Alpine Ale
Alpine Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
3.65 | pDev: 11.23%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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
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barczar from Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -6%
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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RyanK252 from California

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -11%
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
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a vibrant, clear gold...almost copper with 1" fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Retention is good, lacing is excellent.

S: There's just not much going on here. I detect faint crackery malt with a touch of hop-bitterness & that's it.

T: Comes on with bright fruity notes, citrus rind & grapefruit. Mid palate strikes a great balance between citrusy hop-bitterness & more of a bready malt character. Finishes with a slight sweetness that mutates into a very satisfying bitter hop-punch.

M: Mid-to-high carb married to a perfectly middle-of-the-road malt body. It reads as super-refreshing, crisp & totally drinkable.

O: This Pale has fantastic hop undertones & just enough body. It's fairly deep yet amazingly drinkable. Impressive.

Aug 03, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured in to a chalice glass

A- pours a bright golden amber color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lacing behind

S- smells very much like an English pale ale; tons of biscuit malt with some caramel & bready sweetness, underlying grassy, floral & citrus hops

T- taste follows the nose, lots of biscuit malt with some caramel and toasted notes, grassy and floral hop compliments the malt, with hints of citrus closing it out , more biscuit malt on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that stays strong all the way to a chewy creamy finish, classic Alpine mouthfeel

O- quite different from the typical pale ale, but super drinkable and very enjoyable

Jul 09, 2015
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HoppyVidal1 from California

3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just tried this on tap at Hopyard American Ale House in Pleasontan Ca great spot with lots of fantastic beer on tap. The beer has a very easy going nose that will not offend anyone but also doesn't make it memorable, it does make up for it in the taste however nice bright hops and a bigger bitter finish than you are lead to believe overall a bit above average pale.

May 17, 2015
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PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lower ratings on this one surprise me. Nice bright hop characteristics burst from the glass. Some tropical fruits and citric notes with a light grassy flavor. Low bitterness and very easy to drink. I would have thought this was an easy drinking IPA if I didn't know better.

May 11, 2015
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As bottles aren't dated I don't know if it was fresh or not but there was absolutely zero hop smell or taste in this beer. It tasted, to me, like an old ale.

May 08, 2015
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oldsailor from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised by this beer, especially due to the unusually low rating it got for being from Alpine. Overall I thought this was a great version of a style I'm not a huge fan of, but can enjoy under the right circumstances; case in point, I was enjoying a nice NY style pizza while this was in hand. They went wonderfully together. The maleness and overall light-flavored presense of this beer made both much more enjoyable.

May 04, 2015
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Dustin_Sallitt from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would have expected this to be rated a little bit higher on BA after tasting on tap...A nice hoppy pale ale. Good bitter bite but not to much for the style. Well done overall.

Apr 21, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/18/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of earthy hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to pound down for a long time.

Apr 18, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

these guys show up to colorado highly acclaimed, with some beer on at falling rock. i have no idea if this means we are going to start seeing their beer in stores and stuff, but i was awfully excited to stumble into three of them here. this one is my least favorite of the three i had, and by a mile, in fact, i was almost disappointed with it, given all the hype and all around alpine, but it remains a sold pale ale, and perhaps my expectations were too high. golden and clear in a pint glass, lots of bubbles rising but not much head. the nose here is very very balanced, with hully husky grain freshness on the pale barley malt, and a moderate but fairly traditional american hopping, northwest varietals i assume. the flavor is exactly true to the nose, and while it all tastes quite good, its not nearly distinct enough to come from the famous alpine, who has so many hoppy beers in all the top beer lists and all of that. its almost filling, despite the only medium body and exuberant carbonation, its not as sessionable to me as some, although the abv suggests it should be. its well made beer no doubt, but not even close to the two ipas i had in the same session.

Apr 01, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

on draft in a pint glass

orange golden in color, white colored head. aroma is moderately hoppy - citrus mostly. fairly balanced, moderate malt flavor as well. thin to medium bodied.

Feb 22, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark orange color. Thin head. Smell is modest and balanced. Caramel, pine and citrus. Very basic and standard. A generic American Pale Ale. The flavor is also the same. I've had this beer before but from different breweries several times. Pine, grass, citrus, caramel, and standard sweetness. Finishes with more bitterness that I perhaps would have asked for. It's got some body to it as well. Not a bad Pale Ale but it doesn't have much else to really gush over. Crazy to think of how different the new-school Pale Ales are around my areas in comparison to is brew that has been around for a dozen years.

Feb 21, 2015
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Luisfcarrizo from Florida

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours moderate orange in color with just a pencil of head. Slightly cloudy. Nose is yeasty with a bit of citrus lurking. Flavor is extremely balanced with sweet citrus and malt apparent first on the palate and slightly earthly hoppy bitterness on the back. Interesting in that it kind of harkens back to a pre huge citrus west coast IPA era. Don't get me wrong, the citrus is here, it is just not as in-your-face as you typically see these days. Very nice. Clean and refreshing finish.

Jan 19, 2015
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mschantz from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle picked up NYE. Pours moderate orange in color with just a pencil of head. Slightly cloudy. Nose is yeasty with a bit of citrus lurking. Flavor is extremely balanced with sweet citrus and malt apparent first on the palate and slightly earthly hoppy bitterness on the back. Interesting in that it kind of harkens back to a pre huge citrus west coast IPA era. Don't get me wrong, the citrus is here, it is just not as in-your-face as you typically see these days. Very nice. Clean and refreshing finish.

Jan 02, 2015
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searsclone from Arizona

2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

bomber bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass

Pours very clear. A dark butterscotch color with very little bright white head, and very few bubbles rising. Decent lace.

I get a little bit of a burnt toast smell, not much else.

Taste is mostly malt, slightly burned taste, then a touch of hop bitterness. Nothing spectacular going on here, but not offensive at all.

Mouth feel is thin body with a dry finish.

Overall, just okay.

Jul 09, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Alpine.

Appearance: Clear amber with a small and short-lived head. No lacing.

Aroma: mild light malt with a hint of honey.

Flavor: sweet up front and only mild bitterness later on. A hint of honey. The flavor builds over time peaking in the finish. Very malty for APA style.

Feel: Light-medium body with near medium carbonation.

O: a mild but tasty and enjoyable APA.

Jul 04, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Simple pimple. No obvious bottle dating.

A golden amber, almost brass but hint of orange color to the body. Really sparkling clear. Some fast rising carbonation to go with it also. Head is a real nice strong and bright white fluffy three finger simple head. Big retention, and nice cap with island and peaked valley clumps for the top.

Bouquet is an interesting mix. Soft grains, faint sweetness of toast and powder. Very musty though, with a minimal hop somewhat floral presence. Unique, but somewhat off putting.

Palate comes really nicely. Big sense of controlled malt, and the sweetness hints towards fruity ester and perfect balance of crackling and chewy toasty malt. Hints of toasted bread and white sugar but not overly sweet, with a hint of caramel. Big bakery dry finish too with much of the sweetness coming. VEry controlled but also noticeable bitterness on the finish and hinting of fruit grapefruit, orange and citrus, with a slight cookie biscuit.

A real interesting pale ale, very enjoyable, from a great brewery.

Jun 14, 2014
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