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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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pDev:
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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a hotel glass. Purchased from the Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

A - Reddish brown with a hazy finish and a small beige head that dissipates quickly.

S - Cherries and raspberries with a tart, sour quality.

T - A nice tartness with cherries and a dry finish. Not intense but satisfying. I don't get much of the oak. Very nice for an American brewed Flanders Red but it doesn't quite reach the expectations set by the Belgians (Rodenbach, Duchesse, etc.).

M - A thin, smooth consistency with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - This is a tasty and enjoyable beer. A nice American effort on a style we've still got a long way to go on.

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Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber to tulip glass

As you pop the cap you can immediately smell a strong aroma of red wine vinegar and sweet cherries. It then pours a reddish-brown - when moved a away from the light it looks almost purple. A nice off-white head forms, fairly sudsy for the low alcohol, but there is little lacing. The tulip shape funnels the lactic acid, which is joined by plenty of cherries, raspberries and funk. Lots of funk.

It tastes like it smells, washing your palate in pleasantly acerbic sour and cherries. These flavors are balanced by an earthy, oaky malt backbone, but the lactic acid really dominates. This isn't the most sour of 'sours' I've tried, but right up there - the back of my tongue is puckering even after the carbonation washes down the last of the residue.

I'm hoping Alpine can make this consistently. Reading some of the reviews led me think that this was going to be a tame American attempt at a Flanders, but not here. Hopefully this wasn't just a good batch. Apline is a tiny road-trip away, so I'll be giving this another taste.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark maroon with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was a good interpretation of a flanders red which consisted of vinegar, sour cherries, some oak, and slight acidic notes. Upfront the sour cherries really blend nice with the vinegar flavors with oaky notes coming through to accent the overall taste. I was also glad that the beer was not overly acidic too. The brew was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet, fruity, sour, and slight acidic finish. It drank pretty damn good and I'm always happy to try new sour beers. Decent flanders, good job alpine.

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Photo of m1ked
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to doggnate for this one.

A- Poured into a 200 ml mason jar. Appears a translucent reddish brown with a 1/2" bubbly off white head that recedes to a foamy off white cap with sustained retention.

S- A distinct vinegar sour aroma laced with black cherry, currants and oranges. Some subtle vanilla woody notes. Finishes with a marked sour intensity. No hop aroma here.

T- Starts off with that intense vinegar, cherry, sourness that is oh so tasty and blends into some red wine notes with the woody vanilla. AS it warms up there are some complementary sweet character, which seems like the vanilla notes expanding a bit. Finishes with a restrained tannic bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a low astringency and mild acidity like a good medium bodied red wine.

D- This has not been a style that I have frequently had, yet each time I have had one I really enjoy it. This Ned is delicious and I see myself sipping on this throughout my evening happily. I would seek this out again, but not sure if Alpine is doing this one on a regular/irregular basis.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SanDeigoBeerLove for this one.

Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy off-white head. Color is a dark brown/maroon with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Oak and vinous flavors. Cherries. It has a musky flavor to it. Some funk here. Lightly sour.

Taste: Oak, wine flavors, lightly tart cherries, vinegar, acidic notes, and some funk to it.

Mouthfeel: A bit sour and mouthpuckering. Clean. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with vinegar notes.

Overall, a pretty decent flanders with a lot of solid flavors. Good drinkability. I could have more of this one.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-murky dark copper color, still somewhat transparent, tan colored head.

S-the nose starts with notes of candied grape, light caramel undertones, very dry oak, moderate amounts of acidity, musky brett and chalky and sweet in the back.

T-the taste brings candied fruit, probably grape, caramel malts, the brett is behind, a little sweet, light acidity, notes of the dry oak, hints of sweet red wine. the taste seems to be rather sweet.

M- medium body, slightly grainy but a good creamy feel on the sides of the mouth, strong carbonation, crisp dry finish.

D-pretty solid beer here, a little sweet but a nice oak presence and interesting balance of brett. the acidity is more powerful in the nose than the taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one the other day (and Gil for the cooler space).

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a finger's worth of tan colored head.

S: Lots of oak and sour cherries on the nose with a bit of a wine note to it. The vinegar is really mild as is the lactic note.

T: Like the nose exhibits, lots of sour cherries and oak. Slightly tannic at points and very acidic. The vinegar is in check, but there is a very strong acidity on the finish that leads to a bit of a metallic flavor at times.

M: The body is medium with a plentiful carbonation.

D: Not the best Flanders Red, but a pretty decent interpretation. I wanted to try this beer for over a year, when it was first mentioned, and am glad to have done so.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 7ways
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a red amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel with some light tartness. The flavor is fruit, iced tea, light tartness and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty nice Flanders Red Ale, but not among the best I have tried.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a champagne flute. Picked this one up out of the back room at Beverages 4 Less.

Hard pour yields a half finger off white head that dies down to a thing layer of foam. Brown with amber hues. Dots of lacing left of the glass.

Smells of sour funk, sour cherries, vanilla oakiness.

Tastes of sour cherries, a sort of sweet sourness with a lactic characteristic. Vanilla and oaky barrel characteristics.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated with a slight bite on the end. Pretty brisk and refreshing.

A highly drinkable flanders red. I definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance.

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Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 davod23
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ZX6Chris
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep mahogany red, barely any head, bubbles around the edge.

S-Sour cherries, currants similar to consecration but better, tart.

T-Sweet fruit, tart, tobacco aftertaste. Dry in the finish.

M-Great carbonation, light bodied.

D-Great aroma and flavor makes this an easy drinker. It's light enough to be a full flavored session beer.

Edit:9/5/10

I've revisited this and there is now a funk to it that wasn't there before. It's a subtle and pleasant funk that adds to the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of pastradul
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to zx6chris for the bottle!

Pours a nice burgundy with a small amount of head with some bubbles drifting to the top.

the smell is tart cherries and red fruit....

the taste is very similar to the nose. Starts of with a nice sweet and tart entry, then the dry finish covers the palate leaving you smacking your lips for more.

Not to sweet nor to tart, a great flanders for sure!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours somewhat murky deep amber, wispy head. Sparce lace.

S - Sharp tart nose. I can't get anything more than that.

T - Tangy sour, crisp apples, small sweet finish.

M - Medium body, great carb. Good balance.

D - Nice little beer. Thanks, Alpine!

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Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks friend!

Pours reddish brown. Surprisingly long last lasting inch or two of off-white foam. Even when it dies down, leaves some gob of bubbles all over the place. Nice.

Smells like ... vinegar and some sour cherries. Maybe a hint, just a hint of oak.

Taste is almost entirely vinous vinegar, some sour cherry/oakiness, and more sour vinegar-iness. Just a bit one-note.

NIce, pleasant enough. If moderately priced, would buy all the time.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 mattwjones
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bought in Alpine yesterday and poured into a large snifter.

A: Looks brown at first but has a definite red hue when you hold it to the light. Has nice lacing that clings to the glass after each sip.

S: Funky fresh! I can smell the delightful belgian funk and the smell makes you anticipate the sour goodness that is going to come next.

T: The taste is immediately sour, but as the tart sensation fades there is a satisfying malty warmth that is left on your tongue. There is so much going on that I am having trouble describing individual flavors. Although I cannot find the words to describe what I am tasting, I am thoroughly loving this beer.

M: Carbonation is crisp on the tongue and the sour is intense but not puckering.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. The ABV not a hinderance and the sour character of this beer makes it very refreshing. I have sipped and gulped from my glass and have found both to be satisfying.

I am a sour/belgian noob but I have had a couple to date and I think that Ned from Alpine is the best one that I have had so far. I will definitely be picking up some more of this beer if I can make it back over to Alpine before they run out!

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