Ugly | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ZX6Chris on 11-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of jakecattleco
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

During GF/Alpine tap takeover at Davis Beer Shoppe. Quite certain this can't be the same beer that's highly rated, as this was a long ways from what I'd consider a good CDA.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and dark brown into a pint glass with clear ruby highlights. Half inch of tan foam settles to a surface film in a few minutes and keeps for the pint. Spotty lacing ensues.

Nose is of sweetened chocolate and earthen pine hops. Bit resinous as are many an Alpine IPA but without the meaty texture.

Flavor is somewhat thin as the dark malts compete with the hops. Touch of cocoa powder on the finish. The 7.5% is quite well disguised as the beer comes off as a moderate black lager in a sense, with a bit of spice.

Offers a moderate feel and drink and improves with warming as the hop notes expand a bit.

Bottom line: An interesting beer and well done for the style, yet a style that misses me completely. And in this case, a waste of hops. Others might find more balance.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

523rd review on BA
Draft to Pint
@ Alpine Beer Pub

App- This was a dark brown with some good cling and a thin line of head. Wasn't the best looking beer I've seen.

Smell- Very dark scents, a little bit boozy and a little bit of burnt/roast malts.

Taste- This followed the nose, it was okay. I just don't think I am becoming a Black Ale or IPA fan. The flavors don't really work for me. The malts vs hops seem a bit unbalanced.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A little roasty note on the back

Drink- It was okay. A little bit above average overall. It doesnt mesh well with all thats going on in glass.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well that's as dark of an SRM as you're ever gonna come across prolly, and its not for a stout! 1" of tan head, so much retention. Aroma was bitter, tree like grapefruit hop aromas. Plenty of bittering hops in the aroma.

Taste had lots more bitterness, lower roast amount than expected. Alcohol was noticeable. A good black ale, clearly 2nd tier.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery.

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Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Wolberjs
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 64-oz. draft growler
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $12.46
Purchased: Oct. 11, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 11, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a rich, dark mahogany, closer to black color with 2-to-3 fingers of dark, khaki-tan, frothy head, which settles nicely on the top. Very good uneven, layered, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. The best part of the beer. (Sight - 4.50)

Surprisingly got a lot more hops than anything else on the nose. Was expecting a rich, maltier nose, but got Citra, grapefruit, earthy, Citra rind, pine, some resin, faint pineapple and mango (wishful?) and floral, backed by a touch of roastiness. (Smell - 4.00)

More balanced in the nose than the smell with a good mixture of malts and hops. First taste is earthy, bitter Citra rind, followed by roasty, gritty malts. Also pine, char wood, Nugget, resin, faint roasted chocolate, tropical, cooked vegetables and much less grapefruit than the nose. (Taste - 3.75)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, earthy, veggie finish, reminding me slightly of a New Belgium Ranger IPA. (Feel - 3.25)

Disappointed in this one overall and I’m pretty much a sucker for Black Ale’s. Wish I would have just got a pint at the pub instead of a growler. (Overall - 3.50)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's during 2012 CBC/WBC week. Pint glass.

A: Pours black, brown around the edges, with a few cm. of off-white head, some lacing and so-so retention.

S: Roasty malt and a little piney hops. Melds well, though the aroma is faint.

T: Mostly pine and bitter hops, some roasted, coffee, and chocolate malt but it takes a back seat.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation, too light for any crispness.

O: Decent version of a style, one I'm not that enthusiastic about. I would have expected more malt character.

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Photo of errantnight
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a tasty brew, as always from the Alpine boys (when it's not a diacetyl bomb).

Pours a Rick black with a creamy, lasting head with excellent lacing.

Big citrus notes with a touch of pine on the nose. Really nice to sniff.

On the palate this is just a touch clean for my tastes. Hop bitterness is assertive but one note, body is medium but thin through the finish. Dry, and roast is mild if present at all, but no sweetness or grain character mid palate leaves this easy, but unengaging (that is, lacking in complexity) on the tongue.

It's actually quite a nice beer but could use more depth. Some of Nelson's rough edges would be welcome, here.

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Photo of Soul_Of_A_Poet
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of notchucknorris
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's.

A: Anything but what the name suggests. Pretty much black with some ruby tinges when held to light. A big mocha colored head that looks a bit chunky as it disappears and nice lacing down the glass.

S: Grapefruit hop aromas along with some roasted malt.

T: Pretty malt forward along with some citrus hops, roasted malt undertones and a slight bit of floral hops on the finish. A hint of coffee in there as well. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Maybe my least favorite of all the Alpine beers I've had. That in no way means it's a bad beer, just not their best.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kevboat
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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