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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 DaverCS
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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 rawfish
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange gold with stunning clarity, forms a pillowy 2 finger head with loads of retention. Curtains of lace on the glass.

Hops are resinous pine with delicate floral notes. Underlying malt is nearly undetectable but provides a simple syrup and pastry sweetness. Doesn't exactly fill the room but there's plenty to like here.

Malt is slightly bready with more pastry dough to provide sweetness before the resinous hops pass over the tongue. Pine resin, spicy herbs and lemon pith make up the hop profile that smacks you around a bit before the end with alcohol and a light bitterness to deliver the finisher.

Body and carbonation are appropriate for the style maybe a bit higher on the scale for carbonation. Alcohol is very much evident and gets a little abrasive before lifting into bitterness and accompanying drying.

A hop forward DIPA with a shallow malt backing yet stays very balanced. Hop character is like a flower patch in a forest, deep and resinous with uplifting notes. Alcohol burn is part of the profile as well. Ultimately this profile makes for a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden light Amber color. Has an intense piny, resin and bitter hop aroma. Flavor is piny and resin. Bitter hops all the way through. Definitely a dry hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is pretty solid but I would prefer more of a juicy IPA over a dry bitter one

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bombers pours into my glass an impeccable clear golden orange hue, amazing clarity. An inch of creamy white head rises and as it falls it leaves dense patches of sticky lacing. Aromas are evident before even getting close to the glass! Big, brash citric hops show up across the room. Closer inspection brings a cacophony of vibrant citrus, tropical, juicy and resinous green hop aromas out. A sweet caramel malt lies in the background, but hops rule here. Somewhat floral, enticing aroma.

First sip brings a crisp somewhat toasty caramel malt upfront that gets washed over by a solid mix of hops. Leafy, citrus, floral and light tropical flavors move across the palate. Lots of green resinous notes as well. It flows down with a big smack of bitterness that grabs hold. Finishes off with lingering bitterness and floral hop afterthoughts. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness overall. Solid brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and medium bodied. Great carbonation makes it go down easy and refreshing. If I could find this regularly it would be a go to brew and I could easily take down a couple bombers. Overall, another solid west coast IPA. I wouldn't say it's amazing and my favorite, but it's a damn good brew that I'm happy to have tried.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle,, with "Best by" dating printed on the label.

Pours hazed medium amber, moderate cap, leaves a thin and fine bubble filmand some slight strands of lace.

Aggresive DIPA, waves of citric hops and caramel malty goodness. Solid all the way. Big, flavorful, tasty and well worth a try. Glad to see this fine breweries beers being distributed in my area

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to KingG for this one...
Pours a super clear copper color with a full finger of thick, bright white head that sticks around forever...the lacing is thick and has tremendous cling to the side of my snifter glass.
Huge fruity hops in the nose...mainly grapefruit and citrus and a subtle sweetness to balance it out.
The taste is great...a hefty malt backbone to counteract the huge bitter profile in this one...finishes pretty clean and the alcohol is well hidden for 8%, but does make an appearance in the last few swigs.
Mouthfeel is less than average for the style, but still not too thin...it is where I like to see my IPA's at.
Carbonation is where I like to see it and the finish is quite dry...very drinkable, as the bomber disappears very quickly.
A solid first for me from Alpine and worth seeking out.

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Photo of crossovert
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a nice golden orangeish amber with a foamy white head.

The smell is good, but not as good as I expected. I expected it just to be stronger, the actual scent is great, nice perfumey hops, some pine, some citrus, candy, sugar.

The taste is great, Surly Abrasive territory in flavor. This one is better though. Nice pine, nice citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, balancing malt but not overpoweringly sweet. Nice dry and bitter finish, though not insanely bitter.

This is just a fine beer.

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Photo of wking
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Went to ABC this morning while running errands. I picked up a pure hoppiness and a mandarin nectar. Pure Hoppiness was the much better beer in my opinion.
Poured a dark golden/light amber. Not a ton of lacing but a decent amount, 1 inch head.
Smell was a highly citrus mix, like a citrus bowl. Some piney notes and not much malt smell to it. Just a little at the end, overall lemon, orange, grapefruit dominate the smell.
Taste is freaking delicious, I was a huge hop head for awhile and kinda got burned out after tasting so many IPA's. This beer rekindled my love for hops! It tastes like it smells expect a little more pungent. Also I can taste a hint of caramel malts. Whatever mix they used for this was perfect. Just an outstanding west coast IPA.
Overall this beer rocks a hop heads dream. And since the brewery is about 5 miles from my house I will be enjoying more of these.

note- This was my very first beer review.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery today. Poured into a tulip.

A- crystal clear copper colored ale with three fingers of white foam. Excellent lacing.

S- Huge dank hop aroma. Hemp, citrus, pine and pale malt combine to to provide a lupulin infused olefactory experience.

T- Starts out with citrus notes. Orange, tangelo and grapefruit in copious amounts. Pine enters mid-palate along with a healthy dose of sweet malt. Bitterness slides in at the end and lingers through the finish.

M- Feel is medium to heavy without being cloying. There is a slick viscosity to the beer that works well here. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creaminess to the beer as it warms.

O- Pure Hoppiness is an excellent example of a west coast DIPA. What sets it apart from it's esteemed brethren is the subtlety with which the different aspects of the beer interact. The flavors flow from one to the next seamlessly making the beer a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear medium amber body and a white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Another grapefruity aroma from sunny San Diego

Taste: Starts out rather fruity but that is followed by nice bitter flavors; nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice, well-structured IPA

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Photo of SummitVA
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden pour with little head but steady carbonation.

S - Citrus hops. Grapefruit stands out overall. A bit of pine in the background along with some alcohol heat.

T - Citrus hops and again grapefruit stands out most. A bit of mango or even honeydew melon, with resinous pine flavor following. Finishes with pleasant, light heat from the alcohol. Mango really coming out as the glass warms.

M - Light body.

D - Goes down far wonderfully easy for a double IPA.

Overall - Another great brew from Alpine, and I must say that I've never been disappointed with any of their offerings. It has been exactly 53 weeks and 2 days since I've had one of their beers on draft, and it feels like a lifetime.

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Photo of Paulydeets
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber, orange, really nice clarity. Smells of piney, resinous, delicious hops, it really smacks you right in the face. Taste is pretty hop forward, but honestly a lot smoother than I expected. Very balanced. I dont know the age on this bottle but if I had to guess then I would say thats its not as fresh as one would like. The hops die off in the flavor rather quickly and the malts come through. Still very tasty but I wish that I could have it freesh. Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well, very smooth, you can tell it has carbonation, but its almost like the thick resinous hops just eat it up. Very good, but Id really like to try it fresh.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a standard pint, bottle directly from the brewery.

Rich straw, almost orange in color with a clear dizzying body. A tiny head that leaves thin lacing as it is drank down. Bubbles can be seen dancing to the top.

Resiny hop pine on the nose at first with hints of citrus. Grapefruit and lemon zest come out a bit as the beer warms, with some grass. Pretty earthy overall, with only subtle hints at pale malt and graham cracker sweetness.

Up front with earthy pine and grass, the moves into a touch of citrus zest. All accompanied with a nice backbone of pale malt sweetness.

Medium in body with soft carbonation. A bit sticky and a touch of drying.

Good earthy hops with just a hint of sweetness and zest. A good IPA but not Alpine's best effort in my opinion but much much better than most other breweries.. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super stoked to try this, alpine never disappoints.

The body looks like your classic IPA, golden body and a razor thin white head. The smell is super tropical, not blooming though. The taste is pretty on par with the taste, but a lot more bitterness sits on the palate than expected. It tastes relatively clean with a little bit too much hoppiness in the aftertaste, kind of grapefruit rindy...
The beer is a little boozy but still relatively balanced. Better when it's warmer. Definitely tasty at the end.

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Photo of alohaC
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh growler straight from the brewery. An old favorite of mine from my San Diego days, Pure Hoppiness pours the color of a copper penny with a foamy white head that dissipates and thins quickly. The first whiff is classic San Diego IPA style - big piney hops with danky floral notes. Taste is smooth and clean with lots of grapefruit and pine punching your tongue around. There’s a nice caramel malt in the background to help balance things out a little and make it very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth, clean and lightly resinous finish. Overall, one of the more sessionable IIPAs I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. I used to drink a lot of this and only wish i had easier access to this gem nowadays. There’s a reason it’s one of the IIPAs that made SD famous.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, one of many fantastic beers generously sent by Bennettrox in a recent BIF. No date but I'm told it is quite fresh.

Appearance: Poured into Duvel glass up to the top of the D, one finger of thin cream white head that goes down quickly. Gorgeous golden orange color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Pine and caramel. Faint citrus, and an overall sweet smell. Smells nice, but not overpowering.

Taste: Very hoppy bitter smack up front, citrus in the middle, and more bitterness on the finish. Strong caramel malt flavor throughout. The alcohol is non-existent in the taste, which is very impressive given the 8% ABV. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carb. Pretty dry, and the hops really control this one.

Drinkability: Very much on the high side for a DIPA. The alcohol will of course sneak up on you, but it's well hidden, and at 8% you can have more than one of these.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. It's not as good as some of the other great DIPA's, but it's not far off either. Nice and complex. My first Alpine beer, and I'm excited to try some others.

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Photo of ratedz
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MrTopher for throwing this in as an extra...this is one I have been looking forward to trying!

Pours a hazy gold color with about an inch to inch and a half of off-white head. The head dissipates fairly slowly and leaves a small pillow of foam in the middle and a lot of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

I can smell this one from a couple of feet away! The nose is full of citrus notes...grapefruit and mango are the most noticeable. A slightly sweet caramel-like backbone is present, but the hops are the the main event here.

The taste is loaded with the same citrus hops that dominated the nose. Some pine needles appear in the slightly dry finish.

The mouth feel is slightly oily and a little on the thick side, almost perfect for the style. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This one goes down very easy for an 8% DIPA!

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love that six month "shelf life". Way to go, GF.

A: Pours a fairly dark orange. Translucent with a fair amount of bottle conditioned particulant floating in solution. Two fingers off white head. Carbonation is minimal, with a few light bubbles floating to the surface. Head is a shy over a single finger. Decent retention. Great lacing.

S: Big shot of hops. Lots of orange and lemon peel with big pine. Undercurrent of kafir lime and soapiness that all sits on a moderate malt body.

T: Very nice. Big hit of hop bitterness up front that takes one most of the way to bracing but backs off at the last second. Flavors of mango, orange, lime peel, big pine needle carry through a malt presence that is felt more than tasted. Picks up some breadiness and yeast components throughout but ends with a distinct evergreen and citrus peel bitterness. Fairly clean finish with notes of those same two components in the end,

M: Medium bodied with an excellent subdued carbonation. The bubbles feel tiny on the tongue, which gives this one a pleasing feel in the mouth. Still some weight on this (8%'er after all) but fairly drinkable.

O: Damn fine. Probably won't buy again considering I can get a twelve pack of comparable quality for the same price. Paid 19.99 for this. Never tried any Alpine stuff pre GF so I have no basis for comparison, but the stuff they put out is delicious if not overpriced.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus and mint; lightly floral. The profile seems European with noble hops. Flavor is resinous piney and lightly citrus hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit. A good supporting malt base, but the malt flavor is masked by the dominate hops flavors. Finishes with hints of caramel malt and resinous, herbal and mildly floral hop bitterness. Really nice creamy body with great mouth feel. A rich, somewhat complex imperial IPA with a really nice hop flavor mixture, not over the top bitter but the hops are intense enough to satisfy, particularly in flavor. The taste combined with the creamy body made this a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(Green Flash version 11/27/15)
The beer comes in a deep gold color, slight haze.

The aroma hits of tangerine, sweet orange, dank herbs, sweet malts, hints of floral.

The flavor hits of an underlying stinky resinous pine. Complimented by heavy doses of floral as well as sweet citrus up front, a candy sweet West Coast malt quality and lingering resinous pine and herbaceous bitterness.

The beer comes in a bright orange marmalade color. Quite hazy with a bright white head.

The aroma has tropical fruits of orange, peach, papaya, mango. Some deep dank resin in the back.

The flavor follows with that fruit in the front of apricot, peach, tropical, sweet tangerine. There's a big caramel malt body in there that gives the beer a well balanced feel. It adds a good amount of sweetness. The finish and general theme of the beer is big dank resinous pine.

An incredible brew, although not my personal preference with the bigger malt body and big resinous pine notes.

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the lady, into a New Belgium Globe.

Pours with a golden copper, very clear. Less than half a finger of head from a slightly aggressive pour and very little lacing as it goes down.

Smell is wonderful. Super rich bouquet of peach, lemon oil, very slight pline.

Taste follows the smell, lemon oil with other citrus and some peaches in the background with slight hoppy resinous and bitterness. Slight mineral flavor from the water perhaps?

Mouthfeel-Very light on the palate for the style, a little "bubbly" as well and finishes drier than expected.

Overall- A great DIPA but not quite as much as a expected.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd like more punch in the aroma, but the hop character is deep and complex, while the body of this 8% brew is dangerously drinkable. I get grapefruit and ground pepper, orange peel. There's more spicy melon in the nose, then the deeper citrus fruit cuts through the flavor. Great beer. So clean and hoppy.

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Photo of Ri0
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Transparent amber bronze color, with 1 finger of white head. Fades into a collar with rings of bubbled lacing on the glass. Big bitter hops and pine, sharp citrus, and sweet caramel mixed in. My mouth is blasted with bitter hops. Big pine, grapefruit pith and some citrus. It does sweeten with some caramel and malt in the middle. Finish is a nice bitter pine bite. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Quite resinous and very dry. A nice classic west coast IIPA that uses a nice combo of hops.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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 VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Expensive ass six pack but I've been wanting to try this beer for friggin' years. Pours clear, glowing orange. Thin white head. Light lacing. Unsurprisingly, a big-hop nose. Wasn't expecting this to be dank - with some onion and garlic and pine. Also a bunch of citrus. Some sugary sweet, candy malt. The flavor is very well done. It's hoppiness is pretty unique. Hops have a woody, earthy, almost leathery component. Pine sap. Sweeter candied citrus hops as well. Sugary maltiness. Very, very bitter. Floral hops, too. Perfumey. The hop bouquet is pretty complex. West Coast style with a twist. Alcoholic heat. Very bold. Resinous. I've had so many damn New England IPAs recently, it's nice to take a break and have a good ol' West Coast headbutt of bitterness. Another Alpine beer that has really impressed me. But its is NOT worth the price of a 6er!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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