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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,408
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -10.1%

You could probably supply sufficient hops for a year's worth of bud light production with a glass of this stuff.

Appearance: Pours a nice straw-gold with a touch of amber, nice frothy head, some decent lacing

Smell: Big sticky, oily hops, followed by sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, pine, tangerine, lycee, apricot, hemp, and pineapple.

Taste: Very sticky and oily, with lots of hemp oil coming to the surface. Sweet malt with grapefruit, pine, citrus, tangerine, lycee, apricot, pineapple, turpentine. Very bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, oily and full. Very well carbonated growler, although almost overfilled. The carbonation is a bit prickly.

Drinkability: This is the first hoppy beer to have ever actually hurt my tongue. It is extremely astrigent and oily. Enjoyable for the hemp-hop head, but not highly drinkable. Not nearly as enjoyable as pliny the elder and pliny the younger.

craytonic, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured via growler into shaker pint on 4/18/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing this at a recent tasting.

A - Poured a clear amber body with sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation and solid two-finger frothy, milky white head that retained quite well and deposited thick lacing around the glass.

S - Super fresh hop nose with oak and woody notes and hints of sweet leafy tobacco... not to mention copious amounts of citrus hops as well as some piney accents. Some spiciness and alcohol notes also emerge as it warmed up. Wow! This is one dank, pungent DIPA nose.

T - Lots of citrus flavor up front with a backing of sweet caramel and bready malt. Piney accents also emerge with an apparent oak dryness and some spicy notes. A citrus rind character appears in the backend with a dry, pithy aspect.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and sticky texture. The softly carbonated body results in a very smooth mouthfeel overall. Finish is pretty dry with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Fresh and flavorful with an oak presence that is not over-the-top at all and provides a nice dryness to complement the aggressive hoppy character of this DIPA. Very unique and tasty to say the least. Glad I had the opportunity to try this draft-only release from Alpine.

ffejherb, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of kirok1999
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Why do all my recent reviews start with "Thanks to mcallister for sharing this one"? Pours a clear light orange with a nice rocky head of foam and a bit of nice lacing at each sip.
Smells just wonderful. Lots going on here. grapefruit is dominant but there's tons of sweet pine, orange, caramel, spice. One of the best noses on a beer I've ever had.
Taste falls a little short from the smell. Nice juicy citrus, lip sticking and smacking good but it seems some of the complex smells just don't come through. Slight carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. A real pleasure to drink and I would buy it if it were more available.

kirok1999, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a very clear golden color. Fluffy white head holds together for quite some time, leaving a nice patch of lace on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruit, soft pine and oak in the nose. Very juicy. Not a whole lot else going on in the nose, pretty light malt character.

Light malt up front, with a hint of oak. Some piney, grassy ans slight grapefruit flavors come out. Hops are certainly the showcase, and they do well without being overwhelming. A very clean DIPA.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, perhaps too well. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to Weibull for sending the growler!!

Pours a very clean golden color sporting a brilliant a brilliant white head that lasts for quite awhile. Leaves a thin tight lace around the glass. Amazing retention.

Nose is very nice and soft yet there is much going on. Grassy hops lead into a citrusy aroma followed by hints of oak. Very earthy hints of pine coming through. Etheral and a bit rustic even yet showing such a delicate aroma.

Again this is a soft delicate feminine DIPA. A biscuity malt backbone with some tannins from the oak. Hop flavors aren't overly aggressive but fit the bill nicely. Again very grassy, with a piney middle slightly sticky and resiny leading into citrusy grapefruit on the finish. Finish is long and alcohol is very well hidden. So laid back and just moderate carbonation make it creamy smooth. But not sure I want it for this style or what I was expecting. Drinkability is all day however.

mcallister, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lived off-white head that leaves bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is massive with a big, deep resinous pine hop smell that is almost more sweet than bitter combined with the tropical fruit presence of oranges and grapefruits.

The taste is spectacular with the massive pine hop bitterness up front that just hangs onto the palate as the bready malt backbone and citrus hops all pile on. I also seem to get an interesting spiciness that tingles the palate between sips...tough to identify. This is a seriously complex beer.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the fuller side of things with enough soft carbonation to carry all of the flavors that assault the palate. The flavors just stick to the tongue and build up after each sip.

This is one of the biggest DIPAs I've ever tasted. I'm not sure I've ever gotten so many different flavors in a beer of this style and I'm seriously impressed by this one. Pure Hoppiness is good, but this just blew me away. World class.

gford217, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev 0%

From a growler fresh from the brewery in SoCal. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with me Dyan. What a treat to try this exceptional beer.

The beer pours a bright gold amber color with great head retention and lacing. On the nose, Jeeze Loueeze!!! Talk about a DIPA nose with a capital D. A huge aroma of pine, dry citrus and tropical fruit erupts from my glass, letting me know that I am in for one extremely hoppy beer. The nose on this beer reminds me a bit of the Hop 15, except the pine aroma is even more pronounced. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although once again the flavor profile is dominated by the pine. There is also some noticeable citrus and tropical fruit, along with the long, bitter/hoppy finish. The finish, in fact, is very, very dry, which tends to enhance the beers drinkabiltiy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm not kidding myself.... I can tell it's right on up there.

This is a fabulous DIPA that is very much in the West Coast style. With the huge amount of pine and dry finish I can see where it might not be to everyone's taste, but it sure was to mine. Delicious stuff.

Thanks again Dyan!!!

John_M, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%

Huge thanks to Scott (hooliganlife) for a taste out of his growler!

Pour burnt orange with some remaining carbonation since this growler was cracked a couple of days ago. The noise on the about knocks me over! Huge pine/citrus notes just oozing out! Taste is lots of citrus and pine...gotta love all that hoppy goodness! Mouthfeel is great, smooth, medium body, and enough hops to blow your tastebuds out of the water! A couple of these a session would be enough for me. Pliny the Elder is a better overall DIPA, but this is a great one as well!

Sean9689, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Huge thanks to dOggnate for this one!
Poured from the growler into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange color with huge, frothy white head. Cool looking beer! Smell- tons of citrus! Orange, grapefruit, etc. Taste is similar- love the huge citrus taste. Some mint hints in there as well. Very sweet finish- some from the hops, some from the sweet malt backbone. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice, easy drinking dipa! Could drink it all night.

DrDogbeer, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%

I have to give a big, big thanks to a wonderful socal BA for sending this growler my way. It has been a long, long journey trying to track this one down. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/20/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Rich amber in color with a huge billowing white head on the top of it. Lots of coating side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the surface, reinforcing the head with each passing moment. The aroma was perfect. Huge floral hops that were as fresh as could be. Lots of sharp citrus notes, pineapple and bright grapefruit notes were totally leading the way here. So pungent, bright and sharp, it was absolutly just a wonder to behold. As I went in for my first taste I was anything but dissapointed. This was the biggest, baddest, and smoothest tasting DIPA I have ever run across. Such huge hops, some may say one sided, but this is the mouth shredder I would have wanted. It was huge, bad ass, and simply wonderful. Tons of ripe grapefruit just tearing my mouth apart with each sip. Super fresh and dry finish with a long, lingering sharp aftetaste. Smooth medium feel and wonderfully carbonated. I could not have asked for anything more.

Overall I have to say this was hands down one of the best beers I have ever had. It was simply top notch no matter how you look at it. A real pleasure to have and glad I was finally able to tackle this one.

mikesgroove, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending a growler of this to me. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of gorgeous yellow-tinged off-white foam with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent glowing golden orange color with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I could have gone for a touch more lacing but otherwise it's gorgeous.

S - Citrus and pine hop explosion. When I poured this brew I could smell it from like 2 feet away. There's loads of tropical fruits and some dank earthy tinges as well - not sure if those are from a certain hop or from the oak chipping. There's nary a trace of alcohol to be found. This definitely rivals the Kuhnhenn Extreme IPA in the smell department.

T - Tons of sweet citrus, tropical, and candied fruits - a lot like 16 Grit in that regard. There's also a touch of the dank weed and oak flavors early on that morph into more floral, melon, and vanilla notes the end. There is a shocking lack of bitterness to this brew - I'm almost disappointed - it took a good two glasses before it started to accumulate. Again, there's no trace of alcohol.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth, surprisingly moderate carbonation, medium body, and lots of residual stickiness. I'm getting slightly incoherent at this point, but in any case it is what I expect from a DIPA.

D - Other than the high ABV (which I can't taste) it has all the attributes of session brews - low carbonation, great taste, low bitterness, etc. This is one deceptive - other than the mounting buzz there is nothing to keep me from pounding this one down. I will be very sad when I finish this growler.

This is on par with the other great DIPAs (PtY, 16 Grit, etc.) - highly recommended!

MasterSki, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%

A thousand and one thanks to Jesse for picking up a growler of this brew for me. I will be hard-pressed to repay him.

Pours a bright golden orange. More gold than orange. Very unusual looking. An inch or so of white foam head.

Curiously understated floral bouquet. Pleasant, with a bit of pine.

Taste is strangely spicy, with a nice, tiny bit of tropical sweetness of mango ... maybe papaya ... and even a bit of malt. However, the overriding flavor is piney bitterness. This is a bitter beer. There's some balance ... in fact, it's surprisingly malty. The spiciness and pepperiness of it is a huge surprise. What is that? The alcohol is pretty noticeable, but doesn't detract too much.

Quite drinkable, very solid. This isn't the class of Dreadnaught or Pliny the Younger, though.

Overlord, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
3.95/5  rDev -11.2%

Tap at sd toro, and uber fresh. Great aroma. Nice rich complex hops, pine, spice, floral and only a touch tropical. Great upfront aroma and flavors. Not as rich and viscious as I usually enjoy. Mid is nice but starts to fade and the finish is short. Maybe the 10+ alc thins and cuts this down too early. It is pretty darn good, wish this was in bottle.

paytoplay, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%

poured into a pint glass from a growler!

A - trasnparent and golden with a 2 finger head. Good lacing all the way down.

S - Smells like the sap from a fresh cut pine tree. The grapefruit aroma is strong from the intense hop content.

T - Pure hops, but suprisingly smooth. Some compare this to Pliny, but I don't get it. Where I get some sweetness from pliny, there is not much, as a matter of fact it's smack you in the face bitter and delicious. Alcohol is barely tasted. Butter and heavy cream in the finish. This is top notch.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy as can be leaving the mouth coated and the taste lingering for a long time.

D - So damn drinkable, but to much could be dangerous, so I shall not drink the whole growler, the is Exceptional beer!

surfer4life, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours slightly cloudy light orange with no head. Aroma is heavy with pine and citrus. The taste is incredible. Full on hop assault with grapefruit and light sweetness. This taste remains with you throughout, but mellows due the oak chips (I presume). Very smooth, almost a syrupy mouthfeel. To date, the best Imperial IPA I've ever had.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest.

Poured a medium golden color with a small white head. Aromas and tastes of pines and citrus mixed in. Some malts to balance it out. Sweet with a nice bitter balance. Alcohol content well hidden. I really need to get this one again.

hopdog, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%

Thick clumps rock about a chunky cloud-like surface of white. The glass becomes entirely blanketed with honeycomb lacing. A sparkling gold shade. Consonance between clarity and glow produce a beer of absolutely pristine appearance. Beautiful.

Oh glorious hops! The smell is sharp and shoots right into your nostrils with notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and lemon scented cleaning product. The booze gives these an especially fiery and piercing character.

The flavour grants us those same notes of lemon custard, citrus, and orange creamsickles. The hops add citrus and the malts add sweetness, the balance is seamless. The oak wasn't apparent initially, but in time, would show up in very large part with an ounce of wood spice and a ton of buttery vanilla.

The alcohol never seemed to fully show up. The wood chips made the finish very dry and the mouthfeel exceptionally creamy. Really creamy. The hop acidity, high alcohol content, and buttery character from the wood all weigh in perfectly. I found it extremely drinkable.

This same brewery makes one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Now that I've tried their DIPA I have a tough time deciding which impresses me more. In both cases they cram a gluttonous level of hops into tasty, refreshing, well balanced beers.

One thing for sure: Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness is a refined DIPA. The use of oak gave the beer a very elegant disposition that makes it 'exponentially' exquisite for a style that is usually only about being 'in you face' hoppy. Impressive.

A huge thanks to Grub for sharing this growler!

biegaman, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Beautifully clear golden amber with small bits of sediment floating about - chunks of hops, perhaps? An inch of creamy white head forms and retains nicely.

Smell: A big dry hopped orange and grapefruit aroma is the first thing to greet my nose upon opening this one. Further inspection reveals a dry bready malt backbone - noticeable but not sweet. Resin, tobacco and a touch of oak add depth and complexity. Incredible nose on this stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel: Loaded with citrusy hop goodness, grapefruit being especially prominent, with a bit of lemon peel toward the finish. At almost 11% ABV, this is surprisingly light bodied, and it's not overly malty or sweet either. In that sense it reminds me of Russian River's Pliny the Younger. The malt backbone is just barely present, lending the faintest hint of sweetness along with a note of grain. There's a slight estery quality as well, subtle enough that it adds complexity without meddling with what's important: the hops. There's a ton of hop flavor here, and the bitterness is perfect - strong, but not harsh or astringent.

Drinkability: My pint went hilariously fast for a 10.5% beer, and I could probably drink another. I'd surely be tanked after that, though.

largadeer, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of grub
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%

srandycarter hooked me up with this one. my trip to california was just a little too late to catch this on tap, but randy was nice enough to save a growler for me. thanks!

64oz growler. sampled sept 1/08.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber with a huge rocky cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. orange. pine and grapefruit. tangerine. big buttery oak aroma from a distance, but more dominated by the hops up close. toasted white bread. light alcohol, but surely doesn't seem like nearly 11%.

taste is great. grapefruit. orange peel - almost like an orange oil. tangerine. toasted white bread with butter. light alcohol. bit of biscuit. just over medium bitterness level, a little lower than i expected. raw oak. bit of vanilla. slightly powdery hops. i really don't like the butter in this, but love the rest. after a while the hops seem to mostly overpower the butter, but it's still always lingering in the background.

mouthfeel is great. very well integrated medium carbonation level. just over medium body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is excellent. a near perfect balance of malt, hops, and alcohol that leaves only a fraction of the ABV visible. its only real fault in my eyes is the buttery component. i really don't enjoy butterscotch or heavy butter on food, so maybe it's more of a personal preference thing and i've tried to let the scores reflect that. overall still a great beer that i'm happy to have had the chance to try.

grub, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%

Again a big thanks to grub for making this one happen. Shared the growler on our last night in Cali, playing cards and reliving memories, great evening.

Pours a clear orangey gold, nice clarity, brilliant colour, thick and insanely chunky white head forms, drops lace like its going out of style, settles down to a thick layer and doesn't go away. Smell is very complex, a bit spicy, pine, grapefruit, sweet caramel and toasty malt middle, honey, oak, wood comes through underneath the hops, vanilla and oranges as well, balanced and complex, alcohol is there but it doesn't jump out. Taste is insane as well, lots of orange, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, caramel and honey, pine, spicy alcohol, all the elements come together nicely and really complement each other, the finish is dry and woody, balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty slick and goes down insanely well for such a big beer, very balanced and enjoyable. Drinkability is good but I think 1/3rd of the growler was the perfect amount for me. This one deserves the accolades, just a great take on a DIPA, many different elements and perfect balance. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Thanks to srandycarter for this growler! Shared with a few other BAs.

A-poured clear, orangey golden color, decent head which dissapated quickly.
S-Very interesting hop aroma, perfumy basil, vegetal hop smell, citrus smel, but also some piney scents. Very interesting.
T-Fantastic. Sweet with caramel, minty, hops, citrus flavors are there, pine hops show up, the oak starts to be noticed as well. Not very bitter on the finish at all but borderline sweet on the finish. So fresh but not astringent. No alcohol burn.
M-Med-full and creamy. Very nice.
T-I could have drank this all night and been happy. It tasted different every time I tasted it. Very unique and delicious.

hopsleeroy, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Growler thanks to hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Pours clearish golden with a white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is huge perfume-like hop aroma like fresh hop cones, a slight herbaceous smell and some slight vanilla/oak. Huge, sweet hoppy flavor. Fresh hops and pine cones all over the flavor. Vanilla and dry oakiness as well. So easy to drink this one, I could hardly tell it was 11%. Basically it was like squeezing juice right out of the hops into my mouth.

thickerfreakness, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Got a growler of this in a recent trade from seaoflament. Thanks huge amounts, Carlos! I hand-bottled 48oz, lost about 3oz in the process and the rest went into my Duvel tulop

A: Golden orange with a dense, two-finger off-white head. Great retention, gorgeous lacing. There's some stuff floating in here but this was the last bit from the growler. I must mention that the retention is awesome, especially for a >10% beer.

S: Hops, you say? Present in bucketloads! Pine and grapefruit present up front with plenty of floral notes with some orange and mango in the back. Reading other reviews (and laboring under the impression that this was a "triple IPA"), I kind of expected *some* malt but it's barely detectable here - just a little caramel present. This is *pungently* hoppy. As this warms up, it smells like a fucking fruit garden, it's absolutely ridiculous. The one thing i can't smell is oak, but hey, does it sound like I'm complaining?

T: Hey look, I've suddenly morphed into a school girl here. My sides are split in giggles, it's that good. Copious amounts of hop flavor with minimal bitterness (but ample) here. Flavors replicate the tropical fruit basket that the nose is with tons of grapefruit, orange, pine, mango and peach. Bitterness is mild, present, resiny and ample. Malt? Present, with just the right amount of sweetness to go with the fruity and floral hops. Definitely sweeter than the Pure Hoppiness but it tapers off fairly quickly, leaving a wonderful, dry finish

M: Resiny hops, light body, great carbonation, excellent bitterness - what's not to love? This isn't the resiniest (hey, there's a Dyan-ism) of IPAs but this is perfect

D: Ridiculous. Abso-fucking-lutely ridiculous. My pint's gone in 15 minutes and I'm craving more. Work tomorrow? Fuck it, I wish I'm embalmed in this hop nectar when they come for me in the AM.

Notes: And there you have it folks. Lives up to the hype (or lack thereof) in every which way. This just is my new favorite DIPA, over Pliny (barely). Massive thanks to Carlos for bringing this up as a "random" beer when discussing a trade. I owe you and big time.Score: 4.5+5+5+5+5 = 4.9/5

**2009 April release**

As pungently piney hoppy with as ridiculous a hop aroma with a more pronounced oak and vanilla component, this smells awesome (5/5) On the palate, though, it;s not as good. I'm tempted to say it's my recent exposure to Younger, a beer among men. Opens up with massive hop flavors - pine, grapefruit, citrus, pungently so. Excellent balance between sweetness and hop character, and a brilliant balance between bittering and flavor hops. Great hop flavor and aroma, just not as drinkable as the latest batch of Younger. Overall: 4.5+5+4.5+4.5+4.5 = 4.6/5

***2009 July release***

On tap at Hamilton's. My description stays the same, but I'd drop the scores to mirror the 2009 April release

DefenCorps, Aug 19, 2008
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4.95/5  rDev +11.2%

A HUGE thanks to srandycarter for sending a growler of this gem my way. I rewarded him well for this one, but it was worth EVERY dollar.

A: Pours a nice bright clear golden hue with a big tall rocky head. Tons of carbonation and sheet after sheet of lace holds on for dear life. Beautiful!

S: Nice bold aromas. Tons of sweetness pours from the glass. Georgia peaches clash with dried apricots. Hint of grapefuit is overcome by orange. Touches of grass, mango, and caramel malt round things out. Awesome!

T: Wow... I am in Love. This beer stands alone in greatness. I love my Pliny, I love my Peche, but this one is just as great and unique. What Pliny is to bitter, this is to sweet. The Yang to Pliny's Ying. Tons of fresh apricot and peach nectar blast your senses from the start. Hints of citrus come thru along with some caramel, and a big dose of oak. Sweet melon comes thru in the finish. If any beer deserves a 5 in taste this is it!.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Sexy as Hell!!!

D: I will now hanker for it. This is the beer I will dream of when I go to sleep.

Thanks Randy, This beer fucking ROCKS!!! My new #1 brew. If I were on death row, I would beg the warden for this one.

tpd975, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
5/5  rDev +12.4%

A big thanks goes to srandycarter for helping me out with a growler of this most excellent brew.

A clear and vibrant golden amber. Steady, solid carbonation and a nice inch thick white head to cap it off. Great retention and leaves layers of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell is heavenly. Very citrusy with a little pine sap. Lightly sugared with a touch of caramel. Has the grassy, green scents that Pure Hoppiness has underneath. Definitely an amped up version and it's looking good so far.

Taste is also amazing. Perfectly balanced by caramel malt and a very light biscuit flavor that comes along in the finish. It almost starts sweet, candy like sugared flavor but only for a second. The hops come on full force and I embrace them with joy. Great citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, orange, hints of pineapple and peach. The fresh green goodness is still along for the ride. Barely ever a hint of alcohol. Also for moments there is an interesting vegetable flavor, reminiscent of hoppy cucumbers. Don't ask.

The mouthfeel is pretty flawless. Not excessively bitter but definitely not thick with malt. Nice oily resinous texture along with great carbonation. Goes down so smooth with a dryness that is quite thirst quenching for a DIPA.

I think this may have replaced White Knuckle at the top of my list. I have a soft spot for DIPA's, that's for sure. The drinkability is through the roof. Finished off the growler last night with a little help, though I had to keep most of this gem to myself.

ncvbc, Aug 15, 2008
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.