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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh organic orange zest and cracked coriander complement the orange blossom honey used in this ale. Like a mountain breeze through the citrus trees. 1.060 OG 6 IBU

Added by Gusler on 03-30-2003

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a white, finger width head that dissipates quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface. A few tiny spots makes up what you might call lacing.

Smell - Mild, sweet orange aroma with hints of honey.

Taste - Moderate flavor, with mild orange and honey character. Really, that's it. Maybe some bready malt that evokes a vague, distant 'honey nut Cheerios' flavor. In other words, not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied. Fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough with a lightly dry finish.

Overall - Light and.... drinkable? Certainly not much flavor, but decent enough to drink. At any rate, it's a steep price to pay for what you get in return.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a kinda fizzy off white head that quickly settles to a thin layer and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

S: Honey, floral notes, citrus zest, coriander spice, and a little light yeastiness.

T: Orange zest and coriander jump out first, big honey sweetness, floral notes, and some grainy malt. It gets a bit too sweet after a while.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Kinda feels like a mix of a blonde, a cream ale, and a wit. It's not terrible, but I don't think I'd go for it again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright reddish orange and a thin white froth.

Much honey, caramel and even candied apple in the aroma. Wondering where this one is taking me, but...

Nice mingling of fruit and honey sweetness with an afterthought of subtle citrus hops to balance. Gum and lingering spice too. Somewhat syrupy after awhile.

Medium but very easy.

Not my cup o' tea style-wise, and even if it were, I don't think this would be the one I was looking for.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy head. Aromas of sweet orange, rich honey, and hints of coriander, with an overall candy-like feel to the nose. Flavors are orange forward, tart and sweet, with a subtle honey backbone, rich and earthy. Fairly balanced between the two characteristics, with the beer itself being a candy-sweet palate as a whole. Subtle hints of grassy hops, and the coriander spice is there if you dig deep for it. Light, crisp, effervesced body, with an orange candy aftertaste. Effervesced, crisp finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz Alpine bottle served in a large mug. Best By 31 March 17. I'll try to rate it as an herbed/spiced beer, not as a straight IPA.

Pours slightly hazy amber with lots of carbonation but not very much head. Smell is almost lagery (maybe malt liquor aroma?) in its yeastiness. There's a little undertone of citrus. Floral. Moderately muted.

Taste is moderate on the malt liquor side, but something about this beer certainly reminds me of malt liquor. There's some of the advertised spiciness, a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is moderately light with strong effervescence. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but not a beer I'll buy again. I'm surprised Alpine has this in their lineup, based on the other ones I've tried.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Nectarine, canned peaches

T: Follows the nose, white grape, a little orange up front. More of the same as this warms, a little dryness, getting as much peach as citrus getting a little orange rind bitterness. Finishes with canned orange slice sweetness, hints of orange rind bitterness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation , okay balance

Drinks alright, but nothing special here

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Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam; pretty attractive.

Smell: very sweet with honey and orange notes. Completely as-advertised, but really only great if you're super into orange and honey.

Taste: super floral with a big sweetness. The orange zest is nice in that it is not overly bitter, but the overall effect is reminiscent of a heady springtime wildflower field; sweet and a bit perfumey.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I could see this beer really doing it for some people. Of the floral/zesty/honey beers out there, this is among the better ones; that said, it doesn't tickle my fancy. I am glad I tried it from an experimental point, though, so; points for originality, if not for quaffability.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I'm rating this as an IPA because I think it's more accurate than calling it a fruit beer.
On tap. Poured into a pint glass. Well carbonated, orange-golden body with a fingernail head that has minimal retention. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Not getting any spices and minimal fruit in the nose. Smooth body of slightly bitter hops, citrus, and some wheat before hops flash again at the end. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with no aftertastes.
I really thought this was an alright IPA, not a fruit beer. It wouldn't be something I buy again, but it is interesting. It makes me think of a hopped up Magic Hat #9.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a clear orange with no head. The aroma consists of orange and honey. The flavors are the same, but a bit subdued. Light bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber "best by 04 AUG 2016". Wow, I really wanted to like this. Pours nice, medium head. Smell is horrid. Really. Taste is dialectal remnant. Just blows it for me. No hint of any of the suggested citrus. Oddly, mouth feel is pretty good. Waste of money time and glass.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear body, orange, with white head, no lacing.

S - Sour and hop, with a nice honeyed malt.

T - Follows the nose, with a hint of tea, and a mild floral note.

M - Light and easy.

O - Decent but not exceptional, somewhat fruity, but one dimensional.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, best by Aug 04, 2016. Picked this one up from the local bottle shop. "Orange Blossom Honey Ale with Orange Zest and Coriander".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden honey orange body. About a finger of frothy soapy white head that falls to a soapy bubbly ring. Minor scattered spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - Nose is simple, but pleasant. Notes of sweetened bready malt, orange zest, fleshy juicy mandarin oranges / tart Cuties zest, with sweetness from the honey. Perhaps some faint hints at white pepper on the end which must be the coriander? A pleasant aroma, but could definitely stand to be more vibrant and intense.

T - Taste is the same: smooth & creamy, minor tart / zest from the mandarin orange, notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, bread crust, sweetened orange blossom honey. An interesting, flavorful, yet subtle beer. Sweetened malt, bread crust, and orange blossom honey seem to be the main players. I don't detect any coriander / white pepper / spice notes on the taste.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, sweet, bready, & clean. Dry, slightly bitter / hoppy finish, definitely beckons the palate for another sip. Medium-light bodied, with good drinkability at 6.50% abv.

Overall, an interesting orange blossom honey ale, reminded me a bit of the Coronado Brewing Orange Avenue Wit that i just tried recently. Not what i was expecting at all really - definitely a unique and interesting beer; one to be contemplated. Not sure why this has such low ratings either, i suppose people are just misled because they think this is an IPA going into this??

Alpine Beer Company Mandarin Nectar -----4/5.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe in a shaker pint. Pours copper with a thin rI'm of white head that left sporadic lacing. Nose was just OK, nothing really stood out. Taste is sweeter than I typically like, with some citrus. Mouthfeel is OK, carbonation on the lower side, finish is clean with just a hint of astringency.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on April 16, 2016. Best by 04 AUG 16. Look is orange gold with an off white head and little lacing. Smell is bread malt up front with hints of orange blossom, honey and coriander. Taste is sweet malt, coriander, honey and hints of orange. Feel is light in body with a smooth creamy finish.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bomber with a Best By 04 Aug 2016 date. Sampled on April 10, 2016.

Orange amber pour with modest silky off-white head.

The aroma is orange, honey, slightly herbal, mildly tropical and with toasted grain.

Light to medium body.

Honey characters are big in the taste with the orange juiciness a little behind it. Slight bitterness at the end. On second thought, ti reminds me a bit of a Ricola cough drop.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Amber with 1 finger of head, clarity, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass

S - Honey, sugar, slightly sweet

T - Lots of citrus flavors. Tangerines, oranges, honey, wheat, mandarin. Very enjoyable

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Another good brew from Alpine. This one a little less hoppy.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lovely clear orangey gold, nice chunky off white head which drops off quickly

Big bread nose with hints of orange and coriander

Sweet malt, coriander and honey dominate the flavor, hint of orange zest. Overall pretty subtle. No notable hop elements.

Mouth feel seems a little thin for the abv, or the abv is a little high for a sessionable ale, take your pick

Decent hot weather thirst quencher, if you don't plan on drinking overly much. Can't say I like it as well as Alpine's hoppier offerings. Orange zest seems a little scant, particularly in the flavor. Not badly done, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Dope
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 8/16/16

A: A nice slightly hazy amber pour. Tall frothy light tan head. Head fades pretty quickly with light tendrils of lacing.

S: Sharp, sharp sweet aroma. Honey and lots of it. Sharp orange zest. Light spices.

T: Similar to the aroma. Sweet honey backing up a nice lightly bitter orange. Coriander for sure. Light spices otherwise, especially in the finish.

M: Smooth, creamy medium body.

O: Interesting brew. It reminds me sort of like a cream ale, just spiced and sweetened with honey. Maybe a Cream/Witbier hybrid? That's somewhat close I think.

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Photo of thebeers
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear orange-gold color with a finger-and-a-half of airy white head. Zesty aroma of bitter orange, coriander and dry yeast. So far, pretty solid, but upon sipping there is a creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish that's a little off-putting. The taste is sort of blah too. Drinking further, it's really a muddled, coriander-heavy mess that doesn't live up to the nose at all. There's a little orange blossom, muted creamsicle flavor in there, but what happened to the mandarin orange zest? The other Alpine beers I've had were all great. This one, no.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark amber orange with a white head, no head retention, no carbonation, looks flat, slight lacing, beer is clear.

A: Not much on the aroma, touch of spice, clove, not getting any honey, some orange peel.

T: Touch of spice and clove, very mild, some orange and honey, not much else, not at all flavorful.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O: I am really surprised that this is brewed by Alpine, very little flavor, aroma, and no carbonation on the mouthfeel. This is the worst beer I've ever had from Alpine. I was at least expecting some moderate hop presence. It taste like a watered down Belgian wit beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Nearly clear dark yellow/light orange color. One finger of short lived white, frothy head. A short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Mild and unassuming. Honeydew, subtle orange, honey. Not a whole lot of coriander.

3.0 T: Like the nose, there isn't much in the taste as well. Orange peel, honeydew, apricot, honey. The coriander is more evident, however.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth with a light creaminess. Good here.

2.75 D: It's not bad, it's just a little boring.

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Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: beautiful light orange, thick billowing off white head
S: not much, maybe a little peppercorn
T: honey and spices for sure and non-bitter citrus
F: creamy, light body
O; probably my least favorite Alpine, but it's still pretty good

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

surprised this is getting so little love. its definitely sweet, almost artificial citrus to it, very orange forward, like the canned mandarins, or even more like orange tictacs , which is maybe a little unflattering in the beer. i can see it going both ways, on one hand sweet and artificial, but on the other hand pungent and intense and distinct, and perhaps it is all from the hops, and if so, maybe its more a critique of the varietal than it is of the beer itself. hard to say, because this one is so new to the scene. i get such true orange though that there has to be fruit in this, the bitterness of the peel and that zesty first bite thing, its tropical and true, but also very sweet, and the residual sugar is a big turnoff for me, and it really limits how much of this i want to consume. well made like all the alpine stuff, and really pretty distinct as they go, there is nothing quite like this, but its not my favorite bit of their work. somewhat belgian in here for a moment, but like a wit meets an ipa, its an odd style. if it was a bid more on the dry side it would be a lot better, but its cool as it is, deserves more credit here for sure.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden honey orange in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights, The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 80% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet citrus/mandarin oranges with a light aroma of honey. Hints of typical witbier yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of wheat + grainy malts with a light amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of citrus/mandarin oranges and citrus/orange zest which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly. The finish has a light lingering flavor of witbier yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink with well hidden alcohol but perhaps a little underwhelming for me (as I am used to much bigger, bolder, and sharper flavors). Good but not outstanding.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with a Best By Date of 04 Aug 16. Pours a translucent golden color with virtually no head. Some lacing. The aroma is honey, grassy hops, apple, a hint of cinnamon and light nectarines. The taste is bready with lots of honey, cloves and some grassy hops. Floral. Coriander and citrus zest towards the end. Lots of spices at the finish. Light body with very little carbonation. The mix of the spices with the honey and flowery flavor aren't really doing it for me. Overall, I won't be buying this one again.

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Mandarin Nectar from Alpine Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.