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

22oz bottle poured into delirium tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pretty clean, slight amber, golden hue with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving massive amounts of lace.

Smell: Fresh and hoppy - extremely resinous pine and citrus backed by a bit of sweet maltyness. The hop aroma is amazing and by far one of the nicest smelling IPA's around.

Taste: Super grassy, resinous hops, strong citrus flavor with a bit of sweet roasted malt at the end that balances out the hop perfectly. I like that the malt is not overdone on this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, sticky, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall: Too easy to drink - at 8% ABV, they'll get to you quickly.

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

What a simply phenomenal DIPA. Cloudy golden apricot color with a good-sized head settling slowly to a creamy wisp on top. Strong lacing.

Lots of pineapple hops smelled from a few feet away. As you breathe in deeply you get more citrus fruits and slight onion-y undertone. The flavor is deliciously hoppy, packed full of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Again the hint of onion and garlic, perhaps from summit hops? Very restrained malt character as typical for this style. Light sweetness. Bitterness is definitely there but doesn’t overshadow all the subtle nuances created by the wide variety of hops used. Really tasty and intricate.

Medium-full body, slightly creamy, with less of a lingering aftertaste than you’d expect. What’s there isn’t overly bitter either; the details of the flavor remain. Medium carbonation for a west coast DIPA.

What can I say? Alpine is killin’ it. Their IPAs are clearly among the best in the world.

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

Been looking at this one for a long time. Just another crazy generous throw in from jjayjaye!

A hard pour into a Karmeliet tulip, yelds a massive thick off white head over clear bright burnt orange body. Head sticks for quite some time but finally gives way to a thick, clumpy lace. Nice mix of resiny pine and grapefruit hops. Malt aroma's are very faint. This smells like a west coast hop bomb for sure. Citrus hop flavors meld in with a nice semisweet bisquity malt. Hops bully themselves back upfront and center. Nice lingering malt sweetness melds with some minty hop flavors. Bitterness is assertive, but cetainly not over the top. Slight alcohol warmth lingers, but in a very nice subtle way. Nice sticky body and enough carbonation to keep things from getting too sticky. Had a blast with this. Will definatly beg, steal, and borrow for this again. A hop head must.

Thanks again for the chance to consider this Jeff.

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

22oz bottle (thanks sleepyhead) poured into a tulip. Light amber color with a white 2-finger head, leaving a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

There's that familiar aroma of citrus and pine. They really need to make a shampoo that smells like this.

Wow. The taste is just an explosion of hops. Bittering hops come first and then those aromatic hops with the tropical and citrus flavors. The bitterness is balanced well by a solid light caramel malt presence and that undercurrent of tropical fruit. This beer has a lot of robust flavors going on but still finds the right balance.

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

Thanks to mnbearsfan for popping this in the good people don't need rules FARM system BIF. shared with Yagman3000.

a - classic deep orange with frothy foamy white head that left chunky lacing. beer was pretty opaque. exactly what i'm looking for right now.

s - citric grapefruit. not too sweaty or sticky...good sweetness. very enjoyable to smell.

t - there is a lot going on in there. possibly one of the more complex hop forward beers i've had. there is a battle of varying hop flavors going on. almost a battle between hop varieties. but much like the nose, i'd call it a citric grapefruit thing. great sweetness in the backbone. really tasty beer.

m - not a bitter knock down. medium bodied. i'm knocked out by bitterness and that is a really good thing for my taste buds.

o - overall, pure hoppiness indeed. i'm really glad i got to try this and really sad it isn't a local offering.

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

What a good changeling IPA takes the form of. White head is a little thin but fluffy. Does leave a sticky thin lace, somewhat spotty. Head fades farily quickly.

Nose is sticky pine forest thick. Sweet and a bit tangy with a citrusy aroma hidden within, on the peachy side with a tangerine orange twist with a orange blossom as well. Toffee malty ness helps balance but the pine hops are front and foremost.

Damn, damn good IPA. Big bittering hop on the finish with a nice caramel malt with a bit of RS helping to balance. Chewy, resiny, pine infused hop profile throughout the palate. Again peach, and tangerine with hints of floral hops in the middle. Other citrus fruity flavors are hard to distinguish from the huge amounts of bitterness (a good thing).

Mouth is medium, hoppy and nice. Not perfect but nice. An IPA I would like to drink daily.

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

A - Pours a dark orange color, light fine foam layer across the top with little to no carbonation.

S - Nose is spicy, earthy, vinous malt with moderate tropical fruit blending with the malt at the same sensory level. Booziness is slightly detectable but not enough to be a hindering force.

T - Balanced across the sip with the same nuances detected in the nose. Vinous, fruity, floral, and overall, a sweet, bitter, fruity blend that is outstanding.

M - Medium heavy body and silky on the tongue.

O - An outstanding beer, hands down.

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

Gold in colour with a bit of haze. The beer was capped by a half inch of fine white foam that left a smidge of lace on the glass. Good head retention. Intense hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and citrus peel/oil. Solid bitterness with lots of citrus (oranges and grapefruit) and slightly spicy hop flavour. There was just enough malt to keep it from completely drying out. Medium bodied with well hidden alcohol and a light hop dryness. Smooth carbonation that was average in quantity, nice texture. There's a ton of hops in there, but still comes across as balanced. Great aroma and flavour.

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

Thanks Kyle2k10! Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Ummm yeah... from 1 second of sniffing this beer I can tell I'm in for an amazing treat... and I'm getting a cold too!! The hops accentuate the malts and vice versa. Citrusy, caramel, fruity, floral.

Color is a wonderous transparent orange-amber. Lacing is substantial, half finger head. Carb bubbles are moderately high.

The hops are the star of this beer for sure. The taste is just as good as the smell... maybe even slightly better. Sweet, but not cloying. Citrusy and tropical for sure in the beginning with a bunch of pine on the backend. Grapefruit, orange, tamarind, papaya, caramel, pine. Has a tiny bit of toastiness and drying alcohol that I don't particularly care for, but the rest of the flavor is delicious.

I like how the biting bitterness is rounded out by the subtle sweetness. Body is medium. Round and full. Alcohol is more noticeable than PtE despite being similar.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden amber color with a creamy off white head. Head has great retention and leaves some really nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is very awesome. A ton of tropical fruits here with a nice touch of pine. A bit of bready malts in the very distant background.

T- A very hop forward brew here. A ton of tropical fruits, again a nice touch of pine with a strong malt back bone. Hops are front and center.

M- A touch on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was about right on.

O- This is an awesome brew and is highly recommended.

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

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Thanks to mobz24 for this chance.
Pours a cloudy copper with a one-finger head which settled into a coating, leaving light lacing. Nose was a wonderful floral, pine and citrus, especially orange and mango. Carbonation was evident and mouthfeel was on the light side for a DIPA. Taste was hop forward, cut well with orange, grapefuit and sticky, bready malts. The bitterness is there at the finish, but this is not one of those screw-with-your-mouth hop bombs that leaves your mouth numb. Instead, this is a pleasant and well-balanced brew, albeit hop-focused. This characteristic is what seperates the great DIPA's from the others for me and this IS a great DIPA. The hype is justified. Now if we could only get this fresh on the right coast...

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Photo of Allpe45
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, No freshness date but it was purchased at the brewery less than a week ago.

Appears bright reddish orange with an off-white short foamy head. Recedes quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing near the top of the liquid. Good clarity. Smells like sweet citrus fruit, tangerine and grapefruit, along with strong pine and subtle caramel malt. Incredibly hoppy flavor. This isn't a hop bomb by any means, just a fairly well balanced west coast DIPA . Pine and citrusy flavors come together up front to provide a blast of hoppiness, a little bit of caramel malty sweetness rounds out the middle and provides temporary relief until the finish which brings about a huge oily and bitter hop finish. Very sticky lingering mouthfeel that keeps the bitterness around for ages after the drink is empty. Medium-full bodied for the style with slick/smooth low carbonation. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, hoppy as hell but not over-the-top.

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

Big thanks to Stawn for sending this one over as an extra.

Beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is fantastic - a great blast of citrusy hops hits me in the face right off the bat. Flavor follows the nose - the balance is really excellent. It's a little sweet and a little citrusy with bread malt and a great bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a great DIPA, one of the best year-round beers of the style. If this was sold around me, I'd drink it all the time.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Obrien's.

Looks nice and dark, for a DIPA. Beautiful bone white head and perfect carbonation.

Smells awesome. Perfect balance of pine and hops..smells much like one famous double not so old compared to itself.

Very fresh flavor. Nice heavy hops without the oily texture on the roof of your mouth. Woodier than other strong doubles that I've had recently. Perfect carbonation allows for concentration of the subtle edges.

Good feel for the style...I enjoyed not scraping the oils from my mouth.

Highly drinkable. This is a real Double with lots of potential for spreading the word. Don't pass it up!

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

Thanks Steve for sharing this one with me -

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden w/Amber hues, one finger head that dissipated into a thin frothy lacing, slight webbing, good carbonation.

S: Bitter hops, pine, citrus , grapefruit, good smelling DIPA.

T: Grapefruit, bitter hops, sweet citrus, light pine notes, light malt backing.

O: A very solid DIPA, very hoppy ,the bitterness is well concealed by the sweet citrus notes and the malt backing..Would definitely have this again.

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

I had a few bottles of Nelson and Pure Hoppiness lying around, so I figured I might as well pop at least one of them open.

Pours a nice clear copper, with a nice pillowy head with good retention. The lacing runs well with it, too. It has a nice sweet hoppiness aroma, not too piney. The taste is just as pleasant as the smell. Nice, crisp hop flavor all the way through. There's a nice tingly hop bite that accompanies the taste.

Overall, I'd say this is a solid dipa that showcases the hops well, but isn't too overwhelming. I do wish there were a bottling date present, though...

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

22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden-copper color, minimal carbonation, has a small off-white head that does cling to the glass. Good strong hoppy candy grapefruit aroma, nice hoppy resiny grapefruit flavor, has a good malt balance, medium bodied, finishes bitter and sticky, a great one for pure hopheads like me, delicious, thanks go out to fellow beergeek herbjones for this west coast hop juice.

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

Serving type : bomber bottle purchased in california while on vacation. Poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance : pours a hazy amber color . Aggressive pour will lead to a nicewell developed head .

Smell: Very floral aromas Lots of citrus and pine . Just what i am looking for when I buy an ipa.

Taste: this beer is great representation of style lots of pure hoppiness and very well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer would love to have a regular basis . Coming straight from a hophead I really recommend anyone who is looking to try this beer

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

Thanks to prototypic for an incredible extra!
Here's a quickie review.
This beer has one of the best floral hop noses I have encountered. Tastes like liquid gold, with lots of (cascade?) hops balanced with just the right amount toffee sweetness to finish.
I generally prefer a little more slickness in my DIPAs, but that is the only thing I could see to improve this.
Drinks like a Two Hearted with an extra kick to the taste buds.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orangish amber color with a fingers worth of head. Smell is floral with a bit of pine. The taste is very hoppy upfront with a smooth bitterness that tingles the tongue. There is a sweetness that bursts through to balance the hops. The mouthfeel is medium with a good level of carbonation. This is a really great double IPA. Worth the price of the 6 pack.

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Photo of gopens44
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking and confidently thick, robust off white foamy head and subtle lacing top this crystal clear golden beer.

Nose pops grapefruit, some pine and an almost menthol-like essence that makes the nose slightly tingly.

Taste magnificently punched out big grapefruit followed by pine and just a trickle of caramel from the well proportioned malts.

Maybe a touch on the thin side but as a result it is dangerously drinkable. No heat, no alcohol taste and a stubborn earthy bitterness hanging around in the aftertaste with just a faint sweetness.

Yep, this beer is very nice indeed.

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Photo of zshaft
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear golden with nice one finger head that dissipates rather quick. nose is light pine intermingling with melons and some berry and citrus is faint. taste is up front light pine followed by some astringent bitterness. if I closer my eyes I feel like im drinking light pine needle juice. but not overpowering. this travels into nice grapefruit pith and possibly some orange and melon finishing with nice bitter hop blast of slick candied orange. some malt balance is noted throughout. mouthfeel is typical alpine which I find is rather thick and full. overall this is a awsome beer. flavor profile is complex and rewarding and full body makes each sip a delight. at 18 bones a sixer a little pricy but at least I got some this year.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revist: 31 Dec 15

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 16 May 16

Been A Long Time!

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice touch of citrus and pines notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, slightly malty, slightly sweet, very nice citrus and pine notes. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice DIPA for the ABV. Highly Recommended!

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, tons of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is hoppy, nice touch of malt, citrus, some pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is nice and hoppy, a touch of malts, good dose of citrus/pines/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, an excellent DIPA, and my first from this brewery.

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Photo of beesy
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders standard pint glass. Thanks Dudeabide for hooking me up with this one. I'm going to have to find something special to send you as a thanks!

A - pours a medium golden color that is very clear. A finger and a half of eggshell colored head builds and disappears fairly quickly. A fair amount of lacing left - which seems unusual considering the head dies so quick. A small coating of foam covers the top of the beer for the entire drink.

S - citrus hop blast with some piney notes. Maybe a slight note of alcohol detected.

T - Fantastic! Tons of hops that are mostly citrusy. A slightly coarse, piney hop bitterness, but this one seems to be all about the hop aroma and flavor. A touch of alcohol present. I'm surprised there's a slight malt flavor in the late palate.

M - fairly dry. - just how I like IPA/IIPA

D - very high for me. It's very easy to drink. The alchohol is mostly muted and a lack of a tounge busting coase bitterness makes it easy to keep on it sip after delicious sip.

Overall, a fantastic beer. It was slightly less hoppy than Heady, especially in the nose, however, its visuals and drinkability outweigh that of Heady. A high quality beer I'm thankful to have tried!

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Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go with the review to fill my mug to the top - with a great beer sent by soloman420 as a nice Xmas present - many, many thanks again.

Poured a gorgeous golden amber, capped by a Brussels white lace around the Corsendonk tulip. A fine presenting frosty.

Classic west coast IPA aroma of citrus, orange and pine. But the quaff transgresses into new territory with the addition of a woody resin, even a hint of bready dough.

Sharp and crisp finish, it actually leaves a tingle on the tongue. The easy 8% does not factor in, this could just as easy be a 5%.

Tasty treat, better get one for a try.

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