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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
82
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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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.

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Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA. A great place to drink great beer.

A - Hazy golden yellow, white head that fades slowly.

S - Fruity, flowery hops in the nose. As fresh as a beer can be.

T - Balance of hops and malt is great. Bready, malty, toasty.

M - Smooth with slight carbonation. Malt can get a bit cloying.

Big fan.

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Cavery
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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!

Photo of Klym
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

Won't go into too much detail on this one, as like some other reviews from notes my notes are sparse, which means I didn't have much to say in the first place. I found this to pale (no pun intended) in comparison to hoppy birthday but still an enjoyable PA. Very much centered on wheat and cereals with hops adding a slight spice both in nose and in taste. It was a very mellow flavor blended together by some maltiness, but the body was refreshing and it was slightly creamy which gave it some interesting drinkability. I could enjoy a glass of this but not sure why I would if I had other options around (especially at the brewery!).

Photo of suspect
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of t420o
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of tchaos
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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.

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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.

Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of Trilogy31
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a dark orange tinge. Nice two finger head that sticks arouns awhile and leaves nice lacing. On the nose sweet malts and sugary spice with a hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat flat with an offputting metallic taste at the end. Somewhat drinkable and you dont taste the alcohol but shouldnt anyway at this abv. No where near the quality of duet and not a beer i would bother drinking again.

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.

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.

Photo of oreo
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured at the weekday tasting. Thanks to dvelcich for sharing this.

Watered down straw coloring with a full finger white head.

Very little going on in the nose, couldnt pick out much of anything. Some pale malts and a slight hop profile.

I have had a few alpine beers and they have all been good. This one fell way short im sorry to say. The first thing that came to mind was "where is the beer?" Very boring and bland. No hops and very light malts in this one. Sorry to say, it tasted like a better miller lite.

Very light mouthfeel, almost waterlike.

Highly drinkable, easy to drink, I just would not want to.

Sorry Alpine :|

Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.