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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,071
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,405
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

marine1975, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Ultraman9000
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Ultraman9000, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.15/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

big thanks to LaChupacabra for all the Alpine!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Boulevard tulip. split with trxxpaxxs. from the latest release.

pours a slightly hazy golden, light orange color with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing.

big vegetal hops, mostly onion and garlic, a bit of some cooked veggies. im having a hard time picking much else out, not very enjoyable.

again, onion, garlic, and other such cooked veggies come in big time. kind of off putting. very dank. there is a touch of pineapple and caramel malt if you dig deep enough.

pretty decent mouthfeel, hides the ABV very well and a pleasent bitterness.

overall, i was very perplexed by this beer, it was just overrun with vegetable flavors. i really had a hard time picking much else out and as a result, the second half of the glass was sadly a drain pour. hard to believe seeing as how Nelson is one of my all time favorite IPAs.

dogfishandi, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of ColonelW
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ColonelW, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.15/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to dogfishandi for splitting this bottle.

A: Pours a wonderful translucent gold. There is about a half finger of white head that settles quickly into a bunch of large bubbles that line the edges of the glass. There isn't much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is definitely hoppy, but I'm getting a lot of onion and vegetable. In fact, those two smells are dominating. I'm already getting a bit disappointed with this beer.

T: The flavors in this beer are a bit off putting. I'm getting onion, boiled cabbage, carrot, a touch of pine in the finish. I really want to like this beer, but I just can't.

M: Medium bodied beer. The onion and vegetable notes linger on the palate for awhile, but I'd prefer that they wouldn't.

O: I'm sincerely shocked by this beer. I was expecting hop bomb deliciousness, and I was supremely let down. This beer is onion and boiled cabbage, and it's almost undrinkable. Duet is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, but this beer falls way short of that standard.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jsilva, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.75/5  rDev +7%

YaKnowBrady, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 1/29/12 release, drank on 2/10/12

A - Golden caramel in color with a slight chill haze that fades in minutes. One finger white head with decent retention. Lacing is great for a strong beer.

S - Aroma is west coast citrus hops, but muted compared to beers like Sculpin and Double Jack. That said it is still plenty aggressive and very inviting. Sweet caramel and bittersweet grapefruit.

T - Sweet, fruity with a bit of alcohol astringency. Tropical fruits in drove, including grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Accented by oak, but only faintly, just the right amount. Sweet caramel malts to balance.

M - Medium to full in body, smooth as can be. A bit sticky and slightly drying. Great feel.

O - Overall a great DIPA, but lacking in some ways when compared to the greats of this style. It doesn't compete with Pliny in any category as far as I am concerned, but it's a very tasty and even fairly unique take on the style. I like the smooth and full feel and the oak chip notes. Not quite up to the level I was expecting, but quite delicious.

greenmonstah, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... Nectar of the Gods!

Pours a medium sized slight off-white head, golden pale orange body, sticky lacing...with plenty of carbonation streaming up the glass.

Hands down my favorite IPA aroma ever (but then again I'd say that about any Alpine IPA). Huge sweet peach, fresh ripe mangoes, apricot, dank hops, pineapple, nice dose of pine, little bit of floral notes, and touch of vanilla from the oak chips. Absolute goodness in a glass. Can they make this into a cologne?

Mangoes, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, and some grass/earthiness (upfront) in the flavor. Couldn't even tell this was 11%. The slightest touch of alcohol peaks up towards the finish but disappears quicker than a super hero without his mask. Drinks incredibly smooth. The carbonation carries the beer all the way through...never gets to sticky or thick on the palate. Dry on the end like any good IPA, which makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Alpine absolutely continues to blow my mind on how well you make a beer with hops at the forefront. Hands down they make the best IPA's on the planet. (Of course that is subjective, but I think just about anyone who's tried their IPA's would agree) I wish I lived next door to this place. I would be there more than the brewer.

[99/100]

mindspin315, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

bpfrush, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of Stawn, into a Deschutes snifter. Review #700.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with about an inch of stark white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap of bubbles, leaving a complete wall of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A touch of carbonation moves lazily through the glass. Really nice.

S: Tons and tons and tons and tons of hops here. Sticky, dank herbal hops all over the place. Tons of pine and juniper in here as well. A fair amount of grapefruit peel, and citrus oil type smells. Completely one dimensional and focuses entirely on the hops. Completely lives up to the name.

T: Again, a ton of hops. Lots of resinous oily, high alpha acid hops. Citrusy and piney as well. There is a bit of a malt profile in here, slightly sweet, almost like cake batter. Sweetness and the hops slowly fade into a lingering, but not overpowering bitterness. Hop resins completely coat the tongue and linger forever. Insanely hoppy, not overpoweringly bitter, and insanely drinkable. Not a ton of oak, but there's a slight amount of vanilla in here which may be slightly attributable to the oak.

M: Towards the thicker side of the spectrum, mild carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish given the heft of the beer. A little warmth in the gullet, but not by any means a hot beer.

O: Hands down the best of the "triple" IPA's that I've had. This is a phenomenal beer. Tons of hops, huge malt profile, balanced bitterness, and incredibly drinkable. Honestly I do not know how they do it, this beer drinks almost like a quadruple dry hopped version of Duet, no other real way to explain it. Absolutely phenomenal, and lives up to the hype. Incredibly well done Alpine. Phenomenal beer.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of juhl31
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-extremely clear with a light amber color. Atop this is a tight white head that sticks around a good bit

-the nose is what stuck out the most. Super floral hops just blasts the nostrils and does not let up. After it sits for a bit you can get some malt sweetness in there as well

-wow. This is pretty crazy. There is a big tropical fruitiness flavor that develops from all the hops. This beer is very balanced though and is not really bitter at all, just extremely tasty

-good body on this one, but not overly sticky for the abv level. Very smooth as well which makes sense with the malt bill

-this really is right up there with the best "3IPAs". Anytime you can match extremely big hops and extremely big malts in a beer like this and still come off as an IPA as opposed to a big sloppy, sticky barleywine type mess is astounding to me

juhl31, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The centerpiece of a trade...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice kind of murky orange, slight translucent head.

S) Here come the hops!

T) You get the pineapple and grapefruit I am getting a load of lemon zest but the malt quickly compensates to balance this out. There is some oak and vanilla as well. This is very interesting! The flavors of this beer run the gamut.

M) Nicely carbonated and nicely sticky! Alcohol is not noticeable.

O) I really like this....have had some of these amped up IPA's that have needed some ageing. This is best fresh!

jimmy82063, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber, thanks Jon,

A: Pours a lightly murky yellow orange with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Dank with a lot of greeness and pot. Hint of Brussels sprouts, lots of white grapefruit.

T: Has more sweetness than I expected which is fine since it works well with the beer. Some oak tannin with a boatload of pineapple, passion fruit and grapefruit. Expansive and big.

M: Full-bodied, silky, super hop oily, smooth for sure.

O: A really good beer, well balanced between the hops and the malt, well done. Reminds me somewhat of Avery Majahraja, they both have a little more residual sugar than you'd expect in a West Coast style beer of its type. It works there, it works here.

Halcyondays, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

T - Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date.

SkiBum22, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ArchEnemyBrew, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of SSGeq
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer comes from a awesome small little brewery out here in san diego, ca. they only release this beer once a year and it normally sells out in about three days, this year though, it sold out in one day. it's a was a limit 6 this year and sold for $10 a 22oz bottle. it has a great hoppy small to it that is quiet overwhelming and awesome. for a 11%ABV, doesn't taste like it. it's easy and smooth.

SSGeq, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of groovy24
5/5  rDev +12.6%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bomber into tulip

A: reddish orange. thin but staying layer of head. sticky on the side of the glass.

S: smells great. grapefruit and citrus, then pine.

T: very hoppy, as to be expected. but also very well balanced and easy to drink considering the alcohol content. very minimal alcohol burn. the oak is more pronounced than i expected. its an interesting taste in a big DIPA. not as sweet as many beers of this style, but also not a palette-wrecker. again just very well balanced, but not getting the great citrusy flavors like in pliny.

M: very full bodied. perfect carbonation. almost creamy. noticeably sticky on top of mouth. perfect mouthfeel

O: really tasty beer. would go through the effort for this one again, but its not my top 2-3 alltime favorite DIPAs.

PhatAtUT, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of SoCalStout
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into delirium tulip

Appearance: Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: This beer hits you nose hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is extremely aromatic and hop floral forward.

Taste: Taste is abrasive and I love it! Nothing but hops from start to finish. There is some malty sweetness in there. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering of citrus. The booze is hidden well, only allowing a subtle warmth in the throat. Delicious Perfection!

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness.

Overall: This beer is an experience! Tons of flavor and huge bodied. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster with a nice sweetness in the middle. Hugely complex, balanced and surprising. IMO I would rank this with PtY. I have not had PtY but will shortly and look forward to the comparison. Cheers to HOPS!

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

emaciated, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Gambac. Thanks Greg!

It pours a clear golden colour with a +1 finger head of foam and some very nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy; loads of tropical fruits, some pine and grapefruit, and a light malt profile.

Big tropical fruit in the taste as well with pine and grapefruit well represented. There's an underlying malt sweetness there that I didn't notice at all in the smell; I'm sure if I had left the bottle sitting for longer, it would come out more but as is, it's doing the light balancing act nicely and really, I wanted to drink this fresh anyway.

The body is close to full with just the right amount of carbonation. A GREAT mouthfeel.

This is a fine brew and I'm super glad that I got a chance to try it.

Btw, there's no sign of any bottled on/best before date so I'll assume that it's a 2012.

Bitterbill, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of eorwar
5/5  rDev +12.6%

eorwar, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of SideHillFarm
1/5  rDev -77.5%

SideHillFarm, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this out of a 22oz bomber - This was pretty good but I was a little disappointed. Hoppy, but a little malty, perhaps a little old. Wow, just had a fresh growler (thanks, Dakine!) and it’s WAY better. Amazing tropical fruits, hemp, a lot going on. So much better than the bottle... awesome!

drowland, Feb 05, 2012
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.