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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1,312
Reviews:
400
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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 DucksFan16
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a teku glass 3/9/2015.

A- Hazy copper body, two finger white head (in the teku) with nice lacing, medium collar that sticks around for a while. Swirling the glass brings the head back quite easily as well.

S- Actually don't smell much. I expected much more from a hoppy triple IPA, however it smelled very dull and boring next to a glass of Alpine Nelson. As it warms up, I get more of a sugary caramel sweetness, with a bit of grapefruit juice, passion fruit and bitter pine. But for the most part, a pretty average nose especially for a triple IPA.

F- Very sweet, sugary and caramel forward, with a bit of tropical fruit, passion fruit, citrus and pineapple kicking in. It actually tastes pretty good, but for all of the hoopla behind this beer, it was fairly disappointing. Again, the bottle of Nelson I opened up with this far outstripped the drinking experience on this beer.

M- Thick-medium body, not quite syrupy, but just about right for a triple IPA. Slick, resinous, easy to drink, not boozy at all. Probably the best characteristic behind this beer.

O- Solid triple IPA, but this comes nowhere close to Hill Farmstead Ephraim, which I consider the benchmark for triple IPAs (not having had Pliny the Younger). Sweet and tasty, but not particularly complex or as interesting as the aforementioned beers.

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

Before everyone was dropping orange ipas all over the globe, this was a triple ipa that still kicked down those familiar yellow tones. Mild 1/3" white head. Aroma was a lot of everything, sweet and hoppy, leaning a sweet citrus instead of the usual just massive grapefruit bitterness. Still crushes some tropical fruit notes in the nose too. Mango.

Taste is in that Pliny the Younger vein. 11% is hid very well, seems like they added sugar to dry out the body, hoppy, bitter, lush with green hop tones, still hittin the sticky dank fruit notes. Does it so well. Pricey compared to some other similar options, and also harder to get. So it is more available than Pliny, but also way harder to get than Boneyard Notorious or Lagunitas Waldo. But its in that mold. Excellent stuff, maybe we'll get lucky and they'll put it in 4 or 6 packs someday with the new Green Flash* model of Alpine ownership.

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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 stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. had an deep orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big, bold aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and pine. Very sharp, very sweet.

T: Tasted of hops first and foremost, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, and a woody quality mixed in. An extremely complex, fruity, hoppy beer. ABV% does pack something of a punch.

M: Lots of carbonation with a thick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Wow. A massive, likable, well made, drinkable beer.

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

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color with the head modest in size. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a "Big" hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors.

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Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

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

A glass tasted during Dark Lord Day.

A: The ale is a hazy amber orange color. The travel and open growler have done their number on the carbonation, giving the ale little in the way of head.

S: The nose is a citrusy bitterness, full of grapefruit and pine aromas but not as intense as I expected from a beer called 'Exponential Hoppiness'.

T: The taste does not skimp on the hops, they are bitter with a strong citrusy grapefruit flavor. As the ale sits in the mouth, a huge, intensely bitter hop element quickly emerges, providing astringent grapefruit flavors built on pineapple and pine flavors, creating a thick mouthfeel that burns with hop deliciousness.

M: The mouthfeel begins on an average note and quickly escalates into an all-out hop assault.

D: The 1/2 glass that I had was very enjoyable, full of big hops and quite drinkable even with the hefty abv.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to leschkie for this awesome extra from a trade! Thanks Kurtis!
poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: copper colored almost amber beer with a finger of off white head. Sticky lace is everywhere on the beer glass.

Smell: Its smells very hoppy and oaky. Lots of pine, citrus, and dank hoppiness.

Taste: Its on the high end of moderately bitter. Pine cones and citrus. Earthy, oaky, grassy and floral hops. The malts are fairly bready and add some balance to this beer. Lingering pine and oak are found in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has an oily and resinous feel to it. Its still has a dry finish despite the oily and resinous qualities the beer has in the feel. Not a hint of alcohol.

Overall: This is a big hoppy beer. Its honestly also over the top hoppy! Alpine makes a fantastic beer here and you can tell this brewery loves their hops!

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Very clear orange with a couple fingers of fizzy white head.

S: Enormous amount of floral hops with some sweetness mixed in.

T: Green tea , floral hops and pine resin. Flavors mesh extremely well.

As the label suggests this beer drinks deceptively easy for 11% ABV. Adds another dimension to the usual hop bomb. You must seek this beer out!

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 JNForsyth
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JessetheHutt for hooking me up with a growler of this bad-boy. I can knock this off the list of "apparently great beers I'll probably never get to try". Brought this growler up to the lake for Labor Day to share.

Getting growlers is always a crap shoot, & when I popped the cap Jesse had taped down well, there wasn't the slightest poof, & the beer looked dead. Uh oh. A moment later, relief: my careless pour in an effort to bring some life brought a slavering, foaming head surging out of the glass. Woohoo! Very pale beer with ample chunky head even after its travels. And oh, my, the nose. That, my friends, is hoppy perfection right there.

Exponential Hoppiness does not disappoint, & with a name like that, you have some living up to do. The hops come flowing out of the glass like a defensive line smashing through my mouth. Hops, hops, everywhere...oily hops. Vinous hops. Slippery hops. Hops shimmying & shaking. Harsh, bitter, angry hops. Damn. This is another one-trick pony, & if you don't like that trick, this won't do anything for you. I love it. The only slight knock is the lack of depth & complexity, but who gives a crap?

The alcohol is very well hidden. Didn't know what the ABV was, & surprised to see it at 10.5%, this went down like a routine IPA. Three of us had no problem at all polishing off the growler, & I could have had more. Drinkable like the nectar of Mars.

This is a remarkable beer. Read the rumour that it will be bottled eventually, & I would be very interested in finding out if this unique hop-monster survives the transformation from tap to glass. First-rate. Get your hands on this if you can.

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