Ned - Alpine Beer Company

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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

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(Beer added by: mattwjones on 05-16-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one the other day (and Gil for the cooler space).

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a finger's worth of tan colored head.

S: Lots of oak and sour cherries on the nose with a bit of a wine note to it. The vinegar is really mild as is the lactic note.

T: Like the nose exhibits, lots of sour cherries and oak. Slightly tannic at points and very acidic. The vinegar is in check, but there is a very strong acidity on the finish that leads to a bit of a metallic flavor at times.

M: The body is medium with a plentiful carbonation.

D: Not the best Flanders Red, but a pretty decent interpretation. I wanted to try this beer for over a year, when it was first mentioned, and am glad to have done so.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev 0%

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 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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/28/11 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one, always interested in trying a new Alpine beer. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of sour fruits, especially cherries and raspberries, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, lactic notes. Very sour and enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and other tart fruits, oak, vinegar, caramel and bready malts, light vanilla. Again, very sour and tart, and I'm really liking this one.

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

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. I believe it's the first sour-ish beer I've had from Alpine, and I think they did a good job making a Flanders. I found it very vinegary and full of sour cherries, and liked the wood coming through in the nose and mouth. Would love to have it again sometime.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel with some light tartness. The flavor is fruit, iced tea, light tartness and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty nice Flanders Red Ale, but not among the best I have tried.

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 billab914
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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 Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark maroon with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was a good interpretation of a flanders red which consisted of vinegar, sour cherries, some oak, and slight acidic notes. Upfront the sour cherries really blend nice with the vinegar flavors with oaky notes coming through to accent the overall taste. I was also glad that the beer was not overly acidic too. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet, fruity, sour, and slight acidic finish. It drank pretty damn good and I'm always happy to try new sour beers. Decent flanders, good job 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 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 illidurit
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-murky dark copper color, still somewhat transparent, tan colored head.

S-the nose starts with notes of candied grape, light caramel undertones, very dry oak, moderate amounts of acidity, musky brett and chalky and sweet in the back.

T-the taste brings candied fruit, probably grape, caramel malts, the brett is behind, a little sweet, light acidity, notes of the dry oak, hints of sweet red wine. the taste seems to be rather sweet.

M- medium body, slightly grainy but a good creamy feel on the sides of the mouth, strong carbonation, crisp dry finish.

D-pretty solid beer here, a little sweet but a nice oak presence and interesting balance of brett. the acidity is more powerful in the nose than the taste.

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