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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado. I passed this up at O'Brien's and Alpine so I made sure I ticked it before I left San Diego. Nice yellow-orange, white head, huge lace. Smells quite hoppy but all fruits. The flavor is also very fruity hops, not much bitterness if at all and a strange malt background that I could not lay a finger on. Went down very quickly and while it is very hoppy it does not measure up to Alpine's IPA's. Solid beer.

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