Exponential Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

Exponential HoppinessExponential Hoppiness
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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 SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me begin this by saying I am doing a taste testing between PtE, Gubna, and this beer. Accordingly, I believe this beer is a bit older than I originally thought so that may skew my ratings.

Appearance - Pours a somewhat cloudy tawny color. I poured relatively vigorously yet achieved only a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving lackluster lacing. [edit] Did another pour and obtained a MUCH better appearance. Bumping this up to a 4.5 because wow, not sure how, but the second pour was amazing looking. Two fingers of head and sickly sticky lacing.

Smell - Heavy biscuit and malt at the forefront. Again, I feel because this may be two-three months old (found out after I purchased it that it may be that old), the "strong pine and grapefruit" aromas are not as prevalent in my beer. It takes a massive amount of inhaling to even find some of the hoppy/piney/citrusy goodness.

Taste - Malty. Much more of a malty backbone than I would have thought this beer would have. This leads me to think this is somewhat how the beer is, because if the hops fade that fast...well damn. The malty flavors give way to light bitter grapefruit flavors, just a hint of pine, and as it warms up, a bit more of hop bitterness. Still, much more malt flavor than anything else.

Mouthfeel - Creamy (though not as creamy as Gubna) with okay carbonation. I feel this beer is a bit undercarbonated for what it should be.

Drinkability - Relatively so. I do not taste the alcohol but boy can you feel the warmth of it with each sip. Extremely well hidden abv and a decent TIPA, however, when compared to other beers by Alpine (i.e. Nelson and Duet) I would choose those over this, and accordingly a Pliny over this. Again, I feel this review is somewhat biased if indeed this is a bit older than it should be, however, I just purchased a Nelson from the same store (and I believe they got it in the same time) and that was still in fantastic condition. "shrugs" I will have to re-review this when I get a BRAND spanking new one, however, for now...I was not "that" impressed with such a highly ranked TIPA.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.79/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Bobby8405. Word up Bob.

A - It first pours like flat orange cask ale, then it slowly develops a voluminous head and great lace, like a nitro-brew. Strange.

S - Quite grapefruit hoppy, and the malt has a grapefruit-rye pungency that is fairly dominant. Not the best aromatics.

T - The flavor is very much reminiscent of fresh American Barleywine. The hop is there, but so is huge malt and booze. The flavor is messy, to me. Grapefruit, raisins, licorice, flat-out maltiness, just a bunch of trainwrecking dynamics. I am not sure why I have such a differing viewpoint as to the quality of this brew, but I just don't see anything above mediocre in it.

M - Hot and sticky. A loser.

D - This is like the malt liquor of DIPA. Not recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a amberish brown with a thick white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has a bouquet of raw hops, citrus, oak, caramel and bready malts.

Taste is just as impressive. Huge, floral hop profile perfectly balanced by a thick malt backing anda touch of oak.

Ceamy body is very well carbonated and has a long bitter finish. Fantastic stuff, superb balance.

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Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HalfFull
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass, the Expo. pours a moderate golden in color with a thin white head of foam. Shows a bit of haze and moderate retention with a somewhat light carbonation. Rather light in color for a big IPA but not unexpected from the hopheads at Alpine.

Dense hop nose yet offering more balance than most Alpine IPA's. Pine and oak exist side by side with some deep orange/tangelo citrus malt notes. Bit of stinky hop infused grain at times. Rich and encompassing yet masking the alcohol very well. And I think this batch is 11% plus.

Citric malt notes initiate the flavor, tending from orange towards grapefruit in the middle, then some pine resin and a lingering bitter but not dry finish. Finish lingers nicely, revealing just a hint of alcohol as it does so, along with some dry oak. Spritzy carbonation on the finish belies the pour a bit giving a very smooth feel. There is a sweetness to the flavor if you skip a few minutes between sips, otherwise the tongue remains in a conundrum. Alcohol is largely invisible so I assume there is a bit of a balancing act involved in the residuals department, yet still not offering the apparent sweetness of their Bad Boy.

Strong drinkability given the way this beer hides its own strength and also doesn't become cloying. Not in a sweetness sense, but in bitterness one, as some hop monsters can.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company out of California. Thank you BeerAdvocate user bpfrush for hooking me up with this highly hyped beer!

Score: 91

No bottling date, but this specific bottle is from the 01/27/12 release. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 02/26/12. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a largely translucent honey color with three fingers of foamy off-white head that settles into a foggy cap over three quarters of the top of the beer and a ring around the glass. Excellent lacing and retention. There is none of that signature "floating flakiness" in the beer that I have come to associate with Alpine IPAs. 4/5

Smell: Zesty grapefruit, mango, fresh pine and a touch of honey. Fresh tropical citrus and a light alcohol ester. Spice, oak and some herbal hops. There's a malty orange juice aroma too. 4/5

Taste: Pine, oak, earthy hops and fresh tangerine/mango. There's an "earthy" and oaky alcohol booziness on the midpalate. Malty orange juice backbone. Lots of barley malt and some smooth caramel throughout as well. Not very bitter. Juicy, "earthy" and "oaky" are the adjectives that primarily define this brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry, malty finish. 4/5

Overall: A maltier-than-bitter IIPA that is overrated. Certainly a tasty imperial IPA offering that is worth trying, but is it a "world class" beer? Absolutely not. Of all the beers in the world, even among the IPA's that Alpine makes, Exponential Hoppiness is easily the silliest beer for a brewer to throw a temper tantrum over seeing a growler of it appear on eBay. Alpine Nelson was a much better beer in my opinion.

Recommendation: Beer geeks and IPA lovers should seek this beer out with tempered expectations. Casual beer drinkers can avoid this one.

Pairings: Oven-roasted lamb. Maybe something like this.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mpayne5
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine on EH release day (01/27/12). Tulip glass. [Notes were checked against a bottle two weeks later.]

A: Pours clear, orangish golden color with a few cm of pure white head, largish bubbles, receding to a persistent ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Fresh tropical hops (all sorts), hint of creamy citrus (orange), and phenomenal pine secondary. Sizeable sweet caramel/toffee/toasted backbone.

T: Burst of tropical fruit, again followed by citrus and pine. Big caramel malt and decadent sweetness (with elements of honey and caramel). A little alcohol is evident but mostly overshadowed by the other elements of the beer. No bitterness at all.

M: Light carbonation is appropriate for the style. Thick and oily texture.

O: Delicious, big/heavy triple IPA. The caramel and hops meld together wonderfully. This is heavy and alcoholic enough that I think it works best as a digestive, or perhaps to pair with dessert.

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Photo of uturn
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of joe1510
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler

I have the opportunity to sample this tap only selection thanks to the generosity of srandycarter, thanks Randy! I was a big fan of the little brother, Pure Hoppiness, and I've been looking forward to this one. Exponential Hoppiness chugs from the growler the purest of gold with a crystal clear body and copper highlights. I'm surprised at the clarity of this beer. The carbonation is slack and barely detectable but what's there swirls slowly to the surface. The pour was on the aggressive side but leads to a quality two finger head of clean white density. As the head slowly recedes and I take drink after drink incredible skyline like lacing is left behind. This is a great looking brew.

The aroma on this beer is incredibly unique and, although it's been a little while since my last bottle, seems to be in the vein of Burton Baton. The oak chip additions add an incredibly deep complexity to this beer that I never see. Overall the aroma of this IIPA seems very balanced with mild caramel and sweet biscuity aromas mingling with the subtle citric hoppiness. All the exponential hop additions add a slightly sweet orange oil nose to the already layed out maltiness. The oak chips add a touch of woodiness (oak obviously) but more importantly a vegetal aroma that I'm actually fond of. I'm not usually fond of the vegetal aromas in my beer but this is reminiscent of celery seed and I find it very inviting. It is mild so don't be scared away. Again, the aroma is incredibly unique and the only other similar smells, I've come across, come from Burton Baton.

The flavor has all the unique and delicious qualities of the aroma. There is a good amount of sweetness which I usually don't appreciate in my IIPAs but with the different qualities at work here it fits nicely. The sweetness is a mix of both the orange oil type hoppiness and the caramel/sweet biscuity like sweetness. I'm surprised that the huge amount of hops thrown into this beer has such a mellow effect on the flavor. This may be confusing but the oak chips play a major role without being totally woody. The oak is there in small amounts but just like in the aroma it contributes more of a celery seed vegetal flavor then pure oak. The celery seed finishes things off with the orange oils leaving a decent bitterness behind. Again, very unique flavors and I really enjoy them all.

The carbonation is sluggish on this beer which really helps improve the overall enjoyability. The body leans toward the heavier side of moderate with a surprisingly velvety mouthfeel. After the swallow I'm left with a touch of residual sweetness and a slowly growing bitterness. The bitterness does hold still when it coats the entire drink hole and sticks around moderate.

This IIPA weighs in at a big 10.5% and there is zero noticeable alcohol. As a matter of fact I have a hard time believing it has that much alcohol. Of course after a couple pints I can feel the booze creep up on me. This is one incredibly easy drinking IIPA and may be one of the easiest drinking of the style I've had to date. While it's big as hell it's also so balanced that it goes down incredibly easy. Excuse me for using the same old cliche, I'm really not that creative, but this is dangerously drinkable.

To tell the truth I was expecting a hugely aromatic, hugely bitter IIPA after drinking Pure Hoppiness but what I got was a totally different beast. This beer drinks like it weighs in at 7% and I savor every sip. Have I said this beer was a surprise yet? Oh, that's right, too many times now. It really is though and I would recommend it to anyone. Whatever you do don't expect a big bitter hop bomb because you won't get it. Thanks again for the great beer Randy!

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this long desired want from johndoe8 in Secret Santa 2010. Thanks!

A-Pours a hazy apricot. The large frothy white head settles quickly but leaves some nice stickiness on the glass.

S-Citrus fruit abounds, mostly tangerine and pineapple with a completely unexpected licorice aroma in the background.

T-Huge amounts of malt in equal amounts with the citrus hops. Could almost be a barleywine.

M-Rather heavy with fine carbonation.

D-Rather heavy on the tongue and a it hot, which hampers drinkability.

Glad I got the chance to try this one, though it was not the West Coast DIPA I was hoping for.


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Photo of hooliganlife
3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Zbeetleman
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mctizzz
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and crystal clear body. Bright white contrasting head and no lacing.

Huge piney aroma with dank and caramel sweetness. Faint bubble gum.

Enormously hoppy. Pine, tangerine, orange peel, and dank. Caramel then some wood add depth. The tangerine lingers with a strong finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry. Slightly boozy but as expected.

It's a top notch DIPA that's fresh and juicy. It's worth seeking out.

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Photo of Farnswurth
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden color. Fluffy white head holds together for quite some time, leaving a nice patch of lace on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruit, soft pine and oak in the nose. Very juicy. Not a whole lot else going on in the nose, pretty light malt character.

Light malt up front, with a hint of oak. Some piney, grassy ans slight grapefruit flavors come out. Hops are certainly the showcase, and they do well without being overwhelming. A very clean DIPA.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden, perhaps too well. Very nice.

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Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep golden yellow with a thick and sticky white head with lots of sediment.

The smell is a nice mixture of big toasty bready malts and light citrusy hop notes.

Very nice complexity in the flavor, big malty bready toasty malts blending with some light lemony hop flavors, not overly bitter but packed with hop flavor, the oak is there in a more minor and subtle way that becomes more apparent as it warms. A bit of sweet finish with a hint of mint.

The mouthfeel has a nice warm and medium body, the oakyness is a little more evident in the mouthfeel.

Very nice, hard to believe this is eleven percent.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of gregoryG, who went to the trouble of sending this one again after the first package encountered a terrible fate somewhere in the heartland. Many thanks to a great trader. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky and surprisingly unattractively-hued dull, muddy amber that collectively produces a color nearly shade of brown bottle glass. Holding this one up to the light does improve the hue somewhat - it's in actuality a dark ruddy amber, full of a huge amount of very fine, pinprick carbonation that rains up in thin, delicate curtains, almost like grains of sand in a big, beer-filled hourglass. What the color doesn't do for me, though, the head more than makes up for. It's big (but not enormous) and its immaculately creamy. A solid one finger of dense, rocky, and very lightly tanned head - sort of the color you'd imagine a DIPA of this hue to be, really - that has amazing retention, both surely because of the huge and well-distributed carbonation as well as what I'm sure are the exponential amount of hops in this one. The retention is seriously fantastic, and it leaves huge crystalline ice patterns spewed and strewn all across the sides, sticky, frothy, and foamy, exhibiting patterns similar to those you see on dunes at the beach during a really windy day, with successive sips resulting in new splashes of gorgeously expressive eruptions, as if a new gust of wind just came in, shook the proverbial Etch A Sketch, but left something equally as impressive. The color is my only real "knock" here.

Aroma: Beautifully bright and amazingly aromatic, a very earthy and sweet malt foundation underpins a gorgeous hop bouquet, fruity, floral, and wonderfully herbal ... ly. Tons of crisp, fresh herbs - spicy chives and rosemary are the first note you get, though they fade after repeated "sniffs," alongside juniper, and wintergreen - intermingle with spicy, sappy, sticky pine. Tobacco is fairly pungent, particularly as it warms (my nose fills in the gestalt with smoke, ironically), and the obligatory (and soon prominent) pineapple, grapefruit, and pithy, freshly squeezed orange juice. As this one nears room temperature, the pithy citrus and thick, leafy, almost pot-like (note: I have never smoked pot, but I have smelled it, and there are serious olfactories overlaps) in its musty thickness. Heavens.

Taste: Ahhh, sweet, sweet west coast DIPAs. There's really nothing like them. Like drinking a glass of freshly squeezed, overly sweetened, and marvelously bittered fruit juice. The underlying malt base is characterized by being fairly heavily caramelized but also decidedly on the sweet side of things, showcasing caramel, toffee, and ... well, I'm sure a bunch of other malt notes, but they're hardly what matters here. The bitterness is bold, smooth at the front, but pretty thrashingly tongue buckling near the middle and through til the finish, leaving a potent aftertaste. The hop profile is, of course, marvelous - a little less "west coasty" really than many west coast DIPAs, if I do say so. That is, in addition to the marvelous array of tropical fruits - huge ruby red grapefruit, sticky pineapple, peach, kiwi, strawberries, lychee, and surely tons of others beyond and in between these that I can't quite discern - you get definite leafy, chewy tobacco and earthy, woody, green herbal mint (from the hopback? the dry hopping?) that lend a tip of the hat to the east coast, and a mildly spicy but definitely estery spruce note. Stellar.

Mouthfeel: A relatively clean but harsh and biting brew. The carbonation in this one is what you expected from the appearance - plenty of fine, uplifting carbonation that results in this relatively thicker beer becoming a largely even, oily, smooth mouthcloud. It's good, with enough carbonation initially to make it pleasant.

Drinkability: Now this is a good west coast DIPA. At 10.5%, it's not gonna get above a 4.0, so let's get that out of the way right now. The rest of this beer is pretty fantastic, though it's almost (at some points) a little too oily, too bitter, too rough. It's nonetheless remarkably complex - a testament to what can be done with the hop when you treat her right - and impressively authentic, and one that I'm thrilled to have been able to try. About every possible note you can or should get out of a DIPA, if you take a good three hours to drink it like I did - it takes a serious investment to peel this one apart and dig the notes out of this biting bastard. Start distributing, Alpine - as far as west coast (D)IPAs go, you're the cream of the crop!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter. No bottle dates on this, or any Alpine really. But I believe this one was from the February/March batch (traders notes).

A: Mildly hazy orangey yellow. Finger and a half fluffy white head. Good carbonation. Sticky bubbles.

S: Piney floral hop aromas, but also some malts. Some grapefruit and overripe peach on the nose. I was expecting an unfresh smell, but totally not the case. This one has held up to the time!

T: This is really truely awesome beer. It's very hoppy, but by no means a bitter plate killer. It has some hop astringency on the tip of tongue, it mellows in the center, and a little alcohol burn in the throat but nothing terrible. I was expecting to be blown away with alcohol at 11%, but it's perfect.

M: Full bodied IPA. Chewy style IPA.

O: This is just an awesome beer. Another winner from the guys over at Alpine. I have loved all the IPAs out of there, and just want more. Great stuff.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1,313 ratings
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