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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10635) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Growler acquired in trade with WeeHeavySD (thannks!). Poured a medium to deeper amberish color with a larged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral, toasty, more pine, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, floral, toasted caramel, and light citrus.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8256) - San Diego County, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7808) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Light pine and grapefruit aroma for an IPA. Pine, grapefruit, caramel malt flavor with some light summer fruit. Medium body. Lingering grapefruit and caramel. Decent IPA, but I find that there’s somethign about Alpine IPAs that I don’t like - the malt backbone has a bit of this earthy, toasted malt, creaminess that begins to grate on me. Blind Pig-like if you’re smoking crack. I’ll take the pig anytime over this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6779) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2008
On tap @ San Diego Brewing brewpub. Pours a clear deep gold with lasting wisp of a white head. The aroma is big and in your face with copious amounts of fresh grapefruit hops and a decent backbone of malts and then a bit of spice hops. Excellent tasting IPA. Yum. It begins with a rush of grapefruit hops that are both bitter and sweet and they seem to be growing more and more bitter as the taste moves forward. A tasty level of malts is also there to play against the hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced example of the classic West Coast IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riversideAK (5582) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Tap at Stone. Orange gold with a fluffy head and great lacing. An amazing aroma of fresh grapefruit rinds with softer orange notes as well. A touch of caramel malt makes the aroma on this one incredibly fruity. Awesome bitterness with soft caramel malt backbone. Floral and grapefruit bitterness coats the mouth and lingers. The bitterness is not over the top however. This is a nice IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Tasted at Brewery. Quite good. Golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine, creamy palate, citrus and pine taste with some really nice vanilla notes. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5267) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Poured an amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, floral hops, toasted malts, and some toffee. Taste of piney resin, citrus, caramel malts, light nuts, and a bit of tobacco, with a dry, hoppy finish.


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