Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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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

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3,633
Avg:
4.31
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8.12%
 
 
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Photo of JLK7299
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had my first taste for New Beer Sunday. Delicious! Not quite a Treehouse or Hill Farmstead offering but probably in that next tier. Would drink again!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a frothy white head with great retention.

Nose is delicate and leans more floral than fruity. A touch of clove comes through for me.

Flavor is big and juicy, more fruit than floral and unexpectedly so. Bright, bitter hop profile is fantastic. Finish is delicate and soft, more drying than bitter.

Feel is a touch more abbrassive and drying than I'd like but overall this is a fantastic double IPA I'll definitely be having again.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Fresh bottle from my first South Bay Drugs order.

Orange-amber pour (I need to come up with better colors for DIPAs) with a little over a finger of dense, sticky white foam. Great lacing.

Well, I know this is going to be a pretty hoppy beer, because I can smell citric and piney hops as soon as I pop the cap. Hard to imagine a DIPA smelling any better. Loads and loads of citrus rind, with lesser quantities of pine/resin. This is my third IPA/DIPA from Alpine, and, so far, I have to say their hop-forward beers smell better across the board than anyone else's.

And, let's be honest, they have better flavor, too. Duet and Nelson were absolutely delicious, and Pure Hoppiness is, too. There is a malty sweetness to the flavor, which perfectly balances (but doesn't diminish) the grapefruit/orange hop flavor. Really, really good bitterness in the finish. Just enough to remind you that you're drinking a really hoppy beer. Certainly not overdone. Apparently Alpine has perfected IPA/DIPA balance without losing any hop flavor.

Despite not having a ton of malt flavor, we've got plenty of heft. I prefer IPAs to DIPAs in just about every way, but texture isn't one of them. Pure Hoppiness is a perfect example. Big body, slick and oily yet plush and creamy at the same time. Carbonation is absolutely perfect.

Didn't detect any of the advertised 8% ABV. But, that's likely because the glass was empty before I had a chance to. Pure Hoppiness is as drinkable of a DIPA as I've ever tasted. I'm convinced that Alpine can do no wrong. Next stop: Exponential Hoppiness.

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Photo of sitarist
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to thedindaniel.

Pours a cloudy tangerine color...lose head that falls to a ring leaving rings of lacing.

I sell loads of citrus(orange peel, grapefruit, lemon), and tropical fruits...It is candy like, lemon-heads maybe? It tickles my nose, and is begging me to take a sip.

That sip becomes a gulp...It is resinous with orange peel, tropical fruits, pepper, and candy...Its all about the hops...More like an IPA! IMO

Smooth and creamy...just a little light for the style...a little bite from the hops, with light carbonation...the flavors slide across my tongue.

I could drink this everyday...another great hop-bomb from the west-side! This beer will remain on my wants list.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Cheers!

Bright copper color with minimal head and little lacing.

Big fruity aroma with tropical fruits, orange rind and just a hint of pine. Big juicy hop taste delivers fully what is promised by the nose. Lingering peppery bitterness, well balanced with the brighter flavors.

Medium body with light but appropriate carbonation. A tasty and drinkable DIPA. This one seems refined and elegant compared to some of the other beers in the category - not a rustic example. After trying Nelson as well, I am thinking maybe this is the Alpine style?

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Photo of badbeer
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light amber color with a big pillowy white head; great retention and lacing. Citrus and lemon zest notes in the aroma; very hop forward. Also a bit of a smell I can only describe as dank and slightly vegetal. The first taste I get is a bit of the vegetal one noted in the aroma, thankfully it goes to a combination of lemon, orange, and pine shortly thereafter. Slightly higher than medium carbonation and a little less than medium bodied. Good beer, I'd like to try this again. Thanks, Kyle!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Thanks! 2 weeks old.

A: Orange tinted cider color with a thin whipping of head. Decent legs.

N: Truckloads of pineapple and mandarin oranges. There's a modicum of spurce and a dense layer of malt at the base. A little oniony zest.

T: Good correlation between the taste and the smell. Pineapple, dense pine - more so than the nose - clementines, crystal sugars. There's a wonderful sweet base that yields to the stern bite of the bitterness.

M: sticky with a medium-full mouthfeel. Quite nice.

O: This is a delightful tropical treat. It's very balanced in its approach, which is an aspect I greatly appreciate in my (D)IPAs. Kudos.

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber split with the lady, into a New Belgium Globe.

Pours with a golden copper, very clear. Less than half a finger of head from a slightly aggressive pour and very little lacing as it goes down.

Smell is wonderful. Super rich bouquet of peach, lemon oil, very slight pline.

Taste follows the smell, lemon oil with other citrus and some peaches in the background with slight hoppy resinous and bitterness. Slight mineral flavor from the water perhaps?

Mouthfeel-Very light on the palate for the style, a little "bubbly" as well and finishes drier than expected.

Overall- A great DIPA but not quite as much as a expected.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22 oz bomber. I can't find any dating.
A: Clear dark amber, it poured with a big creamy head with lacing that died to a good head.
S: Bright tangerine hops, honey, slightly resinous, with a caramel cream base. Rather enticing.
T: More pine and resinous notes than you'd expect from the aroma, it crips out to a lingering gin bitterness. A slight biscuit and mild nut with honey. Interesting, it's similar to the smell, but surprisingly different.
M: Slightly syrupy and frothy to a crisp cleansing finish.
O: This is a good one. I'd make it a regular if it was available in our area.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

been trying to find this one for awhile. finally found it online for a reasonable price. certainly lived up to my expectations. i've had their "great" before and this one is well done too.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A nice golden color, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - piney dankness, sweet floral, citrus, spice, grapefruit
Taste - Follows the nose w/ some pungent floral/piney hops. Some earth, spice and citrus in the mix as well.

Overall - This is a nice crisp, clean drinking DIPA. In no way worth the price tag though. Glad I just bought a single and didn't spend $16.99 on a six pack!

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Photo of csmiley
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appreciation goes to KingG for sending this my way.

A - Pours a clear amber with just a touch of orange. Color is lighter than expected. The eggshell head appears slightly rocky and tops out at just under an inch. Sticks around for a while. It recedes to a nice thick cap that just does not want to go away. Lots of sticky lace stays behind. Active carbonation is present throughout the brew.

S - Smells of bitter citrus up front. Mostly grapefruit and lemon. Mild piney notes follow and pretty much dominate the middle. Some malt tries to show up toward the end but has a hard time poking through. Could be a sugary caramel aroma.

T - Taste is not as bitter as expected. More of a complex hop profile shows up. Alot of fruit right out of the gate - grapefruit, orange, lemon, and apricot. Just a hint of earthy flavors pull in towards the middle. A little bit grassy with some pine. The malt base is able to push through more in the flavor than smell. Definitely caramel with hints of cookie dough. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M - Light bodied for the style. Finish is bitter with some dryness but doesn't stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is very good for the Pure Hoppiness. The body is somewhat light for the style and alcohol is almost completely hidden. That makes for a beer that disappears very quick. This one punishes the taste buds but doesn't destroy the palate like other selections from this particular style. Comes across as more of a delicate example of the Double IPA. Easily recommended.

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Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of blitz134
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly packed foam white head. Interesting patterns form in the bubbles. Body is a lighter yellow color, nice and clear though. Lacing shows up to round it out.

Lots of aroma in this, immediately evident when the cap was popped. Citrus and floral hops dominates with some clean straw aromas come in from the malting. Just pure hops mostly (no pun intended), but doesn't seem overly sweet like many other big hopbombs.

Lots of hops are evident as would be expected. Big, bold, brash hops. Floral and straw hops form most of the flavor in this. Some piney resin finishes this out and leads into the lingering bitterness. A bit unbalanced though.

Mouthfeel is medium. Fair amount of carbonation makes for a nice crispness. Decent drinkability, the slightly unbalanced nature brings this down. If you want straight up hops this is a good choice. Good brew overall...similar to Victory's Hop Wallop to me...

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden with a thick and creamy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing but not much

S-hoppy-citrus and pine. It is not very overpowering but you can tell its all about the hops.

T-Bitter, very bitter-citrus and pine. Not very sweet or tropical, just in your face bitter hops. The finish consists of grapefruit juice and pine. It has a very long and very dry finish. It is one of, if not the most, bitter beers I have ever tried. It is extremely piney and dry.

M-Fairly thick and slightly creamy

D-As I said before this is one of the hoppiest and bitter beers I've tried, which cuts into its drinkability for me. I do not think I could drink more than one in a sitting and definitely believe it would be pointless to drink another beer afterward because the hops strip your palate.

Overall, this is a very well made beer, I just prefer a more tropical and juicy IIPA. This is a must try for hop heads.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's alpine Nelson.
Wine, spivey pungent hoppiness.
Low bitter, lots of aroma and flavor.
Don't need to say much more. Should drink it. It is delicious as you heard.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale orange-tea color with a nice pillowy off-white head that nearly looks like the meringue of a country pie. The aroma consists of pine, pine, and more pine. But amazingly enough, it is mouthwatering! This is one fine beer with the first taste. And dissecting the second taste more closely reveals a biscuit backbone of malts and the hops are done perfectly portraying citrus and piney earth tones. Beautiful! This beer is light to medium bodied and finishes with a complexity rarely noticed by me, which is it is both dry and watery sweet at the end of each swallow. (?)...I'm puzzled too, but I like it! And despite it's 'pure hoppiness' and abv, it's drinkability is surprisingly high.

Notes: Very, very nice! I don't consider myself a hophead, but I could go back to this beer again and again. Thanks xlperro for this offering. I owe you!

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Photo of tregan_20
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 rousee
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to the San Diego BAs for this sample.

Pours a transparent amber gold color that forms a decent 1 finger thick head which diminishes fairly quickly although a good amount of foam stays on top. Some very fine almost silt-like lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell is robust earthy and muddy with some slighly sour aspect to it. It is predominantyl hops and sometimes these double IPAs actually do have a good aamount of maltiness.

Taste wise there is some good maltiness upfront before the hops just take over completely. It has a very pure clean taste to it. The mouthfeel is a little on the sticky side and the carbonation could be a little more pronounced. Overall, a very smooth and drinkable IPA--the extra alcohol is quite well hidden.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy burnt orange color, with some darker caramel notes towards the center of the glass. nice, 2-3 finger frothy white head that sticks around nicely

s: orange, pineapple, mango, strawberry, sweet caramel, some bready/crackery malts, and grapefruit. EXTREMELY juicy smelling beer - its the kind of aroma that makes you mouth water

t: peach, ripe mango, dank citrus upfront followed by a solid burst of bitterness - a mixture of grapefruit and earthy/herbal bitterness. behind that, and mellowing out the bitterness, is the malts which bring a mixture of sweetness, and dry cracker flavors. flavor finishes off with some lingering (yet not overpowering) bitterness

m: mouthfeel is medium, with nice carbonation level

o: nice beer. aroma on this is crazy good. and while the flavor leans a little more towards bitter than juicy it does have that nice malt presence that balance it out and make it a real nice double IPA. definitely worth buying, definitely worth drinking

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Photo of jmalex
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On my recent trip to San Diego, I brought back 20 bottles of various west coast goodies. This is the first bottle I'm opening of these, and it's something that I'll definitely not be able to get anyplace else.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip (my new go-to glass) a crystal clear golden amber with a distinct red/orange tint to it. The head starts at a modest size and shrinks to a decent sized collar and hazy, tiny-bubbled surface coating that won't disappear. As I drink, splotchy lacing covers the entire height of the glass. A beautiful beer.

SMELL: The hops are (obviously) at the forefront of this and hit you with decent force. They're very citrusy and earthy with a grassy raw quality that I like a lot. Any malt presence is difficult to detect through the sweet hop resins, but I slight hint of bready carameliness is slightly detectable.

TASTE: My initial thought was that this was a fairly balanced beer coming at me. An excellent malt base was clearly present with the hop flavor and bitterness to match. But then at it crosses the palate, the hops just start to ramp up and up. Major citrus floods your mouth, and it's not just late addition hops either. This beer is damn bitter too. Not quite teeth-enamel-stripping levels, but it's definitely hopped to hell. And then comes the finish. The hops don't just last - they escalate even further and leave you puckering from the bitterness. I only wish for a little more substance on the finish, be it a slight maltiness or whatever. Even still, this beer tastes fantastic and leaves you wanted, no, demanding another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a perfect average-level carbonation. The beer could be a bit beefier. I mean, I love raw hop flavor, but it needs a more substantial base on which to sit. Still decent though.

DRINKABILITY: Oh man, this one'll sneak up on you. No alcohol detectable at all. I'd gladly have another glass. In fact, I've got half the bomber left. Don't mind if I do!

Wow, this is a really delicious beer. Amazingly, I think it could actually be hoppier. There's no dating on the bottle, so I can't say how old it is, but I really hope I had this as fresh as I could. Even still, if you're in southern California, make sure you get some Pure Hoppiness. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: a translucent golden brown with a thin whipte head.

S: tropical aromas, including, mango, pineapple, and canteloupe.

T: heavy mango and pineapple flavor with a bitter hoppy finish.

M: medium bodied.

O: very good I like it slightly better than Nelson.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.86/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle best by April 27, 2016.

Tastes like a Green Flash IPA. Seriously. Not necessarily a bad thing, but this beer isn't anything special. It's super hoppy, dry, and a fair amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin. At $17/sixer you can do a lot better.

Edit: A year later and this is out again. Thought Green Flash would have nailed the Alpine recipes in the interim, but this is somehow way, way worse than I remember it. Full of off flavors, tastes like bitter soap. Nasty.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark golden color was crystal clear. Two inches of white frothy head faded rapidly. Average amount of medium sized carbonation bubbles meander up. Sticky lace clumps.

Sweet citrus like orange peel and pine blend up front. A hops bitterness is also quite strong in the nose. Malt is a bit subdued, and has a faint honey wheat bread scent.

A bitter apple taste up front was surprising. Buttery malt and a hops bitterness are balanced very nicely. Pine taste expected from aroma is just barely noticeable.

Nice thickness without being heavy, but tastes linger. Carbonation tingle is balanced well.

A great brew. Would work well with a sandwich on a croissant. Surprising flavor after the hints from the aroma. Well worth trying for yourself.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber, clear, with a thin head that diminished quickly. Aroma is fruit and citrus with hints of some alcohol. Flavor is pine, grapefruit and grass. Very hop forward with a resinous mouthfeel. Hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A tasty beer overall.

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