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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,407
Gots: 61 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
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Topher78, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Got directly from Alpine thru Ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass after getting to proper temperature. No dating info but picked up day of release. Was a slightly hazy orange color with slight carbonation. It had about a finger of off-white head that slowly settled to a thick collar and thin covering film. Great lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was great. Very hoppy from the c-hops and grapefruit with touch of pine but also very sweet from the caramel malt and tropical fruit (mango maybe). Enjoyed the tropical fruit addition and the malt smoothness but wouldn't have minded the balance leaning a bit more towards the hop. The taste follows the aroma and again very hoppy but also lots of sweet. The malt keeps the hop from dominating and smooths out the finish. Again, I enjoyed the taste and scored it to that but was a bit of a letdown on what I expected. The mouthfeel was creamy with good carbonation and a malty/grapefruit aftertaste. The 11% ABV never shows at all in the aroma or taste but you do feel it some at the end.

Overall, this is an exceptional 3xIPA even though it was a little sweeter than I expected. Ignoring expectations, it is an outstanding beer. Very drinkable and flavorwise could be a session beer but the 11% would catch up with you quickly. Very interesting beer and another homerun from Alpine. Rotation - not avail in TX so got from Ummagum and Milt. If here, a couple bottles a year for sure. As is, we'll try to get several each release.

TexIndy, Jan 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Bomber with huge thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKennedy. Reviewed from scrappy notes.

Bright apricot, clear as, with a white head of about a finger. Okay retention.

Floral potpourri, tangerine, tan bark, massively tangy grass and tangerine. The oak chips give a distinct lifted roundness. Amazing.

Cumquat, rotting mangoes, orange crush behind bucketloads of that virtually indescribable sharp, savoury, vegetal, nutty oakiness.

Big-time chewy body. Medium carbonation with no hint of booze. Deceptively high but unobtrusive bitterness with good length.

Crazy stuff. At times the bracing oak chip character verged on overwhelming, but mostly I loved it.

spicelab, Mar 17, 2012
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javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Thanks to Freddie for this bottle. 22oz drank out of a crappy highball style glass. Living the hotel life this week...

A- Clear, golden color, with a touch of amber. A fairly light white soapy head forms, but falls off pretty quickly. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet malt and piney hops. I also get quite a bit of citrusy/grapefruity smells. The hops have a very fresh aroma.

T- Starts very smooth and malty, and transitions to a wonderful complex floral hoppy flavor. Notes of grapefruit and lemon, with more piney resin flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is awesome. Perfect blend of carbonation and body. It just rolls wonderfully on and off the tongue. The aftertaste is prominent, but not overwhelming.

D- It's a little big, but still very drinkable. Everytime I take a sip, it's like a whole new complex hoppy experience. This is probably my favorite of all the Alpine IPAs.

Gfunk720, Mar 13, 2011
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Drank from my Duvel tulip.

Big thanks to Nicks6217

A - Pours a cloudy light Honey colour, with a White head that lines the glass well.

S - Aromas of Pineapple and Honey malt, with a strong hoppy backbone.

T - Strong hoppy flavours, pineapple, blood orange and a strong bitter finish. A nice malty backbone.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation

O - Intense hoppy beer and i'm recommending this as a must try.

eric5bellies, Jul 29, 2012
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DCRA, Jun 07, 2012
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22oz bottle thanks to nogidrew86 for throwing it in as a very generous extra!!!

Poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with less than a finger head that leaves nothing more than a bright white rim around the glass. Doesn't leave much head retention but the legs are there to remind you this is %10.

S- Like I expected, huge tropical fruit notes up front. Mango, peach, citrus, grapefruit. But on top of that is has the more earthy side to it with pine, dank resin, celery, and grass. Has a slight caramel maltiness to it as well as a hint of alcohol that stings the nose slightly. Can get my nose out of the glass haha

T- First thing I noticed is the more earthy hop flavors come through like pine, dank resin, fresh grass, and celery which I love! The fruitiness is more subtle and well-balanced and creates a nice overall sweetness to the strong bitter brutal hop take over in your mouth. Also the malts are way more apparent and provide a sweet body and base as well as a solid creamy more full body. Not getting the alcohol really, the hops drown out the harshness but they don't stop you from feeling it.

M- Medium to fuller body with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall I gotta give it up to Alpine. I'll admit this is my first triple IPA but god damn is it worth every penny and second of labor that went into this beer; not to mention all the hype. Get this beer if you can, you will not regret it one bit. A true defining example of what a hop bomb should be.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Aug 21, 2011
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.