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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 441
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 441
Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would have expected this to be rated a little bit higher on BA after tasting on tap...A nice hoppy pale ale. Good bitter bite but not to much for the style. Well done overall. (175 characters)

Photo of mschantz
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle picked up NYE. 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. (528 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass

A - pours a golden color with about 1cm of head leaving nice lacing on the glass. There is constant visible carbonation. The disipates fairly quickly leaving a small crown on the top of the beer

S - Soft notes all the way around. It has floral, pine, nuttiness, and a touch of malt. Very nice and balance

T - The tastes are more pronounced then the smells above. The floral and grapefruit notes come out the most, but much softer than that of, say, Sculpin. Very tasty.

M - Good amount of carbonation mixed with a light body

D - I could definitely have another, or two, of these beers

Good quality stuff; the first beer I've had from Alpine; definitely not the last. (720 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Steve, shared with him and Sammy. 22oz into a tulip.

Pours a golden yellow, with some soapy white head. Decent retention, some floaties. Nose has some light citrus, some toasted malt and a general cracker. Taste has more toasty pale malts, an understated citrus quality to it and some hoppiness. Clean and effective. Mild lingering bitterness, and a crisp, clean finish. Great drinkability and super sessionable. An impressive pale overall, nails the style and I could drink this one for days. (513 characters)

Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that fades to a nice amount of frothy lacing.

S- Light grainy aroma with undertones of orange zest and light fruit.

T- Deep and malty without being heavy, hints of citrus fruits that leads into a grapefruit bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity, soft carbonation.

D- This is a killer APA. Nothing too crazy going on here but I am digging the balance. (405 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into my newly acquired Weyerbacher tulip.

A- Nice light, golden color. Huge, billowy head with a lot of lacing down the glass. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles

S- A mix of bready malts and a slight citrus hop.

T- The same as the smell. There is a sweet bready taste up front, then a mild citrus hop bite on the back.

M- Light and bubbly, I even get an oily hint there (love that)

O- This is a pretty good beer. I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Definately worth a try. (497 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with citrus hops with some grapefruit. There is a bit of floral and grassy hop smells as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and orange peel hops and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with some grassy hops. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel, orange peel, and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice pale ale with a great balance of sweet malt and hops. Very sessionable. (736 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine
Alpine Ale
22oz bomber
DFH Signature Glass

A: Mildly hazy orange color. 1/2 finger bright white head. Carbonation rolling off the bottom of the glass! Head dissapates quickly! Not too much lacing.

S: Yup, smells like a nice pale ale. Lots of malt character with minimal hop body. Smells sweet actually.

T: A very nice pale ale here. I like it. You get some hop bite on front of the tongue (not IPA like but good). Malt balance on the mid-mouth feel. Followed by a very easy an clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: A solid pale ale. Good work Alpine (567 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear deep golden bordering on amber with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of citrus and caramel mostly, slight hint of bread and dark dried fruit in there as well. Taste is more malt than hop. Bready and caramel malts up front mixed with a bit of grapefruit midway and a lingering sweet malt finish that is semi dry. Medium to thin body, Resinous almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium level of carbonation. I enjoyed this one a bit. Great session ale. (595 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA. A great place to drink great beer.

A - Hazy golden yellow, white head that fades slowly.

S - Fruity, flowery hops in the nose. As fresh as a beer can be.

T - Balance of hops and malt is great. Bready, malty, toasty.

M - Smooth with slight carbonation. Malt can get a bit cloying.

Big fan. (346 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sent myself this pale ale from California, and it arrived yesterday. I gave it exactly one day before eagerly cracking it open post-exercise (Michelob Ultra kiss my ass).

The American pale ale look to it is grand. Filtered crystal clear, golden orange, puffy head that says "drink me, I'm yours". Yes you are, you naughty beer, you.

It smells sexy too, malts aroma of caramel and biscuit that yield to citrus hops and a bitey, piney hop or two - just so you know it's still from out west. The taste follows that profile, and it finishes exquisitely clean with water and hops bitterness that pleasantly licks the back of the tongue. At 5.5% alcohol by volume, this is damn easy to drink, and oh-so-thirst-quenching as a light-to-medium bodied brew.

Overall I'm very pleased. And disappointed to hit the end of the bottle, because we can't get this in New York. (865 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Justin!

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear amber brew. Head collapses slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is balanced and understated.

Taste is sweet upfront, a peek of citrus in the middle, and balanced through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with easy drinkability. I, for one, will not slam Alpine for a brew that isn't over-the-top hoppy. Nice, approachable sessionable brew. Good stuff. (504 characters)

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a nice pale golden color, with a very thin head, great clarity. The head sort of disappears quickly, leaving only a thin ring at the top. Looks about average. The smell is nice, slight floral hoppiness, a little burst of resins, leafs, with a little citrus fruitness; also a bit pungent. Also, you can smell the slightly bready, grainy malts behind it. Good smelling, and not far fetched for what I would expect of an APA. The taste comes out with a slight bitterness, balanced by the nice malt backbone. The resinous fruit comes up, reminding me of a bitter grapefruit. Not a lot of sweetness though to conjure of the fruitiness. Finishes a little dry and grassy. Pretty good. The mouthfeel is kind of a thin medium, with a nice lively carbonation, but not too much of a bite, with a resinous hoppy finish. I can definitely dig this. Could probably drink a few bombers and be set for the night. A pleasant beer that I would probably keep around if available, but won't necessarily blow you away. Maybe a little too bitter for the level of dryness for me, but still, quite enjoyable. (1,123 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the brewery during my SD trip and shipped back. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a clear golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a good collar and thin film. Good amounts of sticky lace.

The aroma was pale malts, bready with some citric hops in the back. More malt than hops. The taste was good and again was malty and bready with moderate dose of hops to counter the malt. Good tasting but more on the malty than hoppy side for me. Mouthfeel was medium body and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good APA that would be even better with a few more aromatic hops in it. Definitely worth trying if you can easily get some. Really liking this brewery right now and would put this in the middle of the pack of their beers. Rotation: not avail here - shipped back. Wouldn't ship anymore back but would have on tap or at the brewery during my next trip to SD. [O;BO] (955 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear and golden colored with an inch of pure white head that leaves a significant amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is malt forward, with a bit of hops and citrus. It actually smells like a lager. Good flavor, dominated by a slightly sweet malt bill. A light helping of bitter hops presents itself near the finish. Light bodied and pretty easy to drink. Overall, this was a decent beer, but nowhere near the quality of my favorite beers from Alpine. Light and refreshing with a nice, simple flavor. Worth a try. (538 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Georgiabeer at the Brick Store.

Pours a light, clear golden with a decent white head.

The aroma is light with citrus and floral hop hints and a solid bready malt smell in the background. There are also some toasted grains in there as well.

The taste has the same lemony hop taste as the aroma suggested as well as the bready malts and toasted grains. Interestingly, the overall taste seemed almost buttery which was not what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and it's a very refreshing brew overall. (536 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color with an off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is citrusy hops with some bready malt, pretty balanced.

T- The taste like the aroma is very smooth and balanced with some biscuity malt and citrusy hops.

M- Light bodied with a good mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these.

Overall, this is a very good West-coast APA that is highly recommended. (451 characters)

Photo of tchaos
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of whitebricke -- thanks, Ted!

A- Light amber/gold color -- very slightly hazy -- with a moderate off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities.

S- Biscuity, with some mild citrus

T- Very clean, and well balanced between the grassy hops and maltiness.

M- Light bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation and clean finish.

O- Alpine Ale hit a real sweetspot for me with the balanced profile and moderate ABV. The biscuit malt characteristics certainly pulled me in and made me crave the next sip. It paired very well with some earthy foods. I'm looking to try this again soon. (615 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a very nice head that sticks around aas aa cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells grainy, and perhaps even a bit soapy, but relatively clean otherwise with light citrusy hops and a bit of light breadiness. Definitely on the maltier side, but quite dry and a bit grainy as far as the taste goes. The hops taste earthier than they smelled and there is a small amount of lingering bitterness that cuts through the biscuity malt a bit. Fairly tasty, and quite dry while maintaining a bit of juiciness. Smooth and dry in the mouth with the slightest hint of graininess coming through. Very tasty and quite a nice session beer. (641 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/22/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very transparent golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and pine hops. More hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, pine hops.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very nice APA, with a lot of hops. Would have it again. (466 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear well carbonated amber, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Rather malty, caramel, straw, what, not much in the way of hops.

T-Maltier for an APA than I'd like, but the balance is good, Starts caramel/straw and ends with a milt citrus and grass notes. Orange as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Maltier than I was expecting from Alpine, but the balance was good. Don't expect a hoppy APA but for one on the malt forward side, it pulled it off. (472 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured in to a chalice glass

A- pours a bright golden amber color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lacing behind

S- smells very much like an English pale ale; tons of biscuit malt with some caramel & bready sweetness, underlying grassy, floral & citrus hops

T- taste follows the nose, lots of biscuit malt with some caramel and toasted notes, grassy and floral hop compliments the malt, with hints of citrus closing it out , more biscuit malt on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that stays strong all the way to a chewy creamy finish, classic Alpine mouthfeel

O- quite different from the typical pale ale, but super drinkable and very enjoyable (765 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a small, tight white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of bready malts with a some citrus hops.

Tastes of a dose of pale malts with piny and citrus hops. Pale malts are biscuity and bready with a grainy sweetness. Hops are plentiful and add the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with a crisp amount of carbonation. (398 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with a 1 finger white head that recedes to lacing.

S: Lemony hops seem to be the main component here.

T: Lemony hops on top of a light, relatively clean malt body. Touch of sweetness is back there. Slightly sharp in flavor, with a touch of grassiness. Finishes with a slight bitterness. To me, the flavor is decent, but doesn't quite come together like I'd like.

M: A touch light to my taste, with good carbonation.

D: Very good.

Overall a pretty good, sessionable APA. (496 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a clear honey golden color w/ a clean white head.

Aroma is slightly grainy pale malt and subtle floral & citrusy hops.

Taste is honey-sweet pale malt, balanced just right by hop bitterness. A hint of lemon. Clean water too. Medium-bodied, crisp finish.

Overall just a really tasty, drinkable session beer. (342 characters)

Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.