Exponential Hoppiness
Alpine Beer Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #21
Ranked #280
4.44 | pDev: 9.01%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Exponential HoppinessExponential Hoppiness
Notes: 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 dr- 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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Hooded from Texas

4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/20/2019

On tap in a half pint snifter at The Draft House Austin Texas.
Look is golden and a little cloudy. There is almost no head because the staff pour carefully to the brim to give you more beer. 4.25
Smell is hops, citrus, stone fruit, and a little spice. 4.00
Taste is mango, citrus, alcohol, some malt, pine, and moderate bitterness. 4.5
Feel is medium and a little slick. 4.5
Overall it is a big IPA with a lot going on. It's too much for me to drink it offten but it is a great beer. 4.5

Dec 22, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at SD Taproom. Pours a slightly hazy golden with decent off white head. Aroma sweet citrus with some pineapple and ample hoppy pine. Taste is sweet malty with pine, citrus, some peach - resinous hoppy pine bitterness hits at the back end after swallow. Alcohol is well hidden in this full bodied slightly oily sweet but pleasantly bitter monster IPA. Absolutely great.

Mar 02, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at RBSG. Light haze, golden body, substantial head. Aroma is equal parts hops and citrus. Nice feel and consistency, hops get more astringent on the palate. Citrus finish with a bit of warmth.

Feb 26, 2018
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danh53 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with one finger head. Sweet orange and ripened grapefruit. Pith in the background. Candy malt sweetness, but its not overpowering. I can feel the booze now that I've finished half the bottle, but it doesn't taste like 11%. Tons of hops that balance the malt. Pine, resin, herbal flavors. I really enjoyed Pure Hoppiness, and wanted this to take that beer a little further but the flavor profile is quiet similar, at least from what I can remember. This is nice to try, but I see no reason to trade something good for this and pay for shipping when you can just drink Pure Hoppiness instead.

Jan 05, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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

Before everyone was dropping orange ipas all over the globe, this was a triple ipa that still kicked down those familiar yellow tones. Mild 1/3" white head. Aroma was a lot of everything, sweet and hoppy, leaning a sweet citrus instead of the usual just massive grapefruit bitterness. Still crushes some tropical fruit notes in the nose too. Mango.

Taste is in that Pliny the Younger vein. 11% is hid very well, seems like they added sugar to dry out the body, hoppy, bitter, lush with green hop tones, still hittin the sticky dank fruit notes. Does it so well. Pricey compared to some other similar options, and also harder to get. So it is more available than Pliny, but also way harder to get than Boneyard Notorious or Lagunitas Waldo. But its in that mold. Excellent stuff, maybe we'll get lucky and they'll put it in 4 or 6 packs someday with the new Green Flash* model of Alpine ownership.

Oct 31, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

They list it on here as a Double IPA, but at 11% this is clearly more than that. But it drinks smooth and has a gorgeous hue about it that I could stare at all day. Very drinkable for the abv, but the booziness flavor did drown out the hops a little more than I would have liked.

Oct 14, 2016
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had the pleasure of having this beer a few times. Great taste. Strong but feels smooth like a single. Awesome west coast hop taste. I love the hop taste this beer gives my taste buds.

Jul 22, 2016
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Orange/copper hue.

Smell - Dankity dank dank.

Taste - Pine, booze and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very tasty Triple IPA.


Mar 23, 2016
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danieelol from Australia

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great thanks to Rohan for this.

Pours a lightish mango. Ample frothy white head and good lacing.

Nose is first off a burst of bright indistinct hops and oakiness. The oak and hops seem to support each other in mutually emphasising their sharpness. There's also lots of tropical fruit here and a kind of yeasty bready quality which hints at the booze but never gets overtly boozy.

Taste is more of the tropical hops backed up by a fair bit of that breadiness and some burn. I'd be lying if I said you couldn't taste the alcohol- in an 11% DIPA it's going to be a part of the flavour but in this case it's well integrated.

Mouthfeel is substantial with a fair bit of bitterness.

With the 11% ABV and the oak chips this was always going to be straddling styles between a DIPA and a barleywine. I feel this beer is a little bit of a jack of all trades but it does all its elements well enough to work. And even though it's 11%, it's honestly less boozy than quite a few local DIPAs I've had at around 8%.

Jan 16, 2016
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Schnauzerlord from California

4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color on the most recent offering seems to be a little lighter than previous releases. More of a typical IPA coloring than the deeper amber/orange cast to previous samplings. I'm fortunate enough to have had this fresh from the brewery on many occasions, and it never disappoints. Big malty nose, which you'd expect with that ABV, but so well balanced by the truck load of hops that that it's amazingly sippable for an 11%+ Imperial. I've had most of the big names...Both Plinys, Heady Topper, etc, and this is my choice for best Imperial style IPA. It is good to live in Beer Mecca!

Jan 01, 2016
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skeeterloveshops from California

4.96/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very lucky to live only about an hour away, I am blessed to be able to head down for most releases of this beer. Some waited in line for hours, I was lucky enough to get 2 bottles out of the last case this week. Line was out the door and around the corner. I of course drank a few from the tap while I was there, because it is one of my favorites of all time. Well worth the wait. If you havnt had this beer, I would certainly make it a priority. at 11% it goes straight to the head perfectly. By far my favorite triple of all time along with Pliny the Younger. No doubt a world class beer. EXPO FOREVER. Hit me up for trades.

Dec 29, 2015
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Rothobinide from California

4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unique! Had on tap at Alpine on release day, then again from a bottle on the same day.

Can say, of the 150+ odd IPA-style beers (single, double, triple, and otherwise) I tasted in 2015, Expo is the best.

The appearance is bright orange with a fine, 3 finger head. Smells like fresh biscuits and orange marmalade, plus honey and hints of oak. Taste is all hops. Glorious, wonderful hops. If you love hops, odds are you'll love Expo. Friends of mine claimed that the oak was very noticeable, I felt that it was a nice background to the overall palette of the beer. The finish is super duper clean even as it strips your tastebuds of any and all ability to ever enjoy a Heineken ever again in your natural lifetime. I have one last bottle burning a hole in my fridge... might be calling my name soon.

Dec 28, 2015
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange amber with two fingers of off-white foam. Big citrus, especially grapefruit dance upon the stage of piney hops, slight rustic wood, slight resin, toasty malts. Taste is more resinous and foresty, which yes it isn't a word but it describes what is hapening: pine, wood bark, and leaves all surrounded by citrus and hop resin. Feel is surprisingly dry given the taste, very smooth, not so woodsy but instead crisp.

Dec 27, 2015
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worldsworstextra from California

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Expo is the easiest drinking double ipa, and ipa for that matter, although very different from when I last remember drinking it. I got straight up honey melon from this bottle and not a ton else, which is odd because I remember mostly citrus notes from the last time I had this beer. Needless to say, this was the smoothest ipa I have ever had, with maybe dinner as an exception. The honey melon flavor works very well but I can't help thinking my bottle was different somehow since I didn't get the grapefruit, orange, or pine notes that I previously remembered and that other reviewers have mentioned about the beer.

Dec 24, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review #1000
22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a bright golden orange color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind, some resin floating at the bottom

S- resinous hop aroma with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange zest & lemon peel leading the way. Underlying notes of pine, floral hop & honey. Faint underlying malt lets the hops shine

T- citrus and tropical hop flavors lead the way with notes of grapefruit juice, orange zest, mango, passionfruit & fresh mint leaves. Underlying notes of pine and floral hops, lightly sweet malt. There’s a fruity linger of wild grape and more mint

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish, exceptional drinkability for the ABV

O- such an easy drinking DIPA that allows the hops to shine, while remaining remarkably drinkable, world class

Mar 27, 2015
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Houser from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

another great hoppy beer from alpine. booze hidden really well. with that said, i was expecting this to be a little better. i wasnt punched in the face with hops like i thought i would be...not that i wanted an unbalanced beer, but rather a bit less thin.

Mar 16, 2015
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HOPSareKey from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thought this was going to be amazing from everything I was hearing. looks very clean, just doesn't finish as crisp as I would like it. very bitter. I guess I may be spoiled due to Scream IIPA.

Mar 10, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a teku glass 3/9/2015.

A- Hazy copper body, two finger white head (in the teku) with nice lacing, medium collar that sticks around for a while. Swirling the glass brings the head back quite easily as well.

S- Actually don't smell much. I expected much more from a hoppy triple IPA, however it smelled very dull and boring next to a glass of Alpine Nelson. As it warms up, I get more of a sugary caramel sweetness, with a bit of grapefruit juice, passion fruit and bitter pine. But for the most part, a pretty average nose especially for a triple IPA.

F- Very sweet, sugary and caramel forward, with a bit of tropical fruit, passion fruit, citrus and pineapple kicking in. It actually tastes pretty good, but for all of the hoopla behind this beer, it was fairly disappointing. Again, the bottle of Nelson I opened up with this far outstripped the drinking experience on this beer.

M- Thick-medium body, not quite syrupy, but just about right for a triple IPA. Slick, resinous, easy to drink, not boozy at all. Probably the best characteristic behind this beer.

O- Solid triple IPA, but this comes nowhere close to Hill Farmstead Ephraim, which I consider the benchmark for triple IPAs (not having had Pliny the Younger). Sweet and tasty, but not particularly complex or as interesting as the aforementioned beers.

Mar 10, 2015
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brewmastercat from California

4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10/11/2014 - Alpine Beer Company - Exponential Hoppiness - Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass - Acquired at Pizza Port Bottle Shop during an Alpine Tap Takeover

A - Deep gold, almost red color with a thin white head. White floaties sink to the bottom of my glass but didn't seem to want to form a yeast cake in the bottle, so I'm just going to write it off as it is hop particles. Just a few though, nothing to get upset about. I've had plinys with way more floaties.
S - Wonderfully complex aroma. Peach, grapefruit, hint of spice, apple, pear, smells like fruit hard candy.
T - I love the taste of this IPA. Extremely well balanced for a triple IPA. Comes through with a bready sweetness, followed by an assault of hop, and just a tinge of heat from alcohol. Definitely tastes like it contains 7%. Earthy, floral, fruity and sweet! Warms your chest once you swallow but the lingering flavor distracts from the burn.
M - Delightful! Not too thick or creamy, medium/heavy body. Adequate carbonation, I feel it is a little high in the beginning but mellows out as it starts to warm up. Let this beer warm up.
O - I love this IPA. In my opinion, it really isn't worth seeking out or trading your stash. The last release I stood in line for hours for 2, and thought it wasn't worth it then. Alpine has so many amazing IPA's, I would only track this one down if you're an extreme hop head. Otherwise, it is good all around, good for getting others more buzzed than expected. Still a top 5 IPA for me, but it's rarity/demand almost works against it. I love that they add oak.

Oct 12, 2014
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Roguer from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slighty hazy golden-amber brew, just enough to keep it from being completely transparent. Big off-white head with nice retention, leaving tons of lacing.

Big, complex hoppy aroma, with ruby red grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin, and starfruit. Just a hint of malt aroma.

Intensely sweet and juicy flavor, focusing on tropical hops: pineapple, peach, and a bit of pine and citrus. Syrupy sweet malt body, more pale than caramel.

Undeniable booze presence. Very lively, sticky, syrupy, and boozy.

A super hoppy, big, and bold triple IPA. Reminds me quite a bit of Sixpoint's Hi-Res. This is a hair smoother, coming across less as pure hop juice and more as an enormous IPA.

Oct 05, 2014
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $11.99 (+$2.30 for Brown Bag Tickets)
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014 (picked up on Sept. 27, 2014)
Consumed: Sept. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, honey, murky color with three fingers of khaki cream frothy head. Lots of various streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled hops galore - Citra, spicy Simcoe, floral, grapefruit, tropical, mango, grapefruit rind, resin, faint Cascade and caramel. Some spicy bitterness late, but didn’t taste anywhere near 11 percent ABV. (Smell - 4.25)

Wow to the taste. Pretty damn smooth for 11 percent ABV was my first thought. Not as potent as the smell. Citra, floral, light resin, bitter grapefruit, tropical, mango, light pineapple (wishful?), Columbus and light Cascade. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, but still smooth finish. Warming late. The 11 percent ABV is very well-hidden. This was the best part of the beer. (Feel - 4.50)

A pretty damn good beer. Probably didn’t quite live up to my hype, but glad I have another after this. (Overall - 4.25)

4.38 | 97 | A

Sep 30, 2014
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timc100 from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +10.4%

Incredibly aromatic with loads of dank ripe lighter-fruit astringency - peach and apricot, musty peach. Clean crisp fresh pine, some sweet grapefruit. The oak seems to balance out the sweetness and booziness - get a little graham cracker and vanilla in a addition to the biscuity malt.

A hop assault but not overly bitter, very smooth, long strong finish

Very impressive beer - one of the best IPAs I've come across.

Sep 26, 2014
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JohnG190 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a slight white head that fades quickly. Good lacing. Strong scents of grapefruit on the nose with hints of malt. Powerful hop bitterness throughout the palate with strong notes of malt. Medium bodied with light carbonation creating a creamy mouthfeel. Finishes bitter. Overall, this is definitely a well crafted and balanced DIPA, just a little to malty for my taste.

Sep 25, 2014
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roger617 from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass. Big want of mine for a while, glad to finally get my hands on one!

A: Pours a dark golden color with a rich copper tone. A little over 2 fingers of white head that reduces slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Very good looking beer.
S: If a grapefruit were to procreate with a bag of hops, it's offspring would smell like this beer.
T: This beer is super sweet, with a lot of citrus flavor. Outside of the feel good after the bottle is empty, not sure I'd believe this is 11%. Even with a huge amount of citrus, there is just enough floral and pine flavors to compliment nicely. The maltiness is pretty well covered up. Well done!
M: Carbed well, leaves a pretty dry after taste.
O: Very grateful to try this beer. It is like nothing else that I have tried to date. That said, it's my 2nd favorite Triple IPA behind only Notorious by Boneyard. I am a believer in rating compared to the best of the best within styles. All the components are there to make this a great beer, which it is, but where it comes short is in the potency. The aroma is awesome, but doesn't hit you in the face like Notorious. The flavor is awesome, but a little too 1 sided to say there's great balance. Alpine knows what they are doing with hops, and they do it so well there's no wonder people are always seeking them out. Exponential Hoppiness will not disappoint anyone who reaches for it.

Apr 05, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into stemmed beer glass. This may be the only Alpine IPA I haven't had. Super pumped to say I've had them all. Alpine does no harm. Let's see if this holds true with this...

Pours amber, hazy, with a one finger cream colored head. Hop gunk all up in this. I wonder if this was a fail or it's always like this? Either way, let's see how the gritty stuff feels inside the mouth!

Aroma is crazy good. Alpine in style yet with an eccentric twist. You get green chronic, spiced orange, tamarind, fresh cut oak, pineapple, sweet pipe tobacco, cumin, white pepper, pine, Turkish apricot, and all sorts of citrus peel.

On the palate you get hammered with dank, citrus, spicy hops. Biscuit and toffee malt character make a strong presence. Oak, peated cherry wood, lightly sweet peach marmalade, tamarind, faint cinnamon, old clove, and an array of other spices make this one of the most damned complex DIPA's (they call it a triple IPA) I have had. At 11 percent abv, this drinks smoother than that Starbucks double cream latte you have each morning. Damn smooth, drinking this way too fast. I can't imagine how Pliny the Younger can be better than this.

Mouthfeel is legit. Medium body, creamy, bitter over sweet but not overly bitter or sweet for as big as this is. Hop gunk settles to the bottom of the glass so not until you are finishing you're pour do you get some in your mouth. Doesn't spoil the beer one bit as you can simply avoid the last drink or two.

Overall, I'm amazed at the wizardry beheld by Alpine in crafting their IPA's. Such a vast range of world class offerings. They are the IPA kings, end of discussion. Expo is insanely good, try it.

Mar 20, 2014
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