Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by dmsohyea:
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
Vertical tasting with PtY, Nickel Bag, and Hop Suey. At O'Brien's 3/19/11.
A: Very light yellow in color, with a strong pearl white head with crazy retention. The beer is lighter in color than I would have expected, but has the most head retention I have ever seen on a TIPA.
S: Pine. I can't smell anything but a pine tree in this beer. Excellent.
T: Taste is abrasive, to say the least. Nothing but hops from start to finish. There may be some malty sweetness somewhere, but from my ruined palate, I would suggest this is just a fizzy hop tea. Leaves a sticky pine resin on your tongue and makes it so everything tastes like plastic for at least a few minutes. That being said, I still liked it.
M: Mouthfeel is really where this beer takes a hit. It has such a strong stinging quality upfront that sort of turns me off. But the bitter finish and low to nil alcohol flavor saves it. Don't get me wrong, even for a hop-head like myself, this beer was not easy to drink.
O: A solid brew that was just a bit hard to drink in large quantities. Forget trying to session this beer unless you would like your food to taste like rubber for the next couple days. If palate wrecking way their intention, they got exactly what they were going for.
03-20-2011 07:48:15 | More by dmsohyea
More User Reviews:
4.47/5 rDev +0.4%
Appearance This came out of the OBriens 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 Ive head. Theres some malt in the nose for the diligent drinker.
Taste The malts come on much better at the taste, but of course its 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!
11-12-2006 03:53:50 | More by RoyalT
4.7/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-29-2008 20:55:53 | More by hopsleeroy
4.63/5 rDev +4%
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.
02-08-2012 13:44:37 | More by SkiBum22
4.8/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
02-22-2005 09:30:45 | More by Dmann
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-13-2010 05:11:26 | More by orbitalr0x
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
09-10-2006 17:07:50 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
09-28-2010 23:39:16 | More by Mora2000
4.65/5 rDev +4.5%
Excellent clear dark copper color with a white head, good retention, pleasant floral and slightly piney aroma with sweet malt nose. Taste is equally similar balance with sweet malts giving it a full-rich body and the caramel and bready malts give this triple IPA a great backbone that support the overwhelming hops in this beer. While it's strong, it is smooth to drink and tastes phenomenal.
10-05-2012 22:44:03 | More by Prospero
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours slightly cloudy light orange with no head. Aroma is heavy with pine and citrus. The taste is incredible. Full on hop assault with grapefruit and light sweetness. This taste remains with you throughout, but mellows due the oak chips (I presume). Very smooth, almost a syrupy mouthfeel. To date, the best Imperial IPA I've ever had.
12-04-2008 19:58:31 | More by magictrokini
3.15/5 rDev -29.2%
big thanks to LaChupacabra for all the Alpine!
22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Boulevard tulip. split with trxxpaxxs. from the latest release.
pours a slightly hazy golden, light orange color with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing.
big vegetal hops, mostly onion and garlic, a bit of some cooked veggies. im having a hard time picking much else out, not very enjoyable.
again, onion, garlic, and other such cooked veggies come in big time. kind of off putting. very dank. there is a touch of pineapple and caramel malt if you dig deep enough.
pretty decent mouthfeel, hides the ABV very well and a pleasent bitterness.
overall, i was very perplexed by this beer, it was just overrun with vegetable flavors. i really had a hard time picking much else out and as a result, the second half of the glass was sadly a drain pour. hard to believe seeing as how Nelson is one of my all time favorite IPAs.
02-13-2012 23:16:31 | More by dogfishandi
4.25/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks Steven and Crystal for sharing this!
Golden amber and orange. Persistent, thick white head, and regular lacing down the glass. What more can you ask for?
Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma! I'd heard so much about this beer, but had never yet experienced it for myself, and if nothing else, the aroma is all they said and more! Pine and citrus explosion, without being too sweet or sappy.
Surprisingly balanced DIPA, especially after all I'd heard about it. Piney and floral flavors with a substantial bitterness, and enough bready, crystal, and caramel malts to balance things out nicely. Far more drinkable than I ever would have imagined.
Medium bodied, yet crisp and incredibly drinkable. No hint of alcohol. No DIPA since Pliny the Younger has hidden its alcohol this well.
So glad I got to try this, and it did not disappoint!
08-31-2011 03:10:58 | More by ehammond1
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.