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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,036
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 683
Gots: 274 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

ruth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true.

69 IBUs
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Photo of DaverCS
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a filtered, light orange color with 1 inch of a white colored head. Real nice lacing all over the glass.

Aroma, while slightly weak, boasts bright citrus, grapefruit, and some hop floralness. Like a tame version of a classic west-coast style IPA.

Taste isn't offensive by any means. It's refreshing, light, and crisp. Big punch of bitterness up front, with some nice citrus and bitter grapefruit. The bitter grapefruit pith lingers into the aftertaste. Like the nose, it tastes like a tamed down version of a generic west coast IPA. Surprising amount of flavor for the abv; I would guess it was around 7 percent if I was to drink it blind.

Overall, this clearly isn't the same beer that Is actually brewed by Alpine. Definitely like a more mild version of a generic IPA. Nothing special, but the flavors are well developed for the abv. I see it pairing well with spicy fried chicken along side red beans and rice. It gets a 85/100.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly average session IPA. Big bitter pine and citrus with no sweetness whatsoever. The brightness of the hop presence really faded after a few sips as well.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on 11/25 at Cask Republic in New Haven. Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with some amber notes, decent head leaves minimal lacing. Smell is pretty hoppy initially, some nice fruit and resin there. Body is a bit different, there's a big caramel sweetness to it, very similar to a light bodied amber ale. Beer is hoppy and juicy at first but quickly gets beat by the malt as the beer warms. Hints of mint and pine near the back end. Overall a nice Pale Ale but wasn't expecting so much sweetness. In the end I was a bit disappointed with it.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber with a drink by date of March, 2016

L - The perfect IPA look. Bronze, no clarity, sediment floating, 2 fingers of head and lots of sticky lace left all over the glass. Perfection.

S - Big pine and citrus hops. I am picking up Centennial for sure. Dry hopped obviously. Grapefruit and oranges.

T - Malt sweetness up front, then a huge hop bomb kicks in. But a very well balanced hop bomb. Citrus, grapefruit goodness

F -Medium body, and well carbonated. Enjoyable bitter aftertaste

O - Best session IPA I have had, bar none. I find it well balanced too with some sweet maltiness

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint brassy + golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops over the lighter aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a hint of caramel malts. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A really nice combination of hop flavors and aromas - complex and quite intense for an APA (or Session IPA). Drinks very easy and is just about sessionable. Excellent and totally worth grabbing when it comes out each year.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am lucky enough to get one of these fresh in NC. It was brewed at the green flash brewery, or at least it is in a green flash bottle. Excellent look, one of the best smelling beers I've had in a little while with a taste that backs it up. Do not pass on this!

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Photo of glass_house
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, not great APA. Was excited to finally see it on tap, but was somewhat let down. Nice and crisp, with a pleasant piney bitterness, but seemed to be lacking any kind of depth in the flavor profile. Definitely wouldn't turn one down, but wouldn't seek it out either.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Four Alpine beers have recently hit Atlanta and this one and Nelson are my favorites. This one's a very hop forward beer with a solid medium body. One of the best "session" beers I've ever had, though 5.25% ABV isn't *that* low. One of those beers that is best from mid-palate to the finish. Love how those hops continue to tickle the tongue long after the sip. Fantastic.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden color, not quite clear. Smallish white head with pretty good lacing.

S: Great citrus hop, grapefruit and a little pine

T: A lot more pine in the taste, the citrus is not that prevalent like in the aroma. Way to much bitter, tons of bitter without the flavor punch up front.

F: Medium mouth feel, kinda nice. The big bitter lingers on the back of tongue and was rather unpleasant.

O: Not balanced, way to much bitter without enough flavor up front. Overrated.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-orange body with a thin, but creamy fringe of froth. Beautiful!

Nose is fresh cut citrus dipped in confectioners sugar. Wow!

Flavor is just like the nose, only slightly less so. Must go with the lowered ABV for the session tag. It is completely delicious in every way, just slightly light to my palate.

Mouthfeel is slick, slightly stripping, high apparent carbonation.

Overall, a top notch session IPA. Love this brew, wish I could find more out here on the East Coast.

Glad I found the one that I did, thanks to Colonial Spirits!

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy pale orange with a one finger white head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and citrus zest.

Has a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness in the taste with grapefruit, orange, citrus zest, pine and bread malt.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. a nice session IPA.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic glass. An almost clear orange color with a slight haziness. Smell was nice but standard for the beer type. I especially like the subtle not over the top hoppy/bitterness taste.

It is definitely a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at River Room. A nice rich golden body with creamy head. Initial blast of hops on the nose, taste follows with crisp, sharp hop bitterness. One of the hoppier APAs, but very tasty.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of than head. Never quite drops bright, great head retention & lacing

S: Bready, catty & weedy

T: Follows the nose, some much cattiness up front. A little bready, some honey malt & then tons of herbal & woody hops. Finishes catty, with a little cakeyness & with woody hops

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, skews a little bitter

Drinks alright, just not what I hoped for, None of these draft Alpine beers make me happy they sold a share to GF, based on the 4 I've tried on draft

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells extremely hoppy. Scents of grapefruit and menthol. Cedar plank and mint.

Starts out dry and woody. medium levee of bitterness and the taste pf pine board. Taste of mango. Could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just OK. Could be more complex.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a pint glass to a light gold topped by a dense one finger head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of pine and citrus with some light caramel sweetness
T: taste is resiny pine and citrus with some grapefruit rind. slight malt sweetness with some caramel toward the middle but the hops are the star of the show with this beer. Swallow is oily hops with pine resin and a little more citrus
M: medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and an oily hop finish that coats the mouth. Fairly refreshing.
O: Green Flash bottle with an Alpine label and bottle cap. Either way this is some top notch stuff. Best by March 2016 and I'm not sure how far out they put the drink by date. If you see this and you like hops, buy this beer!

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Photo of anonymoose
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One week old. The beer has a clear orange color. The aroma is citrus and pine. The taste is masked by resiny bitterness and malt. Tastes like an old IPA despite being super fresh

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best By: 20 APR 16

Mostly clear amber-tinged gold with a small, creamy head on top. Smells of fragrant, spicy-fresh hops: spruce, herbal earthiness, cannabis, and grapefruit peel. Pink grapefruit, lemon, bitter pine resin, grass, tea, and a bit of cereal sweetness. Medium-light, crisp, and bitter.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear coppery orange colored beer under a soapy bubbly pile of head. Aroma is soft and fluffy floral hops, spicy, piney, and fluffy biscuits. Taste is bright and festively hopped. Bitterness lingers around evenly across the board. Rindy grapefruit, sticky pine needles, and a subtle candy lime.

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Photo of DrunkAl
3.22/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Green Flash Bomber. Best by 3/18/16. Guessing that means it’s a month old. Just showed up in Chicago 4 days ago. So decently fresh. Pour is golden orange. Aroma is hops. Not hoppy. Straight hops. On the super dank pine end of the spectrum. Taste is intensely bitter hops. It really tastes like licking the inside of a picked off the vine fresh hops. A lupulin smoothie. Completely out of balance and lacking any malt. Too much hops for such a light beer. This thing is a damn lupulin smoothie.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic offering from Alpine. This one doesn't have as much fruity hop notes on the nose as some of their other offerings, but this one is extremely easy to drink. I could put down like 10 on these on a hot day.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/18/2016. Green Flash bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero bitter astringency after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.25%. Overall this is an awesome pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger white foamy head. Decent amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit peel, and tangerine.

T - The taste starts with a blast of piney hops. Some sweet malts and grapefruit appear mid palate. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbnation. The mouthfeel is crisp though a bit watery.

O - This is a very nice West Coast session ipa. Definetly worth checking out.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear deep golden color with a bright white head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pine mostly with some citrus and malt sweetness. Nice citrusy taste with a balanced sweetness and a bitter piney finish. Another well made beer from Alpine.

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Photo of zonker17
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a 1 finger head. Citrusy nose with some sweetness. Great balance of malt and hops with some extended bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel for the level of sweet and not overly sweet. I can see why this beer is so well loved.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.