1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ugly - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Ugly
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

95 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 11-25-2010)
View: Beers (46) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jlb502
jlb502

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-15-2011 03:40:47 | More by jlb502
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-16-2011 17:45:43 | More by TheRealDBCooper
Photo of BrianTheBrewer30
BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-14-2011 06:58:57 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
Photo of jeezie
jeezie

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-16-2011 02:38:47 | More by jeezie
Photo of tmarq9
tmarq9

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.6%

11-18-2011 02:16:51 | More by tmarq9
Photo of Rish907
Rish907

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-16-2014 02:20:29 | More by Rish907
Photo of codynevels
codynevels

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-15-2011 05:13:50 | More by codynevels
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

11-14-2011 18:21:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of Klym
Klym

California

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a surly darkness snifter from a growler. Massive thanks to my brother for sending me this very generous growler-- wish we could drink it together!

A: Not so ugly as the name would suggest. Pours a very black ale.. well, black. I was worried about carbonation at first but then a smooth off-white head sprang up and left splatters of lacing around the glass.

S: Really beautiful hop character-- very reminiscent of PtE for me, actually. A light bitterness balanced by spicy pine and tied together by tropical fruit sweetness. Behind it all is a deeper, more licorice and chocolate richer and heavier character as you would expect from a black ale. The smell on this is really superior.

T: I tried not to get my hopes up from the smell but the taste actually managed even to outperform it. Licorice on the front of the taste gets swept away by big, beautifully juicy, spicy, balanced hops that dance and part ways leaving a slight linger of chocolate and caramel. God, this beer is good.

M: Body is medium with prickly carbonation that doesn't do it wrong. The viscosity on this is great and I don't think I'd tweak the body one bit.

O: I originally planned to share this growler but now I feel a good sense of selfish joy that I have it all to myself. Maybe that's what it's all about, it's so good that it will bring out the ugly side of you. If you get a chance to try this, definitely dont pass it up.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2011 23:26:25 | More by Klym
Photo of ZX6Chris
ZX6Chris

California

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Alpine tasting room with Johndoe8.

Dark tan to white head. almost pitch black with brown around the edges.

Extremely hoppy! Green hop bursting flavors. Citrusy. Very sharp aroma.

Piney, citrusy, grapefruity, a little roast in the middle and lots o bitterness on the finish.

Light and smooth with a hop bite in the back. Nicely carbonated.

IPA's is what Alpine does. Chalk this up as another win.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 01:55:14 | More by ZX6Chris
Photo of Eriktheipaman
Eriktheipaman

California

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado 11-28-10

Poured an almost black with a nice finger head as well as great lacing.

Smell was faint but of citrus and a slighttt burnt.

Taste was GREAT! First black IPA Ive had and I was very impressed. Ive been dying to try some Alpine Brewing company so Im glad I got the chance.

It tasted more of a citrusy IPA but it had a nice slight burnt malt backbone.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 01:39:28 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of rand
rand

California

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From tap to pint glass...reviewed this at the brew pub 05/07/2011

Jet black in color, coffee-tan head, ugly pours like your favorite porter. The comparisons stop there, though, as the nose is full of fresh hops. Fresh wafts of hoppy pine and citrus flow from the glass in West Coast fashion. Upon the sip, bitter, citrusy hops jump off the palate up front, as expected, but the sweet malt-backbone carries a chocolate richness, reminding of squah bread. Light and bubbly, this ale is full of flavor but refreshing on each sip. Nothing ugly here but the title.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 06:43:52 | More by rand
Photo of DarthKostrizer
DarthKostrizer

California

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black and totally opaque with a brown strip around the bottom a 1 inch head and great retention

Smell: Chocolate malt mixed with citrus hops

Taste: Great chocolate and coffee notes upfront with just a hint of citrus hops which makes this a great black IPA just wonderful balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly full body and medium carbonation

Overall: Great black IPA on of the best around Period

Serving type: growler

09-23-2011 01:29:13 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of Johnny58
Johnny58

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-29-2013 18:48:33 | More by Johnny58
Photo of terpinsd
terpinsd

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

04-27-2014 05:54:48 | More by terpinsd
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Espresso brown body, not quite opaque. Clarity is excellent when held to the light. Huge resiny pine goodness on the nose, sharp and green. There's a hint of dry roastiness beneath. Palate has a big pine kick up front, followed by coffee-like roasted malt and a little orange toward the finish that makes me think of chocolate covered oranges. Light bodied, extremely quaffable though very bitter in the finish. Quite the palate wrecker, the coffee and pine sap bitterness sticks to the tongue for ages. Alpine nails it yet again, this is my new favorite India Black Ale.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2010 00:04:08 | More by largadeer
Photo of bca115
bca115

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-11-2013 16:33:41 | More by bca115
Photo of FLBeerGuy
FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-28-2013 02:18:17 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of pperez38
pperez38

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-06-2011 05:01:00 | More by pperez38
Photo of Piddmeista
Piddmeista

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-24-2013 02:55:59 | More by Piddmeista
Photo of HopHead84
HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/26/10

Thanks to Arthur for opening this.

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. Creamy beige head in the pint glass with good retention and thick sheets of lacing.

S: Prominent pine and grapefruit notes, the hops are potent and aromatic. Lower moderate roasted malt. Touch of chocolate. Awesome aroma. When the beer warms up quite a bit the chocolate and roast are more noticeable and very nice.

T: Low on the roast with a small chocolate presence, both of which only serve their hop masters. Pithy grapefruit with some flesh and big pine resin notes. Great hop flavor and quite delicious. Upper moderate bitterness with some evident alcohol.

M: Medium body. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Overall: A delicious Black IPA, one of the best I've had.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2010 05:56:14 | More by HopHead84
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

01-12-2013 03:46:06 | More by spycow
Photo of vr6corrado
vr6corrado

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-06-2012 06:29:19 | More by vr6corrado
Photo of Cazlo
Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-16-2013 02:37:22 | More by Cazlo
Photo of moonknight31
moonknight31

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-23-2013 05:51:40 | More by moonknight31
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ugly from Alpine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.