Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 434
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 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)

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 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 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 TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr, thanks Craig! 22oz bottle.

It pours a clear golden color with a thick and rocky foam. The beer smells more like a Helles lager than a hoppy ale, maybe it's a little older than some of the bottles previous reviewers tried. Malty sweet and biscuity. Same with the taste, this is a malty and bready beer with a slightly bitter aftertaste, very much like a German standard. Luckily I like those German standards. Delicous, this bottle is disappearing fast. (490 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear bronze color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with a slight bready quality and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bready pale malt flavors up front are joined midway through the sip by light grapefruit flavors. The ending has a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a good APA but nothing to write home about. (631 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Alpine Brewery and O’Brien’s San Diego
The beer appears a golden amber color with the head small to moderate in size, the consistency creamy with the lace forming a nice curtain to conceal the glass. Nose has a brisk citrus like crispness with a pleasing light hop floral tone, start is sweet and pleasantly malt laden, top is middling in feel. Finis has a purposeful acidity, the hops upfront and spicy, the aftertaste dry and a fine drinking beer. (462 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 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 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 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 PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (158 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 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 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 cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for hooking up the alpine big time! enjoyed from my capt lawrence tulip.

a - poured a transparent orange with some visible carbonation and a generous few fingers of frothy almost ipa cream colored head that dissolved leaving chunks of lacing on the glass.

s - malt forward with a sprinkle of some hoppiness in the background. some fruitiness but mostly malts.

t - very bready. again malt forward. some hopping on the finish with a slight bitter tail up. rather tasty. earthy. solid pale ale.

m - smooth and easy drinker. leaves a bit of tingle. good carbonation.

o - overall, a definite pale ale. i like a bit more hop kick to a pale, this is a good beer but not something i'd seek out regularly. fortunately alpine makes some unreal ipas that are really worth seeking out. (798 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Georgiabeer at the Brick Store.

Pours a light, clear golden with a decent white head.

The aroma is light with citrus and floral hop hints and a solid bready malt smell in the background. There are also some toasted grains in there as well.

The taste has the same lemony hop taste as the aroma suggested as well as the bready malts and toasted grains. Interestingly, the overall taste seemed almost buttery which was not what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and it's a very refreshing brew overall. (536 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 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 FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

31st review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint Glass

App- The epitome of gold. It looked like liquid gold in the glass. It has a one finger super carbonated head that lingered for quite a bit. Bubbles all over the glass with a very nice lacing pattern.

Smell- Very sweet with a floral hops character.

Taste- Mirros the smell. Very sweet up front with balanced flavors. I would about a 6.5/10 on the hop character. Has a bready malty taste to it as well.

Mouth- As I mentioned before its very balanced with the flavors, bite and crispness.

Drink- It's the 1st beer I have had from Alpine. Not bad. I look forward to the others. (623 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (338 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 rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear well carbonated amber, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Rather malty, caramel, straw, what, not much in the way of hops.

T-Maltier for an APA than I'd like, but the balance is good, Starts caramel/straw and ends with a milt citrus and grass notes. Orange as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Maltier than I was expecting from Alpine, but the balance was good. Don't expect a hoppy APA but for one on the malt forward side, it pulled it off. (472 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's Alpine, but I was warned that it's not in the hoppy vain they are famous for. Yet still this is pretty good. The smell is crisp and lagerish, maybe a hint of citrusy grass. The taste light malt, not forward as i expected. Slight, clean, dry hop on the end. As a lite APA it's very approachable. My wife found it quite refreshing. Be nice on a hot day--sessionable! (376 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my keg.

A - Pretty, light honey, very clear, small white head leaves fast. Lots of thin, dripping lace.

S - Nice honest grainy malt, hops very much in the picture.

T - Malt doesn't step up to the hops to me. Hops are there and malt seems to be an after thought.

M - Carb is fine, on tap - Pretty clean finish. Wish a little more sweet malt to the bitter.

D - Very easy to drink. (388 characters)

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