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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,426
Gots: 66 | 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 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.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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1/5  rDev -77.5%

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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!

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Enish266
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip, batch released on 1/27/12.

A - slightly hazy apricot-orange. Lacing lasts the entire glass and is about 1/2 in with a vigorous pour.

S - Pine, sweet mango, and some citrus.

T - Not the most aggressively hoppy batch but the oliy/piney taste comes through first. Slick and grapefruity mid-palate with a green bitter finish. Reminds me of the last Poor Man's IPA that I had and that's a good thing.

M - Coats the mouth pretty well and stands up well to be consumed with pizza.

O - One of the best d/tIPAs that gets bottled. Would definitely recommend.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pub.
Tuesday 01-31-11 – The Aftermath

Served up in a 10oz Snifter Tulip

A: Expo pours a very well conditioned caramel color. Great clarity. Two fingers of bone white whip top the glass with some great retention skills. Splashes of lace.

S: Aroma is a real nice burst of hops. All grapefruit and pine really. Very floral and hop forward. Some faint alcohol vapor.

T: Pine is predominant and resinous. Some grass, citrus, and floral hop notes. Light caramel malts and lots of vanillin from the oak chips. Especially in the finish. Not all that intense from a bitterness perspective. Which makes sense, that exponentially you are increasing hops towards later additions in the boil, but really there is no sharp bitter hop bite at all. So smooth. Alcohol is incorporated extremely well here. A real high wire balance act. Previous batches have been a bit too boozy for my liking but this is one its barely detectable. Hops are a step down from the nose but damn this is one smooth brew. Scary. Keith muthafuckin’ Stone!

M: Incredibly light in body for such a big DIPA. I’d say more medium overall with a nice creamy texture. Good carb. Dry and crisp finish.

D: Really enjoyed this batch. An 11% ABV DIPA should not be this drinkable. I think the conditioning is right on. Nice hop flavors with a good amount of vanilla character. Not boozy at all.

This is NOT a hop bomb like the name eludes but it is quite the tasty treat. A really great practice of craftsmanship.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle from the Friday release. Beautiful golden color with a rather thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. This beer is very clear and clean looking. The nose s all monstrous hops, I mean HUGE hops with pine resin and bitter citrus notes on the back end. The first impression on the pallette is holy hop monster, hang on baby this is not for the faint of heart. Unbelievably the guys at Alpine have crafted a hop centric beast that is not only incredibly balanced but brilliantly flavorful without any noticeable heat from the 11% abv. There are tons of hops, oak and tropical fruit that just attack your taste buds in an amazingly refreshing way. The mouth is cleaned with great carbonation that leaves your pallette clean and bone dry, no cloying sweetness at all, the finish lasts thirty seconds at least. This is just a freak of a beer. So huge in every way but so drinkable for it's size. I am glad I was able to grab several bottles. This is not an everyday beer but a brew you sit down with when nothing else needs to be attended to. Bravo to the crew at Alpine for crafting another amazing beer.

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.