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Alpine AleAlpine Ale

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 483
Photo of errantnight
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well a long time ago Grover in Boston brought some Pure Hoppiness to a Stone tasting at the Wine Cellar in Brookline... and ever since then I've had a great and enduring love for that beer. My grandfather lives not far from Alpine, and although I've still never been to the brewery (I seem to always be down to visit him on Sundays), whenever I'm in the area I pick up a couple bombers to satiate me.

So when I started to see Alpine pop up in LA county... I was super excited, even if it wasn't the Pure Hoppiness for which I pined.

This is my first tasting, and it was a bit of a disappointment.

Poured a pale clear golden, bubbly, thin-headed, into my Levitation tulip. Decent head that stayed, looks a lot like a pale ale, maybe a bit more orange.

Aroma and taste are solid, but muted. Far too subtle even for a pale (IMO). You've got some west-coast styled hops (citrus, floral predominate) and it's balanced by a grainy malt backbone, but both are barely there. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, too.

I could session this until the cows come home... but at what, 5 bucks a bottle, why? It's not a bad beer, but we're inundated with IPAs and pale ales out here, and while if this was the house pale ale on tap at some local brewpub I'd be happy to lap it up every day, it's really not worth your attention except to try it. I'll revisit someday, but it won't be a pressing concern.

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Photo of Lothore
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that fades to a nice amount of frothy lacing.

S- Light grainy aroma with undertones of orange zest and light fruit.

T- Deep and malty without being heavy, hints of citrus fruits that leads into a grapefruit bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity, soft carbonation.

D- This is a killer APA. Nothing too crazy going on here but I am digging the balance.

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Photo of oldsailor
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Pizza Port in Solana Beach on 10/2/04. The beer was served with a thin head atop the yellow orange fluid. The nose on the beer was all hops but the taste was a bit more balanced. It is rich with hops, no doubt, but the malt comes through and mellows the flavor a bit, which is a good thing. The malt has a bready flavor and texture to it that lightly coats the palate.

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Photo of JBogan
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange with only the slightest of haze. A one finger white head transforms into a thin film within linutes and leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind.

The smell consisted mainly of citrus hops, with some sweet malt to balance it out. There's also a floral quality in there. Overall, a really nice aroma to it.

Unfortunately the taste wasn't as pleasing as the smell. The hops were still there, but muted considerably by a bready chalkiness. It wasn't bad, however after what the aroma suggested it was a bit of a letdown.

A medium body is joined by a somewhat dry finish. Not quite enough carbonation for my liking, but still acceptable.

This is a nice pale ale, well rounded and easy to drink.

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Photo of suspect
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for sharing.

A: Crystal Clear pale golden yellow. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a humongous 4 finger head. Head disappears relatively quickly leaving good lacing.

S: Cascade hops are first and foremost with caramel malt sweetness quickly to follow. Something smells off with this one though.

T: Funk. Hops are there and so is the malt but it's quickly erased by a spoiled bottle.

M: Light body, ample carbonation, horrible aftertaste.

O: Blech. One of my first drainpours in a while. I'm thinking this wasn't the best representation of the brew, but still wow, this wasn't good.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden color, great clarity. Slightly rocky white foam perched atop, retaining well with lacing along the sides of glass.

Floral hop presence with moderate fruity esters and a light toasty malt. Sweeter malt character, honey-like appearing as the beer warms.

Floral/perfume hops provide an initial burst of flavor though not at lower intensity than expected. Lingering bitterness into the finish. Mostly clean malt profile with just a touch of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation.

Easy drinking ale that could use additional hop bitterness and flavor to help provide additional balance against the malt.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at O'Brien's
A- Clear light orange hue, minimal white ring of bubbles, moderate lacing
S- Clean, crisp scent, light bread malts, light floral/citrus/earthy hops
T- Very refreshing taste characterized by bread/biscuit malts, subtle hops come in slowly and finishes dry
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, moderate carbonation
D- Solid and well-balanced pale ale, very refreshing, no noticeable alcohol presence, strong session beer that I could drink all night long

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden with a nearly pure white, quickly dissipating head. A nose comprised of notes of banana and green grape. Lagerish and pilsnery, if you will. Mouthfeel is certainly more full-bodied for a pilsner style lager. A little carbonation burn at the finish. this is a Candaian lager in full on collision with a Czech pilsner--on steroids. Not in my wheelhouse, but respectable.

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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 searsclone
2.79/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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 MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a dark orange tinge. Nice two finger head that sticks arouns awhile and leaves nice lacing. On the nose sweet malts and sugary spice with a hint of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat flat with an offputting metallic taste at the end. Somewhat drinkable and you dont taste the alcohol but shouldnt anyway at this abv. No where near the quality of duet and not a beer i would bother drinking again.

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Photo of mschantz
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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

Had on-tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

Won't go into too much detail on this one, as like some other reviews from notes my notes are sparse, which means I didn't have much to say in the first place. I found this to pale (no pun intended) in comparison to hoppy birthday but still an enjoyable PA. Very much centered on wheat and cereals with hops adding a slight spice both in nose and in taste. It was a very mellow flavor blended together by some maltiness, but the body was refreshing and it was slightly creamy which gave it some interesting drinkability. I could enjoy a glass of this but not sure why I would if I had other options around (especially at the brewery!).

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Photo of t420o
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very aggressive pour produced a 2 finger frothy/pillowy head that stuck around for a few sips and left nice lacing. Beer is clear and straw colored.

S- toasted bread, slightly bitter hops, lemongrass, smells more like a ESB than a APA

T- slight bitterness upfront is followed by a buttery malty taste and finished slightly bitter again

M- very good viscosity but slightly overcarbonated

O- a good and very drinkable beer, but there are far better Pale ALes on the market than this. Very sessionable

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled ontap at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

This beer is yellow orange with a foamy head that leaves a great lace. It has a restrained hop aroma. It has a solid hop flavor and bite, which gives way to a soft warming maltiness. The body is light to medium. This strikes me as a toned down version of their Pure or Exponential Hoppiness. Or rather, this must be the basis for their double IPAs.

Overall: a lighter bodied but great tasting pale ale with that Alpine taste.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is incredible. It poured out a rich golden-yellow color with a killer white head that will not leaves. As the head subsides (after a long while) it leaves a complete layer coating the glass. The aroma and taste are classic American pale ale, but with a slightly less malt character...although there is a very nicealt character. The hop character is classic: citrusy American hops. Cascade and Centennial. Awesome. Great beer and easy drinking. Well done.

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Photo of Cavery
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with my father in law, he wanted the lighter offering from Alpine so I grabbed my first ever 22oz of Alpine Ale. The review is as follows.

Notes from Aug 23rd 2011 poured into a Stone Nonic.

A: Smelted gold featuring shimmering fish scale oranges and lots of sunshine yellows and reds. Classic Pale ale clarity with a conglomerate of multi-sized bubbles sticking in the white foams. High water mark lacing with not much streaking downward.

S: Plenty of pale malt sweetness with suggestions of wheat. Light pulpy maramalades mix with light florals for a sweetener of a nose. Honeys add a certain level of thickness the mix, but more of the same: sweetness on sweetness.

T: This tastes so light, but it still comes through on the sweetness. Pale malt rawness that tastes of white sugar spiked sweet teas with honey. The slightest bit of a pollen bot comes from tame hops. Floral notes lightly compliment the sweet flavor, but more or less falls victim to a relative tidal wave of honey sweetness. A bit bludgeoning even for how light it tastes.

M: A light-medium body that rides the malt flavors very well. A near perfect balance in intensity between the mouth and flavor. The mouth is mild but clean, a solid match for the flavor profile. A light aspirin astringency on the tail end. A refined mouth I like more than the flavor.

O: Overall this is a reasonable pale ale, but with Alpine I am spoiled by greatness. I'd say this is good in style, but lacking that punch that you'd expect from Alpine. Very mild beer that I think non-beer drinkers could enjoy. That said, beer geeks won't fine much here. Well made, but forgettable. The third best pale ale from Alpine. Nowhere near the astounding complexity in Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of regspeir
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this thanks to hamilton23. 22 oz bottle poured into into a pint glass revealed a light amber and a three-finger white head which settled to one-finger. The lacing was obvious and lasted throughout. Nose was a hint of orange and lemon with notes of bread malts. Taste was clean and light with elements of hops, orange, lemongrass, some biscuity malt and buttery sweetness. The finish included a mild but pleasing bitterness. The mouthfeel was light, smooth with moderate carbonation. This was a very refreshing brew and, I think, a wonderful interpretation of the style. A summer afternoon is a perfect excuse to try one!

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A : Pours a rich golden orange color with a half-finger frothy white head. Very solid lacing.

S : Rich malty notes with a small underlying piney hop. Think opposite of the hop dominance in an IPA.

T : Repeat of the smell, rich caramel and toasty malt with a small bitter crisp bite of pine.

M : Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

D : Very drinkable. I'll have two.

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Photo of tchaos
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass

A - pours a golden color with about 1cm of head leaving nice lacing on the glass. There is constant visible carbonation. The disipates fairly quickly leaving a small crown on the top of the beer

S - Soft notes all the way around. It has floral, pine, nuttiness, and a touch of malt. Very nice and balance

T - The tastes are more pronounced then the smells above. The floral and grapefruit notes come out the most, but much softer than that of, say, Sculpin. Very tasty.

M - Good amount of carbonation mixed with a light body

D - I could definitely have another, or two, of these beers

Good quality stuff; the first beer I've had from Alpine; definitely not the last.

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