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Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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:
882
Ratings:
3,459
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
15.97%
 
 
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1,202
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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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 tregan_20
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Augustiner719
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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 CaptCleveland
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into SA glass. No bottle dating but through trade picked up from brewery within the week.
Honey-gold, clear elixir, plenty of white, fluffy bubbles, thick head and lacing as the taste progresses.
You can smell the hops when the cap comes off, but the real spirit of this brew becomes apparent when you take a whiff.
Fruity hops including bananas, grapefruit, lemons, mango and a nice pine backing fragrance.
Mild to strong bitter hops hits the tongue but gives way to sublime fruit, lemon, grapefruit, and pine at the end.
Nicely carbonated with a stiff but not overpowering pine/grapefruit aftertaste that lingers on the tongue and makes me want another sip.
This brew is a keeper and a must for hopheads.

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Photo of sloejams
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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 mothmanscott
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, glowing, medium amber, producing 2 fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a nice coating frost-like, spidery lacing. Aroma is citrus, earthy floral/herbal, pineapple with a hint of spice & pine hops in a thin backwash of bready caramel malt. Taste is orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine & humidor cedar with caramel in the background. Alcohol manifest more as bitterness & spice than warmth. Off balanced as it starts & finishes high on the hop side (I think this was the idea based on the high degree of hopping outlined on the label) with a thin malt background. Aftertaste is resinous hop bitterness with fruity hints. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, clean, juicy, drying in the latter half & lightly drawing.

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Photo of bbothen
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +8.6%
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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Photo of DocJitsu
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a quickly evaporating dingy white head. Light grapefruit and pine on the nose. Heavy mouthfeel for the style. Just adds to the richness of the experience. Starts out with grapefruit and finishes with lingering pine. Lives up to its hype. Super, drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of fiver29
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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 gandres
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass
Appearance: Deep dark yellow, copper color, minimal head some lacing
Smell: Dominant smell is hops with hint of citrus
Taste: Good balance of bitter
Feel:
Overall: excellent beer

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Photo of Dmann
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even better off the tap. The pour and the color were the same as the bottle version. The smell was a bit more pronounced with a little smoother hop scent than the bottle but just as good. The flavor and the mouthfeel were much better on tap. The malty middle came out much more and balanced the beer just enough to make it near-perfect, and the mouthfeel was much more creamy and easy going. A great beer indeed.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip down to the Alpine Beer Co. Had a few tasters, and picked a couple 22oz. PH bottles. Also picked up a bottle of "Great" their barlywine.

Trip was well worth it, met the brewer's son and wife, very nice people. I'll be making a trip out there again.

Anyways back to the beer,

As soon as I popped that bad boy I could smell the intense amount of hops even before I poured it into my tulip glass.

Poured a bright golden honey color. Thin white fizzy head. Quite a bit of carbonation.

My god what an awesome hop aroma, as if I was burying my face in pure hops, awesome! Very citusy and grassy almost pine.

Night crips taste, very nice strong hop finish. Grapefruit like bitterness. Not so bold that it is unbalanced, actually it's very balanced. Pine like bitterness left on the tongue.

One of my favorite beers, finally got it in bottle form Awesome!

Cheers!

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks goes to alexsess for the opportunity to try Pure Hoppiness. This is the last bottle of his West Coast IPA sampler box...sad day indeed.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange. Two fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Huge bubbles left in the film and around the edges once the head finally recedes into the beer. Unbelievably thick and sticky lacing. Giving this one a 5.

S: Nice sweet caramel smell from the malts. Orange citrus and pine.

T: Not terribly bitter...the malts helps to really balance out the beer. Caramel, orange, citrus, pine...a little bit of a lemony zest. Pretty nice.

M: Very full and creamy. I prefer these to the more oily and slick IPAs so I'm giving this one a pretty high score.

D: You can't(or wouldn't want) to fly through the bomber, but Pure Hoppiness is pretty easy to drink.

Alex, thanks for the great box of West Coast IPAs. They were all very good and all very different. Nice to see the variety.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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 cbeer88
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, one of many fantastic beers generously sent by Bennettrox in a recent BIF. No date but I'm told it is quite fresh.

Appearance: Poured into Duvel glass up to the top of the D, one finger of thin cream white head that goes down quickly. Gorgeous golden orange color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Pine and caramel. Faint citrus, and an overall sweet smell. Smells nice, but not overpowering.

Taste: Very hoppy bitter smack up front, citrus in the middle, and more bitterness on the finish. Strong caramel malt flavor throughout. The alcohol is non-existent in the taste, which is very impressive given the 8% ABV. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carb. Pretty dry, and the hops really control this one.

Drinkability: Very much on the high side for a DIPA. The alcohol will of course sneak up on you, but it's well hidden, and at 8% you can have more than one of these.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. It's not as good as some of the other great DIPA's, but it's not far off either. Nice and complex. My first Alpine beer, and I'm excited to try some others.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle. Best by 5/5/16. Pours a dark orange with half a finger head. Nose is spicy, super fresh hops, citrus rind. Distinctly Alpjne in the smell. Taste is like drinking hop juice. Nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Finishes with grapefruit like an imperial Nelson. The malt backing is extremely subtle like Alpine's other hoppy offerings. Medium carb. Smooth, slick feel. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Jonny41
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a great beer and I drink and enjoy a lot of great IPAs however this one just had that slight onion bitter I don't enjoy. But that being said,easily drinkable solid beer. Just not my favorite

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Photo of trappistlover
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle from el cerrito market and liquor). So I finally get to try my first alpine beer. I’m not sure why I didn’t try it sooner, but I’m happy to finally have it. Pours mostly clear amber, but there are some odd floaties in suspension. Nice, chunky white head that is lacing quite nicely. Aroma has loads of fruit: mango, papaya, orange and maybe some grapefruit along with some pine. Taste is sweet with some sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily/slick texture. Bitter finish, but very well balanced. This is a nice, bright DIPA that really hits the flavor profile that I like best.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep gold color with a pillowy head. Smell reminds me of Pliny quite a lot, but more dank and tropical than floral. Tons of citrus, pine, and dank herbal flavors just jump out of the glass. Just enough malt sweetness and so much hop oil with a lingering bitterness that doesn't kill the tastebuds. Gets a bit hot as it warms up but otherwise a world class DIPA

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a deep copper color, not too dark, but not super pale. Very clear. The head is huge, nice and sticky looking, which leaves a cascade of lace with each sip. Very nice looking. The smell is pungent, leafy, and floral. Suprisingly, it lacks a real frutiness, but there are notes of citrus rind, like the white stuff, the bitter, not too fruity stuff. Though it really does smell like just like hops (dried flower buds, full of pollen and resinous aromatics). Nice, but I wish there was a little more fruit. The taste comes back with some fruit, not flesh, juicy, sweet fruit, but like grapefruit and bitter orange. Maybe a tiny bit of mango, but the bitter outer edges of the flesh. And it's also pumped up with a ton of grassy, piney tastes, which of course, begin to distract you from the fruitiness. The bitterness is nice, like a little kick, but it doesn't overwhelm the hop flavor and the slight sticky maltiness. You do get a quite sticky maltiness, mixed in with a little alcohol, but the alcohol is certainly subdued (which is a characteristic I really like in a DIPA. Tastes in a lot of respects like liquid flowers, resinous, the felling of pollen, leafy bitterness, a little peachy, super dry. Very nice. And as it warms, you start to notice the sweetness, and you start to get more sweet orange. The body is around medium, and very dry, with good moderate carbonation, just enough of a bit to keep it lively. And the hop resins really make it stick, giving you a little flavor to stay around and think of. But really, this is very nice. It has the kind of balance you expect in a DIPA, enough to distract from overwhelming bitterness, and really provide a nice body and the tiny amount of sweetness needed to make the fruitiness of the hops pop. Really, though, the hops shine, and the resinous, pungent varieties of hops. Very raw hoppiness. Maybe a little more fruit, and a bit stronger of a smell could put help this surpass all others, but as it is, there may only be 2 or 3 ahead of it. Really a brilliant DIPA.

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Photo of glazeman
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a blind tasting involving Pure Hoppiness, Nelson, and Duet. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

A: Wonderful looking beer, deep orange color, almost bordering on amber. 1.5 inch white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Great, complex aroma of grapefruit, pinecones, potpourri, and a tad bit of caramel.

T: I thought this was a lot like Nelson in that I thought both had excellent balance. This however, had a much more intense, enjoyable flavor than Nelson. I didn't have to "search" for all the different flavors, everything was apparent and blended great right immediately upon my first sip. As with the smell, I got nice amounts of citrus and pine, with a bit of malt balanced in.

M: Great mouthfeel, with a nice aftertaste, a little bit of stickiness, and just the right level of carbonation.

D: By far my favorite of the Alpine IPAs at this tasting. I'm not really a fan of hop bombs, so with a name like Pure Hoppiness I would have been a little skeptical, had this not been a blind tasting. Turns out I really enjoyed this beer, don't think it was overly hoppy, but while the hops were definitely there, they were quite balanced and pleasant. I would love to drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of phishgator
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wide mouth goblet. Dated best by 5/5/2016, so must be pretty close to bottling I'm guessing. Nice orange/golden hue with a two finger head that coats the glass. Piney and citrus to the nose and the up front taste. The body is consistent enough to not think you are drinking "hop water". the bitterness is citrus up front, piney in the middle, and then a bit of hop oil stays on your tongue. Alcohol is well hidden, but you feel warm by the second one.

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Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured a nice golden yellow, but lacked decent head and lacing. Both are things I expect from a double ipa. The aroma was very complex and completely loaded with hops. I've just started home brewing, so I can sometimes pick out what type of hops are being used by the smell, but with this, they intermingled and fed off eachother to create an almost supernatural aroma. The taste was like the smell, but was complemented nicely by the sublte malt back-bone. They really let the hops take over making my face pucker and distort in joy. It was also extremely easy to go through a bomber in a sitting. I like this beer.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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