Good | Alpine Beer Company

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4.28 w/ 83 ratings

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Callenak on 12-05-2006

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours amber with a frothy, cream-colored head.

S: Honey mixed with a thick rye bread and rich malt aroma. Tons of toasted rye in here.

T: Really tasty sweet honey soaked rye bread. Touch of apricot preserves and marmalade. Very smooth mouthfeel with no real burn from the alcohol at all. A solid barleywine. Definitely not as tasty as Great though.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 8-oz. snifter
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Oct. 4, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 4, 2014
Misc.: BA calls Good as 17 percent ABV, but I remember seeing it as 14 percent in the pub. Could just be this year’s batch.

Poured a dark caramel, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki cream head when I got it. Light streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of uneven lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled rye hops, sweetened iced tea, Citra hops, caramel, toffee, purple grape, light grape juice, plum, sugary candied lemon and some late booziness with big whiffs. (Smell - 4.00)

Wow was my first thought with the taste. Then it was this might be the smoothest barelywine I’ve ever had, not even taking into the account of the high ABV. Pretty close to the smell. Candied sugary lemon, sweetened iced tea, plum, purple grape, caramel, toffee and crisp rye hops. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Medium carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. (Feel - 4.75)

Just a fantastic barleywine. So damn smooth. (Overall - 4.50)

4.39 | 97 | A

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Alpine in April 2013.

Pours out a lighter color for something so stong, deep burnt orange, thin 1/10" head on the top of it. Aroma was warming booze, hops, caramel, the real sticky kind, toffee.

Taste is similar to regular Old Guardian, its hoppy, but it also has a huge malt base and lots of citrus qualities to the taste. You're breathing some heavy alcohol breath while consuming (and after). Carbonation is lively, especially for a barleywine. I still can't get over how sticky icky this is.

Never in a million years would I have believed this beer was 17% abv. Hides it immensely well in the mouthfeel.

Good in small doses, but I can't see me drinking a bomber or pint of this to myself.

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Good from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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