Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 571 | Reviews: 114 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Cavery:
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Went to the Brewery yesterday to get some Expo Hop bottles, and they had this precious gem on tap, Hoppy Birthday to me!
Review from thorough cellphone notes (I'm that guy).
A: Early morning light, swirling mixtures of beaming oranges and yellows. Very good looking egg shell bubble foams of various sizes. An undeniably soft honey look to the brew in the glass. Makes you want to spread it on a sandwich. A connect the dots of lacing that didn't hold too well, but the tap pour was perhaps a bit peaceful.
S: Super fresh cut grass with some sappy pine potency. Extremely light but complex herbal notes. Yellower grasses round out the spectrum of intense greenery. Faint grapefruit citrus gives a bit of bitter fruitiness. This is a nose-full that still maintains a very pale-ale appropriate light character.
T: Light florals and pine that dive into whole oat crunchy sweetness. Drying cornflakes that gaine a tone of complexity from buttery floral hops, and a very distinct pine nut pale malt flavor. Wow I really love this, so very good. The pine nut note in the pale malt linger is absolutely delicious. A taste profile properly proportioned to a complex pale ale.
M: A very fancy drying mouth that features a sizzling breakfast mouth-feel. So drying and smooth. There is no medicine or aspirin feelings in this brew. This is simple, and very refined. The mouth really helps give this its pale ale identity. Honestly a bit of a difficult body to assess, as the sizzle gives into dryness so fast I lose the weight of the liquid. Love this!
O: There are many things I love about this beer, but above all: this is truly identifiably a pale ale. It has a hop character, but I wouldn't take this for an IPA. The malt really has strong control over the flavor experience. A wonderful combo of pine nut malt and light bitter floral hops is outstanding. This is a member of the nobility of the summer time session ale kingdom. A very fancy pale ale, but humble with simplicity. Incredible execution here by Alpine.
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2011 17:53:00 | More by Cavery
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: 4.25 Cloudy orange gold with a one inch off white head.
S: 4.25 Bready and hoppy with tropical fruits and some dank.
T: 4.5 Similar to the nose with some more breadlines and a bitter/dry finish.
M: 4.5 Nice body with good carbonation. The dryness makes this beer quite refreshing.
O: 4.25 Lots if flavor, especially for a pale ale. Almost up there with Alpine’s IPAs.
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2014 22:15:11 | More by Tele
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.