Exponential Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,312
Reviews:
400
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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1,491
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99
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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold in the glass, with a thinnish covering of rich bright-white head. This maintains some foamy robustness around the edges, leaving a frothy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick in the nose with huge hop character and backing sweetness. Pine, spice, citrus, caramel, bread are all very deep here, with some heavier warmth giving the bouquet a touch of a herbal or medicinal smell. Vanilla and oak are also very present here, really helping to smooth out those strong flavors in the nose and bringing it all together.

The taste blasts the mouth with hops, that just oozes and coats the palate with resins, citrus, and spice. A splash of caramel comes out across the back and once again, that woodiness of the oak and vanilla sweetness are really coming out, with it adding an extra layer of complexity to the profile and helping cover up some of that huge ABV. Lots of wood, vanilla, spice, and bitter fruits hangs hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and creamy in the mouth. The alcohol content is large and beefy feeling but at no point (unlike the bottle) does this get stinging . This still isn't the easiest drinker out there but it does go down pretty good for the ABV involed.

Well after 3 visits in the last year to San Diego, I guess the 3rd time was definitely the charm, as I was finally able to get to try a pint of this on draft. The oak presence and ABV masking were a big step up from the bottled version, helping to make this even more flavorful and drinkable than it already was.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear sunrise orange with a large foamy white head which fades to tiny bubbles around the glass edge with lacy globs. Nose is tropical fruits and flowers, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine, simply a staggering aroma. Taste is sweetly maltish with a wicked bitter hop bite. Plenty of hops yields a complex intertwinning of pine and citrus floral notes. Mouthfeel is resiny, major oily slick, overpoweringly dry hop bitterness followed by a lingering sweet malt aftertaste. Overall, very tasty and completely palate destroying. The ABV is high and it comes through. Fantastic.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in a shipment from Southbay Drugs. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a dark amber, slightly brown in color with a fluffy two finger white head. The head settled out to cling to the sides but left moderate lacing.

Aroma is very floral and sweet. It's very hoppy with a good citrus and orange aroma but it also has a malt sweetness to it with a lot of caramel aromas as well. Taste is very sweet with a lot of caramel. The hops give it a very nice citrus flavor with some grapefruit and orange flavors, and a little pine towards the finish. Definitely more sweetness than bitterness in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, especially for a beer over 10%.

Overall this was very good but not what I was expecting, there is a huge caramel sweetness to it that is almost as big as the hop flavor. The combination of very hoppy and sweet caramel was very good together though and I enjoyed the taste a lot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pastradul for this one!

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange with a chunky white head. Sheets of lacing down the side of glass, lasts longer than almost any beer I have had before.

S: Really nice aromas of citrus/tropical fruit. I get orange, pineapple, and maybe some mango as well.

T: Get some pine, and then the same fruits as the nose, pineapple/mango. Finishes bitter.

M/D: Thicker than anticipated, very creamy. Has a bitter/oily finish. For its abv, this is very drinkable. Extremely tropical. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Faintly fuzzy tangerine with golden honey accents and streams of energetic carbonation. The upper third of the glass is filled with ivory colored foam that is an appealing mixture of creaminess and sticky bubbles. Great glass coverage allows the appearance score to be rounded up rather than down.

Too bad that Alpine doesn't publish the hop bill. Juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit and zesty orange guarantee that the little green cones are of American origin. Nothing else will do in a 'San Diego Pale Ale'. Notes of caramel-butterscotch are slightly worrying... and they even pull even with the hops as the beer warms.

This offering has been on my short list of most-favored wants since my Pure Hoppiness review back in 2004. Amazing beer to the nth power could only be even more amazing, right? Well... not exactly. As the label implies, is EH equal to PH squared? No it isn't.

At this point in its lifespan (late December 2009 release) Exponential Hoppiness is not my kind of DIPA. And it isn't going to improve from this point forward, since alcohol mellowing will be accompanied by hop mellowing. Negatives include too much caramel, too much oak, too much alcohol harshness and not enough bright hop flavor. That last one is the biggest negative by far.

Alpine should know better than to give us yet another hoppy American barleywine rather than a true blue, pale malted, hopped-to-the-gills DIPA. Something akin to Russian River Pliny The Younger was expected, but that is definitely not what was delivered. Has this beer always tasted like this or did they change things up for the first bottling?

The mouthfeel is American big beer good. It's both firm and full, without being sappy or sticky. The carbonation isn't as rambunctious as feared. It adds just the right amount of energy without crossing the line into annoying.

Exponential Hoppiness is the biggest disappointment of the year so far and is exhibit 'A' in proving that ridiculous hopping rates do not always result in amazing beer... even from a brewery that knows what amazing beer is all about. It looks like Pure Hoppiness is still the king. Thanks to iowahawk for the bomber.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of millerbuffoon
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to give a big, big thanks to a wonderful socal BA for sending this growler my way. It has been a long, long journey trying to track this one down. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/20/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Rich amber in color with a huge billowing white head on the top of it. Lots of coating side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the surface, reinforcing the head with each passing moment. The aroma was perfect. Huge floral hops that were as fresh as could be. Lots of sharp citrus notes, pineapple and bright grapefruit notes were totally leading the way here. So pungent, bright and sharp, it was absolutly just a wonder to behold. As I went in for my first taste I was anything but dissapointed. This was the biggest, baddest, and smoothest tasting DIPA I have ever run across. Such huge hops, some may say one sided, but this is the mouth shredder I would have wanted. It was huge, bad ass, and simply wonderful. Tons of ripe grapefruit just tearing my mouth apart with each sip. Super fresh and dry finish with a long, lingering sharp aftetaste. Smooth medium feel and wonderfully carbonated. I could not have asked for anything more.

Overall I have to say this was hands down one of the best beers I have ever had. It was simply top notch no matter how you look at it. A real pleasure to have and glad I was finally able to tackle this one.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark orangish-yellow color, with a decent amount of carbonation and a small amount of head. It is somewhat murky.

s - Hops jump right out at you. Smells strongly of pine and citrus.

t - Tastes very similar to the smell; lots of fruity/citrus and piney hops. A pretty good taste and you can not tell it is 11 ABV at all.
m - Feels very smooth and only a small amount of carbonation.

d - I actually thought it would be more bitter than it was. It smells and tastes of a lot of very different types of hops, but it is very tasty and smooth. It hides the 11% ABV very well, and I will definitely be having another one of these sometime soon.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a finger's worth of white foam on top which has wonderful retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose on this beer is incredibly floral and piney. The hops do not provide as much in the way of citrus as many California IPAs, but this is more than made up for.

T: This is a wonderfully pungent and bitter IPA. There is a fair amount of grapefruit and orange, which is somewhat surprising due to the absence of these fruits in the nose. The finish is incredibly piney and bitter, but also has a noticeable alcoholic heat to it.

M: The body is full, but almost to a point of syrupy. Luckily there is fairly abundant carbonation after the initial pour, but as this begins to die down, things deteriorate a little bit.

D: This is certainly a fantastic DIPA and one that I'm glad I've been able to try a few times now. That said, it's just very noticeably alcoholic which takes away from the enjoyment a bit.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Deep amber almost copper. Not much of a head. Slight wisps.

Smell - Not as citrusy as I expected. Grapefruit and a ton of pine. Malt behind it. Musty.

Taste - Hoppier here, but it has just as much malt. Pretty damn hoppy. Grapefruit and resiny pine. Not my favorite hop profile but it's over the top and somehow balanced by malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Least impressive IPA from Alpine. Still a pretty damn good IPA.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

I'm pretty stoked about revisiting this brew, as I hear the recipe has been changed and the beer is much improved.

The beer is transparent and light orange in color, with a thick, white head that coats the glass with lacing. The aroma is not kidding around. A powerful dose of hops and citrus in the nose and taste buds - no doubt this is an imperial IPA. Absolutely delicious with a great feel. This is 11% abv?!? Impressive. The finish is dry and filled with tangy, bitter hop goodness. This beer is highly drinkable, at least until I try to stand up. What an enormous improvement from the previous batch I tasted. Highly recommended.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange amber color with a small fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of grapefruit and slight pineapple with more caramel and toffee than I expected. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Juicy grapefruit mixed with caramel and toffee or butterscotch. Taste is smooth as hell. Medium body with a lingering almost sweet finish. Light to medium level of carbonation, resinous mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. I had this right after it came out as well, and the hops are fading quickly. Great beer, especially fresh.

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Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,312 ratings.
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