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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,459
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
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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 Bwagner1122
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bamadog
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.13/5  rDev -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!!!

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of craytonic
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
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
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.56/5  rDev -19.8%
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 zrab11
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Hazy Golden Orange color with a nice 2 finger head and good lacing

S- Has an awesome aroma. Smells of pine with pineapple and sweet citrus notes. Has good hoppiness smell also

T- WOW! Taste is even better than the smell. Has a wonderful sweetness that is not soo sweet that the hops don't shine though. This is EXceptionally balanced. Love the sweetness mixed with the piney flavors

M- Medium bodied, Very crisp and refreshing

D- Overall this is an outstanding beer. On the same plane as Fresh hopsslam but a step above. Love the balance and drinkability of this beer. It doesn't feel like ur drinking a 11%. Try his beer. You wont be disspointed with this DIPA

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
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%

Photo of POTABLE83
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of danwho
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll admit it, I'm a homer for Alpine. And this is their best. 3xIPA at the top. PtY? meh. This is the one.
Had it fresh on release day, Jan 27th and have not had a chance to get to a bomber until now.
I poured (aggressively) into a nonic which yielded a nice 2 inch white head, lots of layered lacing as it disappears.
Smell: sweet, fruity, mango, citrus, raisin. Very nice.
Taste: This is a "big" beer, at 11%. You cannot taste the abv, it is so smooth.
My favorite triple IPA of all time, when abv is factored in.
Easily leaves PtY in the dust IMHO.
This is one beer that lives up to the hype.

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SuperHop18
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of halo3one
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Got a couple of these from Joey, thanks man!

22 oz. bomber poured into my hand blown San Tan pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium copper hue with a frothy two finger off-white head. A good dose of lace holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma is straight up dank. Sweet herb, sticky pine, and ripe grapefruit. Just a harmonious blend of hops with this, definitely nosegasm worthy for you hopheads. Some biscuit finds itself in the nose as well to help balance out the insane hops. Taste begins with succulent pineapple with a dash of evergreen. Midway the malts appear underneath orange peel and cane sugar. Aftertaste has some biscuit and more sticky icky, just great flavors from start to finish. A heavy medium body with a chewy feel and steady carbonation. The drinkability is pretty scary with this because it drinks like an IPA. The 10.5% abv is NOWHERE to be found. Definitely no Heady Topper, but still one of the best DIPA's I've had to date.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

T - Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date.

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of T_Hass
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.