O'Brien's IPA | Alpine Beer Company

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97%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 135 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sfoley333 on 01-10-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#828
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
135
Liked:
131
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
7.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
6
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Bright amber in color with absolutely brilliant clarity. Pours with a tall eggshell-colored head that leaves sheets of lace behind as it (quickly) disappears from my glass. Awesome.

Smell: Huge resin and pine hop aroma right off the bat, signature Alpine. More attentive inhaling reveals hints of lemon peel, mint and faint tropical fruit. Malt aromas are pretty much absent. The aroma on this stuff is intoxicating.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grapefruit, pine needles and tobacco up front. I have no idea how these guys pack so much hop flavor into their beers while still maintaining perfect balance. A dry, somewhat crackery malt foundation supports the hops beautifully, while lending no perceptible sweetness; this beer is all about the incredible hop flavor. Resiny bitterness comes through strong in the finish, without ever overwhelming the hop flavor. This is a near perfect IPA, I'd be hard pressed to fault it.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this from Alpine in mid August 2009, finally sitting down to review from my notes. Pours a beautiful orange-apricot color with a white head and a nose that overwhelms the nostrils with citrus and tropical fruits. While the taste isn't over-the-top hoppy, they're just right and showcase the tropical flavors of the nose. The mouthfeel is just about right, and the smell/flavor combo lead to unparalleled drinkability--one of the best IPA's I had on a long trip.

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3.62/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask via hand pump @ O'Briens Pub (San Diego) on 11/13/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper, with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. This stays pretty frothy, leaving some thick soapy lacing behind. The aroma is just LOADED with floral hops, pine, some more moderate smelling spice, and bitter grapefruit notes. There is a layer of grainy sweetness that floats under the hops but this is overall very bitter in the nose.

The taste also brings the hops full steam ahead, being very bitter with pine and citrus, along with some more mellow herbal accents as well. There is some sweeter bready malt character in the back but then this ends with a bitter pithy feel in the finish, which really hangs around for a while. Feels like I'm chewing on hop cones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow and bubbly carbonation that accentuates the more herbal qualities of this. I'm not necessarily sure that the cask feel works here, as a bit more firmness could have been used to handle the extra bitter taste and this is showing a bit more alcohol than I would have expected for only a 6% IPA.

I just couldn't get into this one as much as I would have liked. Just a lot of unrestrained hop activity going on here (some sweeter citrus flavors would have been welcome) and the cask conditioning didn't do it any favors. This is a good one for the hop heads but I just wasn't feeling it.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful, wonderful IPA. I was really blown away by how good this one really was. A huge thanks goes out to my kind friend for finally getting me this one, I had waiting what seemed like a lifetime to land it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on Memorial Day 5/31/2010.

Big pour, nice light orange amber in color with great clarity that really let me see tons of carbonation bubbles streaming in from the top of the glass. Rich lacing coming down the sides and a huge, three finger deep head of white foam capped it all off wonderfully. I really could have asked for this one to look any better then it did.

Aroma is pungent orange, rich and sweet notes mixed in as well, but a huge and amazingly fresh aroma of citrus coming off of this one. Lemon zest, touches of tropical fruits and a really just superior smell that lighten up the entire room. Letting it warm really brought out the best in it as each sip seemed to be absolutely sparkling flavor and a huge, rich profile that did not disappoint. As I take each sip I am reminded of just how good a good IPA can be. Simply remarkable balance and a soft, yet very well structured flavor. Orange, tropical fruit, mangoes, grapefruit and touches of light buttery notes all collide to really put on quite a nice show I have to admit. Amazing drinkability as I would be able to put down this entire growler without batting an eye.

Overall one of the best I have ever had. Lives up to every ounce of its reputation. I would love to have it on tap all day every day. Just a stunningly good example of the style.

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4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; I enjoyed it quite a bit.

a - Pours a slighty hazy orange color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell is a lot of citrus hops up front, grapefruit, lemon, light pine, light fruity malts, and light bread. Lots of citrus and fruit; great nose for an IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, floral notes, bready and fruity malts, lemon.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not much bitterness which is nice.

o - Overall another really nice beer from Alpine and a great IPA. Great nose full of citrus, and pretty easy to drink. Would love to have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado SD

A: The pour is golden in color with a fluffy white head on tap which leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is all grapefruit and pine with maybe just an inkling of malt coming through.

T: The flavor is what you expect from the nose. Lots of bitter grapefruit and piney hops with just a touch of malt sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: This is pretty much what you expect from an Alpine brewed IPA. Great hop flavors and aromas.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is light orange / amber hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma consists primarily of wonderfully fresh citrus and hops. This is one helluva tasty beverage. Wow. Another success from Alpine. The beer is hop forward, with virtually no malt presence, which is perfect. The body is a tad on the thin side, but that just makes it easier to guzzle. This IPA is teeming with flavor, and goes down as easy as...well, you get the idea. I preferred the Hoppy Birthday to this, but O'Brien's IPA is an awesome beer nonetheless. I would love to have this again.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ArthurPendragon for sending me this growler! Served in a Surly pint glass. Shared with friends for the pre-NotLA tasting party.

A - This is one great-looking IPA. Pours with two fingers of ecru foam that dissipates slowly to a thick cap and a ton of splotchy lacing. Transparent deep golden color with a few stray bubbles here and there.

S - Lots of pine and tangerine rind, a few floral notes, not much in the way of malt - maybe a bit of sugar cookie that comes out a bit more as the beer warms up. It's a reference-quality West Coast IPA, but doesn't stand out from the crowded field all that much.

T - Taste is a little more muted, with aggressive pine and bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. It's a little bit of a one-trick pony, but it does what it does very well.

M - Mouthfeel is enamel-meltingly excellent, with bone-dry finish, and tons of residual oily resins. The only thing this could use is a little more heft in the body, although for a 6% brew this isn't a big problem.

D - This is a great session IPA. If the bitterness were a little better attenuated it'd be pretty close to perfect in this regard. Wish this were on-tap in my neck of the woods.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left good sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was signature alpine consisting of great pine and floral hop notes alongside some citrus grapefruit but with a good sweet malt presence on this one. like the nose the hops and pine flavors worked together but the citrus grapefruit added accents and the malts helped on the balancing act and wasn't as fruity as other alpine hop bomb offerings. the brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citric bitter and nice slight dry finish. it drank really good and went great with their beer battered onion rings.

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4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained in a trade with MrHirschybar, shared at a local tasting with some other gentlemen and one gentlelady.

Beer served in a Bruery tulip, no Alpine glass for Matt. Beer is amber, light amber with a nice great head, the growler was filled to the tippy top, awesome overall. Very awesome.

Aroma is hoppy, excellent, earthy, mildly piny, fruity hops. No malt sneaking through.

Beer is medium to light in body, very bitter finish but it is not too dry on the back. The forward is a nice mixture of hop flavors and components, mild sulfury CTZ chewiness with some great tropical and citrus flavors. A very good IPA and a very good beer. Have it again? Yes please.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

App: Very clear, dark amber color; fluffy head, good lacing remains.

Smell: Mostly citrusy hops, grapefruit and orange, some herbal and grassy notes, faint sweetness.

Taste: More old school and balanced than something like Duet or Nelson. Easy drinking for sure. I didn’t find this to be a super hop bomb even though the toasty maltiness is pretty restrained. Just a touch sweet, good bitterness, nice but not profound hop character, mostly again, citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, and herbal flavors.

Mf: Medium-thin body, medium-low carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness in the finish but nothing too extreme.

Overall: Fresh and tasty but I didn’t love this one as much as Duet and Nelson or even Pure Hoppiness, seemed a little more traditional and not as massively west coast hopped as the others. Would like to have it again sometime. Nice but not my favorite Alpine IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Dyan yesterday. Probably would have appreciated this a bit more if I hadn't had the Bad Boy first. In any event...

O'brien's pours an orange copper color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer has an exceptionally pronounced orange citrus aroma that is intense (in a very good way). There's also a hint of pine, but the citrus character really dominates in this beer. Flavors replicate the nose, and right off the bat I'm impressed by how light on the palate this IPA is. There is consdierable flavor, but the bitterness is dialed down somewhat, and the alcohol is not the least bit noticeable. The beer finishes with some noticeable bitterness, but I'm amazed by how well balanced this beer is. The beer is also quite dry, very much in the West Coast style, and drinkability is just excellent.

Another flat out excellent IPA from these guys. I'm starting to expect it whenever I see the Alpine label.

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4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an almost two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and is a concentrated copper tinged, rich amber color that shows a perfect, rich copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of dank hop character (which is dominant) and fruity, tropical fruit accented citrus notes. Aromas of essential "hemp" oil, light pine tar, and a zesty-green herbal note are lightly balanced by notes of lychee, apricot, candied ruby-red grapefruit, and a touch of vibrant orange blossom. This really is quite the dank hop character, it remains quite smooth, but really captures the essence of sticking your nose into a dime bag quite well (that skunky herbal note is alive and well here).

Lightly sweet, but has an overall effect of being pretty dry. Hints of caramelized malt character add just a touch of grain character along with some light biscuit notes towards the finish. This is clearly an IPA though, as the hops are extremely dominant. Green hop notes, herbal character, hemp oil (though perhaps not quite as distinct as the aroma might suggest), green tobacco notes (this is quite strong actually) and a hop-fruit character that is much reduced compared to the aroma (noticeable notes of lychee and tart grapefruit). This has just enough heft to carry the hops, yet remain quite drinkable; this is as a good IPA should be. This has an expressive, smooth, yet ample bitterness from beginning to end that intertwines itself with the green, dank hop character.

This is perhaps the strongest influenced by its nearest cousin, hoppy IPA that I have ever had. If it wasn't for the soft citrus components it would likely be too much. Despite the "herbal" influence, this still maintains a smooth, never astringent hop character that helps to make this quite quaffable. The aroma is definitely a bit more balanced a bit more between herbal and fruit components, and I certainly can't help but wish the flavor did the same; though the flavor is far from objectionable.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler.

Dark amber orange color with a bubbly white head. Aroma is potent blend of biscuit and caramel malt with fresh pine needles, citrus, grapefruit, and light toast. Flavor is similar to the aroma, though a little less citrus flavors. Bread and biscuit blend with pine and earthy hops, citrus rind and peel. Clean, dry finish. An exceptional AIPA.

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4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is orange with a 3 finger head. The head lingers for a very, very long time, and the lacing is beautiful. The aroma is very crisp. Orange pith, pineapple, and tons of grapefruit with some floral notes and pine resin. Flavor is very citrusy, that citrus being mainly grapefruit. No alcohol is noticeable in the flavor. Very little sweetness. Very dry. The finish is citrus bitterness and lingers for an extended period of time. Light bodied with good carbonation. The drinkability is insane on this one.

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O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 97% out of 100 with 135 ratings
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