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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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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cjever19

California

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance - Poured 3 days later from the growler fill at the source. Appears clear and filtered, a light golden-orange color. Poured a 3 finger foamy head. Lingered until half way through. Ring around the glass lingered the rest of the way through.

Aroma - Very unique. I get tropical fruits and citrus. Pineapple, apricot, peach.

Taste - Like biting into a hybrid megafruit. Mango, papaya, pineapple. Gently followed by a bittering agent and perfect carbonation, maybe a bit of alcohol. Nice balance. Not a hop tea, some malty taste too.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body. After the bitter, resinous tongue twisting, leaves me with a silky smooth feel.

This gets much better after it looses the chill and airs out a bit. Don't drink it too fast. At 11% it creeps up on ya. Drink Alpine or go to Bed.

03-14-2010 06:00:11 | More by cjever19
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours dark copper with a slight haze. A fullish rush of fine carbonation swells up a inch-plus head of off-white.
Ripped sheets of clingy foam, and a full coverage skim coat remains throughout.

Pungently hoppy with oak-laden malt undertones.
Grapefruit pith, candied bitter orange peel, pine resin, freshly turned earth, and oak bark. Alcohol is everpresent with each whiff.

Sticky, sappy, chewy mouthfeel. Tongue- coating, and on the thick side of medium.

Bitter spruce sap, citrus oils, leafy hops, and juicy malt lead off the pallet. An oaky dryness steps forward along with warming alcohol. Lingering bitterness, ripe fruit, and forest floor are a mainstay for each sip.
A whallop of grapefruit, pine needles, and oaky malt.

Quite malty for an IIPA, and approaching barleywine territory, but stopping short.
A bit numbing in the nose and pallet, with the onslaught of hops and alcohol.

Similar to Hopsickle, but more malty, and the oaking adds some nice depth, which rounds out the brew as well.

Update 1/21/10..22oz bottle arrived fresh today.

Pungent nose chock full of tangerines, spruce needles, grapefruit and oak shavings. Sweetish and tropical.

Crisp, juicy mouthfeel with a slightly chewy body.

Tangerine, grapefruit, pine bark, and juicy fruit start the palate. A slight numbness approaches but stops short of overly bitter. Sweetish and very tropical with piney undertones.

Finishes with lingering citrus pith, warming alcohol, and a mildly gripping bitterness. A trace of oak is there if you look.

The bottle version is not as oaky or malty as I remember the growler being, and also the aroma is not as pungent and floral.
Still probably one of the best IIPA's I've had in a bottle.

04-25-2008 00:25:43 | More by brewandbbq
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

From a 22 oz. bomber, thanks Jon,

A: Pours a lightly murky yellow orange with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Dank with a lot of greeness and pot. Hint of Brussels sprouts, lots of white grapefruit.

T: Has more sweetness than I expected which is fine since it works well with the beer. Some oak tannin with a boatload of pineapple, passion fruit and grapefruit. Expansive and big.

M: Full-bodied, silky, super hop oily, smooth for sure.

O: A really good beer, well balanced between the hops and the malt, well done. Reminds me somewhat of Avery Majahraja, they both have a little more residual sugar than you'd expect in a West Coast style beer of its type. It works there, it works here.

02-09-2012 00:41:41 | More by Halcyondays
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HopHobo

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

I split this desired DIPA with my wife after a stout tasting night and it was a really nice way to end the evening. The beer pours a light copper color with a very nice 2 fingers of white foamy head. Leaves a good amount of foamy lacying on the glass as I consume it. The smell is very very hoppy. Citrus hops dominate the aroma with effervescent bubbley carbonation that kind of reminds me of champagne a little. I do detect subtle notes of sweet malt in the aroma as well....but it smells like a hop bomb. The flavor is a little more balanced than the nose and the maltiness does come through a little bit more to help balance out some of the intense hoppiness of the beer. Still extremely hoppy. I loved my first sip, didn't care much for the next couple, but as it warmed it actually became a bit easier to tolerate some of the hoppiness. The alcohol is disguised very well by the hops. I love the mouthfeel of this beer. As I mentions it almost has a champagne type quality and I can fee the bubbles in my most even as I hold the drink on my tongue....very cool. I like this IPA. I think I like Pure Hoppiness a bit more as its a balances a little better, but when you ask for a hop bomb you get one with this beer. Thanks javib458 for the great extra....very happy to check this one off my list. Cheers!

01-16-2010 16:23:55 | More by HopHobo
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottle courtesy of gregoryG, who went to the trouble of sending this one again after the first package encountered a terrible fate somewhere in the heartland. Many thanks to a great trader. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky and surprisingly unattractively-hued dull, muddy amber that collectively produces a color nearly shade of brown bottle glass. Holding this one up to the light does improve the hue somewhat - it's in actuality a dark ruddy amber, full of a huge amount of very fine, pinprick carbonation that rains up in thin, delicate curtains, almost like grains of sand in a big, beer-filled hourglass. What the color doesn't do for me, though, the head more than makes up for. It's big (but not enormous) and its immaculately creamy. A solid one finger of dense, rocky, and very lightly tanned head - sort of the color you'd imagine a DIPA of this hue to be, really - that has amazing retention, both surely because of the huge and well-distributed carbonation as well as what I'm sure are the exponential amount of hops in this one. The retention is seriously fantastic, and it leaves huge crystalline ice patterns spewed and strewn all across the sides, sticky, frothy, and foamy, exhibiting patterns similar to those you see on dunes at the beach during a really windy day, with successive sips resulting in new splashes of gorgeously expressive eruptions, as if a new gust of wind just came in, shook the proverbial Etch A Sketch, but left something equally as impressive. The color is my only real "knock" here.

Aroma: Beautifully bright and amazingly aromatic, a very earthy and sweet malt foundation underpins a gorgeous hop bouquet, fruity, floral, and wonderfully herbal ... ly. Tons of crisp, fresh herbs - spicy chives and rosemary are the first note you get, though they fade after repeated "sniffs," alongside juniper, and wintergreen - intermingle with spicy, sappy, sticky pine. Tobacco is fairly pungent, particularly as it warms (my nose fills in the gestalt with smoke, ironically), and the obligatory (and soon prominent) pineapple, grapefruit, and pithy, freshly squeezed orange juice. As this one nears room temperature, the pithy citrus and thick, leafy, almost pot-like (note: I have never smoked pot, but I have smelled it, and there are serious olfactories overlaps) in its musty thickness. Heavens.

Taste: Ahhh, sweet, sweet west coast DIPAs. There's really nothing like them. Like drinking a glass of freshly squeezed, overly sweetened, and marvelously bittered fruit juice. The underlying malt base is characterized by being fairly heavily caramelized but also decidedly on the sweet side of things, showcasing caramel, toffee, and ... well, I'm sure a bunch of other malt notes, but they're hardly what matters here. The bitterness is bold, smooth at the front, but pretty thrashingly tongue buckling near the middle and through til the finish, leaving a potent aftertaste. The hop profile is, of course, marvelous - a little less "west coasty" really than many west coast DIPAs, if I do say so. That is, in addition to the marvelous array of tropical fruits - huge ruby red grapefruit, sticky pineapple, peach, kiwi, strawberries, lychee, and surely tons of others beyond and in between these that I can't quite discern - you get definite leafy, chewy tobacco and earthy, woody, green herbal mint (from the hopback? the dry hopping?) that lend a tip of the hat to the east coast, and a mildly spicy but definitely estery spruce note. Stellar.

Mouthfeel: A relatively clean but harsh and biting brew. The carbonation in this one is what you expected from the appearance - plenty of fine, uplifting carbonation that results in this relatively thicker beer becoming a largely even, oily, smooth mouthcloud. It's good, with enough carbonation initially to make it pleasant.

Drinkability: Now this is a good west coast DIPA. At 10.5%, it's not gonna get above a 4.0, so let's get that out of the way right now. The rest of this beer is pretty fantastic, though it's almost (at some points) a little too oily, too bitter, too rough. It's nonetheless remarkably complex - a testament to what can be done with the hop when you treat her right - and impressively authentic, and one that I'm thrilled to have been able to try. About every possible note you can or should get out of a DIPA, if you take a good three hours to drink it like I did - it takes a serious investment to peel this one apart and dig the notes out of this biting bastard. Start distributing, Alpine - as far as west coast (D)IPAs go, you're the cream of the crop!

01-22-2010 05:40:27 | More by CrellMoset
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roger617

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev -2%

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass. Big want of mine for a while, glad to finally get my hands on one!

A: Pours a dark golden color with a rich copper tone. A little over 2 fingers of white head that reduces slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Very good looking beer.
S: If a grapefruit were to procreate with a bag of hops, it's offspring would smell like this beer.
T: This beer is super sweet, with a lot of citrus flavor. Outside of the feel good after the bottle is empty, not sure I'd believe this is 11%. Even with a huge amount of citrus, there is just enough floral and pine flavors to compliment nicely. The maltiness is pretty well covered up. Well done!
M: Carbed well, leaves a pretty dry after taste.
O: Very grateful to try this beer. It is like nothing else that I have tried to date. That said, it's my 2nd favorite Triple IPA behind only Notorious by Boneyard. I am a believer in rating compared to the best of the best within styles. All the components are there to make this a great beer, which it is, but where it comes short is in the potency. The aroma is awesome, but doesn't hit you in the face like Notorious. The flavor is awesome, but a little too 1 sided to say there's great balance. Alpine knows what they are doing with hops, and they do it so well there's no wonder people are always seeking them out. Exponential Hoppiness will not disappoint anyone who reaches for it.

04-05-2014 20:39:01 | More by roger617
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold in the glass, with a thinnish covering of rich bright-white head. This maintains some foamy robustness around the edges, leaving a frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick in the nose with huge hop character and backing sweetness. Pine, spice, citrus, caramel, bread are all very deep here, with some heavier warmth giving the bouquet a touch of a herbal or medicinal smell. Vanilla and oak are also very present here, really helping to smooth out those strong flavors in the nose and bringing it all together.

The taste blasts the mouth with hops, that just oozes and coats the palate with resins, citrus, and spice. A splash of caramel comes out across the back and once again, that woodiness of the oak and vanilla sweetness are really coming out, with it adding an extra layer of complexity to the profile and helping cover up some of that huge ABV. Lots of wood, vanilla, spice, and bitter fruits hangs hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and creamy in the mouth. The alcohol content is large and beefy feeling but at no point (unlike the bottle) does this get stinging . This still isn't the easiest drinker out there but it does go down pretty good for the ABV involed.

Well after 3 visits in the last year to San Diego, I guess the 3rd time was definitely the charm, as I was finally able to get to try a pint of this on draft. The oak presence and ABV masking were a big step up from the bottled version, helping to make this even more flavorful and drinkable than it already was.

04-05-2010 16:48:31 | More by Kegatron
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

The centerpiece of a trade...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice kind of murky orange, slight translucent head.

S) Here come the hops!

T) You get the pineapple and grapefruit I am getting a load of lemon zest but the malt quickly compensates to balance this out. There is some oak and vanilla as well. This is very interesting! The flavors of this beer run the gamut.

M) Nicely carbonated and nicely sticky! Alcohol is not noticeable.

O) I really like this....have had some of these amped up IPA's that have needed some ageing. This is best fresh!

02-09-2012 01:08:03 | More by jimmy82063
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ledomelor

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego 16oz glass

A: Rich copper color, good clarity in the beer, not very cloudy one finger head and a little bit of lacing

S: A lot of flora and some citrus and pine hops. If any fruits were present in the aroma, they were overwhelmed by the hops.

T: HOPS! More piney hops in the palette then the flora in the aroma. In the background of the palette you can pick up some caramel and malts. Blends very well with the high alcohol and it sneaks up on you

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel, almost creamy and leaves a strong amount of lingering hoppyness in your mouth. Very good amount of natural carbonations

D: Hop Heads will find this beer very drinkable

Overall: I enjoyed this IIPA very much, I think it's my favorite from Alpine, which also has a very good selection of other great IPAs. I would recommend trying this beer if you see it on tap, although it's not available many placed

08-29-2009 22:44:29 | More by ledomelor
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Gusler

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours a transpicuous gold color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and a bright white color with the lace forming a white curtain to obscure the glass. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a “Big” hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors.

12-10-2003 14:13:32 | More by Gusler
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bultrey

New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this on tap at O'Brien's on one of my San Diego swings. This is a real winner, and a hop head's wet dream, although contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was as hoppy as its sister, Pure Hopiness. Or maybe it's just a different kind of hoppiness. No matter, it's equally as good.
It's pretty heavy on the herbal hops flavors, with that distinct hemp aroma, very grassy, but I didn't detect much of a citrus-pine hop profile in the nose (a bit of orange perhaps). But make no mistake, this is all about the hops. There is a freshly pulped pine tree in the flavor, as well as some bitter orange and grapefruit rind. The malt is barely perceptible, and there is an interesting dryness to the beer that reminds me of fresh-cut hay.
I could drink this all day (except I'd then be on the floor), and I am not a raging hop head...

07-05-2005 19:13:18 | More by bultrey
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wethorseblanket

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a clear sunrise orange with a large foamy white head which fades to tiny bubbles around the glass edge with lacy globs. Nose is tropical fruits and flowers, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, simply a staggering aroma. Taste is sweetly maltish with a wicked bitter hop bite. Plenty of hops yields a complex intertwinning of pine and citrus floral notes. Mouthfeel is resiny, major oily slick, overpoweringly dry hop bitterness followed by a lingering sweet malt aftertaste. Overall, very tasty and completely palate destroying. The ABV is high and it comes through. Fantastic.

02-25-2011 02:35:21 | More by wethorseblanket
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bihartman

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

first tasted out of the refrigerator. Wait! ... beer opened up and was much nicer after it warmed up a bit.

Front nose was big, very floral.

Baked pear and apricots. full body, warm and smooth on the tongue... almost viscous.

Great bitter backend that is strong and crisp.

Lingering tones of burnt caramel that fades gracefully.

02-15-2010 02:37:53 | More by bihartman
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Drazzamatazz

Maine

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Shared with Brez07, again we were in agreement (completely this time) so I'm using his review.

A: Burnt orange hue with a 1 finger cream head. Retains a small layer can be replicated with a swirl of the glass

S: Tons of hops right up front. Citrusy notes, grapefruit, oranges slices, melon. As it warms, the fruit fades a little and some light scallion appears. Some breadiness comes through. Slight tinge of alcohol

T: Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish. Strange pepper presence on the front of the tongue towards the end of the glass

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth due to light carbonation. Very minor amount of residual bitterness

D: Considering the bottle says this is a triple IPA, it drinks fabulously. Super hoppy but yet doesn't kill your palate. Fantastic balance

10-08-2011 19:48:52 | More by Drazzamatazz
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femALEist

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this out of the bottle.

This poured a clear light brown with a hint of straw yellow.
It smelled of caramel, toffee, vanilla and creamy butterscotch. I did not get any of the hop aroma.

It tasted of candied malts, toffee, vanilla then it turned to a good grass, grapefruit and piney bitterness.

Good carbonation, good drinkability.

I prefered this one to the Apocalypse Cow, but only slightly. They were both really good, but I enjopyed the transition in flavor in the Exponential Hoppiness.

04-28-2010 20:33:50 | More by femALEist
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a dark golden with a 1 finger off-white head. Lots of leopard spots and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- Caramel, huge wet/fresh hop and floral hop aromas.

T- Sweet caramel malts, again big fresh floral hops and some nice pine bitterness.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy but has a nice smooth finish.

O- Very nice DIPA, not overly bitter while still has lots of floral hop aromas & flavors.

09-23-2012 19:23:36 | More by kawilliams81
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Brez07

Maine

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bottle shared by Drazzamatazz

A: Burnt orange hue with a 1 finger cream head. Retains a small layer can be replicated with a swirl of the glass

S: Tons of hops right up front. Citrusy notes, grapefruit, oranges slices, melon. As it warms, the fruit fades a little and some light scallion appears. Some breadiness comes through. Slight tinge of alcohol

T: Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish. Strange pepper presence on the front of the tongue towards the end of the glass

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth due to light carbonation. Very minor amount of residual bitterness

D: Considering the bottle says this is a triple IPA, it drinks fabulously. Super hoppy but yet doesn't kill your palate. Fantastic balance

08-30-2011 23:21:57 | More by Brez07
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Nice, clear, caramel-gold color with a finger of sudsy white head. Sticky lacing left on the glass.

Lots of piney, citrusy hops on the nose. Grainy maltiness mixes with some subtle wood notes. Bits of grapefruit.

Smooth, rich caramel malts mixed with sustained hop bitterness in the taste. Hops bring out a pine like character that goes well with the oak chips. Hints of citrus dance around the hoppy bitterness. A good amount of malt, but the hops still take center stage. The oak chips are what kicks the deliciousness of the flavor up a notch.

Body is smooth and malty with lots of bitterness throughout. Carbonation is light and almost washed out by the bitterness piercing your tongue. This feels like a big IPA, which it is, but the ABV is incredibly well masked.

For a triple IPA that weighs in at almost 11% ABV, this beast is pretty damn drinkable. I get the feeling that a bomber could disappear before you knew it. However, you've really got to like your hops to want to keep drinking this one.

Overall, this is my first Alpine beer and probably a pretty good place to start. Huge hop flavor and a smooth body. Plus the oak chips really add a nice level of complexity to the beer. I wish I had a few more in the fridge. I will definitely be seeking out more Alpine beers in the future and I highly recommend this one. A hopheads delight.

04-08-2010 21:29:31 | More by sisuspeed
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oggg

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

6/17/04
Sampled fresh on tap at O'Briens in San Diego in a pint glass.

After having their Pure Hoppiness, I had to get exponential. How do they make some much hop bitterness so tasty?

This beer pours a tannish orange color. The pint didn't leave much room for the head.

The aroma is not as strong as I expected given the hype. Strong grassiness.

Somehow they infuse this beer with tremendous hop flavor and a bitterness that is deep but not harsh. It turns your tongue with multiple flavors -- starts grapefruity but changes beautifully to something I can't place -- but then it lets go. A surge of malt comes about 5 seconds into the gulp. It cleans up the bitterness and you're instantly ready for the next gulp. Smooth. I hear they use oak but I was not overwhelmed by any vanilla flavors.

This beer is dense. It took me a lifetime to finish the pint while my buddies lapped me. Full bodied. Alcohol masked a bit too well.

Halfway through my point, my tastebuds began to fatigue. I think the Pure Hoppiness was more in my hop-stamina range. Excellent brew though

10/9/04
I think I remember the brewmaster Pat talking about fussing with the amount of oak for his next batch. In any case, I had this at the Liars Club. Seemed to be much paler this time. A nice copper color. The hop aroma was good but not as good as for the Pure Hoppiness. The hop flavor and bitterness are toned down, but still more intense than the PH. Still a great beer, but the differences between this and the PH are shrinking.

06-17-2004 06:50:14 | More by oggg
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seaoflament

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Picked up a growler from the brewery on 12/11 and I’ve been really anxious about trying this beer since I read about it.

Pours a slightly brown orange with about half an inch of foam (I poured it a bit too cold because when I sampled this one at the brewery the head was most impressive). Some spots of lacing here and there.

Sweet malt profile with lots or citrus hops followed closely by the pine notes. Biscuit and toasted bread aroma with some orange jelly like combination. Fresh limes with some grassy overtones. No hints of alcohol at all yet it smells like a big filling beer—definitely Pure Hoppiness’ older brother.

The taste is actually pretty well balanced yet there are enough hops to please the hopheads, very well done. The caramel flavors together with the bready malt and the citrus hops blend to perfection. There is enough malt to back up all of the hops. A little more hop bitterness in the finish as the beer begins to warm up, but it’s all good :o) Mmm, acidic orange and tangerine.

The mouthfeel is a little on the syrupy side but there is enough carbonation to ease the thickness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with some grass and citrus peel. The alcohol plays hide and seek well in this beer, I can’t find you!

Drinkability you say? I’m battling a 64oz growler, anyone want to help? For such a high abv it is still quite drinkable and one could easily finish a bomber of this.

I just wish this was available in bottles (seasonal to be realistic) or brewed more often.

12-13-2007 03:43:32 | More by seaoflament
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

A gift, really, from a very generous BA. This bottle lasted me all of two hours Alan. 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a crystal clear orange, with some gold highlights. When held up to the light, it looks almost straw-like. Just a one-finger white head, but the lacing clings to my glass like so many cobwebs suspended midair.

A boatload of grapefruit in the nose. Underneath, lemons and candied citrus fruits. Sweet without being cloying, the nose is supremely well-balanced. I can detect just a hint of onion, but it's not at all off-putting.

The taste is enormous. I'm immediately struck by how malty this beer is. There is a heavy, rich barleywine-esque sweetness complimented by a flavor of ripe oranges. There's also a strange, musty sort of leather aspect to this sweetness - clearly this is a pretty new bottle, but the malty backbone makes this seem a touch like an old ale. In many ways, this is quite similar to the most recent batch of Knuckle Sandwich. But in the finish, the hops make themselves known. There is a punishing bitterness, tempered by flowers and grass. That bitter hop bite lasts and lasts. One flavor I cannot detect is that of alcohol, which is pretty ridiculous given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and could use more carbonation, but then again this is a huge beer. This is the only category in which this doesn't excel.

Possibly the most challenging DIPA I've ever tasted, and an incredibly unique one at that. A genre-bending, enormous example of brewing proficiency and creativity.

08-19-2011 01:12:07 | More by amphion1065
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%

Bright orange and crystal clear body. Bright white contrasting head and no lacing.

Huge piney aroma with dank and caramel sweetness. Faint bubble gum.

Enormously hoppy. Pine, tangerine, orange peel, and dank. Caramel then some wood add depth. The tangerine lingers with a strong finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Slightly boozy but as expected.

It's a top notch DIPA that's fresh and juicy. It's worth seeking out.

04-12-2013 00:18:54 | More by Vonerichs
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -1.3%

Big thanks to peterdactyl (Reddit) for an awesome huge trade that included this. Shared with rudzud.

Smaller pale white fizzy fluffy head fades at a med pace, light lacing, semi hazy golden almost copper orange color with a bit of yeast or hop sediment.

Nose explodes out of the bottle, big hops, tons of citrus, orange peel, candied orange peel, light tropical fruit tangerine hint grapefruit like, big sweet malts, candy like, some pine almost sap like, and another earthy herbal fir tree pine thing like pine forest , very nice.

Taste is quite nice too but a little different, tons of pine and fir tree, earthy pine tree sap and light resin, etc. Then citrus but lighter, candied orange peel again, a spices like flavor almost the cedar like conifer flavor, almost as if they brewed it with small pine needles. Hint tangerine fruit, light tropical like. I think the oak and pine and citrus mixed give that light cedar like flavor. Bitterness is there but not crazy, fairly smooth, some warming booze but hidden fairly well by the sweet syrupy malt flavors. Finish its sweet, little syrupy, hint biscuity bready flavor, candied orange peel, quite a bit more bitterness and light spicy hops, more lingering pine tree and sap.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, little syrupy, fluffy carb, some warming booze but not nearly 11%.

Overall very nice, not what I'm used to for alpine or west coast style, big sweet malty balance with booze hidden well, tons of nice hops citrus and pine bomb, but tasty.

03-15-2013 13:10:02 | More by jlindros
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to pastradul for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a chunky white head. Sheets of lacing down the side of glass, lasts longer than almost any beer I have had before.

S: Really nice aromas of citrus/tropical fruit. I get orange, pineapple, and maybe some mango as well.

T: Get some pine, and then the same fruits as the nose, pineapple/mango. Finishes bitter.

M/D: Thicker than anticipated, very creamy. Has a bitter/oily finish. For its abv, this is very drinkable. Extremely tropical. Overall a great beer.

11-01-2010 01:27:52 | More by mdaschaf
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BradBLR

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

This beer was poured into an 8 ounce snifter. Beer was poured a slightly orange amber color with a yellowish white head. The head was about a quarter of an inch thick and lasted the entire beer with a better than average amount of lacing. The smell was a very citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange, there were also some hints of a floral hop smell. Not a super strong aroma, but very pleasing.

The taste was a very balanced hop flavor, where each different hop was tasted about the same as the rest. A very smooth double IPA with a lot of hops taste, but not a sharp overall bitterness. The aftertaste was great with just a nice hop flavor and no real super dry bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being just a little weak, but a nice thick double IPA worth drinking again.

Wow, a great beer from Alpine, not the easiest beer to find but well worth it if you get a chance to try it. A must if you like Double IPAs.

06-11-2007 00:10:37 | More by BradBLR
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