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WHAle (Wet Hopped Ale) - Alpine Beer Company

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WHAle (Wet Hopped Ale)
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-20-2005)
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-12-2014 04:53:31 | More by LegalBrew87
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4.3/5  rDev +10%

I had this beer at O'Brien's. They have it for the Wet Hop Fest this weekend. I must say that I am impressed. It pours a golden brown with a small tan head. The head fades quickly leaving a small amount of laces. The aroma was a little hard to detect. It was slightly hoppy. Behind the hops, I detected some malty sweetness. The hop aroma was different that I am used to. It was fresher. I guess that would be appropriate since it was for the Wet Hop Fest. This beer has a hoppy taste to it. Not overly hoppy though. As with the aroma, it had a malty sweet taste also. This beer was very smooth. Very smooth. It leaves a fresh hop aftertaste. This beer is a great session beer. It was so easy to drink it. I think I will be back to O'Brien's this weekend drinking more of it.

10-20-2005 22:28:46 | More by OStrungT
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-18-2011 19:22:13 | More by rhino54
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 21:46:03 | More by Neffbeer
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-15-2011 19:38:05 | More by DearthVader
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-16-2011 17:45:51 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-05-2013 18:23:45 | More by Drink_LocalSD
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-24-2014 16:22:13 | More by robear
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

From growler to Mikasa pint

A: Golden-amber in color, clear, with a small, half-inch head, tightly bubbled. Little lacing, but this growler has been sitting in the fridge for a few days

S: Wow, really fruity bouquet. Sort of tropical-meets-berries. Pastry like aroma floats in the backdrop, almost earthy in tone.

T: Again, the fruit notes are really prominent. Apricot, mango, maybe a hint of blackberry. Hops take an earthy, tea-like approach as opposed to beating your tongue with piny bitterness. These flavors are nicely matched with honey-malt sweetness, with some lingering notes of oak at the finish.

M: Medium-to-light in body, maybe could have been a bit more viscous to carry the fruity flavors.

Another gem from Alpine. I'm not sure if they took a different approach here, as I'm getting pretty different flavors then my fellow BA's, not to mention the site states it's retired. This almost went unnoticed when I was leaving the pub, overshadowed by the release of Odin's Raven Barrel Aged.

10-13-2011 06:02:19 | More by rand
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

On tap at Obrien’s Pub

Out of retirement and into my pint glass – 5 years long since last brewed. Must have been a good season.

A: WHAle pours a clear yet dark amber color that is looking more and more copper as I gaze upon my glass. My pint arrived a full brim pour leaving just a thin white foamy cap that floated about. Leaving some sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Smells of juicy hop aromas with some bright apricot fruit notes. Resinous pines and wet danky herbs. Really nice nose.

T: This pale ale is juicy with hops that are resinous on the palate but with a more pronounced bready malt character to it. Hops are super fresh and in the flavors of citrus and pine. Nice moderately high bitterness levels. Great balance of sugars here. Biscuity with a tart accent on the finish. Slight alcohol flavors. Pretty darn good.

M: Medium body with a nice creamy texture. Sort of watery on the mouthfeel. Sticky none the less with a dry puckering finish.

D: A really square pale ale with nice overall balance. Thinkof a hopped up SNPA. A bit heavier on the bready malts for a hoppy Alpine brew but the wet hops really do work well here. Gives some really nice fresh hop flavors with a nice lingering bitterness. Just not the hop blast I was expecting.
Not Alpine’s best work but glad to have tracked this WhAle down and would definitely recommend.

10-20-2011 22:51:14 | More by Nugganooch
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-14-2011 14:54:29 | More by sideshowe
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-02-2013 22:40:26 | More by sisterthelonious
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

11-15-2011 16:59:50 | More by MrFootstones
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Beautiful clear amber color with a thin off white head and nice lacing.

S: Fresh citrus hops, candied grapefruit, caramel and some faint pine hops.

T: Grapefruit, sweet lemon, honey, mango and a lot of citrus hop flavor with a smooth, malty backbone. Some slight bready malts and melon in the background. I really loved this beer.

10-20-2011 22:29:43 | More by notchucknorris
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

I went to O'Brien's to check it out before the wet hop festival.

Low and behold they are pouring Alpine's Whale (wet hop ale)

Very nice, poured a dark amber color. Thin off white head, good lacing.

Soft scent of malt, hops and citrus.

This beer was very smooth, the finish was very different very slow developing bitterness that snuk up on me well after I had swallowed. Very full hop flavor.

Very nice and refreshing, crisp.

I can't wait to try the other wet hops at O'B's fest.


10-20-2005 04:33:41 | More by SteveO1231
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%


Thanks to AP for sharing the growler at our semiannual chutes and ladders grand master tournament. Snifter.

A: Appears an opaque dark orange with a modest beige cap. 

S: Grassy and resinous with soft citrus notes that bring to mind orange, peach, grapefruit, and tangerine. The citrus is expressive yet restrained. Floral notes emanate from the glass with each swirl. I get some cantaloupe as well. Malt is biscuity and lightly sweet.

T: Grass blends with bread and biscuit. Citrus is tame, with impressions of orange and tangerine. There's a lower moderate sweetness. Bitterness is low but there's a good deal of hop flavor.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid fresh hop pale ale with a really good aroma.

10-08-2011 04:10:59 | More by HopHead84
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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

Listed as an American Strong Ale at 7.5%.

A - Murky apricot, small to no head, lots of thin lace is left.

S - Light malt - hardly any scent at all.

T - Very sweet, overripe pit fruits. Almost taste like it didn't reach FG. Bittering agent comes in to save the day.

M - Medium to full body. Hardly any carbonation. Balance is weird. I have trouble defining it. It seems messy.

D - Always love trying new things from one of the best breweries around. This just wasn't one of my favorites.

10-08-2011 04:37:03 | More by srandycarter
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-21-2012 06:28:52 | More by Rollzroyce21
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.78/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours a clear deep golden color with an orange hue with a quickly evaporating white head. Lovely grapefruit nose. Mouthfeel is puffy, cottony, yet wet and scrubby. Grapefruit in spades. Finishes with a wonderful citrus bitterness. This is a glorious IPA.

11-04-2012 02:30:53 | More by DocJitsu
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-17-2014 00:27:21 | More by bauermj
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

On two up at alpine brewery

A- golden brown body with white head that stays around

S-nice hopped smell that is person dt fo wet hopping

T-follows the nose. Nice wetness that is so smooth. Great hop taste that doesn't linger

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good beer. Wish it was more avalible!

11-09-2011 21:22:40 | More by brew3crew
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-04-2011 18:24:03 | More by futura123
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-13-2014 22:15:50 | More by DeanMoriarty
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WHAle (Wet Hopped Ale) from Alpine Beer Company
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