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Good - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 35
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

ehammond1, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of rand
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

rand, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

pmarlowe, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of MatthewPatthew
3.8/5  rDev -11%
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.

MatthewPatthew, Dec 31, 2010
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3.92/5  rDev -8.2%

kmanjohnson, Thursday at 01:07 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mdaschaf, Wednesday at 06:00 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

The_Jerk, Nov 13, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

warnerry, Nov 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Nov 09, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

ChewbaccaSD, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

AussieActor, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours amber with a frothy, cream-colored head.

S: Honey mixed with a thick rye bread and rich malt aroma. Tons of toasted rye in here.

T: Really tasty sweet honey soaked rye bread. Touch of apricot preserves and marmalade. Very smooth mouthfeel with no real burn from the alcohol at all. A solid barleywine. Definitely not as tasty as Great though.

notchucknorris, Oct 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

More_betterness, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Type: Draft
Glass: 8-oz. snifter
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Oct. 4, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 4, 2014
Misc.: BA calls Good as 17 percent ABV, but I remember seeing it as 14 percent in the pub. Could just be this year’s batch.

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki cream head when I got it. Light streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of uneven lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled rye hops, sweetened iced tea, Citra hops, caramel, toffee, purple grape, light grape juice, plum, sugary candied lemon and some late booziness with big whiffs. (Smell - 4.13)

Wow was my first thought with the taste. Then it was this might be the smoothest barelywine I’ve ever had, not even taking into the account of the high ABV. Pretty close to the smell. Candied sugary lemon, sweetened iced tea, plum, purple grape, caramel, toffee and crisp rye hops. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Medium carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. (Feel - 4.88)

Just a fantastic barleywine. So damn smooth. (Overall - 4.50)

4.45 | 99 | A

BucannonXC5, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

TaborTime, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

_morandi_, Oct 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

lukasz, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

mdlb44, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Keananmichael5, Sep 27, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

DCLAguy11, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

SDRedDevil, Sep 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

PG2G, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

T_Hass, Sep 13, 2014
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Good from Alpine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.