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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,458
Gots: 81 | 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:
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 CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of legalpete19340
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of mrand01
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of claspada
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Xanadude
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LaChupacabra
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Auracom
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

Photo of bullywee
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine on EH release day (01/27/12). Tulip glass. [Notes were checked against a bottle two weeks later.]

A: Pours clear, orangish golden color with a few cm of pure white head, largish bubbles, receding to a persistent ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Fresh tropical hops (all sorts), hint of creamy citrus (orange), and phenomenal pine secondary. Sizeable sweet caramel/toffee/toasted backbone.

T: Burst of tropical fruit, again followed by citrus and pine. Big caramel malt and decadent sweetness (with elements of honey and caramel). A little alcohol is evident but mostly overshadowed by the other elements of the beer. No bitterness at all.

M: Light carbonation is appropriate for the style. Thick and oily texture.

O: Delicious, big/heavy triple IPA. The caramel and hops meld together wonderfully. This is heavy and alcoholic enough that I think it works best as a digestive, or perhaps to pair with dessert.

Photo of CarolinaKevin
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of CummingsK21
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of GehenHerzog
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of gueuzegossage
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ultraman9000
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.16/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of ColonelW
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.18/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.