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Red Card - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: radshoesbro on 07-04-2010)
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3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear red-amber with a durable bone-colored head that leaves a fairly full coating on the glass.

Aroma: Hops (mainly herbal).

Flavor: sweet up front and only modearate bitterness at its peak. Obvious sweet malts balancing a relatively high hop load. The hop flavor builds over time peaking in the aftertaste. Very malty for APA style.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation.

O: a bold and hoppy red ale. Recommended.

chinchill, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company Pub
Alpine, CA

Clear amber and a thin off-white head that leaves dots of stick down the glass.

Simple aroma of bright hops, bready malts, and a hint of success. This doesn't blow me away like some other hop-forward beers brewed by Alpine, though it's still most certainly better than average.

The flavor is simple though complete, with relatively high bitterness for the style leading the way, along with some citrus hop components, bread, and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Clean, crisp, refreshing, disappearing.

This is a big, bitter amber that pairs amazingly well with the pulled pork sandwich and green bean fries at the Alpine Beer Company Pub.

ehammond1, Mar 26, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of yourefragile at last Thursday's mini-tasting. Served in a HopCat tulip.

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with an average white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings a moderate amount of bready, caramelized malt plus a good dosing of citrus and pine hops. The flavor is pine hops with a bit of resin atop a base of amber malt and some light sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium body and fairly chewy. Nice offering, though not quite as good as other brews I've had from Alpine.

Thorpe429, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish brown, nice thick near white head, lots of cling lace. Outstanding looking beer.

S - Piney hops in the front. Subtle malt, though hard to discern, underneath.

T - Pine hops prevail here too. Some caramelized, dark sugar evident too.

M - Nice balance, great carb, very creamy texture.

D - Yes, I will have another!

srandycarter, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a growler at Alpine Brewing for $12. and poured it into an Odell branded stemmed tulip glass.

Alpine Brewery's beer board states 6.5% ABV, not 6.2% as shown above.

Pours a clean burnt orange hue with golden edges when held up to a light source, fat tan head with ridiculous amounts of lacing that coat the inside of my glass from start to finish. Smell is fresh and grassy - like sniffing a bag of fresh hop pellets from the local home brew shop, fresh milled grain, taffy and tropical fruit. Flavor is sweet, lightly roasted malt up front, but fresh grassy hops hit the palate almost immediately after and stick around for a while - resinous and bitter. Great balance of flavors, but as one would expect from Alpine, the hop wins out in the long run. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, perfect carbonation for the style, finishes dry, with tons of bitter resinous hop oils lingering on the palate for a while.

DeanMoriarty, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mdfb79, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of radshoesbro
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!

radshoesbro, Jul 04, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

danwho, Mar 03, 2013
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Red Card from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.