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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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997 Ratings
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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,412
Gots: 60 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003)
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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying I've been trying to get my hands on this beer for 2 years and awesome to note that this beer I was told is the newest batch but I can't find a bottle on date (Should be within 10 days old)...HUGE thanks to 1st time trader GThornton (Mr. George)

APPEARANCE - A golden orange and suprisingly very clear for a TIPA....Impresssive to say the least for a Hop Monster this Big. The 1 inch head diminishes rather quickly and you can tell this is going to be a sticky / resiney bad ass of a Muthaphucka.

SMELL - Hop Wine...Citris and a tiny tiny bit of Oak - alcohol burn in the nose detectible but very minimally and expected for the 11%. You get pine notes and DANK alot of dank. You can tell by the nose this one is about the Hops and that it's HUGE on the hops in a good / GREAT way and that the beer itself is no mild Muthaphucka at that. Tells you to get ready....

TASTE - Follows ther nose 100%. My suggestion is get this beer as fresh as possible because WOW. It's the slickest / Hop Oiliest beer I've ever had without it being syrupy...Hop resins & Oil left all over the tounge & Palate after sipping...Awesome dry Hop Bite in the finish but not overly bitter. DANK. Citris - Mostly mangos and Orangy Grapefruit with a dry Oaky oily finish focused on Hops.

MOUTHFEEL - I'd say good but not the best. This beer is Hop Wine. You know You're drinking a HUGE Hop Blast of a Beer and you back up a bit after each sip to prepare for the next in a good way of course.

DRINKABILITY - It leaves you wanting more But you know it's catching you with the 11%. I think HopSlam is a AWESOME DIPA but finishes too sweet and I don't need another after one or two... NOT THIS ONE THOUGH. I rate it 3.5 via drinkability because like I said it's moreso Hop Wine and while drinking it you know it's a beast and that 2 bombers might make you say some stoooopid schitt. Alcohol mildly noticeable but you know it's there.

FINAL THOUGHTS - the only reason this beer does not get an A+ from me is because it's just too (I don't want to say TOO Big but it's Big) big...in all the right ways of course but it's a superb Hop Wine...the only better TIPA that immediatly comes to mind is PtY and possibly 2010 Hop Crisis From 21A. All 3 are a Hop-Head's must have.

THANKS GEORGE!!!

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a bright white head that leaves trails of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Piney hops dominate the nose, but there are also aromas of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, and pear. The taste begins with some sweet fruity malt, but this is short lived before the piney hop oils take over with a strong and peppery bitterness. Despite the high ABV, this was quite smooth and drinkable.

Morris729, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Nightrain87
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Nightrain87, Yesterday at 08:07 AM
Photo of POTABLE83
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

POTABLE83, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of GPHarris
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a nice ring and lace throughout. the body was a bright and clear amber.
s - lots going on here. piney, citrusy, grassy with a hint of breadiness. i got a little oakey finish as well.
t - piney and floral with a hint of orange peel. also a bit of caramel sweetness.
m - medium thickness.
d - incredibly drinkable and balanced.

GPHarris, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of kmanjohnson
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%

kmanjohnson, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of litheum94
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Murky amber body, perhaps chill hazed. Moderate, lace white head. Awesome lacing.

A melange of hop aromas: tea, mango and ganja. Very leafy and herbal. A passing whiff of biscuit malts.

Mango sweetness and summer grass. Herbal flavors of tea and ganja. Honeyed malts build a backbone that is immediately overcome by pine bitterness. Alcohol starts to build as it warms. Great balance for all the hop flavors.

This reminds me of PtY with more aggressive bitterness. This comes so damn close to a perfect beer.

litheum94, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Anonymous1, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

fthegiants, Friday at 03:35 PM
Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Hessian257, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +12.4%

durlta, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of pperez38
4/5  rDev -10.1%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pub.
Tuesday 01-31-11 – The Aftermath

Served up in a 10oz Snifter Tulip

A: Expo pours a very well conditioned caramel color. Great clarity. Two fingers of bone white whip top the glass with some great retention skills. Splashes of lace.

S: Aroma is a real nice burst of hops. All grapefruit and pine really. Very floral and hop forward. Some faint alcohol vapor.

T: Pine is predominant and resinous. Some grass, citrus, and floral hop notes. Light caramel malts and lots of vanillin from the oak chips. Especially in the finish. Not all that intense from a bitterness perspective. Which makes sense, that exponentially you are increasing hops towards later additions in the boil, but really there is no sharp bitter hop bite at all. So smooth. Alcohol is incorporated extremely well here. A real high wire balance act. Previous batches have been a bit too boozy for my liking but this is one its barely detectable. Hops are a step down from the nose but damn this is one smooth brew. Scary. Keith muthafuckin’ Stone!

M: Incredibly light in body for such a big DIPA. I’d say more medium overall with a nice creamy texture. Good carb. Dry and crisp finish.

D: Really enjoyed this batch. An 11% ABV DIPA should not be this drinkable. I think the conditioning is right on. Nice hop flavors with a good amount of vanilla character. Not boozy at all.

This is NOT a hop bomb like the name eludes but it is quite the tasty treat. A really great practice of craftsmanship.

Nugganooch, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Rado
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%

Rado, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of alcstradamus
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color for an IPA, nearly brown. A finger of head with sticky lacing on top.

The smell is an absolute gigantic blast of fresh hops, a mixed bag of all varieties. Lots of pine and sweet candy along with some citrus and floral notes. This is a one trick pony...but it is an awesome, sinus cleansing trick.

The taste is surprisingly more balanced than expected. It is definitely a hop bomb, but the bitterness is not as high as I normally find with this much hop juice underneath. Some sweet caramel malt definitely makes itself known on top of the hops. Hugely flavorful, this is like sucking on a hop cone.

Mouthfeel is nearly full with lower levels of carbonation. Very oily.

I had actually started to grow tired of the IPA category because they were all beginning to blend together. But this has come along and shattered the mold. Extremely rich and satisfying. Definitely a world class DIPA and possibly the best I've had to date. Although I must be honest, it is starting to tread into the American Barleywine category.

alcstradamus, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

TKEbeerman, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of moonknight31
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

moonknight31, May 21, 2013
Photo of scottoale
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from an 11gal. firkin, this special cask-conditioned "Triple IPA" is pumped too the max with hops. Strong, hopped beyond belief and very drinkable, it doesn't get much better than this !

Served in a pint glass, a glowing amber-gold ale with a sticky white foam head just over a 1/4 inch thick. Tons of sticky resinous lace mark the journey as you drink.

Hops up front, hops out back...hops throughout this one. Very piney hop nose with a sweet grapefruit citric note underneath. Hop Bomb, coming right up!

The taste is short lived sweet malt turning almost intantly citrus, mainly of grapefruit, then zapped with sharp pine-cones with a bite. And they keep biting till you swallow this golden, hoppy elixer.

A BIG 2XIPA with a ton of un-detectable alcohol and a body as large as the name...this one delivers over the top, yet o'so drinkable HOP bomb too please any true hophead. It's got to be the cask-conditioning that makes it so paletable...it goes down a little too easy. If you get the chance, don't miss this exceptionally (exponential) hoppy one !

scottoale, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of DNICE555
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber opened up for the superbowl in Woodbury.

A - Hazy Amber body with great head and lacing.

S - Fruity hops - smells amazing. I would have kept smelling my pint glass if I didn't get odd looks from all the people around me drinking bud light.

T - Citrus hops which are amazing. One of the best tasting DIPAS I've had except for Pliny.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Amazing - the bottle lists the ABV at 11%. The hops are huge but there is a citrusy sweetness to balance it out and make the alcohol impossible to detect. A hoppy beer with an 11 percent ABV could not be any more drinkable.

DNICE555, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Rempo, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of kirok1999
4.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why do all my recent reviews start with "Thanks to mcallister for sharing this one"? Pours a clear light orange with a nice rocky head of foam and a bit of nice lacing at each sip.
Smells just wonderful. Lots going on here. grapefruit is dominant but there's tons of sweet pine, orange, caramel, spice. One of the best noses on a beer I've ever had.
Taste falls a little short from the smell. Nice juicy citrus, lip sticking and smacking good but it seems some of the complex smells just don't come through. Slight carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. A real pleasure to drink and I would buy it if it were more available.

kirok1999, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

marine1975, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of gpawned
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

gpawned, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an clear looking orangish color with a fluffy white head. The head fades slowle, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very aggressive piney hop aroma. Behind that, I smell some grassy hops. A citrus aroma is also present. Any other aromas are hidden behind the massive hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. A very aggressive hop flavor. Mostly piney hops. Some citrus hop flavor is also present. I taste grapefruit. The alcohol content is well hidden in the flavor.

This beer is very full bodied, and aggressive. It leaves a very hoppy aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is very aggressive, and it is high in alcohol. It tastes great, however, and I think I could drink a lot.

Overall: I love this beer. Everything from Alpine is great, and this is no exception.

OStrungT, Apr 09, 2007
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.