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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%


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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dfillius

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's Pub.
A: 3/4 finger head. Cloudy orangey-yellow with greenish edges. A couple floaty bits in it. Terrific head retention! Really tight foam. Only negative was color.
S: A lactosey creaminess. Dank, marijuana smell, piney as well with notes of candy corn coming through later.
T: Smooth entrance with hops easing their way in. Some cooked veggie/carrot taste was the only negative.
M: Mouth watering opening with bitter hops following, but oh so well balanced!
D: Pretty strong, but delicious!

Serving type: cask

01-18-2008 06:17:24 | More by dfillius
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Stoneman78

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at O'Brien's
A- Clear light orange hue, thin lacing of white foam, spotty lacing
S- Bouquet of citrus and pine hops, dark fruits and molasses
T- Taste starts with smooth pine and grapefruit hop wave, transitions to floral, earthy and grassy hops, a nice cascade of hop flavors
M- Medium-bodied, oily resin texture coats mouth, mild carbonation
D- This embodies complexity and layering within a bold DIPA, it is delicious from start to finish, the alcohol is totally masked which is a feat at 10%, this was an absolute joy to have on cask and one of my new faves

Serving type: cask

12-11-2007 08:51:54 | More by Stoneman78
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Pagzzz

California

4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dangerouse beer. Hides 10%+ ABV well behind a wall of rich hop flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Bitterness not as extreme as some Imperial IPA's (Stone Ruination) so very drinkable.

Cask ale really opened up aroma with warmer temp, though offset some by lower carbonation.

Another great Alpine brew.

Serving type: cask

01-16-2007 23:15:06 | More by Pagzzz
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a bright white head that leaves trails of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Piney hops dominate the nose, but there are also aromas of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and pear. The taste begins with some sweet fruity malt, but this is short lived before the piney hop oils take over with a strong and peppery bitterness. Despite the high ABV, this was quite smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: cask

09-14-2006 15:16:34 | More by Morris729
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scottoale

California

4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from an 11gal. firkin, this special cask-conditioned "Triple IPA" is pumped too the max with hops. Strong, hopped beyond belief and very drinkable, it doesn't get much better than this !

Served in a pint glass, a glowing amber-gold ale with a sticky white foam head just over a 1/4 inch thick. Tons of sticky resinous lace mark the journey as you drink.

Hops up front, hops out back...hops throughout this one. Very piney hop nose with a sweet grapefruit citric note underneath. Hop Bomb, coming right up!

The taste is short lived sweet malt turning almost intantly citrus, mainly of grapefruit, then zapped with sharp pine-cones with a bite. And they keep biting till you swallow this golden, hoppy elixer.

A BIG 2XIPA with a ton of un-detectable alcohol and a body as large as the name...this one delivers over the top, yet o'so drinkable HOP bomb too please any true hophead. It's got to be the cask-conditioning that makes it so paletable...it goes down a little too easy. If you get the chance, don't miss this exceptionally (exponential) hoppy one !

Serving type: cask

08-11-2006 08:04:46 | More by scottoale
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roger617

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass. Big want of mine for a while, glad to finally get my hands on one!

A: Pours a dark golden color with a rich copper tone. A little over 2 fingers of white head that reduces slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Very good looking beer.
S: If a grapefruit were to procreate with a bag of hops, it's offspring would smell like this beer.
T: This beer is super sweet, with a lot of citrus flavor. Outside of the feel good after the bottle is empty, not sure I'd believe this is 11%. Even with a huge amount of citrus, there is just enough floral and pine flavors to compliment nicely. The maltiness is pretty well covered up. Well done!
M: Carbed well, leaves a pretty dry after taste.
O: Very grateful to try this beer. It is like nothing else that I have tried to date. That said, it's my 2nd favorite Triple IPA behind only Notorious by Boneyard. I am a believer in rating compared to the best of the best within styles. All the components are there to make this a great beer, which it is, but where it comes short is in the potency. The aroma is awesome, but doesn't hit you in the face like Notorious. The flavor is awesome, but a little too 1 sided to say there's great balance. Alpine knows what they are doing with hops, and they do it so well there's no wonder people are always seeking them out. Exponential Hoppiness will not disappoint anyone who reaches for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:39:01 | More by roger617
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into stemmed beer glass. This may be the only Alpine IPA I haven't had. Super pumped to say I've had them all. Alpine does no harm. Let's see if this holds true with this...

Pours amber, hazy, with a one finger cream colored head. Hop gunk all up in this. I wonder if this was a fail or it's always like this? Either way, let's see how the gritty stuff feels inside the mouth!

Aroma is crazy good. Alpine in style yet with an eccentric twist. You get green chronic, spiced orange, tamarind, fresh cut oak, pineapple, sweet pipe tobacco, cumin, white pepper, pine, Turkish apricot, and all sorts of citrus peel.

On the palate you get hammered with dank, citrus, spicy hops. Biscuit and toffee malt character make a strong presence. Oak, peated cherry wood, lightly sweet peach marmalade, tamarind, faint cinnamon, old clove, and an array of other spices make this one of the most damned complex DIPA's (they call it a triple IPA) I have had. At 11 percent abv, this drinks smoother than that Starbucks double cream latte you have each morning. Damn smooth, drinking this way too fast. I can't imagine how Pliny the Younger can be better than this.

Mouthfeel is legit. Medium body, creamy, bitter over sweet but not overly bitter or sweet for as big as this is. Hop gunk settles to the bottom of the glass so not until you are finishing you're pour do you get some in your mouth. Doesn't spoil the beer one bit as you can simply avoid the last drink or two.

Overall, I'm amazed at the wizardry beheld by Alpine in crafting their IPA's. Such a vast range of world class offerings. They are the IPA kings, end of discussion. Expo is insanely good, try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:40:43 | More by MarcWP
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dar482

New York

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in an amber orange color.

The aroma is just huge. There's tons of aggressive juicy orange and grapefruit. There's a bit of West Coast pine, but just tons and tons of hops.

The beer is so hoppy and smooth. The beer just rolls and rolls on hops. It's quite bitter with juicy grapefruit and orange along with a big caramel bready malt backbone. A bit of alcohol in there.

There's a hint of that oak on the finish that really makes the beer a bit different. I sensed it at first and couldn't exactly pin point the flavor. It gives the beer another level of flavors along with that bittering on the end.

Of the line of Alpine's beers, this does something quite different being a larger ABV. I prefer the more refreshing smaller beers. This has a malt backbone that is a bit too big (along with alcohol) and not my preference.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:23:26 | More by dar482
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber from a generous trader. Pours a slightly hazy light bronze with a small white head. Bubbles flying up from the bottom. A big floral bouquet with tangerines, grapefruits, orange peel, toffee, biscuit, some alcohol, and a slight hint of oak. Bitter slam up front with a combination of grapefruit juice, orange zest, a hint of caramelly malts, oak, and more big bitter on the dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation. You can't tell there is alcohol warmth here but it is very light on the palate for such a big hitter. The oak is a nice touch here and does not overpower. Perhaps the driest and most bitter IPA I have tried, up there with Heady and Crooked Tree. Really good beer and very glad I got the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:50:47 | More by BMMillsy
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Rish907

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky to try this for the first time the day after the release on 9-18-13, and they still had some bottles left, along with being available at the brewpub. I got a glass at the brewpub, and was blow away and ended up ordering 6 more! That's right, 6 more. All I can say is bliss. This is the best damn IPA (triple IPA) I have had in my life. Being in San Diego, and having a lot of great stuff around, that is saying a lot.

Smell is sweet, fruity and crisp. Pours with a decent amount of bubbles and head. Taste absolutely amazing, smooth, not too hoppy, and floral sweetness. Hides the high abv (11%) amazing well and that's why this one is so special. Absolutely delicious. I would do anything to seek this out.. even worth trading a Dark Lord to get your hands on it!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:22:41 | More by Rish907
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RaulMondesi

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the honey hole itself - Alpine Beer Company, Alpine, CA.

You know that scene in "Office Space" where that one dude is asked what he would do if he had a million dollars and he replied, "two girls at the same time"? Yeah... Exponential Hoppiness is that - Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio at Raul's house, in Raul's spa - perfection. This thing is just lush, creamy, juicy perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 18:35:03 | More by RaulMondesi
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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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bonkers

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thank to my cousin Jeff for the bottle, hazy, straw pour, plus sized head. the aroma has juicy pine, citrus, and a hint of oak. Taste like it smells, wonderful amounts of grapefruit. the finish is drying, full body, good carbonation, surprisingly drinkable. a great dipa!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 23:08:37 | More by bonkers
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Hendry

Vermont

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber orange,brisk carbonation, dense three finger upon an aggressive pour, Navajo white head that last a few minutes before becoming a permanent cap.Lacing is fantastic.

Aroma is a hint boozy but there is so much going on with this IIIPA. Layers of hops and hop flowers and oak on top of a firm malt bill to tame all that bitterness make for an interesting nose, and there is a distinct note of bready caramel sweetness, particularly as it warms.

Taste is that of a piney/citrus hop wallop, notes of tangerine, and thankfully, at least for my taste, the sweet malt apparent in the aroma takes the rumble seat to the hops. The bitterness from the hops and the aggressive dry hopping and addition of hop flowers ride beautifully over the top of the sweetish malts. A touch of booze is overall well hidden, particularly for that of a triple IPA.

Mouthfeel is a bright spot: crisp and relatively dry, a hint of sweetness overshadowed by genuine bitterness that lasts. Sprightly carbonation help dance the flavors across your palate without ever degenerating into a malty mess.

Overall, a well balanced and flavorful Triple IPA that really packs an alcohol wallop at 11% abv. The folks at Alpine have a knack for quality, and Exponential Hoppiness is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:10:07 | More by Hendry
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:18:54 | More by Vonerichs
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 22:19:25 | More by Knapp85
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 13:10:02 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 20:26:56 | More by rudzud
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.76/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium caramel color, pretty hazy, huge off white head.

Smells super hoppy, big bright spicy kick, lots of bitterness, and also super sweet juicy citrus...peach? Bubblegum? Kindof crazy extremes both going on at once. Not sure if I've smelled anything quite like this, smells great though.

Taste is really unusual, hard to place. Pretty bitter but bitterness is overpowered by sweet citrus and super spicy hops. I don't know if the oddness is malt or hop in origin...I like this but it's kindof confusing to my palette.

Mouthfeel is really good for a high abv IPA, lots of carb but rich thick body too.

Not as straightforwardly awesome as the other Alpine IPAs, but really good and definitely worth trying.

7.7/10

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 02:50:21 | More by AlexFields
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a nearly clear dark golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head.

S- Damn I love Alpine's IPAs. Loads and loads of pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit, as well as a really awesome dank, garlicy, earthy hop aroma.

T- The hops are back in the flavor, loads of pine and citrus and tropical fruit, but again it's the earthy, dank weed/garlic flavor that makes this as awesome as it is. There's more caramel malt than was noticeable in the aroma, which balances it nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O- Another fabulous DIPA from Alpine, the hop flavors are amazing as always, it's maybe a bit sweeter and less dry than others like Bad Boy, but it's a damn fine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:34:06 | More by WillCarrera
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Deep amber almost copper. Not much of a head. Slight wisps.

Smell - Not as citrusy as I expected. Grapefruit and a ton of pine. Malt behind it. Musty.

Taste - Hoppier here, but it has just as much malt. Pretty damn hoppy. Grapefruit and resiny pine. Not my favorite hop profile but it's over the top and somehow balanced by malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Least impressive IPA from Alpine. Still a pretty damn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 20:15:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my buddy Doug for bringing this one back from CA his last trip out. Had this in March of 2013. Poured into a snifter...

A - Golden amber colored beer with a bout a fingers worth of bone white head. VERY sticky lacing around the glass - not surprised.

S - Holy hops! Huge amount of grassy, earthy, hops up front. Some slight booze is there along with some oak undertones. VERY dank and hoppy full of citrus and pine notes coming through.

T - Extremely grassy and earthy hops here. Floral, pine, citrus - everything hoppy comes through on the taste. Some slight oak presence as well. The malts stand up to the hops, but the hops still take the stage here. Nice and crisp in the flavor with some bready malts making themselves known.

M - Medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, and oily just as it should be. Some slight booze is noticeable on the backend of the beer.

O - Really phenomenal beer. Such a tremendous blend of earthy, grassy hops. Really well done and certainly stood out to me as a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:16:53 | More by KAP1356
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Mercury4040

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Split a 22oz bottle with my wife (well actually 60/40-me). Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Rich copper color with a finger of off white head. Great lacing separating ever delicious sip.

Smell: Extremely hoppy and oaky. Pine, sweet citrus, extremely floral and musky.

Taste: Very bitter with pine, citrus and mango coming through. Subtle malts that just barely balance out the bitterness to never let you forget you're drinking a hop bomb. A bit sweeter than the last release. (Cold weather delayed the fermentation process by 1 week, not sure if that had anything to do with it.)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation and oily. Just the very slightest hint of lingering booziness at the end. What to you expect for 11%?

Overall: Go into it with the mindset that you're experiencing one of the most labor intensive special releases from Alpine and you wont be disappointed. Great celebratory beer even if it's celebrating the end of a long day at work. Alpine definitely has easier drinking beers (Duet and Nelson) but none better.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 15:58:23 | More by Mercury4040
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jvillefan

California

4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A beautiful golden yellow orange body with a two finger off white head.

S: Tons of sweetness on the front of the nose. Caramel and huge hop resin contribute to this. There is a lingering bitterness in the background of pine and citrus.

T: Probably the best bottled IPA out there. All the flavors are blended perfectly and don't fight over the dominate each other. There is rich caramel, deep citrus, and crisp bitterness.

M: For an IPA this has a heavy body with great carbonation.

O: Amazing. Get this one fresh no matter the cost.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 16:05:41 | More by jvillefan
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tarheels86

California

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Alpine for SDBW. Poured a clear honey color with a billowing off-white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma is gorgeous mango pulp, citrus peels, floral hops, fruit acidity. Taste is acidic, very chewy grapefruit peel and mango peel, soapy hops, perfume oils. Hard to get through the whole thing. I think Duet is much better overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 20:58:47 | More by tarheels86
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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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