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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 rjd722
4.58/5  rDev +6%
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 +0.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +5.6%
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 -1.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -0.9%
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 +5.6%
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 -14.8%
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 +3.2%
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 -1.6%
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 -2.1%
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 +6.5%
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 +0.7%
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 +12.5%
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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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong citrus hops, resin, fresh oils, strong pine, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh hop oils, sweet malt, alcohol, strong citrus hops, slight pine, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of GregA135
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard great things about this beer, but I'm pretty sure that the bar had an old keg because there was not much hoppiness in my glass. Could definitely taste the hops, but they were mellowed out. The beer still tasted great, but I'm sure I would give it a better rating if I didn't get an old IPA. Definitely will have to try it again.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color with a pillowy head. Smell reminds me of Pliny quite a lot, but more dank and tropical than floral. Tons of citrus, pine, and dank herbal flavors just jump out of the glass. Just enough malt sweetness and so much hop oil with a lingering bitterness that doesn't kill the tastebuds. Gets a bit hot as it warms up but otherwise a world class DIPA

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Photo of CHickman
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold color with fantastic thick foamy 2 finger cream colored head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated extremely slowly, easing down like melting snow and leaving great patches of foamy lacing.

Wow, smells of ridiculously fresh hops with a blast of all things citrus hops including a bouquet of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, guava, dank floral hops, graham cracker, caramel, biscuit, malty sweetness, herbs, mild spices including pepper and light coriander, spruce and fresh piney hops. Just enough malt base to make it balanced and allow the hops to show off like a peacock.

Flavor follows suit and delivers just as much citrus hops and tropical fruit as the nose provided. Taste is a delicious combo of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, guava, pear, green apple, wet floral hops which resembles fresh picked weed, graham cracker, fresh cut grass, caramel, toffee, biscuit, sweet malt, herbs, brown sugar, spices including pepper, light cinnamon and coriander, roasted grains, hints of butter or Ritz cracker, cracked wheat and a hoppy sweetness that ties the malt and hops into a bow of harmony. Really smooth and tasty, the hops are bursting with a tremendous amount of complexities and flavor.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with a slick buttery feel across the tongue, mild carbonation, a medium body that leans towards chewy, a nice amount of bitterness and a finish that starts off with some grainy sweetness but then shifts back to citrus and floral hop goodness. Overall a great beer which hides the ABV masterfully and goes down very easy. It's so smooth it's like a session IPA not a DIPA. Really impressive in every way.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After having tried Hoppy Birthday on tap and in the bottle, I had to pick up a six of this when I saw it on the shelf. While I hesitated at the $17 price tag for the six pack, this brewery could easily charge $10 for a bomber and people would pay. It's a delicious double IPA with depth of flavor, refreshing, zesty hops and a body that leaves room for you to want more.
Now that I've had this I'm not sure if I would plunk down the money too quickly, mostly because I enjoy trying new things. But if you ask me to come up with a list of beers I would be happy to have again and again, this beer would make the list. I prefer Hoppy Birthday to this one but that's at the point of nitpicking.

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Photo of jckdaniels03
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn good West Coast dry hop bomb. Serious hops with some citrus, a little malt, and a strong DIPA finish. Definite buy again. Excited to try other Alpine Beers. Cheers!

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Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label reads: "Best By 27 APR 2016 F15330"

Appearance: The body of the beer appears mostly clear with just a tad of haze. It is a darker golden orange color with a short off-white creamy head.

Aroma: Not much aroma here. It has this sweet candy smell that reminds me of a tootsie roll pop but really even when I close my eyes and try to blank the canvas I'm not getting anything. Pretty lackluster.

Taste: I get a big malty hit right off the bat. It's a very sweet tasting beer. The bottle says "West Coast-Style" which usually has a lot more hop flavor. This one honestly taste more like an East Coast Style beer from the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a good mouthfeel leaving just a bit of residual sweetness. Good bitterness although it feels like the scales are tipped slightly more towards the sweet side.

Overall: It's not a bad beer. I feel like I was a bit misled by the name "Pure Hoppiness" because it is a very sweet tasting beer and the claim to be a "West Coast-Style" threw me a bit. If you are a fan of a maltier DIPA then this is for you. I did enjoy it and I would drink it again but before I would recommend the beer I would have to throw out the caveat explained above.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 6/1/2016.

Medium amber color, brilliant clarity, with a large, creamy, white head. This is how I like my IPAs to look, as opposed to some of the unfiltered milkshakes that have become the recent trend. Big hop aroma filled with citrus, orange, grapefruit, pine, and flowers. More citrus in the flavor with a sharp bite to it from the pine. You do get some caramel malt in there for balance. Long, dry, and bitter aftertaste that never gets anywhere near being astringent. In fact, it's very clean and easy to drink.

So, that was some of the good. Now, the bad... $16.99 for a 6-pack. Ouch! And, from what I'm hearing, that's inexpensive compared to some other states. Outstanding Imperial IPAs are being brewed all over the country, so you better be producing something special to charge that much. I've had interest in Alpine for some time now and this was the first beer of theirs to be available in bottles in NJ. So I decided to splurge and give it a shot. I'm happy it's in 6-packs compared to an $8.99 bomber or $14.99 4-pack. I was able to give a couple of bottles to friends and still have some for myself. However, I probably won't be purchasing any of their bottled offerings again until the prices come down. This is a very good beer, but nothing that sets it apart from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber brown color with a full inch of frothy head.
S - Piney and citrus hops with sweet orange malty goodness.
T - Sweet and bitter but has a nice sweet middle were the malts and hops clash so perfectly. Finish is bitter and a touch soapy west coast style.
M - Medium bodied and smooth with a nice balanced bitterness.

Overall I tired this once and liked it enough to post a review with a new bottle. Still did not disappoint!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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