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Emerson - Alpine Beer Company

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87
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Inspired by owner/brewer Pat McIllhenneys travels to New Zealand, this beer uses imported New Zealand organic hops.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 06-17-2005)
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Reviews by HipHop5:
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HipHop5

California

4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a revelation for me. I sure heard of well crafted pilsner and lager of all types. But this one is a slap in my hophead face.

Amazing color after a heavy poor into a pint glass. Golden tones with some light coppery shadows.
One finger head with no retention. Some great lacing and citrusy ,piney aromas right up front.
I suspect Nelson hops and some specialty wheat grain were used.
I can't be sure, and I love that! Really surprising brew.
Light to medium body. Hop bite join the aromas up front. Slightly sour and tangy in the middle. extra dry finish.
Thirst quencher for the big dudes:)
I wish I could find this easily in LA.

A MUST TRY!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 21:26:59 | More by HipHop5
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California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Michigan

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12-07-2011 00:07:11 | More by imyourhero21
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rand

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Pilsner glass

A: Golden-yellow in color, forms a frothy 2-inch head in the pils glass, leaving patchy lacing everywhere. A surprising amount of suspended yeast swirls about.

S: Floral and effervescent - do I detect of hint of champagne? Yep, it's there...something with the combination of New Zealand hops and biscuity bottom-fermenting yeast is reminding me of the bubbly stuff, although I can't detect anything distinctly grape-like. A touch of sweet malts, unprocessed grains linger.

T: The hops distinguish this Pils and jump out in front, which are more floral than citrusy. Almost tastes wet-hopped. This is quickly met with a cracker-y middle, carrying a sweet multi-grain undertone. The floral hop snap highlights the sweet notes of the brew, in what is otherwise a traditionally dry style, but that sweetness lingers a bit at the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, but seemingly more viscous than many Pilsners. Carbonation is more foamy than crisp and cleansing.

Damn tasty, and if you feel like a pils with some hop-forward layering, you could do a lot worse. But it's not the most harmoniously rounded flavor profile and needs to be a little more crisp. I'm all for coloring outside-the-lines when it comes to beer styles, but a Pilsner loses a few points if it isn't relatively dry and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 10:35:14 | More by rand
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-17-2011 02:21:37 | More by jlb502
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-16-2011 17:41:12 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2011 01:02:04 | More by codynevels
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 18:19:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-14-2011 17:26:44 | More by John11486
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle a while back, just found notes.

A: Small bubbly head dies to nothing but a ring. A golden hued and semi clear beer.

S: Smells nice with a great dry hop presence typical of Alpine. Some sunflower seeds and grainy malts basically make up the malt profile, pretty solid aroma.

T: Has a lager like grainy bready malt base with some crisp dry grass hops. Some savory meat like tastes run over the palate and are tempered/disguised by lemon grass and more clean malts. Interesting.

M: Crisp and medium, a little spicy, nothing special.

O: Wasn't crazy about this but it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 22:32:55 | More by Dreadnaught33
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan, thanks. At the time of this review, this beer is #35 on the Top Beers - German Pilsner list on beeradvocate.com. I really enjoyed this beer but seemed to be the only one, served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, lazy wispy white head, small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet pilsen malt and some mild piny hop / earthy hop aroma, smells wet.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter on the finish, wet and watery in the front, decent mouthfeel and a nice finish. I had a second pour of this, I enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:37:47 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 010/02/11 notes. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy pale yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of crisp floral hops, grapefruit, citrus, bready malts, and grains.

t - Tastes of bready malts and grain up front, follow by very light floral hops. Not much citrus like the nose, and the grain is dominant. A step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pilsener. I liked the citrus and floral hops in the nose, and wished they would have come through more in the taste. Worth checking out and would give another shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 18:55:23 | More by mdfb79
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer is yellow and mildly hazy, with a thick, white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The aroma is really floral, with light spice and hop notes. Unusual for the style, though not totally unappealing. The flavor is odd, overly floral, and not what comes to mind when I consider the style. Still somewhat enjoyable, though not up to Alpine standards. This one needs improvement.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:15:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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ibbjamin

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Perry's in Livermore and pour into my Beck's stange to review.

White and very yellow beery looking head of about an inch in height. Transparent and yellow in color.

Grassy hops and pale malts scream hoppy pils to me in good fashion. Some lemony citrus comes into play.

Taste is of hop forward pils, bordering on pale ale to me.

Smooth, easy drinking, light to medium body, good carbonation.

My second offering from Alpine and yet again, the hype has not lived up to the taste for me. But I have not thrown in the towel yet, they have several others I want to try first.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:20:17 | More by ibbjamin
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Trilogy31

California

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright light golden slightly darker than a typical bmc pilsner with a frothy finger of white foam. Nose has a very impressive array of bready and biscuity malts with a hint of yeast along with the slightest whiff of orange blossoms. The taste is what run bmc and other supposed imperial pilsners wish they could be. It is summed up as a really easy drinkable sessionable beer that is truly expertly made - it is simplistic perfection, bready malts, backed by a light bitterness and a slight hint that emerson and nelson are related with citrus and distant tropical fruits playing in the background. Oddly this beer had some floaties, but as udual i wish i had easy access to Alpine - this beer was perfection for a 6% pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:25:31 | More by Trilogy31
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beagle75

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass. A few bubbles are observed to rise in the column while tiny floaties are plentiful, hanging motionless.

S: Very herbaceous and lemony, dank--bordering on skunky--at first but then turning minty. Malt presence is debatable, but does seem to serve a supporting role by contributing some light backbone.

T: Begins dry, with very honest grapefruit citrus flesh that begins to yield some of its initial intensity after a few minutes. Grass remains as soft pilsner malt appears, staying understated until late. Acidity is very pleasant, being both mild and uplifting. There is a slight vinous thread that seems to bleed from the middle into the beginning more as other hop aromatics fade. Bitterness is fairly mild, with some aromatic mint and citrus detectable to buoy interest.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft and refreshing on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Intriguing but not intense or extreme, this beer generates appeal from its unorthodox combining of pilsner grain with intensely aromatic hops. While the sensory profile is not unique among American-brewed experimental lagers, this beer has a drinkability edge on its contemporaries thanks to the mere 6% abv. Surprisingly, it benefits from the gradual warming that occurs in the glass; it seems simplistic when at its coldest, but nuances emerge as the beer warms and aggressive grapefruit fades.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 16:23:24 | More by beagle75
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bashiba

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very sedimenty dirty dark yellow with a big thick sticky white head.

The smell is very green, grassy, and floral. very fresh hop smelling.

The flavor has a nice combination of light grainy malts and fresh noble like hops. Simple and balanced, there are some sublte underlying difference in the hops with some hints of dark fruit and berries.

The mouthfeel has a nice creamy body with good levels of carbonation.

Very nice sessionable Pils, a bit off the classic style but in favorable ways.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:15:07 | More by bashiba
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ]light golden yellow with a dense creamy head that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly intense. Light fruit and fresh cracked pepper, with a good bit of yeasty funk.

Taste is pale biscuit malt along with nice caramel notes. Then the strong hop notes take over. Initially resinous grapefruit, then the grassy, spicy saaz hop funk takes over. Finishes crisp with a lingering spice warmth.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Nice resinous hop oil coating.

Overall very crisp and flavorful. Plenty of light fruit and peppery funk to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:01:07 | More by Blakaeris
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scottfrie

California

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into SN shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber tinged golden with a large, dense, bright white head that slowly faded into a very thick and fuzzy film that left streaks of lacing down the glass. Carbonation looks very active.
S: Green hops dominant the light scent but they take some work to find. The smell is very light on this one, and besides hops I get just a touch of sweet citrus and bready malt.
T: I get flavors of melon and other sweet fruits, pale malt, a bit of bread and some citrus. The finish is lightly sweet yet spicy, and the aftertaste is very lightly bitter and full of pale crackery grains.
M: Heavier than I would like. The bubbly carbonation is almost nonexistent on my palate. The body is decently thick, and the mouthfeel is heavy and slick.
O: I still like Prima Pils better, but this was a pretty good beer. It’s a bit too thick on the palate and soft in the carbonation for me to call it refreshing though. I was expecting something lighter and more bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:43:19 | More by scottfrie
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared at Matt's by...someone.

Pours a mostly clear golden orange color with a foamy white head. Minimal lacing. Odd aroma for a pils; lots of citrus and tropical hop notes with some floral hops in the background with pale malt. Flavor has a stronger bready malt base, slightly dry and musty, with a unique strong hoppy blend for a pilsner; more floral than the nose, but citrus is still present. Fuller body than usual, with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite pilsner, but well done and a lighter less complex replacement for a typical Alpine IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 23:39:15 | More by yourefragile
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Nugganooch

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber to my Alpine pint glass

A: Emerson pours a classic crystal clear goldenrod straw color with tons of bubbily action. Fizzy 2 finger white soap-like foam head forms and has some decent retention with cascading lace.

S: Grapefruit and tangerine. Just a bunch of crazy exotic tropical fruits that really spike at the nose. Kiwi. Passionfruit? Sure and a touch of grainy Pilsner malts. Faint as it is.

T: Super hoppy with lots of citric zing. Tangerines. White wine grapes. Tropical. Light and Fruity like an IPA but just a touch of that German Pils malt character reminding you it's not. Lil bit of sugar tartness in the cheeks. Dry crisp finish. The epitomy of a sessiony Lawnmower beer. Very refreshing on a hot day.

M: Super dry and light mouthfeel with an increased bitterness level.

D: A super hoppy Pilsner. Well I can get on board with that. Drinkability is tops with this super light and refreshingly hoppy Pils.

Alpine has me convinced I love NZ hops! Very exotic in flavor and almost has the feel of a sparkling white wine. But this is a Pilsner dammit and it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 22:13:58 | More by Nugganooch
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose, half inch bright white head that dissipates into a thick cluster of tiny bubbles and a soapy skim. Nose is quite subdued and only expresses a citrus and an earthy quality. Taste is earthy, buttery and citusy with a distinct noble hops presence in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew, but a bit on the heavy side for the style. Not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:42:17 | More by Jwale73
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ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange-yellow color with visible carbonation and a finger of frothy crisp white head. The head fades down fairly fast leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lager yeasts and lemon scents with a background of hops mixing in as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and lager yeast with just a hint of citrus hops in the background. Through the middle, the hop flavor gets a bit stronger and the yeast deepens to a bready flavor. The finish is a mix of strong lager and yeast flavors that linger nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate very lively carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and crisp and dry.

D - Very drinkable. Good balance of flavors with the hop forward taste. I actually really enjoy the hop flavor over what seems to be a really solid pilsner base.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 06:07:17 | More by ngeunit1
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a nice white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrusy, and a bit of yeast tones.

T - Wheat, slight citrus, and yeast again.

D - Good carbonation, lighter body.

O - Overall a nice light imperial pilsner that is very welcoming.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 04:04:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Emerson from Alpine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.