Great | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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".

Added by xlperro on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
666
Reviews:
161
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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1,443
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88
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Photo of nathanjohnson
2/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of Desp59
2.9/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Leon was better than this to me. Tasted a lot like Aaron.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.94/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No head to speak of and lacing is minimal. Dark brown with some reddish hue around the edges. Carbonation is very subdued.

Huge alcohol aroma combined with a bold oak and slightly smoked aroma.

This will put hair on your back. Whooooaaa this is like drinking a watered down bourbon whiskey. Add some oak barrel taste and you've got the great. mouthfeel was full and loaded with stinging alcohol. I love a good strong brew but this was a whiskey bomb at best.

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Photo of jamex
2.96/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draft at the brewery. This was "Great '05."

Wow. I ordered a 5oz taster of this and thank God I did. Alpine made no attempt to hide the alcohol in this big guy.

S - Scotch, bourbon and whiskey. You pick up a bit of oak but the alcohol is overpowering.

T - This is a strong barleywine. At 14% you really taste it. Tastes of bourbon, whiskey, oak and mild spice.

M - Buttery and whiskey-like.

D - There is no way I would be able to put back a 12oz. Not impressed with this. That being said, the rest of the Alpine arsenal is delicious.

EDIT, 2011: Though for some reason this beer keeps popping in my head. Perhaps I was too "new" to the style and reviewed it low die to my inexperience. Must try on my next visit to the brewery (if I can find it).

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

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3/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Steve for this... Pours an ugly murky dark brown, a light tan watery head forms a ring, but that’s it... really wonderful dr pepper malts, reminds me of a Kuhnhenn bbbw... taste is not as successful as the nose, lots of dark fruits, raisins, but it finishes with lots of bourbon but its too hot and the bourbon tastes cheap... the feel is a touch to thin and little hot... wanted to love this but its a bit overrated

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of Dismembered_MC
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of EZEZ
3.5/5  rDev -21%

a little more on the sweet side for my likes

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

Photo of OlieIPA
3.61/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from the source and shared with the very lovely Aimstatus; poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass at 52 degrees.

A: An opaque brown body that exhibited absolutely no head or lace-like qualities. I contribute this to the high alcohol by volume, but still, not quite what I had anticipated for this beer.

S: Tons of bourbon/whiskey, brown sugar, and molasses seem to be the main components along with a strong alcohol presence. In many ways, the barrel aroma coming off this beer reminded of Lost Abbey's Bourbon Angel Share.

T: Bourbon sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, and perhaps some vanilla from the barrel. The beer also comes off as being a bit "green"; hints of green apple/acetaldehyde characteristics. The alcohol is hidden very well.

M: You can feel some of the sugars sit on the palate, which I guess in some ways adds some body...but overall...a bit dry and thin throughout most parts.

D: Even though I enjoyed the many flavors this beer possessed, I found myself only able to finish my 6-8 oz. pour.

Overall: If cellared correctly, this beer could age beautifully. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.67/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle kindly shared at O'Brien's.

A super hard pour comes out almost completely flat. A super thin amount of head around the rim. The color is almost a pinkish brown. Very interesting coloring, but the flat pour kills it for me.

Smells pretty good. Bourbon is the main scent with a good amount of brown sugar and little chocolate lingering.

Tastes like chocolate and whiskey with a strong brown sugar backbone. A touch of fruity sourness comes in somewhere in the back. Maybe cherries or grapes, can't quite nail down the flavor. Finishes with a good alcohol kick, but for 14% this is not super boozy.

Mouthfeel isn't too great considering it has almost zero carbonation and is moderately alcoholic. The body is surprisingly light for such a big beer. I would have been pretty impressed if it was more carbonated.

Overall, about 4 oz of this beer is plenty enough for me. For a barleywine I was impressed, even flat. Probably won't put too much effort to find this again unless it's on tap.

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

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