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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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990 Ratings
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,410
Gots: 61 | 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:
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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Photo of bultrey
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

bultrey, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

wethorseblanket, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of bihartman
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bihartman, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Drazzamatazz, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of femALEist
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

femALEist, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of kawilliams81
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kawilliams81, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Brez07
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Brez07, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

sisuspeed, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of oggg
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

oggg, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of seaoflament
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

seaoflament, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of amphion1065
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

amphion1065, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Vonerichs, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdaschaf, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of BradBLR
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BradBLR, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of SDDanC
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into goblet at the brewery on 7/26. Pours a magnificent amber orange with a finger of creamy white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing down the glass. On the nose it is not overly hoppy, particularly toned down I'd say. There absolutely is the distinct Alpine pine notes however. A bit of caramel comes out. On the palate it is warming with the 11% abv with a minute alcohol bite. Hops become more pronounce in the taste, pine and citrus. Also, like the nose, caramel brings itself forth. Has a good amount of carbonation which helps the beer become more refreshing. On a hot day, best enjoyed inside with A/C as it will make you warm and fuzzy. Very pleased with the Expo, it was fulfilling to have after waiting all the these months.

SDDanC, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with airohead2001. Poured into a snifter.

A: The beer pours a bright orange in color with a ¾ finger white head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S: Loads of citrus on the nose, but pretty one dimensional in that I get almost nothing but orange peel.

T: Almost all sweeter citrus hops in this beer. There’s hardly any piney type flavor and not much grapefruit. Instead I get orange peel, some earthiness/bitterness, and a small amount of lemon.

M: Appropriate carbonation. Nice crisp, clean aftertaste. Taste lingers nicely on the palate.

O: Overall this kind of reminds me of abrasive as it is on the sweeter, more mild side, but still is an excellent IPA. Really hides the ABV well and is better than pure hoppiness, and much, much better than duet, or nelson. Not as good as heady topper or hopslam in my opinion.

glazeman, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber graciously provided by Cisco619 into RR-tion glass.

Pours a dark, hazy, golden hue. There is a small, but thick head that quickly vanishes into a slight, white ring with a hefty amount of lacing.

The smell is of fresh hops, with a bit more of a malt backbone than I expected. The two scents meld together to make a bitterly sweet scent, in a good way.

There are a lot of flavors going on here for a 'hop bomb'. I'm noticing bitter hops and some sweet, slightly bready malt. The hops are definately prevelant, but the malt is there in the back. The 11% is pracically invisible.

This is all DIPA in the mouth. I'm feeling the oily hops which I love sooo much. Substantial body rounds this out.

This beer is in an absolute winner. Ive had several that I enjoyed more, but this is a fanatastic beer that is well worth the search to enjoy it.

DaveHack, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, one-finger head of tan foam. Nice retention and miminal lacing.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, citrus and other tropical fruits. The is some burnt toast maltiness and a touch of booziness in the nose.

T - Good grapefruit and citrus flavors. It has a boozy alcohol flavor with some bitter hops. There is a mild burnt toast and caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good DIPA. Almost too boozy but it was quite tasty.

zeff80, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Sideswipe
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip.

The beer presents a beautiful clear, coppery, amber color with a small layer of white foam on top.

The nose is citrus hops backed by huge bready malts. Orange, tangerine grapefruit, and hemp are backed by caramel undertones.

The taste is citrus hops up front backed by huge sweet caramel malt. The oak really smooths the beer out. Bitterness doesn't show up until the finish and it's pleasantly lingering.

Mouthfeel is resinous and sticky with appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability is scary good, as the advertised 11% ABV is nowhere to be found. This is a very enjoyable TIPA from Alpine. Compared to past batches this iteration is my favorite to date.

Sideswipe, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500

Big thanks to Eric (Holland) for hitting this long time want! 22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice and thick pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap and thick collar. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass. Looks great.

S: Sugar covered grapefruit, some bitter pith, a touch of malty sweetness and sticky fruit all fill the nose. There is a touch of booze in there which I would suspect being 11%. There is a touch of wood from the oak chips and slight flowery pine to it as well. There's a ton going on.

T: Wow, definitely drinks a lot lighter than how it smells and how one would guess. Sticky sweet grapefruit, some tropical melon, and sweet sugar cookie malts all hit up front. Candied orange peel with a mild orange pith bitterness. The slight boozy note from the nose is non-existent here.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium plus carbonation level. Sticky sweet citrus fruit finish.

O: I though this was going to be a big and boozy hop bomb when I first smelled it, but it really toned down in the taste and it turned in a lighter drinking tropical fruit and sweet malt bundle of deliciousness. Very excited to have gotten a chance to try my first Alpine IPA. Thanks again Eric!

Treebs, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

AdamP, Sunday at 03:08 PM
Photo of BTPete
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited about drinking this. Thanks Mikegroove. Had a couple friends over and split.

A: Clear copper/amber color. Nice head on my glass but more on mine than other two.

S: Really nice pine and floral bouquet with some citrus notes in there. Certainly a decent malt backbone on this one to get the ABV up there.

T: Once again nice piney notes but I also think that the oak mellows this out a bit and makes it a really nice and drinkable beer. It's sweet but not overly. We got into a "too sweet" discussion regarding really high ABV IPAs we agreed not overly sweet.

M: Nice carb on this one. I'd say spot on.

D: Too drinkable for 10.5% Like I said nice character, nice oakiness, and insanely drinkable overall. Wish I had more. Will try to seek out another bottle if possible.

BTPete, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

DCLAguy11, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a glorious slightly hazy golden apricot hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave sticky lacing, halo, and clouding. Excellent for the ABV.

S - Aromas of hop oil galore, pine and candy orange peel along with nice sweet malts.

T - Taste was not quite what I was expecting after the nose. Much more orange peel than pine along with sweet syrupy malts with a light bready biscuits finish. Faint oak notes on the finish as well as that excellent lingering bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a lightly carbonated slightly creamy feel. The booze is hidden incredibly well all things considered. Well done!

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer immensely. Just a tasty dipa that hits all the right notes. Lives up to the hype, not you're typical west coast dipa.

rudzud, Mar 14, 2013
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.