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
Ranking:
#402
Reviews:
931
Ratings:
3,685
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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1,188
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 8% ABV, no date.

A - Just like the other Alpine brews, Pure Hoppiness pours out a clear golden yellow color with a great head rising to two fingers. Good retention ends up as thick lace all over the glass.

S - Once again, the aroma is a little bit low and finally enters in with an unfortunate plastic and burnt rubber aroma. A bit of mango and a hint of onion ask the hops. What is going on in these two beers (Nelson included). A bit of malts in the background but its not appealing.

T - Again, most of the gross off-flavors in the nose disappear in the taste. This time the beer is better with a fairly strong pine and fruit profile that carefully lets a smooth toasted biscuit malt backing through.

M - Pure Hoppiness is medium-full-bodied and bold with a smooth but almost slick feel and a low-medium carbonation finish. Bitterness is balanced well on the finish with malty sweetness.

D - Decent drinkability, much better than Nelson, it goes down well and smooth with a nice finish. A drinkable double IPA that doesn't feel at all like a double IPA.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into .3l tulip

An amber pour, sticky fluffy light white head. There is quite a bit of lacing. Some sticky and some which receeds nicely with the brew. Loose, large bubbles.

A pine head w/ malt sweetness. There is also some note of sweet citrus.

With the initial sip the aroma is more clearly defined. There is a more pronounced pine bitterness but this is a pleasent flavor/aroma combination and does not take anything away from the many citrus and floral notes.

The carbonation is good, and the mouthfeel of this is unremarkable if needing no imporvement. It neither takes away from nor contributes much to the overall enjoyment of this brew. The enjoyment really lies in the initial burst and the way that it smoothly fades with each successive sip.

Finishes easy. Odd that this makes me wish it was a 12oz bottle. I think the overall drinkability is good, but I do not think that it is as enjoyable in larger quantities simply because the highlights of this brew are lost with familiarity.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was a little underwhelmed with this one, especially compared to some of Alpine's other offerings. What I loved so much about beers like Duet and Nelson was the piney, dank juiciness, and I don't seem to get that in Pure Hoppiness. I think the malt character overpowers the hops just slightly, which detracts from the flavor a bit for me.

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Photo of silverblaze540
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear amber with minimal head.
S - Like a pine tree, medium strength.
T - Powerful hoppiness, very piney. Bitterness hits in the middle and lingers in the aftertaste.
M - Medium light, some carbonation.
O - Smells and tastes as advertised. If you are into hops, you will enjoy it.

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Photo of dertyd
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 10th May 2016. Got the same batch as "kitch" who gave it a 4.3. The nose is indeed tropical fruits, pine and grapefruit. Quite ordinary but well done. The taste is pure west coast IPA. But I don't see this being better than say, a Hop Ottin' IPA by Anderson Valley. It's basically the same in the taste and finish : too much resin and bitterness, not enough fruits and balance. It's also a bit too sticky. Had they done this 10 years ago maybe people would have been impressed, but in this day an age, it's "just" a descent West Coast IPA. Not worth actively searching for it. I don't care if you hop the hell out of it, just give me some complex flavors not a linear predictable brew...

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Photo of JDV
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottles courtesy of Padrefan98 and this one in particular shared by MiguelMandingo on BA. Pour is rich amber colored in a snifter with a smallish white head. Smell is piney, hoppy and fairly aromatic fresh hops chock full of resiny goodness. Taste is much of the same with hop flavors leaning towards piney and resiny with a moderate bitterness and ample malt backing to keep it pretty balanced. For an IPA, it is quite strong, but for a DIPA, I'd say it's extremely drinkable. Very nice beer all around and thanks again for Mike for sharing this great beer!

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LFinCO
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rick778
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice to me able to find this in MN. Best by "26April17"
Earthy and pine aroma with a solid malt background. Hops push towards excess with a vegetal quality that I don't like, otherwise I like the hop presentation. More old school.
Sticky white head over a golden amber cloudy body. The head is nice and dense.
Not quite a sticky body but a heavy body and fully carbonated.
Bittering is prominent but not excessive and it dries out nicely on long finish with a tongue sticking quality.
Hop taste resembles the aroma with a very earthy and pine presentation. But I also get the hoppy excess like plants decomposing. Funny, but I don't like that.
Overall this is okay, but in all honesty I'm glad I bought a single and not a 6-pack.

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Photo of 30helens
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrisjws
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear light amber; excellent clarity; a weak off-shite head that manages to leaves some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: very, very mild and subtle for style. Just faint hops. Pleasant.

Flavor: Mild for style -- more IPA than DIPA -- still, stronger and hoppier than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Only moderately bitter at its peak. Moderate complexity. The hop flavor lingers on in the aftertaste.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation. Dry finish. Slightly astringent.

O: a distinctive (D)IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of dannyfayy
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentZero
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a small white head that dissipated. Didn't stick much on the sides, very little lacing and retention.

S - Smells very hoppy, caught a whiff of it from a couple feet away. Small pine notes with a malty backbone that is not overpowering but still present. Sweet, floral smell with a resin kick on the end.

T - Sweet malts, bitter hop profile. Subtle pine notes, bitter resin taste on the end. Malt backbone but it intertwines throughout the length of the drink with the hops. It's not nearly as hoppy as I would have expected from the smell and the fact this is DIPA. Gets more bitter as you drink.

M - Not overly carbonated, medium bodied, pretty smooth.

D - Starts out very easy to drink. Becomes quite bitter as you go and as it warms up. Better cold, and a pretty solid thirst quencher.

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Photo of Crentist
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- medium amber, decent carbonation, small bubbles with low retention, slightly opaque clarity.
S- I'm not getting any tropical fruit or overwhelming hops others are describing. Cat Piss, sourdough bread, un-aromatic hops.
T- Pine, dark hop flavor. The malt and hops both come through. Astringent. Clean finish.
F-medium to medium-light body for a DIPA. Sticky. It does hide the alcohol well as another reviewer described.

O- I don't seem to agree with the consensus about this beer. I found it a little too bitter, a little too astringent, and it lacked the overwhelming hop aroma I was expecting. The smell left a lot to be desired; pretty one note. The hop flavor is there, but I prefer more aromatic DIPAs that I think result from less hops in the boil, and more from dry hopping. Maybe mine in CT is not as fresh as it should be, even though BB is 5 months away.

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Photo of ledouge
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of badbeer
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color with a big pillowy white head; great retention and lacing. Citrus and lemon zest notes in the aroma; very hop forward. Also a bit of a smell I can only describe as dank and slightly vegetal. The first taste I get is a bit of the vegetal one noted in the aroma, thankfully it goes to a combination of lemon, orange, and pine shortly thereafter. Slightly higher than medium carbonation and a little less than medium bodied. Good beer, I'd like to try this again. Thanks, Kyle!

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste poured from a bomber into a tulip thanks to Vito at Beachwood BBQ. Golden color with foamy white head that clings all the way down. Huge hop aroma - citrus and earthy, esters, some graininess in the background. Taste is flowery and citrusy hops, warming esters, hints of malts, very bitter. Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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