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Alpine Ale | Alpine Beer Company

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485 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#34,423
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
485
pDev:
11.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
50
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deadliest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear deep golden bordering on amber with a two finger off white head that sticks around for a bit before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of citrus and caramel mostly, slight hint of bread and dark dried fruit in there as well. Taste is more malt than hop. Bready and caramel malts up front mixed with a bit of grapefruit midway and a lingering sweet malt finish that is semi dry. Medium to thin body, Resinous almost creamy mouthfeel. Medium level of carbonation. I enjoyed this one a bit. Great session ale.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery.

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Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA. A great place to drink great beer.

A - Hazy golden yellow, white head that fades slowly.

S - Fruity, flowery hops in the nose. As fresh as a beer can be.

T - Balance of hops and malt is great. Bready, malty, toasty.

M - Smooth with slight carbonation. Malt can get a bit cloying.

Big fan.

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Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sent myself this pale ale from California, and it arrived yesterday. I gave it exactly one day before eagerly cracking it open post-exercise (Michelob Ultra kiss my ass).

The American pale ale look to it is grand. Filtered crystal clear, golden orange, puffy head that says "drink me, I'm yours". Yes you are, you naughty beer, you.

It smells sexy too, malts aroma of caramel and biscuit that yield to citrus hops and a bitey, piney hop or two - just so you know it's still from out west. The taste follows that profile, and it finishes exquisitely clean with water and hops bitterness that pleasantly licks the back of the tongue. At 5.5% alcohol by volume, this is damn easy to drink, and oh-so-thirst-quenching as a light-to-medium bodied brew.

Overall I'm very pleased. And disappointed to hit the end of the bottle, because we can't get this in New York.

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Photo of johlac66
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Justin!

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear amber brew. Head collapses slowly, with lasting lace. Aroma is balanced and understated.

Taste is sweet upfront, a peek of citrus in the middle, and balanced through the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, with easy drinkability. I, for one, will not slam Alpine for a brew that isn't over-the-top hoppy. Nice, approachable sessionable brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired thanks to FreightTrain.

Pours a nice pale golden color, with a very thin head, great clarity. The head sort of disappears quickly, leaving only a thin ring at the top. Looks about average. The smell is nice, slight floral hoppiness, a little burst of resins, leafs, with a little citrus fruitness; also a bit pungent. Also, you can smell the slightly bready, grainy malts behind it. Good smelling, and not far fetched for what I would expect of an APA. The taste comes out with a slight bitterness, balanced by the nice malt backbone. The resinous fruit comes up, reminding me of a bitter grapefruit. Not a lot of sweetness though to conjure of the fruitiness. Finishes a little dry and grassy. Pretty good. The mouthfeel is kind of a thin medium, with a nice lively carbonation, but not too much of a bite, with a resinous hoppy finish. I can definitely dig this. Could probably drink a few bombers and be set for the night. A pleasant beer that I would probably keep around if available, but won't necessarily blow you away. Maybe a little too bitter for the level of dryness for me, but still, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ZachDow7
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill at Hopcat Detroit

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Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the brewery during my SD trip and shipped back. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a clear golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a good collar and thin film. Good amounts of sticky lace.

The aroma was pale malts, bready with some citric hops in the back. More malt than hops. The taste was good and again was malty and bready with moderate dose of hops to counter the malt. Good tasting but more on the malty than hoppy side for me. Mouthfeel was medium body and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good APA that would be even better with a few more aromatic hops in it. Definitely worth trying if you can easily get some. Really liking this brewery right now and would put this in the middle of the pack of their beers. Rotation: not avail here - shipped back. Wouldn't ship anymore back but would have on tap or at the brewery during my next trip to SD. [O;BO]

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Photo of wlynch
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear and golden colored with an inch of pure white head that leaves a significant amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is malt forward, with a bit of hops and citrus. It actually smells like a lager. Good flavor, dominated by a slightly sweet malt bill. A light helping of bitter hops presents itself near the finish. Light bodied and pretty easy to drink. Overall, this was a decent beer, but nowhere near the quality of my favorite beers from Alpine. Light and refreshing with a nice, simple flavor. Worth a try.

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Photo of jooler
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really not my type of beer, but pretty good. It's kind of like Boston lager but more lighter and crisp

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Georgiabeer at the Brick Store.

Pours a light, clear golden with a decent white head.

The aroma is light with citrus and floral hop hints and a solid bready malt smell in the background. There are also some toasted grains in there as well.

The taste has the same lemony hop taste as the aroma suggested as well as the bready malts and toasted grains. Interestingly, the overall taste seemed almost buttery which was not what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and it's a very refreshing brew overall.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color with an off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities.

S- The aroma is citrusy hops with some bready malt, pretty balanced.

T- The taste like the aroma is very smooth and balanced with some biscuity malt and citrusy hops.

M- Light bodied with a good mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, I wouldn't mind drinking a few more of these.

Overall, this is a very good West-coast APA that is highly recommended.

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Photo of tchaos
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of whitebricke -- thanks, Ted!

A- Light amber/gold color -- very slightly hazy -- with a moderate off-white head that possesses good retention and lacing qualities.

S- Biscuity, with some mild citrus

T- Very clean, and well balanced between the grassy hops and maltiness.

M- Light bodied, smooth, with moderate carbonation and clean finish.

O- Alpine Ale hit a real sweetspot for me with the balanced profile and moderate ABV. The biscuit malt characteristics certainly pulled me in and made me crave the next sip. It paired very well with some earthy foods. I'm looking to try this again soon.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a very nice head that sticks around aas aa cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells grainy, and perhaps even a bit soapy, but relatively clean otherwise with light citrusy hops and a bit of light breadiness. Definitely on the maltier side, but quite dry and a bit grainy as far as the taste goes. The hops taste earthier than they smelled and there is a small amount of lingering bitterness that cuts through the biscuity malt a bit. Fairly tasty, and quite dry while maintaining a bit of juiciness. Smooth and dry in the mouth with the slightest hint of graininess coming through. Very tasty and quite a nice session beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/22/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very transparent golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and pine hops. More hops than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, pine hops.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very nice APA, with a lot of hops. Would have it again.

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Photo of cheesy26
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear well carbonated amber, one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Rather malty, caramel, straw, what, not much in the way of hops.

T-Maltier for an APA than I'd like, but the balance is good, Starts caramel/straw and ends with a milt citrus and grass notes. Orange as well.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Maltier than I was expecting from Alpine, but the balance was good. Don't expect a hoppy APA but for one on the malt forward side, it pulled it off.

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Alpine Ale from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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