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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%

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 -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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 16:28:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of HopHead84


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 18:57:18 | More by HopHead84
Photo of hopdog


4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2008 02:35:39 | More by hopdog
Photo of ehammond1

4.63/5  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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 15:53:03 | More by ehammond1
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 06:00:28 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 01:49:09 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 07:55:40 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of rand


4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 04:25:18 | More by rand
Photo of radshoesbro


4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Hamilton's on Boxing Day!

Pours a deep cloudy red with no lace. Vigerous swirling leads to nothing. Perfectly fine for a cask ale.

Smells of candied popcorn, walnuts, and a sweet pungent malt character. The toffee notes one would get off Great (the barrel aged version) are present, but it's clear the barrel really brings that out a bit more. The toffee has a nice subdued characteristic that doesn't immediatley jump out at you.

Tastes fucking beautiful! This is the best barleywine I've had next to Stonewall. It's got a beautiful toffee caramel and after a few minutes of swallowing a delicious caramel popcorn comes out!!

I really wish Alpine had bottled this so that people could do side by sides, but oh well.

Serving type: cask

12-27-2009 01:05:21 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of d0ggnate


4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-25-2009 06:04:48 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of Callenak


4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2006 16:49:46 | More by Callenak
Photo of BlackWednesday

New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught, Toronado. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (apricot, resin), moderately malty (cookie), with notes of sherry, wood, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A little disjointed/unfocused in the aroma, but rich and balanced well. Doesn’t seem like 17%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 03:30:43 | More by BlackWednesday
Photo of MatthewPatthew


3.8/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 23:55:41 | More by MatthewPatthew
Good from Alpine Beer Company
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