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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 390
Hads: 1,221
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 1,492
Gots: 81 | 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:
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 callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of a generous BA... thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a dark amber body, with a large, creamy off-white head. Significant retention before crashing down to a respectable skim. Nice ring around the glass with sheet like lacing.

S: Massive bright citric and tropical fruits... grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango are most notable... a significant undercurrent of alcohol and sweet malts... almost warm glazed donut in character...

T: Incredibly bitter up front with all of the citric hop character from the nose plus some floral and pine as well... lots of sweet bready, bicuity malts... lots of booze shining through the back... this would get a five if the booze and malt sweetness were toned down just a tad.

M: Resinous, yet smooth throughout. Hearty, but not distracting carbonation. Not much of a bite in the finish because of the booze presence.

D: This is one massive brew. If I could describe this beer in one word it would be "experimental." Huge huge hops with no attempt at being balanced. A great idea, just pushed it a tad too far. Although, I started eating pretzels during the second half of the bomber and the boozeyness was diminished.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from Joey, thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into my hand blown San Tan pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium copper hue with a frothy two finger off-white head. A good dose of lace holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma is straight up dank. Sweet herb, sticky pine, and ripe grapefruit. Just a harmonious blend of hops with this, definitely nosegasm worthy for you hopheads. Some biscuit finds itself in the nose as well to help balance out the insane hops. Taste begins with succulent pineapple with a dash of evergreen. Midway the malts appear underneath orange peel and cane sugar. Aftertaste has some biscuit and more sticky icky, just great flavors from start to finish. A heavy medium body with a chewy feel and steady carbonation. The drinkability is pretty scary with this because it drinks like an IPA. The 10.5% abv is NOWHERE to be found. Definitely no Heady Topper, but still one of the best DIPA's I've had to date.

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Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been anticipating trying this one for quite some time

A: Slightly cloudy caramel colored beer. Lots of carbonation rushes up from the bottom of the glass. Head is only about a quarter inch thick but holds well at that level with nice rings left behind

S: As soon as I opend the bottle I could smell piny hops, sweet vanilla, and oak. There is also a nice floral note present, but not much citrus. Still very very hoppy smelling. As it warms the wood comes out even more along with some caramel notes.

T: Super piny and very oaky, but the two blend well together. Some floral and crisp herbal notes also present. A beer along the same lines of Burton Baton and Super kitty. The vanilla is very very present and leaves a lot of sweetness that at times does overshadow the hops. As it warms slightly more of the floral hops come out

M:Very nice creaminess, not heat present which was surprising and the flavors are all very rich and bold. Nice and smooth. The hops dont linger as much as other hopped up beers but certainly enjoyable

D: Very quaffable considering the abv. A great beer but not one that i necessarily need o chase down again

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a one-finger ivory head, good retention and lacing

s - surprisingly sweet malty aroma with a healthy dose of caramel malt and oak, no doubt there is a good amount of hops in the nose as well, lots of orange and grapefruit come through, moderate alcohol presence, some pine, the hops come out more as the beer warms

t - big sweet caramel malt flavor up front, some breadiness and earthiness, mid-palate has considerable bitter orange and grapefruit hop flavors, citrus bitterness lingers into the finish where notes of oak, earthiness and grass appear, slightly astringent alcohol as well, overall a much sweeter beer than most DIPAs I've tried

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol warming, fairly dry finish from the hop bitterness but the sweetness balances it out pretty well for a DIPA

d - not overly drinkable because you can tell the alcohol is there, but more well-balanced than most DIPAs if not sweet, complexity gives it drinkability points

Overall, another good IPA from Alpine. The oak has definitely mellowed out the hops a little bit. I find it to be a tad too sweet for my tastes - I like DIPAs to be a bit more hop forward.

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Photo of vacax
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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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 Xul
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent, darker shade of golden with a one finger head that quickly recedes into a light lacing.

S: Hops up front, hops in the middle, backed up by a solid layer of hops. Did I mention hops? Srong tropical fruit notes - mango and papaya - with orange and some pine hints backing it up. If this was a perfume and a woman wore it around me, I'd be instantly smitten.

T: Up front is an earthier hops profile that gives way to the more tropical hops on the backend, with the aftertaste being a blend of the two. Remarkably well balanced for a beer named "Exponential Hoppiness", the hops provide plenty of bitterness and flavor without becoming overbearing or one-dimensional.

M: Smooth and creamy with a perfect level of carbonation. Coats the mouth with oily hints of hops, leaving you wanting more.

D: It's hard to rate an 11% beer as highly drinkable, but against the style and intent of the beer it's hard to knock it. The ABV is well hidden, it's balanced, and drinks ultra smooth. Certainly not something you can session (unless you want to end up passing out in a blissful hop-induced coma), but goes down far too easy.

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Photo of Lothore
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
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"

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a few weekends back from the Alpine brewery. Finally cracking one open. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a copper color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head settles after a little bit living a ring on top of the beer. There is great lace retention on the glass.

S - Definitive sweetness from the malts are present. I'm getting sweet tropical fruit, like peaches and/or mangoes...maybe sweet oranges. There are light grassy and floral notes from the hops as well.

T - There are some light and grassy notes up front, but no sweetness I'd have expected from the smell of the malts in the aroma. I'd say a light wood, probably pine, dominates the taste.
There is a bigtime boozy aftertaste...wow, didn't see that coming.

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very fitting of the style.

D - Not as good as I would hoped. I think the alcohol comes through too much, and the balance between malt and hops just isn't quite right. A little bit of a letdown after other amazing brews from Alpine.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle version finally released!

A - Light clear honey, small head leaves fast. Some cling lace remains.

S - HOPS HOPS HOPS. Some woody smell and small malt note and fruit mixed in.

T - Clubbed by hops. Pine and fruit, but mostly pine. Bitter end. Malt almost not enough to cover the bitter. Precarious balance.

M - Medium body, very coating, balance barely in check.

D - You have to be kidding. This will kick your butt pretty darned soon, and the taste will tire you out fast, as delicious as it is.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium light copper with about a half finger of head and light lacing.

S - Citrus(Pineapple & Orange), Chocolate, white pepper, and slight brown sugar.

T - Slightly bitter citrus taste of orange and lemons. Also chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, and some carmel sweetness. There are some tannins from the amount of malt and hops in this beer.

M - Nice even carbonation feel and a little oily but perfect for a DIPA.

D - Very drinkable with very little alcohol taste even though it is 10.5%. I think this beer will be very different (but still good) aged for 6 months.

A very good balance IPA. Too bad they make so little of it. Had this beer on both growler(2 days old) and bottle(2 weeks later). I like the bottle better but growler was more complex.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

5-batch vertical on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego: 5/07, 12/07, 2/08, 8/08, 4/09.

Slightly hazy but mostly clear golden color with a small creamy white head and good lacing on the older vintages.

Fresh rough citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt. So simple yet so good.

Flavor is a little sweet pale malt and sugar along with loads of fresh citrusy hops. Older versions have some sour apple and a mild brett-like tartness - interesting and barleywine-like. This beer is best either fresh or about 2 years aged, not as good in between.

Great rough hoppy palate with medium body. Feels like you just sucked on a fresh hop cone.

Well, it's not like you're going to chug this beer. You sip it, you keep sipping it, and you love every second of it. Overall this is pretty awesome. Would love to try it super-fresh.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd like to extend a big thank you to 0110x011 who hooked me up with a growler of this most sought after nectar!

Appearance: Transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Very Pliny like in the sense that this brew has lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes but not as much pine sap, lots more malt presence, and lots more floral hop smell.

Taste: An initial hop bitterness that opens up to a nice pale malt that blends flawlessly with some great oak notes from the oak chips used in the recipe. The next wave is all citrus hops and once the fruit flavor subsides a strong hop bitterness finishes this one off. Tip of the cap to Alpine for packing this much hop bitterness into a brew and keeping it from tasting astringent. The bitterness is well crafted and really enjoyable. Alpine does add a heavy dose of sugar sweetness to the brew to counterbalance the extreme bitterness and mask the high abv. The sugar sneaks up on you faster than the abv IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation (even after the 2 weeks it has been since it was poured) and smooth!

Drinkability: The 10.50% abv and the sugar are the only things holding me back from giving this excellent brew a higher drinkability rating.

Home Run Alpine!

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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 ledomelor
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's in San Diego 16oz glass

A: Rich copper color, good clarity in the beer, not very cloudy one finger head and a little bit of lacing

S: A lot of flora and some citrus and pine hops. If any fruits were present in the aroma, they were overwhelmed by the hops.

T: HOPS! More piney hops in the palette then the flora in the aroma. In the background of the palette you can pick up some caramel and malts. Blends very well with the high alcohol and it sneaks up on you

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel, almost creamy and leaves a strong amount of lingering hoppyness in your mouth. Very good amount of natural carbonations

D: Hop Heads will find this beer very drinkable

Overall: I enjoyed this IIPA very much, I think it's my favorite from Alpine, which also has a very good selection of other great IPAs. I would recommend trying this beer if you see it on tap, although it's not available many placed

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a beer. Just had this on-tap at O'Briens and it's well-worth the hype.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with nice little head and lacing, but nothing too outstanding. The only thing about this beer that really wasn't world-class.

Smell: Like hops, hops, and more hops, and yet there was still the slightest hint of a breadiness in there as well. Very floral hops with some skunky pot character with it as well, smelled like some quite powerful stuff. Really almost a 5, just slightly off due to Pliny's being slightly more aromatic.

Taste: No complaints, this beer delivers. Fantastic hop character that my friend, who loves IPAs, deemed simply too hoppy. I know no such master. It was so fantastically powerful and yet I never felt like it was just hops, there was somehow a wonderful back-end coating that ended with a resinous citrus. Somehow, someway, this beer ended up with some malt taste as well. But this beer is all about the hops, and boy does it deliver. So many hop profiles, and while the balance in so skewed towards hops, it never felt like too much to handle.

Mouthfeel: Not too wet, but definitely a heavily resinous brew. If this were bottled, I'd imagine it'd be even more so than now. The tap carbonation helps it along quite well, but it's certainly a very hoppy beer that can't help but be sort-of wetter and thick.

Drinkability: What 10.5%? If you hadn't have told me, I'd have said a 7. Maybe an 8. This beer and I tangoed the night away and while I could've easily finished pint after pint, I had to drive home and one was my cutoff. Fantastic, not quite Pliny the Elder heights as far as balance and simple perfection, but an overwhelmingly hoppy, excellent beer that is everything it claims to be, plain and simple.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chugger from Ratebeer for this one. Never thought I'd see the day. Now, I wasn't blown away by Pure hoppiness so I really didn't know what to expect from this beer.

Pours a crystal clear, light golden straw body with a nice creamy white head that rests on top the duration of the glass. The initial presentation screams, "DRINK ME!"

Hello college days... smells like a big bag of pot with some pinesol sprayed in. Really stinky with some nice citrus freshness to it. A nice lemon compliments well, and some light grapefruit pokes you in the nose. I had a hard time keeping my nose out of the glass in this one.

This tastes basically like a hop tea. Huge pine and citrus. The lemon and grapefruit in the scent have assertively made their way to the taste, and the piney hops add that west coast flavor. There is a moderate caramel backing, but this is straight hops from start to finish which calls for a lack of balance, but one happy hop-head.

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Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Headed out to Alpine today just for this beauty and shared with several BA's including Aimstatus, Tdizzle, and Pehlman. Poured from a growler into an Alpine Pint glass.

A: Assembled a frothy and thick 1.5 inch head that trapped in a golden hue body underneath. Lacing was just like a cobweb, and the head retention was amazing...really can't get better than this.

S: A shit load of fresh hop aromas! Wow! A mild malt body smell seems to be masked by the abundance of hops and added oak/vanilla character.

T: A hop monster, but not in overly bitter way. I was really able to pick out the hop flavors, which is somewhat unique for Imperial IPA's....at least to me. I tend to find many beers of this style to have a very sharp bitter bite (which I enjoy), but Exponential Hoppiness exhibits a more balanced and actual hop flavor profile...with a mild bitter finish. The added oak quality is nice as well, leaving your palate with a musky middle and sweet malt finish. The only knock is the noticeable alcohol flavor and sometimes overly sweet malt character.

M: Great carbonation and somewhat oily/creamy. Perfect!

D: A top 10 Double IPA for me...enough said.

Overall: A must try! A slight step below PtY, PtE, and Sculpin when it comes to IPA/DIPA's. Cheers!

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Photo of portia99
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in trade with danielcurtis81. Thanks a ton for the opportunity to try this one!! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright yellow with a touch of orange color. A 1 finger white head forms and last for a short time. Dissipates to a layer of bubbles on the surface and a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Some subtle lacing forms on the sides of the glass. Good looking beer. Can't get over how clear and pale this beer is.

S - Very upfront but smooth citrus and pine aromas. The faintest aroma of bready malt makes an appearance, but can barely get past the fresh hops. A hop lovers dream...smells almost identical to PtE to me...so excellent.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Loaded with citrus and pine. More malt definitely comes thru in the taste as compared to the aroma. Good sweet malt backbone that holds up against the hops. Wouldn't really say the malt balances things out. Hops are definitely the focus. Good, sharp and tight bitterness, and lots of citrus and pine flavors. To me, this beer is very similar to PtE...difference is the malty sweetness present here and definitely more noticeable alcohol presence. I don't detect the alcohol in the flavor, but it hits me on the inhale during every sip...doesn't detract from the beer at all.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Carbonation has a very unique feel. Hate to keep comparing this to PtE but they are quite similar. Both beers have an extremely fine, tiny bubbled carbonation that I haven't found in other beers. Has a creaminess but with still some prickly bite to it as well. I really like this quality...wish I knew what these breweries do to create this effect.

D - For a beer that is 10.5%, this is really smooth. I'm sure I'd regret it in the morning, but I feel like I could drink this all night. Really smooth...great hop flavor, alcohol is well hidden...very nice all around.

Wow!!! Amazing beer - this one definitely lived up to the hype. Really glad I was able to try this. Gotta find a way to get more of this! Thanks again Dan!

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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 0110x011
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal clear gold. Had at a bar, so I got only about a half inch of fluffy white head. The head I did get had medium retention, but left nice, thick sheets of lace behind. Beautiful beer.

S - It's not just a clever name. Enormous hop profile, leaning slightly on the piny side, but with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine citrus, grass, and fresh cut wildflowers. Everything hoppy is in this beer. The oak chips add a nice vanilla aroma that makes it stand out from other DIPAs. The lack of malt anything in the aroma keeps it from perfect 5 status, but it's still one of the best hoppy beers I've smelt.

T - As expected, the palate closely follows the nose, starting with juicy, resiny hop everythings. A bit stronger citrus presence, with lots of tangerine and grapefruit. Later the pine takes hold, with a distinctly floral overtone. The oaking also plays a significant part in the profile, adding both vanilla and toasty flavors to the mix. What's most shocking is the malt presence, with just enough caramel sweetness to provide perfect balance.

M - Full bodied without being syrupy. The carbonation is medium-thick, but soft and fluffy, making for a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - Too high in abv to have more than a glass or two, but those are dangerously drinkable. This one could get you into trouble.

Normally with California IPAs and DIPAs, there is mediocre, good, great, and amazing, but they all are basically variations on the same theme. This is one of the few I've had that truly stands out from the pack. Unique and delicious, Alpine has scored a real home run with this. To be sought out, for sure.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this thanks to gford217, who brought a growler to share to the Brick Store Pub. Wonderful to finally get to try this, thanks a bunch, Grant! Hugely unusual beer, probably the most unusual beer I've had in a long time! I think its probably due to the hop profile and late addition of wood chips, but this beer has one of the more unusual herbal qualities I've ever had, and was completely different than what I was expecting. Pours normal enough, with a golden color and good clarity and a nice head that leaves some lacing. The smell and taste, though are extremely herbal and tangy. I'm strongly reminded of a dill and greek yogurt combo, especially in the nose. The taste is similar, but perhaps even creamier, but with that same slight lactic tartness and dill herbiness. Perhaps some sour cream this time? Tangy and rich, with a touch of sweetness and a strong pine finish after the yogurt and dill. perhaps I've just washed my greek snack down with a glass of retsina? Very tasty and different. Super smooth and creamy in the mouth and a bit tamgy. Wow. Glad I got to try this one!

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at Hollister Brewing Company. Dark gold with a sticky white head that laces. The aroma is citrus and flowery hops; not to over the top. The flavor has a good amount of sweet but clean malts. The hops are plentiful, but not overly bitter. Very flavorful with an herbal, woody quality. The alcohol is very well hidden. Balance is almost perfect. Palate is medium and smooth. The strength truly is dangerous. Tastes like a well balanced and flavorful IPA. I would never guess that is is as strong as it is. Very drinkable.

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