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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 29
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006)
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Sampled at the Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest this past weekend. It was part of the VIP beers and it was just called Alpine Good Barleywine. Can't find anything on their website about it.

Pours a deep and dark amber with a slight head. A little on the murky side. Carbonation seems slight but present.

The nose is what sold me on this beer. I've never smelled a beer like this. The closest way I can describe it is it smells like when you walk into a jamba juice. Just a mixture of fresh blended fruit. Strange I know but it was uncanny. I doubt any real fruit was used it the BW, but god does it smell like it. Big citrus bouquet, plenty of great continental hops no doubt. But the smell, it's mesmerizing. Think I smelled this beer longer than I drank it, and at 17% there is no doubt I took my time.

Taste was not a let down. The strong fruit nose didn't transcend to the taste. Pick up on some of the grapefruit from the hops. A nice taste of vanilla and brown sugar. A hint of chocolate and caramel. You would think that there would be a major alcohol burn with this one if it really is 17%, but it's very mellow. Secondary to the other taste. I can only imagine it was aged for quite a while (cask, barrel?).

We kept talking about if we had a favorite beer from the Strong Ale fest, I kept coming back to this one. I'm very glad it was the second beer I had so I could fully enjoy. I wish I would have know the ABV before I put down two or three of these monsters though. Nevertheless, in a day of amazing beer this one really stood out. I would kill for some more.

12-05-2006 16:49:46 | More by Callenak
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4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark, burnt orange in color. Thin, slightly creamy, off-white head. Looks a touch thick and viscous, but that is not surprising for the style and the known ABV. Leaves the glass spotted and oily.

A very hoppy American barleywine. Lots of pungent and toasted citrus zest in the aroma. Sweet tangerine caramel and syrup erupt. There's a bit of a pine and resin character as well. A touch of an alcohol presence. Quite stunning, really.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is a candied citrus (zest) monster, along with citrus syrup/caramel and an alcohol warmth, though not nearly as much as I'd expect from a 17% ABV. I truly can't believe the alcohol was that high, but Shawn (of Alpine) certainly didn't deny it. A big, beautiful, aromatic, yet ultimately, and most importantly, incredibly delicious, high ABV barleywine. Hoppy, sweet, aggressive, yet drinkable.

Full in body for the style, slightly sticky. Coating. Excellent.

Fantastic. This is as good as non barrel-aged barleywines can get, but this tastes like it was made for a barrel. It's going to be great!

04-18-2013 15:53:03 | More by ehammond1
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

On tap at Alpine in April 2013.

Pours out a lighter color for something so stong, deep burnt orange, thin 1/10" head on the top of it. Aroma was warming booze, hops, caramel, the real sticky kind, toffee.

Taste is similar to regular Old Guardian, its hoppy, but it also has a huge malt base and lots of citrus qualities to the taste. You're breathing some heavy alcohol breath while consuming (and after). Carbonation is lively, especially for a barleywine. I still can't get over how sticky icky this is.

Never in a million years would I have believed this beer was 17% abv. Hides it immensely well in the mouthfeel.

Good in small doses, but I can't see me drinking a bomber or pint of this to myself.

07-26-2013 16:28:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-02-2013 09:06:13 | More by AlexChillton
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-04-2013 16:48:30 | More by CEDAMA
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3.68/5  rDev -14.8%

Is Raul part of NASA? Because, LIFTOFF!

As this bad boi checks in at 17%, Raul gets fruity notes on the nose and a donkey kick right in the nuts with the taste. It's very smooth, but you know that you are drinking some "Apocalypse Now" type of shit. Like the name says, "good," but not slap yo mama "great."

Glad I tried it, but woo doggy!

04-22-2013 07:55:40 | More by RaulMondesi
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

On-tap at O'Brien's

a - deep copper color with burgundy, minimal head with little retention or lacing, I guess to be expected from a 17% brew

s - big brown sugar and caramel aroma, some boozy bourbon notes present, light orange marmalade, some smokiness

t - orange citrus, caramel and brown sugar up front, more caramel with a light citrus bitterness on the midpalate, light bitterness, almost tannic, on the finish, but the predominant flavors are once again brown sugar and caramel, light oak and smoky flavors as well

m - full-bodied with light carbonation, semi-sweet finish with strong alcohol warming on the palate, the mouthfeel really works with this beer

d - surprisingly drinkable for the abv, the sweetness is restrained enough to keep it from being cloying, the alcohol is certainly noticeable but not overwhelming

Really great barleywine and a wonderful addition to the Alpine lineup. These guys have really emerged as a preeminent craft brewery.

07-02-2010 01:49:09 | More by WeisGuy
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4.45/5  rDev +3%

2013 batch on tap at the brew pub, poured into tulip glass

A: Brown-apricot in color, small wispy head leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing around the glass.

S: Citrusy, crisp hop essence and honey'd biscuits. Really biscuity and boozy.

T/M: The hop bite noticed in the nose steps up first, but is quickly answered by a huge malt-backbone. Lots of warming booze reveals noted is sweet honey and earthy, floral tea. Doesn't finish as long as you'd think, and its relatively dry at the end.

Barleywines aren't always my favorite style, but the hop-edge in this example adds a lot of drinkability. For the ABV it's pretty amazing.

04-07-2013 04:25:18 | More by rand
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest.

Poured a medium to dark, hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas and tastes of brown sugar, malts, and fruits. Some caramel. Sweet. Wow, 17% - I wouldn't have guessed that at all. This was my last tasting on Day 1 and picked a very good beer to close it with!

11-11-2008 02:35:39 | More by hopdog
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%


Dark orange with a small off white head. The nose is of caramel, toffee, and candied citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange. The flavor is moderately sweet toffee and caramel with that same candied grapefruit I detect in the nose. Alcohol is present but nicely integrated. The finish is sweet with lingering citrus and booze. The mouthfeel is full, sticky, and creamy and carbonation is low. With Good as a base beer, it's no wonder that Great is just that. Among the best American Barleywines I've tried. Delicious.

06-12-2010 18:57:18 | More by HopHead84
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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