daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish pour. Lots of caramel and spicy hop notes. Sweetish, malty, hoppy flavors.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle (courtesy of Hamilton23) poured an dark amber with a small off-white head which dissipated into a coating. There was little lacing. The nose was dark fruit, caramel and roasted malt.
The taste is fairly sweet - brown sugar and caramel, tempered by rye and with a bready taste.
The mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation. While this is a fine stab at the style, with so many great beers from this brewer, this one missed for me. Not a bad brew at all, this just isnít a noteworthy offering.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at the brewpub-pours dark orange amber with a small soapy white head. nose of earthy hops and carmel sweetness. the carmel malt almost gives this beer a medicinal note on the initial flavors but followed with alot of earthy/leafy hops and toasted grains. big toasted finish with notes of bread and cookie. pleasant body with a slick mouthfeal. A very solid sample of this style!
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a nice reddish brown with a 1 finger head that fades quickly. Smells are caramel and orange peel. The taste is sweet malts and kind of bland. One of my least favorite of the 8 i had from alpine.
JohnnyJ (4267) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Alpine brewpub. Clear red amber pour, with off-white head. Caramel malts, light sweetness, fruit, light bread, and light hops. I thought it was pretty good for a kind of shitty style.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltonís in San Diego. Shared with my brother and his brother in law. Sweet malty and light hops. Just OK.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber with a nice double-finger head. Some nice lacing as I work my way through the glass. The smell is of sweet malt, and is fairly complex, as is often the style with a good Irish Red Ale. The taste is all malt, with only the faintest hint of hop bitterness. I can definitely see the insane number of different malts in this, as the taste is fairly complex. Nice and medium-bodied and very drinkable, especially for a style thatís not one of my favorites.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
jrob21 (2485) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice reddish amber color. The aroma is faint and not all that engaging. A little sweetness, toffee, caramel. The flavor is a little fruity up front, maybe some red fruits and plum. The main malt character and dominant experience is the caramel malt. No hop presence here to speak. Would have liked a little more balance.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a pretty interesting color. Deep, dark red, perhaps garnet with a thin off-white head.
S: The nose is pretty bland, unfortunately. Maybe some toffee and caramel, a hint of cacao. No hops to be seen, which is odd for an Alpine beer.
T: The flavor is a little bit better, but not by much. Some toffee, bread, toasted malt, and some molasses. A light bitterness and some burnt sugar.
M: The mouthfeel is decent: medium body and carbonation.
D: One of the few Alpine beers that is just plain bland. At least the bad fruit flavored ones have a strong flavor to them.
GT2 (8281) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Toronado SD. Poured a clear, reddish amber with a thin, dense, beige head that left excellent lace. Aroma of caramel, light cinnamon, toast. Taste is sweet, cidery, spicy rye, brown sugar, caramel.