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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:
3,458
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
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Reviews: 882 | Ratings: 3,458
Photo of FFreak
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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 m1ked
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My lovely wife picked up a growler for me and the boys....awesome!

A- Pours a clear bright golden elixir with a huge fluffy white head. Multuple slow streamers. Essentially, looks like a perfect beer.

S- The name says it all. Straight piney hops with some sweet apricot in the end.

T- Piney resin up front, with some subtle malt sweetness... you reaaly got wait for it. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit and pineapple in there.

M- Smooth, coats the mouth with great balancing carbonation.

D- Oh man, this is the cream of the crop. If you like anything about hops, you will fall in love with this. It is not over the top hops.... just right. This is on my top tier with Sculpin

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

Continue to be impressed with this small west coast brewery.

A: Single fingered, creamy off-white head tops this pale orange bodied brew. The head displays good retention settling to a thin film and leaving behind some lacing in its wake.

S: Candied malts accompanied by a punch of floral and pine scents. Tropical fruits follow and remind me of Alpine's Nelson.

T: As the name indicates, hops are at the forefront. Biscuity malts show up and the beer is drier than I anticipated.

M: Very well carbonated, medium bodied brew that keeps you reaching for that next sip.

O: I love when a DIPA can make me smile like this one.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in my fridge for about 3 weeks before getting to it. Was assured it was fresh by the guy at the store.

Pours a beautiful orange amber color with an inch of white head. Fades slightly to leaving nice lacing down the glass. Perfectly see through.

Smell is of pine and citrus. Caramel and bread makes a slight appearance, nothing major and not overly balanced.

Taste bursts with hop flavor and not as much bitterness. Huge citrus, pine, herbal flavors smack you in the face and the caramel comes in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with a pine flavor that lingers in the best way possible.

Mouthfeel is full, very filling indeed.

Drinkability is good, extremely inviting but could see it getting old. The pine after taste is excellent.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
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 muttyd
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a thick foamy head that really opens up the aroma. Beautiful looking beer.

S - Fresh hop aroma all over the place. Piney, florally and citrusy aroma. Hints of bready maltness in the background.

T - Citrusy sweetness up front with a crisp bitter finish. Hints of grapefruit and pepper also present. Alcohol very well hidden.

M - Bubbly and sticky. Finishes clean.

D - I can't stop drinking this beer, so glad I bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a shaker pint. Thanks to Oodeftone for this baby!! Nice hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Tons of floral and citrusy hop aromas. This smells like a perfect west coast ipa. Taste is wonderful. Great hop biterness, but lots of sweetness to mellow it out. Has to be the sweetest IPA i have ever had. Tremendously drinkable for a dipa.

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Photo of HosP
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to Scottfrie for sending this beer to me. Poured 22oz bottle into gulden draak snifter.

A- Pours dark amber, copper in color. Slight haze with a white head. Lacing sticks to the glass nicely.

S- Lots of hop aromas going on here. Citrus and grapefruit jump out the most. Just keeps going all the way to the end.

T- More malts come through at the beginning here which was unexpected. Quickly turns to a burst of hop bitterness. Citrus hop flavor comes out the most. Some piney, grassy hops mixed in too. Bitterness and hops fade at the end. A little sweet at the end as well.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily in the mouth.

O- Interesting beer for sure. With the hop aromas, wasn't expecting that taste to it. Still a very good beer. Would drink another one easily.

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Photo of rmaste6282
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this one from PP Carlsbad bottle shop. This beer poured vigorously into the glass had only a small amount of head., the color nice and light copper, lacing was minimal.
The bouquet is all floral hops, great hop aroma, some apricot sweetness from the malts, but hard to tell it is the malts.
Taste is full bodied, low on carbonation, great grapefruit hop bitterness, and well balanced malts. This beer reminds me of the Hop Stoopid in some respects.
This is a great DIPA, refreshing, hoppy and bitter, yet smooth. Another West Coast IPA on the list.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Third and final Alpine bottle of the night, polishing off the awesome trio that Brett sent my way. Poured from the bottle into my comically huge CBS glass. Yes, poured into the glass in one shot.

A - Pours a beautiful orange with just a hint of yellow to it as I hold it to the light. Also pours with a finger plus of cream colored head. Not as perfectly translucent as the previous two from this evening, with a bit of cloudiness that seems to give the beer more body. Head retention is nice, once again keeping about half a finger's worth throughout the experience.

S - Hop bomb. Pine, orange, lemon, grapefruit, everything I want from a DIPA and more. The nose on this beer is astounding, with a huge hit of aromatic hops with a perfect blend between the pine and citrus characteristics.

T - Taste follows perfectly from the nose. A superb blend of piney and citrusy hops, with a fruit backbone that continues through the entire duration of the sip. A nice cleansing bitter finish, which I obviously did not detect in the nose, but is altogether pleasant, though I'd hoped for more balance. As I swish this beer around in my mouth, the balance seems to fade a bit and the bitter hops come through more pronounced.

M - Alcohol is slightly harsh at first, but not to the point where it is off-putting. The bitter finish, however, leaves an almost stinging feeling on the tongue. My one gripe with this beer.

O - Overall an excellent beer, and one I will definitely go back to when given the opportunity.

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Photo of More_betterness
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased the day before.

A: Light amber body topped with a pearl white one finger head. Head recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass and leaves spotty streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon and grapefruit zest at the forefront, followed by sappy pine and some herbal/floral notes. Small amount of bready malt as it warms. Beautiful nose.

T: Resiny pine and herbal flavors dominate the front of the palate. Pithy grapefruit and zesty orange emerge mid-palate and fade into an earthy and dry bitterness. Not quite as potent as the nose but still fantastic.

M: Light bodied and airy, with moderate carbonation. Lingering drying finish pairs very well with the more herbal and resinous flavor profile.

O: The herbal nature of this beauty place it on the opposite flavor spectrum from the tropical nature of Nelson and Duet but is still an amazing example of what an IPA can be. The moderate bitterness and long dry finish pair perfectly with the dank herbal flavor profile. What more can you expect from a hoppy beer from Alpine?

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Photo of iadler
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Surly pint glass. Big thanks goes out to DearthVader for this surprise box.

A- Pours a clear dark gold with a one finger fluffy head with a great amount of retention.

S- Good amount of pine, followed by some pink grapefruit, lemon and a small amount of caramel malt

T- Massive amount of citrus hops hit the taste buds as well as pine and grass. Lot’s of grapefruit, lemon peel, mandarin, ripe mango and pineapple. There is a hint of caramel malt in the background, but the hops definitely take the drivers seat.

M- Medium carbonation with a slightly oily and sticky mouth feel. Very drinkable. Finishes dry leaving your taste buds crave more.

O- This is an amazing representation of a West Coast IPA. . This beer is all about the variety of hops and by no means a balanced DIPA. Can’t wait to try Duet. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty gold with an orange hue long with a superb three fingers of fluffy white head and leaves a pretty layer of spider webs along the glass. Nose has hints of tropical fruit, tangerine and a lot of sweet citrus with some bright pine. Taste is very impressive full blown grapefruit bitter hop attack, very plinyesque. My preference is for Nelson or fresh Sculpin as i love all the tropical fruit, this is an extremely well done d/ipa and i was very happy to get some on my trip to SD. Very easy to drink with a nice refreshing hop attack to remind you what it is.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

wow what an excellent hoppy IPA. the smell is very piney with a hint of citrus. the beer pours a dark amber with a robust two finger head that dissipates slowly leaving wonderful lacing in the glass. the beer has a smooth and not overly bitter or boozy flavor. an excellent IPA, cant wait to have another. Thank you Green Flash for making this beer more available.

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

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bomber into my Brooklyn tulip. Pours a rich orange/yellow color, slightly hazy. citrus orange, some caramel sweet aroma, definitely a breadiness to it. Taste- sweet pear, caramel butterscotch, the hops are all west coast and citrus- very little to no bitterness. So buttery. On the end, there is a resurgence of orange citrus hops, and then a buttery caramel ending after it. This is a really nice IIPA- so tropical, so well balanced, nice mouthfeel- not too syrupy, but it lets you know that it has some thickness to it. Up there with the best of them for sure. I am officially ISO Exponential Hoppiness, haven't tried a single Alpine beer that I've been less than thrilled with yet. Bravo!

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Photo of MUTINY
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear, pure copper with 1" white head that recedes at a moderate pace. Both retention & lacing are above average.

S: Strong resinous hops with hints of lemony citrus. Solid base of malty bread dough. For lack of a better descriptor, I'm getting a pineapple/pine cone note.

T: Comes on with an airy citrus hop note that leads into a slightly more dense mid palate featuring bread dough & traces of black pepper. The finish is purely bitter & surprisingly well-integrated.

M: Moderate carb married to a mid-weight malt body. Finishes very dry.

O: Exceptional.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into my pint glass. Taken from notes

Pours a light orange vibrant color with a two and half inch white fluffy head. Good retention that leaves bits amount of lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The smell is of citrus with tangerine being dominate along with pine like hops and slight floral aromatics.

The taste upfront was of a slight citrus tangerines flavor along with grapefruit and midway is a pine bitterness that seemed to dominate the rest of the flavor.

Thick syrup like body that I did not really care for with average carbonation.

Out of Duet, Nelson, and Pure hoppiness. This one was the worst of the three. I recommend Duet if you are going to choose.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewery today. Poured into a tulip.

A- crystal clear copper colored ale with three fingers of white foam. Excellent lacing.

S- Huge dank hop aroma. Hemp, citrus, pine and pale malt combine to to provide a lupulin infused olefactory experience.

T- Starts out with citrus notes. Orange, tangelo and grapefruit in copious amounts. Pine enters mid-palate along with a healthy dose of sweet malt. Bitterness slides in at the end and lingers through the finish.

M- Feel is medium to heavy without being cloying. There is a slick viscosity to the beer that works well here. Carbonation is medium to low and lends a creaminess to the beer as it warms.

O- Pure Hoppiness is an excellent example of a west coast DIPA. What sets it apart from it's esteemed brethren is the subtlety with which the different aspects of the beer interact. The flavors flow from one to the next seamlessly making the beer a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of kitch
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 10th May 2016, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange colour with puffy three finger off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy mandarin orange, slightly candied, piney hops and some light tropical fruit. The finish is a very nice strong floral.

Taste: Starts lightly sweet with mango and orange. The finish is a strong lasting grapefruit pith bitterness with some light caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice bitter DIPA. Great balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of antott0523
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent amber color with an sticky off white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Minor amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, pine, bayleaf, some dank sweet leaf and a hint of booze on the nose.

T: Piney and resinous. Yes, this reminds a lot of Six Point Hi Res.

M: A bit thick. Heavy boots of lead. More so than I like in my IPA's especially one that is as high ABV as 8%.

D: There are some decent flavors here, but ultimately the beer is too resinous and thick for my preference.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear and golden orange with big creamy head with that retains nicely and laces some nice sheets. Smells of huge, fresh cut hops, grassy, piney, and actually a little spice from those hops. Taste is a delight. Fresh, multiple variety hops blast the buds followed by a hit of citrus rind and a nice malty finish that balances things out as if it were a perfect ying and yang. Medium in the mouth, no lingering bitterness. Drinkability is off the charts. I would call this an IPA of perfection, huge hops but the finish and drinkability is not a DIPA. A must try.

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Photo of snpub540
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an orangish, light golden hue into my pint glass. Nice fluffy white 2 finger head that had some nice retention and left a nice trail down the glass.

Smell was like sticking my nose straight into a bag of hop pellets. Very floral and fruity smelling. Pine, grass, citrus notes were all ther in a very pleasing smell.

Taste was slightly sweet upfront, then an onslaught of delicious hop flavor. Again very grassy, a little grapefruit, and a dry bitter pine finish. For all the hop flavor in there it is not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and seemes to coat the entire palate. Drinkability is great because it is so smooth and crisp. I am going to have to pick up some more of these because it was addicting.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with three good buddy's at the brewery itself (out in Alpine, California). It was so good that we went to the bar down the street... which the brewmaster recommended and had it on tap once again. The notes were taken on my cellphone.

A: What can I say...perfect!!! White one-finger head with a dark gold color. Carbonation was visible and the beer itself was somewhat transparent. Filtered quite nicely!!!

S: As the beer indicates...pure hoppiness possess all the qualities one looks for in a Double-IPA. Extreme hop and piney (not overbearing at all)characteristics with a hint of sweetness. Fantastic!!!

T: Excellent balance, but seemed to favor the wheaty-malt character more so than the hops. Slight and refreshing hop bitterness.

M: Gentle carbonation and light body. A little bit of dry-mouth aftertaste though.

D: Alcohol not noticeable, refreshing, and as my friend Nick would say, "Perfect on a warm summer day".

Overall: A very good DIPA that represents the style perfectly. I prefer the Nelson, Duet, and O'Brien over this though. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Klym
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Cavery and sundaysour. Thanks!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pure gold, with every variation of gold's color represented at different angles and depths. A respectable head with solid lacing.

S: Pine, honey, and blueberry. One of my first thoughts was: double duet. Duet is easily an all time favorite for me so this got me awfully excited.

T/M: I honestly think that Alpine IPAs tend to be an experience that is difficult when trying to split between mouthfeel and taste, so I'm going to be awfully cheap here and combine the two into one. Pine, honey, sweet berries, cracked pepper, hop bitterness all on the tongue. Crisp, clean, and horribly refreshing. Like most Alpine IPAs, so refreshing in character no other beers compare. The hop bitterness cuts in to the flavor and smoothness a bit too much, though, and it lacks the subtle complexity that I'd say something like Duet or Kern 5th Anniversary has.

O: Pure hoppiness is no doubt a fantastic beer. If a demon appeared before me and told me I was forced to accept pure hoppiness as the only IPA in my life, I could not curse him (to put it in the strangest and most roundabout terms possible). However, I must admit my let down when I got double duet in the nose and less complex, hop-juiced taste. Still better than the vast majority of even top IPAs out there, but I'm not sure why it seems to often be prized above the more widely available Duet and Nelson.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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