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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,380
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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.

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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from MaltMilkshake. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with about a finger white head that stays around for a while. It leaves a thin ring that lasts throughout and very nice lacing.

S- This beer hits you hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is very dynamic and not as one dimensional as most DIPAs that are mostly grapefruit and pine.

T- Wow! Just like the smell there is plenty of grapefruit, pine and floral notes. Unlike the smell there is very surprising flavor of sweet malt that sets it apart from other DIPAs. The sweet malt along with the sweet fruits--apricot, tangerine and pineapple--do a wonderful job of balancing out the bitter hop flavor. For such a high alcohol content it is hardly noticeable.

M- This is what seals the deal for me. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other IPAs I have had and very creamy. Carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is amazing. The finish is not as drying as I was expecting...something very welcomed. It is really scary how easy this beer is to drink. Full bomber gone in one short sitting by myself and would have loved another.

If you haven't noticed from this review thus far, I am a very big fan of this beer. I am going to have to try to get another bottle soon. There is a 6 pack of Hopslam sitting in my fridge now. It's sad to think that those will be a little disappointing now...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 02:35:21 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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wchollif

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kingkong for opening this one.

The last in our taste of DIPA night. This pours so light compared to the other DIPA's we had, but the thick one finger of head seemed to be right on for the style. The smell of this beer is worth the price, pure pine hops with a note of sweetness. The taste is great but a bit one note for me, piney from start to finish. Bitterness on the aftertaste was quite high, but I'm getting the alcohol. Overall a very good piney DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 13:00:27 | More by wchollif
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SDtastentune

California

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice darker but not IPA tan/bronze thing, with some ok head and nice lacing.

S - Malty hops and alcohol, hard to remember but not too piny more alcohol and hops side.

T - Malty hops and alcohol, not too piny or oakish, more blended/balanced.

M - Nice carbonation, medium fizz, goes down smooth.

O - Nice Super DIPA, but needs a little more pine taste I think, great for the percentage of alcohol hides some in there. Thumbs up!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 05:55:22 | More by SDtastentune
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to pollox87 for this one - I got a chance to try this at a tasting a month ago and just HAD to get a bottle for myself.

The beer's only unimpressive aspect is the way it looks - it pours a nondescript clear yellowish-orange, but with a nice white head. Once you inhale the glorious aromas, this beer is all amazing the rest of the way. The beer has that glorious open hops smell that makes your mouth water with hints of pineapple. If the smell doesn't reel you in, the taste is where this beer shines. The beer is an incredible balance of fresh hops, citrus flavors and a little bit of sweetness with some nice bready malt flavor to back it up - just perfect. Oftentimes DIPAs this big can be syrupy, but this one is far from it, it's got a nice body which really presents the beer well.

Overall, this beer is flat-out fantastic, it's ridiculously smooth and easy to drink for being 11% (I drank a bomber pretty quickly and could've easily downed another). It's super hoppy, but there are so many other flavors to balance out the hops that the incredible balance makes this one of the best DIPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:59:01 | More by starrdogg
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dmsohyea

California

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vertical tasting with PtY, Nickel Bag, and Hop Suey. At O'Brien's 3/19/11.

A: Very light yellow in color, with a strong pearl white head with crazy retention. The beer is lighter in color than I would have expected, but has the most head retention I have ever seen on a TIPA.

S: Pine. I can't smell anything but a pine tree in this beer. Excellent.

T: Taste is abrasive, to say the least. Nothing but hops from start to finish. There may be some malty sweetness somewhere, but from my ruined palate, I would suggest this is just a fizzy hop tea. Leaves a sticky pine resin on your tongue and makes it so everything tastes like plastic for at least a few minutes. That being said, I still liked it.

M: Mouthfeel is really where this beer takes a hit. It has such a strong stinging quality upfront that sort of turns me off. But the bitter finish and low to nil alcohol flavor saves it. Don't get me wrong, even for a hop-head like myself, this beer was not easy to drink.

O: A solid brew that was just a bit hard to drink in large quantities. Forget trying to session this beer unless you would like your food to taste like rubber for the next couple days. If palate wrecking way their intention, they got exactly what they were going for.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 07:48:15 | More by dmsohyea
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice extra from my buddy Afksports. Thanks Brendan.

Poured into a brandy snifter from a bottle.

Pours a light gold amber. Light citrus and tropical fruit stabs your nostrils. Sweet sinful nectar. Flippin fantastic. When it hits your lips its just so good. Honey, hoppy, a hint of spiciness, and slightly boozy. Just plain awesome.

Of all the beers I had this evening, and there were several, this was bar none top dog. Line it up against Hopslam, and Abrasive this is the unscathed victor. Alpine has hit a grandslam with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 04:13:33 | More by TheDudeRules
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Freddie for this bottle. 22oz drank out of a crappy highball style glass. Living the hotel life this week...

A- Clear, golden color, with a touch of amber. A fairly light white soapy head forms, but falls off pretty quickly. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet malt and piney hops. I also get quite a bit of citrusy/grapefruity smells. The hops have a very fresh aroma.

T- Starts very smooth and malty, and transitions to a wonderful complex floral hoppy flavor. Notes of grapefruit and lemon, with more piney resin flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is awesome. Perfect blend of carbonation and body. It just rolls wonderfully on and off the tongue. The aftertaste is prominent, but not overwhelming.

D- It's a little big, but still very drinkable. Everytime I take a sip, it's like a whole new complex hoppy experience. This is probably my favorite of all the Alpine IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:37:46 | More by Gfunk720
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Orange peel or amber orange when held to the light, but more tangerine orange otherwise. Perfectly clear with only a touch of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a wisp and a bubbly, soapy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some legs of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Awesome. Big nose straight from the pour. Pale malts with lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. Some pineapple and mound of citrus in there. Lots of hope everywhere. Just loads of pine and grapefruit. Piercing hop aroma. This is what a DIPA should smell like; a decent malt backbone with heaps of bold, hoppy aromas.

TASTE: Also awesome. Flavors are equally as bold and impressive as the nose, though the aftertaste needs just a tick more to be completely insane. Pale malts, some caramel malt as well, but the hops soon take center stage. Big pine and grapefruit there, with mounds of hoppy citrus flavors. Milder yet lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, with a touch of sweet melon as balance. A slight hint of oak from the ageing process as well. Just enough to be noticeable. Lots of hops and lots of flavor up front too. Some hop bombs have a big, bitter aftertaste but lack something up front. Not this. Exponential has lots of hop flavor up front and isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter. Again, a slightly bigger aftertaste would make this an 11, but this is absolutely stellar stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough to support the flavors, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of burn after the swallow. Does what it needs to do.

OVERALL: This brew is top of its class. The look and feel are average for the style, but the nose is ridiculously good and the taste completely insane. A slightly bolder aftertaste would give it top marks for flavor, but that is a minor complaint about what is otherwise a standard-setting beer. Enjoyable, stupidly drinkable, and style defining in my view. One I will have to track down again. Let's hope this one shows up here again at some point. Whole heartedly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 20:41:53 | More by Jeffo
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Split four ways at a recent tasting with myself, bgthang, xpimptastikx, and orgasmicchemist.

Pours with a bright golden hue; clear and nicely carbonated, but fails to leave much more than a thin varnish of foam even with a vigorous swirl of my Ranger Creek tulip. The aroma is equally as bright, as floral, citrusy hop juices burst from the glass and greet the nose with greenery. Very aromatic IIPA, with a faint pale malt backbone, but late-addition hops steal the show.

Exponential Hoppiness has one of the most flavorful hop profiles of any beer I've tasted. Big, juicy, green, citrusy, floral, piny hop goodness coats the palate with slick, oily hop resins. The body is delicately crafted, finely carbonated, and not at all syrupy or heavy, while the alcohol is barely discernible. Drinks like a dream. A hoppy, hoppy dream...

A must-try for any lover of Humulus lupulus.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 18:32:11 | More by wagenvolks
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Clear golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves a temporary lacing.
S: Honey, grapefruit, earthy--not resinous, sweet orange and banana and strawberries... pretty good.
T: Pineapple. Like... fresh pineapple. Also, sweet honeycrisp apples. Gin alcohol buzz on the finish. A very mild orange or maybe grapefruit and a slight cheese, bordering cannabis, throughout. This is all right but it really doesn't have the complexity and depth I'd expect.
M: Moderately syrupy, with a quick frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Overall, it's good but not GREAT. There are quite a few better options for DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:00:19 | More by ne0m00re
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ahalloin

Virginia

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jonathan who has come through with some ridiculous generosity as of late! He's a saxy dude!

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is light gold in color with good clarity. A white crown of foam adorned the pour very well and receded to a slight ring that remained atop the beer throughout. Lacing grabbed the glass as the liquid level fell from persistent quaffing.

The smell of this beer is something to behold! Honestly, if you are reading this, put "Smell an Exponential Hoppiness" on your 'bucket list'. You won't be disappointed. Dank as all get out!! I love that! If I could give it a 5.5 out of 5, I would.

The taste compliments the smell quite nicely with crazy hop flavor. Sweet tangerine, grapefruit rind, weed, some pine....it's all here. A noticeable smooth sweet malt base supports the hops nicely and dangerously hides the 11% ABV.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and medium bodied. It is damned surprising that I get virtually NO alcohol heat from this beer. None!

That hidden alcohol contributes to this dangerously easy drinker.

I suppose it had to happen to me at some point. A straight 5-oh, I mean. This beer is quite incredible and needs to be had by anyone who considers themselves a hop head.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:16:15 | More by ahalloin
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kdub87

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while now. Thank Smokepot23!

Poured from a bomber into my dogfish head snifter.

A: Poured aggressively. Nice two finger head recedes leaving a nice layer of lacing covering the top. Looks like a model dipa in color. Golden straw maybe a tad darker.

S: Hops galore. Citrus and pine come through real strong. Smells like what I want every ipa to smell like. I don't want to take my nose away from the glass but knowing the possibilities I move on.

T: Wow. Just Like it smells. Hops all the way with a oily dry finish. Not as dry as most with this much hoppiness going on. Cannot detect the 11% at all. Smooth and delicious. Nothing I would change with this. Epitome of what I look for in a dipa.

M: Smooth through the whole thing. Light bodied, good carbonation leaves a nice sticky dry.

D: Beyond drinkable. The hops smooth out everything and make this beer what it is. Not super complex. Super hoppy and smooth and thats what I look for in dipas. I'd choose this over hopslam and the elder anytime where the abv wouldn't matter. The smoothness is spectacular when compared to the hops that come through. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 21:50:40 | More by kdub87
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

I'm pretty stoked about revisiting this brew, as I hear the recipe has been changed and the beer is much improved.

The beer is transparent and light orange in color, with a thick, white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is not kidding around. A powerful dose of hops and citrus in the nose and taste buds - no doubt this is an imperial IPA. Absolutely delicious with a great feel. This is 11% abv?!? Impressive. The finish is dry and filled with tangy, bitter hop goodness. This beer is highly drinkable, at least until I try to stand up. What an enormous improvement from the previous batch I tasted. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:53:18 | More by Huhzubendah
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was outstanding, blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this outstanding beer. This years batch. Think of this as tied with Silva Stout as my 200th review.

A: Great look with a clear orange bright body and a ring of white head and good sticky lacing. Super awesome fluffy head with a twirl.

S: Awesome killing hop aroma with a hefty malt base. Dank with mega citrus and pine hops in great harmony. Sugary malts are present as well as a drier biscuit malt. Just a nice OPEN hop smell that you always want to experience in a beer like this.

T: A very hoppy and sweet DIPA. Huge twist of citrus pine almost foresty hops with a fruit sugar malt base that compliments each other so well. I think of the label with the sides equalling out and thats hope I think of this beer in its balance. Tangerine, orange flavors mix in a confectionary way. Awesome! Top 5% big IPAs tastes.

M: Surprisingly not hot. Very nice over the palate, nice carbonation.

D: Awesome. A beer I'll look for each year, from a company I enjoy thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:34:16 | More by Dreadnaught33
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johndoe8

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fear being labelled a homer, but honestly, this most recent batch is quite wonderful.

Last batch was a lot more malty... this batch, esp fresh, is just crisp hoppy nirvana.

The hops are much more pronounced, and it compares quite favorably to Pliny the Younger. Alpine scored this batch. Pliny the Younger only wins out slightly for a slightly better mouthfeel and much high drinkability.

I honestly preferred Bad Boy up to this point, but this most recent batch of Expo clearly destroys Bad Boy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 00:32:57 | More by johndoe8
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gregshead

California

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 2/6/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: light golden color w a finger of head

S: tons of hops. A friend said he could smell the hops from a foot away. On the verge of nail polish smell but holds right under the threshold.

T: lots of grapefruit hops. As it warms the malts balance this one a little more. Their is some oak taste but it s very subtle. Jst lots and lots of delicious hops to overwhelm the taste buds

M: good carbonation. Some syrupy thickness. Feels like the hops are ripping the enamel straight off my teeth

D: I had three 8 oz pours before I realized this beers power. Otherwise you just drink this bitter beauty.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 23:58:52 | More by gregshead
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a darkness tulip on 2/25/11.

Pours a very light for a DIPA. Light golden orange. Looks less like a DIPA and more like a wheat beer.

Smells f*&^in awesome! Tons of pine and citrus hops fill my nose.

Taste is of hops of course and tons of citrus hops. I love it get me more.

Mouthfeel is perfect nice and light enough to bring you in but awesome leftover to lace the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. Get it while you can.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 06:23:01 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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afksports

New York

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company's Exponential Hoppiness. Yes...

More Double IPA's. I am making every review I do from now on about Imperial IPA's.

They're like Oscar winners. Mostly accessible, potentially complex, sometimes artistic, often well-executed, but ultimately just plain crowd-appealing.

"Expo" is another one. This 11% alcohol by volume beast of a beer pours out the bomber bottle with a deep orange clear hue and bright white head. It smells deeply and clearly of citrus hops. Two thirds sweet, one third puckery. Not much else. Just big and bold. The taste follows that up with more hops and a rich big bread pudding backbone to it that smooths it out.

Alpine has figured out a way to get 11% into a beer without anyone noticing, and this is sure it. There's no heat on the taste, no booze on the nose, and it's big bodied and easy to drink. The only problem is that it's a bit one-dimensional in what it does. I'm sure the complexity is there, but Expo puts on a show with citrus and malts, and that's about where it stopped for me.

Not that I'm complaining. I'd love to win an Oscar.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:02:05 | More by afksports
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Thanks to MaltMilkshake for sending a bottle of this my way! (By the way, does anyone else beside me find it odd that the equation on the front of the bottle is not an exponential equation?)

A: Pours a clear, clean, and bright golden orange color with a small off-white head that quickly settles to a thin halo. Very good lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, you can almost smell this from a cross the room ... certainly from several feet away. Lots and lots of grapefruit with mandarin, pineapple, and apricot. Pine needles, floral hops, and just a hint of oak add even more complexity separating this from other IPAs.

T: Much like the smell, grapefruit jumps right out at you along with other underlying sweet fruits (pineapple and apricot). There is a decent malty sweetness that was somewhat unexpected, but really quite pleasant. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering citrus fruit. The booze is hidden very, very well, only allowing a subtle warmth develop in the throat. Delicious!

M: Not that the other aspects of this beer don't shine, but the mouthfeel makes this stand out. Thicker than expected and quite creamy. Carbonation level is great ... just a little low, but ample enough to give it some life. The bitter finish is somewhat subdued, which is fine by me. Not overly drying either. Well done!

D: This is dangerously drinkable ... extremely tasty and well balanced. With almost no hint of booze, it goes down quicker than it needs to, and can certainly catch up with you if you're enjoying it too much (whoops)!

This lives up to the hype. I expected it to be an over-the-top hop bomb, but there is a lot going on in this one that pushes it to the top of the list for me. Again, nicely complex, well balanced, with a great finish. Very highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:04:27 | More by Mississipping
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turfy

Texas

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this very fresh Expo. Hoppiness!!

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A deep golden color with a 1/2 finger white head, settling down into a constant film and heavier ring around the glass edge.

Smell was the most intense grapefruit hop aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Amazing.

A sweet fruity taste. With all of the hops added to this one, the bitterness is extremely balanced with the malty sweetness.

A medium heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

The alcohol is very well masked. A smooth beer that was very enjoyable. One and done on this one, especially at 11%, but one of the highest quality beers I have had the pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:29:09 | More by turfy
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SummitVA

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden pale with steady carbonation. Little head. Lacing follows down the glass.

S - Sharp grapefruit and other citrus. Not overly intense, which is something of a surprise, but still very pleasant. Mango, a bit of malt sweetness, and just a hint of heat. A bit of vegetal-ness after the glass warms.

T - Solid bitterness and malt foremost. Oak definitely apparent along with some pine-iness and a bit of apricot. Not as much grapefruit or citrus, as the nose would suggest, and the hop flavor is strangely less than expected. Heat is definitely apparent, but this plays well along with the hop bitterness and flavor. A touch of the astringency in the finish as others have noted, which adds to the dryness of the finish.

M - Definitely a medium-bodied beer.

D - Plenty quaffable, despite the ABV and body.

Overall - A solid beer. Not quite what I was expecting, but I'm actually really enjoying it. And while this is the "heaviest" Alpine I've had, it's still very drinkable. Could definitely live without the oak addition. Still, I'd pick up another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:27:09 | More by SummitVA
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mbusster88

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a great white head and medium carbonation levels. Body is golden orange and is extremely clean and clear.

S: Fruit and floral notes in the nose. Some booze is present, although not enough to put off. Very good hop presence is mixed with some malt backbone.

T/M: The initial taste is dry and floral. Some citrus fruit come through on the palate as well as the hop profile. Also get some pine resin notes in the flavor, although not a dominant as the floral and fruit. Great palate feel overall.

D: Good drinking beer that is very nice and easy. Great mouth feel and fantastic amounts of hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 22:49:08 | More by mbusster88
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wethorseblanket

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear sunrise orange with a large foamy white head which fades to tiny bubbles around the glass edge with lacy globs. Nose is tropical fruits and flowers, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, simply a staggering aroma. Taste is sweetly maltish with a wicked bitter hop bite. Plenty of hops yields a complex intertwinning of pine and citrus floral notes. Mouthfeel is resiny, major oily slick, overpoweringly dry hop bitterness followed by a lingering sweet malt aftertaste. Overall, very tasty and completely palate destroying. The ABV is high and it comes through. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 02:35:21 | More by wethorseblanket
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FosterJM

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

271st review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A huge two finger head that was pretty resigned to stick around for a bit. A nice golden orange with yellow highlights. Scattered lacing as well.

Smell- I was suprised at the aroma of this one. Some light hops and some tropical and citrusy fruits. A touch lemony to me. A little bit of cream soda.

Drink- This was very good. Was a big and creamy 11% monster. The ABV is well masked and has a nice hop spice with a little dryness.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level. A creamy aftertaste with well rounded flavor profile.

Drink- This was a big beer. I would attempt to drink another but would want to walk afterwards. This was tasty, complex and very creamy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:13:28 | More by FosterJM
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harrymel

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for picking this up fresh for me in SD! Cheers Jesse!
ABV 11%
Poured to New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear golden ale with superb clarity. Fine white single finger head dissipates in a minute or so to leave a thick sheet of meringue foam. Consistent carbonation evident through the ale. Spider web lacing on glass.

S: Pine, sweet alcohol, bubble gum, grapefruit, citrus rinds. Alcohol a hint more evident than I would prefer, but nonetheless, yummy.

T: See above. Add bitterness so acute the glands behind my jaw. Just what I've been looking for in an Impy IPA lately. Been through Hopslam, Pliny, etc. This is fantastic! I think I might prefer it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Clearly slicks the palate while cold. As it warms, the body of my mouth is dried. Pleasant.

D: This is among the best, no question. I think the hype matches this beer appropriately. Worth seeking, but not a 1200 miles journey (or global: see PtY).

Serving type: bottle

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