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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1,491
Gots:
99
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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 (Richard) for this one. Two words: Yum Me

Pours a light, glowing golden. Clean. A 1 finger head was white and somewhere between soapy and thick. Looks good, let's see how it...

Whoa! I can smell it from 3 feet away. Citrus and juicy. Closer nose inspection tells me some pine and very virgin honey, but not the sweet part. A bit...just a bit... of a biscuit under all the hops. Damn, that's gonna be a hop bomb.

Sure 'nuff. Hops explode with this one. Mostly citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Pine come through in more of a sap way. A bit resinous. The honey I smelled is more of a fruit skin. Kind of like a Merlot taste...but no matter what it is, it's overwhelmed by the hops. A bit of herbal spice comes and goes. The alcohol provides a wallop but it's hidden by all the damn hops.

Give PtE a run for it's money and easier drinking than PtY. Mother$*#$@ I like this beer!

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

After waiting in line for two hours at the Exponential Hoppiness release, I was finally rewarded for my efforts as I opened a bottle to share at Beachwood BBQ over a month ago. Coming out of a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The color says yellow, topped off with a good sized head and reasonable lacing. From the nose, I got a good idea of what this would be. It's big of the grapefruit, but with the addition of oak chips, it smells like oaked grapefruit! Let's not leave out the burst of orange either.

While ExPo is on the sweeter side, there's little doubt that this is great for those who are on hop withdrawls. There is sweet grapefruit nectar all around. There's oak. There's orange and pinneapple. And with much of the alcohol hidden, it makes the journey so much smoother. It is full bodied, yet it is easier to approach than its 11% ABV will tell you.

Add another tally for hop nectars that are prodcued around San Diego. ExPo is a delectable experience, though I wouldn't stand in line for 2 hours just to buy bottles again. However, with hints of ownership threatening to stop bottling ExPo altogether because of a few eBay resellers, I may not have to worry about that ever again.

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3.72/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in an amber orange color.

The aroma is just huge. There's tons of aggressive juicy orange and grapefruit. There's a bit of West Coast pine, but just tons and tons of hops.

The beer is so hoppy and smooth. The beer just rolls and rolls on hops. It's quite bitter with juicy grapefruit and orange along with a big caramel bready malt backbone. A bit of alcohol in there.

There's a hint of that oak on the finish that really makes the beer a bit different. I sensed it at first and couldn't exactly pin point the flavor. It gives the beer another level of flavors along with that bittering on the end.

Of the line of Alpine's beers, this does something quite different being a larger ABV. I prefer the more refreshing smaller beers. This has a malt backbone that is a bit too big (along with alcohol) and not my preference.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This had been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice and very fruity. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the aroma. Notes of pineapple and papaya are the most prominent.

The flavor is heavy on the pineapples with a little bit of other tropical fruit. The beer is pretty sweet and a little bit syrupy. I also get a bit of spiciness, which I guess is from the hops. Medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Got to try this thanks to gford217, who brought a growler to share to the Brick Store Pub. Wonderful to finally get to try this, thanks a bunch, Grant! Hugely unusual beer, probably the most unusual beer I've had in a long time! I think its probably due to the hop profile and late addition of wood chips, but this beer has one of the more unusual herbal qualities I've ever had, and was completely different than what I was expecting. Pours normal enough, with a golden color and good clarity and a nice head that leaves some lacing. The smell and taste, though are extremely herbal and tangy. I'm strongly reminded of a dill and greek yogurt combo, especially in the nose. The taste is similar, but perhaps even creamier, but with that same slight lactic tartness and dill herbiness. Perhaps some sour cream this time? Tangy and rich, with a touch of sweetness and a strong pine finish after the yogurt and dill. perhaps I've just washed my greek snack down with a glass of retsina? Very tasty and different. Super smooth and creamy in the mouth and a bit tamgy. Wow. Glad I got to try this one!

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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Eziel
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of biegaman
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick clumps rock about a chunky cloud-like surface of white. The glass becomes entirely blanketed with honeycomb lacing. A sparkling gold shade. Consonance between clarity and glow produce a beer of absolutely pristine appearance. Beautiful.

Oh glorious hops! The smell is sharp and shoots right into your nostrils with notes of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and lemon scented cleaning product. The booze gives these an especially fiery and piercing character.

The flavour grants us those same notes of lemon custard, citrus, and orange creamsickles. The hops add citrus and the malts add sweetness, the balance is seamless. The oak wasn't apparent initially, but in time, would show up in very large part with an ounce of wood spice and a ton of buttery vanilla.

The alcohol never seemed to fully show up. The wood chips made the finish very dry and the mouthfeel exceptionally creamy. Really creamy. The hop acidity, high alcohol content, and buttery character from the wood all weigh in perfectly. I found it extremely drinkable.

This same brewery makes one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Now that I've tried their DIPA I have a tough time deciding which impresses me more. In both cases they cram a gluttonous level of hops into tasty, refreshing, well balanced beers.

One thing for sure: Alpine's Exponential Hoppiness is a refined DIPA. The use of oak gave the beer a very elegant disposition that makes it 'exponentially' exquisite for a style that is usually only about being 'in you face' hoppy. Impressive.

A huge thanks to Grub for sharing this growler!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well carbonated pour from the growler easily produces a three-finger thick, creamy textured, light tan colored crown of froth. The beer is a lightly orange tinged, full amber color that shows a lightly hop-hazed, orange-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is very sticky with hop notes; candied grapefruit, huge lychee, apricot & other tropical fruit notes are quite noticeable even while pouring this brew. A focused sampling of the aroma gets aromatic notes that lean much more towards the herbal / pine side of the spectrum. Though the beer still smells of sticky, sugar preserved hop buds. The sharper side of the hop produces notes of grass, pine sap, some slight chive notes, a huge hemp oil contribution. It is interesting that this was so intensely fruity smelling as I was pouring it, but that a focused inspection of the aroma is much more dominated by concentrated herbal & essential oil components.

Sweet and thick tasting with a ton of residual malt sugars, these are not by any means overwhelming though as this has a huge hop character that easily offsets the malt; in fact the residual malt sugars are not even overly noticeable because of all the hop character. Sharply bitter, with lots of green, astringent hop notes and a finish that tastes like what I would imagine chewing on a fat, juicy, marijuana bud (though there is lots of malt to keep this from becoming over-bearing). Up front and through to the middle some nice, underlying citrus & tropical fruit flavors are found; these contribute flavors of lychee, candied ruby-red-grapefruit, orange-marmalade and peach concentrate. This is clearly dominated by the greener hop flavors; in addition to the piquantly expressive hemp-oil flavor there are notes of chives, mentholated pine, lots of herbal turpenes (rosemary, garlic chive and a touch of sage oil). Thick and chewy, this is approaching a Barleywine in heft, it just retains enough lightness to retain the IPA allusions though. The plethora of hop character also keeps this from every getting sticky or cloying. The malt character is clearly a supporting character, really not noticeable on its own, but it plays a significant role in carrying the hop character.

My second pour of this beer reminds me how very well carbonated this beer is; visually it is quite apparent, but the beer is thick enough that it is not as noticeable in the flavor as one might think, though it does add a certain prickle / lightness to the beer as it flows across the tongue. This beer doesn't seem to take to warming as much as some, the combination of hops and alcohol gets a bit harsh after a bit.

Big, powerful, overbearing, an exercise in self inflicted tongue flagellation, but is it good. It most certainly is, but it is a bit too astringent & hemp-oil dominated for me. There are times when I can enjoy a scathing, tongue scraping, astringently hoppy beer, but most times I like something a bit more drinkable. Definitely a beer for the enthusiastic hop head. I am not sure if I am getting more discriminating or if I am just getting burned out on over-the-top beers, but this is not nearly as enjoyable as I expected. I really do enjoy excessive amounts of hops in a beer, but it has to have a drinkability and finesse that this beer just doesn't quite have. Still this is a good beer, though it is one I really only want a 12 oz serving of (luckily I could share my growler, because there was no way I would finish it on my own).

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

From a growler fresh from the brewery in SoCal. Many thanks for sharing this beauty with me Dyan. What a treat to try this exceptional beer.

The beer pours a bright gold amber color with great head retention and lacing. On the nose, Jeeze Loueeze!!! Talk about a DIPA nose with a capital D. A huge aroma of pine, dry citrus and tropical fruit erupts from my glass, letting me know that I am in for one extremely hoppy beer. The nose on this beer reminds me a bit of the Hop 15, except the pine aroma is even more pronounced. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although once again the flavor profile is dominated by the pine. There is also some noticeable citrus and tropical fruit, along with the long, bitter/hoppy finish. The finish, in fact, is very, very dry, which tends to enhance the beers drinkabiltiy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm not kidding myself.... I can tell it's right on up there.

This is a fabulous DIPA that is very much in the West Coast style. With the huge amount of pine and dry finish I can see where it might not be to everyone's taste, but it sure was to mine. Delicious stuff.

Thanks again Dyan!!!

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Photo of dwagner003
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared with 321jeff and d13logan

First beer I tried from Alpine was Pure Hoppiness which I enjoyed, but didn't love. Regardless, still very excited to try this as it has the potential to be exceptional. Pour is a dark golden, copperish color, mildly hazed. Consistent frothy off white head and thick strings of lace. Aroma is strong and potent as expected, citrus and piney hops, resiny with caramel malt balance yet lacks any real wow factor for this style. Flavor is similar, loads of citrus and pine hops with caramel malt backbone and also some oakiness not as apparent in the aroma. Alcohol is also fairly strong throughout and there is something in the yeast used that we all identify as immediately recognizable from the Pure Hoppiness. PH was a favorite for being so smooth, balanced and drinkable and unfortunately this did not live up to the hype or reputation for the relatively fresh bottle we had.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber, thanks Jon,

A: Pours a lightly murky yellow orange with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Dank with a lot of greeness and pot. Hint of Brussels sprouts, lots of white grapefruit.

T: Has more sweetness than I expected which is fine since it works well with the beer. Some oak tannin with a boatload of pineapple, passion fruit and grapefruit. Expansive and big.

M: Full-bodied, silky, super hop oily, smooth for sure.

O: A really good beer, well balanced between the hops and the malt, well done. Reminds me somewhat of Avery Majahraja, they both have a little more residual sugar than you'd expect in a West Coast style beer of its type. It works there, it works here.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big THANK YOU to millerbuffoon for acquiring this through a trade.

A - Pours a bright copper gold color with a cream colored cotton candy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass like total glue, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - VERY pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, oily, and mildly piney.

T - This is the BEST part of this beer. It's a huge, no, colossal basket of tropical fruity goodness that's incredibly resinous, spicy, piney, and a little vinous. It's also slightly boozy with a crackery malt underneath that's big, bold, spicy, slightly garlic, and a little bit oaky.

M - Medium body with resiny hops that leave a coating in the mouth that
's very indicative of fruit rinds.

O - a "FANTABULOUS" beer! If you can get it, you absolutely have to try this one.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a glorious slightly hazy golden apricot hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave sticky lacing, halo, and clouding. Excellent for the ABV.

S - Aromas of hop oil galore, pine and candy orange peel along with nice sweet malts.

T - Taste was not quite what I was expecting after the nose. Much more orange peel than pine along with sweet syrupy malts with a light bready biscuits finish. Faint oak notes on the finish as well as that excellent lingering bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a lightly carbonated slightly creamy feel. The booze is hidden incredibly well all things considered. Well done!

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer immensely. Just a tasty dipa that hits all the right notes. Lives up to the hype, not you're typical west coast dipa.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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