Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
A tropical paradise, this. Walking down the beach with fingers intertwined and a smile, the perfectly clear skies highlighting the orange sunset... a few wisps of cloud drifting by, but not tarrying, and we begin to skip through the waves, kicking water all over one another.
The wind wafts over us with the beautiful aromas of the island: Honeydew melon, pineapple, a faint bit of grapefruit, and some sweet alcohol rounding it out... but I thought they grew hops here? All I'm smelling is fruit, not the familiar grapefruit rind or pine tree... I cast a puzzled glance at her, she doesn't care, it's the farthest thing from her mind.
Then for the flavour... all of the fruits are there, to be sure, but overridden by a very impressive plant-like hop flavour, as if a low-alpha hop was dropped into the glass, you half expect to have to chew a bit. The fruity notes, however, seem to be much more prevalent than any malt characteristics, but it works very well, especially with the massive hop flavour. Not so much bitterness, but flavour.
I like this much more than the aroma. I have to smile as I kick some sand towards her. She smiles back.
The body is medium-thin but lightly syrupy, with a faintly warming finish and a clean, very lightly dry finish. And, one must admit, this is absolutely the most drinkable 11% beer ever made, at least in my experience. Too bad there isn't a higher score than 5.
It's an island paradise. A one-of-a-kind experience, to be sure. Strange and delicious. We wish these moments, these moments we live for... well, we wish they could last.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2010 15:14:23 | More by khiasmus
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