Tuatara | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
4.12/5
71 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,178
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
71
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of ehammond1
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company
Alpine, CA

Nearly clear golden orange with a small near-white head, eventually leaving spots and irregular lines of lace down the glass.

The aroma is better than the flavor, with good amounts of citrus and earthy hop character, with good amounts of bready, mildly sweet malts behind it.

The flavor isn't particularly appreciable, especially when you're aware of Alpine's pedigree of brewing world-class pale ales and IPAs. There's a distinct cardboard, almost woody, flavor that dominates the other stale bread notes. There's a touch of citrus but it's hidden.

Medium bodied with crisp, high carbonation.

An average beer from an extraordinary brewery.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Briens. Poured clear gold with a bubbly white head. Bitter, metallic hop nose with a bit of funky malt. Strange. Expected mouthfeel for an APA. Grainy malt with an earthy overtone. Very hoppy for an APA, but more bitter and peppery spice than the citrus that Alpine usually cranks out. Very refreshing. I think it was more me and what I expected than the beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few isolated bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Mildly floral and herbaceous with practically no malt component; very clean.

T: Begins dry, with toasted malt and savory herbaceous hop aromatics. Moderate acidity adds brightness before the middle, where floral and weak tropical fruit flavors continue to develop. Cleanliness prevails throughout, including during the finish, which features delicate bitterness that tastes of authentic grapefruit peel.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Not surprisingly, this beer is hop-forward--but in moderation rather than abundance--with feather-light malt and notably insignificant yeast influences. It is Alpine's most sessionable pale ale yet, seeming under-powered compared to Hoppy Birthday. While such a comparison cannot be helped, it does seem unfair to hold this beer up to such a benchmark.

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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Alex for scoring this one for our 5 growler showdown. Poured from growler into Sierra Nevada Pint Glass. Notes from iPhone, so they're not all that good.

A - Light golden color, two fingers worth of white fizzy head, some really nice sticky lacing.

S - Light hoppy notes, very light citrus, kinda bland.

T - Muted hoppy notes, super light citrus, some floral characteristics.

M - Light bodied, nice carbonation, refreshing.

D - Super-easy to drink, but I'll take something from Town Hall or an Alpha King any day of the week.

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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 32-oz. draft growler
Glass: Figueroa Mountain shaker pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Tasting Room in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $7.50 (I think)
Purchased: June 3, 2016
Consumed: June 3, 2016
Misc.: Reviewed as an American Pale Wheat Ale

Had a taster of this first and liked it enough to get a crowler, but not enough to get a growler. Thought Rachel might like it as well. Beer Advocate and RateBeer say it is a pale ale, but I think it might be more of a pale wheat ale. Will start out reviewing it as such, but may change my mind midway through.

Poured a yellow, deep gold, clear color (est. 6-to-7.5 lovibonds) with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white, frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass as the head dissipated on the top. Poor, wet lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled a nice mix of dry hops, I think getting Citra, floral and some spiciness, thinking either Amarillo or Simcoe. Also some grassy, vegetable (broccoli or green beans) herbal notes, but not in a bad way. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was better than the smell. Got Citra, New Zealand hops, hints of Galaxy, spicy hops (thinking Amarillo more than Simcoe now), grassy, herbal hops, hay and white bread. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good for the style. Not sure I’ want a lot of this, but would have it again. Great for this heat wave we are having in Alpine. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden pretty standard Pale Ale color with nice white head.

The smell is of pure hops. Piney and earthy.

The taste is hops hops hops. No malt to be found and it is very bitter and lots of hop flavor for a Pale Ale. I thought this aspect of it was great considering the low ABV. It is to be expected not much malt in such a low alcohol beer.

A good alternative if you want a hoppy beer but not the usual 7% ABV.

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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a fresh growler. Pours a clear golden straw in color and sports a half inch of creamy off-white foam which offers strong retention, particularly for a growler pour. Moderate lacing follows all the way down the pint.

Pleasant hop nose of primarily citrus notes. Some lemon and tangerine with a touch of pine in the background, with a bit more orange and malt notes with warming, along with some resinous funk.

Flavor is light and smooth, matching its light ABV. Citric malts are light but pleasant and somewhat complex for the lightness of the brew. Offers a light body but is not too thin by any means, thanks in part to a nice hop and spice character on the finish which gives the beer more texture and fullness than one might expect from a low ABV brew. Carbonation also yields a creamy feel and an makes for an easy drinking brew.

Note: From notes written Aug. 2010

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass.

A: Pours a golden, peach-colored body with an off-white head that leaves some tendrils of lace.

S: This has a grassy, leafy, citrusy hop nose that is a departure from the usually bright citrus pith aromas of West Coast pale ales. The malt is restrained and lends a bready accent to the beer.

T: Tuatara evokes a natural comparison to Nelson, being that both have NZ hops, but this one doesn't shine as brightly as the latter. I notice the bready malt in the background, and the citrus is weak in favor of grassy, leafy flavors; the overall combination makes for a drinkable, but not standout, profile. I like it but find myself reflecting on how much better most of Alpine's other beers are. That being said, a poor showing for Alpine is still an excellent showing against just about anyone else.

M: Light-bodied; the beer is crisp and clean. No lingering bitterness or any sort of sticky aftertaste. Each sip is as fresh as the one before it.

O: I'm not completely blown away by the beer, but I enjoy it and find the growler diminishing rapidly before my eyes. I love the flavor to ABV quotient; I wish I could find a comparably tasty, light beer like this closer to home. That's a big selling point for me.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this growler. Served in an Alpine pint glass on an Alpine coaster while wearing an Alpine t-shirt. That's right, Paul. Aside from demolishing Paul, the beer was also quite pleasant to drink.

Pours a nice apricot color with a two-finger white head and good lacing and retention.

Nose carries a light dosing of New Zealand hops. Citrus rind and light tropical notes, plus just a touch of pine. Nothing too strong -- they could have gone with more here. The flavor adds a bit more character and isn't quite as tame, with nice fruity notes throughout.

Light body with crisp carbonation and a light bitterness. Nothing too intense, but a great summer brew.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of frasergrove
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of texasspottedcow
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey, nice near white head, slow to leave. Some cling remains.

S - Light malt, straw, NZ hops def in there.

T - Taste close to smell. Malt not overly sweet, and grassy. Clobbered by hops in finish. Clean overall.

M - Good carb and balance. Med to light body.

D - The very definition of session.

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Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 71 ratings
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