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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

Added by xlperro on 12-18-2002

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev -3%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy, loaded with piney aromas. The taste of beer has a bitter resin-like flavor with a pine finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and sharp dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of Lunch
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn Snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a golden hued rusty amber color with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin. I can detect tones of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine including tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange. The malt backbone is a semi-sweet biscuit and bread with some caramel layers. I'm really enjoying the malt character from these Alpine IPA/DIPAs.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no real trace whatsoever of the 8% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this a very nice American DIPA from Alpine, but I must say that I may have a preference for Duet (IPA) over this, but that is not to say that this is not a really nice beer. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear light amber color with a two finger white head. Very little retention and not much lacing. Smell is subtle. A nice mix of floral, citrus, tropical and pine, just wish it was stronger. Taste is the same. Floral, citrus and tropical juiciness on the front and dank piney bitterness on the back end. Medium feel, oily, resinous and good carbonation. Overall a very good beer, but not my favorite Alpine. I'd prefer Nelson or Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Sweeter citrus like oranges and pineapple up front with apricots and sweet cantaloupe aromas underneath.

T: Pineapple and grapefruit and resinous pine and orange rind flavors. Some cantaloupe flavors come through before a lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is very drinkable.

O: A good DIPA overall. Nothing earth-shattering, but good all-around. I'm glad to finally try it.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ISO Beer

A: Pours copper amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Floral, herbal, dank, a bit earthy, plenty of citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and a little biscuity malt.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon lime, earthy herbal dank notes, hints of tropical fruit, faintly toasty biscuity malt, and a little dark caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation keeps it light for a DIPA.

O: I have to appreciate all the hops they crammed into this beer, but I'm not a huge fan of how earthy and dank it got.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tasting that included Nelson, Duet, and Pure Hoppiness. Nelson was my least favorite and Pure Hoppiness was my favorite by a landslide - what an incredible beer!!

A - PH pours a hazy light bronze with a lovely one finger head with great retention and lacing.

S - Just what you're looking for in a DIPA - piney hops, oranges, lemons, tangerines, and alcohol.

T - Outstanding. Malts up front followed by beautiful citrus hops to finish. Just a great beer.

M - Good carbonation and just the right viscosity.

D - I could drink at least a bomber of this one by myself. Quite drinkable.

All in all, PH is by far the Alpine king when compared to Duet and Nelson - I NEED to get my hands on some Exponential Hoppiness when it is released again. Can't wait!!

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful golden orange color into my tulip glass with very little head and perhaps a little lacing around the edges. The nose has some hints of a sweet aroma, nothing really jumps to the front IMO.
The taste is where the true beer comes through a nice complex blend of fruits with a pleasant with that nice resin forward after taste. There is a real nice bitterness to this beer. I'm surprised at the 8% ABV that I find a slight alcohol burn in the taste. The mouth feel is pleasant and smooth. This is a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was part of a recent box from BrewerB, thanks Brian!

This one pours a light bodied bright copper in color with a one finger bright white head. It smells of crisp and clean pine, light grapefruit, other citrus fruits, and also features some slight floral notes. The flavors are an array of grapefruit, clean pine, slight malty sweetness and a hoppy, bitter finish. It isn't overly sticky and is a pretty nice drinker. Overall this is another nice IPA from Alpine, but I preferred Nelson to Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with almost three fingers of pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving some thick lace down the glass.

Smell is mostly pine and grapefruit, with hints of mango and tangerine, and some floral and herbal notes.

Taste is dominated by the citrus hops, with a touch of alcohol heat poking through. Only a hint of caramel hiding in the background. Bitterness is very moderate throughout, and it finishes dry with a floral, herbal hop spiciness.

Full-bodied, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable and a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is transparent golden orange, finger of head recedes quickly, leaves no lacing (4)

nose is packed with hoppy goodness, and beautiful piney resin complimented by some caramel malt scents (4.5)

Taste is sweetish malts and a big bitter finish. medium body, feels nice on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit the alcohol is noticeable, which im not a huge fan of. (taste - 4; feel – 4.5)

Overall this one packs a nice punch in terms of bitterness, and I think the balance between hops and malts is well done. glad to try this although I probably wont seek it out again as it was quite expensive and I prefer ipas with more citrus character. (4)

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Photo of MacDomer
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fellow BA Googzoid10 - thanks for the opportunity, Greg!

I love me some DIPAs. This is a nice looking one - orangey yellow, with a thick white head and great lacing. This one smells piney, tart with grapefruit rind, and fresh. Yum. Flavor is very nice, but not what I pictured from something named pure hoppiness. It has more balance that I expected, but it's still a nice hop bomb. The hops are big and juicy but don't have as long of a finish I would have liked. The mouthfeel is delicious with nice carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good to boot. Overall, quite nice!

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Photo of Griffin2
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a medium Amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Smells very hoppy.
T - Very smooth and hoppy.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really drinkable IPA. The alcohol seems well hidden.

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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 HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by ArthurPendragon to celebrate him taking the bar exam. I recommended he take a bar review course, but he wouldn't listen. Oh well, I hope he passed so he can practice in California and New York. Thanks for this one Arthur, and don't forget your old friends when you move on to greater glory!

A: Hard pour into a snifter, the beer appears pellucid burnished orange with an inch of beige froth. A little lacing clings to the glass.

S: Perfumy dank pine resin with a light saltine cracker and caramel malt backbone. Orange and grapefruit mingle with tangerine, and floral notes are faint. There's a light sweetness to the malt profile, almost sugary, but not quite.

T: The beer opens with a pleasant upper moderate bitterness. Malt is lightly sweet and reminiscent of caramel midway through. There's a lot of grapefruit and orange flesh throughout, with just a little of the drier rind and pith notes. A touch of alcohol greets the palate in the dry citrus and pine finish.

M: Lower medium in body with an upper moderate carbonation dancing across my tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: A nice Double IPA. This bottle/batch seems a bit maltier than I remember the beer being, but it's still really nice when allowed to warm up to a proper temperature. It seemed maltier than it was when too cold. I often take this beer for granted, passing it up for the likes of Duet, Nelson, Hoppy Birthday, and others, but this remains a San Diego classic.

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Photo of emount91
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange/brown color. bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. smell is citrus peel, very slightly tropical, with a piney lingering smell and slight malt smell. taste follows the smell but even better: dry citrus, some fruits like mango and peach, with a clean clean piney taste. perfect amount of malt for this amount of bitter. feel is great, nice and carbonated but still a decent DIPA feel. kudos, Alpine (and Green Flash). finally glad this one is on CT shelves. would definitely buy again and can't wait to find more of their beer.

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Photo of Klym
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Cavery and sundaysour. Thanks!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pure gold, with every variation of gold's color represented at different angles and depths. A respectable head with solid lacing.

S: Pine, honey, and blueberry. One of my first thoughts was: double duet. Duet is easily an all time favorite for me so this got me awfully excited.

T/M: I honestly think that Alpine IPAs tend to be an experience that is difficult when trying to split between mouthfeel and taste, so I'm going to be awfully cheap here and combine the two into one. Pine, honey, sweet berries, cracked pepper, hop bitterness all on the tongue. Crisp, clean, and horribly refreshing. Like most Alpine IPAs, so refreshing in character no other beers compare. The hop bitterness cuts in to the flavor and smoothness a bit too much, though, and it lacks the subtle complexity that I'd say something like Duet or Kern 5th Anniversary has.

O: Pure hoppiness is no doubt a fantastic beer. If a demon appeared before me and told me I was forced to accept pure hoppiness as the only IPA in my life, I could not curse him (to put it in the strangest and most roundabout terms possible). However, I must admit my let down when I got double duet in the nose and less complex, hop-juiced taste. Still better than the vast majority of even top IPAs out there, but I'm not sure why it seems to often be prized above the more widely available Duet and Nelson.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a golden amber, with a tidy, silky, off-white head about two fingers thick. Slight haze. Substantial lacing. Juicy and resilient head.

Smells amazing. Floral, citrus and pine hops and notes of bubble gum (?) sweetness. Smells just delicious.

Nice grainy malt character underpins this brew, with a variety of hop flavors coming out of it. Bitterness, a pungent earthy flavor, some funkiness like overcooked greens lurks in the background. Some herbal qualities. Fresh produce - seriously. Some sweet malt flavors come in, muted caramel, and a fleeting fruit like sweetness. Flavors clear and there is just citrus rind like hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The carbonation seems to work through this brew in a very balanced way as the mouthfeel is quite soft and smooth.

An enjoyable and in some ways surprising beer. Drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of scotorum
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Western Mass. just started getting Alpine a couple of months ago no doubt since Green Flash, which already distributes here, acquired Alpine. To date I've had three of the others: Hoppy Birthday, Duet and Nelson. All good, although I though Nelson was the one to beat.

Best By June 1 2016, so probably no more than a month old.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which quickly receded to thin patchy surface foam and no lacing.

s: Intense pine resin.

t: Follows the nose over a medium bready malt base, bitterness lingers and hangs in the back of the throat (or is it throat burn from the highish ABV?) Some oiliness in the flavor as it warms, no doubt from the hops.

m: Medium, good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: A very hoppy IPA in the West Coast style, also reminiscent of Sixpoint's Hi Res. I might still like Nelson better but this one definitely lives up to its name.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Lighter than expected. A deep golden light orange color with a tight huge 2 finger white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops with some herbal floral notes and a slightly sweet malt smell.

T: Fruity and floral. Large amounts of orange with some grapefruit and other sweeter fruits, floral herbal flavors and a tough of deeper pine. Very hoppy, wow. The malt is there with some honey sweetness, but the hops smack it down into place. This is one hoppy beer! Wow, nice. Finish is hops but the bitterness smooths out.

M: Medium, but a bit thin for a DIPA. A slight hint of alcohol and the prickly mouthfeel smooths out in the end.

D: Pretty high, very drinkable for a 8% beer.

Overall this beer is one hoppy beer, right up there with some of the best of them. A real solid brew. I must try this one again.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ O' Briens in San Diego

A- fluffy 1" white head, golden straw color with a hint of orange, good retnet, plenty of lace

S- super citrus, some pine in there to

T- citrus, then citrus, did I mention citrus. So after the grapefruit slam, you got some pine and malt sweetness, but then the citrus is back for the finish and aftertaste.

M- bit thin, but very smooth

D- smell is just as strong as the taste, great for a hop fix. Fun to try, but i wouldnt go out of my way for another. I would take one if i was in my way though. Best to enjoy over a extended amount of time.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with three good buddy's at the brewery itself (out in Alpine, California). It was so good that we went to the bar down the street... which the brewmaster recommended and had it on tap once again. The notes were taken on my cellphone.

A: What can I say...perfect!!! White one-finger head with a dark gold color. Carbonation was visible and the beer itself was somewhat transparent. Filtered quite nicely!!!

S: As the beer indicates...pure hoppiness possess all the qualities one looks for in a Double-IPA. Extreme hop and piney (not overbearing at all)characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Fantastic!!!

T: Excellent balance, but seemed to favor the wheaty-malt character more so than the hops. Slight and refreshing hop bitterness.

M: Gentle carbonation and light body. A little bit of dry-mouth aftertaste though.

D: Alcohol not noticeable, refreshing, and as my friend Nick would say, "Perfect on a warm summer day".

Overall: A very good DIPA that represents the style perfectly. I prefer the Nelson, Duet, and O'Brien over this though. A must try. Cheers!

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