cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/5/03. On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival in Carlsbad, CA 12/5/03. Crystal clear color of medium gold amber. Huge, dense, lasting off-white head with decent lacing. Delicious nose, absolutely the best part of this beer for me-- floral and complex with malt and delicate hops. Bitter, grainy flavor (like livestock grain-- not a good thing). Very smooth until the dirty, punishing finish. Taste is a little off to me, still too much nice stuff here to get upset about it.
beerguy101 (5253) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep gold color. Large creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney, grapefruity and oaky. Very nicely balanced. Very smooth. It’s very hoppy, but not nearly as over the top as pure hoppiness. Very smooth. With no alcohol evident at all. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
The beer pours a transpicuous gold color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and a bright white color with the lace forming a white curtain to obscure the glass. Massive hop floral spiciness hits your sense first, followed by a sweet malt backing, citrus crisp and fresh, quite clean with the start nicely malted, slightly sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate. The finish has a fair to middling acidity with as one would expect a “Big” hop bite that lingers on the palate, dry and quite a nice representative to the style, another of the beers I sampled at least three times to get a handle on its flavors.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival, Pizza Port Carlsbad, December 6th, 2003
If you want hops, here's the beer, though I hear Alpine Beer has another offering with even more hops. Pours light yellow with a medium head. Lots of hops in the aroma, but smelled slightly sour, like bad milk. However the taste was anything but. Very hopy, very spicy, with a great finish. Very good lacing, a great beer if you love the hops.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a glowing goldish orange. Huge off white head. Floral nose with a big citrusy flavor. One draw back is a herbal bitterness in the finish that just seemed out of place.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear golden color, like a pilsener, foamy head, hoppy taste, slightly bitter finish. Had this at Pizza Port's 2003 Strong Ale fest.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My new fav beer in San Diego. Smooth, warm, sweet and yet somehow crisp and fresh. Gotta love it.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 ---- I have had this beer numerous times and every time I taste it, it is a little different. I kinda like this but lately, the beer has gone down, and I would change my rating, but the first few times I had this, I was blown away. Hopefully brewer pat will get down a well balanced flavor that will remain consistent.---Finally a tasty beer my girlfriend loves. Perfect balance of hops and malts with a hint of sweetness. Alcohol isn’t even noticeable.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2004 I just had this at Alesmith night @ Obrian's. I know, it's not Alesmith, but I had it before and I just couldn't resist myself. I had a Speedway, Yulesmith, Evil Dead Red on cask, an Old Numbskull, and Grand Cru. Out of all those, the Exponential was my favorite. Yulesmith, Speedway, and Grand Cru were all close. The stuff smells light frickin mangos! It is so smooth, it should be illegal. It was lighter and less malty than the Yulesmith. Both were excellent, but different. The Exponential had more of an IPA bitterness to it. The next morning, I was hurting sooooooo bad. I'm already over it though and am ready to drive to Alpine and get a growler. Rerate: 2004- Since the new batch has come out, I've been drinking this non-stop. Growlers of smooth 11% for $8.50! It's not just cheap and smooth. It is one of the top double IPAs out there IMO. I had a Dreadnaught the other night. It was excellent, but I think I like the Exponential better. The Dreadnaught was a touch too sweet and syrupy. The new batch of the exponential may lack a little of the mango tha I smelled and tasted in the 2003. The 2004 tastes a little more oaky, smooth, and dry. This is so good, I'm sitting here licking the lace off of my glass. Unfortuately, I just finished it. Fortunately, I'm going to get my growlers refilled this weekend. RERERERERERATE 061504 release: This batch has the best aroma since the first. Aroma has a lot of orange, citrus, and spice to it. Very piney, and has a lot of spice to it. More spice than I've tasted in previous batches. Mouthful is not a creamy as batch # 2 but is still very good. This is a very good all around exponential. Pat nailed it with this one. Batch # 1 probably is still my favorite, but this one is very close. Excellent balance.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I get a nice fire orangish color with some decent head. It gives off a passion fruit, kumquat and peach aroma. The taste is pretty damn cool for a double ipa cause the pine forest is not up front and in my face, instead I get pinapples and peaches and then some of the pine forest appears. As time goes on starfruit appears and i fuckin love the starfruit. For 10.5 this beer is damn smooth with a lot of cool ass character.