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Alpine Beer Company O’Briens IPA
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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Fresh growler courtesy of Snojerk321. Pours clear amber into a tulip glass, with fluffy white head. Aroma of big sticky resinous pine, floral hops, and citrus. Taste is lightly sweet caramel malt, with big bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and finishes dry. Not very balanced, which I love, VERY piney hops.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arondee (568) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Growler purchased on 5-19-11 straight from the source. Aroma is amazing, just like all of their ipas, very floral on the nose. The beer is crystal clear brownish yellow with a nice white head and good lacing. The taste is biscuity, not overly malty, not over hopped, just perfect. Another huge winner from alpine. I love these guys!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Got a growler of this from Alpine in mid August 2009, finally sitting down to review from my notes. Pours a beautiful orange-apricot color with a white head and a nose that overwhelms the nostrils with citrus and tropical fruits. While the taste isn’t over-the-top hoppy, they’re just right and showcase the tropical flavors of the nose. The mouthfeel is just about right, and the smell/flavor combo lead to unparalleled drinkability--one of the best IPA’s I had on a long trip. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 09-22-2009

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
On tap @ Alpine. Wow, this is my type of brewery. So many solid IPA’s, and this is yet another one. Pretty standard all around, lots of citrus, pine, flowers with the malt just hanging out for balance. Nice and dry too, which shows off the hops well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2163) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Taster at the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy bass color with a small white head that soon fades away. The aroma is complex citrus--oranges, grapefruit and lemons. The flavor is a big bitter blast of citrus(mostly grapefruit), with help from weeds, herbs and wheat. The palate is smooth and malty with lively carbonation. Finishes long and biter with a light bubblegum flavor emerging. Overall: A very tasty IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Growler shared thanks to Arbitrator. Awesome appearance. Brilliant mostly clear copper color with a lasting two-finger white head and great lacing. Huge citrusy, piney, and resinous hope aroma with sweet malt and fresh cereal grains. Sweet pale malt base, a little sweeter than most Alpine IPAs in a good way. Really tastes like wort in a way, and I like it. Also huge ripe grapefruit flesh and peel, resins, and pine needles. Brutal resins attack your palate despite the fact that the body is only medium. Dry and bitter. Really really awesome overall. Not surprising.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8511) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
Pale golden pour. The nose is very fresh and bright. A little bit of orange and grapefruit. Fresh and piny with a soft rich fruitiness. A bit of softly sweet fruity hops. Dry and a little bit resiny. Fruity and pithy bitterness. Nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. My least favorite of their IPAs, but still a great beer. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11106) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
A: The pour is golden in color with a fluffy white head on tap which leaves lots of sticky lacing. S: The nose is all grapefruit and pine with maybe just an inkling of malt coming through. T: The flavor is what you expect from the nose. Lots of bitter grapefruit and piney hops with just a touch of malt sweetness. M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and a bitter finish. D: This is pretty much what you expect from an Alpine brewed IPA. Great hop flavors and aromas.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 On draft at Hamilton’s Tavern for 2nd Saturday: Pours out a clear golden, white spotted lacing. Fruity nose filled with mandarin oranges, pink pulpy grapefruit, some pine, and wet grass. The flavor is a real let-down compared to the wonderful nose- sour and metallic with bites of stale citrus that lasts into the finish. Drinkability: Dry grapefruit and lemon rind add a fairly nice balance of sweetness/bitterness. Mostly, not bad. Pairing: Orange sorbet. Rebuy: Probably not. #387 on 10042010, DG.


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