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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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312 Reviews
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Reviews: 312
Hads: 2,031
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 683
Gots: 271 | 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 scotorum
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 4/19/16. Assuming a six month spread after bottling (a very high estimate for the preservation of hop flavor) this one is three weeks old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Moderate pine resin.

t: A funky pineyness followed by a pretty strong hop bite which lingered over a medium bready malt base. Dry finish with those persistent bitter notes.

m; Medium, quite smooth with good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A better West Coast style pale. Somewhat similar to a couple of Green Flash entries, whose name is now in raised letters on the Alpine bottle.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Birthday was a copper color with a good sized head. Nice fresh floral aroma. The taste was rather balanced, but strong, big malty backbone, with a good fresh hoppy flavor. Overall its a very solid APA.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, and resin on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a floral hop note.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color with oodles of tiny carbonation bubbles erupting from within. A quarter inch of eggshell white rests on top. Moderate lacing. I smell light hoppy notes. There's a brief piney hop wallop. Light malt and honey notes are present in the fade. The mouth is very crisp and smooth.

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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 papat444
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz crowler bought a DeCicco's.

Mango and mandarins in the aroma. Nice retention in the glass, a lazy orange colored body. Has a nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

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

Thick bubbled but thin head. Plenty of blanket lace on the glass. Cloudy dark amber color.

Semi-earthy with floral hop aroma.

Lots of biting pine and nearly astrigently dry malt. High carbonation but low richness. Chewy finish. Long lasting aftertaste of straight up bitterness.

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Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a slim 22 oz brown GF bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 18 MAR 16 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal light amber with 1-2 finger light beige frothy head with decent retention but disappointing lacing.

S: herbal earthy onion/garlic, dank Columbus almost meaty aromas, grapefruit pith, and mild floral character

T: tasty but dominated by the earthy onion/garlic but not in an overbearing fashion. Grapefruit and resin push in. Bitterness is moderate. Maltiness is a bit player.

M: very smooth, light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly sticky but mainly rounded

O: enjoyable and atypical with herbal character leading the way but with typical grapefruit citrus and resin flavored carry through. Unique beer.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color, with 1/2" of eggshell white head which has nice retention and lacing. Excellent looking APA.

Smell: Good caramel malt base apparent, with a boatload of citrus and pine bitterness following.

Taste: Caramel malts, citrus and a fair amount of pine. A lingering finish that is not super clean. Extremely hoppy pale ale that definitely pushes the boundaries of the style.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Good. Overall, really enjoyed this beer from Alpine. Very tasty with an abundance of hop flavor.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank hops, spices and very light citrus/fruit. The flavor is hops, citrus/fruit, malts and a mix of dry, bitter and surprisingly smooth in the finish.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent golden color with a very thick amount of head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells amazing, by far my favorite part of the beer; smells piney and citrusy, just overall fresh. Taste is somewhat disappointing... the dry-hopped aspect of it takes over and creates a very bitter (but nonetheless full of flavor) pale ale. Probably the most taste I've ever had packed into a pale ale... Feel is nice and smooth, slightly creamy, very dry. Overall... well done, I think it's just not my cup of tea. I seem to be in the minority in the overall rating of this beer, I respect it, just don't love it.

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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 micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very flavorful pale.
Had plenty of hop aroma in the nose, I got citrus and some grapefruit.
The taste was very good perhaps a bit lean.
Finished with a slightly course bitterness.
Very good and welcome to the sepa area.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intense hop bitterness. Mostly heavy pine. I'm wondering if the GF acquisition has eliminated some of the citrus characteristics others have mentioned.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours golden, with ruby tones, with a thick cream colored head; very visually appealing. Very strong smell; candied citrus and pine dominate, with floral undertones. The taste is reminiscent of the smell, powerful citrus and pine, however, in my opinion it may be just a bit too powerful, it reminds me of eating a hop pellet, albeit not quite as strong. The mouthfeel is solid for the style, finishes fairly dry while still having a juicy body. Overall this was a good beer, very appealing to sense of smell and sight; while the taste was good I honestly think if I picked up another one, I would drink it about two or three weeks from now to see if the hop pellet flavor fades with time.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the Dive Bar in Worcester.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice hazy golden hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of light tropical notes, pineapple and mango, faint citrus, grapefruit, nice malt backbone. Pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light tropical notes and grapefruit though the malts are much more pronounced. Carmel is rather big though the finish is bitter. Lightly musty, the hops though I feel are overpowered by the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, a bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was a bit confusing. Everything was quite muted and malty. Good, but certainly not as high the ravg states.

Serving type: On tap

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Photo of emyers
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Best by date 3/18/16. Green Flash produced.

Pours a hazy gold color with a one inch fluffy white head.

Aroma is loaded with juicy citrus and tropical fruit. A little bit of herbal spice under the initial burst of citrus. Phenomenal hop profile, no real malt presence to speak of.

Taste is a substantial step back from the aroma in terms of depth. The hop profile goes more in the herbal/earthy direction compared to the smell.Overall it seems a bit watered down. There is much more malt noticeable here as well. Finish has a healthy dose of bittering hops. Clean flavor profile, but a bit lighter than I would like, especially after the nose.

Mouthfeel is light, clan, and crisp with a dry finish. Very refreshing.

I get that this is a session IPA, but after that phenomenal aroma I would have loved just a bit more in the flavor profile. Still a great beer as far as session IPAs go.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber golden yellow with a large two finger head of sturdy froth.

Huge pine and resinous notes with citrus and tropical fruit aromas sneaking through.

Grapefruit, mango, pine, resin, and slight dankness.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, herbal, resinous.

Overall, beer of great quality, but could be so much more.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First smell was citrus and pine. Easily drinkable and makes for one of the better options with low ABV pale ales. Doesn't sacrifice taste for lower ABV like many other "session" pale ales out there. Comparable to firestone walker's easy jack

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Photo of KMachHops
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually get this on draft but first time getting in a bottle and enjoying at home. Finally, Alpine bottles in NorCal. Best by date: 18 MAR 16F15282. What is crazy is that the label calls it a session IPA. I always known it as a pale ale.
Look: Soapy bubbles and amber.
Smell: Citrus and Piney.
Taste: Really dank! It's a piney hop bomb.
Feel: More carbonated than I like and big bitter bite that lingers.
Overall: It's still a solid pale ale. I just remember it being more memorable on draft. Score should be higher.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing the birthday beer...

Mini pint poured to the brim, 6-8 oz. Bright gold with a touch of orange, rapid carb trails visible. Copious lace all around the edges, constant layer of foam present for the whole glass.

Pine and fruity citrus, though somehow slightly mellow, possibly from being a week old growler, who knows... Orange and floral notes are there and compliment the flavor nicely.

Tastes like a west coast iteration of an APA certainly, citrus and bitter resiny hops dominate a meek pale malt backbone that lends a wee bit of sweetness, though the finish is dry, resiny bitterness all the way. Light feel with maximum hop delivery. Would easily drink a couple pints of this schtuff, though it's not as unique as some of Alpine's other beers.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by my buddy Romulux for our birthdays.

A: Wonderful golden hue with a nice white 1 finger head.

S: Lots of nice hop notes.

T: Great balanced hop flavor. This one is very good. Not overly hoppy, but hoppy enough to satisfy your hop craving.

M: Medium body, well carbonated and refreshing.

O: A great APA. Glad to tick this one. Thank you Romulux.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Headkeepers in Greensburg pa. Very underwhelming. Some pine and floral notes. No citrus and hops were somewhat muted in the nose. Taste had moderate bitter finish as well. Was hoping for more.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into Surly stein (0.5L pour). Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a slightly brownish translucent golden with about two fingers of white foamy head that has good retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving foamy lacing along the sides. Nice consistent rising carbonation.

S- Floral hops, pine, a bit of grapefruit, grains, bready malts. Definitely fairly hoppy but a nice balance with the malts.

T- Floral hops with a little bit of bitterness, mango, a bit of pine, some grains, finishes with some bready malts, and a light lemony bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, very high drinkability, nice carbonation.

O- This was a damn good APA, one of the best I've had but definitely not the best and slightly overrated in my opinion. Nice balance, decent amount of flavor, and very high drinkability, but I still prefer some of Alpine's other offerings (Duet is still my favorite). I would drink this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way obtaining it.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A light brown copper with a little gold. Poured with a finger of tan head which quickly dissipated. Some nice spider web lacing.

S: Some grapefruit citrus notes but mostly pine.

T: Very strong piney taste. Can't believe this is a pale ale. One of the strongest pine characteristic beer I've ever had.

F: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation.

O: A great beer if you love your ipas piney.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.