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Ugly - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 24
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)
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Photo of jvillefan
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

jvillefan, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark brown into a pint glass with clear ruby highlights. Half inch of tan foam settles to a surface film in a few minutes and keeps for the pint. Spotty lacing ensues.

Nose is of sweetened chocolate and earthen pine hops. Bit resinous as are many an Alpine IPA but without the meaty texture.

Flavor is somewhat thin as the dark malts compete with the hops. Touch of cocoa powder on the finish. The 7.5% is quite well disguised as the beer comes off as a moderate black lager in a sense, with a bit of spice.

Offers a moderate feel and drink and improves with warming as the hop notes expand a bit.

Bottom line: An interesting beer and well done for the style, yet a style that misses me completely. And in this case, a waste of hops. Others might find more balance.

HalfFull, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

523rd review on BA
Draft to Pint
@ Alpine Beer Pub

App- This was a dark brown with some good cling and a thin line of head. Wasn't the best looking beer I've seen.

Smell- Very dark scents, a little bit boozy and a little bit of burnt/roast malts.

Taste- This followed the nose, it was okay. I just don't think I am becoming a Black Ale or IPA fan. The flavors don't really work for me. The malts vs hops seem a bit unbalanced.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A little roasty note on the back

Drink- It was okay. A little bit above average overall. It doesnt mesh well with all thats going on in glass.

FosterJM, Jun 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

T_Hass, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Irrationalist, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Wolberjs, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of errantnight
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a tasty brew, as always from the Alpine boys (when it's not a diacetyl bomb).

Pours a Rick black with a creamy, lasting head with excellent lacing.

Big citrus notes with a touch of pine on the nose. Really nice to sniff.

On the palate this is just a touch clean for my tastes. Hop bitterness is assertive but one note, body is medium but thin through the finish. Dry, and roast is mild if present at all, but no sweetness or grain character mid palate leaves this easy, but unengaging (that is, lacking in complexity) on the tongue.

It's actually quite a nice beer but could use more depth. Some of Nelson's rough edges would be welcome, here.

errantnight, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's during 2012 CBC/WBC week. Pint glass.

A: Pours black, brown around the edges, with a few cm. of off-white head, some lacing and so-so retention.

S: Roasty malt and a little piney hops. Melds well, though the aroma is faint.

T: Mostly pine and bitter hops, some roasted, coffee, and chocolate malt but it takes a back seat.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation, too light for any crispness.

O: Decent version of a style, one I'm not that enthusiastic about. I would have expected more malt character.

pmarlowe, May 04, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's.

A: Anything but what the name suggests. Pretty much black with some ruby tinges when held to light. A big mocha colored head that looks a bit chunky as it disappears and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Grapefruit hop aromas along with some roasted malt.

T: Pretty malt forward along with some citrus hops, roasted malt undertones and a slight bit of floral hops on the finish. A hint of coffee in there as well. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Maybe my least favorite of all the Alpine beers I've had. That in no way means it's a bad beer, just not their best.

notchucknorris, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -6.8%

warnerry, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, even darker than some stouts, tan head, kicks it forever back on the patio of Alpine, lace holds very well, really, as perfect as a beer can look in this style. Aroma was of bitter, rather than fruity hops. Cascade, Chinook I'd guess, would have liked more dry hop aroma out of this, which isn't to say that it wasn't good, but its Alpine, I'm expecting close to all 5's for an ipa. Yes, they spoil us.

Taste, plenty bitter again, made me think if there were Nugget hops in it. Didn't taste roastiness from the malt (dehusked prolly), I think many reviewers simply see black color and figure it must be roasty/charred/smoky. It was a pretty light in terms of malt configuration, as opposed to appearance.

Was a little slow drinking, I dunno if it was because it was 11am when I had it, the peaceful setting outside, or the alcohol/bitterness was higher than expected in the mouthfeel. Either way, I still recommend this beer, but drink some Nelson, Duet, Pure or Exponential first if its available.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

rbrefbeerman, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

drewone, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ThePaleRider, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

kevboat, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

John11486, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is dark brown and appears nearly transparent, in spite of the dark color. The head is about 1/2" thick, and leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma is primarily of citric hops, with mild roast. The flavor follows suit, and marries the roast with hops nicely. Flavorful and well balanced. A good brew, but nowhere near the quality of their regular IPA lineup.

Huhzubendah, May 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

mettkea, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

jkball01, Apr 11, 2014
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Ugly from Alpine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.