Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 1,485
Gots: 76 | 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 Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

I'm pretty stoked about revisiting this brew, as I hear the recipe has been changed and the beer is much improved.

The beer is transparent and light orange in color, with a thick, white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is not kidding around. A powerful dose of hops and citrus in the nose and taste buds - no doubt this is an imperial IPA. Absolutely delicious with a great feel. This is 11% abv?!? Impressive. The finish is dry and filled with tangy, bitter hop goodness. This beer is highly drinkable, at least until I try to stand up. What an enormous improvement from the previous batch I tasted. Highly recommended.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared with 321jeff and d13logan

First beer I tried from Alpine was Pure Hoppiness which I enjoyed, but didn't love. Regardless, still very excited to try this as it has the potential to be exceptional. Pour is a dark golden, copperish color, mildly hazed. Consistent frothy off white head and thick strings of lace. Aroma is strong and potent as expected, citrus and piney hops, resiny with caramel malt balance yet lacks any real wow factor for this style. Flavor is similar, loads of citrus and pine hops with caramel malt backbone and also some oakiness not as apparent in the aroma. Alcohol is also fairly strong throughout and there is something in the yeast used that we all identify as immediately recognizable from the Pure Hoppiness. PH was a favorite for being so smooth, balanced and drinkable and unfortunately this did not live up to the hype or reputation for the relatively fresh bottle we had.

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in a shipment from Southbay Drugs. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber, slightly brown in color with a fluffy two finger white head. The head settled out to cling to the sides but left moderate lacing.

Aroma is very floral and sweet. It's very hoppy with a good citrus and orange aroma but it also has a malt sweetness to it with a lot of caramel aromas as well. Taste is very sweet with a lot of caramel. The hops give it a very nice citrus flavor with some grapefruit and orange flavors, and a little pine towards the finish. Definitely more sweetness than bitterness in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, especially for a beer over 10%.

Overall this was very good but not what I was expecting, there is a huge caramel sweetness to it that is almost as big as the hop flavor. The combination of very hoppy and sweet caramel was very good together though and I enjoyed the taste a lot.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 (Richard) for this one. Two words: Yum Me

Pours a light, glowing golden. Clean. A 1 finger head was white and somewhere between soapy and thick. Looks good, let's see how it...

Whoa! I can smell it from 3 feet away. Citrus and juicy. Closer nose inspection tells me some pine and very virgin honey, but not the sweet part. A bit...just a bit... of a biscuit under all the hops. Damn, that's gonna be a hop bomb.

Sure 'nuff. Hops explode with this one. Mostly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Pine come through in more of a sap way. A bit resinous. The honey I smelled is more of a fruit skin. Kind of like a Merlot taste...but no matter what it is, it's overwhelmed by the hops. A bit of herbal spice comes and goes. The alcohol provides a wallop but it's hidden by all the damn hops.

Give PtE a run for it's money and easier drinking than PtY. Mother$*#$@ I like this beer!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After waiting in line for two hours at the Exponential Hoppiness release, I was finally rewarded for my efforts as I opened a bottle to share at Beachwood BBQ over a month ago. Coming out of a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The color says yellow, topped off with a good sized head and reasonable lacing. From the nose, I got a good idea of what this would be. It's big of the grapefruit, but with the addition of oak chips, it smells like oaked grapefruit! Let's not leave out the burst of orange either.

While ExPo is on the sweeter side, there's little doubt that this is great for those who are on hop withdrawls. There is sweet grapefruit nectar all around. There's oak. There's orange and pinneapple. And with much of the alcohol hidden, it makes the journey so much smoother. It is full bodied, yet it is easier to approach than its 11% ABV will tell you.

Add another tally for hop nectars that are prodcued around San Diego. ExPo is a delectable experience, though I wouldn't stand in line for 2 hours just to buy bottles again. However, with hints of ownership threatening to stop bottling ExPo altogether because of a few eBay resellers, I may not have to worry about that ever again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bottle acquired in a recent trade with WeeObese. Thanks again man. I've had this in growler form but wanted to see how the bottled version compared.

Pours a very dark golden orange color that's almost brown with dark hazy golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy two finger white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chinks of soapy lacing behind.

Uber fresh dank oily hop aroma with lots of luscious citrus and tropical fruit notes. Slightly earthy with hints of pine and marrijuana buds, sweet alcohol and very subtle malt. Lots of orange peel, grapefruit and mango with sme pineapple and a boat load of more stocky resinous hops.

Chewy medium body which is on the fuller end of the spectrum with a lot of uber fresh juicy hop bite that lingers throughout. Plenty dry and bitter with a lot of earthy pine but this is balanced by some sweetness from the high ABV and subtle caramel malt and sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavor. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some mango and pineapple. Very well balanced and even though the hop flavors are prominent throughout I wish they were moreso. Slightly creamy with a bit too much of an alcohol presence toward the end of the palate. Very good and I actually liked this better than the fresher growled but I still enjoy Pure Hoppiness a lot more.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a frothy 2 finger head. The head retention is excellent and leaves ample lacing as it recedes. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine sap, and oily hops. Delicious citrus flavor. This hop wine has a long, bitter, dry finish. There's a slight hint of alcohol but it's very well masked for the high abv. The beer is very well carbonated. I've had this on cask before but I very much prefer it on tap.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color with the head modest in size. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a "Big" hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler fresh from the brewery in SoCal. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with me Dyan. What a treat to try this exceptional beer.

The beer pours a bright gold amber color with great head retention and lacing. On the nose, Jeeze Loueeze!!! Talk about a DIPA nose with a capital D. A huge aroma of pine, dry citrus and tropical fruit erupts from my glass, letting me know that I am in for one extremely hoppy beer. The nose on this beer reminds me a bit of the Hop 15, except the pine aroma is even more pronounced. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although once again the flavor profile is dominated by the pine. There is also some noticeable citrus and tropical fruit, along with the long, bitter/hoppy finish. The finish, in fact, is very, very dry, which tends to enhance the beers drinkabiltiy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm not kidding myself.... I can tell it's right on up there.

This is a fabulous DIPA that is very much in the West Coast style. With the huge amount of pine and dry finish I can see where it might not be to everyone's taste, but it sure was to mine. Delicious stuff.

Thanks again Dyan!!!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a small fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of grapefruit and slight pineapple with more caramel and toffee than I expected. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Juicy grapefruit mixed with caramel and toffee or butterscotch. Taste is smooth as hell. Medium body with a lingering almost sweet finish. Light to medium level of carbonation, resinous mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. I had this right after it came out as well, and the hops are fading quickly. Great beer, especially fresh.

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick clumps rock about a chunky cloud-like surface of white. The glass becomes entirely blanketed with honeycomb lacing. A sparkling gold shade. Consonance between clarity and glow produce a beer of absolutely pristine appearance. Beautiful.

Oh glorious hops! The smell is sharp and shoots right into your nostrils with notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and lemon scented cleaning product. The booze gives these an especially fiery and piercing character.

The flavour grants us those same notes of lemon custard, citrus, and orange creamsickles. The hops add citrus and the malts add sweetness, the balance is seamless. The oak wasn't apparent initially, but in time, would show up in very large part with an ounce of wood spice and a ton of buttery vanilla.

The alcohol never seemed to fully show up. The wood chips made the finish very dry and the mouthfeel exceptionally creamy. Really creamy. The hop acidity, high alcohol content, and buttery character from the wood all weigh in perfectly. I found it extremely drinkable.

This same brewery makes one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Now that I've tried their DIPA I have a tough time deciding which impresses me more. In both cases they cram a gluttonous level of hops into tasty, refreshing, well balanced beers.

One thing for sure: Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness is a refined DIPA. The use of oak gave the beer a very elegant disposition that makes it 'exponentially' exquisite for a style that is usually only about being 'in you face' hoppy. Impressive.

A huge thanks to Grub for sharing this growler!

Photo of kscaldef
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white head on a clear darker golden body. Splotchy lacing, good cap and collar.

I get pine on the nose. Mmmmm.

Yes hops but more than adequate malt backbone to me. Dank aftertaste. Hard to believe this is 11%abv.

Thicker mouthfeel for a DIPA, near syrupy. Lower end of carbonation.

Solid DIPA here. People say top tier and I'd say that's arguable on either side. Very good. Recommended to get some if you can. Thanks for sharing kawilliams81.

Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
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

Photo of Gobzilla
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The aromas was super piney and the floral hops really making a statemen. It had lots of citrus and grapefruit notes alongside oaky notes and a malt presence; very nice potent nose. Like the aroma the flavor was super piney with floral hops and citrus grapefruit that really help propel the overall bitterness but still had oaky, slight pineapple, and grass earthy accents. Well still being a huge hop bomb it also had a good malt backbone which balanced out the big hop punchiness. The brew was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a piney hop citric crsip and bitter finish. Regardless of all the hop mayhem it still drank wonderfull and is a great example of a west coast hop bomb. If your a hop head this is sure to punch you palate nice. Great job alpine.

Photo of Viggo
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again a big thanks to grub for making this one happen. Shared the growler on our last night in Cali, playing cards and reliving memories, great evening.

Pours a clear orangey gold, nice clarity, brilliant colour, thick and insanely chunky white head forms, drops lace like its going out of style, settles down to a thick layer and doesn't go away. Smell is very complex, a bit spicy, pine, grapefruit, sweet caramel and toasty malt middle, honey, oak, wood comes through underneath the hops, vanilla and oranges as well, balanced and complex, alcohol is there but it doesn't jump out. Taste is insane as well, lots of orange, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, caramel and honey, pine, spicy alcohol, all the elements come together nicely and really complement each other, the finish is dry and woody, balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty slick and goes down insanely well for such a big beer, very balanced and enjoyable. Drinkability is good but I think 1/3rd of the growler was the perfect amount for me. This one deserves the accolades, just a great take on a DIPA, many different elements and perfect balance. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love casual Fridays. An opportunity to update the tasting list with notes from the past. Today's come from the Double IPA festival in 2006.

A much lighter than expected appearance, a hazy, yet somewhat vibrant yellow. A very sweet, citrus and pine aroma. I mean, I don't think I've smelled something so sugary AND hoppy. Quite nice and unique. We're talking like tropical citrus up in this.

Taste, a big beer, big on the hops, a little lower on the bitterness, alcohol is there, but far from overwhelming. Mouthfeel alternates between sticky and then gets dry thankfully. Nice. Would love to try and get a hold of this stuff in the bottle. One of the best breweries with very little distribution.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GR1313 for the bottle.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A- Bright orange, slight haze. Yellowish colored head, with medium sized bubbles. Head fades to half, but then lingers.

S- Pine, then some Citrus.

T- Citrusy - Lemons, then some pine hits you.

D- Nice carbonation, creamy and smooth.

O- Good IIPA, but it is getting on the older side. I still enjoyed it, but I can only imagine how great it is fresh.

EDIT on 8.5.11
New Bottle from the latest batch.
A - Same.
S - Super pine and grass.
T - Grass and pine dominate, followed by citrus.
D - Good Carboonation, very creamy.
O - A total delight. I love this beer!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with loads of hops - citrus, herbal, pine, floral - with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms the pine and floral aromas stand out more than previously.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are joined by good amounts of pine and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild hints of vanilla enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the growler version (last year's) had more in-your-face hops and I preferred it slightly to this bottle version. Still, both are very good and well worth a shot.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.