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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,419
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Hop Monster uses multiple kettle hop additions with the technique of doubling the hop amount each addition (exponentially). Add in the hop back and the continuous dry hopping and your starting to get the picture. The beer is finished off with a "body-bag" sized hop-bag full of hop cones and oak chips. There it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a double strong, incredibly hoppy, yet drinkable beer.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

CapitolCrusher, Feb 26, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +10.4%

Incredibly aromatic with loads of dank ripe lighter-fruit astringency - peach and apricot, musty peach. Clean crisp fresh pine, some sweet grapefruit. The oak seems to balance out the sweetness and booziness - get a little graham cracker and vanilla in a addition to the biscuity malt.

A hop assault but not overly bitter, very smooth, long strong finish

Very impressive beer - one of the best IPAs I've come across.

timc100, Sep 26, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +0.5%

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $11.99 (+$2.30 for Brown Bag Tickets)
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014 (picked up on Sept. 27, 2014)
Consumed: Sept. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, honey, murky color with three fingers of khaki cream rocky head. Lots of various streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.38)

Smelled hops galore - Citra, spicy Simcoe, floral, grapefruit, tropical, mango, grapefruit rind, resin, faint Cascade and caramel. Some spicy bitterness late, but didn’t taste anywhere near 11 percent ABV. (Smell - 4.38)

Wow to the taste. Pretty damn smooth for 11 percent ABV was my first thought. Not as potent as the smell. Citra, floral, light resin, bitter grapefruit, tropical, mango, light pineapple (wishful?), Columbus and light Cascade. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, but still smooth finish. Warming late. The 11 percent ABV is very well-hidden. This was the best part of the beer. (Feel - 4.63)

A pretty damn good beer. Probably didn’t quite live up to my hype, but glad I have another after this. (Overall - 4.38)

4.46 | 99 | A

BucannonXC5, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This came out of the O’Brien’s tap a beautiful, inviting bright orange in color with little head on a bad pour. Well, not really a bad pour, just the barmaid trying to give me as much of this sweet goodness as she could.

Smell – The hops aroma here is like some sort of hop extract. It is so stiff and so strong. It has to be the strongest hop smell out of any beer that I’ve head. There’s some malt in the nose for the diligent drinker.

Taste – The malts come on much better at the taste, but of course it’s the hop flavor that carries the day. I expected to just find a wallop of pine resin, but along with that the brewer managed to pack some good floral hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a literal hop shock to the tongue. Paramedics should keep some of this stuff in the ambulance in case CPR and those electrical pads fail to resuscitate a patient.

Drinkability – This is a slow-drinking, super-bitter ale that has some of the strongest hop flavors money can buy. If you ever have a chance to sample this and pass it up the Bros should ban you for life.

Update – I also had the privilege of sampling a barrel-aged batch on the same night. It had a huge oak compliment to the hops and seemed more alcoholic. It actually made the beer a slightly better drinker. Excellent stuff!

RoyalT, Nov 12, 2006
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

tectactoe, Oct 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Schlais, Mar 28, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to srandycarter for this growler! Shared with a few other BAs.

A-poured clear, orangey golden color, decent head which dissapated quickly.
S-Very interesting hop aroma, perfumy basil, vegetal hop smell, citrus smel, but also some piney scents. Very interesting.
T-Fantastic. Sweet with caramel, minty, hops, citrus flavors are there, pine hops show up, the oak starts to be noticed as well. Not very bitter on the finish at all but borderline sweet on the finish. So fresh but not astringent. No alcohol burn.
M-Med-full and creamy. Very nice.
T-I could have drank this all night and been happy. It tasted different every time I tasted it. Very unique and delicious.

hopsleeroy, Aug 29, 2008
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

surfwahine, Aug 07, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

T - Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date.

SkiBum22, Feb 08, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer that I had on tap at O'Briens this weekend. The beer was a medium goldish color with a nice head that laced down the glass quite well. The smell was great for a hophead like me. Smelt of fresh hops and not much else, very piney. The taste followed suit with a very full bodied hop flavor that was not too dry but more woody and pine like. Add to the mix a very nice mouthfeel and no hint of the high abv and you have yourself one dangerous beer! Consume with caution!

Dmann, Feb 22, 2005
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 09, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep amber orange with a healthy, creamy inch of off white head on top. Aroma is huge with a wall of hops...pine resins, citrus and dank herbal notes. Somewhat fruity and tropical along with a caramel/biscuit backbone. A touch of oak. Quite intense and vibrant.

First sip brings a wall of wonderful hops. Huge pine resins alongside citrus and fruity tropical flavors. Dank herbaceous notes with a solid caramel/biscuit malt profile. Flows down with a hardy bitterness and a touch of oak. Alcohol creeps in slightly but overall it's kept in check. Sweetness is well balanced. Exponential Hoppiness is an appropriate name! Yum.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and even a bit creamy. Spot on carbonation, this is incredibly drinkable for the strength and the ABV is non-existent. Overall, just a great super hoppy brew. Glad I was able to get a bottle.

orbitalr0x, Mar 13, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

supa0525, Aug 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

warnerry, Oct 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Callmecoon, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

BillKuhnel, Oct 09, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liar's club in SD, CA. Arrived light amber, quite clear with a near white head, and showing off wildly scaered lacing. Nose here was very fruity, mangoes!. The intense hop crunch is the signature of this brew, does the term "S.D. style DIPA" mean anything to you? Oily, peppery, more fruit, mango, grapefruit galore. 11% well hidden in this dangerous, tasty, hop bomb.

Billolick, Sep 10, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

mctizzz, Sep 13, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

aquazr1, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and very fruity. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the aroma. Notes of pineapple and papaya are the most prominent.

The flavor is heavy on the pineapples with a little bit of other tropical fruit. The beer is pretty sweet and a little bit syrupy. I also get a bit of spiciness, which I guess is from the hops. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

GarrettB714, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

1Adam12, Nov 14, 2011
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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.