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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh organic orange zest and cracked coriander complement the orange blossom honey used in this ale. Like a mountain breeze through the citrus trees. 1.060 OG 6 IBU

Added by Gusler on 03-30-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
416
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
24.56%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
35
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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with lots of sediment. Aroma is citrusy and floral with some sweet malt in the background. Taste is really underwhelming, not much going on. Just some clean malt sweetness and a slight floral note.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having a lot of fun in the brewhouse, the brewers at Alpine embark on a floral, fruity and whimsical ale that has all the hallmarks of a great IPA... except it's not an IPA at all. Its sweet honey character carries the load and heightens the fruit and fauna remarkably well.

Even with an orange-amber pour, the light foggy ale carries a delicate and short foam cap. Bursting with succulence, the nose is bright with orange blossom, honeysuckle, citrus, honey and an overall scent of the orchard. As the honey drips on the front of the tongue, its succulent sweetness also shares light caramel, cashew and a lightly toasted malt savory character.

As the taste blooms on the middle palate, an herbal tea-like flavors pulls forth. Like southern sweet tea, a hint of lemon verbena, sassafras and lemongrass add a somber offset to the sweetness but without interfering with the delicate honey, citrus and floral flavor that's already established. Mild bitterness is restrained but with a grassy, spicy undertow.

Medium-bodied and trending crisp and fresh, the beer more and more begins resembling an American amber ale but with generous flower and honey overtone. Finishing delicate like croissant and baklava, a citrusy aura proves alluring and even seductive in the beer's waning moments.

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Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from Tempe Bevmo in mid-April for $7.99. Best by 04 Aug 16. Been stored in the Beer Fridge since acquisition.

Beer poured orange with a smallish white head that is barely hanging on.

Nose is malt based with hints of citrus and honey.

Taste is very easy drinking. Malts, honey, and oranges blend nicely together to form a pleasant quaff. There is enough hopping going on to keep the sweetness on an even keel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is not a bad beer, definitely would recommend it if you are looking for an easy drinker for inexperienced palates.

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Photo of pat61
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours clear light amber with rapidly rising bubbles under a rocky light cream colored 1” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.

S: Citrus, orange, spice and honey aromas. Alcohol is barely perceptible, malt light bread aromas, yeast esters barely detectable.

T: Tangerine orange biscuit flavors with some mild honey. Hop flavors are low, hop bitterness is medium low, sweetness is medium to medium low. Has a slight tang on the finish. More honey presence as it warms.

F: Medium light body, high carbonation, no astringency, medium finish.

O: Refreshing and drinkable but a little thin and boring.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smell is light citrus, orange peel, lager-like aroma, and honey. Taste is a hint of honey, very bready malt, tangerine, and a spiced note. This was sweeter than expected. I'm a big fan of their hoppy beers but not a fan of this one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange-ish color and a mostly clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of orange, malt, and some spices.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt, orange, honey, a little bit of coriander, a faint floral quality, a bit of pepper, and other light citrus notes. Not a lot of dynamism in the flavor here. It had the potential, but there isn't enough orange and spices to make it effective.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Definitely a disappointing effort from Alpine. This one is kind of misfire.

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Photo of ordybill
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear orange to golden color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet citrus. The taste is orange with some beer. A very sweet brew. An interesting take on the herb/spiced beer category.

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Photo of EMV
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bomber into a lagunitas mason glass.

L: Pours a clear medium golden amber color. Thin white head. Modest lacing.

S: Floral and sweet... citrus.

T/F: Taste is flowery and malty... off-honey sweetness. Herbal... too much coriander. Citrus present. Biscuity... zesty mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is semi-sticky and sweet.

O: Not a big fan of this beer... the flavors didn't work for me and it was hard to finish the bomber. Won't be getting it again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a white, finger width head that dissipates quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface. A few tiny spots makes up what you might call lacing.

Smell - Mild, sweet orange aroma with hints of honey.

Taste - Moderate flavor, with mild orange and honey character. Really, that's it. Maybe some bready malt that evokes a vague, distant 'honey nut Cheerios' flavor. In other words, not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied. Fair carbonation. Goes down easy enough with a lightly dry finish.

Overall - Light and.... drinkable? Certainly not much flavor, but decent enough to drink. At any rate, it's a steep price to pay for what you get in return.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a kinda fizzy off white head that quickly settles to a thin layer and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

S: Honey, floral notes, citrus zest, coriander spice, and a little light yeastiness.

T: Orange zest and coriander jump out first, big honey sweetness, floral notes, and some grainy malt. It gets a bit too sweet after a while.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Kinda feels like a mix of a blonde, a cream ale, and a wit. It's not terrible, but I don't think I'd go for it again.

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Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bright reddish orange and a thin white froth.

Much honey, caramel and even candied apple in the aroma. Wondering where this one is taking me, but...

Nice mingling of fruit and honey sweetness with an afterthought of subtle citrus hops to balance. Gum and lingering spice too. Somewhat syrupy after awhile.

Medium but very easy.

Not my cup o' tea style-wise, and even if it were, I don't think this would be the one I was looking for.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy head. Aromas of sweet orange, rich honey, and hints of coriander, with an overall candy-like feel to the nose. Flavors are orange forward, tart and sweet, with a subtle honey backbone, rich and earthy. Fairly balanced between the two characteristics, with the beer itself being a candy-sweet palate as a whole. Subtle hints of grassy hops, and the coriander spice is there if you dig deep for it. Light, crisp, effervesced body, with an orange candy aftertaste. Effervesced, crisp finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2016-05-27
22oz Alpine bottle served in a large mug. Best By 31 March 17. I'll try to rate it as an herbed/spiced beer, not as a straight IPA.

Pours slightly hazy amber with lots of carbonation but not very much head. Smell is almost lagery (maybe malt liquor aroma?) in its yeastiness. There's a little undertone of citrus. Floral. Moderately muted.

Taste is moderate on the malt liquor side, but something about this beer certainly reminds me of malt liquor. There's some of the advertised spiciness, a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is moderately light with strong effervescence. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but not a beer I'll buy again. I'm surprised Alpine has this in their lineup, based on the other ones I've tried.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Nectarine, canned peaches

T: Follows the nose, white grape, a little orange up front. More of the same as this warms, a little dryness, getting as much peach as citrus getting a little orange rind bitterness. Finishes with canned orange slice sweetness, hints of orange rind bitterness

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation , okay balance

Drinks alright, but nothing special here

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Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam; pretty attractive.

Smell: very sweet with honey and orange notes. Completely as-advertised, but really only great if you're super into orange and honey.

Taste: super floral with a big sweetness. The orange zest is nice in that it is not overly bitter, but the overall effect is reminiscent of a heady springtime wildflower field; sweet and a bit perfumey.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I could see this beer really doing it for some people. Of the floral/zesty/honey beers out there, this is among the better ones; that said, it doesn't tickle my fancy. I am glad I tried it from an experimental point, though, so; points for originality, if not for quaffability.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: I'm rating this as an IPA because I think it's more accurate than calling it a fruit beer.
On tap. Poured into a pint glass. Well carbonated, orange-golden body with a fingernail head that has minimal retention. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Not getting any spices and minimal fruit in the nose. Smooth body of slightly bitter hops, citrus, and some wheat before hops flash again at the end. Medium body and medium-high carbonation with no aftertastes.
I really thought this was an alright IPA, not a fruit beer. It wouldn't be something I buy again, but it is interesting. It makes me think of a hopped up Magic Hat #9.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a clear orange with no head. The aroma consists of orange and honey. The flavors are the same, but a bit subdued. Light bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.02/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber "best by 04 AUG 2016". Wow, I really wanted to like this. Pours nice, medium head. Smell is horrid. Really. Taste is dialectal remnant. Just blows it for me. No hint of any of the suggested citrus. Oddly, mouth feel is pretty good. Waste of money time and glass.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear body, orange, with white head, no lacing.

S - Sour and hop, with a nice honeyed malt.

T - Follows the nose, with a hint of tea, and a mild floral note.

M - Light and easy.

O - Decent but not exceptional, somewhat fruity, but one dimensional.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, best by Aug 04, 2016. Picked this one up from the local bottle shop. "Orange Blossom Honey Ale with Orange Zest and Coriander".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden honey orange body. About a finger of frothy soapy white head that falls to a soapy bubbly ring. Minor scattered spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks good for what it is.

S - Nose is simple, but pleasant. Notes of sweetened bready malt, orange zest, fleshy juicy mandarin oranges / tart Cuties zest, with sweetness from the honey. Perhaps some faint hints at white pepper on the end which must be the coriander? A pleasant aroma, but could definitely stand to be more vibrant and intense.

T - Taste is the same: smooth & creamy, minor tart / zest from the mandarin orange, notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, bread crust, sweetened orange blossom honey. An interesting, flavorful, yet subtle beer. Sweetened malt, bread crust, and orange blossom honey seem to be the main players. I don't detect any coriander / white pepper / spice notes on the taste.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, sweet, bready, & clean. Dry, slightly bitter / hoppy finish, definitely beckons the palate for another sip. Medium-light bodied, with good drinkability at 6.50% abv.

Overall, an interesting orange blossom honey ale, reminded me a bit of the Coronado Brewing Orange Avenue Wit that i just tried recently. Not what i was expecting at all really - definitely a unique and interesting beer; one to be contemplated. Not sure why this has such low ratings either, i suppose people are just misled because they think this is an IPA going into this??

Alpine Beer Company Mandarin Nectar -----4/5.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe in a shaker pint. Pours copper with a thin rI'm of white head that left sporadic lacing. Nose was just OK, nothing really stood out. Taste is sweeter than I typically like, with some citrus. Mouthfeel is OK, carbonation on the lower side, finish is clean with just a hint of astringency.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on April 16, 2016. Best by 04 AUG 16. Look is orange gold with an off white head and little lacing. Smell is bread malt up front with hints of orange blossom, honey and coriander. Taste is sweet malt, coriander, honey and hints of orange. Feel is light in body with a smooth creamy finish.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bomber with a Best By 04 Aug 2016 date. Sampled on April 10, 2016.

Orange amber pour with modest silky off-white head.

The aroma is orange, honey, slightly herbal, mildly tropical and with toasted grain.

Light to medium body.

Honey characters are big in the taste with the orange juiciness a little behind it. Slight bitterness at the end. On second thought, ti reminds me a bit of a Ricola cough drop.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Amber with 1 finger of head, clarity, and a little bit of lacing left on the glass

S - Honey, sugar, slightly sweet

T - Lots of citrus flavors. Tangerines, oranges, honey, wheat, mandarin. Very enjoyable

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Another good brew from Alpine. This one a little less hoppy.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lovely clear orangey gold, nice chunky off white head which drops off quickly

Big bread nose with hints of orange and coriander

Sweet malt, coriander and honey dominate the flavor, hint of orange zest. Overall pretty subtle. No notable hop elements.

Mouth feel seems a little thin for the abv, or the abv is a little high for a sessionable ale, take your pick

Decent hot weather thirst quencher, if you don't plan on drinking overly much. Can't say I like it as well as Alpine's hoppier offerings. Orange zest seems a little scant, particularly in the flavor. Not badly done, just not my cup of tea.

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