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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 1,473
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company out of California. Thank you BeerAdvocate user bpfrush for hooking me up with this highly hyped beer!

Score: 91

No bottling date, but this specific bottle is from the 01/27/12 release. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a largely translucent honey color with three fingers of foamy off-white head that settles into a foggy cap over three quarters of the top of the beer and a ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. There is none of that signature "floating flakiness" in the beer that I have come to associate with Alpine IPAs. 4/5

Smell: Zesty grapefruit, mango, fresh pine and a touch of honey. Fresh tropical citrus and a light alcohol ester. Spice, oak and some herbal hops. There's a malty orange juice aroma too. 4/5

Taste: Pine, oak, earthy hops and fresh tangerine/mango. There's an "earthy" and oaky alcohol booziness on the midpalate. Malty orange juice backbone. Lots of barley malt and some smooth caramel throughout as well. Not very bitter. Juicy, "earthy" and "oaky" are the adjectives that primarily define this brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A maltier-than-bitter IIPA that is overrated. Certainly a tasty imperial IPA offering that is worth trying, but is it a "world class" beer? Absolutely not. Of all the beers in the world, even among the IPA's that Alpine makes, Exponential Hoppiness is easily the silliest beer for a brewer to throw a temper tantrum over seeing a growler of it appear on eBay. Alpine Nelson was a much better beer in my opinion.

Recommendation: Beer geeks and IPA lovers should seek this beer out with tempered expectations. Casual beer drinkers can avoid this one.

Pairings: Oven-roasted lamb. Maybe something like this.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint-tulip hybrid. No freshness date listed.

The beer is a slightly hazy auburn amber color. Forms an extremely large and persistent off-white head. The dense and bubbly look of it has me flashing back to childhood root beer floats foaming over the edge of the glass. Leaves some of prettiest lacing I can think of.

Citrus is a big part of the aroma but it's not a grapefruit bomb like some West Coast DIPA's. I'm also getting a spice cabinet or potpourri character and a dry bitterness.

Flavor seems drier and more floral than the aroma. This is well played off a subdued but sweet and bready malt profile. Nice semi pungent bitterness and more spice on the aftertaste. Seemed to get slightly sweeter in a fruit juice type of way as it warmed. Fairly nuanced for such a huge beer, I never could have guessed this weighed in at 11 percent ABV.

The way the bitter, spicy, and sweet flavors are stacked against eachother 'house of cards' style along with the lack of obvious alcohol heat keeps drinkability high.

Overall a very unique and interesting beer but I like some of the other Alpine IPA's slightly more.

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Great looking beer - hazy orange/red with a nice half finger head and nice legging. Smell is great - orange citrus hops with fresh tangerines. Taste is great - best beer I've had from Alpine. This is a good beer, but like all Alpine beers, is overrated.

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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.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.