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 do_ob
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter. Medium golden on the pour, and settles the same in the glass. Good clarity and carbonation, and tops off with about 2 fingers of off-white foam. Wonderful aroma with loads of juicy, tropical fruit as well as a sweet malt counterbalance and fragrant notes of pine and citrus. A really nice smelling beer - reminds of of Little Sumpin', which is one of the best smelling beers out there, in my opinion. Amazing taste to follow along, wow. There's no shortage of hops in this beer. But for all the piney, hoppy bitterness, there's a followup of sweet fruit and malts to balance it all out. Very juicy and sweet on the back end. Great feel; well carbonated and creamy on the palate.

Overall, damn good. Probably the best all around IPA I've had in a while.

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Photo of mabermud
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After drinking this beer for more than 10 years, I have finally come around to review this beer.

A - Delicious golden/orange body. White, fine head with dense sticky head.
S - Sweet citrus and pine.
T - Balanced sweet citrus, pine, hops, and goodness.
M - Just the right amount of carbonation and body.
O - Excellence

This is a classic West Coast IPA which many IPAs were fashioned after it was created. Hoppy, bright, and full of sunshine. San Diego style.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a yellow haze that lingers, settles over the room, a dense, yellow-after-the-rain haze, as you may have seen in your childhood, playing under the trees when the small bits of sticks would cling to your shoes from dampness and the air sounded dead... There's a finger atop, leaving cloud-spots as it fades and I hear my childhood sweetheart calling my made-up name...
And a rich, balanced malting-sugary note, not really the ozone that one would expect, but a sharpness is there too, as we scamper after one another under the forest, amongst the thick English ivy that grows up along the fence... peaches and grapefruits, I had excellent balance, we'd walk up a fallen tree-trunk and slide down a rope (rope burn is the worst.) The aroma balanced as well, complexity of both malt and hops...
And the flavour too, all of the elements, the pine-tree finish, the greenness, a haze...
And the light, clean, haze disappeared now and giving way to a bright spring day, a dry finish, an easily tossed back beer, excellently drinkable. These trips back in the mind... such a simple life, how lovely to remember and reflect, this is where I began...

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

S - Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T - Nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Medium length finish with some floral notes on top of a very mild bitterness.

M - Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O - My first brew from ABC and I wasn't disappointed. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gearing up for the DIPA fest tomorrow, here's some notes from last year's. Pours a good dark yellow, kinda like when you've been partying or working out real hard.

Aroma, pure hops. Taste, a decent sweet yeast is a nice touch in addition to the obviously very hopped beer. Malt isn't too heavy, a nice dipa at 8%, as sessionable as they get for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, the sweetness which I'm guessing may be a less frequent yeast strain than I'm used to in dipas, nice touch.

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Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On my recent trip to San Diego, I brought back 20 bottles of various west coast goodies. This is the first bottle I'm opening of these, and it's something that I'll definitely not be able to get anyplace else.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip (my new go-to glass) a crystal clear golden amber with a distinct red/orange tint to it. The head starts at a modest size and shrinks to a decent sized collar and hazy, tiny-bubbled surface coating that won't disappear. As I drink, splotchy lacing covers the entire height of the glass. A beautiful beer.

SMELL: The hops are (obviously) at the forefront of this and hit you with decent force. They're very citrusy and earthy with a grassy raw quality that I like a lot. Any malt presence is difficult to detect through the sweet hop resins, but I slight hint of bready carameliness is slightly detectable.

TASTE: My initial thought was that this was a fairly balanced beer coming at me. An excellent malt base was clearly present with the hop flavor and bitterness to match. But then at it crosses the palate, the hops just start to ramp up and up. Major citrus floods your mouth, and it's not just late addition hops either. This beer is damn bitter too. Not quite teeth-enamel-stripping levels, but it's definitely hopped to hell. And then comes the finish. The hops don't just last - they escalate even further and leave you puckering from the bitterness. I only wish for a little more substance on the finish, be it a slight maltiness or whatever. Even still, this beer tastes fantastic and leaves you wanted, no, demanding another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a perfect average-level carbonation. The beer could be a bit beefier. I mean, I love raw hop flavor, but it needs a more substantial base on which to sit. Still decent though.

DRINKABILITY: Oh man, this one'll sneak up on you. No alcohol detectable at all. I'd gladly have another glass. In fact, I've got half the bomber left. Don't mind if I do!

Wow, this is a really delicious beer. Amazingly, I think it could actually be hoppier. There's no dating on the bottle, so I can't say how old it is, but I really hope I had this as fresh as I could. Even still, if you're in southern California, make sure you get some Pure Hoppiness. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vibrant amber/orange pour into a DFH shaped pint glass. Excellent clarity and an ample off white head with excellent retention and lacing.
Big bouquet of hop perfume, mostly citrus, which subsides to a persistent dank aroma.
The flavors are dry and hoppy, a big shot of grapefruit bitterness up front, a restrained malt balance in the middle, and a another blast of hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel is lush, with a nice bit of carbonation to balance things out.
A very mild alcohol burn is the only downside to what is a really drinkable double IPA.
Having had this and the Exponential Hoppiness, I can only say that Alpine Brewery has produced two really fine examples of the west coast art of the hop.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden amber in color - very little head, very little lacing.

Smell - Not as pungent as I expected. Hop forward with a little bit of mango and pineapple. Just because the smell isn't super strong does not mean the smell isn't pleasant.

Taste - Hops, pine, little molasses, little orange and mango.

Feel -Smooth, not highly carbonated for an IPA... thicker mouthfeel.

Overall - Solid IPA

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Photo of Jeffo
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of Irishgurl4 in a recent trade. Thanks heaps, and thanks to whomever helped you out with these. Much appreciated!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with very good retention. Slowly fades to a good foamy film and clings to the glass all over. Slightly hazy burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: A bolder nose of pale malts, sweet honeydew melon and pineapple. Notes of grapefruit and floral hops as well. Very hoppy, bold and enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon, and a touch of caramel sweetness up front. Lots of bigger grapefruit and some pine flavors at the swallow, with a hint of sweet pineapple as balance. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bitter grapefruit, pine, and a touch of sweet melon as a counterweight, but this is mostly about the citrus and hop bitterness lingering on the palate. Tasty and tasty.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes with a slight bite from the hop profile. Not a bad thing. Finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: This stuff is mental good, just like every other Alpine IPA on the market. It’s a toss up between this one and Exponential for top spot, but make no mistake, these guys make a bunch of world class hoppy beers. Wonderful aromas, bold flavors, and not bitter for the sake of being bitter. Lots of complexity here. Always on the lookout for Alpine IPAs, and you should be too. Thanks again Irishgurl4 for hooking me up with this gem.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew from Smokepot23 for winning SNF Squares Week 11, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Hazed orange/amber color with a creamy off-white head that settled down but still left a thick sheet of sticky lacing.
Citrus and earthy hop aroma is a smell to behold.
Great blast of hops with enough of a malt background to keep things in check.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
Easy to drink.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice two head pour, beautiful gold & rustic appearance, head held up well for an IPA.

S: Big pine resins

T: Very sweet front, piney, clean finish

M: Perfect viscosity, excellent carbonation.

D: High end DIPA, definitely in the class with the big boys...highly recommended if you are a hop head.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Clear amber-orange colored body with a sticky head that sustains decently and leaves some streaky lace. The aroma is pretty forceful, with lots of grapefruit, orange, pine, and sweet mango. the flavor is much more hop flavor than bitterness, which caught me off guard at first. Then I remembered back to when I had exponential hoppiness, which was likewise flavorful and not too bitter; seems to be their style, and I like it. This is pretty ridiculously drinkable, but at the same time, the flavor seems a little light and muted. I'm getting a good deal of oily and resiny hops in the mouth, and just a kiss of honey sweet malt carrying it. Not really light bodied, but the oily feel that the ridiculous amount of hopping brings makes it slide quite slickly through the mouth. Alcohol is barely detectable; hardly feels like 8%. The finish is like hop flowers lingering lightly over your tongue. For a beer that is pretty much simply liquid hop flavor, I can't see it getting much better than this, but is it so much to ask for a little malt?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear dark orange/light amber, with a quarter inch head, and a small head.

This is pretty wonderfully aromatic, super, super piney, with some grapefruit and grassy aromas as well.

This is basically a piney mouthgasm. It's fairly bitter, in a very clean and tasty way, with some bitter grapefruit rind, grassy hops, and a little bit of orangey citrus. It's pretty delicious.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

I have no idea how this GF-brewed version compares with the original Alpine version, but as it stands for me now, it's super delicious anyway.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of pine and grassy hops. What a hop forward nose.

T-Lots of pine, some toasted malt, ends with solid bitterness. Well rounded with the earthy hops and the bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-A damn good DIPA. Had after PtE and Heady so it didn't match up there, but still a great beer.

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Photo of ryno09
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white head of about a finter. The head doesn't stick around long but it has left some nice lacing. The aroma is very sweet with big notes of tropical fruits with just a bit of spice and tad bit of alcohol - not much pineyness or earthy smells present.

Slight bitterness up front but it fades away quickly leaving a nice sweet malt flavor. A very drinkable and refreshing beer with a nice balance to it. This was my first taste of Alpine's beer and I'm looking forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a nice white and frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. The beer itself is a very nice clear medium amber that borders on bronze. The hue is pretty dang good looking to where looking at it almost makes me happy.

The beer smell is very good. It's a nice hoppy delight that definitely stands out even among most other DIPAs. This particular aroma has a nice hop smell. It's very hop but it doesn't fall under the 'Strategic Hop Bomb' category. The hop notes primarily fall under a strong dry hopped pine note with a little bit of grass and resin to it but the pine notes dominate it. However, there is also a slight sweet caramel malt note that is present and takes the edge off of the high hop content.

The taste is also pretty good. There is a strong bitter hop taste that comes out in pine notes and resin as well. There is also a slight malt sweetness in the finish to keep the beer from being too bitter.

The feel is heavy bodied but does not quite carry the same amount of weight that some other ones do. The beer seems to fall on the lighter side of the heavy bodied spectrum due to the light carbonation.

Overall, a very good DIPA. It's not too extreme but certainly hoppy enough to make the average hophead happy. Go for it.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boonville

A - Poured a nce golden color, with a 2 fingered, off-white head. Dissipated slow and left beautiful lacing.

S/T - Honey, flowers, and grass. Light notes of citrus too.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Refreshing could almost pass as a session if not for the 8%.

D - Great overall, enjoyed it. Will seek out again.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpine's IPA's are some of the best, and this is no different. Orange-gold pour with very little head. Thick aroma of citrus and piney hops and a bit of malt. The taste is epic. The grapefruit hops with the Cascade hops are perfectly balanced to give that sweet and bitter bite. The malt back evens everything out, making this a very smooth beer. I've seen this listed as both and IPA and an IIPA. As an IPA, this is one of the strongest, leading me to believe the IIPA is the proper category.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light copper in color with a fingernail of off white around the rim and the majority of the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is sweet floral hops and some honey like sweetness. why can't their be an air freshener or fragrance for women that smells like this? I taste aggressive floral hops with a sharp bite. There's light notes of pine mixed in. The mouth is chewy, thick, and full of resinous floral hops.

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Photo of Soonami
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a great trader, tbase, for sending this tasty beer to me. I've wanted to try Alpine for a while and today I was lucky enough to have two! Pure hoppiness definitely lives up to it's name.

The beer was enticingly hazy with a bright orange glow and a nice little tuft of rocky eggshell foam. The beer smells very green like freshly peeled grapefruit, crush spruce needles and orange zest. There is a little bit of fruity hop aroma but this is a deep forceful hop presence, not for the meek or faint of heart. The beer tastes a little sweet at first with a little biscuity malt, but that quickly fades as the deeply resinous hops rolls over the tongue. The beer is perfectly carbonated with thick full mouthfeel and just enough playful bubbles to keep it light. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer was very tasty, living up to expectations

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is slightly hazy light yellow-gold. There's a low amount of white head and minimal lacing.

Holy cow, the aroma is like a fresh tropical fruit juice. It has loads of grapefruit, some mango, and pineapple. I pick up a little pine, too.

The grapefruit is equally present in the flavor, too, and is delicious. Mango and pineapple is accompanied by light pine and a floral perfume.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but slightly on the low side of carbonation. That's my only knock on this is that it walks a line of almost being under-carbonated.

I absolutely loved this IPA and think that it's citrus profile is one of the best I've tasted.

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Photo of turfy
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SN tulip.

A - A deep golden color with a two finger creamy head, which settled down into a solid film throughout the drink.

S - Strong piney blast, with a touch of grapefruit. Nice!

T - Expected hoppy bite with a caramel maltiness. Man I love these superbly balanced DIPA'S! A pleasant lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Moderate to slightly heavy mouthfeel and light carbonation.

D- Well, you probably wouldn't want to drink 5-6 of these in a session, but 1-3 would be a perfect fix for a DIPA loving hophead like me.

A superb beer. Don't pass up a chance to enjoy this one!

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: It pours an amber color with orange hues. Big two finger white with good retention and lacing.

S: Very hoppy up front with notes of grapefruit and oranges. A little bit of toasty malt, but nothing off the charts. There are some resinous pine notes that waft from the glass on the backside as it warms.

T: A nice blast from the hops begins the show with grapefruit and citrus notes. The malt makes itself known mid palate with some nice toast and spice. It finishes with a pine cone bitterness really dry and lip smacking.

M: Medium bodied and luscious carbonation.

O: Another great beer from Alpine Beer Company. Huge hops and nice malt balance. Seek this one out for sure.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bubbley light tan head crests the glass at about two fingers tall. Body is a honey yellow gold. Head has nice retention and leaves web like lace as it slowly fades. Nose is a very floral sweet hop mixture with fresh citrus and soft piney tones. With first drink I am really taken by how smooth and refreshing the hop profile of this beer is. The hops are very fresh with sweet citrus feel. They do have a bit of grassy bitter but this is very well balanced by a lovely malt balance all along the backbone of this beer. Bitterness is very long and well received on the mouthfeel. Alchol is scary well hidden on this beer, maybe only peeks out with the boldness of the hops. This is a very drinkable tasty hoppiness of a beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I have had this beer on tap, cask, bottle, also had it fresh as it gets at the brewery, and I must say know matter how you sample it, its “The Cat’s Meow”!

Another thing I must say the people who brew this beer are a prime example of what “Beer and Brewing” are about, dedicated to making a quality product for us “Lovers” of beer, and they are exceptionally nice to us wandering “Beer Lovers”, if you get the chance Alpine Brewery is a must stop, plus Alpine is a quite picturesque town.

The beer after disemboguing from the 22 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a luminous golden amber color, the head a majestic white crown upon the body, the texture creamy, and the lace a satin sheet to lie upon the glass. The aroma of hops is what this beer is about, sweet and inviting, fresh, crisp, a treat for all the senses. Start is ambrosial, the malt profile perfect, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish has a delightful acidity, the hops perfection, the aftertaste desert bone dry and long lasting, what a magnificent beer, my ever lasting gratitude to the fine people at Alpine for this elixir of life.

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