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

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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 Jimmys
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

best by april 2017 so i assume this is pretty fresh.

pours fairly clear with a fluffy white head. super skunky aroma, in a good way. dank and resinous. very fresh aroma and i like it. hard to believe this is 8 percent abv as it is fairly easy drinking. well done brew by alpine.

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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 anon
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance left a little to be desired on this one, not much head and minimal lace accompanying this clear, deep gold elixer; two of my nitpicks on most DIPAs, but that minor note aside, there isnt much more to be said that hasn't been said before on this one.

All around fantastic take on a west coast DIPA. Smell is happy and sweet. Tons of hop and pine resin bitterness in the taste. Lots of floral, citrusy goodness going on here. Malt backbone gives this a nice, smooth sweetness in the end that I noticed right away. Feels excellent and very well balanced.

The smooth, sweet finish on this one stands out to me amongst the plethora of other DIPAs out there, and left me wanting more. A great beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewport into their pint glass, pours a clear amber color with a small head that leaves some spots on the side of the glass.

Smell is pretty dank and hoppy, malt sweetness provides a foundation underneath, somewhat fruity. Malt note upfront on the flavor, toasted bread, caramel and fruit sweetness, hops come in later, they're somewhat fruity, bit of dank resin, citrus notes. Finishes bitter and a bit sticky.

Leans more malty than the name would imply, but overall the beer is very well executed and tasty. If it were really pure hoppiness I would be much more impressed with this.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. I prefer Hoppy Birthday to this. Very solid beer, with monster hop aroma's. Taste is in par with Hoppy Birthday, but Hoppy Birthday smells better, IMO. Both are great solid beers. Would drink both of them anytime.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden to a darker shade of yellow. Aroma smacks heavy of dry hopping, no shortage going on here. Piney.

Taste is a minor malt sweetness enveloped by a shit ton of hops despite not being excessively bitter. Hides the alcohol very well, doesn't get bogged down in malt or caramel. You could wade dangerously into sessioning this stuff territory.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing amazing amazing. Had the opportunity to try this and it is by far one of the best double IPA's I've ever had. Piney and citrusy with a great malt backbone. Can't get much better.

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was clearly a well crafted double IPA, however as I had it a couple of days after its best by date it lacked the uber hoppy aromas and flavors that you expect from such a beer. I hope I can get a fresh one some day.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: clear, light amber, golden look ale. Nice white head.. Not much else to say. decent amount of bubbles

Smell: very clean hoppy scents. This particular bottle is smelling of sweet citrus, like lemon cooler cake too. Its a fruit bomb. Smelling like some of the trillium street series beers. I smell a slight spicyness or something, not sure if its the yeast or the hops. smelling great.

Taste: pineapple juice, orange hard candy, sweet generic fruit flavors. I taste less malts than other times ive had this beer. This beer is really well crafted even in today's

Feel: the feel is fine. about a medium or just a hair fuller. Nice carbonation, it suits the beer well.

Overall: this beer is not as amazing or delicious or impressive as their world famous BAD BOY or KEENE IDEA double IPA's but for a year round offering its quite incredible. One of the better imperial IPA's in Socal.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle. best by may 5th 2016. kudos on the clear dating.

looks slightly hazy orange yellow with nice foamy white head which subsides to a solid ring and faint covering. leaves okay lacing.

aroma gives off that of tropical fruit with a decent hop aroma. this is a fall beer, so likely closing in on 6 months old.

i'm enjoying the taste on this one . good balance, and layers of the flavors, first a good hop bite, then a nice sweet wash from the malt. the finish is slightly bitter, which lingers. at 8.0, it's on the low side abv-wise for a DIPA, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Feel is medium, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall, andenjoyable DIPA. Pity I only grabbed the one bottle.

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Photo of RAFH
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a six pack from Crockers Party Store in Niles, Michigan from a fantastic selection of beers....probably the best in southwest Michigan. Best buy date on bottle was May 5th, 2016. Anyway, this beer straight from the fridge doesn't have great flavor, but give it a few minutes to warm up to around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and WOW! It turned from an average beer to an outstanding beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy burnt orange color, with some darker caramel notes towards the center of the glass. nice, 2-3 finger frothy white head that sticks around nicely

s: orange, pineapple, mango, strawberry, sweet caramel, some bready/crackery malts, and grapefruit. EXTREMELY juicy smelling beer - its the kind of aroma that makes you mouth water

t: peach, ripe mango, dank citrus upfront followed by a solid burst of bitterness - a mixture of grapefruit and earthy/herbal bitterness. behind that, and mellowing out the bitterness, is the malts which bring a mixture of sweetness, and dry cracker flavors. flavor finishes off with some lingering (yet not overpowering) bitterness

m: mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation level

o: nice beer. aroma on this is crazy good. and while the flavor leans a little more towards bitter than juicy it does have that nice malt presence that balance it out and make it a real nice double IPA. definitely worth buying, definitely worth drinking

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Photo of Stignacious
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Finger Lakes beverage center. Gold out of the bottle with about a finger of white head. Super piney on the nose with pungent earthy, citrus, and tropical notes. This is a classic West coast style DIPA; almost like finding a unicorn amongst today's current IPAs

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Photo of Hallu
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
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 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 kitch
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Hazy amber with fluffy off-white head. As expected, hops rule the day in both aroma and taste. Even with the hop variety listed, flavors lean toward the resinous, piney end of the spectrum. Bitter snap at the end.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.64/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very Piney. Not my kind of IPA in that the Pine/Wood/Ash outshines the Citrus in the hop flavors. I know this is pretty highly regarded and I appreciate the complexity, but the taste is not for me.
Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
** "

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best by date : 10 may 16

L - a bit hazy amber with a two fingers head

S - biscuits, citrus and tropical fruits and so much pine

T - more and more complex as it warms up. Good malt backbone, grapefruit and a load of pine and a wonderful hop bitterness

M - good carbonation and somehow oily

O - a wonderful west Coast ipa even if I'm near the best by date (in less than 2 months). So drinkable even with the high abv. Balanced. A must try

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Photo of flyingpig
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£4.90 approx.):
An outstanding beer, I'd been expecting a good one but it easily exceeded my expectations & turned out to be one of the best DIPA's I've tried. Huge pine & tropical fruit bitterness with some good citrus sat atop of a well-rounded, sweet malt base that complimented the bitterness well. I really enjoyed the beer & I'm hoping it's one I'll come across again because I wouldn't think twice about picking it up again; excellent stuff.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on 3/18/16 with a best by date of June 8 2016. Very piney and resiny with a nice punch of flavor and smell to boot and finishes nice and smooth. Full bodied and malt balance as well. Very well crafted. Not quite my hop profile of choice but very respectful and enjoyable none-the -less.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, tropical fruit and bready malt. Body is full and smooth. Piney hops, bready malt and ripe fruit nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Excellent brew.

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Photo of davidperez
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter, it pours a beautiful glaring orange, slightly hazy, with a one-finger ivory head with good retention.
The lacing in this beer is incredible.

One of the two most massive aromas that I've smelled.
The hoppy scent invaded my nostrils while opening and serving the beer, and it suffices to get near to the snifter to smell it again.
Massive piney, citrusy notes of orange, kiwi, tangerine and passion fruit, caramel candy, dankness, slight booze.
Overwhelmingly delicious.

So, so drinkable for an IIPA. The hoppy bitterness is perfectly intertwined with the candy, caramel sweetness, delivering a subtle balance that accentuates the hoppy profile.
The flavor notes follows the nose, all the tropical fruits, dankness and caramel are blended in and don't fight for protagonism; rather, they understand that the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts.
The aftertaste is the fading of that one multifaceted flavor, and it is predominantly bitter. Yet, this beer doesn't coat your palate with that much bitterness at the end as many other IIPA's.
Medium to light body, silky, oily, smooth.

Perfect equilibrium.

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Photo of smanson56
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a beautiful golden orange color into my tulip glass with very little head and perhaps a little lacing around the edges. The nose has some hints of a sweet aroma, nothing really jumps to the front IMO.
The taste is where the true beer comes through a nice complex blend of fruits with a pleasant with that nice resin forward after taste. There is a real nice bitterness to this beer. I'm surprised at the 8% ABV that I find a slight alcohol burn in the taste. The mouth feel is pleasant and smooth. This is a great west coast style IPA.

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