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Pure Hoppiness brewed by the Alpine Beer Company - Alpine, CA
Pure Hoppiness brewed by the Alpine Beer Company - Alpine, California
Pure Hoppiness is
a west coast double IPA. 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. IBU:
Classified. ABV: 8%
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Hazy golden colored beer. Wonderful white foam head; sticks to the glass with
tightly laced bubble that retains.
Aroma is pure hops! Fresh hops. Pine, lime juice, herbal, alcohol spice/esters.
Notes of bready grains in the background and fresh vegetables. A bit dank. Yeah,
Smooth, even mouthfeel. Lively, prickly carbonation. Tasty malt foundation
that's sweet with hints of caramel and a lightly toasted bready flavor. Very
dry. Very bitter. Hops have an incredible citrus snap and sharp cheesy edge,
followed by a saltiness and some major pine and herbal spice. Mentions of dried
wood. Alcohol is noticeable, with warming esters, and kicks in with the hop
spiciness. Bready leftovers in the finish, with an edge of raw leafy hops.
Man, this is one hopped-up beer! Gotta love its overall rawness that smacks the
shite out of you, but you enjoy it and come back for more. Hell yeah!
Alpine Beer Company History
Alpine Beer Company opened its doors in the fall of 2002. Years before, an
interest in craft brewing developed into an actual goal for the future. There
were years of home brew competitions, brew science classes, and extended beer
runs thinly disguised as vacations.
Pat Mcilhenney. owner and brewmaster, apprenticed at a local brewery. He got
some hands-on experience, and valuable knowledge. A stroke of good luck gave him
the opportunity to purchase a brewing system from a local brewpub. The same
system launched the careers of many local brewers. In November of 1999, Alpine
Beer Company started contracting “McIlhenney’s Irish Red”, from AleSmith Brewing
Company. Very quickly after that, Mandarin Nectar and Pure Hoppiness were
After about nine months of extremely hard work,
Pat opened Alpine Beer Company right in the middle of his home town. Just in the
nick of time, too, because the AleSmith-to-Alpine commute was killing him. There
are approximately eight to ten beers on tap at the brewery. These are available
for purchase on site in growlers, but must be enjoyed elsewhere. Because of the
small size of the operation, demand can exceed supply at times. We have a seven
flavors we make regularly, and seasonal specials that come and go.
The brewery went through an expansion starting in late 2008 and became
operational in mid 2009. Four double sized fermentors were installed in an old
garage behind the current brewery. A cold box was erected adjacent to the garage
and a bottling machine with a nice labeler are housed there too. There is a
small barrel shed on the shady, north side of the garage.
A pub opened in early 2010 on the far side of the same building the brewery is
in. Eventually, the goal is to have a small beer garden outside the pub.