Red Card - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +10.7%
Growler sent by Rich and shared with some friends. Hit a few samples of this before we killed it rather quickly.
I'll start by saying this is the type of style (a hoppy, light amber) that has a much lower upper bound on potential than some other styles do for me personally. That said, this was perfect for the style and ridiculously "drinkable".
Pours a dark, clear auburn with a thick, creamy beige head. Long retention and abundant lacing.
Aroma is potent and aggressive, hitting you in the face as soon as the growler is opened. Floral, piney, caramel malt and mild earth and grass notes.
Chewy and medium light bodied, with a strong resin and caramel malt body with a nice finish of earthy and pine hops. It didn't quite hook me at first, but by the second or third glass i was sad to see the beer disappear.
07-09-2011 18:43:59 | More by yourefragile
4.47/5 rDev +8.8%
On cask at O'Brien's, but I opted for the tap version. 10oz glass.
A: Orange tinged red with a voluminous beige head. The color is certainly attractive, and the head retention is most impressive, as is the lacing. Off to a good start.
A: Dank and resinous, with ample fruit: orange, tangerine, peach, and grapefruit flesh. Tons of hop flavor, but unlike most hoppy Alpine beers, this has noticeable malt behind it which lends caramel and a whisper of bread. Smells great. Hops are vibrant and there's a nice malt presence.
T: Orange and tangerine with a lower moderate bitterness. The hop flavor is expressive and bright. Orange flesh waxes in strength midpalate and caramel malt steps in to add depth and balance, but only a little sweetness. Pine resin is restrained. The finish is orange, tangerine, a little grapefruit, and caramel. Pine returns at the end. Very nice. Alcohol is deftly masked.
M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry.
Overall: An excellent hoppy red ale. Highly recommended. I prefer this second batch to the first.
06-10-2011 00:28:34 | More by HopHead84
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!
The beer is a clear, amber hue with a decent sized head and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma brings some really fresh citrus and hops. A distinctly Alpine aroma, something I have come to appreciate, this is going to be a wonderful beer. Indeed, another terrific hop forward offering from Alpine. Not quite as hoppy as many of their other offerings, this one is still hop forward, with a very minimal malt presence. The feel is creamy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable, we made short work of the growler. I would really enjoy having this again.
07-13-2011 03:50:28 | More by Huhzubendah
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Tap pour from the brewpub.
A: Red-copper in color, nice foamy head, plenty of patchy lacing
S: Floral, piny hops stream from the glass, but this has a lot more malt presence than other alpine offerings. Bready, yeasty fresh. Lots of fruity notes, tangerine prominent.
T: Again, hop-forward, but the huge malt-backbone
distinguishes the profile. Candied orange, apple, general citrus notes. Bready, slightly stodgy but appropriate for the style. Even with the complexity, sharp hops are still prominent throughout the sip, and bitter tones carry to a bitter-sweet finish.
M. Nice oily-slick mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, not sticky, but smooth and satisfying
Alpine has been putting out some of the best beer I've had, and their new specialties are just spot on. Red card is yet another. The guys at the pub are liking this one and saying we should be seeing more of this.
06-10-2011 03:53:55 | More by rand
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Shared by yourefragile the other night. Poured into a snifter beer is red and clear with an offwhite head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some lacing looks good.
Has this sort of CTZ aroma and some earthy bitterness in the nose.
The overall beer is medium in body with nice carbonation, chewy on the palate, lots of hop flavors, earthy piny, interesting. Very good beer overall I really enjoyed it. I'd have it again, I went back for fourths.
07-09-2011 18:14:25 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Reviewed from notes, poured on tap at Obriens pub on 6/21 or whenever BA Speedway was released. Poured a amber/red with a finger+ of white luscious head that dissipates quickly. Nose isnt too complex, but I find a floral hoppyness along with a malty background. Taste is better, I get more hops than in the nose, which fades into a caramel and oak finish. Bitter aftertaste. Body is great, balances well with the flavor profile, could turn down the bitter faucet though. Overall, ABC did well once again, very refreshing and heavy enough to fulfill the crave.
07-27-2011 00:03:07 | More by SDDanC
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Growler courtesy of yourefragile...I probably am, but he is not.
I'm a fan of a good Amber and this is certainly one of them. Poured into Hill Farmstead wine glass and this looks typical for the style. Amber in color, believe that shit or not. Nice off-white head. Smell is rather hoppy with lots of citrus. Taste is like a well done hopped up amber. Not as hoppy as any of their IPA/DIPAs, but I would drink this bitch quite frequently if it were available around yonder. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on. Another tasty beverage from Alpine.
07-13-2011 19:22:04 | More by Lunch
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.
A: Pours red-tinted golden color with a finger of off-white, beautiful head, swaths of lacing, superb clarity. Very good retention.
S: The nose is somewhat faint, unfortunately, but you get the breadiness and juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange) and some bright amber malt.
T: The highlight of the taste is the really good balance between the bread/spice and citrus/pine. Citrus imparts nice brightness, and the bitterness on the finish is very subtle.
M: Smooth yet crisp, medium body, light carbonation.
O: Not at all what I was expecting. This is a tasty, lighter beer that reminds me more of an ESB than amber (due to malt profile). Really drinkable.
03-31-2012 03:22:38 | More by pmarlowe
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
A: Pours a nice auburn color with beige head.
S: Carmel, hops, some roasted malts.
T: Slightly sweet on the front end with a nice amount of bittering hops in the back end of this one. There is some caramel notes in there, maybe a little bit of pine.
M: Nicely carbonated.
O: Only brewed during major soccer tournaments. This is a hop forward red with a nice balance. Well done.
06-13-2011 03:20:45 | More by hamilton23
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
From 07/07/11 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for providing a growler of this one.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, caramel malts, and fruity malts. More hops than I was expecting, though not a hop bomb at all, and very enjoyable.
t - Tastes of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and light citrus hops. More malts here and not as much hops than the nose had, but still quite good.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.
o - Overall a really good amber ale and another winner from Alpine. Not my favorite as I like their hoppier beers better, but great for an amber ale. Would certainly have it again.
07-11-2011 17:20:57 | More by mdfb79
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Brewed for the 2010 World Cup.
Poured from a growler filled at the brewery on July 3, 2010. Consumed on the 4th of July!
This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen! Deep red with a brown/amber twist! There's a nice frothy white head that quickly recedes leaving good lace and bubbles sticking to the glass. A white foam covers the top of my brew the entire time.
Smells of huge fresh barley with a good hop presence. The hops have an instant floral hit, but subside to a beautiful pine aroma. The combination of the hops and malts is absolutely beautiful! There are hints of caramel, but they are subtle.
The hops aren't overwhelming in the mouth and they don't over power the malts. One of the most well balanced, if not the best balanced beer I've ever had. There's a perfect amount of bitterness to offset the taste of grains. Everything about an irish red is present here, with a bigger hop profile.
Unfortunately I don't remember the ABV on this, but it's very drinkable and I feel would go very well with BBQ. Perfect 4th of July beer!!
07-04-2010 22:25:11 | More by radshoesbro
Red Card from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.