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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:
#403
Reviews:
931
Ratings:
3,686
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
1,187
Gots:
612
Trade:
13
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,686 |  Reviews: 931
Photo of ScottP
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moose90
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served From 12oz Bottle Dated "BEST BY 08 JUN 16 F15390" paid $3.09

A — Pours a clear and bright vivid orange hue into the glass. There is a bright white colored foamy head that settles to a thin layer and leaves behind some spots of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is robust and focused on hops, I haven't used the term dank to describe a beer lately but this certainly fits the mold, lots of pine, resin, citrus, herbaceous lemon.

T — Taste is bitter, piney, robust, lemon, peach, melon, hugely bitter and piney. Fresh lemon, lime, citrus, dank, resinous, chewy.

M — Medium-Full bodied, bold and astringent.

O — Great overall, have heard Alpine / Green Flash being thrown under the bus lately, but this is a killer beer, fantastically rich, bold, dank, resinous, and assertive.

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tylerstravis
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Balanced.

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Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here we go with the review to fill my mug to the top - with a great beer sent by soloman420 as a nice Xmas present - many, many thanks again.

Poured a gorgeous golden amber, capped by a Brussels white lace around the Corsendonk tulip. A fine presenting frosty.

Classic west coast IPA aroma of citrus, orange and pine. But the quaff transgresses into new territory with the addition of a woody resin, even a hint of bready dough.

Sharp and crisp finish, it actually leaves a tingle on the tongue. The easy 8% does not factor in, this could just as easy be a 5%.

Tasty treat, better get one for a try.

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Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of vonnegut21
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Pure pine tree

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

My son picked up a growler of this at Saveon and brought it over. He is a good son.

This thing is super pretty. Almost clear, dark golden, nice fizz. The aroma is to die for. It just keeps giving. Bitter and grassy smelling. Sublime.

The taste is a bitter hop bomb that still holds enough malt to say, "Look out!" Did I mention bitter.

The aftertaste is a bitter malty bomb. I am THANKFUL, this thanksgiving eve for my thoughtful son who brought over a really special brew. I always have great beer around but this one is really special. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacQ32
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orangeish, light hazy gold. Nice tan head, great lacing

S - Very airy which is off-putting, citrusy light hops slightly dry and resinous

T - As it smells but much more citrusy hops, very airy, resinous, mildly sweet from caramel malts

M - Light bodied and refreshing for sure

O - Airy, not as intense flavoring as I would have liked but definitely an easy drinker.

I had a duet earlier for the first time and found that very airy as well - perhaps hold/lots of temperature changes/or light damage. Will re-review when I have the opportunity to try another of each

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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler obtained during GatM. Shared with Ffejherb, SierraGS, Brewslut, dashirey and Jill.

A-Brilliant copper with a thin white head that holds strong and left spotty lace.

S-The ever so intoxicating aroma of citrus and light pine hops that can only be a San Diego County west coast DIPA. A bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T-Grapefruit, orange and tangerine hop flavours that meld into a magical elixir! A light hint of sweet caramel malt to balance the bitterness out.

M-Medium-light body with a LONG lasting hop flavour.

D-One of my very favorite west coast DIPA's out there. I could drink this one all day. Exactly what I crave in a hop bomb.

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Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to this one after having just about everything else from them. 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours gold with a barley half a fingers worth of white head. There's some bubbles here and there along the edge of the glass and a thin film on top.

S - A nice piney citrus aroma mixed in with a hoppy bitterness. Not over-the-top, but enough to let you know this DIPA means business.

T - Much the same as the nose. Lots of pine, citrus, hops, and bitter notes. A slight touch of malt on the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, smooth.

D - An nice DIPA that I could several times in one session. Easier to drink then Expo for me, and more "down the middle of the road" compared to the uber-hoppy Expo.

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

Original rating of 4.25 based on bomber of unknown age at Far Bar.

Rating updated based on 12 oz bottle dated Best By 27 APR 16. Vibrant golden color with minimal head. Sweet pine aroma is pleasant and not overwhelming. Taste is sweet but finishes bitter, very enjoyable West Coast style DIPA. Solid mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Bottle had ABC logo, so not 100% sure if it was brewed by GF. Pricey though for a 6er, but $ well spent for a beer I'd been several years between tastes.

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Photo of devilfluff
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

S - Big citrus and tropical fruit: grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon, orange. Smells a bit sweet.

T - Nice mix of pine and grapefruit. Medium length finish with some floral notes on top of a very mild bitterness.

M - Prickly carbonation with a nice resinous coating. Medium bodied and astringent on the finish.

O - My first brew from ABC and I wasn't disappointed. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22 oz. bottle without a freshness date, courtesy of BlindPig. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Gorgeous golden-orange, glowing in the sunlight with a slight suspended haziness. About 1-finger of creamy, soapy white head. Head dies to a thin film within a couple minutes and I noted just a few random streams of carbonation, more like single bubbles rising here and there. Very pretty bands of sticking lace from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Enticingly sweet, smelling of fresh citrus, pine and a hefty dose of caramel. Aroma also offers ripe melon, orange zest, and a grassy spice. Rises high and lasts forever, an excellent introduction to this beer.

T: A lovely beer, extremely well balanced! Hops are appropriately strong, tasting of oranges & tangerines, a dash of grapefruit juice, spicy pine oils. Malted grain is not a supporting layer but an equal here, gently easing off the bitterness throttle and keeping this one on course. Caramel and a lightly biscuit-y maltiness provide just enough sweetness. Very tasty!

M: Not the strongest, fullest mouthfeel; I judged this one as 'medium', considering some other DIPA's that induce a powerful pucker, strip off tooth enamel, and generally kill the tastebuds. The Pure Hoppiness is a gentle giant - an 8% DIPA that's smooth, balanced, creamy in th mouth and finishes surprisingly clean. Yes, there's some hoppy/bitter aftertaste and just a hint of alcohol warmth, but this is one of the nicest DIPAs I've ever had.

D: 5's are pretty rare for me, but it's also rare I find a DIPA with so much flavor that is also so drinkable. Often flavors and hops get so overwhelming, I want to quit a bomber about halfway through. Not this one...terrific flavors, aroma and mouthfeel make this a new favorite. Deserving the reputation and highly recommended!

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

Just reviewed exponential hoppiness the other day. I tried to buy some pure hoppiness, then, but was told it had not been bottled siince November and no one had it. I found it in a Santee location. So, maybe not Pure Hoppiness at its freshest, but I will give it a go.

A - Pretty orange, clear, nice near white head, chunky head, webby lace. Nice retention.

S - The smell is all about the hops, of course. Lots, and lots of hoppy aroma.

T - Huge hop profile - Citrus and perfume, mostly. Thinner and more astringent than Xpo Hoppiness, but similar.

M - Nice medium body, good carb, nice balance. Again, XPo junior, IMO.

D - I would be deceived into drinking more that recommended of this beer.

Drink Alpine Ale or go to bed!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

San Diego Brew Co.
San Diego, CA

A clear golden yellow with a thin white foam head and some visible carbonation. Leaves tons of lace. Pretty but unspectacular.

A fantastic hop aroma of zest, citrus rind, pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste follows the nose with a touch of a malt backbone. Not at all overly bitter. Pungent and fresh citrus and pine hops.

A very drinkable and unintimidating DIPA, more reminiscent of a citrusy and piney IPA. Not at all "in your face;" simply superb.

This beer simply does everything very, very well without feeling forced or gimmicky. A DIPA of the highest quality.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3,686 ratings
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