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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +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.

Sammy, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.3/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a super clear pale orange color with a small 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Spotty ring lacing on the drink down. Smell is of herbal hops and dirty socks. I think there is something seriously wrong with this bottle. Taste is of bitter herbal hops and a musty funky nastiness. Beyond awful. Surprisingly well carbonated with a crisp and clean feel. Ok, there has to be something very very wrong with this particular bottle. I had my wife confirm to make sure my nose/palate weren't off. First thing she said: "Smells like dirty gym socks". Disappointing.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

djrn2, May 12, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with a nice head. Aroma was of citrus hops and a bit of pale malt. The taste was quite similar, with citrus hops as well as generic citrus flavor. Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation. All around, a very drinkable and very, very well-made pale ale. When it comes to Alpine and hops, I'd expect nothing less.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

acurtis, May 18, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks for the cool extra in the recent math bif. another alpine i had never had an was thrilled to be able to knock off the list. served cold and poured into two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 09/11/2010.

really nice pour with a bright golden body and a really nice head of white that reaches about two fingers up the glass before settling back down and producing a light amount of lace on the side of the glass.

aroma is sweet up front with light touches of floral hops that seem to be muted, with only a light citrus touch that comes to the surface. flavor mirrors this as well as the sweet malty base seems to dominate and even provide a bit of a light fruit touch to an otherwise nominal flavor. light dry finish with a touch of bitterness.

overall it was ok, but really was not terribly crazy about this one. i have had much better from alpine.

mikesgroove, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kjkinsey, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Alpine Ale pours a clear, light golden color with a thin white foam.

S: The aroma is citrus hops and sweet, bready malt. I was expecting a bit more from an Alpine beer, but it's alright.

T: The taste is quite balanced. The beer has nice citrus and pine hop components, and a sweet malt character that takes over dominates most of the sip. The finish is crisp and bitter.

M: The body is medium and there is a moderate level of carbonation. Definitely fitting for the beer.

D: This is pretty much what I expect from a pale ale. A nice malt component and some hops to balance things out without being overly bitter. A solid beer, but it's a bit pricey for an APA bomber.

womencantsail, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

largadeer, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SocalKicks, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a regular amber color with a sub-par head in the Duvel tulip. Spritzy enough on the tongue. Light bodied with a slightly soapy mouthfeel.

Some flavors of dark biscuits and an aroma of those cheap creme sandwich cookies. A fragrant hint of malt followed by some hoppy bitterness. Flavor just flattens out. Bitter aftertaste without much else.

It's hard to find much fault with this, but overall it's a plain and not very pleasing quaff. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine on Adams Ave.

mactrail, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Purchased at Alpine Brewery a few days ago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm loving Alpine more and more.

Served after a period of rest once removed from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels.

A: Pours a four finger head of smooth rolling foam, nice cream, great thickness, and great retention. Good lacing. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, caramel, munich malts, background floral hopping, hints of yeast, and full barley. An average strength aroma.

T: Clean pale and munich malts. Full bodied barley. Some underlying cream. I like the creamy finish. Straw. It's quite nicely balanced, albeit simple. True to its label, it's not too sweet or too bitter. Clean, fresh, and refreshing. It's indeed a solid everyday beer, with more complexity than you'd expect from a beer in the style. I can't see anyone not liking this. Would be a great introduction to beer for anyone who claims not to like it. This is about as palatable as a beer can get. Naturally, it's neither complex nor subtle - but the mastery is in the balance. Surprisingly well layered for a Pale Ale. I'm impressed. Still, it's not fantastic. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not pushing any boundaries, but what it does, it does very well.

Mf: Light, lively, wet, and smooth. Suits the flavours very well. Clean and refreshing. Perfect thickness. Angelically soft. Ideal for the style. Lightly buttery. Creamy on the end of the third act and in the finish - which I love.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. I like it more and more the more I drink. It's practically perfect for the style. Rarely does such simplicity yield such good results. Alpine didn't get showy with it; there's a ballsiness to sticking to basics. I'd definitely get this again, ideally on draft. There's nothing new here, but it's just so damn good within the style. Anyone would love this beer. I can't think of a better Pale Ale.

High A-

kojevergas, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label admonished me to "Drink Alpine Ale or Go to Bed!"

I got two-plus fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with good retention when poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Color was a deep golden-yellow, not quite amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both citrusy and slightly sweet at once. Mouthfeel was medium with a Goldilocks-like taste - not too bitter, not too sweet, just right, at least according to the label. I am less of an APA drinker than I am an IPA fan, but there was nothing wrong with this beer, per se. It was just a bit too mild for my taste. Finish continued the now-epic battle between sweet and bitter. It was too early to go to bed.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

corby112, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

weeare138, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -17.1%

drewone, Sep 04, 2012
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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.