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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine AleAlpine Ale

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 469
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 24
Gots: 43 | 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: 136 | Hads: 469
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.32/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of suspect
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of oreo
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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 :|

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Photo of TheLostGringo
2.47/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.


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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As bottles aren't dated I don't know if it was fresh or not but there was absolutely zero hop smell or taste in this beer. It tasted, to me, like an old ale.

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Photo of searsclone
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of silentjay
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of 64vdub
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Bomber into a Russian River Globe on 3/22/11.

Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a thin white lacing all over the glass.

Smell takes a little warming to come out so don't drink it super cold out of the fridge. I can smell some malt, hops and a little fruity flower smell but the smell is very faint even after leting it warm a little.

Taste is well balanced like the label says not to much malt no to much hops. but the taste is so well balanced that the malt and hops cancels each other out leaving the taste flat and uninteresting.

Mouth feel is very light almost no bitterness at first and the slightest resin cover bitterness left over. Again not a lot going on with this one.

Drinkability is good at 5.5 ABV. It goes down easy but with so many other pales out there that are much better and more available I can't really recommend this one other then to just give it a one and done.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of rand
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

A: Straw-yellow in color, effervescent. Forms a tight little head that leaves little patches of lacing.

S: Touch of citrus meets floral hop notes. Earthy, cracker-y notes run-up against slightly sweet bready notes. Fairly subdued nose overall.

T: Dry citrus-rind balanced by grassy notes and a touch of honey sweetness. Very dry. Woody aspects in the middle, almost salty. Did I say dry? Finishes short and dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, prickly carbonation throughout.

This isn't a bad beer, but it tastes more like a nondescript lager than an Alpine treat. Definitely grading on a curve here...I suspect they're brewing for the masses, but for a beer geek or a hophead I don't see the point given Alpine's limited distribution. Alpine makes one of the best Pale's you'll ever come across in Hoppy Birthday, it's too bad that's not as available as this one is.

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Photo of craytonic
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very good, summer golden orange with an enormous overflowing head. Strong hoppy, citrus nose. Big bitter element. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but way over-carbonated and a tad sour. Certainly plenty of hops for an APA though, that I could tell.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was on tap at Liars' Club, served in a pint glass. Looked very nice with a golden light orange color. The smell and the taste were just way too lacking for me. I couldn't detect an oz. of hops in the aroma and neither in the taste. It was very grainy and definitely very light. There was nothing about this beer that would want to make me order it again, although it does deliver as a light, low taste alternative to something like a standard light lager or something.

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Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this...
Appears a light gold with a small white head and scattered lacing. Tiny carbonation and white lacing and a small collar.
Smell is of light citrusy hops with mixed malts. Not a whole lot jumping out.
Taste is about the same impact of the aroma. Some light citrus and grassy hops and a light malt backbone that seems to balance it out but doesn't really bring it into an upper echelon.
Mouthfeel is balanced but grainy. Medium bodied brew which I'm trying to analyze too much and not getting much inspiration.
Drinkability is ok. I probably wouldn't run to this one again. Maybe it's just me but this seemed very average, even for an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No date on bottle...

Large flowing white pillow head. Loosely packed soapy foam. Brew has nice orange clarity. Moderate lacing.

Bready and clearly crystal. A bit of a malt bomb missing much hop. Dry and bland.

Zero sharpness. watery, dry, earthy, missing hops flavors. Very mild grapefruit flavor, very hidden and laid back. Tons of caramel/crystal malt. Belgian sugars too. Sweetness is mild, bitterness is existent, but not pronounced. Carbonation overwhelms the flavors and appropriate dryness..

A disappointing brew from Alpine; nothing memorable. Worthy, but not worth seeking.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A very clean dark golden orange body with a very nice snow white head. Very sticky, very nice.

S: Soapy with hints of orange, malts and a mellow caramel aroma.

T: Begins a bit soapy with some minor grapefruit, tangerine and honey notes. Continues somewhat herbal, a bit buttery with thoughts of fresh grass clippings. Pronounced grainy aftertaste with a subtle toffee notes. Soapiness unfortunately continues thru the entire process.

M: Medium body with good carbonation

D: Pretty straight forward beer. Nothing special but nothing really detracting.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark pilsner with 2" dense white head and good lacing.

S- Sweet pilsner malts. Very faint pine hops.

T- Sweet amber malts. Maybe some rye? Hop are very lax in this beer for a pale ale.

M- Light bodied. Low carbonation and very east to drink.

O- Tastes more like a ale than a pale ale, but a good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a pale ale, average yellow, 1/2" head on the top, all white, the lace was inconsistent, but the retention was reliable.

Aroma lacked hops, especially compared with their other beers. Smells grainy just as much as hops.

Taste, doesn't offer much. Its liquid. Its mild. Its easy to drink. An english pale almost, but without that fetid swamp water burton yeast. Doesn't make sense to have this beer in bombers at such a price. Pass.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent sunny orange color, with a white head of a finger, leaving good lace.

Aroma is bready, with some citrus hops and mild caramel...very mild.

Pleasant bitterness, lightly malty and bready. Finish is slightly bitter.

Crisp, light, slightly creamy and oily on the palate.

Nothing wowing, but it's nice and pleasant.

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Photo of errantnight
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well a long time ago Grover in Boston brought some Pure Hoppiness to a Stone tasting at the Wine Cellar in Brookline... and ever since then I've had a great and enduring love for that beer. My grandfather lives not far from Alpine, and although I've still never been to the brewery (I seem to always be down to visit him on Sundays), whenever I'm in the area I pick up a couple bombers to satiate me.

So when I started to see Alpine pop up in LA county... I was super excited, even if it wasn't the Pure Hoppiness for which I pined.

This is my first tasting, and it was a bit of a disappointment.

Poured a pale clear golden, bubbly, thin-headed, into my Levitation tulip. Decent head that stayed, looks a lot like a pale ale, maybe a bit more orange.

Aroma and taste are solid, but muted. Far too subtle even for a pale (IMO). You've got some west-coast styled hops (citrus, floral predominate) and it's balanced by a grainy malt backbone, but both are barely there. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, too.

I could session this until the cows come home... but at what, 5 bucks a bottle, why? It's not a bad beer, but we're inundated with IPAs and pale ales out here, and while if this was the house pale ale on tap at some local brewpub I'd be happy to lap it up every day, it's really not worth your attention except to try it. I'll revisit someday, but it won't be a pressing concern.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks for the cool extra in the recent math bif. another alpine i had never had an was thrilled to be able to knock off the list. served cold and poured into two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 09/11/2010.

really nice pour with a bright golden body and a really nice head of white that reaches about two fingers up the glass before settling back down and producing a light amount of lace on the side of the glass.

aroma is sweet up front with light touches of floral hops that seem to be muted, with only a light citrus touch that comes to the surface. flavor mirrors this as well as the sweet malty base seems to dominate and even provide a bit of a light fruit touch to an otherwise nominal flavor. light dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

overall it was ok, but really was not terribly crazy about this one. i have had much better from alpine.

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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.