Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by Telix:
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Another fine west coast beer from a trade with olibeer22. Poured from the bomber into a DFH chalice:
A: It pours fairly cloudy and opaque, with a brownish yellow color, and a small head that slips away. The carbonation isn't immediately evident, but there is a dense carbonation visible in the brew. Swirling the glass brings up quite a bit more carbonation, it looks like a whole new pour. The cloudiness isn't super nice, but as the beer warms in the bottle it pours more clearly.
S: Tropical fruits, candied apricot, lemon peel, maple, piney freshness, nice, fairly forward, and pretty different.
T: VERY different, and a bit odd initially. As I got accustomed to it, the beer slowly revealed itself. It's initially quite resinous, not quite solventy, but there is a sweet/spicy/zesty thing going on. The bitterness is amazingly controlled, with no tongue bite at all. There is a bit of mild alkalinity through the mid-palate, but it fades and gives way to a sweet finish. While still a bit chilled, there is a thinness on the edges that makes it not fully realized. LET THIS BEER WARM UP.
As it warms, the beer comes into its own, and gets solid. Some mild vanilla and oak flavors come out, and the finish gets warmer and boozier with some heat in the back of the mouth. It still has some odd, resinous tang, but it's more of a statement now, and one that speaks powerfully. The tropical fruits come out more with the warmth, as well, which I missed while it was cold. Fantastic.
M: Thick, creamy, chewy, and great. Perfect mouthfeel.
D: It took a bit of time for this beer to warm up to reach its peak - let it get warmer than you think it should! Once it warms up it integrates nicely and the flavors reach their peak. The controlled bitterness is unexpected and welcome, as so many huge IPAs let their alkaline flavors run free. Each sip reveals something new. A highly recommended big American IPA that takes some time to show its colors.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2010 02:20:52 | More by Telix
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4.36/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass. Big want of mine for a while, glad to finally get my hands on one!
A: Pours a dark golden color with a rich copper tone. A little over 2 fingers of white head that reduces slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Very good looking beer.
S: If a grapefruit were to procreate with a bag of hops, it's offspring would smell like this beer.
T: This beer is super sweet, with a lot of citrus flavor. Outside of the feel good after the bottle is empty, not sure I'd believe this is 11%. Even with a huge amount of citrus, there is just enough floral and pine flavors to compliment nicely. The maltiness is pretty well covered up. Well done!
M: Carbed well, leaves a pretty dry after taste.
O: Very grateful to try this beer. It is like nothing else that I have tried to date. That said, it's my 2nd favorite Triple IPA behind only Notorious by Boneyard. I am a believer in rating compared to the best of the best within styles. All the components are there to make this a great beer, which it is, but where it comes short is in the potency. The aroma is awesome, but doesn't hit you in the face like Notorious. The flavor is awesome, but a little too 1 sided to say there's great balance. Alpine knows what they are doing with hops, and they do it so well there's no wonder people are always seeking them out. Exponential Hoppiness will not disappoint anyone who reaches for it.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 20:39:01 | More by roger617
4.76/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured into stemmed beer glass. This may be the only Alpine IPA I haven't had. Super pumped to say I've had them all. Alpine does no harm. Let's see if this holds true with this...
Pours amber, hazy, with a one finger cream colored head. Hop gunk all up in this. I wonder if this was a fail or it's always like this? Either way, let's see how the gritty stuff feels inside the mouth!
Aroma is crazy good. Alpine in style yet with an eccentric twist. You get green chronic, spiced orange, tamarind, fresh cut oak, pineapple, sweet pipe tobacco, cumin, white pepper, pine, Turkish apricot, and all sorts of citrus peel.
On the palate you get hammered with dank, citrus, spicy hops. Biscuit and toffee malt character make a strong presence. Oak, peated cherry wood, lightly sweet peach marmalade, tamarind, faint cinnamon, old clove, and an array of other spices make this one of the most damned complex DIPA's (they call it a triple IPA) I have had. At 11 percent abv, this drinks smoother than that Starbucks double cream latte you have each morning. Damn smooth, drinking this way too fast. I can't imagine how Pliny the Younger can be better than this.
Mouthfeel is legit. Medium body, creamy, bitter over sweet but not overly bitter or sweet for as big as this is. Hop gunk settles to the bottom of the glass so not until you are finishing you're pour do you get some in your mouth. Doesn't spoil the beer one bit as you can simply avoid the last drink or two.
Overall, I'm amazed at the wizardry beheld by Alpine in crafting their IPA's. Such a vast range of world class offerings. They are the IPA kings, end of discussion. Expo is insanely good, try it.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2014 03:40:43 | More by MarcWP
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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