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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: 1,496
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 rye726
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of johndoe8
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fear being labelled a homer, but honestly, this most recent batch is quite wonderful.

Last batch was a lot more malty... this batch, esp fresh, is just crisp hoppy nirvana.

The hops are much more pronounced, and it compares quite favorably to Pliny the Younger. Alpine scored this batch. Pliny the Younger only wins out slightly for a slightly better mouthfeel and much high drinkability.

I honestly preferred Bad Boy up to this point, but this most recent batch of Expo clearly destroys Bad Boy in my opinion.

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Photo of scottoale
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from an 11gal. firkin, this special cask-conditioned "Triple IPA" is pumped too the max with hops. Strong, hopped beyond belief and very drinkable, it doesn't get much better than this !

Served in a pint glass, a glowing amber-gold ale with a sticky white foam head just over a 1/4 inch thick. Tons of sticky resinous lace mark the journey as you drink.

Hops up front, hops out back...hops throughout this one. Very piney hop nose with a sweet grapefruit citric note underneath. Hop Bomb, coming right up!

The taste is short lived sweet malt turning almost intantly citrus, mainly of grapefruit, then zapped with sharp pine-cones with a bite. And they keep biting till you swallow this golden, hoppy elixer.

A BIG 2XIPA with a ton of un-detectable alcohol and a body as large as the name...this one delivers over the top, yet o'so drinkable HOP bomb too please any true hophead. It's got to be the cask-conditioning that makes it so paletable...it goes down a little too easy. If you get the chance, don't miss this exceptionally (exponential) hoppy one !

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Photo of Mercury4040
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Split a 22oz bottle with my wife (well actually 60/40-me). Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Rich copper color with a finger of off white head. Great lacing separating ever delicious sip.

Smell: Extremely hoppy and oaky. Pine, sweet citrus, extremely floral and musky.

Taste: Very bitter with pine, citrus and mango coming through. Subtle malts that just barely balance out the bitterness to never let you forget you're drinking a hop bomb. A bit sweeter than the last release. (Cold weather delayed the fermentation process by 1 week, not sure if that had anything to do with it.)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation and oily. Just the very slightest hint of lingering booziness at the end. What to you expect for 11%?

Overall: Go into it with the mindset that you're experiencing one of the most labor intensive special releases from Alpine and you wont be disappointed. Great celebratory beer even if it's celebrating the end of a long day at work. Alpine definitely has easier drinking beers (Duet and Nelson) but none better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Mississipping
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Thanks to MaltMilkshake for sending a bottle of this my way! (By the way, does anyone else beside me find it odd that the equation on the front of the bottle is not an exponential equation?)

A: Pours a clear, clean, and bright golden orange color with a small off-white head that quickly settles to a thin halo. Very good lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, you can almost smell this from a cross the room ... certainly from several feet away. Lots and lots of grapefruit with mandarin, pineapple, and apricot. Pine needles, floral hops, and just a hint of oak add even more complexity separating this from other IPAs.

T: Much like the smell, grapefruit jumps right out at you along with other underlying sweet fruits (pineapple and apricot). There is a decent malty sweetness that was somewhat unexpected, but really quite pleasant. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering citrus fruit. The booze is hidden very, very well, only allowing a subtle warmth develop in the throat. Delicious!

M: Not that the other aspects of this beer don't shine, but the mouthfeel makes this stand out. Thicker than expected and quite creamy. Carbonation level is great ... just a little low, but ample enough to give it some life. The bitter finish is somewhat subdued, which is fine by me. Not overly drying either. Well done!

D: This is dangerously drinkable ... extremely tasty and well balanced. With almost no hint of booze, it goes down quicker than it needs to, and can certainly catch up with you if you're enjoying it too much (whoops)!

This lives up to the hype. I expected it to be an over-the-top hop bomb, but there is a lot going on in this one that pushes it to the top of the list for me. Again, nicely complex, well balanced, with a great finish. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brooding gold with a night tight eggshell whtie head of foam that is modest in size, stature, and retention. Aromas of freh piney citrusy hops with tons of oil, resin, a bit of maryjane and grapefruit pulp as well as slight pomegranate seed. Taste is hoppy up front with a light biscuity maltness, sweet in the middle with a tropical hop thing going on. The bready malt ties this one together in the middle and the finish which is the sticky icky slightly drying than refreshing it begs to make you take another step. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oh-so-smooth. Drinkability is great! This stuff is phenomenal I can't wait to drink some fresh from the tap (Hopefully) the next time that I am in SoCal in early June. To me this isn't quite as good as Pliny, but it is damn near close. Great job Alpine!

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Pours clearish golden with a white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is huge perfume-like hop aroma like fresh hop cones, a slight herbaceous smell and some slight vanilla/oak. Huge, sweet hoppy flavor. Fresh hops and pine cones all over the flavor. Vanilla and dry oakiness as well. So easy to drink this one, I could hardly tell it was 11%. Basically it was like squeezing juice right out of the hops into my mouth.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Honey-colored (almost apple juice) with a 1-finger ecru head. Clarity varies depending on how you pour: Sediment at the bottom into the glass gives it a cloudier consistency, but if that's not your preference, you can leave it in and keep it clearer. Some lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: This is a brightly smelling beer, lots of pine hops, balsam fir, raw cookie dough from the yeast, citrus and flowers, and bitter rind.

T: This is a complex, multi-faceted beer with a lot to love. The "triple-hop" label can deceive your expectations: This is not a "ruiner of tastebuds" that will hit you over the head with hoppiness. Instead, it exposes a smooth, mellow hop blend that fills the mouth. Notes of bright citrus (orange, grapefruit, rind, etc.) with an earthy, vanilla extract, dry pine needle character, and a lingering aftertaste that is mild and dry. Definite flavors of cookie dough and bread dough (probably the yeast) are in the mouth, with some dehydrated fruit and apricot. The overall taste is beautiful and brain-wrinkling. Not much hint of booze can be detected (it's sneaky.)

M: Lightly chewy, with a superb balance, and a presence that is firmly there, but not overpowering. Balance would be the word for this beer throughout.

O: A beer that is in perfect balance with itself, and a triple IPA that doesn't hit you over the head with bitterness (the aftertaste is the most bitter part,) this beer is something special.

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Photo of avalon07
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. had an deep orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big, bold aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and pine. Very sharp, very sweet.

T: Tasted of hops first and foremost, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, and a woody quality mixed in. An extremely complex, fruity, hoppy beer. ABV% does pack something of a punch.

M: Lots of carbonation with a thick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Wow. A massive, likable, well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of juhl31
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-extremely clear with a light amber color. Atop this is a tight white head that sticks around a good bit

-the nose is what stuck out the most. Super floral hops just blasts the nostrils and does not let up. After it sits for a bit you can get some malt sweetness in there as well

-wow. This is pretty crazy. There is a big tropical fruitiness flavor that develops from all the hops. This beer is very balanced though and is not really bitter at all, just extremely tasty

-good body on this one, but not overly sticky for the abv level. Very smooth as well which makes sense with the malt bill

-this really is right up there with the best "3IPAs". Anytime you can match extremely big hops and extremely big malts in a beer like this and still come off as an IPA as opposed to a big sloppy, sticky barleywine type mess is astounding to me

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Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JessetheHutt for hooking me up with a growler of this bad-boy. I can knock this off the list of "apparently great beers I'll probably never get to try". Brought this growler up to the lake for Labor Day to share.

Getting growlers is always a crap shoot, & when I popped the cap Jesse had taped down well, there wasn't the slightest poof, & the beer looked dead. Uh oh. A moment later, relief: my careless pour in an effort to bring some life brought a slavering, foaming head surging out of the glass. Woohoo! Very pale beer with ample chunky head even after its travels. And oh, my, the nose. That, my friends, is hoppy perfection right there.

Exponential Hoppiness does not disappoint, & with a name like that, you have some living up to do. The hops come flowing out of the glass like a defensive line smashing through my mouth. Hops, hops, everywhere...oily hops. Vinous hops. Slippery hops. Hops shimmying & shaking. Harsh, bitter, angry hops. Damn. This is another one-trick pony, & if you don't like that trick, this won't do anything for you. I love it. The only slight knock is the lack of depth & complexity, but who gives a crap?

The alcohol is very well hidden. Didn't know what the ABV was, & surprised to see it at 10.5%, this went down like a routine IPA. Three of us had no problem at all polishing off the growler, & I could have had more. Drinkable like the nectar of Mars.

This is a remarkable beer. Read the rumour that it will be bottled eventually, & I would be very interested in finding out if this unique hop-monster survives the transformation from tap to glass. First-rate. Get your hands on this if you can.

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler generously shared by an unidentified man in a black hat before the Port anniversary party, had two different times yesterday and this stuff blew me away, Alpine really needs to bottle this

A-Color was a cloudy orange with golden yellow highlights, one inch foamy white head, fantastic retention, foam did not budge for a good amount of time, great lacing as well

S-This stuff was extremely danky, resin smell was very strong, piney hoppiness, lemon juice, this honestly smelled like a plant after being swirled a little bit, barely could smell any malt but it was a little sweet with vanilla tones

T-Started off with a huge floral hop presence that was quickly overshadowed by intense pine flavors, very little malt shortly after, dank hops in the finish that just about knocked my socks off, as it warmed slightly there was even more of the hop profile showing with some grapefuit added now to the big piney taste, aftertaste was extremely dry from the hoppiness, wow this bitter and I definitely was not complaining, perhaps the most hoppy DIPA I have ever experienced, never really got sweet, more herbal and earthy towards the end compared to what it was like at the beginning, hop profile was unforgettable

M-One of the best balanced double IPAs I have ever had, mouthfeel was dry, bitter, sweet, and piney at the same time, refreshing and mouth watering at the same time, left some cotton mouth but that was just because of the extreme hops

D-Could drink a lot of this even though the ABV is very high, light on the stomach, very refreshing, alcohol is hidden amazingly, could even be drank on a hot day, had to be careful with this stuff or I would not have been able to drive, so smooth

Really enjoy Pure Hoppiness but this brew is even better, one of the most balanced DIPAs I have ever had, reminded me a lot of Pliny the Younger but just not as sweet, hope this is brewed more regularly in the future and I might actually make the three hour trek out to Alpine to grab some more, hope to drink again soon, highly recommended

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Photo of Tucquan
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-03-04 in Lititz, PA. Special thanks to matador677.

A - Lightly hazy, golden-orange with a short white head and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of hop floral, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oak, lemon.

T - At serving temperature, an initial blast of pineapple juice, orange flesh, grapefruit zest and wonderful, gooey hop bud resins with a vegetal overtone. As it warmed, the subdued malt took on a nutty flavor. The oak, with hints of vanilla, provided some nice tannin tang and balance, the citrus become more nectarine than pineapple. The alcohol is very much in the background for such a high ABV. There's a nice fruity sweetness to balance the significant but not tongue-scrubbing bitterness. All of this continues into the lingering, astringent aftertaste, which is surprisingly dry. Superb.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and firm (matador677 suggests added dextrin). Moderately prickly and nicely resinous. A very fine mouthfeel indeed.

O - A magnificent brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending a growler of this to me. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of gorgeous yellow-tinged off-white foam with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent glowing golden orange color with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I could have gone for a touch more lacing but otherwise it's gorgeous.

S - Citrus and pine hop explosion. When I poured this brew I could smell it from like 2 feet away. There's loads of tropical fruits and some dank earthy tinges as well - not sure if those are from a certain hop or from the oak chipping. There's nary a trace of alcohol to be found. This definitely rivals the Kuhnhenn Extreme IPA in the smell department.

T - Tons of sweet citrus, tropical, and candied fruits - a lot like 16 Grit in that regard. There's also a touch of the dank weed and oak flavors early on that morph into more floral, melon, and vanilla notes the end. There is a shocking lack of bitterness to this brew - I'm almost disappointed - it took a good two glasses before it started to accumulate. Again, there's no trace of alcohol.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth, surprisingly moderate carbonation, medium body, and lots of residual stickiness. I'm getting slightly incoherent at this point, but in any case it is what I expect from a DIPA.

D - Other than the high ABV (which I can't taste) it has all the attributes of session brews - low carbonation, great taste, low bitterness, etc. This is one deceptive - other than the mounting buzz there is nothing to keep me from pounding this one down. I will be very sad when I finish this growler.

This is on par with the other great DIPAs (PtY, 16 Grit, etc.) - highly recommended!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Mikey711. I've wanted to try this for a long time, this went straight from the box to the freezer to my glass. The beer is clear, light copper colored, with a few fingers of wet head. The smell is so much better than I expected for a triple IPA, my only prior experience is probably Devil Dancer. Thankfully Alpine constructed their triple IPA with only pale malts, no addition of caramel in the aroma or taste. Loaded with citrus, grapefruit, maybe some other fruit like mangos and tropical whatnot. Very resiny and sticky in the mouth, sweet and pungent with hoppy acids, very very good. This was like fresh hops oil and candi sugar, good body but that's the only indication of the malt bill, exactly the way I like a strong DIPA or triple IPA to taste. Excellent.

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10/11/2014 - Alpine Beer Company - Exponential Hoppiness - Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass - Acquired at Pizza Port Bottle Shop during an Alpine Tap Takeover

A - Deep gold, almost red color with a thin white head. White floaties sink to the bottom of my glass but didn't seem to want to form a yeast cake in the bottle, so I'm just going to write it off as it is hop particles. Just a few though, nothing to get upset about. I've had plinys with way more floaties.
S - Wonderfully complex aroma. Peach, grapefruit, hint of spice, apple, pear, smells like fruit hard candy.
T - I love the taste of this IPA. Extremely well balanced for a triple IPA. Comes through with a bready sweetness, followed by an assault of hop, and just a tinge of heat from alcohol. Definitely tastes like it contains 7%. Earthy, floral, fruity and sweet! Warms your chest once you swallow but the lingering flavor distracts from the burn.
M - Delightful! Not too thick or creamy, medium/heavy body. Adequate carbonation, I feel it is a little high in the beginning but mellows out as it starts to warm up. Let this beer warm up.
O - I love this IPA. In my opinion, it really isn't worth seeking out or trading your stash. The last release I stood in line for hours for 2, and thought it wasn't worth it then. Alpine has so many amazing IPA's, I would only track this one down if you're an extreme hop head. Otherwise, it is good all around, good for getting others more buzzed than expected. Still a top 5 IPA for me, but it's rarity/demand almost works against it. I love that they add oak.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like Chris said, it does pour a clear honey color. Decent bubbly white head with good retention and lace.

Smells of candy and tropical fruit. Mango, peach, apricot.

Flavor is amazing. An amazing balance of malt and hops for such a big ipa. Amazing tropical fruit and honey/candy like sweetness balanced with the pineappley and mild citrus hops.

Mouth is a bit tacky yet still light with high carb.

Overall this beer is far beyond what I was expecting. Just fantastic and a breath of fresh air in a time where too many breweries are producing similar big ipas now. Just fantastic!

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Photo of Popkas
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a honey amber with about a finger of head. A nice ring persists with a little lacing.

S: Sweet ripe pineapple and floral hops. Very pleasant as I was expecting all hops.

T: Sugary citrus followed by a dry bitterness. Very complex and very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Leaves an oily feel.

D: The complexity seems to be hiding the abv as it is very drinkable. Big fan.

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Photo of harrymel
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for picking this up fresh for me in SD! Cheers Jesse!
ABV 11%
Poured to New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear golden ale with superb clarity. Fine white single finger head dissipates in a minute or so to leave a thick sheet of meringue foam. Consistent carbonation evident through the ale. Spider web lacing on glass.

S: Pine, sweet alcohol, bubble gum, grapefruit, citrus rinds. Alcohol a hint more evident than I would prefer, but nonetheless, yummy.

T: See above. Add bitterness so acute the glands behind my jaw. Just what I've been looking for in an Impy IPA lately. Been through Hopslam, Pliny, etc. This is fantastic! I think I might prefer it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Clearly slicks the palate while cold. As it warms, the body of my mouth is dried. Pleasant.

D: This is among the best, no question. I think the hype matches this beer appropriately. Worth seeking, but not a 1200 miles journey (or global: see PtY).

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Photo of starrdogg
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to pollox87 for this one - I got a chance to try this at a tasting a month ago and just HAD to get a bottle for myself.

The beer's only unimpressive aspect is the way it looks - it pours a nondescript clear yellowish-orange, but with a nice white head. Once you inhale the glorious aromas, this beer is all amazing the rest of the way. The beer has that glorious open hops smell that makes your mouth water with hints of pineapple. If the smell doesn't reel you in, the taste is where this beer shines. The beer is an incredible balance of fresh hops, citrus flavors and a little bit of sweetness with some nice bready malt flavor to back it up - just perfect. Oftentimes DIPAs this big can be syrupy, but this one is far from it, it's got a nice body which really presents the beer well.

Overall, this beer is flat-out fantastic, it's ridiculously smooth and easy to drink for being 11% (I drank a bomber pretty quickly and could've easily downed another). It's super hoppy, but there are so many other flavors to balance out the hops that the incredible balance makes this one of the best DIPAs out there.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright brassy amber color with a good finger of Lucious off white head. Retention is solid.

S- holy mother of god this is freaking insane smelling. Smells insanely fresh hops. Intense pine and rich ruby red grapefruits(rind and pulp). Some mango and tropical fruit in there as well. Dank resiny hemp aromas in the middle. Some sweetness from the malt struggles to overcome the hops and leaves a hint on the finish.

T- big resiny hop flavor explodes like an a-bomb on the palate. Pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Hemp dank flavors in the middle. Slight sweetness and biscuity malt barely comes out after the utter hop assult. Finish is fresh hop flavor that lingers and lingers in the aftertaste. Tastes like hop pellets smell when I'm brewing. This is a hop revelation.

MF- thick resiny mouthfeel with a syrupy medium body and average carbonation.

D- despite the intense hoppiness this is insanely drinkable!

Overall this is one of the beat ipas I've ever had.

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with a thin layer everywhere else. There is a mild amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Citrus peel and pine hops are both present. As hoppy as the beer smells, it's also quite smooth. Sweet malt mixes with the citrus and is quite nice. Just a hint of woodiness as well.

Taste: No way I would have guess this beer is 11%. The hop profile is wonderful. Pine hops dominate, with some citrus flavors in the mix as well. Some tangerine and maybe some pineapple. The finish is bitter and very woody. You can definitely pick up the oak and it is a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with lots of fluffy carbonation. The finish is a touch dry at first and then it gets slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic Imperial IPA. The addition of the oak just puts it over the top. Extremely smooth given the Abv. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a couple pints at Obrien's.

Nice deep copper color with bright yellow highlights. Quite a nice foamy head, the keg had just been tapped. Nice carbonation.

Very nice malt flavor, followed by hops, hops, and more hops! Very citrusy and bitter. Captured the flavor of the hops at every stage.

This one was really very good. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever tasted but still very balanced and very drinkable. It's pretty dangerous considering the ABV.


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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this fine ale at the tiny and incredibly awesome brewpub in Alpine a couple days ago. This is from notes.

Huge rocky ivory head that coats the glass with foam. The aroma is pungent west coast hops, resiny and concentrated pine and white grapefruit and floral notes. Hop savagery overwhelms the palate first sip. Huge citrusy and tangy tropical hop notes mingle with a brash bitterness. Malts are more prominent than I was expecting, providing an excellent bready ballast to the hop maelstrom. Booze is imperceptable. That and the amazing balance makes this brew dangerously drinkable. Hop oils abound and coat the mouth in the medium bodied mouthfeel.

This is stellar stuff. Really showcases the breadth and depth of American hops. Incredible.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into stemmed beer glass. This may be the only Alpine IPA I haven't had. Super pumped to say I've had them all. Alpine does no harm. Let's see if this holds true with this...

Pours amber, hazy, with a one finger cream colored head. Hop gunk all up in this. I wonder if this was a fail or it's always like this? Either way, let's see how the gritty stuff feels inside the mouth!

Aroma is crazy good. Alpine in style yet with an eccentric twist. You get green chronic, spiced orange, tamarind, fresh cut oak, pineapple, sweet pipe tobacco, cumin, white pepper, pine, Turkish apricot, and all sorts of citrus peel.

On the palate you get hammered with dank, citrus, spicy hops. Biscuit and toffee malt character make a strong presence. Oak, peated cherry wood, lightly sweet peach marmalade, tamarind, faint cinnamon, old clove, and an array of other spices make this one of the most damned complex DIPA's (they call it a triple IPA) I have had. At 11 percent abv, this drinks smoother than that Starbucks double cream latte you have each morning. Damn smooth, drinking this way too fast. I can't imagine how Pliny the Younger can be better than this.

Mouthfeel is legit. Medium body, creamy, bitter over sweet but not overly bitter or sweet for as big as this is. Hop gunk settles to the bottom of the glass so not until you are finishing you're pour do you get some in your mouth. Doesn't spoil the beer one bit as you can simply avoid the last drink or two.

Overall, I'm amazed at the wizardry beheld by Alpine in crafting their IPA's. Such a vast range of world class offerings. They are the IPA kings, end of discussion. Expo is insanely good, try it.

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