19/10 O'Brien's Anniversary IPA | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
IPA made with 100% Columbus hops, brewed for O’Brien’s two anniversaries - 19 years open and 10 years of Tom Nickel owning it.

Added by HopHead84 on 01-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Clear light golden with a small head of near-white foam. Dotted and lined stick down the glass.

Resinous aroma, pine notes, and just a hint of citrus. A class display of Columbus hops put to good use. Expressive and powerfully resinous, without smelling too much like marijuana. Which is a bummer I know.

The flavor follows the aroma, and, as advertised, showcases the Columbus hops very nicely. Pine, resin, mild citrus, and crisp bitterness combine magnificently. Zero alcohol harshness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

This reminds me a lot of Bad Boy, which happens to be one of my favorites. Would never turn down a pint of this.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the wide open Societe tap room. First selection I tried there, ironically, right after I was at Alpine (well 1/2 hour after) and they didn't have it on tap.

Anyways, poured out a bright yellow with Lake Tahoe like transparency and clarity. Pure driven snow seems like it was used to make this beer. Pretty, but thin appearance basically. Aroma, hoppy, plenty of Chinooks, they didn't skimp in any sense, but it wasn't the olfactory blast that almost every hoppy Societe or Alpine beer is. Good, not great. Plenty of pine and light citrus along with it.

Taste, good taste, weak body. My girlfriend even said it was watery. Seemingly, more watery than a lot of session hoppy beers like Drake's Alpha Session, Bruery humulus session/xpa, jupiter xpa etc. . . I've had in recent years. I'll give this beer one thing, it really does drink like a session beer, which makes the 7.5% alcohol kind of a shock to read about. Couldn't really pick up the zest of the Chinooks in here, again, the watery malt aspect. At least it just wasn't simply bitter.

A very good beer, its probably the best hoppy thing within 100+ miles of where I live, but I dunno, maybe the weekend of other superior ones chilled my excitement for this one. Pretty good, but quite a few others i'd reach for first from Alpine/Societe.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Uh oh! There is that hop again! Raul caught it in a few Pipeworks IPA's and also Founders Double Trouble; Raul ain't sure which it is, but "rocket fuel" is what comes to mind. If Steve McQueen's Mustang brewed beer out of it's tail pipe, this is what it would taste like. Raul loves himself some Alpine, and this beer definitely is drinkable, but that slight "lighter fluid" taste...

No mami. No mami at all.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of rand
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's, poured into pint glass

A: Clear yellow-tan, little head and lacing. Nice refreshing look, could pass for a lager

S: Fresh pine and citrus, and that tropical bend unique to Alpine. Not the most pronounced nose for their line-up of IPA's, but it has an especially crisp and clean aspect.

T: Strong notes of citrus and pine up front. Hop essence isn't especially bitter, but dry and citrusy. Strange because its extremely hop-forward and your palate expects stront malt counterbalance, but malty sweetness is fairly reserved. Spicy and peppery to the surprisingly short, dry finish. Amazing IPA.

M: Light for the ABV, but oily slick as hell.

Not sure what else to say here but no one makes IPA's like Alpine.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

19/10 – On tap at Obrien’s

A: Pours a light golden caramel color with some pure clarity and a thin cap of dirty white foam. Some honest retention leaves light tracks of stick running across the glass after each sip.

S: Smell is a potpourri of real exotic herbs and flora. There is a solid layer of caramel malt sweetness coming through the flowers and a light twist of pine with some underpinning citrus zest. I get a faint suggestion of some alcohol there as well. Interesting nose and pleasant overall but very floral.

T: Taste is a very unique and perfumey floral character that is hard to pinpoint. Like tropical hibiscus with some wild herbs and a light citrus twist. Malt is nearly a factor in flavor yet with a firm support of caramel sweetness. Each sip brings forth some crazy hop spices and unfamiliar fruit flavors like prickly pear or dragon fruit coming through. There is a relatively smooth amount of soft bitterness to the beer and some really well incorporated alcohol notes. Very smooth with nice balance and impeccable craftsmanship however quite unique in flavor.

M: Moderate body with a spritzy carbonation and nice creamy texture overall. There is a soft constricting bitterness and a nice drying crisp in the finish. Touch of residual hop oils and malt sugars that linger on the palate.

D: A very unique IPA and one that took me a while to come around too. Not a huge fan of the perfume like flowerness here but I do appreciate the experience. I have brewed with Columbus plenty of times and have never achieved a flavor profile like this. Real fine craftsmanship shines through the balance and smoothness of the drink. Very clean and precise. Alpine certainly has a way with their IPA’s...now where the hell is Nelson!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old gem of a review here. Looked less than impressive at first. Was a real weak yellow color that I've come to associate with AAL beers. Smelled also weaker than anything I'm used to at Alpine, Obrien's etc. . .I mean, it was still enjoyably hoppy, but the Columbus and nothing but isn't the most aromatic hop yield.

Taste, nice and light body, definitely sessionable, but comes off extremely rare for an ipa, almost thin. I dug it, but far from exceptional, and yet, one of the better single hop ipas out there.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The champagne of IPAs, 1910 was light and effervescent, with a nice hoppy aroma. It was easily Alpine's most unique (but not most delicious) IPA, and it was quite tasty. Evidently, the brewing company couldn't keep this on the shelves when I was there. Every other person walking in for asked for it by bottle, but they were only pouring tasters and growler fills.

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on-draught at Alpine's pub in Alpine. Expectations were high given the brewery, which I love. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, nice cream, and nice thickness. Body colour is a clear orange-yellow. Quite vibrant. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nectary, floral, and citrusy. Light hop bitterness is obscured nicely by a bit of pine. It's somewhat grassy. A touch soapy, even. Pale malts. Quite appealing. Moderate strength. Very refreshing and appealing.

T: Nectary and delightful. Wonderful floral hop notes. Excellent pale malt body. I love it. Just a touch of hop bitterness on the climax obscured nicely by citrusy, light piney, and nectary hop notes. Refreshing and delectable. Malty and sweet. Impeccable balance, with none of the soapiness from the aroma. Complex and subtle. Brilliantly executed for the style.

Mf: Sticky and nectary. Smooth and wet. Perfect carbonation. Refreshing. Custom tailored to its flavour profile. Excellent presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. I really like it. A hit from Alpine. As refreshing as could possibly be. I'd definitely get this again. I'd buy a keg of this (if only I were so lucky). Delicious. One of the best IPAs I've ever had. Incredible stuff.


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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


On tap at O'Brien's. Pint.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a finger of white foam.

S: Pungent pine resin aroma with earth and a little spicy citrus (lemon and grapefruit). Concentrated and powerful. Great aroma.

T: A Columbus explosion. This is unlike any IPA I've had. Powerful resin profile with earthy characteristics. Very dry with a little citrus rind and lemon flesh. Smooth upper moderate bitterness. No astringency but very dry and fiery resinous finish. Malt has no noticeable influence.

M: Lower medium body with medium draft carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A unique experience and one I'd recommend. Another delicious IPA from Alpine.

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19/10 O'Brien's Anniversary IPA from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 45 ratings