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Alpine Ale | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
483
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.98%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
48
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by rxdrewthejew:
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a lot of Alpine up here in LA, so I nabbed this when I saw it at Vendome. Poured into my Red Hook pint glass.

A: Yellow-orange and fairly clear aside from a few floties. Decent head to start, about one finger and orange-white, but not much retention. Lacing looks pretty good.

S: Nice crisp malt up front with a decent amount of sweetness. Behind this is a nice bit of citrus hops.

T: Good clean malt and sweetness quickly fades to a big citrusy flavor, mostly orange, but not particularly bitter. Good smooth flavor, but not boring.

MF: Thin bodied, but they don't try to overcompensate with too much carbonation, making this easy to drink but not boring in the mouth.

D: One of the best pale ale's I've had....nice sweetness and decent amount of hops, but not just hoppy without reason like so many APA's are. This isn't my favorite style...but this beer is as good as any in the style that I've had. Low ABV makes it super drinkable. Nice work.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PSU_Mike
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Luisfcarrizo
5/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

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Photo of nohead02
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew. I hear that Alpine Brewing is going to expand its production so maybe this will be easier to find in the future. It has a slightly cloudy copper appearance. The head is relatively small and subsides quickly and hugs the glass. But sakes alive the aroma it puts out grabs you. Nice combo of hoppy floral, citrus and maybe a bit of pine. Complex array of flavors with perfect bitterness mixed with right amount of maltiness. I live a half hour or so from the brewery and really need to make a trip there.

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Photo of Dmann
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very nice pale ale. This one poured a great looking burnt orange color and a nice head came along with it. The smell was quite hoppy at first but once it settled I could get a more spicy malty scent as well. The taste was nothing revolutionary as far as pale ales are concerned, but it was a beer that did the style about as good as it has been done. Great bready malts hit the tounge first followed by a nice orangy flavor, as you swallow the light pine hoppiness hits you and is set off very well by the perfectly smoothe carbonation. A super drinkable beer and one that I will be getting again.

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Photo of Ben7773
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A nice transparent gold with a thick white head.

S - Most of the nose is earthy/vegetable aroma from the hops. There is also hints of yeast.

T - Similar to the smell, there is an earthy flavor from the hops that hits you at first. Behind this flavor is some caramel from the grains. The finish is really nice and crisp with a hint of bitterness, but not too much.

M - Farily light bodied with a medium carbonation, makes this really pleasant to drink.

O - I don't think the smell or taste are anything special, but the crisp mouthfeel and refreshing finish make this an enjoyable pale ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a perfectly clear golden amber with a short, white head that leaves very little lacing. Nicely carbonated.

S - Not very hop forward, mostly malt notes on the nose, wheat is what I mostly pick up.

M - Easy drinking medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

T - More of what hit the nose, malty with a small amount of hops.

O - A nicely done pale ale but missing the hops that I would make me appreciate more.

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Photo of chossboss
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Altenor
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. Grassy, hoppy aroma with lemon and some earth. Lighter tasting than expected, until I saw its an XPA. Crisp and metallic malt with a bit of hops; not too much, but enough to know they are there. Good enough.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to LaChupacabra for a box full of Alpine beers!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

looks like the ideal pale ale. fairly clear golden body, a thick 2 fingers worth of white head. big bubbles mixed in with some creamy foam. great head retention and tons of sticky lace.

cereal like grains and a little butter noticable. also some biscuity breadiness. just enough leafy citric, somewhat herbal hops to balance.

subdued citric leafy hops balanced by a nice cereal graininess. some hop bitterness in the finish, but nothing IPA like.

a light feeling body, carbonation fits well for the style, crisp and somewhat refreshing.

a simple and clean pale ale. definatly different than most pale alpine offerings, but i see where they were going with this, something everyone can enjoy, very sessionable, and wont really wear your palate out.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Transparent golden with a thick and persistent nearly white head, with lots of lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous pale ale.

Muted bready aromas--cracker and crystal malts, and a touch of caramel, though not overly aromatic and certainly the least hoppy Alpine beer I've smelled to date.

Clean, simple flavors: bread, a touch of caramel, some citrus hops, though overall very simple and classic. Better than average.

Highly drinkable. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Nearly perfect.

A highly drinkable pale ale, though it disappoints, only because of Alpine's otherwise world-class lineup.

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out looking like a pale ale, mild to average color yellow, 3/5" head on the top, white in color, average retention, average, somewhat inconsistent lace on it.

The aroma is minimally hoppy, if you're looking for the hop bomb aromas that many of their ipa's have, you're going to be a little bit disappointed. It still smells nice, but its really a background smell that shares its place with a grainy aroma that is clean, not heavy.

Same with the taste, clean, not heavy, mildly hoppy, probably appropriate for style, but about the most minimalistic pale ale for Alpine. Comes out a little more English style-esque with the breadiness of the malts, almost a Sorachi ace like lemonness. You start to pick up on a little too much toffee and caramel to a lesser extent, making the minor hop vibe fade away a little too early.

Its a little expensive to pay around $6 for a bomber of this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a very thick, fluffy off white head with a yellow tint to it. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a mild grassy hop aroma. It has a slight citrus aroma also. It has a very slight caramel malt aroma also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. The only difference is that it is a little more hoppy. It has a nice grassy hop flavor. All the flavors are quite mild. It has a slight malty sweet flavor as well. It is very well balanced.

This beer is well carbonated. It is smooth, and crisp. It leaves a slight grassy hop aftertaste.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It has a great flavor, and it tastes quite mild. Also, the alcohol is low enough to enjoy a few.

Overall: I like this beer. It is a shame I have taken so long to try it. I know I will have many more in the future.

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Photo of SPRichard
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear bronze color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with a slight bready quality and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bready pale malt flavors up front are joined midway through the sip by light grapefruit flavors. The ending has a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a good APA but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of GlassHound
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.67 out of 5 based on 483 ratings.
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