Great | Alpine Beer Company

GreatGreat
BA SCORE
4.53/5
677 Ratings
GreatGreat
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
Ranking:
#121
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
677
pDev:
8.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,443
Gots:
85
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 677 |  Reviews: 164
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4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Didn't expect this quality from an IPA powerhouse. Very rich, smooth and lightly toasted vanilla. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A: very dark brown, almost black like molasses or dark maple syrup; slight creamy head
S: mostly toffee, maple, brown sugar; slight vanilla and bourbon; a bit of raisin and fig; when cold, slight vinegar smell but disappears as it warms; a bit of oxidation underlies everything
T: very sweet and malty; brown sugar and caramel dominate mixed with figs and raisins; not much bourbon flavor but a bit of heat on the back end
M: soft creamy carbonation; decent mouthfeel but a bit thin
O: not sure why this is classified as an American barleywine, seems like an English style through and through; good flavor profile and well balanced but the sweetness is a bit overpowering; starting to oxidize and the bourbon was much less than I expected. A good offering and worth trying but not in my top echelon of King Henry, Cognac Church on a Hill, Sucaba, and Mother of All Storms

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Great from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 677 ratings
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