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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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892 Ratings
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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%


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.

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Treebs

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 23:31:43 | More by Treebs
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:23:36 | More by kawilliams81
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 22:40:03 | More by Reagan1984
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Holland

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 01:36:22 | More by Holland
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MrVonzipper

California

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 09:07:31 | More by MrVonzipper
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:42:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Duff27

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:37:36 | More by Duff27
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brystmar

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:02:38 | More by brystmar
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rawfish

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:38:39 | More by rawfish
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 12:38:50 | More by eric5bellies
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 21:23:36 | More by DarthKostrizer
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sukwonee

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:01:25 | More by sukwonee
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TangTKE402

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Honey-colored (almost apple juice) with a 1-finger ecru head. Clarity varies depending on how you pour: Sediment at the bottom into the glass gives it a cloudier consistency, but if that's not your preference, you can leave it in and keep it clearer. Some lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: This is a brightly smelling beer, lots of pine hops, balsam fir, raw cookie dough from the yeast, citrus and flowers, and bitter rind.

T: This is a complex, multi-faceted beer with a lot to love. The "triple-hop" label can deceive your expectations: This is not a "ruiner of tastebuds" that will hit you over the head with hoppiness. Instead, it exposes a smooth, mellow hop blend that fills the mouth. Notes of bright citrus (orange, grapefruit, rind, etc.) with an earthy, vanilla extract, dry pine needle character, and a lingering aftertaste that is mild and dry. Definite flavors of cookie dough and bread dough (probably the yeast) are in the mouth, with some dehydrated fruit and apricot. The overall taste is beautiful and brain-wrinkling. Not much hint of booze can be detected (it's sneaky.)

M: Lightly chewy, with a superb balance, and a presence that is firmly there, but not overpowering. Balance would be the word for this beer throughout.

O: A beer that is in perfect balance with itself, and a triple IPA that doesn't hit you over the head with bitterness (the aftertaste is the most bitter part,) this beer is something special.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:26:14 | More by TangTKE402
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spicelab

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with huge thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKennedy. Reviewed from scrappy notes.

Bright apricot, clear as, with a white head of about a finger. Okay retention.

Floral potpourri, tangerine, tan bark, massively tangy grass and tangerine. The oak chips give a distinct lifted roundness. Amazing.

Cumquat, rotting mangoes, orange crush behind bucketloads of that virtually indescribable sharp, savoury, vegetal, nutty oakiness.

Big-time chewy body. Medium carbonation with no hint of booze. Deceptively high but unobtrusive bitterness with good length.

Crazy stuff. At times the bracing oak chip character verged on overwhelming, but mostly I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 05:27:11 | More by spicelab
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DoubleJ

California

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:48:11 | More by DoubleJ
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company out of California. Thank you BeerAdvocate user bpfrush for hooking me up with this highly hyped beer!

Score: 91

No bottling date, but this specific bottle is from the 01/27/12 release. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a largely translucent honey color with three fingers of foamy off-white head that settles into a foggy cap over three quarters of the top of the beer and a ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. There is none of that signature "floating flakiness" in the beer that I have come to associate with Alpine IPAs. 4/5

Smell: Zesty grapefruit, mango, fresh pine and a touch of honey. Fresh tropical citrus and a light alcohol ester. Spice, oak and some herbal hops. There's a malty orange juice aroma too. 4/5

Taste: Pine, oak, earthy hops and fresh tangerine/mango. There's an "earthy" and oaky alcohol booziness on the midpalate. Malty orange juice backbone. Lots of barley malt and some smooth caramel throughout as well. Not very bitter. Juicy, "earthy" and "oaky" are the adjectives that primarily define this brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A maltier-than-bitter IIPA that is overrated. Certainly a tasty imperial IPA offering that is worth trying, but is it a "world class" beer? Absolutely not. Of all the beers in the world, even among the IPA's that Alpine makes, Exponential Hoppiness is easily the silliest beer for a brewer to throw a temper tantrum over seeing a growler of it appear on eBay. Alpine Nelson was a much better beer in my opinion.

Recommendation: Beer geeks and IPA lovers should seek this beer out with tempered expectations. Casual beer drinkers can avoid this one.

Pairings: Oven-roasted lamb. Maybe something like this.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 19:20:16 | More by jegross2
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-03-04 in Lititz, PA. Special thanks to matador677.

A - Lightly hazy, golden-orange with a short white head and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of hop floral, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oak, lemon.

T - At serving temperature, an initial blast of pineapple juice, orange flesh, grapefruit zest and wonderful, gooey hop bud resins with a vegetal overtone. As it warmed, the subdued malt took on a nutty flavor. The oak, with hints of vanilla, provided some nice tannin tang and balance, the citrus become more nectarine than pineapple. The alcohol is very much in the background for such a high ABV. There's a nice fruity sweetness to balance the significant but not tongue-scrubbing bitterness. All of this continues into the lingering, astringent aftertaste, which is surprisingly dry. Superb.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and firm (matador677 suggests added dextrin). Moderately prickly and nicely resinous. A very fine mouthfeel indeed.

O - A magnificent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 11:56:28 | More by Tucquan
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mulder1010

Australia

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Spic lab for bringing this back to Australia. 5 weeks old.

A-- Poured a clear Orange amber color. Little carbonation showing. Half finger of white head, Just splotches of lacing on the sides.

S--- Oaked candied orange that changed to fresh cut grass, mango, grapefruit, orange, and pine. Just a smell I could not get enough of. bended very well.

T-- Oak, citrus, and pure hoppiness to another level. Really liked how the flavors changed through drinking the beer. Got waves of mango, pineapple, orange, and lemon.

M-- Slick, oily and coating. Long lasting flavo. Great body to this. Reminds me of Sculpin from the brewery but with better hidden ABV. Great touches of oak.

O-- Insane beer. Just insane. Complex as heck and reminds me of good SB's wine wise. Well constructed beer and a must for any 3X IPA lover.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:15:34 | More by mulder1010
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nataku00

California

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear golden orange with a finger of bubbly soapy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving some light lacing. A little carbonation visible.

Big sweet tropical fruit hops, mango, pineapple, and papaya along with tangerines and grapefruit. Some earthy and herbal like hops and caramel malt in there as well, but the fruity hop aromas dominate.

Taking a sip, tropical fruits hit the tongue, sweet mango, pineapple and papaya, but the main hop flavors after is grapefruit peel and dank herbal and grassy hops. Some sweet caramel malt, oak near the back of the tongue. Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit and herbal hop with the oak. After a couple of sips, you do start tasting some of the alcohol in this big beer, though it doesn't detract too much from the big flavors.

Medium body, oily and syrupy on the tongue, with some mild carbonation pricking at the tongue. A bit of the alcohol warmth in the back of the throat, but the big hop flavors does a noble job masking most of it. Very big hoppy beer, and just a bit better than the other 'triple' IPA's I've tried from local brewers recently (Hopacalypse Black Label and Triple Rock's Rodger's Last Stand).

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:59:40 | More by nataku00
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danwho

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit it, I'm a homer for Alpine. And this is their best. 3xIPA at the top. PtY? meh. This is the one.
Had it fresh on release day, Jan 27th and have not had a chance to get to a bomber until now.
I poured (aggressively) into a nonic which yielded a nice 2 inch white head, lots of layered lacing as it disappears.
Smell: sweet, fruity, mango, citrus, raisin. Very nice.
Taste: This is a "big" beer, at 11%. You cannot taste the abv, it is so smooth.
My favorite triple IPA of all time, when abv is factored in.
Easily leaves PtY in the dust IMHO.
This is one beer that lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:41:09 | More by danwho
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange color with a short lived white head that leaves plenty of lacing spots on the glass.

Intense aroma of tropical fruits - mango and pineapple - and lychee. Vanilla notes hint at the oak component. The flavor continues with intense fruity and piney hops notes on a solid caramel background, rounded out by the oak. Sweetish but with a fairly light body for the abv and with a dry bitter finish.

Mouthcoating but with a lot of finesse for its size. An amazing triple IPA that makes a great beer for slow sipping and contemplating life's mysteries.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 23:37:35 | More by CliffBrake
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear orange body, frothy luxurious white head. Good lacing.

S: Nose is fresh cut citrus. Nice, but a bit light.

T: Flavor is sweet, crisp hops with a thin malt overlay. Reminiscent of Lunch, Ghandi-Bot or maybe an amped up White Rajah. Fantastic!

M: Mouthfeel is perfect aspirin-like tooth-strippiness.

O: Overall is outstanding. My favorite style and one of the best examples I've had of it!

Glad I tracked this one down. Just a treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:54:57 | More by ghostwalker
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful golden orange color with less than one finger of off white head with a greenish tint. Head fell quickly to nothing more than a skim but manage some stickage.

S: Grapefruit and citrus come out first. Some clementines perhaps. Pine is woven in with a bit of spicy herbalness. It just rolls through everything. As it warms hints of tropical fruit but more pine.

T: Grapefruit and pine smack hard and roll across the palate. The pine lingers a while and finally lets some raw dough poke through. Then its back to a lightly bitter wave and some very spicy herbal flavors to the finish. Some powdery aspirin. Long alcohol burn. There is a resin coating that develops on the tongue and lets the hops really settle in.

M: Thick and syrupy, it really coats the mouth and you have to let it slide down like a warm jello shot. Does that sound bad because it isnt. Its great.

O: Amazing. The flavors of this hop bomb really roll nicely and deliver everything I want out of a big DIPA. So freaking hoppy and juicy. The experience of this beer is greater than its parts. Not sure I would change anything. I could drink it forever.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:04:09 | More by legalpete19340
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claspada

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas are straight greenery, tons of tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange juice and underlying grapefruit smells. Slight sweet pale maltiness but def takes a back seat to the hop profile. So pungent, bright and sharp.

The tastes begin with a nice light, sweet, pale maltiness which immediately subsides to the dominant pine, pineapple, lemon, blood orange, grapefruit hops flavors. Bitterness is there but the hop flavor is out of this world. More estery fruitiness comes in with apples, apricots and mango. The oak emerges a little as it warms but is no where dominant like some other oaked IPAs like Cigar City Humidor Jai Alai or Great Divide's anniversary oaked DIPA. A hop bomb to say the least, but it really showcases just how much hop flavor you can pack into a beer without being to overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and full. Drinks a little heavy (it is 11% ABV) but no where near the ABV level. Not a drop of alcohol bite in the finish. A pleasant lingering bitterness but not a palate wrecker by any means, that is, if you are used to big boy DIPAS; your average beer drinker would be overwhelmed by this for sure. I believe the oak-aging helps to ease the bitterness aspect as well.

Overall this is way better than the growler example that I had last year. So much fresher and really impressed me. Does Alpine make a bad IPA, I don't think so. They are are top class and probably my favorites from the West Coast which is saying a lot considering the class that exists out there. Highly recommended and worth seeking out if you can get it fresh. Truly one of the best, if not the best DIPAs (or I would consider this a Triple IPA because of the ABV) on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 16:06:45 | More by claspada
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Auracom

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How fitting, the guy that deserves a huge thanks for getting this to me is the reviewer right below me. Muchos gracias, John!

22 oz. bottle poured on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Hazy, medium orange coloring. Super fluffy, creamy, white, two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Visually, this is a hefty DIPA (or rather, a hefty TIPA?)

S - Dank, heaps of citrus, pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, giant malts, slight alcohol.

T - Nuances abound here. The hops are certainly contained, perhaps recessed. Massive candied malts, caramel. Plentiful tropical notes of virtually every fruit you could name, honey, graham crackers. No alcohol warming but I sense the absolute lightest touch of it in the taste.

M - Very creamy. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, which is helpful to push the massive amount of flavor through. Lingering sweet finish.

D - It's amazingly balanced considering the depth of the flavor profile. Stupidly drinkable. I do wonder, how close would this be to an excellently-balanced American Barleywine?

Serving type: bottle

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