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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%


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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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joe1510

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler

I have the opportunity to sample this tap only selection thanks to the generosity of srandycarter, thanks Randy! I was a big fan of the little brother, Pure Hoppiness, and I've been looking forward to this one. Exponential Hoppiness chugs from the growler the purest of gold with a crystal clear body and copper highlights. I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer. The carbonation is slack and barely detectable but what's there swirls slowly to the surface. The pour was on the aggressive side but leads to a quality two finger head of clean white density. As the head slowly recedes and I take drink after drink incredible skyline like lacing is left behind. This is a great looking brew.

The aroma on this beer is incredibly unique and, although it's been a little while since my last bottle, seems to be in the vein of Burton Baton. The oak chip additions add an incredibly deep complexity to this beer that I never see. Overall the aroma of this IIPA seems very balanced with mild caramel and sweet biscuity aromas mingling with the subtle citric hoppiness. All the exponential hop additions add a slightly sweet orange oil nose to the already layed out maltiness. The oak chips add a touch of woodiness (oak obviously) but more importantly a vegetal aroma that I'm actually fond of. I'm not usually fond of the vegetal aromas in my beer but this is reminiscent of celery seed and I find it very inviting. It is mild so don't be scared away. Again, the aroma is incredibly unique and the only other similar smells, I've come across, come from Burton Baton.

The flavor has all the unique and delicious qualities of the aroma. There is a good amount of sweetness which I usually don't appreciate in my IIPAs but with the different qualities at work here it fits nicely. The sweetness is a mix of both the orange oil type hoppiness and the caramel/sweet biscuity like sweetness. I'm surprised that the huge amount of hops thrown into this beer has such a mellow effect on the flavor. This may be confusing but the oak chips play a major role without being totally woody. The oak is there in small amounts but just like in the aroma it contributes more of a celery seed vegetal flavor then pure oak. The celery seed finishes things off with the orange oils leaving a decent bitterness behind. Again, very unique flavors and I really enjoy them all.

The carbonation is sluggish on this beer which really helps improve the overall enjoyability. The body leans toward the heavier side of moderate with a surprisingly velvety mouthfeel. After the swallow I'm left with a touch of residual sweetness and a slowly growing bitterness. The bitterness does hold still when it coats the entire drink hole and sticks around moderate.

This IIPA weighs in at a big 10.5% and there is zero noticeable alcohol. As a matter of fact I have a hard time believing it has that much alcohol. Of course after a couple pints I can feel the booze creep up on me. This is one incredibly easy drinking IIPA and may be one of the easiest drinking of the style I've had to date. While it's big as hell it's also so balanced that it goes down incredibly easy. Excuse me for using the same old cliche, I'm really not that creative, but this is dangerously drinkable.

To tell the truth I was expecting a hugely aromatic, hugely bitter IIPA after drinking Pure Hoppiness but what I got was a totally different beast. This beer drinks like it weighs in at 7% and I savor every sip. Have I said this beer was a surprise yet? Oh, that's right, too many times now. It really is though and I would recommend it to anyone. Whatever you do don't expect a big bitter hop bomb because you won't get it. Thanks again for the great beer Randy!

Serving type: growler

08-19-2013 03:44:35 | More by joe1510
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juhl31

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Serving type: growler

02-09-2012 06:13:28 | More by juhl31
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drowland

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: growler

02-05-2012 22:08:27 | More by drowland
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dragonWhale

New York

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review a long time coming. Growler highlight of the n00b BIF 5. Sexy sexy.

Dark golden with a fine upstanding white head. Tremendous lacing on the glass, a little haze in there, as there should be.
Massive fruit aroma, oranges and grapefruits, a little lemon and apricot, there's pine and fir up in there too. No noticeable alcohol at all in the nose or in the flavor. Incredibly done.
The bitterness quickly fades into a citrus assault, a little malt to back it up, but not sweet, just delicious. Terrific.
Shared this with 3 other good people amidst drinking a bunch of delicious beers, and this was an absolute stud. I could drink this beer for hours, like a peach.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 16:26:52 | More by dragonWhale
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2011 22:20:54 | More by kscaldef
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ehammond1


4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Serving type: growler

08-31-2011 03:10:58 | More by ehammond1
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jodan for hooking me up with this growler. Served in pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep orange with 1.5 finger fluffy white head. Good sticky lacing

S - Lots of citric on the nose, grapefruit, lemon, tangerines. Some caramel maltiness too.

T - Strong grapefruit and oranges. Some lemons and green apple. Very nice supporting malt backbone with some caramel and some woodiness to it.

M - Juicy, slightly tacky, some noticeable alcohol.

O - A very impressive, juicy DIPA. Strong alcohol and should be shared with friends, especially in growler form. Easy drinking and delicious.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2011 16:47:46 | More by OakedCanuck
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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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gregshead

California

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 2/6/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: light golden color w a finger of head

S: tons of hops. A friend said he could smell the hops from a foot away. On the verge of nail polish smell but holds right under the threshold.

T: lots of grapefruit hops. As it warms the malts balance this one a little more. Their is some oak taste but it s very subtle. Jst lots and lots of delicious hops to overwhelm the taste buds

M: good carbonation. Some syrupy thickness. Feels like the hops are ripping the enamel straight off my teeth

D: I had three 8 oz pours before I realized this beers power. Otherwise you just drink this bitter beauty.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 23:58:52 | More by gregshead
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a darkness tulip on 2/25/11.

Pours a very light for a DIPA. Light golden orange. Looks less like a DIPA and more like a wheat beer.

Smells f*&^in awesome! Tons of pine and citrus hops fill my nose.

Taste is of hops of course and tons of citrus hops. I love it get me more.

Mouthfeel is perfect nice and light enough to bring you in but awesome leftover to lace the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. Get it while you can.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 06:23:01 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. This growler is filled as high as I have ever seen with literally zero head space, guess that pretty much lets no oxidation occur. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear amber orange color with a nice flulffy 2 finger head. The aroma of orange, pineapple, and mango is very apparent while I am pouring this and is pretty pleasant. Very slight pine aroma as well but mostly citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel with some borderline heaviness. Pretty sweet and syrupy upfront with a heavy dose of tropical fruits, bitterness kicks in on the back end but it isn't overly bitter by any means. In the world of DIPA's I'd call this one much more malt forward than most others. The head is all but gone as I drink this down, only leaving a collar around the rim. Nice lace left on the glass. Slight booziness on the back end. Overall, I like this but see how others might be turned of by the possibility of being to sweet.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2011 23:08:44 | More by kbutler1
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a pale golden yellow color, slightly hazy in the center. A smooth white head retains nicely and leaves chunky lace down the glass. Lots of reaffirming carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A ton of hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine, and herbal aromas, in that order.

Taste: A burst of light malty sweetness, then hops for the duration of each sip. Citrus hits me first, with caramelized pineapple and candied grapefruit, but there are more pine and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a bit of crisp carbonation. This has a medium to full body, although I was expecting fuller just from the ABV. Very smooth. The full carbonation keeps the beer fresh and avoids the overly sticky trap some DIPA's fall into.

Drinkability: So smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With a boat load of hops, I could get into quite a few glasses of this.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2011 22:45:40 | More by KickInTheChalice
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bronco94

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A - Bright yellow/orange body with an offwhite head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S - amazingly hoppy...a sweet aroma of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and other tropical flavors, and a slight sugary alcohol flavor

T - bursting with refreshing citrus, a slight sweet malt backbone (hints of caramel) for balance, and a faint pine hoppiness that lingers

M - medium carbonation and a slightly thicker syrupy feel to the body. Very pleasurable feeling in the mouth

D - for a 10+% abv double IPA, this is remarkably drinkable. This was a joy to drink and I would gladly seek it out to drink again. One of my favorite beers to date

Serving type: growler

09-14-2010 03:29:07 | More by bronco94
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obtained thanks to FrieghtTrain
Split with my brother on 4/4.

It pours a beautiful orange color, very clear, with a nice head on top. Looks like a very nice DIPA, and I'm ready to dive in. The smell is very interesting. I will add a note here, that I did not know that oak was added to this - and was very confounded at this mystery flavor thoughout, and once I heard it was oak, it all made sense. You get a smell of sweetness (which I believe is from the wood), filled with pine and flowers, with a lot of lemon zest and resin. It seems like it has a very nice bouquet, but it was being held back - probably because of the wood, but overall, very nice. The flavor starts off very rich, sweet, super full, with a note of peach, slightly sharp alcohol. The bitterness hits next, but is somewhat subdued and creamy almost, will hidden. You get the taste of fruitiness and the puckering sticky feeling of the hop resins. Also, this is very floral. It really beings to improve as it warms, enhancing the slightly cakey malts and the fruity hops, eventually you get notes of sweet pineapple and dense cakey grain. A very nice beer. The wood, I think, lends a kind of caramel candy flavor. The mouthfeel is incredible, must be the wood here. Sticky piney grassy resins mixed with the smooth sweet wood makes for a perfect body. With moderate carbonation that stings without overpowering. The beer just gets better and better with each drink, though the ABV slows you down more and more as you get deeper. This is one nice beer - I only wonder what it would taste like without the oak.

Serving type: growler

04-06-2010 00:17:26 | More by taylorhamrick
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cjever19

California

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured 3 days later from the growler fill at the source. Appears clear and filtered, a light golden-orange color. Poured a 3 finger foamy head. Lingered until half way through. Ring around the glass lingered the rest of the way through.

Aroma - Very unique. I get tropical fruits and citrus. Pineapple, apricot, peach.

Taste - Like biting into a hybrid megafruit. Mango, papaya, pineapple. Gently followed by a bittering agent and perfect carbonation, maybe a bit of alcohol. Nice balance. Not a hop tea, some malty taste too.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body. After the bitter, resinous tongue twisting, leaves me with a silky smooth feel.

This gets much better after it looses the chill and airs out a bit. Don't drink it too fast. At 11% it creeps up on ya. Drink Alpine or go to Bed.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2010 06:00:11 | More by cjever19
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HalfFull

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2010 07:00:21 | More by HalfFull
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd like to extend a big thank you to 0110x011 who hooked me up with a growler of this most sought after nectar!

Appearance: Transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Very Pliny like in the sense that this brew has lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes but not as much pine sap, lots more malt presence, and lots more floral hop smell.

Taste: An initial hop bitterness that opens up to a nice pale malt that blends flawlessly with some great oak notes from the oak chips used in the recipe. The next wave is all citrus hops and once the fruit flavor subsides a strong hop bitterness finishes this one off. Tip of the cap to Alpine for packing this much hop bitterness into a brew and keeping it from tasting astringent. The bitterness is well crafted and really enjoyable. Alpine does add a heavy dose of sugar sweetness to the brew to counterbalance the extreme bitterness and mask the high abv. The sugar sneaks up on you faster than the abv IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation (even after the 2 weeks it has been since it was poured) and smooth!

Drinkability: The 10.50% abv and the sugar are the only things holding me back from giving this excellent brew a higher drinkability rating.

Home Run Alpine!

Serving type: growler

09-16-2009 00:14:42 | More by koopa
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JessetheHutt for hooking me up with a growler of this bad-boy. I can knock this off the list of "apparently great beers I'll probably never get to try". Brought this growler up to the lake for Labor Day to share.

Getting growlers is always a crap shoot, & when I popped the cap Jesse had taped down well, there wasn't the slightest poof, & the beer looked dead. Uh oh. A moment later, relief: my careless pour in an effort to bring some life brought a slavering, foaming head surging out of the glass. Woohoo! Very pale beer with ample chunky head even after its travels. And oh, my, the nose. That, my friends, is hoppy perfection right there.

Exponential Hoppiness does not disappoint, & with a name like that, you have some living up to do. The hops come flowing out of the glass like a defensive line smashing through my mouth. Hops, hops, everywhere...oily hops. Vinous hops. Slippery hops. Hops shimmying & shaking. Harsh, bitter, angry hops. Damn. This is another one-trick pony, & if you don't like that trick, this won't do anything for you. I love it. The only slight knock is the lack of depth & complexity, but who gives a crap?

The alcohol is very well hidden. Didn't know what the ABV was, & surprised to see it at 10.5%, this went down like a routine IPA. Three of us had no problem at all polishing off the growler, & I could have had more. Drinkable like the nectar of Mars.

This is a remarkable beer. Read the rumour that it will be bottled eventually, & I would be very interested in finding out if this unique hop-monster survives the transformation from tap to glass. First-rate. Get your hands on this if you can.

Serving type: growler

09-07-2009 14:06:49 | More by maximum12
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chugger from Ratebeer for this one. Never thought I'd see the day. Now, I wasn't blown away by Pure hoppiness so I really didn't know what to expect from this beer.

Pours a crystal clear, light golden straw body with a nice creamy white head that rests on top the duration of the glass. The initial presentation screams, "DRINK ME!"

Hello college days... smells like a big bag of pot with some pinesol sprayed in. Really stinky with some nice citrus freshness to it. A nice lemon compliments well, and some light grapefruit pokes you in the nose. I had a hard time keeping my nose out of the glass in this one.

This tastes basically like a hop tea. Huge pine and citrus. The lemon and grapefruit in the scent have assertively made their way to the taste, and the piney hops add that west coast flavor. There is a moderate caramel backing, but this is straight hops from start to finish which calls for a lack of balance, but one happy hop-head.

Serving type: growler

08-12-2009 14:54:47 | More by CoolJosh
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treyrab

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was probably the most surprised to see this at the Pittsburgh tasting. Huge thanks for bringing this! Poured from the Alpine growler into the glass...

A: Pours out of the growler with a nice, chill hazed gold with a blinding white head. Looks nice and viscous with a sticky malt and hop appearance. Upon a gentle swirl, the beer really sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Wow. Blast in the face with fresh pine hops. Grassy, piny, grainy and delicious smelling. Nice malt and caramel backing with some nice pale malts to complement the intense pine hop aroma.

T: Hops galore. Pine. Grass. Citrus. Damn. This is superb. Very intense, thick and brutal with intense pine and citrus combo. The great attribute about this is that the hop and malt blend is so damn perfected that the hops dominate, but not so much that there is no malt backing.

Overall, this is one of the best Double IPAs that I have ever had. Really, glad I tried this! Thanks again!

Serving type: growler

08-12-2009 02:32:59 | More by treyrab
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OlieIPA

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Serving type: growler

08-02-2009 04:36:01 | More by OlieIPA
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in trade with danielcurtis81. Thanks a ton for the opportunity to try this one!! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with a touch of orange color. A 1 finger white head forms and last for a short time. Dissipates to a layer of bubbles on the surface and a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Some subtle lacing forms on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer. Can't get over how clear and pale this beer is.

S - Very upfront but smooth citrus and pine aromas. The faintest aroma of bready malt makes an appearance, but can barely get past the fresh hops. A hop lovers dream...smells almost identical to PtE to me...so excellent.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Loaded with citrus and pine. More malt definitely comes thru in the taste as compared to the aroma. Good sweet malt backbone that holds up against the hops. Wouldn't really say the malt balances things out. Hops are definitely the focus. Good, sharp and tight bitterness, and lots of citrus and pine flavors. To me, this beer is very similar to PtE...difference is the malty sweetness present here and definitely more noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect the alcohol in the flavor, but it hits me on the inhale during every sip...doesn't detract from the beer at all.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation has a very unique feel. Hate to keep comparing this to PtE but they are quite similar. Both beers have an extremely fine, tiny bubbled carbonation that I haven't found in other beers. Has a creaminess but with still some prickly bite to it as well. I really like this quality...wish I knew what these breweries do to create this effect.

D - For a beer that is 10.5%, this is really smooth. I'm sure I'd regret it in the morning, but I feel like I could drink this all night. Really smooth...great hop flavor, alcohol is well hidden...very nice all around.

Wow!!! Amazing beer - this one definitely lived up to the hype. Really glad I was able to try this. Gotta find a way to get more of this! Thanks again Dan!

Serving type: growler

08-01-2009 02:29:56 | More by portia99
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this thanks to gford217, who brought a growler to share to the Brick Store Pub. Wonderful to finally get to try this, thanks a bunch, Grant! Hugely unusual beer, probably the most unusual beer I've had in a long time! I think its probably due to the hop profile and late addition of wood chips, but this beer has one of the more unusual herbal qualities I've ever had, and was completely different than what I was expecting. Pours normal enough, with a golden color and good clarity and a nice head that leaves some lacing. The smell and taste, though are extremely herbal and tangy. I'm strongly reminded of a dill and greek yogurt combo, especially in the nose. The taste is similar, but perhaps even creamier, but with that same slight lactic tartness and dill herbiness. Perhaps some sour cream this time? Tangy and rich, with a touch of sweetness and a strong pine finish after the yogurt and dill. perhaps I've just washed my greek snack down with a glass of retsina? Very tasty and different. Super smooth and creamy in the mouth and a bit tamgy. Wow. Glad I got to try this one!

Serving type: growler

05-20-2009 21:20:33 | More by Georgiabeer
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gregc

New York

4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler.

Pours a nice carmel color with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is hops, i get grapefruit, orange, pine and pineapple. Smells wonderful, im even picking up a bit of wet wood.
Taste is in your face...big hops, very sticky, tons of pine and citrus also somewhat oily. This is a big on the hops DIPA. Its very enjoyable. A bit of alcohol burn is the only downside to this. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Another growler would be nice one day.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2009 22:14:32 | More by gregc
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You could probably supply sufficient hops for a year's worth of bud light production with a glass of this stuff.

Appearance: Pours a nice straw-gold with a touch of amber, nice frothy head, some decent lacing

Smell: Big sticky, oily hops, followed by sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, pine, tangerine, lycee, apricot, hemp, and pineapple.

Taste: Very sticky and oily, with lots of hemp oil coming to the surface. Sweet malt with grapefruit, pine, citrus, tangerine, lycee, apricot, pineapple, turpentine. Very bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, oily and full. Very well carbonated growler, although almost overfilled. The carbonation is a bit prickly.

Drinkability: This is the first hoppy beer to have ever actually hurt my tongue. It is extremely astrigent and oily. Enjoyable for the hemp-hop head, but not highly drinkable. Not nearly as enjoyable as pliny the elder and pliny the younger.

Serving type: growler

04-20-2009 23:58:50 | More by craytonic
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