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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 456
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

An Extra Pale Ale with a balanced malt and hop flavor. Moderate additions of Pacific Northwest Cascade and Centennial hops for a tangy, citrus flavor to complement the mild Carmel malt taste
Draft & 22 oz bottles.
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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours moderate orange in color with just a pencil of head. Slightly cloudy. Nose is yeasty with a bit of citrus lurking. Flavor is extremely balanced with sweet citrus and malt apparent first on the palate and slightly earthly hoppy bitterness on the back. Interesting in that it kind of harkens back to a pre huge citrus west coast IPA era. Don't get me wrong, the citrus is here, it is just not as in-your-face as you typically see these days. Very nice. Clean and refreshing finish.

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Photo of nohead02
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. I hear that Alpine Brewing is going to expand its production so maybe this will be easier to find in the future. It has a slightly cloudy copper appearance. The head is relatively small and subsides quickly and hugs the glass. But sakes alive the aroma it puts out grabs you. Nice combo of hoppy floral, citrus and maybe a bit of pine. Complex array of flavors with perfect bitterness mixed with right amount of maltiness. I live a half hour or so from the brewery and really need to make a trip there.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is incredible. It poured out a rich golden-yellow color with a killer white head that will not leaves. As the head subsides (after a long while) it leaves a complete layer coating the glass. The aroma and taste are classic American pale ale, but with a slightly less malt character...although there is a very nicealt character. The hop character is classic: citrusy American hops. Cascade and Centennial. Awesome. Great beer and easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice pale ale. This one poured a great looking burnt orange color and a nice head came along with it. The smell was quite hoppy at first but once it settled I could get a more spicy malty scent as well. The taste was nothing revolutionary as far as pale ales are concerned, but it was a beer that did the style about as good as it has been done. Great bready malts hit the tounge first followed by a nice orangy flavor, as you swallow the light pine hoppiness hits you and is set off very well by the perfectly smoothe carbonation. A super drinkable beer and one that I will be getting again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Horrid, horrid day at work. Needed something to drink, enjoy and not knock me out (just yet). 22oz bottle, some of which is headed into my RRBC pint glass. Picked it up with my last SBDL order - thanks Joey! I'm told this has spent about 1 month in the bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden pour with a dense, 2 finger thick off-white head with good retention. Leaves some lacing. Pretty

S: Gentle citrus (orange) hop aroma that I'm guessing is Cascade? In any case, this smells really appealing right now - delicate, flavorful and with a hint of sweetness that includes honey and bready notes. This is really good stuff.

T: Starts off mildly hoppy with a citrus bitterness that's beautifully balanced by a great hop flavor with orange and mild floral notes. While there's a malt character with a very light honey-like sweetness, it's in excellent balance with the hop character. Finishes dry and mildly bitter.

M: Light in body, great carbonation, great finish - can't ask for more

D: What a beer! I'm absolutely loving this! It goes down ridiculously easy.

Notes: At the price (including shipping) I might not buy this often but if I'm in SoCal and i need an excellent beer to go with a business lunch (or just one that's sessionable), this would be it. Well done, Alpine, every single beer I've tried from you guys is a winner.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a very thick, fluffy off white head with a yellow tint to it. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a mild grassy hop aroma. It has a slight citrus aroma also. It has a very slight caramel malt aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. The only difference is that it is a little more hoppy. It has a nice grassy hop flavor. All the flavors are quite mild. It has a slight malty sweet flavor as well. It is very well balanced.

This beer is well carbonated. It is smooth, and crisp. It leaves a slight grassy hop aftertaste.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It has a great flavor, and it tastes quite mild. Also, the alcohol is low enough to enjoy a few.

Overall: I like this beer. It is a shame I have taken so long to try it. I know I will have many more in the future.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big chill hazed hue of pale gold with a moderate capping of sticky white froth. Great lacing all over the place with thickly set cob webbing sheets.

Aroma is set in a simple balanced tone of toasted citrus. One part orange peel, one part grapefruit peel, two and one half parts toasted grain, a dash of dry grass, a pinch of pine, and half part hop cone. Delightfully clean with a smidgeon of resin always underneath the main recipe.

Taste is quite nice. First thing to notice is it'll make for one fantastic drinkin' pale. Supurb balance of hops and toasted malt all throughout each sip and/or gulp. Flavors aren't overly intense but definately encourageable within the style of an APA. Great perks of citric toned hops bring in a slight parching front of grapefruit. Quickly balanced by one finely set toasty backing of malts and firmly fluffy grainyness. Clean styled bitterness with a wonderful light drying toasty edge and grassy spice ends the fun after each sip and/or gulp for a long, long stay on the palate and memory.

Feel is wonderfully clean and balanced within a solid medium body, if not more. Finishes with fluff and toasty parched citric hops and grasses that never leave the palate. Bitterness is pleasantly easy but always there within its own balance and respectful tone.

Drinkability is bar none, awesome! So clean and balanced with the perfect bitterness and tones to its character. Wow, this stuff is the shit. I absolutely loved this beer. I could drink it all day. Alpine rocks dudes! One of the best Pales I've had. Yum! Seek and drink!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The fourth brew from the highly regarded Alpine Beer Company to regularly make it into Bombers. Has the same generic label design as the other Alpine Beers, listed as ‘Alpine Ale’, and 5.5% ABV.

Appearance: Oh this looks just great in my large 30ounce handled Mug. A pellucid golden orange shimmers with a myriad of marmalade shadows when back-lit. The off-white head forms into a massive thick looking rocky cap that has rock pool formations and a crispy nature. Attractive lacing smatters the edges of my Glass

Nose: I couldn’t help but think that I may have opened a bottle of Pure Hoppiness by mistake [for the bottle labels are almost identical] such was the “hoppy hit” that I picked up just from opening the bottle. Once poured, the hops still present a lovely enticing aspect of the overall aromas. Biscuit malts and a toasty feel intermingle with a “freshly baked bread straight from the oven” smell which warms the drinking heart.

Taste: Picks right up from where the nose left off. The biscuit malts are toasty in nature and the hoppy bitterness balances these aspects perfectly. Light piney feel with some orange pith in the back end. Teasingly solid.

Mouthfeel: Excellent balance throughout which is ably assisted with a smooth carbonation. Big feel for a brew that is only 5.5%. No complaints here.

Drinkability: I only go two bottles of the Alpine Ale, wish I had gotten more now, when I got to the last 1” of beer I so desperately wanted to crack open another and top it up again. This one drinks so easily; a solid Nose, smooth Tastes, attractive Mouthfeel and a fantastic Session-like quality

Overall: Nothing outstanding one way or another, but the malts & hops are perfectly balanced and ably supported by a soft sexy carbonation. Another great brew from Alpine Beer Co., a damn seriously drinkable Pale Ale which has a hint Englishness to it. Endearing, Well worth stocking up with a few Bombers of these if you get chance,

Thanks to the generosity of the one and only BigDog for the ride up to Alpine Brewing Company for my second visit (astoundingly some two years after my first) to what is fast becoming one of my favorite San Diego based Breweries. Very Impressive.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lower ratings on this one surprise me. Nice bright hop characteristics burst from the glass. Some tropical fruits and citric notes with a light grassy flavor. Low bitterness and very easy to drink. I would have thought this was an easy drinking IPA if I didn't know better.

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Photo of stoner420
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap

Medium amber, sparkling carbonation, white head

Smelled very citrusy, floral, big hop aromas, I was expecting something more subdued, but wow

Taste, again big hop taste, followed by a sweet malt, then a little bitter

Had sort of a medium body, goes down easy, left me wanting more, a very good beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper. Thin, bubbly dirty white head. Not much for retention, but lace is left behind in moderate amounts. Really nice bright citric tones on the nose. Like grapefruit and lemon. And a little caramel underneath it as well. This is a nice tasting APA. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable. The caramel malts provide a nice little base for the hops to work. Hops are fairly bright in their presence. Citrus and grapefruit come to mind. Lemon rind and cracked black pepper. A nice subdued bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is crisp and lively. Medium body. This one reminds me of the SNPA, which is not a bad thing. I believe this would pair nicely with grilled salmon steaks with olive oil and coarsely cracked pepper. Or crab cakes. Or chicken quesadillas. Or...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering harvest gold with a dash of juicy orange. A few steady streams of bubbles make their way though a sparse cloud of fine particulates to join the wonderful looking alabaster head... that is one of the thickest, creamiest and stickiest that I've seen on an APA in quite some time. An impressive array of lace makes the score an easy call.

There are few things in this world as deliciously aromatic as Cascade and Centennial hops when utilized by talented brewers. Kudos to Alpine for giving this ale a tremendously bright, tremendously hoppy nose that is full to bursting with sweet, snappy citrus zest.

The flavor is excellent as well, even if it commits two (minor, borderline nitpicky) sins. First of all, there's a tad too much caramel malt flavor for me. I like APAs that use nothing but pale malt so that the glory of the hops can be displayed to maximum effect. Second, there isn't quite enough resiny hoppiness. Yes, I'm well aware that this beer isn't meant to be to be an IPA.

As far as the brewery's claim of balance, I'd say that they're correct in that assertion. It might favor hops a bit, but that's all to the better. Sweet grapefruit and orange are the dominant hop-derived flavors with a trace amount of resiny pine noted on the finish. This is a hophead's session beer if I've tasted one.

The body/mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full for the style thanks to the rounded edges smoothness of the malt. While it doesn't quite reach IPA territory, it is bigger than the average pale ale. An understated amount of carbonation keeps things moving along without making a nuisance of itself.

I can't believe it took me this long to drink another Alpine beer after tasting the magnificence that is Pure Hoppiness. Alpine Ale is disappearing shockingly quickly and is one of the more compulsively drinkable APAs in recent memory. Even though the taste scores are identical, I do believe I prefer this beer to Stone Pale Ale and to AleSmith X (among the San Diego County contingent). High praise indeed.

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Photo of vacax
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden with one-inch white head. Retention is quite high, nice thick foam that leaves generous lace. Those nose is subdued compared to Alpine's other pale ales, but that does not mean this one is any slouch. There are a couple sharp hop notes, but not exceptionally aromatic ones. There is some pine, a bit of flora, and then just a bit of caramel malts to back it up.

The taste has a nice bitter floral hoppiness that comes immediately with a light sweetness. Pine and earthy hops appear in the finish. This is definitely a dialed back pale ale compared to Alpine's other offerings, but it is very balanced and tasty. There is just enough hops bite to it to satisfy, but still easy enough to session. It is bright and not loaded up with caramel, so for me this is a spot on pale ale. Medium bodied with a fine but medium-high level of carbonation. Just right. Recommended, but this is more of a style I would enjoy on draft or growler than in a six dollar bomber. Good pale ale!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Simple pimple. No obvious bottle dating.

A golden amber, almost brass but hint of orange color to the body. Really sparkling clear. Some fast rising carbonation to go with it also. Head is a real nice strong and bright white fluffy three finger simple head. Big retention, and nice cap with island and peaked valley clumps for the top.

Bouquet is an interesting mix. Soft grains, faint sweetness of toast and powder. Very musty though, with a minimal hop somewhat floral presence. Unique, but somewhat off putting.

Palate comes really nicely. Big sense of controlled malt, and the sweetness hints towards fruity ester and perfect balance of crackling and chewy toasty malt. Hints of toasted bread and white sugar but not overly sweet, with a hint of caramel. Big bakery dry finish too with much of the sweetness coming. VEry controlled but also noticeable bitterness on the finish and hinting of fruit grapefruit, orange and citrus, with a slight cookie biscuit.

A real interesting pale ale, very enjoyable, from a great brewery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a nice head. Aroma was of citrus hops and a bit of pale malt. The taste was quite similar, with citrus hops as well as generic citrus flavor. Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation. All around, a very drinkable and very, very well-made pale ale. When it comes to Alpine and hops, I'd expect nothing less.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at O'Brien's
A- Clear light orange hue, minimal white ring of bubbles, moderate lacing
S- Clean, crisp scent, light bread malts, light floral/citrus/earthy hops
T- Very refreshing taste characterized by bread/biscuit malts, subtle hops come in slowly and finishes dry
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Solid and well-balanced pale ale, very refreshing, no noticeable alcohol presence, strong session beer that I could drink all night long

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled ontap at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

This beer is yellow orange with a foamy head that leaves a great lace. It has a restrained hop aroma. It has a solid hop flavor and bite, which gives way to a soft warming maltiness. The body is light to medium. This strikes me as a toned down version of their Pure or Exponential Hoppiness. Or rather, this must be the basis for their double IPAs.

Overall: a lighter bodied but great tasting pale ale with that Alpine taste.

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear golden-amber with a dense layer of foam upon it. The torrent of rising carbonation is keeping the head going for longer than it's going to take me to finish this glass. A great looking beer for sure.

Smell: An even mix of zesty citrus hops and dry bready malts. Undertones of butterscotch or toffee. Clean and nicely balanced without being too one-dimensional.

Taste & mouthfeel: Semi-dry biscuit-like malts appear first, followed by a slight buttery slickness and finally fruity, oily hops (orange and lemon). Medium-bodied with a full flavor that doesn't linger on the palate too long. The finish is almost dry, but for a hint of caramel beneath the mild hop bitterness. This strikes me as an APA with an English influence.

Notes: Great stuff, this one exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of regspeir
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this thanks to hamilton23. 22 oz bottle poured into into a pint glass revealed a light amber and a three-finger white head which settled to one-finger. The lacing was obvious and lasted throughout. Nose was a hint of orange and lemon with notes of bread malts. Taste was clean and light with elements of hops, orange, lemongrass, some biscuity malt and buttery sweetness. The finish included a mild but pleasing bitterness. The mouthfeel was light, smooth with moderate carbonation. This was a very refreshing brew and, I think, a wonderful interpretation of the style. A summer afternoon is a perfect excuse to try one!

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Alpine Brewery and O’Brien’s San Diego
The beer appears a golden amber color with the head small to moderate in size, the consistency creamy with the lace forming a nice curtain to conceal the glass. Nose has a brisk citrus like crispness with a pleasing light hop floral tone, start is sweet and pleasantly malt laden, top is middling in feel. Finis has a purposeful acidity, the hops upfront and spicy, the aftertaste dry and a fine drinking beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Purchased at Alpine Brewery a few days ago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm loving Alpine more and more.

Served after a period of rest once removed from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels.

A: Pours a four finger head of smooth rolling foam, nice cream, great thickness, and great retention. Good lacing. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, caramel, munich malts, background floral hopping, hints of yeast, and full barley. An average strength aroma.

T: Clean pale and munich malts. Full bodied barley. Some underlying cream. I like the creamy finish. Straw. It's quite nicely balanced, albeit simple. True to its label, it's not too sweet or too bitter. Clean, fresh, and refreshing. It's indeed a solid everyday beer, with more complexity than you'd expect from a beer in the style. I can't see anyone not liking this. Would be a great introduction to beer for anyone who claims not to like it. This is about as palatable as a beer can get. Naturally, it's neither complex nor subtle - but the mastery is in the balance. Surprisingly well layered for a Pale Ale. I'm impressed. Still, it's not fantastic. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not pushing any boundaries, but what it does, it does very well.

Mf: Light, lively, wet, and smooth. Suits the flavours very well. Clean and refreshing. Perfect thickness. Angelically soft. Ideal for the style. Lightly buttery. Creamy on the end of the third act and in the finish - which I love.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. I like it more and more the more I drink. It's practically perfect for the style. Rarely does such simplicity yield such good results. Alpine didn't get showy with it; there's a ballsiness to sticking to basics. I'd definitely get this again, ideally on draft. There's nothing new here, but it's just so damn good within the style. Anyone would love this beer. I can't think of a better Pale Ale.

High A-

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Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

31st review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint Glass

App- The epitome of gold. It looked like liquid gold in the glass. It has a one finger super carbonated head that lingered for quite a bit. Bubbles all over the glass with a very nice lacing pattern.

Smell- Very sweet with a floral hops character.

Taste- Mirros the smell. Very sweet up front with balanced flavors. I would about a 6.5/10 on the hop character. Has a bready malty taste to it as well.

Mouth- As I mentioned before its very balanced with the flavors, bite and crispness.

Drink- It's the 1st beer I have had from Alpine. Not bad. I look forward to the others.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a lot of Alpine up here in LA, so I nabbed this when I saw it at Vendome. Poured into my Red Hook pint glass.

A: Yellow-orange and fairly clear aside from a few floties. Decent head to start, about one finger and orange-white, but not much retention. Lacing looks pretty good.

S: Nice crisp malt up front with a decent amount of sweetness. Behind this is a nice bit of citrus hops.

T: Good clean malt and sweetness quickly fades to a big citrusy flavor, mostly orange, but not particularly bitter. Good smooth flavor, but not boring.

MF: Thin bodied, but they don't try to overcompensate with too much carbonation, making this easy to drink but not boring in the mouth.

D: One of the best pale ale's I've had....nice sweetness and decent amount of hops, but not just hoppy without reason like so many APA's are. This isn't my favorite style...but this beer is as good as any in the style that I've had. Low ABV makes it super drinkable. Nice work.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very fine ale that I was fortunate to try at O'brien's in San Diego. This good looking amber-bodied ale was topped off by a smallish off-white head that laced very well down the glass. The nose is a most pleasing blend of the malt base along with the generous hopping. The flavor follows through with this nice balance and creates a genuinely fine drinking experience that eminently drinkable.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A : Pours a rich golden orange color with a half-finger frothy white head. Very solid lacing.

S : Rich malty notes with a small underlying piney hop. Think opposite of the hop dominance in an IPA.

T : Repeat of the smell, rich caramel and toasty malt with a small bitter crisp bite of pine.

M : Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

D : Very drinkable. I'll have two.

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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.