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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,399
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Exponential Hoppiness
"Triple" IPA
Alpine Brewing
11% ABV
Theoretical IBUs are off the charts, actual should be less than 75.

Bomber from the most recent release poured into a Duvel tulip. 'bout a month old give or take. Thanks Casey!

Falls in a brilliant golden stream with a medium alabaster head atop the orange "body". The head retention is medium and the lacing insane. Looks hoppy, doesn't it?! I have had this before and know that it's juicy. And it fucking looks juicy.

There are fruity IPAs, weedy/dank IPAs, and this is both. Signature Alpine. Very juicy, ripe tangerine, pineapple, mango; and pine and marijuana. Ample amount of malt. Damn, it smells fruity and sweet! THE best smelling IPA I ever had.

Tastes bitter, but not nearly enough. That has been my complaint against Alpine. I'd rather have sex with Paris Hilton than watch Audrey Hepburn strip. Very flavorful nonetheless. Pineapple and even more mango, but not enough weed. Oak adds another dimension and at times, especially when warm, the sticky sweetness combined with oak lends almost a barrel aged strong ale note. Nice! Almost chocolate with orange peel.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Just perfect for its magnitude. Creamy, yet crisp. I know.

Overall good but not that good... aroma is the high point of this beer, unrivaled by anything else that I have had. But the taste leaves something to be desired. A brewing achievement in the sense of masking the stronger notes and letting the delicate come across, but still not the hops-in-yo-face-with-bitterness-turned-max that I crave.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4/5

08-17-2011 09:41:27 | More by tewaris
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%

12-07-2011 00:07:27 | More by imyourhero21
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everetends

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

One of the few bottles I scored at South Bay Drugs in San Diego this past week. I was very happy to see this bottle staring back at me from the cooler and quickly snatched it up. 22 oz bottle served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint.

A: Pours out of the bottle a light copper/orange in color. Held to the light, I am getting a more vibrant yellow more than anything. The body is very clear and clean, a good and medium carbonation moving around in here. Got about a finger of white head that has a nice and tight foam to it. The lace is quite nice, throwing up a good amount sticky foam all over the glass. The look is quite nice, not showing any sign of over carbonation or any negatives. Damn good looking brew.

S: Lots of beautiful hops going on in here. The crazy thing is that its not over poweringly hoppy. Its just a great hops presence. Lots of citric hops. Orange, grapefruit and a little bit of lemon peel mixing in here with a hefty dose of pineapple and just a touch of mango. Getting a nice pine presence as well. With all this kickin, I am still able to get some malt to come through. Light caramel and a little bit of buttery toffee stand and present themselves. Just a beautiful aroma and probably the best smelling variation of any IPA I have ever had.

T: I was expecting this to rip the enamel right off my teeth, but it is much more mild in the bitterness department than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, its hoppy but its not out of hand. A balanced Triple IPA?! My attention has been captured. Lots of citric hops yet again with plenty of tropical fruit flavors. Nice and powerful grapefruit flavor mixed with a good pineapple presence start things off. Orange, lemon and lime all come through along with a very light mango presence. With all of this hops you get bitterness along with sweetness. More sweetness comes out with a little bit of woody vanilla and then there is a good amount of caramel and toffee malts. It is not completely balanced but it does have a nice effort towards balance. nicely crafted.

M: Medium in body with a good amount of medium carbonation. The body is actually pretty silky and creamy which is a huge, pleasant suprise. This beer has a nice coating to it due to its creaminess. This beer finishes pretty dry and lightly bitter. ABV is incredibly light for the size of this beer. Their effort to keep this ABV is nicely well done. After taste is a good amount of pineapple and grapefruit.

D: This is a great beer. Pleasantly suprising is how balanced this beer is. You hear Triple IPA and you expect a crazy hoppiness that a person could barely handle, but this is not the case here. This beer is hoppy and has bitterness but it doesn't destroy your palate. It is nice to see that they didn't leave this beer as just a crazy hopped brew but that it was nicely crafted and attention was paid to balance and hiding the ABV. Its hard to say if I am not a little disappointed that it wasn't crazy bitter, but I can say that I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Well worth the wait and worth picking up. Great brew.

03-22-2010 03:35:12 | More by everetends
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mixed_master7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-28-2013 19:15:05 | More by mixed_master7
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-14-2014 01:41:50 | More by brownbeer
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GregSVT

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a very hazy orange/yellow with a big white head that fades leaving lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is excellent and full of tropical fruit aromas in the form of pineapple and mango. Damn this smells great.

T: The taste starts with pine, pineapple, and mango with a nice bitterness on the finish. There's a lot of sweet malt flavors in the background that add a nice base for the hop flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and medium - full bodied with an oily/resinous finish.

D: This is insanely drinkable for a 10% DIPA. Crisp and refreshing with tons of tropical fruit flavors which is just how I like 'em. I'd be drinking this all the time if it was available in my area.

I had this in my fridge for at least 3 months and it didn't seem to lose much in the way of hop flavor or aroma. Great DIPA.

07-31-2010 01:46:51 | More by GregSVT
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.4%

04-15-2013 19:25:51 | More by KC9LDB
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

01-16-2013 21:47:43 | More by jbuddle
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leschkie

California

2.75/5  rDev -38.2%

03-31-2013 18:23:08 | More by leschkie
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vacax

California

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Pours a light amber color with one and a half fingers to thick foamy white head. Good retention and attractive lacing all around the glass. Aroma is loaded with spicy hops, pine, orange peel, oak, and alcohol tickle the nose. The taste is remarkable in how it meshes a mild sweetness along with the high level of hop character. This probably has something to do with the oak chips helping tie it all together. There is a tongue stinging amount of alpha acids here with gobs of pine and resin and a floral nuance. Personally the hop profile is a little too intense for my taste. Floral, alcoholic, cookielike finish. Medium to full bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Sticky. I like this beer, but the extremes are too accentuated for me... stinging hoppiness followed by sticky sweet finish.

01-03-2010 05:51:33 | More by vacax
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sendsilk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

07-23-2014 12:39:44 | More by sendsilk
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

11-20-2011 03:08:03 | More by mmcnaughton
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Lunch

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/30/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark, golden, amber, with two fingers of an off-white head with decent retention and some sticky and patchy lacing.

S: Interesting? I was expected to be assaulted with hops in a similar fashion to HopSlam, but this is not the case. What we have here is a much more balanced DIPA or "TRIPA" with an assertive malt backbone that is quite sweet. Certainly a great presence of citrus, floral, and bitter hops, but not overpowering.

T: Again, the hops are there, but not in the way that I expected from a hopbomb. This being said the flavor profile is extremely tasty consisting some tropical citrus hops with a nice degree of bitterness and floral character, engulfed in a blanket of a sweet, caramel malt that reminds me just a bit of Moylan's Hopsickle. Quite nice, but not at all what I expected.

M: Full-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. Rather full at times, but in a good way and perhaps one of the best DIPAs from a mouthfeel perspective that I have had in some time.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but the sweetness and the high abv. do limited it slightly.

Overall this was a rather unique DIPA with great flavor that certainly surprised me. A very nice flavor, but don't expect the hop profile to blow your mind as this beer is surprisingly balanced. Thanks again Esther!

02-01-2010 17:16:05 | More by Lunch
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PeprSprYoFace

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%

Reviewed from a 4oz taster glass. Had a whole bottle a week ago. It's bringin back memories.

Pours a very clear amber clolor. Nice fluffy head. Very nice lacing.

Smells amazing. Lots of citrious and fruity hops. Smells of pineapple and peach. Some pine hops as well.

Tastes just as it smells with the hop fruits in the background and a nice strong hoppyness that is balanced well with the sweetness. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced with the dryness of the booze.

Mouthfeel is awesome. The frothness of the head that most good IPAs have is wonderful. Nice light carb.

Overall an awesome beer that I hope to have many more times.

01-17-2010 03:45:17 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

12-28-2011 00:19:11 | More by Callmecoon
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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-18-2013 14:24:46 | More by Googs
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -32.6%

07-16-2013 23:01:33 | More by mwbrady12
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.4%

05-28-2014 20:38:16 | More by throwback
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.1%

08-06-2014 23:01:48 | More by bleedsblu
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

22oz bottle.
A- Pours a golden light amber with a finger off off white head that reduces to a ring, the lacing on this beer is thick and leaves streaks everywhere on the glass.
S- The nose is filled with heavy citrus notes as will as pine, a hint of alcohol and something nutty.
T- Insane, the layers of flavor to this beer are strong and complex of pine resin, grapefruit type citrus, a very distinct nutty finish, with very little alcohol present for abv.
M- Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.
O- Defenitly one of the best and more complex beers out there IMO. I'm sure my review doesn't do it justice at all.

08-25-2011 01:45:29 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.1%

01-31-2012 16:02:22 | More by phingdong
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-29-2012 20:19:21 | More by EasyReader
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Prospero

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Excellent clear dark copper color with a white head, good retention, pleasant floral and slightly piney aroma with sweet malt nose. Taste is equally similar balance with sweet malts giving it a full-rich body and the caramel and bready malts give this triple IPA a great backbone that support the overwhelming hops in this beer. While it's strong, it is smooth to drink and tastes phenomenal.

10-05-2012 22:44:03 | More by Prospero
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mecmd

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

10-20-2012 22:05:40 | More by mecmd
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

10-28-2013 14:13:07 | More by roostor07
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.