O'Brien's IPA
Alpine Beer Company

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From:
Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Ratings:
138
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 24, 2019
Added:
Jan 10, 2008
Wants:
  78
Gots:
  7
SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: None
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4 by SDRedDevil from California on Jan 24, 2019
 
4.13 by grapeshops from California on Mar 31, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by augustgarage from California

On-tap at the brewery.

SAE amber/gamboge body supports a lasting raft leaving behind fine soapy lacing. Superior retention; decent clarity.

Clean almost nutty aroma with low earthy hop notes.

Medium-dry, peppery, slightly dank palate entry with a bitter earthy finish and some residual sweetness. Hints of citrus, chestnut, and some malt complexity (though not like an amber). Reminds me of a clean ESB but with American yeast and hops...

Warming, almost tannic mouth-feel.

An unusual IPA, and not the bracing tropical hop-bomb I might have been anticipating.

Mar 05, 2018
 
4 by ross84 from California on Jun 21, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Copper color, 1/2" white head. Aroma hit the hoppy grapefruit smells.

Taste imparted more bitterness than flavor, not usually what these guys have going on. Had to search for the citrus and tropical notes, but perhaps the beer was just served to cold, because as it warmed more and more of the fruit hop notes came out. Still felt heavier than it was I think at any temperature.

Mar 13, 2016
 
4.5 by AndrewSmith from Texas on Nov 04, 2015
 
4.4 by malfunxion from New York on Oct 28, 2015
 
4 by jeff1973 from California on Oct 02, 2015
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4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 64-oz. growler
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $12.96
Purchased: Sept. 15 2015
Consumed: Sept. 15, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, orange, slightly hazy color with two ringers of frothy off-white head. Some bubble streams coming up on the sides of the glass. Very good circular, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top of the glass. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a potent whiff of tropical, Citra, floral, mango, pine, juicy nectarine, orange juice and I think Amarillo. Awesome on the nose. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose, although not quite as good. Got tropical, mango, red grapefruit, Galaxy, onions, vegetables, juicy orange, nectarine, peach, Citra and earthy, bitter grapefruit rind. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, earthy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a good IPA, but I may have slightly overrated it. It wasn’t near perfect with the sight and nose much better than the taste/feel. Will still enjoy the rest of this growler though. (Overall - 4.00)

4.11 | 92 | A-

Sep 18, 2015
 
4.75 by BoozyCollins21 from California on Jan 06, 2015
 
4.25 by sourdog from California on Dec 01, 2014
 
5 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California on Nov 09, 2014
 
4.25 by zestar from California on Oct 16, 2014
 
4.52 by Rwhit from California on Oct 12, 2014
 
4.5 by LukeRfour from West Virginia on Jun 24, 2014
 
5 by robear from Wisconsin on May 24, 2014
 
4.25 by cocoapuph from California on Apr 19, 2014
 
4.25 by DeanMoriarty from California on Apr 13, 2014
 
4.25 by Wolberjs from California on Mar 09, 2014
 
4.5 by mjrex77 from California on Feb 26, 2014
 
4.25 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Dec 15, 2013
 
4.25 by EliotRosewater from California on Dec 05, 2013
 
4.5 by bsuedekum from Missouri on Nov 28, 2013
 
4.25 by StoutSnob40 from California on Nov 26, 2013
 
4.25 by SimcoeKid from California on Nov 26, 2013
 
4.25 by trentbrown89 from California on Nov 23, 2013
 
4.25 by akang from California on Nov 20, 2013
 
4.5 by sisterthelonious from Wisconsin on Nov 02, 2013
 
4.5 by socalbrewlvr from California on Oct 10, 2013
 
3.75 by CityofBals from Illinois on Sep 12, 2013
 
4.25 by jvillefan from California on Jul 01, 2013
 
4.25 by Altenor from California on Jun 28, 2013
 
4.5 by brandoman63 from Illinois on May 28, 2013
 
4.5 by Mopps from Virginia on May 27, 2013
 
4.25 by CoolEthan from California on May 25, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ArrogantB from Colorado

Growler from Alpine. Orange color, good head, yes. Aroma of hops and hops and then hops? Pine, citrus, etc. flavor was damn hoppy with only the slightest hint of what I'm guessing are summit hops (onion). Great IPA, super hoppy, glad I got to try it.

May 05, 2013
 
4.25 by pperez38 from California on May 02, 2013
 
4 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Apr 29, 2013
 
4.75 by iL0VEbeer from New Jersey on Apr 28, 2013
 
4.5 by Twal from Colorado on Apr 28, 2013
O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 138 ratings