1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Exponential HoppinessExponential Hoppiness

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,068 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,406
Gots: 65 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,068 | Reviews: 386 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lothore
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clear reddish hue with a 2 finger frothy head that leaves tons of lacing.

S- Smell is dominated by grapefuit and floral hops.

T- Very resiny, pine, grapefruit, bready, with an underlying berry tone and big alcohol notes on the back end.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This one didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I enjoyed it but just wouldn't put it at the same level as some of the other big DIPAs or "triple ipas"

Lothore, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Deep amber almost copper. Not much of a head. Slight wisps.

Smell - Not as citrusy as I expected. Grapefruit and a ton of pine. Malt behind it. Musty.

Taste - Hoppier here, but it has just as much malt. Pretty damn hoppy. Grapefruit and resiny pine. Not my favorite hop profile but it's over the top and somehow balanced by malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Least impressive IPA from Alpine. Still a pretty damn good IPA.

Alieniloquium, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of paytoplay
3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at sd toro, and uber fresh. Great aroma. Nice rich complex hops, pine, spice, floral and only a touch tropical. Great upfront aroma and flavors. Not as rich and viscious as I usually enjoy. Mid is nice but starts to fade and the finish is short. Maybe the 10+ alc thins and cuts this down too early. It is pretty darn good, wish this was in bottle.

paytoplay, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of kscaldef
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

kscaldef, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of JohnG190
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a slight white head that fades quickly. Good lacing. Strong scents of grapefruit on the nose with hints of malt. Powerful hop bitterness throughout the palate with strong notes of malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation creating a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter. Overall, this is definitely a well crafted and balanced DIPA, just a little to malty for my taste.

JohnG190, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Schlais, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -9.9%

warnerry, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -9.9%

stereosforgeeks, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Reappropriated, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -9.9%

mhenson42, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of resistdefy
4/5  rDev -9.9%

resistdefy, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -9.9%

waddellc2, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Drtfinelli
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Drtfinelli, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Adkins721
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Adkins721, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of bombadil
4/5  rDev -9.9%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of KCBeerNerd
4/5  rDev -9.9%

KCBeerNerd, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company out of California. Thank you BeerAdvocate user bpfrush for hooking me up with this highly hyped beer!

Score: 91

No bottling date, but this specific bottle is from the 01/27/12 release. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a largely translucent honey color with three fingers of foamy off-white head that settles into a foggy cap over three quarters of the top of the beer and a ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. There is none of that signature "floating flakiness" in the beer that I have come to associate with Alpine IPAs. 4/5

Smell: Zesty grapefruit, mango, fresh pine and a touch of honey. Fresh tropical citrus and a light alcohol ester. Spice, oak and some herbal hops. There's a malty orange juice aroma too. 4/5

Taste: Pine, oak, earthy hops and fresh tangerine/mango. There's an "earthy" and oaky alcohol booziness on the midpalate. Malty orange juice backbone. Lots of barley malt and some smooth caramel throughout as well. Not very bitter. Juicy, "earthy" and "oaky" are the adjectives that primarily define this brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A maltier-than-bitter IIPA that is overrated. Certainly a tasty imperial IPA offering that is worth trying, but is it a "world class" beer? Absolutely not. Of all the beers in the world, even among the IPA's that Alpine makes, Exponential Hoppiness is easily the silliest beer for a brewer to throw a temper tantrum over seeing a growler of it appear on eBay. Alpine Nelson was a much better beer in my opinion.

Recommendation: Beer geeks and IPA lovers should seek this beer out with tempered expectations. Casual beer drinkers can avoid this one.

Pairings: Oven-roasted lamb. Maybe something like this.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

jegross2, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint-tulip hybrid. No freshness date listed.

The beer is a slightly hazy auburn amber color. Forms an extremely large and persistent off-white head. The dense and bubbly look of it has me flashing back to childhood root beer floats foaming over the edge of the glass. Leaves some of prettiest lacing I can think of.

Citrus is a big part of the aroma but it's not a grapefruit bomb like some West Coast DIPA's. I'm also getting a spice cabinet or potpourri character and a dry bitterness.

Flavor seems drier and more floral than the aroma. This is well played off a subdued but sweet and bready malt profile. Nice semi pungent bitterness and more spice on the aftertaste. Seemed to get slightly sweeter in a fruit juice type of way as it warmed. Fairly nuanced for such a huge beer, I never could have guessed this weighed in at 11 percent ABV.

The way the bitter, spicy, and sweet flavors are stacked against eachother 'house of cards' style along with the lack of obvious alcohol heat keeps drinkability high.

Overall a very unique and interesting beer but I like some of the other Alpine IPA's slightly more.

berkey, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of PhillipMicupp
4/5  rDev -9.9%

PhillipMicupp, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -9.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -9.9%

FUwolfpacker, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of airohead2001
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

airohead2001, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -9.9%

ShanePB, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of nollie77
4/5  rDev -9.9%

nollie77, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -9.9%

ChrisPro, Nov 16, 2011
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,068 ratings.