19/10 O'Brien's Anniversary IPA - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
On tap at O'Brien's, poured into pint glass
A: Clear yellow-tan, little head and lacing. Nice refreshing look, could pass for a lager
S: Fresh pine and citrus, and that tropical bend unique to Alpine. Not the most pronounced nose for their line-up of IPA's, but it has an especially crisp and clean aspect.
T: Strong notes of citrus and pine up front. Hop essence isn't especially bitter, but dry and citrusy. Strange because its extremely hop-forward and your palate expects stront malt counterbalance, but malty sweetness is fairly reserved. Spicy and peppery to the surprisingly short, dry finish. Amazing IPA.
M: Light for the ABV, but oily slick as hell.
Not sure what else to say here but no one makes IPA's like Alpine.
01-19-2013 08:01:41 | More by rand
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
A: It had a golden yellow appearance with an ivory white head that vanished very quickly.
S: The aroma was a little muted but it did have some citrus hops, rye, and caramel notes to it.
T: Very hoppy but had the malt to back it up. It start with the citrus and pine flavors that Alpine never fails to produce then finishes up with a caramel, toffee, and rye finish.
M: Great carbonation and viscosity. Very smooth.
O: Amazing beer that is not going to be around for very long. Get it while you can.
01-26-2013 03:58:34 | More by jvillefan
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Served on-draught at Alpine's pub in Alpine. Expectations were high given the brewery, which I love. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, nice cream, and nice thickness. Body colour is a clear orange-yellow. Quite vibrant. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Nectary, floral, and citrusy. Light hop bitterness is obscured nicely by a bit of pine. It's somewhat grassy. A touch soapy, even. Pale malts. Quite appealing. Moderate strength. Very refreshing and appealing.
T: Nectary and delightful. Wonderful floral hop notes. Excellent pale malt body. I love it. Just a touch of hop bitterness on the climax obscured nicely by citrusy, light piney, and nectary hop notes. Refreshing and delectable. Malty and sweet. Impeccable balance, with none of the soapiness from the aroma. Complex and subtle. Brilliantly executed for the style.
Mf: Sticky and nectary. Smooth and wet. Perfect carbonation. Refreshing. Custom tailored to its flavour profile. Excellent presence on the palate.
Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I really like it. A hit from Alpine. As refreshing as could possibly be. I'd definitely get this again. I'd buy a keg of this (if only I were so lucky). Delicious. One of the best IPAs I've ever had. Incredible stuff.
01-30-2013 00:00:01 | More by kojevergas
District of Columbia
4.36/5 rDev +1.9%
On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.
A: Pours medium-light golden with a thin veneer of very fine, bright white head. The sparse head still manages to be persistent and leave some nice lacing on the glass.
S: Very mild caramel, juicy citrus and pine hops, and some jasmine floral notes.
T: Complex mix of pine-coney pine and slight citrus (orange and pink grapefruit and the bitter peel) hops, backed up by a rich caramel malt backbone (a la Pure Hoppiness), tangerine, and finishing with a moderate, crisp bitterness.
M: Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body.
O: Another well crafted and drinkable IPA. It won't blow you away, but it's worthy of Alpine. A bit more bitter than ideal for me, but the flavors are very nice.
01-19-2013 15:45:51 | More by pmarlowe
4.33/5 rDev +1.2%
San Diego, CA
Clear light golden with a small head of near-white foam. Dotted and lined stick down the glass.
Resinous aroma, pine notes, and just a hint of citrus. A class display of Columbus hops put to good use. Expressive and powerfully resinous, without smelling too much like marijuana. Which is a bummer I know.
The flavor follows the aroma, and, as advertised, showcases the Columbus hops very nicely. Pine, resin, mild citrus, and crisp bitterness combine magnificently. Zero alcohol harshness.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.
This reminds me a lot of Bad Boy, which happens to be one of my favorites. Would never turn down a pint of this.
01-20-2013 05:26:07 | More by ehammond1
4.31/5 rDev +0.7%
On tap at O'Brien's. Pint.
A: Transparent yellow gold with a finger of white foam.
S: Pungent pine resin aroma with earth and a little spicy citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Concentrated and powerful. Great aroma.
T: A Columbus explosion. This is unlike any IPA I've had. Powerful resin profile with earthy characteristics. Very dry with a little citrus rind and lemon flesh. Smooth upper moderate bitterness. No astringency but very dry and fiery resinous finish. Malt has no noticeable influence.
M: Lower medium body with medium draft carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.
Overall: A unique experience and one I'd recommend. Another delicious IPA from Alpine.
01-18-2013 22:44:02 | More by HopHead84
4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
Rich golden color. Lasting white foam. Intense aroma of orange peel zest and grapefruit with a pine spice. More strong orange bitterness in the flavor. Could definitely be described as grapefruit as well such as the brewery suggests, but to me it's more orange (peel). The citrus flavors linger nicely on the tongue as well as the sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation. The alcohol seems low and the malt balance is very clean in the same way Nelson presents itself.
Overall a very likable IPA. I've had many beers with Columbus hops in the mix, but trying a single hop version really showcases the character. A bit one dimensional perhaps, but memorable and well worth trying if you get the chance.
08-20-2013 20:43:12 | More by bennetj17
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured on tap at Blue Palms 5th anniversary
color is golden little head on it not much
smell is hoppy but not overpower and some citrus
taste is similar with a lot of fruity maybe orange zest and citrus on the back end
not as fruity as a duet but nice bitter hop bite and citrus hop flavors come thru
definite a nice easy drinker that could be had more than one time
08-13-2013 15:31:02 | More by mhksuccess
19/10 O'Brien's Anniversary IPA from Alpine Beer Company
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