Red Card | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by radshoesbro on 07-04-2010

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4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

A: Pours red-tinted golden color with a finger of off-white, beautiful head, swaths of lacing, superb clarity. Very good retention.

S: The nose is somewhat faint, unfortunately, but you get the breadiness and juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange) and some bright amber malt.

T: The highlight of the taste is the really good balance between the bread/spice and citrus/pine. Citrus imparts nice brightness, and the bitterness on the finish is very subtle.

M: Smooth yet crisp, medium body, light carbonation.

O: Not at all what I was expecting. This is a tasty, lighter beer that reminds me more of an ESB than amber (due to malt profile). Really drinkable.

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company Pub
Alpine, CA

Clear amber and a thin off-white head that leaves dots of stick down the glass.

Simple aroma of bright hops, bready malts, and a hint of success. This doesn't blow me away like some other hop-forward beers brewed by Alpine, though it's still most certainly better than average.

The flavor is simple though complete, with relatively high bitterness for the style leading the way, along with some citrus hop components, bread, and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Clean, crisp, refreshing, disappearing.

This is a big, bitter amber that pairs amazingly well with the pulled pork sandwich and green bean fries at the Alpine Beer Company Pub.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, poured on tap at Obriens pub on 6/21 or whenever BA Speedway was released. Poured a amber/red with a finger+ of white luscious head that dissipates quickly. Nose isnt too complex, but I find a floral hoppyness along with a malty background. Taste is better, I get more hops than in the nose, which fades into a caramel and oak finish. Bitter aftertaste. Body is great, balances well with the flavor profile, could turn down the bitter faucet though. Overall, ABC did well once again, very refreshing and heavy enough to fulfill the crave.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of yourefragile...I probably am, but he is not.

I'm a fan of a good Amber and this is certainly one of them. Poured into Hill Farmstead wine glass and this looks typical for the style. Amber in color, believe that shit or not. Nice off-white head. Smell is rather hoppy with lots of citrus. Taste is like a well done hopped up amber. Not as hoppy as any of their IPA/DIPAs, but I would drink this bitch quite frequently if it were available around yonder. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on. Another tasty beverage from Alpine.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is a clear, amber hue with a decent sized head and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma brings some really fresh citrus and hops. A distinctly Alpine aroma, something I have come to appreciate, this is going to be a wonderful beer. Indeed, another terrific hop forward offering from Alpine. Not quite as hoppy as many of their other offerings, this one is still hop forward, with a very minimal malt presence. The feel is creamy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable, we made short work of the growler. I would really enjoy having this again.

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of yourefragile at last Thursday's mini-tasting. Served in a HopCat tulip.

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with an average white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose brings a moderate amount of bready, caramelized malt plus a good dosing of citrus and pine hops. The flavor is pine hops with a bit of resin atop a base of amber malt and some light sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium body and fairly chewy. Nice offering, though not quite as good as other brews I've had from Alpine.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/07/11 notes. Big thanks to yourefragile for providing a growler of this one.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent reddish amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, caramel malts, and fruity malts. More hops than I was expecting, though not a hop bomb at all, and very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, caramel malts, bready malts, and light citrus hops. More malts here and not as much hops than the nose had, but still quite good.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really good amber ale and another winner from Alpine. Not my favorite as I like their hoppier beers better, but great for an amber ale. Would certainly have it again.

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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler sent by Rich and shared with some friends. Hit a few samples of this before we killed it rather quickly.

I'll start by saying this is the type of style (a hoppy, light amber) that has a much lower upper bound on potential than some other styles do for me personally. That said, this was perfect for the style and ridiculously "drinkable".

Pours a dark, clear auburn with a thick, creamy beige head. Long retention and abundant lacing.

Aroma is potent and aggressive, hitting you in the face as soon as the growler is opened. Floral, piney, caramel malt and mild earth and grass notes.

Chewy and medium light bodied, with a strong resin and caramel malt body with a nice finish of earthy and pine hops. It didn't quite hook me at first, but by the second or third glass i was sad to see the beer disappear.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile the other night. Poured into a snifter beer is red and clear with an offwhite head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some lacing looks good.

Has this sort of CTZ aroma and some earthy bitterness in the nose.

The overall beer is medium in body with nice carbonation, chewy on the palate, lots of hop flavors, earthy piny, interesting. Very good beer overall I really enjoyed it. I'd have it again, I went back for fourths.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice auburn color with beige head.

S: Carmel, hops, some roasted malts.

T: Slightly sweet on the front end with a nice amount of bittering hops in the back end of this one. There is some caramel notes in there, maybe a little bit of pine.

M: Nicely carbonated.

O: Only brewed during major soccer tournaments. This is a hop forward red with a nice balance. Well done.

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Photo of rand
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap pour from the brewpub.

A: Red-copper in color, nice foamy head, plenty of patchy lacing

S: Floral, piny hops stream from the glass, but this has a lot more malt presence than other alpine offerings. Bready, yeasty fresh. Lots of fruity notes, tangerine prominent.

T: Again, hop-forward, but the huge malt-backbone
distinguishes the profile. Candied orange, apple, general citrus notes. Bready, slightly stodgy but appropriate for the style. Even with the complexity, sharp hops are still prominent throughout the sip, and bitter tones carry to a bitter-sweet finish.

M. Nice oily-slick mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, not sticky, but smooth and satisfying

Alpine has been putting out some of the best beer I've had, and their new specialties are just spot on. Red card is yet another. The guys at the pub are liking this one and saying we should be seeing more of this.

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Red Card from Alpine Beer Company
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