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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,426
Gots: 66 | 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:
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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Photo of rawfish
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 WillCarrera
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Auracom
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How fitting, the guy that deserves a huge thanks for getting this to me is the reviewer right below me. Muchos gracias, John!

22 oz. bottle poured on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Hazy, medium orange coloring. Super fluffy, creamy, white, two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Visually, this is a hefty DIPA (or rather, a hefty TIPA?)

S - Dank, heaps of citrus, pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, giant malts, slight alcohol.

T - Nuances abound here. The hops are certainly contained, perhaps recessed. Massive candied malts, caramel. Plentiful tropical notes of virtually every fruit you could name, honey, graham crackers. No alcohol warming but I sense the absolute lightest touch of it in the taste.

M - Very creamy. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, which is helpful to push the massive amount of flavor through. Lingering sweet finish.

D - It's amazingly balanced considering the depth of the flavor profile. Stupidly drinkable. I do wonder, how close would this be to an excellently-balanced American Barleywine?

Photo of KAP1356
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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 orbitalr0x
4.53/5  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 OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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 Xul
4.53/5  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.

Photo of dfillius
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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 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 khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tropical paradise, this. Walking down the beach with fingers intertwined and a smile, the perfectly clear skies highlighting the orange sunset... a few wisps of cloud drifting by, but not tarrying, and we begin to skip through the waves, kicking water all over one another.
The wind wafts over us with the beautiful aromas of the island: Honeydew melon, pineapple, a faint bit of grapefruit, and some sweet alcohol rounding it out... but I thought they grew hops here? All I'm smelling is fruit, not the familiar grapefruit rind or pine tree... I cast a puzzled glance at her, she doesn't care, it's the farthest thing from her mind.
Then for the flavour... all of the fruits are there, to be sure, but overridden by a very impressive plant-like hop flavour, as if a low-alpha hop was dropped into the glass, you half expect to have to chew a bit. The fruity notes, however, seem to be much more prevalent than any malt characteristics, but it works very well, especially with the massive hop flavour. Not so much bitterness, but flavour.
I like this much more than the aroma. I have to smile as I kick some sand towards her. She smiles back.
The body is medium-thin but lightly syrupy, with a faintly warming finish and a clean, very lightly dry finish. And, one must admit, this is absolutely the most drinkable 11% beer ever made, at least in my experience. Too bad there isn't a higher score than 5.
It's an island paradise. A one-of-a-kind experience, to be sure. Strange and delicious. We wish these moments, these moments we live for... well, we wish they could last.

Photo of Telix
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.52/5  rDev +1.8%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love casual Fridays. An opportunity to update the tasting list with notes from the past. Today's come from the Double IPA festival in 2006.

A much lighter than expected appearance, a hazy, yet somewhat vibrant yellow. A very sweet, citrus and pine aroma. I mean, I don't think I've smelled something so sugary AND hoppy. Quite nice and unique. We're talking like tropical citrus up in this.

Taste, a big beer, big on the hops, a little lower on the bitterness, alcohol is there, but far from overwhelming. Mouthfeel alternates between sticky and then gets dry thankfully. Nice. Would love to try and get a hold of this stuff in the bottle. One of the best breweries with very little distribution.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.