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Alpine Gold - Tied House Cafe & Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tied House Cafe & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-24-2003)
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Reviews by yesyouam:
Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tied House in San Jose. Alpine Gold is a sparkling pale gold ale with a small white head. The aroma is of fresh pine hops. The mouth feel is watery and chalky. The flavor is crisp and quick, with a tiny puff of bitterness. The aroma really saves this one, even if it seems a little out of place.
(rated May 18, 2007)

More User Reviews:
Photo of HalfFull
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Alpine Gold pours a deep golden straw(or Dirty Blonde) in color with a hint of haze, I think. Tough to say given the dynamic boil throughout the liquid. Half inch of soapy white foam offers strong retention as a result and tosses off ample lacing. A second bottle is almost void of carbonation on the other hand.

Touch of light grain on the nose along with some lemon hops and some spice notes through the foam, though diminishing with exposure somewhat.

Flavor has a grainy, bready texture and offers the spice notes found on the nose as well. A slightly sweet lemongrass finish is in order. Nothing special but befitting of the pour and the style.

Spice notes and a firm carbonation give this brew a full feel and solid drinkability. Second bottle, again, lacks said carbonation and has a thin and slightly watery mouthfeel.

4.6% ABV

Photo of LoFiDave
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of JTahoe
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Bright gold and hazy with decent head initially, though not great retention...light lacing and minimal ring clings to glass.

S - Surprisingly rich and complex...a heavy dose of malt with more than a whiff of barnyard aromas. Interesting...

T - Following the nose, pretty rich and flavorful, somewhat untamed, but in a pleasant way. Quite a bit of spice and bitterness for the style with that barnyard character making an appearance, not what one would necessarily expect.

M - Moderate-light feel and quite effervescent.

D - Certainly interesting if somewhat unconventional. I has a home-brewed quality which is sort of fun.

Photo of vacax
1.9/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tried this bomber on a whim from a local BevMo. Pours dark gold with a moderately sized white head, decent lace. Some malt character and a hop balance disguised beneath chlorophenols, band-aid and smoke. Flavor and smoke and band-aids up front with a good amount of malt backing. Hops are completely lost, light to moderate bitterness. Light to moderately heavy, moderate carbonation, heavier than a typical blonde, but balanced feel. Drinkability would be decent to good, but not with the obvious chlorophenolic defects.

Photo of Peter_Marinelli
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of cjever19
1.35/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Light appearance. Pale golden straw color. Nice head forms from seemingly large bubbles leaving a nice creamy bumpy head, some legs gently cling.

Aroma is slight malt, slight noble hop, but something is off.

Taste is immediately harsh with high carbonation and bitterness combining for way too high bitterness for the style. Phenolic off flavor. Malt present, but overpowered by bitterness and band-aids.

Medium light body.

I couldn't finish this beer. Significant off flavors that lingered on my palate. Medicinal, band-aid like.

Photo of random846
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of beerguy101
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied gold ale/lager. Malts are mild, fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and more prominent than in most gold ales. Mild flavor. Smooth taste. Well balanced. Nice taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of Murrhey
2.13/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Light, clear copper color. Extremely weak carbonation, no head. Some moderate lacing. Looks like cider. Not very pretty.

S- Grassy, hoppy, a bit acrid.

T- A bit citrusy, and that's about it. Disappointing flavor.

M- Wayyy too watery.

O- At best a middling beer, at worst drain-fodder. Would avoid again.

Photo of BeerManDan
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When received from the tap, it was a pale yellow with no foam what so ever. The smell had a hoppy aroma and that was about it. The flavor was a hoppy, sour, bitterness that really was not good at all. The balance of whatever was not pleasant in the mouth or palate. Not a beer I would recommend to anyone!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow colour. Only a filmy head, not particularly impressive. Some carbonation though, even after it has been sitting out for some time. lacing is mediocre. Doesn't look too bad for what it is.

Some grassy hops on the nose, a little vegetative, but pretty weak. It's not a huge nose, and it doesn't have a great deal to offer, but it's not that bad.

Taste is clean, but unimpressive. Some light sweetness on the front, more like sugar than malt, unfortunately, but the clean sharp bitterness does some work clearing out the back. It finishes only semi-dry, with the sweetness lingering a little too long, but it's not that bad all up. Mouthfeel is a little flat, despite the carbonation that is apparent.

The sweetness becomes a bit too much, and I ended up feeling a little bloated from it. It's not a bad beer, but it's certainly nothing particularly exciting. Unfortunately similar to the bland Australian "craft" beer I'm used to.

Photo of xnicknj
2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a clear golden color with some darker tones. A crop of white head dissolves with a few spots of lacing left behind.

Scents of wheat and grain with sweeter honey and light fruit character. Very muted though, with some near-adjunct like pangs.

A bit sweet with some honey and toasted grains. Slightly bready, hints of metallic notes with a strange, confusing smoke-like suggestion. The malt falls away quickly towards a dry finish with a soft touch of hops.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little creamy on the palate. I'm not really into blonde ales in the first place, but this was definitely a miss for me.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Chugbot
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +32%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Offa
2.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Faintly cloudy dark orangish yellow, it has a medium off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring.

Aroma is old bread, vegetable, soap, hay, cheap wine. It is not very good at all.

Taste is worse - slightly sour vinegary grain and bread dough, light, very vaguely peppery bitterness, with a light gummy grain aftertaste. Feel is decent. This seems both simple and rough, something I won't bother with again.

Photo of nwatson
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Alpine Gold from Tied House Cafe & Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.