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Emerson - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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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Photo of beagle75
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.

beagle75, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for gifting me with this bottle, I really appreciate it Brett!

Poured from a bomber into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears a very hazed golden color with nearly 2 fingers worth of thick white froth for a head. The cap slowly fades leaving leggy patches of lacework on the glass. It remains constant across the top o the brew with a creamy layering composed of large bubbles around the edge.

The smell of this brew is pungent with fresh hops. Such a very bold arrangement of fruity hop characteristics for the style that was unexpected but pleasant and welcomed. This brew smells fruity, minorly reminiscent of tropical fruits initially before turning a little grassy with some biscuit grain scents and a touch of sulfur across the back. Very complex and interesting arrangement straight across the board. As the brew warms up, some of those sulfur notes transform into a mildly stinky scent perhaps an inclusion from floor malted pilsner?

The taste is boldly bitter for the style. The flavor initially is heavy with an herbal hop quality that moves towards grassy which brings out some grain character that tastes a bit like straw. For as bold as the hop inclusion is, it is not overdone, it is met with a strong presence of biscuit grains that provides just enough sweetness to really balance this brew out and let more of the hop flavors come forward after the initial shock of bitterness. As this brew warms up, more fresh toasted grain flavors come out.

A fruity inclusion of alcohol esters accents the hop flavors and really drives home it's presence. This brew hits the back of the throat with much more warmth than expected for the listed 6%. This is a medium to full bodied offering which was much chewier than expected for the style. Modestly carbonated overall. The hops linger inside the mouth with an oily cling that provides a pleasant lasting quality. Overall not a bad offering but for the style it lacks the dryness and crisp finish I look for. If in the mood for a typical pilsner brew, this one could really catch you off guard.

stakem, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Apricot, slightly murkey, stark white head, leaves to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Bright fruit, esp mango, tropical, orange, and some malt.

T - Malt and almost juicy fruit, or a variation there of.

M - Fair balance, good carb, not too taxing.

D - Easy to drink for sure!

srandycarter, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am trying to decide of this will be biased, i haven't had a beer in many days, and i worked 11hrs at work and a pilsner is going to be perfect with dinner.

Color is a slightly hazy orange with white head/collar, looks like i need to drink it.
The aroma is clean with cereal grains and earthy hops.
The flavors are muted a bit as this one is chilled from the fridge, but is tasty and drinks way to fast i had to slow down to give it a chance to warm, dear lord i hate how that sounds, but it was enjoyable to drink chilled with my food, which was curried rice that was insanely packed with flavor...anyway. After i let it warm the flavors popped a bit more of those noble hops that exhibit a touch of citrus to brighten things up a bit, and clean bready malts. a clean and simple Pils good for doing what Pilsners are good at, being refreshing with a hop kick.

ChadQuest, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable summer hoppy lager. Fairly complex and tasty with funky yeast, big pilsner malt/Saaz aroma. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body with over an inch of retained white head in my Sam Adams glass. Lots of lace down the glass's curves. Above average mouthfeel though the carbonation is assertive. Very good drinkability, seeing I finished the bomber forthwith. Thanks Ryan.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

542nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pils
22oz
Purchased from Alpine Brew Pub

App- Big fluffy two finger white head with a clearer yellow color. Nice spiderweb of lace down the glass.

Smell- Fresh cut grass with damp citrus. Its a little bit of awkward fruits and malts with a good hop bite.

Taste- It's a good pilsner. Nice balanced flavors with a citrus punch, a little hops and some tasty malts. The spice isnt all that abundant but rounds out the profile with a little yeasty bread.

Mouth- medium bodied and it borders on high carbed. Nice citrusy, piney, bread taste.

Drink- Hmmm... Tasty pilsner. Big flavorful and clean. I'd have this one again. I like a lot of what Alpine does and this does it again.

FosterJM, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A wonderful surprise, courtesy of ArthurPendragon, that I shared with the guys on the first night of our tasting.

Light orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing, this is a gorgeous pilsner. The nose is rather intensely hoppy with a fruity, herbal hop character with mint being most noticeable. A little citrus as well. A moderate undermodified malt character is present, with some bready, doughy character, this is clean with a definite aroma of yeast.

The palate opens intensely hoppy with moderate green, herbal hop character, minty and even a little parsley? Mild sweetness, raw malt, a little caramel, fresh baked bread, this is drying and spicy on the finish. Uniquely hoppy with spices, mint and some fruit. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this is moderately bitter on the finish. Enjoyable stuff.

DefenCorps, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
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.

ibbjamin, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
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.

yourefragile, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of rand
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.

rand, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
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.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dyan for sharing this growler courtesy of ArthurPendragon. The growler came complete with his old avatar pasted to the lid.

The color is copper-hued amber, slightly hazed from the shipping/travel (it arrived just before dyan drove up with it), and the body is topped off by a huge 3-finger sticky and fluffy head that leaves huge thick clumps of foam smattered all over the sides of the tulip from which I drink.

Spicy, earthy, and funky hops from New Zealand remind me of a Czech pils. There are some bready and earthy notes from the yeast and breadyness from the malts round it out. The taste is pretty much an extension of the aroma, with some welcome additions. Grassy hops augment the spicier ones from the aroma, and the mid palate is extremely herbal, bringing on even minty hints. Bready malts again play a large role.

There is a bit too much unpolished yeast character, in my opinion, as the earthy and bready character detracts from the clean feel and aroma that I feel should accompany a great pils. Really glad I got to enjoy this with some great company.

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
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.

Jwale73, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of bashiba
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.

bashiba, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to badboyrsl84 for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and only a spot or two of lacing on the way down. Very thin collar throughout. The nose carries floral hops and a bit of a tropical character in the background. There's some light bready malt as well. The flavor is malty with bread, and there's actually a surprising amount of alcohol. Hops are there, with the floral ones dominating. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of bitterness. Not bad, but not something I'd go after again.

Thorpe429, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
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.

scottfrie, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a bright yellow, white head, thin. Aroma was a little lemony, less hop aroma than expected for an Alpine, of any style.

Taste, eh, what is the deal with the wet cardboard?, was my first thought. The word diacetyl was mentioned by a novice homebrewer, but once the lazy 'buttery' description accompanied it (most frequent association you can read and then project as if your own), I knew there were at least two things wrong going on. Found it strange, I purchased this from the brewery just 3 weeks prior to drinking it.

Just didn't have that hop snap, bite, didn't really have any characteristic of a pilsner either. What the heck Alpine? Most disappointing beer ever (from Alpine).

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy apricot body with a finger of well-retaining off-white head. It leaves huge swaths of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: As with other Alpine beers, this is hop-forward: fruits (orange peel, tangerine) and herbs define the nose. The malt is understated; I was hoping to smell some distinct pilsner malt, but it's instead an indeterminate doughiness that I find unremarkable.

T: The taste also lacks any distinct malt flavors. It's bready with a faint taste of yeast. The flavor is mostly left to the hop profile, which doesn't pop as much as their other beers. Maybe it's an old/faded bottle. But anyway, there's a fruity touch that reminds me of orange peel and tangerine. It's lightly herbal, even spicy in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, but the flavors meander a bit and lack punch. It's not as dry as Alpine's other beers (seems like there is some residual sweetness that accentuates the fruity hops), but there's a mild bitterness in the finish that imparts that impression.

O: Unremarkable. For Alpine, this is a surprise.

Arbitrator, May 21, 2011
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Emerson from Alpine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.