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:
3,671
Reviews:
926
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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1,183
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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oxymoron
3.17/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wouldn't a hop cone be pure hoppiness? Pours a amber to red color with a pretty hazy appearance. There is a good dense head with good retention through the tasting and decent lacing.

The nose is hoppy with a sugary malt backing. To start there is a strong piney and earthy hop aromas. Very resiny overall. Some malt comes out but nothing very distinguished. Some minor caramel but mostly sweet. Some yeast notes as well, alcohol mostly. Some minor esters, rose and figs as well.

The taste is more in balance. The hops have a strong piney and earthy presence with a very soapy finish. Some bitterness that is a bit harsh and astringent in the finish. Could use a better balance between finishing and bittering. The malt is sweet with some muttled caramel notes. The rose esters really come out as well, but still has an American feel.

The body is a bit sweet with a under attenuated feel. Definitely astringent from the hops. Overall I think this beer is a little overhyped. Balance problems with hops and yeast problems really deter this beer from rating better.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of mportnoy
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of McNazz
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of 2ellas
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atpca
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of tjthresh
3.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is bright yellow orange with some snowy white head. The nose is really fruity with lots of leafy hop cones. The flavor is just kind of a muddled mess of hops and sugar. Medium sugary body. Tangy tart finish. I don't know. I'm not impressed.

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Photo of seeswo
3.28/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours like carbonated apple juice with a sizable white head. The had slowly dissipates, leaving lacing along the sides. Looks good. Smells of piney hops and just a touch of citrus. Smells pretty good. The taste is generic bittering hops, malt and maybe a touch of pine. The flavor is somewhat smooth, but just decent. I am not sure what it is, but there seems to be a burgeoning small, off, metallic/soap flavor. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel which all seem appropriate. Drinkability is pretty reasonable, with a finish of bitterness that hangs out for a while on the tongue.

This was not as good to me as exponential hoppiness, duet or hoppy birthday, all enjoyed within the last week or so. Maybe this one is old. If so, I'm not apologizing because I don't see a date stamp anywhere. I'll obviously review another bottle - I otherwise love Alpine beers.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Bistro
Poured a burnt orange color with a small white head. Nose was hop forward and even maltier than I expected with citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine and slight floral notes upfront. It was pretty chewy and sordove muted taste. Mouthfeel was chewy and sticky, heavy and I noticed less hops and more malts.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

clear bright golden orange and an inch and a half of fluffy off-white head that retains very well, leaving a lumpy, frothy peak even after a few minutes. lots of rising bubbles.

bright, fresh, citrusy aroma. tangerines, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. hints of pine and sweet malt as well.

flavor doesn't quite have the same complexity, with a slight hoppiness in the start complemented with a stronger hoppiness in the finish. prickly carbonation and a medium feel; somewhat one-noted, with just a medium-high bitterness and some floral and pine notes. very pretty beer, with a great aroma, but it's slightly downhill from there.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.36/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Preferred Nelson over this one. A little watered down

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Photo of Honeybourne
3.36/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taylor714914
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a trade, but I forget from where. Either way, thanks!

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada glass. Beautiful deep rich copper color with an off white rocky head.

Smells of sweet sticky malts, some toffee, and bitter resinous hops.

Taste gets wonky for me. There is a beautiful sweetness that is immediately hammered down by the hops, but the end of the flavor and finish is oniony/garlicky.

Mouthfeel is spot on, rich, slightly viscous and oily.

Overall, a bitter disappointment. the onion and garlic flavors going on are just nasty.

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Photo of troupos40
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden peach hue, with a moderate white bubbly head that dies down to a spotty blanket, with sticky spotty lacing.

Very aromatic pine and nectarine on the nose.

Bitter spicy hops yet juicy orange undertones, with maybe a little vanilla as well.

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Photo of BigMike
3.42/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stockatron
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could be an old bottle i think ... nice body no funky smells, not a lot of hops in the nose but some on the burp, nice bitterness. Feels like its not fresh though might have to have another try and re-rate ...

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Photo of Danny1217
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is what it says it is, though well made in the genre and fairly well balanced in the hopheads domain. It first appears orange-amber and very clear. Its head is sticky and white. Interesting oily C-hops aroma well mellowed by a tea bag reminiscent herbal maltiness. Generous earthiness and more of this tea goodness keep up on the tongue and come close to offering a match to the slick oily hops, tongue-slicingly bitter, flowery and grapefruity. Thin and refreshing mouthfeel, surprisingly light carbonation feels somehow too much with the oiliness of the hops used. Thanks Eyechartbrew, very clean brew.

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Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine a couple weeks ago. Expectations are high because I've been loving Alpine's offerings. They're quickly rising on my best of California list.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured (initially) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour floater. Hardly a head at all. Retention is terrible, even given the ABV. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent copper - very curious for the style, which I expect to be clear and clean. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

I was able to coax a head out of it by pouring with additional vigor after finishing off my first glass. Head retention was more frothy, with nice cream and thickness - plus better retention (~2 minutes). Strange.

Sm: Pine, clean malts, fruit esters, grapefruit citrus, hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates. Some oily hops. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp pine, floral hops, clean malts, grapefruit citrus, sweet brighter malts, and well hidden hop bitterness - but it still comes through, negativley impacting the balance. There's certainly a hop bite on the climax and through the third act. Nowhere near as complex or well layered as Exponential Hoppiness, but there's some subtlety here. The grapefruit is a nice touch, though grapefruit dominant IPAs are not my favourite. I like it, but it's far from unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Much cleaner than the appearance would have you suspect. Nice body.

Gets more nectary as it warms. I like it much better as it mellows, bringing the balance into a careful duel between subtle malt sweetness and tame hop bitterness. I regret serving this cold.

Mf: Clean. Dry and coarse from the hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely crisp. Wet and smooth in the early acts, but never as much as it needs to be to attain a refreshing character. Good thickness and carbonation. Somewhat oily. Suits the flavours only generally.

Mellowed as it warmed, like the flavour. Got smoother and wetter, suiting the flavours much better. Curious. But inconsistent. Somewhat buttery until the dry finish.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not Alpine's best. Pales in comparison to Exponential Hoppiness, which I quite admired. I'd get this again on draught. Interestingly priced. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice Double IPA. This will likely satisfy most fans of the style. I dislike the grapefruit focus and the apparent hop bitterness, but to each his or her own.

High B-

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Photo of tarheels86
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Toronado SD. Poured a clear yellow with a dense, white head leaving very good sticky lace. Aroma of bitter high-alpha acid hops, earthy hops, moving to sweat and brine almost in the nose. Taste is lots of bitter, earthy hops. Not much of a backbone. I really liked fresh Duet a hell of a lot better and will need to try this again in a fresh bomber. 7/6/2010 6/4/7/4/14=3.5

22oz courtesy of peteinsd. Great pour with a dense, fluffy white head. Good lacing. Fresh citrus hop aroma- juicy oranges and grapefruit and mango peel. Taste is watery, seltzer, dry, not much to it. Some slight butterscotch comes into balance but not nearly enough and the end result is bitter seltzer water with not enough of a malt backbone. 8/22/2010 7/4/7/3/14=3.5

Overall, I think Duet is superior to Pure and Expo Hoppiness consistently. Even after having on tap at Alpine.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Taken from notes

Pours a light orange vibrant color with a two and half inch white fluffy head. Good retention that leaves bits amount of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The smell is of citrus with tangerine being dominate along with pine like hops and slight floral aromatics.

The taste upfront was of a slight citrus tangerines flavor along with grapefruit and midway is a pine bitterness that seemed to dominate the rest of the flavor.

Thick syrup like body that I did not really care for with average carbonation.

Out of Duet, Nelson, and Pure hoppiness. This one was the worst of the three. I recommend Duet if you are going to choose.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,671 ratings.
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