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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
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
3,523
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
15.78%
 
 
Wants:
1,197
Gots:
570
For Trade:
12
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Photo of infinitebruner
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

January 10, 2016

12 oz. bottle, tulip

A – Medium amber with extremely high clarity, pours with a medium body. A small cap of nearly pure white foam, with moderate-low retention.

S – The nose on this is absolutely phenomenal. Resin, pine, musk, something like pecan (maybe?) in the mix. Definitely papaya and very ripe mango making up the muskiness. Hop aroma to the max. Light caramel malt backbone, just enough to lend support to the hops.

T – Again, this is all about the hops, with flavors of pine, resin, ripe mango, and light muskiness. All flavors come and go, interplaying throughout the sip and finish. Malt provides body mostly, but some caramel and possibly Vienna malt is apparent. Bitterness is high but seems moderate thanks to balance.

M – Medium to medium-full body, with moderate sudsy carbonation. The malt provides a firm, lightly sweet backbone for a highly bitter, but perceived as only moderately bitter, hop bomb. Juicy up front but finishes with some dryness.

O – Just a beautiful West Coast hop showcase, really focused on aromatics and flavor rather than bitterness, with the malt body to back it up. My first Alpine brew, will not be my last.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Steve for sharing this one with me -

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden w/Amber hues, one finger head that dissipated into a thin frothy lacing, slight webbing, good carbonation.

S: Bitter hops, pine, citrus , grapefruit, good smelling DIPA.

T: Grapefruit, bitter hops, sweet citrus, light pine notes, light malt backing.

O: A very solid DIPA, very hoppy ,the bitterness is well concealed by the sweet citrus notes and the malt backing..Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to chuglife for this one!!

22 oz. Bottle poured in a tulip

Pure hoppiness poured an amber hued color with almost no head. Awesome west coast hop smell. Big citrusy, mouthwatering smell. It's got a a very balanced sweetness to bitterness mouthfeel, with some nice alcohol warmth on the back end. Alpine seems to be doing everything right with beers I've tasted so far. I wish I lived in Cali so I could have them on tap!!

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Photo of Lerxst
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden/amber with a nice, billowy white head that has good retention and leaves nice, sticky lacing all the way down.

S-Citrus and floral hops, pine resin, an ever so slight malt scent. Not terribly complex but very nice.

T-Bitter yet slightly sweet, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, a bit of honey and just a touch of biscuity malt.

M-Medium body. Perfect for the style. Carb level is just right.

D-This one went down REALLY easy and another was easily doable.

A very enjoyable DIPA. If you're a fan of the style you won't be disappointed in this one.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored from OlieIPA for ... oh shit, I didn't give him anything yet.

Little bit of a haziness in this golden hued beuaty. White head. Moderate retention.

Smell is mmm, hops. Thick with hops. If there was a hop scented Glade Plug-In, this is what it would smell like.

Taste is strong and good but to be honest, I taste a little water as well. An ever so slight fruit flavor is present. Overall flavor is a little weak.

Of course it's very drinkable and cuddlable. It's just that I had a fresh Sculpin this week and it blows this stuff away.

Ok, finished the bottle and it was good not great.

Overall: Sculpin

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Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again... A tribute to Beer Advocate and the active trading site. Many thanks to the great trading community here for giving me the chance to try this one out.

And an interesting beer it is - especially in comparison to the pliny I had just last night. This one... Is really hoppy and bitter and pale with low head - just like the pliny. Only, see, this one has ridiculously more balance to it and a bit more body.

That said, yeah. Go figure why the other is rated higher. Shouldn't there be some balance in the beer? Let's check this out, shall we? "High to absurdly high hop bitterness." OK. Well, the pliny sure has one of those. This one is just highly bitter. But, oops! It's supposed to have medium to high body.

Examples:Pliny,Dreadnaught,Majaraja,Hop Slam,Ruination, Hercules,Furious,I2PA,Hopsickle, Stoudt’s Double, 90-minute IPA, Hop Wallop. Well, yeah. I've had most of these. Pliny stands out for me as one that just doesn't belong. It is interesting that the hop emphasis in all of these beers is very different.

But, hey, I'm not reviewing them or pliny or whatever. I'm talking about pure hoppiness. And it's a fine beer. Give it some more color, give it better head and I'll give it a better scrore.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a pint glass.

A nice, 1" head with minimal lacing. It poured an orange color with a beautiful hoppy, floral aroma. Of course, citrus is king, both in the nose and on the tongue. The taste is amazing... a nice hop bite that finishes very dry. A little piney and pineappley to boot. This is the most quaffable DIPA I've ever had. Amazing beer from start to finish.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into big Duvel tulip. The beer was a hazy golden amber, with two fingers of billowing fluffy head which receded slowly.

The glass smelled strongly of sweet citrusy hops. There was a little bit of resinous pine as well. The taste matched the nose closely. Sweet maltiness up front, then grapefruit and pine. It finished with a bitterness that persisted well after the drink was done.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel, and was well carbonated and creamy. I found it quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Stone Bistro. Reviewed off notes.

Appearance - A light copper color, with a very small head. Really just a thin ring. Laces slightly.

Smell - Nice. Some tropical fruit going on. Mango and apricot, definitely. Also grassy and herbal on the end.

Taste - Follows the smell. The mango and citrus fruit is nice, but the grassy herbalness takes over. There is a bitter sweetness off the caramel malt that isn't working for me.

EDIT: The finish isn't so much a malt as an grassy astringency. It's quite unpleasant, and harms what is otherwise a very nice beer.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp, like an IPA should be.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty easy. Enjoyable.

This is a good, but not great, beer. Probably suffered in comparison because I had an O'Brien's also by Alpine immediately afterward and that one was far superior. I'd have this again if it were more available, but it's not something I'd bother seeking out.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Alpine after a road trip to Julian. . .
Poured 750ml into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a clear yellow/orange hue, head is 3-fingers' of white, smooth, cream that dissipates down to a thin layer, super sticky lacing all over the glass
S- Nose is a major hop wallop on the olfactories, mostly pine with a hint of orange/citrus, alcohol presence is stiff, so delicious
T- No surprise that the taste is dominated by big, bold pine hops backed by more subtle citrus, some sweet malts balance out the bitter hops midway through leading to a mildly bitter finish with alcohol warming, what a great example of a well-balanced DIPA that isn't overwhelming
M- Medium/full-bodied beer, oily and resinous texture coats the mouth, lively level of carbonation
D- This is a heavy-hitting hoppy DIPA that packs a punch in a good way, definitely not for those faint of hops, the alcohol is warming and would be an issue for drinking large quantities, a standout DIPA even for us West Coasters, my only complaint is that Alpine beers are not well distributed even in SD, be sure to try this out if you're looking for a hop adventure
Buy Again? Absolutely
|Personal score- 93/100

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another world class hoppy offering from alpine. These guys know how to work with lupulin. Bright and citrusy with pine and an uncanny smoothness. Enough alcohol to make the taste phenomenal. This is a great DIPA.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a not-quite-hazy honey color with a half finger head that quickly recede. Nose is thickly resinous with faintest traces of citrus. The palate opens with pine sap, which gives way to a hop profile that is beautifully complex - wonderfully bitter, but not acutely dry. There's an almost wet bitter hop presence here, due perhaps in large part to the mouthfeel, which is almost creamy. Definite medium body on this beer that really adds to the strong hop presence. Not a DIPA that relies on its ABV, there's plenty of complexity here in the hop presence alone. Overall, a wonderful DIPA.

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Photo of fiver29
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours amber/orange color with tan head. Aroma is big pine, citrus, and bold hops. Has a medium mouthfeel and has hop blast upfront with mostly citrus coming through. Grapefruit rind, pine, and just really tasty resinous hops. Some malt on the back end and is overall a really nice IPA.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. Clear amber-orange colored body with a sticky head that sustains decently and leaves some streaky lace. The aroma is pretty forceful, with lots of grapefruit, orange, pine, and sweet mango. the flavor is much more hop flavor than bitterness, which caught me off guard at first. Then I remembered back to when I had exponential hoppiness, which was likewise flavorful and not too bitter; seems to be their style, and I like it. This is pretty ridiculously drinkable, but at the same time, the flavor seems a little light and muted. I'm getting a good deal of oily and resiny hops in the mouth, and just a kiss of honey sweet malt carrying it. Not really light bodied, but the oily feel that the ridiculous amount of hopping brings makes it slide quite slickly through the mouth. Alcohol is barely detectable; hardly feels like 8%. The finish is like hop flowers lingering lightly over your tongue. For a beer that is pretty much simply liquid hop flavor, I can't see it getting much better than this, but is it so much to ask for a little malt?

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

A-Pours a Golden amber color with a nice 2 finger head and plenty of sticky lacing.

S-As soon as I open the bomber I get blasted with citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange peel are very noticeable, pine also.

T-Hops, Grapefruit and more pine than the nose indicates. Little bit of caramel malts. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

T-Nothing outstanding, just a good solid mouthfeel.

O-This beer is excellent. One of the best DIPA"s I've had. Big thanks to badboyrsl84 hooking me up with this.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a thick velvety bubbly head. Visible sediments float in the beer as well.

Smell is as you would expect, hoppy. Very floral hop aroma, some grapefruit, pine and citrus. Some slight sweet malt scent detectable as well.

Taste is very creamy and smooth for a DIPA. Hops are definitely present though, bitterness is quite low for such a hoppy beer. As with all the other Alpine beers I have encountered there is a sweet malt finish. I would like to see more hops in a DIPA than this beer has. Good beer though, just not a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium carbonation in this beer.

Drinkability is good, a nice easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another west coast acquired from JesseTheHutt.

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass

The Pure Hoppiness pours a bright orange color with the usual Alpine frothy head and very good retention. Very good clarity and a great start to this IPA with the pour. Usually the aromas of IPAs blend together but this one is very unique to me. The nose isn't really overpowering with hops but there are still plenty present. A very nice citrus sweetness is also present but not quite like the other IPA's. I think there is a lot of caramel and malts present as well. After allowing the brew to warm up a bit, the taste is dominated with hops, but without a very bitter aftertaste. Some pines and the citrus fruits linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. Drinkability is high considering it being a west coast IPA but for me a little less than the other IPA's from Alpine. A great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice honey orange color with a big creamy off white head with stained glass lacing and great retention. The aroma is big mango gelato followed by clementines and some honey on the finish. The flavor has some big time Clementine acidity with some bright lemon bitter oil characteristics. The malt profile is lacking a little bit but the hops are fresh and definitely present. The mouthfeel is a touch thin, yet highly smooth and easy to pair with light seafood dishes and chicken. Drinkability lacks because it so hop forward it loses balance and really needs food or else it gets lost the hops. Aroma is unreal, but drinkability suggests that it needs food.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden hue with some reddishness. White head. Smells of rindy citrus. Has a lot of citrus flavored but some puckering bitterness. Very dry and some what chalky. The bitterness is very sticky. A really awesome DIPA.

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Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 6-pack of 12 oz bottles for $17.99 at Healthy Living. Pours a perfectly clear light copper color, with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates, leaving almost no lace. Aroma is piney, resinous and a little dank, with just a bit of citrus mixed in. Taste is at first fruity, but quickly replaced by floral, resinous dankness, and very nicely balanced with a soft bitterness. Mouth is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, almost buttery. Overall, an excellent west coast style IPA. Although it's quite pricey, I'm pretty impressed with my first Alpine beer. Hope we start seeing more of it in VT.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Vivid clear orange body with a big frothy tan head with long persistence. Visible carbonation.
S- Citrusy hops, subtle. Not much going on here.
T- Orange, tangerine and sweet malts upfront. Then comes the dank resinous hops with a caramel undertone.
F- Medium, rich.
O- Very good but I expected much more. Not as hoppy as I would liked.

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Photo of sloejams
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

edit: just realized the beer at the Strong Ale Fest was Anniversary Pure Hoppiness - so that is the beer reviewed here:

This is one of the highlights from the San Diego Strong Ale Festival.

The hop nose hits you instantly: very floral, slight pine and citrus tones. The pour was perfect: a frothy laced head topped the golden colored ale. The hop bite is substantial, but the taste is well-balanced. It has a nice creaminess that masks the 8% ABV, making it potential dangerous – I could see myself drinking this all day.

I need to find a vendor where I can load up on some of these bottles or make a trip to the brewery myself.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22oz bomber from Heavytaste as an EXTRA in a trade, awesome , THANKS! Served in a DFH signature glass. No bottled on date, but knowing how quickly these go off the shelves, I assume it is very fresh, it certainly tastes that way.

A -Looks nice, nice orange color, small head.

S: As soon as the bottle opens, the smell comes through. Not only does it smell nice at opening, the smell lingers throughout each sip!

T: This beer tastes great. Not as sweet as a Sculpin or PTE, but tastes very nice.

M: Feels nice in your mouth, I cant wait to get another sip of it.

O:This is a great beer. I wish I had more, this feels like one I can drink over and over again. This one moves into move top 5 or 10 of my favorite beers.

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Photo of bbothen
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Clear straw orange color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head.

S - Earthy piney grassy hops mostly. Although a significant citurs presence as well. Smells great if you like hops. I do. So there you go.

T - Hop salad. Like the aroma there is piney spruce hop flavors & plenty of grapefruit, tangerine, citrus flavors as well. Oily & yummy. Balanced? You have to seek out the malt flavors. That's fine though.

M - Medium feel. Medium carbonation. Dry & somewhat thin feeling to me.

D - Drinkability is high. I could down these all day.

Tasy brew. I'm a hop lover, so I like the somewhat one deminsional taste. That's not a knock.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a glorious clear golden, with a orange hue into my SA/BA glass. Tiny white head that quickly dissipates. Smell of fresh stinky, lovely nuggets of hops, and it's cousin. Surprised on how clear this beer appears. Like a great DIPA, this one continues to change flavor gears. Starts out sweet piney hop hop then goes to a dense floral hop hop ending with a zesty finish. Very well made DIPA.

Tasted again on 10.01.08
Hazy orange pour with a nice 2 fingers of near-white head. Huge aromas of lemon zest, pink grapefruit, kiwi...somewhat unique for DIPAs that I have tasted. Deceptively hoppy. Just when I think the hop flavor is done, it continues. Real delicate, fragrant hop taste. Light in the body. Extremely drinkable.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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