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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 384
Hads: 2,371
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 672
Gots: 342 | FT: 5
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 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 AleWatcher
2.79/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a growler with some Ba's at my house before DarkLordDay.
Served in a tulip pint.

It's a nice color, like a pretty standard pale ale/IPA. The bee is pretty hazy yellowish gold with a thick white head. Great retention... Good lacing.
So it looks great... Aaaand now we fall apart... Why does this smell like garlic? Oh, summit hops you say? Well I'm not a fan. They ruin this beer the summit hops. The other aromas are great- hiding under the garlic are intense notes of grapefruit and even pineapple. Light malt profile... This beer would be exceptional if it weren't for the garlic.

The body is medium-light with great carbonation and a decent bitter bite... The flavor would be very nice if it weren't for the summit!

Overall-- I'll pass on this one next time. Glad to have tried it!
4.5/3/2/4/3

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler out at ol' 'Watcher's joint on a night that lead to my demise. I got about 2.5 tasters full of the stuff. I can't say that it was really a crowd favorite amongst the tasting group.

Appearance
This stuff has a nice color, as so often Alpine ales seem to have. Its a semi hazy honey yellow, crowned with a dense, sticky head.

Aroma
I'm not really a fan of Summit hops, and this stuff brings the Summit to its peak. Green onion, dense overgrowth, the banks of a summer creek and dashes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste
The oniony stuff is strong. Someone kept saying this stuff was like liver and onions. Who ever it was was partly correct. Lots of greenery and wild flowers with lots of chive and green onion. Some pine and citrus come around too.

Mouthfeel
Not very dry, this beer is fairly smooth with a lighter body and a decent enough finish. I'd say this one has the structure for drinkablility down.

Overall
As I texted to Ryan011235 that I was drinking this my auto correct took over and I sent "Choppy Birthday". I stand by that moniker, I think its more accurate. I'm not sure why this one is rated so high... Oh yeah! Its a new Alpine tap only! Duh!

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Photo of DannyBigs
3.01/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this on tap back in the days when it was only Alpine and not done on Green Flash premises nor in a Green Flash bottle. But I do like that Alpine is starting to get around. The trio that is making the rounds consists of Duet, Nelson, Hoppy Birthday. If you haven't seen them yet, they'll be around soon enough.

I was able to buy this one at my local craft beer shop in LA and was stoked! Nelson is my personal favorite beer and everything Alpine does is top notch. That being said, after trying this (in a Green Flash bottle), I was severely disappointed. Aroma was way off, almost skunky. The taste tailed right off the aroma. Not what I remember from having it on tap just a year ago when it smelled fresh and hoppy and tasted great. It used to be a pale ale, now marketed as a session ipa because that's a big thing these days. The Green Flash version is a pure fail compared to what it can and should be.

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Photo of DrunkAl
3.22/5  rDev -25.1%
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 anonymoose
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
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 putonyourwalkingshoes
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.


Update:

Since having the new bottles, I cannot maintain this rating. Much poorer quality just a standard hoppy pale without the magic that Hoppy Birthday used to be. A real shame. Used to love this.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. Seeing "Green Flash" on the bottle seems wrong to me in some way. Best by April '16.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Lots of small particles in suspension. Less than one finger of off-white creamy/frothy head. Retention is below average, especially for the style and half a finger of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Grapefruit and pine forward hoppiness. Orange citrus and light resiny dankness underneath. Biscuity and bready maltiness with note of caramel. Seems pretty run of the mill.

3.5 T: Mild bitterness. Again hops are primarily piney and grapefruity. Mild nondescript citrus and resin secondarily. Bready malts with just a hint of caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium-medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

3.25 D: Really disappointed given this beer's reputation and my prior experiences with Alpine. I don't know if GF is to blame or not, but this is well before the best buy date.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by June 9, 2016.

This is in sixers now with wide distribution. I have had the Alpine version on tap about a year ago, yes it was from Alpine not Green Flash, and I really enjoyed it. Basically was a hoppy pale ale executed well.

This thing is a completely different beast. It's now a "session IPA". This thing poured like a soda. Fizzy bubbles dissipating faster than you can say acquisition. Aroma is decent but not the juicy hop bomb I'm used to. Way too much bitterness for a session IPA. The mouthfeel is thin as hell. Not something I'd want to drink more of. Glad I bought a single bottle of this and not a sixer at $11.99.

Green Flash is running Alpine into the ground. Fortunately for them, most people are too dumb to notice.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by July 2016.

Appearance: Light caramel color with great clarity and large bubbles of carbonation visibly ascending. Very thin cap of froth.

Aroma: Classic citrus hop bouquet with a dash of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Very light in the malt department as expected. The hop character comes off a little soapy tasting but is full of vibrant earthy bitterness. Finish and aftertaste of raw bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and well carbonated. Drinkability suffers from the onslaught of IBUs.

Final Thoughts: A little less bittering hops or a little higher FG would have made for a more well-rounded beer. Would I drink it again? Maybe fresh on tap.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in 12oz goblet, this was a very nice beer, but not one that stood out from the field of 41 other hoppy pale ales. I will bang again, but it's not a transcendental experience.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my type of pale. I'm used to the big citrus bombs here on the east coast and this was very piney to me. Nicely balanced but just not my flavor in terms of hops.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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 leprechaunandfatman
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a very smooth or balanced beer. Hits with strong grapefruit flavor which almost immediately blends into an okay bitter finish/aftertaste. Definitely isn't a bad beer, but based in this one, it's certainly not something I'd search out.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Chicago

A: Dark gold and clear
S: Malty, light pine, bready
T: Bready, light caramel malt backbone, melon, grapefruit bitterness, some pine

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Photo of trevorpost
3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Big soapy white head that rapidly recedes into a thin film. Aroma is faint citrus and mango, strong pine, a bit astringent. Flavor is some malt up front with a bitter citrus pine finish. Overly bitter and thin. 5.25% is not session strength. A fine beer, but there are better actually session strength hop forward beers out there.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some fruity floral hops with a little onion.

The flavor is a little sweet bready malt and fruit with a lot of bitter resiny onion hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation,

Overall, a nice hoppy session IPA. Good except for onion notes.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Thin white head with good retention and lacing. Clear light golden color. Nose is subtle cirtus hops. Taste is bready, slightly bitter, non-descript hops, pretty good balance. A bit thin mouthfeel but within expectations for the style.

Pretty good but nothing like the quality of Alpine beers I've had from the original Alpine brewery.

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Photo of thebeers
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-gold with a finger-and-a-half of bright white head, and great lacing. Relatively restrained pine and orange aroma. Mild bitterness and a hint of orange up front in the taste, a pretty hollow middle and a bitter aftertaste. Light, but prickly mouthfeel. I don't know if I've explored the whole "session IPA" subcategory enough to stack it against other session IPAs. As an IPA or an APA, it has a nice fresh hop bitterness and is definitely refreshing, but little else going for it. Fairly boring in comparison to other hoppy beers at the same price point, IMO. Maybe if it were priced as a session beer I'd feel differently.

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Photo of jpro
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with one finger of white head that leaves very little lace. Smell is citrus rind, light resiny hops, and raw biscuit dough / wet socks. Taste has a bit of cracker malt. Feel is light - even though this is a "session" IPA, at 5.25%, this still seems thin.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe it is just me but I just do not get the high ratings for Alpine beers. This is a good beer but certainly not something I would seek out over many others. Typical hop profile, decent malt backbone and flavor. Like Duet and Nelson, I wouldn't seek out or be bothered if I never had again. So many others that are much better.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
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 mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a clear, darker straw-gold color with minimal white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma isn't too powerful, but is slightly spicy with some bitterness in there. It is light-bodied with generally light carbonation. Taste-wise it is slightly bitter with some citrus and somewhat astringent pine. The aftertaste is bitter and somewhat yeasty too. Personally I thought this tasted really good at first, but I tired of it rather quickly. Seemed to be a bit too much yeast in it, and I suppose it didn't impress me overall. Not a bad beer, but it pales (pun, haha) to Alpine's other similar offerings.

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Photo of doremite
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at meadhall in Boston. This beer has to be a shadow of its former self. Nice up front I guess, hop forward, but aftertaste very offputting and sharp. Aftertaste wore me down.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.