GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Brew pour a beautiful golden color w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. Residual lacing is full, thick as a down comforter, and lasting. Nice! Aroma is a perfect balance of malt and sweet hops. Medium nectar w/ ample yet soft residual effers creating a very creamy texture. So far this brew is classic. Right out of the bull pin this ale is balanced. Malts and fresh hops meet half way like long distant lovers. Nuances of biscuits, sea salt, and fresh hay. Mild caramel and petite citrus rind rally round my palate. This brew is perfect. The finish is bittered w/ velvet hops and has a lingering malt component. Overall: This pale ale is so drinkable. It’s a great session brew, the best. Even as the brew warms, the overall integrity stays intact, always fresh. If you are in CA, look this brewery up and grab a bottle, or 6.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big chill hazed hue of pale gold with a moderate capping of sticky white froth. Great lacing all over the place with thickly set cob webbing sheets.
Aroma is set in a simple balanced tone of toasted citrus. One part orange peel, one part grapefruit peel, two and one half parts toasted grain, a dash of dry grass, a pinch of pine, and half part hop cone. Delightfully clean with a smidgeon of resin always underneath the main recipe.
Taste is quite nice. First thing to notice is it’ll make for one fantastic drinkin’ pale. Supurb balance of hops and toasted malt all throughout each sip and/or gulp. Flavors aren’t overly intense but definately encourageable within the style of an APA. Great perks of citric toned hops bring in a slight parching front of grapefruit. Quickly balanced by one finely set toasty backing of malts and firmly fluffy grainyness. Clean styled bitterness with a wonderful light drying toasty edge and grassy spice ends the fun after each sip and/or gulp for a long, long stay on the palate and memory.
Feel is wonderfully clean and balanced within a solid medium body, if not more. Finishes with fluff and toasty parched citric hops and grasses that never leave the palate. Bitterness is pleasantly easy but always there within its own balance and respectful tone.
Drinkability is bar none, awesome! So clean and balanced with the perfect bitterness and tones to its character. Wow, this stuff is the shit. I absolutely loved this beer. I could drink it all day. Alpine rocks dudes! One of the best Pales I’ve had. Yum! Seek and drink!
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy orange with a nice head. Aroma was of citrus hops and a bit of pale malt. The taste was quite similar, with citrus hops as well as generic citrus flavor. Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation. All around, a very drinkable and very, very well-made pale ale. When it comes to Alpine and hops, I’d expect nothing less.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pale, washed out orange in color that is translucent and bubbly in the bosy. The head is rich (an inch thick) and letting the lace fly. Nose is subtle. It has the good and a little that could be dropped from the arsenal; honey biscuit malt, notes of orange, also a veggie note that hits a wrong chord.
While the overall flavor is relatively light, the beer is refreshing and easy to drink. First comes a gentle wave of clean pine. Out from the base comes that honey biscuit malt to sweeten the bill. With the success Alpine has with their IPA’s, one would expect a more juicy, tasty hop bill, but in Alpine Ale it never comes. Feels light bodied and quite clean in the mouth with refreshing carbonation.
It won’t make Alpine famous, but it will quench any thirst for those who want something that’s light by San Diego standards.
Lothore (581) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that fades to a nice amount of frothy lacing.
S- Light grainy aroma with undertones of orange zest and light fruit.
T- Deep and malty without being heavy, hints of citrus fruits that leads into a grapefruit bitterness.
M- Medium viscosity, soft carbonation.
D- This is a killer APA. Nothing too crazy going on here but I am digging the balance.
Drake (9932) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg at Michael’s Bistro, Charlottesville. Clear copper, thin creamy white head. Good retention. Aroma of pale malt, mild toast,floral and grassy hops. The taste is bitter piney, citrus hops, candied citrus, pale malt. Medium bodied, strong lingering bitterness. Tongue stripping, nice.
hardciderfan (12) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid ale. Nice malt and clean finish. Great after work beer. Pairs well with good smoked cheese.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this thanks to hamilton23. 22 oz bottle poured into into a pint glass revealed a light amber and a three-finger white head which settled to one-finger. The lacing was obvious and lasted throughout. Nose was a hint of orange and lemon with notes of bread malts. Taste was clean and light with elements of hops, orange, lemongrass, some biscuity malt and buttery sweetness. The finish included a mild but pleasing bitterness. The mouthfeel was light, smooth with moderate carbonation. This was a very refreshing brew and, I think, a wonderful interpretation of the style. A summer afternoon is a perfect excuse to try one!
daknole (10009) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery. Light apricot color. Awesome hops, bread, floral aromas. Full hoppy flavor with some wheat and yeasty notes.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a nice beer. Completely flying under beer geek USA’s radar, this beer is a really great example of an America pale ale. It’s got just the right combo of maltyness and hoppyness to be near perfect in balance. Excellent condition gives this a beautiful color and head. This baby is worth every penny if/when you find it.