well past the sip. Moderate amount of sweetness that cuts the hop bitterness near the middle of the sip. To summarize: grapefruit, pine resin, bitterness.

Overall, the beer is pretty good. I prefer more tropical fruits and less astringent bitterness. Not bad by any means, but not a personal favorite. Also, I'm pretty sure it's a GF version. I see it pairing well with a green tea ice cream. It gets a 84/100.

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Photo of erikcx
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Lovely floral and caramel aroma. Deep amber color with light head. Rich flavor with a hint of the caramel, loads of hops, and a fair amount of alcohol heat. Alcohol and hops linger on the finish. Tasty, but be prepared for the kick.

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Photo of Act25
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lucky find as a single at WFM in NJ. Worth it. My first Alpine. Try 24.

A. The beer is a cloudy, sediment laden orange body with a 1 finger dense-white head that fades slowly and leaves a trickley lace on the glass. Poured into Duvel Tulip - my fave glass.

S: The aroma bursts with piney, grassy hops with compliment of citrus sweetness.

T: Follows smell. The taste is dominated by abundant, nuanced piney, grassy, and bitter flavors of hops, but the hops are complimented by citrus sweetness and a malt backbone. Above all is the fresh juiciness, and abundance of the hops and then how it's well-balanced blend of hops bitterness, pepper, with citric sweetness.

M: Juicy, fresh, smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

O: This gets better as it warms and the further you go down the glass.
Hard to follow. World Class. I bought one, you go buy 24!

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a nice draft of this at a local excellent beer bar. It is a little boozy (as expected with the abv), but the taste is very good. I like the hop profile.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft. Dark straw, crystal clear with one finger white head that laced well. Scent of pine and citrus though scent was light. Flavor was very bitter pines with citrus after taste. Perfectly carbonated, clean crisp finish.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly a little disappointed with this beer. My first exposure to Alpine was Duet, which I think is fantastic. So I expected their IIPA to be really strong, but I found it to be solid but unspectacular. Look is wonderful, golden auburn with a thick, white head that laces beautifully. Smell is rich and complex, with pine resin and citrus, yeasty biscuit, dank and herbal, little onion on the back end. Taste is the disappointment. Mostly one note: bitter and piney. Certainly some sweet malt balancing things out, but a good IIPA from a good brewer should have a layered set of flavors to roll through, and I'm just not picking them up. Feel is medium-heavy and sticky, which I like. The carbonation is there but the heft of the mouthfeel is what I note most after each sip. No question this is a good beer. But as a west coast double IPA, it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 10, 2016

12 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium amber with extremely high clarity, pours with a medium body. A small cap of nearly pure white foam, with moderate-low retention.

S – The nose on this is absolutely phenomenal. Resin, pine, musk, something like pecan (maybe?) in the mix. Definitely papaya and very ripe mango making up the muskiness. Hop aroma to the max. Light caramel malt backbone, just enough to lend support to the hops.

T – Again, this is all about the hops, with flavors of pine, resin, ripe mango, and light muskiness. All flavors come and go, interplaying throughout the sip and finish. Malt provides body mostly, but some caramel and possibly Vienna malt is apparent. Bitterness is high but seems moderate thanks to balance.

M – Medium to medium-full body, with moderate sudsy carbonation. The malt provides a firm, lightly sweet backbone for a highly bitter, but perceived as only moderately bitter, hop bomb. Juicy up front but finishes with some dryness.

O – Just a beautiful West Coast hop showcase, really focused on aromatics and flavor rather than bitterness, with the malt body to back it up. My first Alpine brew, will not be my last.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a chill-hazed burnt orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a moderate ring around the glass and leaves some nice lacing

S: Loaded with citrus and pine up front, with plenty of fruity notes. Some malt manages to poke through, but not much

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a burst of citrus and pine, along with some decent bitterness. Some earthy and floral notes come through with the light maltiness. Finishes with lingering bitterness and more citrus and pine notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: West-coast DIPA and no doubt about it. Great brew with surprisingly good drinkability. The hops really shine through in this one, with the malt simply trying to keep a balance between things. Definitely worth seeking this one out, despite the $15-17 6-pack tag

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Photo of anteatr23
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small head, noticeable carbonation. Smells of sweet malts, almost like skittles really, some citrus zest. Taste is bitter, hoppy and floral. Dry and hoppy, but goes down light and fairly easy.

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Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden amber color. A couple fingers of sticky foam that leave some nice lace patterns behind. The aroma features just about the entire spectrum of IPA aromas. It's ripe and fruity with notes of pineapple, but it's also got a dank and resinous undercurrent. Very floral and aromatic overall.

At the low end of the ABV spectrum for double IPAs, this is nonetheless packing enough of a malt backbone to belong in the category. I would say this is drier than most DIPAs, though, especially those closer to the 10% mark, and the hop bitterness is correspondingly more apparent. Herbal and piney notes. Slight onion/garlic powder note that I don't find off-putting when it's faint. The only real knock is a thin mouthfeel with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

Another great California hop-bomb. Still, when price is taken into account, it's hard to make a case to pick this over other DIPAs that are just as good or better while also being substantially less expensive.

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Strong, pithy citrus, a touch of garlic.

Taste: Piney first, then solid malt body, then a ton of hop flavor on the finish with citrus peel and black pepper, quite bitter.

Overall: Alpine just came to the MN/WI area so I've been grabbing bottles as I see them. Pure Hoppiness just barely misses the mark for me, a little too bitter and I'm getting a little onion/garlic from it too. I suppose that's fine, this 6er was about $5 more than the other Alpines I like better!

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a thin white head. There is some soapy lacing and good carbonation. The odor for me is powerful, citrus, mandarin, grapefruit, mango, apricot, peach, pineapple, resin, pine, honey, malty. The taste for me is fruity, peach, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, honey, pine, herbal, cracker, malt, slight garlic, spice, herbal bitter dry finish.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just one of those double ipas that is so damn easy to drink. One of those beers where you just enjoy each sip like a soda. It reminds me of Tree House - Haze, just not quite as good, but relatively close...and that says a lot. A little pricey for a 6er but I will definitely pick up a fresh one around if I see it once in a while.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber body with a thin cap of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice DIPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and citrus fruit, particularly tangerine upfront, leading into grassy and resinous, piney hop aromas and light vegetal, onion-like hop aromas supporting. A solid, light aroma of caramel from malt provides backing for the hop derived aromas, while light warm, spicy alcohol provides further depth. Overall impression of aroma is of a very well done West Coast style DIPA. It provides a massive amount of hop aromas but balances them with a solid malt backbone that serves to further highlight the intense hop aromas and contrast them with the malt. Flavor begins massively hoppy, with high bitterness. Hop notes are of pine resin and grassy hops in the foreground with very light tangerine in the background while grapefruit peel dominates the citrus flavors overall. A light hint of caramel is detectable in the background, as is biscuity pale malt. Middle gains in bitterness imparting flavors of grapefruit peel, pine resin and bitter juniper berries. Finish is again, highly bitter with flavors of bitter juniper berries, pepper and spicy alcohol evident, along with pine resin and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is of grapefruit peel, spicy, peppery hops and pine resin, with light notes of biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of an extremely hoppy DIPA. It overwhelms with the most bitter of the hop flavors, yet remains very pleasant as it showcases these flavors well and demonstrates the enjoyment that can be gained from bitterness in taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick, oily feel with a light warmth from alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good DIPA, no problems. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that demonstrates the bitter side of hops. The aroma is rich and varied providing the normal West Coast bouquet, while the flavor goes into the most bitter of the rich array of flavors hops impart and in doing so provides a very pleasing experience, one aided by the superb mouthfeel. A very good example of a DIPA.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottled into a goblet. About a half inch of off-white foam that dissipated quickly into a skim of bubbles. Nose is piney hops with a hint of malt. Hops are very forward but the malt smooths things out quickly. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, could be chewier for a Double IPA. Overall an enjoyable, well-balanced brew that paired well with English Cheddar.

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Photo of Jonny41
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a great beer and I drink and enjoy a lot of great IPAs however this one just had that slight onion bitter I don't enjoy. But that being said,easily drinkable solid beer. Just not my favorite

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Slightly hazy amber-orange color. Two-finger fluffy white head. Aromas were prominent: mainly pine, earthy tones, some orange citrus and some bready malt. Great taste. Bracing bitterness but filled with pine, grapefruit, orange, earth, resin and backed up with a slight caramel sweetness. Clean finish with a ringing hoppiness on the tongue.

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Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. One of my favorite bars in MD was able to get their hands on this stuff. Though I only planned on having one glass, I had to have two because I don't know when I'll get my hands on a dipa this good again. It hits exactly what I like in a DIPA. Pure hoppiness. Unlike a lot of dipa's, this one has the hop bitterness, but it isn't unpleasant. The mouthfeel was very smooth as well. Overall, this is a fantastic beer.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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