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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 938
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,382
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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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.

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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

02-20-2011 06:48:10 | More by harrymel
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. This growler is filled as high as I have ever seen with literally zero head space, guess that pretty much lets no oxidation occur. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear amber orange color with a nice flulffy 2 finger head. The aroma of orange, pineapple, and mango is very apparent while I am pouring this and is pretty pleasant. Very slight pine aroma as well but mostly citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel with some borderline heaviness. Pretty sweet and syrupy upfront with a heavy dose of tropical fruits, bitterness kicks in on the back end but it isn't overly bitter by any means. In the world of DIPA's I'd call this one much more malt forward than most others. The head is all but gone as I drink this down, only leaving a collar around the rim. Nice lace left on the glass. Slight booziness on the back end. Overall, I like this but see how others might be turned of by the possibility of being to sweet.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2011 23:08:44 | More by kbutler1
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a pale golden yellow color, slightly hazy in the center. A smooth white head retains nicely and leaves chunky lace down the glass. Lots of reaffirming carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A ton of hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine, and herbal aromas, in that order.

Taste: A burst of light malty sweetness, then hops for the duration of each sip. Citrus hits me first, with caramelized pineapple and candied grapefruit, but there are more pine and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a bit of crisp carbonation. This has a medium to full body, although I was expecting fuller just from the ABV. Very smooth. The full carbonation keeps the beer fresh and avoids the overly sticky trap some DIPA's fall into.

Drinkability: So smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With a boat load of hops, I could get into quite a few glasses of this.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2011 22:45:40 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Thanks to GRG1313 (Richard) for this one. Two words: Yum Me

Pours a light, glowing golden. Clean. A 1 finger head was white and somewhere between soapy and thick. Looks good, let's see how it...

Whoa! I can smell it from 3 feet away. Citrus and juicy. Closer nose inspection tells me some pine and very virgin honey, but not the sweet part. A bit...just a bit... of a biscuit under all the hops. Damn, that's gonna be a hop bomb.

Sure 'nuff. Hops explode with this one. Mostly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Pine come through in more of a sap way. A bit resinous. The honey I smelled is more of a fruit skin. Kind of like a Merlot taste...but no matter what it is, it's overwhelmed by the hops. A bit of herbal spice comes and goes. The alcohol provides a wallop but it's hidden by all the damn hops.

Give PtE a run for it's money and easier drinking than PtY. Mother$*#$@ I like this beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:10:34 | More by Mebuzzard
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Arbitrator

California

3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of BrianTheBrewer30. Thanks Brian.

A: The pour is a clear, bright orange-copper body with tons of off-white head. Nice lace deposited down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge citrus (grapefruit, pineapple), tannins, mild pine, and dominant, huge bread. I had pictured some citrus bomb on the nose. Not quite what I expected. Tannins?! It's a little maltier than I would have expected.

T: Starts off with grapefruit and proceeds to get more tropical as the taste progresses. Enter pineapple, apricot, peach, and lychee. The finish draws to an astringent, tannic close. It's fairly malty, though that's not very noticeable when the beer is fresh. Boy does this thing drop off fast though! I had two bottles a week apart, and the second one was noticeably worse.

M: Light-medium bodied. Moderate-high carbonation. Semi-dry. There is NO heat on this beer whatsoever. Very smooth. But it has a light astringency that gives the impression of a burning finish.

D: I enjoy this beer, but it's the weakest one in Alpine's lineup. I'd have it again, but if I were forced to choose between it and comparably fresh Pure Hoppiness or Duet, I'd go with the latter two. It's simply maltier than I care for, and it falls off so quickly that the effect is especially magnified for any bottles over two weeks old.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:12:04 | More by Arbitrator
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Dijeriduster

California

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the pub a few weeks back. Pretty sure it was last years batch as the released the new revision the weekend after.

A - Lovely colour with deep orange and yellow dominating. Head didn't last long but lacing sure did. Head was off white and about one finger thick.

S - Whoa! Tons of dry hops here. Just crazy amounts. Some booze comes thru but not nearly what you'd expect from 11%. Hops aromas are just wonderful, quite sweet actually as is the Alpine signature.

T - What a beer, hops dominate at first with bitter and sweet playing around on your tongue. Malty backbone in the middle with a nice little booze kick at the end.

M - Surprising for a beer with this much booze it is rather soft on the tongue. Not astringent or biting as some IIIPA's

D - Damn you need to be careful with this one. You could easily have 3 or more...and then take a long nap. For my money this is the winner in the IIIPA category. Very unbalanced toward the hops but isn't that what you want? Let the comrades try it and everyone had to order their own...

Note: Supposedly this isn't as good in a bottle. So if you see it on tap hit it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 18:41:40 | More by Dijeriduster
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Sideswipe

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip.

The beer presents a beautiful clear, coppery, amber color with a small layer of white foam on top.

The nose is citrus hops backed by huge bready malts. Orange, tangerine grapefruit, and hemp are backed by caramel undertones.

The taste is citrus hops up front backed by huge sweet caramel malt. The oak really smooths the beer out. Bitterness doesn't show up until the finish and it's pleasantly lingering.

Mouthfeel is resinous and sticky with appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability is scary good, as the advertised 11% ABV is nowhere to be found. This is a very enjoyable TIPA from Alpine. Compared to past batches this iteration is my favorite to date.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 06:26:37 | More by Sideswipe
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this long desired want from johndoe8 in Secret Santa 2010. Thanks!

A-Pours a hazy apricot. The large frothy white head settles quickly but leaves some nice stickiness on the glass.

S-Citrus fruit abounds, mostly tangerine and pineapple with a completely unexpected licorice aroma in the background.

T-Huge amounts of malt in equal amounts with the citrus hops. Could almost be a barleywine.

M-Rather heavy with fine carbonation.

D-Rather heavy on the tongue and a it hot, which hampers drinkability.

Glad I got the chance to try this one, though it was not the West Coast DIPA I was hoping for.

HV

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:08:47 | More by sholland119
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Brenden

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My notes are a bit old but good.

This beer is a dark golden color verging on amber with some near-orange hues. There's a nice, creamy white pillow of head on top that has pretty good retention and leaves patchy lacing on the glass.
The nose is a beauty. This is one fragrant beer and a hop monster beside. I really have to sort this out, because there's a deep complexity to it. The hop profile is really a mix of the citrus end of the spectrum and the dryer resiny pine end. Heavy, juicy grapefruit, lemon and orange peel mix with pine resin while, lingering alongside, herbal and flowery notes mingle with a touch of something like honey and maybe even just a hint of something minty way underneath. There's a good, sturdy malt in the aroma to balance it all out.
The flavor follows suit, with the hops profile big, complex and powerful, but it absolutely overpowers the malts in the flavor and, while detectable in the aroma, they're not so much here. There's also a touch more lighter fruit presence coming into play with each sip, so if anything the hops character actually improves. i just need that malt body to hold it together, and a touch of solvent comes through lightly as well. Alcohol is none too noticeable, but does provide a bit of a kick here and there.
This is one of those beers that's dry on the one hand, full of hops character and almost provides a "woody" character, but is proven to be skillfully crafted by a complete smoothing out and a balancing on the tongue to the point that the dryness somehow mingles with a well-carbonated, creamy smoothness in the body. Very nicely done.
I'll seek this out again if I'm out of town someplace where it can be found.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 17:57:57 | More by Brenden
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.15/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Embarrased to say I forgot who sent this to me. However, whoever you are, thanks a million for the opportunity. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a semi-clear orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with little stick.

S: Nose is a hop monster that I can smell as soon as a pour it. Citrus, pine, and strong resin hop aromas envelop a subtle cane sugar and booze. One of the most aromatic I've ever come across. No mistaking what's going on in this one.

T: For a IIPA, this is a huge malt bomb. Opens papaya, orange, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Cane sugar sweetness right off the bat lingers into the middle. Resiny hop in the background makes this one interesting but there's a complete lack of bitterness until the very end. Piney and resiny hops surface right at the finish. Aftertaste is brown sugar and stick hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and subtley carbonated. Oily and smooth in the mouth. Abrasive and sticky on the palate. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Do I like the flavor profile here? Yes... tropical fruit, cane sugar, slight hoppiness... what's not to like? Is it style appropriate? Heck no, not even close. Still, a very interesting beer to say the least. Worth trying but not going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 01:54:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pastradul for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a chunky white head. Sheets of lacing down the side of glass, lasts longer than almost any beer I have had before.

S: Really nice aromas of citrus/tropical fruit. I get orange, pineapple, and maybe some mango as well.

T: Get some pine, and then the same fruits as the nose, pineapple/mango. Finishes bitter.

M/D: Thicker than anticipated, very creamy. Has a bitter/oily finish. For its abv, this is very drinkable. Extremely tropical. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:27:52 | More by mdaschaf
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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

Knock heads with this beer. Upon opening the bottle an immediate whiff of hop/weed in the air. Poured with a jumbo, foamy, frothy, thick, cream colored head that lasts a while and good lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is as above plus malt, a little butter (oak?), and dry hay. Flavor is similar to nose, but a little more balanced. Great body and carbonation with little sense of the alcohol. Finish is like flavor and fades away proportionately in a pleasant way. One of the few extreme beers that works, let alone so well.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 22:04:00 | More by drpimento
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scottfrie

California

4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me this one.

A: Pours a deep citrus-amber with a couple fingers of very dense off-white head that slowly receded into a thick film that lasted forever and left huge rings and chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big huge perfumey hops. Holly cow this one smells great! Huge notes of exotic fruits and grapefruit along with tangerines and earthy peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with a big in your face grapefruit hop punch. Notes of tangerines, bitter orange peel and sticky hop resin coat your palate the whole beer through. There is a ton of sweet malt that comes through in the finish with an oaky roasted flavor. Very barleywine like.
M: Alcohol is masked extremely well for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is viscous and oily with a sticky-sweet finish. Medium-full body with low carbonation.
D: Feels more like a barleywine as it warms. Definitely a great beer, but not my favorite DIPA. Can't wait to try Pure Hoppiness. Thanks again Jeff for the great brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 03:05:08 | More by scottfrie
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hophead247

California

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

Pour is clear golden with a smallish white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Aroma of immediate and big resin, citrus, and spicy hops. Only a hint of bitterness, just fresh hop goodness. Nice grainy maltiness is there as well, but certainly behind that crazy fresh hop blast. Taste is the resin hoppiness, the citrus, though still decently balanced with a strong bready maltiness. Palate is medium to full, very dry, with not much sweetness. What was there was citrus fruit, and quite fresh. Really no apparent alcohol, which is amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 22:56:04 | More by hophead247
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a nice ring and lace throughout. the body was a bright and clear amber.
s - lots going on here. piney, citrusy, grassy with a hint of breadiness. i got a little oakey finish as well.
t - piney and floral with a hint of orange peel. also a bit of caramel sweetness.
m - medium thickness.
d - incredibly drinkable and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 18:09:08 | More by GPHarris
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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Lighter yellow gold in color with a slight haze. Pours with a big, thick 1/2" of off-white head that reduces down to about a 1/4" of thick rocky cream. Decent retention. Very light lacing. This is one pretty looking beer.

S: Very aromatic. The aroma on this one hit me just on popping the bottle. Aroma is predominantly floral with some citrus and orange.

T: Surprisingly mild. Sweet orange maltiness with a bit of tropical fruit: mango and pineapple. A little onion to round things out. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with just a faint alcoholic heat.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Much lighter than expected for something labeled as a "Triple IPA." Smooth. Just a bit of alcohol comes through.

D: Very good. As the bottle says, this beer is deceivingly mild. At 11%, I have no idea where they're hiding the alcohol, because it is only faintly perceptible. Lighter bodied, smooth, and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 20:18:04 | More by Florida9
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and very fruity. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the aroma. Notes of pineapple and papaya are the most prominent.

The flavor is heavy on the pineapples with a little bit of other tropical fruit. The beer is pretty sweet and a little bit syrupy. I also get a bit of spiciness, which I guess is from the hops. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:39:16 | More by Mora2000
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear orange with an average white head and good lacing. Nose is very sweet with a hint of candied lemon and some breadiness. This beer is almost marshmallow sweet with a hint of citrus and the hops really delayed until the finish. The body is full with nice carbonation and a beautiful hops finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 19:22:33 | More by wedgie9
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Phelps

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle, picked up direct from the brewery and poured a few days later into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: pours an almost clear rosy orange. A creamy head about a finger thick quickly recedes to a heavy layer of film. Tracts of jagged horizontal lacing decorate the glass as I go.

Smells: like the freshest, dankest hop cones. Seriously, stuffing my face into fistfuls of fresh hops couldn't produce a better aroma. Piney, grassy and floral, with lilac, sweet mango and a certain dank quality in the background.

Tastes: like the nose, to a T. lightly piney and heavily grassy, with sweet mangoes, pineapples, and again, that musky dank character.

Feels: lush and smooth, subtly carbonated and medium-bodied. A warming alcohol can be felt as it travels down the throat and into the stomach. The bitterness isn't tongue-blasting, which is surprising for a DIPA.

Drinks: incredibly easily for such a huge beer. The flavors are intense but never get out of control. Exponential Hoppiness isn't as good by the bottle as it is on tap, but it's still one of the best hop monsters money can buy.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:16:14 | More by Phelps
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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the alpine brewpub.

Appearance is clean, slightly darker than the usual west coast ipa, near orange. about a half inch of a head forms at the top of the glass, which dissolves slowly over the course of drinking.

Smell is pure aggressive hops hitting you in the face. Lots of citrus notes, but its overwhelmed by the hops, which I guess is the idea.

Taste is slightly sweet/syrupy, but then overwhelmed by the hops and citrus, which is, in my world, a great thing. Slight malt backbone. Taste stays consistant throughout.

Mouthfeel is full of syrup and resin, which for me is pleasant but could be a bit of a problem if you are not a bit of a hophead.

This in turn limits the drinkability a little bit. This is a 10&er that feels like a 10%er. Not hot or alcoholic at all, but this is an intense beer to drink and one that I don't think i'd drink more of one of in a sitting. That doesn't mean its not great though, as I feel the same way about a lot of great RIS's as well. Reminds me a good deal of Pliny the Younger, and considering how much easier it was to find this one, its much appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 20:01:17 | More by mechamifune
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bronco94

Maryland

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

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A - Bright yellow/orange body with an offwhite head that left a decent amount of lacing.

S - amazingly hoppy...a sweet aroma of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and other tropical flavors, and a slight sugary alcohol flavor

T - bursting with refreshing citrus, a slight sweet malt backbone (hints of caramel) for balance, and a faint pine hoppiness that lingers

M - medium carbonation and a slightly thicker syrupy feel to the body. Very pleasurable feeling in the mouth

D - for a 10+% abv double IPA, this is remarkably drinkable. This was a joy to drink and I would gladly seek it out to drink again. One of my favorite beers to date

Serving type: growler

09-14-2010 03:29:07 | More by bronco94
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half off white head that has solid retention but leaves only small amounts of lacing

Smells like a big bag of hops. Grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits dominate a hardly noticeable caramel malt background. Incredible aroma.

Taste has the same flavors as the aroma, but the booze is much more noticeable. Also, as it warms the booze becomes more and more prevalent with a slight medicinal quality showing itself. Still a tasty flavor, just can be a bit much on the boozy side as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 03:16:00 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a small, one-finger head of tan foam. Nice retention and miminal lacing.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, citrus and other tropical fruits. The is some burnt toast maltiness and a touch of booziness in the nose.

T - Good grapefruit and citrus flavors. It has a boozy alcohol flavor with some bitter hops. There is a mild burnt toast and caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good DIPA. Almost too boozy but it was quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 21:10:06 | More by zeff80
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rand

California

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

From 22 oz bomber to tulip glass

A: Pours a rich, opaque, mandarin orange. Little light passes through, despite it's color, and not because of a chilled haze. This beer is dense. A nice frothy head forms - funneled up 2 inches in the tulip glass.

S: Rich, citrusy hops fill the nose. You can smell the hop blast, but the malty sweetness and grainy yeast are so prevalent that the normally piny notes of the hops are countered, leaving a distinctively citrusy scent, akin to orange zest. The alcohol isn't overpowering but yields a noticeable warming effect.

T: First of all, anyone making a snap description of the flavor profile is faking it. There are simply way too many ingredients (mostly a truckload of hops) and way too much going on to be cocksure about your palate review.

Still, as you sip through the first glass, several layers of flavor present themselves, even as they elusively seem to shift and multiply. With patience, the flavor profile eventually condenses into a few dominant tones: Orange-citrus combines with fresh pine, quickly supported by toffee/honey malts. Although the beer has a distinctive orange taste, a tropical nuance is noticeable. Orange-papaya, perhaps? The brew is too sharp and spicy to produce a bread-like middle, but the alcohol works to warm the palate and combines with the bitter hops, leaving a tingling and surprisingly dry finish.

M: Oily...one the most oily-slick beers I've tried. Perfectly viscous and full bodied, which contrasts the citrusy notes of the flavor. The strangely dry finish separates this brew from the mouthfeel of a barley wine or a Belgian quad.

Drinkability and notes: There are so many flavors to this beer it's like trying to describe the color of a coral reef. Green, red, turquoise? Yeah, they're all in there. As I sipped through the bottle I noticed white chocolate, wood-aged caramelly malts, a variety of tropical fruits...the list goes on. Look at the BA reviews - everyone has their own perspective. The only constant is Expo's deliciousness and drinkability. Alpine went big with this brew...really, crazy, BIG. But they pulled it off with flying flavors, justifying a beer geek's obsession with fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 07:10:30 | More by rand
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H1N1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this as a very nice extra from jakekohut.

A- Dark amber. 1 finger of head that dissolves into a thin layer of bubbles. Thin lacing.

S- REALLY nice smell. Very citrusy hops. Grapefruit and pineapple. Some oak. Flowery. Very deep, full smell. I love the smell.

T- Very slight pine hops. A deep grassy taste is the most evident. Caramel. The flowery smell is not as evident in the taste. Lots of malts. But a little bit of pineapple comes through. This one is tough to pinpoint specific tastes because it seems that with each sip, I get something new. The oak is evident. Its a warm and really beautiful taste. I just looked at the bottle, and this is 11%?? Its hidden very well.

M- full bodies and warm. But not an alcohol warmth as much as a really nice drink warmth. Really nice.

D- At 11%, its almost lucky that I only have 1 bottle of this. Very drinkable and well hidden alcohol. I'd be stumbling before too long because I can't help but take big sips of this great beer. One of my favourite IPAs to date.

Thanks again to jakekohut. I loved this.

Serving type: bottle

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