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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,411
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Hop Monster uses multiple kettle hop additions with the technique of doubling the hop amount each addition (exponentially). Add in the hop back and the continuous dry hopping and your starting to get the picture. The beer is finished off with a "body-bag" sized hop-bag full of hop cones and oak chips. There it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a double strong, incredibly hoppy, yet drinkable beer.

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Photo of BTPete
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

BTPete, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -7%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of johnnieoz
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

johnnieoz, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

Lunch, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

younger35, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

jjayjaye, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of bret27
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

bret27, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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).

drabmuh, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of pwoods
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

pwoods, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

berkey, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

mjl21, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

TexIndy, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Ineedabeerhere, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Telix
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Telix, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

mothman, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev -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!

CrellMoset, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of gibby
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

gibby, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of hansgruber
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

hansgruber, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

alcstradamus, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

glid02, Jan 17, 2010
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

PeprSprYoFace, Jan 17, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -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!

HopHobo, Jan 16, 2010
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4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

CosmoHopHead, Jan 15, 2010
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.