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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