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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,407
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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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5/5  rDev +12.4%

hwwty4, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

1424IpA, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

drgonzo2k2, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -10.1%

HopsintheSack, Aug 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

jarrgal, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

lonewolfcry, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -9%

Thanks for the bottle Steve!

A-orange body with a white head that sticks around for a while

S-nice mango/fruitiness

T-follows the nose. Maybe there is too much hops and npt enough balance.

M-medium body and smooth.Nice aftertaste.

o-Kind of disappointed in this beer. Didn't live up to the alpine norm

brew3crew, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%

Obtained this one through a trade. Thanks (you know who you are!)

It's a 3 month old bottle, but that's the latest batch made by the brewery. So... here it goes:

A: Clear orange/amber color, with 1 finger head. good amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles.

S: Mango, orange zest, grapefruit, some bitter, pine, very complex. I can also smell some malt.

T: I swear to god... I can taste some soy? in there towards the middle. Floral, some herbs, pine, I can't really make out the fruits, other than grapefruit and orange. Very different from all other IPAs I have had before.

M: I wish this was a bit more carbonated. It's a bit on the flatter side. Surprisingly lighter in body than it appears (although I wouldn't call it light).

O: I am glad I got to try this. I wonder how it tastes fresher. I think it needs a bit carbonation or thickness in the body.

sukwonee, May 27, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

mscudder, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%

Like Chris said, it does pour a clear honey color. Decent bubbly white head with good retention and lace.

Smells of candy and tropical fruit. Mango, peach, apricot.

Flavor is amazing. An amazing balance of malt and hops for such a big ipa. Amazing tropical fruit and honey/candy like sweetness balanced with the pineappley and mild citrus hops.

Mouth is a bit tacky yet still light with high carb.

Overall this beer is far beyond what I was expecting. Just fantastic and a breath of fresh air in a time where too many breweries are producing similar big ipas now. Just fantastic!

MrVonzipper, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of afksports
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%

Alpine Beer Company's Exponential Hoppiness. Yes...

More Double IPA's. I am making every review I do from now on about Imperial IPA's.

They're like Oscar winners. Mostly accessible, potentially complex, sometimes artistic, often well-executed, but ultimately just plain crowd-appealing.

"Expo" is another one. This 11% alcohol by volume beast of a beer pours out the bomber bottle with a deep orange clear hue and bright white head. It smells deeply and clearly of citrus hops. Two thirds sweet, one third puckery. Not much else. Just big and bold. The taste follows that up with more hops and a rich big bread pudding backbone to it that smooths it out.

Alpine has figured out a way to get 11% into a beer without anyone noticing, and this is sure it. There's no heat on the taste, no booze on the nose, and it's big bodied and easy to drink. The only problem is that it's a bit one-dimensional in what it does. I'm sure the complexity is there, but Expo puts on a show with citrus and malts, and that's about where it stopped for me.

Not that I'm complaining. I'd love to win an Oscar.

afksports, Feb 28, 2011
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1/5  rDev -77.5%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Skunkdrool, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Quackus, Jan 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

HopsHopenstein, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

udubdawg, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of MiScusi
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%

On tap at the Stone Bistro. Poured into an 8oz snifter glass. Appearance was a very glowing orange color with great clarity. The smell was pretty pungent hops, but with lots of sweetness as well. Tasted like sweet hop oils. This beer definitely had a lot of sweet malt backing it up giving at a medium and syrupy mouthfeel. Had enough going on in the hop arena to keep me interested as usually double IPA's aren't my favorite if they are sweet and syrupy. Drinkability depends on your taste, I prefer to drink only a limited amount of these types of high alcohol sweet beers but this one was definitely enjoyable.

On tap at O'Brien's and then from a growler at JHamel's house. The smell is very tropical, sweetish. There is a characteristic Alpine sorta thing to this, not completely sure it's totally hop derived either. The taste reminded me somewhat of their Bad Boy DIPA, and not so much of Pure Hoppiness. The body is a touch too syrupy for it to get excellent marks, and it comes across a little more sweet than I prefer too. Drinkability suffers for me because of that overall sweetness. Overall still pretty tasty though.

MiScusi, Jun 11, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

johnyb, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

Dark golden color with a finger of head.

Smells of loads of pine, hints of vanilla, orange blossoms and a bit doughy.

Tastes of pine, orange, tobacco, a touch of grapefruit, and woody oak. Sweet honey malts as well. Oak and pine are quite dominating. Altogether interesting taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, fairly well carbonated, and very crisp/dry.

A solid drink IIPA with almost no trace of alcohol.

billshmeinke, Aug 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Retail1LO, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of KAP1356
4.54/5  rDev +2%

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.

KAP1356, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Big thanks go out to gford217 for sending this one as part of the BA Bowling winning hauls. 22 oz. bomber poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Clear light copper color. The pour creates a two finger off white, fluffy head, that retains well, and leaves behind massive amounts of thick lace.

A: Pine resin, flowers, orange. I think just about every hop known to man was used in this brew. Good amount of caramely sweetness balances the nose nicely.

T: Sweet hop juice goodness. Citrus, caramel, and pine. Suprisingly well balanced given this is a triple IPA. The small amount of oak gives it an extremely smooth finish, with just a hint of the ABV warming the throat.

M: Pretty heavy for the style. Good amount of carbonation, thick and creamy.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average given the high ABV and huge hop profile. Overall I am pretty impresed by this brew. Really nice balance and just a ton of hops. Very good offering from the guys at Alpine. Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of SkiBum22
4.63/5  rDev +4%

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.

SkiBum22, Feb 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Kenai4, May 09, 2014
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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