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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 390
Hads: 1,219
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 1,496
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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 Tucquan
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-03-04 in Lititz, PA. Special thanks to matador677.

A - Lightly hazy, golden-orange with a short white head and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of hop floral, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oak, lemon.

T - At serving temperature, an initial blast of pineapple juice, orange flesh, grapefruit zest and wonderful, gooey hop bud resins with a vegetal overtone. As it warmed, the subdued malt took on a nutty flavor. The oak, with hints of vanilla, provided some nice tannin tang and balance, the citrus become more nectarine than pineapple. The alcohol is very much in the background for such a high ABV. There's a nice fruity sweetness to balance the significant but not tongue-scrubbing bitterness. All of this continues into the lingering, astringent aftertaste, which is surprisingly dry. Superb.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and firm (matador677 suggests added dextrin). Moderately prickly and nicely resinous. A very fine mouthfeel indeed.

O - A magnificent brew.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear golden orange with a finger of bubbly soapy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving some light lacing. A little carbonation visible.

Big sweet tropical fruit hops, mango, pineapple, and papaya along with tangerines and grapefruit. Some earthy and herbal like hops and caramel malt in there as well, but the fruity hop aromas dominate.

Taking a sip, tropical fruits hit the tongue, sweet mango, pineapple and papaya, but the main hop flavors after is grapefruit peel and dank herbal and grassy hops. Some sweet caramel malt, oak near the back of the tongue. Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit and herbal hop with the oak. After a couple of sips, you do start tasting some of the alcohol in this big beer, though it doesn't detract too much from the big flavors.

Medium body, oily and syrupy on the tongue, with some mild carbonation pricking at the tongue. A bit of the alcohol warmth in the back of the throat, but the big hop flavors does a noble job masking most of it. Very big hoppy beer, and just a bit better than the other 'triple' IPA's I've tried from local brewers recently (Hopacalypse Black Label and Triple Rock's Rodger's Last Stand).

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Photo of danwho
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit it, I'm a homer for Alpine. And this is their best. 3xIPA at the top. PtY? meh. This is the one.
Had it fresh on release day, Jan 27th and have not had a chance to get to a bomber until now.
I poured (aggressively) into a nonic which yielded a nice 2 inch white head, lots of layered lacing as it disappears.
Smell: sweet, fruity, mango, citrus, raisin. Very nice.
Taste: This is a "big" beer, at 11%. You cannot taste the abv, it is so smooth.
My favorite triple IPA of all time, when abv is factored in.
Easily leaves PtY in the dust IMHO.
This is one beer that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange color with a short lived white head that leaves plenty of lacing spots on the glass.

Intense aroma of tropical fruits - mango and pineapple - and lychee. Vanilla notes hint at the oak component. The flavor continues with intense fruity and piney hops notes on a solid caramel background, rounded out by the oak. Sweetish but with a fairly light body for the abv and with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthcoating but with a lot of finesse for its size. An amazing triple IPA that makes a great beer for slow sipping and contemplating life's mysteries.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear orange body, frothy luxurious white head. Good lacing.

S: Nose is fresh cut citrus. Nice, but a bit light.

T: Flavor is sweet, crisp hops with a thin malt overlay. Reminiscent of Lunch, Ghandi-Bot or maybe an amped up White Rajah. Fantastic!

M: Mouthfeel is perfect aspirin-like tooth-strippiness.

O: Overall is outstanding. My favorite style and one of the best examples I've had of it!

Glad I tracked this one down. Just a treat.

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful golden orange color with less than one finger of off white head with a greenish tint. Head fell quickly to nothing more than a skim but manage some stickage.

S: Grapefruit and citrus come out first. Some clementines perhaps. Pine is woven in with a bit of spicy herbalness. It just rolls through everything. As it warms hints of tropical fruit but more pine.

T: Grapefruit and pine smack hard and roll across the palate. The pine lingers a while and finally lets some raw dough poke through. Then its back to a lightly bitter wave and some very spicy herbal flavors to the finish. Some powdery aspirin. Long alcohol burn. There is a resin coating that develops on the tongue and lets the hops really settle in.

M: Thick and syrupy, it really coats the mouth and you have to let it slide down like a warm jello shot. Does that sound bad because it isnt. Its great.

O: Amazing. The flavors of this hop bomb really roll nicely and deliver everything I want out of a big DIPA. So freaking hoppy and juicy. The experience of this beer is greater than its parts. Not sure I would change anything. I could drink it forever.

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Photo of claspada
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas are straight greenery, tons of tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange juice and underlying grapefruit smells. Slight sweet pale maltiness but def takes a back seat to the hop profile. So pungent, bright and sharp.

The tastes begin with a nice light, sweet, pale maltiness which immediately subsides to the dominant pine, pineapple, lemon, blood orange, grapefruit hops flavors. Bitterness is there but the hop flavor is out of this world. More estery fruitiness comes in with apples, apricots and mango. The oak emerges a little as it warms but is no where dominant like some other oaked IPAs like Cigar City Humidor Jai Alai or Great Divide's anniversary oaked DIPA. A hop bomb to say the least, but it really showcases just how much hop flavor you can pack into a beer without being to overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and full. Drinks a little heavy (it is 11% ABV) but no where near the ABV level. Not a drop of alcohol bite in the finish. A pleasant lingering bitterness but not a palate wrecker by any means, that is, if you are used to big boy DIPAS; your average beer drinker would be overwhelmed by this for sure. I believe the oak-aging helps to ease the bitterness aspect as well.

Overall this is way better than the growler example that I had last year. So much fresher and really impressed me. Does Alpine make a bad IPA, I don't think so. They are are top class and probably my favorites from the West Coast which is saying a lot considering the class that exists out there. Highly recommended and worth seeking out if you can get it fresh. Truly one of the best, if not the best DIPAs (or I would consider this a Triple IPA because of the ABV) on the planet.

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Photo of Auracom
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How fitting, the guy that deserves a huge thanks for getting this to me is the reviewer right below me. Muchos gracias, John!

22 oz. bottle poured on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Hazy, medium orange coloring. Super fluffy, creamy, white, two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Visually, this is a hefty DIPA (or rather, a hefty TIPA?)

S - Dank, heaps of citrus, pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, giant malts, slight alcohol.

T - Nuances abound here. The hops are certainly contained, perhaps recessed. Massive candied malts, caramel. Plentiful tropical notes of virtually every fruit you could name, honey, graham crackers. No alcohol warming but I sense the absolute lightest touch of it in the taste.

M - Very creamy. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, which is helpful to push the massive amount of flavor through. Lingering sweet finish.

D - It's amazingly balanced considering the depth of the flavor profile. Stupidly drinkable. I do wonder, how close would this be to an excellently-balanced American Barleywine?

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

big thanks to LaChupacabra for all the Alpine!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Boulevard tulip. split with trxxpaxxs. from the latest release.

pours a slightly hazy golden, light orange color with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing.

big vegetal hops, mostly onion and garlic, a bit of some cooked veggies. im having a hard time picking much else out, not very enjoyable.

again, onion, garlic, and other such cooked veggies come in big time. kind of off putting. very dank. there is a touch of pineapple and caramel malt if you dig deep enough.

pretty decent mouthfeel, hides the ABV very well and a pleasent bitterness.

overall, i was very perplexed by this beer, it was just overrun with vegetable flavors. i really had a hard time picking much else out and as a result, the second half of the glass was sadly a drain pour. hard to believe seeing as how Nelson is one of my all time favorite IPAs.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.18/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to dogfishandi for splitting this bottle.

A: Pours a wonderful translucent gold. There is about a half finger of white head that settles quickly into a bunch of large bubbles that line the edges of the glass. There isn't much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is definitely hoppy, but I'm getting a lot of onion and vegetable. In fact, those two smells are dominating. I'm already getting a bit disappointed with this beer.

T: The flavors in this beer are a bit off putting. I'm getting onion, boiled cabbage, carrot, a touch of pine in the finish. I really want to like this beer, but I just can't.

M: Medium bodied beer. The onion and vegetable notes linger on the palate for awhile, but I'd prefer that they wouldn't.

O: I'm sincerely shocked by this beer. I was expecting hop bomb deliciousness, and I was supremely let down. This beer is onion and boiled cabbage, and it's almost undrinkable. Duet is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, but this beer falls way short of that standard.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 1/29/12 release, drank on 2/10/12

A - Golden caramel in color with a slight chill haze that fades in minutes. One finger white head with decent retention. Lacing is great for a strong beer.

S - Aroma is west coast citrus hops, but muted compared to beers like Sculpin and Double Jack. That said it is still plenty aggressive and very inviting. Sweet caramel and bittersweet grapefruit.

T - Sweet, fruity with a bit of alcohol astringency. Tropical fruits in drove, including grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Accented by oak, but only faintly, just the right amount. Sweet caramel malts to balance.

M - Medium to full in body, smooth as can be. A bit sticky and slightly drying. Great feel.

O - Overall a great DIPA, but lacking in some ways when compared to the greats of this style. It doesn't compete with Pliny in any category as far as I am concerned, but it's a very tasty and even fairly unique take on the style. I like the smooth and full feel and the oak chip notes. Not quite up to the level I was expecting, but quite delicious.

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Photo of mindspin315
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... Nectar of the Gods!

Pours a medium sized slight off-white head, golden pale orange body, sticky lacing...with plenty of carbonation streaming up the glass.

Hands down my favorite IPA aroma ever (but then again I'd say that about any Alpine IPA). Huge sweet peach, fresh ripe mangoes, apricot, dank hops, pineapple, nice dose of pine, little bit of floral notes, and touch of vanilla from the oak chips. Absolute goodness in a glass. Can they make this into a cologne?

Mangoes, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, and some grass/earthiness (upfront) in the flavor. Couldn't even tell this was 11%. The slightest touch of alcohol peaks up towards the finish but disappears quicker than a super hero without his mask. Drinks incredibly smooth. The carbonation carries the beer all the way through...never gets to sticky or thick on the palate. Dry on the end like any good IPA, which makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Alpine absolutely continues to blow my mind on how well you make a beer with hops at the forefront. Hands down they make the best IPA's on the planet. (Of course that is subjective, but I think just about anyone who's tried their IPA's would agree) I wish I lived next door to this place. I would be there more than the brewer.


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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of Stawn, into a Deschutes snifter. Review #700.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with about an inch of stark white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap of bubbles, leaving a complete wall of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A touch of carbonation moves lazily through the glass. Really nice.

S: Tons and tons and tons and tons of hops here. Sticky, dank herbal hops all over the place. Tons of pine and juniper in here as well. A fair amount of grapefruit peel, and citrus oil type smells. Completely one dimensional and focuses entirely on the hops. Completely lives up to the name.

T: Again, a ton of hops. Lots of resinous oily, high alpha acid hops. Citrusy and piney as well. There is a bit of a malt profile in here, slightly sweet, almost like cake batter. Sweetness and the hops slowly fade into a lingering, but not overpowering bitterness. Hop resins completely coat the tongue and linger forever. Insanely hoppy, not overpoweringly bitter, and insanely drinkable. Not a ton of oak, but there's a slight amount of vanilla in here which may be slightly attributable to the oak.

M: Towards the thicker side of the spectrum, mild carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish given the heft of the beer. A little warmth in the gullet, but not by any means a hot beer.

O: Hands down the best of the "triple" IPA's that I've had. This is a phenomenal beer. Tons of hops, huge malt profile, balanced bitterness, and incredibly drinkable. Honestly I do not know how they do it, this beer drinks almost like a quadruple dry hopped version of Duet, no other real way to explain it. Absolutely phenomenal, and lives up to the hype. Incredibly well done Alpine. Phenomenal beer.

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Photo of juhl31
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-extremely clear with a light amber color. Atop this is a tight white head that sticks around a good bit

-the nose is what stuck out the most. Super floral hops just blasts the nostrils and does not let up. After it sits for a bit you can get some malt sweetness in there as well

-wow. This is pretty crazy. There is a big tropical fruitiness flavor that develops from all the hops. This beer is very balanced though and is not really bitter at all, just extremely tasty

-good body on this one, but not overly sticky for the abv level. Very smooth as well which makes sense with the malt bill

-this really is right up there with the best "3IPAs". Anytime you can match extremely big hops and extremely big malts in a beer like this and still come off as an IPA as opposed to a big sloppy, sticky barleywine type mess is astounding to me

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

S) Here come the hops!

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

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

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

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber, thanks Jon,

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

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.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date.

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Photo of SSGeq
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer comes from a awesome small little brewery out here in san diego, ca. they only release this beer once a year and it normally sells out in about three days, this year though, it sold out in one day. it's a was a limit 6 this year and sold for $10 a 22oz bottle. it has a great hoppy small to it that is quiet overwhelming and awesome. for a 11%ABV, doesn't taste like it. it's easy and smooth.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into delirium tulip

Appearance: Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: This beer hits you nose hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is extremely aromatic and hop floral forward.

Taste: Taste is abrasive and I love it! Nothing but hops from start to finish. There is some malty sweetness in there. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering of citrus. The booze is hidden well, only allowing a subtle warmth in the throat. Delicious Perfection!

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness.

Overall: This beer is an experience! Tons of flavor and huge bodied. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster with a nice sweetness in the middle. Hugely complex, balanced and surprising. IMO I would rank this with PtY. I have not had PtY but will shortly and look forward to the comparison. Cheers to HOPS!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this out of a 22oz bomber - This was pretty good but I was a little disappointed. Hoppy, but a little malty, perhaps a little old. Wow, just had a fresh growler (thanks, Dakine!) and it’s WAY better. Amazing tropical fruits, hemp, a lot going on. So much better than the bottle... awesome!

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Photo of Enish266
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip, batch released on 1/27/12.

A - slightly hazy apricot-orange. Lacing lasts the entire glass and is about 1/2 in with a vigorous pour.

S - Pine, sweet mango, and some citrus.

T - Not the most aggressively hoppy batch but the oliy/piney taste comes through first. Slick and grapefruity mid-palate with a green bitter finish. Reminds me of the last Poor Man's IPA that I had and that's a good thing.

M - Coats the mouth pretty well and stands up well to be consumed with pizza.

O - One of the best d/tIPAs that gets bottled. Would definitely recommend.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.