Tuatara | Alpine Beer Company

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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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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Texasfan549
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/21/11 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending a growler of this one my way; always interested in trying new Alpine beers. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and not much head retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruit malts, light pine hops, and light tropical fruits. Nice and fruity and not overly strong in the hops department, but very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Again, nothing too strong but still very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice APA. Not nearly as strong or hoppy as some of their other beers, but at 4.2% ABV you can definitely have a few glasses of this one. A really easy drinking enjoyable APA; would like to have it again. Thanks again Dane!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alpine

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange with a white head.

S: Starts off with nice grapefruit/citrus hops on the nose. Plenty of floral notes along with a mild bread note and a light wheat smell. There is plenty of pine hop character as well.

T: A moderate hop/pine bitterness to open up. Like with any hoppy Alpine beer, lots of citrus and pine hop flavors. There is just a light floral note and some light maltiness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: I've liked these lower alcohol, highly hopped beers from Alpine. A nicely done beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Alpine - shared with friends.

A - Two fingers of soapy that dissipates slowly and leavings a solid cap with nice rings of lace. Transparent light golden body with a few stray bubbles.

S - Interesting hop aroma on this one - lots of peach and lemon, with touches of flowers and peppery spice. Not much malt character at all.

T - Taste is pretty similar to the smell, with more peach and less of the pepper flavor. Maybe a touch of cat pee. Again, negligible malt character, which is unsurprising for a 4.2% pale ale.

M - Thin, with light carbonation tingle, a touch of dryness and bitterness in the finish, but this is very clean.

D - A session pale ale that goes down easy. Nothing super special, but solid.

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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

Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with a few friends. Thanks Rich for continuing to satisfy my unending need for all things Alpine.

Pours a nice golden apricot color with a massive, frothy white head and good lacing and retention. Fairly sweet, citrus NZ hop aroma with light tropical and sweet malt notes. Flavor starts initially sweet and juicy, with surprising amounts of citrus and tropical hops before finishing with stronger pine bitterness. Pleasant toasted malt body throughout, with a mild herbal and floral presence that becomes more potent in the finish. Light bodied, soft and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking and enjoyable, but lacking the excitement of Hoppy Birthday. Nothing wrong with that and would happily have this again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/1/2010

On tap at Stone. Appears vibrant yellowish orange with a pillow white head and good retention.

The aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit, orange, and pine, with accompanying floral, earthy, and minty notes. The malt profile is faint and grainy.

The flavor exhibits a lemony, orange pith, and herbal bitterness with some mint notes. Sweetness is ephemeral midpalate, quickly reverting to dry floral/herbal/lightly citric bitterness. Pine and a light astringency are apparent in the dry and bitter terminus.

The mouthfeel is dry and sticky and carbonation is high. A flavorful and quite sessionable hoppy pale ale for a warm summer day, though I much prefer Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of Donkster46
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of popery
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer. Growler. Very nice. It’s light and dry with lots of hops. I love these beers that are basically scaled down West Coast-style IPAs. Pours pale gold with a white head. Nose has plenty of hops and leans toward the citric and tropical flavors - grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, pineapple, mango, mild pine and grass. Light on the palate with just a touch of pale malt flavor. Rather dry. Very pleasant mild bitter hop bite in the finish. A good beer for an afternoon of drinking.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronados

A: Amber color with a thin tan head.

S: Pretty nice floral and pine hop aroma with some hop resin in the background.

T: Caramel malts upfront with a bit hit of pine hops and hop resin. A really solid pale ale. Not the best out there, but a really good one.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of Sean9689
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Tuatara from Alpine Beer Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 70 ratings.
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