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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,438
Gots: 67 | 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:
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 DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Prospero
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Treebs
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Photo of ffOpusx
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Holland
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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.

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.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.