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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,458
Gots: 80 | 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:
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 jdense
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle procured at Texas Wine and Liquor, Carlsbad, CA, shared with Baker City Boys 9.15.11, $16+tax, ouch!

Nary any head, small ring around edge of glass produced some decent spider-legs after swirling, a few small trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Light amber color, clear. Nose features the oak quite prominently, not picking up much hops, a bit of citrus, along with some caramel. Taste mirrors nose, once again not picking up a lot of hops, the oak 'dry hop' is quite prominent in the taste too. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium, sticky, significant amount of alcohol heat. While I appreciate the grail status of this beer, I just don't get it aroma or tastewise. We did a side by side with Barley Brown's Tank Slapper, and IMO there's just no comparison. Glad I was able to share this with the homeys, but I'll opt for the Nelson or Duet next time.

Photo of FrankHammer
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and crystal clear body. Bright white contrasting head and no lacing.

Huge piney aroma with dank and caramel sweetness. Faint bubble gum.

Enormously hoppy. Pine, tangerine, orange peel, and dank. Caramel then some wood add depth. The tangerine lingers with a strong finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Slightly boozy but as expected.

It's a top notch DIPA that's fresh and juicy. It's worth seeking out.

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear golden copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Domvan
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of AdamP
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first visit to Alpine. Pours a slightly clear, amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is more malty than I expected. There are a ton of hops with a good amount of citrus and pine, but definitely the biggest malt profile I get in the nose from any of Alpine's hoppy beers. Caramel malt with intense hop aroma. Almost like hop liquid or resin. No booze in the nose. The booze is in the taste, but not nearly as boozy as I was expecting. Again, this is the maltiest of the Alpine hop bombs. Lovely bitter hops mixed with a good amount of sweet malt flavors, this "triple IPA" is definitely worth seeking out. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy...probably from the hop resin. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is a great beer when it comes to American...even West Coast DIPAS. However, Double Nelson was WAY better. Along with Duet and Nelson. Expo is a great experience, but not worth the craziness that is out there for bottles.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of starrdogg
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Photo of beagle75
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark orange-gold color with under one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass. A lone stream of eager bubbles rise from the contoured side of the glass. A wisp of drifting yeast is seen low in the column.

S: Caramelly treacle and fermented grain make the smell rich with sweetness and heady vapors that stop well short of being boozy. Tropical fruit in the form of pineapple is faint but present, as is coniferous foliage. Trace amounts of well-cured oak, but no alcohol, is detected in the smell.

T: Begins sweet, with snappy herbaceous spice hop aromatics and candied citrus amidst lively moderate acidity. Fairly intense caramel malt emerges in the middle as spicy hops decline, replaced by the more mellow pineapple tropical fruit from the smell. Oak is also first detected in the middle, although it comes on quite strong in the brisk, drying finish. Bitterness seems restrained at first, but repeated visits reinforce it until the lingering presence is quite significant and faintly medicinal. Intense flavors throughout mask the gentle alcohol presence, although it is frequently hinted at.

M: Medium viscosity; syrupy, resinous, and warming on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: As indicated by the name, this is a huge DIPA that dominates the palate but also entertains it mightily. Hops and malt, bright and sweet, scintillate on the palate, threatening to overwhelm the senses. Every other wood-aged DIPA encountered thus far could stand to learn a thing or two from this beer, which is surprisingly mellow and easy to tolerate despite all of the senses saying that this is as extreme as it gets. While this beer falls in the same sub-family as Port Hop 15 and Firestone Double Jack, it is its well-practiced balance in the face of ballsy intensity that sets it apart. The palate does not tire of this, even if all reasonable judgment says that it should.

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of CGMLS3
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PopnLoads
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Got directly from Alpine thru Ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass after getting to proper temperature. No dating info but picked up day of release. Was a slightly hazy orange color with slight carbonation. It had about a finger of off-white head that slowly settled to a thick collar and thin covering film. Great lacing with plenty sticking.

The aroma was great. Very hoppy from the c-hops and grapefruit with touch of pine but also very sweet from the caramel malt and tropical fruit (mango maybe). Enjoyed the tropical fruit addition and the malt smoothness but wouldn't have minded the balance leaning a bit more towards the hop. The taste follows the aroma and again very hoppy but also lots of sweet. The malt keeps the hop from dominating and smooths out the finish. Again, I enjoyed the taste and scored it to that but was a bit of a letdown on what I expected. The mouthfeel was creamy with good carbonation and a malty/grapefruit aftertaste. The 11% ABV never shows at all in the aroma or taste but you do feel it some at the end.

Overall, this is an exceptional 3xIPA even though it was a little sweeter than I expected. Ignoring expectations, it is an outstanding beer. Very drinkable and flavorwise could be a session beer but the 11% would catch up with you quickly. Very interesting beer and another homerun from Alpine. Rotation - not avail in TX so got from Ummagum and Milt. If here, a couple bottles a year for sure. As is, we'll try to get several each release.

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.