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Exponential Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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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 skeeterloveshops
4.96/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very lucky to live only about an hour away, I am blessed to be able to head down for most releases of this beer. Some waited in line for hours, I was lucky enough to get 2 bottles out of the last case this week. Line was out the door and around the corner. I of course drank a few from the tap while I was there, because it is one of my favorites of all time. Well worth the wait. If you havnt had this beer, I would certainly make it a priority. at 11% it goes straight to the head perfectly. By far my favorite triple of all time along with Pliny the Younger. No doubt a world class beer. EXPO FOREVER. Hit me up for trades.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal clear gold. Had at a bar, so I got only about a half inch of fluffy white head. The head I did get had medium retention, but left nice, thick sheets of lace behind. Beautiful beer.

S - It's not just a clever name. Enormous hop profile, leaning slightly on the piny side, but with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine citrus, grass, and fresh cut wildflowers. Everything hoppy is in this beer. The oak chips add a nice vanilla aroma that makes it stand out from other DIPAs. The lack of malt anything in the aroma keeps it from perfect 5 status, but it's still one of the best hoppy beers I've smelt.

T - As expected, the palate closely follows the nose, starting with juicy, resiny hop everythings. A bit stronger citrus presence, with lots of tangerine and grapefruit. Later the pine takes hold, with a distinctly floral overtone. The oaking also plays a significant part in the profile, adding both vanilla and toasty flavors to the mix. What's most shocking is the malt presence, with just enough caramel sweetness to provide perfect balance.

M - Full bodied without being syrupy. The carbonation is medium-thick, but soft and fluffy, making for a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D - Too high in abv to have more than a glass or two, but those are dangerously drinkable. This one could get you into trouble.

Normally with California IPAs and DIPAs, there is mediocre, good, great, and amazing, but they all are basically variations on the same theme. This is one of the few I've had that truly stands out from the pack. Unique and delicious, Alpine has scored a real home run with this. To be sought out, for sure.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Alpine for SDBW. Poured a clear honey color with a billowing off-white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma is gorgeous mango pulp, citrus peels, floral hops, fruit acidity. Taste is acidic, very chewy grapefruit peel and mango peel, soapy hops, perfume oils. Hard to get through the whole thing. I think Duet is much better overall.

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Photo of paytoplay
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at sd toro, and uber fresh. Great aroma. Nice rich complex hops, pine, spice, floral and only a touch tropical. Great upfront aroma and flavors. Not as rich and viscious as I usually enjoy. Mid is nice but starts to fade and the finish is short. Maybe the 10+ alc thins and cuts this down too early. It is pretty darn good, wish this was in bottle.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will seize this oppourtunitiy to review the impressive and ever elusive Exponential Hoppiness. Made popular by the success of Pure Hoppiness, Exponential is BAMF in comparison.

A: Dark golden/amber pour shows off its effervescence when held to light. A dense, tighly laced head last but 2-3 minutes after first pour.
S: Immense citrus fills my nose. A piney/oily hop presence is also noticed. The fruitiness continues with appearances of grapefruit, mango, banana and other smells that remind me of something tropical.
T: The hop flavors meld the sweet smell into something more palateable and bitter. The woodsy/piney character transfers from nose to mouth, but no more tropical paradise. The taste of alcohol breaks through the hoppiness.
M: Very coating, but not overwhelming. A bit of a suprise for how big this beer is. Slick and flowing. Holds its carbonation for some time.
D: A very big beer that manages to remain enjoyable. This is one that could creep up on you. Definately not one to pound with your pals, but rather enjoy with beer geeks alike. Refined taste and great hop character.

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

Wow. What a beer. Just had this on-tap at O'Briens and it's well-worth the hype.

Appearance: Yellow-gold with nice little head and lacing, but nothing too outstanding. The only thing about this beer that really wasn't world-class.

Smell: Like hops, hops, and more hops, and yet there was still the slightest hint of a breadiness in there as well. Very floral hops with some skunky pot character with it as well, smelled like some quite powerful stuff. Really almost a 5, just slightly off due to Pliny's being slightly more aromatic.

Taste: No complaints, this beer delivers. Fantastic hop character that my friend, who loves IPAs, deemed simply too hoppy. I know no such master. It was so fantastically powerful and yet I never felt like it was just hops, there was somehow a wonderful back-end coating that ended with a resinous citrus. Somehow, someway, this beer ended up with some malt taste as well. But this beer is all about the hops, and boy does it deliver. So many hop profiles, and while the balance in so skewed towards hops, it never felt like too much to handle.

Mouthfeel: Not too wet, but definitely a heavily resinous brew. If this were bottled, I'd imagine it'd be even more so than now. The tap carbonation helps it along quite well, but it's certainly a very hoppy beer that can't help but be sort-of wetter and thick.

Drinkability: What 10.5%? If you hadn't have told me, I'd have said a 7. Maybe an 8. This beer and I tangoed the night away and while I could've easily finished pint after pint, I had to drive home and one was my cutoff. Fantastic, not quite Pliny the Elder heights as far as balance and simple perfection, but an overwhelmingly hoppy, excellent beer that is everything it claims to be, plain and simple.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice darker but not IPA tan/bronze thing, with some ok head and nice lacing.

S - Malty hops and alcohol, hard to remember but not too piny more alcohol and hops side.

T - Malty hops and alcohol, not too piny or oakish, more blended/balanced.

M - Nice carbonation, medium fizz, goes down smooth.

O - Nice Super DIPA, but needs a little more pine taste I think, great for the percentage of alcohol hides some in there. Thumbs up!

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Photo of GabrielM
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a Bruery snifter.

A - a cloudy amber/orange color with a fluffy white head on top.

S - boom! Simcoe, maybe some citra, and a ton of other fresh hoppiness going on. Garlic, citrus, grass... it reminds me of running through the meadows in New Zealand when I was a child.

T - super fresh (even though it's about a month old), crisp hops with a nice bite but smooth finish. The faintest bit of sweetness to balance it out.

M - really damn good. Extremely smooth and almost buttery as it coats my palate and throat without much heat.

O - a damn fine DIPA that I'm very happy to be drinking,

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

This beer was poured into an 8 ounce snifter. Beer was poured a slightly orange amber color with a yellowish white head. The head was about a quarter of an inch thick and lasted the entire beer with a better than average amount of lacing. The smell was a very citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange, there were also some hints of a floral hop smell. Not a super strong aroma, but very pleasing.

The taste was a very balanced hop flavor, where each different hop was tasted about the same as the rest. A very smooth double IPA with a lot of hops taste, but not a sharp overall bitterness. The aftertaste was great with just a nice hop flavor and no real super dry bitter flavor. The mouthfeel was good with the CO2 being just a little weak, but a nice thick double IPA worth drinking again.

Wow, a great beer from Alpine, not the easiest beer to find but well worth it if you get a chance to try it. A must if you like Double IPAs.

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Photo of Preismj
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice golden brown, touch hazy. Rich foamy white head, solid lacing.

s: mango, peach, citrus. sweetness from the malts in the tail of the nose.

t: strong upfront citrus and pine. expected more hop punch given the name, though I was delighted by the extreme balance and smooth shift from tropical dark fruit, orange peel, sunflower and pine into caramel, toffee, wood and roasted nut flavorings from the malt profile. hints of yeast and grain in the mid, this is a solid DIPA. Only complaint was that the sweetness didn't linger in the aftertaste. It trailed off...wish it lingered.

m: creamy, silky smooth. perfect carbonation for me. covered the palette well, though I wish it had stayed longer. if it would have been slightly thicker, I think the taste and feel would have lingered nicely.

o: very solid DIPA, haven't been let down by anything from Alpine yet. Nice hop flavors and tropical fruit, great malt characteristic.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to srandycarter for this growler! Shared with a few other BAs.

A-poured clear, orangey golden color, decent head which dissapated quickly.
S-Very interesting hop aroma, perfumy basil, vegetal hop smell, citrus smel, but also some piney scents. Very interesting.
T-Fantastic. Sweet with caramel, minty, hops, citrus flavors are there, pine hops show up, the oak starts to be noticed as well. Not very bitter on the finish at all but borderline sweet on the finish. So fresh but not astringent. No alcohol burn.
M-Med-full and creamy. Very nice.
T-I could have drank this all night and been happy. It tasted different every time I tasted it. Very unique and delicious.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally had this by growler, thank you Gregshead.
I have reviewed thi bottler by bottle, so my growelr review will compare differences.
growler has the same color, just more of a sweetness to it, the orange is more prevalent than with the bottle. The appearance, the same. My bigges difference is the aroma, and the citrus is more present.

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

Was really excited about drinking this. Thanks Mikegroove. Had a couple friends over and split.

A: Clear copper/amber color. Nice head on my glass but more on mine than other two.

S: Really nice pine and floral bouquet with some citrus notes in there. Certainly a decent malt backbone on this one to get the ABV up there.

T: Once again nice piney notes but I also think that the oak mellows this out a bit and makes it a really nice and drinkable beer. It's sweet but not overly. We got into a "too sweet" discussion regarding really high ABV IPAs we agreed not overly sweet.

M: Nice carb on this one. I'd say spot on.

D: Too drinkable for 10.5% Like I said nice character, nice oakiness, and insanely drinkable overall. Wish I had more. Will try to seek out another bottle if possible.

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Photo of gibby
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few bombers from goodspeed94. Thanks a lot Jon!

Poured a cloudy orange color with a puffy white 2 finger head. Was a clear pour until the bottom part of the bottle hits the glass. I get a bit of cut grass, citrus, pine and massive hops!! The smell is really fantastic. Taste is dominated by hops. Ever so slight hint of the oak chips is present and even a bit of sweetness. Great mouthfeel with a nice oily coating on the tongue. I polished off the bomber myself. If it wasn't 11% I may be able to have a second but most likely not. Very happy I had the chance to try yet another outstanding IPA from alpine. Hope they distribute to PA someday.

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

Huge thanks to Ultraman9000 for sending this in a box that arrived today! It immediately went into the fridge so I could enjoy it tonight.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a half inch off-white head. The majority of the head dissipated quickly, but a thin layer of bubbles remained across the majority of the beer.

S - Wow, this smells ridiculously good! Huge amounts of pineapple and citrus fruit blend with some piney notes.

T - After smelling the beer in my glass several times, I couldn't wait to take my first sip and it didn't disappoint. The sweet citrus and slightly bitter piney notes are very well balanced with a malty backbone. A bit of alcohol burn is noticeable on the back end.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp and easy to drink.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. I would buy EH on a regular basis if I could!

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Photo of mbusster88
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a great white head and medium carbonation levels. Body is golden orange and is extremely clean and clear.

S: Fruit and floral notes in the nose. Some booze is present, although not enough to put off. Very good hop presence is mixed with some malt backbone.

T/M: The initial taste is dry and floral. Some citrus fruit come through on the palate as well as the hop profile. Also get some pine resin notes in the flavor, although not a dominant as the floral and fruit. Great palate feel overall.

D: Good drinking beer that is very nice and easy. Great mouth feel and fantastic amounts of hop profile.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to trying this one, poured into my Duvel snifter.

This hoppy monster can almost be smelled across the room. Great piney smell and vast citrus, mostly grapefruit i guess, maybe pineapple?

Nice color to this imperial IPA, great white foam that clinged to the glass an hour after i was done with it as well.

Very smooth as well, didn't feel the 11% abv at all, maybe a little after i drank the whole bottle.

I would say this ranks third in my personal imperial IPA rankings, behind DFH 90 and RR Pliney, and just ahead of Lost Coast Double Trouble, will be seeking this one out again!

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber without bottling date, 11% ABV

A lovely, lighter shade of amber crowned with a snowy, white lasting head that leaves wonderwalls of lacing. A beautiful brew.

Coniferous scents mixed in with mango, guava and grapefruit. There is a slight phenolic aroma that drags the marks down a tad. They will fade...

Very, very quaffable. A far maltier and juicier triple IPA than comparable brews over 11% abv. Searching the murky recessess of my fading memory and Avery's Maharaja comes to mind.

Carbonation and viscosity is spot on, and the finish leaves me pining for a little more.

Unlike many other higher ABV brews, EP=PH2 is not a sipper. It works that way - and it takes time to down - but it's also a quencher that will bowl you over. Beware.

One of the very best.

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Photo of airohead2001
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer - hazy orange/red with a nice half finger head and nice legging. Smell is great - orange citrus hops with fresh tangerines. Taste is great - best beer I've had from Alpine. This is a good beer, but like all Alpine beers, is overrated.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a growler!

A - trasnparent and golden with a 2 finger head. Good lacing all the way down.

S - Smells like the sap from a fresh cut pine tree. The grapefruit aroma is strong from the intense hop content.

T - Pure hops, but suprisingly smooth. Some compare this to Pliny, but I don't get it. Where I get some sweetness from pliny, there is not much, as a matter of fact it's smack you in the face bitter and delicious. Alcohol is barely tasted. Butter and heavy cream in the finish. This is top notch.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation, creamy as can be leaving the mouth coated and the taste lingering for a long time.

D - So damn drinkable, but to much could be dangerous, so I shall not drink the whole growler, the is Exceptional beer!

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

A: Pours a honey amber with about a finger of head. A nice ring persists with a little lacing.

S: Sweet ripe pineapple and floral hops. Very pleasant as I was expecting all hops.

T: Sugary citrus followed by a dry bitterness. Very complex and very good.

M: Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Leaves an oily feel.

D: The complexity seems to be hiding the abv as it is very drinkable. Big fan.

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Photo of aglose45
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Stawn for trading me this beer!

A: Pours a copper color with a bit of ruby hue to it. It is nice and hazy looking, and the head sticks around for a good while. The lacing clings nice and thick to the walls of the glass!

S: The nose is pungent and full of citrus fruit. Initially I am picking up a tangerine scent. Next, I pick up some pine and other dank hoppy qualities. The nose suggests a bready malt backbone.

T: The taste is just as the nose suggests. It's full of citrus fruits, starting off with nice tangerine and grapefruit flavors. I also pick up a minimal amount alcohol heat early on. The second sip was full of piney flavor. This beer has some danky hop qualities to it, which is pleasant. As the beer warms the tart white grapefruit flavor really pushes forward. The nose was spot on with a bready malt backbone. There is also oak in there, and as the beer warms it seems to smooth out the alcohol flavor. There is a solid amount of bitterness as well. --- I feel the score should be somewhere between 4 and 4.5 - adjusted smell up from 4/5 to 4.5/5 to accomodate.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel, but a bit undercarbonated.

D: This beer has a lot going on in it, which makes it a joy to work through. However, with the high abv this may be a one bomber per night beast of a beer! Overall, this beer may be a bit too sweet and a bit too hot for me to call this a top notch DIPA, but is still a damn good one.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Big thanks to TempsPerdu for sharing this one.

A- Pours a deep golden to orange with 2 finger creamy white head leaving absurdly thick lacing.

S- Fruity hop profile with a substantial piney-ness. Very fresh hop smell dominated by a big fruitiness. Very bready and biscuity malt bill.

T- Hops are nowhere near what the aroma would have you believe. Much more malt-forward than I would like. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great IPA, but really falls short of what the nose led me to expect.

MF- Sticky, but pretty thin for a beer like this. The malts are even a little cloying.

D- Very drinkable, but not my favorite of the big boys. I would prefer Pure Hoppiness or Nelson over this any day, but solid IPA from Alpine.

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

Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this very fresh Expo. Hoppiness!!

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A deep golden color with a 1/2 finger white head, settling down into a constant film and heavier ring around the glass edge.

Smell was the most intense grapefruit hop aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Amazing.

A sweet fruity taste. With all of the hops added to this one, the bitterness is extremely balanced with the malty sweetness.

A medium heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

The alcohol is very well masked. A smooth beer that was very enjoyable. One and done on this one, especially at 11%, but one of the highest quality beers I have had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of gregc
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a nice carmel color with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is hops, i get grapefruit, orange, pine and pineapple. Smells wonderful, im even picking up a bit of wet wood.
Taste is in your face...big hops, very sticky, tons of pine and citrus also somewhat oily. This is a big on the hops DIPA. Its very enjoyable. A bit of alcohol burn is the only downside to this. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Another growler would be nice one day.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
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