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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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82
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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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:
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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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 129
Photo of AlexChillton
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Tom-Peters
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of azdback
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my matching Alpine pint glass. Very light orange and almost yellow color. Clear in appearance with large carbonation bubbles that lead to a small soapy, one finger head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves just a small collar and some decent lace.

Smell is quite earthy, musty and bread notes. I can't really say that I like this much at this point. I can't pull out any decent hop notes.

Taste is much like the smell. Earth, grass and bread. Some sweetness I would describe as watermelon?

Mouth is a bit thin and watery. Carbonation is light and the finish is short and medium dry.

Overall I wasn't that turned on by this offering from one of my favorite brewery of all time. I would suggest you pick this up if given the opportunity but not something I would ever trade for or go out of my way to get again.

Photo of DCRA
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of jimmy82063
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BrewerB
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden color, great clarity. Slightly rocky white foam perched atop, retaining well with lacing along the sides of glass.

Floral hop presence with moderate fruity esters and a light toasty malt. Sweeter malt character, honey-like appearing as the beer warms.

Floral/perfume hops provide an initial burst of flavor though not at lower intensity than expected. Lingering bitterness into the finish. Mostly clean malt profile with just a touch of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation.

Easy drinking ale that could use additional hop bitterness and flavor to help provide additional balance against the malt.

Photo of silentjay
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into an oversized snifter, this copper beer produces a two-fingered head which quickly recedes to a spattering whilst leaving behind decent lacing.

crackery malts with some herbal hops and a butterscotch/caramel presence.

peppery, with crackers and herbs being dominant... some citrus gives way to cracked black pepper and buttered crackers.

light/medium bodied with decent carbonation.

well.... At least Alpine makes some incredible hoppy beers which make this forgettable pale ale pale in comparison (pun intended). not terribly bad, but not any good, either.

Photo of pmarlowe
2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The elusive Alpine Ale. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light golden/straw color, superb clarity, with a half finger of pure white head which fizzles out almost immediately. Poor retention and some lacing.

S: Pale, bready malt and a whiff of orange citrus.

T: Pale malt, orange rind bitter/slightly sour off-flavor, and a hint of brightness from hops. Ugh, this is pretty mediocre.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: So-so non-hoppy pale ale, one which is impossible to justify drinking especially considering Alpine's other offerings.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with citrus hops with some grapefruit. There is a bit of floral and grassy hop smells as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and orange peel hops and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with some grassy hops. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel, orange peel, and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice pale ale with a great balance of sweet malt and hops. Very sessionable.

Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear and golden colored with an inch of pure white head that leaves a significant amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is malt forward, with a bit of hops and citrus. It actually smells like a lager. Good flavor, dominated by a slightly sweet malt bill. A light helping of bitter hops presents itself near the finish. Light bodied and pretty easy to drink. Overall, this was a decent beer, but nowhere near the quality of my favorite beers from Alpine. Light and refreshing with a nice, simple flavor. Worth a try.

Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a glass.

Pours a clear honey golden color w/ a clean white head.

Aroma is slightly grainy pale malt and subtle floral & citrusy hops.

Taste is honey-sweet pale malt, balanced just right by hop bitterness. A hint of lemon. Clean water too. Medium-bodied, crisp finish.

Overall just a really tasty, drinkable session beer.

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of vr6corrado
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to LaChupacabra for a box full of Alpine beers!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

looks like the ideal pale ale. fairly clear golden body, a thick 2 fingers worth of white head. big bubbles mixed in with some creamy foam. great head retention and tons of sticky lace.

cereal like grains and a little butter noticable. also some biscuity breadiness. just enough leafy citric, somewhat herbal hops to balance.

subdued citric leafy hops balanced by a nice cereal graininess. some hop bitterness in the finish, but nothing IPA like.

a light feeling body, carbonation fits well for the style, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

a simple and clean pale ale. definatly different than most pale alpine offerings, but i see where they were going with this, something everyone can enjoy, very sessionable, and wont really wear your palate out.

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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
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