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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,459
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003

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 nhindian
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle courtesy of jodan, thanks Jordan!

Got this along with some other nice West Coast IPAs in a trade earlier this week, but have been to sick to drink. Well, after watching the Pens collapse tonight I decided to anyway.

A - Pours a straw color with 2-fingers of rocky foam. This beer is one of the lightest IPAs I've seen, almost bordering on saison hues. Interestingly enough, it's opaque through the sides of the glass, but looking straight down it's crystal clear. Retention is pretty decent, but the lacing is a bit of a let down; just a few strands on the back of the glass.

S - The smell on this really threw me askew when I first inhaled. It's certainly big on the fruits and is incredibly refreshing. Think pool-side bar near the ocean in summer: Huge tropical fruits and citrus, ripe and juicy to the point of oozing. A nice change of pace is that while the typical grapefruit is here, I'm getting boatloads more orange and pineapple, and just the slightest hint of alcohol to draw similarities to an ice-cold Screwdriver. This would be the perfect summer beer despite it's high ABV. The dry-hopping works wonders in this beer.

T - Compared to the nose, the taste is more balanced, for better and for worse. I would've loved to see the uninhibited tropical explosion continue in the flavor, but the malts come through strongly to support them. Here I'm getting more of the typical hop flavors in bitter grapefruit, tangerine, slight pine, and a strong malt backbone. It has a dryness that accentuates the bitterness. The alcohol is present but not as strong as the 11% would suggest. Overall pretty sweet and juicy.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side. Definitely more full-bodied than other big IPAs I've had and it lingers for ages in the mouth. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but the last few drops take their time leaving the tongue.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I would love to try this extremely fresh to see how much more similar the taste would be to the nose, but as it stands now this is still an excellent IPA. Hides its alcohol well and is pushing the limits of how much fruit can be expressed in the nose. I will be seeking this in the future!

Photo of ratedz
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ultraman9000 for sending this in a box that arrived today! It immediately went into the fridge so I could enjoy it tonight.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a half inch off-white head. The majority of the head dissipated quickly, but a thin layer of bubbles remained across the majority of the beer.

S - Wow, this smells ridiculously good! Huge amounts of pineapple and citrus fruit blend with some piney notes.

T - After smelling the beer in my glass several times, I couldn't wait to take my first sip and it didn't disappoint. The sweet citrus and slightly bitter piney notes are very well balanced with a malty backbone. A bit of alcohol burn is noticeable on the back end.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp and easy to drink.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. I would buy EH on a regular basis if I could!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden in color with a thin white head.

S: Oh, sweet God. Absolutely out of this world. The first IPA I ever had from Alpine was O'Brien's IPA and I was blown away by how great it smelled. Until this one, none of their other beers had topped that one. This one is a hophead's wet dream. Huge pine hops and some good tropical sweetness.

T: I think I just jizzed my pants. I got to try this and Pliny the Younger on the same day. Needless to say- best day ever. Huge, huge, huge pine hop flavor with some subtle sweetness. A gorgeous beer.

Photo of zrab11
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Hazy Golden Orange color with a nice 2 finger head and good lacing

S- Has an awesome aroma. Smells of pine with pineapple and sweet citrus notes. Has good hoppiness smell also

T- WOW! Taste is even better than the smell. Has a wonderful sweetness that is not soo sweet that the hops don't shine though. This is EXceptionally balanced. Love the sweetness mixed with the piney flavors

M- Medium bodied, Very crisp and refreshing

D- Overall this is an outstanding beer. On the same plane as Fresh hopsslam but a step above. Love the balance and drinkability of this beer. It doesn't feel like ur drinking a 11%. Try his beer. You wont be disspointed with this DIPA

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

Thanks to Sideswipe for the bottle in one of the many awesome boxes he has sent my way.
Drinking this from a pint while cooking burgers at the grill on a GORGEOUS April afternoon in chicagoland.

A slightly hazy orangey gold color with 2 fingers of white head. Sticky rings of lace form the solid retention.
Smells great, as I know already from the several growlers I've had... Soft malt is dry and crackery with a light sugar cookie sweetness hiding in there. The hops are grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Very nice.

Taste is exactly as the nose had me hoping for-- mostly dry malts with huge tropical fruit hop notes. A drying towards the finish is something I associate with a little booziness and oak.

The body is medium-full with strong carbonation and a good oily vibe.

Overall, it's time to eat-- so I'll be brief. This is unimaginably tasty. I want more.

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to billinlafayette for this one in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and grapefruit hop. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, grapefruit, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent in my opinion. All of the aspects I love in a DIPA were present and accounted for. While this one had a lot going on in it, everything worked really well together on both the aroma and flavor of this one. Making this one fairly easy drinking for an 11% ABV brew. I was really glad to get my hands on this one as it has been on my Wants list since I joined the site (almost a year ago). Really hope to get to try it again in the future.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

S- Just amazing, fruits take over this aroma, citrus and pine come out, grapefruit, peaches, really sweet mixed with the bitter hoppy aroma. You get that malt backbone as well. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever come across.

T- Wow, the taste lives up to the aroma. Just delicious, well balanced, you get the malt taste at the back of your tongue with grapefruit, citrus, peaches and pine. Everything that you smelled you tasted.

M- A little thicker than most IPA's, medium mouth feel, goes down smooth.

O- Truly amazing, Alpine Beer Company really makes some of the best IPA's in the world. Better than PTE and Hopslam in my opinion

Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from MaltMilkshake. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with about a finger white head that stays around for a while. It leaves a thin ring that lasts throughout and very nice lacing.

S- This beer hits you hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is very dynamic and not as one dimensional as most DIPAs that are mostly grapefruit and pine.

T- Wow! Just like the smell there is plenty of grapefruit, pine and floral notes. Unlike the smell there is very surprising flavor of sweet malt that sets it apart from other DIPAs. The sweet malt along with the sweet fruits--apricot, tangerine and pineapple--do a wonderful job of balancing out the bitter hop flavor. For such a high alcohol content it is hardly noticeable.

M- This is what seals the deal for me. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other IPAs I have had and very creamy. Carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is amazing. The finish is not as drying as I was expecting...something very welcomed. It is really scary how easy this beer is to drink. Full bomber gone in one short sitting by myself and would have loved another.

If you haven't noticed from this review thus far, I am a very big fan of this beer. I am going to have to try to get another bottle soon. There is a 6 pack of Hopslam sitting in my fridge now. It's sad to think that those will be a little disappointing now...

Photo of wchollif
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kingkong for opening this one.

The last in our taste of DIPA night. This pours so light compared to the other DIPA's we had, but the thick one finger of head seemed to be right on for the style. The smell of this beer is worth the price, pure pine hops with a note of sweetness. The taste is great but a bit one note for me, piney from start to finish. Bitterness on the aftertaste was quite high, but I'm getting the alcohol. Overall a very good piney DIPA.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice darker but not IPA tan/bronze thing, with some ok head and nice lacing.

S - Malty hops and alcohol, hard to remember but not too piny more alcohol and hops side.

T - Malty hops and alcohol, not too piny or oakish, more blended/balanced.

M - Nice carbonation, medium fizz, goes down smooth.

O - Nice Super DIPA, but needs a little more pine taste I think, great for the percentage of alcohol hides some in there. Thumbs up!

Photo of starrdogg
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to pollox87 for this one - I got a chance to try this at a tasting a month ago and just HAD to get a bottle for myself.

The beer's only unimpressive aspect is the way it looks - it pours a nondescript clear yellowish-orange, but with a nice white head. Once you inhale the glorious aromas, this beer is all amazing the rest of the way. The beer has that glorious open hops smell that makes your mouth water with hints of pineapple. If the smell doesn't reel you in, the taste is where this beer shines. The beer is an incredible balance of fresh hops, citrus flavors and a little bit of sweetness with some nice bready malt flavor to back it up - just perfect. Oftentimes DIPAs this big can be syrupy, but this one is far from it, it's got a nice body which really presents the beer well.

Overall, this beer is flat-out fantastic, it's ridiculously smooth and easy to drink for being 11% (I drank a bomber pretty quickly and could've easily downed another). It's super hoppy, but there are so many other flavors to balance out the hops that the incredible balance makes this one of the best DIPAs out there.

Photo of dmsohyea
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vertical tasting with PtY, Nickel Bag, and Hop Suey. At O'Brien's 3/19/11.

A: Very light yellow in color, with a strong pearl white head with crazy retention. The beer is lighter in color than I would have expected, but has the most head retention I have ever seen on a TIPA.

S: Pine. I can't smell anything but a pine tree in this beer. Excellent.

T: Taste is abrasive, to say the least. Nothing but hops from start to finish. There may be some malty sweetness somewhere, but from my ruined palate, I would suggest this is just a fizzy hop tea. Leaves a sticky pine resin on your tongue and makes it so everything tastes like plastic for at least a few minutes. That being said, I still liked it.

M: Mouthfeel is really where this beer takes a hit. It has such a strong stinging quality upfront that sort of turns me off. But the bitter finish and low to nil alcohol flavor saves it. Don't get me wrong, even for a hop-head like myself, this beer was not easy to drink.

O: A solid brew that was just a bit hard to drink in large quantities. Forget trying to session this beer unless you would like your food to taste like rubber for the next couple days. If palate wrecking way their intention, they got exactly what they were going for.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.87/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice extra from my buddy Afksports. Thanks Brendan.

Poured into a brandy snifter from a bottle.

Pours a light gold amber. Light citrus and tropical fruit stabs your nostrils. Sweet sinful nectar. Flippin fantastic. When it hits your lips its just so good. Honey, hoppy, a hint of spiciness, and slightly boozy. Just plain awesome.

Of all the beers I had this evening, and there were several, this was bar none top dog. Line it up against Hopslam, and Abrasive this is the unscathed victor. Alpine has hit a grandslam with this one.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Freddie for this bottle. 22oz drank out of a crappy highball style glass. Living the hotel life this week...

A- Clear, golden color, with a touch of amber. A fairly light white soapy head forms, but falls off pretty quickly. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet malt and piney hops. I also get quite a bit of citrusy/grapefruity smells. The hops have a very fresh aroma.

T- Starts very smooth and malty, and transitions to a wonderful complex floral hoppy flavor. Notes of grapefruit and lemon, with more piney resin flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is awesome. Perfect blend of carbonation and body. It just rolls wonderfully on and off the tongue. The aftertaste is prominent, but not overwhelming.

D- It's a little big, but still very drinkable. Everytime I take a sip, it's like a whole new complex hoppy experience. This is probably my favorite of all the Alpine IPAs.

Photo of Jeffo
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Orange peel or amber orange when held to the light, but more tangerine orange otherwise. Perfectly clear with only a touch of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a wisp and a bubbly, soapy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some legs of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Awesome. Big nose straight from the pour. Pale malts with lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. Some pineapple and mound of citrus in there. Lots of hope everywhere. Just loads of pine and grapefruit. Piercing hop aroma. This is what a DIPA should smell like; a decent malt backbone with heaps of bold, hoppy aromas.

TASTE: Also awesome. Flavors are equally as bold and impressive as the nose, though the aftertaste needs just a tick more to be completely insane. Pale malts, some caramel malt as well, but the hops soon take center stage. Big pine and grapefruit there, with mounds of hoppy citrus flavors. Milder yet lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, with a touch of sweet melon as balance. A slight hint of oak from the ageing process as well. Just enough to be noticeable. Lots of hops and lots of flavor up front too. Some hop bombs have a big, bitter aftertaste but lack something up front. Not this. Exponential has lots of hop flavor up front and isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter. Again, a slightly bigger aftertaste would make this an 11, but this is absolutely stellar stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough to support the flavors, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of burn after the swallow. Does what it needs to do.

OVERALL: This brew is top of its class. The look and feel are average for the style, but the nose is ridiculously good and the taste completely insane. A slightly bolder aftertaste would give it top marks for flavor, but that is a minor complaint about what is otherwise a standard-setting beer. Enjoyable, stupidly drinkable, and style defining in my view. One I will have to track down again. Let's hope this one shows up here again at some point. Whole heartedly recommended.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Split four ways at a recent tasting with myself, bgthang, xpimptastikx, and orgasmicchemist.

Pours with a bright golden hue; clear and nicely carbonated, but fails to leave much more than a thin varnish of foam even with a vigorous swirl of my Ranger Creek tulip. The aroma is equally as bright, as floral, citrusy hop juices burst from the glass and greet the nose with greenery. Very aromatic IIPA, with a faint pale malt backbone, but late-addition hops steal the show.

Exponential Hoppiness has one of the most flavorful hop profiles of any beer I've tasted. Big, juicy, green, citrusy, floral, piny hop goodness coats the palate with slick, oily hop resins. The body is delicately crafted, finely carbonated, and not at all syrupy or heavy, while the alcohol is barely discernible. Drinks like a dream. A hoppy, hoppy dream...

A must-try for any lover of Humulus lupulus.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Clear golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves a temporary lacing.
S: Honey, grapefruit, earthy--not resinous, sweet orange and banana and strawberries... pretty good.
T: Pineapple. Like... fresh pineapple. Also, sweet honeycrisp apples. Gin alcohol buzz on the finish. A very mild orange or maybe grapefruit and a slight cheese, bordering cannabis, throughout. This is all right but it really doesn't have the complexity and depth I'd expect.
M: Moderately syrupy, with a quick frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Overall, it's good but not GREAT. There are quite a few better options for DIPAs.

Photo of ahalloin
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jonathan who has come through with some ridiculous generosity as of late! He's a saxy dude!

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is light gold in color with good clarity. A white crown of foam adorned the pour very well and receded to a slight ring that remained atop the beer throughout. Lacing grabbed the glass as the liquid level fell from persistent quaffing.

The smell of this beer is something to behold! Honestly, if you are reading this, put "Smell an Exponential Hoppiness" on your 'bucket list'. You won't be disappointed. Dank as all get out!! I love that! If I could give it a 5.5 out of 5, I would.

The taste compliments the smell quite nicely with crazy hop flavor. Sweet tangerine, grapefruit rind, weed, some pine....it's all here. A noticeable smooth sweet malt base supports the hops nicely and dangerously hides the 11% ABV.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and medium bodied. It is damned surprising that I get virtually NO alcohol heat from this beer. None!

That hidden alcohol contributes to this dangerously easy drinker.

I suppose it had to happen to me at some point. A straight 5-oh, I mean. This beer is quite incredible and needs to be had by anyone who considers themselves a hop head.

Photo of kdub87
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this for a while now. Thank Smokepot23!

Poured from a bomber into my dogfish head snifter.

A: Poured aggressively. Nice two finger head recedes leaving a nice layer of lacing covering the top. Looks like a model dipa in color. Golden straw maybe a tad darker.

S: Hops galore. Citrus and pine come through real strong. Smells like what I want every ipa to smell like. I don't want to take my nose away from the glass but knowing the possibilities I move on.

T: Wow. Just Like it smells. Hops all the way with a oily dry finish. Not as dry as most with this much hoppiness going on. Cannot detect the 11% at all. Smooth and delicious. Nothing I would change with this. Epitome of what I look for in a dipa.

M: Smooth through the whole thing. Light bodied, good carbonation leaves a nice sticky dry.

D: Beyond drinkable. The hops smooth out everything and make this beer what it is. Not super complex. Super hoppy and smooth and thats what I look for in dipas. I'd choose this over hopslam and the elder anytime where the abv wouldn't matter. The smoothness is spectacular when compared to the hops that come through. One of my favorites.

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

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

I'm pretty stoked about revisiting this brew, as I hear the recipe has been changed and the beer is much improved.

The beer is transparent and light orange in color, with a thick, white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is not kidding around. A powerful dose of hops and citrus in the nose and taste buds - no doubt this is an imperial IPA. Absolutely delicious with a great feel. This is 11% abv?!? Impressive. The finish is dry and filled with tangy, bitter hop goodness. This beer is highly drinkable, at least until I try to stand up. What an enormous improvement from the previous batch I tasted. Highly recommended.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was outstanding, blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this outstanding beer. This years batch. Think of this as tied with Silva Stout as my 200th review.

A: Great look with a clear orange bright body and a ring of white head and good sticky lacing. Super awesome fluffy head with a twirl.

S: Awesome killing hop aroma with a hefty malt base. Dank with mega citrus and pine hops in great harmony. Sugary malts are present as well as a drier biscuit malt. Just a nice OPEN hop smell that you always want to experience in a beer like this.

T: A very hoppy and sweet DIPA. Huge twist of citrus pine almost foresty hops with a fruit sugar malt base that compliments each other so well. I think of the label with the sides equalling out and thats hope I think of this beer in its balance. Tangerine, orange flavors mix in a confectionary way. Awesome! Top 5% big IPAs tastes.

M: Surprisingly not hot. Very nice over the palate, nice carbonation.

D: Awesome. A beer I'll look for each year, from a company I enjoy thoroughly.

Photo of johndoe8
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fear being labelled a homer, but honestly, this most recent batch is quite wonderful.

Last batch was a lot more malty... this batch, esp fresh, is just crisp hoppy nirvana.

The hops are much more pronounced, and it compares quite favorably to Pliny the Younger. Alpine scored this batch. Pliny the Younger only wins out slightly for a slightly better mouthfeel and much high drinkability.

I honestly preferred Bad Boy up to this point, but this most recent batch of Expo clearly destroys Bad Boy in my opinion.

Photo of gregshead
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 2/6/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: light golden color w a finger of head

S: tons of hops. A friend said he could smell the hops from a foot away. On the verge of nail polish smell but holds right under the threshold.

T: lots of grapefruit hops. As it warms the malts balance this one a little more. Their is some oak taste but it s very subtle. Jst lots and lots of delicious hops to overwhelm the taste buds

M: good carbonation. Some syrupy thickness. Feels like the hops are ripping the enamel straight off my teeth

D: I had three 8 oz pours before I realized this beers power. Otherwise you just drink this bitter beauty.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a darkness tulip on 2/25/11.

Pours a very light for a DIPA. Light golden orange. Looks less like a DIPA and more like a wheat beer.

Smells f*&^in awesome! Tons of pine and citrus hops fill my nose.

Taste is of hops of course and tons of citrus hops. I love it get me more.

Mouthfeel is perfect nice and light enough to bring you in but awesome leftover to lace the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. Get it while you can.

Photo of afksports
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company's Exponential Hoppiness. Yes...

More Double IPA's. I am making every review I do from now on about Imperial IPA's.

They're like Oscar winners. Mostly accessible, potentially complex, sometimes artistic, often well-executed, but ultimately just plain crowd-appealing.

"Expo" is another one. This 11% alcohol by volume beast of a beer pours out the bomber bottle with a deep orange clear hue and bright white head. It smells deeply and clearly of citrus hops. Two thirds sweet, one third puckery. Not much else. Just big and bold. The taste follows that up with more hops and a rich big bread pudding backbone to it that smooths it out.

Alpine has figured out a way to get 11% into a beer without anyone noticing, and this is sure it. There's no heat on the taste, no booze on the nose, and it's big bodied and easy to drink. The only problem is that it's a bit one-dimensional in what it does. I'm sure the complexity is there, but Expo puts on a show with citrus and malts, and that's about where it stopped for me.

Not that I'm complaining. I'd love to win an Oscar.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.