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Red Card - Alpine Beer Company

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90
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

07-12-2011 00:07:43 | More by Thorpe429
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-10-2013 05:01:18 | More by SocalKicks
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drabmuh

Maryland

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
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mdfb79

New York

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
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yourefragile

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
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Huhzubendah

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
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

07-04-2014 02:05:54 | More by chinchill
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HopHead84

California

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

6/9/2011

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
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

08-03-2013 21:02:30 | More by bsuedekum
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ehammond1


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

03-26-2012 22:49:41 | More by ehammond1
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srandycarter

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

07-10-2010 01:32:26 | More by srandycarter
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-07-2013 07:10:33 | More by akang
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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-18-2013 18:04:32 | More by CoolEthan
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tbeq00

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-21-2012 19:05:04 | More by tbeq00
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jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-26-2013 17:48:04 | More by jvillefan
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-16-2011 01:04:07 | More by codynevels
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pmarlowe

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
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-14-2013 06:04:48 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

07-13-2013 01:03:47 | More by DeanMoriarty
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

08-09-2013 01:46:11 | More by TXhomebrewer
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brycevolk

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

07-18-2013 02:20:44 | More by brycevolk
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2013 02:28:25 | More by danwho
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-28-2014 18:47:22 | More by aquazr1
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moonknight31

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-23-2013 05:51:31 | More by moonknight31
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fox227

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

07-29-2014 15:44:40 | More by fox227
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Red Card from Alpine Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.