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Great - Alpine Beer Company

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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,173
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The base of this beer was available at a couple of festivals as a barleywine named "Good". The remainder of the batch spent several months aging in fresh Jack Daniels barrels and became "Great".
Available in limited release at the brewery only

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-01-2005)
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POTABLE83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-29-2013 00:08:23 | More by POTABLE83
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

10-28-2013 19:50:57 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee syrup and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a really smooth bourbon presence in the flavor that makes this one very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:38:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ScottO

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-28-2013 04:14:02 | More by ScottO
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freemanj

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

10-26-2013 20:53:54 | More by freemanj
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CoolEthan

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-26-2013 20:14:26 | More by CoolEthan
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toomuchhops

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-26-2013 07:27:14 | More by toomuchhops
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gueuzegossage

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-25-2013 22:30:36 | More by gueuzegossage
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anson42

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

10-25-2013 20:06:51 | More by anson42
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sdpaul

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-25-2013 19:55:40 | More by sdpaul
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HopsintheSack

California

4/5  rDev -11.3%

10-24-2013 14:04:31 | More by HopsintheSack
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notchucknorris

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a chestnut brown color without much of a head at all. The few hints of carbonation that pop up quickly disappear.

S: Warm and inviting notes of toffee, caramel and bourbon. Cola, raisin skins, vanilla and some oak as well. There's a touch of booze here, but it's far from overwhelming.

T: Opens with a rich wave of caramel, toasted brown sugar, toffee and light bourbon. Booze soaked raisin, chocolate, light plum and a slight woody dryness. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick, never becoming too heavy. Really hard to find much of the 14% here. To me, this is the best barleywine I've ever had. Amazing stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:18:43 | More by notchucknorris
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-21-2013 20:35:59 | More by Hugonaut13
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RobertMarquez

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-21-2013 17:41:11 | More by RobertMarquez
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-17-2013 23:39:20 | More by HopsMatt
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MaseFace

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-17-2013 23:26:40 | More by MaseFace
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JDM44

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-15-2013 05:35:15 | More by JDM44
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frizzzle

California

4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the brewery on release date.
Poured into a tulip glass, the smell on this is amazing! Smells hot with sweetness.
Pours a nice dark almost deep burgundy color, little to no carbonation.
Taste is amazing, slightly thick texture, very smooth and nice semi sweet taste. I can't taste 14% alcohol. This is very well balanced. The smell and taste compliment each other. I thought about trading some bottles, but after drinking 2 so far, I've decided to keep the rest. This beer is awesome, best barleywine I've had. Alpine beer company, thank you!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:03:01 | More by frizzzle
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Reappropriated

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-13-2013 01:36:17 | More by Reappropriated
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12owls

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-11-2013 16:34:40 | More by 12owls
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marqoid

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-10-2013 03:11:08 | More by marqoid
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EliotRosewater

California

4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased directly from the brewery today (10/9) and consumed same day. When I got home one of the bottles had some foam around the cap. So I drank that bottle. Take that for whatever it's worth.

A - almost no head during pour. Very little lacing. Beautiful dark brown to almost black.

S - first thing that hits you is the bourbon character along with strong vanilla, oak, caramel and molasses.

T - excellent caramel to almost burnt sugar. Mild alcohol presence. Vanilla. Bourbon. A bit of dark chocolate-like, pleasant bitterness towards the end. Initially comes off pretty sweet but is balanced by the bitterness and alcohol. Very complex.

M - very nice, thick, somewhat viscous mouthfeel with minimal carbonation but just enough. Aftertaste is lingering and amazing. Mouthfeel has never been a major factor in a beer for me before but this is off this charts.

O - what an amazing beer. I keep going back to smell the beer but the actual taste and mouthfeel on this sucker is unreal. This thing doesn't need any age on it at all, it's ready to drink now. So smooth and layered.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 03:03:26 | More by EliotRosewater
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Piddmeista

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-09-2013 19:55:29 | More by Piddmeista
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LSUPT

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-09-2013 18:18:25 | More by LSUPT
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socalbrewlvr

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%

10-09-2013 08:41:46 | More by socalbrewlvr
Great from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.