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:
#409
Reviews:
938
Ratings:
3,699
pDev:
8.08%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 3,699 |  Reviews: 938
Photo of devilfluff
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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 Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lean and clean, taut bitterness with a shellac of pine across sharp grains and muted citrus. Clear golden body shines in perfect harmony with the beer's character.

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Photo of loganburgh
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

It was clearly a well crafted double IPA, however as I had it a couple of days after its best by date it lacked the uber hoppy aromas and flavors that you expect from such a beer. I hope I can get a fresh one some day.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden amber color with a creamy off white head. Head has great retention and leaves some really nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is very awesome. A ton of tropical fruits here with a nice touch of pine. A bit of bready malts in the very distant background.

T- A very hop forward brew here. A ton of tropical fruits, again a nice touch of pine with a strong malt back bone. Hops are front and center.

M- A touch on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was about right on.

O- This is an awesome brew and is highly recommended.

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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 leroybrown10
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold color with medium haze. Haze clears slightly but not all the way. 2+ finger head is a very light tan color. Head dissipates semi-slow and leaves heavy sticky lacing behind.

Aroma is earthy, floral hops. Some mild citrus bite. Big caramel malt. Some pepper. Pine and grapefruit at the end.

Floral hops on the first taste. Then pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Pretty solid malt bill. Caramel, biscuit, and dough. Pepper, yeast, and bitter orange. Alcoholic warmth at the end.

Medium body and mouth feel. Oily and bitter. Medium carbonation. Flavors and bitterness lingers. A bit boozy for 8%

Big bold West Coast IPA. Packs a punch. Interesting mix of hop flavors with floral, pine and citrus notes blending and competing with each other.

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

Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brotherloco
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of animal69
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber Bottle received in a recent trade!

Appearance: Attractive goldfish orange with honey folds. A lush 1.5 finger white frothy crown that shows some retention and good lacing.

Smell: Strong bouquet of floral hops blending with a nice spice note over the faintest trace of citrus hops. Some sweet caramel malt is found as well.

Taste: The bitterness really masks the caramel malt and the caramel malt really keeps the bitterness from crushing everything so I'd say the brewer did a good marriage of the two.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp and very carbonated. Thats a smart choice considering the large amount of hops and malt utilized in this brew. But I would still prefer the brew to be a little less big with a more chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Its a big beer but the mouthfeel and balance helps the drinkability department.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky orange, and the haze almost makes it look like a dark orangey hefe-weizen. Creamy white head isn't necessarily large, but it retains well, offers a sexy delivery of the ale onto the palate, and laces well on my glass.

Nose has a candy orange quality that is very appetizing, maybe with some orange creme popsicle suggestions there too. Some light grapefruit, tangerine, and other such fruits in the background.

Good dose of malt, somewhat biscuity, but quickly the focus is back on the orange-grapefruity hops. Again there is a candied quality to the hops. Mouthfeel and body is quite creamy, and among the best for IPAs. Finish is rather long, delightfully tart, and the alcohol is masked well.

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

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this bomber.

a - pours a burnt orange color with a big rocky white head, good retention, great lacing, some sediment

s - big mix of piney and citrusy hop aromas, not much malt in the nose, slight hint of alcohol

t - sweetness mixed with immediate bitterness up front, nice citrus and pine notes in the body, grapefruit and lemon, as it warms up, there is a bit of biscuity malt in the body, finish is once again sweet and bitter with a slight hint of alcohol, orangey bitterness lingers on the palate for some time

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, hop oil coats the mouth, fairly dry finish

d - pretty drinkable for a DIPA hopbomb, doesn't destroy the palate as much as I would have thought, just enough sweetness to preserve the palate, alcohol not very evident

Great DIPA and deserving of the praise it gets. Not on the level of Dreadnaught for me, but very good nonetheless. DIPA lovers need to seek out a bottle of this - and metallitone is a good source.

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

Photo of Duffman79
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blazer22
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of lemmy187
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3,699 ratings
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