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O'Brien's IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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O'Brien's IPA
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.5%
Wants: 83
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sfoley333 on 01-10-2008

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 60
Photo of ArrogantB
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Alpine. Orange color, good head, yes. Aroma of hops and hops and then hops? Pine, citrus, etc. flavor was damn hoppy with only the slightest hint of what I'm guessing are summit hops (onion). Great IPA, super hoppy, glad I got to try it.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drove down to Alpine on a heavenly sunny day, but Raul was greeted with extremely dearth results: Nelson is tapped and all IPA bottles are sold out. Wowieee! But Raul is not one to fret, so he jumped his ass on a limited O'Briens IPA.

I think Cyrano de Bergerac could be the only one to lift anything out of the nose from this thang. Little to small hints of citrus, taste is ok, but still somewhat flat on the tongue. Not Laura Flynn Boyle "flat," but it could definitely use a wonder bra.

I wouldn't venture with this one again.

Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler thanks to airfoil. Served in HF tulip.

A- Pours a translucent copper (a little bit on the darker side for an IPA) with a little over a finger's worth of foamy bubbly head that has decent retention and leaves some light spotty lacing.

S- Grapefruit, floral, a little bit of papaya, a hint of pine. The malts blend in with the hops nicely to add a hint of bready caramel. Very pleasant smelling and a little bit above average aroma strength. Smells similar to Duet.

T- Nice balance of grapefruit, papaya, hops, and a light dose of malts that add a hint of caramel to the finish that balances very nicely with the hops. Finishes with a nice bitterness that isn't overly bitter, but fits well with the hops and lingers on the tip of the tongue to enhance the flavors.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side, nice carbonation, extremely smooth and drinkable.

O- This was another great Alpine IPA that is very similar to the others that I've had. In particular it is very similar to Duet except a little bit lighter and slightly more balanced. I think this is one of the best balanced IPAs I've had. If you like other Alpine IPAs then you will definitely like this one. I definitely recommend trying it out if you get the chance.

Photo of DocJitsu
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a rapidly dissipating off-white head that gets perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Sweet grapefruit nose is so inviting. Full body that enters the mouth so smoothly you'd think it was nitrogen. Lovely citrus through and through without overpowering. This IPA has nice balance.

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- I'm not picking up really any malts here. Completely domintaed by hops. The first thing I noticed was a herbal smell that was marijuana like. Quite a bit of citrus, grapefruit and orange.

T- Hop dominanted for sure with just a bit malt sweetness. A very tasty brew for sure. Quite a bit of tropical fruits.

M- Thinner side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- A very awesome brew for sure. Really glad I got to try this one.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into tulip pint.
Thanks to BdoubleEdoubleRUN for the growler-- I love Alpine, and especially their IPAs... Can't wait to try this one.

Orange colored body with a 2 fingers of white head. Nice thick rings of lacing and strong retention.

Smells of virtually no malt, but rather all hops; some piney notes mingle with the citrus and tropical fruits.
The flavor is just as the nose prepared me for. Very nicely bittered. Pretty dry finish.

Feels a bit thin. Well-carbonated. Oily hop residue left on my teeth after each sip.

Overall-- this is a pretty nice ipa. Quite drinkable-- although I'd prefer a bit more body, this actually drinks even easier due to the thinness-- and I'm taking on the entire growler solo, so I can safely call this "pretty sessionable."

Photo of rand
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler to pint

A: O'Brien's IPA pours a surprisingly deep copper in color, perfectly clear, and forms a fluffy, cavernous head. Patches of lacing are left all over the pint glass.

S: Wet floral hops jump to the front of the bouquet - grapefruit-citrus-y with a touch of buttery tropical tones, but this is a lot more subtle than Alpine's typical IPA hop profile. The malt and yeast aspects are more dry and cracker-like than bready (again, in comparison to Alpine's big IPA's), which blend nicely with the relatively subdued hop notes.

T: The flavor profile unravels all at once, with fresh, lightly bitter hops bouncing off honey-sweet malts. There's the characteristically Alpine tropical note that, although doesn't dominate the palate, become the profile's most distinctive feature. Some resinous dryness carries towards the finish, pushing back the honey-sweet malt-backbone. This back-and-forth carries to a balanced and clean finish.

M: Medium bodied, but the depth and breadth of flavors makes the beer feel heavier than it is. Nice scrubbing carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips.

Probably the most sessionable IPA I've come across - 6.2% is pushing it, but this is basically a pale ale with IPA flavor. I can't think of an IPA in a 6-pack that even comes close to this.

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

App: Very clear, dark amber color; fluffy head, good lacing remains.

Smell: Mostly citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, some herbal and grassy notes, faint sweetness.

Taste: More old school and balanced than something like Duet or Nelson. Easy drinking for sure. I didn’t find this to be a super hop bomb even though the toasty maltiness is pretty restrained. Just a touch sweet, good bitterness, nice but not profound hop character, mostly again, citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, and herbal flavors.

Mf: Medium-thin body, medium-low carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness in the finish but nothing too extreme.

Overall: Fresh and tasty but I didn’t love this one as much as Duet and Nelson or even Pure Hoppiness, seemed a little more traditional and not as massively west coast hopped as the others. Would like to have it again sometime. Nice but not my favorite Alpine IPA.

Photo of iadler
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5 oz sampler at the brewery.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a one finger head that leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- Freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit, some orange, biscuit malt, pine, floral notes and faint tropical hops.

T- Lots of fresh grapefruit and orange followed by floral hops, underripe pineapple and mango, pine, peppery spice and some bready malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice crisp body. Refreshing and easy to drink.

O- Another good ipa from a brewery that has really impressed me with their line of ipas.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PizzaPort – Cbad
*Notes from 12/02/11 –> slacker

A: O’Briens IPA pours a sort of garnished clear amber color. Brassy almost with a one finger pure white whip atop and just sheets of lace down my glass.

S: Smells of sweet grapefruit. Like candied citrus peels followed by some light pine and wafts of caramel pale malts.

T: Just so tasty and well balanced. Sticky citrus, pine and hempy herb hop notes with a really nice puckering bitterness overall. Touch of bready cracker malt base. Nothing off the scales but just everything I look for in an IPA. So refreshing and delicious.

M: Super dry and light bodied. Some sticky resins linger on the tongue. Crisp in the finish.

D: This may possibly be my favorite single IPA. Great hop bitterness with lots of citrus and hemp flavors. Subtle but present pale malt backing brings great balance overall. Light dry and crisp. Again nothing off the charts but on point as far as the style goes. Just so refreshing.

Highly recommended!

Photo of pmarlowe
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine. Tulip glass.

A: Light golden, clear, with about a finger of snow white foam. Leaves behind good lacing, very good retention.

S: Gorgeous pine with a nice citrus backbone. The piney-ness smells delicious, but is not overpowering.

T: Mostly pine with some grapefruit and biscuity malt, lemon mixed in. Long, smooth bitter finish.

M: Medium body with crisp, medium-high carbonation.

O: Another winner from Alpine, O'Brien's IPA is an excellent tribute to my favorite bar. I could drink loads of this.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

Golden and orange in color with a thick, pillowy off-white head and eventually leaves spiderwebs of lace all the way down the glass. Gorgeous.

Pungent tropical, floral, and citrus aromas with lots of grapefruit and orange scents leading the way.

Moderately bitter and lots of tropical and citrus flavors throughout. Incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation, but incredibly crisp and amazingly drinkable.

Another fine IPA from Alpine. I equate this to Russian River's IPA. It's not one anyone ever talks about, is only available on tap, and is just shy of world class. That being said, this is an awesome IPA!

Photo of nickd717
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler shared thanks to Arbitrator.

Awesome appearance. Brilliant mostly clear copper color with a lasting two-finger white head and great lacing.

Huge citrusy, piney, and resinous hope aroma with sweet malt and fresh cereal grains.

Sweet pale malt base, a little sweeter than most Alpine IPAs in a good way. Really tastes like wort in a way, and I like it. Also huge ripe grapefruit flesh and peel, resins, and pine needles.

Brutal resins attack your palate despite the fact that the body is only medium. Dry and bitter.

Really really awesome overall. Not surprising.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Derek, for sharing this growler. Cheers!

Appearance -- Pours a chartreuse yellow with two fingers of stiff creme-colored head. Interesting.

Smell -- Juicy citrus and a modicum of cattiness arise from the hops. There's an underlying honey malt aroma, but otherwise nothing much arises from the grain bill. This already isn't stacking

Taste -- Clover honey sweetness, dry biscuity malt, citrus zest. Hop bitterness is firm, but more in tune with a hop-forward APA than a true-blue IPA, especially for Alpine standards. Not especially aromatic.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with medium carbonation. Pretty good for a growler.

Overall -- This is not the level I expect from Alpine. No flaws, per se, but there's nothing here to get excited about. I'll take Nelson or Duet over this any day.

Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy rather effervescent hue of orange, nifty.

The aroma and flavors come out great with a strong grassy profile being the top star of this show, really low malt bill and dry crisp feel just let the grassy character come out and create a fantastic summer ipa. There is some flaky biscuit and citrus notes playing backup roles.

A super solid IPA. Really dig it.

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into multiple pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn, Jay, Wil, and Chris for the assist. Extra special thanks to errantnight for this latest installment in our never ending trade!

A: Pours a bright orange with just the slightest bit of haze. A monster four finger head of light orange meringue settled on top of our glasses and left a gorgeous and sticky mess down the inside. Carbonation was ample.

S: Very sticky citrus aromas here. Orange, tangerine, and a bit of lemon rind. While it warmed some tropical fruit aromas crept out and displaced the citrus just a bit.

T: Just like above with some pine flavors emerging as it warmed. A glorious layering of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine.

M: Some sweet fruit and malt kept in check by some textbook west coast bitterness. Just oily and sticky enough but in no way a palate wrecker.

O: Remarkably easy to crush due, no doubt, to how well balanced this was. This had all the right aromas and flavors coupled with just the right amount of heft.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap both at the Alpine Brewery and at Toronado, San Diego on my Honeymoon in San Diego last week.

A: Pours a pretty cloudy to hazy orange with a small ring of white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Smells quite hoppy of course (it is an Alpine beer after all), with mostly pine and citrus at the fore sort of what I would call the signature mix of raw hops in most of Alpines brews. A little malt, but not much. Overall not as amazing smelling as some of their other offerings I've enjoyed but still definitely good!

T: A burst of hops and honey hit first with a little toasty biscuit showing up in the middle. Citrus, grass and just overall raw hop husks combine for this flavor.

M: Sticky and semi biting, but not a huge bitter bite like some of their beers. Drinks easy.

O: Nice beer, but I'd rather have Duet, Hoppy birthday, Expo, or Nelson before this

Photo of soze47
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour as part of a flight.

This is light yellow gold in color with very sticky lacing. Sweetness up front is somewhat surprising with orange flesh and malt, but that gets wiped out by a great pine/floral bitterness in the secondary and on the linger.

Liked this beer a lot and think it is a great example of the style. Very drinkable and has a nice mouthfeel.

Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler.

Dark amber orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma is potent blend of biscuit and caramel malt with fresh pine needles, citrus, grapefruit, and light toast. Flavor is similar to the aroma, though a little less citrus flavors. Bread and biscuit blend with pine and earthy hops, citrus rind and peel. Clean, dry finish. An exceptional AIPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's. Darker copper pour, average head, lacing below average. Aroma was as expected, hoppy, floral, leaning grapefruit.

Taste, a good ipa, yet underwhelming for being made from Alpine. Bitterness heavier than the hopping, alcohol seemed higher than 6% in this one, was tasting it. Mild sweetness, nothing of note to the malt flavor, approaching balance, but still leans hoppy. Vegetal at times. Acidic even.

Still better than most new ipa's I try these days.

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

522nd review on BA
Draft to pint
@ Alpine Beer Pub

App- A good looking orange with a little ting with a one finger fast receding head. Had cling all over the place. A very nice looking IPA.

Smell- This was a juicy hop scent with a little bit of spice. It was a bit lacking in aromatics but smelled great.

Taste- This was a great little IPA. Very juicy, hoppy with a slight bitter bite.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a small bitter note and a little orangy citrus

Drink- This was a suprise. I had heard good things, but with IPAs its a race to make em big, bold and brash. This was tasty, balanced and well done. I would like this one again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is light orange / amber hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma consists primarily of wonderfully fresh citrus and hops. This is one helluva tasty beverage. Wow. Another success from Alpine. The beer is hop forward, with virtually no malt presence, which is perfect. The body is a tad on the thin side, but that just makes it easier to guzzle. This IPA is teeming with flavor, and goes down as easy as...well, you get the idea. I preferred the Hoppy Birthday to this, but O'Brien's IPA is an awesome beer nonetheless. I would love to have this again.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; I enjoyed it quite a bit.

a - Pours a slighty hazy orange color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell is a lot of citrus hops up front, grapefruit, lemon, light pine, light fruity malts, and light bread. Lots of citrus and fruit; great nose for an IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, floral notes, bready and fruity malts, lemon.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not much bitterness which is nice.

o - Overall another really nice beer from Alpine and a great IPA. Great nose full of citrus, and pretty easy to drink. Would love to have it again.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler graciously provided by mnbearsfan. Thanks Matt!

Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Initial pour yields a finger of off white head which recedes quickly leaving a small ring around the outside of the glass. The beer is a crystal clear, deep amber color. Looks great! A column of bubbles flows steadily upward from the middle of the glass making a small, round, mound of foam in the center of the beer. My last growler of Hoppy Birthday did this also. The nose is citrus rind and pale malt. Taste follows with waves of bitter grapefruit and orange rind. There is just enough malt to back up the hops, but bitterness is the star of the show here. The finish is dry and bitter. Mouhfeel is light with a fairly high level of carbonation. ABV is completely hidden, adding to the very enjoyable drinkability of this beer. Alpine knocks it out of the park again with this one! An incredible take on the classic west coast IPA. Recommended.

Photo of drewba
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange, fluffy white head with pretty solid retention, sticky lacing. Looks fantastic. It even pours nice, it looks like it's going to be stagnant, then a wave of bubbles blows up and produces this fantastic head.

S - Gobs of citrus; lemon, grapefruit, orange, bit of mango and a hint of pine. A hint of caramel in the back adds some malt goodness. Overall a low aroma, but what i'm getting smells good.

T - The citrus tastes REALLY fresh, lemon, grapefruit and pine are working well together while the mango and orange are giving a bit of sweetness. Nice bitterness, but not in any way overdone, my kind of ipa. There's s a tiny bit of nut and caramel offering a great break (not that I needed one) from the fresh citrus, but then finishes with the bitter, yo.

M - body is right where it needs to be, carbonation is spot on: creamy, a bit tingly.

O - Note to Alpine: bottle this please. Super high drinkability, the fresh citrus is cash money and the bitterness isn't overbearing - I'm wishing I could turn this into a staple.

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O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.