Alvinne Extra Restyled - Picobrouwerij Alvinne
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Reviews by Dukeofearl:
3.73/5 rDev 0%
Purchased 1/2009 at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for somewhere around $5.99 for a 11.2 oounce "stubby" bottle.
When opened, the small opening couldn't control the carbonation and the resulting head that slowly bubbled up and overflowed the bottle. A hastened pour into the glass fixed this- a nice white creamy head is the result.
Pours a cloudy IPA yellow-gold with lots and lots of microbit floaters, with a nice sticky head with lots of retention.
Aroma is a little sweet, fruity hops, and generally pleasant.
Flavor follows through, but with a significant dollop of "Belgian yeast" (sorry, I don't know my terms as well as I should). Nicely hopped, but not overboard. Biscuity malt sits behind, this is obviously a Belgian creation- very nice indeed.
Unfortunately, the Belgian style also makes this one lose the archetypical clean mouthfeel- this is dense and thick and not as refreshing as I would like- the finish is a bit filmy.
Overall- I like this one- good flavor, interesting and a little different.
01-11-2009 01:18:27 | More by Dukeofearl
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
On tap at Mugg's Ale house in Brooklyn NY, as part of their Belgium come to Brooklyn blowout this past weekend, and reviewed from notes. Pours super cloudy lemony yellow, near white head and leaving decent lace on the glass. Lemon/lime and other tropical fruit notes in the nose. Brightly hoppy beer, citric, pineapple/amarillo notes smooth and sumptuous , biting and fresh hop bite. Love the style, enjoyed this offering. Fresh and tasty.
12-11-2008 23:41:42 | More by Billolick
3.58/5 rDev -4%
On-tap at the Brick Store.
Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of light fruits - pears and green apples - with light malt and grassy aromas lingering in the background.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of light fruits - pears and green apples as with the aroma. Midway through the sip mild amounts of leafy hops enter into things and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.
Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this version of a Belgian IPA - the Belgian flavors weren't crisp enough and the IPA flavors weren't robust enough. This isn't one to necessarily avoid however I'd recommend Gaspar over this one.
03-30-2010 00:10:21 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev +7.2%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This is a gusher. Once the glass finally settled down to a very creamy beige head with a dark tangerine hazy body there were spots of yeast lumps in the beer and on the head.
S- The rich honey malt aroma gave way to a peanut brittle note in the finish.
T- The full honey malt flavor was sweet with a pungent green hop with a grapefruit note in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a silky texture and no alcohol heat noted.
D- The nice full but light kilned malt was a bit strong for the soft hop bit in the finish, but as the head died down the bitterness started to balance the sweetness more.
07-13-2010 21:56:04 | More by rhoadsrage
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Yep, folks, heed the warnings below: this is a gusher!!! Glad I read a few of the reviews before opening or I'd be pissed right now. So, obviously judging the looks on a normal pour ain't gonna happen, but...hey, this head is freaking enormous!! Color is a hazed peachy thing. Scrumptious looking, especially with all that lace sticking to the glass like an explosion of styrofoam.
Once everything died down to a normal roar in the glass, I finally got my nose around it. All kinds of citrus elements, from pineapple to grapefruit, some pear, some banana, some mandarin orange...hops are clearly fruity but also not overwhelming. A bit of mineral/earth nudges in to offer a little depth.
Yeast and hops are the features here, not a combination you find dominating most Belgian beers (yeast, yes...hops, no). There's a super-fruity element here, like Carmen Miranda's hat boiled, fermented and poured into a glass; not overly sweet, nor cloying in terms of bitterness. This one is big on earthiness, just like the nose, with a grapefruit essence coming through in the finish. So, it's hoppy, but certainly on the fruity side and not all that bitter. And maybe it's the yeast bringing some of the fruitiness as well. Malt is merely a subtle base, and the alcohol is just barely felt, a mere supporting character.
Feels good too. Just enough carbonation to offer liveliness, this is round enough and quite soft. Creamy, cool, slick...and man, that grapefruit just keeps coming in the long finish.
I'm glad I looked at reviews beforehand so that I was ready for the gush...but why all the mediocre ratings? I know everyone's palate is different, but this is a wonderful, wonderful beer. Perhaps the initials "IPA" put a certain expectation in everyone's head, including mine. Ignore that, judge this beer for what it is and you'll find that IPA = Intensely, Paralyzingly Appetizing (okay, that's stupid, but this beer really is pretty great).
09-30-2009 22:40:12 | More by Metalmonk
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
Recently brought back from State Line Liquors. Absolute bomb explosion of foam - it wasn't moved in days. A third left in bottle of citrus IPA, and the foam not shot out. A lemonbalmy aroma with the fragrant Amarillo, a pleasing bitterness. Wish there was more. Good mouthfeel.
07-20-2008 04:13:54 | More by Sammy
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
$4 at Abe's Cold Beer. Watch out, this one's a gusher. A friend said he thought he pulled a sour (infection-based) tang out of the beer, but I got nothing of the sort. There's a very strong earthy undertone to the beer that sits below the strong perfume of Euro hops. The foam, which required two glasses after opening, really cuts into the drinkability of the beer. Otherwise its an interesting, though not terribly strong, Belgian IPA.
02-28-2009 00:37:16 | More by tempest
4.03/5 rDev +8%
On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH. Served in a 10 oz snifter.
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of creamy white colored head. Simmers down to a solid 1/4 finger of retention that fires up immediately when swirled, leaving some great looking hop lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of West Coast goodness (mainly Amarillo & Chinook) but seems to come off as being fairly mellow and more subdued than I would have thought. This is well balanced out by notes of citris, yeast, spice, and sweet smelling bready malt. Just the tiniest bit of heat floats underneath as well.
The hops are much more prominent in the taste, being fairly assertive up front, but it only offers a momentary tingle before giving way to some softer notes of tangy citrus, spice, bread, and caramel. The hoppiness makes it's return toward the backend, finishing things with a dry and bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a touch of alcohol beef to it but the overall feel is still fairly mellow with a smooth carbonation.
A nice Belgian Style IPA that, for the most part, makes good use of the West Coast hops that are involved but balances them out with some softer character as well. Tasty and fairly easy drinking for the size.
08-28-2008 16:54:47 | More by Kegatron
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a hazy medium dark honey color with a firm thick white head.
Nose of honey, ripe peaches with green bananas, "Belgian fruit nose." Some yeasty/white bread in the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium creamy and mouthfilling.
Flavors are of underlying fruit, with a yeasty roundness, but with a celery/green pepper character; hints of white pepper in the back palate and a light honey green pepper finish. Not as bad as it may sound.
Likely good with food because of the vegetal character although perhaps thin on acid.
09-12-2009 18:16:02 | More by GRG1313
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into my trusty Duval tulip.
Thick long lasting white foamy head. Bright yellow/orange in color. Quite cloudy with yeast and hops.
Great fresh floral hop smell. Not you typical American IPA smells. Very mellow. Grapefruit orange peels and lemons were present with each sip. Quite a spicy/peppery finish also. A bit of a biscut-like finish due to the Belgian yeasts. Quite drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden very well.
Overall a great example of a Belgian IPA. I have been drinking a lot of west coast IPA's lately and this was a delicious change of pace. Very well balanced with the eurpoean hop varieties. Great stuff.
06-12-2009 19:19:45 | More by tendermorsel
3.15/5 rDev -15.5%
Well I haven't reviewed a beer in a while now and this seems like a fine time to start up again.
I've got a stout little 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Bierkraft in Brooklyn. My buddy and I drank one of these the other night after a few other goodies, I enjoyed it thoroughly albeit a bit drunkenly, tonight I'll take a little more time with it. This bottle lacks a freshness date but is marked as being 2007 vintage.
Poured fairly aggressively into a tulip, the beer has a nice finger head but no gush like my friend and I had the other night, or like I've read in some other reviews. A beautiful hazy orange beer, frothy head looks quite appetizing.
Aroma is hops and yeast. Certainly some clove and malt in there, smells nice but is not an iconic grapefruity IPA by American standards. Not that I expected it to be. Aroma reminds me of perhaps 50% belgian pale ale, 50% American IPA. Apricot is the most apparent fruit note.
Taste is an almost salty spice on the front, followed by a moderately sweet, citrusy finish. Somewhat apple-cidery. Bitterness is extremely subdued and barely lingers on the palate, finishes watery-clean with a hint of a bitter tingle and a strange element of sour hidden in the mix. I suspect these hops are significantly mellowed as the beer is 2 years old.
Mouthfeel is moderately syrupy, and unexpected low on the carbonation. Somewhat cleansing of the palate, would be almost effervescent if it was more strongly carbonated.
Drinkability... hmmm. I hesitate to place it too high, as I find this beer a little strange. Not off-putting or unpleasant, but if it was between another one and something else, I'd probably go with something else.
Overall, I think this is a bit of a miss for me. I really enjoyed it last time, but perhaps that was a combination of novelty and pre-drinking that left me a little less perceptive. I have been enjoying belgian IPA's recently and this one is not quite up to par with some of the other standbys, piraat for instance. Hops here are a little "tinny", I'm sure this is at least partially (mostly?) due to the age of the brew, but taken as a whole it's a bit too clean and one-dimensional for my liking.
11-20-2009 04:02:42 | More by MisterSH
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some amber hues along with some fine particulates floating in suspension and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass, and a thin head in between.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose along with some notes of sweetness.
T: The taste is quite yeasty, but from start to finish tastes like you are drinking the large clumps of yeast that are present at the bottom of the glass if you swirl the bottle and pour out all of the yeast at the bottom. No bitterness is perceptible, but there's
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer didn't taste anything like a Belgian IPA because no traces of hops were noticeable in the smell or taste. However, since I'm a person who likes yeast, I really liked how much yeast there was in this, and not just at the bottom of the bottle.
04-19-2014 02:22:47 | More by metter98
4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. This one exploded with foam when the cap was released. The huge head eventually faded to a puffy cap. Only mild lacing remained. Turbid butterscotch/yellow body.
Smell was earthy and citrusy. Dry dirt floor. Black pepper.
Taste was nice bright hops. Yeasty. Sharp bite of flavorful hops along with sweet fruity malts. Peppery. Very well put together.
Mouthfeel was highly carbonated. Medium to full body with a alcohol bit that was absent from the smell and taste. I would certainly seek this one out again, just be extra careful opening!
03-08-2010 03:06:52 | More by Cresant
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Short, fat, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
"2007 Alvinne Extra India Pale Ale Restyled" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a tawny, murky, dark-orange colored-hue with an enormous foamy and frothy head that nearly obliterated the serving glass...
Smell was replete with sweet hops, and grapefruit essences...
Taste was very different than your traditional American or British IPA, and was slightly less hoppy and more sweet than anything with a touch of vanilla and caramel cream along with noticeable alcohol on the tongue...
Creamy, thick, rich, sweet mouthfeel with a fairly decent level of drinkability...
Worth a shot...
Definitely an interesting sample...
06-08-2008 21:06:35 | More by dsa7783
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Hazed gold color with big poof of white foam, decent rings of lacing. Scent is of juicy and fruity hops blended with a spicy and hay like backbone. Taste follows scent with juicy grapefruit and the backbone is lightly musted and grainy malt, finishes with a light sweetness. Medium bodied, grainy on palate and active carbonation. Solid Belgian IPA which brings some farmhouse qualities.
10-09-2011 22:16:01 | More by rfgetz
3.33/5 rDev -10.7%
11.2 oz bottle poured in Dogfish Head signature glass (March 23, 2010). No bottled on date that I can find. "2007 Alvinne Extra India Pale Ale Restyled" is on the label, but I doubt 2007 has anything to do with the bottling date.
Good thing I read a few reviews that mentioned gushing before opening. Fortunately I was prepared and almost two ounces was foamed into my glass over the sink
Eyes: The pours was a slow one, as a thick soapy foam kept erupting with every pour, even after all the gushing. Liquid is a murky dark amber, with large craggy head. The foam bubbles are surprisingly large, and retain and lace strongly.
Nose: A sweetish, earthy, citrus/honey profile here. There are some Belgian style hops, but not to powerful. I'm a bit underwhelmed here.
Tongue: Surprisingly sour. Not that it's overly sour, but I was just surprised at the sourness in an IPA, but I guess that's why the label says "restyled." Some sour bread, and a bit yeasty.
Mouth: Medium body, decent carbonation, even after the initial gushing.
Libation: It goes down easy, and is quite tasty, but this not close to an IPA style, and that includes Belgian IPAs. It also doesn't seem to have any of that Belgian earthy funk to it that is so common in many Belgian IPAs. People looking for a hop hit will not get one here. There are hops, but not enough to make me want to try it again, especially when I'm looking for a Belgian IPA.
03-24-2010 03:30:08 | More by OttoBomb
3.43/5 rDev -8%
11.2oz bottle acquired in trade with SoLan (thanks!).
Poured a medium and cloudy yellow color with a huge sized (5 finger) white head. Aromas of yeast, floral, some citrus, and spicy. Tastes of yeast, a little fruity, citrus, and spicy. Lively body.
02-17-2009 01:12:22 | More by hopdog
4/5 rDev +7.2%
bottle from Black Mes...
Sept. 2012 lot 505
Actually this is the Extra RA (restyled again) couldnt find it so I put it here...
Pours a light amber color with about 4 fingers of head...
smells of nice chinook/cascade with a hint of belgian yeast... nice.
taste is a bit reversed of the nose... way more belgian yeast than hops. It is not the strong belgian yeast tat I am used to, or should I say has been thrust down my throat by the american breweries. I am typically not a fan of the big belgian yeast, but this is mild and works very well with a great hop balance. interesting. This works, all the american belgian IPAs I have had have been terrible compared to this.
11-20-2010 04:08:00 | More by crusian
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose. Flavor is spicy, some caramel, some grapefruit. Lingering sour finish. $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
07-19-2010 22:27:42 | More by jdhilt
Alvinne Extra Restyled from Picobrouwerij Alvinne
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.