Ned - Alpine Beer Company

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89
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 79
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.17% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mattwjones on 05-16-2010)
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Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of pperez38
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of fear025
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma:The harsh wild yeast makes itself known. Mild raspberries and cherries.

Appearance:Red. Nice head that dissipates quickly. Medium lacing.

Taste:Great tart sourness that washes over your tongue and dissipates within one second. This quickly changes into a grassy tobacco and leather flavor. After the first few sips, the flavors become kind of watery and washed out, and not as impressive.

Mouthfeel:There are some subdued harsh wild yeast notes. Body is low to medium, carbonation is low to medium, but adequate.

Overall:This is an easy drinking beer with hints of sourness and complexity.

Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Sean trying to impress and feed the tick, batch 2 I believe...A light brown pour, too clear, ok light tan head with ok retention but no lacing...A nice aroma, yummy vinegar, light cherries, smooth oak, has me excited...The taste is a huge letdown, harsh burnt wood replaces the oak, the vinegar is tart in a bad way, cherries are gone, not any sweetness to break this up. Not digging this at all.

Surprised to see an Alpine beer that wasn't an ipa, like the effort but not executed as well. Huge flanders fan and this just doesn't even come close.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle and served in a wine glass. Shows a brownish burgundy in color, purely clear and crimson in the light, and with half an inch of off white foam. Cap settles to a light film in a few minutes and drops some artsy lacing throughout. Somewhat hoppy through the foam.

Aroma is pleasant and woody, though a bit subdued. Lightly tart with notes of black cherry and raisin and is vinous to a degree but not strongly so.

Flavor follows with the oak adding some complexity to the tart cherry notes. Acidic notes are present but not detrimental. Close is somewhat rich and buttery then finishing with a return of tart fruit. Carbonation is light but spritzy enough to work well with the fruit flavors.

Overall more sweet than sour on the continuum, with notable wood influences and a light tartness and with a finish that s a bit short. Sweetness is more apparent in feel than in flavor however.

Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. No dating info but this was a special release earlier this year and Milt bought it at the brewery on release day so it's been handled gently. It was a deep ruby color but could still good carb streams from the etching. It had about a finger of head that settled into a good collar with some central wisps from the streams.

The aroma was heavy on the vinous vinegar with some cherries and oak but they were subtle. A little disappointed in the aroma. The taste followed the aroma and was heavy on the vinegar with again just a little cherry and oak in there. Needed more to balance out the heavy vinegar. I love sours but this was too one dimensional for me. Mouthfeel was watery but had great carbonation. The aftertaste was subtle.

Overall, a was disappointed in this one. I have loved all the other Alpines that I've had so was really looking forward to this one especially since I love the style. A little more secondary aroma and flavors would really jump this one up as it already has a good sour vinegar base. Not avail here in TX so got from Milt. Rotation - not avail here and was hard to get so I'd say one is enough unless the stars aligned just right. Would love to try at the brewery on the next SD trip if available. [O;Y]

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Sean9689
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A - Pours ruby red, cream-colored fizzy head, no cap or lacing.

S - Slight sour/tart, acidic, sour cherries, oak.

T - Not quite as sour as the nose. A little bit of a let-down because I really liked the nose. Slight sour cherries, slight sweetness, some oak.

M - Light, very little carbonation, dry finish.

D - Not bad but I'll go elsewhere for a sour...Alpine owns the IPA category.

Photo of 7ways
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Frothy off white head that leaves nice lace and fades to a milky coating on the surface. Aroma is heady, woody, sour fruit and sweet vinegar. I don't think I've ever tasted so much vinegar in a fresh beer. Not much fruit in the taste, maybe a little green apple; kind of cheesy like Ichtegem's. Very pleasing aftertaste, a lot of oak, a little chocolate. The carbonation is good, but body is lacking a bit.

This beer almost tastes like a lot of things, which I guess means complexity. Sessionable.

Photo of davod23
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting... Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip.

This beer is gorgeous. Ned pours a beautiful brick-red. A fizzy, cream colored head rises swiftly and recedes just as quickly, leaving a thin collar. Perfect, and I mean perfect, clarity. As nice a Flanders red as I've ever seen.

The aroma is outstanding a quite unusual. I'm getting some of the characteristic Flanders acetic and lactic aromas, maybe a bit of the barrels, but what is really striking are the sweet aromas. I'm getting vanilla cake and buttercream frosting, with a whit of sweet Maraschino cherry. Really nice.

Taste. Damn. The first impression set me up for disappointment. The taste is just okay. In my opinion, the sourness is really lacking here. I think that it's just a bit on the sweet side. Oak. Bright cherry. Not as bold as I'd like. Finish is slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel is very good. Relatively light in body, slightly effervescent, rolls around the tongue nicely.

Drinkability is also solid. I think if it sours up more with some time in the bottle it will be an even better, more-drinkable brew.

Good effort from the guys at Alpine.

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish brown beer that is fairly opaque. Small, off-white head that left some minor spots on the sides.

S - Smells of deep cherries and some dark fruits. Fairly tart, with some sourness and vinegar.

T - Tart with deep flavors. It actually could use some more wood in there. Wish the acetic notes were slightly sharper, but this isn't bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer with some good flavors, but nothing that sets it head and shoulders above other nice beers of this style. Wouldn't mind drinking again though.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MustardKrautFan. I think Sean also shared one of these with me a few months ago. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid, glass-coating lace. Transparent orange-brown body with reddish highlights.

S - Sour cherries, tart apple skins, lots of oaky vanilla and spicy wood, a touch of caramel malt, hint of vinegar, and a decent amount of lactic sourness.

T - Taste is more sour, with less depth and complexity. Both vinegar and lactic notes, as well as a hint of sour cherries. As it warms up a bit of vanilla and caramel malt character round things out. Finishes quite oaky.

M - Somewhat gritty and tannic texture, with a dry finish. Body is a bit thin and watery, and carbonation is on the moderate-to-lower side.

D - Even with some minor flaws I found this quite enjoyable, and had no problem finishing a few pours. I dig the lower ABV, particularly after all the high-alcohol Avery sours I've had recently. I think Alpine could have a winner here with a few tweaks to the next batch.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to get to try this beer!

A- Body is a tawny reddish brown hue. Quite translucent and uniformly cloudy. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that has nice retention about 1/2 finger.

S- Nose is pretty typical for a flanders red. A hint of vinegar, a lot of oaky smoothness, currants, and a hint of cherry. Also a faint bit of tartness.

T- Upfront is a mild to moderate amount of acidic tartness, somewhat tannic. The background is dry and has a hint of vinegar and oak as well as a hint of wine. The finish is somewhat dry and offers a kick of moderate acidic tartness and the oak barrel comes through a lot more to round things out.

M- High carbonation and a light dry feel. More agressive than smooth. There is a hint of smoothness at the finish with oak barrel qualities.

O- Overall this is a good, but somewhat dry red. The overall character is tart mildly agressive, and mildly tannic.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by chswimmer at a tasting. Thanks, Craig.

Deep red in color with a nice lasting off-white head.

Aroma is sour cherries and vinegar. Smells nice.

Great flavor - acetic with lots of cherries and maybe even a cinnamon/spice note. Not too sour.

Palate is not great - medium-bodied and maybe a little watery.

Good beer overall though. Does Alpine make a bad one? If so, I haven't had it. Highly drinkable, this one is.

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks!

Murky cherry red with a small bone-colored head, this looks true to style.

It has a metallic aroma initially, but it opens up to reveal tart cherries and balsamic vinegar. It also has a light musty, funky barrel character and a touch of buttery oak. The aroma improves as the beer warms.

The palate opens with berry-like tartness, mild vinegar and tannic oak. it's thin, almost watery, and rather vinous and oaky. There's a mineral/metallic note in the finish that detracts a bit, but the biggest flaw is that the body and flavors of the beer don't hold up to the oak. Still, a decent interpretation of the style, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours ruby win some brownish coloring. Off white head with a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward oak, acetic vinegar notes, and some cherries. Taste wraps it all together pretty well with he acetic acid and the cherries mixing with the oak, leading to a nice creamy mouthfeel. Toward then end, the vinegar flavors get to be a bit much, affecting its drinkability.

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/30/10

A: Snifter. Brownish red with a fizzy off white head. Good retention. Scattered lacing.

S: Oak, lactic dark fruit notes mostly comprised of dark cherries but also exhibiting characteristics of plums and grapes. A moderate vinegar character is evident. The beer is lightly sweet.

T: Sweet and lightly acetic, the beer displays notes of oak and lightly sour cherries with lactic components. The beer peaks in lacticity and sweetness midpalate, finishing with an acetic oakiness that's eventually drying on the palate

M: Medium bodied. Dry and tannic. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable Flanders red ale at a great price, but Alpine reigns supreme in the hoppy category and I'd rather be drinking one of their hoppy beers, though I'd rather be drinking one of those than most other beers, so that's irrelevant and not very informative. I wasn't crazy about this when it was first released, but a short amount of time has done it great credit and it's now more enjoyable.

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this brew. Poured a semi-hazy, burnished mahogany with a mere skim of a head that quickly dissipated into a thin band that coalesced around the edges. Nose expresses sour notes, cranberries and Sucrets. Taste reveals vanilla, cinnamon and lightly soured fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a little astringency that comes out towards the back. An interesting spice character not typically associated with the style, but lacking some of the qualities I've come to expect and appreciate.

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of Mothman. Pours a dark, reddish brown color. Slightly murky. Tan head with a nice collar. Tart fruit aroma. Sweet and tart flavors with a slight vinegar taste. Bretty notes as well. Curious as to the barrel they use to age this. Cherries also in the nose. Light mouthfeel. A really good beer in my opinion. Wish this was more available. The only knock is that it could be a tad bit more sour.

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this, Jordan!

Dark magenta and ruby throughout with a thin light khaki colored head that leaves spots of stick down the glass.

Tart aroma consisting of sweet and sour dark fruits (cherry and perhaps plum), stinging sourness, a touch of vinegar, and a little bit of oak.

The flavor follows the aroma very similarly, though I simply wish it was more sour. The tart cherries and plum characteristics return with the oak making more of a heavy-handed presence than in the aroma. Very tasty.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with low to ample carbonation. I would have preferred a more bubbly body.

A very nice and incredibly drinkable version of the style. Jordan mentioned the folks at Alpine had given this bottle to him before its eventual release, and that it was still very, very young. Perhaps we should have sat on it for longer? I would love to revisit this one again.

Photo of DJButters
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st trip to alpine brew and could not have had a better time. Everyone was cool and got to hang with Pat. My buddy and I were at the brewery for around 8hrs and it was epic.

A - Brownish red body with a fair sized head resting on top. A standard looking flanders - more head however then I expected. A big plus.

S - Sour sir. Like mouth puckering sour. Oak and cherry in this is fantastic. Get those saliva glands pumping at full speed ahead.

T - Cherry / oak / sour patch kids / lightness of red vinegar. Oh yeah thats a flanders all right. Not really a funk, just a blast of sour. Not a "La Folie" style sour, much easier on the palette.

M - Great carbonation. You can feel this beer do the samba on your tongue when its in your mouth.

D - Very drinkable. I wish I could bring a growler of this home. What do you mean you are all out of bottles? I could drink this all day... wait a second. I did drink this all day! Must have had about 6 snifters.

Overall; An excellent brew. Would recommend again. My buddy didn't like sour beers, after 8hrs at Alpine, Ned was his new fav and converted him to the land of sours. Bravo.

Photo of GradyS1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark reddish purple, with a nice two finger head that retains itself for a few minutes. Snifter
S- I get some sour notes and cherries but I also get a lot of grape juice, oak up front
T- sour grapes and cherry mixed together. Juicy like a fresh glass of fruit juice
M- medium bodied and maybe even a bit overdone on the carbonation. Light, dry finish to this

I enjoyed this beer, it was more heavy on the purple grape flavor than the tart cherries IMO. It had a light finish that made me want to take another sip all over again.

From notes at the pub on 2/8

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SanDeigoBeerLove for this one.

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy off-white head. Color is a dark brown/maroon with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Oak and vinous flavors. Cherries. It has a musky flavor to it. Some funk here. Lightly sour.

Taste: Oak, wine flavors, lightly tart cherries, vinegar, acidic notes, and some funk to it.

Mouthfeel: A bit sour and mouthpuckering. Clean. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with vinegar notes.

Overall, a pretty decent flanders with a lot of solid flavors. Good drinkability. I could have more of this one.

Photo of treyrab
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great extra from Scott. Much appreciated! I really enjoy Alpine beers, but I have only tried their hoppy works, so I was excited to get this. Poured from the bomber into my Russian River "-tion" glass.

A: Pours a deep mahogany red with a spritzy eggshell head. The color is very nice its almost like a deep black cherry (similar to Kasteel Rouge).

S: The smell is very nice. Sour cherries all the way. Also a sweet vinegar scent. Usually I am not a fan of sweetness in sours, but as this is a flanders red, I will let it slide. It is pretty much spot on for the style.

T: Very light taste, but the Brett and sour cherry shine. Sharp, acidic lemon with sour cherry and funk. One dimensional once those flavors fade, as the 5% ABV leaves it a little thin.

Overall, a very solid beer that I am enjoying. Good work Alpine.

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Ned from Alpine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.