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Exponential HoppinessExponential Hoppiness

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Holland
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LegalBrew87 on sending this my way!

A: beautiful straw to gold color with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Looks fairly thick, with not a hint of cloudiness.

S: woody and earthy at first, some spicy hop smells, and sweetness comes through as it warms.

T: pretty mellow, some apricot, wood, and a bitter bite mixed with a sweet candy-like taste. A big weird, but still good. Lot of other fruity flavors I can't identify, but it is full of flavor.

M: big body, medium carbonation, smooth feeling.

O: solid beer, and very well put together, but I'm rating it based on my tastes. It's fruity and woody and delicious, but not my favorite because it's not in my face with hops.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler. This growler is filled as high as I have ever seen with literally zero head space, guess that pretty much lets no oxidation occur. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a clear amber orange color with a nice flulffy 2 finger head. The aroma of orange, pineapple, and mango is very apparent while I am pouring this and is pretty pleasant. Very slight pine aroma as well but mostly citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel with some borderline heaviness. Pretty sweet and syrupy upfront with a heavy dose of tropical fruits, bitterness kicks in on the back end but it isn't overly bitter by any means. In the world of DIPA's I'd call this one much more malt forward than most others. The head is all but gone as I drink this down, only leaving a collar around the rim. Nice lace left on the glass. Slight booziness on the back end. Overall, I like this but see how others might be turned of by the possibility of being to sweet.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stone Bistro. Poured into an 8oz snifter glass. Appearance was a very glowing orange color with great clarity. The smell was pretty pungent hops, but with lots of sweetness as well. Tasted like sweet hop oils. This beer definitely had a lot of sweet malt backing it up giving at a medium and syrupy mouthfeel. Had enough going on in the hop arena to keep me interested as usually double IPA's aren't my favorite if they are sweet and syrupy. Drinkability depends on your taste, I prefer to drink only a limited amount of these types of high alcohol sweet beers but this one was definitely enjoyable.

On tap at O'Brien's and then from a growler at JHamel's house. The smell is very tropical, sweetish. There is a characteristic Alpine sorta thing to this, not completely sure it's totally hop derived either. The taste reminded me somewhat of their Bad Boy DIPA, and not so much of Pure Hoppiness. The body is a touch too syrupy for it to get excellent marks, and it comes across a little more sweet than I prefer too. Drinkability suffers for me because of that overall sweetness. Overall still pretty tasty though.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of a generous BA... thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a dark amber body, with a large, creamy off-white head. Significant retention before crashing down to a respectable skim. Nice ring around the glass with sheet like lacing.

S: Massive bright citric and tropical fruits... grapefruit, orange, pineapple and mango are most notable... a significant undercurrent of alcohol and sweet malts... almost warm glazed donut in character...

T: Incredibly bitter up front with all of the citric hop character from the nose plus some floral and pine as well... lots of sweet bready, bicuity malts... lots of booze shining through the back... this would get a five if the booze and malt sweetness were toned down just a tad.

M: Resinous, yet smooth throughout. Hearty, but not distracting carbonation. Not much of a bite in the finish because of the booze presence.

D: This is one massive brew. If I could describe this beer in one word it would be "experimental." Huge huge hops with no attempt at being balanced. A great idea, just pushed it a tad too far. Although, I started eating pretzels during the second half of the bomber and the boozeyness was diminished.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Steve!

A-orange body with a white head that sticks around for a while

S-nice mango/fruitiness

T-follows the nose. Maybe there is too much hops and npt enough balance.

M-medium body and smooth.Nice aftertaste.

o-Kind of disappointed in this beer. Didn't live up to the alpine norm

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bottle acquired in a recent trade with WeeObese. Thanks again man. I've had this in growler form but wanted to see how the bottled version compared.

Pours a very dark golden orange color that's almost brown with dark hazy golden orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy two finger white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chinks of soapy lacing behind.

Uber fresh dank oily hop aroma with lots of luscious citrus and tropical fruit notes. Slightly earthy with hints of pine and marrijuana buds, sweet alcohol and very subtle malt. Lots of orange peel, grapefruit and mango with sme pineapple and a boat load of more stocky resinous hops.

Chewy medium body which is on the fuller end of the spectrum with a lot of uber fresh juicy hop bite that lingers throughout. Plenty dry and bitter with a lot of earthy pine but this is balanced by some sweetness from the high ABV and subtle caramel malt and sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavor. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some mango and pineapple. Very well balanced and even though the hop flavors are prominent throughout I wish they were moreso. Slightly creamy with a bit too much of an alcohol presence toward the end of the palate. Very good and I actually liked this better than the fresher growled but I still enjoy Pure Hoppiness a lot more.

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Photo of danieelol
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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%.

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Photo of illidurit
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden pale with steady carbonation. Little head. Lacing follows down the glass.

S - Sharp grapefruit and other citrus. Not overly intense, which is something of a surprise, but still very pleasant. Mango, a bit of malt sweetness, and just a hint of heat. A bit of vegetal-ness after the glass warms.

T - Solid bitterness and malt foremost. Oak definitely apparent along with some pine-iness and a bit of apricot. Not as much grapefruit or citrus, as the nose would suggest, and the hop flavor is strangely less than expected. Heat is definitely apparent, but this plays well along with the hop bitterness and flavor. A touch of the astringency in the finish as others have noted, which adds to the dryness of the finish.

M - Definitely a medium-bodied beer.

D - Plenty quaffable, despite the ABV and body.

Overall - A solid beer. Not quite what I was expecting, but I'm actually really enjoying it. And while this is the "heaviest" Alpine I've had, it's still very drinkable. Could definitely live without the oak addition. Still, I'd pick up another bottle.

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Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep golden yellow with a thick and sticky white head with lots of sediment.

The smell is a nice mixture of big toasty bready malts and light citrusy hop notes.

Very nice complexity in the flavor, big malty bready toasty malts blending with some light lemony hop flavors, not overly bitter but packed with hop flavor, the oak is there in a more minor and subtle way that becomes more apparent as it warms. A bit of sweet finish with a hint of mint.

The mouthfeel has a nice warm and medium body, the oakyness is a little more evident in the mouthfeel.

Very nice, hard to believe this is eleven percent.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pub.
Tuesday 01-31-11 – The Aftermath

Served up in a 10oz Snifter Tulip

A: Expo pours a very well conditioned caramel color. Great clarity. Two fingers of bone white whip top the glass with some great retention skills. Splashes of lace.

S: Aroma is a real nice burst of hops. All grapefruit and pine really. Very floral and hop forward. Some faint alcohol vapor.

T: Pine is predominant and resinous. Some grass, citrus, and floral hop notes. Light caramel malts and lots of vanillin from the oak chips. Especially in the finish. Not all that intense from a bitterness perspective. Which makes sense, that exponentially you are increasing hops towards later additions in the boil, but really there is no sharp bitter hop bite at all. So smooth. Alcohol is incorporated extremely well here. A real high wire balance act. Previous batches have been a bit too boozy for my liking but this is one its barely detectable. Hops are a step down from the nose but damn this is one smooth brew. Scary. Keith muthafuckin’ Stone!

M: Incredibly light in body for such a big DIPA. I’d say more medium overall with a nice creamy texture. Good carb. Dry and crisp finish.

D: Really enjoyed this batch. An 11% ABV DIPA should not be this drinkable. I think the conditioning is right on. Nice hop flavors with a good amount of vanilla character. Not boozy at all.

This is NOT a hop bomb like the name eludes but it is quite the tasty treat. A really great practice of craftsmanship.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught at Alpine's brewpub. Served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were fairly high given Alpine's reputation. Boy, was I in for a treat. Cost was $1/oz for the pour.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head. Quite creamy. Amazing retention for the high ABV. Great thickness. A delightfully foamy head. Body colour is a vibrant copper-hold. Transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Very appealing.

Sm: Delightfully floral. Clean malts and citrus come through, along with some pine and oily hops. A moderate strength aroma. Right on the money for the style.

T: Crisp, floral, citrusy, clean. Piney hops, some light oily character, probably grapefruit citrus. Floral vibrance is evocative and delicious. The clean malt backbone never intrudes on the diverse hop flavours. Bitterness comes through ever-so-lightly, reminding you of the hops without hitting you over the head with them. Quite balanced and tasty. No yeast or alcohol comes through, Quite impressive. Lightly cream.y Refreshing and incedible; I quite like it. A complex and incredibly (almost deceptively) subtle brew. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness. Good carbonation. Suits the flavours very well. None of that awful coarseness and dryness from overdone hop bitterness. Just easy balance and enjoyable texture.

Dr: Amazingly drinkable for the high ABV. I love it. An amazing IPA; amongst the best I've had. Lives up to the hype. I'd recommend this to friends. A bit pricey, but worth it for the quality. Holds a candle to Pliny the Younger. I'd love to try them side by side. A huge wow from Alpine. Bravo. I'll definitely be having this again.

A terrible candidate for aging. Drink fresh.

Serve cold.


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Photo of Urbancaver
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange with a touch of white head. Fairly thick for something like this.... coats the glass. Smells citrusy and hoppy. a touch of oak even on the nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit as well. Tastes citrusy and grapefruit heavy. The pineyness is subtle compared to most alpine beers. Fairly thick and sweet syrupy. The citrusy fruits are the main feature here.
Very smooth and drinkable for something so high in ABV. Overally, solid but not as extraordinary as I had hoped!

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Photo of Lunch
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/30/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark, golden, amber, with two fingers of an off-white head with decent retention and some sticky and patchy lacing.

S: Interesting? I was expected to be assaulted with hops in a similar fashion to HopSlam, but this is not the case. What we have here is a much more balanced DIPA or "TRIPA" with an assertive malt backbone that is quite sweet. Certainly a great presence of citrus, floral, and bitter hops, but not overpowering.

T: Again, the hops are there, but not in the way that I expected from a hopbomb. This being said the flavor profile is extremely tasty consisting some tropical citrus hops with a nice degree of bitterness and floral character, engulfed in a blanket of a sweet, caramel malt that reminds me just a bit of Moylan's Hopsickle. Quite nice, but not at all what I expected.

M: Full-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. Rather full at times, but in a good way and perhaps one of the best DIPAs from a mouthfeel perspective that I have had in some time.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but the sweetness and the high abv. do limited it slightly.

Overall this was a rather unique DIPA with great flavor that certainly surprised me. A very nice flavor, but don't expect the hop profile to blow your mind as this beer is surprisingly balanced. Thanks again Esther!

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Photo of danh53
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 1/29/12 release, drank on 2/10/12

A - Golden caramel in color with a slight chill haze that fades in minutes. One finger white head with decent retention. Lacing is great for a strong beer.

S - Aroma is west coast citrus hops, but muted compared to beers like Sculpin and Double Jack. That said it is still plenty aggressive and very inviting. Sweet caramel and bittersweet grapefruit.

T - Sweet, fruity with a bit of alcohol astringency. Tropical fruits in drove, including grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Accented by oak, but only faintly, just the right amount. Sweet caramel malts to balance.

M - Medium to full in body, smooth as can be. A bit sticky and slightly drying. Great feel.

O - Overall a great DIPA, but lacking in some ways when compared to the greats of this style. It doesn't compete with Pliny in any category as far as I am concerned, but it's a very tasty and even fairly unique take on the style. I like the smooth and full feel and the oak chip notes. Not quite up to the level I was expecting, but quite delicious.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at Hollister Brewing Company. Dark gold with a sticky white head that laces. The aroma is citrus and flowery hops; not to over the top. The flavor has a good amount of sweet but clean malts. The hops are plentiful, but not overly bitter. Very flavorful with an herbal, woody quality. The alcohol is very well hidden. Balance is almost perfect. Palate is medium and smooth. The strength truly is dangerous. Tastes like a well balanced and flavorful IPA. I would never guess that is is as strong as it is. Very drinkable.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why do all my recent reviews start with "Thanks to mcallister for sharing this one"? Pours a clear light orange with a nice rocky head of foam and a bit of nice lacing at each sip.
Smells just wonderful. Lots going on here. grapefruit is dominant but there's tons of sweet pine, orange, caramel, spice. One of the best noses on a beer I've ever had.
Taste falls a little short from the smell. Nice juicy citrus, lip sticking and smacking good but it seems some of the complex smells just don't come through. Slight carbonation and a very smooth mouthfeel. A real pleasure to drink and I would buy it if it were more available.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a few weekends back from the Alpine brewery. Finally cracking one open. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a copper color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head settles after a little bit living a ring on top of the beer. There is great lace retention on the glass.

S - Definitive sweetness from the malts are present. I'm getting sweet tropical fruit, like peaches and/or mangoes...maybe sweet oranges. There are light grassy and floral notes from the hops as well.

T - There are some light and grassy notes up front, but no sweetness I'd have expected from the smell of the malts in the aroma. I'd say a light wood, probably pine, dominates the taste.
There is a bigtime boozy aftertaste...wow, didn't see that coming.

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very fitting of the style.

D - Not as good as I would hoped. I think the alcohol comes through too much, and the balance between malt and hops just isn't quite right. A little bit of a letdown after other amazing brews from Alpine.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Alpine for SDBW. Poured a clear honey color with a billowing off-white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma is gorgeous mango pulp, citrus peels, floral hops, fruit acidity. Taste is acidic, very chewy grapefruit peel and mango peel, soapy hops, perfume oils. Hard to get through the whole thing. I think Duet is much better overall.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me this one.

A: Pours a deep citrus-amber with a couple fingers of very dense off-white head that slowly receded into a thick film that lasted forever and left huge rings and chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Big huge perfumey hops. Holly cow this one smells great! Huge notes of exotic fruits and grapefruit along with tangerines and earthy peppery spices.
T: Follows the nose with a big in your face grapefruit hop punch. Notes of tangerines, bitter orange peel and sticky hop resin coat your palate the whole beer through. There is a ton of sweet malt that comes through in the finish with an oaky roasted flavor. Very barleywine like.
M: Alcohol is masked extremely well for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is viscous and oily with a sticky-sweet finish. Medium-full body with low carbonation.
D: Feels more like a barleywine as it warms. Definitely a great beer, but not my favorite DIPA. Can't wait to try Pure Hoppiness. Thanks again Jeff for the great brew!

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Javi for sending me this in the White Whale BIF.

Pours similar to their other two IPAs that I've had (thanks to Javier as well, Duet and Nelson), a bit darker perhaps. Kind of a rusted amber color. Nice head with great retention and a whisper of lace in my excelsior! tulip.

Mostly piney aromas. Some fresh cut grass and alcohol is there. A little woodiness. Hell this is like a whole tree...and the surrounding area. Definitely grassy and green. The taste has this hop profile (and a firm initial bitterness) but a considerable sweetness that was a bit surprising. Tons of malt adding body to this beer, and a little more fruitiness (apricot) than the hop aromas would suggest. This has a real serious mouthfeel, a bit chewy almost. Alcohol is just a little apparent, but definitely sneaky for 11%. Come to think of it, I didn't realize I was getting into an 11% bomber when I opened this by myself...however, I really had no trouble with it. Took it down with dinner in less than 45 min or so. A really nice double (triple?) ipa which I would love to visit again or try on tap at the source, glad I had the chance!

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,309 ratings.
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