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Ned - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9%
Wants: 81
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.17% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattwjones on 05-16-2010)
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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.

mdfb79, Nov 02, 2011
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.

MasterSki, Jul 13, 2011
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.

DJButters, May 27, 2011
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.

PittBeerGirl, May 25, 2011
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.

fear025, May 13, 2011
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

GradyS1, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typing this one up from notes. I had this on my 25th birthday at the Alpine Pub. The pub was fantastic, the food was fantastic and the people that worked there were even better. Oh yeah the beer was pretty tasty too. Thanks to Steph and Bob for this pint.

A - Brownish red body with a fair sized head resting on top

S - The mingling of oak and cherry in this is fantastic. A nice tart aroma lies in the back that hints of the amazing flavor that is to come.

T - lovely cherry flavor. A nice oakiness is present as well. Fairly sweet but has enough of a tart kick to keep me happy. Vinegary notes present as welll.

M - fairly dry with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Soooo drinkable. I wish I could bring a growler of this home with me. I could drink this all day. The cherry flavor is fantastic.Could be a little more tart but otherwise phenomenal. I need more of this!

jpmclaug, Feb 07, 2011
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.

treyrab, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of gregshead
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark red w/ a half finger of head into my snifter glass.

S: Tart Cherries. I can also smell that wonderful wine barrel. Love that brett smell.

T: Some really good sour/tartness. Cherry taste is the most prominent taste.

M: Some mouth puckering, but most of the sour/tartness hits the tongue.

D: I sipped on this one for a good hour and a half. I still need to explore this style but this one definitely excited me to try more. That is how I would say its very drinkable.

gregshead, Jan 16, 2011
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.

HopHead84, Oct 31, 2010
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.

Sean9689, Oct 19, 2010
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.

jrallen34, Oct 19, 2010
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 07, 2010
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]

TexIndy, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a hotel glass. Purchased from the Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

A - Reddish brown with a hazy finish and a small beige head that dissipates quickly.

S - Cherries and raspberries with a tart, sour quality.

T - A nice tartness with cherries and a dry finish. Not intense but satisfying. I don't get much of the oak. Very nice for an American brewed Flanders Red but it doesn't quite reach the expectations set by the Belgians (Rodenbach, Duchesse, etc.).

M - A thin, smooth consistency with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - This is a tasty and enjoyable beer. A nice American effort on a style we've still got a long way to go on.

GJ40, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of rand
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber to tulip glass

As you pop the cap you can immediately smell a strong aroma of red wine vinegar and sweet cherries. It then pours a reddish-brown - when moved a away from the light it looks almost purple. A nice off-white head forms, fairly sudsy for the low alcohol, but there is little lacing. The tulip shape funnels the lactic acid, which is joined by plenty of cherries, raspberries and funk. Lots of funk.

It tastes like it smells, washing your palate in pleasantly acerbic sour and cherries. These flavors are balanced by an earthy, oaky malt backbone, but the lactic acid really dominates. This isn't the most sour of 'sours' I've tried, but right up there - the back of my tongue is puckering even after the carbonation washes down the last of the residue.

I'm hoping Alpine can make this consistently. Reading some of the reviews led me think that this was going to be a tame American attempt at a Flanders, but not here. Hopefully this wasn't just a good batch. Apline is a tiny road-trip away, so I'll be giving this another taste.

rand, Sep 08, 2010
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.

Gobzilla, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of m1ked
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to doggnate for this one.

A- Poured into a 200 ml mason jar. Appears a translucent reddish brown with a 1/2" bubbly off white head that recedes to a foamy off white cap with sustained retention.

S- A distinct vinegar sour aroma laced with black cherry, currants and oranges. Some subtle vanilla woody notes. Finishes with a marked sour intensity. No hop aroma here.

T- Starts off with that intense vinegar, cherry, sourness that is oh so tasty and blends into some red wine notes with the woody vanilla. AS it warms up there are some complementary sweet character, which seems like the vanilla notes expanding a bit. Finishes with a restrained tannic bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a low astringency and mild acidity like a good medium bodied red wine.

D- This has not been a style that I have frequently had, yet each time I have had one I really enjoy it. This Ned is delicious and I see myself sipping on this throughout my evening happily. I would seek this out again, but not sure if Alpine is doing this one on a regular/irregular basis.

m1ked, Sep 02, 2010
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.

mothman, Aug 29, 2010
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.

kbutler1, Aug 23, 2010
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.

cpetrone84, Aug 12, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Aug 08, 2010
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.

HalfFull, Aug 03, 2010
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.

Jwale73, Jul 25, 2010
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.

7ways, Jul 09, 2010
Ned from Alpine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.