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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,383
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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nickd717

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

5-batch vertical on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego: 5/07, 12/07, 2/08, 8/08, 4/09.

Slightly hazy but mostly clear golden color with a small creamy white head and good lacing on the older vintages.

Fresh rough citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt. So simple yet so good.

Flavor is a little sweet pale malt and sugar along with loads of fresh citrusy hops. Older versions have some sour apple and a mild brett-like tartness - interesting and barleywine-like. This beer is best either fresh or about 2 years aged, not as good in between.

Great rough hoppy palate with medium body. Feels like you just sucked on a fresh hop cone.

Well, it's not like you're going to chug this beer. You sip it, you keep sipping it, and you love every second of it. Overall this is pretty awesome. Would love to try it super-fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 04:34:58 | More by nickd717
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to billinlafayette for this one in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and grapefruit hop. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, grapefruit, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent in my opinion. All of the aspects I love in a DIPA were present and accounted for. While this one had a lot going on in it, everything worked really well together on both the aroma and flavor of this one. Making this one fairly easy drinking for an 11% ABV brew. I was really glad to get my hands on this one as it has been on my Wants list since I joined the site (almost a year ago). Really hope to get to try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 14:21:54 | More by thagr81us
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest.

Poured a medium golden color with a small white head. Aromas and tastes of pines and citrus mixed in. Some malts to balance it out. Sweet with a nice bitter balance. Alcohol content well hidden. I really need to get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 02:33:04 | More by hopdog
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sideswipe for the bottle in one of the many awesome boxes he has sent my way.
Drinking this from a pint while cooking burgers at the grill on a GORGEOUS April afternoon in chicagoland.

A slightly hazy orangey gold color with 2 fingers of white head. Sticky rings of lace form the solid retention.
Smells great, as I know already from the several growlers I've had... Soft malt is dry and crackery with a light sugar cookie sweetness hiding in there. The hops are grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Very nice.

Taste is exactly as the nose had me hoping for-- mostly dry malts with huge tropical fruit hop notes. A drying towards the finish is something I associate with a little booziness and oak.

The body is medium-full with strong carbonation and a good oily vibe.

Overall, it's time to eat-- so I'll be brief. This is unimaginably tasty. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 20:40:49 | More by AleWatcher
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's alway an honor to tackle such a coveted beer. The beer has many of the characteristics of a Pliny The Elder but with the power that differentiates it but also detracts from the drinkability. Let's explore more...

A strong golden-light copper color gives a light haze and moderate carbonation. The hop additions give a nice even frothiness to the foamstance that covers the beer consistently from the first pour 'til the last.

Strong aromas of fragrant hops: citrusy grapefruit, orange zest, lemon grass, and secondary notes of pine, perfume, flowery notes and honey-like nectar fill the nose... strap this to my nose and leave me alone, I'll die happy. A background of malty substrate acts as a spring board for all those hop aromas.

Hop flavor also dominates the taste. All that citrus, pine, resiny, tropical mix comes more alive in the taste- especially as the beer warms. More estery fruitiness comes in with apples, appricots, mangos and begins to reach English ale proportions. Estery-alcohol blends bring about a solventy, rose, non-descript fruity alcohol blend that creates as much intrigue, comnplexity, and flavor as it does soapy, light fusal, and nail polish notes. Isn't is always a give and take?

The beer does a great job of seeking an elevated Double IPA status (...as a Triple IPA) without sacrificing the well-attenuated body with a dry finish that hurts most ultra-aggressive hoppy beers. Though the alcohols create confussion and eventually lead to a hard-to-drink character, the beer has enough mystery and intrigue to reel it back in.

On a side note: the light oak aging that is used in conjunction with the dry hops help to give a cotton-candy smoothness to the malts while tempering the malts just a tad (to sand off the rougher edges) and adding a marshmallow creamy malted milk note... reminds me of Double Bastard in the oak nature of the beer...

... aaahh, I hate to see this session end. IndiaPaleAle, you've given me great pleasure in sending me this beer. For this, I thank you!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 06:41:24 | More by BEERchitect
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draheim

Washington

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (thanks sleepyhead) poured into a tulip. Amber color with a rich, frothy white head.

Aroma: That good old Alpine grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and let's say papaya...

Taste leads with a real earthy mango - this is different. I was expecting grapefruit based on the aroma but this is a much richer, more fecund fruit essence. We're in real equatorial, heart-of-darkness territory here. Truly unique.

Yet the balance is incredible for an 11% ABV beer - I can barely detect any alcohol. I only know it must be strong because of how intense the flavors are.

There's a good hoppy bitterness throughout but almost zero carbonation rising from the bottom. Well done again, Alpine! You have yet to disappoint!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:10:40 | More by draheim
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival which was hosted at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad this weekend. Listed as 10.4% ABV on the Beer List that was handed out.

Appearance: A nice white head formed and settled in the special Half Pint Glass, though I only a 4oz sample, the pour was generous. Once the head relaxed, a clear golden body with a few visible specks revealed itself. Beautiful looks – it had a classic IPA look appearance.

Nose: Well this was the first beer for me on Friday’s session. To say that it cleared my nostrils is an understatement. Incredible amounts of hops leap out of the beer. Oily and resinous, yet it also had a distinct fresh raw hop character.

Taste: More Hops, so many bloody hops. Fantastic bitterness, fresh raw green hops fill the mouth. Some hop oiliness rises in the middle, and a strong bitter finish just seems to go on forever and never ends. The taste lingers for a very long time – I am sure my tongue was green after drinking this. Mo malt at all – it there but just never comes through at all. This beer is all about the Hops.

Mouthfeel: A solid beer with a definite feel in the mouth. Oily middle at times when swirled in the mouth. Very astringent finish with an extremely strong bitterness on the cheeks. Hops remain on the tongue for a long time – many hours in fact!

Drinkability: Others that have tried the Exponential Hoppiness previously mentioned that the Keg at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival exhibited a smoother feel and lacked the “raw hop” of previous versions that made it a little unbalanced. This may be why I found this to be a very drinkable offering, even given its high hop content and strength. So whilst this beer is all about the Hops, it is still smooth enough to be easily imbibed. Maybe some slight improvements raised the strength a little also to the 10.4% advertised – is this really double figures? Damn it drinks way too easily.

Overall: I visited the Alpine Brewing Company earlier this year, thanks to my good friend xlperro, but after never having tried this elusive offering from them - it was great to finally get the chance to try the beer that xlperro and EyeChartBrew have raved about for so long. One of the best offerings at this weekends Strong Ale Festival, and even though I wanted to try as many new beers as possible - I still managed a couple of these.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 00:56:22 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one courtesy of brdc and with stoutsnipas, great gang and great beer, much thanks to both.

This beer pours a nice golden-amber color forming an almost 1/2 inch off-white head. Minimal lacing is left behind. It is somewhat translucent with noticeable carbonation.

The aroma is quite sweet with fruity and citrus notes up front and center. This is well balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.

The taste follows suit with a great blend of caramel malts with a strong punch of citrusy hops that includes some earthy notes. Alcohol is present but nicely covered by the flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a thick and sticky feel to it. The carbonation seemed a bit low. There is a pleasant lingering alcohol and hops dryness.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It has all the fundamental categories and highlights a few strengths that bring it to this level. Well balanced and something that should be enjoyed in moderation, as it will impair your palate and thinking if had in excess.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:19:39 | More by SykDoc
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Klym

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: A mostly clear honey-gold with an eggshell white head and dripping lacing.

S: Floral sweetness upfront with various spices, lime salt, lavender, honey-- tons of complexity.

T: Everything in the nose with bready malts and a hint of wasabi. The very layered and complex mix of floralness/spicyness of this was the huge player in the flavor experience with sweetness in the background.

M: A little beyond medium bodied with a somewhat thickish, syrupy feel on the middle of the tongue with a little heat burn in the nose and around the mouth.

O: This beer has a lot going for it, especially in terms of complexity. The flavor profile, surprisingly, reminded me of Just Outstanding IPA quite a bit, which might just be my faulty memory of just outstanding. Maybe I set myself up by loving Alpine's other IPAs so much and hyping this one to myself before trying it, but I must admit it was a little underwhelming. Certainly typical hop character wasn't the center of this drink and I wouldn't describe it as exceptionally refreshing or sesionable, which I always consider a cornerstone of Alpine IPAs. I give this high marks for the interest of the complexity and the handsome flavors, but can't give it the highest marks as I think there are better out there. Think I'll stick to duet and nelson and look elsewhere for my imperial IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 04:33:51 | More by Klym
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beerguy101

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and oaky. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth. It’s very hoppy, but not nearly as over the top as pure hoppiness. Very smooth. With no alcohol evident at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2004 21:01:35 | More by beerguy101
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Gambac. Thanks Greg!

It pours a clear golden colour with a +1 finger head of foam and some very nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy; loads of tropical fruits, some pine and grapefruit, and a light malt profile.

Big tropical fruit in the taste as well with pine and grapefruit well represented. There's an underlying malt sweetness there that I didn't notice at all in the smell; I'm sure if I had left the bottle sitting for longer, it would come out more but as is, it's doing the light balancing act nicely and really, I wanted to drink this fresh anyway.

The body is close to full with just the right amount of carbonation. A GREAT mouthfeel.

This is a fine brew and I'm super glad that I got a chance to try it.

Btw, there's no sign of any bottled on/best before date so I'll assume that it's a 2012.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:38:58 | More by Bitterbill
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GregSVT

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a very hazy orange/yellow with a big white head that fades leaving lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is excellent and full of tropical fruit aromas in the form of pineapple and mango. Damn this smells great.

T: The taste starts with pine, pineapple, and mango with a nice bitterness on the finish. There's a lot of sweet malt flavors in the background that add a nice base for the hop flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and medium - full bodied with an oily/resinous finish.

D: This is insanely drinkable for a 10% DIPA. Crisp and refreshing with tons of tropical fruit flavors which is just how I like 'em. I'd be drinking this all the time if it was available in my area.

I had this in my fridge for at least 3 months and it didn't seem to lose much in the way of hop flavor or aroma. Great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 01:46:51 | More by GregSVT
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Westsidethreat

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An unassuming brash copper with a clean feel. Almost no bubble movement inside the glass, only a few strays. Head is full and fluffy, an attractive antique white.

S: This beer reeks of hops, the aroma jumped out of the growler the moment it the cap came off. The glass holds plethora of sugary pink grapefruit, over ripe tangerine and pine forest floor after a good rain. The smell is overly fragrant but not really aggressive.

T: Begins with a lot of the same qualities as lemon iced tea; almost pungent and herbal on the front of the tongue, bits of apples around the sides and lemon bitterness across the back. An almost cheese like characteristic comes in next, surprisingly attractive for such a poor description on my part. Citrus moves in next with the same buttery grapefruit sense that the Pure Hoppiness possesses. It creeps around the back sides of the tongue and gently lays down a blanket of soothing bitterness. Finishes murky, almost damp and mossy with hints of kiwi and under ripe green grapefruit.

M: Medium body, somewhat hard with just a nip of carbonation sting.

D: Very nice with a curious and unique flavor. Not an overly complex or deep beer but quite enjoyable none the less. Highly recommended to hop heads

Serving type: growler

04-21-2007 06:31:53 | More by Westsidethreat
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine on EH release day (01/27/12). Tulip glass. [Notes were checked against a bottle two weeks later.]

A: Pours clear, orangish golden color with a few cm of pure white head, largish bubbles, receding to a persistent ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Fresh tropical hops (all sorts), hint of creamy citrus (orange), and phenomenal pine secondary. Sizeable sweet caramel/toffee/toasted backbone.

T: Burst of tropical fruit, again followed by citrus and pine. Big caramel malt and decadent sweetness (with elements of honey and caramel). A little alcohol is evident but mostly overshadowed by the other elements of the beer. No bitterness at all.

M: Light carbonation is appropriate for the style. Thick and oily texture.

O: Delicious, big/heavy triple IPA. The caramel and hops meld together wonderfully. This is heavy and alcoholic enough that I think it works best as a digestive, or perhaps to pair with dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 06:35:11 | More by pmarlowe
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ratedz

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ultraman9000 for sending this in a box that arrived today! It immediately went into the fridge so I could enjoy it tonight.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a half inch off-white head. The majority of the head dissipated quickly, but a thin layer of bubbles remained across the majority of the beer.

S - Wow, this smells ridiculously good! Huge amounts of pineapple and citrus fruit blend with some piney notes.

T - After smelling the beer in my glass several times, I couldn't wait to take my first sip and it didn't disappoint. The sweet citrus and slightly bitter piney notes are very well balanced with a malty backbone. A bit of alcohol burn is noticeable on the back end.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp and easy to drink.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. I would buy EH on a regular basis if I could!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:21:46 | More by ratedz
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turfy

Texas

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this very fresh Expo. Hoppiness!!

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A deep golden color with a 1/2 finger white head, settling down into a constant film and heavier ring around the glass edge.

Smell was the most intense grapefruit hop aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Amazing.

A sweet fruity taste. With all of the hops added to this one, the bitterness is extremely balanced with the malty sweetness.

A medium heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

The alcohol is very well masked. A smooth beer that was very enjoyable. One and done on this one, especially at 11%, but one of the highest quality beers I have had the pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:29:09 | More by turfy
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mattwjones

California

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second time drinking this beer. The first time I had it from a growler. This time I am drinking straight from the bottle, haha, just kidding, I poured into a Riedel wine glass.

A: The color is honey orange. Conservatively carbonated with a restrained 1 finger head.

S: I poured this bottle right out of the fridge and the smell suffered at first. Luckily, I wasnt in a hurry and I nursed this bomber for about 2 hours. The smell that came from my glass after the beer had a chance to warm was intensely citrusy. I think that I also picked up on a hint of harshness, maybe a chemical odor, but I really had to close my eyes and "look" for it. Very little malt is discernible once the beer has warmed up. This is one of the more beautifully odiferous beers that I have had. Very typical of Alpine Beer Co.

T: Bitter, orangy, hoppy, malty, alcoholic. Tastes as if you were to eat a bit of orange rind that was drenched in orange oils. Very intense flavor. The hop character is a bit harsh but at the same time so juicy. The hop bitterness lingers nicely. My tongue cannot distinguish the oak chips that were put in with the final hop addition for this beer but I suppose that it might only be noticeable if it was left out.

M: Smooth, creamy carbonation, thinner than expected, not syrupy at all.

D: This is not a session beer by any means but it is decidedly drinkable. The alcohol is present but hidden well. The limiting factors of this beer's drinkability is its alcohol content and slight hop harshness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 06:34:15 | More by mattwjones
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Preismj

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden brown, touch hazy. Rich foamy white head, solid lacing.

s: mango, peach, citrus. sweetness from the malts in the tail of the nose.

t: strong upfront citrus and pine. expected more hop punch given the name, though I was delighted by the extreme balance and smooth shift from tropical dark fruit, orange peel, sunflower and pine into caramel, toffee, wood and roasted nut flavorings from the malt profile. hints of yeast and grain in the mid, this is a solid DIPA. Only complaint was that the sweetness didn't linger in the aftertaste. It trailed off...wish it lingered.

m: creamy, silky smooth. perfect carbonation for me. covered the palette well, though I wish it had stayed longer. if it would have been slightly thicker, I think the taste and feel would have lingered nicely.

o: very solid DIPA, haven't been let down by anything from Alpine yet. Nice hop flavors and tropical fruit, great malt characteristic.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 15:48:08 | More by Preismj
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dirty, murky orange. It wants to be nice and bright but the hops say not a chance. Small head with a cap of foam and mild lacing.

S- Soon as the cap was popped hops shot straight to my nose. Nose was all tropical fruit smelling hops. No alcohol detected at all. As I drank the hops just didn't make themselves known as much as in other IPA's. Maybe my nose can't smell in excess of 100 IBU's?

T- Big time HOPS! Very smooth with no harsh bitterness at all. Alpha acids just completely coat your tongue with the same tropical fruit flavors as in the nose. Oak chips do make their presence known, albeit very lightly. Just a great tasting beer all together. None of the 11% alcohol detected at all.

M- Perfect carbonation. Feels light and never gets in the way. Slick and smooth from all the hops. Not too thick and not too light. Really just perfect.

D- Very smooth and went down pretty easily. Drank the whole bomber by myself. I can't wait to share my other with a few friends who'll no doubt be as impressed as I am with this lovely triple IPA.

Thanks to powaypat for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 06:09:08 | More by hansgruber
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mulder1010

Australia

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Spic lab for bringing this back to Australia. 5 weeks old.

A-- Poured a clear Orange amber color. Little carbonation showing. Half finger of white head, Just splotches of lacing on the sides.

S--- Oaked candied orange that changed to fresh cut grass, mango, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Just a smell I could not get enough of. bended very well.

T-- Oak, citrus, and pure hoppiness to another level. Really liked how the flavors changed through drinking the beer. Got waves of mango, pineapple, orange, and lemon.

M-- Slick, oily and coating. Long lasting flavo. Great body to this. Reminds me of Sculpin from the brewery but with better hidden ABV. Great touches of oak.

O-- Insane beer. Just insane. Complex as heck and reminds me of good SB's wine wise. Well constructed beer and a must for any 3X IPA lover.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:15:34 | More by mulder1010
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John_M

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler fresh from the brewery in SoCal. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with me Dyan. What a treat to try this exceptional beer.

The beer pours a bright gold amber color with great head retention and lacing. On the nose, Jeeze Loueeze!!! Talk about a DIPA nose with a capital D. A huge aroma of pine, dry citrus and tropical fruit erupts from my glass, letting me know that I am in for one extremely hoppy beer. The nose on this beer reminds me a bit of the Hop 15, except the pine aroma is even more pronounced. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although once again the flavor profile is dominated by the pine. There is also some noticeable citrus and tropical fruit, along with the long, bitter/hoppy finish. The finish, in fact, is very, very dry, which tends to enhance the beers drinkabiltiy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm not kidding myself.... I can tell it's right on up there.

This is a fabulous DIPA that is very much in the West Coast style. With the huge amount of pine and dry finish I can see where it might not be to everyone's taste, but it sure was to mine. Delicious stuff.

Thanks again Dyan!!!

Serving type: growler

04-15-2009 15:56:35 | More by John_M
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to dOggnate for this one!
Poured from the growler into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange color with huge, frothy white head. Cool looking beer! Smell- tons of citrus! Orange, grapefruit, etc. Taste is similar- love the huge citrus taste. Some mint hints in there as well. Very sweet finish- some from the hops, some from the sweet malt backbone. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice, easy drinking dipa! Could drink it all night.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2009 13:59:46 | More by DrDogbeer
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally had this by growler, thank you Gregshead.
I have reviewed thi bottler by bottle, so my growelr review will compare differences.
growler has the same color, just more of a sweetness to it, the orange is more prevalent than with the bottle. The appearance, the same. My bigges difference is the aroma, and the citrus is more present.

Serving type: growler

08-07-2011 04:14:35 | More by biglobo8971
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Florida9

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter yellow gold in color with a slight haze. Pours with a big, thick 1/2" of off-white head that reduces down to about a 1/4" of thick rocky cream. Decent retention. Very light lacing. This is one pretty looking beer.

S: Very aromatic. The aroma on this one hit me just on popping the bottle. Aroma is predominantly floral with some citrus and orange.

T: Surprisingly mild. Sweet orange maltiness with a bit of tropical fruit: mango and pineapple. A little onion to round things out. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with just a faint alcoholic heat.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Much lighter than expected for something labeled as a "Triple IPA." Smooth. Just a bit of alcohol comes through.

D: Very good. As the bottle says, this beer is deceivingly mild. At 11%, I have no idea where they're hiding the alcohol, because it is only faintly perceptible. Lighter bodied, smooth, and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:18:04 | More by Florida9
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gladly accepted this beer as gift from my best bud out in San Diego. To me this beauty lived up to the hype and I think even exceeded my expectations, well done Alpine Beer Company. I only wish I would have visited you when I lived near by. (Pathetic Excuse Ahead) I wasn't into beer that much at the time and now I am kicking myself.

A: I poured the beer into a standard pint glass which produced numerous bubbles and a frothy white one fingered head. The beer started out transparent with a pale orange hue, but rather quickly became cloudy once the flow of bubbles had ceased. Even with the relatively small head, the beer exhibited excellent lacing that remained until I had finished the glass.

S: Prepare yourself to be punched straight in the nose with pungent floral hops! To my amazement, after a few sniffs I was able to detect other smells, some sweet citrus, pine, and even some honey.

T: The name says it all. If you love IPA's, then you will most likely enjoy this brew. If you don't, for your sake please stay away.

M: Medium bodied, very little carbonation.

O: A unique and fantastic beer that skirts with being labeled a novelty due to the abundance amount of hops. Luckily for us, Alpine knew what they were doing and produced a very drinkable beer that I will be talking about for a long time to come.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:56:12 | More by tjkinate
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.