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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,124
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,426
Gots: 66 | 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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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Photo of GPHarris
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer.

Photo of wedgie9
3.45/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of mechamifune
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the alpine brewpub.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of bronco94
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

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

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

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

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of rand
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 22 oz bomber to tulip glass

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of H1N1
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks again to jakekohut. I loved this.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The aromas was super piney and the floral hops really making a statemen. It had lots of citrus and grapefruit notes alongside oaky notes and a malt presence; very nice potent nose. Like the aroma the flavor was super piney with floral hops and citrus grapefruit that really help propel the overall bitterness but still had oaky, slight pineapple, and grass earthy accents. Well still being a huge hop bomb it also had a good malt backbone which balanced out the big hop punchiness. The brew was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a piney hop citric crsip and bitter finish. Regardless of all the hop mayhem it still drank wonderfull and is a great example of a west coast hop bomb. If your a hop head this is sure to punch you palate nice. Great job alpine.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. A self described triple IPA.

A - Pours a strong golden color with some light orange hues and a slight haze. There is a nice .5 inch head that pops up that is pretty dense and nice and white. It begins to recede immediately and leaves some ncie alcing as it goes down that is quite sticky. the head recedes and leaves a nice sticky ring around the glass.

S - Strong sweet grapefruit aroma with great citrus kick. This smells like a hop-bomb. Nice malt backbone is faint but there. Some slight pine but mostly a West Coast citric DIPA. Slight booze esters and warmth. There are some nice sweet fruity esters as well that include pineapple and some apple.

T - Wow. It is a hop-bomb and a booze bombe at that, which isn't a bad thing. Very sweet start composed of nice grapefruit and orange sweetness. Alcoholic sweetness and warmth is also present along with the fruit esters. After the hop explosion of flavor in your mouth there are some glimmers of bready malt present especially on the back end. These get quickly supplemented by some more citrus flavors and dryness. topped off by a nice oily and bitter finish.

M & D - Oily and medium-full body. Complex aromas and flavor with great alcoholic spice and warmth. Drinkability is kept in check by the ABV and the flavor intensity. Delicious brew.

Photo of regspeir
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (courtesy of a trade with stawn, a generous trader) poured into a Duvel snifter. Pour revealed a hazy orange-gold with a small off-white head which settled to a coating. Lacing was intense and lasted. Nose was intense grapefruit but in the background are some sweet malts (caramel) and some piney hops. Taste is first strong citrus (especially grapefruit), some slick pine, and then the sweetness of the malts - some bready, some caramel. This is is a hop bomb for sure, but incredibly well-balanced. The aftertaste is not mouth puckering bitterness, but a nice bitter edge to a sweet and fruity finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium with light carbonation. And warning - there is NO sense of anything CLOSE to 10.5% ABV. All-in-all, this is a world class beer. Even with my very high expectations, there was no disappointment. My wife, who doesn't like IPA's liked this. Great beer everyone should get to try. Now if Alpine would only get greedy and start pumping it out in the quantity that would allow it.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a finger of head.

Smells of loads of pine, hints of vanilla, orange blossoms and a bit doughy.

Tastes of pine, orange, tobacco, a touch of grapefruit, and woody oak. Sweet honey malts as well. Oak and pine are quite dominating. Altogether interesting taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, fairly well carbonated, and very crisp/dry.

A solid drink IIPA with almost no trace of alcohol.

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Toronado. I had tried this last year and I wasn't a big fan. So I had to give it a second chance.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a small white head.

S - Bursting with tropical fruit and citrusy hops that hit you with every sip. There was much more than I had noted last time.

T - Tropical fruit, citrus and a light bitterness. The alcohol is apparent but not enough to let you know it's 10.5%. There's much more balance between the hops and alcohol than my previous experience had indicated. Maybe this batch is fresher.

M - Oily and silky with a low carbonation.

D - I'm really glad I gave this one another try. It's still a bit strong for me but it's a flavorful, rich, complex beer that is very well done.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love casual Fridays. An opportunity to update the tasting list with notes from the past. Today's come from the Double IPA festival in 2006.

A much lighter than expected appearance, a hazy, yet somewhat vibrant yellow. A very sweet, citrus and pine aroma. I mean, I don't think I've smelled something so sugary AND hoppy. Quite nice and unique. We're talking like tropical citrus up in this.

Taste, a big beer, big on the hops, a little lower on the bitterness, alcohol is there, but far from overwhelming. Mouthfeel alternates between sticky and then gets dry thankfully. Nice. Would love to try and get a hold of this stuff in the bottle. One of the best breweries with very little distribution.

Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a very hazy orange/yellow with a big white head that fades leaving lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is excellent and full of tropical fruit aromas in the form of pineapple and mango. Damn this smells great.

T: The taste starts with pine, pineapple, and mango with a nice bitterness on the finish. There's a lot of sweet malt flavors in the background that add a nice base for the hop flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and medium - full bodied with an oily/resinous finish.

D: This is insanely drinkable for a 10% DIPA. Crisp and refreshing with tons of tropical fruit flavors which is just how I like 'em. I'd be drinking this all the time if it was available in my area.

I had this in my fridge for at least 3 months and it didn't seem to lose much in the way of hop flavor or aroma. Great DIPA.

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.
Large capped bottle, thanks to a kind BA at DLD.

Poured into aampling glass, golden in color, with a nice off white head that shows average retention.
Aroma is a hint of things to come, with a very strong malty backbone, more sweetness than hoppiness present. Citric fruits, but not a lot else round up the aroma.
Nearly full bodied, it shows heavy doses of malts and hops, with a lot of citric fruits, and a lot of caramel sweetness, but again, not a lot else.
This one, in my opinion, comes to prove yet again that just pouring large amounts of hops and malts does not make a great beer.

Photo of SykDoc
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one courtesy of brdc and with stoutsnipas, great gang and great beer, much thanks to both.

This beer pours a nice golden-amber color forming an almost 1/2 inch off-white head. Minimal lacing is left behind. It is somewhat translucent with noticeable carbonation.

The aroma is quite sweet with fruity and citrus notes up front and center. This is well balanced with a caramel malt sweetness.

The taste follows suit with a great blend of caramel malts with a strong punch of citrusy hops that includes some earthy notes. Alcohol is present but nicely covered by the flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a thick and sticky feel to it. The carbonation seemed a bit low. There is a pleasant lingering alcohol and hops dryness.

Overall, this is a very good beer. It has all the fundamental categories and highlights a few strengths that bring it to this level. Well balanced and something that should be enjoyed in moderation, as it will impair your palate and thinking if had in excess.

Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with a friend

A - dark amber in color with a nice creamy, light khaki colored head. some sticky lacing left behind.

S - very fruity and citrusy hops...candied oranges and pineapple, massive amount of rich sweet caramel and bready malt.

T - though the hops may have faded a bit this is still in that nice heavily-balanced DIPA area...reminiscent of East Coast DIPA's. citrusy and slightly piney hops backed by a strong caramel and fruity base. reminds me of a hop-heavy 90minute with more alcohol.

M - thick bodied and incredibly creamy. carbonation is light but playful. finishes with lingering pine and alcohol burn.

D - dangerously drinkable for the ABV. a great balanced DIPA that is hoppy enough to hold up over some time and please hop-heads.

Photo of flannelman808
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/orange in color; topped with a rocky, thick, foamy, mother of pearl colored head. Excellent lacing down the glass.

S: Big tropical fruit on the nose with some sweet candy qualities happening as well. Backed up with a little caramel.

T: Like a double version of Sculpin sort of. Mango and other tropical citrus before grapefruit. sweetness shows but it seems to come from fruity esters rather then sweet malty qualities which is a nice change for the style. carbonation helps keep it from being cloying as well.

M: thick but well carbonated.

D: high for the abv

Photo of avalon07
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. had an deep orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big, bold aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and pine. Very sharp, very sweet.

T: Tasted of hops first and foremost, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, and a woody quality mixed in. An extremely complex, fruity, hoppy beer. ABV% does pack something of a punch.

M: Lots of carbonation with a thick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Wow. A massive, likable, well made, drinkable beer.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.78/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Bobby8405. Word up Bob.

A - It first pours like flat orange cask ale, then it slowly develops a voluminous head and great lace, like a nitro-brew. Strange.

S - Quite grapefruit hoppy, and the malt has a grapefruit-rye pungency that is fairly dominant. Not the best aromatics.

T - The flavor is very much reminiscent of fresh American Barleywine. The hop is there, but so is huge malt and booze. The flavor is messy, to me. Grapefruit, raisins, licorice, flat-out maltiness, just a bunch of trainwrecking dynamics. I am not sure why I have such a differing viewpoint as to the quality of this brew, but I just don't see anything above mediocre in it.

M - Hot and sticky. A loser.

D - This is like the malt liquor of DIPA. Not recommended.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours relatively clear and well carbonated, deep/rich gold color with 1 3/4 fingers of sticky, pillowy, off-white foam. Retention was excellent as was the lace. Sheets and rings lined the inside of the glass.

S: Hops. Big time. Initial aroma was full of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, apricot, and a bit of mango. As it warms an impressive caramel malt aroma comes out to lay down a pleasantly sweet malt blanket over the hops.

T: Exactly as above. I was wowed by the the level of hoppiness and extremely impressed by the malty backbone layed down throughout this. Alcohol is there, barely.

M: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness. Either from the alcohol or the oak they brew this with. Probably both.

D: I was stunned to read on the label that this was packing 11%. Yes, it's big and outrageous, but the alcohol is not the alpha here. Huge hops and malt rule the roost!

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,124 ratings.