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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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of BrianTheBrewer30. Thanks Brian.

A: The pour is a clear, bright orange-copper body with tons of off-white head. Nice lace deposited down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge citrus (grapefruit, pineapple), tannins, mild pine, and dominant, huge bread. I had pictured some citrus bomb on the nose. Not quite what I expected. Tannins?! It's a little maltier than I would have expected.

T: Starts off with grapefruit and proceeds to get more tropical as the taste progresses. Enter pineapple, apricot, peach, and lychee. The finish draws to an astringent, tannic close. It's fairly malty, though that's not very noticeable when the beer is fresh. Boy does this thing drop off fast though! I had two bottles a week apart, and the second one was noticeably worse.

M: Light-medium bodied. Moderate-high carbonation. Semi-dry. There is NO heat on this beer whatsoever. Very smooth. But it has a light astringency that gives the impression of a burning finish.

D: I enjoy this beer, but it's the weakest one in Alpine's lineup. I'd have it again, but if I were forced to choose between it and comparably fresh Pure Hoppiness or Duet, I'd go with the latter two. It's simply maltier than I care for, and it falls off so quickly that the effect is especially magnified for any bottles over two weeks old.

Arbitrator, Feb 13, 2011
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 BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Faintly fuzzy tangerine with golden honey accents and streams of energetic carbonation. The upper third of the glass is filled with ivory colored foam that is an appealing mixture of creaminess and sticky bubbles. Great glass coverage allows the appearance score to be rounded up rather than down.

Too bad that Alpine doesn't publish the hop bill. Juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit and zesty orange guarantee that the little green cones are of American origin. Nothing else will do in a 'San Diego Pale Ale'. Notes of caramel-butterscotch are slightly worrying... and they even pull even with the hops as the beer warms.

This offering has been on my short list of most-favored wants since my Pure Hoppiness review back in 2004. Amazing beer to the nth power could only be even more amazing, right? Well... not exactly. As the label implies, is EH equal to PH squared? No it isn't.

At this point in its lifespan (late December 2009 release) Exponential Hoppiness is not my kind of DIPA. And it isn't going to improve from this point forward, since alcohol mellowing will be accompanied by hop mellowing. Negatives include too much caramel, too much oak, too much alcohol harshness and not enough bright hop flavor. That last one is the biggest negative by far.

Alpine should know better than to give us yet another hoppy American barleywine rather than a true blue, pale malted, hopped-to-the-gills DIPA. Something akin to Russian River Pliny The Younger was expected, but that is definitely not what was delivered. Has this beer always tasted like this or did they change things up for the first bottling?

The mouthfeel is American big beer good. It's both firm and full, without being sappy or sticky. The carbonation isn't as rambunctious as feared. It adds just the right amount of energy without crossing the line into annoying.

Exponential Hoppiness is the biggest disappointment of the year so far and is exhibit 'A' in proving that ridiculous hopping rates do not always result in amazing beer... even from a brewery that knows what amazing beer is all about. It looks like Pure Hoppiness is still the king. Thanks to iowahawk for the bomber.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

huskermike12, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

beerhan, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

farnold, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

skunk242, Jul 16, 2012
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
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Clear golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves a temporary lacing.
S: Honey, grapefruit, earthy--not resinous, sweet orange and banana and strawberries... pretty good.
T: Pineapple. Like... fresh pineapple. Also, sweet honeycrisp apples. Gin alcohol buzz on the finish. A very mild orange or maybe grapefruit and a slight cheese, bordering cannabis, throughout. This is all right but it really doesn't have the complexity and depth I'd expect.
M: Moderately syrupy, with a quick frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Overall, it's good but not GREAT. There are quite a few better options for DIPAs.

ne0m00re, Mar 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

FLBeerGuy, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

BRoss242, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

T_Hass, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

zacross, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

FullObs, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

sisterthelonious, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

DoubleSimcoe, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

klipper, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

facesnorth, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

sustyhops, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

CypherEnigma, Mar 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

jbuddle, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of whiskeysoda
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour (refrigerated and fresh after purchase) with fine bubbles and a thin head; slight particulates.

NOSE is probably the most complex part: fresh hop flowers from the last infusion really stand out, intensely aromatic and sweet with hints of jasmine and kumquat. Hop flower most prominent after letting it warm to slightly under RT.

As far as TASTE is concerned (both chilled and room temp; not much difference), I must give a few extra points considering the 11% abv. Characteristic hop/grapefruit/pine and dried apricot evenly distributed after a processed honey-like entrance. Dangerous!

Despite what would seem a syrupy entrance, the MOUTHFEEL is bright, with a characteristic tang/acridity common in higher-proof IPAs. Bristling both during and after each sip, though...not exactly a pleasant note to leave on.

Nice, though I'd take Pliny the Younger over this as far as triple IPA's go...and P.T.Y. isn't even my favorite IPA. Still, a nice one to try if you haven't, yet.

whiskeysoda, Mar 07, 2010
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,024 ratings.