Nelson - Alpine Beer Company
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Reviews by beerguru14:
4.33/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour, Color, & Aroma:
I have the pleasure of visiting the hills of San Diego many times a year due to having several of my wife’s family members living there. It just so happens there is a gem of a brewery down the street called Alpine Beer Company. They quickly became a place I made sure to visit anytime I was near. Therefore, Alpine being my favorite brewing company, I wanted to review one of my go to seasonal brews.
This beer pours a nice copper gold with a slight haziness. The head was a beautiful white color. Head retained itself for several minutes leaving a nice lacing along the glass. The rye is prominent during the initial sniff, followed by citrus, mostly a nice orange and grapefruit aroma. There were also hints of caramel, biscuits, a bit of mango, a slight pear and another aroma that was hard to put my finger on that could have been something similar to a cream/vanilla ice cream.
This beer has a great flavor. There is a great hop presence with a nice rye backbone. The hops added a handsome zesty grapefruit to the already flavorful grain bill. Can’t imagine a rye beer that is more balanced than this. A hint of grape, orange and an earthy flavor slowly make its way up the palate. The malts are a little more difficult to identify only due to the other flavor profiles that are right up front, but there was a faint caramel and bready flavor.
Finish & Body:
The beer was light as well as very dry. The alcohol gave me a slight warmth going down, and even at 7%, this beer was smooth! The beer could easily be consumed due to its light body and very smooth finish.
This is a great example of what a balanced rye beer should be. The brewers certainly choose the best hops to compliment the rye used in the grain bill. The complexity of the beer would make this a difficult beer for a new comer to the beer scene. If you are ever in the San Diego area, do yourself a favor and look these guys up! Prost!
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2011 01:34:53 | More by beerguru14
More User Reviews:
4.9/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours very yellow with a slight golden hue to it, was quite surprised with the color of this IPA, it looks more like a blonde ale, but it still looks good.
S: Tropical fruits, spice, pine, bitterness, and a hint of pineapple and sweet malts, absolutely amazing smell to this beer!
T: Blown away in this category! In the beginning you get a wonderful blend of spice and pine, which transitions to an amazing blend of spice and tropical fruits, and then finishes with spice, tropical fruits, pine, pineapple, and some bitterness. Every flavor in this beer is so perfectly balanced and you get so much of every flavor, and this beer tastes truly incredible!
M: Perfect execution here, crisp, light refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you craving it more and more!
O: This is an incredible beer, easily hits number 2 on my top IPA’s list! You have to try this beer!
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:55:34 | More by KnowYourCraft
Nelson from Alpine Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.