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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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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 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 Gfunk720
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Freddie for this bottle. 22oz drank out of a crappy highball style glass. Living the hotel life this week...

A- Clear, golden color, with a touch of amber. A fairly light white soapy head forms, but falls off pretty quickly. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet malt and piney hops. I also get quite a bit of citrusy/grapefruity smells. The hops have a very fresh aroma.

T- Starts very smooth and malty, and transitions to a wonderful complex floral hoppy flavor. Notes of grapefruit and lemon, with more piney resin flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is awesome. Perfect blend of carbonation and body. It just rolls wonderfully on and off the tongue. The aftertaste is prominent, but not overwhelming.

D- It's a little big, but still very drinkable. Everytime I take a sip, it's like a whole new complex hoppy experience. This is probably my favorite of all the Alpine IPAs. (909 characters)

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into my Sam Adams "Perfect Pint"

A- Nice caramel/light amber color with 1-2 finger head that receeded to a nice ring leaving slight lacing.

S- Great pine, grapefruit scents right away followed by some nice tropical mango, pineapple and can barely pick out a very subtle caramel scent(which I don't like in any IPA).

T- Again great piney hops with nice citrus taste, which mellows to the tropical flavors and caramel on the mid palate but then finishes strong with a nice dry oaky piney hop finish. Very interesting the way that this beer transforms within my mouth. Usually IPAs are super hoppy with no malt taste or start out hoppy and give in to caramel finish, this beer goes hoppy-light caramel and sweet tropical flavors-dry hoppy oak. Just awesome to find something like this.

M- Great medium/full body being almost 11% alcohol with good amounts of carbonation throughout.

D- Very easy to drink, I didn't even mention anything about the alcohol because I never noticed it. This beer hides the alcohol better than almost every IPA I have had, my wife didn't even realize that this had 11% alcohol and she cannot stand any beers over 7-8% alcohol. Just a very nice job by these guys to create an IPA unlike any other I have tried. (1,259 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 camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade with Thome50 last Summer. Reviewed from notes.

Shared with friends during the Woodward Dreamcruise.

A: Nice orange color. White foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Slam to the nose with fresh piney hops!

T: This one is a punch in the mouth of hops. Like brushing your teeth with them. Very over the top in a good way.

M: Medium body and well carbonated.

O: Glad to have checked this one off. Big my favorite DIPA, but I see why it has such a following. (472 characters)

Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from MaltMilkshake. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with about a finger white head that stays around for a while. It leaves a thin ring that lasts throughout and very nice lacing.

S- This beer hits you hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is very dynamic and not as one dimensional as most DIPAs that are mostly grapefruit and pine.

T- Wow! Just like the smell there is plenty of grapefruit, pine and floral notes. Unlike the smell there is very surprising flavor of sweet malt that sets it apart from other DIPAs. The sweet malt along with the sweet fruits--apricot, tangerine and pineapple--do a wonderful job of balancing out the bitter hop flavor. For such a high alcohol content it is hardly noticeable.

M- This is what seals the deal for me. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other IPAs I have had and very creamy. Carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is amazing. The finish is not as drying as I was expecting...something very welcomed. It is really scary how easy this beer is to drink. Full bomber gone in one short sitting by myself and would have loved another.

If you haven't noticed from this review thus far, I am a very big fan of this beer. I am going to have to try to get another bottle soon. There is a 6 pack of Hopslam sitting in my fridge now. It's sad to think that those will be a little disappointing now... (1,542 characters)

Photo of SummitVA
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden pale with steady carbonation. Little head. Lacing follows down the glass.

S - Sharp grapefruit and other citrus. Not overly intense, which is something of a surprise, but still very pleasant. Mango, a bit of malt sweetness, and just a hint of heat. A bit of vegetal-ness after the glass warms.

T - Solid bitterness and malt foremost. Oak definitely apparent along with some pine-iness and a bit of apricot. Not as much grapefruit or citrus, as the nose would suggest, and the hop flavor is strangely less than expected. Heat is definitely apparent, but this plays well along with the hop bitterness and flavor. A touch of the astringency in the finish as others have noted, which adds to the dryness of the finish.

M - Definitely a medium-bodied beer.

D - Plenty quaffable, despite the ABV and body.

Overall - A solid beer. Not quite what I was expecting, but I'm actually really enjoying it. And while this is the "heaviest" Alpine I've had, it's still very drinkable. Could definitely live without the oak addition. Still, I'd pick up another bottle. (1,071 characters)

Photo of hophead247
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is clear golden with a smallish white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Aroma of immediate and big resin, citrus, and spicy hops. Only a hint of bitterness, just fresh hop goodness. Nice grainy maltiness is there as well, but certainly behind that crazy fresh hop blast. Taste is the resin hoppiness, the citrus, though still decently balanced with a strong bready maltiness. Palate is medium to full, very dry, with not much sweetness. What was there was citrus fruit, and quite fresh. Really no apparent alcohol, which is amazing. (547 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of Diomede

S: Floral hop explosion. Every hop adjective you can think of. On top of that a little oak, oranges, a just a little sweetness.

A; Dark yellow/orange, decent to good.

T: Great balance of citrus and floral hops w/sweetness resembling vanilla and caramel. Not all that bitter. Don't taste the oak I smelled.

M/D: Pretty sweet and syrupy, residual sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. No etoh presence. Tastes like about 8%, so goes down really ez.

Overall: Impressive for sure. Just need to try this on tap for a true hop bitch-slap. (561 characters)

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half off white head that has solid retention but leaves only small amounts of lacing

Smells like a big bag of hops. Grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits dominate a hardly noticeable caramel malt background. Incredible aroma.

Taste has the same flavors as the aroma, but the booze is much more noticeable. Also, as it warms the booze becomes more and more prevalent with a slight medicinal quality showing itself. Still a tasty flavor, just can be a bit much on the boozy side as it warms. (561 characters)

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

A big thanks to Jonathan who has come through with some ridiculous generosity as of late! He's a saxy dude!

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is light gold in color with good clarity. A white crown of foam adorned the pour very well and receded to a slight ring that remained atop the beer throughout. Lacing grabbed the glass as the liquid level fell from persistent quaffing.

The smell of this beer is something to behold! Honestly, if you are reading this, put "Smell an Exponential Hoppiness" on your 'bucket list'. You won't be disappointed. Dank as all get out!! I love that! If I could give it a 5.5 out of 5, I would.

The taste compliments the smell quite nicely with crazy hop flavor. Sweet tangerine, grapefruit rind, weed, some pine....it's all here. A noticeable smooth sweet malt base supports the hops nicely and dangerously hides the 11% ABV.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and medium bodied. It is damned surprising that I get virtually NO alcohol heat from this beer. None!

That hidden alcohol contributes to this dangerously easy drinker.

I suppose it had to happen to me at some point. A straight 5-oh, I mean. This beer is quite incredible and needs to be had by anyone who considers themselves a hop head. (1,246 characters)

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try this. Purchased from Stearns Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into my New Belgium tulip. Upon opening the bottle, your nose is immediately hit with piney, grassy hop aromas. The pour is nice and golden. Thin head quickly dissipates

And the taste? Very nice! Quite creamy. The mouthfeel is excellent. Considering this is a "triple" IPA, it doesn't taste like a hopbomb. It's quite well balanced. There is some booziness which would be expected since it is 11%. Aftertaste is nice and subtle.

Overall, this is outstanding. I'm so stoked I'm finally getting to try it. If you have a chance, drink it. It's right up there with the best. (653 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of the bottle.

This poured a clear light brown with a hint of straw yellow.
It smelled of caramel, toffee, vanilla and creamy butterscotch. I did not get any of the hop aroma.

It tasted of candied malts, toffee, vanilla then it turned to a good grass, grapefruit and piney bitterness.

Good carbonation, good drinkability.

I prefered this one to the Apocalypse Cow, but only slightly. They were both really good, but I enjopyed the transition in flavor in the Exponential Hoppiness. (501 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,048 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 jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The centerpiece of a trade...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice kind of murky orange, slight translucent head.

S) Here come the hops!

T) You get the pineapple and grapefruit I am getting a load of lemon zest but the malt quickly compensates to balance this out. There is some oak and vanilla as well. This is very interesting! The flavors of this beer run the gamut.

M) Nicely carbonated and nicely sticky! Alcohol is not noticeable.

O) I really like this....have had some of these amped up IPA's that have needed some ageing. This is best fresh! (551 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured straight from the bottle the night of the release.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a very light head.

Smell - Very clean smell. Tons of sweetness, honey, some pineapple and a very pleasant hop smell. I get no sense this beer will have any bitterness. By no means does this beer smell like an 11% beer.

Taste - My nose was very correct. this beer is ran by a sweet honey taste followed by a nice hop character that doesn't give off any hop bitterness. No alcohol present at all in this beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. Way too enjoyable for a 11% brew.

Overall - Pliny the Younger has all the hype, but haven had both I can honestly say I think this one takes the cake as the BEST IMPERIAL IPA. (716 characters)

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

Growler poured into a darkness tulip on 2/25/11.

Pours a very light for a DIPA. Light golden orange. Looks less like a DIPA and more like a wheat beer.

Smells f*&^in awesome! Tons of pine and citrus hops fill my nose.

Taste is of hops of course and tons of citrus hops. I love it get me more.

Mouthfeel is perfect nice and light enough to bring you in but awesome leftover to lace the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. Get it while you can. (452 characters)

Photo of legalpete19340
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful golden orange color with less than one finger of off white head with a greenish tint. Head fell quickly to nothing more than a skim but manage some stickage.

S: Grapefruit and citrus come out first. Some clementines perhaps. Pine is woven in with a bit of spicy herbalness. It just rolls through everything. As it warms hints of tropical fruit but more pine.

T: Grapefruit and pine smack hard and roll across the palate. The pine lingers a while and finally lets some raw dough poke through. Then its back to a lightly bitter wave and some very spicy herbal flavors to the finish. Some powdery aspirin. Long alcohol burn. There is a resin coating that develops on the tongue and lets the hops really settle in.

M: Thick and syrupy, it really coats the mouth and you have to let it slide down like a warm jello shot. Does that sound bad because it isnt. Its great.

O: Amazing. The flavors of this hop bomb really roll nicely and deliver everything I want out of a big DIPA. So freaking hoppy and juicy. The experience of this beer is greater than its parts. Not sure I would change anything. I could drink it forever. (1,142 characters)

Photo of MASPuros
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

A: A very thin white head formed ... tiny bubbles. A nice clear crispy copper color .

S: Hops, hops and hops. Just from the smell I can tell it is going to be oily and resinous, faint tropical fruit smell.

T: Mmmm. Fantastic fresh raw hops fill the mouth. slight sweetness in the middle with a bitter ending. The taste lingers - I am sure my tongue was green after drinking this.

M: Slick and Oily, very astringent finish.

D: This is a shit storm waiting to happen...despite the all the hops this beer has a nice drinablity to it. It will hurt you in the end.

Overall, a must try and I totally recommend it. (633 characters)

Photo of 0110x011
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,643 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Alpine for SDBW. Poured a clear honey color with a billowing off-white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma is gorgeous mango pulp, citrus peels, floral hops, fruit acidity. Taste is acidic, very chewy grapefruit peel and mango peel, soapy hops, perfume oils. Hard to get through the whole thing. I think Duet is much better overall. (350 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at sd toro, and uber fresh. Great aroma. Nice rich complex hops, pine, spice, floral and only a touch tropical. Great upfront aroma and flavors. Not as rich and viscious as I usually enjoy. Mid is nice but starts to fade and the finish is short. Maybe the 10+ alc thins and cuts this down too early. It is pretty darn good, wish this was in bottle. (352 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will seize this oppourtunitiy to review the impressive and ever elusive Exponential Hoppiness. Made popular by the success of Pure Hoppiness, Exponential is BAMF in comparison.

A: Dark golden/amber pour shows off its effervescence when held to light. A dense, tighly laced head last but 2-3 minutes after first pour.
S: Immense citrus fills my nose. A piney/oily hop presence is also noticed. The fruitiness continues with appearances of grapefruit, mango, banana and other smells that remind me of something tropical.
T: The hop flavors meld the sweet smell into something more palateable and bitter. The woodsy/piney character transfers from nose to mouth, but no more tropical paradise. The taste of alcohol breaks through the hoppiness.
M: Very coating, but not overwhelming. A bit of a suprise for how big this beer is. Slick and flowing. Holds its carbonation for some time.
D: A very big beer that manages to remain enjoyable. This is one that could creep up on you. Definately not one to pound with your pals, but rather enjoy with beer geeks alike. Refined taste and great hop character. (1,099 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,750 characters)

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