Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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2.78/5 rDev -37.5%
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.
05-17-2010 14:23:25 | More by ktrillionaire
3.15/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
02-13-2012 23:16:31 | More by dogfishandi
3.15/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
11-24-2010 01:54:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.15/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
02-11-2012 23:51:25 | More by trxxpaxxs
3.45/5 rDev -22.5%
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.
09-18-2010 19:22:33 | More by wedgie9
3.5/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
07-30-2010 02:14:44 | More by brdc
3.5/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
09-16-2011 17:02:04 | More by jdense
3.53/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-05-2011 18:51:17 | More by Ryan011235
3.58/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
01-29-2010 05:29:02 | More by pwoods
3.58/5 rDev -19.6%
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).
04-22-2008 04:49:25 | More by Gueuzedude
3.63/5 rDev -18.4%
poured into a tulip
Beer is an orange/amber color with about 2 fingers worth of thick, pillowy eggshell colored head. Great lacing on the glass as well.
An absolute hop bomb on the nose. The aromas I am getting are onions, weed, grapefruit, very sweet malts, alcohol and perhaps a touch of pineapple. This reminds a lot of Devil Dancer with the exception of subtle fruitiness I pick up in this one. I wasn't really a fan of this years DD and this one is slightly better, but still a little too over the top for me with the plant dominance. I'm not getting the citrus dominance that many are describing in previous reviews. If judging this based on how strong the aroma is, it's a definitely A+.
A little less enjoyable than the nose. Big time bitterness and a fairly big sweetness to this one. The bitterness is right up front, then the tastes of onions (not really pleasant), plants and citrus rinds that meld with a very big sweetness that could be described as sticky/sweet plant nectar. A few aspects of the taste I like but again, the onion/plant notes are a little too dominant for me to enjoy finishing off a whole bomber.
Medium bodied with great carbonation. Fairly sticky/syrupy as it cloys to your lips and mouth however the high ABV give the tongue a slightly drying finish.
Definitely a powerful DIPA...along with Devil Dancer, probably the strongest DIPA I've had going by taste and aroma. I prefer the more citrus or dank-forward DIPAs but the plants and onion is a little too much for my palate personally. It is in fact a nice looking beer and I like how powerful the flavor and aromas are, I just don't enjoy these "specific" flavors and aromas.
08-07-2011 23:20:38 | More by cetherid
3.65/5 rDev -18%
22oz bottle poured into Ballast Point pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy golden amber with 3 fingers of white head after a vigorous pour. The way the carbonation slowly bubbles up the glass, overcoming the hop oils is mesmerizing.
S: Mango & pineapple. A nice hop dankness rounds out the scent before getting hit with that tropical fruit sweetness. Quite enticing.
T: Dank hops & bready malts. Very mild hop bitterness rolls through to the back of the tongue leading to a crisp finish. Not as intense as the nose, but nice balance.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop tackyness. Slight bitterness mingles with the carbonation to tickle the tongue. Dry finish that leaves a hop oil veil in the mouth.
O: Good but not great. Maybe fresher this is a more intense beer. Good nose, but doesn't follow through to the taste. Still better than alot of overly bitter, unbalanced hop bombs masquerading as palatable ipa's.
10-21-2011 02:04:33 | More by Cisco619
3.68/5 rDev -17.3%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of BrianTheBrewer30. Thanks Brian.
A: The pour is a clear, bright orange-copper body with tons of off-white head. Nice lace deposited down the sides of the glass.
S: Huge citrus (grapefruit, pineapple), tannins, mild pine, and dominant, huge bread. I had pictured some citrus bomb on the nose. Not quite what I expected. Tannins?! It's a little maltier than I would have expected.
T: Starts off with grapefruit and proceeds to get more tropical as the taste progresses. Enter pineapple, apricot, peach, and lychee. The finish draws to an astringent, tannic close. It's fairly malty, though that's not very noticeable when the beer is fresh. Boy does this thing drop off fast though! I had two bottles a week apart, and the second one was noticeably worse.
M: Light-medium bodied. Moderate-high carbonation. Semi-dry. There is NO heat on this beer whatsoever. Very smooth. But it has a light astringency that gives the impression of a burning finish.
D: I enjoy this beer, but it's the weakest one in Alpine's lineup. I'd have it again, but if I were forced to choose between it and comparably fresh Pure Hoppiness or Duet, I'd go with the latter two. It's simply maltier than I care for, and it falls off so quickly that the effect is especially magnified for any bottles over two weeks old.
02-13-2011 04:12:04 | More by Arbitrator
3.68/5 rDev -17.3%
Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color with one and a half fingers of thick, sticky white head.
Scent of peaches, mango, pineapple, banana, star fruit, sugars, light caramel, sweet hops, bread, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of cream. Very sweet, but not overly so, and with a nice hop presence, but not as strong as I was expecting. A great scent, overflowing with tropical fruit and hops.
Taste of caramel, sugars, sweet, spicy hops, mango, and pineapple. Too much caramel and maltiness combined with very little bitterness makes for one disappointing Imperial IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick with a good bite of carbonation.
01-10-2010 07:07:15 | More by paco1029384756
3.7/5 rDev -16.9%
Faintly fuzzy tangerine with golden honey accents and streams of energetic carbonation. The upper third of the glass is filled with ivory colored foam that is an appealing mixture of creaminess and sticky bubbles. Great glass coverage allows the appearance score to be rounded up rather than down.
Too bad that Alpine doesn't publish the hop bill. Juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit and zesty orange guarantee that the little green cones are of American origin. Nothing else will do in a 'San Diego Pale Ale'. Notes of caramel-butterscotch are slightly worrying... and they even pull even with the hops as the beer warms.
This offering has been on my short list of most-favored wants since my Pure Hoppiness review back in 2004. Amazing beer to the nth power could only be even more amazing, right? Well... not exactly. As the label implies, is EH equal to PH squared? No it isn't.
At this point in its lifespan (late December 2009 release) Exponential Hoppiness is not my kind of DIPA. And it isn't going to improve from this point forward, since alcohol mellowing will be accompanied by hop mellowing. Negatives include too much caramel, too much oak, too much alcohol harshness and not enough bright hop flavor. That last one is the biggest negative by far.
Alpine should know better than to give us yet another hoppy American barleywine rather than a true blue, pale malted, hopped-to-the-gills DIPA. Something akin to Russian River Pliny The Younger was expected, but that is definitely not what was delivered. Has this beer always tasted like this or did they change things up for the first bottling?
The mouthfeel is American big beer good. It's both firm and full, without being sappy or sticky. The carbonation isn't as rambunctious as feared. It adds just the right amount of energy without crossing the line into annoying.
Exponential Hoppiness is the biggest disappointment of the year so far and is exhibit 'A' in proving that ridiculous hopping rates do not always result in amazing beer... even from a brewery that knows what amazing beer is all about. It looks like Pure Hoppiness is still the king. Thanks to iowahawk for the bomber.
02-17-2010 15:35:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.