Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 389
Hads: 1,212
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
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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 rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
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 (726 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Mercury4040
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
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 (1,068 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leschkie for this awesome extra from a trade! Thanks Kurtis!
poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: copper colored almost amber beer with a finger of off white head. Sticky lace is everywhere on the beer glass.

Smell: Its smells very hoppy and oaky. Lots of pine, citrus, and dank hoppiness.

Taste: Its on the high end of moderately bitter. Pine cones and citrus. Earthy, oaky, grassy and floral hops. The malts are fairly bready and add some balance to this beer. Lingering pine and oak are found in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has an oily and resinous feel to it. Its still has a dry finish despite the oily and resinous qualities the beer has in the feel. Not a hint of alcohol.

Overall: This is a big hoppy beer. Its honestly also over the top hoppy! Alpine makes a fantastic beer here and you can tell this brewery loves their hops! (902 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught at Alpine's brewpub. Served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were fairly high given Alpine's reputation. Boy, was I in for a treat. Cost was $1/oz for the pour.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head. Quite creamy. Amazing retention for the high ABV. Great thickness. A delightfully foamy head. Body colour is a vibrant copper-hold. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Very appealing.

Sm: Delightfully floral. Clean malts and citrus come through, along with some pine and oily hops. A moderate strength aroma. Right on the money for the style.

T: Crisp, floral, citrusy, clean. Piney hops, some light oily character, probably grapefruit citrus. Floral vibrance is evocative and delicious. The clean malt backbone never intrudes on the diverse hop flavours. Bitterness comes through ever-so-lightly, reminding you of the hops without hitting you over the head with them. Quite balanced and tasty. No yeast or alcohol comes through, Quite impressive. Lightly cream.y Refreshing and incedible; I quite like it. A complex and incredibly (almost deceptively) subtle brew. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours very well. None of that awful coarseness and dryness from overdone hop bitterness. Just easy balance and enjoyable texture.

Dr: Amazingly drinkable for the high ABV. I love it. An amazing IPA; amongst the best I've had. Lives up to the hype. I'd recommend this to friends. A bit pricey, but worth it for the quality. Holds a candle to Pliny the Younger. I'd love to try them side by side. A huge wow from Alpine. Bravo. I'll definitely be having this again.

A terrible candidate for aging. Drink fresh.

Serve cold.

A- (1,765 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first visit to Alpine. Pours a slightly clear, amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is more malty than I expected. There are a ton of hops with a good amount of citrus and pine, but definitely the biggest malt profile I get in the nose from any of Alpine's hoppy beers. Caramel malt with intense hop aroma. Almost like hop liquid or resin. No booze in the nose. The booze is in the taste, but not nearly as boozy as I was expecting. Again, this is the maltiest of the Alpine hop bombs. Lovely bitter hops mixed with a good amount of sweet malt flavors, this "triple IPA" is definitely worth seeking out. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy...probably from the hop resin. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a great beer when it comes to American...even West Coast DIPAS. However, Double Nelson was WAY better. Along with Duet and Nelson. Expo is a great experience, but not worth the craziness that is out there for bottles. (967 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this fine ale at the tiny and incredibly awesome brewpub in Alpine a couple days ago. This is from notes.

Huge rocky ivory head that coats the glass with foam. The aroma is pungent west coast hops, resiny and concentrated pine and white grapefruit and floral notes. Hop savagery overwhelms the palate first sip. Huge citrusy and tangy tropical hop notes mingle with a brash bitterness. Malts are more prominent than I was expecting, providing an excellent bready ballast to the hop maelstrom. Booze is imperceptable. That and the amazing balance makes this brew dangerously drinkable. Hop oils abound and coat the mouth in the medium bodied mouthfeel.

This is stellar stuff. Really showcases the breadth and depth of American hops. Incredible. (752 characters)

Photo of Prospero
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500

Big thanks to Eric (Holland) for hitting this long time want! 22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice and thick pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap and thick collar. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass. Looks great.

S: Sugar covered grapefruit, some bitter pith, a touch of malty sweetness and sticky fruit all fill the nose. There is a touch of booze in there which I would suspect being 11%. There is a touch of wood from the oak chips and slight flowery pine to it as well. There's a ton going on.

T: Wow, definitely drinks a lot lighter than how it smells and how one would guess. Sticky sweet grapefruit, some tropical melon, and sweet sugar cookie malts all hit up front. Candied orange peel with a mild orange pith bitterness. The slight boozy note from the nose is non-existent here.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium plus carbonation level. Sticky sweet citrus fruit finish.

O: I though this was going to be a big and boozy hop bomb when I first smelled it, but it really toned down in the taste and it turned in a lighter drinking tropical fruit and sweet malt bundle of deliciousness. Very excited to have gotten a chance to try my first Alpine IPA. Thanks again Eric! (1,295 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a dark golden with a 1 finger off-white head. Lots of leopard spots and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- Caramel, huge wet/fresh hop and floral hop aromas.

T- Sweet caramel malts, again big fresh floral hops and some nice pine bitterness.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy but has a nice smooth finish.

O- Very nice DIPA, not overly bitter while still has lots of floral hop aromas & flavors. (490 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to have finally had the opportunity to try this beer. No doubt it was on my IPA/DPA bucket list. Enjoying this bomber after some interesting meetings.

Not a great deal of head forms as I pour into y Charleston Beer Exchange glass. Bright Orange color with a thickness to the color. A few suds in the glass, but not a lot of lace left behind.

My GOD that aroma is thick in your nostrils. Resinous, Sweet, I can already tell it will be sticky just from smelling it. Tons of ripe and almost over ripe tropical fruit. Some sticky pine in the background.

First thought is about the sweetness that is so chewy and resinous. Lots o’ hops here. TOns of sticky sweet fruit as I thought. Lots of tropical notes at first then off to the pine forest. Some herbal notes late. I’d say the abv is tamped down by the sweetness, but I wouldn’t say it’s hidden. You can just tell this is a big beer.

Yep, this is a sticky resin bomb. Hop oils coat your tongue. Not for the faint of heart.

My God, this is a big beer. Almost bordering on over the top. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great... But it’s a mouth full.

I read the label and see there are Oak Chips used here. I’d never notice or mention this in a million years without having read this on the label. Even after knowing, I can’t tell you I sense their inclusion.

I believe that Duet (then Nelson) remains my favorite Alpine item. But this is a treat for sure. (1,434 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LegalBrew87 on sending this my way!

A: beautiful straw to gold color with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Looks fairly thick, with not a hint of cloudiness.

S: woody and earthy at first, some spicy hop smells, and sweetness comes through as it warms.

T: pretty mellow, some apricot, wood, and a bitter bite mixed with a sweet candy-like taste. A big weird, but still good. Lot of other fruity flavors I can't identify, but it is full of flavor.

M: big body, medium carbonation, smooth feeling.

O: solid beer, and very well put together, but I'm rating it based on my tastes. It's fruity and woody and delicious, but not my favorite because it's not in my face with hops. (702 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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! (587 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal, earthy, and slightly vegetal hops. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice aromas and a great flavor. (516 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drink it fresh!

Darker than Pure, more copper hues. Boozy, hoppy aroma with a unique mix of tropical and dark fruits. Interesting, I like it.

Deliciously complex taste: intensely hoppy, caramelized booze, some fruity notes in the back, minimal resin. Delicious, awesome, fantastic, etc. I could drink the shit out of this stuff. (330 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold into a tulip forming a two finger high head of tight white bubbles. Rings of lacing follows average retention. Attractive beer.

Pungent and room filling aroma. Tropical and floral notes waft out of the glass. When you really get your nose into it there's a deep pungent mango, pine and citrus hop aroma. Malts and the oak chips really don't make much of an impact just really great IPA aroma.

Solid malt back bone that stays balanced despite the explosion of pungent pine and citrus rind hops. Hops are dominated by orange, grapefruit rind and pine. In the middle of the drink there is some earthiness and vanilla tones which I assume are from the oak chips. Mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of dried pineapple and lychee as the beer dries.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A little chalky dryness that gets tiresome at the end of the bottle. Really impressive for an 11% alcohol volume.

Triple IPA, such a challenge to get the alcohol feel down while still showcasing the brilliant bold hops without going overboard on the malts. Alpine brews creatively and ultimately does it right. Bold room filling aroma, the oak chips set it apart from the norm of pine/citrus ipas. 11% abv is well hidden, but I sure am feeling it. Thankful to get to try this. (1,286 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

Big thanks to Nicks6217

A - Pours a cloudy light Honey colour, with a White head that lines the glass well.

S - Aromas of Pineapple and Honey malt, with a strong hoppy backbone.

T - Strong hoppy flavours, pineapple, blood orange and a strong bitter finish. A nice malty backbone.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation

O - Intense hoppy beer and i'm recommending this as a must try. (425 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during San Diego beer week

Look: Pours a translucent orangish color with a good sized head and pretty decent retention and some spotty lace

Smell: The nose is all about the hops which covers quite a full spectrum. There is quite a bit of pine and orange zest upfront and some nice fruity esters on the finish grapefruit comes to mind

Taste: Again the beer is all about the hops. Upfront is quite a bit of citrus upfront backed up by quite a bit of pine and some hop sting. Finishes with a solid malt backbone. The alcohol is very well hidden

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with ample carbonation and dry

Overall: This is a great beer and at 11% it's quite a feat in brewing to make it taste this good with no alcohol present. However there are quite a few DIPA/TIPA's that I prefer (788 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (859 characters)

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.