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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,384
Gots: 50 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-14-2014 01:41:50 | More by brownbeer
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

11-19-2011 01:20:49 | More by lakersfan16
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

12-07-2011 00:07:27 | More by imyourhero21
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

11-06-2013 06:15:50 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

01-16-2013 21:47:43 | More by jbuddle
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2.75/5  rDev -38.2%

03-31-2013 18:23:08 | More by leschkie
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:51:33 | More by vacax
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

04-15-2013 19:25:51 | More by KC9LDB
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

11-20-2011 03:08:03 | More by mmcnaughton
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4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 17:16:05 | More by Lunch
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5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:45:17 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -32.6%

07-16-2013 23:01:33 | More by mwbrady12
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

12-28-2011 00:19:11 | More by Callmecoon
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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:45:29 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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

4/5  rDev -10.1%

01-31-2012 16:02:22 | More by phingdong
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-18-2013 14:24:46 | More by Googs
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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 13:44:37 | More by SkiBum22
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

04-21-2012 09:29:58 | More by Devi0us
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-04-2013 04:05:12 | More by Shilt
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Javi for sending me this in the White Whale BIF.

Pours similar to their other two IPAs that I've had (thanks to Javier as well, Duet and Nelson), a bit darker perhaps. Kind of a rusted amber color. Nice head with great retention and a whisper of lace in my excelsior! tulip.

Mostly piney aromas. Some fresh cut grass and alcohol is there. A little woodiness. Hell this is like a whole tree...and the surrounding area. Definitely grassy and green. The taste has this hop profile (and a firm initial bitterness) but a considerable sweetness that was a bit surprising. Tons of malt adding body to this beer, and a little more fruitiness (apricot) than the hop aromas would suggest. This has a real serious mouthfeel, a bit chewy almost. Alcohol is just a little apparent, but definitely sneaky for 11%. Come to think of it, I didn't realize I was getting into an 11% bomber when I opened this by myself...however, I really had no trouble with it. Took it down with dinner in less than 45 min or so. A really nice double (triple?) ipa which I would love to visit again or try on tap at the source, glad I had the chance!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:50:31 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

11-14-2011 21:43:36 | More by Neffbeer
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.