Magnificent Seven | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA in celebration of their seventh anniversary. Magnificent Seven uses seven different malts, seven different hops with seven different additions, and is 7.7% ABV.

Added by ehammond1 on 05-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of beepill
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 6/12/13. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden, light amber body color with a thick 2-finger foamy off white head that lingered throughout. Perfect lacing throughout as well.

S - Pine needles, sage, wheatgrass, and citrus. Closing my eyes I picture a pine forest bordering a grassy meadow when someone suddenly throws a few orange peels in the mix.

T - Almost perfect balance of malts and hops. Definitely dominant hop flavor with an incredibly complex profile. Very delicious. One of the best tasting DIPAs I have ever had.

M - Extremely smooth and easy to drink. The head retains the nice carbonation and flavor throughout.

O - Like I said, clearly one of the best tasting DIPAs I have ever had. I bought 6 bottles at the 7th Anniversary at City Beer Store in SF. I had one on that day too, but did not take notes. I decided to put this up against 3 other DIPAs in a blind taste test on my birthday. The first place DIPA, which I thought was the Mag 7, turned out to be PtE. But the Mag 7 was a very, very close 2nd. The other two unnamed local DIPAs were crap next to these two. Since this was brewed only once, for the CBS anniversary, I doubt I will ever get to try it again, so for that, I would rate it higher than PtE.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind as part of Blind Bif 8
First bottle from KevSal

With a slight hiss I uncap bottle #1 labeled drink first, fridge
A - It pours a nice golden orange with a small amount of bubbles that ring the glass.
S - At first a wonderful grapefruit and mango blast hits your nose followed some herbal hops, there is a bit of the maltness coming through as well.
T - The taste is pretty fantastic, lots of mango and grapefruit, there is a bit of malty sweetness in the finish. its not as malty as i'd guess for a DIPA but guessing thats what this is.
M/D - Very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Knowing this is around 8%, this is very easy to drink. One of those that you could have a bunch on a hot day and end up face down by night time.
I'm really not sure. A CA guy, first thought is RR, but this has a different taste. Alpine comes to mind but I don't think its one i've had before. So lets do the reveal…

Alpine Magnificent Seven

Well I was halfway there. Never had this beer and if I lived close to Alpine, I'd be more broke than I am now. As I burp I get this giant mango flavor like I just took a big bite of fruit. What a good way to start the Blind Bif.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Deep gold to light brown, hazy with some hop floaters in suspension. One finger's worth of white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Big delicious hops - dank, grassy, citrus, pine, tropical, a bit of cat pee and melon. Just a hint of a bready malt backbone in the aroma.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly, except the bready malt character is significantly more prominent than the aroma would suggest - but still there is not doubt this is hop-dominated. There is minimal to no caramel character in the malt, but the earthy malty sweetness. The tropical fruit and juicy melon hop character become more prominent in the flavors. This is really good. Despite the amalgam of hop flavors, the bitterness in the hang fades quickly. There must have been a lot of late addition hops going in here.

M: Medium body but lighter than many other DIPAs. Sticky mouthfeel, mild alcohol presence only, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This was really, really good. Excellent DIPA, though the ABV is nearly IPA - which makes the amount of hop flavors and aromas more impressive. By far the best beer from Alpine I've had so far. I wish they disclosed the hops and malt bill on the label, just to sate my curiosity. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rboinski
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber poured into a Bottleworks Teku

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown with yellow highlights. Has about a 2 finger slightly yellow head when pouring out 12 oz.

Smell: The smell has so much depth. Immediate pineapple and tropical hop character with a nice light earthiness, absolutely awesome. Supporting the hops is a nice sweet malt character. This is truly world class.

Taste: A little sweetness but finishes dry. The hop character is very tropical, with pineapple as the most prominent. There is an explosion of flavors in the mouth on this one, and they are all competing but no one quite takes over. The malt character is really nice and supportive, I really feel that there is rye in here and it adds a nice spicy character that compliments the earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Perfect IPA mouthfeel. Nice and thick which I think is helped by what I can only assume is rye in the malt bill. Perfect carbonation. Excellent!

Overall: What a great, complex beer to celebrate city beer stores 7th anniversary. This is an absolutely awesome beer and I wish I had another.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice blend of fruity and herbal hops.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Nice white head. Great lacing and retention.

Smell - Floral hops. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet malts.

Taste - Citrus hops. Strong tropical fruits. Sweetness behind. Grainy malt. Dries out very quickly. Slightly astringent finish with a minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Sweetness is appropriate. It is slightly astringent though.

Overall - Had this next to Duet and Nelson and this is just as good. Maybe a touch too big.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- nice pale golden color with a bright white head (about a finger when poured from the bottle). Hazy with particles. Not very lively.

Smell- interesting! A little muddy bc of so many scents, but it isn't lost on me. First pass I was punched with pineapple, but second time, I picked up more floral and pine, and slight breadiness.

Taste- complex as its aroma. This double IPA starts with sweet fruit and huge resin but then finishes with more grapefruit and guava in the hang. Really unique.

Mouf-easy. Medium body.

Drinkability- yes please. It's sweeter than I like my doubles, but I could defintely knock back a few

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium golden pale color, with a smattering of fine, snow white head which disappears rather quickly to a thin ring. Only a few dots of lacing coat the glass.

S: Herbal and dank, spiced pine on the one hand, blending with citrus (waxy orange peel, sweet tangerine flesh) and mango on the other. A hint of pale and caramel malt. The aroma is fairly faint.

T: Citrus and pine notes in the forefront, carrying through to the firm, pale malt which closes out the sip. Finishes clean with a hint of sweetness and no bitterness.

M: Crisp, medium-high carbonation on a medium body.

O: A highly drinkable IPA in the style of Alpine. It doesn't really stand out from any of their other exceptional offerings, but it shows how even an average IPA from Alpine stands above most others'.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Dark golden orange with a finger of white foam. Scattered lacing. Smells amazing out of a snifter. Big watermelon and passion fruit notes blending with juicy orange, gooseberry, and floral character. There's more sweetness here than you find in Duet or Nelson, but it's not detracting. Maybe a little caramel and bread, but more general sweetness than identifiable malt character. The hop profile smells great. The flavor is bursting with tropical notes. Passion fruit, grapefruit, orange, water melon, rye. Decent malt backbone, definitely a balanced beer. A little bread and caramel. Low bitterness. Smooth fruity finish.

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Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from bottle, previously tried on draft. Pours tawny and clear. Small off-white head. Good lacing and retention. Looked pretty much the same from the keg. The aroma has lots of citrus and tropical fruit with stone fruit, berries and grapes chiming in, as well. I'm mostly getting tangerine and pineapple. Some peach, apricot, raspberry, green grapes, grass and honeysuckle. Lots of hops. I'm getting some definite Nelson Sauvin probably combined with Citra and other more citrusy hops. A gentle touch of caramel malt sweetness comes out but sticks to the background. I was a bit worried that the beer would be maltier, based on the seven hop/seven malt angle, but it's definitely right in Alpine's normal, hop-forward IPA wheelhouse. The taste starts with a burst of sweet green grapes, peaches and juicy pineapple. Tangerine and grapefruit flavors come out next and provide some solid bitterness. Mild pale malt sweetness with a touch of that caramel holds up the hops. There also seems to be some rye spice zinging around. The finish is citrus, grass and floral hoppiness. The beer is moderately dry and chock full of hop flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty normal for an Alpine IPA. Perhaps, a bit more body, but it's still light on the palate with a pleasant hop oiliness. Overall, it's worthy of standing alongside the rest of Alpine's IPA lineup. I prefer Nelson and would probably put it right around Duet. It's just a touch unfocused. However, it's a minor criticism, and the beer is still quite good.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at City Beer Store on draft. 7 varieties of hops used. Brewed for City Beer Stores 7th birthday.

Pours gold with an inch of head. FANTASTIC lacing, coats almost the entire glass, damned if I've seen that in a while.

Grains, grass, lemon rind, flowers, earth. A bit of a mess in the smell. Still interesting.

The taste starts with bread and lemon zest. Grass and rose petals follow with a hint of pine near the finish. Very dry and crisp surprisingly.

I liked it, but thought it was still a bit messy.

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Photo of largadeer
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at City Beer on their 7th anniversary.

Appearance: Amber with some haziness. The body is capped by a finger of clinging froth.

Smell: A stonefruit medley of peach and apricot, with pineapple in the peripheral. Nelson sauvin is prominent, bringing gooseberry and white grape must. There's a hint of diacetyl that works nicely with the nelson hops, bringing to mind a buttery white wine. Malt is present, moreso than usual with Alpine - in particular there's a rustic rye character.

Palate: Pineapple, sweet gooseberry jam and peach hit the tongue first, bringing layered sweetness. Earthier rye notes pop out mid-palate. There's a slight peppery spiciness to the finish, and a mild earthy biterness. Medium-full in body, more hefty than crisp, though it's an easy drinker nonetheless. Nelson sauvin steals the show here, to such an extend that this pretty much feels like a slight variation on Alpine's Nelson IPA, only with a bit more malt sweetness and body to it. Hard to complain about that. I wouldn't say that this is better than Alpine's year-round hoppy offerings, but it is still leagues ahead of most other IPAs out there.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On Tap

Alpine Beer Company Pub
Alpine, CA

Hazy burnt amber and light copper. Creamy, moderately-sized off white head. Great retention and a very sticky IPA. This leaves irregular ribbons of sticky lace left down the pint glass. As usual, Alpine makes a gorgeous IPA.

The aroma is well balanced. This is definitely hoppy, though has good amounts of sweet, bready malt character as well. A bit of pine, floral notes, and a mild citrus rind character butted up against mild caramel and biscuit.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. Moderate bitterness, citrus zest and mild pine, with good amounts of caramel malt. A bit of a bread or biscuit character as well. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

An IPA without an identity. Duet, Nelson, and Pure Hoppiness are such special beers because they do certain things, individually, remarkably well. This seems like a well-rounded, drinkable, balanced, though tasty, fresh IPA. I'd drink anything from the year-round Alpine IPA lineup before ordering another pint of this (very good IPA).

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Magnificent Seven from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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