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Emerson - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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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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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

11-16-2011 17:41:12 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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GRG1313

California

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, like almost all of my reviews, was tasted at room temperature which I personally believe allows the beer to show it's full character, good and bad.

Crystal clear medium amber orange with an initially thick pure white had that fades quickly, but very pretty while it lasts.

Nose is full of appealing fresh fruit, rich green grape, light citrus notes with undertones of fresh grass, green apricots and "carnuba wax" esters. Most pleasant and "fresh."

Mouthfeel is big, rich, creamy and fulfilling. You want more, which is about as good a test as I have for mouthfeel; i.e., it's very inviting. Moreover, this beer is in perfect balance as it is currently drinking.

Taste is full, rich, assertive and bold. This is one of the nicest Alpine brews I've had. It is complex and layered in toast, pine, grapefruit and green stone fruit. The bitterness is bright, appealing, bold and with a "sweet" undertone. Good to drink alone or a really great flavor profile for almost all foods.

Finish is strong in bitter pine, lime skin and undertones of cooked lemon.

This is an excellent Alpine release.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 17:00:31 | More by GRG1313
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KevinBrewer

California

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden color with a tall white head that sticks around and clings to the sides of the glass.

N- Pretty bitter aroma at first with grapefruit rind and pine resin. Also some spice in there, and a hint of purple grapes. There is somewhat of a saison character to it. No malt in the nose.

T- There's an unexpected purple grape flavor that I assume is from the hops. Very vinous. The malt is very light and crisp, letting the hops command your attention. Bitter pine resin and grapefruit rind compliment the grape fruitiness while juicy citrus quenches the thirst. Fairly long fruity finish with bitter resins acting as hoppy time release capsules. Again, there is something saison-like about the finish. Light grain comes out a little in the aftertaste.

M- Light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a crisp, semidry finish.

D- Overall, this is a sessionable dose of hops to the dome. The use of hops from New Zealand introduces some fresh flavors that any hophead will appreciate. To me, this is a cross between a light lager, an IPA, and a saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 05:01:25 | More by KevinBrewer
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dechaffinated

California

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden hue with big pillowy white head that dissipated quickly. Very clear with tiny bubbles continuing throughout, as you would expect from a pilsner.

S - Light toast, pine, floral hops, grassy

T - When cold it was crisp, bitter, a bit grassy. As it warmed it opened up into mild grapefruit (mild compared to IPA), pine, toasted maltiness, mild spice in the mid palate, sweet & dry finish

M - Clean and crisp but definitely fuller and rounder than other pilsners I've had

O - I'm not a huge fan of pilsners in general, but it's important to note that Alpine calls this an Imperial Pilsner and I tried it because I like Alpine's other beers. I really enjoyed this beer and thought it was nicely balanced and fairly easy drinkability. I tend to drink a lot of hoppy beers, but this is a very nice & refreshing alternative to my usual as well as a great "summer beer".

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 06:53:57 | More by dechaffinated
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HopHead84

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/18/11

Growler shared by ArthurPendragon, thanks! Snifter.

A: Hazy yellowish orange with a prodigious frothy white cap which exhibits excellent retention and wicked lacing.

S: Hops are bright, vibrant, and lightly spicy, imparting notes of grass, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. Malt is reminiscent of graham cracker. There's a faint sulfur note. Clean, with no noticeable esters or diacetyl. Very nice aroma.

T: Firm upper moderate bitterness up front with big grassy notes accompanied by sulfur and a touch of mineral. I detect light citrus in the form of lemon and orange. Malt is cracker-like. Bitterness waxes as the flavor progresses toward the finish. No evident alcohol. Finish is clean, crisp, bitter, and dry. Hops impart nice fruit notes, but the beer is very clean.

M: Medium light in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: A well done pilsner. Refreshing and clean, with great hop flavor and aroma.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 03:37:57 | More by HopHead84
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Town Hall Brewery stemware glass.

Pours a clear golden straw color with tons of fluffy white head that dissipates leaving moderate lacing on the glass. I would have like to see a little more lacing on the glass but this beers appearance is right on for the style.

Smell is subdued but I am smelling some earthy and grass hops, maybe some citrus in the back. I would liked to have seen a stronger aroma profile but good none the less.

Taste is slightly malt heavy with a hop balance that just falls short. What can I say its a pils, perfectly balanced with a nice bitterness that goes all through the pallet. I would love to have more of this on hand to help my BMC buds to move toward craft.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight with some nice resin that sits with its pilsner bitterness on the pallet.

Overall this is one of the best pilsner’s I have ever had. Like most BA’s I am not a fan of the style because it doesn’t really have a characteristic that totally dominates the pallet (ie DIPA’S and RIS’s). What it is, is an awesome example of the style. Great summer beer and I wish I had more for the humid Minnesota months.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 09:08:47 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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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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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a finger of white foam.

S: Smells almost like an Alpine IPA. Big citrus and pineapple aromas to it initially. The floral hops start to come through more as the beers sits, and the bready malt and yeast also make their presence known.

T: A solid bread and malt base to the beer gives a touch of sweetness. The hops really carry it, however, and there is a nice mix of floral, earthy, and spicy hops with just a hint of citrus and grass.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: A very well made and easy to drink beer from Alpine. Nice to see this one being bottled.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:34:38 | More by womencantsail
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pilsener glass revealed orange-lemon-colored brew with a a two-finger, white head which dissipated into a coating as it warmed. Nose was heavy with citrus, pine and earthy hops. Taste was a nice, light combination of citrus, toasted malts and mild spice with a refreshingly dry finish. I don't usually care much for pilseners, but this was VERY nice. I just wish Alpine distributed here because they just never seem to disappoint. Almost perfectly balanced, this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 19:48:57 | More by regspeir
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HalfFull

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newly bottled, this Emerson pours a hazed goldenrod and with a dense inch or so of white foam. Offers good retention and some speckled lace.

Nose of yeast and some odd hop flavors. Somewhat earthy yet with a citrus twang. An odd cat from New Zealand as the story goes. A bit vinous in nature with a touch of lemon nonetheless.

Flavor is bready and full of malt yet there is no sweetness upon the palate. Touch of lemon and lavender. Floral spices overwhelm the palate, albeit in a good way. Yeast and spice notes are present yet not. An interesting brew to say the least.

Offers notes of a spicy saison mixed with a summer beer yet with a pils backdrop.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 06:09:25 | More by HalfFull
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: After a whole day at the nearby Palomar Power Station in Escondido it seemed too good an opportunity to pass on the chance to share a brew or two with my good friends xlperro and AleOha at the equally friendly O’Briens. I avoided opting for a ‘de rigueur’ IPA and thanks to xlperro’s guidance I managed to try the latest and greatest from Alpine, a brewery I have a lot of respect for.

Appearance: First inspection had me thinking that it had a very mild milky tone to it. Yet as the Pint warmed and the condensation was absorbed by the sweaty palms, the turbidity seemed to magically disappear to reveal a very sharp looking Pilsner-like body with a distilled pale golden torso. Talcum white head wasn’t large, but it lasted for a decent amount of time and did leave a minimal amount of discreet lacing.

Nose: One of the best parts of this brew. I love Pilsners and Lagers on hot days, but often the nose on many Teutonic and Czech offerings can be aggressive and gregarious and even worse have annoying cabbage, metallic and acrid sulfur tones. The Emerson has a much softer aroma, which benefits from a lovely hop and fruity character with some bold floral aspects which all meld into a light toasted malt background. Exceptionally easy on the nasal passages, and very inviting. Nicely done.

Taste: As with the nose, equally the best part of this brew, for want of a better description; it has all the best parts of a tasty Euro Pilsner/Lager without any of its aggressive over the top sharpness and is bettered with a lovely well attenuated hop bitterness. The edges are smooth, the character is aerodynamic and the profile has no sharp edges whatsoever. Very clean and incredibly well put together. Very tasty……I’m sure the fact that I needed a quick first pint I missed more of the subtle complexities of this one, but that is its bonus, it is one of those that beers that drinks well and sits in the back rows when needed, but when put into the limelight, it can manage the stage with equal aplomb. I love the way that this Lager breaks new ground, quite something in the seemingly borderless beery region of SoCal.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was just enough. Enough to support this brew, but not enough to blow you up or detract from its fine drinkability. Perfectly balanced and wholesome.

Drinkability: Highly Quaffable. I managed the first Pint in no time at all. A simple enough brew, not complex, what it does do - it does well. Clean and simplistic, yet highly effective lines and exceptionally refreshing. The soft edges on this Lager make for a great Session brew. Only my Car and the long drive home prevented me from sinking these all night.

Overall: No beer stained illegible tasting notes on this one, I’ll be honest enough to say that it is all from memory, but this is a very memorable brew, the ones from Alpine usually are. A very clean crisp refreshing Lager with a tasty palate that is softer than most Pilsners. Well worth trying if seen. Props to Alpine again, the one craft Brewery overlooked by its bigger and more famous neighbors. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking this one if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2005 06:01:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Bomber was purchased at the brewery bar very late May, 2011. Drank it that night.

Nice golden yellow, not really orange at all. Lots of fluffy head that leaves great lacing. It really smells hoppy on the nose. Grassy and hints of citrus and white wine tang (I think thats the NZ hop variety Alpine uses in their brews). Enough malt to help sweeten the brew a bit, but it still finishes very dry. Light enough in body to drink a whole bomber rather quickly! Nicely carbonated to allow the flavors to stay light.

Great brew, but not at all a traditional pilsener. My father thought it was one of the better beers he has tried since I got into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:15:50 | More by soze47
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Beernerdz

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-12-2012 05:47:43 | More by Beernerdz
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

California

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

Growler from ArthurPendragon. Cheers.

The body is a hazy amber-gold, topped by two inches of lasting head.

There's quite a bit of musty white wine fruitiness on the nose, along with more earthy/grassy notes typical of the style and a touch of citrus fruit. A bready malt profile resides beneath. Quite hoppy for a pils, but it's not in the same league as Alpine's IPAs. The overall hop profile here is unique, definitely not traditional for the style.

The flavor profile is similar, with a lot of earthy, grassy hops supported by a fairly substantial but dry bready malt backbone. White wine grapes comes to mind again. There's a touch of citrus, a bit orange-like. The finish is dry, exhibiting a firm bitterness. Fairly full-bodied, this is somewhere between a traditional German pils and an American imperial pilsner/IPL.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2011 18:22:46 | More by largadeer
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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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imyourhero21

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-26-2011 20:26:48 | More by Romulux
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few bottles and on tap, review is from bottle.

A- Pours a bubbly yellowish orange with a frothy white head.
S- Citrus, grass, pine, grapefruit.
T- Apricot, bitter sweetness, pleasently sweet and bitter balance, pine.
M- Medium-soft body, lubricating, residual hop bite.
O- Keeping in mind the style this is probably the best I have had, granted well done pilsner seems fairly hard to find for some reason.
Just noticed its listed under German Pilsener, curious why its not under Imperial Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:12:41 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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Emerson from Alpine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.