Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company
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3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.
Pours a nice pale golden color, with a very thin head, great clarity. The head sort of disappears quickly, leaving only a thin ring at the top. Looks about average. The smell is nice, slight floral hoppiness, a little burst of resins, leafs, with a little citrus fruitness; also a bit pungent. Also, you can smell the slightly bready, grainy malts behind it. Good smelling, and not far fetched for what I would expect of an APA. The taste comes out with a slight bitterness, balanced by the nice malt backbone. The resinous fruit comes up, reminding me of a bitter grapefruit. Not a lot of sweetness though to conjure of the fruitiness. Finishes a little dry and grassy. Pretty good. The mouthfeel is kind of a thin medium, with a nice lively carbonation, but not too much of a bite, with a resinous hoppy finish. I can definitely dig this. Could probably drink a few bombers and be set for the night. A pleasant beer that I would probably keep around if available, but won't necessarily blow you away. Maybe a little too bitter for the level of dryness for me, but still, quite enjoyable.
04-11-2010 17:49:11 | More by taylorhamrick
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Appearance: Very good, summer golden orange with an enormous overflowing head. Strong hoppy, citrus nose. Big bitter element. Not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but way over-carbonated and a tad sour. Certainly plenty of hops for an APA though, that I could tell.
02-24-2010 03:58:40 | More by craytonic
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a mostly clear orange with only the slightest of haze. A one finger white head transforms into a thin film within linutes and leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind.
The smell consisted mainly of citrus hops, with some sweet malt to balance it out. There's also a floral quality in there. Overall, a really nice aroma to it.
Unfortunately the taste wasn't as pleasing as the smell. The hops were still there, but muted considerably by a bready chalkiness. It wasn't bad, however after what the aroma suggested it was a bit of a letdown.
A medium body is joined by a somewhat dry finish. Not quite enough carbonation for my liking, but still acceptable.
This is a nice pale ale, well rounded and easy to drink.
02-21-2010 20:41:02 | More by JBogan
4.2/5 rDev +16%
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.
01-20-2010 22:32:02 | More by Thorpe429
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that fades to a nice amount of frothy lacing.
S- Light grainy aroma with undertones of orange zest and light fruit.
T- Deep and malty without being heavy, hints of citrus fruits that leads into a grapefruit bitterness.
M- Medium viscosity, soft carbonation.
D- This is a killer APA. Nothing too crazy going on here but I am digging the balance.
12-23-2009 04:16:01 | More by Lothore
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear deep golden bordering on amber with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of citrus and caramel mostly, slight hint of bread and dark dried fruit in there as well. Taste is more malt than hop. Bready and caramel malts up front mixed with a bit of grapefruit midway and a lingering sweet malt finish that is semi dry. Medium to thin body, Resinous almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium level of carbonation. I enjoyed this one a bit. Great session ale.
12-05-2009 00:40:06 | More by johnnnniee
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-30-2009 07:16:30 | More by womencantsail
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass
A - pours a golden color with about 1cm of head leaving nice lacing on the glass. There is constant visible carbonation. The disipates fairly quickly leaving a small crown on the top of the beer
S - Soft notes all the way around. It has floral, pine, nuttiness, and a touch of malt. Very nice and balance
T - The tastes are more pronounced then the smells above. The floral and grapefruit notes come out the most, but much softer than that of, say, Sculpin. Very tasty.
M - Good amount of carbonation mixed with a light body
D - I could definitely have another, or two, of these beers
Good quality stuff; the first beer I've had from Alpine; definitely not the last.
11-22-2009 23:13:50 | More by Kaiser81
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
Pours a rich golden with one-inch white head. Retention is quite high, nice thick foam that leaves generous lace. Those nose is subdued compared to Alpine's other pale ales, but that does not mean this one is any slouch. There are a couple sharp hop notes, but not exceptionally aromatic ones. There is some pine, a bit of flora, and then just a bit of caramel malts to back it up.
The taste has a nice bitter floral hoppiness that comes immediately with a light sweetness. Pine and earthy hops appear in the finish. This is definitely a dialed back pale ale compared to Alpine's other offerings, but it is very balanced and tasty. There is just enough hops bite to it to satisfy, but still easy enough to session. It is bright and not loaded up with caramel, so for me this is a spot on pale ale. Medium bodied with a fine but medium-high level of carbonation. Just right. Recommended, but this is more of a style I would enjoy on draft or growler than in a six dollar bomber. Good pale ale!
11-19-2009 07:45:50 | More by vacax
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Bought at the brewery during my SD trip and shipped back. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a clear golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a good collar and thin film. Good amounts of sticky lace.
The aroma was pale malts, bready with some citric hops in the back. More malt than hops. The taste was good and again was malty and bready with moderate dose of hops to counter the malt. Good tasting but more on the malty than hoppy side for me. Mouthfeel was medium body and crisp with moderate carbonation.
Overall, a good APA that would be even better with a few more aromatic hops in it. Definitely worth trying if you can easily get some. Really liking this brewery right now and would put this in the middle of the pack of their beers. Rotation: not avail here - shipped back. Wouldn't ship anymore back but would have on tap or at the brewery during my next trip to SD. [O;BO]
11-08-2009 01:37:12 | More by TexIndy
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
11-05-2009 19:12:45 | More by Halcyondays
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a bomber. Pale bronze with a tiny head that disspaated quickly, leaving slight lacing. Nose was mostly bread, mild hops, citrus. Nothing earth shattering, but pleasant -- immediately identifiable as a pale ale. Taste progressed nicely from the nose, with a solid malt backbone and some nice bitterness that wasn't overpowering for the style. Tightly carbonated with a pleasant mouthfeel. Very quaffable at 5.5%. Probably won't buy it again, but it was a nice introduction to Alpine's beers.
10-18-2009 02:36:45 | More by Intelligentsia
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-15-2009 01:18:56 | More by ArrogantB
3.83/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
07-27-2009 01:19:03 | More by glid02
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
05-14-2009 17:55:42 | More by gford217
3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a mostly clear golden orange into a pint glass with a half inch of short lived head, yet offering some surface carbonation and lacing throughout.
Very clean on the nose typical of an Extra Pale. Some light bready malts and a decent floral/citrus hop nose. Decent carbonation on the tongue with notes of orange/lemon and a lingering yet light finish of sweet orange oil. Offers a decent light to medium bodied feel, though a bit bubbly as for my preferences. Light and refreshing overall with many subtleties and nothing overpowering, an easy drinking ale.
12-06-2008 03:52:03 | More by HalfFull
3/5 rDev -17.1%
Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Grassy, hoppy aroma with lemon and some earth. Lighter tasting than expected, until I saw its an XPA. Crisp and metallic malt with a bit of hops; not too much, but enough to know they are there. Good enough.
12-04-2008 19:49:34 | More by magictrokini
3.73/5 rDev +3%
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
11-11-2008 02:04:25 | More by hopdog
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
I don't see a lot of Alpine up here in LA, so I nabbed this when I saw it at Vendome. Poured into my Red Hook pint glass.
A: Yellow-orange and fairly clear aside from a few floties. Decent head to start, about one finger and orange-white, but not much retention. Lacing looks pretty good.
S: Nice crisp malt up front with a decent amount of sweetness. Behind this is a nice bit of citrus hops.
T: Good clean malt and sweetness quickly fades to a big citrusy flavor, mostly orange, but not particularly bitter. Good smooth flavor, but not boring.
MF: Thin bodied, but they don't try to overcompensate with too much carbonation, making this easy to drink but not boring in the mouth.
D: One of the best pale ale's I've had....nice sweetness and decent amount of hops, but not just hoppy without reason like so many APA's are. This isn't my favorite style...but this beer is as good as any in the style that I've had. Low ABV makes it super drinkable. Nice work.
09-29-2008 05:57:40 | More by rxdrewthejew
4.6/5 rDev +27.1%
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.
09-12-2008 23:38:16 | More by DefenCorps
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
08-08-2008 16:20:13 | More by cjgator3
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
07-11-2008 00:54:03 | More by Georgiabeer
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
06-07-2008 20:01:19 | More by largadeer
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Well a long time ago Grover in Boston brought some Pure Hoppiness to a Stone tasting at the Wine Cellar in Brookline... and ever since then I've had a great and enduring love for that beer. My grandfather lives not far from Alpine, and although I've still never been to the brewery (I seem to always be down to visit him on Sundays), whenever I'm in the area I pick up a couple bombers to satiate me.
So when I started to see Alpine pop up in LA county... I was super excited, even if it wasn't the Pure Hoppiness for which I pined.
This is my first tasting, and it was a bit of a disappointment.
Poured a pale clear golden, bubbly, thin-headed, into my Levitation tulip. Decent head that stayed, looks a lot like a pale ale, maybe a bit more orange.
Aroma and taste are solid, but muted. Far too subtle even for a pale (IMO). You've got some west-coast styled hops (citrus, floral predominate) and it's balanced by a grainy malt backbone, but both are barely there. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, too.
I could session this until the cows come home... but at what, 5 bucks a bottle, why? It's not a bad beer, but we're inundated with IPAs and pale ales out here, and while if this was the house pale ale on tap at some local brewpub I'd be happy to lap it up every day, it's really not worth your attention except to try it. I'll revisit someday, but it won't be a pressing concern.
04-09-2008 23:21:09 | More by errantnight
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a clear light copper with a moderate, wispy light head.
A very mild smell, just a little pine hops and some sweetness from the malts.
Smooth and mellow taste, slight malt sweetness with a nice bitter and dry finish. The malts and hops balance well.
Very smooth with a tight carbonation.
Easy to drink, very mellow and mild, definitely not an extreme beer but very drinkable.
03-29-2008 23:57:26 | More by kirok1999
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