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Alpine Ale - Alpine Beer Company

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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003)
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Jeremy6566

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-07-2013 19:55:03 | More by Jeremy6566
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-28-2013 04:04:15 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Pecan

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-21-2013 01:05:10 | More by Pecan
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drbenzo

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-15-2013 18:04:00 | More by drbenzo
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-15-2013 00:37:35 | More by stereosforgeeks
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-13-2013 20:34:28 | More by SDStoneEnthusiast
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-16-2013 02:38:03 | More by Cazlo
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks merc for sharing

The beer pours a slightly orange amber with a thin halo of white, streaky head. The nose is a bit toasty/caramely malts and subtle hint of hops. The taste is more like an amber with a clean drinking malt forward base followed by a sweet, lingering grapefruity hop bitterness. Well carbonated & attenuated, bitter semi-dry finish, light-medium bodied, drinkable. This is a good beer, almost sessionable, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 20:04:32 | More by ThePorterSorter
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djaeon

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-10-2013 16:24:34 | More by djaeon
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bmmortale

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-06-2013 11:06:48 | More by bmmortale
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jvillefan

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-16-2013 07:02:56 | More by jvillefan
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-13-2013 17:06:57 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-12-2013 23:37:43 | More by kjkinsey
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rand

California

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

A: Straw-yellow in color, effervescent. Forms a tight little head that leaves little patches of lacing.

S: Touch of citrus meets floral hop notes. Earthy, cracker-y notes run-up against slightly sweet bready notes. Fairly subdued nose overall.

T: Dry citrus-rind balanced by grassy notes and a touch of honey sweetness. Very dry. Woody aspects in the middle, almost salty. Did I say dry? Finishes short and dry with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, prickly carbonation throughout.

This isn't a bad beer, but it tastes more like a nondescript lager than an Alpine treat. Definitely grading on a curve here...I suspect they're brewing for the masses, but for a beer geek or a hophead I don't see the point given Alpine's limited distribution. Alpine makes one of the best Pale's you'll ever come across in Hoppy Birthday, it's too bad that's not as available as this one is.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 07:36:51 | More by rand
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Azrael


3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-09-2013 23:18:50 | More by Azrael
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zach60614

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-26-2013 01:27:58 | More by zach60614
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gshak

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-20-2013 19:08:56 | More by gshak
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mactrail

Washington

2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a regular amber color with a sub-par head in the Duvel tulip. Spritzy enough on the tongue. Light bodied with a slightly soapy mouthfeel.

Some flavors of dark biscuits and an aroma of those cheap creme sandwich cookies. A fragrant hint of malt followed by some hoppy bitterness. Flavor just flattens out. Bitter aftertaste without much else.

It's hard to find much fault with this, but overall it's a plain and not very pleasing quaff. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine on Adams Ave.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:39:29 | More by mactrail
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BucannonXC5

California

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

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $4.50 (I think)
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden clearer color with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of white head. Pretty good lacing on the sides and nice retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled pale malts, butter, honey, lemon grass and some bread.

Tasted similar to the smell. Butter, honey, lemon and grassy. Some light pine notes, but as citrusy as I would have thought.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

A decent pale ale overall. Considering I was drinking most of it in the cold darkness in the back patio, these ratings could change if I tried it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 23:38:57 | More by BucannonXC5
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MorganJette


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-30-2012 20:05:57 | More by MorganJette
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KHM

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2012 04:41:20 | More by KHM
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pocat91619

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2012 05:36:10 | More by pocat91619
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DocJitsu

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a nearly pure white, quickly dissipating head. A nose comprised of notes of banana and green grape. Lagerish and pilsnery, if you will. Mouthfeel is certainly more full-bodied for a pilsner style lager. A little carbonation burn at the finish. this is a Candaian lager in full on collision with a Czech pilsner--on steroids. Not in my wheelhouse, but respectable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 02:25:16 | More by DocJitsu
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-14-2012 04:25:24 | More by SocalKicks
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kojevergas

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Purchased at Alpine Brewery a few days ago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I'm loving Alpine more and more.

Served after a period of rest once removed from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with hard pretzels.

A: Pours a four finger head of smooth rolling foam, nice cream, great thickness, and great retention. Good lacing. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts, caramel, munich malts, background floral hopping, hints of yeast, and full barley. An average strength aroma.

T: Clean pale and munich malts. Full bodied barley. Some underlying cream. I like the creamy finish. Straw. It's quite nicely balanced, albeit simple. True to its label, it's not too sweet or too bitter. Clean, fresh, and refreshing. It's indeed a solid everyday beer, with more complexity than you'd expect from a beer in the style. I can't see anyone not liking this. Would be a great introduction to beer for anyone who claims not to like it. This is about as palatable as a beer can get. Naturally, it's neither complex nor subtle - but the mastery is in the balance. Surprisingly well layered for a Pale Ale. I'm impressed. Still, it's not fantastic. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not pushing any boundaries, but what it does, it does very well.

Mf: Light, lively, wet, and smooth. Suits the flavours very well. Clean and refreshing. Perfect thickness. Angelically soft. Ideal for the style. Lightly buttery. Creamy on the end of the third act and in the finish - which I love.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. I like it more and more the more I drink. It's practically perfect for the style. Rarely does such simplicity yield such good results. Alpine didn't get showy with it; there's a ballsiness to sticking to basics. I'd definitely get this again, ideally on draft. There's nothing new here, but it's just so damn good within the style. Anyone would love this beer. I can't think of a better Pale Ale.

High A-

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 06:02:35 | More by kojevergas
Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
82 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.