O'Brien's IPA
Alpine Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #35
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
95
Ranked #963
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
138
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Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
95
World-Class
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Reviews by pmarlowe:
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine. Tulip glass.

A: Light golden, clear, with about a finger of snow white foam. Leaves behind good lacing, very good retention.

S: Gorgeous pine with a nice citrus backbone. The piney-ness smells delicious, but is not overpowering.

T: Mostly pine with some grapefruit and biscuity malt, lemon mixed in. Long, smooth bitter finish.

M: Medium body with crisp, medium-high carbonation.

O: Another winner from Alpine, O'Brien's IPA is an excellent tribute to my favorite bar. I could drink loads of this.

Dec 11, 2011
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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RichBeer from California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

Nov 16, 2011
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AleWatcher from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into tulip pint.
Thanks to BdoubleEdoubleRUN for the growler-- I love Alpine, and especially their IPAs... Can't wait to try this one.

Orange colored body with a 2 fingers of white head. Nice thick rings of lacing and strong retention.

Smells of virtually no malt, but rather all hops; some piney notes mingle with the citrus and tropical fruits.
The flavor is just as the nose prepared me for. Very nicely bittered. Pretty dry finish.

Feels a bit thin. Well-carbonated. Oily hop residue left on my teeth after each sip.

Overall-- this is a pretty nice ipa. Quite drinkable-- although I'd prefer a bit more body, this actually drinks even easier due to the thinness-- and I'm taking on the entire growler solo, so I can safely call this "pretty sessionable."

Mar 23, 2012
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John11486 from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 14, 2011
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MickeyHops from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Feb 20, 2012
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ChadQuest from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy rather effervescent hue of orange, nifty.

The aroma and flavors come out great with a strong grassy profile being the top star of this show, really low malt bill and dry crisp feel just let the grassy character come out and create a fantastic summer ipa. There is some flaky biscuit and citrus notes playing backup roles.

A super solid IPA. Really dig it.

Jun 13, 2011
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BykViking from California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

Apr 16, 2012
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jeezie from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 28, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Alex by way of ArthurPendragon! Served into a FoBAB tasting glass. I'm had this a couple of times before (at the brewery, uber-fresh), but I'm finally getting around to a proper review.

A - Pours a light golden color with some orange hue. A good two fingers-worth of head that disipiates down to a few bubbles here and there. A slim layer of foam remains on top as the cap.

S - Hoppy, citrus, and floral notes are the predominant notes I get from this one. It's a very straight forward IPA, but it's not boring or average, it's just simply an excellent example.

T - Heavy bitterness, citrus, pine, and floral notes. Very similar to the nose. Once again, nothing mind-blowing here, just a nice example of an IPA.

M - Light to medium, fizzy carbonation, bitter finish.

D - A perfect IPA to drink the crap out of. Alpine continues to produce some of the best IPA's and Double IPA's in the world. Keep up the awesome work, Pat!

Mar 08, 2010
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Amyliz4 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 19, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's. Darker copper pour, average head, lacing below average. Aroma was as expected, hoppy, floral, leaning grapefruit.

Taste, a good ipa, yet underwhelming for being made from Alpine. Bitterness heavier than the hopping, alcohol seemed higher than 6% in this one, was tasting it. Mild sweetness, nothing of note to the malt flavor, approaching balance, but still leans hoppy. Vegetal at times. Acidic even.

Still better than most new ipa's I try these days.

Jun 02, 2011
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap both at the Alpine Brewery and at Toronado, San Diego on my Honeymoon in San Diego last week.

A: Pours a pretty cloudy to hazy orange with a small ring of white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Smells quite hoppy of course (it is an Alpine beer after all), with mostly pine and citrus at the fore sort of what I would call the signature mix of raw hops in most of Alpines brews. A little malt, but not much. Overall not as amazing smelling as some of their other offerings I've enjoyed but still definitely good!

T: A burst of hops and honey hit first with a little toasty biscuit showing up in the middle. Citrus, grass and just overall raw hop husks combine for this flavor.

M: Sticky and semi biting, but not a huge bitter bite like some of their beers. Drinks easy.

O: Nice beer, but I'd rather have Duet, Hoppy birthday, Expo, or Nelson before this

Jun 08, 2011
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rmaste6282 from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 15, 2011
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Wolberjs from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Mar 09, 2014
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BdubleEdubleRUN from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Mar 01, 2012
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iadler from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5 oz sampler at the brewery.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a one finger head that leaves some nice lines of lacing.

S- Freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit, some orange, biscuit malt, pine, floral notes and faint tropical hops.

T- Lots of fresh grapefruit and orange followed by floral hops, underripe pineapple and mango, pine, peppery spice and some bready malt.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice crisp body. Refreshing and easy to drink.

O- Another good ipa from a brewery that has really impressed me with their line of ipas.

Dec 28, 2011
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Sideswipe from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler graciously provided by mnbearsfan. Thanks Matt!

Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Initial pour yields a finger of off white head which recedes quickly leaving a small ring around the outside of the glass. The beer is a crystal clear, deep amber color. Looks great! A column of bubbles flows steadily upward from the middle of the glass making a small, round, mound of foam in the center of the beer. My last growler of Hoppy Birthday did this also. The nose is citrus rind and pale malt. Taste follows with waves of bitter grapefruit and orange rind. There is just enough malt to back up the hops, but bitterness is the star of the show here. The finish is dry and bitter. Mouhfeel is light with a fairly high level of carbonation. ABV is completely hidden, adding to the very enjoyable drinkability of this beer. Alpine knocks it out of the park again with this one! An incredible take on the classic west coast IPA. Recommended.

May 28, 2011
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Dijeriduster from California

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at O'Briens at the tail end of SDBW. Stunning from the cask.

A - Very hazy from the cask with a slight amber tint to the golden wonder. Good head from the cask, though a little foamy vs. thick and creamy.

S - HOPPY. Especially on cask the floral and citrus notes come thru strong. Doesn't smell sweet like Alpine's other IPA's (Nelson, Duet Pure Hop)

T - Devine. I look for a little more bitterness in an IPA and this delivers like the other Alpine IPA's don't. Strong bitter Cascade? hops come thru first followed by a well rounded floral and citrus finish.

M - I don't know if I would even bother getting this on tap vs the cask. Mouthfeel was superb - just enough carbonation to support the hops and malt without deadning the senses. Def a gem on the O'Brien's beer engine.

D - High. Think of a hoppier Sierra Nevada Pale. Great after a long day of work, remaining very refreshing vs some maltier IPA's.

Dec 02, 2009
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spry from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Sep 28, 2012
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at the Alpine pub.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops-dominated featuring fresh grass, pine, and grapefruit citrus. Clean, not cloying, but lacking somewhat in intensity.

T: Begins off-dry with faint toast, acidity, and layers hops. Aromatic hop flavors tend toward floral and grapefruit citrus, but also with more persistent herbal and chile spiciness. The finish possesses moderate bitterness but is made more challenging by the lingering capsaicin quality of the spice.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Upon enjoying this beer for the first time it is strikingly middle-of-the-road; a good all-purpose IPA that does not compromise on taste but is also careful to stay well under the 7% abv barrier. Certain sensory qualities keep this offering from quite matching Alpine Duet's effortless, compelling appeal.

Nov 15, 2010
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drewba from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange, fluffy white head with pretty solid retention, sticky lacing. Looks fantastic. It even pours nice, it looks like it's going to be stagnant, then a wave of bubbles blows up and produces this fantastic head.

S - Gobs of citrus; lemon, grapefruit, orange, bit of mango and a hint of pine. A hint of caramel in the back adds some malt goodness. Overall a low aroma, but what i'm getting smells good.

T - The citrus tastes REALLY fresh, lemon, grapefruit and pine are working well together while the mango and orange are giving a bit of sweetness. Nice bitterness, but not in any way overdone, my kind of ipa. There's s a tiny bit of nut and caramel offering a great break (not that I needed one) from the fresh citrus, but then finishes with the bitter, yo.

M - body is right where it needs to be, carbonation is spot on: creamy, a bit tingly.

O - Note to Alpine: bottle this please. Super high drinkability, the fresh citrus is cash money and the bitterness isn't overbearing - I'm wishing I could turn this into a staple.

May 27, 2011
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zestar from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

Oct 16, 2014
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FosterJM from California

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

522nd review on BA
Draft to pint
@ Alpine Beer Pub

App- A good looking orange with a little ting with a one finger fast receding head. Had cling all over the place. A very nice looking IPA.

Smell- This was a juicy hop scent with a little bit of spice. It was a bit lacking in aromatics but smelled great.

Taste- This was a great little IPA. Very juicy, hoppy with a slight bitter bite.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a small bitter note and a little orangy citrus

Drink- This was a suprise. I had heard good things, but with IPAs its a race to make em big, bold and brash. This was tasty, balanced and well done. I would like this one again.

Jun 02, 2011
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BrianTheBrewer30 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 14, 2011
O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 138 ratings