Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
I'm pretty stoked about revisiting this brew, as I hear the recipe has been changed and the beer is much improved.
The beer is transparent and light orange in color, with a thick, white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is not kidding around. A powerful dose of hops and citrus in the nose and taste buds - no doubt this is an imperial IPA. Absolutely delicious with a great feel. This is 11% abv?!? Impressive. The finish is dry and filled with tangy, bitter hop goodness. This beer is highly drinkable, at least until I try to stand up. What an enormous improvement from the previous batch I tasted. Highly recommended.
03-02-2011 00:53:18 | More by Huhzubendah
4.88/5 rDev +9.7%
Thanks to GRG1313 (Richard) for this one. Two words: Yum Me
Pours a light, glowing golden. Clean. A 1 finger head was white and somewhere between soapy and thick. Looks good, let's see how it...
Whoa! I can smell it from 3 feet away. Citrus and juicy. Closer nose inspection tells me some pine and very virgin honey, but not the sweet part. A bit...just a bit... of a biscuit under all the hops. Damn, that's gonna be a hop bomb.
Sure 'nuff. Hops explode with this one. Mostly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Pine come through in more of a sap way. A bit resinous. The honey I smelled is more of a fruit skin. Kind of like a Merlot taste...but no matter what it is, it's overwhelmed by the hops. A bit of herbal spice comes and goes. The alcohol provides a wallop but it's hidden by all the damn hops.
Give PtE a run for it's money and easier drinking than PtY. Mother$*#$@ I like this beer!
02-14-2011 02:10:34 | More by Mebuzzard
4.68/5 rDev +5.2%
Thick clumps rock about a chunky cloud-like surface of white. The glass becomes entirely blanketed with honeycomb lacing. A sparkling gold shade. Consonance between clarity and glow produce a beer of absolutely pristine appearance. Beautiful.
Oh glorious hops! The smell is sharp and shoots right into your nostrils with notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and lemon scented cleaning product. The booze gives these an especially fiery and piercing character.
The flavour grants us those same notes of lemon custard, citrus, and orange creamsickles. The hops add citrus and the malts add sweetness, the balance is seamless. The oak wasn't apparent initially, but in time, would show up in very large part with an ounce of wood spice and a ton of buttery vanilla.
The alcohol never seemed to fully show up. The wood chips made the finish very dry and the mouthfeel exceptionally creamy. Really creamy. The hop acidity, high alcohol content, and buttery character from the wood all weigh in perfectly. I found it extremely drinkable.
This same brewery makes one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Now that I've tried their DIPA I have a tough time deciding which impresses me more. In both cases they cram a gluttonous level of hops into tasty, refreshing, well balanced beers.
One thing for sure: Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness is a refined DIPA. The use of oak gave the beer a very elegant disposition that makes it 'exponentially' exquisite for a style that is usually only about being 'in you face' hoppy. Impressive.
A huge thanks to Grub for sharing this growler!
10-07-2008 21:54:42 | More by biegaman
4.45/5 rDev 0%
From a growler fresh from the brewery in SoCal. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with me Dyan. What a treat to try this exceptional beer.
The beer pours a bright gold amber color with great head retention and lacing. On the nose, Jeeze Loueeze!!! Talk about a DIPA nose with a capital D. A huge aroma of pine, dry citrus and tropical fruit erupts from my glass, letting me know that I am in for one extremely hoppy beer. The nose on this beer reminds me a bit of the Hop 15, except the pine aroma is even more pronounced. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although once again the flavor profile is dominated by the pine. There is also some noticeable citrus and tropical fruit, along with the long, bitter/hoppy finish. The finish, in fact, is very, very dry, which tends to enhance the beers drinkabiltiy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm not kidding myself.... I can tell it's right on up there.
This is a fabulous DIPA that is very much in the West Coast style. With the huge amount of pine and dry finish I can see where it might not be to everyone's taste, but it sure was to mine. Delicious stuff.
Thanks again Dyan!!!
04-15-2009 15:56:35 | More by John_M
4.53/5 rDev +1.8%
Again a big thanks to grub for making this one happen. Shared the growler on our last night in Cali, playing cards and reliving memories, great evening.
Pours a clear orangey gold, nice clarity, brilliant colour, thick and insanely chunky white head forms, drops lace like its going out of style, settles down to a thick layer and doesn't go away. Smell is very complex, a bit spicy, pine, grapefruit, sweet caramel and toasty malt middle, honey, oak, wood comes through underneath the hops, vanilla and oranges as well, balanced and complex, alcohol is there but it doesn't jump out. Taste is insane as well, lots of orange, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, caramel and honey, pine, spicy alcohol, all the elements come together nicely and really complement each other, the finish is dry and woody, balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty slick and goes down insanely well for such a big beer, very balanced and enjoyable. Drinkability is good but I think 1/3rd of the growler was the perfect amount for me. This one deserves the accolades, just a great take on a DIPA, many different elements and perfect balance. Thanks Russ!
09-04-2008 18:01:22 | More by Viggo
4.4/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks to pastradul for this one!
A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a chunky white head. Sheets of lacing down the side of glass, lasts longer than almost any beer I have had before.
S: Really nice aromas of citrus/tropical fruit. I get orange, pineapple, and maybe some mango as well.
T: Get some pine, and then the same fruits as the nose, pineapple/mango. Finishes bitter.
M/D: Thicker than anticipated, very creamy. Has a bitter/oily finish. For its abv, this is very drinkable. Extremely tropical. Overall a great beer.
11-01-2010 01:27:52 | More by mdaschaf
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
I love casual Fridays. An opportunity to update the tasting list with notes from the past. Today's come from the Double IPA festival in 2006.
A much lighter than expected appearance, a hazy, yet somewhat vibrant yellow. A very sweet, citrus and pine aroma. I mean, I don't think I've smelled something so sugary AND hoppy. Quite nice and unique. We're talking like tropical citrus up in this.
Taste, a big beer, big on the hops, a little lower on the bitterness, alcohol is there, but far from overwhelming. Mouthfeel alternates between sticky and then gets dry thankfully. Nice. Would love to try and get a hold of this stuff in the bottle. One of the best breweries with very little distribution.
08-13-2010 17:04:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
Picked up a few of these in a shipment from Southbay Drugs. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber, slightly brown in color with a fluffy two finger white head. The head settled out to cling to the sides but left moderate lacing.
Aroma is very floral and sweet. It's very hoppy with a good citrus and orange aroma but it also has a malt sweetness to it with a lot of caramel aromas as well. Taste is very sweet with a lot of caramel. The hops give it a very nice citrus flavor with some grapefruit and orange flavors, and a little pine towards the finish. Definitely more sweetness than bitterness in it.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, especially for a beer over 10%.
Overall this was very good but not what I was expecting, there is a huge caramel sweetness to it that is almost as big as the hop flavor. The combination of very hoppy and sweet caramel was very good together though and I enjoyed the taste a lot.
01-10-2010 19:44:02 | More by billab914
4.25/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle shared by gford217 - thanks!
Pours a bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of sticky caramel malts with loads of hops - citrus, herbal, pine, floral - with hints of vanilla. As the beer warms the pine and floral aromas stand out more than previously.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are joined by good amounts of pine and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild hints of vanilla enter into things and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I thought the growler version (last year's) had more in-your-face hops and I preferred it slightly to this bottle version. Still, both are very good and well worth a shot.
01-17-2010 04:46:50 | More by glid02
4.65/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a golden color with a frothy 2 finger head. The head retention is excellent and leaves ample lacing as it recedes. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine sap, and oily hops. Delicious citrus flavor. This hop wine has a long, bitter, dry finish. There's a slight hint of alcohol but it's very well masked for the high abv. The beer is very well carbonated. I've had this on cask before but I very much prefer it on tap.
08-11-2008 03:11:26 | More by HopHead84
4.38/5 rDev -1.6%
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer pours a transpicuous gold color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and a bright white color with the lace forming a white curtain to obscure the glass. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a Big hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors.
12-10-2003 14:13:32 | More by Gusler
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to GR1313 for the bottle.
Poured into a Pint glass.
A- Bright orange, slight haze. Yellowish colored head, with medium sized bubbles. Head fades to half, but then lingers.
S- Pine, then some Citrus.
T- Citrusy - Lemons, then some pine hits you.
D- Nice carbonation, creamy and smooth.
O- Good IIPA, but it is getting on the older side. I still enjoyed it, but I can only imagine how great it is fresh.
EDIT on 8.5.11
New Bottle from the latest batch.
A - Same.
S - Super pine and grass.
T - Grass and pine dominate, followed by citrus.
D - Good Carboonation, very creamy.
O - A total delight. I love this beer!
05-06-2011 04:23:27 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.15/5 rDev -6.7%
Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a small fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of grapefruit and slight pineapple with more caramel and toffee than I expected. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Juicy grapefruit mixed with caramel and toffee or butterscotch. Taste is smooth as hell. Medium body with a lingering almost sweet finish. Light to medium level of carbonation, resinous mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. I had this right after it came out as well, and the hops are fading quickly. Great beer, especially fresh.
04-11-2010 23:39:34 | More by johnnnniee
4/5 rDev -10.1%
Reviewed from notes:
appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head
smell: citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, malts
taste: citrus fruits, caramel, malts, little alcohol
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: pretty damn good DIPA. I think I like there other offerings a little bit better.
08-15-2011 17:27:16 | More by THECPJ
4.75/5 rDev +6.7%
22oz bottle from Mikey711. I've wanted to try this for a long time, this went straight from the box to the freezer to my glass. The beer is clear, light copper colored, with a few fingers of wet head. The smell is so much better than I expected for a triple IPA, my only prior experience is probably Devil Dancer. Thankfully Alpine constructed their triple IPA with only pale malts, no addition of caramel in the aroma or taste. Loaded with citrus, grapefruit, maybe some other fruit like mangos and tropical whatnot. Very resiny and sticky in the mouth, sweet and pungent with hoppy acids, very very good. This was like fresh hops oil and candi sugar, good body but that's the only indication of the malt bill, exactly the way I like a strong DIPA or triple IPA to taste. Excellent.
01-14-2010 02:23:28 | More by TurdFurgison
3.94/5 rDev -11.5%
650 mL bottle poured into a taster.
Appearance - Deep amber almost copper. Not much of a head. Slight wisps.
Smell - Not as citrusy as I expected. Grapefruit and a ton of pine. Malt behind it. Musty.
Taste - Hoppier here, but it has just as much malt. Pretty damn hoppy. Grapefruit and resiny pine. Not my favorite hop profile but it's over the top and somehow balanced by malt.
Mouthfeel - Heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Least impressive IPA from Alpine. Still a pretty damn good IPA.
03-08-2013 20:15:37 | More by Alieniloquium
3.93/5 rDev -11.7%
22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 11% ABV, no date.
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for bringing this bottle over!
A - EH=PH2 pours a hazed-over golden orange color with a plump bone head with moderate retention and a one big ring of lace. Not very attractive however.
S - With the description I heard read from Todd, I expected more hops than this. Especially with the dry-hopped amount. A bold earthy herbal nose backed by a squeeze of lemony citrus and a kiss of pine needle. A caramel chunk and malt backing with mild fruitiness appears in the far back.
T - Well, at least it's a major hop punch in the flavor despite the lack of it in the aroma. Tons of resin overtakes the floral, citrus, and pine notes. It tastes like walking into a Michael's store. A bit boozy too. A heavy finish of solvent alcohol.
M - Medium-full bodied and malty with a dry and fairly bitter finish but not enough IBUs for their heavy hopped claims methinks. The carbonation is a bit low too.
D - Pretty hoppy but not triple IPA hoppy. I think the booze is a bit high but it's not bad. The blend overall just seems a bit low on the hop scale for their description but without a bottle date its hard to know if it's that way or due to age.
04-18-2010 22:05:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.9/5 rDev -12.4%
I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.
The beer pours a murky dark gold with a hint of orange to it. The head rises about a finger but is gone pretty quickly. Light lacing.
The aroma is surprinsingly pretty light, starts off with mostly bitter hops. The finish is some citrus, an interesting smell, as it's switched the normal ipa order.
The taste is much lighter than I thought it would, by like 10 times, I was expecting tons of bitterness and lots of pine. So in this sense I liked the beer because it beat my expecations. The beer was moderately hoppy but pretty smooth. So this is nice and hoppy throught, but a one noter. Only a slight bit of citrus at the end.
The feel is ok, a little light and not very lasting.
Overall, this was ok, nothing special.
03-27-2010 02:32:10 | More by jrallen34
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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