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Exponential HoppinessExponential Hoppiness

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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 wedgie9
3.48/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear orange with an average white head and good lacing. Nose is very sweet with a hint of candied lemon and some breadiness. This beer is almost marshmallow sweet with a hint of citrus and the hops really delayed until the finish. The body is full with nice carbonation and a beautiful hops finish.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium light copper with about a half finger of head and light lacing.

S - Citrus(Pineapple & Orange), Chocolate, white pepper, and slight brown sugar.

T - Slightly bitter citrus taste of orange and lemons. Also chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, and some carmel sweetness. There are some tannins from the amount of malt and hops in this beer.

M - Nice even carbonation feel and a little oily but perfect for a DIPA.

D - Very drinkable with very little alcohol taste even though it is 10.5%. I think this beer will be very different (but still good) aged for 6 months.

A very good balance IPA. Too bad they make so little of it. Had this beer on both growler(2 days old) and bottle(2 weeks later). I like the bottle better but growler was more complex.

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

Had this on tap at O'Brien's on one of my San Diego swings. This is a real winner, and a hop head's wet dream, although contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was as hoppy as its sister, Pure Hopiness. Or maybe it's just a different kind of hoppiness. No matter, it's equally as good.
It's pretty heavy on the herbal hops flavors, with that distinct hemp aroma, very grassy, but I didn't detect much of a citrus-pine hop profile in the nose (a bit of orange perhaps). But make no mistake, this is all about the hops. There is a freshly pulped pine tree in the flavor, as well as some bitter orange and grapefruit rind. The malt is barely perceptible, and there is an interesting dryness to the beer that reminds me of fresh-cut hay.
I could drink this all day (except I'd then be on the floor), and I am not a raging hop head...

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Photo of Mississipping
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Thanks to MaltMilkshake for sending a bottle of this my way! (By the way, does anyone else beside me find it odd that the equation on the front of the bottle is not an exponential equation?)

A: Pours a clear, clean, and bright golden orange color with a small off-white head that quickly settles to a thin halo. Very good lacing is left behind.

S: Wow, you can almost smell this from a cross the room ... certainly from several feet away. Lots and lots of grapefruit with mandarin, pineapple, and apricot. Pine needles, floral hops, and just a hint of oak add even more complexity separating this from other IPAs.

T: Much like the smell, grapefruit jumps right out at you along with other underlying sweet fruits (pineapple and apricot). There is a decent malty sweetness that was somewhat unexpected, but really quite pleasant. Piney, resiny, hoppy in the background. Finishes with a bitter hoppiness, with just a little lingering citrus fruit. The booze is hidden very, very well, only allowing a subtle warmth develop in the throat. Delicious!

M: Not that the other aspects of this beer don't shine, but the mouthfeel makes this stand out. Thicker than expected and quite creamy. Carbonation level is great ... just a little low, but ample enough to give it some life. The bitter finish is somewhat subdued, which is fine by me. Not overly drying either. Well done!

D: This is dangerously drinkable ... extremely tasty and well balanced. With almost no hint of booze, it goes down quicker than it needs to, and can certainly catch up with you if you're enjoying it too much (whoops)!

This lives up to the hype. I expected it to be an over-the-top hop bomb, but there is a lot going on in this one that pushes it to the top of the list for me. Again, nicely complex, well balanced, with a great finish. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of amphion1065
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift, really, from a very generous BA. This bottle lasted me all of two hours Alan. 22 oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a crystal clear orange, with some gold highlights. When held up to the light, it looks almost straw-like. Just a one-finger white head, but the lacing clings to my glass like so many cobwebs suspended midair.

A boatload of grapefruit in the nose. Underneath, lemons and candied citrus fruits. Sweet without being cloying, the nose is supremely well-balanced. I can detect just a hint of onion, but it's not at all off-putting.

The taste is enormous. I'm immediately struck by how malty this beer is. There is a heavy, rich barleywine-esque sweetness complimented by a flavor of ripe oranges. There's also a strange, musty sort of leather aspect to this sweetness - clearly this is a pretty new bottle, but the malty backbone makes this seem a touch like an old ale. In many ways, this is quite similar to the most recent batch of Knuckle Sandwich. But in the finish, the hops make themselves known. There is a punishing bitterness, tempered by flowers and grass. That bitter hop bite lasts and lasts. One flavor I cannot detect is that of alcohol, which is pretty ridiculous given the ABV.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and could use more carbonation, but then again this is a huge beer. This is the only category in which this doesn't excel.

Possibly the most challenging DIPA I've ever tasted, and an incredibly unique one at that. A genre-bending, enormous example of brewing proficiency and creativity.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Freddie for this bottle. 22oz drank out of a crappy highball style glass. Living the hotel life this week...

A- Clear, golden color, with a touch of amber. A fairly light white soapy head forms, but falls off pretty quickly. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of sweet malt and piney hops. I also get quite a bit of citrusy/grapefruity smells. The hops have a very fresh aroma.

T- Starts very smooth and malty, and transitions to a wonderful complex floral hoppy flavor. Notes of grapefruit and lemon, with more piney resin flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is awesome. Perfect blend of carbonation and body. It just rolls wonderfully on and off the tongue. The aftertaste is prominent, but not overwhelming.

D- It's a little big, but still very drinkable. Everytime I take a sip, it's like a whole new complex hoppy experience. This is probably my favorite of all the Alpine IPAs.

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

Poured from bomber into my Sam Adams "Perfect Pint"

A- Nice caramel/light amber color with 1-2 finger head that receeded to a nice ring leaving slight lacing.

S- Great pine, grapefruit scents right away followed by some nice tropical mango, pineapple and can barely pick out a very subtle caramel scent(which I don't like in any IPA).

T- Again great piney hops with nice citrus taste, which mellows to the tropical flavors and caramel on the mid palate but then finishes strong with a nice dry oaky piney hop finish. Very interesting the way that this beer transforms within my mouth. Usually IPAs are super hoppy with no malt taste or start out hoppy and give in to caramel finish, this beer goes hoppy-light caramel and sweet tropical flavors-dry hoppy oak. Just awesome to find something like this.

M- Great medium/full body being almost 11% alcohol with good amounts of carbonation throughout.

D- Very easy to drink, I didn't even mention anything about the alcohol because I never noticed it. This beer hides the alcohol better than almost every IPA I have had, my wife didn't even realize that this had 11% alcohol and she cannot stand any beers over 7-8% alcohol. Just a very nice job by these guys to create an IPA unlike any other I have tried.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to dmsohyea for once again hooking me up with some great west coast stuff including this one! No freshness info but it was bottled around 3 weeks ago I believe. Enjoyed on 08/11/11.

A - Beautiful beer. Clear bright gold color with a half finger white head. Leaves surprisingly good lacing for an 11% beer.

S - Literally smells like fresh fruit. Grapefruit, mango, citrus, tangerine, wow this is good. Some alcohol and sugary sweet malts are also present in the background.

T - Follows the nose. Incredibly fruity hops. Not overly bitter as I expected from the description on the label. Not much piney bitterness to speak of, it's just some sweet malts, hints of alcohol and a lot of fruity hoppiness. Balanced up front and then a huge hit of grapefruit and citrus on the back end. Finishes with some alcohol burn also.

M - Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation for a beer of this strength.

O - When I saw a "Which is better: Pliny or Expo" thread a few weeks ago, I laughed thinking there would be no contest. But wow, this beer surprised me. Actually holds its own against Pliny which few beers can do. Great stuff here.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade with Thome50 last Summer. Reviewed from notes.

Shared with friends during the Woodward Dreamcruise.

A: Nice orange color. White foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Slam to the nose with fresh piney hops!

T: This one is a punch in the mouth of hops. Like brushing your teeth with them. Very over the top in a good way.

M: Medium body and well carbonated.

O: Glad to have checked this one off. Big my favorite DIPA, but I see why it has such a following.

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Photo of StayWhatYouAre2
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this from MaltMilkshake. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with about a finger white head that stays around for a while. It leaves a thin ring that lasts throughout and very nice lacing.

S- This beer hits you hard. There is a wonderful, yet very strong, smell of grapefruits, pine, sweet fruits, mild oak and floral notes. It is very dynamic and not as one dimensional as most DIPAs that are mostly grapefruit and pine.

T- Wow! Just like the smell there is plenty of grapefruit, pine and floral notes. Unlike the smell there is very surprising flavor of sweet malt that sets it apart from other DIPAs. The sweet malt along with the sweet fruits--apricot, tangerine and pineapple--do a wonderful job of balancing out the bitter hop flavor. For such a high alcohol content it is hardly noticeable.

M- This is what seals the deal for me. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than other IPAs I have had and very creamy. Carbonation is just about perfect and the finish is amazing. The finish is not as drying as I was expecting...something very welcomed. It is really scary how easy this beer is to drink. Full bomber gone in one short sitting by myself and would have loved another.

If you haven't noticed from this review thus far, I am a very big fan of this beer. I am going to have to try to get another bottle soon. There is a 6 pack of Hopslam sitting in my fridge now. It's sad to think that those will be a little disappointing now...

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Photo of SummitVA
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden pale with steady carbonation. Little head. Lacing follows down the glass.

S - Sharp grapefruit and other citrus. Not overly intense, which is something of a surprise, but still very pleasant. Mango, a bit of malt sweetness, and just a hint of heat. A bit of vegetal-ness after the glass warms.

T - Solid bitterness and malt foremost. Oak definitely apparent along with some pine-iness and a bit of apricot. Not as much grapefruit or citrus, as the nose would suggest, and the hop flavor is strangely less than expected. Heat is definitely apparent, but this plays well along with the hop bitterness and flavor. A touch of the astringency in the finish as others have noted, which adds to the dryness of the finish.

M - Definitely a medium-bodied beer.

D - Plenty quaffable, despite the ABV and body.

Overall - A solid beer. Not quite what I was expecting, but I'm actually really enjoying it. And while this is the "heaviest" Alpine I've had, it's still very drinkable. Could definitely live without the oak addition. Still, I'd pick up another bottle.

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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 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 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 ahalloin
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jonathan who has come through with some ridiculous generosity as of late! He's a saxy dude!

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is light gold in color with good clarity. A white crown of foam adorned the pour very well and receded to a slight ring that remained atop the beer throughout. Lacing grabbed the glass as the liquid level fell from persistent quaffing.

The smell of this beer is something to behold! Honestly, if you are reading this, put "Smell an Exponential Hoppiness" on your 'bucket list'. You won't be disappointed. Dank as all get out!! I love that! If I could give it a 5.5 out of 5, I would.

The taste compliments the smell quite nicely with crazy hop flavor. Sweet tangerine, grapefruit rind, weed, some pine....it's all here. A noticeable smooth sweet malt base supports the hops nicely and dangerously hides the 11% ABV.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth and medium bodied. It is damned surprising that I get virtually NO alcohol heat from this beer. None!

That hidden alcohol contributes to this dangerously easy drinker.

I suppose it had to happen to me at some point. A straight 5-oh, I mean. This beer is quite incredible and needs to be had by anyone who considers themselves a hop head.

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

Finally getting to try this. Purchased from Stearns Liquor in Long Beach. Poured into my New Belgium tulip. Upon opening the bottle, your nose is immediately hit with piney, grassy hop aromas. The pour is nice and golden. Thin head quickly dissipates

And the taste? Very nice! Quite creamy. The mouthfeel is excellent. Considering this is a "triple" IPA, it doesn't taste like a hopbomb. It's quite well balanced. There is some booziness which would be expected since it is 11%. Aftertaste is nice and subtle.

Overall, this is outstanding. I'm so stoked I'm finally getting to try it. If you have a chance, drink it. It's right up there with the best.

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

Had this out of the bottle.

This poured a clear light brown with a hint of straw yellow.
It smelled of caramel, toffee, vanilla and creamy butterscotch. I did not get any of the hop aroma.

It tasted of candied malts, toffee, vanilla then it turned to a good grass, grapefruit and piney bitterness.

Good carbonation, good drinkability.

I prefered this one to the Apocalypse Cow, but only slightly. They were both really good, but I enjopyed the transition in flavor in the Exponential Hoppiness.

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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 brian44556
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Hats off to Sixofsigmas for the awesome trade. No dating on the bottle, but this one is fresh.

Pours a hazy, honey orange, with a 2 finger, frothy white head. Great lacing left on the sides of the glass. One of the best looking heads I have ever witnessed on a DIPA. The smell is citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, all from the strong hops. This beer is sitting 3 feet from me as I review and the smell from it is still overwhelming. Taste is bitter citrus with a great sweet malt backbone. The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a great crisp, finish. All I can say is...WOW. This may be the best DIPA I have had. It is a shame this one may only come around once a year (if I'm lucky). This ranks up with HopSlam, Pliny, etc as a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a few weekends back from the Alpine brewery. Finally cracking one open. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a copper color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head settles after a little bit living a ring on top of the beer. There is great lace retention on the glass.

S - Definitive sweetness from the malts are present. I'm getting sweet tropical fruit, like peaches and/or mangoes...maybe sweet oranges. There are light grassy and floral notes from the hops as well.

T - There are some light and grassy notes up front, but no sweetness I'd have expected from the smell of the malts in the aroma. I'd say a light wood, probably pine, dominates the taste.
There is a bigtime boozy aftertaste...wow, didn't see that coming.

M - medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very fitting of the style.

D - Not as good as I would hoped. I think the alcohol comes through too much, and the balance between malt and hops just isn't quite right. A little bit of a letdown after other amazing brews from Alpine.

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

A- Tad bit hazy, deep golden color with an orange tint. Thick, billowing cream-colored head that retains a sizable cap, lacing the glass nicely.

N- Rich honey-soaked malt with a dark oakiness to it. Bursting with floral, herbaceous, resinous, pungent, piney hops. The aromas of the hops blend together to create this great herbal tea character that is a signature thing for Expo. Also a subtle fruitiness of pear and grapefruit flesh.

T- The immense amount of hop oils is the first thing to hit the palate, definitely a zing to it. Huge concentrated herbal tea flavors coat the tongue, with some resinous pine underneath. Also a subtle vague fruitiness in there. The sweet honey-dipped malt comes after the initial hop shockwave. Grassy, oaky bitterness is firm, but surprisingly smooth. The finish is incredibly long and bittersweet, with some delicate floral fumes coming out as the more prominent flavors die down. Aftertaste is herbal, oaky, grassy, and floral.

M- Medium-bodied, rich and creamy, moderate-to-low carbonation, with a bittersweet finish.

D- Overall, this has got to be the hoppiest beer I've ever had. The amount of flavor hops is really incredible. This is a rich, hoppy monster that only true hopheads will appreciate. Thank you Alpine for pushing the limits of our palates.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The centerpiece of a trade...poured into a tulip glass.

A) Nice kind of murky orange, slight translucent head.

S) Here come the hops!

T) You get the pineapple and grapefruit I am getting a load of lemon zest but the malt quickly compensates to balance this out. There is some oak and vanilla as well. This is very interesting! The flavors of this beer run the gamut.

M) Nicely carbonated and nicely sticky! Alcohol is not noticeable.

O) I really like this....have had some of these amped up IPA's that have needed some ageing. This is best fresh!

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Photo of badboyrsl84
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured straight from the bottle the night of the release.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a very light head.

Smell - Very clean smell. Tons of sweetness, honey, some pineapple and a very pleasant hop smell. I get no sense this beer will have any bitterness. By no means does this beer smell like an 11% beer.

Taste - My nose was very correct. this beer is ran by a sweet honey taste followed by a nice hop character that doesn't give off any hop bitterness. No alcohol present at all in this beer. Very smooth and easy to drink. Way too enjoyable for a 11% brew.

Overall - Pliny the Younger has all the hype, but haven had both I can honestly say I think this one takes the cake as the BEST IMPERIAL IPA.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a darkness tulip on 2/25/11.

Pours a very light for a DIPA. Light golden orange. Looks less like a DIPA and more like a wheat beer.

Smells f*&^in awesome! Tons of pine and citrus hops fill my nose.

Taste is of hops of course and tons of citrus hops. I love it get me more.

Mouthfeel is perfect nice and light enough to bring you in but awesome leftover to lace the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. Get it while you can.

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

22 oz. bottle.

A: A very thin white head formed ... tiny bubbles. A nice clear crispy copper color .

S: Hops, hops and hops. Just from the smell I can tell it is going to be oily and resinous, faint tropical fruit smell.

T: Mmmm. Fantastic fresh raw hops fill the mouth. slight sweetness in the middle with a bitter ending. The taste lingers - I am sure my tongue was green after drinking this.

M: Slick and Oily, very astringent finish.

D: This is a shit storm waiting to happen...despite the all the hops this beer has a nice drinablity to it. It will hurt you in the end.

Overall, a must try and I totally recommend it.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,290 ratings.
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