Pure Hoppiness, an American Double IPA by Alpine Beer Company features big hop flavors of pine, citrus, and resin balanced with caramel and tropical fruit.

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Pure Hoppiness is an American Double IPA brewed by Alpine Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Pure Hoppiness by Alpine Beer Company

Packaging art for the Pure Hoppiness by Alpine Beer Company

What You Need to Know

The Pure Hoppiness is a West Coast-style DIPA with hops used in the boil, hop-back, and even more dry-hopping. Its bold hop character is balanced perfectly by the caramel malt sweetness. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal-clear copper and is topped by a thick stack of pillowy white foam that shows fine retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue but just a thin, soapy collar rings the glass.

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Aroma

Initially, the aromatics are prefumey with a scent of floral hops. But as the beer warms, that’s when its aroma really shines. A scent of fresh pine needles is balanced by notes of tropical fruit and caramel. Occasionally a hint of booze can be picked up.

Flavor

The palate begins with a notes of grapefruit and pine. Crests towards a bite of piney hops, resin, and citrus that’s balanced with sweet tropical fruit and a bit of sticky caramel. A base of biscuit ties it all together.

Label art for the Pure Hoppiness by Alpine Beer Company

Label art for the Pure Hoppiness by Alpine Beer Company

Mouthfeel

Its feel is moderately carbonated, smooth up front and very dry and a bit astringent on the back end. The alcohol also lends a light warming sensation.

Overall

Pure Hoppiness brings a lot of bite that’s sure to please the hopheads but is balanced with enough malt to please everyone else. It’s so flavorful and quite easy to drink. Pure Hoppiness is a pure pleaser.

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