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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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314 Reviews
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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,035
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 AleWatcher
2.79/5  rDev -35.7%
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!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 -30.6%
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 -25.8%
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 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 putonyourwalkingshoes
3.34/5  rDev -23%
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.


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 beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
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 -18.9%
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 -18.9%
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 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 leprechaunandfatman
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
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 -18%
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 Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
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 -16.1%
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 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 mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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 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 thebigredone
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

High hopes for this based on the ratings over time.

Taste was mid-tier IPA, solid but not nothing game changing. No distinguishing hop characteristics, seems to be a mix of the usual, pine, a touch of citrus, etc.

Feel is a bit thick on the palate, not exactly refreshing.

Overall, this a solid, but unspectacular beer. Learning it was an APA helped the score a bit, but definitely not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap
L: Vibrant amber orange
S: Clean aroma of floral hops
T: Crisp herbal hop flavors mixed with a sweet malt backbone. Mild bitterness in the finish.
F: Medium mouth feel
Overall a good APA with herbal/floral hop character.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from Green Flash bomber into an IPA glass.

Pours very gold and translucent. 3 finger, white head. Strong carbonation is visible

Nose full of citrus fruit and piney hops. Very strong scent

Taste goes along completely with the nose. Piney/resinous hops are present. Small amount of malt. Quite bitter.

Medium light body, with strong carbonation.

Overall, a solid session IPA.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from GF bottle. This is bitter enough to be more of an IPA than it is an APA. Very much a West coast style hoppy beer as it is overly bitter compared to what I have become accustomed to with a good APA.

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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 Redrover
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint of this one from the tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. It was on the newly tapped list.

The beer is a chill hazed dark yellow with a skim of off white foam.

It has an aroma of citrus and malts.

I tis nicely bitter with a touch of sour. There is citrus (grapefruit and tangerine), grains and plum.

The mouth is decent.

All-in-all a decent beer that didn’t live up to the hype (at least for me)…

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Photo of brewskis
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is Green Flash's version. Poured out of a bottle with a Green Flash logo on the actual bottle, but Alpine on the label.

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head.

Aroma is of dankness, pine resin, grapefruit peel, orange, and floral from the hops. There is a dry cracker malt and very slight bready sweetness in there to balance the citrus and pine from the hops.

Taste is quite bitter. Get lots of pine resin bitterness up front and into the finish. Between that the cracker malt and very slight sweetness play with some citrus (grapefruit and orange) notes from the hops. Very dry beer.

Light medium body. Nicely carbonated and clean.

Overall, this is a solid beer, especially by GF standards. However, this is definitely not as good as the original Alpine version. It lacks the depth and complexity from the hops that the original provided.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Legit.. Tropical fruity hops with a big bitterness that is unapologetic... Light pale malt.. piney hops that sometime go a bit catty Dangerously drinkable.

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