Tuatara | Alpine Beer Company

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70 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
70
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
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2
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from the ever-generous ArthurPendragon.

Poured from growler to nonic, two fingers of thick foam top a brilliantly clear golden body. Head retention is outstanding; a white cap lasts until the final gulp.

The nose is distinctly Alpine: loaded with herbal, floral, spicy dry hops. The hop aroma is unique, decidedly different from anything they've made with West Coast hops, more on the spicy, zesty side, but no less huge and aromatic.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and crisp, barely a trace of malt to be found. Zesty, herbal, slightly floral hops are supported by the lightest of crackery malt flavor. This one is dry from beginning to end, with very little bitterness coming through in the finish. It's incredibly delicate stuff, but so damn flavorful and refreshing. Drinkability is off the charts; I could session an entire growler of this over the course of a few hours. Another amazing beer from Alpine, I wish more breweries would make beers like this.

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an exceptionally great beer I have to say. Big thanks to my man out west for keeping me up with all the Alpine releases. This one was killed by yours truly last night while listening to the phish fest on the TV.

The pour was killer, light golden pale amber with a huge head of white that came up and over the top. Rich notes of light citrus hops are dancing all over this one, really very complex and quite the nice beer I have to say. As I take the first sip the clean crisp nature of the flavor really sets it apart for me. Nice crisp lemon zest on the tongue, light notes of grain and a touch of fresh grassy and herbal like notes. Warming brings some sweet, buttery balance to it and leaves a nice dry finish with a long taste of light hops that stays with you throughout the session.

Overall this was soo damn drinkable that I killed the whole thing before I even knew what had hit me. I could have this one on tap at the house forever, it was just that damn good!

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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with half finger of white foam, super super tiny bubbles. Very good retention. After a little bit has been drunk, almost half of the exposed glass is a solid wall of lacing. Nice.

S: Smooth, spicy pine and floral hoppiness. Subtle and very fresh.

T: Taste is the same, with a slight lemon. Not much malt here. Finish is mildly bitter.

M: Crisp, medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Ridiculously drinkable. Has all the great flavors of an IPA, but at a sessionable ABV. Great stuff. This is among my favorite Alpine beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's today. Crystal clear gold to light caramel color. Smell has a combination of earthy/spicy and fruity/tropical hops. The taste is zesty. Finishes with a bit that is quite reminiscent of many of sierra nevada's hoppy beers (a really distinct flavor I get solely from SN), but not with as much of the caramel aspect. Nice hoppy flavor to it. Mouthfeel is light yet pretty smooth. At 4.2% this beer is very nice for multiple rounds when you are in the mood for hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A light golden ale with great clarity and a creamy white head. The aroma is bursting with tropical fruit and citrusy hops. A touch of yeast comes through as well. The flavor follows with huge tropical fruit and citrus notes. The bitterness is low and there's a hint of toasted malt. The consistency is very creamy for a lower alcohol beer and it has a nice low carbonation.

This was quite a surprise. It's got all of the hop flavor of an IPA but is much more of a session beer. Alpine is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of OlieIPA
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an Alpine pint glass at roughly 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: Pale gold body that supported a 1-finger head and mild lacing.

S: A sweet wheat character along with a very unique hop profile. The New Zealand hops, which I believe are used in the hop bill, create a very sharp pine-like aroma.

T: Mild sweetness with a decent amount of hop-kick. Unlike anything I've tried, but closely resembles either a hopped up Pale Ale or California Common.

M: Light and dry on the palate with robust amounts of carbonation.

D: Perfect for a warm afternoon, this beer was easy to drink and exhibited tons of flavor.

Overall: Alpine...how do you do it? A must try. Cheers!

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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this as a sample at the brewery during SD Beer Week.

Apperance was menacing. A light orange colored body with lots of super bright white head. Creamy looking head with insane lacing.

Smell is good, lots of lemony and grassy flavors, very fresh smelling, like being in a field. A bunch of bright but dry citrus is here too with an underlying biscuity smell and some spice and earth. Seems very New Zealand style.

They weren't kidding on their board. Lots of lemon/lime flavors come out in the taste, almost like drinking sprite, but not an odd kind of "is this beer?" feeling. It's definitely beer, but the hop flavor is very unique and refreshing. Lots of lemon and lime type flavors with some orange. Not too much grapefruit or anything bitter, just lots of brightness. There's a bunch of crackery/biscuity/grainy/cereal malt underneath but it's well hidden beneath the very spritzy/zesty hops.

The feel is very dry with a grainyness and good carbonation. Despite how abrasive you think it should be, there's a little bit of creaminess.

Drinkability is incredible. I could drink this all day every day for a year. Super dry and refreshing, almost like drinking a good ginger ale. Amazing flavors that make you contemplate what a hoppy beer is supposed to be and something so unique that you just can't get enough. Alpine, I know you're bottling a lot of your beers now, why not give this one a whirl and be completely surprised when it is your best seller?

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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this at O'Brien's Pub on Nov. 10 while I waited for the Kopi Luwak Speedway to get tapped. This new hoppy Alpine beer was made with some New Zealand Moteuka hops (a cross breed with Saazer, giving it a noble hop characteristic and also known as "B Saaz") and Pacific Jade (a cross of New Zealand "First Choice" and "Old Line" Saazer Male hops).

Tuatara presented a great clarity with a light caramel color, a combination of light brown and light orange hues. A half inch of foam settled to a thin layer after a few moments, leaving some lacing behind.

Very tropical on the nose, must come from the Pacific Jade, with grapefruit, mango, orange, floral and lemony aromas that are reminiscent of Amarillo but with a slightly herbal and spicy twist. Hints of light toast and light caramel malts in the back.

Yum! These guys know how to make tasty and refreshing hoppy beers. Clean bitterness with creamy carbonation and a medium dryness in the finish. Balancing toast, biscuit and light caramel malts. Floral hops, citrus rind, bitter orange, and a bit of young nectarine.

Very smooth, creamy carbonation, and feels a tad light in the finish but suits well for the style and makes it very easy to drink. Could drink a growler of this.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's and again at Pizza Port Carlsbad during SD Beer Week. What an awesome pale ale.

Great clear golden color with a foamy white head and some lacing that fades to a ring.

Aroma was somewhat mild and a little odd the first time I had it, almost like the smell after a rain, along with some citrusy hops. Second time around this funkiness wasn't there and it was mostly just fresh hops. Smelled great that time.

Flavor is lots of fresh rough citrus hops, some grain, and a little pale malt. Tasty and very well-hopped.

Palate is medium light with hoppiness lingering. Pretty refreshing.

A nice session pale ale overall, great for the style. Drinkability high.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine Brewery
*Notes from 08/12/11

A: My pint of Tuatara arrived a crystal clear & effervescent soft caramel color with a nice frothy 2 finger white head of foam and some scattered lacing.

S: Aromas are chalked full of citrus fruit flesh. Lemony really. Fruity tangy hops and subtle breads.

T: Big citrus hop flavors. Zesty lemon. Wheat is subtle and brings a sugary breadlike maltiness to the table. Really nice hop zing for such a small brew. Light dry crisp finish. Very tasty.

M: An incredibly light bodied beer with a great creamy texture.

D: The very definition of drinkable. A super hopped light and fruity pale ale coming in at 4.2%. I can def drink this brew ALL day long!

Another great showcase of NZ hops from Alpine and something quite unique to the palate. Extremely refreshing for a hot summers afternoon.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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