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Ugly - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.46%
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:
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(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 11-25-2010)
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vr6corrado, May 06, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

nanobrew, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

imyourhero21, Dec 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

tmarq9, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

jeezie, Nov 16, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

codynevels, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

John11486, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

BrianTheBrewer30, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of xraided81
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: long lasting beautiful 2 inch off white creamy persisten head, with lacing on the side of the tulip as the head dissipates. transluscent black with ruby highlight highlights shining through.

S: trademark alpine hops is the first impression of this beer. the dank like resiney hops shine through in this beer. tropitcal - dank hops dominate the aroma of this beer, with a hint or roasted/chocolate malts coming through in the background.

T: Smooth, medium body, more of the chocolatey/roasted malts come through in the taste. hop bitterness works with the bitter of the roasted malts in this beer.

M: medium to light body makes this a rather easy drinking beer, not so sure if this is sessional considering the abv.

O: one of the best black ipa's ive had. this one retains more of the crisp/light/ pale ale qualities rather than stout like chewy roasty qualities. excellent beer from an excellent brewery.

xraided81, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
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

DarthKostrizer, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Klym
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.

Klym, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens Pub
09/15/11

A: My pint arrived looking black as night upon first glance. A closer study reveals a thinning root-beer brown rim to it. A tiny beige head settled out rather quickly leaving spots of lace about the glass.

S: Smells just scrum-diddley-umptous with resiney pine and citrus hops. All hops - no roast. A literal Black IPA.

T: The sticky resinous pine and grapefruit flavs really assert themselves here. Has me searching for the malts. Just a slight suggestion of a toasted caramel char to it. Nice high bitter levels that peak on the finish drying things out leaving them light and crispy. Hops linger fo' sure. Very tasty. One of the better Black IPA's I have come across yet.

M: Lighter body that is almost watery at times. Slight creaminess on the other side of the spectrum. Solid carb. Puckering hop bitterness that dries out the palate.

D: Close your eyes and this is another great tasting IPA from Alpine...but man is she Ugly. Pair with a paperbag or drink from behind!

U-G-L-Y Yo mamma ain't got no alibi. You UGLY!

Nugganooch, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Pub again.
Pours a hazy dark brown almost black, lighter on the edges. Builds a finger of tan head that fades very slowly leaving some lacing. The nose is very hop forward with pine, grass and citrus. The taste is hops up front, grapefruit and pine, with a very faint roastiness. This brew has a medium body with good carbonation and leaves a sticky resin feel. Another killer hop forward beer by ABC.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Tolann
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a growler back after visiting San Diego for Stone's 15th Anniversary. This really was the way to start our California vacation! Poured in to a globe glass.

A - Dark pour with a white head that foamed about 1 finger then settled to a thin lace with a ring that clings to the glass. Nearly opaque with a little ruby color on the edges.

S - First off is the roast, but it's coming alive with lots of hops as it shrugs off the cold. With a bit more warmth hops take over the roast.

T - Hops! Not real assertive but more bitter than what you pick up in the nose. Piney hops with a roast behind that you'd expect from a black beer. There's a slight feel of coffee and chocolate roast at the end. Total hops up front!

M - Not too carbonated. Finishes very slightly dry. Somewhat thin.

OA - Love it! So glad I brought this one home! This Black India Ale is definitely tops and I'm a huge fan of this style!

Tolann, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask

O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark brown and nearly black with ruby red edges and a thick and creamy espresso head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Ugly? No.

The aroma is incredibly hop (pine) forward. This is what I hoped Sierra Nevada's Hop Smack would smell like. It's like walking through a dense pine forest. Behind the pine is a bit of roast and chocolate, but the pine hop aromas are front and center.

The pine aromas don't translate quite as thorougly to the flavor of the beer, though they certainly make their presence known. A moderate bitterness and more roast and chocolate than expected round out this beer's flavor.

Medium, though creamy, body.

One of my favorite black IPAs, and excellent on cask (though it was served far, far too cold; what gives, O'Brien's?).

ehammond1, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish notes and an off-white head.

S: As expected, plenty of hops on the nose. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes (pineapple and grapefruit, mostly) with a good dose of pine and a light grass aroma. There's a decent amount of roast and a hint of chocolate.

T: The flavor has a touch less roast and chocolate which makes it just that little bit better. It also allows the hops to really shine, providing the beer with a clean citrus hop flavor and lots of pine bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation perhaps a touch lower than medium, but I'll attribute that to the conditions/growler.

O: Not surprisingly, a good hoppy beer from Alpine. Solid Black IPA.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to largadeer.

Very dark brown in color with a one finger beige head and good lacing.

The aroma is excellent, extremely piney with coffee and roast playing a big role.

The flavor starts with piney hops, goes to coffee, charcoal, and dark chocolate, then back to hops in a big way.

Extremely resinous on the palate with medium-plus body and average carbonation. Just a tad heavier than I’d like on the mouthfeel. Hoppy as hell.

Really solid beer from the ’pine...as usual.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Cavery
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap yesterday at Alpine. It's always nice to walk into the brewpub and see something you haven't had on the board. Cheers to that!

A: Light watery coffee with a deceptively dark stained wood core. Light foaming around the edge of the glass. More dark brown than black. Tons of dark wood stains show up all over the coloring of the body. Some high water mark lacing with waterfalls of lesser lacing.

S: Floral character that comes through like a hopped rye beer. Some connective tissues of grapefruit. Light watery coffee, almost more espresso like. Mild carob bitterness in the back. A nice helping of dried wood chips.

T: Up front there's tons of minerally dried leaves that crack towards espresso beans. Coffee grinds show up with a bitterness and reserved sweetness. Touch of watercress and parsley. Perhaps even a latent basil spice deep in there. Black pepper crunches throughout.

M: Light medium mouth with a soft low carbonation. Not flat at all, and quite fitting for the style. This drinks very smoothly, with a silk blanket of ruffling textures. The light bubbles are more satin like than velvet.

O: I think this beer is actually a great contribution to the style. This is a great middle-ground between dark coffee malts and hoppy florals. I thought the drinkability was outstanding. Reserved bitterness and sweetness that isn't exactly mild; it's just subtle. The flavor visits both ends of the stylistic spectrum in a way that you get a sequential experience of a darker beer and then of a Pale Ale. This is a subtle beer in style, while I think others try very hard to be over the top in trying to assert their beer's place. A beer like this doesn't have to be a blitz of conflicting flavors, instead it can make temporary visits to both ends of the spectrum. I'd like to see more in style go this direction.

Cavery, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler on 8/16/2011 from the brewery. Poured into tulip glass and reviewed on 8/17.

A: Opaque dark brown--has an appearance similar to coffee--with a nice cream colored head. At first glance, this looks like a simple stout.

N: Coffee scents quickly give way to a nose of grapefruit & apricot/peach; i.e., the smell from the grains is quickly overpowered by a wonderful hop presence.

T/M: Incredible complexity of bitter coffee and bitter peach. The taste follows the nose quite well, as the hops actually bring out the roasted notes. Clean fruity finish with an incredibly light body that belies the color and alcohol content. This is a very easy to drink beer!

Overall, I was a huge fan of this beer. It exemplifies what I (emphasis on the word "I") expect from a beer that is called a Black IPA--it is an highly hopped India Pale Ale with a black body and slight contribution from a roasted malt. I am big fan of this take on the style and especially appreciate the clean hop presence (typified by Alpine Beers), the touch of roasted flavors/scents, and the light body. Cheers to Alpine! This beer is anything but Ugly!

peacebone116, Aug 22, 2011
Ugly from Alpine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.