Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 389
Hads: 1,214
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.53%
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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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Photo of hophead247
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is clear golden with a smallish white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Aroma of immediate and big resin, citrus, and spicy hops. Only a hint of bitterness, just fresh hop goodness. Nice grainy maltiness is there as well, but certainly behind that crazy fresh hop blast. Taste is the resin hoppiness, the citrus, though still decently balanced with a strong bready maltiness. Palate is medium to full, very dry, with not much sweetness. What was there was citrus fruit, and quite fresh. Really no apparent alcohol, which is amazing. (547 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was probably the most surprised to see this at the Pittsburgh tasting. Huge thanks for bringing this! Poured from the Alpine growler into the glass...

A: Pours out of the growler with a nice, chill hazed gold with a blinding white head. Looks nice and viscous with a sticky malt and hop appearance. Upon a gentle swirl, the beer really sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Wow. Blast in the face with fresh pine hops. Grassy, piny, grainy and delicious smelling. Nice malt and caramel backing with some nice pale malts to complement the intense pine hop aroma.

T: Hops galore. Pine. Grass. Citrus. Damn. This is superb. Very intense, thick and brutal with intense pine and citrus combo. The great attribute about this is that the hop and malt blend is so damn perfected that the hops dominate, but not so much that there is no malt backing.

Overall, this is one of the best Double IPAs that I have ever had. Really, glad I tried this! Thanks again! (958 characters)

Photo of gibby
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few bombers from goodspeed94. Thanks a lot Jon!

Poured a cloudy orange color with a puffy white 2 finger head. Was a clear pour until the bottom part of the bottle hits the glass. I get a bit of cut grass, citrus, pine and massive hops!! The smell is really fantastic. Taste is dominated by hops. Ever so slight hint of the oak chips is present and even a bit of sweetness. Great mouthfeel with a nice oily coating on the tongue. I polished off the bomber myself. If it wasn't 11% I may be able to have a second but most likely not. Very happy I had the chance to try yet another outstanding IPA from alpine. Hope they distribute to PA someday. (656 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice darker but not IPA tan/bronze thing, with some ok head and nice lacing.

S - Malty hops and alcohol, hard to remember but not too piny more alcohol and hops side.

T - Malty hops and alcohol, not too piny or oakish, more blended/balanced.

M - Nice carbonation, medium fizz, goes down smooth.

O - Nice Super DIPA, but needs a little more pine taste I think, great for the percentage of alcohol hides some in there. Thumbs up! (435 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of Diomede

S: Floral hop explosion. Every hop adjective you can think of. On top of that a little oak, oranges, a just a little sweetness.

A; Dark yellow/orange, decent to good.

T: Great balance of citrus and floral hops w/sweetness resembling vanilla and caramel. Not all that bitter. Don't taste the oak I smelled.

M/D: Pretty sweet and syrupy, residual sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. No etoh presence. Tastes like about 8%, so goes down really ez.

Overall: Impressive for sure. Just need to try this on tap for a true hop bitch-slap. (561 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (courtesy of a trade with stawn, a generous trader) poured into a Duvel snifter. Pour revealed a hazy orange-gold with a small off-white head which settled to a coating. Lacing was intense and lasted. Nose was intense grapefruit but in the background are some sweet malts (caramel) and some piney hops. Taste is first strong citrus (especially grapefruit), some slick pine, and then the sweetness of the malts - some bready, some caramel. This is is a hop bomb for sure, but incredibly well-balanced. The aftertaste is not mouth puckering bitterness, but a nice bitter edge to a sweet and fruity finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium with light carbonation. And warning - there is NO sense of anything CLOSE to 10.5% ABV. All-in-all, this is a world class beer. Even with my very high expectations, there was no disappointment. My wife, who doesn't like IPA's liked this. Great beer everyone should get to try. Now if Alpine would only get greedy and start pumping it out in the quantity that would allow it. (1,023 characters)

Photo of popery
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Excellent beer with lots of sweet malt and lots of hops.

This beer pours a mildly hazy orange-gold, perhaps a shade or two darker than your average DIPA. There's very little head and what's there dissipates.

The aroma is sweetly hoppy. There's clearly a lot of malt in this beer, but the hops still dominate with a big wildflower aroma with pine resin and tangerines chipping in a touch less. The malt contributes a background caramel sweetness.

This is not my favorite style of DIPA. I tend to prefer them dry and bitter. However, Exponential is the best sweet DIPA that I've ever had and the flavor is a success. The key is probably that the hops still dominate the flavor profile. The malt is just a big supporting sweetness. There's still plenty of delicate hop notes and hop bite in the finish.

This beer finishes nice and bitter despite the sweetness. The aftertaste is very pleasant and the alcohol is pleasant and warming. I've become a big fan of Alpine in the past few days. I just hope that they start distributing their bottles more regularly to Northern California. (1,096 characters)

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to srandycarter for this growler! Shared with a few other BAs.

A-poured clear, orangey golden color, decent head which dissapated quickly.
S-Very interesting hop aroma, perfumy basil, vegetal hop smell, citrus smel, but also some piney scents. Very interesting.
T-Fantastic. Sweet with caramel, minty, hops, citrus flavors are there, pine hops show up, the oak starts to be noticed as well. Not very bitter on the finish at all but borderline sweet on the finish. So fresh but not astringent. No alcohol burn.
M-Med-full and creamy. Very nice.
T-I could have drank this all night and been happy. It tasted different every time I tasted it. Very unique and delicious. (675 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

T - Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date. (616 characters)

Photo of GabrielM
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - a cloudy amber/orange color with a fluffy white head on top.

S - boom! Simcoe, maybe some citra, and a ton of other fresh hoppiness going on. Garlic, citrus, grass... it reminds me of running through the meadows in New Zealand when I was a child.

T - super fresh (even though it's about a month old), crisp hops with a nice bite but smooth finish. The faintest bit of sweetness to balance it out.

M - really damn good. Extremely smooth and almost buttery as it coats my palate and throat without much heat.

O - a damn fine DIPA that I'm very happy to be drinking, (612 characters)

Photo of gregc
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler.

Pours a nice carmel color with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is hops, i get grapefruit, orange, pine and pineapple. Smells wonderful, im even picking up a bit of wet wood.
Taste is in your face...big hops, very sticky, tons of pine and citrus also somewhat oily. This is a big on the hops DIPA. Its very enjoyable. A bit of alcohol burn is the only downside to this. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Another growler would be nice one day. (448 characters)

Photo of Prospero
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent clear dark copper color with a white head, good retention, pleasant floral and slightly piney aroma with sweet malt nose. Taste is equally similar balance with sweet malts giving it a full-rich body and the caramel and bready malts give this triple IPA a great backbone that support the overwhelming hops in this beer. While it's strong, it is smooth to drink and tastes phenomenal. (392 characters)

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into my Sam Adams "Perfect Pint"

A- Nice caramel/light amber color with 1-2 finger head that receeded to a nice ring leaving slight lacing.

S- Great pine, grapefruit scents right away followed by some nice tropical mango, pineapple and can barely pick out a very subtle caramel scent(which I don't like in any IPA).

T- Again great piney hops with nice citrus taste, which mellows to the tropical flavors and caramel on the mid palate but then finishes strong with a nice dry oaky piney hop finish. Very interesting the way that this beer transforms within my mouth. Usually IPAs are super hoppy with no malt taste or start out hoppy and give in to caramel finish, this beer goes hoppy-light caramel and sweet tropical flavors-dry hoppy oak. Just awesome to find something like this.

M- Great medium/full body being almost 11% alcohol with good amounts of carbonation throughout.

D- Very easy to drink, I didn't even mention anything about the alcohol because I never noticed it. This beer hides the alcohol better than almost every IPA I have had, my wife didn't even realize that this had 11% alcohol and she cannot stand any beers over 7-8% alcohol. Just a very nice job by these guys to create an IPA unlike any other I have tried. (1,259 characters)

Photo of surfer4life
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a growler!

A - trasnparent and golden with a 2 finger head. Good lacing all the way down.

S - Smells like the sap from a fresh cut pine tree. The grapefruit aroma is strong from the intense hop content.

T - Pure hops, but suprisingly smooth. Some compare this to Pliny, but I don't get it. Where I get some sweetness from pliny, there is not much, as a matter of fact it's smack you in the face bitter and delicious. Alcohol is barely tasted. Butter and heavy cream in the finish. This is top notch.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy as can be leaving the mouth coated and the taste lingering for a long time.

D - So damn drinkable, but to much could be dangerous, so I shall not drink the whole growler, the is Exceptional beer! (784 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lived off-white head that leaves bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is massive with a big, deep resinous pine hop smell that is almost more sweet than bitter combined with the tropical fruit presence of oranges and grapefruits.

The taste is spectacular with the massive pine hop bitterness up front that just hangs onto the palate as the bready malt backbone and citrus hops all pile on. I also seem to get an interesting spiciness that tingles the palate between sips...tough to identify. This is a seriously complex beer.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the fuller side of things with enough soft carbonation to carry all of the flavors that assault the palate. The flavors just stick to the tongue and build up after each sip.

This is one of the biggest DIPAs I've ever tasted. I'm not sure I've ever gotten so many different flavors in a beer of this style and I'm seriously impressed by this one. Pure Hoppiness is good, but this just blew me away. World class. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

S- Just amazing, fruits take over this aroma, citrus and pine come out, grapefruit, peaches, really sweet mixed with the bitter hoppy aroma. You get that malt backbone as well. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever come across.

T- Wow, the taste lives up to the aroma. Just delicious, well balanced, you get the malt taste at the back of your tongue with grapefruit, citrus, peaches and pine. Everything that you smelled you tasted.

M- A little thicker than most IPA's, medium mouth feel, goes down smooth.

O- Truly amazing, Alpine Beer Company really makes some of the best IPA's in the world. Better than PTE and Hopslam in my opinion (823 characters)

Photo of legalpete19340
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful golden orange color with less than one finger of off white head with a greenish tint. Head fell quickly to nothing more than a skim but manage some stickage.

S: Grapefruit and citrus come out first. Some clementines perhaps. Pine is woven in with a bit of spicy herbalness. It just rolls through everything. As it warms hints of tropical fruit but more pine.

T: Grapefruit and pine smack hard and roll across the palate. The pine lingers a while and finally lets some raw dough poke through. Then its back to a lightly bitter wave and some very spicy herbal flavors to the finish. Some powdery aspirin. Long alcohol burn. There is a resin coating that develops on the tongue and lets the hops really settle in.

M: Thick and syrupy, it really coats the mouth and you have to let it slide down like a warm jello shot. Does that sound bad because it isnt. Its great.

O: Amazing. The flavors of this hop bomb really roll nicely and deliver everything I want out of a big DIPA. So freaking hoppy and juicy. The experience of this beer is greater than its parts. Not sure I would change anything. I could drink it forever. (1,142 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.
A- Pours a golden light amber with a finger off off white head that reduces to a ring, the lacing on this beer is thick and leaves streaks everywhere on the glass.
S- The nose is filled with heavy citrus notes as will as pine, a hint of alcohol and something nutty.
T- Insane, the layers of flavor to this beer are strong and complex of pine resin, grapefruit type citrus, a very distinct nutty finish, with very little alcohol present for abv.
M- Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.
O- Defenitly one of the best and more complex beers out there IMO. I'm sure my review doesn't do it justice at all. (668 characters)

Photo of photomike
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to whoever brought this to our tasting (Renny? Bret?)

Pours a very "Alpine" hazy golden color with a great creamy off white head that leaves lots of wet lacing. Pretty.

My notes on the aroma start with: "Man. AWESOME." Slightly herbal with lots of pine. Slightly spicy smelling with a boatload of orange/tangerine rind smell.

Peppery and piney with nice grapefruit citrus. Nice bitter finish, but not overwhelmingly bitter by any stretch. Very slight butteriness.

Slight heat (right on), lightly carbed, and an oily finish. Jeah.

Crazy tasty and drinkable for a beer of this size. I wouldn't have guessed this was over 8%.

Damn fine. Drink this or go to bed!! (678 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review a long time coming. Growler highlight of the n00b BIF 5. Sexy sexy.

Dark golden with a fine upstanding white head. Tremendous lacing on the glass, a little haze in there, as there should be.
Massive fruit aroma, oranges and grapefruits, a little lemon and apricot, there's pine and fir up in there too. No noticeable alcohol at all in the nose or in the flavor. Incredibly done.
The bitterness quickly fades into a citrus assault, a little malt to back it up, but not sweet, just delicious. Terrific.
Shared this with 3 other good people amidst drinking a bunch of delicious beers, and this was an absolute stud. I could drink this beer for hours, like a peach. (672 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with a small, thin, off white head that left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, tangerine, apricots, floral and grassy hops, really nice. Well balanced taste, loads of piney and citrusy hops, nice bitterness, sweet chewy malts. Damn, I really liked this, thanks cquiroga!! (328 characters)

Photo of javincik
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Elf glass. No freshness or bottled on date.

A-Pours a surprisingly deep amber color with a a nice white head. More than I expected for a brew of this strength. As head recedes, it sticks to the sides, leaving a nice lacing.

S-Lots of floral and citrus characteristics from the pungent hops, but not as over the top as I expected. I have to ding it a little here.

T-Citrus and grassy up front with a nice malt sweetness and breadiness developing in the middle. Hops come in soon after to lead to a delightful fading bitterness. Bitterness is certainly not overwhelming by any means, but you definitely know it is a IIPA. Alcohol is very well masked.

M-Viscous mouthfeel as one would expect for a brew of this strength. Perhaps a little too much carbonation is my only complaint.

D-My God, this has to be the most drinkable 11% beer I've ever had. No problem finishing the bomber by myself. I've had normal strength IPAs that were less drinkable. The alcohol is hidden extremely well; no hint of burn or hotness. I could see it becoming cloying after 1 bomber, but then consuming this fine brew in such quantities would be an utter waste of a fine product.

If I lived in Cali, this would probably be my go to IIPA. (1,259 characters)

Photo of grub
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

srandycarter hooked me up with this one. my trip to california was just a little too late to catch this on tap, but randy was nice enough to save a growler for me. thanks!

64oz growler. sampled sept 1/08.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber with a huge rocky cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. orange. pine and grapefruit. tangerine. big buttery oak aroma from a distance, but more dominated by the hops up close. toasted white bread. light alcohol, but surely doesn't seem like nearly 11%.

taste is great. grapefruit. orange peel - almost like an orange oil. tangerine. toasted white bread with butter. light alcohol. bit of biscuit. just over medium bitterness level, a little lower than i expected. raw oak. bit of vanilla. slightly powdery hops. i really don't like the butter in this, but love the rest. after a while the hops seem to mostly overpower the butter, but it's still always lingering in the background.

mouthfeel is great. very well integrated medium carbonation level. just over medium body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is excellent. a near perfect balance of malt, hops, and alcohol that leaves only a fraction of the ABV visible. its only real fault in my eyes is the buttery component. i really don't enjoy butterscotch or heavy butter on food, so maybe it's more of a personal preference thing and i've tried to let the scores reflect that. overall still a great beer that i'm happy to have had the chance to try. (1,515 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick clumps rock about a chunky cloud-like surface of white. The glass becomes entirely blanketed with honeycomb lacing. A sparkling gold shade. Consonance between clarity and glow produce a beer of absolutely pristine appearance. Beautiful.

Oh glorious hops! The smell is sharp and shoots right into your nostrils with notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and lemon scented cleaning product. The booze gives these an especially fiery and piercing character.

The flavour grants us those same notes of lemon custard, citrus, and orange creamsickles. The hops add citrus and the malts add sweetness, the balance is seamless. The oak wasn't apparent initially, but in time, would show up in very large part with an ounce of wood spice and a ton of buttery vanilla.

The alcohol never seemed to fully show up. The wood chips made the finish very dry and the mouthfeel exceptionally creamy. Really creamy. The hop acidity, high alcohol content, and buttery character from the wood all weigh in perfectly. I found it extremely drinkable.

This same brewery makes one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Now that I've tried their DIPA I have a tough time deciding which impresses me more. In both cases they cram a gluttonous level of hops into tasty, refreshing, well balanced beers.

One thing for sure: Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness is a refined DIPA. The use of oak gave the beer a very elegant disposition that makes it 'exponentially' exquisite for a style that is usually only about being 'in you face' hoppy. Impressive.

A huge thanks to Grub for sharing this growler! (1,579 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a amberish brown with a thick white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has a bouquet of raw hops, citrus, oak, caramel and bready malts.

Taste is just as impressive. Huge, floral hop profile perfectly balanced by a thick malt backing anda touch of oak.

Ceamy body is very well carbonated and has a long bitter finish. Fantastic stuff, superb balance. (369 characters)

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.