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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,406
Gots: 65 | 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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1/5  rDev -77.5%

SideHillFarm, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of fishguyac
1/5  rDev -77.5%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of leschkie
2.75/5  rDev -38.1%

leschkie, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.78/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Bobby8405. Word up Bob.

A - It first pours like flat orange cask ale, then it slowly develops a voluminous head and great lace, like a nitro-brew. Strange.

S - Quite grapefruit hoppy, and the malt has a grapefruit-rye pungency that is fairly dominant. Not the best aromatics.

T - The flavor is very much reminiscent of fresh American Barleywine. The hop is there, but so is huge malt and booze. The flavor is messy, to me. Grapefruit, raisins, licorice, flat-out maltiness, just a bunch of trainwrecking dynamics. I am not sure why I have such a differing viewpoint as to the quality of this brew, but I just don't see anything above mediocre in it.

M - Hot and sticky. A loser.

D - This is like the malt liquor of DIPA. Not recommended.

ktrillionaire, May 17, 2010
Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -32.4%

Desp59, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of mwbrady12
3/5  rDev -32.4%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -32.4%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rainblows
3/5  rDev -32.4%

Rainblows, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.15/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

big thanks to LaChupacabra for all the Alpine!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Boulevard tulip. split with trxxpaxxs. from the latest release.

pours a slightly hazy golden, light orange color with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing.

big vegetal hops, mostly onion and garlic, a bit of some cooked veggies. im having a hard time picking much else out, not very enjoyable.

again, onion, garlic, and other such cooked veggies come in big time. kind of off putting. very dank. there is a touch of pineapple and caramel malt if you dig deep enough.

pretty decent mouthfeel, hides the ABV very well and a pleasent bitterness.

overall, i was very perplexed by this beer, it was just overrun with vegetable flavors. i really had a hard time picking much else out and as a result, the second half of the glass was sadly a drain pour. hard to believe seeing as how Nelson is one of my all time favorite IPAs.

dogfishandi, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.15/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Embarrased to say I forgot who sent this to me. However, whoever you are, thanks a million for the opportunity. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a semi-clear orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with little stick.

S: Nose is a hop monster that I can smell as soon as a pour it. Citrus, pine, and strong resin hop aromas envelop a subtle cane sugar and booze. One of the most aromatic I've ever come across. No mistaking what's going on in this one.

T: For a IIPA, this is a huge malt bomb. Opens papaya, orange, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Cane sugar sweetness right off the bat lingers into the middle. Resiny hop in the background makes this one interesting but there's a complete lack of bitterness until the very end. Piney and resiny hops surface right at the finish. Aftertaste is brown sugar and stick hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and subtley carbonated. Oily and smooth in the mouth. Abrasive and sticky on the palate. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Do I like the flavor profile here? Yes... tropical fruit, cane sugar, slight hoppiness... what's not to like? Is it style appropriate? Heck no, not even close. Still, a very interesting beer to say the least. Worth trying but not going out of your way for.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.15/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to dogfishandi for splitting this bottle.

A: Pours a wonderful translucent gold. There is about a half finger of white head that settles quickly into a bunch of large bubbles that line the edges of the glass. There isn't much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is definitely hoppy, but I'm getting a lot of onion and vegetable. In fact, those two smells are dominating. I'm already getting a bit disappointed with this beer.

T: The flavors in this beer are a bit off putting. I'm getting onion, boiled cabbage, carrot, a touch of pine in the finish. I really want to like this beer, but I just can't.

M: Medium bodied beer. The onion and vegetable notes linger on the palate for awhile, but I'd prefer that they wouldn't.

O: I'm sincerely shocked by this beer. I was expecting hop bomb deliciousness, and I was supremely let down. This beer is onion and boiled cabbage, and it's almost undrinkable. Duet is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, but this beer falls way short of that standard.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

littlebeer, Nov 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

Herky21, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of wedgie9
3.45/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear orange with an average white head and good lacing. Nose is very sweet with a hint of candied lemon and some breadiness. This beer is almost marshmallow sweet with a hint of citrus and the hops really delayed until the finish. The body is full with nice carbonation and a beautiful hops finish.

wedgie9, Sep 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

GuisseppeFranco, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Dajtai007, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
Large capped bottle, thanks to a kind BA at DLD.

Poured into aampling glass, golden in color, with a nice off white head that shows average retention.
Aroma is a hint of things to come, with a very strong malty backbone, more sweetness than hoppiness present. Citric fruits, but not a lot else round up the aroma.
Nearly full bodied, it shows heavy doses of malts and hops, with a lot of citric fruits, and a lot of caramel sweetness, but again, not a lot else.
This one, in my opinion, comes to prove yet again that just pouring large amounts of hops and malts does not make a great beer.

brdc, Jul 30, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

chadwicktorres, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

djrn2, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle procured at Texas Wine and Liquor, Carlsbad, CA, shared with Baker City Boys 9.15.11, $16+tax, ouch!

Nary any head, small ring around edge of glass produced some decent spider-legs after swirling, a few small trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Light amber color, clear. Nose features the oak quite prominently, not picking up much hops, a bit of citrus, along with some caramel. Taste mirrors nose, once again not picking up a lot of hops, the oak 'dry hop' is quite prominent in the taste too. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium, sticky, significant amount of alcohol heat. While I appreciate the grail status of this beer, I just don't get it aroma or tastewise. We did a side by side with Barley Brown's Tank Slapper, and IMO there's just no comparison. Glad I was able to share this with the homeys, but I'll opt for the Nelson or Duet next time.

jdense, Sep 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Zaximus, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into some tall heavy Seas glass on 8/21/11

Many thanks to nrbw23

Clear, faded and paled amber. One finger head. Thin retention but very good lace.

Dense hop aromas. Pine and citrus - grapefruit, pineapple and such. Candied citrus. Deep, grainy malt tones. Smells a bit sweet. Tastes a bit sweet, too. Sweet grain offsets pine hops and undertones of citrus. It isn't an overly bitter beer, though. Full body with lower carbonation. Kind of slick with alcohol heat.

Pretty nice. I'd really like to try it fresh on tap sometime.

Ryan011235, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber/copper with some light ruby highlights and pretty good clarity. Decent head on the pour with a thick skim of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Good hop aroma. Citrus isn't as big as I'd expecting, the sweet malts seem to overbalance the citrus a bit. Still lots of pine and oils. Malts, again, are sweet and rich with caramel and toffee notes and maybe a dark fruitiness.

T/M: Bitterness isn't nearly as strong as I'd anticipated. Citrus and pine are tasty. The malts again seem to overbalance the hops a bit. Thick, rich, sweet with the caramel notes and some fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol squeaks out as it warms but overall it's surprisingly well hidden. Body is nearly full with average carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for 10.5% but not the hop monster triple IPA that I had expected.

pwoods, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well carbonated pour from the growler easily produces a three-finger thick, creamy textured, light tan colored crown of froth. The beer is a lightly orange tinged, full amber color that shows a lightly hop-hazed, orange-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is very sticky with hop notes; candied grapefruit, huge lychee, apricot & other tropical fruit notes are quite noticeable even while pouring this brew. A focused sampling of the aroma gets aromatic notes that lean much more towards the herbal / pine side of the spectrum. Though the beer still smells of sticky, sugar preserved hop buds. The sharper side of the hop produces notes of grass, pine sap, some slight chive notes, a huge hemp oil contribution. It is interesting that this was so intensely fruity smelling as I was pouring it, but that a focused inspection of the aroma is much more dominated by concentrated herbal & essential oil components.

Sweet and thick tasting with a ton of residual malt sugars, these are not by any means overwhelming though as this has a huge hop character that easily offsets the malt; in fact the residual malt sugars are not even overly noticeable because of all the hop character. Sharply bitter, with lots of green, astringent hop notes and a finish that tastes like what I would imagine chewing on a fat, juicy, marijuana bud (though there is lots of malt to keep this from becoming over-bearing). Up front and through to the middle some nice, underlying citrus & tropical fruit flavors are found; these contribute flavors of lychee, candied ruby-red-grapefruit, orange-marmalade and peach concentrate. This is clearly dominated by the greener hop flavors; in addition to the piquantly expressive hemp-oil flavor there are notes of chives, mentholated pine, lots of herbal turpenes (rosemary, garlic chive and a touch of sage oil). Thick and chewy, this is approaching a Barleywine in heft, it just retains enough lightness to retain the IPA allusions though. The plethora of hop character also keeps this from every getting sticky or cloying. The malt character is clearly a supporting character, really not noticeable on its own, but it plays a significant role in carrying the hop character.

My second pour of this beer reminds me how very well carbonated this beer is; visually it is quite apparent, but the beer is thick enough that it is not as noticeable in the flavor as one might think, though it does add a certain prickle / lightness to the beer as it flows across the tongue. This beer doesn't seem to take to warming as much as some, the combination of hops and alcohol gets a bit harsh after a bit.

Big, powerful, overbearing, an exercise in self inflicted tongue flagellation, but is it good. It most certainly is, but it is a bit too astringent & hemp-oil dominated for me. There are times when I can enjoy a scathing, tongue scraping, astringently hoppy beer, but most times I like something a bit more drinkable. Definitely a beer for the enthusiastic hop head. I am not sure if I am getting more discriminating or if I am just getting burned out on over-the-top beers, but this is not nearly as enjoyable as I expected. I really do enjoy excessive amounts of hops in a beer, but it has to have a drinkability and finesse that this beer just doesn't quite have. Still this is a good beer, though it is one I really only want a 12 oz serving of (luckily I could share my growler, because there was no way I would finish it on my own).

Gueuzedude, Apr 22, 2008
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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.