Alpine Ale
Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
American Pale Ale
3.63 | pDev: 11.29%
Jun 16, 2020
Jun 21, 2003
Alpine AleAlpine Ale
Notes: Our namesake ale represents everything a good, well balanced pale ale should be: malty but not too sweet, refreshing but not too bitter, full-bodied but not too heavy, lively but not over carbonated. A clean, everyday beer that leaves your palate begging for more. 1.054 OG 32 IBU
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Rated: 3 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 3.31 by Salinesnake from Louisiana

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Aug 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle Date: purchased two months ago
Palate Contaminants: none

The color is a light-medium gold. Little head for the type, and it's relatively coarse.

I can pick out a couple different scents, but it all seems to roll up into on some sort of honey banana bread with chocolate chips. There's also a bit of marmalade. It could stand to be a little stronger, though.

The taste isn't even as strong as the smell. Still, the malt and bitterness are straight down the fairway. Sweetness is slight, bitterness is moderate; the whole thing seems classically elemental. (There's just nothing beyond barley, hops, yeast, and water.) It's still plenty good, and would probably make a good "gateway" brew if one is trying to introduce the broader world of the brewing arts to someone.

Feel is thin-moderate. Carbonation is coarse, but not prickly. Bitterness is the main thing that hangs around.
Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Aug 12, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Aug 02, 2016
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Rated by Covocali from California

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Light floral taste small bitter would not drink again
Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 4 by krbrevard from Virginia

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 17, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by RodSmith from District of Columbia

Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by Jetlag767 from Minnesota

Jan 29, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by aratcliffe from Kansas

Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 2.8 by Dduquette from Maryland

Jan 20, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by sharpski from Oregon

Dec 21, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by davet100 from Virginia

Dec 15, 2015
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Reviewed by PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at D&G Pizza and Pub. Pours a semi hazy burnt orange with an inch of frothy head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is malty with light citrus notes. Not much else. The taste is more malts with some tangerine and pine. Sweet lemon as well. Malty finish. Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Overall, nothing special but decent enough.
Dec 10, 2015
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pale ale gonna pale ale, this one is yellow, around 1/2" head on it, white head, average retention, somewhat inconsistent lace to it.

You definitely don't get the big hop bite you do out of most Alpine's. Nice smell that borders equally on grainy. Could say the same for the taste. Expensive in bomber format. A good beer for the outreach.
Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 4 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by brighteyes868 from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Nov 21, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by Brock915 from Illinois

Nov 15, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by johlac66 from California

Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland

Nov 09, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by Redgoatman from California

Oct 27, 2015
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: classic APA, burnt orange, a bit cloudy, 2+ fingers of off-white head.

Smell: some malt, but also lists of citrusy hops, with orange aromas really coming through.

Taste: again, classic APA, but the orange citrus flavors kick thou up a couple of notches.

Feel: bright and tangy, bubbly on the palate.

Overall: if I had regular access to this, it would always be in my beer fridge. A great representation of the APA style.
Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 3.51 by brbrocc from New York

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Oct 12, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by qchic from Maryland

Oct 04, 2015
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Way too resiny, grassy, and bitter for my liking, in both aroma and flavor. I found it fairly difficult to drink, for my palate. Holding out hope for the rest of their portfolio.
Oct 03, 2015
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Rated by Spreetaper from New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at brewery.
Sep 29, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Alpha309 from California

Sep 27, 2015
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Pine and grapefruit dominate, a little lemon, touch of spice, and a little slightly toasty malt.

T: Resinous pine, some citrus, grapefruit and lemon, a little herbal peppery spice, and a touch of malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid, but unspectacular.
Sep 26, 2015
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Extra pale and with a sharp and citrusy balance, Alpine's flagship IPA is lighter on the palate than more classic versions and is friendly with food, drinkable enough to quench the thirst, yet characterful enough to garner praise from the most dedicated craft beer enthusiast in a stand-alone session.

Light of copper and amber, its honey hues capture a modest haze while casting forth a creamy short foam stance. While its scent is tightly woven of light biscuit and citrus, its taste is smooth and elegant with off-caramel, nutty, toasty malt flavor.

With the middle opening up, the sweeter side of balance is caught somewhere between honey and caramel but with a creamy nougat center with biscuit and apricot; giving the taste a marzen-like softness. As the hops rise to balance the sweetness, it brings its own citrusy character. Pink grapefruit, slightly under-ripened orange and a light herbal taste develops into a sprucy and lightly resinous bittering.

Remaining even-keel in balance, the beer's medium-light body is playfully starchy, creamy and supple in sweetness. Though trending dry and refreshing, the hops offer a slight shadow over the malts with its acute and moderate bitterness in finish. Trailing with soft pine resins and citrus peel, the aftertaste shows a confident hop tilt.
Sep 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Copper colored with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering not quite half of the top. Aroma is pale dough and perhaps a hint of orange peel. I taste an orange peel note along with a garlic bread note at the front of the palate. The finish is rather abrupt and clean. The mouth is smooth and crisp. That orange peel note produces a light burn. I'm thinking that is a citrus hop thing, but this could use slight retooling.
Sep 25, 2015
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Reviewed by raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Looks like a pale ale, average yellow, 1/2" head on the top, all white, the lace was inconsistent, but the retention was reliable.

Aroma lacked hops, especially compared with their other beers. Smells grainy just as much as hops.

Taste, doesn't offer much. Its liquid. Its mild. Its easy to drink. An english pale almost, but without that fetid swamp water burton yeast. Doesn't make sense to have this beer in bombers at such a price. Pass.
Sep 24, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Sep 22, 2015
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