Tuatara - Alpine Beer Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey, nice near white head, slow to leave. Some cling remains.

S - Light malt, straw, NZ hops def in there.

T - Taste close to smell. Malt not overly sweet, and grassy. Clobbered by hops in finish. Clean overall.

M - Good carb and balance. Med to light body.

D - The very definition of session.

Photo of yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with a few friends. Thanks Rich for continuing to satisfy my unending need for all things Alpine.

Pours a nice golden apricot color with a massive, frothy white head and good lacing and retention. Fairly sweet, citrus NZ hop aroma with light tropical and sweet malt notes. Flavor starts initially sweet and juicy, with surprising amounts of citrus and tropical hops before finishing with stronger pine bitterness. Pleasant toasted malt body throughout, with a mild herbal and floral presence that becomes more potent in the finish. Light bodied, soft and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and enjoyable, but lacking the excitement of Hoppy Birthday. Nothing wrong with that and would happily have this again.

Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/21/11 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending a growler of this one my way; always interested in trying new Alpine beers. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and not much head retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruit malts, light pine hops, and light tropical fruits. Nice and fruity and not overly strong in the hops department, but very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Again, nothing too strong but still very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice APA. Not nearly as strong or hoppy as some of their other beers, but at 4.2% ABV you can definitely have a few glasses of this one. A really easy drinking enjoyable APA; would like to have it again. Thanks again Dane!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronados

A: Amber color with a thin tan head.

S: Pretty nice floral and pine hop aroma with some hop resin in the background.

T: Caramel malts upfront with a bit hit of pine hops and hop resin. A really solid pale ale. Not the best out there, but a really good one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer. Growler. Very nice. It’s light and dry with lots of hops. I love these beers that are basically scaled down West Coast-style IPAs. Pours pale gold with a white head. Nose has plenty of hops and leans toward the citric and tropical flavors - grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, pineapple, mango, mild pine and grass. Light on the palate with just a touch of pale malt flavor. Rather dry. Very pleasant mild bitter hop bite in the finish. A good beer for an afternoon of drinking.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with half finger of white foam, super super tiny bubbles. Very good retention. After a little bit has been drunk, almost half of the exposed glass is a solid wall of lacing. Nice.

S: Smooth, spicy pine and floral hoppiness. Subtle and very fresh.

T: Taste is the same, with a slight lemon. Not much malt here. Finish is mildly bitter.

M: Crisp, medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Ridiculously drinkable. Has all the great flavors of an IPA, but at a sessionable ABV. Great stuff. This is among my favorite Alpine beers.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden pretty standard Pale Ale color with nice white head.

The smell is of pure hops. Piney and earthy.

The taste is hops hops hops. No malt to be found and it is very bitter and lots of hop flavor for a Pale Ale. I thought this aspect of it was great considering the low ABV. It is to be expected not much malt in such a low alcohol beer.

A good alternative if you want a hoppy beer but not the usual 7% ABV.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a light copper color with a bit of light white lacing. Light but pleasant aroma of hops, some grains, and a bit of apricot. Similar flavor, with some bitterness building up towards & into the finish. Light bodied and generally smooth, with mild carbonation. A pleasant session ale, though I thought it was a tad too bitter.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A light golden ale with great clarity and a creamy white head. The aroma is bursting with tropical fruit and citrusy hops. A touch of yeast comes through as well. The flavor follows with huge tropical fruit and citrus notes. The bitterness is low and there's a hint of toasted malt. The consistency is very creamy for a lower alcohol beer and it has a nice low carbonation.

This was quite a surprise. It's got all of the hop flavor of an IPA but is much more of a session beer. Alpine is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.