Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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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
Ratings:
3,664
Reviews:
925
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,182
Gots:
607
For Trade:
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Photo of tsing
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vlaminck
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JTahoe
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful orange-tinged gold with a dense, two finger, rocky, creamy white head. Excellent retention with moderate-high lacing. Surging carbonation at first settling to a subtle champagne-like effervescence.

S - Hoppy aroma jumps out as soon as the bottle cap is popped. Nice citrus, floral, pineapple nose with some pine and malt in the background.

T - Bright and fresh floral hops, with apricot and citrus fruit coming through loud and clear, with subdued pineapple and caramel malts. A hint of salt water taffy springs up here and there and there is just the most fleeting hint of coconut. Mellow pine lingers at the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth and slightly oily feel. Once it settles down the carbonation is fairly light to medium.

D - I think I'm in love... many mistresses have I. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Matthowland
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mechamifune
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with a very light white head, carbonation evident in a nice, clean-looking slight-orange color.

Smell is of tropical fruits and pure hops, all the way through. Taste is, well, like it smells...hoppy, resiny (though sig less than expo hop), fruity, and all together pleasant. Malt is very subdued, but gives you a little notice.

Mouthfeel is smooth... not particularly crisp or creamy, just smooth with that hop bite always lingering. Drinkability is very good for the abv.... reminded me a lot of PtE in that sense (actually a lot about this beer reminded me of PtE).

Had this in same session with expo hop, nelson, and duet... and while they are all great, i'd probably pick this if I had to pick one...but I get the feeling that opinion would probably vary week to week for me.

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Photo of CHickman
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold color with fantastic thick foamy 2 finger cream colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated extremely slowly, easing down like melting snow and leaving great patches of foamy lacing.

Wow, smells of ridiculously fresh hops with a blast of all things citrus hops including a bouquet of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, guava, dank floral hops, graham cracker, caramel, biscuit, malty sweetness, herbs, mild spices including pepper and light coriander, spruce and fresh piney hops. Just enough malt base to make it balanced and allow the hops to show off like a peacock.

Flavor follows suit and delivers just as much citrus hops and tropical fruit as the nose provided. Taste is a delicious combo of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, guava, pear, green apple, wet floral hops which resembles fresh picked weed, graham cracker, fresh cut grass, caramel, toffee, biscuit, sweet malt, herbs, brown sugar, spices including pepper, light cinnamon and coriander, roasted grains, hints of butter or Ritz cracker, cracked wheat and a hoppy sweetness that ties the malt and hops into a bow of harmony. Really smooth and tasty, the hops are bursting with a tremendous amount of complexities and flavor.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with a slick buttery feel across the tongue, mild carbonation, a medium body that leans towards chewy, a nice amount of bitterness and a finish that starts off with some grainy sweetness but then shifts back to citrus and floral hop goodness. Overall a great beer which hides the ABV masterfully and goes down very easy. It's so smooth it's like a session IPA not a DIPA. Really impressive in every way.

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Photo of rjd722
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very hazy, light golden-orange. There is some sediment floating throughout and the head is off-white, two-finger foam. Lacing is consistent and the retention is excellent!

Aroma: Huge, piney hops and orange peel. It seriously feels as if you're standing in the middle of an unbelievably clean forest. Dank.

Taste: Resinous, piney hops. Sweet, bready malt and very bitter hops drop at the end and ride it out for quite a while. Extremely bitter and satisfying.

Feel: Wet and sticky. Bitterness lingers for quite a while, but it is no doubt a welcome bitterness. Phenomenal balance between the malts and bitter hops.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a frothy white head with great retention.

Nose is delicate and leans more floral than fruity. A touch of clove comes through for me.

Flavor is big and juicy, more fruit than floral and unexpectedly so. Bright, bitter hop profile is fantastic. Finish is delicate and soft, more drying than bitter.

Feel is a touch more abbrassive and drying than I'd like but overall this is a fantastic double IPA I'll definitely be having again.

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Photo of Daddymlarf
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopFroth
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill, Alpine. Excellent. Balanced, hopliciuos.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had my first taste for New Beer Sunday. Delicious! Not quite a Treehouse or Hill Farmstead offering but probably in that next tier. Would drink again!

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Photo of TTTBeer
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great thanks to Grub for sharing this 650ml bottle!

The orange glow of a dimming sunset has this dressed in lovely colour. A ring of bubbles embrace from the outside with a big hug. Textbook style. An irresistible looking beer.

Looking at the beer made me want to guzzle it down instantly, smelling it, however, wasn't quite as rousing. There seems to be a hint of jasmine/green tea character. A light soapy note precedes a dynamic cocktail of one part pine, one part grapefruit. Accurate to say, I suppose, the smell is 'pure hoppiness'.

You can almost feel little hop particles scrubbing your cheeks and tongue with bitterness; the alpha acids are in no small way hidden and pinch especially after sips. The 8% is not unnoticed either, but like with the bitterness, you are far too distracted by all the wonderful flavour to notice...

And indeed, the flavour is more than just wonderful: it is all the fruits of the rainbow! Vivid, vivid, vivid notes of grapefruit and tangerine, melon and mango, mandarin and cantaloupe... this has fruit and citrus coming out the ying/yang! There are also smaller hints of green tea, jasmine, and your expected level of pine. The flavours are so damn vivid!

This is a beer not only full of colour and flavour, but also full of life. Everything about this beer is zestful and animated... something particularly intrinsic to big, hoppy West Coast beers.

Attention brewers: Alpine's Pure Hoppiness - this is your benchmark.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Vibrant golden color, crystal clear. Thousands of bubbles violently fight their way to the top where a huge pillowy off white head plumes over the glass awaiting them.

S: Sugary grapefruit, fresh squeezed OJ and some lemon zest. Bit'o pine in there but it gets lost in the citrus.

T: An immediate buttery grapefruit flavor. Literally, imagine grapefruit flavored butter and this might cover it. Very unique, came out of leftfield. From there a sweet biscuit backbone slides along before the bittering hops show themselves. Mind you that gorgeous buttey flavor has not left...and will not leave...and will become more pronounced as the beer warms. The aftertaste finally showcases the pine that had been hiding among the citrus hops...slowly lingers into a crescendo where the pine and now strawberry malt flavors meet/greet then fade away...

M: Full bodied and creamy for such an aggresively hopped beer.

D: How often do you drink an IPA or DIPA that stands out as something different? Thats what I'm saying.

Crisp, refreshing with enough alcohol to remind you who's boss. Aesthetically phenomenal, aromatically arousing with a taste that stops you dead in your tracks.... Great friggin beer.

I can not believe how easilly this 22oz went down.

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Photo of IceAce
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium-bronze body with striking clarity. Creamy light tan collar of foam with a floral hoppy nose (!). This poorly named IPA implies all hops and no backbone...but the reality of the situation is this; Without the structure of base malt, this brew would simply be another over-hopped Left Coast IPA.

Pine dominates the inhale and entry is smooth with an initial hop-bite quickly brushed back by a sturdy backbone of quality malt. Mouthfeel is near perfect and the finish is clean with a BAHB (Big ass hop bite) followed by a beautiful fade from one of my new found hop bombs.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

best by april 2017 so i assume this is pretty fresh.

pours fairly clear with a fluffy white head. super skunky aroma, in a good way. dank and resinous. very fresh aroma and i like it. hard to believe this is 8 percent abv as it is fairly easy drinking. well done brew by alpine.

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Photo of moundbz
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rack0flamb
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shrek806
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ithaca tulip glass. The bottle was a 22oz bomber (Thanks to Stupac2).

The pour is a hazy golden orange with a whipped, foamy white head with a creamy lacing.

The small is 100% citrus all the way. It smells like a fruit salad.

The taste mimics the smell on the citrus aspect. I taste papaya, mango, grapefruit with a stiff bitterness.

The mouthfeel is somewhat flat despite the balanced carbonation. The beer goes down like a cream ale leaving a milkshake like residue in the mouth.

The overall drinkability for me is a 4.5/5. This is a delicious DIPA. Another great beer from Alpine.

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Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Joseph just returns from another one of his contract hitsssssss ...I mean VACATION, and all I got was this lousy Alpine. Wait, what?? Alpine IPAs, like my oldest and and biggest wants?? The same. Holy freaking crap.

Pours a nice deep peach gold with just a touch of haze and a finger of white head that fades to a thick collar.

Oh, the dank sticky hops. Tons of citrus rind and sweet dried tropical fruits in the nose, sweet pale malts, and a some caramel candy with a touch of cedar. Really nice stuff.

Oh man. A really great toasted malt base lays the foundation for waves of sweet red grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple, and an awesome bitterness that builds with each sip. Some other light tropical and citrus fruits are there and a little pine wood (is that even a flavour?).

Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and an exceptionally creamy smooth feel.

Damn. The real life international man of mystery (true story, bro) played this one down a bit, but I'm truly blown away. Unique and so delicious. Thanks, buddy!!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle, 8% ABV. Slightly hazy golden color, with a thick white head. The head disappeared rather quickly, however it left some great patches of lace.

Intense piney and citrusy hop aroma. A bit of grass clippings as well.

Solid caramel malt base. Great citrusy hop presence, with some floral and piney notes following in the background. Somehow, the malt character seems to linger along with the hop bitterness. Talk about well balanced!

Great body, appropriate carbonation. So easy to drink, no way this is 8%. A very solid brew. Seemed to be a bit more in line with a standard IPA, but who cares.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear and golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces some nice sheets. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from those hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out as if it were a perfect ying and yang. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I would call this an IPA of perfection, huge hops but the finish and drinkability is not a DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Danke in advance.

Nice looking amber color with a small off-white head. Fairly nice lacing.

Nose is monstrous citrus hops. A really sweet aroma mixed in there too - cookies and toffee. Light oak, maple syrup, raisins, apricot and pineapple. Nose is not nearly as drying as some of the West Coast IPAs.

Flavor follows through with the hops and drying flavors coming through in the back of the mouth. Piney hops dominate with a toffee backbone. Light pineapple again, kind of bizarre for an IPA.

Medium body, works for the style.

Just a delicious fantastic brew. Maybe not quite on the level of the unique AleSmith IPA or archetypal Pliny the Elder that I also got from Joey, but really delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of MattSlem
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seaoflament hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. huge thanks carlos!

22oz bottle. sampled june 7/08.

pours coppery orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. big hop blast up front. pine, grapefruit, orange peel. bit of orange and tangerine. caramel. bread and biscuit. slightly powdery. light alcohol. there's also a touch of herbal character in there too.

taste is great. light alcohol. tons of juicy hops. orange and tangerine with a touch of sweetness. grapefruit. bit of pine. just over medium bitterness level. a bit powdery. white bread and crackers. bit of herbal character here too, but it works well and gives another dimension to the hops.

mouthfeel is great. medium well integrated carbonation. medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great malt and hop depth. an excellent example of the style, and one i'd be happy to drink all day.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,664 ratings.
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