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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

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399
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1,293
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
16.63%
 
 
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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

S- Just amazing, fruits take over this aroma, citrus and pine come out, grapefruit, peaches, really sweet mixed with the bitter hoppy aroma. You get that malt backbone as well. One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever come across.

T- Wow, the taste lives up to the aroma. Just delicious, well balanced, you get the malt taste at the back of your tongue with grapefruit, citrus, peaches and pine. Everything that you smelled you tasted.

M- A little thicker than most IPA's, medium mouth feel, goes down smooth.

O- Truly amazing, Alpine Beer Company really makes some of the best IPA's in the world. Better than PTE and Hopslam in my opinion

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Photo of legalpete19340
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful golden orange color with less than one finger of off white head with a greenish tint. Head fell quickly to nothing more than a skim but manage some stickage.

S: Grapefruit and citrus come out first. Some clementines perhaps. Pine is woven in with a bit of spicy herbalness. It just rolls through everything. As it warms hints of tropical fruit but more pine.

T: Grapefruit and pine smack hard and roll across the palate. The pine lingers a while and finally lets some raw dough poke through. Then its back to a lightly bitter wave and some very spicy herbal flavors to the finish. Some powdery aspirin. Long alcohol burn. There is a resin coating that develops on the tongue and lets the hops really settle in.

M: Thick and syrupy, it really coats the mouth and you have to let it slide down like a warm jello shot. Does that sound bad because it isnt. Its great.

O: Amazing. The flavors of this hop bomb really roll nicely and deliver everything I want out of a big DIPA. So freaking hoppy and juicy. The experience of this beer is greater than its parts. Not sure I would change anything. I could drink it forever.

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

22oz bottle.
A- Pours a golden light amber with a finger off off white head that reduces to a ring, the lacing on this beer is thick and leaves streaks everywhere on the glass.
S- The nose is filled with heavy citrus notes as will as pine, a hint of alcohol and something nutty.
T- Insane, the layers of flavor to this beer are strong and complex of pine resin, grapefruit type citrus, a very distinct nutty finish, with very little alcohol present for abv.
M- Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.
O- Defenitly one of the best and more complex beers out there IMO. I'm sure my review doesn't do it justice at all.

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

Big ups to whoever brought this to our tasting (Renny? Bret?)

Pours a very "Alpine" hazy golden color with a great creamy off white head that leaves lots of wet lacing. Pretty.

My notes on the aroma start with: "Man. AWESOME." Slightly herbal with lots of pine. Slightly spicy smelling with a boatload of orange/tangerine rind smell.

Peppery and piney with nice grapefruit citrus. Nice bitter finish, but not overwhelmingly bitter by any stretch. Very slight butteriness.

Slight heat (right on), lightly carbed, and an oily finish. Jeah.

Crazy tasty and drinkable for a beer of this size. I wouldn't have guessed this was over 8%.

Damn fine. Drink this or go to bed!!

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

Review a long time coming. Growler highlight of the n00b BIF 5. Sexy sexy.

Dark golden with a fine upstanding white head. Tremendous lacing on the glass, a little haze in there, as there should be.
Massive fruit aroma, oranges and grapefruits, a little lemon and apricot, there's pine and fir up in there too. No noticeable alcohol at all in the nose or in the flavor. Incredibly done.
The bitterness quickly fades into a citrus assault, a little malt to back it up, but not sweet, just delicious. Terrific.
Shared this with 3 other good people amidst drinking a bunch of delicious beers, and this was an absolute stud. I could drink this beer for hours, like a peach.

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

Poured a hazy, deep copper color with a small, thin, off white head that left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of orange, tangerine, apricots, floral and grassy hops, really nice. Well balanced taste, loads of piney and citrusy hops, nice bitterness, sweet chewy malts. Damn, I really liked this, thanks cquiroga!!

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to srandycarter for this growler! Shared with a few other BAs.

A-poured clear, orangey golden color, decent head which dissapated quickly.
S-Very interesting hop aroma, perfumy basil, vegetal hop smell, citrus smel, but also some piney scents. Very interesting.
T-Fantastic. Sweet with caramel, minty, hops, citrus flavors are there, pine hops show up, the oak starts to be noticed as well. Not very bitter on the finish at all but borderline sweet on the finish. So fresh but not astringent. No alcohol burn.
M-Med-full and creamy. Very nice.
T-I could have drank this all night and been happy. It tasted different every time I tasted it. Very unique and delicious.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S - Very pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, and slightly piney.

T - Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body and hop bite/spicyness that lingers long after each sip.

O - Another great IPA from Alpine. They really are putting out some good beers. This is the best triple IPA I've had to date.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - a cloudy amber/orange color with a fluffy white head on top.

S - boom! Simcoe, maybe some citra, and a ton of other fresh hoppiness going on. Garlic, citrus, grass... it reminds me of running through the meadows in New Zealand when I was a child.

T - super fresh (even though it's about a month old), crisp hops with a nice bite but smooth finish. The faintest bit of sweetness to balance it out.

M - really damn good. Extremely smooth and almost buttery as it coats my palate and throat without much heat.

O - a damn fine DIPA that I'm very happy to be drinking,

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Photo of gregc
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler.

Pours a nice carmel color with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is hops, i get grapefruit, orange, pine and pineapple. Smells wonderful, im even picking up a bit of wet wood.
Taste is in your face...big hops, very sticky, tons of pine and citrus also somewhat oily. This is a big on the hops DIPA. Its very enjoyable. A bit of alcohol burn is the only downside to this. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Another growler would be nice one day.

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Photo of bret27
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of Diomede

S: Floral hop explosion. Every hop adjective you can think of. On top of that a little oak, oranges, a just a little sweetness.

A; Dark yellow/orange, decent to good.

T: Great balance of citrus and floral hops w/sweetness resembling vanilla and caramel. Not all that bitter. Don't taste the oak I smelled.

M/D: Pretty sweet and syrupy, residual sweetness. Slightly bitter finish. No etoh presence. Tastes like about 8%, so goes down really ez.

Overall: Impressive for sure. Just need to try this on tap for a true hop bitch-slap.

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Photo of regspeir
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (courtesy of a trade with stawn, a generous trader) poured into a Duvel snifter. Pour revealed a hazy orange-gold with a small off-white head which settled to a coating. Lacing was intense and lasted. Nose was intense grapefruit but in the background are some sweet malts (caramel) and some piney hops. Taste is first strong citrus (especially grapefruit), some slick pine, and then the sweetness of the malts - some bready, some caramel. This is is a hop bomb for sure, but incredibly well-balanced. The aftertaste is not mouth puckering bitterness, but a nice bitter edge to a sweet and fruity finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium with light carbonation. And warning - there is NO sense of anything CLOSE to 10.5% ABV. All-in-all, this is a world class beer. Even with my very high expectations, there was no disappointment. My wife, who doesn't like IPA's liked this. Great beer everyone should get to try. Now if Alpine would only get greedy and start pumping it out in the quantity that would allow it.

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Photo of popery
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice darker but not IPA tan/bronze thing, with some ok head and nice lacing.

S - Malty hops and alcohol, hard to remember but not too piny more alcohol and hops side.

T - Malty hops and alcohol, not too piny or oakish, more blended/balanced.

M - Nice carbonation, medium fizz, goes down smooth.

O - Nice Super DIPA, but needs a little more pine taste I think, great for the percentage of alcohol hides some in there. Thumbs up!

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Photo of gregshead
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 2/6/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: light golden color w a finger of head

S: tons of hops. A friend said he could smell the hops from a foot away. On the verge of nail polish smell but holds right under the threshold.

T: lots of grapefruit hops. As it warms the malts balance this one a little more. Their is some oak taste but it s very subtle. Jst lots and lots of delicious hops to overwhelm the taste buds

M: good carbonation. Some syrupy thickness. Feels like the hops are ripping the enamel straight off my teeth

D: I had three 8 oz pours before I realized this beers power. Otherwise you just drink this bitter beauty.

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Photo of HosP
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ren for this hoppy drink. Poured 22 oz into snifter.

A- Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S- Very nice big hop aroma. Citrus notes come through the strongest. Slight malt aroma towards the end mixed with grapefruit.

T- Just how I like my DIPA's, lots of hops! Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and pine hop flavors mixed throughout from start to finish. Nice malt touch in the background. Bitterness isn't as much as expected. Love the hop flavors that just don't stop in this beer.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some bitterness stays with you.

D- Very much enjoyed this DIPA. Would eagerly drink another one anytime. If your a fan of hops, this is your kind of beer.

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Photo of SoCalStout
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into delirium tulip

Appearance: Beautiful white, slightly foamy one finger head, nice golden/straw appearance, slightly hazy, moderate lacing, moderate carbonation.

Smell: This beer hits you nose hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is extremely aromatic and hop floral forward.

Taste: Taste is abrasive and I love it! Nothing but hops from start to finish. There is some malty sweetness in there. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering of citrus. The booze is hidden well, only allowing a subtle warmth in the throat. Delicious Perfection!

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness.

Overall: This beer is an experience! Tons of flavor and huge bodied. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster with a nice sweetness in the middle. Hugely complex, balanced and surprising. IMO I would rank this with PtY. I have not had PtY but will shortly and look forward to the comparison. Cheers to HOPS!

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Photo of zrab11
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a Hazy Golden Orange color with a nice 2 finger head and good lacing

S- Has an awesome aroma. Smells of pine with pineapple and sweet citrus notes. Has good hoppiness smell also

T- WOW! Taste is even better than the smell. Has a wonderful sweetness that is not soo sweet that the hops don't shine though. This is EXceptionally balanced. Love the sweetness mixed with the piney flavors

M- Medium bodied, Very crisp and refreshing

D- Overall this is an outstanding beer. On the same plane as Fresh hopsslam but a step above. Love the balance and drinkability of this beer. It doesn't feel like ur drinking a 11%. Try his beer. You wont be disspointed with this DIPA

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

**2009 April release**

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

***2009 July release***

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

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big THANK YOU to millerbuffoon for acquiring this through a trade.

A - Pours a bright copper gold color with a cream colored cotton candy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass like total glue, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - VERY pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, oily, and mildly piney.

T - This is the BEST part of this beer. It's a huge, no, colossal basket of tropical fruity goodness that's incredibly resinous, spicy, piney, and a little vinous. It's also slightly boozy with a crackery malt underneath that's big, bold, spicy, slightly garlic, and a little bit oaky.

M - Medium body with resiny hops that leave a coating in the mouth that
's very indicative of fruit rinds.

O - a "FANTABULOUS" beer! If you can get it, you absolutely have to try this one.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a frothy 2 finger head. The head retention is excellent and leaves ample lacing as it recedes. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine sap, and oily hops. Delicious citrus flavor. This hop wine has a long, bitter, dry finish. There's a slight hint of alcohol but it's very well masked for the high abv. The beer is very well carbonated. I've had this on cask before but I very much prefer it on tap.

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Photo of hophead247
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is clear golden with a smallish white head that leaves behind nice sticky lacing. Aroma of immediate and big resin, citrus, and spicy hops. Only a hint of bitterness, just fresh hop goodness. Nice grainy maltiness is there as well, but certainly behind that crazy fresh hop blast. Taste is the resin hoppiness, the citrus, though still decently balanced with a strong bready maltiness. Palate is medium to full, very dry, with not much sweetness. What was there was citrus fruit, and quite fresh. Really no apparent alcohol, which is amazing.

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Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was probably the most surprised to see this at the Pittsburgh tasting. Huge thanks for bringing this! Poured from the Alpine growler into the glass...

A: Pours out of the growler with a nice, chill hazed gold with a blinding white head. Looks nice and viscous with a sticky malt and hop appearance. Upon a gentle swirl, the beer really sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Wow. Blast in the face with fresh pine hops. Grassy, piny, grainy and delicious smelling. Nice malt and caramel backing with some nice pale malts to complement the intense pine hop aroma.

T: Hops galore. Pine. Grass. Citrus. Damn. This is superb. Very intense, thick and brutal with intense pine and citrus combo. The great attribute about this is that the hop and malt blend is so damn perfected that the hops dominate, but not so much that there is no malt backing.

Overall, this is one of the best Double IPAs that I have ever had. Really, glad I tried this! Thanks again!

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Photo of gibby
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few bombers from goodspeed94. Thanks a lot Jon!

Poured a cloudy orange color with a puffy white 2 finger head. Was a clear pour until the bottom part of the bottle hits the glass. I get a bit of cut grass, citrus, pine and massive hops!! The smell is really fantastic. Taste is dominated by hops. Ever so slight hint of the oak chips is present and even a bit of sweetness. Great mouthfeel with a nice oily coating on the tongue. I polished off the bomber myself. If it wasn't 11% I may be able to have a second but most likely not. Very happy I had the chance to try yet another outstanding IPA from alpine. Hope they distribute to PA someday.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color for an IPA, nearly brown. A finger of head with sticky lacing on top.

The smell is an absolute gigantic blast of fresh hops, a mixed bag of all varieties. Lots of pine and sweet candy along with some citrus and floral notes. This is a one trick pony...but it is an awesome, sinus cleansing trick.

The taste is surprisingly more balanced than expected. It is definitely a hop bomb, but the bitterness is not as high as I normally find with this much hop juice underneath. Some sweet caramel malt definitely makes itself known on top of the hops. Hugely flavorful, this is like sucking on a hop cone.

Mouthfeel is nearly full with lower levels of carbonation. Very oily.

I had actually started to grow tired of the IPA category because they were all beginning to blend together. But this has come along and shattered the mold. Extremely rich and satisfying. Definitely a world class DIPA and possibly the best I've had to date. Although I must be honest, it is starting to tread into the American Barleywine category.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,293 ratings.
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