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Alpine Beer Company O’Briens IPA

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Another single IPA with a lighter slant. A slightly elevated malt profile and a higher mash temp leaves more sweetness to balance the hop bitterness against. Several different popular hop varieties are used while boiling and dry-hopping. 1.059 OG 60IBU 6%ABV

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1131) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Type: 64-oz. growler Glass: Beer Nerd tulip glass From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. Price: $12.96 Purchased: Sept. 15 2015 Consumed: Sept. 15, 2015 Misc.: N/A Poured a caramel, orange, slightly hazy color with two ringers of frothy off-white head. Some bubble streams coming up on the sides of the glass. Very good circular, foamy, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top of the glass. (Sight - 4.38) Smelled a potent whiff of tropical, Citra, floral, mango, pine, juicy nectarine, orange juice and I think Amarillo. Awesome on the nose. (Smell - 4.50) Taste followed the nose, although not quite as good. Got tropical, mango, red grapefruit, Galaxy, onions, vegetables, juicy orange, nectarine, peach, Citra and earthy, bitter grapefruit rind. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, earthy finish. (Feel - 3.88) This was a good IPA, but I may have slightly overrated it. It wasn’t near perfect with the sight and nose much better than the taste/feel. Will still enjoy the rest of this growler though. (Overall - 4.00) 4.11 92 A-

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Very dry and bitter. Way too clear for me. Full on hop extracts. Perfume and medicinal. Bitter freaks enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Growler from bytemesis. Clear orange amber color, huge cloud of head on top and tons of lacing. Piney and citrus nose. Spicy malt body, a little different than I’ve had with other IPA. Bitter. Conflicted about this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Growler with hella thanks to Cocoapuph! Pours crystal clear orange with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, dank, pine resin. Flavor is about the same, just a bit of sweetness, medium bitterness. Finish is lingering bitterness, a bit harsh. Medium body, oily mouthfeel. A great IPA, a bit diminished by the harsh finish. Drinks really nice for 6%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2013
Tap at Alpine: Aroma: ripe citrus fruits, somewhat dank, floral hops, pine resin, some toast and a touch of caramel. Appearance: light copper pour, white head with average retention and lacing. Taste: grapefruit, orange, moderately high bitterness, sticky pine sap, caramel and some residual sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden, hop-forward but some malt character balances nicely, finish is on the bitter side. Palate: medium body and carbonation. Overall: a nice IPA, I would say that I like some of the other Alpine hop-forward offerings better, but this is very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1313) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a crystal clear, deep golden color with a rapidly dissipating off-white head that gets perpetually fed by carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Sweet grapefruit nose is so inviting. Full body that enters the mouth so smoothly you’d think it was nitrogen. Lovely citrus through and through without overpowering. This IPA has nice balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Tap at Alpine and at Toronado SD. Pours a clear orange. Medium soapy head. Nose is dusty, sticky, cheesy. Some vanilla. Taste is meaty, butterscotch, dusty. Doesn’t seem fresh and this is as fresh as it can possibly get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt! The beer is light orange / amber hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma consists primarily of wonderfully fresh citrus and hops. This is one helluva tasty beverage. Wow. Another success from Alpine. The beer is hop forward, with virtually no malt presence, which is perfect. The body is a tad on the thin side, but that just makes it easier to guzzle. This IPA is teeming with flavor, and goes down as easy as...well, you get the idea. I preferred the Hoppy Birthday to this, but O’Brien’s IPA is an awesome beer nonetheless. I would love to have this again. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 06-01-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3758) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Deep orange-amber body. Crystal clear. Bid white head, decent lacing. Grapefruit, resinous pine, slightly herbal hop profile. Mild caramel malt presence. Clean, smooth carbonation. Medium bodied. Assertive bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at the source. Damn good to be here... Pours a shade darker than duet with a medium transparent orangey brown and topped with a thin creamy milky white head... Aroma of earthy herbal citrus notes. Somewhat unassuming compared to the others. Light dankness... Flavors are much of the same with an herbal cattiness and touch of grass. Lighter m the fruit than the others. Body isn’t too heavy, somewhat resinous. Filling in the blanks are some toasty caramel. Good almost very good but falls shirt of the rest.

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