Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,126
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 1,428
Gots: 65 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from JessetheHutt over there on the Left Coast. Expo has been on my most wanted list for quite some time and I never had the ammo to score a growler because of the ridiculous shit. The regular Alpine IPA's are amazing. CAN NOT wait to taste this badboy. Drank from my Willimantic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super light orange with a decent half finger off-white creamy head. A beautiful cap and collar are maintained the entire beer but somehow not a lot of lacing is left.
Smell- Lightly floral and with a nice soft hoppiness that is different but good. Honestly the first thing that pops out at me is how much vanilla and cream I get in the nose. The wood really does its thing in the nose. Perhaps a touch of lilac and lavender amongst some orange peel and tarragon.
Taste- Starts somewhat harshly bitter but once my mouth acclimates it's full of big bold citrusy hoppy goodness. Loads of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple and pith of all kinds just explode out of the glass. Hoppy and dank as hell! As the beer warms the vanilla really comes out hardcore as the oak is fairly strong. Sort of remarkably strong considering its just oak chips that are used. The malt sneaks in toward the finish as well adding just a touch of caramel and nutty grain. The alcohol is hidden quite well considering the ABV.
Mouthfeel- Nice heavy body with a big oily richness from the crazy amount of hops and a super light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad. Not bad at all. Honestly at first I wasn't all that impressed but after it warmed slightly it was a wholly different beast. Good thing Jesse sent me three bombers because it took all 3 to figure this beer out. It's hoppy as hell and just as woody. Everything I was hoping it would be in the end. Thanks much Jesse!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was outstanding, blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for this outstanding beer. This years batch. Think of this as tied with Silva Stout as my 200th review.

A: Great look with a clear orange bright body and a ring of white head and good sticky lacing. Super awesome fluffy head with a twirl.

S: Awesome killing hop aroma with a hefty malt base. Dank with mega citrus and pine hops in great harmony. Sugary malts are present as well as a drier biscuit malt. Just a nice OPEN hop smell that you always want to experience in a beer like this.

T: A very hoppy and sweet DIPA. Huge twist of citrus pine almost foresty hops with a fruit sugar malt base that compliments each other so well. I think of the label with the sides equalling out and thats hope I think of this beer in its balance. Tangerine, orange flavors mix in a confectionary way. Awesome! Top 5% big IPAs tastes.

M: Surprisingly not hot. Very nice over the palate, nice carbonation.

D: Awesome. A beer I'll look for each year, from a company I enjoy thoroughly.

Photo of dfillius
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at O'Brien's Pub.
A: 3/4 finger head. Cloudy orangey-yellow with greenish edges. A couple floaty bits in it. Terrific head retention! Really tight foam. Only negative was color.
S: A lactosey creaminess. Dank, marijuana smell, piney as well with notes of candy corn coming through later.
T: Smooth entrance with hops easing their way in. Some cooked veggie/carrot taste was the only negative.
M: Mouth watering opening with bitter hops following, but oh so well balanced!
D: Pretty strong, but delicious!

Photo of InfernoBoss
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

Big thanks to Nicks6217

A - Pours a cloudy light Honey colour, with a White head that lines the glass well.

S - Aromas of Pineapple and Honey malt, with a strong hoppy backbone.

T - Strong hoppy flavours, pineapple, blood orange and a strong bitter finish. A nice malty backbone.

M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation

O - Intense hoppy beer and i'm recommending this as a must try.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange color with one and a half fingers of thick, sticky white head.

Scent of peaches, mango, pineapple, banana, star fruit, sugars, light caramel, sweet hops, bread, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of cream. Very sweet, but not overly so, and with a nice hop presence, but not as strong as I was expecting. A great scent, overflowing with tropical fruit and hops.

Taste of caramel, sugars, sweet, spicy hops, mango, and pineapple. Too much caramel and maltiness combined with very little bitterness makes for one disappointing Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick with a good bite of carbonation.

Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a pale golden yellow color, slightly hazy in the center. A smooth white head retains nicely and leaves chunky lace down the glass. Lots of reaffirming carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A ton of hops. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, pine, and herbal aromas, in that order.

Taste: A burst of light malty sweetness, then hops for the duration of each sip. Citrus hits me first, with caramelized pineapple and candied grapefruit, but there are more pine and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a bit of crisp carbonation. This has a medium to full body, although I was expecting fuller just from the ABV. Very smooth. The full carbonation keeps the beer fresh and avoids the overly sticky trap some DIPA's fall into.

Drinkability: So smooth, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With a boat load of hops, I could get into quite a few glasses of this.

Photo of Yeti1979
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of antoines15
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bamadog
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge for a few weeks as I received it as an extra in a trade (yeah, that's right, an extra). Review is from notes taken on 5/1/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden and light coppery color and starts with a one finger white head that fades rather quickly to an uneven, but full, skim; the body is just a little hazy and shows strong carbonation bubbling throughout and sticking to the sides of the glass; a fair web and washes of lacing hold on as well.

Smell: Wonderfully hoppy (tons of citrus, like juicy orange [that's even a little sweet, not just bitter - likely complemented by the malt backing] and a more bitter aspect like grapefruit); definite balancing agent of sweet honey-like maltiness and a very faint whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Awesome! Just like the smell -- tons of wonderfully citric hops (lots juicy and sweet orange and that bitter grapefruit) and that great balance of honey sweet malts; a fair presence of alcohol in the taste as well, but at 11%, it's pretty understandable; a bit of a toasty grainy bit in the aftertaste as it begins to warm.

Mouthfeel: Tons and tons of thick stickiness left all over the mouth; body is moderately thick and a little syrupy; carbonation may be strong in the view, but it comes through creamy and lively in the mouth due to the thicker body; definite drying effect from the alcohol and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Typically, I would say anything with an ABV this high would be more moderate, also considering the heavier weight of this one. But frankly, with flavors like this, I really don't care. It may be a sipper to be sure, but it's definitely a thirst quencher and a great beer on a warm night. I had no problem polishing off all 22 ounces and would gladly take another (not on the same night, mind you). I want to enjoy this beer as much as possible!

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer, the beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a white head. the smell is very citrusy with a faint hint of malt. the taste follows suit with a nice citrus flavor but its so smooth and drinkable that there is very little bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little to full for the style. overalll a very good beer but not bitter enough.

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You could probably supply sufficient hops for a year's worth of bud light production with a glass of this stuff.

Appearance: Pours a nice straw-gold with a touch of amber, nice frothy head, some decent lacing

Smell: Big sticky, oily hops, followed by sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, pine, tangerine, lycee, apricot, hemp, and pineapple.

Taste: Very sticky and oily, with lots of hemp oil coming to the surface. Sweet malt with grapefruit, pine, citrus, tangerine, lycee, apricot, pineapple, turpentine. Very bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, oily and full. Very well carbonated growler, although almost overfilled. The carbonation is a bit prickly.

Drinkability: This is the first hoppy beer to have ever actually hurt my tongue. It is extremely astrigent and oily. Enjoyable for the hemp-hop head, but not highly drinkable. Not nearly as enjoyable as pliny the elder and pliny the younger.

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

Pours a light hazy honey amber color with a huge two finger semi-loose foamy off white head that fades slowly leaving tons of Belgian lacing with each mouthful. The smell is an awesome aggressive and inviting; floral tropical citrus fruits with pine accents and a malty oak aged vanilla sweetness. Sweet tropical fruit and piny resin lace is offset by the strong malt and the vanilla character coming from the oak chips. The mouth feel is lightly carbonated medium full bodied creamy texture with an over the top grassy pine after taste that lingers well. Over 10% ABV this one is one hell of a drinker. Got this one from Geoi's people.

Photo of pwoods
3.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber/copper with some light ruby highlights and pretty good clarity. Decent head on the pour with a thick skim of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Good hop aroma. Citrus isn't as big as I'd expecting, the sweet malts seem to overbalance the citrus a bit. Still lots of pine and oils. Malts, again, are sweet and rich with caramel and toffee notes and maybe a dark fruitiness.

T/M: Bitterness isn't nearly as strong as I'd anticipated. Citrus and pine are tasty. The malts again seem to overbalance the hops a bit. Thick, rich, sweet with the caramel notes and some fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol squeaks out as it warms but overall it's surprisingly well hidden. Body is nearly full with average carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable for 10.5% but not the hop monster triple IPA that I had expected.

Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of Stawn, into a Deschutes snifter. Review #700.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with about an inch of stark white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap of bubbles, leaving a complete wall of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A touch of carbonation moves lazily through the glass. Really nice.

S: Tons and tons and tons and tons of hops here. Sticky, dank herbal hops all over the place. Tons of pine and juniper in here as well. A fair amount of grapefruit peel, and citrus oil type smells. Completely one dimensional and focuses entirely on the hops. Completely lives up to the name.

T: Again, a ton of hops. Lots of resinous oily, high alpha acid hops. Citrusy and piney as well. There is a bit of a malt profile in here, slightly sweet, almost like cake batter. Sweetness and the hops slowly fade into a lingering, but not overpowering bitterness. Hop resins completely coat the tongue and linger forever. Insanely hoppy, not overpoweringly bitter, and insanely drinkable. Not a ton of oak, but there's a slight amount of vanilla in here which may be slightly attributable to the oak.

M: Towards the thicker side of the spectrum, mild carbonation, and a surprisingly dry finish given the heft of the beer. A little warmth in the gullet, but not by any means a hot beer.

O: Hands down the best of the "triple" IPA's that I've had. This is a phenomenal beer. Tons of hops, huge malt profile, balanced bitterness, and incredibly drinkable. Honestly I do not know how they do it, this beer drinks almost like a quadruple dry hopped version of Duet, no other real way to explain it. Absolutely phenomenal, and lives up to the hype. Incredibly well done Alpine. Phenomenal beer.

Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.