Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
882
Ratings:
3,463
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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1,201
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546
For Trade:
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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole double duecer pours into my glass with a slightly hazy light peach hue offering topped off with a settled spotty ivory head cap containing a few scant tiny bubbles rising up to meet the surface.

Piney resin nose with a grassy note. Malt balance is reserved with a mostly grapefruit nose.

First swigs: Flavor mirrors the nose somewhat with a piney hop flavor met with a citrus grapefruit and grapefruit peel. Orange juice sizzle. A slight Tang drink and some Spree candy notes. No detctable heat. I am talking ZERO!

Feel is spritzy, slightly easy medium feel with a bit of a thin body. Not to a fault.

Last swigs: Thanks to fellow BA NeroFiddled for the generous bottle. In case you can't get your hands on this hoppy dish, it reminds me a bit of Hop Wallop.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to light amber hue with a frothy large off-white head. Aroma is big juicy grapefruits and tangerines, a touch 'hot' from the alcohol. Flavor is a bit nutty, citrus medley of orange peel grapefruit and lemon. Good hop bitter but not overpowering - very nice balance. Finish is dry - almost crisp, but not quite. Lemony would be a better term.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

272nd review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A mixture of some bronze,copper and orange highlights. A one finger head. Nice scattered lacing.

Smell- A bit let down by this one. Had the usual hops, pine, citrus and some earthy malts.

Taste- It's very balanced and keeps the flavors in check. Hop spice on the backend and its a bit smaller than Exponential in terms of drink. Glad I went backwards with these.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carb level. Fills the mouth with flavor.

Drink- Alpine makes some damn good beers. The two big DIPA's I have had have been very good. Its spicy and flavorful and aggressive but palatable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright copper with perfect clarity and one finger of sudsy white head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Grapefruit, tangerine, and pine resin are the most prominent aromas, but also apricot, honey, and pale biscuity malt. Not incredibly aromatic. Freshness?

Taste -- Grapefruit, resin, clover, and apricot flavors resonate in the hops department. Malts are pale and mostly dry with a little bit of honey sweetness. A little bit of buttery diacetyl; pretty typical of Alpine.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a bit fuller than medium, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite good, but it didn't knock my socks off. Certainly not as good as, say, Nelson, but a worthy addition to a stellar IPA/DIPA lineup.

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Photo of GregA135
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard great things about this beer, but I'm pretty sure that the bar had an old keg because there was not much hoppiness in my glass. Could definitely taste the hops, but they were mellowed out. The beer still tasted great, but I'm sure I would give it a better rating if I didn't get an old IPA. Definitely will have to try it again.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear orange to amber in colour. thick white bubbles.

S: Great hops with citrus and tropical fruit bursts. orange peel, more fresh hops.

T: bitter hops, citrus peel, lemon oil, some tropical fruits in the middle, bitter resinous finish.

F: slick and oily, bit of a raw hop bite to it. it does finish crisp though but it has a raw alcohol feel.

O: Decent. truly a WC style IPA, rather disappointing considering the hype this and the other Alpine brews get. Wonder how much has changed since the partnership with GF. I like that this is in 6 packs though.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrtopher for this one!

Into the pint glass goes this one and whoa!!! Loads of carbonation even with an easy pour... Very active head... Quite clear for an unfiltered brew... Golden with 3 inches of head most of the time....

Citrusy and piney aromas that are actually a little more subdued than I was expecting and hoping for... Nice aromas for sure but they don't seem pungent enough for me....doesn't smell old or anything, just a little subdued and that could be due to the head on this thing...

Crisp hoppy flavors led by grapefruit followed by resiny pine finishing abruptly with not much of a lingering bitterness at all... Malts hold their own in the background quite well... Pretty balanced actually...

The carbonation grew tiresome after a while with this one... Overly carbonated on the palate, it hurt the drinkability a bit..

Overall a very solid brew... I have a bottle of Nelson and Duet from these guys and can't wait to see how they measure up...

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear, fizzy amber color with a finger of off white head.

The aroma offers fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, orange and lemon peel, pineapple, honey dew melon, and lots of the dankness, pine resin, and onion you would expect from a Stone DIPA.

Sweet citrus and tropical fruits up front. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and papaya up front, toasted biscuit and brown sugar in the middle, and then it finishes dry with lingering bitterness and flavors of grapefruit pith, green onion, and pine needles.

The body is medium, typical for this style, and quite drinkable with lots of spritzy carbonation.

A solid DIPA I enjoy quite a lot, but not worth the $20.99 tag. I'll take the more affordable Stone hoppy offering the next time I want a bone-dry, bitter, dank and citrusy IPA or DIPA.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: golden amber hues, a little cloudy, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: citrusy hops, but toffee aromas are pretty forward.

Taste: citrus and piney resin (a bit), but a significant amount of toffee/butterscotch flavor indicates this may not be uber fresh.

Feel: one thing I personally look for in a DIPA is an oily feel, and this really doesn't have that.

Overall: this is enjoyable, but I'm wondering if this isn't the freshest bottle of this. It's a bit stodgy, for lack of a better term.

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Photo of 98green
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is a clear Amber. Smell is light citrus hops. Taste is mostly sweet malt and some citrus hops. Certainly on the sweet end for a double. Hop bitterness doesn't linger. Feel is slick but not heavy. Not much alcohol burn. Overall a mediocre beer for my palate. I like my doubles more hop forward.

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Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Urthel glass. Split with my brother.

Thanks to Brianthebrewer13 for this as an extra. My first Alpine!

Poured a crystal clear reddish orange color with a two finger white head.

Smell is quite potent. First you detect some pine and grapefruit, followed by some more citrus notes. Very earthy smelling as well, almost moss-like.

Taste starts with a typical hop bitterness, making way into some nice fruity notes including lemon, orange, and pineapple. Not quite sweet enough IMO, could use some more malts.

Mouth feel was where it should be. Not much of an alcohol presence which is good.

Overall this was a solid DIPA. I think I have spoiled myself recently with ultra fresh Heady Topper, HF Ipas, and Kiwi Rising, so I was not blown away. Regardless...solid beer. Stoked to try Duet which I hear is superior to this.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber from Metallitone1.

A: The DIPA has an orange amber color, and I emphasize the orange aspect. There is no indcation of any sediment in the ale. Head is thick and white, leaving a thick lacing throughout the glass.

S: The aroma is thick with hops, including sweet piney resins and grapefruit tartness.

T: The flavor strikes me as run-of-the-mill. The hops are big and juicy, showing off a nice piney element that blends in some sweeter citrus elements. The flavors are big but they don't linger like some of the top-flight DIPAs. I like the hops here and can see how they pack a wallop, but they are somewhat reserved.

M: Delicious pine and citrus hops, they always make for an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: The 8% is well-hidden. The hops are big (not big enough as I noted above), but they go down easy.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very golden color with a big soapy head that deposited loads of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pine tar with some lighter citrus in the background and caramel and toffee underpinnings.
Flavor was caramel and toffee front dominated by a very powerful pine and resiny bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was swet to start but the hop domination soon tookover. A bit too unbalanced for me but very true to style.
Drinkability is very solid. Alpine obviously makes great beer and looking forward to a few more from this newly found brewery.

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Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again... A tribute to Beer Advocate and the active trading site. Many thanks to the great trading community here for giving me the chance to try this one out.

And an interesting beer it is - especially in comparison to the pliny I had just last night. This one... Is really hoppy and bitter and pale with low head - just like the pliny. Only, see, this one has ridiculously more balance to it and a bit more body.

That said, yeah. Go figure why the other is rated higher. Shouldn't there be some balance in the beer? Let's check this out, shall we? "High to absurdly high hop bitterness." OK. Well, the pliny sure has one of those. This one is just highly bitter. But, oops! It's supposed to have medium to high body.

Examples:Pliny,Dreadnaught,Majaraja,Hop Slam,Ruination, Hercules,Furious,I2PA,Hopsickle, Stoudt’s Double, 90-minute IPA, Hop Wallop. Well, yeah. I've had most of these. Pliny stands out for me as one that just doesn't belong. It is interesting that the hop emphasis in all of these beers is very different.

But, hey, I'm not reviewing them or pliny or whatever. I'm talking about pure hoppiness. And it's a fine beer. Give it some more color, give it better head and I'll give it a better scrore.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info apparent. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium orange with a big golden glow throughout. Not cloudy at all. Half a finger of bubbly bright white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Juicy grapefruit and orange up front with a big dose of pine. A slight sweet caramel malt backbone ever so slightly cuts the huge bitter aroma.

T - Tongue twisting bitterness up front. Huge pine flavours dominate the palate with grapefruit and orange zest evident as well. The orange peel flavour really lingers in a massively bitter and dry finish. There is a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background but this one definitely lives up to its billing a a west coast hop bomb.

M - Full bodied and creamy. Full of tongue coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - The most bitter DIPA I have had in a while. A nice change of pace with pine as the dominant hop flavour.

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Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An orange hue with a foamy head that leaves great lacing.

S: Orange and other citrus fruits.

T: Rather sweet up front, but it finishes with a nice dosage of bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: It's a pretty good DIPA. It's not the best I've ever had, but I wish there was a brewed-on date so I could know if this bottle had a little age on it.

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was clearly a well crafted double IPA, however as I had it a couple of days after its best by date it lacked the uber hoppy aromas and flavors that you expect from such a beer. I hope I can get a fresh one some day.

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Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter
no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago

A big thanks to harink for sending this long time want over as part of one of my all time favorite trades (Pure Hoppiness, Duet, Nelson, and BA Speedway!).

A: Pours a clear dark amber with almost reddish hues and just a thin sliver of sea foam white colored head. The small amount of head that is present dissipates quickly but manages to leave a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma is a huge tropical fruit sweetness that can be smelled well before you put your nose anywhere close to the glass. There are also some dank hop characters and an almost astringent alcohol-like presence.

T: Taste is somewhat muted at first with generic hops notes followed by some piney bitterness on the finish. Once it warms a bit it gets better with other flavors coming out including citrus rind, lemon zest, a touch of booze and some caramel malts. Piney bitterness becomes more prominent at it warms, as well. This certainly tastes like its stale, doesnt taste fresh at all, even though it was picked up from the brewery less than 2 weeks ago and at the same time as both the Duet and Nelson, which both tasted super fresh. Still tastes good, and improves as it approaches room temperature, but still a let down from what I was expecting.

M/D: Pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, full bodied, big drying finish leaves you eager to take the next sip. Drinkability is good.

O: Overall, this was good, but certainly didnt live up to the hype, and was a pretty big disappointment (especially after recently having Nelson and Duet.) I am curious as to how fresh this bottle is, because from start to finish it comes off as stale. Yet another reason for breweries to bottle date their IPAs/DIPAs! I'm glad I got to try it, but next time I seek out Alpine it will be for one of their many other strong offerings. Of the three Alpine brews Ive had in the last week Id rank them as follows: Duet -> Nelson-> Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my #1 beer importer BeerFMAndy for yet another Cali beer from his trip. Poured Split and poured into my tulip. The beer is golden amber with about two fingers of off white head. Spotty bits of lace are left behind.

The aroma is mostly pine and citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and oranges along with fresh pine needles. A tiny bit of burnt rubber in the background does knock this one down a bit.

The flavor is a huge pine blast. Lots of resinous pine along with mango and grapefruit citrus flavors. I get a bit of hot alcohol in each sip. A definite sweetness comes in on the finish from the malt.

Medium body with modest carbonation.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Not outstanding but glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into big Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazy golden amber, with two fingers of billowing fluffy head which receded slowly.

The glass smelled strongly of sweet citrusy hops. There was a little bit of resinous pine as well. The taste matched the nose closely. Sweet maltiness up front, then grapefruit and pine. It finished with a bitterness that persisted well after the drink was done.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel, and was well carbonated and creamy. I found it quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time having this on draft. Fresh keg at Meridian Pint.

Appearance: Looks nice. Clear, bright orange with yellow hints. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Pleasant and intense, if old school hop profile. A bit vegetal, very green, and quite dank. Hints of citrus fruit and spice as well. Mild hints of caramel malt.

Flavor: Not my favorite hop profile, but a supremely well-constructed beer. Hints of caramel malt provide structure but never overwhelm the hop saturated qualities. The palate adjusts quickly to sharp, green bitterness to reveal flavors of sweet citrus and pine with hints of floral and spice. Again, a definite dankness.

Feel: Perceived bitterness on this guy is quite high. A very green, resiny bitterness that hits the palate hard but lingers pleasantly. Pretty dry overall with a hint of light caramel malt sweetness. Finish is lingering, bitter, and piney.

Overall: Impressively well put together beer, but the hop profile just isn't my favorite.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About as even a beer as you'll ever find, this little goodie from the recently fire-ravaged area of San Diego County will satisfy most any BA. Lovely beer in look, smell, and taste, this treat is just plain good.

The light amber body has an off-white head that laces with great gusto. The nose is very complex providing a parade of nice hop notes, whilst the malt base is shy andd retiring in this blend. The flavor is light citrus with some spicy fruitiness. Lovely feel with nice finish. Very drinkable ale.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

I've had this so many times on tap, so I'm surprised I've never reviewed it...

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear copper color with visible carbonation and a really nice thick off-white head.

Smell: Hop florals and spice - a fair amount of sweetness in there, like tropical fruits.

Taste: Malty, fruit undertones with lots of bitterness, and some spiciness, coming in. Bitter aftertaste too, but again with some tropical fruit beneath. There's a bit of rye in the bitterness, that I haven't noticed on-tap before.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty with a strong ABV, but it doesn't affect the taste.

Definitely for those who like a bit more bitterness in their IPA than usual. I think I like this one a bit better on tap, but still a really nice IPA!

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose lots of grapefruit and piney hops in the flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well this is definitely a hop bomb so if thats your thing you'll love this one so for all you hop heads out there give this a try

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