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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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990 Ratings
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 1,408
Gots: 61 | 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 BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

I got this bottle in a trade with Gambac. Thanks Greg!

It pours a clear golden colour with a +1 finger head of foam and some very nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy; loads of tropical fruits, some pine and grapefruit, and a light malt profile.

Big tropical fruit in the taste as well with pine and grapefruit well represented. There's an underlying malt sweetness there that I didn't notice at all in the smell; I'm sure if I had left the bottle sitting for longer, it would come out more but as is, it's doing the light balancing act nicely and really, I wanted to drink this fresh anyway.

The body is close to full with just the right amount of carbonation. A GREAT mouthfeel.

This is a fine brew and I'm super glad that I got a chance to try it.

Btw, there's no sign of any bottled on/best before date so I'll assume that it's a 2012.

Bitterbill, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

chippo33, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. had an deep orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big, bold aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and pine. Very sharp, very sweet.

T: Tasted of hops first and foremost, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, and a woody quality mixed in. An extremely complex, fruity, hoppy beer. ABV% does pack something of a punch.

M: Lots of carbonation with a thick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Wow. A massive, likable, well made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, May 20, 2010
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Cynic-ale, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

Massive thanks goes out to billinlafayette for this one in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, and grapefruit hop. The flavor was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, grapefruit, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent in my opinion. All of the aspects I love in a DIPA were present and accounted for. While this one had a lot going on in it, everything worked really well together on both the aroma and flavor of this one. Making this one fairly easy drinking for an 11% ABV brew. I was really glad to get my hands on this one as it has been on my Wants list since I joined the site (almost a year ago). Really hope to get to try it again in the future.

thagr81us, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Hazy and a bit darker than I was expecting from an IPA. Decently sized head with some nice lacing.

S - Smells like a malty IPA, not nearly the hop profile or strength of aroma I was expecting. A bit sweet, with pine and citrus notes.

T - Malty and hoppy. The citrus is grapefruity but it fades into some nice pine notes. Nice alcohol burn, I dig it in these types of beers. Very malty backbone, not overly sweet, but present.

M - Heavier IPA, very creamy.

D - I'd like it a little less malty and lighter to improve the drinkability, but it's a pretty easy drinker, especially for the ABV.

AgentZero, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Got a growler of this in a recent trade from seaoflament. Thanks huge amounts, Carlos! I hand-bottled 48oz, lost about 3oz in the process and the rest went into my Duvel tulop

A: Golden orange with a dense, two-finger off-white head. Great retention, gorgeous lacing. There's some stuff floating in here but this was the last bit from the growler. I must mention that the retention is awesome, especially for a >10% beer.

S: Hops, you say? Present in bucketloads! Pine and grapefruit present up front with plenty of floral notes with some orange and mango in the back. Reading other reviews (and laboring under the impression that this was a "triple IPA"), I kind of expected *some* malt but it's barely detectable here - just a little caramel present. This is *pungently* hoppy. As this warms up, it smells like a fucking fruit garden, it's absolutely ridiculous. The one thing i can't smell is oak, but hey, does it sound like I'm complaining?

T: Hey look, I've suddenly morphed into a school girl here. My sides are split in giggles, it's that good. Copious amounts of hop flavor with minimal bitterness (but ample) here. Flavors replicate the tropical fruit basket that the nose is with tons of grapefruit, orange, pine, mango and peach. Bitterness is mild, present, resiny and ample. Malt? Present, with just the right amount of sweetness to go with the fruity and floral hops. Definitely sweeter than the Pure Hoppiness but it tapers off fairly quickly, leaving a wonderful, dry finish

M: Resiny hops, light body, great carbonation, excellent bitterness - what's not to love? This isn't the resiniest (hey, there's a Dyan-ism) of IPAs but this is perfect

D: Ridiculous. Abso-fucking-lutely ridiculous. My pint's gone in 15 minutes and I'm craving more. Work tomorrow? Fuck it, I wish I'm embalmed in this hop nectar when they come for me in the AM.

Notes: And there you have it folks. Lives up to the hype (or lack thereof) in every which way. This just is my new favorite DIPA, over Pliny (barely). Massive thanks to Carlos for bringing this up as a "random" beer when discussing a trade. I owe you and big time.Score: 4.5+5+5+5+5 = 4.9/5

**2009 April release**

As pungently piney hoppy with as ridiculous a hop aroma with a more pronounced oak and vanilla component, this smells awesome (5/5) On the palate, though, it;s not as good. I'm tempted to say it's my recent exposure to Younger, a beer among men. Opens up with massive hop flavors - pine, grapefruit, citrus, pungently so. Excellent balance between sweetness and hop character, and a brilliant balance between bittering and flavor hops. Great hop flavor and aroma, just not as drinkable as the latest batch of Younger. Overall: 4.5+5+4.5+4.5+4.5 = 4.6/5

***2009 July release***

On tap at Hamilton's. My description stays the same, but I'd drop the scores to mirror the 2009 April release

DefenCorps, Aug 19, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

Aromas are straight greenery, tons of tropical fruits. Lots of pineapple, mango, orange juice and underlying grapefruit smells. Slight sweet pale maltiness but def takes a back seat to the hop profile. So pungent, bright and sharp.

The tastes begin with a nice light, sweet, pale maltiness which immediately subsides to the dominant pine, pineapple, lemon, blood orange, grapefruit hops flavors. Bitterness is there but the hop flavor is out of this world. More estery fruitiness comes in with apples, apricots and mango. The oak emerges a little as it warms but is no where dominant like some other oaked IPAs like Cigar City Humidor Jai Alai or Great Divide's anniversary oaked DIPA. A hop bomb to say the least, but it really showcases just how much hop flavor you can pack into a beer without being to overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and full. Drinks a little heavy (it is 11% ABV) but no where near the ABV level. Not a drop of alcohol bite in the finish. A pleasant lingering bitterness but not a palate wrecker by any means, that is, if you are used to big boy DIPAS; your average beer drinker would be overwhelmed by this for sure. I believe the oak-aging helps to ease the bitterness aspect as well.

Overall this is way better than the growler example that I had last year. So much fresher and really impressed me. Does Alpine make a bad IPA, I don't think so. They are are top class and probably my favorites from the West Coast which is saying a lot considering the class that exists out there. Highly recommended and worth seeking out if you can get it fresh. Truly one of the best, if not the best DIPAs (or I would consider this a Triple IPA because of the ABV) on the planet.

claspada, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

bsuedekum, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%

Fluffy white head on a clear darker golden body. Splotchy lacing, good cap and collar.

I get pine on the nose. Mmmmm.

Yes hops but more than adequate malt backbone to me. Dank aftertaste. Hard to believe this is 11%abv.

Thicker mouthfeel for a DIPA, near syrupy. Lower end of carbonation.

Solid DIPA here. People say top tier and I'd say that's arguable on either side. Very good. Recommended to get some if you can. Thanks for sharing kawilliams81.

Duff27, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%

Appearance – This came out of the O’Brien’s tap a beautiful, inviting bright orange in color with little head on a bad pour. Well, not really a bad pour, just the barmaid trying to give me as much of this sweet goodness as she could.

Smell – The hops aroma here is like some sort of hop extract. It is so stiff and so strong. It has to be the strongest hop smell out of any beer that I’ve head. There’s some malt in the nose for the diligent drinker.

Taste – The malts come on much better at the taste, but of course it’s the hop flavor that carries the day. I expected to just find a wallop of pine resin, but along with that the brewer managed to pack some good floral hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a literal hop shock to the tongue. Paramedics should keep some of this stuff in the ambulance in case CPR and those electrical pads fail to resuscitate a patient.

Drinkability – This is a slow-drinking, super-bitter ale that has some of the strongest hop flavors money can buy. If you ever have a chance to sample this and pass it up the Bros should ban you for life.

Update – I also had the privilege of sampling a barrel-aged batch on the same night. It had a huge oak compliment to the hops and seemed more alcoholic. It actually made the beer a slightly better drinker. Excellent stuff!

RoyalT, Nov 12, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +5.6%

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lived off-white head that leaves bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is massive with a big, deep resinous pine hop smell that is almost more sweet than bitter combined with the tropical fruit presence of oranges and grapefruits.

The taste is spectacular with the massive pine hop bitterness up front that just hangs onto the palate as the bready malt backbone and citrus hops all pile on. I also seem to get an interesting spiciness that tingles the palate between sips...tough to identify. This is a seriously complex beer.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the fuller side of things with enough soft carbonation to carry all of the flavors that assault the palate. The flavors just stick to the tongue and build up after each sip.

This is one of the biggest DIPAs I've ever tasted. I'm not sure I've ever gotten so many different flavors in a beer of this style and I'm seriously impressed by this one. Pure Hoppiness is good, but this just blew me away. World class.

gford217, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Gobzilla
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good blotchy lacing sticking to the glass. The aromas was super piney and the floral hops really making a statemen. It had lots of citrus and grapefruit notes alongside oaky notes and a malt presence; very nice potent nose. Like the aroma the flavor was super piney with floral hops and citrus grapefruit that really help propel the overall bitterness but still had oaky, slight pineapple, and grass earthy accents. Well still being a huge hop bomb it also had a good malt backbone which balanced out the big hop punchiness. The brew was medium body with a good amount of bubbly carbonation that had a piney hop citric crsip and bitter finish. Regardless of all the hop mayhem it still drank wonderfull and is a great example of a west coast hop bomb. If your a hop head this is sure to punch you palate nice. Great job alpine.

Gobzilla, Sep 01, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev -9.4%

Bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours a clear dark gold color with a tan froth of suds. Aroma is dank hops, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, perfume, pine. The oak is also perceivable, but well integrated under the hops. Flavor is fruity hops and a slightly sharp caramel maltiness, doesn't quite live up to the aroma for me. A little sweet compared to their other IPAs. Bitterness isn't very high either, unfortunately. It could use more to cut through the malt and dry out the finish. Good, great even, but not up to Alpine IPA standards.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +6.1%

Medium brooding gold with a night tight eggshell whtie head of foam that is modest in size, stature, and retention. Aromas of freh piney citrusy hops with tons of oil, resin, a bit of maryjane and grapefruit pulp as well as slight pomegranate seed. Taste is hoppy up front with a light biscuity maltness, sweet in the middle with a tropical hop thing going on. The bready malt ties this one together in the middle and the finish which is the sticky icky slightly drying than refreshing it begs to make you take another step. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oh-so-smooth. Drinkability is great! This stuff is phenomenal I can't wait to drink some fresh from the tap (Hopefully) the next time that I am in SoCal in early June. To me this isn't quite as good as Pliny, but it is damn near close. Great job Alpine!

francisweizen, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

My notes are a bit old but good.

This beer is a dark golden color verging on amber with some near-orange hues. There's a nice, creamy white pillow of head on top that has pretty good retention and leaves patchy lacing on the glass.
The nose is a beauty. This is one fragrant beer and a hop monster beside. I really have to sort this out, because there's a deep complexity to it. The hop profile is really a mix of the citrus end of the spectrum and the dryer resiny pine end. Heavy, juicy grapefruit, lemon and orange peel mix with pine resin while, lingering alongside, herbal and flowery notes mingle with a touch of something like honey and maybe even just a hint of something minty way underneath. There's a good, sturdy malt in the aroma to balance it all out.
The flavor follows suit, with the hops profile big, complex and powerful, but it absolutely overpowers the malts in the flavor and, while detectable in the aroma, they're not so much here. There's also a touch more lighter fruit presence coming into play with each sip, so if anything the hops character actually improves. i just need that malt body to hold it together, and a touch of solvent comes through lightly as well. Alcohol is none too noticeable, but does provide a bit of a kick here and there.
This is one of those beers that's dry on the one hand, full of hops character and almost provides a "woody" character, but is proven to be skillfully crafted by a complete smoothing out and a balancing on the tongue to the point that the dryness somehow mingles with a well-carbonated, creamy smoothness in the body. Very nicely done.
I'll seek this out again if I'm out of town someplace where it can be found.

Brenden, Dec 06, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev -0.4%

Presentation: Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival which was hosted at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad this weekend. Listed as 10.4% ABV on the Beer List that was handed out.

Appearance: A nice white head formed and settled in the special Half Pint Glass, though I only a 4oz sample, the pour was generous. Once the head relaxed, a clear golden body with a few visible specks revealed itself. Beautiful looks – it had a classic IPA look appearance.

Nose: Well this was the first beer for me on Friday’s session. To say that it cleared my nostrils is an understatement. Incredible amounts of hops leap out of the beer. Oily and resinous, yet it also had a distinct fresh raw hop character.

Taste: More Hops, so many bloody hops. Fantastic bitterness, fresh raw green hops fill the mouth. Some hop oiliness rises in the middle, and a strong bitter finish just seems to go on forever and never ends. The taste lingers for a very long time – I am sure my tongue was green after drinking this. Mo malt at all – it there but just never comes through at all. This beer is all about the Hops.

Mouthfeel: A solid beer with a definite feel in the mouth. Oily middle at times when swirled in the mouth. Very astringent finish with an extremely strong bitterness on the cheeks. Hops remain on the tongue for a long time – many hours in fact!

Drinkability: Others that have tried the Exponential Hoppiness previously mentioned that the Keg at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival exhibited a smoother feel and lacked the “raw hop” of previous versions that made it a little unbalanced. This may be why I found this to be a very drinkable offering, even given its high hop content and strength. So whilst this beer is all about the Hops, it is still smooth enough to be easily imbibed. Maybe some slight improvements raised the strength a little also to the 10.4% advertised – is this really double figures? Damn it drinks way too easily.

Overall: I visited the Alpine Brewing Company earlier this year, thanks to my good friend xlperro, but after never having tried this elusive offering from them - it was great to finally get the chance to try the beer that xlperro and EyeChartBrew have raved about for so long. One of the best offerings at this weekends Strong Ale Festival, and even though I wanted to try as many new beers as possible - I still managed a couple of these.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -9.4%

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Served in a tulip. Pours a semi-translucent burnt orange with a dense, quarter inch bright white head embedded with ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a skim and a cluster of bubbles that eventually coalesces into a tight band around the edges. Thick swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, an earthy character, toasted biscuity malts and a spicy/floral quality. Taste is malty with a resinous/bitter hops character, tropical fruits and an onion-like flavor as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly oily consistency and an assertive carbonation. All and all, a very complex DIPA; however, the onion flavors (somewhat reminiscent of Gubna) don't do too much for me. Best sampled in small quantities and shared amongst a few.

Jwale73, Aug 14, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle, home. Excellent beer with lots of sweet malt and lots of hops.

This beer pours a mildly hazy orange-gold, perhaps a shade or two darker than your average DIPA. There's very little head and what's there dissipates.

The aroma is sweetly hoppy. There's clearly a lot of malt in this beer, but the hops still dominate with a big wildflower aroma with pine resin and tangerines chipping in a touch less. The malt contributes a background caramel sweetness.

This is not my favorite style of DIPA. I tend to prefer them dry and bitter. However, Exponential is the best sweet DIPA that I've ever had and the flavor is a success. The key is probably that the hops still dominate the flavor profile. The malt is just a big supporting sweetness. There's still plenty of delicate hop notes and hop bite in the finish.

This beer finishes nice and bitter despite the sweetness. The aftertaste is very pleasant and the alcohol is pleasant and warming. I've become a big fan of Alpine in the past few days. I just hope that they start distributing their bottles more regularly to Northern California.

popery, Mar 20, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Knock heads with this beer. Upon opening the bottle an immediate whiff of hop/weed in the air. Poured with a jumbo, foamy, frothy, thick, cream colored head that lasts a while and good lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with some small bubble trails. Aroma is as above plus malt, a little butter (oak?), and dry hay. Flavor is similar to nose, but a little more balanced. Great body and carbonation with little sense of the alcohol. Finish is like flavor and fades away proportionately in a pleasant way. One of the few extreme beers that works, let alone so well.

drpimento, Oct 26, 2010
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

IPAchris, Feb 16, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev 0%

Bomber, courtesy of millerbuffoon, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: Hazy amber body under a finger of creamy eggshell foam. Great retention and lacing, especially for its strength.

S: Intense, directly organic hops: pine, floral, grapefruit, mango, vanilla, and general sweet greatness.

T: Follows the nose: hugely hoppy, sweet vanilla, lemon-lime citrus hoppiness, oak, and some booze. Huge.

M: Sticky medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Not for the faint of heart. Gigantic hops + gigantic alcohol + substantial oak = a monster of a beer. While this one has potential to spare to become an unbalanced mess of sweetness, it has enough hops to keep that from happening. Genuinely impressive, and genuinely delicious.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Nov 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Bright orange color, wispy head with some lacing. Smells extra hoppy, melons, canteloupe, good stuff. The taste is really good, watermelon rind, hops, slightly sweet, alcohol is well hidden in the background. I can;t really taste the oak in this one which is good as far as I'm concerned. I like this one a lot, way to go Alpine.

Update 9/2012 latest batch bought at the brewery

Fucking fantastic IPA, melons, citrus, green dank hops. Might be overpriced at $12 but I'm still glad I bought two. Yum.

ArrogantB, Aug 26, 2011
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4.41/5  rDev -0.9%

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a glorious slightly hazy golden apricot hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave sticky lacing, halo, and clouding. Excellent for the ABV.

S - Aromas of hop oil galore, pine and candy orange peel along with nice sweet malts.

T - Taste was not quite what I was expecting after the nose. Much more orange peel than pine along with sweet syrupy malts with a light bready biscuits finish. Faint oak notes on the finish as well as that excellent lingering bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a lightly carbonated slightly creamy feel. The booze is hidden incredibly well all things considered. Well done!

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer immensely. Just a tasty dipa that hits all the right notes. Lives up to the hype, not you're typical west coast dipa.

rudzud, Mar 14, 2013
Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.