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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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707 Reviews

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,528
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 1,266
Gots: 265 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.
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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 into a small glass at a tasting. The pour resulted in a good sized off white head with a nice light yellow liquid. The smell is big on the citrus and grapefruit with almost no hint of malt. Just the way I like it. The flavor follows suit with a load of citrus flavor followed by a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall an excellent ipa

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LieutenantSour for this incredible extra in our trade. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

This pours a brilliant pale gold that's largely transparent with a bit of cloud to it. The head was thin, but may have been a product of pouring down the side of the glass at a slow pace. The nose is pretty mild and subdued. Not one of the most pungent hop profiles by any means. Some subtle citrus...no pine. Once this slips between the lips, it's party time. This is one fantastic fuckin' beer. The citrus and pine finally make an appearance, as do the hops. Everything is so incredibly balanced. There isn't any one aspect that dominates this beer, which is refreshing. An expertly orchestrated brew, no doubt. The mouthfeel is marvelous. It doesn't have that tongue scorching effect that makes you wonder if you'd ever be able to taste anything else again...but at the same time delivers a wonderful, citrusy presence with a lingering grapefruit taste. I had a wonderful day of beer drinking, and I just didn't imagine that the first beer I cracked when I got home would be able to top it. Right up there with Abner for today's best.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I have had in a while. Beautiful balance of malt and amazing hops.

Looks like a darker version of an IPA, a little more brown than amber. One finger head that settled down to nothing.

Clearly lots of hops in the nose, but the nose did not prepare me for such a great flavor. Perfect combination of hops and malt, with each flavor coming and going. Tons of complexity here.

Good medium body and carbonation and it goes down very easily for an 8% beer. One of my favorites and I wouldn't ever turn it down.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at O'Brien's in San Diego, CA,

A: Pours a light amber with a full white head, good retention and lacing.

S: Fresh hops, wildflowers, pine.

T: Great hop flavour in this one, light grassiness, almost a sweet bitterness, light cedary pine, very interesting, reminiscent of Pliny the Elder for sure in its hop intensity. Malt is bready and light and stays out of the way of the powerful hop profile.

M: Resiny, but has a lightness and crisp character not often found in Double IPA's. Very easy to drink and enjoy in a pub setting.

D: Really good beer, my first from Alpine and I look forward to trying more whenever I'm in San Diego. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had for sure.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky orange, and the haze almost makes it look like a dark orangey hefe-weizen. Creamy white head isn't necessarily large, but it retains well, offers a sexy delivery of the ale onto the palate, and laces well on my glass.

Nose has a candy orange quality that is very appetizing, maybe with some orange creme popsicle suggestions there too. Some light grapefruit, tangerine, and other such fruits in the background.

Good dose of malt, somewhat biscuity, but quickly the focus is back on the orange-grapefruity hops. Again there is a candied quality to the hops. Mouthfeel and body is quite creamy, and among the best for IPAs. Finish is rather long, delightfully tart, and the alcohol is masked well.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber as an extra from Floydster. poured into an oversized tulip glass. no date on the bottle.

A- creamy white head immediately leaves lacing as it shrinks down to a thin layer of foam. deep gold to reddish. fantastic clarity. appears moderately to aggressively carbonated. great lacing.

S- pine needles and tree sap dominate, complemented by orange and orange rind with sweet malt, almost honey-like.

T- pine trees and citrus. a strong malt base, but not overpowering the hop character. sort of reminds me of sweet tarts.

M- perfect. viscous, but carbonated enough to make the bitterness pop.

D- don't need to wait very long for the next mouthful, no sipping this one. fast drinking 8%.

Fantastic DIPA. I drank Alpine AND I went to bed.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliantly clear pale copper color with a sturdy big foamy head.

S: Huge pine notes upfront, love me some pine. Some other citrus and caramel but faint, pine is in the driver seat with this one.

T: Love it, like eating a pine cone, leave piney beers. Mostly get pine again with some caramel notes. Could easily always drink this.

M: Really easy to drink, and nicely carbonation. Not really sweet, which is good. Could drink this all day.

O: So far my favorite Alpine beer out of the three I have had.

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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased from Alpine Beer Company on 7-16, and consumed on 7-27.

Nice, golden color with 1" head.

The smell is dank, weedy hops that preview what is yet to come.

The taste is a little lighter than expected, but delicious. Dank, fresh, herbal hops, tropical fruit, and a good malt back bone to balance it all out. This skews a little toward the Stone IPA's and reminds me somewhat of a lighter Enjoy by, but with more balance.

Mouthfeel is average for the style, with average carbonation. This was obviously bottled right before I purchased it as the freshness is there in spades.

What an enjoyable double IPA. It certainly gives it's more celebrated brothers Nelson and Duet a run for it's money from a quality/pleasure standpoint,, and I will happily buy my quota of this every time I set foot in Alpine Beer Co.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a bronzey orange with a one finger white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Smell is impressive with lots West Coast IPA flair -- pine, grapefruit, hops, fresh fruit.

T-Taste follows suit, despite the massive hop presence it is only lightly bitter with balancing sweetness.

M-Crisp, medium-full bodied, oily/creamy texture, lively carbonation, long bitter finish.

O-Overall great DIPA, great taste of hops, great brew from Alpine. I look forward to their other brews. They do need to date their bottles.

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Photo of shrek806
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ithaca tulip glass. The bottle was a 22oz bomber (Thanks to Stupac2).

The pour is a hazy golden orange with a whipped, foamy white head with a creamy lacing.

The small is 100% citrus all the way. It smells like a fruit salad.

The taste mimics the smell on the citrus aspect. I taste papaya, mango, grapefruit with a stiff bitterness.

The mouthfeel is somewhat flat despite the balanced carbonation. The beer goes down like a cream ale leaving a milkshake like residue in the mouth.

The overall drinkability for me is a 4.5/5. This is a delicious DIPA. Another great beer from Alpine.

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Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So Joseph just returns from another one of his contract hitsssssss ...I mean VACATION, and all I got was this lousy Alpine. Wait, what?? Alpine IPAs, like my oldest and and biggest wants?? The same. Holy freaking crap.

Pours a nice deep peach gold with just a touch of haze and a finger of white head that fades to a thick collar.

Oh, the dank sticky hops. Tons of citrus rind and sweet dried tropical fruits in the nose, sweet pale malts, and a some caramel candy with a touch of cedar. Really nice stuff.

Oh man. A really great toasted malt base lays the foundation for waves of sweet red grapefruit juice, orange and pineapple, and an awesome bitterness that builds with each sip. Some other light tropical and citrus fruits are there and a little pine wood (is that even a flavour?).

Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and an exceptionally creamy smooth feel.

Damn. The real life international man of mystery (true story, bro) played this one down a bit, but I'm truly blown away. Unique and so delicious. Thanks, buddy!!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle, 8% ABV. Slightly hazy golden color, with a thick white head. The head disappeared rather quickly, however it left some great patches of lace.

Intense piney and citrusy hop aroma. A bit of grass clippings as well.

Solid caramel malt base. Great citrusy hop presence, with some floral and piney notes following in the background. Somehow, the malt character seems to linger along with the hop bitterness. Talk about well balanced!

Great body, appropriate carbonation. So easy to drink, no way this is 8%. A very solid brew. Seemed to be a bit more in line with a standard IPA, but who cares.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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 soupyman10
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Danke in advance.

Nice looking amber color with a small off-white head. Fairly nice lacing.

Nose is monstrous citrus hops. A really sweet aroma mixed in there too - cookies and toffee. Light oak, maple syrup, raisins, apricot and pineapple. Nose is not nearly as drying as some of the West Coast IPAs.

Flavor follows through with the hops and drying flavors coming through in the back of the mouth. Piney hops dominate with a toffee backbone. Light pineapple again, kind of bizarre for an IPA.

Medium body, works for the style.

Just a delicious fantastic brew. Maybe not quite on the level of the unique AleSmith IPA or archetypal Pliny the Elder that I also got from Joey, but really delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy golden orange in color. Massive head that gradually goes down to a light cap.

S: Unbelievable pine and citrus hops. They smell really really fresh. Slight bit of wet dog/strong cheese funk to it as well. Not as bad as that sounds.

T: Hard hit of pine hops followed by bready malts. A bit of creaminess to this beer along with a flavor that I can only describe as buttered popcorn. A slight caramel sweetness pairs well with the massive amounts of hops. Another stellar IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottled bomber poured into a oversized wine glass. Light shade of copper body with plenty of speckled lace left behind.

Hmmmm its fairly unique for a DIPA in that its got the one-sided hop factor but its complex. Most DIPA's I come across jam a hop down your throat and call it good which I respect and love. This tugs ya in the bitter direction then eases ya into a sweetened hard candy middle. The finish dry's up nicely and lingers about the palate until you decide to drink again.

Notes: I would search this out high and low. Its not a blow you away brew. If your into complexity and skilled brewing this is one you must try.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by a fellow BA - Cosmic Evan. Poured from a bomber into a beer goblet.

Appears a light apricot with no translucense. I'm hoping it's a heavy hitter with flavor based on it's lighter hue.

Smells delicious. Super delicious of tropical fruits especially apricot and sweet orange.

Mouthfeel is good but closes out in a strange fashion. There's an initial sweet blast butbit quickly turns to a bitter malty finish. Love it's first impression of ruby red grapefruit.

Overall a great beer and an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to MiScusi for sharing this beauty. 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a puffy one-finger head which dissipates slowly with solid retention and excellent lacing.

S: As soon as I popped the cap, the hops jumped out of the bottle. Huge citrus aromas with grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. I did pick up some pine in the nose along with some faint bready malt sweetness. Very nice aroma.

T: Not surprisingly, the taste is big on citrus hops as well. I got even more pine in the taste especially with the finish, which was nice and pleasantly bitter.

M: Creamy mouthfeel heavy on the hop oils and prickly on the tongue with the strong carbonation.

D: This is one of the better DIPA's I've tasted recently and I would drink this all night long if I could get it. Thanks again to MiScusi for passing this one along.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 22 oz. bottle without a freshness date, courtesy of BlindPig. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Gorgeous golden-orange, glowing in the sunlight with a slight suspended haziness. About 1-finger of creamy, soapy white head. Head dies to a thin film within a couple minutes and I noted just a few random streams of carbonation, more like single bubbles rising here and there. Very pretty bands of sticking lace from top to bottom of the glass.

S: Enticingly sweet, smelling of fresh citrus, pine and a hefty dose of caramel. Aroma also offers ripe melon, orange zest, and a grassy spice. Rises high and lasts forever, an excellent introduction to this beer.

T: A lovely beer, extremely well balanced! Hops are appropriately strong, tasting of oranges & tangerines, a dash of grapefruit juice, spicy pine oils. Malted grain is not a supporting layer but an equal here, gently easing off the bitterness throttle and keeping this one on course. Caramel and a lightly biscuit-y maltiness provide just enough sweetness. Very tasty!

M: Not the strongest, fullest mouthfeel; I judged this one as 'medium', considering some other DIPA's that induce a powerful pucker, strip off tooth enamel, and generally kill the tastebuds. The Pure Hoppiness is a gentle giant - an 8% DIPA that's smooth, balanced, creamy in th mouth and finishes surprisingly clean. Yes, there's some hoppy/bitter aftertaste and just a hint of alcohol warmth, but this is one of the nicest DIPAs I've ever had.

D: 5's are pretty rare for me, but it's also rare I find a DIPA with so much flavor that is also so drinkable. Often flavors and hops get so overwhelming, I want to quit a bomber about halfway through. Not this one...terrific flavors, aroma and mouthfeel make this a new favorite. Deserving the reputation and highly recommended!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Nice orange copper color, moderate carbonation, attractive lacing.
S- Grapefruit and citrus right away, pine as well, excellent hoppy aroma.
T- Wow, very hoppy, that grapefruit and citrus bite comes out right away, very bitter on the back of the tongue, but well balanced, as it warms up the malt flavors come out a bit, as well as hints of orange.
M- Medium mouth feel, full bodied and thick on the palate wonderful mouth feel.
O- Excellent DIPA, everything you could ask for in a Imperial IPA. Grapefruit, citrus, pine, slight hints of malt, just amazing.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper appearance with high clarity. Frothy light foam begins at 1/2 inch, settles some leaving a nice crust and minor lace. Intense piney hop aroma, nectary and floral, with a hint of spiciness and also mild citrus notes. The taste has a strong dry-hopped flavor and a light nutty maltiness with the slightest hint of roast. The bitterness creeps in slowly after a few sips and really builds toward a sharp cheddar-like bite. I am really impressed with the freshness of the hops. Alcohol is not real noticible here. Mouthfeel is solid, medium body, moderate carbonation, very-clean like finish, not sticky. I loved this beer, even more than anticipated. The hops were fantastic, and I think they managed to make a big double without overdoing it too much. Excellent...

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Photo of JTahoe
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful orange-tinged gold with a dense, two finger, rocky, creamy white head. Excellent retention with moderate-high lacing. Surging carbonation at first settling to a subtle champagne-like effervescence.

S - Hoppy aroma jumps out as soon as the bottle cap is popped. Nice citrus, floral, pineapple nose with some pine and malt in the background.

T - Bright and fresh floral hops, with apricot and citrus fruit coming through loud and clear, with subdued pineapple and caramel malts. A hint of salt water taffy springs up here and there and there is just the most fleeting hint of coconut. Mellow pine lingers at the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth and slightly oily feel. Once it settles down the carbonation is fairly light to medium.

D - I think I'm in love... many mistresses have I. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with a very light white head, carbonation evident in a nice, clean-looking slight-orange color.

Smell is of tropical fruits and pure hops, all the way through. Taste is, well, like it smells...hoppy, resiny (though sig less than expo hop), fruity, and all together pleasant. Malt is very subdued, but gives you a little notice.

Mouthfeel is smooth... not particularly crisp or creamy, just smooth with that hop bite always lingering. Drinkability is very good for the abv.... reminded me a lot of PtE in that sense (actually a lot about this beer reminded me of PtE).

Had this in same session with expo hop, nelson, and duet... and while they are all great, i'd probably pick this if I had to pick one...but I get the feeling that opinion would probably vary week to week for me.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a frothy white head with great retention.

Nose is delicate and leans more floral than fruity. A touch of clove comes through for me.

Flavor is big and juicy, more fruit than floral and unexpectedly so. Bright, bitter hop profile is fantastic. Finish is delicate and soft, more drying than bitter.

Feel is a touch more abbrassive and drying than I'd like but overall this is a fantastic double IPA I'll definitely be having again.

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.