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:
3,671
Reviews:
926
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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1,183
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608
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Photo of Sammy
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XLPerro for bringing it up North. A hophead experience, over-the-top of IPA with the seven different hops. Definite hop bite not for everyone. Grapefruit aroma and taste there, very dry after. Very aromatic hops. Grassy, leafy, piney thick mouthfeel. A bit of fruit and carmel mid-sip. Moderate carbonation. The salad to my meat dish.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ON TAP at STONE. Pure yellow/orange honey color; very clear and bright in the glass with a nice white head.

A very floral, light orange and citrus nose that is very inviting and pleasant.

Nice flavors of orange and grapefruit with a nice fresh hop character and with nice balance, and, while nice and appealing fresh and clean flavors, mouthfeel is a little thin and with very light carbonation.

Short flavors/short in the mouth and with a short finish but still a very pleasant quality drink. Very good; so pleasant that one just wants "more" of everything.

EDIT: Almost 5 years to the day from first review of this. This addition/edit based on bottles. Mouthfeel is great and beer holds up in all respect. Every bit as good, if not better, than PtE. Good beer.

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear light orange color with a nice 2 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Very thick and craggy head on this beer. Leaves a very nice lacing pattern on the drink down. Head stays as a small island in the middle of the glass. Smells of citrus zest, sweet malt, pineapple juice. Tastes of pine/citrus zest hops up front with a caramel malt finish. Slight pineapple too. Mild bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Good carbonation leaves a very crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a very good DIPA that is hard to find around these parts. I am glad I got to try this one.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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

huge fan of this one, thanks to my buddy for bringing me back one from his trip out there. stoked to finally try this rarity. this is really how double ipa used to be, and i bet when it came out, people were floored because they had never had anything like it. i think this is sort of the pliny effect. amazing beer, but a lot of others have caught up to it, even surpassed it at its own game over the years since it was first made. that said, its awesome, unique in its hops. very west coast, sticky and oily in all aspects, resinous and dank, less tropical than is fashionable now, but plenty of orange sweetness and assertive but not out of place hop bitterness. its a neat combination really, because while its a little intense, its also extremely drinkable as they go. also not trying to get up into the 10% abv range or anything, comfortable where its at. i like the citrus and pine mixture, and the relatively low bitter for what it is. still bitter, but i get more of the dry hops and the hop back processes than i do extended boil. as much as this is a flag post in the history of double ipa. i think it still stands out as original. more in flavor than in style anymore, but thats what we want right? i was overjoyed with it, and am dying for a bad boy now!

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice clear golden color with a white head on top. The retention and lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer is hoppy, loaded with piney aromas. The taste of beer has a bitter resin-like flavor with a pine finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and sharp dry finish. Overall a solid IPA, well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of gooseberries and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine.
T: The taste is a near mirror image of the smell, having moderate to strong flavors of gooseberries, notes of citrus, and hints of pine. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite hoppy and has an interesting and complex mixture of hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Delicious and understated, Pure Hoppiness infusses extra finess for intrigue instead of aggression: maximum hop flavor, low bite.

The beer opens with a pour of deep gold and medium copper hue. A creamy white head tops the beer with a dense sheet that never billows but never waivers either. Sticky lace leaves decorative patterns of foam behind. With a relatively low haze for a high-hopped variety, the beer carries a very appealing appearance.

Juicy, citrusy, and vibrant to the nose with elements of freshly grated orange peel, candied appricots, pineapple, mango, sweet ruby red grapefruit pulp, and a light note of herbal lemmongrass. With the thin caramel sweetness scent of confectioner's sugar and honeysuckle, the beer rounds into a mouth watering combination of sugar coated citrus and tropical fruits.

Flavors are no letdown. Sweetness from light caramel, powdered sugar, and fructose give a satisfactory initial taste and satisfies the palate. The mid palate brings about more vibrant fruit character, and leaving the sweetness behind. Freshly squeezed grapefruit, nectarines, and lemon grow from a candy-sweet bit and into a fresh and bitter variety going into finish. Tropical fruits of pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya round into the sweeter, more mellow flavors of citrus. As the beer transitions to clean and crisp bitterness, a slight memory of caramel and fruity sweetness remain in aftertaste. Delicious throughout and with no rise of unpleasantries.

A medium-full start takes a creamy demeanor from carbonation and early malty-sweetness. But as the beer drops it's sweetness to start, the crisper, brighter textures of hop oils begin to dry the beer and usher in a crisp, clean, and refreshing finish. Ultimately dry from hop resins and minty alcohols to finish, the beer holds onto a lightly resiny hop bitterness that lingers well into the next sip.

A remarkable imperial IPA that grows in intensity and bursting with hop flavor, but refuses push the balance into extra sweetness, less dry of finish, or less of a hop showcase; that otherwise would have hurt drinkability. Great control of both the recipe and brewing technique for a beer that's dangerously drinkable.

Thanks crlova2!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.47/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Alpine a couple weeks ago. Expectations are high because I've been loving Alpine's offerings. They're quickly rising on my best of California list.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Poured (initially) with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger beige colour floater. Hardly a head at all. Retention is terrible, even given the ABV. Body colour is a cloudy nontransparent copper - very curious for the style, which I expect to be clear and clean. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

I was able to coax a head out of it by pouring with additional vigor after finishing off my first glass. Head retention was more frothy, with nice cream and thickness - plus better retention (~2 minutes). Strange.

Sm: Pine, clean malts, fruit esters, grapefruit citrus, hop bitterness. Grapefruit dominates. Some oily hops. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp pine, floral hops, clean malts, grapefruit citrus, sweet brighter malts, and well hidden hop bitterness - but it still comes through, negativley impacting the balance. There's certainly a hop bite on the climax and through the third act. Nowhere near as complex or well layered as Exponential Hoppiness, but there's some subtlety here. The grapefruit is a nice touch, though grapefruit dominant IPAs are not my favourite. I like it, but it's far from unique or special. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Much cleaner than the appearance would have you suspect. Nice body.

Gets more nectary as it warms. I like it much better as it mellows, bringing the balance into a careful duel between subtle malt sweetness and tame hop bitterness. I regret serving this cold.

Mf: Clean. Dry and coarse from the hop bitterness on the finish. Nicely crisp. Wet and smooth in the early acts, but never as much as it needs to be to attain a refreshing character. Good thickness and carbonation. Somewhat oily. Suits the flavours only generally.

Mellowed as it warmed, like the flavour. Got smoother and wetter, suiting the flavours much better. Curious. But inconsistent. Somewhat buttery until the dry finish.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable, but not Alpine's best. Pales in comparison to Exponential Hoppiness, which I quite admired. I'd get this again on draught. Interestingly priced. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice Double IPA. This will likely satisfy most fans of the style. I dislike the grapefruit focus and the apparent hop bitterness, but to each his or her own.

High B-

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear medium amber body and a white head that leaves good lacing behind

Smell: Another grapefruity aroma from sunny San Diego

Taste: Starts out rather fruity but that is followed by nice bitter flavors; nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice, well-structured IPA

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head. Alright retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy. Slight smell of caramel from the malt along with some fruit.

Taste: A lot more bitterness than the smell would have suggested. Citrus peel hops along with a note of pine. The malt balances things out a bit, but the hops dominate. The finish is bitter and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA. I just started trading, and have had an abundance of wonderful IPA's. This one is up there with the best of them.

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Photo of emerge077
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Golden orange coloration, nice clarity, plenty of lacing. Fresh, earthy hop aroma. Deep and resiny, some juicy citrus, bitter hop oils. Malty middle with a dry finish, an almost leafy aftertaste. Medium bodied, yet light enough to have several. A superb west-coast style DIPA, among the best in my opinion.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye : Poured a light hazy blonde ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and perfect lacing as well. Aroma of citrus and fresh grapefruit is just out of this world with some low bitter notes. Taste is also dominated by some fresh red ruby grapefruit with some bittering notes at the end. Probably one of the best aromas I've had in months of tasting new beers. Full body, creamy texture, perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Wow!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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