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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,668
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 724
Gots: 192 | FT: 1
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

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Photo of KATCanada
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been lucky enough to have a lot of great APA's - Edward, Sierra Nevada, Daisey Cutter, Alpha King, Zombie etc. This one is, in my mind, the best, especially for a good session. Incredible citrus nose, forward but not overagressive hops. I could easily drink this all day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

o it began. Hobo tasting No. 7 commenced at Ingles on an overcast and slightly damp day. It was an impromptu event that really was not solidified until a couple hours before, but none the less went off without a hitch. As me and Calton chilled for a good hour enjoying some of the finer craft offerings in our multitude of glassware and bottles and growlers, one could only wonder how much better it could have gotten, enjoyed during a hell of a good time on 04/21/2011.

The first offering of the day the monster growler was opened up to get the ball rolling. This was not an easy feat to track this one down but boy was it worth it. Pouring out a wonderfully light golden amber color, the cloudy body produced a head that was nearly three inches in height over the top of the bottle and easily coated the entire glass with sticky and gooey lacing that left webbing long after we had finished.

The first notes that are picked up from the aroma are super bright citrus hops. Light lemon layered on top of pineapple and grapefruit, but very bright, light and clean. A burst of freshness through the air that was only slightly cut by light grains as it warmed. To call this a sessionable beer is an understatement. So clean, fresh, and easy going we had a hard time not going for pint after pint. Just a quick hit of hops on the first sip that open up the palate and cleanse the senses for a ripe display of fresh fruit and light grains that then wash over you. Fresh and perfectly carbonated it was an effortless offering as the lemon and pineapple flavor melts into a sea of grapefruit and dry finish that begs you to take another sip almost as soon as you finished the last one.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable IPA’s I have ever come across. This was just nuts. I would like to see someone do better than this, incredible light offering that seems it was made to be shared!

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Photo of Sintech
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden yellow hue.

Smell - Tropical and citrus.

Taste - Incredible mix of tropical, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very tasty Pale Ale. In my top 4 Pale Ale's all-time.


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Photo of ehammond1
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap

O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Hazy golden orange and yellow. Thin white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I was expecting.

This beer smells like hop heaven. It's an absolutely, unmatched, perfect smelling pale. The hop aroma on this is massive--orange, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine--WOW!

Taste falls in line right behind the nose. Bitter enough, but the bitterness never gets in the way of the terrifically pungent citrus and pine flavors biting and wrestling with the tongue--just delicious!

Medium bodied.

The perfect pale ale. It's astounding that so much hop flavor, aroma, and character is packed in to this sessionable, pitcherable, gulpable 5.25% pale ale.

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Photo of jamex
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap at Alpine Brewery. Poured a beautiful gold with a nice head.

S: The aroma was amazing. Pine, tangerine, some floral scents and tropical undertones. Like taking a deep breath in a uncharted pine forest while your girlfriend peels an orange about five feet away.

T: I partied like it was my birthday. Hop explosions laced with wonderful citrus and delightful floral notes.

M - Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

D - This was an all around delicious beer, like many of the Alpine beers. They really have hops down to a science. Congratulations on this lovely beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Ultraman9000 for the growler!

Pours a clear dark straw with a big 3 finger white creamy sticky head.

Smells wonderful. Bright notes of citrus with a fresh floral scent and just a touch of pine.

Starts out citrusy. Orange and lots of red grapefruit with a touch of floral. Very hop forward. Finishes floral, bitter and dry.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

One of my favorite beers ever and I love it every time I get the chance to have it. Light and refreshing, but still loaded with good IPA flavors.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap; really nice APA/IPA. Crisp, hop-forward but not overpowering. Easily drinkable. Smells fantastic; citrus and pine. A rare beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to spycow for sharing this at DLD.

A - Hazy golden colored beer with a foamy white head that left some nice looking spots and lace on the sides.

S - Great hop smell including citrus that is not too grapefruity, pine resin, and some nice dankness that isn't moldy. The pale malt character keeps from being too sweet and is pretty near perfect.

T - Explosion of hops with sweet citrus and tropical fruits balanced out by bittering resins. Very hop-forward APA, but exceptionally well balanced with its malt backbone. One of the best, if not the best, hoppy APAs I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation, bitter, but clean, finish.

O - Awesome beer, great to drink pretty much anytime, anywhere. Wish I could get this regularly, awesome.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On draft. Yes. Have wanted this brew for ages. Poured fairly clear. Thin, white head. Mild lacing. Aroma sinks into my schnozzola and delivers bright, lively hoppiness. potent West coast pine and citrus along with some more East coast tropical fruit and juicy notes. Just a little bit of neutral maltiness but this one is clearly hop perfume. The flavor is simply so bright and lively it's such an enjoyable experience. Very complex hoppiness. No one hop descriptor dominates. Citrus, grass, pine, pineapple, some passion fruit and some mango. This one has plenty to latch on to. Finishes with a nurturing bready malt and a long lasting hoppy grass/fruit combo. Medium bitterness. Light bodied. Long aftertaste. Carbonation adds drinkability. This lived up to the hype for me. West Coast meets East Coast hop profile. One hell of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hendry
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Artfully capped growler kept the carbonation just right until I was able to share with my neighbor.Pale straw color with a one finger bone colored head, great lacing in the pilsner glass.

Aroma is right in the pocket: citrus grove aromas with ruby grapefruit,tangelo,and pineapple with a magnificent piney backdrop,malts present strictly for balance,lying low in the mix.

Taste is quite close to what the aroma promises: prominent citrus flavors, nice pine presence with only a hint of malt. Dry & crisp finish with a pleasant amount of residual bitterness, alcohol masterfully hidden.

Mouthfeel is a light medium,incredibly drinkable: this beats the other Alpines I have tried.
Pleasant carbonation, and great body.

Top of the heap Southern Cali APA. Drinks & tastes more like an IPA, so it defies its description in that respect, but that isn't a fault. Seek this one out: shame it is not in production year round, and would be great in a bomber so more could enjoy this impressive offering from

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Photo of easong
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another super-dry hop bomb from Alpine. This one low enough gravity to have 3 at a sitting. On draught at the Rose & Crown, Palo Alto. Cloudy pale orange pour with a finger of foam which persisted until first taste. Apricot nose and orange rind, no appreciable sweetness. A perfect IPA for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a Carmel orange with a one finger tan head. A little lacing. Some carbonation also. The perfect citrus hoppy smell. Crisp, clean citrus burst with the great bitter hoppyness backing. The funk comes out a little more than expected for an Apa. My first Alpine Beer makes me understand hy all the hype.

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Photo of TPiwaron
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose on this beer is ridiculously good. For a 5.25% ABV, this beer packs a bucket-load of hops. I smell pine, I smell citrus, and then I need to take a sip. Would definitely buy again if I can find it in Milwaukee.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber.

L: Pours a golden color, one finger white head.

S: Amazing nose, with fresh pine and citrus.

T: Very refreshing, crust with a good blend of hops, crisp with pine, grapefruit, and citrus.

F: Mouth feel is crisp, with a dry wash down.

O: Overall, fantastic pale ale. West coast feel, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of JemhidiahSSJ4
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got a 64oz growler of this from a gas station in Sidney, OH. Was just tapped and I will be going back tomorrow for a refill before they blow it. Looks great, smells great, taste great. Sessionable APA teater's on the IPA range. Would definitely advise to at least give it a try!

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Photo of nickd717
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler shared by largadeer. HOP PUNS FOR THE WIN HELL YES!!!

Pours clear copper with a great lacey white head. Looks incredible.

Aroma is typical amazing Alpine: citrusy, floral, and herbal hops, as well as just a hint of sweet malt.

Flavor is amazing for a pale ale (or really more of an IPA). Citrusy - tangerine and grapefruit - with an excellent tropical fruit note and some herbal qualities. Just a little sweet malt in the background.

Medium-bodied with great hop resins.

Overall, just incredible. This is what every pale ale should aspire to. I could session the hell out of this if the ABV were under 4.00% and I were legally allowed to do so by British law.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy birthday, Matt! Oh, and thanks, Chris! This has spent 2 weeks in the growler already, lets see how it is.

Crystal clear sun-kissed gold with a billowing, off-white head that has exceptional retention and lacing. Just perfect. And the nose? Jeez. Pure hop nectar. Plenty of pine, moderately resiny, grapefruit and a slew of tropical fruit aromas. Sweet, ripe pineapples, blood oranges, tangerines, just beautifully rich and layered. The hop profile probably makes me think of Duet more than any other Alpine beer, but with less bitterness, maybe?

The palate is outstanding. Opening with a big, bright hop flavor, there's tropical and citrus fruit galore. Pine isn't particularly prominent, this has plenty of tropical and citrus. Bitterness is moderate-to-low, allowing the flavor to dominate. Oranges and grapefruit with a definite pineapple character, the full hop flavor is rounded off with a resiny feel that ties together all the flavors. Light in body with soft carbonation, this beer has a long, dry finish that's moderately resiny and quite fruity with a mild bitterness, allowing this to be an insanely drinkable beer.

Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention it, but there's no malt character present, but given that this is a hoppy beer from Alpine, that description is rather unnecessary, isn't it? But I kid. There's a little bit of a light biscuit/cracker-like malt flavor, but it does nothing but provide a brief respite from a wonderful hop character. Thanks a lot, Chris. This makes 99% of the IPAs out there superfluous. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite Alpine beers yet, probably up there with Nelson and O'Brien's IPA. The last beer I drank a growler of, solo, in one sitting, was Younger. And that's very high praise.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Due to the acclaim this has received, I expected more. I had this at the end of a long tasting, an this is IPA 7 for the day, so my tasters aren't at full sensitivity. However, I don't taste anything that makes this overly superior to, say, Stone Go-to IPA. I will seek this out again with a fresh palette at a later date.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A quick note after re-visiting this on tap here an Arizona.

This is slightly more bitter than the hoppy birthday I remember having at the pub. Also lacks a certain something in the flavor profile. I'm thankful for Green Flash helping in getting Alpine here in town, but sadly to say, if you want the most authentic Alpine experience, you are going to have to visit the pub.

With that said, my rating stays with the original Hoppy Birthday's I've had. A superb pale ale out of the brewery.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler thanks to Tommy619!

A: Liquid gold

S: Grapefruit, Cuitrus, Honey... can wait to dive in

T: Incredible pale ale - Grapefruit, citrus, with honey in the finish balancing out the bitterness perfectly.

M: Smooth hoppy pale ale

O: Alpine is by far the best brewery for hoppy beers on the west coast in my opinion.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with 321Jeff and Huhzubendah. Thanks JohnDoe8 for hooking us up!

Pour is a hazy, glowing pale golden with a dense, retentive stark white head. Thick rings of clumpy lacing.

Aroma is much more of an IPA than APA (though I won't hold it against it in the rating). Reminds me a lot of Sculpin. Fresh tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and mild caramel malt.

Medium-thick body with soft carbonation and a pleasant lingering dry hoppy finish. Sweet and juicy ripe tropical fruits dominate from the start and dominate throughout. Amazing. Again, maybe not a great APA per style, but an incredible beer regardless. This growler was ~2-3 weeks old; fresh this would have to be near perfect

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Photo of Overlord
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More IPA than pale ale, this brew reminded me of the Sierra Nevada Harvest series. BUT WITH THE DIAL CRANKED TO 11!

Pours gold with a hint of orange. Big white sudsy head.

Smell is a gigantic bouquet of floral, grapefruit, and pine notes (you seldom see all three together with such abundance), with a ton of tropical notes and sweeter citrus. Maybe oranges, definitely pineapple, yipes. Insane tropical notes.

Taste is just resplendent with hop character. Almost no malt or citrus sweetness to be found. Just hops everywhere. Grapefruit, both sweet and bitter varieties, fresh cut pine, some acrid lemon/orange rind notes. HOPS!

Very nice bubbly mouthfeel. Tons of thanks to a generous benefactor. Managed to guzzle the entire thing through the Lost finale, which took the edge off a very underwhelming close to the series.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at a pizza port. Pint.

A: Liquid gold opaque. A thing of beauty. Full and opaque. Thin head but looks lovely in the light.

S: Comes in very subtle. Grapefruit citrus with a honey sweetness.

T: Perfection. I've had this on cask before and didn't enjoy it as much. On tap amazing. Heavy grapefruit pez candy-esque with honey coming in. Hoppy but well rounded and not abrasive.

M: Holds the sweetness and citrus character beautifully start to finish this has the best mouthfeel an apa can have.

O: Impressive but then again its alpine. This is a real treat. I should rate this higher because for its style its world class pale ales just aren't one of my favorite styles and they made an outstanding one.

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Photo of biggied
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes at O'Briens

A- Sticky lacing. Bright lighter brown color with good retention.

S- Tons of aroma hops, huge nose on this beer. The effervescence on this beer is tremendous. Citrus and piney hops are all over this beer.

T- very bitter up front with piney hops, some citrus flavors come through on the back. Residual bitterness is def there.

M- med to light body, drys very quickly, leaving some residual bitterness.

O- Double IPA with an ABV of a American Pale Ale. Awesome session beer for the IPA drinker.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Spycow, I think, for the share.

A - It pours a hazy orange-golden hue, and is capped with a big tan head that looks like pancake batter. Lots of lacing ensues.

S - Jeez this is good. It is very reminiscent of the 4-day-old Pliny shared by nerd the other day, except lemon-forward where Pliny proffered tropical and dank. The nose is just pure hoppiness; there is pale malt and pristine minerality somewhere under the hops, but who woud bother looking for it? Anyhow, lemon zest, verbena, lemongrass, tangerine, and hazy cannabis are hugely implied in the aroma.

T - This is one of the best hop-centric beers I've had; the taste is truly world-class. A pristine minerality is suggested by the pale malt base, and it is the basis for extraordinary depth of hop flavor. Lemon-centric notes lead the way but are nearly equaled by a melange of tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. The more I drink of this, the more it seems that the flavor begins as lemon and actively morphs through tangerine and mango phases, ending in a bitter grapefruit astringency. Quite mouth-watering.

M - Lighter than medium by a tad, and plentifully carbonated.

O - Fantastic stuff; this is what APA, and hop-centric, should aspire to be.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.