Galleyboy37 (15) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, golden pour. A light, even, well balanced ale, with malty flavors coming to the front. Very drinkable, this would make a good session beer.
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jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Alpine, Sampled first, its a nice smelling and tasting beer, solid malt really benign beer, no flaws means a 3 in book.
BucannonXC5 (1004) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $4.50 (I think)
Misc.: Had on Jan. 5, 2013
Poured a golden clearer color with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of white head. Pretty good lacing on the sides and nice retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled pale malts, butter, honey, lemon grass and some bread.
Tasted similar to the smell. Butter, honey, lemon and grassy. Some light pine notes, but as citrusy as I would have thought.
Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.
A decent pale ale overall. Considering I was drinking most of it in the cold darkness in the back patio, these ratings could change if I tried it again.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A touch of diacetyl in my sample, but didn’t detract from this big, fruity Pale. Lots of hop action, perhaps a little unbalanced, but quenching and highly drinkable.
Huhzubendah (2805) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer is clear and golden colored with an inch of pure white head that leaves a significant amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is malt forward, with a bit of hops and citrus. It actually smells like a lager. Good flavor, dominated by a slightly sweet malt bill. A light helping of bitter hops presents itself near the finish. Light bodied and pretty easy to drink. Overall, this was a decent beer, but nowhere near the quality of my favorite beers from Alpine. Light and refreshing with a nice, simple flavor. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-27-2012
bytemesis (4071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear pale golden, small white head, some lacing. Aroma is grain and honey, no real hops presence. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, bit of bitter. Medium body. Seems more like a golden than an APA to me.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at Alpine. Pours clear light golden. Medium white head. Soapy lacing. Nose is lemon, grass, air freshener. Taste is butter, astringent chemicals, sharp lemon zest, herbal grass, more diacetyl. Papery finish. Poor effort from Alpine.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
They describe it well...it’s just sort of an in the middle beer. Not that hoppy, well balanced sessionable sort of generic beer. It’s fine, nothing special.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a medium white head. Great hop aroma of citrus and pine followed by caramel sweetness. Earthy and citrus hop flavor nicely balanced by a caramel maltiness. Citrus hop finish. Balanced, tasty and easy drinking.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample on tap at Alpine; July 2012
Arrives from the tap with a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. Mostly clear, rich gold color. Thin, pale cracker like maltiness, citrus without sweetness, fairly floral (mostly in an orange blossom way, but there is also a floral spiciness), and there is a herbal character and a hint of pine.
This has a nice, biting bitterness to it. The beer is quite dry, and light bodied, but very quenching. The dryness downplays the hop fruit character, but still there is a backing citrus note that is easily noticeable. The finish has an herbal, slightly menthol like, and pine-needle tasting hopiness to it that adds to the bite that the bitterness provides.
This is quite aggressively hopped for a Pale Ale (I like it), but it could likely use a touch more residual sweetness to accentuate the fruit character from the hops, but then this beer wouldn’t be near so quenching or quaffable.