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Tuatara - Alpine Beer Company

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Tuatara
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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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magictrokini

California

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured clear gold with a bubbly white head. Bitter, metallic hop nose with a bit of funky malt. Strange. Expected mouthfeel for an APA. Grainy malt with an earthy overtone. Very hoppy for an APA, but more bitter and peppery spice than the citrus that Alpine usually cranks out. Very refreshing. I think it was more me and what I expected than the beer.

11-20-2009 18:48:17 | More by magictrokini
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ehammond1


3.15/5  rDev -23.9%

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

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
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mrelizabeth

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-06-2012 20:43:01 | More by mrelizabeth
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nickd717

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap at O'Brien's and again at Pizza Port Carlsbad during SD Beer Week. What an awesome pale ale.

Great clear golden color with a foamy white head and some lacing that fades to a ring.

Aroma was somewhat mild and a little odd the first time I had it, almost like the smell after a rain, along with some citrusy hops. Second time around this funkiness wasn't there and it was mostly just fresh hops. Smelled great that time.

Flavor is lots of fresh rough citrus hops, some grain, and a little pale malt. Tasty and very well-hopped.

Palate is medium light with hoppiness lingering. Pretty refreshing.

A nice session pale ale overall, great for the style. Drinkability high.

11-13-2009 02:43:30 | More by nickd717
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MiScusi

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap at O'Brien's today. Crystal clear gold to light caramel color. Smell has a combination of earthy/spicy and fruity/tropical hops. The taste is zesty. Finishes with a bit that is quite reminiscent of many of sierra nevada's hoppy beers (a really distinct flavor I get solely from SN), but not with as much of the caramel aspect. Nice hoppy flavor to it. Mouthfeel is light yet pretty smooth. At 4.2% this beer is very nice for multiple rounds when you are in the mood for hops.

08-03-2010 21:54:10 | More by MiScusi
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HalfFull

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into a pint glass from a fresh growler. Pours a clear golden straw in color and sports a half inch of creamy off-white foam which offers strong retention, particularly for a growler pour. Moderate lacing follows all the way down the pint.

Pleasant hop nose of primarily citrus notes. Some lemon and tangerine with a touch of pine in the background, with a bit more orange and malt notes with warming, along with some resinous funk.

Flavor is light and smooth, matching its light ABV. Citric malts are light but pleasant and somewhat complex for the lightness of the brew. Offers a light body but is not too thin by any means, thanks in part to a nice hop and spice character on the finish which gives the beer more texture and fullness than one might expect from a low ABV brew. Carbonation also yields a creamy feel and an makes for an easy drinking brew.

Note: From notes written Aug. 2010

03-07-2011 04:42:38 | More by HalfFull
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-13-2014 22:14:39 | More by GRG1313
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-23-2012 22:00:29 | More by Snellgg5
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-16-2011 17:45:29 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

08-19-2012 18:02:49 | More by CEDAMA
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

This was an exceptionally great beer I have to say. Big thanks to my man out west for keeping me up with all the Alpine releases. This one was killed by yours truly last night while listening to the phish fest on the TV.

The pour was killer, light golden pale amber with a huge head of white that came up and over the top. Rich notes of light citrus hops are dancing all over this one, really very complex and quite the nice beer I have to say. As I take the first sip the clean crisp nature of the flavor really sets it apart for me. Nice crisp lemon zest on the tongue, light notes of grain and a touch of fresh grassy and herbal like notes. Warming brings some sweet, buttery balance to it and leaves a nice dry finish with a long taste of light hops that stays with you throughout the session.

Overall this was soo damn drinkable that I killed the whole thing before I even knew what had hit me. I could have this one on tap at the house forever, it was just that damn good!

10-31-2009 16:47:07 | More by mikesgroove
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largadeer

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

Growler from the ever-generous ArthurPendragon.

Poured from growler to nonic, two fingers of thick foam top a brilliantly clear golden body. Head retention is outstanding; a white cap lasts until the final gulp.

The nose is distinctly Alpine: loaded with herbal, floral, spicy dry hops. The hop aroma is unique, decidedly different from anything they've made with West Coast hops, more on the spicy, zesty side, but no less huge and aromatic.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp, barely a trace of malt to be found. Zesty, herbal, slightly floral hops are supported by the lightest of crackery malt flavor. This one is dry from beginning to end, with very little bitterness coming through in the finish. It's incredibly delicate stuff, but so damn flavorful and refreshing. Drinkability is off the charts; I could session an entire growler of this over the course of a few hours. Another amazing beer from Alpine, I wish more breweries would make beers like this.

10-16-2009 06:38:55 | More by largadeer
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Drink_LocalSD

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-05-2013 18:21:57 | More by Drink_LocalSD
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robear

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

05-24-2014 16:21:51 | More by robear
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-14-2011 06:58:42 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Big thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this growler. Served in an Alpine pint glass on an Alpine coaster while wearing an Alpine t-shirt. That's right, Paul. Aside from demolishing Paul, the beer was also quite pleasant to drink.

Pours a nice apricot color with a two-finger white head and good lacing and retention.

Nose carries a light dosing of New Zealand hops. Citrus rind and light tropical notes, plus just a touch of pine. Nothing too strong -- they could have gone with more here. The flavor adds a bit more character and isn't quite as tame, with nice fruity notes throughout.

Light body with crisp carbonation and a light bitterness. Nothing too intense, but a great summer brew.

08-22-2011 01:59:07 | More by Thorpe429
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-30-2012 20:34:14 | More by AgentZero
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Nugganooch

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

On tap at Alpine Brewery
*Notes from 08/12/11

A: My pint of Tuatara arrived a crystal clear & effervescent soft caramel color with a nice frothy 2 finger white head of foam and some scattered lacing.

S: Aromas are chalked full of citrus fruit flesh. Lemony really. Fruity tangy hops and subtle breads.

T: Big citrus hop flavors. Zesty lemon. Wheat is subtle and brings a sugary breadlike maltiness to the table. Really nice hop zing for such a small brew. Light dry crisp finish. Very tasty.

M: An incredibly light bodied beer with a great creamy texture.

D: The very definition of drinkable. A super hopped light and fruity pale ale coming in at 4.2%. I can def drink this brew ALL day long!

Another great showcase of NZ hops from Alpine and something quite unique to the palate. Extremely refreshing for a hot summers afternoon.

08-15-2011 22:05:04 | More by Nugganooch
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Bubba83

California

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Had this as a sample at the brewery during SD Beer Week.

Apperance was menacing. A light orange colored body with lots of super bright white head. Creamy looking head with insane lacing.

Smell is good, lots of lemony and grassy flavors, very fresh smelling, like being in a field. A bunch of bright but dry citrus is here too with an underlying biscuity smell and some spice and earth. Seems very New Zealand style.

They weren't kidding on their board. Lots of lemon/lime flavors come out in the taste, almost like drinking sprite, but not an odd kind of "is this beer?" feeling. It's definitely beer, but the hop flavor is very unique and refreshing. Lots of lemon and lime type flavors with some orange. Not too much grapefruit or anything bitter, just lots of brightness. There's a bunch of crackery/biscuity/grainy/cereal malt underneath but it's well hidden beneath the very spritzy/zesty hops.

The feel is very dry with a grainyness and good carbonation. Despite how abrasive you think it should be, there's a little bit of creaminess.

Drinkability is incredible. I could drink this all day every day for a year. Super dry and refreshing, almost like drinking a good ginger ale. Amazing flavors that make you contemplate what a hoppy beer is supposed to be and something so unique that you just can't get enough. Alpine, I know you're bottling a lot of your beers now, why not give this one a whirl and be completely surprised when it is your best seller?

02-21-2010 09:42:04 | More by Bubba83
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

09-02-2012 05:42:32 | More by drewone
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -1%

On-tap at Alpine

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head.

S: Starts off with nice grapefruit/citrus hops on the nose. Plenty of floral notes along with a mild bread note and a light wheat smell. There is plenty of pine hop character as well.

T: A moderate hop/pine bitterness to open up. Like with any hoppy Alpine beer, lots of citrus and pine hop flavors. There is just a light floral note and some light maltiness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: I've liked these lower alcohol, highly hopped beers from Alpine. A nicely done beer.

07-31-2011 22:32:23 | More by womencantsail
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beagle75

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few isolated bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Mildly floral and herbaceous with practically no malt component; very clean.

T: Begins dry, with toasted malt and savory herbaceous hop aromatics. Moderate acidity adds brightness before the middle, where floral and weak tropical fruit flavors continue to develop. Cleanliness prevails throughout, including during the finish, which features delicate bitterness that tastes of authentic grapefruit peel.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Not surprisingly, this beer is hop-forward--but in moderation rather than abundance--with feather-light malt and notably insignificant yeast influences. It is Alpine's most sessionable pale ale yet, seeming under-powered compared to Hoppy Birthday. While such a comparison cannot be helped, it does seem unfair to hold this beer up to such a benchmark.

08-20-2011 01:32:53 | More by beagle75
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sisterthelonious

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

11-02-2013 22:40:12 | More by sisterthelonious
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Cavery

California

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Had on tap at Alpine yesterday, was very pleased to see this on tap. Always looking for new Alpine beers to try!

A: Rustic orange body with mellow hazy hues. Slight amber character, but mostly deep earthy orange tones. Very frothy whip cream head remains like an ice berg. As always a solid looking beer from Alpine. high water mark lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Really nice honey suckle floral character that invites orange blossoms and juicy sappy resins. Zesty juice character of lemons, tangelos, and oranges. Having Nelson right next to this beer really helps pick out the fact that there is some New Zealand hops in here.

T: Super crisp cucumber with some deep floral earthiness. The florals are only lightly bitter with more leafy greeness to them. Light raw honey combs maintain a very organic flavor profile. Mild hop bitterness that sweetens a bit with the alcohol in the end.

M: Light sizzle to a medium-full body. The flavors lighten the mouth experience, but the bubbles really hold up for a long time in the mouth. The more I drink this the fuller the beer seems to be, as the light honeys and sensations of bubbliness accumulates in the mouth. Not too coating and not too drying, but a little bit of both.

O: Fantastic salad pairing beer, light flavors on an organic malt tasting backbone. The flavors really suggest watery veggies that crack with crisp freshness. Condiments of floral saps and honeys throughout. This is a really natural tasting treat with a lot to offer in terms of lightness. However, this doesn't hold up on its own as well as a great many other beers from Alpine. In terms of their traditional pale ale styles, I'd say this is 2nd behind Hoppy Birthday.

08-24-2011 18:34:16 | More by Cavery
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Azrael


3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-09-2013 23:22:21 | More by Azrael
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Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.