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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine AleAlpine Ale

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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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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 barczar
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Way too resiny, grassy, and bitter for my liking, in both aroma and flavor. I found it fairly difficult to drink, for my palate. Holding out hope for the rest of their portfolio.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Pine and grapefruit dominate, a little lemon, touch of spice, and a little slightly toasty malt.

T: Resinous pine, some citrus, grapefruit and lemon, a little herbal peppery spice, and a touch of malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid, but unspectacular.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extra pale and with a sharp and citrusy balance, Alpine's flagship IPA is lighter on the palate than more classic versions and is friendly with food, drinkable enough to quench the thirst, yet characterful enough to garner praise from the most dedicated craft beer enthusiast in a stand-alone session.

Light of copper and amber, its honey hues capture a modest haze while casting forth a creamy short foam stance. While its scent is tightly woven of light biscuit and citrus, its taste is smooth and elegant with off-caramel, nutty, toasty malt flavor.

With the middle opening up, the sweeter side of balance is caught somewhere between honey and caramel but with a creamy nougat center with biscuit and apricot; giving the taste a marzen-like softness. As the hops rise to balance the sweetness, it brings its own citrusy character. Pink grapefruit, slightly under-ripened orange and a light herbal taste develops into a sprucy and lightly resinous bittering.

Remaining even-keel in balance, the beer's medium-light body is playfully starchy, creamy and supple in sweetness. Though trending dry and refreshing, the hops offer a slight shadow over the malts with its acute and moderate bitterness in finish. Trailing with soft pine resins and citrus peel, the aftertaste shows a confident hop tilt.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering not quite half of the top. Aroma is pale dough and perhaps a hint of orange peel. I taste an orange peel note along with a garlic bread note at the front of the palate. The finish is rather abrupt and clean. The mouth is smooth and crisp. That orange peel note produces a light burn. I'm thinking that is a citrus hop thing, but this could use slight retooling.

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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 MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear gold...almost copper with 1" fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Retention is good, lacing is excellent.

S: There's just not much going on here. I detect faint crackery malt with a touch of hop-bitterness & that's it.

T: Comes on with bright fruity notes, citrus rind & grapefruit. Mid palate strikes a great balance between citrusy hop-bitterness & more of a bready malt character. Finishes with a slight sweetness that mutates into a very satisfying bitter hop-punch.

M: Mid-to-high carb married to a perfectly middle-of-the-road malt body. It reads as super-refreshing, crisp & totally drinkable.

O: This Pale has fantastic hop undertones & just enough body. It's fairly deep yet amazingly drinkable. Impressive.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured in to a chalice glass

A- pours a bright golden amber color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lacing behind

S- smells very much like an English pale ale; tons of biscuit malt with some caramel & bready sweetness, underlying grassy, floral & citrus hops

T- taste follows the nose, lots of biscuit malt with some caramel and toasted notes, grassy and floral hop compliments the malt, with hints of citrus closing it out , more biscuit malt on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that stays strong all the way to a chewy creamy finish, classic Alpine mouthfeel

O- quite different from the typical pale ale, but super drinkable and very enjoyable

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Photo of HoppyVidal1
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lower ratings on this one surprise me. Nice bright hop characteristics burst from the glass. Some tropical fruits and citric notes with a light grassy flavor. Low bitterness and very easy to drink. I would have thought this was an easy drinking IPA if I didn't know better.

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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 oldsailor
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised by this beer, especially due to the unusually low rating it got for being from Alpine. Overall I thought this was a great version of a style I'm not a huge fan of, but can enjoy under the right circumstances; case in point, I was enjoying a nice NY style pizza while this was in hand. They went wonderfully together. The maleness and overall light-flavored presense of this beer made both much more enjoyable.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

these guys show up to colorado highly acclaimed, with some beer on at falling rock. i have no idea if this means we are going to start seeing their beer in stores and stuff, but i was awfully excited to stumble into three of them here. this one is my least favorite of the three i had, and by a mile, in fact, i was almost disappointed with it, given all the hype and all around alpine, but it remains a sold pale ale, and perhaps my expectations were too high. golden and clear in a pint glass, lots of bubbles rising but not much head. the nose here is very very balanced, with hully husky grain freshness on the pale barley malt, and a moderate but fairly traditional american hopping, northwest varietals i assume. the flavor is exactly true to the nose, and while it all tastes quite good, its not nearly distinct enough to come from the famous alpine, who has so many hoppy beers in all the top beer lists and all of that. its almost filling, despite the only medium body and exuberant carbonation, its not as sessionable to me as some, although the abv suggests it should be. its well made beer no doubt, but not even close to the two ipas i had in the same session.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 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 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 chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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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 ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Justin!

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear amber brew. Head collapses slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is balanced and understated.

Taste is sweet upfront, a peek of citrus in the middle, and balanced through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with easy drinkability. I, for one, will not slam Alpine for a brew that isn't over-the-top hoppy. Nice, approachable sessionable brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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