Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
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Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003

This Hop Monster uses multiple kettle hop additions with the technique of doubling the hop amount each addition (exponentially). Add in the hop back and the continuous dry hopping and your starting to get the picture. The beer is finished off with a "body-bag" sized hop-bag full of hop cones and oak chips. There it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a double strong, incredibly hoppy, yet drinkable beer.
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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this. Purchased from Stearns Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into my New Belgium tulip. Upon opening the bottle, your nose is immediately hit with piney, grassy hop aromas. The pour is nice and golden. Thin head quickly dissipates

And the taste? Very nice! Quite creamy. The mouthfeel is excellent. Considering this is a "triple" IPA, it doesn't taste like a hopbomb. It's quite well balanced. There is some booziness which would be expected since it is 11%. Aftertaste is nice and subtle.

Overall, this is outstanding. I'm so stoked I'm finally getting to try it. If you have a chance, drink it. It's right up there with the best.

Photo of bronco94
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A - Bright yellow/orange body with an offwhite head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S - amazingly hoppy...a sweet aroma of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and other tropical flavors, and a slight sugary alcohol flavor

T - bursting with refreshing citrus, a slight sweet malt backbone (hints of caramel) for balance, and a faint pine hoppiness that lingers

M - medium carbonation and a slightly thicker syrupy feel to the body. Very pleasurable feeling in the mouth

D - for a 10+% abv double IPA, this is remarkably drinkable. This was a joy to drink and I would gladly seek it out to drink again. One of my favorite beers to date

Photo of kdub87
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while now. Thank Smokepot23!

Poured from a bomber into my dogfish head snifter.

A: Poured aggressively. Nice two finger head recedes leaving a nice layer of lacing covering the top. Looks like a model dipa in color. Golden straw maybe a tad darker.

S: Hops galore. Citrus and pine come through real strong. Smells like what I want every ipa to smell like. I don't want to take my nose away from the glass but knowing the possibilities I move on.

T: Wow. Just Like it smells. Hops all the way with a oily dry finish. Not as dry as most with this much hoppiness going on. Cannot detect the 11% at all. Smooth and delicious. Nothing I would change with this. Epitome of what I look for in a dipa.

M: Smooth through the whole thing. Light bodied, good carbonation leaves a nice sticky dry.

D: Beyond drinkable. The hops smooth out everything and make this beer what it is. Not super complex. Super hoppy and smooth and thats what I look for in dipas. I'd choose this over hopslam and the elder anytime where the abv wouldn't matter. The smoothness is spectacular when compared to the hops that come through. One of my favorites.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Split four ways at a recent tasting with myself, bgthang, xpimptastikx, and orgasmicchemist.

Pours with a bright golden hue; clear and nicely carbonated, but fails to leave much more than a thin varnish of foam even with a vigorous swirl of my Ranger Creek tulip. The aroma is equally as bright, as floral, citrusy hop juices burst from the glass and greet the nose with greenery. Very aromatic IIPA, with a faint pale malt backbone, but late-addition hops steal the show.

Exponential Hoppiness has one of the most flavorful hop profiles of any beer I've tasted. Big, juicy, green, citrusy, floral, piny hop goodness coats the palate with slick, oily hop resins. The body is delicately crafted, finely carbonated, and not at all syrupy or heavy, while the alcohol is barely discernible. Drinks like a dream. A hoppy, hoppy dream...

A must-try for any lover of Humulus lupulus.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 (Richard) for this one. Two words: Yum Me

Pours a light, glowing golden. Clean. A 1 finger head was white and somewhere between soapy and thick. Looks good, let's see how it...

Whoa! I can smell it from 3 feet away. Citrus and juicy. Closer nose inspection tells me some pine and very virgin honey, but not the sweet part. A bit...just a bit... of a biscuit under all the hops. Damn, that's gonna be a hop bomb.

Sure 'nuff. Hops explode with this one. Mostly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Pine come through in more of a sap way. A bit resinous. The honey I smelled is more of a fruit skin. Kind of like a Merlot taste...but no matter what it is, it's overwhelmed by the hops. A bit of herbal spice comes and goes. The alcohol provides a wallop but it's hidden by all the damn hops.

Give PtE a run for it's money and easier drinking than PtY. Mother$*#$@ I like this beer!

Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it at the brewpub 1 day after the launch. This beer is exceptional. A yellowish-orange colour. There's a punch-in-the-face, hoppy flavour. Tastes of Amarillo, Cascade, and perhaps even some Citra hops. Packed with a huge amount of tropical fruits. Lots of mango and grapefruit. This beer just grows on you after every sip. The mouthfeel is excellent, and the carbonation is not overwhelming. You'd never expect this beer to be anything near 11%. Brings strong floral and citrus notes at the nose. Compared to the previous batch, this really stepped up a notch on the fruit. It's a shame to slowly see this beer go. Get some asap.

Photo of DNICE555
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber opened up for the superbowl in Woodbury.

A - Hazy Amber body with great head and lacing.

S - Fruity hops - smells amazing. I would have kept smelling my pint glass if I didn't get odd looks from all the people around me drinking bud light.

T - Citrus hops which are amazing. One of the best tasting DIPAS I've had except for Pliny.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Amazing - the bottle lists the ABV at 11%. The hops are huge but there is a citrusy sweetness to balance it out and make the alcohol impossible to detect. A hoppy beer with an 11 percent ABV could not be any more drinkable.

Photo of Dmann
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of H1N1
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this as a very nice extra from jakekohut.

A- Dark amber. 1 finger of head that dissolves into a thin layer of bubbles. Thin lacing.

S- REALLY nice smell. Very citrusy hops. Grapefruit and pineapple. Some oak. Flowery. Very deep, full smell. I love the smell.

T- Very slight pine hops. A deep grassy taste is the most evident. Caramel. The flowery smell is not as evident in the taste. Lots of malts. But a little bit of pineapple comes through. This one is tough to pinpoint specific tastes because it seems that with each sip, I get something new. The oak is evident. Its a warm and really beautiful taste. I just looked at the bottle, and this is 11%?? Its hidden very well.

M- full bodies and warm. But not an alcohol warmth as much as a really nice drink warmth. Really nice.

D- At 11%, its almost lucky that I only have 1 bottle of this. Very drinkable and well hidden alcohol. I'd be stumbling before too long because I can't help but take big sips of this great beer. One of my favourite IPAs to date.

Thanks again to jakekohut. I loved this.

Photo of chumba526
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle, Sid.

Appears slightly hazy orange with a fairly small head.

It smells of dank pine like and grassy hops. i get a mild mango and other tropical fruit smell. I get a ever so mild toffee like malt smell to this beer as well.

there is initially a sweet somewhat caramel and toffee like malt bite to this ale. a sharp citrus and mango like hop flavors. I also get a bit of a toasty malt flavor and a slight grassy hop flavor. there is a mild vanilla oak flavor that adds balance to this beer. the beer ends with a strong bitterness. due to other strong flavors in this beer the bitterness is deceiving. At first the beer does not seem that bitter but the bitterness lingers on the palate. the beer is very heavy and rich yet it hides the alcohol very well.

Great medium carbonation with a somewhat thick and creamy mouth-feel.

Overall this beer is a hugely complex, balanced and interesting. this is the most complex Double ( and or triple) IPA that I have had. this beer lived up to its good reputation. I am glad I have another bottle.

Photo of jvillefan
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A beautiful golden yellow orange body with a two finger off white head.

S: Tons of sweetness on the front of the nose. Caramel and huge hop resin contribute to this. There is a lingering bitterness in the background of pine and citrus.

T: Probably the best bottled IPA out there. All the flavors are blended perfectly and don't fight over the dominate each other. There is rich caramel, deep citrus, and crisp bitterness.

M: For an IPA this has a heavy body with great carbonation.

O: Amazing. Get this one fresh no matter the cost.

Photo of 0110x011
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal clear gold. Had at a bar, so I got only about a half inch of fluffy white head. The head I did get had medium retention, but left nice, thick sheets of lace behind. Beautiful beer.

S - It's not just a clever name. Enormous hop profile, leaning slightly on the piny side, but with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine citrus, grass, and fresh cut wildflowers. Everything hoppy is in this beer. The oak chips add a nice vanilla aroma that makes it stand out from other DIPAs. The lack of malt anything in the aroma keeps it from perfect 5 status, but it's still one of the best hoppy beers I've smelt.

T - As expected, the palate closely follows the nose, starting with juicy, resiny hop everythings. A bit stronger citrus presence, with lots of tangerine and grapefruit. Later the pine takes hold, with a distinctly floral overtone. The oaking also plays a significant part in the profile, adding both vanilla and toasty flavors to the mix. What's most shocking is the malt presence, with just enough caramel sweetness to provide perfect balance.

M - Full bodied without being syrupy. The carbonation is medium-thick, but soft and fluffy, making for a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - Too high in abv to have more than a glass or two, but those are dangerously drinkable. This one could get you into trouble.

Normally with California IPAs and DIPAs, there is mediocre, good, great, and amazing, but they all are basically variations on the same theme. This is one of the few I've had that truly stands out from the pack. Unique and delicious, Alpine has scored a real home run with this. To be sought out, for sure.

Photo of danwho
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit it, I'm a homer for Alpine. And this is their best. 3xIPA at the top. PtY? meh. This is the one.
Had it fresh on release day, Jan 27th and have not had a chance to get to a bomber until now.
I poured (aggressively) into a nonic which yielded a nice 2 inch white head, lots of layered lacing as it disappears.
Smell: sweet, fruity, mango, citrus, raisin. Very nice.
Taste: This is a "big" beer, at 11%. You cannot taste the abv, it is so smooth.
My favorite triple IPA of all time, when abv is factored in.
Easily leaves PtY in the dust IMHO.
This is one beer that lives up to the hype.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at O'Brien's
A- Clear light orange hue, thin lacing of white foam, spotty lacing
S- Bouquet of citrus and pine hops, dark fruits and molasses
T- Taste starts with smooth pine and grapefruit hop wave, transitions to floral, earthy and grassy hops, a nice cascade of hop flavors
M- Medium-bodied, oily resin texture coats mouth, mild carbonation
D- This embodies complexity and layering within a bold DIPA, it is delicious from start to finish, the alcohol is totally masked which is a feat at 10%, this was an absolute joy to have on cask and one of my new faves

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was outstanding, blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this outstanding beer. This years batch. Think of this as tied with Silva Stout as my 200th review.

A: Great look with a clear orange bright body and a ring of white head and good sticky lacing. Super awesome fluffy head with a twirl.

S: Awesome killing hop aroma with a hefty malt base. Dank with mega citrus and pine hops in great harmony. Sugary malts are present as well as a drier biscuit malt. Just a nice OPEN hop smell that you always want to experience in a beer like this.

T: A very hoppy and sweet DIPA. Huge twist of citrus pine almost foresty hops with a fruit sugar malt base that compliments each other so well. I think of the label with the sides equalling out and thats hope I think of this beer in its balance. Tangerine, orange flavors mix in a confectionary way. Awesome! Top 5% big IPAs tastes.

M: Surprisingly not hot. Very nice over the palate, nice carbonation.

D: Awesome. A beer I'll look for each year, from a company I enjoy thoroughly.

Photo of MarcWP
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with a thin layer everywhere else. There is a mild amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Citrus peel and pine hops are both present. As hoppy as the beer smells, it's also quite smooth. Sweet malt mixes with the citrus and is quite nice. Just a hint of woodiness as well.

Taste: No way I would have guess this beer is 11%. The hop profile is wonderful. Pine hops dominate, with some citrus flavors in the mix as well. Some tangerine and maybe some pineapple. The finish is bitter and very woody. You can definitely pick up the oak and it is a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with lots of fluffy carbonation. The finish is a touch dry at first and then it gets slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic Imperial IPA. The addition of the oak just puts it over the top. Extremely smooth given the Abv. I would definitely have another.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a couple pints at Obrien's.

Nice deep copper color with bright yellow highlights. Quite a nice foamy head, the keg had just been tapped. Nice carbonation.

Very nice malt flavor, followed by hops, hops, and more hops! Very citrusy and bitter. Captured the flavor of the hops at every stage.

This one was really very good. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever tasted but still very balanced and very drinkable. It's pretty dangerous considering the ABV.

Cheers!

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this fine ale at the tiny and incredibly awesome brewpub in Alpine a couple days ago. This is from notes.

Huge rocky ivory head that coats the glass with foam. The aroma is pungent west coast hops, resiny and concentrated pine and white grapefruit and floral notes. Hop savagery overwhelms the palate first sip. Huge citrusy and tangy tropical hop notes mingle with a brash bitterness. Malts are more prominent than I was expecting, providing an excellent bready ballast to the hop maelstrom. Booze is imperceptable. That and the amazing balance makes this brew dangerously drinkable. Hop oils abound and coat the mouth in the medium bodied mouthfeel.

This is stellar stuff. Really showcases the breadth and depth of American hops. Incredible.

Photo of Popkas
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a honey amber with about a finger of head. A nice ring persists with a little lacing.

S: Sweet ripe pineapple and floral hops. Very pleasant as I was expecting all hops.

T: Sugary citrus followed by a dry bitterness. Very complex and very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Leaves an oily feel.

D: The complexity seems to be hiding the abv as it is very drinkable. Big fan.

Photo of harrymel
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for picking this up fresh for me in SD! Cheers Jesse!
ABV 11%
Poured to New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear golden ale with superb clarity. Fine white single finger head dissipates in a minute or so to leave a thick sheet of meringue foam. Consistent carbonation evident through the ale. Spider web lacing on glass.

S: Pine, sweet alcohol, bubble gum, grapefruit, citrus rinds. Alcohol a hint more evident than I would prefer, but nonetheless, yummy.

T: See above. Add bitterness so acute the glands behind my jaw. Just what I've been looking for in an Impy IPA lately. Been through Hopslam, Pliny, etc. This is fantastic! I think I might prefer it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Clearly slicks the palate while cold. As it warms, the body of my mouth is dried. Pleasant.

D: This is among the best, no question. I think the hype matches this beer appropriately. Worth seeking, but not a 1200 miles journey (or global: see PtY).

Photo of starrdogg
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to pollox87 for this one - I got a chance to try this at a tasting a month ago and just HAD to get a bottle for myself.

The beer's only unimpressive aspect is the way it looks - it pours a nondescript clear yellowish-orange, but with a nice white head. Once you inhale the glorious aromas, this beer is all amazing the rest of the way. The beer has that glorious open hops smell that makes your mouth water with hints of pineapple. If the smell doesn't reel you in, the taste is where this beer shines. The beer is an incredible balance of fresh hops, citrus flavors and a little bit of sweetness with some nice bready malt flavor to back it up - just perfect. Oftentimes DIPAs this big can be syrupy, but this one is far from it, it's got a nice body which really presents the beer well.

Overall, this beer is flat-out fantastic, it's ridiculously smooth and easy to drink for being 11% (I drank a bomber pretty quickly and could've easily downed another). It's super hoppy, but there are so many other flavors to balance out the hops that the incredible balance makes this one of the best DIPAs out there.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright brassy amber color with a good finger of Lucious off white head. Retention is solid.

S- holy mother of god this is freaking insane smelling. Smells insanely fresh hops. Intense pine and rich ruby red grapefruits(rind and pulp). Some mango and tropical fruit in there as well. Dank resiny hemp aromas in the middle. Some sweetness from the malt struggles to overcome the hops and leaves a hint on the finish.

T- big resiny hop flavor explodes like an a-bomb on the palate. Pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Hemp dank flavors in the middle. Slight sweetness and biscuity malt barely comes out after the utter hop assult. Finish is fresh hop flavor that lingers and lingers in the aftertaste. Tastes like hop pellets smell when I'm brewing. This is a hop revelation.

MF- thick resiny mouthfeel with a syrupy medium body and average carbonation.

D- despite the intense hoppiness this is insanely drinkable!

Overall this is one of the beat ipas I've ever had.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like Chris said, it does pour a clear honey color. Decent bubbly white head with good retention and lace.

Smells of candy and tropical fruit. Mango, peach, apricot.

Flavor is amazing. An amazing balance of malt and hops for such a big ipa. Amazing tropical fruit and honey/candy like sweetness balanced with the pineappley and mild citrus hops.

Mouth is a bit tacky yet still light with high carb.

Overall this beer is far beyond what I was expecting. Just fantastic and a breath of fresh air in a time where too many breweries are producing similar big ipas now. Just fantastic!

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Pours clearish golden with a white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is huge perfume-like hop aroma like fresh hop cones, a slight herbaceous smell and some slight vanilla/oak. Huge, sweet hoppy flavor. Fresh hops and pine cones all over the flavor. Vanilla and dry oakiness as well. So easy to drink this one, I could hardly tell it was 11%. Basically it was like squeezing juice right out of the hops into my mouth.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.