Beer #137 Alpine Captain Stout

Alpine Captain Stout

Name:  Captain Stout

Style: American Stout.

Brewery: Alpine Beer Company  website.

Country:  USA

Region:  Alpine, California

ABV: 6.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.           

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: nothing

Tasted on:  Wednesday August 18th, 2010. 

Note:  This beer pours a very dark brownish black with a thin fluffy dark tan head.  The head dissipated rapidly leaving only a minimal lacing on the glass.   The nose is roasted malts & strong coffee.  The initial taste is of coffee followed by sweet roasted malts then mildly bitter chocolate.  The mouthfeel is of a mild to medium smooth texture with carbonation on the low side.  This beer had a nice drinkability factor and was quite pleasant overall.

On the Label:  Captain Stout will take charge of your tastebuds with its rich flavor.  Leading the crew is the big, roasty malt character that has hints of chocolate and coffee which balanced the smooth velvety finish.  The thick creamy head lasts and lasts, leaving lace in your glass as your beer disappears.  This beer pairs well with food.  Enjoy it with dinner or even with a rich vanilla-bean ice cream dessert so… Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed!

From their website:  A Chocolate Oatmeal Dry Stout
The Captain is leader of a fire crew. This beer takes charge of your taste buds with its rich flavor. Roasty malt character that has hints of chocolate and coffee which balances the smooth, velvety finish. The thick, creamy head lasts and lasts, leaving lace in your glass as your beer disappears. This beer pairs well with food. Great with dinner or as breakfast or even with a rich vanilla-bean ice cream. 1.060 OG 31 IBU 6%ABV

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Beer # 125 Alpine Nelson

 

Alpine Nelson

Name:  Nelson

Style:  I.P.A.

Brewery: Alpine Beer Company website 

Country:  USA

Region: Alpine, California

ABV: 7.10% Abv

How served: 22 oz bomber poured into a Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery pint glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Shrimp grilled with a spicy “chicken wing” marinade then sprinkled with a “secret” spicy seasoning salt.  Yummy!!  I would do this pairing again.

Tasted on:  Monday June 14th, 2010. 

Note:     As soon as you open up this bottle you get a whiff of citrus which keeps improving as it is poured into the glass.  As you taste this IPA you get a nice mildly bitter grapefruit taste followed by some mild sweetness from the rye which really balances this brew.  The Mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation, and the drinkability was exceptional.   This is a great everyday brew, especially on hot Florida days/nights and for pairing with spicy foods.   If you are looking for something with a bit more of a hop kick you should try out Alpines “other” hoppy brews, such as Double (Imperial) I.P.A Pure Hoppiness http://wp.me/pEFaj-al or if you dare their Triple IPA Exponential Hoppiness http://wp.me/pEFaj-ai.

On the Label:  This golden IPA has the addition of rye to enhance the flavor profile and gives it that “something special.’  We use Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, prized for their white wine, fruity flavor.  The scent of fresh grapefruit greets you each time you lift your glass.  DRNK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED! 

On their Website: Seasonal Beers- beers we brew as often as we can, but not all the time.

A Golden Rye IPA
An outstanding hop from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin, is generously used throughout the brewing and dry-hopping of this unique beer. European rye is added for a smooth, malty addition to flavor. 1.065 OG 7%ABV  

Beer # 87 Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Pure Hoppiness

Name: Pure Hoppiness

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Alpine Beer Company website

Country: USA

Region:  Alpine, California

ABV: 8.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Duvel glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Fish taco’s made with grilled & smoked tilapia with a spicy salsa.  This beer matches very well with the spiciness of the fish taco.

Tasted on:  Sunday March 14th, 2010. 

Note:  This drinks more like an IPA then an Imperial IPA.  It is a very good Imperial IPA, but I’ve had better, including Alpine’s Exponential Hoppiness which I had yesterday.   Drinkability wise, Pure Hoppiness is more drinkable then Exponential Hoppiness, so if you’re going to have more then one, drink Pure Hoppiness over Exponential Hoppiness.

On the Label: This mega-hopped, west-coast style India Pale Ale will take you to hop heaven!  We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting edge “hop bite”.  Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison.   Drink better beer so.. DRINK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED!

From their website: West Coast Double IPA.  So mega-hopped it will take you to hop heaven. We’ve used hops in the boil, more hops in the giant hopback, and added to that, an incredible amount of dry-hopping for that cutting-edge “hop bite.” Once you’ve tasted this unique beer, all others pale in comparison. 1.072 OG Classified IBU 8%ABV

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Beer # 86 Alpine Exponential Hoppiness

Alpine Exponential Hoppiness

Name: Exponential Hoppiness

Style: Imperial IPA

Brewery: Alpine Beer Company  website

Country: USA

Region:  Alpine, California

ABV: 11.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Stone IPA glass.       

My Overall Opinion: Amazing.

I paired this beer with: Pasta and shrimp in a butter, olive oil & white wine sauce with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes & garlic.   The hops of this beer overpowered this meal.  It would have been better paired with a Belgium Strong Plae Ale, Belgium Pale ale or a Triple.

Tasted on:  Saturday March 13th, 2010. 

Note:  The hops hit you very hard on this beer.  1st you get a beautiful hop aroma, then the hops hit you hard up front from the first sip to the after taste.  This beer is not for the faint of heart, BUT if you’re a hop head, well then you’re in heaven!!!

On the Label: A triple IPA which is deceptively mild for its strength. This Hop Monster starts by using multiple kettle hop additions, with each addition doubling the amount of the previous addition (exponentially). Add in the giant hop back and the two dry hopping sessions and you’re almost there.   The beer is finished off with a couple of “body-bag” sized hop-sacks full of hop flavors and oak chips. Then it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a strong, incredibly hoppy, yet truly enjoyable beer. DRINK ALPINE BEER or GO TO BED!

From their website: A West Coast Triple IPA. Very popular. A complex hopping method where each hop addition is double the previous amount. More hops in the hopback and then two dry-hop sessions. The second dry-hop session is with whole hops and oak chips. 1.093 OG 10.75%ABV

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