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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by xlperro on 12-08-2003

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like Chris said, it does pour a clear honey color. Decent bubbly white head with good retention and lace.

Smells of candy and tropical fruit. Mango, peach, apricot.

Flavor is amazing. An amazing balance of malt and hops for such a big ipa. Amazing tropical fruit and honey/candy like sweetness balanced with the pineappley and mild citrus hops.

Mouth is a bit tacky yet still light with high carb.

Overall this beer is far beyond what I was expecting. Just fantastic and a breath of fresh air in a time where too many breweries are producing similar big ipas now. Just fantastic!

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Pours clearish golden with a white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is huge perfume-like hop aroma like fresh hop cones, a slight herbaceous smell and some slight vanilla/oak. Huge, sweet hoppy flavor. Fresh hops and pine cones all over the flavor. Vanilla and dry oakiness as well. So easy to drink this one, I could hardly tell it was 11%. Basically it was like squeezing juice right out of the hops into my mouth.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Honey-colored (almost apple juice) with a 1-finger ecru head. Clarity varies depending on how you pour: Sediment at the bottom into the glass gives it a cloudier consistency, but if that's not your preference, you can leave it in and keep it clearer. Some lacing, but nothing to write home about.

S: This is a brightly smelling beer, lots of pine hops, balsam fir, raw cookie dough from the yeast, citrus and flowers, and bitter rind.

T: This is a complex, multi-faceted beer with a lot to love. The "triple-hop" label can deceive your expectations: This is not a "ruiner of tastebuds" that will hit you over the head with hoppiness. Instead, it exposes a smooth, mellow hop blend that fills the mouth. Notes of bright citrus (orange, grapefruit, rind, etc.) with an earthy, vanilla extract, dry pine needle character, and a lingering aftertaste that is mild and dry. Definite flavors of cookie dough and bread dough (probably the yeast) are in the mouth, with some dehydrated fruit and apricot. The overall taste is beautiful and brain-wrinkling. Not much hint of booze can be detected (it's sneaky.)

M: Lightly chewy, with a superb balance, and a presence that is firmly there, but not overpowering. Balance would be the word for this beer throughout.

O: A beer that is in perfect balance with itself, and a triple IPA that doesn't hit you over the head with bitterness (the aftertaste is the most bitter part,) this beer is something special.

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Photo of avalon07
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of juhl31
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-extremely clear with a light amber color. Atop this is a tight white head that sticks around a good bit

-the nose is what stuck out the most. Super floral hops just blasts the nostrils and does not let up. After it sits for a bit you can get some malt sweetness in there as well

-wow. This is pretty crazy. There is a big tropical fruitiness flavor that develops from all the hops. This beer is very balanced though and is not really bitter at all, just extremely tasty

-good body on this one, but not overly sticky for the abv level. Very smooth as well which makes sense with the malt bill

-this really is right up there with the best "3IPAs". Anytime you can match extremely big hops and extremely big malts in a beer like this and still come off as an IPA as opposed to a big sloppy, sticky barleywine type mess is astounding to me

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Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JessetheHutt for hooking me up with a growler of this bad-boy. I can knock this off the list of "apparently great beers I'll probably never get to try". Brought this growler up to the lake for Labor Day to share.

Getting growlers is always a crap shoot, & when I popped the cap Jesse had taped down well, there wasn't the slightest poof, & the beer looked dead. Uh oh. A moment later, relief: my careless pour in an effort to bring some life brought a slavering, foaming head surging out of the glass. Woohoo! Very pale beer with ample chunky head even after its travels. And oh, my, the nose. That, my friends, is hoppy perfection right there.

Exponential Hoppiness does not disappoint, & with a name like that, you have some living up to do. The hops come flowing out of the glass like a defensive line smashing through my mouth. Hops, hops, everywhere...oily hops. Vinous hops. Slippery hops. Hops shimmying & shaking. Harsh, bitter, angry hops. Damn. This is another one-trick pony, & if you don't like that trick, this won't do anything for you. I love it. The only slight knock is the lack of depth & complexity, but who gives a crap?

The alcohol is very well hidden. Didn't know what the ABV was, & surprised to see it at 10.5%, this went down like a routine IPA. Three of us had no problem at all polishing off the growler, & I could have had more. Drinkable like the nectar of Mars.

This is a remarkable beer. Read the rumour that it will be bottled eventually, & I would be very interested in finding out if this unique hop-monster survives the transformation from tap to glass. First-rate. Get your hands on this if you can.

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler generously shared by an unidentified man in a black hat before the Port anniversary party, had two different times yesterday and this stuff blew me away, Alpine really needs to bottle this

A-Color was a cloudy orange with golden yellow highlights, one inch foamy white head, fantastic retention, foam did not budge for a good amount of time, great lacing as well

S-This stuff was extremely danky, resin smell was very strong, piney hoppiness, lemon juice, this honestly smelled like a plant after being swirled a little bit, barely could smell any malt but it was a little sweet with vanilla tones

T-Started off with a huge floral hop presence that was quickly overshadowed by intense pine flavors, very little malt shortly after, dank hops in the finish that just about knocked my socks off, as it warmed slightly there was even more of the hop profile showing with some grapefuit added now to the big piney taste, aftertaste was extremely dry from the hoppiness, wow this bitter and I definitely was not complaining, perhaps the most hoppy DIPA I have ever experienced, never really got sweet, more herbal and earthy towards the end compared to what it was like at the beginning, hop profile was unforgettable

M-One of the best balanced double IPAs I have ever had, mouthfeel was dry, bitter, sweet, and piney at the same time, refreshing and mouth watering at the same time, left some cotton mouth but that was just because of the extreme hops

D-Could drink a lot of this even though the ABV is very high, light on the stomach, very refreshing, alcohol is hidden amazingly, could even be drank on a hot day, had to be careful with this stuff or I would not have been able to drive, so smooth

Really enjoy Pure Hoppiness but this brew is even better, one of the most balanced DIPAs I have ever had, reminded me a lot of Pliny the Younger but just not as sweet, hope this is brewed more regularly in the future and I might actually make the three hour trek out to Alpine to grab some more, hope to drink again soon, highly recommended

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Photo of Tucquan
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-03-04 in Lititz, PA. Special thanks to matador677.

A - Lightly hazy, golden-orange with a short white head and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of hop floral, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oak, lemon.

T - At serving temperature, an initial blast of pineapple juice, orange flesh, grapefruit zest and wonderful, gooey hop bud resins with a vegetal overtone. As it warmed, the subdued malt took on a nutty flavor. The oak, with hints of vanilla, provided some nice tannin tang and balance, the citrus become more nectarine than pineapple. The alcohol is very much in the background for such a high ABV. There's a nice fruity sweetness to balance the significant but not tongue-scrubbing bitterness. All of this continues into the lingering, astringent aftertaste, which is surprisingly dry. Superb.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and firm (matador677 suggests added dextrin). Moderately prickly and nicely resinous. A very fine mouthfeel indeed.

O - A magnificent brew.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to srandycarter for sending a growler of this to me. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of gorgeous yellow-tinged off-white foam with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent glowing golden orange color with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top. I could have gone for a touch more lacing but otherwise it's gorgeous.

S - Citrus and pine hop explosion. When I poured this brew I could smell it from like 2 feet away. There's loads of tropical fruits and some dank earthy tinges as well - not sure if those are from a certain hop or from the oak chipping. There's nary a trace of alcohol to be found. This definitely rivals the Kuhnhenn Extreme IPA in the smell department.

T - Tons of sweet citrus, tropical, and candied fruits - a lot like 16 Grit in that regard. There's also a touch of the dank weed and oak flavors early on that morph into more floral, melon, and vanilla notes the end. There is a shocking lack of bitterness to this brew - I'm almost disappointed - it took a good two glasses before it started to accumulate. Again, there's no trace of alcohol.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth, surprisingly moderate carbonation, medium body, and lots of residual stickiness. I'm getting slightly incoherent at this point, but in any case it is what I expect from a DIPA.

D - Other than the high ABV (which I can't taste) it has all the attributes of session brews - low carbonation, great taste, low bitterness, etc. This is one deceptive - other than the mounting buzz there is nothing to keep me from pounding this one down. I will be very sad when I finish this growler.

This is on par with the other great DIPAs (PtY, 16 Grit, etc.) - highly recommended!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brewmastercat
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of scottoale
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from an 11gal. firkin, this special cask-conditioned "Triple IPA" is pumped too the max with hops. Strong, hopped beyond belief and very drinkable, it doesn't get much better than this !

Served in a pint glass, a glowing amber-gold ale with a sticky white foam head just over a 1/4 inch thick. Tons of sticky resinous lace mark the journey as you drink.

Hops up front, hops out back...hops throughout this one. Very piney hop nose with a sweet grapefruit citric note underneath. Hop Bomb, coming right up!

The taste is short lived sweet malt turning almost intantly citrus, mainly of grapefruit, then zapped with sharp pine-cones with a bite. And they keep biting till you swallow this golden, hoppy elixer.

A BIG 2XIPA with a ton of un-detectable alcohol and a body as large as the name...this one delivers over the top, yet o'so drinkable HOP bomb too please any true hophead. It's got to be the cask-conditioning that makes it so paletable...it goes down a little too easy. If you get the chance, don't miss this exceptionally (exponential) hoppy one !

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Photo of Mercury4040
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Split a 22oz bottle with my wife (well actually 60/40-me). Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Rich copper color with a finger of off white head. Great lacing separating ever delicious sip.

Smell: Extremely hoppy and oaky. Pine, sweet citrus, extremely floral and musky.

Taste: Very bitter with pine, citrus and mango coming through. Subtle malts that just barely balance out the bitterness to never let you forget you're drinking a hop bomb. A bit sweeter than the last release. (Cold weather delayed the fermentation process by 1 week, not sure if that had anything to do with it.)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation and oily. Just the very slightest hint of lingering booziness at the end. What to you expect for 11%?

Overall: Go into it with the mindset that you're experiencing one of the most labor intensive special releases from Alpine and you wont be disappointed. Great celebratory beer even if it's celebrating the end of a long day at work. Alpine definitely has easier drinking beers (Duet and Nelson) but none better.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Mississipping
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Thanks to MaltMilkshake for sending a bottle of this my way! (By the way, does anyone else beside me find it odd that the equation on the front of the bottle is not an exponential equation?)

A: Pours a clear, clean, and bright golden orange color with a small off-white head that quickly settles to a thin halo. Very good lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, you can almost smell this from a cross the room ... certainly from several feet away. Lots and lots of grapefruit with mandarin, pineapple, and apricot. Pine needles, floral hops, and just a hint of oak add even more complexity separating this from other IPAs.

T: Much like the smell, grapefruit jumps right out at you along with other underlying sweet fruits (pineapple and apricot). There is a decent malty sweetness that was somewhat unexpected, but really quite pleasant. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering citrus fruit. The booze is hidden very, very well, only allowing a subtle warmth develop in the throat. Delicious!

M: Not that the other aspects of this beer don't shine, but the mouthfeel makes this stand out. Thicker than expected and quite creamy. Carbonation level is great ... just a little low, but ample enough to give it some life. The bitter finish is somewhat subdued, which is fine by me. Not overly drying either. Well done!

D: This is dangerously drinkable ... extremely tasty and well balanced. With almost no hint of booze, it goes down quicker than it needs to, and can certainly catch up with you if you're enjoying it too much (whoops)!

This lives up to the hype. I expected it to be an over-the-top hop bomb, but there is a lot going on in this one that pushes it to the top of the list for me. Again, nicely complex, well balanced, with a great finish. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of javincik
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Mad Elf glass. No freshness or bottled on date.

A-Pours a surprisingly deep amber color with a a nice white head. More than I expected for a brew of this strength. As head recedes, it sticks to the sides, leaving a nice lacing.

S-Lots of floral and citrus characteristics from the pungent hops, but not as over the top as I expected. I have to ding it a little here.

T-Citrus and grassy up front with a nice malt sweetness and breadiness developing in the middle. Hops come in soon after to lead to a delightful fading bitterness. Bitterness is certainly not overwhelming by any means, but you definitely know it is a IIPA. Alcohol is very well masked.

M-Viscous mouthfeel as one would expect for a brew of this strength. Perhaps a little too much carbonation is my only complaint.

D-My God, this has to be the most drinkable 11% beer I've ever had. No problem finishing the bomber by myself. I've had normal strength IPAs that were less drinkable. The alcohol is hidden extremely well; no hint of burn or hotness. I could see it becoming cloying after 1 bomber, but then consuming this fine brew in such quantities would be an utter waste of a fine product.

If I lived in Cali, this would probably be my go to IIPA.

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Photo of grub
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

srandycarter hooked me up with this one. my trip to california was just a little too late to catch this on tap, but randy was nice enough to save a growler for me. thanks!

64oz growler. sampled sept 1/08.

pours crystal clear deep orangey amber with a huge rocky cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. orange. pine and grapefruit. tangerine. big buttery oak aroma from a distance, but more dominated by the hops up close. toasted white bread. light alcohol, but surely doesn't seem like nearly 11%.

taste is great. grapefruit. orange peel - almost like an orange oil. tangerine. toasted white bread with butter. light alcohol. bit of biscuit. just over medium bitterness level, a little lower than i expected. raw oak. bit of vanilla. slightly powdery hops. i really don't like the butter in this, but love the rest. after a while the hops seem to mostly overpower the butter, but it's still always lingering in the background.

mouthfeel is great. very well integrated medium carbonation level. just over medium body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is excellent. a near perfect balance of malt, hops, and alcohol that leaves only a fraction of the ABV visible. its only real fault in my eyes is the buttery component. i really don't enjoy butterscotch or heavy butter on food, so maybe it's more of a personal preference thing and i've tried to let the scores reflect that. overall still a great beer that i'm happy to have had the chance to try.

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Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a amberish brown with a thick white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has a bouquet of raw hops, citrus, oak, caramel and bready malts.

Taste is just as impressive. Huge, floral hop profile perfectly balanced by a thick malt backing anda touch of oak.

Ceamy body is very well carbonated and has a long bitter finish. Fantastic stuff, superb balance.

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Photo of johndoe8
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I fear being labelled a homer, but honestly, this most recent batch is quite wonderful.

Last batch was a lot more malty... this batch, esp fresh, is just crisp hoppy nirvana.

The hops are much more pronounced, and it compares quite favorably to Pliny the Younger. Alpine scored this batch. Pliny the Younger only wins out slightly for a slightly better mouthfeel and much high drinkability.

I honestly preferred Bad Boy up to this point, but this most recent batch of Expo clearly destroys Bad Boy in my opinion.

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Photo of Prospero
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent clear dark copper color with a white head, good retention, pleasant floral and slightly piney aroma with sweet malt nose. Taste is equally similar balance with sweet malts giving it a full-rich body and the caramel and bready malts give this triple IPA a great backbone that support the overwhelming hops in this beer. While it's strong, it is smooth to drink and tastes phenomenal.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into my Sam Adams "Perfect Pint"

A- Nice caramel/light amber color with 1-2 finger head that receeded to a nice ring leaving slight lacing.

S- Great pine, grapefruit scents right away followed by some nice tropical mango, pineapple and can barely pick out a very subtle caramel scent(which I don't like in any IPA).

T- Again great piney hops with nice citrus taste, which mellows to the tropical flavors and caramel on the mid palate but then finishes strong with a nice dry oaky piney hop finish. Very interesting the way that this beer transforms within my mouth. Usually IPAs are super hoppy with no malt taste or start out hoppy and give in to caramel finish, this beer goes hoppy-light caramel and sweet tropical flavors-dry hoppy oak. Just awesome to find something like this.

M- Great medium/full body being almost 11% alcohol with good amounts of carbonation throughout.

D- Very easy to drink, I didn't even mention anything about the alcohol because I never noticed it. This beer hides the alcohol better than almost every IPA I have had, my wife didn't even realize that this had 11% alcohol and she cannot stand any beers over 7-8% alcohol. Just a very nice job by these guys to create an IPA unlike any other I have tried.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a growler!

A - trasnparent and golden with a 2 finger head. Good lacing all the way down.

S - Smells like the sap from a fresh cut pine tree. The grapefruit aroma is strong from the intense hop content.

T - Pure hops, but suprisingly smooth. Some compare this to Pliny, but I don't get it. Where I get some sweetness from pliny, there is not much, as a matter of fact it's smack you in the face bitter and delicious. Alcohol is barely tasted. Butter and heavy cream in the finish. This is top notch.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy as can be leaving the mouth coated and the taste lingering for a long time.

D - So damn drinkable, but to much could be dangerous, so I shall not drink the whole growler, the is Exceptional beer!

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4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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