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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,459
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003

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.
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Photo of OlieIPA
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Headed out to Alpine today just for this beauty and shared with several BA's including Aimstatus, Tdizzle, and Pehlman. Poured from a growler into an Alpine Pint glass.

A: Assembled a frothy and thick 1.5 inch head that trapped in a golden hue body underneath. Lacing was just like a cobweb, and the head retention was amazing...really can't get better than this.

S: A shit load of fresh hop aromas! Wow! A mild malt body smell seems to be masked by the abundance of hops and added oak/vanilla character.

T: A hop monster, but not in overly bitter way. I was really able to pick out the hop flavors, which is somewhat unique for Imperial IPA's....at least to me. I tend to find many beers of this style to have a very sharp bitter bite (which I enjoy), but Exponential Hoppiness exhibits a more balanced and actual hop flavor profile...with a mild bitter finish. The added oak quality is nice as well, leaving your palate with a musky middle and sweet malt finish. The only knock is the noticeable alcohol flavor and sometimes overly sweet malt character.

M: Great carbonation and somewhat oily/creamy. Perfect!

D: A top 10 Double IPA for me...enough said.

Overall: A must try! A slight step below PtY, PtE, and Sculpin when it comes to IPA/DIPA's. Cheers!

Photo of johnnieoz
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber without bottling date, 11% ABV

A lovely, lighter shade of amber crowned with a snowy, white lasting head that leaves wonderwalls of lacing. A beautiful brew.

Coniferous scents mixed in with mango, guava and grapefruit. There is a slight phenolic aroma that drags the marks down a tad. They will fade...

Very, very quaffable. A far maltier and juicier triple IPA than comparable brews over 11% abv. Searching the murky recessess of my fading memory and Avery's Maharaja comes to mind.

Carbonation and viscosity is spot on, and the finish leaves me pining for a little more.

Unlike many other higher ABV brews, EP=PH2 is not a sipper. It works that way - and it takes time to down - but it's also a quencher that will bowl you over. Beware.

One of the very best.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with loads of hops - citrus, herbal, pine, floral - with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms the pine and floral aromas stand out more than previously.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are joined by good amounts of pine and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild hints of vanilla enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the growler version (last year's) had more in-your-face hops and I preferred it slightly to this bottle version. Still, both are very good and well worth a shot.

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been anticipating trying this one for quite some time

A: Slightly cloudy caramel colored beer. Lots of carbonation rushes up from the bottom of the glass. Head is only about a quarter inch thick but holds well at that level with nice rings left behind

S: As soon as I opend the bottle I could smell piny hops, sweet vanilla, and oak. There is also a nice floral note present, but not much citrus. Still very very hoppy smelling. As it warms the wood comes out even more along with some caramel notes.

T: Super piny and very oaky, but the two blend well together. Some floral and crisp herbal notes also present. A beer along the same lines of Burton Baton and Super kitty. The vanilla is very very present and leaves a lot of sweetness that at times does overshadow the hops. As it warms slightly more of the floral hops come out

M:Very nice creaminess, not heat present which was surprising and the flavors are all very rich and bold. Nice and smooth. The hops dont linger as much as other hopped up beers but certainly enjoyable

D: Very quaffable considering the abv. A great beer but not one that i necessarily need o chase down again

Photo of HalfFull
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass, the Expo. pours a moderate golden in color with a thin white head of foam. Shows a bit of haze and moderate retention with a somewhat light carbonation. Rather light in color for a big IPA but not unexpected from the hopheads at Alpine.

Dense hop nose yet offering more balance than most Alpine IPA's. Pine and oak exist side by side with some deep orange/tangelo citrus malt notes. Bit of stinky hop infused grain at times. Rich and encompassing yet masking the alcohol very well. And I think this batch is 11% plus.

Citric malt notes initiate the flavor, tending from orange towards grapefruit in the middle, then some pine resin and a lingering bitter but not dry finish. Finish lingers nicely, revealing just a hint of alcohol as it does so, along with some dry oak. Spritzy carbonation on the finish belies the pour a bit giving a very smooth feel. There is a sweetness to the flavor if you skip a few minutes between sips, otherwise the tongue remains in a conundrum. Alcohol is largely invisible so I assume there is a bit of a balancing act involved in the residuals department, yet still not offering the apparent sweetness of their Bad Boy.

Strong drinkability given the way this beer hides its own strength and also doesn't become cloying. Not in a sweetness sense, but in bitterness one, as some hop monsters can.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal, earthy, and slightly vegetal hops. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice aromas and a great flavor.

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a white head on top. Nice looking lacing with a thin retention on top. The smell of the beer is very piney, very sharp aroma of hops on the nose. The aroma reminded me of another strong IPA I've had before. The taste is malty up front kind of boozy as well. The hops fill in nicely later in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp with carbonation. There is a oily feel as well. Overall it's a really good brew, similar to DfH 120.

Photo of neorunner
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky amber brown in color. Head is a solid inch but quickly dissipates. Large carbonation bubbles can be seen sticking to the side of the glass.

S - Biscuit and malt aromas interlaced with strong pine and grapefruit hop smells.

T - Sweet maltyness that comes with the impressive 11% abv, but this is offset very well with the fruity bitterness of the massive amount of hops used to brew this beer. There is little to no apparent heat to this beer, a true testament to the blend of hops used.

M - Slightly creamy but clean, possibly due to the large amount / size of carbonation bubbles.

D - To easy, 11% is not something you should be permitted to devour like this. This beer is King among the extreme hop beers on the market.

Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks Steven and Crystal for sharing this!

Golden amber and orange. Persistent, thick white head, and regular lacing down the glass. What more can you ask for?

Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma! I'd heard so much about this beer, but had never yet experienced it for myself, and if nothing else, the aroma is all they said and more! Pine and citrus explosion, without being too sweet or sappy.

Surprisingly balanced DIPA, especially after all I'd heard about it. Piney and floral flavors with a substantial bitterness, and enough bready, crystal, and caramel malts to balance things out nicely. Far more drinkable than I ever would have imagined.

Medium bodied, yet crisp and incredibly drinkable. No hint of alcohol. No DIPA since Pliny the Younger has hidden its alcohol this well.

So glad I got to try this, and it did not disappoint!

Photo of brystmar
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drink it fresh!

Darker than Pure, more copper hues. Boozy, hoppy aroma with a unique mix of tropical and dark fruits. Interesting, I like it.

Deliciously complex taste: intensely hoppy, caramelized booze, some fruity notes in the back, minimal resin. Delicious, awesome, fantastic, etc. I could drink the shit out of this stuff.

Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the chance to try this long time want. I owe you big time Brett.

Poured into a pub glass this brew appears a lightly hazed color of golden yellow. A finger's worth of yellowish stained cap sits atop the brew. When held to the light, this brew displays more of a yellow coloration along the edges and through the body more of a deep orange to copper. The head maintains fairly strong with a creamy layering that sticks in thick patches of lace and spotty patterns on the glass. A light swirl brings the cap back to a finger's strength once it fades.

The smell of this brew is a combination of citrus and fruity hops initially that are very inviting. It smells of rinds, zest and pulp from a combination of orange and grapefruit. A bit of catty to almost cheese character provides a bit of a stinky hop accent to the sweet smelling fruited character of the hops. More smells reveal a bit of a green leafy hop character smelling lightly of yeast and grass mixed with a whole garden of fresh cut herbs. The aroma of this brew pretty much nails every aspect of the hoppy spectrum of scents, fantastic.

The taste is bitter but not as bitter as I was expecting. It is flavored with orange rinds and grapefruit mixed with mango and something more along the lines of cantaloupe and other melons. Green leafy hop character almost like grass is evident throughout with an herbal touch and more of a bit of young yeasty quality. I have never been the type of person who drinks a beer and tries to meticulously pick out every ingredient that I think is included in a brew but wow does this have a strikingly similar flavor profile to a DIPA I recently made that was heavy on the late additions of centennial and amarillo. A long lasting aftertaste of grassy and melon-like hops persists in the mouth with a very light touch of alcohol and hardly any malty character. At times this almost comes across as an ESB on steroids. There is a huge fresh garden herbal aspect to this brew that just begs to be paired with a variety of foods.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. 11% abv is unreal, this drinks more like it is closer to 7% than double-digits. This makes for a super smooth and easily drinkable DIPA. This is a very unique example of the style. If you haven't had it, you owe yourself the opportunity to give it a try. I think Alpine makes some of the best hoppy brews out there and while this one is good, I think they make others that are better that don't get enough recognition. Brett, thank you again.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. A self described triple IPA.

A - Pours a strong golden color with some light orange hues and a slight haze. There is a nice .5 inch head that pops up that is pretty dense and nice and white. It begins to recede immediately and leaves some ncie alcing as it goes down that is quite sticky. the head recedes and leaves a nice sticky ring around the glass.

S - Strong sweet grapefruit aroma with great citrus kick. This smells like a hop-bomb. Nice malt backbone is faint but there. Some slight pine but mostly a West Coast citric DIPA. Slight booze esters and warmth. There are some nice sweet fruity esters as well that include pineapple and some apple.

T - Wow. It is a hop-bomb and a booze bombe at that, which isn't a bad thing. Very sweet start composed of nice grapefruit and orange sweetness. Alcoholic sweetness and warmth is also present along with the fruit esters. After the hop explosion of flavor in your mouth there are some glimmers of bready malt present especially on the back end. These get quickly supplemented by some more citrus flavors and dryness. topped off by a nice oily and bitter finish.

M & D - Oily and medium-full body. Complex aromas and flavor with great alcoholic spice and warmth. Drinkability is kept in check by the ABV and the flavor intensity. Delicious brew.

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark orangish-yellow color, with a decent amount of carbonation and a small amount of head. It is somewhat murky.

s - Hops jump right out at you. Smells strongly of pine and citrus.

t - Tastes very similar to the smell; lots of fruity/citrus and piney hops. A pretty good taste and you can not tell it is 11 ABV at all.
m - Feels very smooth and only a small amount of carbonation.

d - I actually thought it would be more bitter than it was. It smells and tastes of a lot of very different types of hops, but it is very tasty and smooth. It hides the 11% ABV very well, and I will definitely be having another one of these sometime soon.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.