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O'Brien's IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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O'Brien's IPA
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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 76
Gots: 4 | 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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-24-2014 16:20:55 | More by robear
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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-14-2011 06:56:47 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-07-2011 00:08:28 | More by imyourhero21
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California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-15-2011 05:04:56 | More by codynevels
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MrBURTON55

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-30-2011 16:34:41 | More by MrBURTON55
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jeezie

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-28-2011 03:35:52 | More by jeezie
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rmaste6282

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-15-2011 23:05:48 | More by rmaste6282
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-16-2012 03:33:42 | More by millerbuffoon
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-14-2011 17:28:44 | More by John11486
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Amyliz4

Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-19-2011 18:17:27 | More by Amyliz4
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chris was kind enough to send me a handbottle which was tasty enough to make me get a whole growler. Thanks to doubleo on RB for the growler, which is why I'm re-reviewing.

A: Crystal clear amber with a finger thick off-white head that's incredibly frothy and appealing. Good carbonation, great head retention and plenty of lace. Awesome

S: Massive pine hops right out of the gate, this _smells_ resiny. It's like swimming in a pool of pine sap, pretty remarkable. Orange peel and more pine sap. Malt? None whatsoever. Pure hops and pretty remarkable

T: Oh my god! pine hops dominate the palate, opening with a smooth bitterness and an incredible amount of flavor. Pure pine and some citrus, incredibly well expressed. Citrus is along the lines of orange and lemon peel. Malt is non-existent, this beer finishes dry and resiny.

M: Light in body with an incredibly resiny mouthfeel from the hops, this is incredible. Carbonation is soft and works beautifully with rest of the beer. And the finish? To die for - long, resiny and mildly bitter

D: Thank god for snow days, this growler is going to be gone in no time. Probably the best IPA I've had.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2009 18:23:41 | More by DefenCorps
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WeisGuy

New York

4.83/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 16:51:58 | More by WeisGuy
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MiScusi

California

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2008 22:21:29 | More by MiScusi
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USCTrojanBrian

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ ... O'Brien's!

Awesome. Right up there with most of the Russian River IPA's and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in the genre of refreshing, hoppy but not over the top West Coast IPA's.

Tremendous body, aroma, taste, everything. Very little to complain about, might be a bit more punchy but the overall effect is ridiculous in terms of hop flavor, aroma and refreshment.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2008 20:35:45 | More by USCTrojanBrian
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Stoneman78

California

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 06:09:08 | More by Stoneman78
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Tom-Peters

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

11-12-2012 20:20:38 | More by Tom-Peters
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

04-28-2013 19:39:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2010 00:41:43 | More by mikesgroove
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this from Alpine in mid August 2009, finally sitting down to review from my notes. Pours a beautiful orange-apricot color with a white head and a nose that overwhelms the nostrils with citrus and tropical fruits. While the taste isn't over-the-top hoppy, they're just right and showcase the tropical flavors of the nose. The mouthfeel is just about right, and the smell/flavor combo lead to unparalleled drinkability--one of the best IPA's I had on a long trip.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2009 11:51:35 | More by Thorpe429
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nickd717

California

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2011 16:22:37 | More by nickd717
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largadeer

California

4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2009 05:50:15 | More by largadeer
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O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.