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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,407
Gots: 66 | 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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

kscaldef, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Murky amber body, perhaps chill hazed. Moderate, lace white head. Awesome lacing.

A melange of hop aromas: tea, mango and ganja. Very leafy and herbal. A passing whiff of biscuit malts.

Mango sweetness and summer grass. Herbal flavors of tea and ganja. Honeyed malts build a backbone that is immediately overcome by pine bitterness. Alcohol starts to build as it warms. Great balance for all the hop flavors.

This reminds me of PtY with more aggressive bitterness. This comes so damn close to a perfect beer.

litheum94, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of HosP
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ren for this hoppy drink. Poured 22 oz into snifter.

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

S- Very nice big hop aroma. Citrus notes come through the strongest. Slight malt aroma towards the end mixed with grapefruit.

T- Just how I like my DIPA's, lots of hops! Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and pine hop flavors mixed throughout from start to finish. Nice malt touch in the background. Bitterness isn't as much as expected. Love the hop flavors that just don't stop in this beer.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some bitterness stays with you.

D- Very much enjoyed this DIPA. Would eagerly drink another one anytime. If your a fan of hops, this is your kind of beer.

HosP, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big THANK YOU to millerbuffoon for acquiring this through a trade.

A - Pours a bright copper gold color with a cream colored cotton candy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass like total glue, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - VERY pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, oily, and mildly piney.

T - This is the BEST part of this beer. It's a huge, no, colossal basket of tropical fruity goodness that's incredibly resinous, spicy, piney, and a little vinous. It's also slightly boozy with a crackery malt underneath that's big, bold, spicy, slightly garlic, and a little bit oaky.

M - Medium body with resiny hops that leave a coating in the mouth that
's very indicative of fruit rinds.

O - a "FANTABULOUS" beer! If you can get it, you absolutely have to try this one.

jzeilinger, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle procured at Texas Wine and Liquor, Carlsbad, CA, shared with Baker City Boys 9.15.11, $16+tax, ouch!

Nary any head, small ring around edge of glass produced some decent spider-legs after swirling, a few small trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Light amber color, clear. Nose features the oak quite prominently, not picking up much hops, a bit of citrus, along with some caramel. Taste mirrors nose, once again not picking up a lot of hops, the oak 'dry hop' is quite prominent in the taste too. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium, sticky, significant amount of alcohol heat. While I appreciate the grail status of this beer, I just don't get it aroma or tastewise. We did a side by side with Barley Brown's Tank Slapper, and IMO there's just no comparison. Glad I was able to share this with the homeys, but I'll opt for the Nelson or Duet next time.

jdense, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from my iPhone on September 13th, 2011. Picked up from the brewery and stored in the coolest/darkest conditions possible for about a month and a half.

22 ounce bomber poured into a footed pilsener glass (because my girlfriend lacks a decent selection of beer-related glassware). Solid copper body with a thick finger of frothy white head.

Aroma is massively hopped. Huge hop bouquet; floral, pine, and citrus (apricot, grapefruit, pineapple, orange) take over. Slight caramel flavor along with just the most subtle hint of smoked woodiness.

Flavor is not bitter in the least. Huge citrus taste with a bit of pine and a surprisingly balancing roasted and caramel malty background. The fact that this is 11% ABV is extraordinarily well-hidden.

Full-bodied but the level of carbonation makes it fairly drinkable. Surprisingly sweet considering the sheer amount of hops, but not overpowering. This one may not be Pliny, but it is absolutely delicious and at 11%, extremely dangerous.

Phocion, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the chance to try this long time want. I owe you big time Brett.

Poured into a pub glass this brew appears a lightly hazed color of golden yellow. A finger's worth of yellowish stained cap sits atop the brew. When held to the light, this brew displays more of a yellow coloration along the edges and through the body more of a deep orange to copper. The head maintains fairly strong with a creamy layering that sticks in thick patches of lace and spotty patterns on the glass. A light swirl brings the cap back to a finger's strength once it fades.

The smell of this brew is a combination of citrus and fruity hops initially that are very inviting. It smells of rinds, zest and pulp from a combination of orange and grapefruit. A bit of catty to almost cheese character provides a bit of a stinky hop accent to the sweet smelling fruited character of the hops. More smells reveal a bit of a green leafy hop character smelling lightly of yeast and grass mixed with a whole garden of fresh cut herbs. The aroma of this brew pretty much nails every aspect of the hoppy spectrum of scents, fantastic.

The taste is bitter but not as bitter as I was expecting. It is flavored with orange rinds and grapefruit mixed with mango and something more along the lines of cantaloupe and other melons. Green leafy hop character almost like grass is evident throughout with an herbal touch and more of a bit of young yeasty quality. I have never been the type of person who drinks a beer and tries to meticulously pick out every ingredient that I think is included in a brew but wow does this have a strikingly similar flavor profile to a DIPA I recently made that was heavy on the late additions of centennial and amarillo. A long lasting aftertaste of grassy and melon-like hops persists in the mouth with a very light touch of alcohol and hardly any malty character. At times this almost comes across as an ESB on steroids. There is a huge fresh garden herbal aspect to this brew that just begs to be paired with a variety of foods.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. 11% abv is unreal, this drinks more like it is closer to 7% than double-digits. This makes for a super smooth and easily drinkable DIPA. This is a very unique example of the style. If you haven't had it, you owe yourself the opportunity to give it a try. I think Alpine makes some of the best hoppy brews out there and while this one is good, I think they make others that are better that don't get enough recognition. Brett, thank you again.

stakem, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and gold into my tulip glass. A finger of white frothy head sticks around with good lacing down the glass.

Smells of loads of grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. Beautiful.

Classic hopped up West Coast IPA. Loads of dank grapefruit and pine throughout the whole palate with hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Very little malt to this one.

A tad bit sticky, but overall pretty light and well carbonated.

Another hit for Alpine. Not quite to the level of PtE but a very solid DIPA nonetheless.

jmarsh123, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into some tall heavy Seas glass on 8/21/11

Many thanks to nrbw23

Clear, faded and paled amber. One finger head. Thin retention but very good lace.

Dense hop aromas. Pine and citrus - grapefruit, pineapple and such. Candied citrus. Deep, grainy malt tones. Smells a bit sweet. Tastes a bit sweet, too. Sweet grain offsets pine hops and undertones of citrus. It isn't an overly bitter beer, though. Full body with lower carbonation. Kind of slick with alcohol heat.

Pretty nice. I'd really like to try it fresh on tap sometime.

Ryan011235, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of younggunz
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Gold/Amber 1.5 finger head, nice lacing, hazy.

S Cascade hops, pine resin, floral notes, TONS of citrus--mostly grapefruit--, tropical fruit, nutty malt presence (almond).

T- The best DIPA+ I have ever had. Very minimal alcohol presence, slight burn in the throat when warm. Bitter yet smooth, pine, citrus notes, mango, oak, honey, minimal malt backbone.

M- smooth, full, minimal carbonation

O-This beer is fantastic. Easily one of my favorites of any style. For hop-heads, it's an absolute must have.

younggunz, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

Brought this to a bottle share event, split 4 ways, so we each got about 5.5 ounces.

A: Poured into a small snifter, the beer pours clear, with a semi haze, and is a bright copper, almost tangerine color. A healthy half inch of white head formed, and settled to a ring of bubbles, depositing a light sticky film on the glass.

S: Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, pine, citrus burst, lemon zest. The aromas are the best trait of this beer.

T: Buttery, caramel malt, even blend of alcohol, hops, and malt notes. Bitter finish, but nice and clean.

M: Light to medium carbonation, medium and smooth mouth.

O: Great sipper, a treat, but would be a lot for one person, so glad we were sharing this. A few of us were expecting even more hops notes in this, but it says right on the bottle that they "age it, and let it mellow", so although there ARE a LOT of hops that went into the process, and making of the beer, their presence is what I would best describe as a smooth presence. Recommended.

Retsinis, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks Steven and Crystal for sharing this!

Golden amber and orange. Persistent, thick white head, and regular lacing down the glass. What more can you ask for?

Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma! I'd heard so much about this beer, but had never yet experienced it for myself, and if nothing else, the aroma is all they said and more! Pine and citrus explosion, without being too sweet or sappy.

Surprisingly balanced DIPA, especially after all I'd heard about it. Piney and floral flavors with a substantial bitterness, and enough bready, crystal, and caramel malts to balance things out nicely. Far more drinkable than I ever would have imagined.

Medium bodied, yet crisp and incredibly drinkable. No hint of alcohol. No DIPA since Pliny the Younger has hidden its alcohol this well.

So glad I got to try this, and it did not disappoint!

ehammond1, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of airohead2001
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer - hazy orange/red with a nice half finger head and nice legging. Smell is great - orange citrus hops with fresh tangerines. Taste is great - best beer I've had from Alpine. This is a good beer, but like all Alpine beers, is overrated.

airohead2001, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by Drazzamatazz

A: Burnt orange hue with a 1 finger cream head. Retains a small layer can be replicated with a swirl of the glass

S: Tons of hops right up front. Citrusy notes, grapefruit, oranges slices, melon. As it warms, the fruit fades a little and some light scallion appears. Some breadiness comes through. Slight tinge of alcohol

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. Strange pepper presence on the front of the tongue towards the end of the glass

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth due to light carbonation. Very minor amount of residual bitterness

D: Considering the bottle says this is a triple IPA, it drinks fabulously. Super hoppy but yet doesn't kill your palate. Fantastic balance

Brez07, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StarRaptor for this treat!

Pours a slightly hazy sunny orange color. Nearly bright white head, slightly spongy with light lace remnants.

Citrus aroma with notes or pineapple and tropical fruits mingle with a solid malt base and inescapable slight fusal alcohol.

More tropical fruits on the taste, with a caramel malt backing minimal bitterness, light sweetness and a touch of heat on the finish.

Creamy, slick and slightly oily texture. Fairly full bodied for an IPA; sits a little heavy on the palate. Good feel to it. Drinkability is good considering the ABV.

This is unmistakably solid. I've had a few other "Triple IPAs", and though this is good, it's not the best I've had. Would drink again in a heartbeat though.

EgadBananas, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange color, wispy head with some lacing. Smells extra hoppy, melons, canteloupe, good stuff. The taste is really good, watermelon rind, hops, slightly sweet, alcohol is well hidden in the background. I can;t really taste the oak in this one which is good as far as I'm concerned. I like this one a lot, way to go Alpine.

Update 9/2012 latest batch bought at the brewery

Fucking fantastic IPA, melons, citrus, green dank hops. Might be overpriced at $12 but I'm still glad I bought two. Yum.

ArrogantB, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.
A- Pours a golden light amber with a finger off off white head that reduces to a ring, the lacing on this beer is thick and leaves streaks everywhere on the glass.
S- The nose is filled with heavy citrus notes as will as pine, a hint of alcohol and something nutty.
T- Insane, the layers of flavor to this beer are strong and complex of pine resin, grapefruit type citrus, a very distinct nutty finish, with very little alcohol present for abv.
M- Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.
O- Defenitly one of the best and more complex beers out there IMO. I'm sure my review doesn't do it justice at all.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gladly accepted this beer as gift from my best bud out in San Diego. To me this beauty lived up to the hype and I think even exceeded my expectations, well done Alpine Beer Company. I only wish I would have visited you when I lived near by. (Pathetic Excuse Ahead) I wasn't into beer that much at the time and now I am kicking myself.

A: I poured the beer into a standard pint glass which produced numerous bubbles and a frothy white one fingered head. The beer started out transparent with a pale orange hue, but rather quickly became cloudy once the flow of bubbles had ceased. Even with the relatively small head, the beer exhibited excellent lacing that remained until I had finished the glass.

S: Prepare yourself to be punched straight in the nose with pungent floral hops! To my amazement, after a few sniffs I was able to detect other smells, some sweet citrus, pine, and even some honey.

T: The name says it all. If you love IPA's, then you will most likely enjoy this brew. If you don't, for your sake please stay away.

M: Medium bodied, very little carbonation.

O: A unique and fantastic beer that skirts with being labeled a novelty due to the abundance amount of hops. Luckily for us, Alpine knew what they were doing and produced a very drinkable beer that I will be talking about for a long time to come.

tjkinate, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of GabrielM
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - a cloudy amber/orange color with a fluffy white head on top.

S - boom! Simcoe, maybe some citra, and a ton of other fresh hoppiness going on. Garlic, citrus, grass... it reminds me of running through the meadows in New Zealand when I was a child.

T - super fresh (even though it's about a month old), crisp hops with a nice bite but smooth finish. The faintest bit of sweetness to balance it out.

M - really damn good. Extremely smooth and almost buttery as it coats my palate and throat without much heat.

O - a damn fine DIPA that I'm very happy to be drinking,

GabrielM, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Tad bit hazy, deep golden color with an orange tint. Thick, billowing cream-colored head that retains a sizable cap, lacing the glass nicely.

N- Rich honey-soaked malt with a dark oakiness to it. Bursting with floral, herbaceous, resinous, pungent, piney hops. The aromas of the hops blend together to create this great herbal tea character that is a signature thing for Expo. Also a subtle fruitiness of pear and grapefruit flesh.

T- The immense amount of hop oils is the first thing to hit the palate, definitely a zing to it. Huge concentrated herbal tea flavors coat the tongue, with some resinous pine underneath. Also a subtle vague fruitiness in there. The sweet honey-dipped malt comes after the initial hop shockwave. Grassy, oaky bitterness is firm, but surprisingly smooth. The finish is incredibly long and bittersweet, with some delicate floral fumes coming out as the more prominent flavors die down. Aftertaste is herbal, oaky, grassy, and floral.

M- Medium-bodied, rich and creamy, moderate-to-low carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, this has got to be the hoppiest beer I've ever had. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster that only true hopheads will appreciate. Thank you Alpine for pushing the limits of our palates.

KevinBrewer, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to nogidrew86 for throwing it in as a very generous extra!!!

Poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with less than a finger head that leaves nothing more than a bright white rim around the glass. Doesn't leave much head retention but the legs are there to remind you this is %10.

S- Like I expected, huge tropical fruit notes up front. Mango, peach, citrus, grapefruit. But on top of that is has the more earthy side to it with pine, dank resin, celery, and grass. Has a slight caramel maltiness to it as well as a hint of alcohol that stings the nose slightly. Can get my nose out of the glass haha

T- First thing I noticed is the more earthy hop flavors come through like pine, dank resin, fresh grass, and celery which I love! The fruitiness is more subtle and well-balanced and creates a nice overall sweetness to the strong bitter brutal hop take over in your mouth. Also the malts are way more apparent and provide a sweet body and base as well as a solid creamy more full body. Not getting the alcohol really, the hops drown out the harshness but they don't stop you from feeling it.

M- Medium to fuller body with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall I gotta give it up to Alpine. I'll admit this is my first triple IPA but god damn is it worth every penny and second of labor that went into this beer; not to mention all the hype. Get this beer if you can, you will not regret it one bit. A true defining example of what a hop bomb should be.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden brown, touch hazy. Rich foamy white head, solid lacing.

s: mango, peach, citrus. sweetness from the malts in the tail of the nose.

t: strong upfront citrus and pine. expected more hop punch given the name, though I was delighted by the extreme balance and smooth shift from tropical dark fruit, orange peel, sunflower and pine into caramel, toffee, wood and roasted nut flavorings from the malt profile. hints of yeast and grain in the mid, this is a solid DIPA. Only complaint was that the sweetness didn't linger in the aftertaste. It trailed off...wish it lingered.

m: creamy, silky smooth. perfect carbonation for me. covered the palette well, though I wish it had stayed longer. if it would have been slightly thicker, I think the taste and feel would have lingered nicely.

o: very solid DIPA, haven't been let down by anything from Alpine yet. Nice hop flavors and tropical fruit, great malt characteristic.

Preismj, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright brassy amber color with a good finger of Lucious off white head. Retention is solid.

S- holy mother of god this is freaking insane smelling. Smells insanely fresh hops. Intense pine and rich ruby red grapefruits(rind and pulp). Some mango and tropical fruit in there as well. Dank resiny hemp aromas in the middle. Some sweetness from the malt struggles to overcome the hops and leaves a hint on the finish.

T- big resiny hop flavor explodes like an a-bomb on the palate. Pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Hemp dank flavors in the middle. Slight sweetness and biscuity malt barely comes out after the utter hop assult. Finish is fresh hop flavor that lingers and lingers in the aftertaste. Tastes like hop pellets smell when I'm brewing. This is a hop revelation.

MF- thick resiny mouthfeel with a syrupy medium body and average carbonation.

D- despite the intense hoppiness this is insanely drinkable!

Overall this is one of the beat ipas I've ever had.

Viciousknishs, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of cbeer88
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip, another fine beer generously provided by Bennettrox in his crazy BIF box. No date, but fresh from very recent release.

Appearance: Poured to top of D in glass, about one finger of white head that doesn't stick around very long. Very nice lacing. Color is a dark golden orange that is extremely translucent.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and caramel. Kind of like pure hoppiness with a much stronger citrus whiff on the nose.

Taste: Well balanced between the pine, citrus, and malt. The alcohol comes through pretty strongly here, which I don't totally care for, but at 11% I can't really fault it for it. He is what he is. There is a strong sweet flavor throughout, yet still dry and super bitter on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfectly carbed. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly low, largely due to the 11% ABV. Otherwise it drinks pretty good, though the alcohol burn started to get to me a bit halfway through the glass.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Alpine. It's more complex than Pure Hoppiness, and ultimately it may be a better beer, but I thought Pure did a much better job at masking the alcohol. For that I prefer Pure, even though I rate Expo higher.

cbeer88, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of 2BDChicago
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Name says it all Deep Gold thats bright with a faint haze. The very soft, off-white foam is more of an accent.

S: A tropical, citrus rush. The most crisp and clear aroma I've face in a long time. Nothing muddles the focus of this aroma.

T: Fruit, fire, and flavor in a semi-sweet and slightly drying melt. It's a big brew, but opens loud but then gets subtle. Just when think it's over the top, other parts put all the pieces together. Not cloying, not over alcohol, not overly malt sweet. I really like the citrus smell and taste, like eating at a Florida citrus orchard breakfest bar, with the notes of sweet grapefruit lingering in the back of the mouth.

O: Maybe my case is worship from far, as it's hard to get this So-SoCal brewer's wares all the way to Chicago. But all the effort is worth it. I've never had an Alpine beer that wasn't the top of it's group (style or peers, or whatever). It's A rating in BA is deserved. And it challenges local hero, Bells Hopslam in the category, which says loads. I've got to visit this brewery.

2BDChicago, Aug 19, 2011
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.