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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,422
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A glass tasted during Dark Lord Day.

A: The ale is a hazy amber orange color. The travel and open growler have done their number on the carbonation, giving the ale little in the way of head.

S: The nose is a citrusy bitterness, full of grapefruit and pine aromas but not as intense as I expected from a beer called 'Exponential Hoppiness'.

T: The taste does not skimp on the hops, they are bitter with a strong citrusy grapefruit flavor. As the ale sits in the mouth, a huge, intensely bitter hop element quickly emerges, providing astringent grapefruit flavors built on pineapple and pine flavors, creating a thick mouthfeel that burns with hop deliciousness.

M: The mouthfeel begins on an average note and quickly escalates into an all-out hop assault.

D: The 1/2 glass that I had was very enjoyable, full of big hops and quite drinkable even with the hefty abv.

akorsak, May 01, 2007
Photo of stupac2
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sixofsigmas to getting me this bottle.

Poured into a tulip, with a small white head (I suppose not surprising for 11%). Color is brilliant orange, just what I like to see.

Smell is intense, as soon as I opened the bottle it hit me. Grapefruit, citrus, and some definite hop-funk are in there. Taking a deep whiff I'm vaguely reminded of Parmesan cheese.

Taste is interesting. It's very dry, which I like, but the funk dominates over the piney/citrusy hop flavors. It's different, but as I drink it mellows. I was really expecting more of the pine/citrus, and it's disappointing in that regard. If there's any hint of the ABV it's on the very, very end, and even then it's mild. Amazing job hiding it, I'd never guess this is 11.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from Alpine, pretty thick with just-right carbonation.

Overall this is a very good beer, but it's pretty different from most other IPAs I've had. I'm wonder if there's some bottle-to-bottle variation, I have another and will edit this review if it's a lot different.

stupac2, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade with Thome50 last Summer. Reviewed from notes.

Shared with friends during the Woodward Dreamcruise.

A: Nice orange color. White foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Slam to the nose with fresh piney hops!

T: This one is a punch in the mouth of hops. Like brushing your teeth with them. Very over the top in a good way.

M: Medium body and well carbonated.

O: Glad to have checked this one off. Big my favorite DIPA, but I see why it has such a following.

camil1mj, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of johnnieoz
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

johnnieoz, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of cbeer88
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip, another fine beer generously provided by Bennettrox in his crazy BIF box. No date, but fresh from very recent release.

Appearance: Poured to top of D in glass, about one finger of white head that doesn't stick around very long. Very nice lacing. Color is a dark golden orange that is extremely translucent.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and caramel. Kind of like pure hoppiness with a much stronger citrus whiff on the nose.

Taste: Well balanced between the pine, citrus, and malt. The alcohol comes through pretty strongly here, which I don't totally care for, but at 11% I can't really fault it for it. He is what he is. There is a strong sweet flavor throughout, yet still dry and super bitter on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfectly carbed. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly low, largely due to the 11% ABV. Otherwise it drinks pretty good, though the alcohol burn started to get to me a bit halfway through the glass.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Alpine. It's more complex than Pure Hoppiness, and ultimately it may be a better beer, but I thought Pure did a much better job at masking the alcohol. For that I prefer Pure, even though I rate Expo higher.

cbeer88, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a nice ring and lace throughout. the body was a bright and clear amber.
s - lots going on here. piney, citrusy, grassy with a hint of breadiness. i got a little oakey finish as well.
t - piney and floral with a hint of orange peel. also a bit of caramel sweetness.
m - medium thickness.
d - incredibly drinkable and balanced.

GPHarris, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of mctizzz
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

mctizzz, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and gold into my tulip glass. A finger of white frothy head sticks around with good lacing down the glass.

Smells of loads of grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. Beautiful.

Classic hopped up West Coast IPA. Loads of dank grapefruit and pine throughout the whole palate with hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Very little malt to this one.

A tad bit sticky, but overall pretty light and well carbonated.

Another hit for Alpine. Not quite to the level of PtE but a very solid DIPA nonetheless.

jmarsh123, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Weibull for sending the growler!!

Pours a very clean golden color sporting a brilliant a brilliant white head that lasts for quite awhile. Leaves a thin tight lace around the glass. Amazing retention.

Nose is very nice and soft yet there is much going on. Grassy hops lead into a citrusy aroma followed by hints of oak. Very earthy hints of pine coming through. Etheral and a bit rustic even yet showing such a delicate aroma.

Again this is a soft delicate feminine DIPA. A biscuity malt backbone with some tannins from the oak. Hop flavors aren't overly aggressive but fit the bill nicely. Again very grassy, with a piney middle slightly sticky and resiny leading into citrusy grapefruit on the finish. Finish is long and alcohol is very well hidden. So laid back and just moderate carbonation make it creamy smooth. But not sure I want it for this style or what I was expecting. Drinkability is all day however.

mcallister, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Retsinis
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

Brought this to a bottle share event, split 4 ways, so we each got about 5.5 ounces.

A: Poured into a small snifter, the beer pours clear, with a semi haze, and is a bright copper, almost tangerine color. A healthy half inch of white head formed, and settled to a ring of bubbles, depositing a light sticky film on the glass.

S: Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, pine, citrus burst, lemon zest. The aromas are the best trait of this beer.

T: Buttery, caramel malt, even blend of alcohol, hops, and malt notes. Bitter finish, but nice and clean.

M: Light to medium carbonation, medium and smooth mouth.

O: Great sipper, a treat, but would be a lot for one person, so glad we were sharing this. A few of us were expecting even more hops notes in this, but it says right on the bottle that they "age it, and let it mellow", so although there ARE a LOT of hops that went into the process, and making of the beer, their presence is what I would best describe as a smooth presence. Recommended.

Retsinis, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bomber into tulip

A: reddish orange. thin but staying layer of head. sticky on the side of the glass.

S: smells great. grapefruit and citrus, then pine.

T: very hoppy, as to be expected. but also very well balanced and easy to drink considering the alcohol content. very minimal alcohol burn. the oak is more pronounced than i expected. its an interesting taste in a big DIPA. not as sweet as many beers of this style, but also not a palette-wrecker. again just very well balanced, but not getting the great citrusy flavors like in pliny.

M: very full bodied. perfect carbonation. almost creamy. noticeably sticky on top of mouth. perfect mouthfeel

O: really tasty beer. would go through the effort for this one again, but its not my top 2-3 alltime favorite DIPAs.

PhatAtUT, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Philby11111
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery on 2/4/06 during my recent trip to CA and brought a growler home to the east coast. Strong hop character in the nose and taste. Very citrusy, hop aroma with enough malt to balance. Alcohol content at least 9+ but was not overwhelming. Drinkable, but recommended for hopheads.

Philby11111, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of everetends
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the few bottles I scored at South Bay Drugs in San Diego this past week. I was very happy to see this bottle staring back at me from the cooler and quickly snatched it up. 22 oz bottle served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint.

A: Pours out of the bottle a light copper/orange in color. Held to the light, I am getting a more vibrant yellow more than anything. The body is very clear and clean, a good and medium carbonation moving around in here. Got about a finger of white head that has a nice and tight foam to it. The lace is quite nice, throwing up a good amount sticky foam all over the glass. The look is quite nice, not showing any sign of over carbonation or any negatives. Damn good looking brew.

S: Lots of beautiful hops going on in here. The crazy thing is that its not over poweringly hoppy. Its just a great hops presence. Lots of citric hops. Orange, grapefruit and a little bit of lemon peel mixing in here with a hefty dose of pineapple and just a touch of mango. Getting a nice pine presence as well. With all this kickin, I am still able to get some malt to come through. Light caramel and a little bit of buttery toffee stand and present themselves. Just a beautiful aroma and probably the best smelling variation of any IPA I have ever had.

T: I was expecting this to rip the enamel right off my teeth, but it is much more mild in the bitterness department than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, its hoppy but its not out of hand. A balanced Triple IPA?! My attention has been captured. Lots of citric hops yet again with plenty of tropical fruit flavors. Nice and powerful grapefruit flavor mixed with a good pineapple presence start things off. Orange, lemon and lime all come through along with a very light mango presence. With all of this hops you get bitterness along with sweetness. More sweetness comes out with a little bit of woody vanilla and then there is a good amount of caramel and toffee malts. It is not completely balanced but it does have a nice effort towards balance. nicely crafted.

M: Medium in body with a good amount of medium carbonation. The body is actually pretty silky and creamy which is a huge, pleasant suprise. This beer has a nice coating to it due to its creaminess. This beer finishes pretty dry and lightly bitter. ABV is incredibly light for the size of this beer. Their effort to keep this ABV is nicely well done. After taste is a good amount of pineapple and grapefruit.

D: This is a great beer. Pleasantly suprising is how balanced this beer is. You hear Triple IPA and you expect a crazy hoppiness that a person could barely handle, but this is not the case here. This beer is hoppy and has bitterness but it doesn't destroy your palate. It is nice to see that they didn't leave this beer as just a crazy hopped brew but that it was nicely crafted and attention was paid to balance and hiding the ABV. Its hard to say if I am not a little disappointed that it wasn't crazy bitter, but I can say that I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Well worth the wait and worth picking up. Great brew.

everetends, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of neorunner
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

neorunner, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of AussieActor
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%

AussieActor, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Liar's club in SD, CA. Arrived light amber, quite clear with a near white head, and showing off wildly scaered lacing. Nose here was very fruity, mangoes!. The intense hop crunch is the signature of this brew, does the term "S.D. style DIPA" mean anything to you? Oily, peppery, more fruit, mango, grapefruit galore. 11% well hidden in this dangerous, tasty, hop bomb.

Billolick, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and very fruity. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the aroma. Notes of pineapple and papaya are the most prominent.

The flavor is heavy on the pineapples with a little bit of other tropical fruit. The beer is pretty sweet and a little bit syrupy. I also get a bit of spiciness, which I guess is from the hops. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear orange with a couple fingers of fizzy white head.

S: Enormous amount of floral hops with some sweetness mixed in.

T: Green tea , floral hops and pine resin. Flavors mesh extremely well.

As the label suggests this beer drinks deceptively easy for 11% ABV. Adds another dimension to the usual hop bomb. You must seek this beer out!

IdrinkGas, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of mbudner
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Big thanks to TempsPerdu for sharing this one.

A- Pours a deep golden to orange with 2 finger creamy white head leaving absurdly thick lacing.

S- Fruity hop profile with a substantial piney-ness. Very fresh hop smell dominated by a big fruitiness. Very bready and biscuity malt bill.

T- Hops are nowhere near what the aroma would have you believe. Much more malt-forward than I would like. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great IPA, but really falls short of what the nose led me to expect.

MF- Sticky, but pretty thin for a beer like this. The malts are even a little cloying.

D- Very drinkable, but not my favorite of the big boys. I would prefer Pure Hoppiness or Nelson over this any day, but solid IPA from Alpine.

mbudner, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of mechamifune
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the alpine brewpub.

Appearance is clean, slightly darker than the usual west coast ipa, near orange. about a half inch of a head forms at the top of the glass, which dissolves slowly over the course of drinking.

Smell is pure aggressive hops hitting you in the face. Lots of citrus notes, but its overwhelmed by the hops, which I guess is the idea.

Taste is slightly sweet/syrupy, but then overwhelmed by the hops and citrus, which is, in my world, a great thing. Slight malt backbone. Taste stays consistant throughout.

Mouthfeel is full of syrup and resin, which for me is pleasant but could be a bit of a problem if you are not a bit of a hophead.

This in turn limits the drinkability a little bit. This is a 10&er that feels like a 10%er. Not hot or alcoholic at all, but this is an intense beer to drink and one that I don't think i'd drink more of one of in a sitting. That doesn't mean its not great though, as I feel the same way about a lot of great RIS's as well. Reminds me a good deal of Pliny the Younger, and considering how much easier it was to find this one, its much appreciated.

mechamifune, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leschkie for this awesome extra from a trade! Thanks Kurtis!
poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: copper colored almost amber beer with a finger of off white head. Sticky lace is everywhere on the beer glass.

Smell: Its smells very hoppy and oaky. Lots of pine, citrus, and dank hoppiness.

Taste: Its on the high end of moderately bitter. Pine cones and citrus. Earthy, oaky, grassy and floral hops. The malts are fairly bready and add some balance to this beer. Lingering pine and oak are found in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has an oily and resinous feel to it. Its still has a dry finish despite the oily and resinous qualities the beer has in the feel. Not a hint of alcohol.

Overall: This is a big hoppy beer. Its honestly also over the top hoppy! Alpine makes a fantastic beer here and you can tell this brewery loves their hops!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 25, 2012
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.