Crazy Hazel | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer uses real Hazelnut Mash for an authentic nutty flavor.

Added by xlperro on 06-14-2004

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Photo of ehammond1
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

**Alpine's Web site describes this beer as: An American Amber Ale with Hazelnut meal**

A spectacularly beautiful and rich auburn and amber. Thin white cap. Specked and messy lacing down the glass. A beautiful beer on a beautiful day at Stone.

Simple, bready aroma with a touch of sweetness. Not a lot going on.

Bready, simple flavors, along with a touch of sweetness and some earth, nutty elements.

Medium bodied. A wonderful summer ale.

Full-bodied, simple, somewhat nutty amber ale. A pleasure to enjoy during a warm summer afternoon and terrific with food.

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Photo of skunkpuddle
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been unretired. A fantastic American Brown Ale. Imagine Fat Tire but without the taste of burnt malt. This is the only beer I could drink an entire growler of and still feel like having another. I do not consider myself a great beer reviewer of beer so to fill my 250 words I will just say Drink Crazy Hazel or go to bed.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Alpine Brewery
The beer pours a deep black walnut color with a smallish off white head, and the lace a nice thin sheet. Nose is sweet malt, just the slightest hint of hazelnut, fresh and clean to the senses; start is sweet, nice malt presence. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops pleasing and benevolent, the aftertaste has a nice Hazelnut dry sweetness that is quite pleasant, wish I had a case of that one, but alas only available on draught.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beagle75
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at the Alpine pub.

A: Clear, light brown color with less than one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Features of the smell generally do not stand out, but some nuttiness and lesser toast can be teased out with careful study. The smell is too clean and understated for any type of ale, unable to disguise the gassy, characterless presence of carbon dioxide.

T: Begins sweet, with mixed dark fruit and balancing bright carbonic acidity. Flavors turn more toward pale malt and earthy hop aromatics in the middle. Caramel of considerable depth develops before the drier, husky finish. Bitterness is very restrained, even at its peak toward the end.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, sharply acidic on the palate at first then turning creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This ale has a restrained hop profile and other qualities befitting a reasonable attempt at an English mild ale. It is a pleasure to drink, appearing more potent on the palate then it ever is in the nose. Acidity is a significant component of the flavor and texture but stops short of derailing the beer.

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3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a 5 oz taster at Alpine's pub in Alpine. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I'm a huge Alpine fan.

A: Pours a half finger beige floater. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, amber hops, caramel, hints of toffee, butterscotch, and other rich malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Amber malts, pale malts, hazelnut, floral hops, and some pine. Quite well balanced, but lacking complexity. Very enjoyable. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Ideal thickness. Good carbonation.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable; a great amber. Hides its ABV well. I quite like it. Still, its relative simplicity holds it back.

Low B

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Clear chestnut color with a thin cream colored head. Ridiculous lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet malts, brown sugar and a bit of maple syrup.

T: A really good brown ale. One of the best I've had. I'd rate this just below Rogue's Hazelnut Brown. Brown sugar and malt sweetness with a nice nuttiness in the background. Slightly thin mouthfeel, but other than that very good.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nutty, dark medium brown color with nice near white head that leaves quick. Ring remains and some cling lace.

S - Grainy malt and hops.

T - Subdued malt followed by hops and a slight nutty aftertaste. Somewhat astringent on the finish.

M - Good carb, medium body, more bitter finish than malt start.

D - The new version is actually 6% and that is pretty high for the lighter flavors, so masking is pretty good. Fairly drinkable. Not my favorite Alpine beer, but pretty good none the less.

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Photo of Klym
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery on the first day of the recent exponential release. Review from notes.

A: A clear hazelnut brown with red hues and an off-white head with dripping lacing.

S: Not very aromatic. Some nuts, some wheat and some malty sweetness.

T: Malty with upfront nuttiness and some very light hazel/almond sweetness, the flavors are very light in this.

M: Smooth, well-carbonated medium body that was refreshing for the style.

O: Decent, but I think there are far better browns out there. Not sure there was much reason to bring this one out of retirement considering the brewing capabilities shown by Alpine in some of their other beers.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Alpine. Tulip glass.

A: Pours clear medium amber/gold, with a finger of pure white head. Minimal lacing and decent retention.

S: Sweetish toffee, malt, and faint nuts.

T: Caramel forward with some nuts and bread, with a good long finish.

M: Very smooth, light carbonation, and medium body.

O: A solid brown ale, and good with food, but no "wow" factor here. I was expecting much more hazelnut, but you really have to make an effort to pick it out.

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Crazy Hazel from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 22 ratings