Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Barleywine - American
Ranked #5
Ranked #154
4.52 | pDev: 8.41%
Mar 24, 2022
Mar 01, 2005
Notes: The base of this beer was available at a couple of festivals as a barleywine named "Good". The remainder of the batch spent several months aging in fresh Jack Daniels barrels and became "Great".
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4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2013 vintage; consumed on 3/23/2022

Pours a stunning pitch-chestnut, an almost inky appearance giving way to slight ruby accents as a bubbly half-finger of pale tan head forms, slowly fizzing out to a sparse cap, expansive, frothing collar, and no lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers immediate impressions of jammy plum, refining focus to fig, subtle caramel, and toffee over time as an evocative, dark fruit overload springs forth across the bouquet; bourbon on the back end encourages a touch of cherry and lighter cocoa to engage the close.

Taste opens to layers of sugar plum, raisin, dates, and bits of brown sugar, growing in accents of bold fig and burnt caramel into the mid-palate; oaky vanilla meets fruitcake on the back end, while leathery chocolate dusts a barrel edge with slight bourbon and smoked toffee finishing.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body, dense and concentrated silky textures foundational beneath a low-lying carbonation; smooth, wispy grit guides to a mild twang underscoring a vague, burgeoning oxidation into mid-palate, followed by a mild barrel char and steady warmth on the back end, with some stickiness into the otherwise velvety finish.

Belying most any sense of experiencing time and age, this is a rich, comprehensive American barleywine; a deft composition of ultra-bold fruits, calm barrel inflection, and leathery resins encapsulating a consuming, classic apex of the style.

Mar 24, 2022
4.1 by LloydDobler from Indiana on Jan 04, 2022
4.5 by gelasin from California on Dec 20, 2021
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on Aug 10, 2021
4.75 by Jmalo from Ohio on Jun 17, 2021
3.06 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Jun 17, 2021
4.69 by sobeleg from New York on Apr 02, 2021
4.66 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 15, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Canned 11/02/2020.

Feb 13, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

2020 in a Can. Very hoppy for a barleywine. Toffee/bread and moderate amount of barrel

Jan 17, 2021
3.98 by Jo_Renish from Vermont on Jan 17, 2021
4.23 by Beerbom from California on Jan 12, 2021
4.35 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jan 09, 2021
4.19 by boogerisu from Iowa on Jan 08, 2021
4.58 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 26, 2020
4.43 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 24, 2020
4.48 by Bum4ever from California on Dec 11, 2020
4.93 by ToddBeans from Kentucky on Dec 01, 2020
4.25 by Skellbop from New York on Nov 15, 2020
4.11 by brandoneast from Texas on Sep 16, 2020
4.5 by spersichilli from California on Sep 16, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Vidblain from Minnesota

Vintage 2015. I was super excited to finally land one of these, particularly an older bottle - it has aged quite wonderfully. The pour is quite a lot darker and more opaque than I'd anticipated. The barrel and light caramel are pungent. Zero sign of oxidization. I really like this beer.

Jun 12, 2020
4 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

16 April 2020 - Beer #70 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Corona Day #35

I'm back, baby!

Appearance: 4 - looks like a standard barleywine, but a bit darker and redder. It was pretty clear on the pour but almost completely opaque in the glass.

Nose: 4 - smells like a barleywine on some barrel. A bit fruity. Nothing special so far.

Taste: 4 - still nothing special. It's definitely a very nice barleywine, but I'm not sure why it's so highly regarded.

Mouth: 5 - thick, chewy, and round. A very well-crafted brew.

Overall: 4 - a very fine offering, but not anything I'd write home about. My wife would find it very odd to find a hand-written note about a good but not great BA barleywine.

Be safe!


Apr 21, 2020
4.03 by Lucoli from New York on Mar 19, 2020
4.44 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia on Feb 19, 2020
4.38 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Feb 16, 2020
4.19 by JoeyStats707 from California on Jan 03, 2020
4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Dec 29, 2019
4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 02, 2019
4.58 by Hopelessly0 from California on Nov 19, 2019
4.5 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia on Nov 16, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by rand from California

On tap at Toronado SD, left over from Beer Week, into a tulip.

Leather-mahogany in color, viscous complexion dampens any attempt at a head.
Nose is buttery bourbon, floral malts, burnt sugar and a good dose of oak. It’s flavors follow, with a lot more boozy warmth at the front of the sip.

Super tasty, smooth barleywine. From my understanding this was almost an accident, and it’s not quite as tasty as I remember it before Green Flash took things over, but still.

Nov 13, 2019
4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Nov 01, 2019
4.31 by Ferocious from Illinois on Oct 11, 2019
4.5 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jul 04, 2019
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Jun 19, 2019
4.28 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Jun 13, 2019
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RNbeerfan from New York

Look: Amber, translucent
Smell: Caramel, dark fruits, some bourbon
Taste: Similar to the smell. Caramel and dark fruit dominate. The barrel is there but doesn't take over
Feel: A touch thin, but the carb level is absolutely perfect. Super smooth
Overall: One of my favorite barleywines to date. Really drinkable. Has a great sweetness to it, but still lets the caramel and dark fruits shine.

May 13, 2019
Great from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 762 ratings