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
Reviews:
915
Ratings:
3,632
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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Photo of pagriley
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty extreme and over the top. No balance and almost painfully bitter. Many better DIPA, but for what it proports to beit does what it says on the box so hard to mark it down

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Photo of HosP
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Scottfrie for sending this beer to me. Poured 22oz bottle into gulden draak snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, copper in color. Slight haze with a white head. Lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Lots of hop aromas going on here. Citrus and grapefruit jump out the most. Just keeps going all the way to the end.

T- More malts come through at the beginning here which was unexpected. Quickly turns to a burst of hop bitterness. Citrus hop flavor comes out the most. Some piney, grassy hops mixed in too. Bitterness and hops fade at the end. A little sweet at the end as well.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth.

O- Interesting beer for sure. With the hop aromas, wasn't expecting that taste to it. Still a very good beer. Would drink another one easily.

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint @ O'Brien's on 1/7/10

A - Golden color with a small ring of head. No real lacing of note left on my glass, which i found surprising for an IPA from Alpine.

S - floral and grassy hop notes. There are some light citrus aromas too; possibly navel oranges. A sweet malt backbone balances the hops out.

T - Hops characterized by grapefruit up front. There is a malty/sweet taste mid-palate, but the grapefruit comes back and lingers at the end.

M - Light body with good amount of carbonation. Nice.

D - I could definitely drink another, and then another.

I had a bottle of this, and thought it was better out of the bottle. A more vigorous pour lead to much more aromas and taste, in my opinion, then what was served on tap.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden bronze, topped with a beautiful inch of meringue-like white foam. I get more malt than I expected on the nose, but also a good amount of the expected citrusy and piney hops. On the palate, somewhat dry, with grapefruit, tangerine and pine, backed by a solid malt foundation. The alcohol is very present and noticeable, especially in the second glass.

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Photo of Lothore
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden yellow hue with a 1.5 finger eggshell head which sits on top of this brew for quite a while.

S- Smell consists of extreme piney hoppiness with almost a grassy flare and a definite sweet, caramel malt backbone.

T- The hoppiness pretty much overides all else here but I guess thats what you should expect! Starts off with a blast of pine and moves into a wheaty breadiness with alcohol and bitterness intertwining at the end.

M- More viscous than your average DIPA with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is a huge hop bomb and I think it would be quite the stretch to say it is overly drinkable. I love hops and DIPAs but this one didn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly a little disappointed with this beer. My first exposure to Alpine was Duet, which I think is fantastic. So I expected their IIPA to be really strong, but I found it to be solid but unspectacular. Look is wonderful, golden auburn with a thick, white head that laces beautifully. Smell is rich and complex, with pine resin and citrus, yeasty biscuit, dank and herbal, little onion on the back end. Taste is the disappointment. Mostly one note: bitter and piney. Certainly some sweet malt balancing things out, but a good IIPA from a good brewer should have a layered set of flavors to roll through, and I'm just not picking them up. Feel is medium-heavy and sticky, which I like. The carbonation is there but the heft of the mouthfeel is what I note most after each sip. No question this is a good beer. But as a west coast double IPA, it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for sharing with me. In a session of DIPA's this one did not stand out among crowd, with the name "Pure Hoppiness" I expected more. Maybe it shouldn't have followed Goose Island Imperial IPA. Still, the dry feel the citrus pine hops make it one very worth revisiting. It had a light feel and very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sendsilk for sharing this with my wife and I while we were at Cigar City.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter Matt swiped from behind the bar!

Pours a bright golden color with good clarity and a very tall white head. Awesome rocky lace hangs tightly to side sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of big citrus and pine notes - typical of a well-balanced west coast DIPA.

The taste is very bitter and citrusy. Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit pith. There's a small amount of pine flavor as well, but it seems the majority of these hops were added for aroma. The flavor of orange juice seems to add acidity to the beer.

The mouthfeel was very slimy/mouth-coating surprisingly. Sticky with a hint of booze.

Overall very nice, but I still prefer my Great Lakes region style of IPA/DIPA to the west coast variants.

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Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a bomber purchased at Whole Foods in Tustin. This is the second time I have had this beer from the bottle.

A: Light coppery-orange in color, with 1-finger of white head that diminishes to a foamy residue that lasts and lasts. Lacing is moderate and fine.

S: Sweet, with elements of pine and slight alcohol. This beer smells sticky with hops as well as sugar.

T: Bitter from start to finish, with some alcohol astringency and slight malt coming late. The sweetness detected in the smell is not reflected in the taste. The flavor of this beer begins in a very restrained way, without that usual strong burst of flowers and citrus that has become commonplace in the style. However, hoppy flavors escalate alongside the bitterness until they are restrained by the appropriately cutting alcohol.

M: Medium viscosity and fairly low to moderate carbonation. Entirely appropriate for the style.

D: This beer is a very good representative of its style, without demonstrating any single pronounced attribute. What is so special about Pure Hoppiness? I don't know, it's just good. That said, drinkability suffers a little due to the high alcohol content and the fact that it is represented in the flavor.

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Photo of Jonny41
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a great beer and I drink and enjoy a lot of great IPAs however this one just had that slight onion bitter I don't enjoy. But that being said,easily drinkable solid beer. Just not my favorite

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Photo of SteveB24
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look-color is a very clear copper, pours a finger of white foam that dissipates very quickly, leaving little lacing.
Smell-Subtle notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Quite a bit of dankness and a touch of malt as well.
Taste-All the notes from the aroma are in the taste but on an even more subtle level.
Feel-light, crisp, very carbonated.
Overall- I suppose i am not a huge fan of this style in general, but i enjoyed this.

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Photo of Lucular
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange creamsicle. Booze. Sweet DIPA. I would like this a lot more in a single IPA version. Surprising how much the booze comes through in a relatively tame 8% ABV brew.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally sampled this beer on 19 June 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
Rerated when sampled from a bottle. A far better hop experience in a bottle. It's amber clored with a whitish head. This has a nice flavor and is a must try for hop heads. Too bad that this is hard to come by, even in southern californa.

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Photo of ALBuff
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beautiful orange double coats your mouth like a cup of bitter honey. Plenty of big grapefruit notes on the nose and on the front of the tongue upon first quaff; but as the Pure Hoppiness spreads over the tongue, it's the much more bitter pine and nut flavors that leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with an orange tint. There is a short-lived white head that has no retention beyond a ring around the outside. The aroma is lighter, resinous with a smidge of sweetness and fruit. The taste is much the same but a little bit more robust. The body is lighter, mostly smooth with just a little carbonation tingle and a bitter bite.

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Photo of cwps48
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Minimal head. Perhaps it was too cold at first. Leaves slight lacing. Light copper color. Head settles to a brim with a little froth on the top. Head comes out more with the slightly warmer second pour.

S: Caramel malts. Smells sweet. Not very hoppy. Smells like a light Old Guardian/Big Eye IPA.

T: Caramel malts. Definitely hot. Almost get a nice iced tea flavor from it. Not terribly hoppy

M: Nice tingly amount of carbonation.

D: Very nice. Refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of MCain04
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into Speigelau tulip, thanks Reggae4203

Pours a golden yellow clear body with a white head of small and medium bubbles.

Great citrus aroma, strong grapefruit, orange, pineapple, papaya, lemon rind. Some pine notes typical of WCSIPA. Nice aroma.

Taste is very bitter, resinous, and malty, getting a lot of pine and a ton of bitter hops, some sticky sweetness, some bready character, leaves a film of resin on the tongue with a definitely dry and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol burn is present.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, smooth, medium bodied, sticky, dry finish

Overall, I would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out, overhyped IMO. Just didn't come together as well as it could have. Very malty and very bitter, but the tasting hops didn't shine through as nicely. Perhaps fresher, this beer would drink differently. Hope to try it again fresh one day and reassess.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Bright amber with a creamy head. I get some citrus, wood, grass and biscuity malts. Pretty bitter with the citrus fading away as it warms and the malts making more a show. Not as dry or bitter as its big brother Exponential.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to metallitone1 for sending this tasty DIPA my way. Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a slightly hazy golden copper color with about two fingers of off-white head. The foam leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Smells of sweet citrus (orange), caramel malt, tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango, and piney hops. Tastes of sweet tangerine, bitter grapefruit, piney hops and a nice caramel malt back. Slightly thin in the mouth with medium carbonation. I would certainly drink this fine beer again, but if given a choice, I'd pick the Elder which is more accessible here in PA.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Clear, medium depth yellow. Tiny bubbles. Slight white rocky head, good lacing

S - Lemon, orange, tangerine, some grass and a bit of bready malt

T - A sophisticated hop bomb. Nice citrus as in the nose but with a nice complement of toffee and honey sweetness. Didn't get much of the breadiness from the nose

M - Medium to semi-light. Tacky. A little too much effervescence.

D - Very well balanced and I'd love to drink more!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured in DFH signature glass. No bottle date present.

A: Deep amber. 1/2 finger head. Crisp white head. No alcohol legs. Some lacing on the glass during the sip.

S: Big pine hop character. Strong malt backbone. Maybe drifting towards UNFRESH, but can't tell without dating.

T: Hop bite at front of tongue. Malts at the center. Spicey malts. Crisp hop bite at back of throat,

M: Medium bodied

O: I am not sure if this was a good example of this beer at this point. I would love to try it again, for freshness sake.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has the makings of a great DIPA, the hops show themselves off in the taste very well (as the name suggests), but without enough of a backbone to compliment the hops, you're left with a bitter and surprisingly boozy for 8% feeling that doesn't keep me going back for more. I'd reach for a Nelson, Hoppy Birthday, or Duet over this one any day.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like many, I've been patiently awaiting my chances to try anything Alpine. So thanks to the Green Flash aquisition The time has come. And just like Duet, Nelson and others Pure Hoppiness has been built up to mythical proportions . . . Only to let down. Sure, these my have been better before the Green Flash years so they are maybe different beers now. That being said, obviously, I'm rather disappointed. This beer looks gorgeous and smells fantastic. Pure Hoppiness has a decent feel as well but I found it to have harsh flavors on the finish and a noticeable alcohol burn. Overall, it's ok. I won't seek it out again and am reminded by this one that I need to not take for granted my local hoppy options.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours hazy yellow. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a bit off with hints of garlic and onion along with some lemon and grapefruit. Dry grassy notes as it warmed

Flavor was a decent balance of sweetness with hops, but nothing exceptional. I may have been tainted since I was blown away by Duet, but this didn't have anything special.

Mouthfeel was medium body, good carb, and nothing wrong with how it went down.

Overall, this is a very drinkable DIPA and I would easily buy this again if I had access, but Duet worked better for me.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,632 ratings.
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