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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: 82
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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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Photo of Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz. growler shared by Dr. Abmuh, thanks!

Poured into a Jest King snifter as I, like Matt, do not have an Alpine glass...damned embarrassing. Great carbonation, head formation and retention. The goddamn growler has treated this bitch well. Looks pretty clear and light orange.

Smell is all hops as there is no balance in this one. Really nice aroma that is loaded with citrus and perhaps a hint of pine. Taste is pretty much the same with perhaps a few floral notes.

mouthfeel is certainly good, but perhaps a little bit thin even for an IPA.

Really a nice beer and glad that I got to try it. Another great beer from Alpine.

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained in a trade with MrHirschybar, shared at a local tasting with some other gentlemen and one gentlelady.

Beer served in a Bruery tulip, no Alpine glass for Matt. Beer is amber, light amber with a nice great head, the growler was filled to the tippy top, awesome overall. Very awesome.

Aroma is hoppy, excellent, earthy, mildly piny, fruity hops. No malt sneaking through.

Beer is medium to light in body, very bitter finish but it is not too dry on the back. The forward is a nice mixture of hop flavors and components, mild sulfury CTZ chewiness with some great tropical and citrus flavors. A very good IPA and a very good beer. Have it again? Yes please.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Golden orange color with a thin, tan head.

S: Big resinous hop aroma full of some nice floral hops and a bit of earthiness.

T: There's a sharp citrus hop bite upfront. Big grapefruit flavor off the bat. Malty smoothness towards the middle and a bit of bready malts on the finish. This one wasn't my favorite of theirs but it's still a great IPA. The keg had been tapped a few days before I got to this and I think because of this, the beer didn't taste as fresh as I think it should have. Still a great beer though.

Photo of beagle75
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at the Alpine pub.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops-dominated featuring fresh grass, pine, and grapefruit citrus. Clean, not cloying, but lacking somewhat in intensity.

T: Begins off-dry with faint toast, acidity, and layers hops. Aromatic hop flavors tend toward floral and grapefruit citrus, but also with more persistent herbal and chile spiciness. The finish possesses moderate bitterness but is made more challenging by the lingering capsaicin quality of the spice.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Upon enjoying this beer for the first time it is strikingly middle-of-the-road; a good all-purpose IPA that does not compromise on taste but is also careful to stay well under the 7% abv barrier. Certain sensory qualities keep this offering from quite matching Alpine Duet's effortless, compelling appeal.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled growler into a glass. Thanks, Brian.

A: Pours a clear, golden amber color in the glass. It's well carbonated despite over a week in the growler (plus shipping); I guess the waxing + refrigeration made it hold up. Great retention, leaving sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus: lemon zest, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple. A grainy malt presence with a touch of pine following last.

T: I love the citrus here. It's not quite as tropical as, say, Sculpin (one of my Gold Standard IPAs), but it has a bright presence that is hard to beat. It helps that it's deliciously fresh. Lemon zest stands out most, followed by grapefruit, orange, a touch of pineapple and tangerine. Malt presence is quite light; it's somewhat grainy, but it only lends some heft to the beer without imparting a lot of sweetness or identifiable flavor.

M: Light-medium bodied. It is well-attenuated, showcasing the hops while having j-u-s-t enough malt heft. I like my IPAs dry, so this really nails it. A clean flavor without much lingering bitterness.

D: I wasn't in the best of health when I received this, so I had to wait on it. I wasn't in the best of health when I finally opened this, either; but I think I could have put the full growler down myself. Maybe someday I will. I should have Alpine adopt me.

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

poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left good sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was signature alpine consisting of great pine and floral hop notes alongside some citrus grapefruit but with a good sweet malt presence on this one. like the nose the hops and pine flavors worked together but the citrus grapefruit added accents and the malts helped on the balancing act and wasn't as fruity as other alpine hop bomb offerings. the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citric bitter and nice slight dry finish. it drank really good and went great with their beer battered onion rings.

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