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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,312
Reviews:
400
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
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1,490
Gots:
99
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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. A self described triple IPA.

A - Pours a strong golden color with some light orange hues and a slight haze. There is a nice .5 inch head that pops up that is pretty dense and nice and white. It begins to recede immediately and leaves some ncie alcing as it goes down that is quite sticky. the head recedes and leaves a nice sticky ring around the glass.

S - Strong sweet grapefruit aroma with great citrus kick. This smells like a hop-bomb. Nice malt backbone is faint but there. Some slight pine but mostly a West Coast citric DIPA. Slight booze esters and warmth. There are some nice sweet fruity esters as well that include pineapple and some apple.

T - Wow. It is a hop-bomb and a booze bombe at that, which isn't a bad thing. Very sweet start composed of nice grapefruit and orange sweetness. Alcoholic sweetness and warmth is also present along with the fruit esters. After the hop explosion of flavor in your mouth there are some glimmers of bready malt present especially on the back end. These get quickly supplemented by some more citrus flavors and dryness. topped off by a nice oily and bitter finish.

M & D - Oily and medium-full body. Complex aromas and flavor with great alcoholic spice and warmth. Drinkability is kept in check by the ABV and the flavor intensity. Delicious brew.

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of facesnorth
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying I've been trying to get my hands on this beer for 2 years and awesome to note that this beer I was told is the newest batch but I can't find a bottle on date (Should be within 10 days old)...HUGE thanks to 1st time trader GThornton (Mr. George)

APPEARANCE - A golden orange and suprisingly very clear for a TIPA....Impresssive to say the least for a Hop Monster this Big. The 1 inch head diminishes rather quickly and you can tell this is going to be a sticky / resiney bad ass of a Muthaphucka.

SMELL - Hop Wine...Citris and a tiny tiny bit of Oak - alcohol burn in the nose detectible but very minimally and expected for the 11%. You get pine notes and DANK alot of dank. You can tell by the nose this one is about the Hops and that it's HUGE on the hops in a good / GREAT way and that the beer itself is no mild Muthaphucka at that. Tells you to get ready....

TASTE - Follows ther nose 100%. My suggestion is get this beer as fresh as possible because WOW. It's the slickest / Hop Oiliest beer I've ever had without it being syrupy...Hop resins & Oil left all over the tounge & Palate after sipping...Awesome dry Hop Bite in the finish but not overly bitter. DANK. Citris - Mostly mangos and Orangy Grapefruit with a dry Oaky oily finish focused on Hops.

MOUTHFEEL - I'd say good but not the best. This beer is Hop Wine. You know You're drinking a HUGE Hop Blast of a Beer and you back up a bit after each sip to prepare for the next in a good way of course.

DRINKABILITY - It leaves you wanting more But you know it's catching you with the 11%. I think HopSlam is a AWESOME DIPA but finishes too sweet and I don't need another after one or two... NOT THIS ONE THOUGH. I rate it 3.5 via drinkability because like I said it's moreso Hop Wine and while drinking it you know it's a beast and that 2 bombers might make you say some stoooopid schitt. Alcohol mildly noticeable but you know it's there.

FINAL THOUGHTS - the only reason this beer does not get an A+ from me is because it's just too (I don't want to say TOO Big but it's Big) big...in all the right ways of course but it's a superb Hop Wine...the only better TIPA that immediatly comes to mind is PtY and possibly 2010 Hop Crisis From 21A. All 3 are a Hop-Head's must have.

THANKS GEORGE!!!

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into some tall heavy Seas glass on 8/21/11

Many thanks to nrbw23

Clear, faded and paled amber. One finger head. Thin retention but very good lace.

Dense hop aromas. Pine and citrus - grapefruit, pineapple and such. Candied citrus. Deep, grainy malt tones. Smells a bit sweet. Tastes a bit sweet, too. Sweet grain offsets pine hops and undertones of citrus. It isn't an overly bitter beer, though. Full body with lower carbonation. Kind of slick with alcohol heat.

Pretty nice. I'd really like to try it fresh on tap sometime.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep amber orange with a healthy, creamy inch of off white head on top. Aroma is huge with a wall of hops...pine resins, citrus and dank herbal notes. Somewhat fruity and tropical along with a caramel/biscuit backbone. A touch of oak. Quite intense and vibrant.

First sip brings a wall of wonderful hops. Huge pine resins alongside citrus and fruity tropical flavors. Dank herbaceous notes with a solid caramel/biscuit malt profile. Flows down with a hardy bitterness and a touch of oak. Alcohol creeps in slightly but overall it's kept in check. Sweetness is well balanced. Exponential Hoppiness is an appropriate name! Yum.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and even a bit creamy. Spot on carbonation, this is incredibly drinkable for the strength and the ABV is non-existent. Overall, just a great super hoppy brew. Glad I was able to get a bottle.

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Photo of GJ40
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Toronado. I had tried this last year and I wasn't a big fan. So I had to give it a second chance.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a small white head.

S - Bursting with tropical fruit and citrusy hops that hit you with every sip. There was much more than I had noted last time.

T - Tropical fruit, citrus and a light bitterness. The alcohol is apparent but not enough to let you know it's 10.5%. There's much more balance between the hops and alcohol than my previous experience had indicated. Maybe this batch is fresher.

M - Oily and silky with a low carbonation.

D - I'm really glad I gave this one another try. It's still a bit strong for me but it's a flavorful, rich, complex beer that is very well done.

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

poured from bomber into tulip

A: reddish orange. thin but staying layer of head. sticky on the side of the glass.

S: smells great. grapefruit and citrus, then pine.

T: very hoppy, as to be expected. but also very well balanced and easy to drink considering the alcohol content. very minimal alcohol burn. the oak is more pronounced than i expected. its an interesting taste in a big DIPA. not as sweet as many beers of this style, but also not a palette-wrecker. again just very well balanced, but not getting the great citrusy flavors like in pliny.

M: very full bodied. perfect carbonation. almost creamy. noticeably sticky on top of mouth. perfect mouthfeel

O: really tasty beer. would go through the effort for this one again, but its not my top 2-3 alltime favorite DIPAs.

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Photo of Rado
4.61/5  rDev +5%

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

Thanks to Sideswipe for the bottle in one of the many awesome boxes he has sent my way.
Drinking this from a pint while cooking burgers at the grill on a GORGEOUS April afternoon in chicagoland.

A slightly hazy orangey gold color with 2 fingers of white head. Sticky rings of lace form the solid retention.
Smells great, as I know already from the several growlers I've had... Soft malt is dry and crackery with a light sugar cookie sweetness hiding in there. The hops are grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Very nice.

Taste is exactly as the nose had me hoping for-- mostly dry malts with huge tropical fruit hop notes. A drying towards the finish is something I associate with a little booziness and oak.

The body is medium-full with strong carbonation and a good oily vibe.

Overall, it's time to eat-- so I'll be brief. This is unimaginably tasty. I want more.

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

A bottle, picked up direct from the brewery and poured a few days later into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: pours an almost clear rosy orange. A creamy head about a finger thick quickly recedes to a heavy layer of film. Tracts of jagged horizontal lacing decorate the glass as I go.

Smells: like the freshest, dankest hop cones. Seriously, stuffing my face into fistfuls of fresh hops couldn't produce a better aroma. Piney, grassy and floral, with lilac, sweet mango and a certain dank quality in the background.

Tastes: like the nose, to a T. lightly piney and heavily grassy, with sweet mangoes, pineapples, and again, that musky dank character.

Feels: lush and smooth, subtly carbonated and medium-bodied. A warming alcohol can be felt as it travels down the throat and into the stomach. The bitterness isn't tongue-blasting, which is surprising for a DIPA.

Drinks: incredibly easily for such a huge beer. The flavors are intense but never get out of control. Exponential Hoppiness isn't as good by the bottle as it is on tap, but it's still one of the best hop monsters money can buy.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MaseFace
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of AdamP
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ajzy
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

big thanks to LaChupacabra for all the Alpine!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a Boulevard tulip. split with trxxpaxxs. from the latest release.

pours a slightly hazy golden, light orange color with a nice white head, decent retention and lacing.

big vegetal hops, mostly onion and garlic, a bit of some cooked veggies. im having a hard time picking much else out, not very enjoyable.

again, onion, garlic, and other such cooked veggies come in big time. kind of off putting. very dank. there is a touch of pineapple and caramel malt if you dig deep enough.

pretty decent mouthfeel, hides the ABV very well and a pleasent bitterness.

overall, i was very perplexed by this beer, it was just overrun with vegetable flavors. i really had a hard time picking much else out and as a result, the second half of the glass was sadly a drain pour. hard to believe seeing as how Nelson is one of my all time favorite IPAs.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bennetj17
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this fine ale at the tiny and incredibly awesome brewpub in Alpine a couple days ago. This is from notes.

Huge rocky ivory head that coats the glass with foam. The aroma is pungent west coast hops, resiny and concentrated pine and white grapefruit and floral notes. Hop savagery overwhelms the palate first sip. Huge citrusy and tangy tropical hop notes mingle with a brash bitterness. Malts are more prominent than I was expecting, providing an excellent bready ballast to the hop maelstrom. Booze is imperceptable. That and the amazing balance makes this brew dangerously drinkable. Hop oils abound and coat the mouth in the medium bodied mouthfeel.

This is stellar stuff. Really showcases the breadth and depth of American hops. Incredible.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CoolEthan
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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