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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 390
Hads: 1,219
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 1,495
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of mbusster88
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a great white head and medium carbonation levels. Body is golden orange and is extremely clean and clear.

S: Fruit and floral notes in the nose. Some booze is present, although not enough to put off. Very good hop presence is mixed with some malt backbone.

T/M: The initial taste is dry and floral. Some citrus fruit come through on the palate as well as the hop profile. Also get some pine resin notes in the flavor, although not a dominant as the floral and fruit. Great palate feel overall.

D: Good drinking beer that is very nice and easy. Great mouth feel and fantastic amounts of hop profile.

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Photo of aglose45
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Stawn for trading me this beer!

A: Pours a copper color with a bit of ruby hue to it. It is nice and hazy looking, and the head sticks around for a good while. The lacing clings nice and thick to the walls of the glass!

S: The nose is pungent and full of citrus fruit. Initially I am picking up a tangerine scent. Next, I pick up some pine and other dank hoppy qualities. The nose suggests a bready malt backbone.

T: The taste is just as the nose suggests. It's full of citrus fruits, starting off with nice tangerine and grapefruit flavors. I also pick up a minimal amount alcohol heat early on. The second sip was full of piney flavor. This beer has some danky hop qualities to it, which is pleasant. As the beer warms the tart white grapefruit flavor really pushes forward. The nose was spot on with a bready malt backbone. There is also oak in there, and as the beer warms it seems to smooth out the alcohol flavor. There is a solid amount of bitterness as well. --- I feel the score should be somewhere between 4 and 4.5 - adjusted smell up from 4/5 to 4.5/5 to accomodate.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel, but a bit undercarbonated.

D: This beer has a lot going on in it, which makes it a joy to work through. However, with the high abv this may be a one bomber per night beast of a beer! Overall, this beer may be a bit too sweet and a bit too hot for me to call this a top notch DIPA, but is still a damn good one.

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Photo of bonkers
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thank to my cousin Jeff for the bottle, hazy, straw pour, plus sized head. the aroma has juicy pine, citrus, and a hint of oak. Taste like it smells, wonderful amounts of grapefruit. the finish is drying, full body, good carbonation, surprisingly drinkable. a great dipa!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with stawn, thanks man.

Poured from a bottle into an arrogant bastard imperial pilsner glass. Beer is amber and slightly hazy, carbonation moderate to high. Forms a good one fingered white head of medium to small bubbles and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma isn't quite as hoppy as I expected but hops are all over it anyway. There is a malt sweetness to the aroma that underpins the mostly pine hop aroma.

Medium body, nice sweetness up front, not as bitter as expected but there is nice sweet fruit flavors throughout the palate. The beer is surprisingly drinkable, there is no heat or detectable alcohol at all in this beer. Second taste, bitterness grows but I think the sweetness is winning overall. When I lifted the glass to my mouth that time I got punched in the face with the hop aroma. The bitterness builds as almost an aftertaste as I drink. I love it though. Good DIPA (although I think my rDev is going to be negative for this review).

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Photo of afksports
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber from a generous trader. Pours a slightly hazy light bronze with a small white head. Bubbles flying up from the bottom. A big floral bouquet with tangerines, grapefruits, orange peel, toffee, biscuit, some alcohol, and a slight hint of oak. Bitter slam up front with a combination of grapefruit juice, orange zest, a hint of caramelly malts, oak, and more big bitter on the dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation. You can't tell there is alcohol warmth here but it is very light on the palate for such a big hitter. The oak is a nice touch here and does not overpower. Perhaps the driest and most bitter IPA I have tried, up there with Heady and Crooked Tree. Really good beer and very glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown. Hazy orange with a medium white head. Smell is of melon, mango, pine, grapefruit and some sweetness. The flavor is very dry with some orange peel. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy. I've never tasted a IIPA like this one, it is very drinkable for at almost 11%.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Roguer
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slighty hazy golden-amber brew, just enough to keep it from being completely transparent. Big off-white head with nice retention, leaving tons of lacing.

Big, complex hoppy aroma, with ruby red grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin, and starfruit. Just a hint of malt aroma.

Intensely sweet and juicy flavor, focusing on tropical hops: pineapple, peach, and a bit of pine and citrus. Syrupy sweet malt body, more pale than caramel.

Undeniable booze presence. Very lively, sticky, syrupy, and boozy.

A super hoppy, big, and bold triple IPA. Reminds me quite a bit of Sixpoint's Hi-Res. This is a hair smoother, coming across less as pure hop juice and more as an enormous IPA.

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Photo of nataku00
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear golden orange with a finger of bubbly soapy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes leaving some light lacing. A little carbonation visible.

Big sweet tropical fruit hops, mango, pineapple, and papaya along with tangerines and grapefruit. Some earthy and herbal like hops and caramel malt in there as well, but the fruity hop aromas dominate.

Taking a sip, tropical fruits hit the tongue, sweet mango, pineapple and papaya, but the main hop flavors after is grapefruit peel and dank herbal and grassy hops. Some sweet caramel malt, oak near the back of the tongue. Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit and herbal hop with the oak. After a couple of sips, you do start tasting some of the alcohol in this big beer, though it doesn't detract too much from the big flavors.

Medium body, oily and syrupy on the tongue, with some mild carbonation pricking at the tongue. A bit of the alcohol warmth in the back of the throat, but the big hop flavors does a noble job masking most of it. Very big hoppy beer, and just a bit better than the other 'triple' IPA's I've tried from local brewers recently (Hopacalypse Black Label and Triple Rock's Rodger's Last Stand).

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A glass tasted during Dark Lord Day.

A: The ale is a hazy amber orange color. The travel and open growler have done their number on the carbonation, giving the ale little in the way of head.

S: The nose is a citrusy bitterness, full of grapefruit and pine aromas but not as intense as I expected from a beer called 'Exponential Hoppiness'.

T: The taste does not skimp on the hops, they are bitter with a strong citrusy grapefruit flavor. As the ale sits in the mouth, a huge, intensely bitter hop element quickly emerges, providing astringent grapefruit flavors built on pineapple and pine flavors, creating a thick mouthfeel that burns with hop deliciousness.

M: The mouthfeel begins on an average note and quickly escalates into an all-out hop assault.

D: The 1/2 glass that I had was very enjoyable, full of big hops and quite drinkable even with the hefty abv.

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Photo of Phelps
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle, picked up direct from the brewery and poured a few days later into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: pours an almost clear rosy orange. A creamy head about a finger thick quickly recedes to a heavy layer of film. Tracts of jagged horizontal lacing decorate the glass as I go.

Smells: like the freshest, dankest hop cones. Seriously, stuffing my face into fistfuls of fresh hops couldn't produce a better aroma. Piney, grassy and floral, with lilac, sweet mango and a certain dank quality in the background.

Tastes: like the nose, to a T. lightly piney and heavily grassy, with sweet mangoes, pineapples, and again, that musky dank character.

Feels: lush and smooth, subtly carbonated and medium-bodied. A warming alcohol can be felt as it travels down the throat and into the stomach. The bitterness isn't tongue-blasting, which is surprising for a DIPA.

Drinks: incredibly easily for such a huge beer. The flavors are intense but never get out of control. Exponential Hoppiness isn't as good by the bottle as it is on tap, but it's still one of the best hop monsters money can buy.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chugger from Ratebeer for this one. Never thought I'd see the day. Now, I wasn't blown away by Pure hoppiness so I really didn't know what to expect from this beer.

Pours a crystal clear, light golden straw body with a nice creamy white head that rests on top the duration of the glass. The initial presentation screams, "DRINK ME!"

Hello college days... smells like a big bag of pot with some pinesol sprayed in. Really stinky with some nice citrus freshness to it. A nice lemon compliments well, and some light grapefruit pokes you in the nose. I had a hard time keeping my nose out of the glass in this one.

This tastes basically like a hop tea. Huge pine and citrus. The lemon and grapefruit in the scent have assertively made their way to the taste, and the piney hops add that west coast flavor. There is a moderate caramel backing, but this is straight hops from start to finish which calls for a lack of balance, but one happy hop-head.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very slight hazed amber orange color pretty bright overall. With a nice white head, head turns into a cap and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- A ton of tropical fruits here. Mango, pineapple and grapefruit. A very light malt back bone and a hint of alcohol.

T- Blasted with hops here. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and a bit of pine. The hops smash my taste buds to a pulp.

M- Slick and oily. Fuller side of medium and carbonation was good.

O- A pretty awesome brew for sure.

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Photo of chalsk
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a Damico beer tasting. Pours a golden color with a white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and earthiness. Alcohol comes through a bit. Sweet citrus taste with a nice harsh hop hit. Yet still somehow smooth and creamy. Damn tasty.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Headed out to Alpine today just for this beauty and shared with several BA's including Aimstatus, Tdizzle, and Pehlman. Poured from a growler into an Alpine Pint glass.

A: Assembled a frothy and thick 1.5 inch head that trapped in a golden hue body underneath. Lacing was just like a cobweb, and the head retention was amazing...really can't get better than this.

S: A shit load of fresh hop aromas! Wow! A mild malt body smell seems to be masked by the abundance of hops and added oak/vanilla character.

T: A hop monster, but not in overly bitter way. I was really able to pick out the hop flavors, which is somewhat unique for Imperial IPA's....at least to me. I tend to find many beers of this style to have a very sharp bitter bite (which I enjoy), but Exponential Hoppiness exhibits a more balanced and actual hop flavor profile...with a mild bitter finish. The added oak quality is nice as well, leaving your palate with a musky middle and sweet malt finish. The only knock is the noticeable alcohol flavor and sometimes overly sweet malt character.

M: Great carbonation and somewhat oily/creamy. Perfect!

D: A top 10 Double IPA for me...enough said.

Overall: A must try! A slight step below PtY, PtE, and Sculpin when it comes to IPA/DIPA's. Cheers!

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber without bottling date, 11% ABV

A lovely, lighter shade of amber crowned with a snowy, white lasting head that leaves wonderwalls of lacing. A beautiful brew.

Coniferous scents mixed in with mango, guava and grapefruit. There is a slight phenolic aroma that drags the marks down a tad. They will fade...

Very, very quaffable. A far maltier and juicier triple IPA than comparable brews over 11% abv. Searching the murky recessess of my fading memory and Avery's Maharaja comes to mind.

Carbonation and viscosity is spot on, and the finish leaves me pining for a little more.

Unlike many other higher ABV brews, EP=PH2 is not a sipper. It works that way - and it takes time to down - but it's also a quencher that will bowl you over. Beware.

One of the very best.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!

Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with loads of hops - citrus, herbal, pine, floral - with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms the pine and floral aromas stand out more than previously.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are joined by good amounts of pine and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild hints of vanilla enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought the growler version (last year's) had more in-your-face hops and I preferred it slightly to this bottle version. Still, both are very good and well worth a shot.

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Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of HalfFull
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass, the Expo. pours a moderate golden in color with a thin white head of foam. Shows a bit of haze and moderate retention with a somewhat light carbonation. Rather light in color for a big IPA but not unexpected from the hopheads at Alpine.

Dense hop nose yet offering more balance than most Alpine IPA's. Pine and oak exist side by side with some deep orange/tangelo citrus malt notes. Bit of stinky hop infused grain at times. Rich and encompassing yet masking the alcohol very well. And I think this batch is 11% plus.

Citric malt notes initiate the flavor, tending from orange towards grapefruit in the middle, then some pine resin and a lingering bitter but not dry finish. Finish lingers nicely, revealing just a hint of alcohol as it does so, along with some dry oak. Spritzy carbonation on the finish belies the pour a bit giving a very smooth feel. There is a sweetness to the flavor if you skip a few minutes between sips, otherwise the tongue remains in a conundrum. Alcohol is largely invisible so I assume there is a bit of a balancing act involved in the residuals department, yet still not offering the apparent sweetness of their Bad Boy.

Strong drinkability given the way this beer hides its own strength and also doesn't become cloying. Not in a sweetness sense, but in bitterness one, as some hop monsters can.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal, earthy, and slightly vegetal hops. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice aromas and a great flavor.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a white head on top. Nice looking lacing with a thin retention on top. The smell of the beer is very piney, very sharp aroma of hops on the nose. The aroma reminded me of another strong IPA I've had before. The taste is malty up front kind of boozy as well. The hops fill in nicely later in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp with carbonation. There is a oily feel as well. Overall it's a really good brew, similar to DfH 120.

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Photo of neorunner
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky amber brown in color. Head is a solid inch but quickly dissipates. Large carbonation bubbles can be seen sticking to the side of the glass.

S - Biscuit and malt aromas interlaced with strong pine and grapefruit hop smells.

T - Sweet maltyness that comes with the impressive 11% abv, but this is offset very well with the fruity bitterness of the massive amount of hops used to brew this beer. There is little to no apparent heat to this beer, a true testament to the blend of hops used.

M - Slightly creamy but clean, possibly due to the large amount / size of carbonation bubbles.

D - To easy, 11% is not something you should be permitted to devour like this. This beer is King among the extreme hop beers on the market.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks Steven and Crystal for sharing this!

Golden amber and orange. Persistent, thick white head, and regular lacing down the glass. What more can you ask for?

Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma! I'd heard so much about this beer, but had never yet experienced it for myself, and if nothing else, the aroma is all they said and more! Pine and citrus explosion, without being too sweet or sappy.

Surprisingly balanced DIPA, especially after all I'd heard about it. Piney and floral flavors with a substantial bitterness, and enough bready, crystal, and caramel malts to balance things out nicely. Far more drinkable than I ever would have imagined.

Medium bodied, yet crisp and incredibly drinkable. No hint of alcohol. No DIPA since Pliny the Younger has hidden its alcohol this well.

So glad I got to try this, and it did not disappoint!

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.