Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4.8/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours a crystal clear gold. Had at a bar, so I got only about a half inch of fluffy white head. The head I did get had medium retention, but left nice, thick sheets of lace behind. Beautiful beer.
S - It's not just a clever name. Enormous hop profile, leaning slightly on the piny side, but with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine citrus, grass, and fresh cut wildflowers. Everything hoppy is in this beer. The oak chips add a nice vanilla aroma that makes it stand out from other DIPAs. The lack of malt anything in the aroma keeps it from perfect 5 status, but it's still one of the best hoppy beers I've smelt.
T - As expected, the palate closely follows the nose, starting with juicy, resiny hop everythings. A bit stronger citrus presence, with lots of tangerine and grapefruit. Later the pine takes hold, with a distinctly floral overtone. The oaking also plays a significant part in the profile, adding both vanilla and toasty flavors to the mix. What's most shocking is the malt presence, with just enough caramel sweetness to provide perfect balance.
M - Full bodied without being syrupy. The carbonation is medium-thick, but soft and fluffy, making for a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
D - Too high in abv to have more than a glass or two, but those are dangerously drinkable. This one could get you into trouble.
Normally with California IPAs and DIPAs, there is mediocre, good, great, and amazing, but they all are basically variations on the same theme. This is one of the few I've had that truly stands out from the pack. Unique and delicious, Alpine has scored a real home run with this. To be sought out, for sure.
Serving type: on-tap
05-23-2009 16:22:47 | More by 0110x011
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