Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 433
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Cavery
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with my father in law, he wanted the lighter offering from Alpine so I grabbed my first ever 22oz of Alpine Ale. The review is as follows.

Notes from Aug 23rd 2011 poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: Smelted gold featuring shimmering fish scale oranges and lots of sunshine yellows and reds. Classic Pale ale clarity with a conglomerate of multi-sized bubbles sticking in the white foams. High water mark lacing with not much streaking downward.

S: Plenty of pale malt sweetness with suggestions of wheat. Light pulpy maramalades mix with light florals for a sweetener of a nose. Honeys add a certain level of thickness the mix, but more of the same: sweetness on sweetness.

T: This tastes so light, but it still comes through on the sweetness. Pale malt rawness that tastes of white sugar spiked sweet teas with honey. The slightest bit of a pollen bot comes from tame hops. Floral notes lightly compliment the sweet flavor, but more or less falls victim to a relative tidal wave of honey sweetness. A bit bludgeoning even for how light it tastes.

M: A light-medium body that rides the malt flavors very well. A near perfect balance in intensity between the mouth and flavor. The mouth is mild but clean, a solid match for the flavor profile. A light aspirin astringency on the tail end. A refined mouth I like more than the flavor.

O: Overall this is a reasonable pale ale, but with Alpine I am spoiled by greatness. I'd say this is good in style, but lacking that punch that you'd expect from Alpine. Very mild beer that I think non-beer drinkers could enjoy. That said, beer geeks won't fine much here. Well made, but forgettable. The third best pale ale from Alpine. Nowhere near the astounding complexity in Hoppy Birthday. (1,746 characters)

Photo of HoppyVidal1
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just tried this on tap at Hopyard American Ale House in Pleasontan Ca great spot with lots of fantastic beer on tap. The beer has a very easy going nose that will not offend anyone but also doesn't make it memorable, it does make up for it in the taste however nice bright hops and a bigger bitter finish than you are lead to believe overall a bit above average pale. (367 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes 2/27/11. Bottle. It’s fine but nothing special. Pours a nice bright orangey amber with a big white head. The aroma is light caramel with floral/citrus hop notes. The hops are restrained. The taste is mildly sweet with a sourish bitter hop twang. It’s easy to drink and the mouthfeel is good - average carbonation with a slightly chalky tone in the finish - but it doesn’t really stand out from the enormous pack of APAs. It’s not bad, just kinda generic, but I wouldn’t buy it again. (499 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (820 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (506 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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!). (682 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange and a little hazy. Nice white head on a vigorous pour. Lacing clings inside the glass. A layer of foam never fully settles.

Smell - Nutty and caramel malt. Sharp hop aroma. Grapefruit and lemon. Lemon gives it an acidic aroma.

Taste - Hop flavor is grassy and lemony. Lends a hint of tang. Toasty malts. Bready, a little nutty, and caramel sweetness. Finishes with minimal bitterness, but a lingering grassy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. Not a hop bomb by any means. Medium carbonation.

Overall - There isn't much a wow factor to this beer, but it is really nice. Drinkable and flavorful. (668 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark orange color. Thin head. Smell is modest and balanced. Caramel, pine and citrus. Very basic and standard. A generic American Pale Ale. The flavor is also the same. I've had this beer before but from different breweries several times. Pine, grass, citrus, caramel, and standard sweetness. Finishes with more bitterness that I perhaps would have asked for. It's got some body to it as well. Not a bad Pale Ale but it doesn't have much else to really gush over. Crazy to think of how different the new-school Pale Ales are around my areas in comparison to is brew that has been around for a dozen years. (638 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 not 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. (712 characters)

Photo of azdback
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear amber with a small and short-lived head. No lacing.

Aroma: mild light malt with a hint of honey.

Flavor: sweet up front and only mild bitterness later on. A hint of honey. The flavor builds over time peaking in the finish. Very malty for APA style.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation.

O: a mild but tasty and enjoyable APA. (400 characters)

Photo of Intelligentsia
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (771 characters)

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