Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Obtained thanks to FrieghtTrain
Split with my brother on 4/4.
It pours a beautiful orange color, very clear, with a nice head on top. Looks like a very nice DIPA, and I'm ready to dive in. The smell is very interesting. I will add a note here, that I did not know that oak was added to this - and was very confounded at this mystery flavor thoughout, and once I heard it was oak, it all made sense. You get a smell of sweetness (which I believe is from the wood), filled with pine and flowers, with a lot of lemon zest and resin. It seems like it has a very nice bouquet, but it was being held back - probably because of the wood, but overall, very nice. The flavor starts off very rich, sweet, super full, with a note of peach, slightly sharp alcohol. The bitterness hits next, but is somewhat subdued and creamy almost, will hidden. You get the taste of fruitiness and the puckering sticky feeling of the hop resins. Also, this is very floral. It really beings to improve as it warms, enhancing the slightly cakey malts and the fruity hops, eventually you get notes of sweet pineapple and dense cakey grain. A very nice beer. The wood, I think, lends a kind of caramel candy flavor. The mouthfeel is incredible, must be the wood here. Sticky piney grassy resins mixed with the smooth sweet wood makes for a perfect body. With moderate carbonation that stings without overpowering. The beer just gets better and better with each drink, though the ABV slows you down more and more as you get deeper. This is one nice beer - I only wonder what it would taste like without the oak.
Serving type: growler
04-06-2010 00:17:26 | More by taylorhamrick
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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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