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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine AleAlpine Ale

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003)
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1.3/5  rDev -64%

Pours a super clear pale orange color with a small 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Spotty ring lacing on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops and dirty socks. I think there is something seriously wrong with this bottle. Taste is of bitter herbal hops and a musty funky nastiness. Beyond awful. Surprisingly well carbonated with a crisp and clean feel. Ok, there has to be something very very wrong with this particular bottle. I had my wife confirm to make sure my nose/palate weren't off. First thing she said: "Smells like dirty gym socks". Disappointing.

03-12-2011 05:53:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

2.3/5  rDev -36.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for sharing.

A: Crystal Clear pale golden yellow. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a humongous 4 finger head. Head disappears relatively quickly leaving good lacing.

S: Cascade hops are first and foremost with caramel malt sweetness quickly to follow. Something smells off with this one though.

T: Funk. Hops are there and so is the malt but it's quickly erased by a spoiled bottle.

M: Light body, ample carbonation, horrible aftertaste.

O: Blech. One of my first drainpours in a while. I'm thinking this wasn't the best representation of the brew, but still wow, this wasn't good.

07-21-2011 02:44:06 | More by suspect
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2.4/5  rDev -33.5%

Poured at the weekday tasting. Thanks to dvelcich for sharing this.

Watered down straw coloring with a full finger white head.

Very little going on in the nose, couldnt pick out much of anything. Some pale malts and a slight hop profile.

I have had a few alpine beers and they have all been good. This one fell way short im sorry to say. The first thing that came to mind was "where is the beer?" Very boring and bland. No hops and very light malts in this one. Sorry to say, it tasted like a better miller lite.

Very light mouthfeel, almost waterlike.

Highly drinkable, easy to drink, I just would not want to.

Sorry Alpine :|

01-08-2011 20:02:12 | More by oreo
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2.48/5  rDev -31.3%

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber into my Peroni Pilsner style glass.

A: A yellowish/Orange pour with an aggressive billowy white head, nice lacing throughout.

S: A little funky, almost a skunky smell but not overly offensive.

T: Slighly malt forward but a real short dry, perhaps bitter finish. rather boring in the end.

M: average for the style, easy drinking.

O: Certainly not something I would search out but nothing offensive either.


05-09-2013 01:29:03 | More by TheLostGringo
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

05-19-2013 21:56:43 | More by IP-EH
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

07-30-2013 01:33:17 | More by DonFrap
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

08-30-2013 02:34:04 | More by Zaximus
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2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

bomber bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass

Pours very clear. A dark butterscotch color with very little bright white head, and very few bubbles rising. Decent lace.

I get a little bit of a burnt toast smell, not much else.

Taste is mostly malt, slightly burned taste, then a touch of hop bitterness. Nothing spectacular going on here, but not offensive at all.

Mouth feel is thin body with a dry finish.

Overall, just okay.

07-09-2014 02:59:24 | More by searsclone
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District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

The elusive Alpine Ale. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden/straw color, superb clarity, with a half finger of pure white head which fizzles out almost immediately. Poor retention and some lacing.

S: Pale, bready malt and a whiff of orange citrus.

T: Pale malt, orange rind bitter/slightly sour off-flavor, and a hint of brightness from hops. Ugh, this is pretty mediocre.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: So-so non-hoppy pale ale, one which is impossible to justify drinking especially considering Alpine's other offerings.

03-08-2012 06:08:38 | More by pmarlowe
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2.94/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a regular amber color with a sub-par head in the Duvel tulip. Spritzy enough on the tongue. Light bodied with a slightly soapy mouthfeel.

Some flavors of dark biscuits and an aroma of those cheap creme sandwich cookies. A fragrant hint of malt followed by some hoppy bitterness. Flavor just flattens out. Bitter aftertaste without much else.

It's hard to find much fault with this, but overall it's a plain and not very pleasing quaff. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine on Adams Ave.

01-20-2013 04:39:29 | More by mactrail
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

Overall just okay. I've tried some of the best California has to offer, so I'm a bit tough. No head, kinda flat and the taste is just right down the middle. Bought this cause I've heard such great things about some of their other beers. It could just be my taste, but overall this beer will be one and done for me.

04-07-2014 01:35:48 | More by 64vdub
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

poured into an oversized snifter, this copper beer produces a two-fingered head which quickly recedes to a spattering whilst leaving behind decent lacing.

crackery malts with some herbal hops and a butterscotch/caramel presence.

peppery, with crackers and herbs being dominant... some citrus gives way to cracked black pepper and buttered crackers.

light/medium bodied with decent carbonation.

well.... At least Alpine makes some incredible hoppy beers which make this forgettable pale ale pale in comparison (pun intended). not terribly bad, but not any good, either.

03-13-2012 05:54:14 | More by silentjay
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Grassy, hoppy aroma with lemon and some earth. Lighter tasting than expected, until I saw its an XPA. Crisp and metallic malt with a bit of hops; not too much, but enough to know they are there. Good enough.

12-04-2008 19:49:34 | More by magictrokini
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-29-2012 04:19:31 | More by leschkie
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-26-2013 01:27:58 | More by zach60614
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-24-2013 16:16:36 | More by CEDAMA
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-07-2012 05:13:43 | More by DCRA
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-20-2013 19:08:56 | More by gshak
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

09-04-2012 04:37:02 | More by drewone
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a clear brown with a dark orange tinge. Nice two finger head that sticks arouns awhile and leaves nice lacing. On the nose sweet malts and sugary spice with a hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat flat with an offputting metallic taste at the end. Somewhat drinkable and you dont taste the alcohol but shouldnt anyway at this abv. No where near the quality of duet and not a beer i would bother drinking again.

03-16-2011 04:40:36 | More by Trilogy31
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Bottled recently.

Pours light amber with an etched surface and excellent clarity. Smells of floral hops and plenty of grainy, sweet malts. There is a good dose of wood on the nose too - not very impressive. Flavor is of slightly sweet crystal malts, some wood, a bit of bitterness, some zucchini blossoms. Medium bodied with moderate carb. A drinkable beer, and easy to guzzle at that, but nothing special.

09-19-2012 04:55:38 | More by harrymel
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-08-2012 21:48:14 | More by crbooher
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-18-2014 05:59:32 | More by mhaugo
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-16-2011 08:03:45 | More by RichBeer
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-13-2013 07:19:10 | More by Stevedore
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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
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