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Ned - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 78
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.17% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mattwjones on 05-16-2010

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Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of 7ways
3.67/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute. Picked this one up out of the back room at Beverages 4 Less.

Hard pour yields a half finger off white head that dies down to a thing layer of foam. Brown with amber hues. Dots of lacing left of the glass.

Smells of sour funk, sour cherries, vanilla oakiness.

Tastes of sour cherries, a sort of sweet sourness with a lactic characteristic. Vanilla and oaky barrel characteristics.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated with a slight bite on the end. Pretty brisk and refreshing.

A highly drinkable flanders red. I definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of davod23
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep mahogany red, barely any head, bubbles around the edge.

S-Sour cherries, currants similar to consecration but better, tart.

T-Sweet fruit, tart, tobacco aftertaste. Dry in the finish.

M-Great carbonation, light bodied.

D-Great aroma and flavor makes this an easy drinker. It's light enough to be a full flavored session beer.


I've revisited this and there is now a funk to it that wasn't there before. It's a subtle and pleasant funk that adds to the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of pastradul
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to zx6chris for the bottle!

Pours a nice burgundy with a small amount of head with some bubbles drifting to the top.

the smell is tart cherries and red fruit....

the taste is very similar to the nose. Starts of with a nice sweet and tart entry, then the dry finish covers the palate leaving you smacking your lips for more.

Not to sweet nor to tart, a great flanders for sure!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours somewhat murky deep amber, wispy head. Sparce lace.

S - Sharp tart nose. I can't get anything more than that.

T - Tangy sour, crisp apples, small sweet finish.

M - Medium body, great carb. Good balance.

D - Nice little beer. Thanks, Alpine!

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks friend!

Pours reddish brown. Surprisingly long last lasting inch or two of off-white foam. Even when it dies down, leaves some gob of bubbles all over the place. Nice.

Smells like ... vinegar and some sour cherries. Maybe a hint, just a hint of oak.

Taste is almost entirely vinous vinegar, some sour cherry/oakiness, and more sour vinegar-iness. Just a bit one-note.

NIce, pleasant enough. If moderately priced, would buy all the time.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bought in Alpine yesterday and poured into a large snifter.

A: Looks brown at first but has a definite red hue when you hold it to the light. Has nice lacing that clings to the glass after each sip.

S: Funky fresh! I can smell the delightful belgian funk and the smell makes you anticipate the sour goodness that is going to come next.

T: The taste is immediately sour, but as the tart sensation fades there is a satisfying malty warmth that is left on your tongue. There is so much going on that I am having trouble describing individual flavors. Although I cannot find the words to describe what I am tasting, I am thoroughly loving this beer.

M: Carbonation is crisp on the tongue and the sour is intense but not puckering.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. The ABV not a hinderance and the sour character of this beer makes it very refreshing. I have sipped and gulped from my glass and have found both to be satisfying.

I am a sour/belgian noob but I have had a couple to date and I think that Ned from Alpine is the best one that I have had so far. I will definitely be picking up some more of this beer if I can make it back over to Alpine before they run out!

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Ned from Alpine Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.