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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,372
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of Telix


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
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Thanks to dagspaceyo for this one! You da man!

Poured into Bruery snifter. Pours 1/2 finger of creamy white head. Decent retention after fading to a thin layer. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: HOLY Hopness. Massive amounts of floral, grassy, and earthy hops. Big amounts of fruits. I get a lot of oranges and apricots here. Big caramel malt backbone.

Taste: Wow, this is a unique beer. It is massive. Tons of hops, as described in the aroma. There is a hint of booze that I get out of this one. More of bready malts here to balance it out a slight bit. Lots of oranges, pineapples, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, and more bitter, with a slight amount of booze, which I expected. Medium to full bodied for an the style. Decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, it feels like I am eating massive amounts of flowers. This beer is an experience. Tons of flavor and huge bodied. I think this bomber should be split as 22 oz of this is a huge taste. A great beer though. I dig it for the amount of hops in here.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:11:06 | More by mothman
Photo of CrellMoset


4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of gregoryG, who went to the trouble of sending this one again after the first package encountered a terrible fate somewhere in the heartland. Many thanks to a great trader. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky and surprisingly unattractively-hued dull, muddy amber that collectively produces a color nearly shade of brown bottle glass. Holding this one up to the light does improve the hue somewhat - it's in actuality a dark ruddy amber, full of a huge amount of very fine, pinprick carbonation that rains up in thin, delicate curtains, almost like grains of sand in a big, beer-filled hourglass. What the color doesn't do for me, though, the head more than makes up for. It's big (but not enormous) and its immaculately creamy. A solid one finger of dense, rocky, and very lightly tanned head - sort of the color you'd imagine a DIPA of this hue to be, really - that has amazing retention, both surely because of the huge and well-distributed carbonation as well as what I'm sure are the exponential amount of hops in this one. The retention is seriously fantastic, and it leaves huge crystalline ice patterns spewed and strewn all across the sides, sticky, frothy, and foamy, exhibiting patterns similar to those you see on dunes at the beach during a really windy day, with successive sips resulting in new splashes of gorgeously expressive eruptions, as if a new gust of wind just came in, shook the proverbial Etch A Sketch, but left something equally as impressive. The color is my only real "knock" here.

Aroma: Beautifully bright and amazingly aromatic, a very earthy and sweet malt foundation underpins a gorgeous hop bouquet, fruity, floral, and wonderfully herbal ... ly. Tons of crisp, fresh herbs - spicy chives and rosemary are the first note you get, though they fade after repeated "sniffs," alongside juniper, and wintergreen - intermingle with spicy, sappy, sticky pine. Tobacco is fairly pungent, particularly as it warms (my nose fills in the gestalt with smoke, ironically), and the obligatory (and soon prominent) pineapple, grapefruit, and pithy, freshly squeezed orange juice. As this one nears room temperature, the pithy citrus and thick, leafy, almost pot-like (note: I have never smoked pot, but I have smelled it, and there are serious olfactories overlaps) in its musty thickness. Heavens.

Taste: Ahhh, sweet, sweet west coast DIPAs. There's really nothing like them. Like drinking a glass of freshly squeezed, overly sweetened, and marvelously bittered fruit juice. The underlying malt base is characterized by being fairly heavily caramelized but also decidedly on the sweet side of things, showcasing caramel, toffee, and ... well, I'm sure a bunch of other malt notes, but they're hardly what matters here. The bitterness is bold, smooth at the front, but pretty thrashingly tongue buckling near the middle and through til the finish, leaving a potent aftertaste. The hop profile is, of course, marvelous - a little less "west coasty" really than many west coast DIPAs, if I do say so. That is, in addition to the marvelous array of tropical fruits - huge ruby red grapefruit, sticky pineapple, peach, kiwi, strawberries, lychee, and surely tons of others beyond and in between these that I can't quite discern - you get definite leafy, chewy tobacco and earthy, woody, green herbal mint (from the hopback? the dry hopping?) that lend a tip of the hat to the east coast, and a mildly spicy but definitely estery spruce note. Stellar.

Mouthfeel: A relatively clean but harsh and biting brew. The carbonation in this one is what you expected from the appearance - plenty of fine, uplifting carbonation that results in this relatively thicker beer becoming a largely even, oily, smooth mouthcloud. It's good, with enough carbonation initially to make it pleasant.

Drinkability: Now this is a good west coast DIPA. At 10.5%, it's not gonna get above a 4.0, so let's get that out of the way right now. The rest of this beer is pretty fantastic, though it's almost (at some points) a little too oily, too bitter, too rough. It's nonetheless remarkably complex - a testament to what can be done with the hop when you treat her right - and impressively authentic, and one that I'm thrilled to have been able to try. About every possible note you can or should get out of a DIPA, if you take a good three hours to drink it like I did - it takes a serious investment to peel this one apart and dig the notes out of this biting bastard. Start distributing, Alpine - as far as west coast (D)IPAs go, you're the cream of the crop!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 05:40:27 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of gibby


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

Received a few bombers from goodspeed94. Thanks a lot Jon!

Poured a cloudy orange color with a puffy white 2 finger head. Was a clear pour until the bottom part of the bottle hits the glass. I get a bit of cut grass, citrus, pine and massive hops!! The smell is really fantastic. Taste is dominated by hops. Ever so slight hint of the oak chips is present and even a bit of sweetness. Great mouthfeel with a nice oily coating on the tongue. I polished off the bomber myself. If it wasn't 11% I may be able to have a second but most likely not. Very happy I had the chance to try yet another outstanding IPA from alpine. Hope they distribute to PA someday.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:44:49 | More by gibby
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4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dirty, murky orange. It wants to be nice and bright but the hops say not a chance. Small head with a cap of foam and mild lacing.

S- Soon as the cap was popped hops shot straight to my nose. Nose was all tropical fruit smelling hops. No alcohol detected at all. As I drank the hops just didn't make themselves known as much as in other IPA's. Maybe my nose can't smell in excess of 100 IBU's?

T- Big time HOPS! Very smooth with no harsh bitterness at all. Alpha acids just completely coat your tongue with the same tropical fruit flavors as in the nose. Oak chips do make their presence known, albeit very lightly. Just a great tasting beer all together. None of the 11% alcohol detected at all.

M- Perfect carbonation. Feels light and never gets in the way. Slick and smooth from all the hops. Not too thick and not too light. Really just perfect.

D- Very smooth and went down pretty easily. Drank the whole bomber by myself. I can't wait to share my other with a few friends who'll no doubt be as impressed as I am with this lovely triple IPA.

Thanks to powaypat for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 06:09:08 | More by hansgruber
Photo of alcstradamus


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

Pours a very dark color for an IPA, nearly brown. A finger of head with sticky lacing on top.

The smell is an absolute gigantic blast of fresh hops, a mixed bag of all varieties. Lots of pine and sweet candy along with some citrus and floral notes. This is a one trick pony...but it is an awesome, sinus cleansing trick.

The taste is surprisingly more balanced than expected. It is definitely a hop bomb, but the bitterness is not as high as I normally find with this much hop juice underneath. Some sweet caramel malt definitely makes itself known on top of the hops. Hugely flavorful, this is like sucking on a hop cone.

Mouthfeel is nearly full with lower levels of carbonation. Very oily.

I had actually started to grow tired of the IPA category because they were all beginning to blend together. But this has come along and shattered the mold. Extremely rich and satisfying. Definitely a world class DIPA and possibly the best I've had to date. Although I must be honest, it is starting to tread into the American Barleywine category.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:12:49 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of glid02


4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with loads of hops - citrus, herbal, pine, floral - with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms the pine and floral aromas stand out more than previously.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are joined by good amounts of pine and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild hints of vanilla enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the growler version (last year's) had more in-your-face hops and I preferred it slightly to this bottle version. Still, both are very good and well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:46:50 | More by glid02
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


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

Reviewed from a 4oz taster glass. Had a whole bottle a week ago. It's bringin back memories.

Pours a very clear amber clolor. Nice fluffy head. Very nice lacing.

Smells amazing. Lots of citrious and fruity hops. Smells of pineapple and peach. Some pine hops as well.

Tastes just as it smells with the hop fruits in the background and a nice strong hoppyness that is balanced well with the sweetness. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced with the dryness of the booze.

Mouthfeel is awesome. The frothness of the head that most good IPAs have is wonderful. Nice light carb.

Overall an awesome beer that I hope to have many more times.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:45:17 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I split this desired DIPA with my wife after a stout tasting night and it was a really nice way to end the evening. The beer pours a light copper color with a very nice 2 fingers of white foamy head. Leaves a good amount of foamy lacying on the glass as I consume it. The smell is very very hoppy. Citrus hops dominate the aroma with effervescent bubbley carbonation that kind of reminds me of champagne a little. I do detect subtle notes of sweet malt in the aroma as well....but it smells like a hop bomb. The flavor is a little more balanced than the nose and the maltiness does come through a little bit more to help balance out some of the intense hoppiness of the beer. Still extremely hoppy. I loved my first sip, didn't care much for the next couple, but as it warmed it actually became a bit easier to tolerate some of the hoppiness. The alcohol is disguised very well by the hops. I love the mouthfeel of this beer. As I mentions it almost has a champagne type quality and I can fee the bubbles in my most even as I hold the drink on my tongue....very cool. I like this IPA. I think I like Pure Hoppiness a bit more as its a balances a little better, but when you ask for a hop bomb you get one with this beer. Thanks javib458 for the great extra....very happy to check this one off my list. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 16:23:55 | More by HopHobo
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4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So excited to try this beer finally. Here goes...

A: pours dark golden brown with a very nice white, one finger fluffy head. Great thick lacing stick to the walls of the glass

S: WOW! The smell is wonderful. Like a massive west coast IPA should smell. Very dank. I get a lot of different things from it. Obviously hops, and lots of them. But I also pick up hints of oak, vanilla, pine, grapefruit, grass, mango, malts and more hoppy resins.

T: again, WOW! Taste like it smells. Tropical fruit mixed with piney hops and a strong malty undertone. More oak and vanilla mixed with spicy, piney hops. I'm really impressed with the oak presence on this. Almost as if it was oak aged.

M: chewy, thick, oily and wonderfully bitter on the tongue. would love to know what the IBU on this bad boy is. the bitterness blends well with the malts and perfect carbonation.

D: the alcohol content is amazingly well disguised on this. you can fell the alcohol as it warms the back of you throat on the way down in every drink. I could drink this every day if my tongue could take it.

Overall, absolutely incredible beer. Worthy triple IPA's are hard to come by and this one has set the bar very high. A must try for any hop lover!! Big thanks to powaypat for hooking me up with this hop monster.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 23:30:50 | More by CosmoHopHead
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Mikey711. I've wanted to try this for a long time, this went straight from the box to the freezer to my glass. The beer is clear, light copper colored, with a few fingers of wet head. The smell is so much better than I expected for a triple IPA, my only prior experience is probably Devil Dancer. Thankfully Alpine constructed their triple IPA with only pale malts, no addition of caramel in the aroma or taste. Loaded with citrus, grapefruit, maybe some other fruit like mangos and tropical whatnot. Very resiny and sticky in the mouth, sweet and pungent with hoppy acids, very very good. This was like fresh hops oil and candi sugar, good body but that's the only indication of the malt bill, exactly the way I like a strong DIPA or triple IPA to taste. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:23:28 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Head draws to a finger in height, then dissipates quickly.

Appearance is golden with a peach hue.

Nose is very herbaceous. Pine and grapefruit with slightest of vanilla creme and booze in the follow through.

Taste initially a giant oak carved hop hammer, smashing on every taste bud like whack a moles at Chuckie Cheese! Followed by a honey, slight sherbet, milk creme. Almost like a Good Humor bar!

The finish is a partially dry, acidic-hop, and oak, which lingers moderately.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 19:57:51 | More by chainsawhutch
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4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a creamy off-white head. Great retention all the way through.

Tons citrus and floral noted in the nose. Orange, pineapple, mango, pear. Juicy as all get out!

Big time hop character! Tastes like freshly squeezed juices at a breakfast bar. Heck, it tastes like fruit cocktail. Those tin cans you had as a kid... all the syrup residue that was left at the bottom of the tin that you slurped up gleefully. That's what this beer is. Add in a little freshly-squeeze tangerine juice and you have Expo.

Mouthfeel is great with perfect carbonation and insane drinkability. Been waiting a long time for this and it was worth the wait!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 06:08:10 | More by rudylaw
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New York

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

I got this brew from Smokepot23 for winning SNF Squares Week 11, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Hazed copper color with a white head that settled to a ring and left a few streaks of lacing.
The aroma is a blend of piney hop resin, some citrus hop, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol.
Oh my, the taste is quite a blend, piney almost tea-like hops upfront balanced out by the malt and then a burst of citrus hop bitterness takes you to a dry finish.
Medium bodied and very crisp for a DIPA.
Goes down a little too easy considering the abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 22:41:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in a shipment from Southbay Drugs. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber, slightly brown in color with a fluffy two finger white head. The head settled out to cling to the sides but left moderate lacing.

Aroma is very floral and sweet. It's very hoppy with a good citrus and orange aroma but it also has a malt sweetness to it with a lot of caramel aromas as well. Taste is very sweet with a lot of caramel. The hops give it a very nice citrus flavor with some grapefruit and orange flavors, and a little pine towards the finish. Definitely more sweetness than bitterness in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, especially for a beer over 10%.

Overall this was very good but not what I was expecting, there is a huge caramel sweetness to it that is almost as big as the hop flavor. The combination of very hoppy and sweet caramel was very good together though and I enjoyed the taste a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 19:44:02 | More by billab914
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3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color with one and a half fingers of thick, sticky white head.

Scent of peaches, mango, pineapple, banana, star fruit, sugars, light caramel, sweet hops, bread, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of cream. Very sweet, but not overly so, and with a nice hop presence, but not as strong as I was expecting. A great scent, overflowing with tropical fruit and hops.

Taste of caramel, sugars, sweet, spicy hops, mango, and pineapple. Too much caramel and maltiness combined with very little bitterness makes for one disappointing Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick with a good bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:07:15 | More by paco1029384756
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4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew shared by the always generous prototypic.

A - Color is a medium amber with a little orange in there as well. The off white head tops out at around a quarter inch and doesn't stick around for very long. Average amounts of lace stick to the sides of the glass. Carbonation appears to remain active for a while after pouring.

S - Starts out with a little grass and tobacco. They come in a short intense burst then fade very quickly. Next, lots of sweet orange. It's very sweet at this point, actually reminding me of a kind of orange flavored hard candy. Alcohol is present but relatively mild. Some caramel stops by at the end. Also detecting some white bread dough that seems to finish it off. Very nice.

T - Citrus pretty much dominates the flavor. Orange mostly with some bitter grapefruit as well. The bitterness that comes through about midway is sharp and definitely has a mouth puckering effect. There is no missing the malt backbone of this brew. Some caramel and toffee both have a showing. Alcohol is more noticeable in the flavor and keeps it all very warm. Still manageable though.

M - Nice, full body. Carbonation is just active enough to have an tickling effect. Finish is dry with a bitterness that just sets up camp on the palate.

D - Drinkability is pretty good for a brew this big. The bottle lists it as 11%. 11%? That's not what I would have guessed. It's a hop bomb, there is no question in that regards. 22 oz's could be a bit much for one person. I wouldn't mind trying my hand at it though. I hear that oak is involved in this beer but there is no oak to be found in my glass. Even though the bitterness can be a somewhat brutal at times...recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 05:16:52 | More by csmiley
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4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JessetheHut for the bottle.

Exponential Hoppiness pours a caramel brown color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it some orange highlights. A thin white head covers the surface. It doesn't quite rise to a finger in depth. It falls quickly to the surface and holds there for a bit. Lacing was moderate and sticky. Not bad at all.

The nose is good, but doesn't blow me away. It does have a nice citric hop presence. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange scents are fairly strong throughout. Caramel malts have almost an equally strong presence. They give it a very sweet smell. Kind of sugary in its own right. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't come through all that strong. It's blended pretty well for a 11% beer. It's a nice smelling beer. No question about that. It's not exactly jaw dropping though.

I'm waffling a little on the flavor. It's good. Very good. I really like the hop profile, whatever it is. It's full of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors. There's also a piney flavor that really complements the citrus flavors nicely. I love the hop flavor. There's even a floral aspect to them that I didn't pick up on the nose. I don't like the fact that it's not as bitter as it could be. That aspect seems to have been swallowed up by sweet caramel malt. Don't get me wrong, it has a bitter bite to it. But, I was expecting more. It doesn't ruin it by any means, but it takes away its edge to a degree. It's skewed in the hop direction, but not by a great deal. It has more balance than you might expect. Alcohol is blended pretty well. It is noted, but isn't warming or hot. It finishes sweet, citrusy, and a little dry.

It has a medium body that's nice and smooth. It initially felt too light but has grown more substantial with a few more degrees. It feels creamy and svelte. Very impressive. Drinkability is actually very high. I do like the flavor here quite a bit. It also goes down way too easy for such a big beer. It feels more like a 7-8% beer rather than 11%.

Exponential Hoppiness is good beer. I'm still wrestling with the "Triple IPA" concept and how much I like it. I'm not a big fan of caramel malt heavy DIPAs and that's even more of an issue with Triple IPAs (whatever that is). To be fair, this is good beer and I've enjoyed my share of the bottle. However, I think it pales in comparison to Pure Hoppiness. This one's good and is definitely recommended. But, if you're forced with a choice, go with Pure Hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:14:12 | More by prototypic
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South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A tropical paradise, this. Walking down the beach with fingers intertwined and a smile, the perfectly clear skies highlighting the orange sunset... a few wisps of cloud drifting by, but not tarrying, and we begin to skip through the waves, kicking water all over one another.
The wind wafts over us with the beautiful aromas of the island: Honeydew melon, pineapple, a faint bit of grapefruit, and some sweet alcohol rounding it out... but I thought they grew hops here? All I'm smelling is fruit, not the familiar grapefruit rind or pine tree... I cast a puzzled glance at her, she doesn't care, it's the farthest thing from her mind.
Then for the flavour... all of the fruits are there, to be sure, but overridden by a very impressive plant-like hop flavour, as if a low-alpha hop was dropped into the glass, you half expect to have to chew a bit. The fruity notes, however, seem to be much more prevalent than any malt characteristics, but it works very well, especially with the massive hop flavour. Not so much bitterness, but flavour.
I like this much more than the aroma. I have to smile as I kick some sand towards her. She smiles back.
The body is medium-thin but lightly syrupy, with a faintly warming finish and a clean, very lightly dry finish. And, one must admit, this is absolutely the most drinkable 11% beer ever made, at least in my experience. Too bad there isn't a higher score than 5.
It's an island paradise. A one-of-a-kind experience, to be sure. Strange and delicious. We wish these moments, these moments we live for... well, we wish they could last.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 15:14:23 | More by khiasmus
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4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of a generous BA... thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a dark amber body, with a large, creamy off-white head. Significant retention before crashing down to a respectable skim. Nice ring around the glass with sheet like lacing.

S: Massive bright citric and tropical fruits... grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango are most notable... a significant undercurrent of alcohol and sweet malts... almost warm glazed donut in character...

T: Incredibly bitter up front with all of the citric hop character from the nose plus some floral and pine as well... lots of sweet bready, bicuity malts... lots of booze shining through the back... this would get a five if the booze and malt sweetness were toned down just a tad.

M: Resinous, yet smooth throughout. Hearty, but not distracting carbonation. Not much of a bite in the finish because of the booze presence.

D: This is one massive brew. If I could describe this beer in one word it would be "experimental." Huge huge hops with no attempt at being balanced. A great idea, just pushed it a tad too far. Although, I started eating pretzels during the second half of the bomber and the boozeyness was diminished.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:23:18 | More by callmemickey
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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from Joey, thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into my hand blown San Tan pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium copper hue with a frothy two finger off-white head. A good dose of lace holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma is straight up dank. Sweet herb, sticky pine, and ripe grapefruit. Just a harmonious blend of hops with this, definitely nosegasm worthy for you hopheads. Some biscuit finds itself in the nose as well to help balance out the insane hops. Taste begins with succulent pineapple with a dash of evergreen. Midway the malts appear underneath orange peel and cane sugar. Aftertaste has some biscuit and more sticky icky, just great flavors from start to finish. A heavy medium body with a chewy feel and steady carbonation. The drinkability is pretty scary with this because it drinks like an IPA. The 10.5% abv is NOWHERE to be found. Definitely no Heady Topper, but still one of the best DIPA's I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:21:30 | More by BeerTruth
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been anticipating trying this one for quite some time

A: Slightly cloudy caramel colored beer. Lots of carbonation rushes up from the bottom of the glass. Head is only about a quarter inch thick but holds well at that level with nice rings left behind

S: As soon as I opend the bottle I could smell piny hops, sweet vanilla, and oak. There is also a nice floral note present, but not much citrus. Still very very hoppy smelling. As it warms the wood comes out even more along with some caramel notes.

T: Super piny and very oaky, but the two blend well together. Some floral and crisp herbal notes also present. A beer along the same lines of Burton Baton and Super kitty. The vanilla is very very present and leaves a lot of sweetness that at times does overshadow the hops. As it warms slightly more of the floral hops come out

M:Very nice creaminess, not heat present which was surprising and the flavors are all very rich and bold. Nice and smooth. The hops dont linger as much as other hopped up beers but certainly enjoyable

D: Very quaffable considering the abv. A great beer but not one that i necessarily need o chase down again

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 23:09:43 | More by mikey711
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New York

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

a - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a one-finger ivory head, good retention and lacing

s - surprisingly sweet malty aroma with a healthy dose of caramel malt and oak, no doubt there is a good amount of hops in the nose as well, lots of orange and grapefruit come through, moderate alcohol presence, some pine, the hops come out more as the beer warms

t - big sweet caramel malt flavor up front, some breadiness and earthiness, mid-palate has considerable bitter orange and grapefruit hop flavors, citrus bitterness lingers into the finish where notes of oak, earthiness and grass appear, slightly astringent alcohol as well, overall a much sweeter beer than most DIPAs I've tried

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol warming, fairly dry finish from the hop bitterness but the sweetness balances it out pretty well for a DIPA

d - not overly drinkable because you can tell the alcohol is there, but more well-balanced than most DIPAs if not sweet, complexity gives it drinkability points

Overall, another good IPA from Alpine. The oak has definitely mellowed out the hops a little bit. I find it to be a tad too sweet for my tastes - I like DIPAs to be a bit more hop forward.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 01:37:39 | More by WeisGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with one and a half fingers to thick foamy white head. Good retention and attractive lacing all around the glass. Aroma is loaded with spicy hops, pine, orange peel, oak, and alcohol tickle the nose. The taste is remarkable in how it meshes a mild sweetness along with the high level of hop character. This probably has something to do with the oak chips helping tie it all together. There is a tongue stinging amount of alpha acids here with gobs of pine and resin and a floral nuance. Personally the hop profile is a little too intense for my taste. Floral, alcoholic, cookielike finish. Medium to full bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Sticky. I like this beer, but the extremes are too accentuated for me... stinging hoppiness followed by sticky sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:51:33 | More by vacax
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a honey amber with about a finger of head. A nice ring persists with a little lacing.

S: Sweet ripe pineapple and floral hops. Very pleasant as I was expecting all hops.

T: Sugary citrus followed by a dry bitterness. Very complex and very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Leaves an oily feel.

D: The complexity seems to be hiding the abv as it is very drinkable. Big fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:15:08 | More by Popkas
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.