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 Stoneman78
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Alpine after a road trip to Julian. . .
Poured 750ml into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a clear yellow/orange hue, head is 3-fingers' of white, smooth, cream that dissipates down to a thin layer, super sticky lacing all over the glass
S- Nose is a major hop wallop on the olfactories, mostly pine with a hint of orange/citrus, alcohol presence is stiff, so delicious
T- No surprise that the taste is dominated by big, bold pine hops backed by more subtle citrus, some sweet malts balance out the bitter hops midway through leading to a mildly bitter finish with alcohol warming, what a great example of a well-balanced DIPA that isn't overwhelming
M- Medium/full-bodied beer, oily and resinous texture coats the mouth, lively level of carbonation
D- This is a heavy-hitting hoppy DIPA that packs a punch in a good way, definitely not for those faint of hops, the alcohol is warming and would be an issue for drinking large quantities, a standout DIPA even for us West Coasters, my only complaint is that Alpine beers are not well distributed even in SD, be sure to try this out if you're looking for a hop adventure
Buy Again? Absolutely
|Personal score- 93/100

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this at the tiny brewpub almost a month ago.

Pours a hazy, glowing light orange - lots of chill haze or hop sediment? Not sure. The rocky ivory head dissipates rather quickly to a chunky ring. Aromatic, perfumey, citrusy hops fill the nose. High bitterness upfront in the taste with massive grapefruit, apricot, pine hop flavors. The bitterness builds and batters the light bready malt profile. Alcohol very well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and complete and total hop cotton mouth. Lots of resiny bitterness coats my mouth and makes for an incredibly long, bitter, hoppy finish.

This is a standout DIPA. Very heavy on the hops with all sorts of concentrated West Coast hop flavors. This brewery knows IPAs like no other. Seek this out and if you ever have the chance, visit the place in Alpine.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear light yellow with slight amber. Amazingggg white head that stays thick the whole way down.

Smell is piney with slight mandrian.

The taste is very bitter and dry but still has some depth to it. Bitter pine while the brew is cold but as it warms up it starts to leave a more citrus mandrian in the aftertaste.

Yet ANOTHER amazing Alpine IPA!

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Photo of cbniles
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas present from sister-in-law, sent from southern California. Close to perfect west coast IPA and I'm consider myself a discerning IPA fan, partial to west coast hops and malts. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, yet have to meet the minimum character limit. I'm not sure how to define drinkability or mouthfeel, and really who cares what the beer looks like, but it looked fine. Citrusy hops, well balanced. I'd love to drink it every day.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint from O'Brien's in SD. Nice deep gold, orange color still had a touch of a white head when it arrived, although the keep made several top offs as it foamed pretty vigorously out of the tap. Immediately the aroma of hop resin, pine and mixed citrus was present even though the beer was too cold to drink. Being the impatient persona I am, I tasted anyway. Not much flavor. My fault. Waited while a replay of Tottenham just thrashing Chelsea was on the TV.

When the beer came to temp, all of the promises of that gorgeous aroma came to be in the taste. Citrus and pine with resin up front, a little maltiness to balance in the middle and a finish with the hop resin dominating the finish. Just awesome. Top shelf DIPA.

Curious to see what the union with Green Flash will mean to production and availability of this gem. Look forward to getting some without having to head up the hill or downtown.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's alpine Nelson.
Wine, spivey pungent hoppiness.
Low bitter, lots of aroma and flavor.
Don't need to say much more. Should drink it. It is delicious as you heard.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: clear, light amber, golden look ale. Nice white head.. Not much else to say. decent amount of bubbles

Smell: very clean hoppy scents. This particular bottle is smelling of sweet citrus, like lemon cooler cake too. Its a fruit bomb. Smelling like some of the trillium street series beers. I smell a slight spicyness or something, not sure if its the yeast or the hops. smelling great.

Taste: pineapple juice, orange hard candy, sweet generic fruit flavors. I taste less malts than other times ive had this beer. This beer is really well crafted even in today's

Feel: the feel is fine. about a medium or just a hair fuller. Nice carbonation, it suits the beer well.

Overall: this beer is not as amazing or delicious or impressive as their world famous BAD BOY or KEENE IDEA double IPA's but for a year round offering its quite incredible. One of the better imperial IPA's in Socal.

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Photo of davidperez
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, it pours a beautiful glaring orange, slightly hazy, with a one-finger ivory head with good retention.
The lacing in this beer is incredible.

One of the two most massive aromas that I've smelled.
The hoppy scent invaded my nostrils while opening and serving the beer, and it suffices to get near to the snifter to smell it again.
Massive piney, citrusy notes of orange, kiwi, tangerine and passion fruit, caramel candy, dankness, slight booze.
Overwhelmingly delicious.

So, so drinkable for an IIPA. The hoppy bitterness is perfectly intertwined with the candy, caramel sweetness, delivering a subtle balance that accentuates the hoppy profile.
The flavor notes follows the nose, all the tropical fruits, dankness and caramel are blended in and don't fight for protagonism; rather, they understand that the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts.
The aftertaste is the fading of that one multifaceted flavor, and it is predominantly bitter. Yet, this beer doesn't coat your palate with that much bitterness at the end as many other IIPA's.
Medium to light body, silky, oily, smooth.

Perfect equilibrium.

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Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is awesome!

solid dark color with a nice floral and malty aroma with a solid palatable brew to follow. very enjoyable. solid white head retention with good lacing and very drinkable!

i recommend again and again!

the one problem i do find is i wish there was a more prominent malt finishing to the beer to go with the abv. otherwise i LOVE THIS BEER!

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Photo of jbmorch
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have always reviewed new beers that I have recently tried for the first time, and then I realized that I compare every beer I drink (from the Miller Chelada that I got talked into trying the other day to my own homebrew to the latest bourbon-barrel-aged-sour-cherries-added-open-fermented-partially-distilled-limited-release bottle) to the handful of beers that I come back to over and over. And I have never reviewed ~those~. Until now. I'll give these beers straight-fives with a 4.5 on taste to allow for the inevitable future shift in my personal preferences (me in 2020: "IPAs? How can you drink THOSE!?! The brine-infused Chinese double-steam beers are where it is AT, man!")

Pure Hoppiness is the most appropriately-named beer in the world, with the exception of Budmiloors Piss Water. Honestly, there are no malty notes in the taste at all, and the hop aroma hits you when the glass reaches about 12 inches from your face. The taste on the tongue matches the nose exactly, which is not always the case (or the goal) in other brews. This beer is eminently drinkable as a treat, a session staple or a closer.

And since every beer tastes better when you know its story, know this: Pat the brewer retires from his full-time fire captain job in 2009 and will devote his days to brewing. Look out beer world.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange color with a sticky white head, that leaves lots of lace as it disappears, though it never fully disappears. Aroma is all hops, citrus and pine mostly.

Taste is bitter, citrusy hops. There is a little pine in there too. Lots of bitterness. A hint of biscuity malt in the background. As the name implies, its Pure Hopiness. If you dont like unbalanced hoppy IPAs this isnt for you, I enjoy it however.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr (thanks Craig!). First time I had this was in a bottle from a friend, then on tap a year later. Now I'm rediscovering how brilliant a creation it is.

The growler is filled completely to the top, only 1/4 inch of air space, and there was no "pfft" when uncapped. Nevertheless it pours with a few fingers of foam, nicely carbed. The liquid is a clear golden color, just as I remember it. The aroma is ridiculous, the definition of a west coast IPA. Citrus and pine needles, good use of dry hops, excellent.

Just as tasty as an IPA can be, a hint of sweetness up front with scathing bitterness in back, and grapefruity acidity throughout. Wet resinous hops, addictive. Very low contribution from the malts, at least in flavor, but the body has a nice edge to it.

So happy to have this, the growler might not last very long at all.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from seaoflament in a trade. Thanks Carlos.

Golden copper in color. Very thick fluffy white head. The smell is an incredible blend of citrus (mainly grapefruit), tons of pine, and floral aromas. As it warmed, a faint alcohol scent appeared. Taste of zesty citrus, pine needles, and a bit of sweet malt. Some bitter hops in the finish to balance it out. 8% ABV well hidden. Mouth feel is creamy, lightly syrupy and sticky.

The drinkability is extremely easy. This bomber went down real quick. A real treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of popery
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. A superb DIPA, and an essentially perfect execution of the style.

The beer pours a fair medium orange-gold with an okay white head. It looks good enough, but it's not particularly special in any way. Appearance-wise, this could be any of a number of DIPAs. Then again, who cares about appearance when this beer has it where it counts?

The aroma is dominated by an enormous candied grapefruit rind note. Sweet wildflowers and pine needles kick in the rest of the round, full hop presence. It's hard to describe exactly what differentiates this beer from other DIPAs. The aroma has the same general hop palette, but the notes are simply bigger, fuller and better. It's like the difference between a great piece of fruit picked right from the tree over something from the supermarket.

The flavor is wonderfully dry. There's a bit more malt presence than Pliny the Elder, but it's a rather similar beer otherwise. There's a dry yeast note that makes the feel a bit rough, but I'm just nitpicking. This is a fantastic beer. I only wish that Alpine would distribute it more regularly to Northern California.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you really like malt forward, bitter IPAs, as opposed to fruity, tropical IPAs, then you'll like it.

It isn't clean. It's dirty and earthy and bitter. The hops are harsh. The beer lashes at your tongue.

And I love it.

This is not Heady Topper. It is not fun. It is beautiful in its own way. Darker than your average IPA, with a light head. Perfect IPA mouthful. So much onion flavor. Green onion and yellow onion.

And delicious.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Not an incredible amount of head, about 1 and a half fingers, but laced decently. Very dark amber color. Nose is classic fresh citrusy hops. I could sniff this beer all day. A bit piney. Great fresh citrus, not much heat prevalent. Refreshing, medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. The perfect beer to me.

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Photo of Pagzzz
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderfull IPA!

Fresh citrus hop flavor, moderate bitterness. IBU on this beer is deceptive with bitterness balanced well by flavor and aroma! Great juicy mouthfeel and heavenly C hop aroma. Brewer uses many hop infusion techniques including hopbacks.

Orange/gold color, slight lacy head. Best enjoyed on draft. I had 5! It's that drinkable.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rather darkish gold, lightly carbonated and with a moderate white head. Hop aroma is lovely -- sharp and piney with a big citric acidity. A mild alcohol aroma comes through as the beer warms. The flavor is dripping with sappy, spurcey hop bitterness. Sweetness is held to a minimum, despite the relatively low carbonation. The malt contributes a nice toasty background to the hop headliner, but yields in the end to a delicate, flowery hop finale. Alcohol warmth is present but mild. A delightful beer from the bottle, and pure heaven on tap.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz Bottle received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is filled with hops. Floral, pine and resin dominate. Tart fruit, apricots caramel and honey round the nose out nicely. Tastes like sucking on a hop cone, but in a good way. Pine and resin again dominate the flavor. Very little, if any malt makes its way to the surface. Grapefruit and apricots find their way into the middle followed by a long lingering bitter dry finish. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation. That is one fine DIPA! I'm not sure I can find anything to fault it on. Very well done.

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Photo of SethB2
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip.

A - Pours an orangish amber color with a small, but resilient head. It just keeps on lasting and lasting and lasting.

S - I'm not a religious guy, but I think I just saw god. Perfect on the nose. Reminds me of Pliny the Elder. Sweet tangerines melding with pine and some grassy scents popping through as well. This is a beautiful smelling beer.

T - Very nice as well. Not as hoppy as I expected from the smell, but very well balanced. Piney hops are the star here, and they start things off, paving the way to a vibrant caramel sweetness. Finishes with a bit more of pine and citris, but sweet at the same time. Very, very good.

M - Perfect.

D - One of the most drinkable double IPAs I have ever sampled. Many thanks to westsidethreat. I love you man. :sniff: This shit is awesome. Reminds me of all the DIPAs that I enjoy more than sex. Dreadnaught, Goose Island, Pliney. Easily up there with all of them. Great stuff.

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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler obtained during GatM. Shared with Ffejherb, SierraGS, Brewslut, dashirey and Jill.

A-Brilliant copper with a thin white head that holds strong and left spotty lace.

S-The ever so intoxicating aroma of citrus and light pine hops that can only be a San Diego County west coast DIPA. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T-Grapefruit, orange and tangerine hop flavours that meld into a magical elixir! A light hint of sweet caramel malt to balance the bitterness out.

M-Medium-light body with a LONG lasting hop flavour.

D-One of my very favorite west coast DIPA's out there. I could drink this one all day. Exactly what I crave in a hop bomb.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to unclejedi who included this, among other fresh IPAs from Cali in the 2009 Great BIF Race. Pours a vibrant amber color with a hearty one finger white head. At 8%, and having brewed some of these myself, when I see a DIPA that has this clarity, and bright amber color, I am impressed. The aroma is an absolute delicious citrus hop explosion. There are some floral and pine hints, but this one definitely has some of my favorite American hop varieties in it to produce such a lip smacking citrus aroma. Taste follows much what the aroma would indicate. A nice punch of citrus hop bitterness is not overwhelmed by the sweet malt backbone. I like my hops right front and forward, and thats what this beer has. A nice slick mouthfeel, due to high hop usage I assume. Amazingly, with this high hop profile, the beer remains incredibly drinkable, not to mention I am still stunned by the 8% ABV. Just an incredible drinking DIPA, I was surprised by exactly how much I enjoyed it. Glad I enjoyed this fresh, just wish I could do so on a consistent basis.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A - A clear deep golden orange body with a large white head that bubbles well and fades to a nice ring and lace.

S - Resiny hops and pine and earthen sweet dominate the front of the nose. Then the cirtus busrst comes in and the smells mold to make a wonderful hoppy IPA aroma.

T & M & D - Incredibly balanced throughout. The pine and resine notes come out and play with citrus hops. All the flavors are bold and powerful and pronounced while at the same time they work together and mingle. What great flavors - and the mouth feel is great. A wonderful bitterness and IPA feel without being overwhelming on the palate. The beer manages to be strong in smell and flavor while feeling light and easy on the palate.

O - I was very excited to try this beer and it managed to meet expectations. The IPA was bold and strong but balanced as well. My palate only wanted more and more. Fantastic beer!


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Photo of GabrielM
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another awesome bottle from BA Tieman - thanks again!

A - a nice golden orange color with a very inviting bright white foamy head on top.

S - WHOA! Smells like sticking my nose into a bag of centennial and/or cascade hops. Really outstanding aroma pouring out of this glass.

T - Amazing hop profile here, especially the centennial and cascade, just as the nose predicted. Not scored a 5 for the sole reason that it's a bit one dimensional in that regard, but still incredible.

M - ultra smooth, creamy and flavorful on the palate.

O - this is a spectacular DIPA bursting with fresh hop flavors and not a hint of alcohol. Pliny lovers - I hope you brought your lunch.

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