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Good - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 81
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 43
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Callenak on 12-05-2006

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Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Hamiltons on Christmas Eve

Appears brown/amber and clear when held to light. A single finger white head remains atop my glass.

Heavy malt on the nose. More notes of molasses and candied sugars. Taste is sweet, but finishes slightly bitter. Just the right amount of "boozy". Rich and velvet smooth on the mouthfeel.

Glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Great presentation on cask.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of rand
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear caramel gold/burnt orange with a generous few cm of fine, off-white head. Very good retention and sloppy lacing.

S: Alpine-y citrus and apricot hoppiness coats straight-up light caramel.

T: An intense, almost burnt caramel/toffee character, nice hoppiness (citrus, apricot, floral, stone fruit) reminds you this is a cousin to an Alpine IPA. The fruit notes are nice and interesting. Very mild, grippy bitterness on the finish which is overwhelmed by the moderate residual sugar.

M: Soft, light carbonation. Mouth coating, sticky, full body. Superb. A little alcohol shows through, but I would peg this at like 10% (not 17%) if I had to. Superb body.

O: Rich, well executed in the style, with interesting complexity.. The hops in the nose works really well, but the taste is not quite there with the burnt note.

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Photo of MatthewPatthew
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at Alpine Beer Company

A: This is a gorgeous, clear, orange. Looks bright and fruity.

S: Like a barleywine should. The sweet, berry-like hoppiness is really powerful. Just a hint of alcohol gets through.

T: Bright, with that beautiful flavor you only get from beers with the combination of this much malt and hops. A little sweeter than some (eg. Old Guardian), but still within an appropriate balance.

M: Just a hint of alcohol, medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of McSmack
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good is really sweet and sticky. Where the sweetness over powers the flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

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Good from Alpine Beer Company
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