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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
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

TurdFurgison, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of chainsawhutch
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Appearance is golden with a peach hue.

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

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

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

chainsawhutch, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of rudylaw
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

rudylaw, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

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

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

billab914, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

paco1029384756, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of csmiley
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another brew shared by the always generous prototypic.

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

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

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

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

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

csmiley, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JessetheHut for the bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

prototypic, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

khiasmus, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of a generous BA... thanks Jeff!

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

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

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

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

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

callmemickey, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of BeerTruth
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from Joey, thanks man!

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

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

BeerTruth, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of mikey711
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been anticipating trying this one for quite some time

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

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

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

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

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

mikey711, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

WeisGuy, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

vacax, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Popkas
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Popkas, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent, darker shade of golden with a one finger head that quickly recedes into a light lacing.

S: Hops up front, hops in the middle, backed up by a solid layer of hops. Did I mention hops? Srong tropical fruit notes - mango and papaya - with orange and some pine hints backing it up. If this was a perfume and a woman wore it around me, I'd be instantly smitten.

T: Up front is an earthier hops profile that gives way to the more tropical hops on the backend, with the aftertaste being a blend of the two. Remarkably well balanced for a beer named "Exponential Hoppiness", the hops provide plenty of bitterness and flavor without becoming overbearing or one-dimensional.

M: Smooth and creamy with a perfect level of carbonation. Coats the mouth with oily hints of hops, leaving you wanting more.

D: It's hard to rate an 11% beer as highly drinkable, but against the style and intent of the beer it's hard to knock it. The ABV is well hidden, it's balanced, and drinks ultra smooth. Certainly not something you can session (unless you want to end up passing out in a blissful hop-induced coma), but goes down far too easy.

Xul, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clear reddish hue with a 2 finger frothy head that leaves tons of lacing.

S- Smell is dominated by grapefuit and floral hops.

T- Very resiny, pine, grapefruit, bready, with an underlying berry tone and big alcohol notes on the back end.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This one didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I enjoyed it but just wouldn't put it at the same level as some of the other big DIPAs or "triple ipas"

Lothore, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Kaiser81
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a few weekends back from the Alpine brewery. Finally cracking one open. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a copper color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head settles after a little bit living a ring on top of the beer. There is great lace retention on the glass.

S - Definitive sweetness from the malts are present. I'm getting sweet tropical fruit, like peaches and/or mangoes...maybe sweet oranges. There are light grassy and floral notes from the hops as well.

T - There are some light and grassy notes up front, but no sweetness I'd have expected from the smell of the malts in the aroma. I'd say a light wood, probably pine, dominates the taste.
There is a bigtime boozy aftertaste...wow, didn't see that coming.

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very fitting of the style.

D - Not as good as I would hoped. I think the alcohol comes through too much, and the balance between malt and hops just isn't quite right. A little bit of a letdown after other amazing brews from Alpine.

Kaiser81, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle version finally released!

A - Light clear honey, small head leaves fast. Some cling lace remains.

S - HOPS HOPS HOPS. Some woody smell and small malt note and fruit mixed in.

T - Clubbed by hops. Pine and fruit, but mostly pine. Bitter end. Malt almost not enough to cover the bitter. Precarious balance.

M - Medium body, very coating, balance barely in check.

D - You have to be kidding. This will kick your butt pretty darned soon, and the taste will tire you out fast, as delicious as it is.

srandycarter, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium light copper with about a half finger of head and light lacing.

S - Citrus(Pineapple & Orange), Chocolate, white pepper, and slight brown sugar.

T - Slightly bitter citrus taste of orange and lemons. Also chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, and some carmel sweetness. There are some tannins from the amount of malt and hops in this beer.

M - Nice even carbonation feel and a little oily but perfect for a DIPA.

D - Very drinkable with very little alcohol taste even though it is 10.5%. I think this beer will be very different (but still good) aged for 6 months.

A very good balance IPA. Too bad they make so little of it. Had this beer on both growler(2 days old) and bottle(2 weeks later). I like the bottle better but growler was more complex.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

5-batch vertical on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego: 5/07, 12/07, 2/08, 8/08, 4/09.

Slightly hazy but mostly clear golden color with a small creamy white head and good lacing on the older vintages.

Fresh rough citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt. So simple yet so good.

Flavor is a little sweet pale malt and sugar along with loads of fresh citrusy hops. Older versions have some sour apple and a mild brett-like tartness - interesting and barleywine-like. This beer is best either fresh or about 2 years aged, not as good in between.

Great rough hoppy palate with medium body. Feels like you just sucked on a fresh hop cone.

Well, it's not like you're going to chug this beer. You sip it, you keep sipping it, and you love every second of it. Overall this is pretty awesome. Would love to try it super-fresh.

nickd717, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego in August 2009.

Pours a nice golden color with a good white head. The hops absolutely dominate the malts in the nose, but it's not quite as hoppy as I would have expected. The same is true of the taste, where everything just doesn't blend together as well as it could, and the hops shine through, but only give massive bitterness without as much of the beautiful hoppy taste that I enjoy. Not at all a bad taste, just not as good as I was expecting. The body was medium with moderate carbonation, and drinkability was good for a hop monster, but nothing too great.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd like to extend a big thank you to 0110x011 who hooked me up with a growler of this most sought after nectar!

Appearance: Transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Very Pliny like in the sense that this brew has lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes but not as much pine sap, lots more malt presence, and lots more floral hop smell.

Taste: An initial hop bitterness that opens up to a nice pale malt that blends flawlessly with some great oak notes from the oak chips used in the recipe. The next wave is all citrus hops and once the fruit flavor subsides a strong hop bitterness finishes this one off. Tip of the cap to Alpine for packing this much hop bitterness into a brew and keeping it from tasting astringent. The bitterness is well crafted and really enjoyable. Alpine does add a heavy dose of sugar sweetness to the brew to counterbalance the extreme bitterness and mask the high abv. The sugar sneaks up on you faster than the abv IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation (even after the 2 weeks it has been since it was poured) and smooth!

Drinkability: The 10.50% abv and the sugar are the only things holding me back from giving this excellent brew a higher drinkability rating.

Home Run Alpine!

koopa, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JessetheHutt for hooking me up with a growler of this bad-boy. I can knock this off the list of "apparently great beers I'll probably never get to try". Brought this growler up to the lake for Labor Day to share.

Getting growlers is always a crap shoot, & when I popped the cap Jesse had taped down well, there wasn't the slightest poof, & the beer looked dead. Uh oh. A moment later, relief: my careless pour in an effort to bring some life brought a slavering, foaming head surging out of the glass. Woohoo! Very pale beer with ample chunky head even after its travels. And oh, my, the nose. That, my friends, is hoppy perfection right there.

Exponential Hoppiness does not disappoint, & with a name like that, you have some living up to do. The hops come flowing out of the glass like a defensive line smashing through my mouth. Hops, hops, everywhere...oily hops. Vinous hops. Slippery hops. Hops shimmying & shaking. Harsh, bitter, angry hops. Damn. This is another one-trick pony, & if you don't like that trick, this won't do anything for you. I love it. The only slight knock is the lack of depth & complexity, but who gives a crap?

The alcohol is very well hidden. Didn't know what the ABV was, & surprised to see it at 10.5%, this went down like a routine IPA. Three of us had no problem at all polishing off the growler, & I could have had more. Drinkable like the nectar of Mars.

This is a remarkable beer. Read the rumour that it will be bottled eventually, & I would be very interested in finding out if this unique hop-monster survives the transformation from tap to glass. First-rate. Get your hands on this if you can.

maximum12, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of ledomelor
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego 16oz glass

A: Rich copper color, good clarity in the beer, not very cloudy one finger head and a little bit of lacing

S: A lot of flora and some citrus and pine hops. If any fruits were present in the aroma, they were overwhelmed by the hops.

T: HOPS! More piney hops in the palette then the flora in the aroma. In the background of the palette you can pick up some caramel and malts. Blends very well with the high alcohol and it sneaks up on you

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel, almost creamy and leaves a strong amount of lingering hoppyness in your mouth. Very good amount of natural carbonations

D: Hop Heads will find this beer very drinkable

Overall: I enjoyed this IIPA very much, I think it's my favorite from Alpine, which also has a very good selection of other great IPAs. I would recommend trying this beer if you see it on tap, although it's not available many placed

ledomelor, Aug 29, 2009
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.