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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,113
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,421
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Duff27, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

brystmar, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of rawfish
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

rawfish, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of funkel81
4.75/5  rDev +7%

funkel81, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of sdpaul
5/5  rDev +12.6%

sdpaul, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

ste5venla, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -9.9%

HopsintheSack, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of stantheposterman
4/5  rDev -9.9%

stantheposterman, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

eric5bellies, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of DIPADude01
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DIPADude01, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of skunk242
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

skunk242, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
4.75/5  rDev +7%

bennetj17, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of hopnutty
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

hopnutty, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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

DarthKostrizer, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of KyleMA
5/5  rDev +12.6%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of DCRA
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

DCRA, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Domeshot14
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Domeshot14, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.13/5  rDev -7%
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.

sukwonee, May 27, 2012
Photo of FINEBEERGUY
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

FINEBEERGUY, May 15, 2012
Photo of Sender
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Sender, May 10, 2012
Photo of BrokenStones
4.75/5  rDev +7%

BrokenStones, May 07, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
4.75/5  rDev +7%

tbeq00, May 05, 2012
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.