Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 434
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 25
Gots: 34 | 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 magictrokini
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of pine, citrus, and light caramel. Light oranges in the tastes as well. Lightly bitter. Some lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 9/10/05 (278 characters)

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Horrid, horrid day at work. Needed something to drink, enjoy and not knock me out (just yet). 22oz bottle, some of which is headed into my RRBC pint glass. Picked it up with my last SBDL order - thanks Joey! I'm told this has spent about 1 month in the bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden pour with a dense, 2 finger thick off-white head with good retention. Leaves some lacing. Pretty

S: Gentle citrus (orange) hop aroma that I'm guessing is Cascade? In any case, this smells really appealing right now - delicate, flavorful and with a hint of sweetness that includes honey and bready notes. This is really good stuff.

T: Starts off mildly hoppy with a citrus bitterness that's beautifully balanced by a great hop flavor with orange and mild floral notes. While there's a malt character with a very light honey-like sweetness, it's in excellent balance with the hop character. Finishes dry and mildly bitter.

M: Light in body, great carbonation, great finish - can't ask for more

D: What a beer! I'm absolutely loving this! It goes down ridiculously easy.

Notes: At the price (including shipping) I might not buy this often but if I'm in SoCal and i need an excellent beer to go with a business lunch (or just one that's sessionable), this would be it. Well done, Alpine, every single beer I've tried from you guys is a winner. (1,330 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color with an off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is citrusy hops with some bready malt, pretty balanced.

T- The taste like the aroma is very smooth and balanced with some biscuity malt and citrusy hops.

M- Light bodied with a good mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these.

Overall, this is a very good West-coast APA that is highly recommended. (451 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a very nice head that sticks around aas aa cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells grainy, and perhaps even a bit soapy, but relatively clean otherwise with light citrusy hops and a bit of light breadiness. Definitely on the maltier side, but quite dry and a bit grainy as far as the taste goes. The hops taste earthier than they smelled and there is a small amount of lingering bitterness that cuts through the biscuity malt a bit. Fairly tasty, and quite dry while maintaining a bit of juiciness. Smooth and dry in the mouth with the slightest hint of graininess coming through. Very tasty and quite a nice session beer. (641 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,393 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light copper with a moderate, wispy light head.
A very mild smell, just a little pine hops and some sweetness from the malts.
Smooth and mellow taste, slight malt sweetness with a nice bitter and dry finish. The malts and hops balance well.
Very smooth with a tight carbonation.
Easy to drink, very mellow and mild, definitely not an extreme beer but very drinkable. (380 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach.

Pours a nice amber-copper color with rather visible carbonation. Very little detectable in the aroma. Light-bodied and tingly from the carbonation. Nicely balanced with hops and malts in the flavor. Will have again; found it quite refreshing and drinkable. (293 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden amber with a 1 finger white head that recedes to lacing.

S: Lemony hops seem to be the main component here.

T: Lemony hops on top of a light, relatively clean malt body. Touch of sweetness is back there. Slightly sharp in flavor, with a touch of grassiness. Finishes with a slight bitterness. To me, the flavor is decent, but doesn't quite come together like I'd like.

M: A touch light to my taste, with good carbonation.

D: Very good.

Overall a pretty good, sessionable APA. (496 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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 (470 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine Ale

Thanks to Rallison for this 1.

A- Light clear orange with a foamy head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Earthy/ grassy hops with a light citrus twang.
T- Yeasty hay/ straw with an earthy hop flavor. Touch of grass, lemon, and honey in the end.
M- Very crisp with a mild dry bitter body and finish.

Overall- A little lighter than I was expecting but enjoyable and easily drinkable. I, casually, downed a 22oz'er in under 10 minutes. (443 characters)

Photo of nohead02
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. I hear that Alpine Brewing is going to expand its production so maybe this will be easier to find in the future. It has a slightly cloudy copper appearance. The head is relatively small and subsides quickly and hugs the glass. But sakes alive the aroma it puts out grabs you. Nice combo of hoppy floral, citrus and maybe a bit of pine. Complex array of flavors with perfect bitterness mixed with right amount of maltiness. I live a half hour or so from the brewery and really need to make a trip there. (520 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper. Thin, bubbly dirty white head. Not much for retention, but lace is left behind in moderate amounts. Really nice bright citric tones on the nose. Like grapefruit and lemon. And a little caramel underneath it as well. This is a nice tasting APA. Nicely balanced and highly drinkable. The caramel malts provide a nice little base for the hops to work. Hops are fairly bright in their presence. Citrus and grapefruit come to mind. Lemon rind and cracked black pepper. A nice subdued bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is crisp and lively. Medium body. This one reminds me of the SNPA, which is not a bad thing. I believe this would pair nicely with grilled salmon steaks with olive oil and coarsely cracked pepper. Or crab cakes. Or chicken quesadillas. Or... (772 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (2,040 characters)

Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice pale ale. This one poured a great looking burnt orange color and a nice head came along with it. The smell was quite hoppy at first but once it settled I could get a more spicy malty scent as well. The taste was nothing revolutionary as far as pale ales are concerned, but it was a beer that did the style about as good as it has been done. Great bready malts hit the tounge first followed by a nice orangy flavor, as you swallow the light pine hoppiness hits you and is set off very well by the perfectly smoothe carbonation. A super drinkable beer and one that I will be getting again. (599 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a very thick, fluffy off white head with a yellow tint to it. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a mild grassy hop aroma. It has a slight citrus aroma also. It has a very slight caramel malt aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. The only difference is that it is a little more hoppy. It has a nice grassy hop flavor. All the flavors are quite mild. It has a slight malty sweet flavor as well. It is very well balanced.

This beer is well carbonated. It is smooth, and crisp. It leaves a slight grassy hop aftertaste.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It has a great flavor, and it tastes quite mild. Also, the alcohol is low enough to enjoy a few.

Overall: I like this beer. It is a shame I have taken so long to try it. I know I will have many more in the future. (883 characters)

Photo of stoner420
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big chill hazed hue of pale gold with a moderate capping of sticky white froth. Great lacing all over the place with thickly set cob webbing sheets.

Aroma is set in a simple balanced tone of toasted citrus. One part orange peel, one part grapefruit peel, two and one half parts toasted grain, a dash of dry grass, a pinch of pine, and half part hop cone. Delightfully clean with a smidgeon of resin always underneath the main recipe.

Taste is quite nice. First thing to notice is it'll make for one fantastic drinkin' pale. Supurb balance of hops and toasted malt all throughout each sip and/or gulp. Flavors aren't overly intense but definately encourageable within the style of an APA. Great perks of citric toned hops bring in a slight parching front of grapefruit. Quickly balanced by one finely set toasty backing of malts and firmly fluffy grainyness. Clean styled bitterness with a wonderful light drying toasty edge and grassy spice ends the fun after each sip and/or gulp for a long, long stay on the palate and memory.

Feel is wonderfully clean and balanced within a solid medium body, if not more. Finishes with fluff and toasty parched citric hops and grasses that never leave the palate. Bitterness is pleasantly easy but always there within its own balance and respectful tone.

Drinkability is bar none, awesome! So clean and balanced with the perfect bitterness and tones to its character. Wow, this stuff is the shit. I absolutely loved this beer. I could drink it all day. Alpine rocks dudes! One of the best Pales I've had. Yum! Seek and drink! (1,574 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The fourth brew from the highly regarded Alpine Beer Company to regularly make it into Bombers. Has the same generic label design as the other Alpine Beers, listed as ‘Alpine Ale’, and 5.5% ABV.

Appearance: Oh this looks just great in my large 30ounce handled Mug. A pellucid golden orange shimmers with a myriad of marmalade shadows when back-lit. The off-white head forms into a massive thick looking rocky cap that has rock pool formations and a crispy nature. Attractive lacing smatters the edges of my Glass

Nose: I couldn’t help but think that I may have opened a bottle of Pure Hoppiness by mistake [for the bottle labels are almost identical] such was the “hoppy hit” that I picked up just from opening the bottle. Once poured, the hops still present a lovely enticing aspect of the overall aromas. Biscuit malts and a toasty feel intermingle with a “freshly baked bread straight from the oven” smell which warms the drinking heart.

Taste: Picks right up from where the nose left off. The biscuit malts are toasty in nature and the hoppy bitterness balances these aspects perfectly. Light piney feel with some orange pith in the back end. Teasingly solid.

Mouthfeel: Excellent balance throughout which is ably assisted with a smooth carbonation. Big feel for a brew that is only 5.5%. No complaints here.

Drinkability: I only go two bottles of the Alpine Ale, wish I had gotten more now, when I got to the last 1” of beer I so desperately wanted to crack open another and top it up again. This one drinks so easily; a solid Nose, smooth Tastes, attractive Mouthfeel and a fantastic Session-like quality

Overall: Nothing outstanding one way or another, but the malts & hops are perfectly balanced and ably supported by a soft sexy carbonation. Another great brew from Alpine Beer Co., a damn seriously drinkable Pale Ale which has a hint Englishness to it. Endearing, Well worth stocking up with a few Bombers of these if you get chance,

Thanks to the generosity of the one and only BigDog for the ride up to Alpine Brewing Company for my second visit (astoundingly some two years after my first) to what is fast becoming one of my favorite San Diego based Breweries. Very Impressive. (2,235 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Pizza Port in Solana Beach on 10/2/04. The beer was served with a thin head atop the yellow orange fluid. The nose on the beer was all hops but the taste was a bit more balanced. It is rich with hops, no doubt, but the malt comes through and mellows the flavor a bit, which is a good thing. The malt has a bready flavor and texture to it that lightly coats the palate. (387 characters)

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