Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Slightly hazy, dark orange-gold color with under one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass. A lone stream of eager bubbles rise from the contoured side of the glass. A wisp of drifting yeast is seen low in the column.
S: Caramelly treacle and fermented grain make the smell rich with sweetness and heady vapors that stop well short of being boozy. Tropical fruit in the form of pineapple is faint but present, as is coniferous foliage. Trace amounts of well-cured oak, but no alcohol, is detected in the smell.
T: Begins sweet, with snappy herbaceous spice hop aromatics and candied citrus amidst lively moderate acidity. Fairly intense caramel malt emerges in the middle as spicy hops decline, replaced by the more mellow pineapple tropical fruit from the smell. Oak is also first detected in the middle, although it comes on quite strong in the brisk, drying finish. Bitterness seems restrained at first, but repeated visits reinforce it until the lingering presence is quite significant and faintly medicinal. Intense flavors throughout mask the gentle alcohol presence, although it is frequently hinted at.
M: Medium viscosity; syrupy, resinous, and warming on the palate; with moderate carbonation.
D/O: As indicated by the name, this is a huge DIPA that dominates the palate but also entertains it mightily. Hops and malt, bright and sweet, scintillate on the palate, threatening to overwhelm the senses. Every other wood-aged DIPA encountered thus far could stand to learn a thing or two from this beer, which is surprisingly mellow and easy to tolerate despite all of the senses saying that this is as extreme as it gets. While this beer falls in the same sub-family as Port Hop 15 and Firestone Double Jack, it is its well-practiced balance in the face of ballsy intensity that sets it apart. The palate does not tire of this, even if all reasonable judgment says that it should.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2011 02:02:37 | More by beagle75
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