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
Ratings:
3,673
Reviews:
928
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,184
Gots:
609
For Trade:
12
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,673 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stezz420
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phurley2
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhilMiller
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of morrissette1
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polopaul20
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of becca682
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Golden amber color. A couple fingers of sticky foam that leave some nice lace patterns behind. The aroma features just about the entire spectrum of IPA aromas. It's ripe and fruity with notes of pineapple, but it's also got a dank and resinous undercurrent. Very floral and aromatic overall.

At the low end of the ABV spectrum for double IPAs, this is nonetheless packing enough of a malt backbone to belong in the category. I would say this is drier than most DIPAs, though, especially those closer to the 10% mark, and the hop bitterness is correspondingly more apparent. Herbal and piney notes. Slight onion/garlic powder note that I don't find off-putting when it's faint. The only real knock is a thin mouthfeel with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

Another great California hop-bomb. Still, when price is taken into account, it's hard to make a case to pick this over other DIPAs that are just as good or better while also being substantially less expensive.

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

Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Yellow-gold, good head.

Smell: Strong, pithy citrus, a touch of garlic.

Taste: Piney first, then solid malt body, then a ton of hop flavor on the finish with citrus peel and black pepper, quite bitter.

Overall: Alpine just came to the MN/WI area so I've been grabbing bottles as I see them. Pure Hoppiness just barely misses the mark for me, a little too bitter and I'm getting a little onion/garlic from it too. I suppose that's fine, this 6er was about $5 more than the other Alpines I like better!

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

Photo of Sandalwood
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a thin white head. There is some soapy lacing and good carbonation. The odor for me is powerful, citrus, mandarin, grapefruit, mango, apricot, peach, pineapple, resin, pine, honey, malty. The taste for me is fruity, peach, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, honey, pine, herbal, cracker, malt, slight garlic, spice, herbal bitter dry finish.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scipio3
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too boozy.

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

This is just one of those double ipas that is so damn easy to drink. One of those beers where you just enjoy each sip like a soda. It reminds me of Tree House - Haze, just not quite as good, but relatively close...and that says a lot. A little pricey for a 6er but I will definitely pick up a fresh one around if I see it once in a while.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber body with a thin cap of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice DIPA, true to form. Scents of tropical fruit, especially pineapple and citrus fruit, particularly tangerine upfront, leading into grassy and resinous, piney hop aromas and light vegetal, onion-like hop aromas supporting. A solid, light aroma of caramel from malt provides backing for the hop derived aromas, while light warm, spicy alcohol provides further depth. Overall impression of aroma is of a very well done West Coast style DIPA. It provides a massive amount of hop aromas but balances them with a solid malt backbone that serves to further highlight the intense hop aromas and contrast them with the malt. Flavor begins massively hoppy, with high bitterness. Hop notes are of pine resin and grassy hops in the foreground with very light tangerine in the background while grapefruit peel dominates the citrus flavors overall. A light hint of caramel is detectable in the background, as is biscuity pale malt. Middle gains in bitterness imparting flavors of grapefruit peel, pine resin and bitter juniper berries. Finish is again, highly bitter with flavors of bitter juniper berries, pepper and spicy alcohol evident, along with pine resin and grapefruit peel. Aftertaste is of grapefruit peel, spicy, peppery hops and pine resin, with light notes of biscuity malt. Overall impression of flavor is of an extremely hoppy DIPA. It overwhelms with the most bitter of the hop flavors, yet remains very pleasant as it showcases these flavors well and demonstrates the enjoyment that can be gained from bitterness in taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-light carbonation and a slick, oily feel with a light warmth from alcohol. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good DIPA, no problems. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA that demonstrates the bitter side of hops. The aroma is rich and varied providing the normal West Coast bouquet, while the flavor goes into the most bitter of the rich array of flavors hops impart and in doing so provides a very pleasing experience, one aided by the superb mouthfeel. A very good example of a DIPA.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kruja5
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PJHOY
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EEscobar
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,673 ratings.
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