Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 389
Hads: 1,212
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
Wants: 1,484
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
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 Pagzzz
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dangerouse beer. Hides 10%+ ABV well behind a wall of rich hop flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Bitterness not as extreme as some Imperial IPA's (Stone Ruination) so very drinkable.

Cask ale really opened up aroma with warmer temp, though offset some by lower carbonation.

Another great Alpine brew. (302 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. A light and sweet maltiness poked through at the end. West coast all the way beeotch!

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with enough of a light caramel maltiness to help round things out. As potent (and lovely) as the hops were, they were very smooth. The beer wasn't smackingly sweet. The beer had a very "bright" taste and a nice spiciness that I prefer in DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer was well attenuated and crisp at 10.5%, it was in no way too heavy and very drinkable. If you're lucky enough to get a pint before it's gone, go back for as many as you can.

With so many amazing DIPAs coming out of San Diego, it's no wonder this city (area) continues to define the style that was essentially pioneered there. Many are starting to call double IPAs "San Diego Pale Ale." They've earned it. (998 characters)

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

Appearance – This came out of the O’Brien’s tap a beautiful, inviting bright orange in color with little head on a bad pour. Well, not really a bad pour, just the barmaid trying to give me as much of this sweet goodness as she could.

Smell – The hops aroma here is like some sort of hop extract. It is so stiff and so strong. It has to be the strongest hop smell out of any beer that I’ve head. There’s some malt in the nose for the diligent drinker.

Taste – The malts come on much better at the taste, but of course it’s the hop flavor that carries the day. I expected to just find a wallop of pine resin, but along with that the brewer managed to pack some good floral hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a literal hop shock to the tongue. Paramedics should keep some of this stuff in the ambulance in case CPR and those electrical pads fail to resuscitate a patient.

Drinkability – This is a slow-drinking, super-bitter ale that has some of the strongest hop flavors money can buy. If you ever have a chance to sample this and pass it up the Bros should ban you for life.

Update – I also had the privilege of sampling a barrel-aged batch on the same night. It had a huge oak compliment to the hops and seemed more alcoholic. It actually made the beer a slightly better drinker. Excellent stuff! (1,349 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a bright white head that leaves trails of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Piney hops dominate the nose, but there are also aromas of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and pear. The taste begins with some sweet fruity malt, but this is short lived before the piney hop oils take over with a strong and peppery bitterness. Despite the high ABV, this was quite smooth and drinkable. (431 characters)

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

On tap at Liar's club in SD, CA. Arrived light amber, quite clear with a near white head, and showing off wildly scaered lacing. Nose here was very fruity, mangoes!. The intense hop crunch is the signature of this brew, does the term "S.D. style DIPA" mean anything to you? Oily, peppery, more fruit, mango, grapefruit galore. 11% well hidden in this dangerous, tasty, hop bomb. (378 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from an 11gal. firkin, this special cask-conditioned "Triple IPA" is pumped too the max with hops. Strong, hopped beyond belief and very drinkable, it doesn't get much better than this !

Served in a pint glass, a glowing amber-gold ale with a sticky white foam head just over a 1/4 inch thick. Tons of sticky resinous lace mark the journey as you drink.

Hops up front, hops out back...hops throughout this one. Very piney hop nose with a sweet grapefruit citric note underneath. Hop Bomb, coming right up!

The taste is short lived sweet malt turning almost intantly citrus, mainly of grapefruit, then zapped with sharp pine-cones with a bite. And they keep biting till you swallow this golden, hoppy elixer.

A BIG 2XIPA with a ton of un-detectable alcohol and a body as large as the name...this one delivers over the top, yet o'so drinkable HOP bomb too please any true hophead. It's got to be the cask-conditioning that makes it so paletable...it goes down a little too easy. If you get the chance, don't miss this exceptionally (exponential) hoppy one ! (1,074 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy medium amber body and a white head that leaves lots of lace

Smell: Sweet grapefruit and spearmint aromas

Taste: Fruity and malty flavors kick off the tastebuds followed by extraordinary but but sweet citrusy hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Amazing that a beer this bitter and hoppy could also have such a sweet and drinkable character

Note: I had the Dec 2009 bottled version and was surprised at how different that beer tasted from my memory when I had it on tap in 2006. I didn't recall the woody and fusel alcohol character that the bottled version has at all and, I have to say that I was somewhat disappointed in it. The bottled version was decent but far from what I had anticipated. (784 characters)

Photo of audiojon
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'll put it this way- the only other beer I have given a 5 rating to is Pure Hoppiness. This is Pure Hoppiness on a grander scale, with more hops, more gravity, more everything! The abundance of hop oil makes it the smoothest (and stickiest!) 10% brew I have ever tasted. The piney scent of Pure Hoppiness is muted a bit by the higher gravity, but damned if I don't care as this I take a sip. My only complaint is that this isn't available year round, although that's an extremely dangerous proposition. As with Pure Hoppiness, if this comes your way, absolutely positively grab as much as you can! (598 characters)

Photo of Philby11111
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery on 2/4/06 during my recent trip to CA and brought a growler home to the east coast. Strong hop character in the nose and taste. Very citrusy, hop aroma with enough malt to balance. Alcohol content at least 9+ but was not overwhelming. Drinkable, but recommended for hopheads. (299 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a couple pints at Obrien's.

Nice deep copper color with bright yellow highlights. Quite a nice foamy head, the keg had just been tapped. Nice carbonation.

Very nice malt flavor, followed by hops, hops, and more hops! Very citrusy and bitter. Captured the flavor of the hops at every stage.

This one was really very good. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever tasted but still very balanced and very drinkable. It's pretty dangerous considering the ABV.

Cheers! (480 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with a small, thin, off white head that left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, tangerine, apricots, floral and grassy hops, really nice. Well balanced taste, loads of piney and citrusy hops, nice bitterness, sweet chewy malts. Damn, I really liked this, thanks cquiroga!! (328 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at O'Brien's on one of my San Diego swings. This is a real winner, and a hop head's wet dream, although contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was as hoppy as its sister, Pure Hopiness. Or maybe it's just a different kind of hoppiness. No matter, it's equally as good.
It's pretty heavy on the herbal hops flavors, with that distinct hemp aroma, very grassy, but I didn't detect much of a citrus-pine hop profile in the nose (a bit of orange perhaps). But make no mistake, this is all about the hops. There is a freshly pulped pine tree in the flavor, as well as some bitter orange and grapefruit rind. The malt is barely perceptible, and there is an interesting dryness to the beer that reminds me of fresh-cut hay.
I could drink this all day (except I'd then be on the floor), and I am not a raging hop head... (839 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer that I had on tap at O'Briens this weekend. The beer was a medium goldish color with a nice head that laced down the glass quite well. The smell was great for a hophead like me. Smelt of fresh hops and not much else, very piney. The taste followed suit with a very full bodied hop flavor that was not too dry but more woody and pine like. Add to the mix a very nice mouthfeel and no hint of the high abv and you have yourself one dangerous beer! Consume with caution! (480 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6/17/04
Sampled fresh on tap at O'Briens in San Diego in a pint glass.

After having their Pure Hoppiness, I had to get exponential. How do they make some much hop bitterness so tasty?

This beer pours a tannish orange color. The pint didn't leave much room for the head.

The aroma is not as strong as I expected given the hype. Strong grassiness.

Somehow they infuse this beer with tremendous hop flavor and a bitterness that is deep but not harsh. It turns your tongue with multiple flavors -- starts grapefruity but changes beautifully to something I can't place -- but then it lets go. A surge of malt comes about 5 seconds into the gulp. It cleans up the bitterness and you're instantly ready for the next gulp. Smooth. I hear they use oak but I was not overwhelmed by any vanilla flavors.

This beer is dense. It took me a lifetime to finish the pint while my buddies lapped me. Full bodied. Alcohol masked a bit too well.

Halfway through my point, my tastebuds began to fatigue. I think the Pure Hoppiness was more in my hop-stamina range. Excellent brew though

10/9/04
I think I remember the brewmaster Pat talking about fussing with the amount of oak for his next batch. In any case, I had this at the Liars Club. Seemed to be much paler this time. A nice copper color. The hop aroma was good but not as good as for the Pure Hoppiness. The hop flavor and bitterness are toned down, but still more intense than the PH. Still a great beer, but the differences between this and the PH are shrinking. (1,525 characters)

Photo of KingSlender
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste experience with this beer was at the Strong Ale Fest in Carlsbad and it blew me off my feet. In fact, it was my number one choice out off all the beers at the fest. I was very lucky to get my hands on a growler of Exponential just recently straight from the brewery itself (courtesy of Chappy052). Surprisingly, the batch was very different from what I drank down in Carlsbad. The color and smell remained the same, but the taste was a bit different. At first sip a strong orangy citric tang hits the taste buds, followed by the strong hop bite. You can also taste some oak-like characteristics as though the beer had been aged in oak barrells. I think I still prefer Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, but regardless this is one heck of a great double IPA and at 11% you better watch out!!

The king recommends drinking this beer with a hot polish sausage with red and yellow peppers. (892 characters)

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

I sampled this at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in December 2003, and thought it was excellent. But the sampling I had at the brewery in Alpine, some 20 miles east of San Diego, seemed to be a different tasting ale altogther. It was creamy and tasted more like a barleywine than a double IPA. It is 11% alcohol. The hops were noticable, but not that overpowering. It had a definite oak taste to it, which made the aftertaste at times feel like the finish to a very smooth whisky. It was the most unusual taste for a double IPA I have ever sampled. I love the Pure Hoppiness, but this one was too hard drink. I'm curious why the keg at the Strong Ale Festival would taste so different from the keg up in Alpine at the brewery. Very strange. But since then I've sampled it twice at the brewery and once at a beer festival. It was great each time. (849 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and oaky. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth. It’s very hoppy, but not nearly as over the top as pure hoppiness. Very smooth. With no alcohol evident at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (388 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours a transpicuous gold color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and a bright white color with the lace forming a white curtain to obscure the glass. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a “Big” hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors. (675 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival which was hosted at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad this weekend. Listed as 10.4% ABV on the Beer List that was handed out.

Appearance: A nice white head formed and settled in the special Half Pint Glass, though I only a 4oz sample, the pour was generous. Once the head relaxed, a clear golden body with a few visible specks revealed itself. Beautiful looks – it had a classic IPA look appearance.

Nose: Well this was the first beer for me on Friday’s session. To say that it cleared my nostrils is an understatement. Incredible amounts of hops leap out of the beer. Oily and resinous, yet it also had a distinct fresh raw hop character.

Taste: More Hops, so many bloody hops. Fantastic bitterness, fresh raw green hops fill the mouth. Some hop oiliness rises in the middle, and a strong bitter finish just seems to go on forever and never ends. The taste lingers for a very long time – I am sure my tongue was green after drinking this. Mo malt at all – it there but just never comes through at all. This beer is all about the Hops.

Mouthfeel: A solid beer with a definite feel in the mouth. Oily middle at times when swirled in the mouth. Very astringent finish with an extremely strong bitterness on the cheeks. Hops remain on the tongue for a long time – many hours in fact!

Drinkability: Others that have tried the Exponential Hoppiness previously mentioned that the Keg at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival exhibited a smoother feel and lacked the “raw hop” of previous versions that made it a little unbalanced. This may be why I found this to be a very drinkable offering, even given its high hop content and strength. So whilst this beer is all about the Hops, it is still smooth enough to be easily imbibed. Maybe some slight improvements raised the strength a little also to the 10.4% advertised – is this really double figures? Damn it drinks way too easily.

Overall: I visited the Alpine Brewing Company earlier this year, thanks to my good friend xlperro, but after never having tried this elusive offering from them - it was great to finally get the chance to try the beer that xlperro and EyeChartBrew have raved about for so long. One of the best offerings at this weekends Strong Ale Festival, and even though I wanted to try as many new beers as possible - I still managed a couple of these. (2,403 characters)

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