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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

Exponential HoppinessExponential Hoppiness

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%


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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 20:41:53 | More by Jeffo
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Hendry

Vermont

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber orange,brisk carbonation, dense three finger upon an aggressive pour, Navajo white head that last a few minutes before becoming a permanent cap.Lacing is fantastic.

Aroma is a hint boozy but there is so much going on with this IIIPA. Layers of hops and hop flowers and oak on top of a firm malt bill to tame all that bitterness make for an interesting nose, and there is a distinct note of bready caramel sweetness, particularly as it warms.

Taste is that of a piney/citrus hop wallop, notes of tangerine, and thankfully, at least for my taste, the sweet malt apparent in the aroma takes the rumble seat to the hops. The bitterness from the hops and the aggressive dry hopping and addition of hop flowers ride beautifully over the top of the sweetish malts. A touch of booze is overall well hidden, particularly for that of a triple IPA.

Mouthfeel is a bright spot: crisp and relatively dry, a hint of sweetness overshadowed by genuine bitterness that lasts. Sprightly carbonation help dance the flavors across your palate without ever degenerating into a malty mess.

Overall, a well balanced and flavorful Triple IPA that really packs an alcohol wallop at 11% abv. The folks at Alpine have a knack for quality, and Exponential Hoppiness is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:10:07 | More by Hendry
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largadeer

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

09-09-2008 00:19:51 | More by largadeer
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magictrokini

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 19:58:31 | More by magictrokini
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a beer. Just had this on-tap at O'Briens and it's well-worth the hype.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with nice little head and lacing, but nothing too outstanding. The only thing about this beer that really wasn't world-class.

Smell: Like hops, hops, and more hops, and yet there was still the slightest hint of a breadiness in there as well. Very floral hops with some skunky pot character with it as well, smelled like some quite powerful stuff. Really almost a 5, just slightly off due to Pliny's being slightly more aromatic.

Taste: No complaints, this beer delivers. Fantastic hop character that my friend, who loves IPAs, deemed simply too hoppy. I know no such master. It was so fantastically powerful and yet I never felt like it was just hops, there was somehow a wonderful back-end coating that ended with a resinous citrus. Somehow, someway, this beer ended up with some malt taste as well. But this beer is all about the hops, and boy does it deliver. So many hop profiles, and while the balance in so skewed towards hops, it never felt like too much to handle.

Mouthfeel: Not too wet, but definitely a heavily resinous brew. If this were bottled, I'd imagine it'd be even more so than now. The tap carbonation helps it along quite well, but it's certainly a very hoppy beer that can't help but be sort-of wetter and thick.

Drinkability: What 10.5%? If you hadn't have told me, I'd have said a 7. Maybe an 8. This beer and I tangoed the night away and while I could've easily finished pint after pint, I had to drive home and one was my cutoff. Fantastic, not quite Pliny the Elder heights as far as balance and simple perfection, but an overwhelmingly hoppy, excellent beer that is everything it claims to be, plain and simple.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 03:30:02 | More by nomomentwasted
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 06:08:10 | More by rudylaw
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a pale golden yellow color, slightly hazy in the center. A smooth white head retains nicely and leaves chunky lace down the glass. Lots of reaffirming carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A ton of hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine, and herbal aromas, in that order.

Taste: A burst of light malty sweetness, then hops for the duration of each sip. Citrus hits me first, with caramelized pineapple and candied grapefruit, but there are more pine and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a bit of crisp carbonation. This has a medium to full body, although I was expecting fuller just from the ABV. Very smooth. The full carbonation keeps the beer fresh and avoids the overly sticky trap some DIPA's fall into.

Drinkability: So smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With a boat load of hops, I could get into quite a few glasses of this.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2011 22:45:40 | More by KickInTheChalice
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FosterJM

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

271st review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A huge two finger head that was pretty resigned to stick around for a bit. A nice golden orange with yellow highlights. Scattered lacing as well.

Smell- I was suprised at the aroma of this one. Some light hops and some tropical and citrusy fruits. A touch lemony to me. A little bit of cream soda.

Drink- This was very good. Was a big and creamy 11% monster. The ABV is well masked and has a nice hop spice with a little dryness.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level. A creamy aftertaste with well rounded flavor profile.

Drink- This was a big beer. I would attempt to drink another but would want to walk afterwards. This was tasty, complex and very creamy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 05:13:28 | More by FosterJM
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:56:50 | More by nhindian
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brian44556

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Hats off to Sixofsigmas for the awesome trade. No dating on the bottle, but this one is fresh.

Pours a hazy, honey orange, with a 2 finger, frothy white head. Great lacing left on the sides of the glass. One of the best looking heads I have ever witnessed on a DIPA. The smell is citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, all from the strong hops. This beer is sitting 3 feet from me as I review and the smell from it is still overwhelming. Taste is bitter citrus with a great sweet malt backbone. The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a great crisp, finish. All I can say is...WOW. This may be the best DIPA I have had. It is a shame this one may only come around once a year (if I'm lucky). This ranks up with HopSlam, Pliny, etc as a top tier DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:11:20 | More by brian44556
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drowland

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this out of a 22oz bomber - This was pretty good but I was a little disappointed. Hoppy, but a little malty, perhaps a little old. Wow, just had a fresh growler (thanks, Dakine!) and it’s WAY better. Amazing tropical fruits, hemp, a lot going on. So much better than the bottle... awesome!

Serving type: growler

02-05-2012 22:08:27 | More by drowland
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in trade with danielcurtis81. Thanks a ton for the opportunity to try this one!! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with a touch of orange color. A 1 finger white head forms and last for a short time. Dissipates to a layer of bubbles on the surface and a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Some subtle lacing forms on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer. Can't get over how clear and pale this beer is.

S - Very upfront but smooth citrus and pine aromas. The faintest aroma of bready malt makes an appearance, but can barely get past the fresh hops. A hop lovers dream...smells almost identical to PtE to me...so excellent.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Loaded with citrus and pine. More malt definitely comes thru in the taste as compared to the aroma. Good sweet malt backbone that holds up against the hops. Wouldn't really say the malt balances things out. Hops are definitely the focus. Good, sharp and tight bitterness, and lots of citrus and pine flavors. To me, this beer is very similar to PtE...difference is the malty sweetness present here and definitely more noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect the alcohol in the flavor, but it hits me on the inhale during every sip...doesn't detract from the beer at all.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation has a very unique feel. Hate to keep comparing this to PtE but they are quite similar. Both beers have an extremely fine, tiny bubbled carbonation that I haven't found in other beers. Has a creaminess but with still some prickly bite to it as well. I really like this quality...wish I knew what these breweries do to create this effect.

D - For a beer that is 10.5%, this is really smooth. I'm sure I'd regret it in the morning, but I feel like I could drink this all night. Really smooth...great hop flavor, alcohol is well hidden...very nice all around.

Wow!!! Amazing beer - this one definitely lived up to the hype. Really glad I was able to try this. Gotta find a way to get more of this! Thanks again Dan!

Serving type: growler

08-01-2009 02:29:56 | More by portia99
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Gobzilla

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 07:06:15 | More by Gobzilla
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 02:35:21 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to dmsohyea for once again hooking me up with some great west coast stuff including this one! No freshness info but it was bottled around 3 weeks ago I believe. Enjoyed on 08/11/11.

A - Beautiful beer. Clear bright gold color with a half finger white head. Leaves surprisingly good lacing for an 11% beer.

S - Literally smells like fresh fruit. Grapefruit, mango, citrus, tangerine, wow this is good. Some alcohol and sugary sweet malts are also present in the background.

T - Follows the nose. Incredibly fruity hops. Not overly bitter as I expected from the description on the label. Not much piney bitterness to speak of, it's just some sweet malts, hints of alcohol and a lot of fruity hoppiness. Balanced up front and then a huge hit of grapefruit and citrus on the back end. Finishes with some alcohol burn also.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this strength.

O - When I saw a "Which is better: Pliny or Expo" thread a few weeks ago, I laughed thinking there would be no contest. But wow, this beer surprised me. Actually holds its own against Pliny which few beers can do. Great stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 20:25:46 | More by Janderson91
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rawfish

California

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold into a tulip forming a two finger high head of tight white bubbles. Rings of lacing follows average retention. Attractive beer.

Pungent and room filling aroma. Tropical and floral notes waft out of the glass. When you really get your nose into it there's a deep pungent mango, pine and citrus hop aroma. Malts and the oak chips really don't make much of an impact just really great IPA aroma.

Solid malt back bone that stays balanced despite the explosion of pungent pine and citrus rind hops. Hops are dominated by orange, grapefruit rind and pine. In the middle of the drink there is some earthiness and vanilla tones which I assume are from the oak chips. Mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of dried pineapple and lychee as the beer dries.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A little chalky dryness that gets tiresome at the end of the bottle. Really impressive for an 11% alcohol volume.

Triple IPA, such a challenge to get the alcohol feel down while still showcasing the brilliant bold hops without going overboard on the malts. Alpine brews creatively and ultimately does it right. Bold room filling aroma, the oak chips set it apart from the norm of pine/citrus ipas. 11% abv is well hidden, but I sure am feeling it. Thankful to get to try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:38:39 | More by rawfish
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Auracom

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How fitting, the guy that deserves a huge thanks for getting this to me is the reviewer right below me. Muchos gracias, John!

22 oz. bottle poured on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Hazy, medium orange coloring. Super fluffy, creamy, white, two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Visually, this is a hefty DIPA (or rather, a hefty TIPA?)

S - Dank, heaps of citrus, pine, grapefruit, brown sugar, giant malts, slight alcohol.

T - Nuances abound here. The hops are certainly contained, perhaps recessed. Massive candied malts, caramel. Plentiful tropical notes of virtually every fruit you could name, honey, graham crackers. No alcohol warming but I sense the absolute lightest touch of it in the taste.

M - Very creamy. Medium body. Medium-high carbonation, which is helpful to push the massive amount of flavor through. Lingering sweet finish.

D - It's amazingly balanced considering the depth of the flavor profile. Stupidly drinkable. I do wonder, how close would this be to an excellently-balanced American Barleywine?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 15:16:22 | More by Auracom
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my buddy Doug for bringing this one back from CA his last trip out. Had this in March of 2013. Poured into a snifter...

A - Golden amber colored beer with a bout a fingers worth of bone white head. VERY sticky lacing around the glass - not surprised.

S - Holy hops! Huge amount of grassy, earthy, hops up front. Some slight booze is there along with some oak undertones. VERY dank and hoppy full of citrus and pine notes coming through.

T - Extremely grassy and earthy hops here. Floral, pine, citrus - everything hoppy comes through on the taste. Some slight oak presence as well. The malts stand up to the hops, but the hops still take the stage here. Nice and crisp in the flavor with some bready malts making themselves known.

M - Medium bodied beer with a moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, and oily just as it should be. Some slight booze is noticeable on the backend of the beer.

O - Really phenomenal beer. Such a tremendous blend of earthy, grassy hops. Really well done and certainly stood out to me as a great DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:16:53 | More by KAP1356
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a nearly clear dark golden color, topped with a finger of creamy white head.

S- Damn I love Alpine's IPAs. Loads and loads of pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit, as well as a really awesome dank, garlicy, earthy hop aroma.

T- The hops are back in the flavor, loads of pine and citrus and tropical fruit, but again it's the earthy, dank weed/garlic flavor that makes this as awesome as it is. There's more caramel malt than was noticeable in the aroma, which balances it nicely.

M- Medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O- Another fabulous DIPA from Alpine, the hop flavors are amazing as always, it's maybe a bit sweeter and less dry than others like Bad Boy, but it's a damn fine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:34:06 | More by WillCarrera
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OStrungT

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an clear looking orangish color with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowle, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very aggressive piney hop aroma. Behind that, I smell some grassy hops. A citrus aroma is also present. Any other aromas are hidden behind the massive hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A very aggressive hop flavor. Mostly piney hops. Some citrus hop flavor is also present. I taste grapefruit. The alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor.

This beer is very full bodied, and aggressive. It leaves a very hoppy aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is very aggressive, and it is high in alcohol. It tastes great, however, and I think I could drink a lot.

Overall: I love this beer. Everything from Alpine is great, and this is no exception.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2007 03:41:32 | More by OStrungT
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dfillius

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's Pub.
A: 3/4 finger head. Cloudy orangey-yellow with greenish edges. A couple floaty bits in it. Terrific head retention! Really tight foam. Only negative was color.
S: A lactosey creaminess. Dank, marijuana smell, piney as well with notes of candy corn coming through later.
T: Smooth entrance with hops easing their way in. Some cooked veggie/carrot taste was the only negative.
M: Mouth watering opening with bitter hops following, but oh so well balanced!
D: Pretty strong, but delicious!

Serving type: cask

01-18-2008 06:17:24 | More by dfillius
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: growler

09-04-2008 18:01:22 | More by Viggo
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Xul

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 11:36:28 | More by Xul
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 15:14:23 | More by khiasmus
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Telix

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine west coast beer from a trade with olibeer22. Poured from the bomber into a DFH chalice:

A: It pours fairly cloudy and opaque, with a brownish yellow color, and a small head that slips away. The carbonation isn't immediately evident, but there is a dense carbonation visible in the brew. Swirling the glass brings up quite a bit more carbonation, it looks like a whole new pour. The cloudiness isn't super nice, but as the beer warms in the bottle it pours more clearly.

S: Tropical fruits, candied apricot, lemon peel, maple, piney freshness, nice, fairly forward, and pretty different.

T: VERY different, and a bit odd initially. As I got accustomed to it, the beer slowly revealed itself. It's initially quite resinous, not quite solventy, but there is a sweet/spicy/zesty thing going on. The bitterness is amazingly controlled, with no tongue bite at all. There is a bit of mild alkalinity through the mid-palate, but it fades and gives way to a sweet finish. While still a bit chilled, there is a thinness on the edges that makes it not fully realized. LET THIS BEER WARM UP.

As it warms, the beer comes into its own, and gets solid. Some mild vanilla and oak flavors come out, and the finish gets warmer and boozier with some heat in the back of the mouth. It still has some odd, resinous tang, but it's more of a statement now, and one that speaks powerfully. The tropical fruits come out more with the warmth, as well, which I missed while it was cold. Fantastic.

M: Thick, creamy, chewy, and great. Perfect mouthfeel.

D: It took a bit of time for this beer to warm up to reach its peak - let it get warmer than you think it should! Once it warms up it integrates nicely and the flavors reach their peak. The controlled bitterness is unexpected and welcome, as so many huge IPAs let their alkaline flavors run free. Each sip reveals something new. A highly recommended big American IPA that takes some time to show its colors.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:20:52 | More by Telix
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.