Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness
BA SCORE
96.6%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 3,676 ratings
Pure HoppinessPure Hoppiness
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:
#408
Reviews:
928
Ratings:
3,676
Liked:
3,552
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
8.08%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
1,185
Gots:
606
Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,676 |  Reviews: 928
Photo of WesMantooth
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a perfectly hazy bright gold capped off by a thin yet very creamy slightly off-white colored head. It's only about one finger thick but it leaves a healthy coating of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Very floral hop aroma along with smells of honey, caramel, pine, apricot, spiced peach, and pressed wild flowers.

T: Same as above with the main difference being a lessening of honey flavors but a lot more pine. Also, the herbal/floral hop presence is stepped up and compliments the slightly sweet orchard fruit aspects of this.

M: This has got to be one of the best "feeling" DIPAs on the market. There is so much harmony between the bitter, sweet, dry, and sticky...we were astounded! Finish is long and bitter and dry-just the right thing to cap off a wonderful bottle of beer.

D: What can we say but, wow. We were utterly humbled in the presence of this beer. This beer deserves all the hype.

 1,070 characters

Photo of dheldman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

 772 characters

Photo of Fargrow
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furley80
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden, with an amber hue. Smells like pine, grass, some citrus and some malt. Taste is a bit sweet. Caramel right up front with a nice balance of pine and citrus on the end. Not too thin on the mouthfeel, yet very easy to drink, medium body. I tend to not like the caramel taste in any ipas but this one is balanced nicely.

 338 characters

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Floydster
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint from Liars Club in San Diego

Pour was golden orange with a silky head that stuck around for about fifteen minutes

Smell was filled with oranges and pine

Taste was fantastic for an IPA, I cannot explain how hoppy this beer is, I cannot wait to try Exponential because I heard that has even more

This is a serious IPA that can be drank pretty easily, which is scary because it is eight percent alcohol

All the guys in the Alesmith line were right about this brew, great local brew out of SD

 498 characters

Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured a very golden color with a big soapy head that deposited loads of lace on the pint glass.
Aroma of pine tar with some lighter citrus in the background and caramel and toffee underpinnings.
Flavor was caramel and toffee front dominated by a very powerful pine and resiny bittering hops.
Mouthfeel was swet to start but the hop domination soon tookover. A bit too unbalanced for me but very true to style.
Drinkability is very solid. Alpine obviously makes great beer and looking forward to a few more from this newly found brewery.

 541 characters

Photo of jakecattleco
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Original rating of 4.25 based on bomber of unknown age at Far Bar.

Rating updated based on 12 oz bottle dated Best By 27 APR 16. Vibrant golden color with minimal head. Sweet pine aroma is pleasant and not overwhelming. Taste is sweet but finishes bitter, very enjoyable West Coast style DIPA. Solid mouthfeel with a very dry finish. Bottle had ABC logo, so not 100% sure if it was brewed by GF. Pricey though for a 6er, but $ well spent for a beer I'd been several years between tastes.

 498 characters

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thewimperoo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tylerstravis
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Balanced.

9 characters

Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to biglobo8971 for sending me this awesome brew in a trade. This stuff doesn't exactly grow on trees around here (or in most places).

A: Vanilla-orange in color, fairly hazy, and with more head that brew... perhaps I shouldn't have poured it so hard. Yikes!

S: Mandarin oranges, with orange peel, lemon, and a good bit of candy sugar (in a cobbler sort of way).

T: Same as the nose, but with a mild, pleasant aspriny quiality, and a good bit of hoppy, candy-coated alcohol. The finish was fairly dry.

M: There was a mild peppery quality to this brew that killed the potential syrupiness. Also, this was a VERY well carbonated brew. It was actually so prickly that it almost burned.

D: This was my first Alpine brew and it definitely didn't disappoint. Awesome drinkability!

 793 characters

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 MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

 163 characters

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 96.6% out of 100 with 3,676 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.