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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%


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.

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kevanb

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, bomber into pint glass.

It pours a nice clean copper color with a slim foamy head. There are lots of bubbles rising to the top so no carbonation problems, looks refreshing. Smells really bready, lots of toasted malts on the nose. The flavor is pretty enjoyable but rather basic, malty up front, not too sweet, not too bitter either. Reminds me more of a pilsner than an ale but its fairly refreshing for a sunday watching the game.

Verdict: Not the strongest offering from Alpine, but if you are after a lighter beer or sharing with a non beer snob it could be up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:38:32 | More by kevanb
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aquazr1

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfectly clear golden amber with a short, white head that leaves very little lacing. Nicely carbonated.

S - Not very hop forward, mostly malt notes on the nose, wheat is what I mostly pick up.

M - Easy drinking medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

T - More of what hit the nose, malty with a small amount of hops.

O - A nicely done pale ale but missing the hops that I would make me appreciate more.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 23:44:23 | More by aquazr1
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at the brewpub.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger white foam head. Good retention, slow fading into a lasting ring.  Soapy lacing costs the glass.

Light floral hop aroma with subtle citrus and sweet malt.  Kind of average with delicate hops and biscuity malt.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of fresh spicy hops and pale malts. Delicate floral hops with hints of biscuit, bread and graham cracker.  Nothing extraordinary but it's a good sessionable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 20:37:59 | More by corby112
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HopHead84

California

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11/26/10

Thanks Arthur.

A: Dark golden orange with a small head.

S: Hop bouquet is reminiscent of noble hops, almost German pilsner-like. Notes of lemon and fresh cut grass are apparent. Some floral aromatics. Not a typical pale ale. Light caramel.

T: Flavor also has pilsner characteristics, with lemon and earth. Caramel malt is light. There's a hint of pepper-like spiciness. Bitterness is low, but there isn't much sweetness either. Not much fruit, maybe a little orange.

M: Dry, crisp, clean. Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An oddity for this brewery. Not bad, but an atypical pale ale that is destroyed by hoppy birthday (same category) and put to shame by their other fine hoppy offerings. Anyway, thanks for the opportunity, friend...reminds me more of a German Pils than a Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 08:50:43 | More by HopHead84
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice transparent gold with a thick white head.

S - Most of the nose is earthy/vegetable aroma from the hops. There is also hints of yeast.

T - Similar to the smell, there is an earthy flavor from the hops that hits you at first. Behind this flavor is some caramel from the grains. The finish is really nice and crisp with a hint of bitterness, but not too much.

M - Farily light bodied with a medium carbonation, makes this really pleasant to drink.

O - I don't think the smell or taste are anything special, but the crisp mouthfeel and refreshing finish make this an enjoyable pale ale that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:56:12 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a tulip glass. No dates on the bottle.

A: A huge fluffy white head on top of an orange golden liquid. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S: Light sweet malt aromas mixed with hops and some lemon.

T: Taste follows the smell but the malt takes a backseat. It has a pretty nice flavor of hops without being too overpowering. Unfortunately the finish has a skunky flavor to it.

M: Medium body with a adequate level of carbonation. It has a refreshing mouthfeel and is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 03:21:47 | More by IdrinkGas
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DocJitsu

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a nearly pure white, quickly dissipating head. A nose comprised of notes of banana and green grape. Lagerish and pilsnery, if you will. Mouthfeel is certainly more full-bodied for a pilsner style lager. A little carbonation burn at the finish. this is a Candaian lager in full on collision with a Czech pilsner--on steroids. Not in my wheelhouse, but respectable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 02:25:16 | More by DocJitsu
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t420o

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very aggressive pour produced a 2 finger frothy/pillowy head that stuck around for a few sips and left nice lacing. Beer is clear and straw colored.

S- toasted bread, slightly bitter hops, lemongrass, smells more like a ESB than a APA

T- slight bitterness upfront is followed by a buttery malty taste and finished slightly bitter again

M- very good viscosity but slightly overcarbonated

O- a good and very drinkable beer, but there are far better Pale ALes on the market than this. Very sessionable

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 21:43:46 | More by t420o
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Klym

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

Won't go into too much detail on this one, as like some other reviews from notes my notes are sparse, which means I didn't have much to say in the first place. I found this to pale (no pun intended) in comparison to hoppy birthday but still an enjoyable PA. Very much centered on wheat and cereals with hops adding a slight spice both in nose and in taste. It was a very mellow flavor blended together by some maltiness, but the body was refreshing and it was slightly creamy which gave it some interesting drinkability. I could enjoy a glass of this but not sure why I would if I had other options around (especially at the brewery!).

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 04:51:33 | More by Klym
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out looking like a pale ale, mild to average color yellow, 3/5" head on the top, white in color, average retention, average, somewhat inconsistent lace on it.

The aroma is minimally hoppy, if you're looking for the hop bomb aromas that many of their ipa's have, you're going to be a little bit disappointed. It still smells nice, but its really a background smell that shares its place with a grainy aroma that is clean, not heavy.

Same with the taste, clean, not heavy, mildly hoppy, probably appropriate for style, but about the most minimalistic pale ale for Alpine. Comes out a little more English style-esque with the breadiness of the malts, almost a Sorachi ace like lemonness. You start to pick up on a little too much toffee and caramel to a lesser extent, making the minor hop vibe fade away a little too early.

Its a little expensive to pay around $6 for a bomber of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 18:00:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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azdback

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my matching Alpine pint glass. Very light orange and almost yellow color. Clear in appearance with large carbonation bubbles that lead to a small soapy, one finger head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves just a small collar and some decent lace.

Smell is quite earthy, musty and bread notes. I can't really say that I like this much at this point. I can't pull out any decent hop notes.

Taste is much like the smell. Earth, grass and bread. Some sweetness I would describe as watermelon?

Mouth is a bit thin and watery. Carbonation is light and the finish is short and medium dry.

Overall I wasn't that turned on by this offering from one of my favorite brewery of all time. I would suggest you pick this up if given the opportunity but not something I would ever trade for or go out of my way to get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:14:23 | More by azdback
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BucannonXC5

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $4.50 (I think)
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden clearer color with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of white head. Pretty good lacing on the sides and nice retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled pale malts, butter, honey, lemon grass and some bread.

Tasted similar to the smell. Butter, honey, lemon and grassy. Some light pine notes, but as citrusy as I would have thought.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

A decent pale ale overall. Considering I was drinking most of it in the cold darkness in the back patio, these ratings could change if I tried it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 23:38:57 | More by BucannonXC5
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Arbitrator

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Against my better judgment (getting tired of $8+ bombers), I bought this from K&L Wines. I haven't had it before, and I do love Alpine.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow body with small washes of lace down the glass during sips. A moderate collar is left after the finger of foam recedes.

S: Orange, a touch of caramel. I'm surprised by how much lemon and grass I pick up in the nose; it almost reminds me of a Noble hop selection, and evokes memories of a pilsner I sipped over the weekend. I swear it reminds me of a pilsner-APA hybrid.

T: I can't shake that comparison in the taste, either. The lemon hop taste is quite distinctive, and it comes with a touch of cracked pepper. The dominant taste is actually orange rind with some grass. Almost no bitterness, or it's well masked by the light caramel malt.

M: Clean, drying finish that works well for this light-bodied beer. Good carbonation for the style. It's a little watery in the finish, which is a surprise from an otherwise-excellent brewery like Alpine.

D: This isn't as mindblowing as Hoppy Birthday; it fits more into the balanced APA spectrum. There, it's competing with the likes of Parking Violation, Moon Man, and a few others that I'd prefer to this one. It's very good, but $8 a bomber? I'm not likely to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 05:54:50 | More by Arbitrator
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to poniell for sharing (again)

Pours a clear golden with orange tones, thin white head, bubbled film and spotty lacing.

Biscuit malt, a little buttery, slight sweetness, floral hops.

Bitter floral hops with some light fruit. Biscuit malt with somewhat persistent buttery notes. A bit sweet with honey. Finishes with bitter dry hops, lingers on the tongue.

Medium body, decent carbonation, fairly refreshing on the tongue. Drinks nice, a pretty solid pale ale, although I find the buttery notes to be a recurring theme with some of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 21:26:05 | More by xnicknj
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Wow, he actually supplied all of the beers for my opening night tick-a-thon, thanks man! Third and final brew of my drinking session during the first night of my staying at my new place. After a little more than a growler to the face, this seemed like a good idea to call it quits. Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Mainatined phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, spices, grain, wheat, and nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, grain, wheat, grain hop, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The flavors on this one just didn't really 'pop' for me like I would have liked. Would have loved to have seen a little more of a citrus profile going on in this one, but you can't win them all. The aroma was surprisingly like a Saison, which I found odd as well. Still not too bad though, I just wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 17:48:02 | More by thagr81us
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from SouthBay Drugs. Light golden color, clear, average head, looks like a pale ale. The smell was kind of like minerals and stale beer at first but as it warmed it got a little better but nothing special. The flavor was pretty balanced between the slightest citrus and hop bitterness and malt. This beer was quite easy to drink and I put it away fairly quick but it didn't really impress me as far as pale ales go, I'd prefer a fresh Alesmith X over this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 01:18:56 | More by ArrogantB
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Intelligentsia

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber. Pale bronze with a tiny head that disspaated quickly, leaving slight lacing. Nose was mostly bread, mild hops, citrus. Nothing earth shattering, but pleasant -- immediately identifiable as a pale ale. Taste progressed nicely from the nose, with a solid malt backbone and some nice bitterness that wasn't overpowering for the style. Tightly carbonated with a pleasant mouthfeel. Very quaffable at 5.5%. Probably won't buy it again, but it was a nice introduction to Alpine's beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:36:45 | More by Intelligentsia
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

To me this beer should be called a California Common.

Pours a very pale straw with finger white head.

The smell is weak and of mostly malt but some slight freshness from hops.

The taste isnt very overpowering and youll find yourself struggling to pick up on the flavors. You mainly get biscut from the might and a slight crispness from the carbonation and hops.

Its not a bad beer by any means just doesnt do much for me. An american session beer if you will.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 17:00:20 | More by Eriktheipaman
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice enough American pale, drinkable, but not particularly exciting when put up against the amazing hoppy beers Alpine makes. Nearly clear light gold/orange colored body, with a good-sized white head, decent retention, and fairly strong lacing. The look is right on.

Aroma is very mild; some citrus hops and a bit of lightly sweet malt character; somewhat generic here. Taste is pretty much the same; it’s mild, with a much more restrained citrus flavor than an Alpine IPA. Hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. However, this is not an IPA-light. Pale, grainy malt with a modest sweetness and caramel flavor. Uncomplicated.

Body is medium light with solid carbonation, finish is clean and crisp. Again, easy drinking, refreshing, but not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 14:52:47 | More by tobelerone
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, suprised to see this show up in Orange County at Hi-Times,

A: Pours goldenrod/very light amber, with a solid white head and some nice lacing into an Imperial Pint glass.

S: To be honest, I'm not getting much, some faint hop notes, but challenged in this aspect.

T: The flavour comes back to redeem the beer. Nice complex malt notes, with a moderate West Coast hopping. Sweet pine, and some orange and lemon. Very similar to SNPA for my palate, good flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, very smooth.

D: A pretty standard pale ale here, but a good one. Any fan of the classic APA will enjoy this beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 19:12:45 | More by Halcyondays
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2beerdogs

California

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's Alpine, but I was warned that it's not in the hoppy vain they are famous for. Yet still this is pretty good. The smell is crisp and lagerish, maybe a hint of citrusy grass. The taste light malt, not forward as i expected. Slight, clean, dry hop on the end. As a lite APA it's very approachable. My wife found it quite refreshing. Be nice on a hot day--sessionable!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:03:05 | More by 2beerdogs
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BrewerB

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden color, great clarity. Slightly rocky white foam perched atop, retaining well with lacing along the sides of glass.

Floral hop presence with moderate fruity esters and a light toasty malt. Sweeter malt character, honey-like appearing as the beer warms.

Floral/perfume hops provide an initial burst of flavor though not at lower intensity than expected. Lingering bitterness into the finish. Mostly clean malt profile with just a touch of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation.

Easy drinking ale that could use additional hop bitterness and flavor to help provide additional balance against the malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:26:50 | More by BrewerB
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JBogan

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange with only the slightest of haze. A one finger white head transforms into a thin film within linutes and leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind.

The smell consisted mainly of citrus hops, with some sweet malt to balance it out. There's also a floral quality in there. Overall, a really nice aroma to it.

Unfortunately the taste wasn't as pleasing as the smell. The hops were still there, but muted considerably by a bready chalkiness. It wasn't bad, however after what the aroma suggested it was a bit of a letdown.

A medium body is joined by a somewhat dry finish. Not quite enough carbonation for my liking, but still acceptable.

This is a nice pale ale, well rounded and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:41:02 | More by JBogan
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle received in a great trade with chickencoop. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a brilliantly clear orange tinted golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy, dense white foam. Head has great staying power too...when if falls a thick coating of spiderwebbed lacing is left b ehind on the glass.

S - A bit of a sweet malty base base up front with a medium intensity hop aroma made up of perfumey floral varieties. A hint of orangelike citrus creeps in too.

T - Biscuity and bready malt at the base, a bit of mild sweetness that is a bit caramelly. Medium hop bitterness without a lot of other hop flavors. Surprisingly light in complexity, just a light clean pale ale.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is medium too. Crisp and tingly on the tongue with a lingering hop bitterness. Everything in balance.

D - Good, easy drinker. Nice beer overall, but nothing to get too excited about. Love the Alpine IPA varieties but this doesn't hold up to the greatness of those. Don't get me wrong, this is a pretty good beer, but it just doesn't seem to stand out at all. Glad to try this, but when I go for an APA, think I'll stick with the standby SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 22:52:14 | More by portia99
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srandycarter

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my keg.

A - Pretty, light honey, very clear, small white head leaves fast. Lots of thin, dripping lace.

S - Nice honest grainy malt, hops very much in the picture.

T - Malt doesn't step up to the hops to me. Hops are there and malt seems to be an after thought.

M - Carb is fine, on tap - Pretty clean finish. Wish a little more sweet malt to the bitter.

D - Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 05:46:15 | More by srandycarter
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