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
Ranking:
#413
Reviews:
942
Ratings:
3,707
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours an amber color wit ha thick white two finger foamy head. nice head retention and excellent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hoppy as expected,very floral with lots of citrus and pine. Taste is all about the hops as well, like the nose pine and citrus dominate. The finish has a good amount of pine and bitterness to it with a decent amount of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, if you like west coast DIPA's then this will be a drinkable beer for you.

Overall another outstanding hoppy beer from Alpine. I liked Nelson better then Duet and now Pure Hoppyness better then Nelson. I can't wait to try the Expo hoppyness I have coming.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clearish copper pour, with a small white head; moderate retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus, pine, tropical fruit, and not much else, as the name promised. The taste follows the aroma, not quite as juicy and fresh as some of its contemporaries, but still loaded with hoppy goodness, citrus zest, pine, quite bitter, there's a pale malt base in there, but it's mostly dominated by the hops, which stick around into the aftertaste. Body was medium, crisp and moderately carbonation, appropriate for the style. Very nice overall.

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

On cask, via hand pump, @ O"Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/18/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours ahazy unfiltered looking copper, with a 1/2 finger of smooth bright-white froth. This stays very rich from being on cask, just coating the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of lacing. The aroma is full of pine resins and spice, while sticky notes of tropical fruits (grapefruit, mango, and peaches are really coming out), toasted bread, and caramel sweetness really gives the nose a thick underlying tang. Just a quintessential West Coast bouquet here.

The taste is quite aggressive with the hops, as plenty of spice and pine lash the mouth with bitterness, but this is still wonderfully well balanced by that sweet and tangy mix of caramel and citrus, cutting that initial blast of hops very well. Bitterness strikes back hard in the finish, adding a satisfying intensity to the end of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creamy texture to the carbonation that helps mellow this out to a very drinkable nature, enabling this to glide down the throat despite the intense hop flavor. Very nice.

Some IPAs work better than others on cask but I was pleased to find that this was one of the best that I've had the honor of trying this way. Mellow and silky feeling from the cask conditioning, yet this still was able to fully unleash those West Coast hops without dampening any of their fury. Just a great incarnation here of an already fantastic American IPA.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, light amber color. Modest head which settles to a rim of bubbles. Nearly no spots for lace.

Unlike its Nelson cousin, this has a balance of malt to the hop nose.

I get caramel and light toast on the tongue initially. The hop shows up on the swallow with a dry peppery bitterness. The aftertaste is long lasting with a straight up floral hop bite. Good carbonation with a neutral body.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Twenty-two ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear orange with a half-inch thick slightly off-white head which fades to the rim and leaves puzzle lace.

N: Juicy and pungent grapefruit, orange and tangerine zest and pith, brightly floral and fruity.

T: Great balance between sweetish malts and citrus and pine explosions, dank and herbal overtones.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter, resinous and sticky finish.

O: Forgot how good this is. World class. Don't pass this by.

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Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent gold/honey color with2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & leafy hops, fades as this warms

T: Much grapefruit, herbal & grassy hops along with biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness up front, plus some leafy hops. Slight booze warmth along with apricot fruittyness hides behind a torrent of grapefruit, woody hops & a kiss of honey malt as this warms. Finishes with a slight honey malt/biscuitty malt sweetness, raging grapefruit & leafy hops

MF: Semi-chewy, low carbonation & nice balance

Drinks fairly easy, but the hop mix isn't quite pulling together for me. Hops aren't popping enough or in the right way. Dye in the wool hopheads may think I'm dead wrong. My guess is this shines on draft or on cask. This is better than the overall score, aesthetics made this one one fall short for me

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got an initial two fingers' worth of off-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrus-grapefruity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hops taste on the tongue. It was the sort of thing that causes a couple of east coast lager brewers that I know to muse on whether the brewer may have forgotten to add malt. There was malt, though, as evidenced by the outstanding lacing throughout. For me, it was an indulgence in my hop habit. The ABV makes it a bit difficult, but otherwise, I found it to be an eminently drinkable beer. Finish had the whacking "hop bite" for which the label indicated they were striving.

I'm leaving my original bottle review and scores in place, but since I just scored a fresh bottle as part of their expanded distribution, I am giving it a second look.

From the bottle: "This mega-hopped, West Coast-Style India Pale Ale 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. Drink better beer so ... Drink Alpine Ale or Go to Bed! - [undersigned] Pat McIlhenney".

I had no more than Pop!ped the cap than the kitchen smelled like I was in the midst of a pine forest! Wow. The head came foaming up pretty quickly, forming three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Deep Amber-Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. The lacing that formed as the head fell clung to everything, making me dread the clean-up later. The nose was filled with pine and my hophead mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but it hit my taste buds with a take-no-prisoners attitude. The taste was at once both lemon-citrusy and sticky with pine-like resin. Phew! Finish was dry and gasping and world-class, indeed! This is why I became a hophead in the first place.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Vague, faint maltiness allows to shine the pleasant, distinctive hop aroma of jam-packed with ripe citrus fruits and, to a lesser degree, pine. Sure you can find all of those components in any other IPA, but for some reason, Alpine beers are always a joy to smell.

Taste: Mild cereal grain flavor and sweetness. Strong citrus hoppiness with tastes of grapefruit and tangerines - maybe even a bit of sliced papaya. Some resinous pine. Medium bitterness and acidity. Dry finish with a pinch of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine beer that's not overly bitter, has a very tasty hop profile, and drinks very easily considering the ABV.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to James for sending this one to me! Been wanting to try it for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color with small bubbles constantly being released from the bottom. A foamy white head formed on top, about two fingers in height with great retention and tons of sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus/tropical fruit forward aromas with some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some orange peel and zest mixed in with a touch of caramel.

T: Very similar to the aroma with plenty of citrus fruits and some pine with very little lingering bitterness. Some pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and grassy hops. There is again a little bit of caramel to balance things slightly.

M: Medium bodied, extremely easy drinking. Not overly bitter at all.

O: Another amazing IPA from Alpine. Hard to pick a favorite from the big 4, but I am glad that I don't really have to since I can't get them easily enough!

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Refulgent tangerine-amber with abundant fine particles that might as well be hop dust. The rich, creamy, yet stiffsticky head falls at the margins, leaving a crowned dollop of milkshake-like foam in the center of the glass. Intricate lace in near contiguous sheets is clinging for all it's worth to all available surfaces. Beautiful.

Stupendous, incandescent, hoptastic nose of sweet citrus peel and pine. I'd love to know what was used to dry hop this nectar. That particular hop variety would instantly shoot to the top of my most-favored list, if it's not there already. Pure Hoppiness's nose instantly and irrevocably takes a spot in my top-3 DIPA aromas of all-time.

Mind-bending hop flavor on the palate. If malt wasn't quite as much of a presence, this would more properly be classified as an IPA. That is precisely why I prefer IPAs, not so much of that pesky malt to get in the way. In this case it provides a sweetness that attempts to hold the hops in check and just barely succeeds (dammit!). Having said that, this is one DIPA that is weighted much more heavily to the hoppy side of things.

Pure Hoppiness isn't Ruination, but it is a tongue-scalding hop bomb, make no mistake. The bitter grapefruit pith covered in a candied conifer coating is having a rave in my mouth that I hope will never end. This stuff shamelessly zeros in on my beer id, digs in its claws and holds on for dear life. You want nuance and complexity? Go drink a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, just leave this hop tart for us heathens.

The body, needless to say, is big, smooth as silk and as creamy as a non-stout can get; the perfect vehicle for carrying that abundant hoppiness across the palate and keeping it there until reinforcements come with the next sip.

What else can I possibly say? Pure Hoppiness is pure deliciousness. I'm heartened by the fact that I have one more bottle, but depressed that I don't have easy access to this mother's milk of a beer. Alpine's PH is yet another reason to curse the two most vile words in a BA's vocabulary: limited distribution.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at Pizza Parlor in the West Loop of Chicago. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had bitter citrus hints. The taste was bitter leaning and not for those that disdain grapfruit. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a tasting by Dreadnaught33; thanks Jonathan, big want.

a - Pours a clear orange color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very strongly of pine hops, as well as fruity malts and citrus hops. The pine really stands out; it's very nice.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, pine hops, citrus hops, fresh fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

d - A very smooth, easy drinking DIPA; I was surprised there wasn't as much bitterness. Lots of pine in this one and I thought it smelled great and fresh. Would like to have again.

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Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off I want to thank BA xlperro for the sample. 22 oz brown bomber with no freshness date and a 6.8% abv on the side of the label. Contract brewed by Alesmith Brewing.

Appearance: Big brassy golden hue with a signature froth that can only come for a highly hopped brew.

Smell: Big earthy veggie hop with a huge drop of spicy citrus. Lots of fresh hop aroma to go around as well as hints of alcoholic esters and malt sweetness within.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Think pungent halo of hops lingers on the first sip to the last, soft flowery and citric flavours mingle throughout. Faint flavours of toasted malt and vague caramel come to the palate clouded, as they should. The alcoholic warmth hits middle to end and shows that there is a slight kick; esters are held to a minimum yet a quite noticeable.

Notes: What can I say, this is all I expected from a west coast IPA and a little bit more. Its nice to get a kick in the mouth with a big hoppy brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a goblet and a snifter.

Appearance - Ripe orange body with a small, off-white head with loads of lacing. The head is gone quickly, though.

Smell - Pungent citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit dominated with piney afterthoughts. Nary a hint of sweetness, but burnt caramel comes through with some nut aromas.

Taste - Identical to the smell. Full-blown hop assault. Not as bitter as I would have expected. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors. Almost no sweetness at all. Nuts, caramel, and vanilla all come through on a woody backbone. Clean finish. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so as much as I chastise DIPAs for their sweetness, I kind of miss it in this one. It's so fully attenuated that it feels almost thin. Not too thin, just thin. Not a huge amount of carbonation, either.

Overall - An unbelievable IPA. This is what makes west coast IPAs so much better than east coast. I do miss a hint of sweetness, but it certainly doesn't take away from the magnificence of the hops.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3,707 ratings