Saturday, September 22, 2012

Alpine: Exponential Hoppiness

Type: Triple IPA
Origin: Alpine, CA
Price: $free from Chris' fridge/22oz
ABV: 11.0%

Out on vacation, scrounging through Chris's fridge, and what do I dig up? That's damn straight I dug up some exponential hoppiness. (Don't tell him I drank this).

This beer is crafted with multiple hop drops, each doubled, which raised the question: is this really an exponential hoppiness? After some discussion, we decided that this is really a geometric hoppiness (r=2), not quite exponential. No need to be snobby though, as long as there's lots of hops right?

There is some variety of magic body on this beer, like it's malty but not so heavy. I can't figure out how they do it, but lots of the Alpine brews have this quality. Maybe there is a heavy hop boil which extracts some sap, or maybe the actually use pine sap? The body can't be all due to malt, do they do it with corn sugar or something? Who knows.

The hops are adequate, and the overall effect is more bitter than nose. In the end it boils down to something specifically Alpine in character, which you can taste in all of this brewery's deliverables. Yum.

1 comment:

  1. the geometric pattern is an exponential relationship, r is the same as the base in an exponential function :)

    definitely agree with the Alpine character specifically in their IPAs. IPA per IPA Alpine cannot be beat, such a vast lineup of great IPAs