Alpine Beer Company

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American IPA
Ranked #13
Ranked #557
4.34 | pDev: 7.83%
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
Notes: A soon-to-be favorite, if it's already not. This single IPA boasts pine, citrus, and cedar notes from Simcoe and Amarillo hops.
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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 6-week-old can, pours a clear, deep gold. Nice white fluffy head. Smell and taste are dank and resinous, with some grapefruit, pine and savory herbs. Just tons of bright yet deep flavor, with a pleasingly bitter finish. This beer is on point.

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Beers-es from Virginia, Apr 26, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, PKGD: 10/01/19; purchased cold single at The Foodery... poured into a fat tulip)

L: clear, yellow-amber liquid, bright until last oz poured in; white foam exploded away quick... thin silvered collar somehow clings; no lace

S: grapefruit rind, pine, orange pith, mild hint of lemon; maybe a mellow note of crystal malt in the back... fairly familiar, standard American hop/IPA aromas; moderate expression and intensity

T: zip of Simcoe and booze spice upon first sip, lingering through the finish, along with a (winter)green grassy, woody evergreen hop; sedate caramel-kissed, crackery, grainy malt backbone; most definitely moreish... grapefruit and mango eventually hangs around... reminds me of countless other fruit-angled IPAs

F: resinous foamy texture to each sip, frayed and feathered light-medium body, moderate spicy heat builds in back of palate by the second sip... resinous, but light, cut with the spice and alcohol; maybe some spicy battered fish (tacos) would compliment

O: glad this came back to the area, never tried it before, and I was marginally tempted to buy a dusty 2017 6 pk I saw at the beer cemetery package store up the road... probably a weathered can here, but its contents gave a good enough idea of how it is fresh... maybe not an everyday swill, but would certainly try this again, hopefully more fresh, or on draft (1648)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Mar 09, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the freshness dated can by way of a kind friend that was passing through San Diego into a Tulip glass results in a fairly clear gold body topped by a thin head that sticks around.
Aroma is earthy hops and an astringent tinge of musk (smells better than it sounds)
Taste is surprisingly mello with a nice bitter aftertaste, malt is nonexistent, almost no sweetness at all, very clean tasting.
Slightly dry and refreshing .
Easy to drink quickly, a very nice IPA.

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mudbug from Oregon, Feb 19, 2020
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3.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: beautiful, golden glow, leaving nice lacings on side of pint glass.

Smell: nothing particularly happening here.

Taste: bright and astringent, with little or no malt beneath the hop bitterness. Somewhat lacking in dimension.

Feel: light and refreshing, extremely drinkable.

Overall: I would sooner reach for a more complex variety (such as this brewery’s own Windows Up), though this is a nice summertime IPA. Expensive, though!

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mpavilion from California, Jun 18, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh the piney citrus is my vice. This was quite good. I only wish I could try more from alpine here in WA, and find it more consistently. Not incredible, but it would be my ole standby.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Apr 27, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear golden color with a nice foamy head. The aroma is very crisp. Aromas of the outdoors and a slightly sweet aroma that I can't place. The beer is a little light. It is similar to the nose with the hop flavors but just light. The taste doesn't linger long on the tongue but it is a very easy drink. Feels like a nice summer day beer.

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the_awesometeer from California, Apr 19, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy orange citrus look. No head. A light but glorious hop aroma. Taste is also somewhat light but very good. It's different in it's own right. A very nice American IPA. An easy drinking almost session able brew. Overall this is definitely one I'd buy again. A prime example of simple hopped American IPA. No date on the 12 ounce bottle just a code #.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Best by 7/4/16"; drank 2/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Blood orange, funky dandelion & skunky ganja notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Blood orange & funky dandelion flavors up front; dry pineapple & faint banana notes on the finish.

A funky farmhouse vibe here; bold but not for me.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Mar 09, 2019
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, and cloudy in a crisp sort of way. Moderately carbonated, with two fingers of off-white head.

Smells of light pineapples, tropical fruits, and Caramel malts. Very light on the nose.

Grapefruit pith, light pineapple notes, pears, and tropical fruits.

Medium to light body, with little carbonation.

I got this in Chico California a week ago. Drinking in Redding California today, August 26, 2018. Reminds me of Pliny in someways.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Aug 27, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The feel and look of this one are outstanding. Juicy, watery, round mouthfeel and transitions from cloudy gold to glassy copper in the mug. It's darker and glassier than most beers in the mug after it settles. On second tasting, I must say this is unique for an IPA with very well done orange and lemon with some malt and copper in the background AND some flavor I can't put my finger on in the middle of my tongue. Smell is of orange and copper and wheat. If you told a person to smell with their eyes closed, I bet few would think it's any beer--it's unique, as is the flavor. It actually tastes like a very well done red ale (Karl Strauss Red Trolley) mixed with a nice IPA, a very unique flavor.

A+ stuff from Alpine. BTW, Alpine is a nice hilly community in San Diego for those that don't know. I have some wonderful clients out there. I'm impressed that that small community that has so few stores and looks like the Wild West with one old school Western street can produce this!

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timon from California, Aug 20, 2018
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3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Loved it when I first had it but the last few times I just felt it was boring. Surely a classic but not keeping my interest.

Well-balanced but it’s just a citrus and pine old school west coast IPA. Very good but once again, not my favorite.

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AleManDan from California, Jul 17, 2018
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours with a yellow/golden color; the smell is very citrusy, hops and pine. Taste is wonderful balance of the hops, citrus (grapefruit; tropical fruit); some malts and a bit of hops bitterness at the end. The feel is crisp and clean. Awesome beer.

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dafla67 from Pennsylvania, Jul 06, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed copper color with a compact, frothy cap. Simcoe fruitiness mingles with cookie dough malts in the nose. Citrusy, peach, melon hops abound in the taste. A solid, clean pale malt ballast keeps things in check. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. Tons of floral, fruity hops in the everlasting finish.

This is a fantastic, benchmark, super hoppy IPA. Complex, very high bitterness, but easy to drink. A must try.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Jun 28, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clean citrusy and piney amber ipa. This west coast ale has a certain bitterness. It's crisp and drinkable but the mouthfeel could be improved. Some herbal notes. I was hoping for something a bit more complex

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is currently one of my favorite California IPAs. From the first pour, the smell wafts up and darn near makes me salivate thinking about the first sip. For an IPA this is crisp and clean, really nicely hopped, with hints of citrus and pine. The malt which I tend to dislike, is nicely covered by complex flavor. The lacing on the glass, and the finish which lingers perfectly without change makes this a great beer. I have done several blind tastings flights of California IPAs, and it is almost shocking how the Duet makes the following IPAs taste flat and boring (or how I imagine dishwater would taste). At 7% it is right at my sweet spot.

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JohnnyQ from California, May 18, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: May 6, 2018... OCCASION: a good weekend comes to a close... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a golden body, clear as crystal with reasonable effervescence, and a soapy white head half a finger wide... a promising, clean-looking ale... I like the idea of paring two hops, and in this case, the simcoe's fruity pine and the amarillo's flowery citrus wed in a 50/50 bliss... the first sip is vibrant, lively, and abuzz at the teeth, while its weight anchors the experience as a nice nightcap should... surprisingly, as aromatic as the scent was, the finish is medium-bodied and suggestive of malty strength... if possible, dry, while also leaving a bitter finish better than its 45 IBUs would suggest... orange, lemon, pineapple, lavender, light spiciness, and an effective bitterness that encourages the next sip... a bit of toasted bread balances the profile, and at 7% ABV, strong but pleasant draw... seems like each Alpine offering is as good or better as the last... this one came courtesy of a break pack mix twelve, and lucky me... I would recommend this one and seek it out again, despite the proliferation of iPAs in this golden age of beer...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, May 07, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Albertsons. Wow. I can see why this rates so highly. Bitter citrus, but not too bitter. Nice orange copper body, minimal head. Silky slippery body, piney citrus nose and flavor. Classic west coast IPA.

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 01, 2018
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy yellow color, with a light white head.

S: Orange zest, tropical fruit, and grapefruit in the aroma, perhaps with a touch of honey.

T: Citrus up front, with tropical fruits, and a touch of resin in the back. Light honey in the finish with perhaps the telltale signature of simcoe, or one of it's variants.

M: Medium light, crisp, and fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall a prettty tasty brew, and while it is excellent, I don't think it quite deserves the high score it currently has.

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Beejay from Virginia, Mar 27, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best beer ever purchased at Safeway.

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

L - Beautiful tangerine, bright beer foam across the top
S - Amarillo terpene galore, delightfully citrusy, a distinct quality of "orangeyness"
T - This beer is delicious. Nice hop punch upfront, piney and citrusy, balanced by malt backbone, dry and bitter finish
F - Light body for big IPA, refreshing
O - Everything you want in a West Cost style IPA. A hophead's delight

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summitsix from California, Mar 10, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber golden color with a thick thin head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Nice fresh aroma with notes of passion fruit, pine, yeast, lychees and orange juice.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine, resin, slightly toasted malts, tea bags, oranges, lychees, spices, flowers, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapefruit and hints of dank versus earth. More complex than I expected. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Amazing they could do that with just 41 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is well disguised.
Perfectly executed west coast American IPA. This felt green and fresh with perfect hop balance for the style. It is worth to try it or to consistently have in the fridge.

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FLima from Brazil, Jan 29, 2018
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3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was a tiny bit disappointed in this, particularly for the price point ($2.99 for single bottle at Total Wine). Hazy pale in the glass with cream/white foamy head. Smell was piney hops, though not quite as hoppy as I expected in the taste. Somewhat one dimensional IPA. Unique hops flavor profile, but definitely piney and (good) bitter. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't quite the star west coast offering I expected.

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BackMarker from Maryland, Jan 26, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L — Pours a filtered pale orange body with a one-finger white head produced with moderate pour. Some retention and lacing. Lots of visible carb
S — Pine, pine, and more pine. Some earth, citrus rind, and grass
T — Big resinous , earthy, and pithy character. The malt bill is very biscuity, with just a hint of caramel in the back
F — Crisp. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Good amount of resinous hop bitterness on the finish
O — I wish Alpine (post-Green Flash) were more forthcoming with their bottling dates. No idea how old this bottle is, beyond a cryptic ‘7278 2 1104’ stamp that I can’t make heads or tails of.


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Jan 13, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(2017 Edition)

This pours darker than I expected. Has a beautiful clear gold color with a white head.

I can smell the hops right away, and that's about all I get (awesome!).

I thoroughly enjoy the taste of this beer paired with the palate. It's very crisp, but with a strong hop and piney bitterness. There's also some grapefruit notes, and a very slight malt backbone.

What I like most about this beer is the oiliness. It's like squeezing hops into a glass! And with that comes a crispiness from the light flavors and carbonation.

I think what makes this beer shine is the hop oiliness paired with the crisp mouth feel. It is a very good IPA.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle smuggled back to Canada from Trader Joe’s in San Diego - tried 4 oz on tap at taproom in Alpine. Pours a clear slightly orange golden with 1 finger white head. Aroma of citrus/orange with pine in back - some bready malt. Tastes of smooth citrus with piney bitterness. Mouthfeel has a slight coating bitterness but remarkably creamy finish. Absolutely great.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Dec 15, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear golden honey. Full citrus and piney aroma. Taste is sublime, citrus and hops with easy, medium feel and easy lingering bitterness. One of my favorite regular IPAs, absolutely love it.

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BayAreaJoe from California, Dec 10, 2017
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