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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 390
Hads: 1,217
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 4.34%
Wants: 1,490
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 airohead2001
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by Drazzamatazz

A: Burnt orange hue with a 1 finger cream head. Retains a small layer can be replicated with a swirl of the glass

S: Tons of hops right up front. Citrusy notes, grapefruit, oranges slices, melon. As it warms, the fruit fades a little and some light scallion appears. Some breadiness comes through. Slight tinge of alcohol

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. Strange pepper presence on the front of the tongue towards the end of the glass

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth due to light carbonation. Very minor amount of residual bitterness

D: Considering the bottle says this is a triple IPA, it drinks fabulously. Super hoppy but yet doesn't kill your palate. Fantastic balance (858 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StarRaptor for this treat!

Pours a slightly hazy sunny orange color. Nearly bright white head, slightly spongy with light lace remnants.

Citrus aroma with notes or pineapple and tropical fruits mingle with a solid malt base and inescapable slight fusal alcohol.

More tropical fruits on the taste, with a caramel malt backing minimal bitterness, light sweetness and a touch of heat on the finish.

Creamy, slick and slightly oily texture. Fairly full bodied for an IPA; sits a little heavy on the palate. Good feel to it. Drinkability is good considering the ABV.

This is unmistakably solid. I've had a few other "Triple IPAs", and though this is good, it's not the best I've had. Would drink again in a heartbeat though. (743 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange color, wispy head with some lacing. Smells extra hoppy, melons, canteloupe, good stuff. The taste is really good, watermelon rind, hops, slightly sweet, alcohol is well hidden in the background. I can;t really taste the oak in this one which is good as far as I'm concerned. I like this one a lot, way to go Alpine.

Update 9/2012 latest batch bought at the brewery

Fucking fantastic IPA, melons, citrus, green dank hops. Might be overpriced at $12 but I'm still glad I bought two. Yum. (501 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 tjkinate
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I gladly accepted this beer as gift from my best bud out in San Diego. To me this beauty lived up to the hype and I think even exceeded my expectations, well done Alpine Beer Company. I only wish I would have visited you when I lived near by. (Pathetic Excuse Ahead) I wasn't into beer that much at the time and now I am kicking myself.

A: I poured the beer into a standard pint glass which produced numerous bubbles and a frothy white one fingered head. The beer started out transparent with a pale orange hue, but rather quickly became cloudy once the flow of bubbles had ceased. Even with the relatively small head, the beer exhibited excellent lacing that remained until I had finished the glass.

S: Prepare yourself to be punched straight in the nose with pungent floral hops! To my amazement, after a few sniffs I was able to detect other smells, some sweet citrus, pine, and even some honey.

T: The name says it all. If you love IPA's, then you will most likely enjoy this brew. If you don't, for your sake please stay away.

M: Medium bodied, very little carbonation.

O: A unique and fantastic beer that skirts with being labeled a novelty due to the abundance amount of hops. Luckily for us, Alpine knew what they were doing and produced a very drinkable beer that I will be talking about for a long time to come. (1,326 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 KevinBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Tad bit hazy, deep golden color with an orange tint. Thick, billowing cream-colored head that retains a sizable cap, lacing the glass nicely.

N- Rich honey-soaked malt with a dark oakiness to it. Bursting with floral, herbaceous, resinous, pungent, piney hops. The aromas of the hops blend together to create this great herbal tea character that is a signature thing for Expo. Also a subtle fruitiness of pear and grapefruit flesh.

T- The immense amount of hop oils is the first thing to hit the palate, definitely a zing to it. Huge concentrated herbal tea flavors coat the tongue, with some resinous pine underneath. Also a subtle vague fruitiness in there. The sweet honey-dipped malt comes after the initial hop shockwave. Grassy, oaky bitterness is firm, but surprisingly smooth. The finish is incredibly long and bittersweet, with some delicate floral fumes coming out as the more prominent flavors die down. Aftertaste is herbal, oaky, grassy, and floral.

M- Medium-bodied, rich and creamy, moderate-to-low carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, this has got to be the hoppiest beer I've ever had. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster that only true hopheads will appreciate. Thank you Alpine for pushing the limits of our palates. (1,299 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to nogidrew86 for throwing it in as a very generous extra!!!

Poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with less than a finger head that leaves nothing more than a bright white rim around the glass. Doesn't leave much head retention but the legs are there to remind you this is %10.

S- Like I expected, huge tropical fruit notes up front. Mango, peach, citrus, grapefruit. But on top of that is has the more earthy side to it with pine, dank resin, celery, and grass. Has a slight caramel maltiness to it as well as a hint of alcohol that stings the nose slightly. Can get my nose out of the glass haha

T- First thing I noticed is the more earthy hop flavors come through like pine, dank resin, fresh grass, and celery which I love! The fruitiness is more subtle and well-balanced and creates a nice overall sweetness to the strong bitter brutal hop take over in your mouth. Also the malts are way more apparent and provide a sweet body and base as well as a solid creamy more full body. Not getting the alcohol really, the hops drown out the harshness but they don't stop you from feeling it.

M- Medium to fuller body with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall I gotta give it up to Alpine. I'll admit this is my first triple IPA but god damn is it worth every penny and second of labor that went into this beer; not to mention all the hype. Get this beer if you can, you will not regret it one bit. A true defining example of what a hop bomb should be.

SkÅL! (1,550 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden brown, touch hazy. Rich foamy white head, solid lacing.

s: mango, peach, citrus. sweetness from the malts in the tail of the nose.

t: strong upfront citrus and pine. expected more hop punch given the name, though I was delighted by the extreme balance and smooth shift from tropical dark fruit, orange peel, sunflower and pine into caramel, toffee, wood and roasted nut flavorings from the malt profile. hints of yeast and grain in the mid, this is a solid DIPA. Only complaint was that the sweetness didn't linger in the aftertaste. It trailed off...wish it lingered.

m: creamy, silky smooth. perfect carbonation for me. covered the palette well, though I wish it had stayed longer. if it would have been slightly thicker, I think the taste and feel would have lingered nicely.

o: very solid DIPA, haven't been let down by anything from Alpine yet. Nice hop flavors and tropical fruit, great malt characteristic. (933 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip, another fine beer generously provided by Bennettrox in his crazy BIF box. No date, but fresh from very recent release.

Appearance: Poured to top of D in glass, about one finger of white head that doesn't stick around very long. Very nice lacing. Color is a dark golden orange that is extremely translucent.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and caramel. Kind of like pure hoppiness with a much stronger citrus whiff on the nose.

Taste: Well balanced between the pine, citrus, and malt. The alcohol comes through pretty strongly here, which I don't totally care for, but at 11% I can't really fault it for it. He is what he is. There is a strong sweet flavor throughout, yet still dry and super bitter on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfectly carbed. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Fairly low, largely due to the 11% ABV. Otherwise it drinks pretty good, though the alcohol burn started to get to me a bit halfway through the glass.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Alpine. It's more complex than Pure Hoppiness, and ultimately it may be a better beer, but I thought Pure did a much better job at masking the alcohol. For that I prefer Pure, even though I rate Expo higher. (1,221 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Name says it all Deep Gold thats bright with a faint haze. The very soft, off-white foam is more of an accent.

S: A tropical, citrus rush. The most crisp and clear aroma I've face in a long time. Nothing muddles the focus of this aroma.

T: Fruit, fire, and flavor in a semi-sweet and slightly drying melt. It's a big brew, but opens loud but then gets subtle. Just when think it's over the top, other parts put all the pieces together. Not cloying, not over alcohol, not overly malt sweet. I really like the citrus smell and taste, like eating at a Florida citrus orchard breakfest bar, with the notes of sweet grapefruit lingering in the back of the mouth.

O: Maybe my case is worship from far, as it's hard to get this So-SoCal brewer's wares all the way to Chicago. But all the effort is worth it. I've never had an Alpine beer that wasn't the top of it's group (style or peers, or whatever). It's A rating in BA is deserved. And it challenges local hero, Bells Hopslam in the category, which says loads. I've got to visit this brewery. (1,045 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift, really, from a very generous BA. This bottle lasted me all of two hours Alan. 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a crystal clear orange, with some gold highlights. When held up to the light, it looks almost straw-like. Just a one-finger white head, but the lacing clings to my glass like so many cobwebs suspended midair.

A boatload of grapefruit in the nose. Underneath, lemons and candied citrus fruits. Sweet without being cloying, the nose is supremely well-balanced. I can detect just a hint of onion, but it's not at all off-putting.

The taste is enormous. I'm immediately struck by how malty this beer is. There is a heavy, rich barleywine-esque sweetness complimented by a flavor of ripe oranges. There's also a strange, musty sort of leather aspect to this sweetness - clearly this is a pretty new bottle, but the malty backbone makes this seem a touch like an old ale. In many ways, this is quite similar to the most recent batch of Knuckle Sandwich. But in the finish, the hops make themselves known. There is a punishing bitterness, tempered by flowers and grass. That bitter hop bite lasts and lasts. One flavor I cannot detect is that of alcohol, which is pretty ridiculous given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and could use more carbonation, but then again this is a huge beer. This is the only category in which this doesn't excel.

Possibly the most challenging DIPA I've ever tasted, and an incredibly unique one at that. A genre-bending, enormous example of brewing proficiency and creativity. (1,563 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle, Sid.

Appears slightly hazy orange with a fairly small head.

It smells of dank pine like and grassy hops. i get a mild mango and other tropical fruit smell. I get a ever so mild toffee like malt smell to this beer as well.

there is initially a sweet somewhat caramel and toffee like malt bite to this ale. a sharp citrus and mango like hop flavors. I also get a bit of a toasty malt flavor and a slight grassy hop flavor. there is a mild vanilla oak flavor that adds balance to this beer. the beer ends with a strong bitterness. due to other strong flavors in this beer the bitterness is deceiving. At first the beer does not seem that bitter but the bitterness lingers on the palate. the beer is very heavy and rich yet it hides the alcohol very well.

Great medium carbonation with a somewhat thick and creamy mouth-feel.

Overall this beer is a hugely complex, balanced and interesting. this is the most complex Double ( and or triple) IPA that I have had. this beer lived up to its good reputation. I am glad I have another bottle. (1,063 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Steve!

A-orange body with a white head that sticks around for a while

S-nice mango/fruitiness

T-follows the nose. Maybe there is too much hops and npt enough balance.

M-medium body and smooth.Nice aftertaste.

o-Kind of disappointed in this beer. Didn't live up to the alpine norm (306 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exponential Hoppiness
"Triple" IPA
Alpine Brewing
11% ABV
Theoretical IBUs are off the charts, actual should be less than 75.

Bomber from the most recent release poured into a Duvel tulip. 'bout a month old give or take. Thanks Casey!

Falls in a brilliant golden stream with a medium alabaster head atop the orange "body". The head retention is medium and the lacing insane. Looks hoppy, doesn't it?! I have had this before and know that it's juicy. And it fucking looks juicy.

There are fruity IPAs, weedy/dank IPAs, and this is both. Signature Alpine. Very juicy, ripe tangerine, pineapple, mango; and pine and marijuana. Ample amount of malt. Damn, it smells fruity and sweet! THE best smelling IPA I ever had.

Tastes bitter, but not nearly enough. That has been my complaint against Alpine. I'd rather have sex with Paris Hilton than watch Audrey Hepburn strip. Very flavorful nonetheless. Pineapple and even more mango, but not enough weed. Oak adds another dimension and at times, especially when warm, the sticky sweetness combined with oak lends almost a barrel aged strong ale note. Nice! Almost chocolate with orange peel.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Just perfect for its magnitude. Creamy, yet crisp. I know.

Overall good but not that good... aroma is the high point of this beer, unrivaled by anything else that I have had. But the taste leaves something to be desired. A brewing achievement in the sense of masking the stronger notes and letting the delicate come across, but still not the hops-in-yo-face-with-bitterness-turned-max that I crave.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4/5 (1,632 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with airohead2001. Poured into a snifter.

A: The beer pours a bright orange in color with a ¾ finger white head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S: Loads of citrus on the nose, but pretty one dimensional in that I get almost nothing but orange peel.

T: Almost all sweeter citrus hops in this beer. There’s hardly any piney type flavor and not much grapefruit. Instead I get orange peel, some earthiness/bitterness, and a small amount of lemon.

M: Appropriate carbonation. Nice crisp, clean aftertaste. Taste lingers nicely on the palate.

O: Overall this kind of reminds me of abrasive as it is on the sweeter, more mild side, but still is an excellent IPA. Really hides the ABV well and is better than pure hoppiness, and much, much better than duet, or nelson. Not as good as heady topper or hopslam in my opinion. (843 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, malts

taste: citrus fruits, caramel, malts, little alcohol

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty damn good DIPA. I think I like there other offerings a little bit better.

Cheers,
The CPJ (337 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jodan for hooking me up with this growler. Served in pint glass.

A - Pours a nice deep orange with 1.5 finger fluffy white head. Good sticky lacing

S - Lots of citric on the nose, grapefruit, lemon, tangerines. Some caramel maltiness too.

T - Strong grapefruit and oranges. Some lemons and green apple. Very nice supporting malt backbone with some caramel and some woodiness to it.

M - Juicy, slightly tacky, some noticeable alcohol.

O - A very impressive, juicy DIPA. Strong alcohol and should be shared with friends, especially in growler form. Easy drinking and delicious. (590 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Served in a tulip. Pours a semi-translucent burnt orange with a dense, quarter inch bright white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a skim and a cluster of bubbles that eventually coalesces into a tight band around the edges. Thick swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, an earthy character, toasted biscuity malts and a spicy/floral quality. Taste is malty with a resinous/bitter hops character, tropical fruits and an onion-like flavor as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly oily consistency and an assertive carbonation. All and all, a very complex DIPA; however, the onion flavors (somewhat reminiscent of Gubna) don't do too much for me. Best sampled in small quantities and shared amongst a few. (819 characters)

Photo of Janderson91
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to dmsohyea for once again hooking me up with some great west coast stuff including this one! No freshness info but it was bottled around 3 weeks ago I believe. Enjoyed on 08/11/11.

A - Beautiful beer. Clear bright gold color with a half finger white head. Leaves surprisingly good lacing for an 11% beer.

S - Literally smells like fresh fruit. Grapefruit, mango, citrus, tangerine, wow this is good. Some alcohol and sugary sweet malts are also present in the background.

T - Follows the nose. Incredibly fruity hops. Not overly bitter as I expected from the description on the label. Not much piney bitterness to speak of, it's just some sweet malts, hints of alcohol and a lot of fruity hoppiness. Balanced up front and then a huge hit of grapefruit and citrus on the back end. Finishes with some alcohol burn also.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this strength.

O - When I saw a "Which is better: Pliny or Expo" thread a few weeks ago, I laughed thinking there would be no contest. But wow, this beer surprised me. Actually holds its own against Pliny which few beers can do. Great stuff here. (1,179 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter. No bottle dates on this, or any Alpine really. But I believe this one was from the February/March batch (traders notes).

A: Mildly hazy orangey yellow. Finger and a half fluffy white head. Good carbonation. Sticky bubbles.

S: Piney floral hop aromas, but also some malts. Some grapefruit and overripe peach on the nose. I was expecting an unfresh smell, but totally not the case. This one has held up to the time!

T: This is really truely awesome beer. It's very hoppy, but by no means a bitter plate killer. It has some hop astringency on the tip of tongue, it mellows in the center, and a little alcohol burn in the throat but nothing terrible. I was expecting to be blown away with alcohol at 11%, but it's perfect.

M: Full bodied IPA. Chewy style IPA.

O: This is just an awesome beer. Another winner from the guys over at Alpine. I have loved all the IPAs out of there, and just want more. Great stuff. (959 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (thanks sleepyhead) poured into a tulip. Amber color with a rich, frothy white head.

Aroma: That good old Alpine grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and let's say papaya...

Taste leads with a real earthy mango - this is different. I was expecting grapefruit based on the aroma but this is a much richer, more fecund fruit essence. We're in real equatorial, heart-of-darkness territory here. Truly unique.

Yet the balance is incredible for an 11% ABV beer - I can barely detect any alcohol. I only know it must be strong because of how intense the flavors are.

There's a good hoppy bitterness throughout but almost zero carbonation rising from the bottom. Well done again, Alpine! You have yet to disappoint! (717 characters)

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip - generously sent by davemont - thanks David! My first from Alpine, which is quickly gaining legendary status in Portland which is saying something.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with fine lacing with a light tan/white head. Fairly opaque, similar to some other world class IIPAs.

The nose is hoppy and sweet. Makes my mouth water, you can tell it has some malt behind the hops. Not really any hint of the oak that I detect.

Bready sweet hops are the three dominant flavors. Starts off with a burst of citrus and hops, followed by a bite of alcohol and spicy bread. The oak comes out in the finish which is mostly sweet.

Unlike some IIPA's which are straightforward dry hop bombs, this one has a lot of somewhat extreme flavors that blend nicely and finish smooth. I prefer dry beers in general but the sweet malty backbone compliments the hops well and I like it. It is a heavier beer to me with the sweetness.

Overall you can tell that the positive buzz around Alpine is well-deserved. I am looking forward to trying more of their beer. The ExpoHop is an excellent IIPA and well worth seeking out. (1,135 characters)

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