Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
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Gots: 76 | 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 harrymel
4.74/5  rDev +7%
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).

Photo of Jeffo
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Orange peel or amber orange when held to the light, but more tangerine orange otherwise. Perfectly clear with only a touch of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a wisp and a bubbly, soapy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some legs of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Awesome. Big nose straight from the pour. Pale malts with lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. Some pineapple and mound of citrus in there. Lots of hope everywhere. Just loads of pine and grapefruit. Piercing hop aroma. This is what a DIPA should smell like; a decent malt backbone with heaps of bold, hoppy aromas.

TASTE: Also awesome. Flavors are equally as bold and impressive as the nose, though the aftertaste needs just a tick more to be completely insane. Pale malts, some caramel malt as well, but the hops soon take center stage. Big pine and grapefruit there, with mounds of hoppy citrus flavors. Milder yet lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, with a touch of sweet melon as balance. A slight hint of oak from the ageing process as well. Just enough to be noticeable. Lots of hops and lots of flavor up front too. Some hop bombs have a big, bitter aftertaste but lack something up front. Not this. Exponential has lots of hop flavor up front and isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter. Again, a slightly bigger aftertaste would make this an 11, but this is absolutely stellar stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough to support the flavors, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of burn after the swallow. Does what it needs to do.

OVERALL: This brew is top of its class. The look and feel are average for the style, but the nose is ridiculously good and the taste completely insane. A slightly bolder aftertaste would give it top marks for flavor, but that is a minor complaint about what is otherwise a standard-setting beer. Enjoyable, stupidly drinkable, and style defining in my view. One I will have to track down again. Let's hope this one shows up here again at some point. Whole heartedly recommended.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during San Diego beer week

Look: Pours a translucent orangish color with a good sized head and pretty decent retention and some spotty lace

Smell: The nose is all about the hops which covers quite a full spectrum. There is quite a bit of pine and orange zest upfront and some nice fruity esters on the finish grapefruit comes to mind

Taste: Again the beer is all about the hops. Upfront is quite a bit of citrus upfront backed up by quite a bit of pine and some hop sting. Finishes with a solid malt backbone. The alcohol is very well hidden

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with ample carbonation and dry

Overall: This is a great beer and at 11% it's quite a feat in brewing to make it taste this good with no alcohol present. However there are quite a few DIPA/TIPA's that I prefer

Photo of Tucquan
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours relatively clear and well carbonated, deep/rich gold color with 1 3/4 fingers of sticky, pillowy, off-white foam. Retention was excellent as was the lace. Sheets and rings lined the inside of the glass.

S: Hops. Big time. Initial aroma was full of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, apricot, and a bit of mango. As it warms an impressive caramel malt aroma comes out to lay down a pleasantly sweet malt blanket over the hops.

T: Exactly as above. I was wowed by the the level of hoppiness and extremely impressed by the malty backbone layed down throughout this. Alcohol is there, barely.

M: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness. Either from the alcohol or the oak they brew this with. Probably both.

D: I was stunned to read on the label that this was packing 11%. Yes, it's big and outrageous, but the alcohol is not the alpha here. Huge hops and malt rule the roost!

Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just don't get Alpine IPAs. Always have a bitter finish or non-memorable, standard IPA flavor profile.

Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and oaky. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth. It’s very hoppy, but not nearly as over the top as pure hoppiness. Very smooth. With no alcohol evident at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of Overlord
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A thousand and one thanks to Jesse for picking up a growler of this brew for me. I will be hard-pressed to repay him.

Pours a bright golden orange. More gold than orange. Very unusual looking. An inch or so of white foam head.

Curiously understated floral bouquet. Pleasant, with a bit of pine.

Taste is strangely spicy, with a nice, tiny bit of tropical sweetness of mango ... maybe papaya ... and even a bit of malt. However, the overriding flavor is piney bitterness. This is a bitter beer. There's some balance ... in fact, it's surprisingly malty. The spiciness and pepperiness of it is a huge surprise. What is that? The alcohol is pretty noticeable, but doesn't detract too much.

Quite drinkable, very solid. This isn't the class of Dreadnaught or Pliny the Younger, though.

Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Weibull for sending the growler!!

Pours a very clean golden color sporting a brilliant a brilliant white head that lasts for quite awhile. Leaves a thin tight lace around the glass. Amazing retention.

Nose is very nice and soft yet there is much going on. Grassy hops lead into a citrusy aroma followed by hints of oak. Very earthy hints of pine coming through. Etheral and a bit rustic even yet showing such a delicate aroma.

Again this is a soft delicate feminine DIPA. A biscuity malt backbone with some tannins from the oak. Hop flavors aren't overly aggressive but fit the bill nicely. Again very grassy, with a piney middle slightly sticky and resiny leading into citrusy grapefruit on the finish. Finish is long and alcohol is very well hidden. So laid back and just moderate carbonation make it creamy smooth. But not sure I want it for this style or what I was expecting. Drinkability is all day however.

Photo of grub
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

64oz growler. sampled sept 1/08.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of wagenvolks
4.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Split four ways at a recent tasting with myself, bgthang, xpimptastikx, and orgasmicchemist.

Pours with a bright golden hue; clear and nicely carbonated, but fails to leave much more than a thin varnish of foam even with a vigorous swirl of my Ranger Creek tulip. The aroma is equally as bright, as floral, citrusy hop juices burst from the glass and greet the nose with greenery. Very aromatic IIPA, with a faint pale malt backbone, but late-addition hops steal the show.

Exponential Hoppiness has one of the most flavorful hop profiles of any beer I've tasted. Big, juicy, green, citrusy, floral, piny hop goodness coats the palate with slick, oily hop resins. The body is delicately crafted, finely carbonated, and not at all syrupy or heavy, while the alcohol is barely discernible. Drinks like a dream. A hoppy, hoppy dream...

A must-try for any lover of Humulus lupulus.

Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very slight hazed amber orange color pretty bright overall. With a nice white head, head turns into a cap and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- A ton of tropical fruits here. Mango, pineapple and grapefruit. A very light malt back bone and a hint of alcohol.

T- Blasted with hops here. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and a bit of pine. The hops smash my taste buds to a pulp.

M- Slick and oily. Fuller side of medium and carbonation was good.

O- A pretty awesome brew for sure.

Photo of DaveHack
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber graciously provided by Cisco619 into RR-tion glass.

Pours a dark, hazy, golden hue. There is a small, but thick head that quickly vanishes into a slight, white ring with a hefty amount of lacing.

The smell is of fresh hops, with a bit more of a malt backbone than I expected. The two scents meld together to make a bitterly sweet scent, in a good way.

There are a lot of flavors going on here for a 'hop bomb'. I'm noticing bitter hops and some sweet, slightly bready malt. The hops are definately prevelant, but the malt is there in the back. The 11% is pracically invisible.

This is all DIPA in the mouth. I'm feeling the oily hops which I love sooo much. Substantial body rounds this out.

This beer is in an absolute winner. Ive had several that I enjoyed more, but this is a fanatastic beer that is well worth the search to enjoy it.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into dimpled mug. Pours a transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing. Smells 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. There is 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 which was impressive. Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation and smooth! This is so much better than the Pure Hoppiness brew. Two thumbs up!

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of BrianTheBrewer30. Thanks Brian.

A: The pour is a clear, bright orange-copper body with tons of off-white head. Nice lace deposited down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge citrus (grapefruit, pineapple), tannins, mild pine, and dominant, huge bread. I had pictured some citrus bomb on the nose. Not quite what I expected. Tannins?! It's a little maltier than I would have expected.

T: Starts off with grapefruit and proceeds to get more tropical as the taste progresses. Enter pineapple, apricot, peach, and lychee. The finish draws to an astringent, tannic close. It's fairly malty, though that's not very noticeable when the beer is fresh. Boy does this thing drop off fast though! I had two bottles a week apart, and the second one was noticeably worse.

M: Light-medium bodied. Moderate-high carbonation. Semi-dry. There is NO heat on this beer whatsoever. Very smooth. But it has a light astringency that gives the impression of a burning finish.

D: I enjoy this beer, but it's the weakest one in Alpine's lineup. I'd have it again, but if I were forced to choose between it and comparably fresh Pure Hoppiness or Duet, I'd go with the latter two. It's simply maltier than I care for, and it falls off so quickly that the effect is especially magnified for any bottles over two weeks old.

Photo of portia99
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.79/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Bobby8405. Word up Bob.

A - It first pours like flat orange cask ale, then it slowly develops a voluminous head and great lace, like a nitro-brew. Strange.

S - Quite grapefruit hoppy, and the malt has a grapefruit-rye pungency that is fairly dominant. Not the best aromatics.

T - The flavor is very much reminiscent of fresh American Barleywine. The hop is there, but so is huge malt and booze. The flavor is messy, to me. Grapefruit, raisins, licorice, flat-out maltiness, just a bunch of trainwrecking dynamics. I am not sure why I have such a differing viewpoint as to the quality of this brew, but I just don't see anything above mediocre in it.

M - Hot and sticky. A loser.

D - This is like the malt liquor of DIPA. Not recommended.

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this long desired want from johndoe8 in Secret Santa 2010. Thanks!

A-Pours a hazy apricot. The large frothy white head settles quickly but leaves some nice stickiness on the glass.

S-Citrus fruit abounds, mostly tangerine and pineapple with a completely unexpected licorice aroma in the background.

T-Huge amounts of malt in equal amounts with the citrus hops. Could almost be a barleywine.

M-Rather heavy with fine carbonation.

D-Rather heavy on the tongue and a it hot, which hampers drinkability.

Glad I got the chance to try this one, though it was not the West Coast DIPA I was hoping for.

HV

Photo of WeisGuy
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.24/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Embarrased to say I forgot who sent this to me. However, whoever you are, thanks a million for the opportunity. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a semi-clear orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with little stick.

S: Nose is a hop monster that I can smell as soon as a pour it. Citrus, pine, and strong resin hop aromas envelop a subtle cane sugar and booze. One of the most aromatic I've ever come across. No mistaking what's going on in this one.

T: For a IIPA, this is a huge malt bomb. Opens papaya, orange, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Cane sugar sweetness right off the bat lingers into the middle. Resiny hop in the background makes this one interesting but there's a complete lack of bitterness until the very end. Piney and resiny hops surface right at the finish. Aftertaste is brown sugar and stick hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and subtley carbonated. Oily and smooth in the mouth. Abrasive and sticky on the palate. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Do I like the flavor profile here? Yes... tropical fruit, cane sugar, slight hoppiness... what's not to like? Is it style appropriate? Heck no, not even close. Still, a very interesting beer to say the least. Worth trying but not going out of your way for.

Photo of rawfish
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold into a tulip forming a two finger high head of tight white bubbles. Rings of lacing follows average retention. Attractive beer.

Pungent and room filling aroma. Tropical and floral notes waft out of the glass. When you really get your nose into it there's a deep pungent mango, pine and citrus hop aroma. Malts and the oak chips really don't make much of an impact just really great IPA aroma.

Solid malt back bone that stays balanced despite the explosion of pungent pine and citrus rind hops. Hops are dominated by orange, grapefruit rind and pine. In the middle of the drink there is some earthiness and vanilla tones which I assume are from the oak chips. Mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of dried pineapple and lychee as the beer dries.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A little chalky dryness that gets tiresome at the end of the bottle. Really impressive for an 11% alcohol volume.

Triple IPA, such a challenge to get the alcohol feel down while still showcasing the brilliant bold hops without going overboard on the malts. Alpine brews creatively and ultimately does it right. Bold room filling aroma, the oak chips set it apart from the norm of pine/citrus ipas. 11% abv is well hidden, but I sure am feeling it. Thankful to get to try this.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.