Pure Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
3,664 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
Ratings:
3,664
Reviews:
925
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
1,182
Gots:
607
For Trade:
12
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,664 |  Reviews: 925
Photo of beerguy101
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Small head. Aromas are very nice floral hops. Medium bodied IPA. A hop fest in a glass. The malts are really overpowered by the hops in this beer. The hops are floral, grapefruity, spicy, piney and bitter; take your choice cause they are all here in this beer. As the name implies it a hop bomb and very bitter, yet it still manages to have some smoothness to it. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

 462 characters

Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure Hoppiness has a dark, copper colored body with at least a finger of off-white head. The head is pretty creamy looking, and unsurprisingly it has good retention and leaves behind good lacing.

As soon as this beer landing on the bar, everyone around me could smell it. Holy shit is it hoppy. Loads of fruit with pineapple, mango, white grape and grapefruit. A lot of resin and pine scents; just a hint of pale malt lurks in the background.

Pure Hoppiness tastes about as good as it smells. Once again, there are just a ton of fruit flavors competing for dominance, including everything I picked up in the aroma: pineapple, mango, white grape, blood orange and grapefruit. All of these flavors come together to form a flavor that I imagine tastes like some sort of very bitter citrus juice. The resin and pine flavors are almost as powerful as the fruit flavors in the taste. Although this beer is bitter, especially in the finish the amount of hop flavor exceeds the bitterness. Somewhere in the background a bit of pale malt is hiding, but it doesn't do a whole lot to try and express itself.

The mouthfeel has a good amount of body. It is dry, bitter and a bit oily across the tongue.

I don't think Pure Hoppiness is a beer that you will sip. You will drink as much as you can quickly and happily, and then finish drunk.

 1,329 characters

Photo of leroybrown10
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
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 WesMantooth
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of agreenman19
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

I've heard this brewery can be mean to interlopers (don't worry, I don't want to slap anyone), but they brew some fine beer.

Pours a surprisingly light orange with gold overtones. Surprising color for a DIPA. Can't recall any quite this hue. Two or three inches of long lasting foam, nice bubbling. This is a superbly carbonated beer. Smells more grapefruit than pine.

Great flavor. Not the most balanced DIPA, as there isn't much of a malt or tropical/sweet fruit background to intrude. Thankfully, though, they've somehow managed to tone the hop content down just enough with carbonation, or perhaps by blending several different hops, to keep this beer really drinkable. It's not raw, is I guess what I'm trying to say.

Very good beer, I'll keep an eye out for it from now on.

 783 characters

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

Pours orangy gold, clear, with a white modest head.
Aromatics are floral and extremely fruiy. Lots of peaches, tangerines, and pear. Fresh hops waft upward and the bottle seems fresh. A hint of powdered pixie sugar and aspirin in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium, a bit crisp and refreshing.
The pallet is lively with hops and a light malt backbone. The hopping is primarily in the flavor, with bitterness being firm but secondary to the juice. Very tropical in nature, with intermingeled citrus fruits and a slightly boozy note hinting at Grand Marnier.
A slight "hollowness" in the bittering is not even a detraction.
The allure of this beer is not in any insane amount of aggresive hopping, but in the balance of the brew. There no offensiveness whatsoever in the any one component, which allows the "pure hoppiness" to really shine. Incredibly drinkable and tasty.
To have a draught pint would be heavenly.

 919 characters

Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

What a good changeling IPA takes the form of. White head is a little thin but fluffy. Does leave a sticky thin lace, somewhat spotty. Head fades farily quickly.

Nose is sticky pine forest thick. Sweet and a bit tangy with a citrusy aroma hidden within, on the peachy side with a tangerine orange twist with a orange blossom as well. Toffee malty ness helps balance but the pine hops are front and foremost.

Damn, damn good IPA. Big bittering hop on the finish with a nice caramel malt with a bit of RS helping to balance. Chewy, resiny, pine infused hop profile throughout the palate. Again peach, and tangerine with hints of floral hops in the middle. Other citrus fruity flavors are hard to distinguish from the huge amounts of bitterness (a good thing).

Mouth is medium, hoppy and nice. Not perfect but nice. An IPA I would like to drink daily.

 857 characters

Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seaoflament hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. huge thanks carlos!

22oz bottle. sampled june 7/08.

pours coppery orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. big hop blast up front. pine, grapefruit, orange peel. bit of orange and tangerine. caramel. bread and biscuit. slightly powdery. light alcohol. there's also a touch of herbal character in there too.

taste is great. light alcohol. tons of juicy hops. orange and tangerine with a touch of sweetness. grapefruit. bit of pine. just over medium bitterness level. a bit powdery. white bread and crackers. bit of herbal character here too, but it works well and gives another dimension to the hops.

mouthfeel is great. medium well integrated carbonation. medium body. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great malt and hop depth. an excellent example of the style, and one i'd be happy to drink all day.

 952 characters

Photo of PHBoiler
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a footed pilsner from Spieglau

Bright orange/amber colored body with a one finger bright white head.

Huge hop punch with mostly pine on the nose and light citrus rind.

Grapefruit rind, pine needles, and intense bitterness on the taste. It mellows slightly as you continue to drink with enough maltiness to balance. Very bold west coast IPA that is done perfectly to style. The body offers the proper carbonation, drinkability, and finish.

This one is certainly a keeper. The best West Coast IPA I've had in terms of drinkability. If you're one for heavy bitterness and pine, I don't know that you'll find anything better.

 637 characters

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Doomcifer
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at BA tasting thanks to bring. Paled in comparison to Sculpin, but what doesn't? This was still damn good.

A - Clear orangish amber color with a nice white head.

S - Aroma of citrusy, piney hops and malty sweetness.

T - Sweet caramel malt, very well balanced with a sharp citrusy hop bite and light fruit notes.

M - Fairly full mouthfeel for the style and some hop oils noticeable. Not too syrupy though.

D - High. Hops are strong but not overpowering, and it's not overly syrupy.

 499 characters

Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tylerstravis
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Balanced.

9 characters

Photo of GilGarp
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deereless
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 3,664 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

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

    Subscribe