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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
922
Ratings:
3,656
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 CaptCleveland
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Phocion
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, poured into my pint glass. Clear gold, almost amber color, with a huge, resilient, frothy pure white head. Thick soap-sud like lacing all over.

Massive hops in the nose. Floral, piney, and grapefruit/pineapple-like citrus. No balance to speak of, but hell, it's a DIPA.

Compared to the aroma, the flavor is actually a little mild. Very sweet caramel-like maltiness that balances this very well; a little disappointing considering the huge hoppiness I smelled earlier.

Dry finish, obviously, and a medium-level of carbonation. Very gentle and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinker, though not quite the "pure hoppiness" I was expecting.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Amazingly beautiful pour, tons of viscous carbonation fighting to breath. Tone amber/yellow body.

Huge herbacous tones in the nose. One of the finest smelling IPA's I've experienced. Ultra fresh, and incredibly dank, with a very nice mix of exotic fruits as well. Pineapples, grapefruit, green apple, and light oranges. Deep intoxicating fresh florals, and ripe piney underlays - while remaining sweet and succulent. Delicious and utterly unique.

Taste is juicy and extremely well balanced. Amazing smoothness and complexity on the whole flavor scheme. Solid lightly caramel malt base, with the perfect backing of hops. Not overly citric, or overly piney.... Just complex. This is an orgasm to the mouth. Simply amazing.

An insanely delicious, meticulously crafted IPA. Very well done, and highly recommended.

Thanks much to Ryan for this one.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very slightly hazy golden orange copper with a long lasting, big, fluffy whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Piny and citrusy hops. Slight bready malt sweetness. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Piny hops with a big citrusy burst of grapefruit/tangerines. Nice caramelly sweet malt balance, with a big, firm hop bitterness that helps the beer finish clean and dry. Not astringent. Medium full body with a nicely carbonated bite.

D - Great for a DIPA. Clean, dry and crisp. Refreshing and full flavored, this is a great DIPA, world class for sure.

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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 jpmclaug
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel tulip. Thanks portia99 for hooking me up with this one!

A - Orange-yellow body with a nice big foamy off white head. Lots of sticky lacing on this one.

S - Nice tropical and citrusy fruit flavored aroma. A hint of grass tinted resiny aroma lies in there as well.

T - Nice semi-balanced DIPA. Picking up a nice lingering piney bitterness. A good grapefruit hop punch is in there as well. There is enough malt flavor to complement the hops but it doesn't have any characteristics that stick out. The part that sticks out to me the most is the lingering bitterness. Pretty solid flavor.

M - medium body with an average amount of carbonation. Not really sticky or syrupy pretty standard DIPA body.

D - the lingering bitterness makes this one go down fast since I'm constantly trying to have another sip. I like the aroma more than the flavor but this is a nice DIPA. It would be nice to have this easily available but I am not going to go nuts trying to obtain another bottle. Good beer but not mind blowing.

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Photo of JohnG190
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with thick two-finger head that dissipates rapidly. Good lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, grass and a slight whiff of soap. Sweet malt hits the palate first, followed by earthy, citrusy hops. Soapy and astringent finish (and aftertaste). Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial IPA, balanced and well crafted but the astringent finish and soapy aftertaste diminish its drinkability.

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Photo of rayjay
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good one for my 200th review....thanks to Metallitone1!

Pop off the crown and hops just scream out of the bottle. One of the best smelling beers I've had to date. Nice clean appearance, with an oily head and active crbonation. Lacing rounds out the fine appearance.

Big hops on the palate, not exceptionally bitter and only a mild bitter aftertaste, just pure...hoppiness! Slightly sour, very clean and refreshing. The slightest sweetness coats the tongue and politely yeilds to the massive rush of hop bliss. This one's up there with Hopsickle, Pliny the Younger, and any of Pizza Port's 2xIPAs like Frank and Hop 15. Great beer from a great brewery. I can attest that it only gets better on draft. West coast IPAs rule!

I paired this one with a super spicy vegan sausage with peppers and onions. Mmm mmm good.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a friend for sharing this. Pours a clear golden orange into a snifter. Smelled quite piney. Love the smell of California ipa/iipas. The taste follows suit with the pine and some citrusy orange fruit kind of finish. Good bitterness and hop bite. Very easy to drink for the high percentage. Tasty beer.

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

Nice pure clear copper color, bright looking, half inch white head. Just light clinging of lace, nothing special. The aroma is totally juicy fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, very tropical. Packs a punch too. Very fruity flavor, tropical in nature like the nose full of west coast hops. Combo of big fruit and subtle flower, really nicely done. A clean bitter flavor on the back of the palate. Initially thought this was going to be a cloying mess, but as I drink I find it to be clean and crisp. Pleasant. This is my style double ipa.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden amber in color - very little head, very little lacing.

Smell - Not as pungent as I expected. Hop forward with a little bit of mango and pineapple. Just because the smell isn't super strong does not mean the smell isn't pleasant.

Taste - Hops, pine, little molasses, little orange and mango.

Feel -Smooth, not highly carbonated for an IPA... thicker mouthfeel.

Overall - Solid IPA

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise. From notes

A - Clear, medium depth yellow. Tiny bubbles. Slight white rocky head, good lacing

S - Lemon, orange, tangerine, some grass and a bit of bready malt

T - A sophisticated hop bomb. Nice citrus as in the nose but with a nice complement of toffee and honey sweetness. Didn't get much of the breadiness from the nose

M - Medium to semi-light. Tacky. A little too much effervescence.

D - Very well balanced and I'd love to drink more!

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

Pour: draught to pint glass. Comes out with a half inch white head over a bright copper body. Quickly after arriving the head leaves a pock-marked cap of pretty lacings. Lots of active bubble trails throughout the glass.

Nose: Hops are in-your-face pine, extremely bitter aroma in anticipation of the taste. A tickle of something sweet, like maple syrup. Chalk, milk, bananas.

Mouth: Man, the hops hit with grass and pine, like sucking on pine needles, but it's not so extremely bitter as to burn me out. A light bitter after taste, balances the fruit character of the front. Pears & grains, like a flavored rice cake. Brown sugar flavor as well. Excellently balanced between the malt & hop with a smooth dry finish. Mouthfeel enters strong and prickly but a bit too creamy in the back as it foams up.

Really fun to drink; extremely enjoyable.

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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 hckyfn9999
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange color with a sticky white head, that leaves lots of lace as it disappears, though it never fully disappears. Aroma is all hops, citrus and pine mostly.

Taste is bitter, citrusy hops. There is a little pine in there too. Lots of bitterness. A hint of biscuity malt in the background. As the name implies, its Pure Hopiness. If you dont like unbalanced hoppy IPAs this isnt for you, I enjoy it however.

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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 MisSigsFan
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is floral, citrusy, piney, and a bit sweet. Taste is full of grapefruit and pine. Floral and tropical flavors in the back. Nice malt backbone. Some spiciness as well some dankness and sweet onion. Mouthfeel is vey crisp and light. Drinks very easily. Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Better than Pliny, not that it's hard to beat Pliny though.

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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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