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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.