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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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891 Ratings
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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%


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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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 14:23:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.15/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 01:54:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.15/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:51:25 | More by trxxpaxxs
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dogfishandi

New York

3.15/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:16:31 | More by dogfishandi
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 19:22:33 | More by wedgie9
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:14:44 | More by brdc
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jdense

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 17:02:04 | More by jdense
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 18:51:17 | More by Ryan011235
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
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).

Serving type: growler

04-22-2008 04:49:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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pwoods

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:29:02 | More by pwoods
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cetherid

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip

A.

Beer is an orange/amber color with about 2 fingers worth of thick, pillowy eggshell colored head. Great lacing on the glass as well.

S.

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+.

T.

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.

M.

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.

O.

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:20:38 | More by cetherid
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Cisco619

California

3.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:04:33 | More by Cisco619
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:07:15 | More by paco1029384756
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Arbitrator

California

3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:12:04 | More by Arbitrator
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:35:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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vacax

California

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with one and a half fingers to thick foamy white head. Good retention and attractive lacing all around the glass. Aroma is loaded with spicy hops, pine, orange peel, oak, and alcohol tickle the nose. The taste is remarkable in how it meshes a mild sweetness along with the high level of hop character. This probably has something to do with the oak chips helping tie it all together. There is a tongue stinging amount of alpha acids here with gobs of pine and resin and a floral nuance. Personally the hop profile is a little too intense for my taste. Floral, alcoholic, cookielike finish. Medium to full bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Sticky. I like this beer, but the extremes are too accentuated for me... stinging hoppiness followed by sticky sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:51:33 | More by vacax
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whiskeysoda

California

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour (refrigerated and fresh after purchase) with fine bubbles and a thin head; slight particulates.

NOSE is probably the most complex part: fresh hop flowers from the last infusion really stand out, intensely aromatic and sweet with hints of jasmine and kumquat. Hop flower most prominent after letting it warm to slightly under RT.

As far as TASTE is concerned (both chilled and room temp; not much difference), I must give a few extra points considering the 11% abv. Characteristic hop/grapefruit/pine and dried apricot evenly distributed after a processed honey-like entrance. Dangerous!

Despite what would seem a syrupy entrance, the MOUTHFEEL is bright, with a characteristic tang/acridity common in higher-proof IPAs. Bristling both during and after each sip, though...not exactly a pleasant note to leave on.

Nice, though I'd take Pliny the Younger over this as far as triple IPA's go...and P.T.Y. isn't even my favorite IPA. Still, a nice one to try if you haven't, yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 10:52:51 | More by whiskeysoda
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Clear golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves a temporary lacing.
S: Honey, grapefruit, earthy--not resinous, sweet orange and banana and strawberries... pretty good.
T: Pineapple. Like... fresh pineapple. Also, sweet honeycrisp apples. Gin alcohol buzz on the finish. A very mild orange or maybe grapefruit and a slight cheese, bordering cannabis, throughout. This is all right but it really doesn't have the complexity and depth I'd expect.
M: Moderately syrupy, with a quick frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Overall, it's good but not GREAT. There are quite a few better options for DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:00:19 | More by ne0m00re
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.76/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium caramel color, pretty hazy, huge off white head.

Smells super hoppy, big bright spicy kick, lots of bitterness, and also super sweet juicy citrus...peach? Bubblegum? Kindof crazy extremes both going on at once. Not sure if I've smelled anything quite like this, smells great though.

Taste is really unusual, hard to place. Pretty bitter but bitterness is overpowered by sweet citrus and super spicy hops. I don't know if the oddness is malt or hop in origin...I like this but it's kindof confusing to my palette.

Mouthfeel is really good for a high abv IPA, lots of carb but rich thick body too.

Not as straightforwardly awesome as the other Alpine IPAs, but really good and definitely worth trying.

7.7/10

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:50:21 | More by AlexFields
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ryan!

Bomber split two ways - hazy pour....lighter than I expected.

Very floral and resinous. Thick and sweet, with more tropical fruit than citrus - papaya and banana? The smell of this beer exceeds the taste. While inviting on the nose, this beer doesn't hide the alcohol well. Sweetness becomes, not surprisingly, more pronounced as it warms. Scared this could become a diesel banana bomb. Finish is quite woody, like licking an oak plank.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and medium bodied, a bit sluggish and low on the carbonation.

Drinkability is low, a sipper

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:25:17 | More by BarrytheBear
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half off white head that has solid retention but leaves only small amounts of lacing

Smells like a big bag of hops. Grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits dominate a hardly noticeable caramel malt background. Incredible aroma.

Taste has the same flavors as the aroma, but the booze is much more noticeable. Also, as it warms the booze becomes more and more prevalent with a slight medicinal quality showing itself. Still a tasty flavor, just can be a bit much on the boozy side as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:16:00 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer, the beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a white head. the smell is very citrusy with a faint hint of malt. the taste follows suit with a nice citrus flavor but its so smooth and drinkable that there is very little bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little to full for the style. overalll a very good beer but not bitter enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 02:30:38 | More by rowingbrewer
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

latest batch released

thanks to smokepot23

pours copper in color. light fluffy head has hints of cream. great retention and decent lacing. lots of carbonation rising through out.

light sweet citrus up front, with tangerine and orange with hints of grapefruit. slight caramel malts

citrus hops are light. decent bitterness through out, although more mellow than the draft. very strong dark caramel malt backbone. does not really taste like a triple IPA, more of a double. light booze towards the end.

light to moderate, has a bit of tingle on the gums. this and the alcohol warm it up a notch.

nothing really stands out here, besides bitterness. the malts are quite powerful which leads to its demise as it ages a bit. this was decent and enjoyable but not something i would want THAT often. it needs something else in the hops, more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:17:32 | More by hooliganlife
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Exceedingly large thanks to nyrangersfan for this one.

3.5 A: Hazy dark yellow color. One and a half fingers of 1/2 frothy, 1/2 creamy head. Average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Hops aren't as strong as I was expecting, but there certainly is more malt. Piney hops foremost with pineapple and grapefruit. There is an underlying oakiness, but nothing to write home about. A little boozy with strong barleywine-esque malts.

4.0 T: A mix of lots of malts and lots of hops. Barleywine style DIPA for sure. Hops are more fruity than they are piney with pineapple and grapefruit stealing the show again. Bitterness (which doesn't seem harsh anyway) is very much softened by the residual malt sweetness. Malts are strong in a neutral way, somewhere between bready and grainy. The pitfall of this brew is that the booziness is a bit too strong. Hopslam, for example, is just as high in ABV, but the alcohol is much better hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body or perhaps even lighter heavy. Good carbonation and reasonably creamy. Lingering hop bitterness and booze on finish.

3.5 D: Pretty good brew. I like maltier DIPAs, but the alcohol is a bit too strong in this one. Still, I was glad to get ahold of this and would buy it occasionally if it were available.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 02:43:33 | More by DavoleBomb
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Cavery

California

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Alpine today, and what a joy! Expo Hop on tap!

Review from notes.

A: Smelted gold with a core of solar flares. A modest foamy head of about two fingers rises from the glass. Ultra fine ivory bubbles form over the gold bar body. Yellows dominate the outside of the beer, but a battle between yellows and oranges ensues in the body for color dominance. speckled lacing peppers the glass, not too much to mention.

S: The nose is pretty darn crazy! Tamarind and lime salts meld together for a uniquely malt sweet nose. Sugary saltwater taffy that is sticky with sweetness. This is a sticky bomb of sweetness. Sugar crystals form on honey-sickles. Blossomy orange notes keep me from contracting diabetes. Hops were actually faint behind alcohol infused honeys. Really I got a dominating sweetness out of this.

T: Blossoms, Alcohol, and some rather hoppy nectars. The alcohol really rides this pretty heavily. A real honey-mead character that really complicate my flavor description. A lemony alcohol lingers with the specters of some hops. The alcohol slayed a lot of complexity for me here. The alcohol was the dragon-slayer, and the hops the dragon. It was there for a bit, but then the hero prevailed.

M: Silky alcohols and honey mix for an enjoyable introduction to this beer. The alcohol keeps the honey qualities from being too sticky, and perhaps contributes to limiting the hop presence for me in breaking up any hop resins. The bubbles give the beer an almost spicy like mouthfeel. The bubbles vibrate the alcohol a little bit. Eventually the alcohol coats the tongue with a less than sticky honey-marmalade glaze.

O: Really quite good, but the big alcohol character was a bit too much for me. I found it to be a well integrated element, but still rather dominating. Don't get me wrong, I expected this to be a stronger beer. Though the alcohol became quite the flavor inhibitor after a half glass. If you want to numb up to a brew, drink exponential hoppiness. You will be able to do things like go to the dentist after. If you want to be able to get introspective about your palate, then I recommend practicing with a less taxing offering. Honestly my least favorite Alpine IPA. It's not badly made, but it just doesn't compare to any one of the other great IPAs I associate with Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

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