O'Brien's IPA | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sfoley333 on 01-10-2008

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a rapidly dissipating off-white head that gets perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Sweet grapefruit nose is so inviting. Full body that enters the mouth so smoothly you'd think it was nitrogen. Lovely citrus through and through without overpowering. This IPA has nice balance.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear copper color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- I'm not picking up really any malts here. Completely domintaed by hops. The first thing I noticed was a herbal smell that was marijuana like. Quite a bit of citrus, grapefruit and orange.

T- Hop dominanted for sure with just a bit malt sweetness. A very tasty brew for sure. Quite a bit of tropical fruits.

M- Thinner side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- A very awesome brew for sure. Really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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."

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rand
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From growler to pint

A: O'Brien's IPA pours a surprisingly deep copper in color, perfectly clear, and forms a fluffy, cavernous head. Patches of lacing are left all over the pint glass.

S: Wet floral hops jump to the front of the bouquet - grapefruit-citrus-y with a touch of buttery tropical tones, but this is a lot more subtle than Alpine's typical IPA hop profile. The malt and yeast aspects are more dry and cracker-like than bready (again, in comparison to Alpine's big IPA's), which blend nicely with the relatively subdued hop notes.

T: The flavor profile unravels all at once, with fresh, lightly bitter hops bouncing off honey-sweet malts. There's the characteristically Alpine tropical note that, although doesn't dominate the palate, become the profile's most distinctive feature. Some resinous dryness carries towards the finish, pushing back the honey-sweet malt-backbone. This back-and-forth carries to a balanced and clean finish.

M: Medium bodied, but the depth and breadth of flavors makes the beer feel heavier than it is. Nice scrubbing carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips.

Probably the most sessionable IPA I've come across - 6.2% is pushing it, but this is basically a pale ale with IPA flavor. I can't think of an IPA in a 6-pack that even comes close to this.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PizzaPort – Cbad
*Notes from 12/02/11 –> slacker

A: O’Briens IPA pours a sort of garnished clear amber color. Brassy almost with a one finger pure white whip atop and just sheets of lace down my glass.

S: Smells of sweet grapefruit. Like candied citrus peels followed by some light pine and wafts of caramel pale malts.

T: Just so tasty and well balanced. Sticky citrus, pine and hempy herb hop notes with a really nice puckering bitterness overall. Touch of bready cracker malt base. Nothing off the scales but just everything I look for in an IPA. So refreshing and delicious.

M: Super dry and light bodied. Some sticky resins linger on the tongue. Crisp in the finish.

D: This may possibly be my favorite single IPA. Great hop bitterness with lots of citrus and hemp flavors. Subtle but present pale malt backing brings great balance overall. Light dry and crisp. Again nothing off the charts but on point as far as the style goes. Just so refreshing.

Highly recommended!

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4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

O'Brien's IPA from Alpine Beer Company
4.35 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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