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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,438
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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 OStrungT
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.5%

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 dfillius
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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 FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%

Photo of Xul
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The aromas was super piney and the floral hops really making a statemen. It had lots of citrus and grapefruit notes alongside oaky notes and a malt presence; very nice potent nose. Like the aroma the flavor was super piney with floral hops and citrus grapefruit that really help propel the overall bitterness but still had oaky, slight pineapple, and grass earthy accents. Well still being a huge hop bomb it also had a good malt backbone which balanced out the big hop punchiness. The brew was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a piney hop citric crsip and bitter finish. Regardless of all the hop mayhem it still drank wonderfull and is a great example of a west coast hop bomb. If your a hop head this is sure to punch you palate nice. Great job alpine.

Photo of tjmackie
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeremy_H
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light hazy honey amber color with a huge two finger semi-loose foamy off white head that fades slowly leaving tons of Belgian lacing with each mouthful. The smell is an awesome aggressive and inviting; floral tropical citrus fruits with pine accents and a malty oak aged vanilla sweetness. Sweet tropical fruit and piny resin lace is offset by the strong malt and the vanilla character coming from the oak chips. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated medium full bodied creamy texture with an over the top grassy pine after taste that lingers well. Over 10% ABV this one is one hell of a drinker. Got this one from Geoi's people.

Photo of Telix
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine west coast beer from a trade with olibeer22. Poured from the bomber into a DFH chalice:

A: It pours fairly cloudy and opaque, with a brownish yellow color, and a small head that slips away. The carbonation isn't immediately evident, but there is a dense carbonation visible in the brew. Swirling the glass brings up quite a bit more carbonation, it looks like a whole new pour. The cloudiness isn't super nice, but as the beer warms in the bottle it pours more clearly.

S: Tropical fruits, candied apricot, lemon peel, maple, piney freshness, nice, fairly forward, and pretty different.

T: VERY different, and a bit odd initially. As I got accustomed to it, the beer slowly revealed itself. It's initially quite resinous, not quite solventy, but there is a sweet/spicy/zesty thing going on. The bitterness is amazingly controlled, with no tongue bite at all. There is a bit of mild alkalinity through the mid-palate, but it fades and gives way to a sweet finish. While still a bit chilled, there is a thinness on the edges that makes it not fully realized. LET THIS BEER WARM UP.

As it warms, the beer comes into its own, and gets solid. Some mild vanilla and oak flavors come out, and the finish gets warmer and boozier with some heat in the back of the mouth. It still has some odd, resinous tang, but it's more of a statement now, and one that speaks powerfully. The tropical fruits come out more with the warmth, as well, which I missed while it was cold. Fantastic.

M: Thick, creamy, chewy, and great. Perfect mouthfeel.

D: It took a bit of time for this beer to warm up to reach its peak - let it get warmer than you think it should! Once it warms up it integrates nicely and the flavors reach their peak. The controlled bitterness is unexpected and welcome, as so many huge IPAs let their alkaline flavors run free. Each sip reveals something new. A highly recommended big American IPA that takes some time to show its colors.

Photo of SShelly
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light amber with decent head, ok retention, looks like a beer, yay!

Aroma is wonderful citrus hops, grapefruit, really fills the nose, suprisingly a little bit of malt in the nose.

Flavor is more balanced than expected, suprememly drinkable blend of malt and excellent citrus hops. lots of grapefruit. nice malt backbone kinda suprised me, was expecting a bigger bitter bite.

Overall damn tasty, will grab another if I see it.

Photo of spicelab
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.