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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
Draught Very good head, collapsing; darker orange-amber. Unbelievable C-hops concentration; some caramel-covered cookies. Bit cheesy hops chosen. Sweet taste! With, no mistake, a lot of hoppy flavours, but NO bitterness. Litte burning sensation, well carbonated; medium body. VERY good IPA, with excellent balance, despite the hops overload

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
Tap @ O’brien’s. Pours orange with a 2 finger bright white head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is sweet hoppy and nice. Good beer, nice collaboration.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Draft @ O’Briens. Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Hop forward aroma but not too crazy. Pine, citrus and sweaty notes. The flavor was malty and piny. Some earthy notes as well. Mild bitter finish with a light to medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
On draft at O’Brien’s Pub during their anniversary week barrel aged night, shared with Goldtwins, DarkElf, Wetherl, and others. I’ve seen this a number of times around town lately, but the first time gets the rating. Poured deep golden without much head. Floral hop aroma. flavor had a nice hop biterness, both floral and citrusy. smooth and crisp finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours a golden orange hue with a hint of red and a small slight off white head. Aromas are light. Very light. The beer was served very cold and even as it warmed the aromas still weren’t present. Flavors of diacytel, banana with a light hop bitterness. I will have to try it again as I may have had a bad batch as I know that Tom and Pat are awesome brewers.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3566) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap at Stone Bistro - You know, I don’t think they indicate which Alpine IPA they have on tap (O’Brien’s or Bad Boy), but this one appears to be the latest one making it’s way around the San Diego area, so I’ll go with it. It pours copper with a nice, lingering white head. There are citrus and flower notes in the hop heavy aroma. The taste of light caramel malts are balanced well with the assertive hops bitterness. Medium bodied and certainly enjoyable, this IPA is well done.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
On tap at the new Liars club. I’ve been looking forward to trying this to increase my number of Alpine ratings. Very, very flowery hoppy aroma. Great arom. Mild hop bitterness. Clear amber color. Frothy cask-like microfoam head. Relatively easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
On-tap at Churchill’s this past week. Pours orange yellow with a thick, frothy, white head. Decent lace. Smells citrusy with a grassy background. Tastes citrusy and hoppy, grapefruit, lemon, grass, a bit resiny. Medium body, not too thick for a big IPA. Carbonation is good but fades quickly. Pretty good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Tap@O’brian’s. Dude...where did you get those hops? Wonderful aroma. Strong raw hop taste which continued long after the glass of goodness was gone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Draft at O’briens. This IPA was decent flavors of hops and some sweet malts. The balance leaned towards the bitterness. Pretty good though.


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