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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 1,470
Gots: 77 | 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 magictrokini
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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!

Photo of srandycarter
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle version finally released!

A - Light clear honey, small head leaves fast. Some cling lace remains.

S - HOPS HOPS HOPS. Some woody smell and small malt note and fruit mixed in.

T - Clubbed by hops. Pine and fruit, but mostly pine. Bitter end. Malt almost not enough to cover the bitter. Precarious balance.

M - Medium body, very coating, balance barely in check.

D - You have to be kidding. This will kick your butt pretty darned soon, and the taste will tire you out fast, as delicious as it is.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a beer. Just had this on-tap at O'Briens and it's well-worth the hype.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with nice little head and lacing, but nothing too outstanding. The only thing about this beer that really wasn't world-class.

Smell: Like hops, hops, and more hops, and yet there was still the slightest hint of a breadiness in there as well. Very floral hops with some skunky pot character with it as well, smelled like some quite powerful stuff. Really almost a 5, just slightly off due to Pliny's being slightly more aromatic.

Taste: No complaints, this beer delivers. Fantastic hop character that my friend, who loves IPAs, deemed simply too hoppy. I know no such master. It was so fantastically powerful and yet I never felt like it was just hops, there was somehow a wonderful back-end coating that ended with a resinous citrus. Somehow, someway, this beer ended up with some malt taste as well. But this beer is all about the hops, and boy does it deliver. So many hop profiles, and while the balance in so skewed towards hops, it never felt like too much to handle.

Mouthfeel: Not too wet, but definitely a heavily resinous brew. If this were bottled, I'd imagine it'd be even more so than now. The tap carbonation helps it along quite well, but it's certainly a very hoppy beer that can't help but be sort-of wetter and thick.

Drinkability: What 10.5%? If you hadn't have told me, I'd have said a 7. Maybe an 8. This beer and I tangoed the night away and while I could've easily finished pint after pint, I had to drive home and one was my cutoff. Fantastic, not quite Pliny the Elder heights as far as balance and simple perfection, but an overwhelmingly hoppy, excellent beer that is everything it claims to be, plain and simple.

Photo of rawfish
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold into a tulip forming a two finger high head of tight white bubbles. Rings of lacing follows average retention. Attractive beer.

Pungent and room filling aroma. Tropical and floral notes waft out of the glass. When you really get your nose into it there's a deep pungent mango, pine and citrus hop aroma. Malts and the oak chips really don't make much of an impact just really great IPA aroma.

Solid malt back bone that stays balanced despite the explosion of pungent pine and citrus rind hops. Hops are dominated by orange, grapefruit rind and pine. In the middle of the drink there is some earthiness and vanilla tones which I assume are from the oak chips. Mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of dried pineapple and lychee as the beer dries.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A little chalky dryness that gets tiresome at the end of the bottle. Really impressive for an 11% alcohol volume.

Triple IPA, such a challenge to get the alcohol feel down while still showcasing the brilliant bold hops without going overboard on the malts. Alpine brews creatively and ultimately does it right. Bold room filling aroma, the oak chips set it apart from the norm of pine/citrus ipas. 11% abv is well hidden, but I sure am feeling it. Thankful to get to try this.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a pale golden yellow color, slightly hazy in the center. A smooth white head retains nicely and leaves chunky lace down the glass. Lots of reaffirming carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A ton of hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine, and herbal aromas, in that order.

Taste: A burst of light malty sweetness, then hops for the duration of each sip. Citrus hits me first, with caramelized pineapple and candied grapefruit, but there are more pine and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a bit of crisp carbonation. This has a medium to full body, although I was expecting fuller just from the ABV. Very smooth. The full carbonation keeps the beer fresh and avoids the overly sticky trap some DIPA's fall into.

Drinkability: So smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With a boat load of hops, I could get into quite a few glasses of this.

Photo of ChewbaccaSD
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of NJB145
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Getalegup
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of OStrungT
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an clear looking orangish color with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowle, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very aggressive piney hop aroma. Behind that, I smell some grassy hops. A citrus aroma is also present. Any other aromas are hidden behind the massive hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A very aggressive hop flavor. Mostly piney hops. Some citrus hop flavor is also present. I taste grapefruit. The alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor.

This beer is very full bodied, and aggressive. It leaves a very hoppy aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is very aggressive, and it is high in alcohol. It tastes great, however, and I think I could drink a lot.

Overall: I love this beer. Everything from Alpine is great, and this is no exception.

Photo of Janderson91
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to dmsohyea for once again hooking me up with some great west coast stuff including this one! No freshness info but it was bottled around 3 weeks ago I believe. Enjoyed on 08/11/11.

A - Beautiful beer. Clear bright gold color with a half finger white head. Leaves surprisingly good lacing for an 11% beer.

S - Literally smells like fresh fruit. Grapefruit, mango, citrus, tangerine, wow this is good. Some alcohol and sugary sweet malts are also present in the background.

T - Follows the nose. Incredibly fruity hops. Not overly bitter as I expected from the description on the label. Not much piney bitterness to speak of, it's just some sweet malts, hints of alcohol and a lot of fruity hoppiness. Balanced up front and then a huge hit of grapefruit and citrus on the back end. Finishes with some alcohol burn also.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this strength.

O - When I saw a "Which is better: Pliny or Expo" thread a few weeks ago, I laughed thinking there would be no contest. But wow, this beer surprised me. Actually holds its own against Pliny which few beers can do. Great stuff here.

Photo of SadMachine
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a nearly clear dark golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head.

S- Damn I love Alpine's IPAs. Loads and loads of pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit, as well as a really awesome dank, garlicy, earthy hop aroma.

T- The hops are back in the flavor, loads of pine and citrus and tropical fruit, but again it's the earthy, dank weed/garlic flavor that makes this as awesome as it is. There's more caramel malt than was noticeable in the aroma, which balances it nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O- Another fabulous DIPA from Alpine, the hop flavors are amazing as always, it's maybe a bit sweeter and less dry than others like Bad Boy, but it's a damn fine IPA.

Photo of portia99
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in trade with danielcurtis81. Thanks a ton for the opportunity to try this one!! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with a touch of orange color. A 1 finger white head forms and last for a short time. Dissipates to a layer of bubbles on the surface and a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Some subtle lacing forms on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer. Can't get over how clear and pale this beer is.

S - Very upfront but smooth citrus and pine aromas. The faintest aroma of bready malt makes an appearance, but can barely get past the fresh hops. A hop lovers dream...smells almost identical to PtE to me...so excellent.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Loaded with citrus and pine. More malt definitely comes thru in the taste as compared to the aroma. Good sweet malt backbone that holds up against the hops. Wouldn't really say the malt balances things out. Hops are definitely the focus. Good, sharp and tight bitterness, and lots of citrus and pine flavors. To me, this beer is very similar to PtE...difference is the malty sweetness present here and definitely more noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect the alcohol in the flavor, but it hits me on the inhale during every sip...doesn't detract from the beer at all.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation has a very unique feel. Hate to keep comparing this to PtE but they are quite similar. Both beers have an extremely fine, tiny bubbled carbonation that I haven't found in other beers. Has a creaminess but with still some prickly bite to it as well. I really like this quality...wish I knew what these breweries do to create this effect.

D - For a beer that is 10.5%, this is really smooth. I'm sure I'd regret it in the morning, but I feel like I could drink this all night. Really smooth...great hop flavor, alcohol is well hidden...very nice all around.

Wow!!! Amazing beer - this one definitely lived up to the hype. Really glad I was able to try this. Gotta find a way to get more of this! Thanks again Dan!

Photo of KAP1356
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my buddy Doug for bringing this one back from CA his last trip out. Had this in March of 2013. Poured into a snifter...

A - Golden amber colored beer with a bout a fingers worth of bone white head. VERY sticky lacing around the glass - not surprised.

S - Holy hops! Huge amount of grassy, earthy, hops up front. Some slight booze is there along with some oak undertones. VERY dank and hoppy full of citrus and pine notes coming through.

T - Extremely grassy and earthy hops here. Floral, pine, citrus - everything hoppy comes through on the taste. Some slight oak presence as well. The malts stand up to the hops, but the hops still take the stage here. Nice and crisp in the flavor with some bready malts making themselves known.

M - Medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, and oily just as it should be. Some slight booze is noticeable on the backend of the beer.

O - Really phenomenal beer. Such a tremendous blend of earthy, grassy hops. Really well done and certainly stood out to me as a great DIPA.

Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from MaltMilkshake. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with about a finger white head that stays around for a while. It leaves a thin ring that lasts throughout and very nice lacing.

S- This beer hits you hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is very dynamic and not as one dimensional as most DIPAs that are mostly grapefruit and pine.

T- Wow! Just like the smell there is plenty of grapefruit, pine and floral notes. Unlike the smell there is very surprising flavor of sweet malt that sets it apart from other DIPAs. The sweet malt along with the sweet fruits--apricot, tangerine and pineapple--do a wonderful job of balancing out the bitter hop flavor. For such a high alcohol content it is hardly noticeable.

M- This is what seals the deal for me. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other IPAs I have had and very creamy. Carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is amazing. The finish is not as drying as I was expecting...something very welcomed. It is really scary how easy this beer is to drink. Full bomber gone in one short sitting by myself and would have loved another.

If you haven't noticed from this review thus far, I am a very big fan of this beer. I am going to have to try to get another bottle soon. There is a 6 pack of Hopslam sitting in my fridge now. It's sad to think that those will be a little disappointing now...

Photo of terpinsd
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review #1000
22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a bright golden orange color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind, some resin floating at the bottom

S- resinous hop aroma with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange zest & lemon peel leading the way. Underlying notes of pine, floral hop & honey. Faint underlying malt lets the hops shine

T- citrus and tropical hop flavors lead the way with notes of grapefruit juice, orange zest, mango, passionfruit & fresh mint leaves. Underlying notes of pine and floral hops, lightly sweet malt. There’s a fruity linger of wild grape and more mint

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish, exceptional drinkability for the ABV

O- such an easy drinking DIPA that allows the hops to shine, while remaining remarkably drinkable, world class

Photo of dfillius
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's Pub.
A: 3/4 finger head. Cloudy orangey-yellow with greenish edges. A couple floaty bits in it. Terrific head retention! Really tight foam. Only negative was color.
S: A lactosey creaminess. Dank, marijuana smell, piney as well with notes of candy corn coming through later.
T: Smooth entrance with hops easing their way in. Some cooked veggie/carrot taste was the only negative.
M: Mouth watering opening with bitter hops following, but oh so well balanced!
D: Pretty strong, but delicious!

Photo of Dbrulet
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

271st review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A huge two finger head that was pretty resigned to stick around for a bit. A nice golden orange with yellow highlights. Scattered lacing as well.

Smell- I was suprised at the aroma of this one. Some light hops and some tropical and citrusy fruits. A touch lemony to me. A little bit of cream soda.

Drink- This was very good. Was a big and creamy 11% monster. The ABV is well masked and has a nice hop spice with a little dryness.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level. A creamy aftertaste with well rounded flavor profile.

Drink- This was a big beer. I would attempt to drink another but would want to walk afterwards. This was tasty, complex and very creamy.

Photo of Viggo
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again a big thanks to grub for making this one happen. Shared the growler on our last night in Cali, playing cards and reliving memories, great evening.

Pours a clear orangey gold, nice clarity, brilliant colour, thick and insanely chunky white head forms, drops lace like its going out of style, settles down to a thick layer and doesn't go away. Smell is very complex, a bit spicy, pine, grapefruit, sweet caramel and toasty malt middle, honey, oak, wood comes through underneath the hops, vanilla and oranges as well, balanced and complex, alcohol is there but it doesn't jump out. Taste is insane as well, lots of orange, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, caramel and honey, pine, spicy alcohol, all the elements come together nicely and really complement each other, the finish is dry and woody, balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty slick and goes down insanely well for such a big beer, very balanced and enjoyable. Drinkability is good but I think 1/3rd of the growler was the perfect amount for me. This one deserves the accolades, just a great take on a DIPA, many different elements and perfect balance. Thanks Russ!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep amber orange with a healthy, creamy inch of off white head on top. Aroma is huge with a wall of hops...pine resins, citrus and dank herbal notes. Somewhat fruity and tropical along with a caramel/biscuit backbone. A touch of oak. Quite intense and vibrant.

First sip brings a wall of wonderful hops. Huge pine resins alongside citrus and fruity tropical flavors. Dank herbaceous notes with a solid caramel/biscuit malt profile. Flows down with a hardy bitterness and a touch of oak. Alcohol creeps in slightly but overall it's kept in check. Sweetness is well balanced. Exponential Hoppiness is an appropriate name! Yum.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and even a bit creamy. Spot on carbonation, this is incredibly drinkable for the strength and the ABV is non-existent. Overall, just a great super hoppy brew. Glad I was able to get a bottle.

Photo of aquazr1
4.52/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Xul
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent, darker shade of golden with a one finger head that quickly recedes into a light lacing.

S: Hops up front, hops in the middle, backed up by a solid layer of hops. Did I mention hops? Srong tropical fruit notes - mango and papaya - with orange and some pine hints backing it up. If this was a perfume and a woman wore it around me, I'd be instantly smitten.

T: Up front is an earthier hops profile that gives way to the more tropical hops on the backend, with the aftertaste being a blend of the two. Remarkably well balanced for a beer named "Exponential Hoppiness", the hops provide plenty of bitterness and flavor without becoming overbearing or one-dimensional.

M: Smooth and creamy with a perfect level of carbonation. Coats the mouth with oily hints of hops, leaving you wanting more.

D: It's hard to rate an 11% beer as highly drinkable, but against the style and intent of the beer it's hard to knock it. The ABV is well hidden, it's balanced, and drinks ultra smooth. Certainly not something you can session (unless you want to end up passing out in a blissful hop-induced coma), but goes down far too easy.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.