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 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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy orange color with a bit of beige foam that goes away quickly. Aroma has candied orange and other fruits like peach and papaya. Taste starts sweet and fruity with oranges and mango but gets quite bitter with grapefruit notes on the finish. Aftertaste lingers with a good amount of bitterness, pine resin and grapefruit pith. Medium body and carbonation, ABV is quite well hidden. Really tasty, classic DIPA with a solid malt backbone and lots of bittering hops.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had so many NE IPA's that I forgot what a good west coast was. The bottle I had was a 6 week old purchase which has been refrigerated since. This was the last one from this sixer and dang did it finish nicely. Lots of citrus and resin, with a nice taste of tangerine and clementine notes. Out of the 6 I drank, this was awesome. Very well made beer and I finally was able to see what all the hype was all about on this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle,, with "Best by" dating printed on the label.

Pours hazed medium amber, moderate cap, leaves a thin and fine bubble filmand some slight strands of lace.

Aggresive DIPA, waves of citric hops and caramel malty goodness. Solid all the way. Big, flavorful, tasty and well worth a try. Glad to see this fine breweries beers being distributed in my area

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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 rjd722
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very hazy, light golden-orange. There is some sediment floating throughout and the head is off-white, two-finger foam. Lacing is consistent and the retention is excellent!

Aroma: Huge, piney hops and orange peel. It seriously feels as if you're standing in the middle of an unbelievably clean forest. Dank.

Taste: Resinous, piney hops. Sweet, bready malt and very bitter hops drop at the end and ride it out for quite a while. Extremely bitter and satisfying.

Feel: Wet and sticky. Bitterness lingers for quite a while, but it is no doubt a welcome bitterness. Phenomenal balance between the malts and bitter hops.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a honey-amber with a fluffy, two-finger snow-white head and extensive lacing. It's a very pretty pour. It smells of grapefruit, pine needles, and orange peel. There is also a whiff of honey. The taste features biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit, and lots of hops. It's dry and very bitter but there is also a hint of sweet malt. This is a medium-bodied, moderately carbonated ale and with an ABV of 8% it's very drinkable. This is a big West Coast IPA that lives up to its excellent rating. Well done!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a slightly hazy copper hue with frothy eggshell white head foaming up 2 cm. The head fades gradually to a wispy surface layer and some clingy lacing on the edge. The pine sap aroma is prevalent immediately from popping the cap of the bottle. I also get grapefruit rind and some orange citrusy notes. The aroma is appealing and urges me to take a sip.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture, very fine and spacious gentle carbonation with an average body.
The flavor is a brief hit of sweet grainy malt and then rolls to citrusy orange and then a lot of pine sap that lingers in my palate with a bit of bite, but no where near the harsh bitterness I may have expected. The beer finishes very dry and leaves a tingling sensation in my palate after each sip.
The ABV is well hidden and this beer drinks very nicely.
Im glad I knew to buy a bottle of this one and even though Im not a hop head, I would buy this one again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. June best buy date puts it four months inside the code date.

A: Amber colored. Bubbly white head collapses a bit, but holds firm at a quarter inch cap. Minute particles in suspension.

S: Oily orange peel, gummy citrus candy, pineapple, melon, kiwi. There is no end to the tropical, hoppy depth. Soft pine and green pith. Earthy. Toast and caramel malt base. Crazy hop complexity.

T: Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, pomelo, hints of lime. Pine branches. Slightly minty. Faint brush of alcohol. Dark honey and toast malts flavors. Firm but even bitterness throughout. Oily and sappy finish.

M: Full medium body. Lush and creamy with an easy, silky texture. Firmly scrubbing carbonation lends crispness. Moderate gripping and oily astringency.

O: Just a crazy amount of hop flavor and complexity to wrap your head around. If you like hops, put this on your must-try list.

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Photo of bgold86
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Huge piney goodness on the nose, well done, can almost feel the presence of a pine tree half an inch from my face. Taste is not as robustly bitter as the nose, but still lots of hoppy characteristics. Really happy with this offering from Alpine, please send more to the east coast!

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Photo of Pencible
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like pineapple and grapefruit, with some mango and honey.
T: It tasted like mango and grapefruit, with some pineapple and honey. It had a clean and sweet tropical aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great brew with nice tropical scent and taste. The body was ok, but the finish was super smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Expensive ass six pack but I've been wanting to try this beer for friggin' years. Pours clear, glowing orange. Thin white head. Light lacing. Unsurprisingly, a big-hop nose. Wasn't expecting this to be dank - with some onion and garlic and pine. Also a bunch of citrus. Some sugary sweet, candy malt. The flavor is very well done. It's hoppiness is pretty unique. Hops have a woody, earthy, almost leathery component. Pine sap. Sweeter candied citrus hops as well. Sugary maltiness. Very, very bitter. Floral hops, too. Perfumey. The hop bouquet is pretty complex. West Coast style with a twist. Alcoholic heat. Very bold. Resinous. I've had so many damn New England IPAs recently, it's nice to take a break and have a good ol' West Coast headbutt of bitterness. Another Alpine beer that has really impressed me. But its is NOT worth the price of a 6er!

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, glowing, medium amber, producing 2 fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating frost-like, spidery lacing. Aroma is citrus, earthy floral/herbal, pineapple with a hint of spice & pine hops in a thin backwash of bready caramel malt. Taste is orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & humidor cedar with caramel in the background. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Off balanced as it starts & finishes high on the hop side (I think this was the idea based on the high degree of hopping outlined on the label) with a thin malt background. Aftertaste is resinous hop bitterness with fruity hints. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean, juicy, drying in the latter half & lightly drawing.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours crystal clear straw gold, with a bubbly head that retains for a bit. Smell is big lemongrass, citrus, tropical fruits, sweet apricot and mango notes, grassy notes. Taste is lemony, rosy sweet citrus with a dirty west coast bitter bite. Feel is appropriately smooth with some fizz. Great DIPA overall.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was a little underwhelmed with this one, especially compared to some of Alpine's other offerings. What I loved so much about beers like Duet and Nelson was the piney, dank juiciness, and I don't seem to get that in Pure Hoppiness. I think the malt character overpowers the hops just slightly, which detracts from the flavor a bit for me.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass. Color is like a darker version of straw with a finger or two of white head and decent lacing. You get aromas of citrus and pine but they aren't too overwhelming. The flavor followed suit with pine and citrus, but overall this was perfectly carbonated, nice crisp finish and a very delicious beer. I would definitely buy this again. Cheers!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

35cl bottle. Pours a hazy orange, with a tall white head with decent retention. Smells dank and salty, like lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, some perfumey roses and pine. Tastes of pine hops, citrus, caramel, some funky dankness and just a bit of mango.
Updating the rating since, apparently, I didn't have a great bottle last time. I am loving it this time around, very well done, tons of pine and citrus and tropical fruits in the mix. Up from 4 to 4.25

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Photo of jspaner
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden-orange, slightly hazy color, with little head or lacing in the glass. The smell is citrusy, lots of aromas, peach comes to mind. The taste is initially bitter, hoppy, and fruity, with a slight caramel taste toward the end. Tastes very good, well-balanced. Mouth feel is thick & substantial, though the carbonation level is a bit on the low side. Overall, it's quite well-done for a DIPA. So many are just over-hopped & unbalanced. This is very tasty, with bitterness, tangy & fruity flavors. The alcohol is there, but pretty well hidden.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours rusty orange with a bright white head, lots of lacing, no head retention, beer is hazy, not much carbonation, looks about medium bodied.

A: Sweet citrus, guava, resin, picking up some peach, no alcohol at all on the nose, lots of aromas, smell really good.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is world class, hit of citrus with a mix of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, guava, some pine and resin, balanced with a nice malt backbone, not overly bitter, finish is dry and lingers with an aftertaste of citrus peel, solid beer.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, has a good amount of carbonation, sticky mouthfeel on the palate.

O: Very impressed, lots of aroma, lots of flavor, great mouthfeel, definitely a beer I will seek out again, a keeper. This will now be one of the IIPAs I will reach for when I want a great tasting beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is anorange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, lemon, resiny pine, herbal, and spicy hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and caramel malts.

Taste: Nice hop glavor, malt bill to back things up, slight booze, lighttingly bitterness, and slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, lingering tingly bitterness, slightly chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid and tasty DIPA. The hops roll through the palate nicely and this beer I easy to drink too

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Photo of phishgator
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wide mouth goblet. Dated best by 5/5/2016, so must be pretty close to bottling I'm guessing. Nice orange/golden hue with a two finger head that coats the glass. Piney and citrus to the nose and the up front taste. The body is consistent enough to not think you are drinking "hop water". the bitterness is citrus up front, piney in the middle, and then a bit of hop oil stays on your tongue. Alcohol is well hidden, but you feel warm by the second one.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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