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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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933 Ratings
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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,371
Gots: 51 | 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.

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photomike

California

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

Big ups to whoever brought this to our tasting (Renny? Bret?)

Pours a very "Alpine" hazy golden color with a great creamy off white head that leaves lots of wet lacing. Pretty.

My notes on the aroma start with: "Man. AWESOME." Slightly herbal with lots of pine. Slightly spicy smelling with a boatload of orange/tangerine rind smell.

Peppery and piney with nice grapefruit citrus. Nice bitter finish, but not overwhelmingly bitter by any stretch. Very slight butteriness.

Slight heat (right on), lightly carbed, and an oily finish. Jeah.

Crazy tasty and drinkable for a beer of this size. I wouldn't have guessed this was over 8%.

Damn fine. Drink this or go to bed!!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:09:32 | More by photomike
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a hazy golden amber color, huge, thick, creamy, egg shell white head. Very solid retention, lingers for well over a minute leaving a thick coating of lace all over the glass.

S-the nose is pretty big and brings a lot of hops. A big resignous pine aroma starts it off with a nice amount of tropical fruits to accompany. Big grapefruit, some tangerine, and a touch of orange peel.

T-excellent representation of the style! Big hop taste through and through. It starts of with a good amount of piney hops and some floral esters. It then shifts to tropical fruits, appricot, tangerine, and a ton of grapefruit goodness/bitterness. The finish brings a slight bitter hop that lingers briefly in a very positive way

M-medium bodied and somewhat syrupy, almost chewy up front with an assertive carbonation, prickly on the back of the throat, rather dry crisp finish.

D-I could drink this all day, extremely good! This is right up there with the best of the bunch and I'd really like to compare it to PtY. Better chance of running it next to PtE, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 20:44:33 | More by cpetrone84
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bottle acquired in a recent trade with WeeObese. Thanks again man. I've had this in growler form but wanted to see how the bottled version compared.

Pours a very dark golden orange color that's almost brown with dark hazy golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy two finger white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chinks of soapy lacing behind.

Uber fresh dank oily hop aroma with lots of luscious citrus and tropical fruit notes. Slightly earthy with hints of pine and marrijuana buds, sweet alcohol and very subtle malt. Lots of orange peel, grapefruit and mango with sme pineapple and a boat load of more stocky resinous hops.

Chewy medium body which is on the fuller end of the spectrum with a lot of uber fresh juicy hop bite that lingers throughout. Plenty dry and bitter with a lot of earthy pine but this is balanced by some sweetness from the high ABV and subtle caramel malt and sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavor. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some mango and pineapple. Very well balanced and even though the hop flavors are prominent throughout I wish they were moreso. Slightly creamy with a bit too much of an alcohol presence toward the end of the palate. Very good and I actually liked this better than the fresher growled but I still enjoy Pure Hoppiness a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:01:48 | More by corby112
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Faintly fuzzy tangerine with golden honey accents and streams of energetic carbonation. The upper third of the glass is filled with ivory colored foam that is an appealing mixture of creaminess and sticky bubbles. Great glass coverage allows the appearance score to be rounded up rather than down.

Too bad that Alpine doesn't publish the hop bill. Juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit and zesty orange guarantee that the little green cones are of American origin. Nothing else will do in a 'San Diego Pale Ale'. Notes of caramel-butterscotch are slightly worrying... and they even pull even with the hops as the beer warms.

This offering has been on my short list of most-favored wants since my Pure Hoppiness review back in 2004. Amazing beer to the nth power could only be even more amazing, right? Well... not exactly. As the label implies, is EH equal to PH squared? No it isn't.

At this point in its lifespan (late December 2009 release) Exponential Hoppiness is not my kind of DIPA. And it isn't going to improve from this point forward, since alcohol mellowing will be accompanied by hop mellowing. Negatives include too much caramel, too much oak, too much alcohol harshness and not enough bright hop flavor. That last one is the biggest negative by far.

Alpine should know better than to give us yet another hoppy American barleywine rather than a true blue, pale malted, hopped-to-the-gills DIPA. Something akin to Russian River Pliny The Younger was expected, but that is definitely not what was delivered. Has this beer always tasted like this or did they change things up for the first bottling?

The mouthfeel is American big beer good. It's both firm and full, without being sappy or sticky. The carbonation isn't as rambunctious as feared. It adds just the right amount of energy without crossing the line into annoying.

Exponential Hoppiness is the biggest disappointment of the year so far and is exhibit 'A' in proving that ridiculous hopping rates do not always result in amazing beer... even from a brewery that knows what amazing beer is all about. It looks like Pure Hoppiness is still the king. Thanks to iowahawk for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:35:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bihartman

California

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

first tasted out of the refrigerator. Wait! ... beer opened up and was much nicer after it warmed up a bit.

Front nose was big, very floral.

Baked pear and apricots. full body, warm and smooth on the tongue... almost viscous.

Great bitter backend that is strong and crisp.

Lingering tones of burnt caramel that fades gracefully.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:37:53 | More by bihartman
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's alway an honor to tackle such a coveted beer. The beer has many of the characteristics of a Pliny The Elder but with the power that differentiates it but also detracts from the drinkability. Let's explore more...

A strong golden-light copper color gives a light haze and moderate carbonation. The hop additions give a nice even frothiness to the foamstance that covers the beer consistently from the first pour 'til the last.

Strong aromas of fragrant hops: citrusy grapefruit, orange zest, lemon grass, and secondary notes of pine, perfume, flowery notes and honey-like nectar fill the nose... strap this to my nose and leave me alone, I'll die happy. A background of malty substrate acts as a spring board for all those hop aromas.

Hop flavor also dominates the taste. All that citrus, pine, resiny, tropical mix comes more alive in the taste- especially as the beer warms. More estery fruitiness comes in with apples, appricots, mangos and begins to reach English ale proportions. Estery-alcohol blends bring about a solventy, rose, non-descript fruity alcohol blend that creates as much intrigue, comnplexity, and flavor as it does soapy, light fusal, and nail polish notes. Isn't is always a give and take?

The beer does a great job of seeking an elevated Double IPA status (...as a Triple IPA) without sacrificing the well-attenuated body with a dry finish that hurts most ultra-aggressive hoppy beers. Though the alcohols create confussion and eventually lead to a hard-to-drink character, the beer has enough mystery and intrigue to reel it back in.

On a side note: the light oak aging that is used in conjunction with the dry hops help to give a cotton-candy smoothness to the malts while tempering the malts just a tad (to sand off the rougher edges) and adding a marshmallow creamy malted milk note... reminds me of Double Bastard in the oak nature of the beer...

... aaahh, I hate to see this session end. IndiaPaleAle, you've given me great pleasure in sending me this beer. For this, I thank you!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 06:41:24 | More by BEERchitect
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Gtreid

Florida

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

Big thanks go out to gford217 for sending this one as part of the BA Bowling winning hauls. 22 oz. bomber poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Clear light copper color. The pour creates a two finger off white, fluffy head, that retains well, and leaves behind massive amounts of thick lace.

A: Pine resin, flowers, orange. I think just about every hop known to man was used in this brew. Good amount of caramely sweetness balances the nose nicely.

T: Sweet hop juice goodness. Citrus, caramel, and pine. Suprisingly well balanced given this is a triple IPA. The small amount of oak gives it an extremely smooth finish, with just a hint of the ABV warming the throat.

M: Pretty heavy for the style. Good amount of carbonation, thick and creamy.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average given the high ABV and huge hop profile. Overall I am pretty impresed by this brew. Really nice balance and just a ton of hops. Very good offering from the guys at Alpine. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:49:19 | More by Gtreid
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks goes out to Stawn for trading me this beer!

A: Pours a copper color with a bit of ruby hue to it. It is nice and hazy looking, and the head sticks around for a good while. The lacing clings nice and thick to the walls of the glass!

S: The nose is pungent and full of citrus fruit. Initially I am picking up a tangerine scent. Next, I pick up some pine and other dank hoppy qualities. The nose suggests a bready malt backbone.

T: The taste is just as the nose suggests. It's full of citrus fruits, starting off with nice tangerine and grapefruit flavors. I also pick up a minimal amount alcohol heat early on. The second sip was full of piney flavor. This beer has some danky hop qualities to it, which is pleasant. As the beer warms the tart white grapefruit flavor really pushes forward. The nose was spot on with a bready malt backbone. There is also oak in there, and as the beer warms it seems to smooth out the alcohol flavor. There is a solid amount of bitterness as well. --- I feel the score should be somewhere between 4 and 4.5 - adjusted smell up from 4/5 to 4.5/5 to accomodate.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel, but a bit undercarbonated.

D: This beer has a lot going on in it, which makes it a joy to work through. However, with the high abv this may be a one bomber per night beast of a beer! Overall, this beer may be a bit too sweet and a bit too hot for me to call this a top notch DIPA, but is still a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 22:08:13 | More by aglose45
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DNICE555

Connecticut

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

Bomber opened up for the superbowl in Woodbury.

A - Hazy Amber body with great head and lacing.

S - Fruity hops - smells amazing. I would have kept smelling my pint glass if I didn't get odd looks from all the people around me drinking bud light.

T - Citrus hops which are amazing. One of the best tasting DIPAS I've had except for Pliny.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Amazing - the bottle lists the ABV at 11%. The hops are huge but there is a citrusy sweetness to balance it out and make the alcohol impossible to detect. A hoppy beer with an 11 percent ABV could not be any more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 17:45:47 | More by DNICE555
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BTPete

New York

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

Was really excited about drinking this. Thanks Mikegroove. Had a couple friends over and split.

A: Clear copper/amber color. Nice head on my glass but more on mine than other two.

S: Really nice pine and floral bouquet with some citrus notes in there. Certainly a decent malt backbone on this one to get the ABV up there.

T: Once again nice piney notes but I also think that the oak mellows this out a bit and makes it a really nice and drinkable beer. It's sweet but not overly. We got into a "too sweet" discussion regarding really high ABV IPAs we agreed not overly sweet.

M: Nice carb on this one. I'd say spot on.

D: Too drinkable for 10.5% Like I said nice character, nice oakiness, and insanely drinkable overall. Wish I had more. Will try to seek out another bottle if possible.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 13:36:05 | More by BTPete
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womencantsail

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a finger's worth of white foam on top which has wonderful retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose on this beer is incredibly floral and piney. The hops do not provide as much in the way of citrus as many California IPAs, but this is more than made up for.

T: This is a wonderfully pungent and bitter IPA. There is a fair amount of grapefruit and orange, which is somewhat surprising due to the absence of these fruits in the nose. The finish is incredibly piney and bitter, but also has a noticeable alcoholic heat to it.

M: The body is full, but almost to a point of syrupy. Luckily there is fairly abundant carbonation after the initial pour, but as this begins to die down, things deteriorate a little bit.

D: This is certainly a fantastic DIPA and one that I'm glad I've been able to try a few times now. That said, it's just very noticeably alcoholic which takes away from the enjoyment a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 05:14:20 | More by womencantsail
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johnnieoz

Texas

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

22oz brown bomber without bottling date, 11% ABV

A lovely, lighter shade of amber crowned with a snowy, white lasting head that leaves wonderwalls of lacing. A beautiful brew.

Coniferous scents mixed in with mango, guava and grapefruit. There is a slight phenolic aroma that drags the marks down a tad. They will fade...

Very, very quaffable. A far maltier and juicier triple IPA than comparable brews over 11% abv. Searching the murky recessess of my fading memory and Avery's Maharaja comes to mind.

Carbonation and viscosity is spot on, and the finish leaves me pining for a little more.

Unlike many other higher ABV brews, EP=PH2 is not a sipper. It works that way - and it takes time to down - but it's also a quencher that will bowl you over. Beware.

One of the very best.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 04:03:52 | More by johnnieoz
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Lunch

Maryland

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/30/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark, golden, amber, with two fingers of an off-white head with decent retention and some sticky and patchy lacing.

S: Interesting? I was expected to be assaulted with hops in a similar fashion to HopSlam, but this is not the case. What we have here is a much more balanced DIPA or "TRIPA" with an assertive malt backbone that is quite sweet. Certainly a great presence of citrus, floral, and bitter hops, but not overpowering.

T: Again, the hops are there, but not in the way that I expected from a hopbomb. This being said the flavor profile is extremely tasty consisting some tropical citrus hops with a nice degree of bitterness and floral character, engulfed in a blanket of a sweet, caramel malt that reminds me just a bit of Moylan's Hopsickle. Quite nice, but not at all what I expected.

M: Full-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. Rather full at times, but in a good way and perhaps one of the best DIPAs from a mouthfeel perspective that I have had in some time.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but the sweetness and the high abv. do limited it slightly.

Overall this was a rather unique DIPA with great flavor that certainly surprised me. A very nice flavor, but don't expect the hop profile to blow your mind as this beer is surprisingly balanced. Thanks again Esther!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 17:16:05 | More by Lunch
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younger35

Minnesota

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

Received this brew from JessetheHutt over there on the Left Coast. Expo has been on my most wanted list for quite some time and I never had the ammo to score a growler because of the ridiculous shit. The regular Alpine IPA's are amazing. CAN NOT wait to taste this badboy. Drank from my Willimantic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super light orange with a decent half finger off-white creamy head. A beautiful cap and collar are maintained the entire beer but somehow not a lot of lacing is left.
Smell- Lightly floral and with a nice soft hoppiness that is different but good. Honestly the first thing that pops out at me is how much vanilla and cream I get in the nose. The wood really does its thing in the nose. Perhaps a touch of lilac and lavender amongst some orange peel and tarragon.
Taste- Starts somewhat harshly bitter but once my mouth acclimates it's full of big bold citrusy hoppy goodness. Loads of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple and pith of all kinds just explode out of the glass. Hoppy and dank as hell! As the beer warms the vanilla really comes out hardcore as the oak is fairly strong. Sort of remarkably strong considering its just oak chips that are used. The malt sneaks in toward the finish as well adding just a touch of caramel and nutty grain. The alcohol is hidden quite well considering the ABV.
Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body with a big oily richness from the crazy amount of hops and a super light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad. Not bad at all. Honestly at first I wasn't all that impressed but after it warmed slightly it was a wholly different beast. Good thing Jesse sent me three bombers because it took all 3 to figure this beer out. It's hoppy as hell and just as woody. Everything I was hoping it would be in the end. Thanks much Jesse!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 03:06:53 | More by younger35
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jjayjaye

New York

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

Pours a light hazy honey amber color with a huge two finger semi-loose foamy off white head that fades slowly leaving tons of Belgian lacing with each mouthful. The smell is an awesome aggressive and inviting; floral tropical citrus fruits with pine accents and a malty oak aged vanilla sweetness. Sweet tropical fruit and piny resin lace is offset by the strong malt and the vanilla character coming from the oak chips. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated medium full bodied creamy texture with an over the top grassy pine after taste that lingers well. Over 10% ABV this one is one hell of a drinker. Got this one from Geoi's people.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 16:57:38 | More by jjayjaye
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bret27

California

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

bottle courtesy of Diomede

S: Floral hop explosion. Every hop adjective you can think of. On top of that a little oak, oranges, a just a little sweetness.

A; Dark yellow/orange, decent to good.

T: Great balance of citrus and floral hops w/sweetness resembling vanilla and caramel. Not all that bitter. Don't taste the oak I smelled.

M/D: Pretty sweet and syrupy, residual sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. No etoh presence. Tastes like about 8%, so goes down really ez.

Overall: Impressive for sure. Just need to try this on tap for a true hop bitch-slap.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:31:45 | More by bret27
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illidurit

California

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours a clear dark gold color with a tan froth of suds. Aroma is dank hops, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, perfume, pine. The oak is also perceivable, but well integrated under the hops. Flavor is fruity hops and a slightly sharp caramel maltiness, doesn't quite live up to the aroma for me. A little sweet compared to their other IPAs. Bitterness isn't very high either, unfortunately. It could use more to cut through the malt and dry out the finish. Good, great even, but not up to Alpine IPA standards.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:43:52 | More by illidurit
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Received in a trade with stawn, thanks man.

Poured from a bottle into an arrogant bastard imperial pilsner glass. Beer is amber and slightly hazy, carbonation moderate to high. Forms a good one fingered white head of medium to small bubbles and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma isn't quite as hoppy as I expected but hops are all over it anyway. There is a malt sweetness to the aroma that underpins the mostly pine hop aroma.

Medium body, nice sweetness up front, not as bitter as expected but there is nice sweet fruit flavors throughout the palate. The beer is surprisingly drinkable, there is no heat or detectable alcohol at all in this beer. Second taste, bitterness grows but I think the sweetness is winning overall. When I lifted the glass to my mouth that time I got punched in the face with the hop aroma. The bitterness builds as almost an aftertaste as I drink. I love it though. Good DIPA (although I think my rDev is going to be negative for this review).

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 23:47:26 | More by drabmuh
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pwoods

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber/copper with some light ruby highlights and pretty good clarity. Decent head on the pour with a thick skim of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Good hop aroma. Citrus isn't as big as I'd expecting, the sweet malts seem to overbalance the citrus a bit. Still lots of pine and oils. Malts, again, are sweet and rich with caramel and toffee notes and maybe a dark fruitiness.

T/M: Bitterness isn't nearly as strong as I'd anticipated. Citrus and pine are tasty. The malts again seem to overbalance the hops a bit. Thick, rich, sweet with the caramel notes and some fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol squeaks out as it warms but overall it's surprisingly well hidden. Body is nearly full with average carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for 10.5% but not the hop monster triple IPA that I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:29:02 | More by pwoods
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berkey

California

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint-tulip hybrid. No freshness date listed.

The beer is a slightly hazy auburn amber color. Forms an extremely large and persistent off-white head. The dense and bubbly look of it has me flashing back to childhood root beer floats foaming over the edge of the glass. Leaves some of prettiest lacing I can think of.

Citrus is a big part of the aroma but it's not a grapefruit bomb like some West Coast DIPA's. I'm also getting a spice cabinet or potpourri character and a dry bitterness.

Flavor seems drier and more floral than the aroma. This is well played off a subdued but sweet and bready malt profile. Nice semi pungent bitterness and more spice on the aftertaste. Seemed to get slightly sweeter in a fruit juice type of way as it warmed. Fairly nuanced for such a huge beer, I never could have guessed this weighed in at 11 percent ABV.

The way the bitter, spicy, and sweet flavors are stacked against eachother 'house of cards' style along with the lack of obvious alcohol heat keeps drinkability high.

Overall a very unique and interesting beer but I like some of the other Alpine IPA's slightly more.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 05:35:26 | More by berkey
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mjl21

California

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

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 11%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear amber with golden orange highlights. It has a one and a half finger off white head that collapses to a nice layer. It leaves some sticky lace.

S-Not the West Coast hop bomb that I was expecting. There are the usual citrus hop aromas, but they don't smash my nose with intensity. There is also pine hops oozing out. The first glass had an aroma that reminded me of fresh baked cookies; the second glass did not have that aroma. It has an interesting zesty/spicy kick in it. As it nears the bottom I get some vanilla from the oak chips.

T-It starts with a balance of citrus and pine hops. It has a big malt bill that counters a lot of the hop bitterness and adds a level of sweetness that I did not find to be cloying. I taste a little of the vanilla from the oak chips. Every few sips there is a touch of booze, but overall it remains well blended into the beer. In between sips it has a lingering resiny pine aftertaste. The bitterness is really held in check on this one. I found this to be best after it had been in the glass for 30 minutes. It really needs time to open up.

M-Oily, chewy, and a comfortable soft level of carbonation.

D-The high abv was very well balanced and did not drink like an 11% beer. My expectations were extremely high. I was expecting an over the top citrus/pine bomb that had a reigned in bitterness level. The flavors were different than I expected, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Being as a bottle costs $11, I would rather buy two bottles of the Duet or Nelson.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 20:06:02 | More by mjl21
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mdfb79

New York

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark orangish-yellow color, with a decent amount of carbonation and a small amount of head. It is somewhat murky.

s - Hops jump right out at you. Smells strongly of pine and citrus.

t - Tastes very similar to the smell; lots of fruity/citrus and piney hops. A pretty good taste and you can not tell it is 11 ABV at all.
m - Feels very smooth and only a small amount of carbonation.

d - I actually thought it would be more bitter than it was. It smells and tastes of a lot of very different types of hops, but it is very tasty and smooth. It hides the 11% ABV very well, and I will definitely be having another one of these sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 16:38:47 | More by mdfb79
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TexIndy

Texas

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

Got directly from Alpine thru Ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass after getting to proper temperature. No dating info but picked up day of release. Was a slightly hazy orange color with slight carbonation. It had about a finger of off-white head that slowly settled to a thick collar and thin covering film. Great lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was great. Very hoppy from the c-hops and grapefruit with touch of pine but also very sweet from the caramel malt and tropical fruit (mango maybe). Enjoyed the tropical fruit addition and the malt smoothness but wouldn't have minded the balance leaning a bit more towards the hop. The taste follows the aroma and again very hoppy but also lots of sweet. The malt keeps the hop from dominating and smooths out the finish. Again, I enjoyed the taste and scored it to that but was a bit of a letdown on what I expected. The mouthfeel was creamy with good carbonation and a malty/grapefruit aftertaste. The 11% ABV never shows at all in the aroma or taste but you do feel it some at the end.

Overall, this is an exceptional 3xIPA even though it was a little sweeter than I expected. Ignoring expectations, it is an outstanding beer. Very drinkable and flavorwise could be a session beer but the 11% would catch up with you quickly. Very interesting beer and another homerun from Alpine. Rotation - not avail in TX so got from Ummagum and Milt. If here, a couple bottles a year for sure. As is, we'll try to get several each release.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:09:24 | More by TexIndy
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

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

Thanks to Javi for sending me this in the White Whale BIF.

Pours similar to their other two IPAs that I've had (thanks to Javier as well, Duet and Nelson), a bit darker perhaps. Kind of a rusted amber color. Nice head with great retention and a whisper of lace in my excelsior! tulip.

Mostly piney aromas. Some fresh cut grass and alcohol is there. A little woodiness. Hell this is like a whole tree...and the surrounding area. Definitely grassy and green. The taste has this hop profile (and a firm initial bitterness) but a considerable sweetness that was a bit surprising. Tons of malt adding body to this beer, and a little more fruitiness (apricot) than the hop aromas would suggest. This has a real serious mouthfeel, a bit chewy almost. Alcohol is just a little apparent, but definitely sneaky for 11%. Come to think of it, I didn't realize I was getting into an 11% bomber when I opened this by myself...however, I really had no trouble with it. Took it down with dinner in less than 45 min or so. A really nice double (triple?) ipa which I would love to visit again or try on tap at the source, glad I had the chance!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:50:31 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Telix

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine west coast beer from a trade with olibeer22. Poured from the bomber into a DFH chalice:

A: It pours fairly cloudy and opaque, with a brownish yellow color, and a small head that slips away. The carbonation isn't immediately evident, but there is a dense carbonation visible in the brew. Swirling the glass brings up quite a bit more carbonation, it looks like a whole new pour. The cloudiness isn't super nice, but as the beer warms in the bottle it pours more clearly.

S: Tropical fruits, candied apricot, lemon peel, maple, piney freshness, nice, fairly forward, and pretty different.

T: VERY different, and a bit odd initially. As I got accustomed to it, the beer slowly revealed itself. It's initially quite resinous, not quite solventy, but there is a sweet/spicy/zesty thing going on. The bitterness is amazingly controlled, with no tongue bite at all. There is a bit of mild alkalinity through the mid-palate, but it fades and gives way to a sweet finish. While still a bit chilled, there is a thinness on the edges that makes it not fully realized. LET THIS BEER WARM UP.

As it warms, the beer comes into its own, and gets solid. Some mild vanilla and oak flavors come out, and the finish gets warmer and boozier with some heat in the back of the mouth. It still has some odd, resinous tang, but it's more of a statement now, and one that speaks powerfully. The tropical fruits come out more with the warmth, as well, which I missed while it was cold. Fantastic.

M: Thick, creamy, chewy, and great. Perfect mouthfeel.

D: It took a bit of time for this beer to warm up to reach its peak - let it get warmer than you think it should! Once it warms up it integrates nicely and the flavors reach their peak. The controlled bitterness is unexpected and welcome, as so many huge IPAs let their alkaline flavors run free. Each sip reveals something new. A highly recommended big American IPA that takes some time to show its colors.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:20:52 | More by Telix
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.