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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

Alpine AleAlpine Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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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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jdense

Oregon

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

22 oz. bottle hand carried by Carlsbad Homeboy to August golf tourney, poured into shaker pint glass 9.24.11

Hard pour resulted in two fingers white head, fairly slow dissipation with good lacing over deep gold clear body, multiple streams of carbonation. Nose is pretty biscuity, floral hops, a bit of citrus. Taste mirrors nose, decent hop bitterness on back end, but doesn't overwhelm the well balanced malt bill, biscuit, a wee bit of caramel. Mouthfeel just on light side of medium, good effervescence, fairly dry finish. Nothing earth shattering, but a nice balanced and tasty APA, though a bit light on the hops for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:24:48 | More by jdense
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:28:13 | More by DaveHack
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark pilsner with 2" dense white head and good lacing.

S- Sweet pilsner malts. Very faint pine hops.

T- Sweet amber malts. Maybe some rye? Hop are very lax in this beer for a pale ale.

M- Light bodied. Low carbonation and very east to drink.

O- Tastes more like a ale than a pale ale, but a good easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:54:52 | More by kawilliams81
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent sunny orange color, with a white head of a finger, leaving good lace.

Aroma is bready, with some citrus hops and mild caramel...very mild.

Pleasant bitterness, lightly malty and bready. Finish is slightly bitter.

Crisp, light, slightly creamy and oily on the palate.

Nothing wowing, but it's nice and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:25:42 | More by EgadBananas
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my British imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a medium golden color with some slight haze. A bright white head that leaves dotted lacing.

S: Floral and herbal smells with some light tropical fruit. Some bready sweetness.

T: Floral hops with some citrus flavors of pineapple and lemon. Bready and caramel sweetness pairs up with the herbal hops. Finish is clean with very little bitterness and a bit of aspirin on the finish.

M: medium to light as this is a nice drinker. Not real heavy and no trace of alcohol.

O: this is a real nice pale ale that is not overly complex but just real solid.

Glad I had a chance to try this. I love Alpine beers. This one was not spectacular, but just real solid. Good beer from an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:05:27 | More by Kadonny
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NickRivers

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a nice clear amber with plenty of sudsy eggshell colored head. Tons of carbonation off the bottom. Nothing really gets through the nose except for some mild hop and honey presence along with some yeast character.

T&M - Hits sweet and light, lots of honey present in this with a little hop kiss, and a refreshing dry/sweet finish. Lots of alcohol character. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, very well carbonated.

O - Overall a wonderful session beer, however the smell wasn't there. This is my first of Alpine, the next should be Exponential Hoppiness which I would imagine has a better aroma. Definitely check Alpine out as will I! Stay thirsty my friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:09:40 | More by NickRivers
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ehammond1


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Transparent golden with a thick and persistent nearly white head, with lots of lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous pale ale.

Muted bready aromas--cracker and crystal malts, and a touch of caramel, though not overly aromatic and certainly the least hoppy Alpine beer I've smelled to date.

Clean, simple flavors: bread, a touch of caramel, some citrus hops, though overall very simple and classic. Better than average.

Highly drinkable. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Nearly perfect.

A highly drinkable pale ale, though it disappoints, only because of Alpine's otherwise world-class lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 22:24:27 | More by ehammond1
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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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Cavery

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 22:46:40 | More by Cavery
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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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine
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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:53:00 | More by inlimbo77
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nickd717

California

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from K&L Redwood City.

Nice appearance, golden with a medium white head.

The aroma is noticeably non-hoppy for Alpine. Pale malt and grains with just a slight herbal and citrusy hop note.

The flavor is pretty solid. Herbal hops and sweet pale malt, not too hoppy really, although the bitterness is there.

Dry and crisp on the mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation.

A good but not great pale ale. Drinkable at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 15:49:57 | More by nickd717
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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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popery

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:24:41 | More by popery
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 20:46:01 | More by regspeir
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suspect

New York

2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for sharing.

A: Crystal Clear pale golden yellow. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a humongous 4 finger head. Head disappears relatively quickly leaving good lacing.

S: Cascade hops are first and foremost with caramel malt sweetness quickly to follow. Something smells off with this one though.

T: Funk. Hops are there and so is the malt but it's quickly erased by a spoiled bottle.

M: Light body, ample carbonation, horrible aftertaste.

O: Blech. One of my first drainpours in a while. I'm thinking this wasn't the best representation of the brew, but still wow, this wasn't good.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 02:44:06 | More by suspect
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DoubleJ

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All this typing has made my thirsty. And with the additional typing that I will do for this review, I am sure that it will make the beer even more refreshing. 22 ounce bottle bought at Holday Wine Cellar, on to the beer:

A pale, washed out orange in color that is translucent and bubbly in the bosy. The head is rich (an inch thick) and letting the lace fly. Nose is subtle. It has the good and a little that could be dropped from the arsenal; honey biscuit malt, notes of orange, also a veggie note that hits a wrong chord.

While the overall flavor is relatively light, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink. First comes a gentle wave of clean pine. Out from the base comes that honey biscuit malt to sweeten the bill. With the success Alpine has with their IPA's, one would expect a more juicy, tasty hop bill, but in Alpine Ale it never comes. Feels light bodied and quite clean in the mouth with refreshing carbonation.

It won't make Alpine famous, but it will quench any thirst for those who want something that's light by San Diego standards.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 04:50:38 | More by DoubleJ
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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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tchaos

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of whitebricke -- thanks, Ted!

A- Light amber/gold color -- very slightly hazy -- with a moderate off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities.

S- Biscuity, with some mild citrus

T- Very clean, and well balanced between the grassy hops and maltiness.

M- Light bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation and clean finish.

O- Alpine Ale hit a real sweetspot for me with the balanced profile and moderate ABV. The biscuit malt characteristics certainly pulled me in and made me crave the next sip. It paired very well with some earthy foods. I'm looking to try this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 18:06:16 | More by tchaos
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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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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/22/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very transparent golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and pine hops. More hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, pine hops.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very nice APA, with a lot of hops. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:12:04 | More by mdfb79
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:49:27 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drinking beer, sessionable and moderately hoppy.
Looks-unfiltered dark yellow, with a lsting one-eighth of an inch of white head, very lacey.
Aroma-a little hoppy, a little funky.
Carbonation is right here. A tad toasty an citrus, but short of the citrus of Great Lakes Burning River, the benchmark for me for ehe style.
Thanks Steven Rich for bringing back from the Brewers' conference.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:56:10 | More by Sammy
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afksports

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:19:51 | More by afksports
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a Bomber into a Russian River Globe on 3/22/11.

Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a thin white lacing all over the glass.

Smell takes a little warming to come out so don't drink it super cold out of the fridge. I can smell some malt, hops and a little fruity flower smell but the smell is very faint even after leting it warm a little.

Taste is well balanced like the label says not to much malt no to much hops. but the taste is so well balanced that the malt and hops cancels each other out leaving the taste flat and uninteresting.

Mouth feel is very light almost no bitterness at first and the slightest resin cover bitterness left over. Again not a lot going on with this one.

Drinkability is good at 5.5 ABV. It goes down easy but with so many other pales out there that are much better and more available I can't really recommend this one other then to just give it a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:01:48 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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