Tuatara - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -3.4%
On tap at Toronado. I passed this up at O'Brien's and Alpine so I made sure I ticked it before I left San Diego. Nice yellow-orange, white head, huge lace. Smells quite hoppy but all fruits. The flavor is also very fruity hops, not much bitterness if at all and a strange malt background that I could not lay a finger on. Went down very quickly and while it is very hoppy it does not measure up to Alpine's IPA's. Solid beer.
09-18-2012 00:18:00 | More by ArrogantB
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Chilled growler into a glass.
A: Pours a golden, peach-colored body with an off-white head that leaves some tendrils of lace.
S: This has a grassy, leafy, citrusy hop nose that is a departure from the usually bright citrus pith aromas of West Coast pale ales. The malt is restrained and lends a bready accent to the beer.
T: Tuatara evokes a natural comparison to Nelson, being that both have NZ hops, but this one doesn't shine as brightly as the latter. I notice the bready malt in the background, and the citrus is weak in favor of grassy, leafy flavors; the overall combination makes for a drinkable, but not standout, profile. I like it but find myself reflecting on how much better most of Alpine's other beers are. That being said, a poor showing for Alpine is still an excellent showing against just about anyone else.
M: Light-bodied; the beer is crisp and clean. No lingering bitterness or any sort of sticky aftertaste. Each sip is as fresh as the one before it.
O: I'm not completely blown away by the beer, but I enjoy it and find the growler diminishing rapidly before my eyes. I love the flavor to ABV quotient; I wish I could find a comparably tasty, light beer like this closer to home. That's a big selling point for me.
08-28-2012 05:00:23 | More by Arbitrator
3.15/5 rDev -23.9%
Alpine Beer Company
Nearly clear golden orange with a small near-white head, eventually leaving spots and irregular lines of lace down the glass.
The aroma is better than the flavor, with good amounts of citrus and earthy hop character, with good amounts of bready, mildly sweet malts behind it.
The flavor isn't particularly appreciable, especially when you're aware of Alpine's pedigree of brewing world-class pale ales and IPAs. There's a distinct cardboard, almost woody, flavor that dominates the other stale bread notes. There's a touch of citrus but it's hidden.
Medium bodied with crisp, high carbonation.
An average beer from an extraordinary brewery.
08-27-2012 22:11:21 | More by ehammond1
Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.