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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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83
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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 475
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 475
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Photo of stoner420
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled ontap at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

This beer is yellow orange with a foamy head that leaves a great lace. It has a restrained hop aroma. It has a solid hop flavor and bite, which gives way to a soft warming maltiness. The body is light to medium. This strikes me as a toned down version of their Pure or Exponential Hoppiness. Or rather, this must be the basis for their double IPAs.

Overall: a lighter bodied but great tasting pale ale with that Alpine taste.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very fine ale that I was fortunate to try at O'brien's in San Diego. This good looking amber-bodied ale was topped off by a smallish off-white head that laced very well down the glass. The nose is a most pleasing blend of the malt base along with the generous hopping. The flavor follows through with this nice balance and creates a genuinely fine drinking experience that eminently drinkable.

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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.