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O'Brien's IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sfoley333 on 01-10-2008)
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Reviews by jaasen64:
Photo of jaasen64
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Altenor
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of magictrokini
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 sourdog
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
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 mikey711
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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 MiScusi
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DearthVader
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Dijeriduster
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.65/5  rDev -17%
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 largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.