Ned | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.17%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mattwjones on 05-16-2010

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Ratings:
71
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.54%
 
 
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Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of pperez38
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of fear025
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma:The harsh wild yeast makes itself known. Mild raspberries and cherries.

Appearance:Red. Nice head that dissipates quickly. Medium lacing.

Taste:Great tart sourness that washes over your tongue and dissipates within one second. This quickly changes into a grassy tobacco and leather flavor. After the first few sips, the flavors become kind of watery and washed out, and not as impressive.

Mouthfeel:There are some subdued harsh wild yeast notes. Body is low to medium, carbonation is low to medium, but adequate.

Overall:This is an easy drinking beer with hints of sourness and complexity.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Sean trying to impress and feed the tick, batch 2 I believe...A light brown pour, too clear, ok light tan head with ok retention but no lacing...A nice aroma, yummy vinegar, light cherries, smooth oak, has me excited...The taste is a huge letdown, harsh burnt wood replaces the oak, the vinegar is tart in a bad way, cherries are gone, not any sweetness to break this up. Not digging this at all.

Surprised to see an Alpine beer that wasn't an ipa, like the effort but not executed as well. Huge flanders fan and this just doesn't even come close.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle and served in a wine glass. Shows a brownish burgundy in color, purely clear and crimson in the light, and with half an inch of off white foam. Cap settles to a light film in a few minutes and drops some artsy lacing throughout. Somewhat hoppy through the foam.

Aroma is pleasant and woody, though a bit subdued. Lightly tart with notes of black cherry and raisin and is vinous to a degree but not strongly so.

Flavor follows with the oak adding some complexity to the tart cherry notes. Acidic notes are present but not detrimental. Close is somewhat rich and buttery then finishing with a return of tart fruit. Carbonation is light but spritzy enough to work well with the fruit flavors.

Overall more sweet than sour on the continuum, with notable wood influences and a light tartness and with a finish that s a bit short. Sweetness is more apparent in feel than in flavor however.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of TexIndy
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. No dating info but this was a special release earlier this year and Milt bought it at the brewery on release day so it's been handled gently. It was a deep ruby color but could still good carb streams from the etching. It had about a finger of head that settled into a good collar with some central wisps from the streams.

The aroma was heavy on the vinous vinegar with some cherries and oak but they were subtle. A little disappointed in the aroma. The taste followed the aroma and was heavy on the vinegar with again just a little cherry and oak in there. Needed more to balance out the heavy vinegar. I love sours but this was too one dimensional for me. Mouthfeel was watery but had great carbonation. The aftertaste was subtle.

Overall, a was disappointed in this one. I have loved all the other Alpines that I've had so was really looking forward to this one especially since I love the style. A little more secondary aroma and flavors would really jump this one up as it already has a good sour vinegar base. Not avail here in TX so got from Milt. Rotation - not avail here and was hard to get so I'd say one is enough unless the stars aligned just right. Would love to try at the brewery on the next SD trip if available. [O;Y]

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

A - Pours ruby red, cream-colored fizzy head, no cap or lacing.

S - Slight sour/tart, acidic, sour cherries, oak.

T - Not quite as sour as the nose. A little bit of a let-down because I really liked the nose. Slight sour cherries, slight sweetness, some oak.

M - Light, very little carbonation, dry finish.

D - Not bad but I'll go elsewhere for a sour...Alpine owns the IPA category.

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Photo of 7ways
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Frothy off white head that leaves nice lace and fades to a milky coating on the surface. Aroma is heady, woody, sour fruit and sweet vinegar. I don't think I've ever tasted so much vinegar in a fresh beer. Not much fruit in the taste, maybe a little green apple; kind of cheesy like Ichtegem's. Very pleasing aftertaste, a lot of oak, a little chocolate. The carbonation is good, but body is lacking a bit.

This beer almost tastes like a lot of things, which I guess means complexity. Sessionable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suckaj
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of AgentZero
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish brown beer that is fairly opaque. Small, off-white head that left some minor spots on the sides.

S - Smells of deep cherries and some dark fruits. Fairly tart, with some sourness and vinegar.

T - Tart with deep flavors. It actually could use some more wood in there. Wish the acetic notes were slightly sharper, but this isn't bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer with some good flavors, but nothing that sets it head and shoulders above other nice beers of this style. Wouldn't mind drinking again though.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davod23
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting... Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip.

This beer is gorgeous. Ned pours a beautiful brick-red. A fizzy, cream colored head rises swiftly and recedes just as quickly, leaving a thin collar. Perfect, and I mean perfect, clarity. As nice a Flanders red as I've ever seen.

The aroma is outstanding a quite unusual. I'm getting some of the characteristic Flanders acetic and lactic aromas, maybe a bit of the barrels, but what is really striking are the sweet aromas. I'm getting vanilla cake and buttercream frosting, with a whit of sweet Maraschino cherry. Really nice.

Taste. Damn. The first impression set me up for disappointment. The taste is just okay. In my opinion, the sourness is really lacking here. I think that it's just a bit on the sweet side. Oak. Bright cherry. Not as bold as I'd like. Finish is slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel is very good. Relatively light in body, slightly effervescent, rolls around the tongue nicely.

Drinkability is also solid. I think if it sours up more with some time in the bottle it will be an even better, more-drinkable brew.

Good effort from the guys at Alpine.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MustardKrautFan. I think Sean also shared one of these with me a few months ago. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid, glass-coating lace. Transparent orange-brown body with reddish highlights.

S - Sour cherries, tart apple skins, lots of oaky vanilla and spicy wood, a touch of caramel malt, hint of vinegar, and a decent amount of lactic sourness.

T - Taste is more sour, with less depth and complexity. Both vinegar and lactic notes, as well as a hint of sour cherries. As it warms up a bit of vanilla and caramel malt character round things out. Finishes quite oaky.

M - Somewhat gritty and tannic texture, with a dry finish. Body is a bit thin and watery, and carbonation is on the moderate-to-lower side.

D - Even with some minor flaws I found this quite enjoyable, and had no problem finishing a few pours. I dig the lower ABV, particularly after all the high-alcohol Avery sours I've had recently. I think Alpine could have a winner here with a few tweaks to the next batch.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to get to try this beer!

A- Body is a tawny reddish brown hue. Quite translucent and uniformly cloudy. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy off-white head that has nice retention about 1/2 finger.

S- Nose is pretty typical for a flanders red. A hint of vinegar, a lot of oaky smoothness, currants, and a hint of cherry. Also a faint bit of tartness.

T- Upfront is a mild to moderate amount of acidic tartness, somewhat tannic. The background is dry and has a hint of vinegar and oak as well as a hint of wine. The finish is somewhat dry and offers a kick of moderate acidic tartness and the oak barrel comes through a lot more to round things out.

M- High carbonation and a light dry feel. More agressive than smooth. There is a hint of smoothness at the finish with oak barrel qualities.

O- Overall this is a good, but somewhat dry red. The overall character is tart mildly agressive, and mildly tannic.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of Mothman. Pours a dark, reddish brown color. Slightly murky. Tan head with a nice collar. Tart fruit aroma. Sweet and tart flavors with a slight vinegar taste. Bretty notes as well. Curious as to the barrel they use to age this. Cherries also in the nose. Light mouthfeel. A really good beer in my opinion. Wish this was more available. The only knock is that it could be a tad bit more sour.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by chswimmer at a tasting. Thanks, Craig.

Deep red in color with a nice lasting off-white head.

Aroma is sour cherries and vinegar. Smells nice.

Great flavor - acetic with lots of cherries and maybe even a cinnamon/spice note. Not too sour.

Palate is not great - medium-bodied and maybe a little watery.

Good beer overall though. Does Alpine make a bad one? If so, I haven't had it. Highly drinkable, this one is.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by chswimmer. Thanks!

Murky cherry red with a small bone-colored head, this looks true to style.

It has a metallic aroma initially, but it opens up to reveal tart cherries and balsamic vinegar. It also has a light musty, funky barrel character and a touch of buttery oak. The aroma improves as the beer warms.

The palate opens with berry-like tartness, mild vinegar and tannic oak. it's thin, almost watery, and rather vinous and oaky. There's a mineral/metallic note in the finish that detracts a bit, but the biggest flaw is that the body and flavors of the beer don't hold up to the oak. Still, a decent interpretation of the style, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous trader for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours ruby win some brownish coloring. Off white head with a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward oak, acetic vinegar notes, and some cherries. Taste wraps it all together pretty well with he acetic acid and the cherries mixing with the oak, leading to a nice creamy mouthfeel. Toward then end, the vinegar flavors get to be a bit much, affecting its drinkability.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/30/10

A: Snifter. Brownish red with a fizzy off white head. Good retention. Scattered lacing.

S: Oak, lactic dark fruit notes mostly comprised of dark cherries but also exhibiting characteristics of plums and grapes. A moderate vinegar character is evident. The beer is lightly sweet.

T: Sweet and lightly acetic, the beer displays notes of oak and lightly sour cherries with lactic components. The beer peaks in lacticity and sweetness midpalate, finishing with an acetic oakiness that's eventually drying on the palate

M: Medium bodied. Dry and tannic. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable Flanders red ale at a great price, but Alpine reigns supreme in the hoppy category and I'd rather be drinking one of their hoppy beers, though I'd rather be drinking one of those than most other beers, so that's irrelevant and not very informative. I wasn't crazy about this when it was first released, but a short amount of time has done it great credit and it's now more enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for opening this brew. Poured a semi-hazy, burnished mahogany with a mere skim of a head that quickly dissipated into a thin band that coalesced around the edges. Nose expresses sour notes, cranberries and Sucrets. Taste reveals vanilla, cinnamon and lightly soured fruit. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a little astringency that comes out towards the back. An interesting spice character not typically associated with the style, but lacking some of the qualities I've come to expect and appreciate.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Clear tulip glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Tasting Room in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.00 (I think)
Purchased: April 20, 2016
Consumed: April 20, 2016
Misc.: 2016 release was April 17

Was looking forward to this one, despite the fact that the last special release (Dark Elixir) was terrible in my mind. At least this one has been out before. Wasn’t keen on the $17 price tag for a bottle, especially the 500-ml. size (16.9-oz.) and wasn’t going to make the same mistake on buying three without tasting it, so I decided to get a glass.

Poured an auburn, murky color with two fingers of frothy, khaki head when I got it. Very good amount of spotty, spiderweb lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled sour cherry, raspberry tart, Smarties, hints of milky vanilla, red vinegar, sweet wine notes and some oaky wood. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste followed the nose, but not quite as balanced. First thought was that sour cherry turpentine that did not work on Dark Elixir, but it wasn’t as bad here. Sour cherries, great deal of tartness, cherry vanilla ice cream, red vinegar, hints of oaky wine barrel and some sweet wine (did not mark red or white and I cannot remember). (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, tart finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was very good Flanders that will age nicely. I don’t think it was quite ready, but would like to have it again after sitting on it for a year or so. (Overall - 3.75)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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