O'Brien's IPA - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 60 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Stoneman78:
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
On tap at O'Brien's Pub 14th Anniversary Barrel-Aged beer night 1/15.
A- Pours a clear strong orange hue, thin layer of white head sustains, creamy lacing on the glass
S- Pure hops up front, mostly grassy with a touch of pine, crisp and fresh with a touch of malt in the background
T- Initial taste is delicious, grassy hops with a very 'green' and fresh taste, citrus and pine peek thought with a touch of chalk, delicious!
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, mild carbonation
D- My second experience with this absolutely stellar single IPA, i love the hop profile and balance, very drinkable with low alcohol presence, I have heard this is a Blind Pig clone which I would love to evaluate in the future, here's to hoping this proliferates and perhaps gets bottled!
01-26-2008 06:09:08 | More by Stoneman78
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4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Tap at, wait for it... O'Brien's. Pours clear gold with a short, off-white head. Crisp aroma of grapefruit, pine, pepper, and perfume. Creamy, yet light mouthfeel. Hops and resin up front, but not overwhelming. More of a pink grapefruit sweetness in terms of citrus mixed well with the biscuit maltiness. Bitter and clean finish. Loved it.
12-04-2008 19:54:55 | More by magictrokini
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
Alpine Beer Company
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!
11-20-2011 04:55:28 | More by ehammond1
3.95/5 rDev -10%
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.
06-02-2011 16:52:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks to Smokepot23 for the growler of this treat!
A: Nice transparent firey oranges with pleanty of carbonation rushing from the bottom of the glass. The head pours about an inch and a half thick of fluffy white goodness and leaves very nice gobs of lace as is fades.
S: The first whiff provided an array of tropical fruit notes like mango, peach, pineapple. The second whiff was more piney and sticky smelling with some floral notes and bitter grapefruit in the background. Very much
T: Sticky resinous pine and bitter grapefruit are the most prominent flavors with hints of citrus coming through in the end. It also has a nice clear herbal finish.
M: Light and refreshing with a good lingering bitter note. It be a little bit smoother
D: This is a great day time/ all day drinking beer. Overall I am very happy to have had the opportunity to try this treat from Alpine
03-30-2010 21:51:03 | More by mikey711
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.
Pours a clear golden color. Nice head and nice lacing.
Aroma is very nice and hoppy. Very similar to Pliny the Elder. Citrusy and Piney
Taste is also very similar to Pliny the Elder. Almost identical. Maybe a little bit of Blind Pig thrown in. Citrusy and piney hops. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is dry and has good carb.
Overall a very tasty IPA. Easy to drink
03-24-2010 02:22:36 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
08-26-2011 16:22:37 | More by nickd717
4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
Growler picked up 4 days ago.
A- Burnt orange/red, very clear, with a slightly off white fluffy head that builds up. Spot on for my favorite color for an IPA.
S- Smell is mostly citrusy hops with a malt sweetness. A really fresh smell to it, as expected being from a tap at the brewery.
T- starts sweet real quickly and then fades into a moderately bitter citrus, slightly berry-ish finish. The delayed aftertaste is very interesting- it's like citrus, but caramel combining with it to make something juicy sweet. It's nice.
M/D- not only is this IPA easy to drink, it packs a nice punch. Light body yet still really hoppy. There's just nothing like a good West Coast IPA (which most east coast breweries unfortunately just can't grasp).
Easily one of my favorite IPA's- but no surprise b/c Alpine knows what it takes to make a good one. Similar hop qualities in this to Pure Hoppiness but lighter and more of a malt sweetness ot it.
05-18-2008 22:21:29 | More by MiScusi
3.6/5 rDev -18%
Served on cask via hand pump @ O'Briens Pub (San Diego) on 11/13/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a hazy copper, with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. This stays pretty frothy, leaving some thick soapy lacing behind. The aroma is just LOADED with floral hops, pine, some more moderate smelling spice, and bitter grapefruit notes. There is a layer of grainy sweetness that floats under the hops but this is overall very bitter in the nose.
The taste also brings the hops full steam ahead, being very bitter with pine and citrus, along with some more mellow herbal accents as well. There is some sweeter bready malt character in the back but then this ends with a bitter pithy feel in the finish, which really hangs around for a while. Feels like I'm chewing on hop cones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow and bubbly carbonation that accentuates the more herbal qualities of this. I'm not necessarily sure that the cask feel works here, as a bit more firmness could have been used to handle the extra bitter taste and this is showing a bit more alcohol than I would have expected for only a 6% IPA.
I just couldn't get into this one as much as I would have liked. Just a lot of unrestrained hop activity going on here (some sweeter citrus flavors would have been welcome) and the cask conditioning didn't do it any favors. This is a good one for the hop heads but I just wasn't feeling it.
12-10-2009 13:05:06 | More by Kegatron
4.72/5 rDev +7.5%
What a wonderful, wonderful IPA. I was really blown away by how good this one really was. A huge thanks goes out to my kind friend for finally getting me this one, I had waiting what seemed like a lifetime to land it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on Memorial Day 5/31/2010.
Big pour, nice light orange amber in color with great clarity that really let me see tons of carbonation bubbles streaming in from the top of the glass. Rich lacing coming down the sides and a huge, three finger deep head of white foam capped it all off wonderfully. I really could have asked for this one to look any better then it did.
Aroma is pungent orange, rich and sweet notes mixed in as well, but a huge and amazingly fresh aroma of citrus coming off of this one. Lemon zest, touches of tropical fruits and a really just superior smell that lighten up the entire room. Letting it warm really brought out the best in it as each sip seemed to be absolutely sparkling flavor and a huge, rich profile that did not disappoint. As I take each sip I am reminded of just how good a good IPA can be. Simply remarkable balance and a soft, yet very well structured flavor. Orange, tropical fruit, mangoes, grapefruit and touches of light buttery notes all collide to really put on quite a nice show I have to admit. Amazing drinkability as I would be able to put down this entire growler without batting an eye.
Overall one of the best I have ever had. Lives up to every ounce of its reputation. I would love to have it on tap all day every day. Just a stunningly good example of the style.
06-02-2010 00:41:43 | More by mikesgroove
4.63/5 rDev +5.5%
Had this at O'Briens at the tail end of SDBW. Stunning from the cask.
A - Very hazy from the cask with a slight amber tint to the golden wonder. Good head from the cask, though a little foamy vs. thick and creamy.
S - HOPPY. Especially on cask the floral and citrus notes come thru strong. Doesn't smell sweet like Alpine's other IPA's (Nelson, Duet Pure Hop)
T - Devine. I look for a little more bitterness in an IPA and this delivers like the other Alpine IPA's don't. Strong bitter Cascade? hops come thru first followed by a well rounded floral and citrus finish.
M - I don't know if I would even bother getting this on tap vs the cask. Mouthfeel was superb - just enough carbonation to support the hops and malt without deadning the senses. Def a gem on the O'Brien's beer engine.
D - High. Think of a hoppier Sierra Nevada Pale. Great after a long day of work, remaining very refreshing vs some maltier IPA's.
12-02-2009 22:00:09 | More by Dijeriduster
3.65/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
04-22-2013 05:51:28 | More by RaulMondesi
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: Bright amber in color with absolutely brilliant clarity. Pours with a tall eggshell-colored head that leaves sheets of lace behind as it (quickly) disappears from my glass. Awesome.
Smell: Huge resin and pine hop aroma right off the bat, signature Alpine. More attentive inhaling reveals hints of lemon peel, mint and faint tropical fruit. Malt aromas are pretty much absent. The aroma on this stuff is intoxicating.
Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit, pine needles and tobacco up front. I have no idea how these guys pack so much hop flavor into their beers while still maintaining perfect balance. A dry, somewhat crackery malt foundation supports the hops beautifully, while lending no perceptible sweetness; this beer is all about the incredible hop flavor. Resiny bitterness comes through strong in the finish, without ever overwhelming the hop flavor. This is a near perfect IPA, I'd be hard pressed to fault it.
01-30-2009 05:50:15 | More by largadeer
4.83/5 rDev +10%
On-tap at the Stone Bistro on 6/29. Review from notes.
a - bright golden amber color, one-inch white head with great retention and lacing, quite clear with only minimal suspended sediment
s - big citrus and tropical fruit dominated aroma, lots of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, mango and some pineapple, really jumps out of the glass, lighter pine resin notes with an even lighter grainy malt aroma
t - like the aroma, the taste is dominated by citrus and tropical fruits, lots of fresh grapefruit and lemon with lighter mango and pineapple flavors, the pine is more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma with heavy doses of hop oil attacking the palate, there is a light maltiness underneath the hops that give it just enough backbone, alcohol is not very noticeable at all
m - medium-bodied with slightly higher than moderate carbonation, very dry, crisp finish, light alcohol warming
d - incredibly drinkable stuff, the hops are intense but they don't wear out the palate as fast as many IPAs, alcohol is dangerously hidden, flavors are so fresh and intense that you want to keep drinking
I've been wanting to try this one for awhile now, and it just so happens that I got to have it at Stone instead of O'Brien's. This is one of the top 5 IPAs I've ever tried, and it reminds me a lot of Blind Pig and RR IPA, two of my long-standing favorites. It would be great to see Alpine put this in bottles at some point. I don't know that anyone other than RR can compete with Alpine when it comes to IPAs.
07-04-2010 16:51:58 | More by WeisGuy
4.15/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-28-2011 07:13:21 | More by iadler
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
06-12-2011 14:25:38 | More by GbVDave
O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.