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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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1,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,430
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer sparkles the color of a dying fire and hot embers. it is so crystal clear, i can see my fingerprints clearly through the glass. the head is thick and peppered with small orbs, the lacing is monstrously sticky and nearly all-encompassing.

big hop aroma, not overly citrusey, but fresh. hints of cherry syrup and maplewood round out an intriguing nose. this is certainly not traditional west coast.. starting to remind me alot of the recently released mojo risin' in its balanced interpretation of the extreme.

now i know where the woody smell comes from. oak chips, as you might have read above. well, the first thing i thought when i drank this beer was "burton baton!".. only mellower and less sweet. like bb used to be. whereas dfh's woody dipa ends with a blast of caramelly sweetness, this beer ends with an even dryness that reeks of hop oils and balances the whole experience nicely. not to mention, the alcohol (10+?) never comes into play or interferes with my quaffing experience.

the only criticism is the mouthfeel/taste of the beer mid-palate. it washes over the tongue, initially, with some abrasiveness. i can only describe this brief sensation as mildly metallic, and a tad minty. it seems to be a lead-up to the last blast of grapefruity hop flavor before the dryness appears in the finish.

overall, an excellent beer.. but as the previous reviewer stated, not in the top tier of double ipa's.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.