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O'Brien's IPA | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of HopHead84
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at, wait for it... O'Brien's. Pours clear gold with a short, off-white head. Crisp aroma of grapefruit, pine, pepper, and perfume. Creamy, yet light mouthfeel. Hops and resin up front, but not overwhelming. More of a pink grapefruit sweetness in terms of citrus mixed well with the biscuit maltiness. Bitter and clean finish. Loved it.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from Growler.

Poured a medium to deeper amberish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral, toasty, more pine, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, floral, toasted caramel, and light citrus. Yet another solid West Coast IPA!

Notes from 9/27/08

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-deep copper with an off white head that retains well and leaves spotty lace.

S-West coast all the way citrusy hops up front with supporting caramel malt sweetness.

T-A no nonsense, straight forward WC IPA! This is nothing flashy, a wonderful hop/malt vehicle into your gullet!

M-Medium-light bodied with a nice long lasting citrusy bitterness.

D-Easy to drink and delicious. I am sure O'Brien's is very happy with their name on this brew. A shining example of a WC IPA.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ ... O'Brien's!

Awesome. Right up there with most of the Russian River IPA's and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in the genre of refreshing, hoppy but not over the top West Coast IPA's.

Tremendous body, aroma, taste, everything. Very little to complain about, might be a bit more punchy but the overall effect is ridiculous in terms of hop flavor, aroma and refreshment.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler picked up 4 days ago.

A- Burnt orange/red, very clear, with a slightly off white fluffy head that builds up. Spot on for my favorite color for an IPA.

S- Smell is mostly citrusy hops with a malt sweetness. A really fresh smell to it, as expected being from a tap at the brewery.

T- starts sweet real quickly and then fades into a moderately bitter citrus, slightly berry-ish finish. The delayed aftertaste is very interesting- it's like citrus, but caramel combining with it to make something juicy sweet. It's nice.

M/D- not only is this IPA easy to drink, it packs a nice punch. Light body yet still really hoppy. There's just nothing like a good West Coast IPA (which most east coast breweries unfortunately just can't grasp).

Easily one of my favorite IPA's- but no surprise b/c Alpine knows what it takes to make a good one. Similar hop qualities in this to Pure Hoppiness but lighter and more of a malt sweetness ot it.

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Photo of m1ked
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler at the source for a camping trip.

A- Crystal clear coppery-orange. Poured aggressively which rewarded me with a beautiful cascade of tiny bubbles. Retained a 1" white foamy head, that shrinks down to a thin layer with plenty of lacing.

S- Sweet piney tangerines, grapefruit zest and a little grassy. Delicious.

T- Sweet maltiness hint that quickly gives way to the smooth pine-tangerine flavor. A sweet bitter lingering flavor.

M- Smooth, almost creamy. Medium bodied, coats my tongue.

D- This brew is so easy to drink, and delicious. It is not overly hoppy (to me)and the etoh is well hidden, and a great balance. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of tonistruth
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Stone Brewing Company Bistro in Escondido, CA

A- brilliant light orange with a 1 finger silky white head that holds well

S- simple yet pleasing hoppy citrus

T- a hop dominant brew that includes flavors of citrus, citrus rind, raw hop oils, and some spiciness from the hops, that is a sweetness to the brew but no distinguishable malt flavors

M- slick with hop bite at finish

D- another marvelous IPA from the hop wizards at Alpine, sessionable but not worth going out of your way for, save that effort for Duet ;)

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's Pub 14th Anniversary Barrel-Aged beer night 1/15.
A- Pours a clear strong orange hue, thin layer of white head sustains, creamy lacing on the glass
S- Pure hops up front, mostly grassy with a touch of pine, crisp and fresh with a touch of malt in the background
T- Initial taste is delicious, grassy hops with a very 'green' and fresh taste, citrus and pine peek thought with a touch of chalk, delicious!
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, mild carbonation
D- My second experience with this absolutely stellar single IPA, i love the hop profile and balance, very drinkable with low alcohol presence, I have heard this is a Blind Pig clone which I would love to evaluate in the future, here's to hoping this proliferates and perhaps gets bottled!

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Photo of Floydster
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at O'Briens for around four dollars on Tuesday at about 3pm before the barrel aged festivities started

Color was a golden orange color with a slightly red tint, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stuck around for a few minutes, good retention, and lots of lacing

Smell was great because of its piney aromas mostly, nice subtle citrus scents as well, small amount of malt, and oddly some smokiness

Taste was dominated by pine hoppiness just like the smell was and I am a big fan of that, some lemon, orange, and tangerine were all in the taste as well, some nice dry aftertastes were balanced out by some malt, but it was a good thing that the hops were extremely bitter and overpowering in this case, nice IPA overall

Nice level of carbonation but this was just too thin to me, not much substance as far as the body goes, taste did have a long lasting effect though

Could drink a couple pints of this stuff really easily, it has a low ABV and is relatively light, taste might get tiresome after a while if you did not have some food to go with it

I was excited to try this stuff and it turned out to be pretty good, hope this become a permanent tap at this bar, Alpine makes some very good india pale ales, recommended for all the hop lovers out there in San Diego

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Photo of sfoley333
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Churchills in San Marcos into an English pint glass. Poured a golden copper color with a finger size white head. The aroma was a mix of citrus, pine, and slight sweet malt scent. Taste was well balanced between grapefruit pine hoppiness and a well formed malt biscuit body. Mouthfeel was medium body with good carbonation and mild alcohol feel. This is a great drinking IPA thats well balanced between hop, bitterness, and malt body.

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