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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,458
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 zrab11
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Hazy Golden Orange color with a nice 2 finger head and good lacing

S- Has an awesome aroma. Smells of pine with pineapple and sweet citrus notes. Has good hoppiness smell also

T- WOW! Taste is even better than the smell. Has a wonderful sweetness that is not soo sweet that the hops don't shine though. This is EXceptionally balanced. Love the sweetness mixed with the piney flavors

M- Medium bodied, Very crisp and refreshing

D- Overall this is an outstanding beer. On the same plane as Fresh hopsslam but a step above. Love the balance and drinkability of this beer. It doesn't feel like ur drinking a 11%. Try his beer. You wont be disspointed with this DIPA

Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this in a recent trade from seaoflament. Thanks huge amounts, Carlos! I hand-bottled 48oz, lost about 3oz in the process and the rest went into my Duvel tulop

A: Golden orange with a dense, two-finger off-white head. Great retention, gorgeous lacing. There's some stuff floating in here but this was the last bit from the growler. I must mention that the retention is awesome, especially for a >10% beer.

S: Hops, you say? Present in bucketloads! Pine and grapefruit present up front with plenty of floral notes with some orange and mango in the back. Reading other reviews (and laboring under the impression that this was a "triple IPA"), I kind of expected *some* malt but it's barely detectable here - just a little caramel present. This is *pungently* hoppy. As this warms up, it smells like a fucking fruit garden, it's absolutely ridiculous. The one thing i can't smell is oak, but hey, does it sound like I'm complaining?

T: Hey look, I've suddenly morphed into a school girl here. My sides are split in giggles, it's that good. Copious amounts of hop flavor with minimal bitterness (but ample) here. Flavors replicate the tropical fruit basket that the nose is with tons of grapefruit, orange, pine, mango and peach. Bitterness is mild, present, resiny and ample. Malt? Present, with just the right amount of sweetness to go with the fruity and floral hops. Definitely sweeter than the Pure Hoppiness but it tapers off fairly quickly, leaving a wonderful, dry finish

M: Resiny hops, light body, great carbonation, excellent bitterness - what's not to love? This isn't the resiniest (hey, there's a Dyan-ism) of IPAs but this is perfect

D: Ridiculous. Abso-fucking-lutely ridiculous. My pint's gone in 15 minutes and I'm craving more. Work tomorrow? Fuck it, I wish I'm embalmed in this hop nectar when they come for me in the AM.

Notes: And there you have it folks. Lives up to the hype (or lack thereof) in every which way. This just is my new favorite DIPA, over Pliny (barely). Massive thanks to Carlos for bringing this up as a "random" beer when discussing a trade. I owe you and big time.Score: 4.5+5+5+5+5 = 4.9/5

**2009 April release**

As pungently piney hoppy with as ridiculous a hop aroma with a more pronounced oak and vanilla component, this smells awesome (5/5) On the palate, though, it;s not as good. I'm tempted to say it's my recent exposure to Younger, a beer among men. Opens up with massive hop flavors - pine, grapefruit, citrus, pungently so. Excellent balance between sweetness and hop character, and a brilliant balance between bittering and flavor hops. Great hop flavor and aroma, just not as drinkable as the latest batch of Younger. Overall: 4.5+5+4.5+4.5+4.5 = 4.6/5

***2009 July release***

On tap at Hamilton's. My description stays the same, but I'd drop the scores to mirror the 2009 April release

Photo of jzeilinger
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big THANK YOU to millerbuffoon for acquiring this through a trade.

A - Pours a bright copper gold color with a cream colored cotton candy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass like total glue, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - VERY pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, oily, and mildly piney.

T - This is the BEST part of this beer. It's a huge, no, colossal basket of tropical fruity goodness that's incredibly resinous, spicy, piney, and a little vinous. It's also slightly boozy with a crackery malt underneath that's big, bold, spicy, slightly garlic, and a little bit oaky.

M - Medium body with resiny hops that leave a coating in the mouth that
's very indicative of fruit rinds.

O - a "FANTABULOUS" beer! If you can get it, you absolutely have to try this one.

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a frothy 2 finger head. The head retention is excellent and leaves ample lacing as it recedes. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine sap, and oily hops. Delicious citrus flavor. This hop wine has a long, bitter, dry finish. There's a slight hint of alcohol but it's very well masked for the high abv. The beer is very well carbonated. I've had this on cask before but I very much prefer it on tap.

Photo of hophead247
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is clear golden with a smallish white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Aroma of immediate and big resin, citrus, and spicy hops. Only a hint of bitterness, just fresh hop goodness. Nice grainy maltiness is there as well, but certainly behind that crazy fresh hop blast. Taste is the resin hoppiness, the citrus, though still decently balanced with a strong bready maltiness. Palate is medium to full, very dry, with not much sweetness. What was there was citrus fruit, and quite fresh. Really no apparent alcohol, which is amazing.

Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was probably the most surprised to see this at the Pittsburgh tasting. Huge thanks for bringing this! Poured from the Alpine growler into the glass...

A: Pours out of the growler with a nice, chill hazed gold with a blinding white head. Looks nice and viscous with a sticky malt and hop appearance. Upon a gentle swirl, the beer really sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Wow. Blast in the face with fresh pine hops. Grassy, piny, grainy and delicious smelling. Nice malt and caramel backing with some nice pale malts to complement the intense pine hop aroma.

T: Hops galore. Pine. Grass. Citrus. Damn. This is superb. Very intense, thick and brutal with intense pine and citrus combo. The great attribute about this is that the hop and malt blend is so damn perfected that the hops dominate, but not so much that there is no malt backing.

Overall, this is one of the best Double IPAs that I have ever had. Really, glad I tried this! Thanks again!

Photo of gibby
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few bombers from goodspeed94. Thanks a lot Jon!

Poured a cloudy orange color with a puffy white 2 finger head. Was a clear pour until the bottom part of the bottle hits the glass. I get a bit of cut grass, citrus, pine and massive hops!! The smell is really fantastic. Taste is dominated by hops. Ever so slight hint of the oak chips is present and even a bit of sweetness. Great mouthfeel with a nice oily coating on the tongue. I polished off the bomber myself. If it wasn't 11% I may be able to have a second but most likely not. Very happy I had the chance to try yet another outstanding IPA from alpine. Hope they distribute to PA someday.

Photo of Rado
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of alcstradamus
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color for an IPA, nearly brown. A finger of head with sticky lacing on top.

The smell is an absolute gigantic blast of fresh hops, a mixed bag of all varieties. Lots of pine and sweet candy along with some citrus and floral notes. This is a one trick pony...but it is an awesome, sinus cleansing trick.

The taste is surprisingly more balanced than expected. It is definitely a hop bomb, but the bitterness is not as high as I normally find with this much hop juice underneath. Some sweet caramel malt definitely makes itself known on top of the hops. Hugely flavorful, this is like sucking on a hop cone.

Mouthfeel is nearly full with lower levels of carbonation. Very oily.

I had actually started to grow tired of the IPA category because they were all beginning to blend together. But this has come along and shattered the mold. Extremely rich and satisfying. Definitely a world class DIPA and possibly the best I've had to date. Although I must be honest, it is starting to tread into the American Barleywine category.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into dimpled mug. Pours a transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing. Smells very Pliny-like in the sense that this brew has lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes but not as much pine sap, lots more malt presence, and lots more floral hop smell. There is an initial hop bitterness that opens up to a nice pale malt that blends flawlessly with some great oak notes from the oak chips used in the recipe. The next wave is all citrus hops and once the fruit flavor subsides a strong hop bitterness finishes this one off. Tip of the cap to Alpine for packing this much hop bitterness into a brew and keeping it from tasting astringent. The bitterness is well crafted and really enjoyable. Alpine does add a heavy dose of sugar sweetness to the brew to counterbalance the extreme bitterness and mask the high abv which was impressive. Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation and smooth! This is so much better than the Pure Hoppiness brew. Two thumbs up!

Photo of kborning
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Eziel
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeerBadBoy
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jamato14
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange with a thick white head. Lots of lace on the glass. There are lots of sediment particles suspended in the liquid. Aroma is of grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh cut grass.

Loads of hoppy bitterness in here. Lots of grapefruit here. Some grass and herbal-like qualities from the hops too. A bit of oak flavor is noticeable, and there is an underlying cotton candy sweetness in the background. Alpine had done a good job of hiding the 10.5% alcohol here. A great Double IPA.

Photo of largadeer
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautifully clear golden amber with small bits of sediment floating about - chunks of hops, perhaps? An inch of creamy white head forms and retains nicely.

Smell: A big dry hopped orange and grapefruit aroma is the first thing to greet my nose upon opening this one. Further inspection reveals a dry bready malt backbone - noticeable but not sweet. Resin, tobacco and a touch of oak add depth and complexity. Incredible nose on this stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel: Loaded with citrusy hop goodness, grapefruit being especially prominent, with a bit of lemon peel toward the finish. At almost 11% ABV, this is surprisingly light bodied, and it's not overly malty or sweet either. In that sense it reminds me of Russian River's Pliny the Younger. The malt backbone is just barely present, lending the faintest hint of sweetness along with a note of grain. There's a slight estery quality as well, subtle enough that it adds complexity without meddling with what's important: the hops. There's a ton of hop flavor here, and the bitterness is perfect - strong, but not harsh or astringent.

Drinkability: My pint went hilariously fast for a 10.5% beer, and I could probably drink another. I'd surely be tanked after that, though.

Photo of nhindian
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle courtesy of jodan, thanks Jordan!

Got this along with some other nice West Coast IPAs in a trade earlier this week, but have been to sick to drink. Well, after watching the Pens collapse tonight I decided to anyway.

A - Pours a straw color with 2-fingers of rocky foam. This beer is one of the lightest IPAs I've seen, almost bordering on saison hues. Interestingly enough, it's opaque through the sides of the glass, but looking straight down it's crystal clear. Retention is pretty decent, but the lacing is a bit of a let down; just a few strands on the back of the glass.

S - The smell on this really threw me askew when I first inhaled. It's certainly big on the fruits and is incredibly refreshing. Think pool-side bar near the ocean in summer: Huge tropical fruits and citrus, ripe and juicy to the point of oozing. A nice change of pace is that while the typical grapefruit is here, I'm getting boatloads more orange and pineapple, and just the slightest hint of alcohol to draw similarities to an ice-cold Screwdriver. This would be the perfect summer beer despite it's high ABV. The dry-hopping works wonders in this beer.

T - Compared to the nose, the taste is more balanced, for better and for worse. I would've loved to see the uninhibited tropical explosion continue in the flavor, but the malts come through strongly to support them. Here I'm getting more of the typical hop flavors in bitter grapefruit, tangerine, slight pine, and a strong malt backbone. It has a dryness that accentuates the bitterness. The alcohol is present but not as strong as the 11% would suggest. Overall pretty sweet and juicy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Definitely more full-bodied than other big IPAs I've had and it lingers for ages in the mouth. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but the last few drops take their time leaving the tongue.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I would love to try this extremely fresh to see how much more similar the taste would be to the nose, but as it stands now this is still an excellent IPA. Hides its alcohol well and is pushing the limits of how much fruit can be expressed in the nose. I will be seeking this in the future!

Photo of Hendry
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber orange,brisk carbonation, dense three finger upon an aggressive pour, Navajo white head that last a few minutes before becoming a permanent cap.Lacing is fantastic.

Aroma is a hint boozy but there is so much going on with this IIIPA. Layers of hops and hop flowers and oak on top of a firm malt bill to tame all that bitterness make for an interesting nose, and there is a distinct note of bready caramel sweetness, particularly as it warms.

Taste is that of a piney/citrus hop wallop, notes of tangerine, and thankfully, at least for my taste, the sweet malt apparent in the aroma takes the rumble seat to the hops. The bitterness from the hops and the aggressive dry hopping and addition of hop flowers ride beautifully over the top of the sweetish malts. A touch of booze is overall well hidden, particularly for that of a triple IPA.

Mouthfeel is a bright spot: crisp and relatively dry, a hint of sweetness overshadowed by genuine bitterness that lasts. Sprightly carbonation help dance the flavors across your palate without ever degenerating into a malty mess.

Overall, a well balanced and flavorful Triple IPA that really packs an alcohol wallop at 11% abv. The folks at Alpine have a knack for quality, and Exponential Hoppiness is no exception.

Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this out of a 22oz bomber - This was pretty good but I was a little disappointed. Hoppy, but a little malty, perhaps a little old. Wow, just had a fresh growler (thanks, Dakine!) and it’s WAY better. Amazing tropical fruits, hemp, a lot going on. So much better than the bottle... awesome!

Photo of lcollis4
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a bomber into a duvel tulip.

appearance: soft amber with golden hues. finger and a half head, some lacing, but fades quickly.

smell: pineapple and orange scents from the hops. quite enjoyable hop aroma. semi-burnt caramel malt

taste: whatever you just smelled, is what you taste. slight hop bitterness all the way through with the citrus hop taste up front. caramel malt follows closely behind. you can definitely taste a slight burntness in the malt. not as much ending hop bitterness as I would expect.

mouthfeel: medium full mouthfeel, oily and pleasant.

drinkability: at 11% you arent having too many of these, but the alcohol is not present in the taste or smell.

Photo of Jeffo
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Orange peel or amber orange when held to the light, but more tangerine orange otherwise. Perfectly clear with only a touch of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a wisp and a bubbly, soapy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some legs of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Awesome. Big nose straight from the pour. Pale malts with lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. Some pineapple and mound of citrus in there. Lots of hope everywhere. Just loads of pine and grapefruit. Piercing hop aroma. This is what a DIPA should smell like; a decent malt backbone with heaps of bold, hoppy aromas.

TASTE: Also awesome. Flavors are equally as bold and impressive as the nose, though the aftertaste needs just a tick more to be completely insane. Pale malts, some caramel malt as well, but the hops soon take center stage. Big pine and grapefruit there, with mounds of hoppy citrus flavors. Milder yet lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, with a touch of sweet melon as balance. A slight hint of oak from the ageing process as well. Just enough to be noticeable. Lots of hops and lots of flavor up front too. Some hop bombs have a big, bitter aftertaste but lack something up front. Not this. Exponential has lots of hop flavor up front and isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter. Again, a slightly bigger aftertaste would make this an 11, but this is absolutely stellar stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough to support the flavors, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of burn after the swallow. Does what it needs to do.

OVERALL: This brew is top of its class. The look and feel are average for the style, but the nose is ridiculously good and the taste completely insane. A slightly bolder aftertaste would give it top marks for flavor, but that is a minor complaint about what is otherwise a standard-setting beer. Enjoyable, stupidly drinkable, and style defining in my view. One I will have to track down again. Let's hope this one shows up here again at some point. Whole heartedly recommended.

Photo of brian44556
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Hats off to Sixofsigmas for the awesome trade. No dating on the bottle, but this one is fresh.

Pours a hazy, honey orange, with a 2 finger, frothy white head. Great lacing left on the sides of the glass. One of the best looking heads I have ever witnessed on a DIPA. The smell is citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, all from the strong hops. This beer is sitting 3 feet from me as I review and the smell from it is still overwhelming. Taste is bitter citrus with a great sweet malt backbone. The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a great crisp, finish. All I can say is...WOW. This may be the best DIPA I have had. It is a shame this one may only come around once a year (if I'm lucky). This ranks up with HopSlam, Pliny, etc as a top tier DIPA.

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium light copper with about a half finger of head and light lacing.

S - Citrus(Pineapple & Orange), Chocolate, white pepper, and slight brown sugar.

T - Slightly bitter citrus taste of orange and lemons. Also chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, and some carmel sweetness. There are some tannins from the amount of malt and hops in this beer.

M - Nice even carbonation feel and a little oily but perfect for a DIPA.

D - Very drinkable with very little alcohol taste even though it is 10.5%. I think this beer will be very different (but still good) aged for 6 months.

A very good balance IPA. Too bad they make so little of it. Had this beer on both growler(2 days old) and bottle(2 weeks later). I like the bottle better but growler was more complex.

Photo of magictrokini
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of rudylaw
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a creamy off-white head. Great retention all the way through.

Tons citrus and floral noted in the nose. Orange, pineapple, mango, pear. Juicy as all get out!

Big time hop character! Tastes like freshly squeezed juices at a breakfast bar. Heck, it tastes like fruit cocktail. Those tin cans you had as a kid... all the syrup residue that was left at the bottom of the tin that you slurped up gleefully. That's what this beer is. Add in a little freshly-squeeze tangerine juice and you have Expo.

Mouthfeel is great with perfect carbonation and insane drinkability. Been waiting a long time for this and it was worth the wait!

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.