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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 Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Scott (hooliganlife) for a taste out of his growler!

Pour burnt orange with some remaining carbonation since this growler was cracked a couple of days ago. The noise on the about knocks me over! Huge pine/citrus notes just oozing out! Taste is lots of citrus and pine...gotta love all that hoppy goodness! Mouthfeel is great, smooth, medium body, and enough hops to blow your tastebuds out of the water! A couple of these a session would be enough for me. Pliny the Elder is a better overall DIPA, but this is a great one as well!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle version finally released!

A - Light clear honey, small head leaves fast. Some cling lace remains.

S - HOPS HOPS HOPS. Some woody smell and small malt note and fruit mixed in.

T - Clubbed by hops. Pine and fruit, but mostly pine. Bitter end. Malt almost not enough to cover the bitter. Precarious balance.

M - Medium body, very coating, balance barely in check.

D - You have to be kidding. This will kick your butt pretty darned soon, and the taste will tire you out fast, as delicious as it is.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks Steven and Crystal for sharing this!

Golden amber and orange. Persistent, thick white head, and regular lacing down the glass. What more can you ask for?

Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma! I'd heard so much about this beer, but had never yet experienced it for myself, and if nothing else, the aroma is all they said and more! Pine and citrus explosion, without being too sweet or sappy.

Surprisingly balanced DIPA, especially after all I'd heard about it. Piney and floral flavors with a substantial bitterness, and enough bready, crystal, and caramel malts to balance things out nicely. Far more drinkable than I ever would have imagined.

Medium bodied, yet crisp and incredibly drinkable. No hint of alcohol. No DIPA since Pliny the Younger has hidden its alcohol this well.

So glad I got to try this, and it did not disappoint!

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd like to extend a big thank you to 0110x011 who hooked me up with a growler of this most sought after nectar!

Appearance: Transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Very Pliny like in the sense that this brew has lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes but not as much pine sap, lots more malt presence, and lots more floral hop smell.

Taste: An initial hop bitterness that opens up to a nice pale malt that blends flawlessly with some great oak notes from the oak chips used in the recipe. The next wave is all citrus hops and once the fruit flavor subsides a strong hop bitterness finishes this one off. Tip of the cap to Alpine for packing this much hop bitterness into a brew and keeping it from tasting astringent. The bitterness is well crafted and really enjoyable. Alpine does add a heavy dose of sugar sweetness to the brew to counterbalance the extreme bitterness and mask the high abv. The sugar sneaks up on you faster than the abv IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation (even after the 2 weeks it has been since it was poured) and smooth!

Drinkability: The 10.50% abv and the sugar are the only things holding me back from giving this excellent brew a higher drinkability rating.

Home Run Alpine!

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Photo of harrymel
4.74/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for picking this up fresh for me in SD! Cheers Jesse!
ABV 11%
Poured to New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear golden ale with superb clarity. Fine white single finger head dissipates in a minute or so to leave a thick sheet of meringue foam. Consistent carbonation evident through the ale. Spider web lacing on glass.

S: Pine, sweet alcohol, bubble gum, grapefruit, citrus rinds. Alcohol a hint more evident than I would prefer, but nonetheless, yummy.

T: See above. Add bitterness so acute the glands behind my jaw. Just what I've been looking for in an Impy IPA lately. Been through Hopslam, Pliny, etc. This is fantastic! I think I might prefer it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Clearly slicks the palate while cold. As it warms, the body of my mouth is dried. Pleasant.

D: This is among the best, no question. I think the hype matches this beer appropriately. Worth seeking, but not a 1200 miles journey (or global: see PtY).

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during San Diego beer week

Look: Pours a translucent orangish color with a good sized head and pretty decent retention and some spotty lace

Smell: The nose is all about the hops which covers quite a full spectrum. There is quite a bit of pine and orange zest upfront and some nice fruity esters on the finish grapefruit comes to mind

Taste: Again the beer is all about the hops. Upfront is quite a bit of citrus upfront backed up by quite a bit of pine and some hop sting. Finishes with a solid malt backbone. The alcohol is very well hidden

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with ample carbonation and dry

Overall: This is a great beer and at 11% it's quite a feat in brewing to make it taste this good with no alcohol present. However there are quite a few DIPA/TIPA's that I prefer

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours relatively clear and well carbonated, deep/rich gold color with 1 3/4 fingers of sticky, pillowy, off-white foam. Retention was excellent as was the lace. Sheets and rings lined the inside of the glass.

S: Hops. Big time. Initial aroma was full of grapefruit, pine, tangerine, apricot, and a bit of mango. As it warms an impressive caramel malt aroma comes out to lay down a pleasantly sweet malt blanket over the hops.

T: Exactly as above. I was wowed by the the level of hoppiness and extremely impressed by the malty backbone layed down throughout this. Alcohol is there, barely.

M: Thick and oily. Very sticky. Resinous hops cling to everything as does the huge malt bill. Finishes with a touch of dry spiciness. Either from the alcohol or the oak they brew this with. Probably both.

D: I was stunned to read on the label that this was packing 11%. Yes, it's big and outrageous, but the alcohol is not the alpha here. Huge hops and malt rule the roost!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very slight hazed amber orange color pretty bright overall. With a nice white head, head turns into a cap and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- A ton of tropical fruits here. Mango, pineapple and grapefruit. A very light malt back bone and a hint of alcohol.

T- Blasted with hops here. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and a bit of pine. The hops smash my taste buds to a pulp.

M- Slick and oily. Fuller side of medium and carbonation was good.

O- A pretty awesome brew for sure.

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

Poured from a bomber graciously provided by Cisco619 into RR-tion glass.

Pours a dark, hazy, golden hue. There is a small, but thick head that quickly vanishes into a slight, white ring with a hefty amount of lacing.

The smell is of fresh hops, with a bit more of a malt backbone than I expected. The two scents meld together to make a bitterly sweet scent, in a good way.

There are a lot of flavors going on here for a 'hop bomb'. I'm noticing bitter hops and some sweet, slightly bready malt. The hops are definately prevelant, but the malt is there in the back. The 11% is pracically invisible.

This is all DIPA in the mouth. I'm feeling the oily hops which I love sooo much. Substantial body rounds this out.

This beer is in an absolute winner. Ive had several that I enjoyed more, but this is a fanatastic beer that is well worth the search to enjoy it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $11.99 (+$2.30 for Brown Bag Tickets)
Purchased: Sept. 9, 2014 (picked up on Sept. 27, 2014)
Consumed: Sept. 28, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, honey, murky color with three fingers of khaki cream rocky head. Lots of various streams of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Great layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Excellent retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled hops galore - Citra, spicy Simcoe, floral, grapefruit, tropical, mango, grapefruit rind, resin, faint Cascade and caramel. Some spicy bitterness late, but didn’t taste anywhere near 11 percent ABV. (Smell - 4.25)

Wow to the taste. Pretty damn smooth for 11 percent ABV was my first thought. Not as potent as the smell. Citra, floral, light resin, bitter grapefruit, tropical, mango, light pineapple (wishful?), Columbus and light Cascade. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, but still smooth finish. Warming late. The 11 percent ABV is very well-hidden. This was the best part of the beer. (Feel - 4.50)

A pretty damn good beer. Probably didn’t quite live up to my hype, but glad I have another after this. (Overall - 4.25)

4.38 | 97 | A

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.24/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Embarrased to say I forgot who sent this to me. However, whoever you are, thanks a million for the opportunity. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger semi-coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates into a thin film atop the brew. Beer is a semi-clear orange-peach. Lacing is patchy and spotty with little stick.

S: Nose is a hop monster that I can smell as soon as a pour it. Citrus, pine, and strong resin hop aromas envelop a subtle cane sugar and booze. One of the most aromatic I've ever come across. No mistaking what's going on in this one.

T: For a IIPA, this is a huge malt bomb. Opens papaya, orange, grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Cane sugar sweetness right off the bat lingers into the middle. Resiny hop in the background makes this one interesting but there's a complete lack of bitterness until the very end. Piney and resiny hops surface right at the finish. Aftertaste is brown sugar and stick hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and subtley carbonated. Oily and smooth in the mouth. Abrasive and sticky on the palate. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Do I like the flavor profile here? Yes... tropical fruit, cane sugar, slight hoppiness... what's not to like? Is it style appropriate? Heck no, not even close. Still, a very interesting beer to say the least. Worth trying but not going out of your way for.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and oaky. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth. It’s very hoppy, but not nearly as over the top as pure hoppiness. Very smooth. With no alcohol evident at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into dimpled mug. Pours a transparent copper body with a nice 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and leaves lots of lacing. Smells very Pliny-like in the sense that this brew has lots of pineapple and grapefruit notes but not as much pine sap, lots more malt presence, and lots more floral hop smell. There is an initial hop bitterness that opens up to a nice pale malt that blends flawlessly with some great oak notes from the oak chips used in the recipe. The next wave is all citrus hops and once the fruit flavor subsides a strong hop bitterness finishes this one off. Tip of the cap to Alpine for packing this much hop bitterness into a brew and keeping it from tasting astringent. The bitterness is well crafted and really enjoyable. Alpine does add a heavy dose of sugar sweetness to the brew to counterbalance the extreme bitterness and mask the high abv which was impressive. Medium bodied and a touch chewy. Decent amount of carbonation and smooth! This is so much better than the Pure Hoppiness brew. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of Overlord
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A thousand and one thanks to Jesse for picking up a growler of this brew for me. I will be hard-pressed to repay him.

Pours a bright golden orange. More gold than orange. Very unusual looking. An inch or so of white foam head.

Curiously understated floral bouquet. Pleasant, with a bit of pine.

Taste is strangely spicy, with a nice, tiny bit of tropical sweetness of mango ... maybe papaya ... and even a bit of malt. However, the overriding flavor is piney bitterness. This is a bitter beer. There's some balance ... in fact, it's surprisingly malty. The spiciness and pepperiness of it is a huge surprise. What is that? The alcohol is pretty noticeable, but doesn't detract too much.

Quite drinkable, very solid. This isn't the class of Dreadnaught or Pliny the Younger, though.

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

Thanks to Weibull for sending the growler!!

Pours a very clean golden color sporting a brilliant a brilliant white head that lasts for quite awhile. Leaves a thin tight lace around the glass. Amazing retention.

Nose is very nice and soft yet there is much going on. Grassy hops lead into a citrusy aroma followed by hints of oak. Very earthy hints of pine coming through. Etheral and a bit rustic even yet showing such a delicate aroma.

Again this is a soft delicate feminine DIPA. A biscuity malt backbone with some tannins from the oak. Hop flavors aren't overly aggressive but fit the bill nicely. Again very grassy, with a piney middle slightly sticky and resiny leading into citrusy grapefruit on the finish. Finish is long and alcohol is very well hidden. So laid back and just moderate carbonation make it creamy smooth. But not sure I want it for this style or what I was expecting. Drinkability is all day however.

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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 wagenvolks
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Split four ways at a recent tasting with myself, bgthang, xpimptastikx, and orgasmicchemist.

Pours with a bright golden hue; clear and nicely carbonated, but fails to leave much more than a thin varnish of foam even with a vigorous swirl of my Ranger Creek tulip. The aroma is equally as bright, as floral, citrusy hop juices burst from the glass and greet the nose with greenery. Very aromatic IIPA, with a faint pale malt backbone, but late-addition hops steal the show.

Exponential Hoppiness has one of the most flavorful hop profiles of any beer I've tasted. Big, juicy, green, citrusy, floral, piny hop goodness coats the palate with slick, oily hop resins. The body is delicately crafted, finely carbonated, and not at all syrupy or heavy, while the alcohol is barely discernible. Drinks like a dream. A hoppy, hoppy dream...

A must-try for any lover of Humulus lupulus.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: A beautiful golden yellow orange body with a two finger off white head.

S: Tons of sweetness on the front of the nose. Caramel and huge hop resin contribute to this. There is a lingering bitterness in the background of pine and citrus.

T: Probably the best bottled IPA out there. All the flavors are blended perfectly and don't fight over the dominate each other. There is rich caramel, deep citrus, and crisp bitterness.

M: For an IPA this has a heavy body with great carbonation.

O: Amazing. Get this one fresh no matter the cost.

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

a - pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a one-finger ivory head, good retention and lacing

s - surprisingly sweet malty aroma with a healthy dose of caramel malt and oak, no doubt there is a good amount of hops in the nose as well, lots of orange and grapefruit come through, moderate alcohol presence, some pine, the hops come out more as the beer warms

t - big sweet caramel malt flavor up front, some breadiness and earthiness, mid-palate has considerable bitter orange and grapefruit hop flavors, citrus bitterness lingers into the finish where notes of oak, earthiness and grass appear, slightly astringent alcohol as well, overall a much sweeter beer than most DIPAs I've tried

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol warming, fairly dry finish from the hop bitterness but the sweetness balances it out pretty well for a DIPA

d - not overly drinkable because you can tell the alcohol is there, but more well-balanced than most DIPAs if not sweet, complexity gives it drinkability points

Overall, another good IPA from Alpine. The oak has definitely mellowed out the hops a little bit. I find it to be a tad too sweet for my tastes - I like DIPAs to be a bit more hop forward.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

5-batch vertical on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego: 5/07, 12/07, 2/08, 8/08, 4/09.

Slightly hazy but mostly clear golden color with a small creamy white head and good lacing on the older vintages.

Fresh rough citrus hop aroma with some sweet malt. So simple yet so good.

Flavor is a little sweet pale malt and sugar along with loads of fresh citrusy hops. Older versions have some sour apple and a mild brett-like tartness - interesting and barleywine-like. This beer is best either fresh or about 2 years aged, not as good in between.

Great rough hoppy palate with medium body. Feels like you just sucked on a fresh hop cone.

Well, it's not like you're going to chug this beer. You sip it, you keep sipping it, and you love every second of it. Overall this is pretty awesome. Would love to try it super-fresh.

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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 Roguer
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slighty hazy golden-amber brew, just enough to keep it from being completely transparent. Big off-white head with nice retention, leaving tons of lacing.

Big, complex hoppy aroma, with ruby red grapefruit, lemon, pine, resin, and starfruit. Just a hint of malt aroma.

Intensely sweet and juicy flavor, focusing on tropical hops: pineapple, peach, and a bit of pine and citrus. Syrupy sweet malt body, more pale than caramel.

Undeniable booze presence. Very lively, sticky, syrupy, and boozy.

A super hoppy, big, and bold triple IPA. Reminds me quite a bit of Sixpoint's Hi-Res. This is a hair smoother, coming across less as pure hop juice and more as an enormous IPA.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a slight haze. A fullish rush of fine carbonation swells up a inch-plus head of off-white.
Ripped sheets of clingy foam, and a full coverage skim coat remains throughout.

Pungently hoppy with oak-laden malt undertones.
Grapefruit pith, candied bitter orange peel, pine resin, freshly turned earth, and oak bark. Alcohol is everpresent with each whiff.

Sticky, sappy, chewy mouthfeel. Tongue- coating, and on the thick side of medium.

Bitter spruce sap, citrus oils, leafy hops, and juicy malt lead off the pallet. An oaky dryness steps forward along with warming alcohol. Lingering bitterness, ripe fruit, and forest floor are a mainstay for each sip.
A whallop of grapefruit, pine needles, and oaky malt.

Quite malty for an IIPA, and approaching barleywine territory, but stopping short.
A bit numbing in the nose and pallet, with the onslaught of hops and alcohol.

Similar to Hopsickle, but more malty, and the oaking adds some nice depth, which rounds out the brew as well.

Update 1/21/10..22oz bottle arrived fresh today.

Pungent nose chock full of tangerines, spruce needles, grapefruit and oak shavings. Sweetish and tropical.

Crisp, juicy mouthfeel with a slightly chewy body.

Tangerine, grapefruit, pine bark, and juicy fruit start the palate. A slight numbness approaches but stops short of overly bitter. Sweetish and very tropical with piney undertones.

Finishes with lingering citrus pith, warming alcohol, and a mildly gripping bitterness. A trace of oak is there if you look.

The bottle version is not as oaky or malty as I remember the growler being, and also the aroma is not as pungent and floral.
Still probably one of the best IIPA's I've had in a bottle.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of BrianTheBrewer30. Thanks Brian.

A: The pour is a clear, bright orange-copper body with tons of off-white head. Nice lace deposited down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge citrus (grapefruit, pineapple), tannins, mild pine, and dominant, huge bread. I had pictured some citrus bomb on the nose. Not quite what I expected. Tannins?! It's a little maltier than I would have expected.

T: Starts off with grapefruit and proceeds to get more tropical as the taste progresses. Enter pineapple, apricot, peach, and lychee. The finish draws to an astringent, tannic close. It's fairly malty, though that's not very noticeable when the beer is fresh. Boy does this thing drop off fast though! I had two bottles a week apart, and the second one was noticeably worse.

M: Light-medium bodied. Moderate-high carbonation. Semi-dry. There is NO heat on this beer whatsoever. Very smooth. But it has a light astringency that gives the impression of a burning finish.

D: I enjoy this beer, but it's the weakest one in Alpine's lineup. I'd have it again, but if I were forced to choose between it and comparably fresh Pure Hoppiness or Duet, I'd go with the latter two. It's simply maltier than I care for, and it falls off so quickly that the effect is especially magnified for any bottles over two weeks old.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.
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