It pours a clear golden colour with a +1 finger head of foam and some very nice lacing.
The smell is very hoppy; loads of tropical fruits, some pine and grapefruit, and a light malt profile.
Big tropical fruit in the taste as well with pine and grapefruit well represented. There's an underlying malt sweetness there that I didn't notice at all in the smell; I'm sure if I had left the bottle sitting for longer, it would come out more but as is, it's doing the light balancing act nicely and really, I wanted to drink this fresh anyway.
The body is close to full with just the right amount of carbonation. A GREAT mouthfeel.
This is a fine brew and I'm super glad that I got a chance to try it.
Btw, there's no sign of any bottled on/best before date so I'll assume that it's a 2012.
Served In: Tulip
This is Alpineâ€™s â€œtriple IPA.â€ It pours from a 22oz. bottle as a viscous, oil like quality and a nice light coppery hue with very little head. The smell is flowers, pine, and syrupy with the tiniest malt sweetness. The initial taste is an initial bomb of alcohol with malt sweetness, hop flower, and bitterness. I find the rest of the tasting experience hard to describe â€“ it is an incredible taste and at 11% alcohol, donâ€™t see how they managed to keep the malt flavor down, but they have. The mid-palate is sweetness, but itâ€™s almost a â€œhop sweetnessâ€ which I have never experienced before â€“ it isnâ€™t the malt â€“ and as we all know, hops are seldom sweet â€“ bitter, floral, piney, resiny, but sweet? but itâ€™s the only descriptor I can think of â€“ hoppy sweet â€“ and kerosene sweet â€“ to the point it makes me sneeze (which is a good sign for me). I actually get some overtones of cedar â€“ now, that is a first â€“ I have never tasted cedar in a beer. The finish on the beer is almost all bitterness â€“ this beer is more bitter than any ex-girlfriend, but, unlike the ex, this bitter is good! But again, the alcohol shows through. It is difficult to rate this beer â€“ as a triple IPA style, it is fantastic â€“ I like the Nelson better; the Pliny the Elder better, the Sculpin better, and on the one occasion I had it, the Pliny the Younger better, but certainly this is one heckuva beerâ€¦
Price: $10.00 Served In: Pint Glass
One of the few bottles I scored at South Bay Drugs in San Diego this past week. I was very happy to see this bottle staring back at me from the cooler and quickly snatched it up. 22 oz bottle served up in my Dogfish Head shaped pint.
A: Pours out of the bottle a light copper/orange in color. Held to the light, I am getting a more vibrant yellow more than anything. The body is very clear and clean, a good and medium carbonation moving around in here. Got about a finger of white head that has a nice and tight foam to it. The lace is quite nice, throwing up a good amount sticky foam all over the glass. The look is quite nice, not showing any sign of over carbonation or any negatives. Damn good looking brew.
S: Lots of beautiful hops going on in here. The crazy thing is that its not over poweringly hoppy. Its just a great hops presence. Lots of citric hops. Orange, grapefruit and a little bit of lemon peel mixing in here with a hefty dose of pineapple and just a touch of mango. Getting a nice pine presence as well. With all this kickin, I am still able to get some malt to come through. Light caramel and a little bit of buttery toffee stand and present themselves. Just a beautiful aroma and probably the best smelling variation of any IPA I have ever had.
T: I was expecting this to rip the enamel right off my teeth, but it is much more mild in the bitterness department than I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, its hoppy but its not out of hand. A balanced Triple IPA?! My attention has been captured. Lots of citric hops yet again with plenty of tropical fruit flavors. Nice and powerful grapefruit flavor mixed with a good pineapple presence start things off. Orange, lemon and lime all come through along with a very light mango presence. With all of this hops you get bitterness along with sweetness. More sweetness comes out with a little bit of woody vanilla and then there is a good amount of caramel and toffee malts. It is not completely balanced but it does have a nice effort towards balance. nicely crafted.
M: Medium in body with a good amount of medium carbonation. The body is actually pretty silky and creamy which is a huge, pleasant suprise. This beer has a nice coating to it due to its creaminess. This beer finishes pretty dry and lightly bitter. ABV is incredibly light for the size of this beer. Their effort to keep this ABV is nicely well done. After taste is a good amount of pineapple and grapefruit.
D: This is a great beer. Pleasantly suprising is how balanced this beer is. You hear Triple IPA and you expect a crazy hoppiness that a person could barely handle, but this is not the case here. This beer is hoppy and has bitterness but it doesn't destroy your palate. It is nice to see that they didn't leave this beer as just a crazy hopped brew but that it was nicely crafted and attention was paid to balance and hiding the ABV. Its hard to say if I am not a little disappointed that it wasn't crazy bitter, but I can say that I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Well worth the wait and worth picking up. Great brew.
Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass
I can't thank Randy enough for hooking up this growler for me. Just filled 6 days ago on the 1st (aaalll the way to the tip top of the neck - nice!), poured into my trusty S.N. HopTulip glass.
A: Pours a bright and glowingly golden/medium-orange color with such a great shiny hue to it when held to a light. There's almost gradations of orange to it from top to bottom. A soft and frothy/soapy lightly dusty white head builds with some force to 3 fingers height before slowly receding into a thing cap of foam, leaving some pretty decent thick streaks of lacing surrounded by smaller patterns of speckles around them. Lazy streams of bubbles work their way slowly through the viscous orange liquid. It doesn't leave the lace like the two Pliny's (and Vortex 1) do but the color and head volume/retention is really nice.
S: Expo has sooo much going on in the aroma, it's simply stunning. Butt loads of citric hops with a very tropical slant (peaches, light mango, pineapple) mix with fresh pine needles and dank "herbs" and other floral smells before the oak chips shine through with melon, very light vanilla, and some subtle toasted oakyness. Sweet pale and lightly toffee tinted maltiness helps to balance things out, but the hops seem to possess much of their own sweetness. Expo's depth and balanced yet pungently intense aroma is to die for and only a half step behind Younger to me.
T: The taste is right in step with the smell which is great to experience, as so many IIPAs don't translate so perfectly from aroma to taste. Lots of tropical and citrus fruits are prominent upfront (ruby red grapefruit, peaches, pineapple, some mango), followed by more fresh pine sap/needles and some dank florals/herbals. The lightly buttery oakiness with melon and very subtle vanilla shows up in the middle along with some nice pale and toffee malt sweetness for some semblance of balance. The finish is firmly bitter and dry with more assertice hop flavor, but is not nearly as bitter as many other west coast IIPAs of this magnitude.
M: The mouthfeel is firmly on the full side of medium bodied with a very appropriate level of moderate carbonation. The consistency is incredibly viscous yet very creamy and soft (from the oaking?), and a wonderfully sticky and dry, bitter coating is left stuck to the entirety of the inside of my mouth after each sip. Somehow this coating manages to fade wonderfully and is not nearly as intense as Younger in the dry/bitter department. Expo is nearly 11%, really?! The alcohol is hidden perfectly behind the creamy, oily, and generally wonderful consistency. My only knock is that, for a die-hard hophead like me, I could actually go for a touch more bitterness and dryness. That's my one and only knock, otherwise insanely perfect in all other ways...the creamy softness is quite unique for the style.
D: Well, this is the one area where Expo has Younger beat out...the super insanely creamy/soft consistency along with a level of bitterness that is very strong but doesn't kill taste-buds makes it a near-chugger. I can't put down the pint - the aroma, flavor, and super pleasing mouthfeel keeps me coming back for sip after sip, even forcing me to pause the typing of this review for sips. I can only dream of being able to have this beer on a regular basis, but if I could it would be right next to Younger and Vortex 1 at my Triple IPA home bar.
I don't know what else there is to say at this point...this fresh batch of Exponential Hoppiness gives Younger a run for its money for being my favorite beer, although it never quite takes the lead. The guys at Alpine have seriously, majorly impressed me with this offering. I can't recall a "triple IPA" I've ever had that possessed such creamy softness to the flavor and feel. It's absolutely quite unique and most definitely one of the best IIPAs I've ever had...maybe one of the best beers period.
Originally Reviewed on: 04-07-2009 // Score updated on 1/5/10 to account for the difference from bottle to growler form (and for the stupid-as-fuck BA rating scale I originally used to rate the growler). It was still amazing as fuck though! =D
Served In: Pint Glass
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 clichÃ©, 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!
Served In: Pint Glass
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-13-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
Picked up a growler from the brewery on 12/11 and I’ve been really anxious about trying this beer since I read about it.
Pours a slightly brown orange with about half an inch of foam (I poured it a bit too cold because when I sampled this one at the brewery the head was most impressive). Some spots of lacing here and there.
Sweet malt profile with lots or citrus hops followed closely by the pine notes. Biscuit and toasted bread aroma with some orange jelly like combination. Fresh limes with some grassy overtones. No hints of alcohol at all yet it smells like a big filling beer—definitely Pure Hoppiness’ older brother.
The taste is actually pretty well balanced yet there are enough hops to please the hopheads, very well done. The caramel flavors together with the bready malt and the citrus hops blend to perfection. There is enough malt to back up all of the hops. A little more hop bitterness in the finish as the beer begins to warm up, but it’s all good :o) Mmm, acidic orange and tangerine.
The mouthfeel is a little on the syrupy side but there is enough carbonation to ease the thickness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with some grass and citrus peel. The alcohol plays hide and seek well in this beer, I can’t find you!
Drinkability you say? I’m battling a 64oz growler, anyone want to help? For such a high abv it is still quite drinkable and one could easily finish a bomber of this.
I just wish this was available in bottles (seasonal to be realistic) or brewed more often.
Served In: Mug
A - Clean, clear copper color with a few tight bubbles rising to the surface. Head only comes with a vigorous pour, then is fluffy white with good retention and sticky lacing.
S - Pine tree. Pungent, earthy, and a bit fruity hoppiness. Very little hint of malt here. Some grapefruit and orange. Strong smelling. No need to bring my nose down to this one.
T - Big earthy, funky hops. Starts herbal, sort of weed like. Then some earthy flavors come in that almost give it a day old flavor. Citrus hops work their way in with mostly grapefruit. Finish is sort of a lemon bitterness. Definitely has layers of flavor, oddly enough they are all hops.
M - Medium bodied with sticky hops. Carbonation is light.
D - This is a very good DIPA, but not elite imo. Doesn't hit the level of Dreadnaught, Dorado, fresh Stone 10th and the like.
Served In: Other
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