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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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135 Reviews
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Reviews: 135
Hads: 468
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: 135 | Hads: 468
Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of mschantz
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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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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 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 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 ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: classic APA, burnt orange, a bit cloudy, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: some malt, but also lists of citrusy hops, with orange aromas really coming through.

Taste: again, classic APA, but the orange citrus flavors kick thou up a couple of notches.

Feel: bright and tangy, bubbly on the palate.

Overall: if I had regular access to this, it would always be in my beer fridge. A great representation of the APA style.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.