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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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Photo of popery
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Excellent beer with lots of sweet malt and lots of hops.

This beer pours a mildly hazy orange-gold, perhaps a shade or two darker than your average DIPA. There's very little head and what's there dissipates.

The aroma is sweetly hoppy. There's clearly a lot of malt in this beer, but the hops still dominate with a big wildflower aroma with pine resin and tangerines chipping in a touch less. The malt contributes a background caramel sweetness.

This is not my favorite style of DIPA. I tend to prefer them dry and bitter. However, Exponential is the best sweet DIPA that I've ever had and the flavor is a success. The key is probably that the hops still dominate the flavor profile. The malt is just a big supporting sweetness. There's still plenty of delicate hop notes and hop bite in the finish.

This beer finishes nice and bitter despite the sweetness. The aftertaste is very pleasant and the alcohol is pleasant and warming. I've become a big fan of Alpine in the past few days. I just hope that they start distributing their bottles more regularly to Northern California.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and a bit darker than I was expecting from an IPA. Decently sized head with some nice lacing.

S - Smells like a malty IPA, not nearly the hop profile or strength of aroma I was expecting. A bit sweet, with pine and citrus notes.

T - Malty and hoppy. The citrus is grapefruity but it fades into some nice pine notes. Nice alcohol burn, I dig it in these types of beers. Very malty backbone, not overly sweet, but present.

M - Heavier IPA, very creamy.

D - I'd like it a little less malty and lighter to improve the drinkability, but it's a pretty easy drinker, especially for the ABV.

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

Appearance – This came out of the O’Brien’s tap a beautiful, inviting bright orange in color with little head on a bad pour. Well, not really a bad pour, just the barmaid trying to give me as much of this sweet goodness as she could.

Smell – The hops aroma here is like some sort of hop extract. It is so stiff and so strong. It has to be the strongest hop smell out of any beer that I’ve head. There’s some malt in the nose for the diligent drinker.

Taste – The malts come on much better at the taste, but of course it’s the hop flavor that carries the day. I expected to just find a wallop of pine resin, but along with that the brewer managed to pack some good floral hops in there as well.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a literal hop shock to the tongue. Paramedics should keep some of this stuff in the ambulance in case CPR and those electrical pads fail to resuscitate a patient.

Drinkability – This is a slow-drinking, super-bitter ale that has some of the strongest hop flavors money can buy. If you ever have a chance to sample this and pass it up the Bros should ban you for life.

Update – I also had the privilege of sampling a barrel-aged batch on the same night. It had a huge oak compliment to the hops and seemed more alcoholic. It actually made the beer a slightly better drinker. Excellent stuff!

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Photo of gford217
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep clear amber with a short-lived off-white head that leaves bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is massive with a big, deep resinous pine hop smell that is almost more sweet than bitter combined with the tropical fruit presence of oranges and grapefruits.

The taste is spectacular with the massive pine hop bitterness up front that just hangs onto the palate as the bready malt backbone and citrus hops all pile on. I also seem to get an interesting spiciness that tingles the palate between sips...tough to identify. This is a seriously complex beer.

The mouthfeel is certainly on the fuller side of things with enough soft carbonation to carry all of the flavors that assault the palate. The flavors just stick to the tongue and build up after each sip.

This is one of the biggest DIPAs I've ever tasted. I'm not sure I've ever gotten so many different flavors in a beer of this style and I'm seriously impressed by this one. Pure Hoppiness is good, but this just blew me away. World class.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Exceedingly large thanks to nyrangersfan for this one.

3.5 A: Hazy dark yellow color. One and a half fingers of 1/2 frothy, 1/2 creamy head. Average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Hops aren't as strong as I was expecting, but there certainly is more malt. Piney hops foremost with pineapple and grapefruit. There is an underlying oakiness, but nothing to write home about. A little boozy with strong barleywine-esque malts.

4.0 T: A mix of lots of malts and lots of hops. Barleywine style DIPA for sure. Hops are more fruity than they are piney with pineapple and grapefruit stealing the show again. Bitterness (which doesn't seem harsh anyway) is very much softened by the residual malt sweetness. Malts are strong in a neutral way, somewhere between bready and grainy. The pitfall of this brew is that the booziness is a bit too strong. Hopslam, for example, is just as high in ABV, but the alcohol is much better hidden.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body or perhaps even lighter heavy. Good carbonation and reasonably creamy. Lingering hop bitterness and booze on finish.

3.5 D: Pretty good brew. I like maltier DIPAs, but the alcohol is a bit too strong in this one. Still, I was glad to get ahold of this and would buy it occasionally if it were available.

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

Pours medium gold into a tulip forming a two finger high head of tight white bubbles. Rings of lacing follows average retention. Attractive beer.

Pungent and room filling aroma. Tropical and floral notes waft out of the glass. When you really get your nose into it there's a deep pungent mango, pine and citrus hop aroma. Malts and the oak chips really don't make much of an impact just really great IPA aroma.

Solid malt back bone that stays balanced despite the explosion of pungent pine and citrus rind hops. Hops are dominated by orange, grapefruit rind and pine. In the middle of the drink there is some earthiness and vanilla tones which I assume are from the oak chips. Mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste of dried pineapple and lychee as the beer dries.

Medium bodied, adequate carbonation. A little chalky dryness that gets tiresome at the end of the bottle. Really impressive for an 11% alcohol volume.

Triple IPA, such a challenge to get the alcohol feel down while still showcasing the brilliant bold hops without going overboard on the malts. Alpine brews creatively and ultimately does it right. Bold room filling aroma, the oak chips set it apart from the norm of pine/citrus ipas. 11% abv is well hidden, but I sure am feeling it. Thankful to get to try this.

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

Bottle courtesy Diomede. Pours a clear dark gold color with a tan froth of suds. Aroma is dank hops, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, perfume, pine. The oak is also perceivable, but well integrated under the hops. Flavor is fruity hops and a slightly sharp caramel maltiness, doesn't quite live up to the aroma for me. A little sweet compared to their other IPAs. Bitterness isn't very high either, unfortunately. It could use more to cut through the malt and dry out the finish. Good, great even, but not up to Alpine IPA standards.

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

Medium brooding gold with a night tight eggshell whtie head of foam that is modest in size, stature, and retention. Aromas of freh piney citrusy hops with tons of oil, resin, a bit of maryjane and grapefruit pulp as well as slight pomegranate seed. Taste is hoppy up front with a light biscuity maltness, sweet in the middle with a tropical hop thing going on. The bready malt ties this one together in the middle and the finish which is the sticky icky slightly drying than refreshing it begs to make you take another step. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and oh-so-smooth. Drinkability is great! This stuff is phenomenal I can't wait to drink some fresh from the tap (Hopefully) the next time that I am in SoCal in early June. To me this isn't quite as good as Pliny, but it is damn near close. Great job Alpine!

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

Presentation: Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival which was hosted at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad this weekend. Listed as 10.4% ABV on the Beer List that was handed out.

Appearance: A nice white head formed and settled in the special Half Pint Glass, though I only a 4oz sample, the pour was generous. Once the head relaxed, a clear golden body with a few visible specks revealed itself. Beautiful looks – it had a classic IPA look appearance.

Nose: Well this was the first beer for me on Friday’s session. To say that it cleared my nostrils is an understatement. Incredible amounts of hops leap out of the beer. Oily and resinous, yet it also had a distinct fresh raw hop character.

Taste: More Hops, so many bloody hops. Fantastic bitterness, fresh raw green hops fill the mouth. Some hop oiliness rises in the middle, and a strong bitter finish just seems to go on forever and never ends. The taste lingers for a very long time – I am sure my tongue was green after drinking this. Mo malt at all – it there but just never comes through at all. This beer is all about the Hops.

Mouthfeel: A solid beer with a definite feel in the mouth. Oily middle at times when swirled in the mouth. Very astringent finish with an extremely strong bitterness on the cheeks. Hops remain on the tongue for a long time – many hours in fact!

Drinkability: Others that have tried the Exponential Hoppiness previously mentioned that the Keg at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival exhibited a smoother feel and lacked the “raw hop” of previous versions that made it a little unbalanced. This may be why I found this to be a very drinkable offering, even given its high hop content and strength. So whilst this beer is all about the Hops, it is still smooth enough to be easily imbibed. Maybe some slight improvements raised the strength a little also to the 10.4% advertised – is this really double figures? Damn it drinks way too easily.

Overall: I visited the Alpine Brewing Company earlier this year, thanks to my good friend xlperro, but after never having tried this elusive offering from them - it was great to finally get the chance to try the beer that xlperro and EyeChartBrew have raved about for so long. One of the best offerings at this weekends Strong Ale Festival, and even though I wanted to try as many new beers as possible - I still managed a couple of these.

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

Bomber, courtesy of millerbuffoon, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: Hazy amber body under a finger of creamy eggshell foam. Great retention and lacing, especially for its strength.

S: Intense, directly organic hops: pine, floral, grapefruit, mango, vanilla, and general sweet greatness.

T: Follows the nose: hugely hoppy, sweet vanilla, lemon-lime citrus hoppiness, oak, and some booze. Huge.

M: Sticky medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Not for the faint of heart. Gigantic hops + gigantic alcohol + substantial oak = a monster of a beer. While this one has potential to spare to become an unbalanced mess of sweetness, it has enough hops to keep that from happening. Genuinely impressive, and genuinely delicious.

Cheers!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin, white head with decent retention. Orange peel or amber orange when held to the light, but more tangerine orange otherwise. Perfectly clear with only a touch of carbonation. Head quickly fades to a wisp and a bubbly, soapy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain leaving some legs of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Awesome. Big nose straight from the pour. Pale malts with lots of grapefruit and pine aromas. Some pineapple and mound of citrus in there. Lots of hope everywhere. Just loads of pine and grapefruit. Piercing hop aroma. This is what a DIPA should smell like; a decent malt backbone with heaps of bold, hoppy aromas.

TASTE: Also awesome. Flavors are equally as bold and impressive as the nose, though the aftertaste needs just a tick more to be completely insane. Pale malts, some caramel malt as well, but the hops soon take center stage. Big pine and grapefruit there, with mounds of hoppy citrus flavors. Milder yet lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, pine and grapefruit, with a touch of sweet melon as balance. A slight hint of oak from the ageing process as well. Just enough to be noticeable. Lots of hops and lots of flavor up front too. Some hop bombs have a big, bitter aftertaste but lack something up front. Not this. Exponential has lots of hop flavor up front and isn't bitter for the sake of being bitter. Again, a slightly bigger aftertaste would make this an 11, but this is absolutely stellar stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough to support the flavors, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of burn after the swallow. Does what it needs to do.

OVERALL: This brew is top of its class. The look and feel are average for the style, but the nose is ridiculously good and the taste completely insane. A slightly bolder aftertaste would give it top marks for flavor, but that is a minor complaint about what is otherwise a standard-setting beer. Enjoyable, stupidly drinkable, and style defining in my view. One I will have to track down again. Let's hope this one shows up here again at some point. Whole heartedly recommended.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to have finally had the opportunity to try this beer. No doubt it was on my IPA/DPA bucket list. Enjoying this bomber after some interesting meetings.

Not a great deal of head forms as I pour into y Charleston Beer Exchange glass. Bright Orange color with a thickness to the color. A few suds in the glass, but not a lot of lace left behind.

My GOD that aroma is thick in your nostrils. Resinous, Sweet, I can already tell it will be sticky just from smelling it. Tons of ripe and almost over ripe tropical fruit. Some sticky pine in the background.

First thought is about the sweetness that is so chewy and resinous. Lots o’ hops here. TOns of sticky sweet fruit as I thought. Lots of tropical notes at first then off to the pine forest. Some herbal notes late. I’d say the abv is tamped down by the sweetness, but I wouldn’t say it’s hidden. You can just tell this is a big beer.

Yep, this is a sticky resin bomb. Hop oils coat your tongue. Not for the faint of heart.

My God, this is a big beer. Almost bordering on over the top. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great... But it’s a mouth full.

I read the label and see there are Oak Chips used here. I’d never notice or mention this in a million years without having read this on the label. Even after knowing, I can’t tell you I sense their inclusion.

I believe that Duet (then Nelson) remains my favorite Alpine item. But this is a treat for sure.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden in color with a thin white head.

S: Oh, sweet God. Absolutely out of this world. The first IPA I ever had from Alpine was O'Brien's IPA and I was blown away by how great it smelled. Until this one, none of their other beers had topped that one. This one is a hophead's wet dream. Huge pine hops and some good tropical sweetness.

T: I think I just jizzed my pants. I got to try this and Pliny the Younger on the same day. Needless to say- best day ever. Huge, huge, huge pine hop flavor with some subtle sweetness. A gorgeous beer.

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Photo of Holland
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LegalBrew87 on sending this my way!

A: beautiful straw to gold color with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Looks fairly thick, with not a hint of cloudiness.

S: woody and earthy at first, some spicy hop smells, and sweetness comes through as it warms.

T: pretty mellow, some apricot, wood, and a bitter bite mixed with a sweet candy-like taste. A big weird, but still good. Lot of other fruity flavors I can't identify, but it is full of flavor.

M: big body, medium carbonation, smooth feeling.

O: solid beer, and very well put together, but I'm rating it based on my tastes. It's fruity and woody and delicious, but not my favorite because it's not in my face with hops.

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

Big thanks to JessetheHut for the bottle.

Exponential Hoppiness pours a caramel brown color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it some orange highlights. A thin white head covers the surface. It doesn't quite rise to a finger in depth. It falls quickly to the surface and holds there for a bit. Lacing was moderate and sticky. Not bad at all.

The nose is good, but doesn't blow me away. It does have a nice citric hop presence. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange scents are fairly strong throughout. Caramel malts have almost an equally strong presence. They give it a very sweet smell. Kind of sugary in its own right. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't come through all that strong. It's blended pretty well for a 11% beer. It's a nice smelling beer. No question about that. It's not exactly jaw dropping though.

I'm waffling a little on the flavor. It's good. Very good. I really like the hop profile, whatever it is. It's full of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors. There's also a piney flavor that really complements the citrus flavors nicely. I love the hop flavor. There's even a floral aspect to them that I didn't pick up on the nose. I don't like the fact that it's not as bitter as it could be. That aspect seems to have been swallowed up by sweet caramel malt. Don't get me wrong, it has a bitter bite to it. But, I was expecting more. It doesn't ruin it by any means, but it takes away its edge to a degree. It's skewed in the hop direction, but not by a great deal. It has more balance than you might expect. Alcohol is blended pretty well. It is noted, but isn't warming or hot. It finishes sweet, citrusy, and a little dry.

It has a medium body that's nice and smooth. It initially felt too light but has grown more substantial with a few more degrees. It feels creamy and svelte. Very impressive. Drinkability is actually very high. I do like the flavor here quite a bit. It also goes down way too easy for such a big beer. It feels more like a 7-8% beer rather than 11%.

Exponential Hoppiness is good beer. I'm still wrestling with the "Triple IPA" concept and how much I like it. I'm not a big fan of caramel malt heavy DIPAs and that's even more of an issue with Triple IPAs (whatever that is). To be fair, this is good beer and I've enjoyed my share of the bottle. However, I think it pales in comparison to Pure Hoppiness. This one's good and is definitely recommended. But, if you're forced with a choice, go with Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

271st review on BA
bottle to tulip

App- A huge two finger head that was pretty resigned to stick around for a bit. A nice golden orange with yellow highlights. Scattered lacing as well.

Smell- I was suprised at the aroma of this one. Some light hops and some tropical and citrusy fruits. A touch lemony to me. A little bit of cream soda.

Drink- This was very good. Was a big and creamy 11% monster. The ABV is well masked and has a nice hop spice with a little dryness.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level. A creamy aftertaste with well rounded flavor profile.

Drink- This was a big beer. I would attempt to drink another but would want to walk afterwards. This was tasty, complex and very creamy.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to StarRaptor for this treat!

Pours a slightly hazy sunny orange color. Nearly bright white head, slightly spongy with light lace remnants.

Citrus aroma with notes or pineapple and tropical fruits mingle with a solid malt base and inescapable slight fusal alcohol.

More tropical fruits on the taste, with a caramel malt backing minimal bitterness, light sweetness and a touch of heat on the finish.

Creamy, slick and slightly oily texture. Fairly full bodied for an IPA; sits a little heavy on the palate. Good feel to it. Drinkability is good considering the ABV.

This is unmistakably solid. I've had a few other "Triple IPAs", and though this is good, it's not the best I've had. Would drink again in a heartbeat though.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-03-04 in Lititz, PA. Special thanks to matador677.

A - Lightly hazy, golden-orange with a short white head and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of hop floral, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, oak, lemon.

T - At serving temperature, an initial blast of pineapple juice, orange flesh, grapefruit zest and wonderful, gooey hop bud resins with a vegetal overtone. As it warmed, the subdued malt took on a nutty flavor. The oak, with hints of vanilla, provided some nice tannin tang and balance, the citrus become more nectarine than pineapple. The alcohol is very much in the background for such a high ABV. There's a nice fruity sweetness to balance the significant but not tongue-scrubbing bitterness. All of this continues into the lingering, astringent aftertaste, which is surprisingly dry. Superb.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and firm (matador677 suggests added dextrin). Moderately prickly and nicely resinous. A very fine mouthfeel indeed.

O - A magnificent brew.

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Photo of tpd975
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A HUGE thanks to srandycarter for sending a growler of this gem my way. I rewarded him well for this one, but it was worth EVERY dollar.

A: Pours a nice bright clear golden hue with a big tall rocky head. Tons of carbonation and sheet after sheet of lace holds on for dear life. Beautiful!

S: Nice bold aromas. Tons of sweetness pours from the glass. Georgia peaches clash with dried apricots. Hint of grapefuit is overcome by orange. Touches of grass, mango, and caramel malt round things out. Awesome!

T: Wow... I am in Love. This beer stands alone in greatness. I love my Pliny, I love my Peche, but this one is just as great and unique. What Pliny is to bitter, this is to sweet. The Yang to Pliny's Ying. Tons of fresh apricot and peach nectar blast your senses from the start. Hints of citrus come thru along with some caramel, and a big dose of oak. Sweet melon comes thru in the finish. If any beer deserves a 5 in taste this is it!.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Sexy as Hell!!!

D: I will now hanker for it. This is the beer I will dream of when I go to sleep.

Thanks Randy, This beer fucking ROCKS!!! My new #1 brew. If I were on death row, I would beg the warden for this one.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review #1000
22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a bright golden orange color with a two-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind, some resin floating at the bottom

S- resinous hop aroma with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange zest & lemon peel leading the way. Underlying notes of pine, floral hop & honey. Faint underlying malt lets the hops shine

T- citrus and tropical hop flavors lead the way with notes of grapefruit juice, orange zest, mango, passionfruit & fresh mint leaves. Underlying notes of pine and floral hops, lightly sweet malt. There’s a fruity linger of wild grape and more mint

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish, exceptional drinkability for the ABV

O- such an easy drinking DIPA that allows the hops to shine, while remaining remarkably drinkable, world class

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

On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest.

Poured a medium golden color with a small white head. Aromas and tastes of pines and citrus mixed in. Some malts to balance it out. Sweet with a nice bitter balance. Alcohol content well hidden. I really need to get this one again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter yellow gold in color with a slight haze. Pours with a big, thick 1/2" of off-white head that reduces down to about a 1/4" of thick rocky cream. Decent retention. Very light lacing. This is one pretty looking beer.

S: Very aromatic. The aroma on this one hit me just on popping the bottle. Aroma is predominantly floral with some citrus and orange.

T: Surprisingly mild. Sweet orange maltiness with a bit of tropical fruit: mango and pineapple. A little onion to round things out. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with just a faint alcoholic heat.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Much lighter than expected for something labeled as a "Triple IPA." Smooth. Just a bit of alcohol comes through.

D: Very good. As the bottle says, this beer is deceivingly mild. At 11%, I have no idea where they're hiding the alcohol, because it is only faintly perceptible. Lighter bodied, smooth, and hoppy.

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Photo of deapokid
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 3/16. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden amber with almost no head and limited lacing. The lacing that is there manages to be very sticky and it's propelled by a decent bit of carbonation.

Aroma is orangey with a distinct hop burn. It's an acidic, bitter scent that blends well with the fruitiness, sort of resembling the tartness of a grapefruit.

Taste has a big fruityness with a buttery, caramel wave in the conclusion. Bite in the finale is strong and dry, reminding me of the bitterness in licorice strings. The sugary sweet notes play well with a punishing bite, making for a tasty and complicated DIPA.

It's surprisingly smooth for all the big hop character and the dry bite doesn't stop the refreshing flow. The malt and hops resonate on the tongue, making the relatively salty conclusion mellow in comparison.

Overall, this is a tasty and drinkable strong IPA that by no means reflects its massive 10% ABV. Worth seeking out for those outside of the California area (like me).

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

I got this brew from Smokepot23 for winning SNF Squares Week 11, Thanks Joe!

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

Hazed copper color with a white head that settled to a ring and left a few streaks of lacing.
The aroma is a blend of piney hop resin, some citrus hop, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol.
Oh my, the taste is quite a blend, piney almost tea-like hops upfront balanced out by the malt and then a burst of citrus hop bitterness takes you to a dry finish.
Medium bodied and very crisp for a DIPA.
Goes down a little too easy considering the abv.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured via growler into shaker pint on 4/18/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing this at a recent tasting.

A - Poured a clear amber body with sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation and solid two-finger frothy, milky white head that retained quite well and deposited thick lacing around the glass.

S - Super fresh hop nose with oak and woody notes and hints of sweet leafy tobacco... not to mention copious amounts of citrus hops as well as some piney accents. Some spiciness and alcohol notes also emerge as it warmed up. Wow! This is one dank, pungent DIPA nose.

T - Lots of citrus flavor up front with a backing of sweet caramel and bready malt. Piney accents also emerge with an apparent oak dryness and some spicy notes. A citrus rind character appears in the backend with a dry, pithy aspect.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and sticky texture. The softly carbonated body results in a very smooth mouthfeel overall. Finish is pretty dry with a lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Fresh and flavorful with an oak presence that is not over-the-top at all and provides a nice dryness to complement the aggressive hoppy character of this DIPA. Very unique and tasty to say the least. Glad I had the opportunity to try this draft-only release from Alpine.

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,292 ratings.
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