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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Photo of mnbearsfan
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of matt2591
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of EB1
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vacax
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with one and a half fingers to thick foamy white head. Good retention and attractive lacing all around the glass. Aroma is loaded with spicy hops, pine, orange peel, oak, and alcohol tickle the nose. The taste is remarkable in how it meshes a mild sweetness along with the high level of hop character. This probably has something to do with the oak chips helping tie it all together. There is a tongue stinging amount of alpha acids here with gobs of pine and resin and a floral nuance. Personally the hop profile is a little too intense for my taste. Floral, alcoholic, cookielike finish. Medium to full bodied with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Sticky. I like this beer, but the extremes are too accentuated for me... stinging hoppiness followed by sticky sweet finish.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Clear golden with a nice frothy white head that leaves a temporary lacing.
S: Honey, grapefruit, earthy--not resinous, sweet orange and banana and strawberries... pretty good.
T: Pineapple. Like... fresh pineapple. Also, sweet honeycrisp apples. Gin alcohol buzz on the finish. A very mild orange or maybe grapefruit and a slight cheese, bordering cannabis, throughout. This is all right but it really doesn't have the complexity and depth I'd expect.
M: Moderately syrupy, with a quick frothy to crisp carbonation.
D: Overall, it's good but not GREAT. There are quite a few better options for DIPAs.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium caramel color, pretty hazy, huge off white head.

Smells super hoppy, big bright spicy kick, lots of bitterness, and also super sweet juicy citrus...peach? Bubblegum? Kindof crazy extremes both going on at once. Not sure if I've smelled anything quite like this, smells great though.

Taste is really unusual, hard to place. Pretty bitter but bitterness is overpowered by sweet citrus and super spicy hops. I don't know if the oddness is malt or hop in origin...I like this but it's kindof confusing to my palette.

Mouthfeel is really good for a high abv IPA, lots of carb but rich thick body too.

Not as straightforwardly awesome as the other Alpine IPAs, but really good and definitely worth trying.

7.7/10

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

latest batch released

thanks to smokepot23

pours copper in color. light fluffy head has hints of cream. great retention and decent lacing. lots of carbonation rising through out.

light sweet citrus up front, with tangerine and orange with hints of grapefruit. slight caramel malts

citrus hops are light. decent bitterness through out, although more mellow than the draft. very strong dark caramel malt backbone. does not really taste like a triple IPA, more of a double. light booze towards the end.

light to moderate, has a bit of tingle on the gums. this and the alcohol warm it up a notch.

nothing really stands out here, besides bitterness. the malts are quite powerful which leads to its demise as it ages a bit. this was decent and enjoyable but not something i would want THAT often. it needs something else in the hops, more complexity.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ryan!

Bomber split two ways - hazy pour....lighter than I expected.

Very floral and resinous. Thick and sweet, with more tropical fruit than citrus - papaya and banana? The smell of this beer exceeds the taste. While inviting on the nose, this beer doesn't hide the alcohol well. Sweetness becomes, not surprisingly, more pronounced as it warms. Scared this could become a diesel banana bomb. Finish is quite woody, like licking an oak plank.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and medium bodied, a bit sluggish and low on the carbonation.

Drinkability is low, a sipper

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Photo of whiskeysoda
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour (refrigerated and fresh after purchase) with fine bubbles and a thin head; slight particulates.

NOSE is probably the most complex part: fresh hop flowers from the last infusion really stand out, intensely aromatic and sweet with hints of jasmine and kumquat. Hop flower most prominent after letting it warm to slightly under RT.

As far as TASTE is concerned (both chilled and room temp; not much difference), I must give a few extra points considering the 11% abv. Characteristic hop/grapefruit/pine and dried apricot evenly distributed after a processed honey-like entrance. Dangerous!

Despite what would seem a syrupy entrance, the MOUTHFEEL is bright, with a characteristic tang/acridity common in higher-proof IPAs. Bristling both during and after each sip, though...not exactly a pleasant note to leave on.

Nice, though I'd take Pliny the Younger over this as far as triple IPA's go...and P.T.Y. isn't even my favorite IPA. Still, a nice one to try if you haven't, yet.

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer, the beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a white head. the smell is very citrusy with a faint hint of malt. the taste follows suit with a nice citrus flavor but its so smooth and drinkable that there is very little bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little to full for the style. overalll a very good beer but not bitter enough.

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Photo of Kevin_Young
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Farnswurth
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopnotch760
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half off white head that has solid retention but leaves only small amounts of lacing

Smells like a big bag of hops. Grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits dominate a hardly noticeable caramel malt background. Incredible aroma.

Taste has the same flavors as the aroma, but the booze is much more noticeable. Also, as it warms the booze becomes more and more prevalent with a slight medicinal quality showing itself. Still a tasty flavor, just can be a bit much on the boozy side as it warms.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Exceedingly large thanks to nyrangersfan for this one.

3.5 A: Hazy dark yellow color. One and a half fingers of 1/2 frothy, 1/2 creamy head. Average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Hops aren't as strong as I was expecting, but there certainly is more malt. Piney hops foremost with pineapple and grapefruit. There is an underlying oakiness, but nothing to write home about. A little boozy with strong barleywine-esque malts.

4.0 T: A mix of lots of malts and lots of hops. Barleywine style DIPA for sure. Hops are more fruity than they are piney with pineapple and grapefruit stealing the show again. Bitterness (which doesn't seem harsh anyway) is very much softened by the residual malt sweetness. Malts are strong in a neutral way, somewhere between bready and grainy. The pitfall of this brew is that the booziness is a bit too strong. Hopslam, for example, is just as high in ABV, but the alcohol is much better hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body or perhaps even lighter heavy. Good carbonation and reasonably creamy. Lingering hop bitterness and booze on finish.

3.5 D: Pretty good brew. I like maltier DIPAs, but the alcohol is a bit too strong in this one. Still, I was glad to get ahold of this and would buy it occasionally if it were available.

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Photo of BreweryRun
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tleaver33
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer pours a murky dark gold with a hint of orange to it. The head rises about a finger but is gone pretty quickly. Light lacing.

The aroma is surprinsingly pretty light, starts off with mostly bitter hops. The finish is some citrus, an interesting smell, as it's switched the normal ipa order.

The taste is much lighter than I thought it would, by like 10 times, I was expecting tons of bitterness and lots of pine. So in this sense I liked the beer because it beat my expecations. The beer was moderately hoppy but pretty smooth. So this is nice and hoppy throught, but a one noter. Only a slight bit of citrus at the end.

The feel is ok, a little light and not very lasting.

Overall, this was ok, nothing special.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StarRaptor for this treat!

Pours a slightly hazy sunny orange color. Nearly bright white head, slightly spongy with light lace remnants.

Citrus aroma with notes or pineapple and tropical fruits mingle with a solid malt base and inescapable slight fusal alcohol.

More tropical fruits on the taste, with a caramel malt backing minimal bitterness, light sweetness and a touch of heat on the finish.

Creamy, slick and slightly oily texture. Fairly full bodied for an IPA; sits a little heavy on the palate. Good feel to it. Drinkability is good considering the ABV.

This is unmistakably solid. I've had a few other "Triple IPAs", and though this is good, it's not the best I've had. Would drink again in a heartbeat though.

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Photo of Lothore
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, clear reddish hue with a 2 finger frothy head that leaves tons of lacing.

S- Smell is dominated by grapefuit and floral hops.

T- Very resiny, pine, grapefruit, bready, with an underlying berry tone and big alcohol notes on the back end.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- This one didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I enjoyed it but just wouldn't put it at the same level as some of the other big DIPAs or "triple ipas"

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 11% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for bringing this bottle over!

A - EH=PH2 pours a hazed-over golden orange color with a plump bone head with moderate retention and a one big ring of lace. Not very attractive however.

S - With the description I heard read from Todd, I expected more hops than this. Especially with the dry-hopped amount. A bold earthy herbal nose backed by a squeeze of lemony citrus and a kiss of pine needle. A caramel chunk and malt backing with mild fruitiness appears in the far back.

T - Well, at least it's a major hop punch in the flavor despite the lack of it in the aroma. Tons of resin overtakes the floral, citrus, and pine notes. It tastes like walking into a Michael's store. A bit boozy too. A heavy finish of solvent alcohol.

M - Medium-full bodied and malty with a dry and fairly bitter finish but not enough IBUs for their heavy hopped claims methinks. The carbonation is a bit low too.

D - Pretty hoppy but not triple IPA hoppy. I think the booze is a bit high but it's not bad. The blend overall just seems a bit low on the hop scale for their description but without a bottle date its hard to know if it's that way or due to age.

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