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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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4.33/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#403
Reviews:
931
Ratings:
3,685
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
1,188
Gots:
612
Trade:
13
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,685 |  Reviews: 931
Photo of SirBentham
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark golden orange, with nice off white head.

S - Pine and citrus immediately jump out

T - The pine and citrus hit you first, with a nice malt and slight caramel follow through. They keep making this beer better and better.

M - Medium body. Nice amount of carbonation

O - One of the best DIPAs out there. I think the more recent batches are better than what it was a couple years ago.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours rusty orange with a bright white head, lots of lacing, no head retention, beer is hazy, not much carbonation, looks about medium bodied.

A: Sweet citrus, guava, resin, picking up some peach, no alcohol at all on the nose, lots of aromas, smell really good.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is world class, hit of citrus with a mix of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, guava, some pine and resin, balanced with a nice malt backbone, not overly bitter, finish is dry and lingers with an aftertaste of citrus peel, solid beer.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, has a good amount of carbonation, sticky mouthfeel on the palate.

O: Very impressed, lots of aroma, lots of flavor, great mouthfeel, definitely a beer I will seek out again, a keeper. This will now be one of the IIPAs I will reach for when I want a great tasting beer.

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure Hoppiness has a medium, off-white head, a fairly hazy, orange-gold appearance, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of white bread and piney hop oil. Taste is the same, with a fairly dank, strong hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Pure Hoppiness finishes dry and drinkable. Outstanding, but not anything new (for me).

RJT

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is floral, citrusy, piney, and a bit sweet. Taste is full of grapefruit and pine. Floral and tropical flavors in the back. Nice malt backbone. Some spiciness as well some dankness and sweet onion. Mouthfeel is vey crisp and light. Drinks very easily. Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Better than Pliny, not that it's hard to beat Pliny though.

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Photo of ebin6
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick, voluminous head immediately after pouring; Carbonation is clearly visible. Pours a golden orange color.

S - The amount of hops leaps out immediately; very excited to see if it delivers in the taste

T - Absolutely amazing. Best hop taste I've had aside from Pliny the Younger.

M - Hits the lips hard and fast, moving on to every corner of the mouth from there. Literally an eye opener; makes you sit up and take notice

D - Better with every sip; immediately in my top 3 IPAs. Smooth and consistent from start to finish

If anyone is looking for a substitute for PtY, I say look no further than Alpine's Pure Hoppiness!

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer is awesome. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had. I recently purchased 2 bottles as part of an order from South Bay Drugs in California. I realize now that I should have bought more than 2. Thanks Joey.

Poured part of bomber into a snifter.

Appearance - It is perfectly transparent and has the color of honey - gold copper and orange hues. It produced a solid two finger head that had the texture of latte foam. It leaves a good amount of lacing behind. Very beautiful.

Smell - The initial smell is citrus grapefruit, and behind that is piney resinous hops, along with floral hops. There is a hint of caramel sweetness in the back of the scent. The scent is a multilayered blend of hops, and it is heavenly.

Taste - The flavor is great. It is balanced in the hop profile, but not really balanced with the malt. There is an initial sweet malt flavor but it dies very quickly. There isn't any sweetness that I can detect in the middle and end of the flavor. I really appreciate this quality because most other DIPAs are overly sweet, and Pure Hoppiness proves that it doesn't have to be this way to be a good DIPA. The hop profile is perfectly balanced in the sense that I can detect floral hop flavors, citrus hop flavors, and resinous piney hop flavors all in harmony with one another.

Mouthfeel - Liquid velvet. It is medium bodied and extremely creamy. The carbonation level is a little lower than I like it, but it goes down so easily that willing to forgive the carbonation level. Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. A shining example of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. Tasty, smells delicious, and easy drinking...what else do you need?

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Photo of ThreeThousand
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of C_Adams
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bfrank8
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber. Courtesy of blindpig or drseamus - can't remember which trade came in first!

Crystal clear, dark gold fluid. Medium sized, creamy, ivory colored head. Great lacing.

Nose was grapefruit, caramel and peaches. Delightful.

Taste was grapefruit and pine. Nice biscuity middle, covered in honey and caramel. Great balance for a hop monster. Grassy at finish. Alcohol well hidden throughout.

Medium + in body. Low to medium carbonation. Very dry.

Incredibly drinkable for the kick in the head I know it is. Not sure if I prefer this or the Exponential. I believe Expo is a bit sweeter and I know it is a good bit hotter. Whatever! Just glad I have 2 more bombers of this to work through.

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Photo of mixylplik3
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Joey at South Bay in San Diego. Great place to order from! Arrived in a mixed shipment today. Woohoo!

Pours a deep amber in my Fin du monde tulip. A lingering small but thick head tops this brew.

The taste is pine, lots of pine. There is a balanced malt presence, and added together this is a fantastic and balanced IPA. The carbonation really sets off this flavor, as well. The finish is clean and the drinkability is off the charts. Awesome. More please.

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Photo of brewjoel
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of saskguy
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is now one of my favourites of all time. Agressive floral hopping that comes out in both the nose and the taste. Great head! A light straw colour.

Tried it at OBriens in San Diego where it was the hit of the evening for most people. Some people suggested it smelled like "bud" and I do not mean the beer.

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rgf29
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blazer22
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of RJB66
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a hop bomb!! I chased this brew all over town. The chase was worth the reward. I like this more than Nelson. A little on the light side for a double, but I don't think it was to light. I would definitely have more and I'm glad we were able to find four of them. Cheers!

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peacemakers48
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3,685 ratings
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