Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 636 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev -7.3%
Growler shared at Woodshop 7. Not super fresh but way better than plenty of fresher hoppy beers out there. Sweet citric aroma with oranges, tangerines, lemons and mild stone fruit. Flavor is nice and tropical, grapefruit and orange and mango, a hint of sweeter malts in the back, dry finish and lightly bitter.
08-26-2012 07:21:17 | More by illidurit
4.2/5 rDev -7.3%
on tap at Alpine
pours a light golden yellow. Very clear with a crisp white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells very hop forward. Some nice light citrus and floral aromas. Tastes fruity and lightly bittered. The body is fairly weak but well carbonated. A pretty solid pale ale but the body does not match the bitterness well...
08-05-2011 12:57:56 | More by Urbancaver
4.21/5 rDev -7.1%
Appearance- Received with only a small amount of head, basically a sliver. I'm guessing the head was a pure cotton white. Very similar to Nelson as far as appearance goes. The body is a pale amber that looks a dull amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.
Nose- Also very fruity like Nelson. Citrus of orange and lemon. Some peach, almost cherry. Light notes of honey and caramel. Some mustiness that tends toward armpit and dirty socks.
Taste- Much more mellow than Nelson on the fruit notes but seems to have more of a traditional IPA backbone- much more pine and resin. Not quite as complex as Nelson but no one expects an APA to be complex though it drinks more like a lighter IPA. Lots of matchstick, some grapefruit. A bit of orange and lemon on the front. A very good pale ale but I'm not seeing the 4.55 rating at the moment. Some of the mustiness (armpit, sweat) expressed on the nose. Definitely more traditional bitterness than the Nelson which is odd for an APA versus and IPA. This beer makes me wish for the caramel and malt of Nelson and shows why that beer is ranked so high. This is a bit cold so I do need to reserve judgment until it warms up. Some caramel and biscuit starts to show through which gives this beer some much needed complexity. Has improved quite a bite as it's opened up. Much more balance and integration. I don't expect APAs to press the boundaries of great but this one is. Really good to great but closer to really good. Bright citrus starts to shine. Some grapefruit, lemon and orange peel.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. I don't know if I noticed it last time but these Alpine beers seem to have a lot of zip. Usually that would be a big negative but somehow it works.
Drinkability- Very easygoing and surprisingly robust and complex for an APA. Six bucks seems a bit extravagant for a pint of APA but this is probably the best APA I've ever had. Makes me wonder what Zombie Dust is like.
Overall- Didn't impress at first but turns out to be a more than solid beer. Between really good and great. A must try for APA fans.
12-16-2013 02:19:00 | More by artoolemomo
4.22/5 rDev -6.8%
Pale yellow with a thin cap of foam.
Excellent citrus nose and highly lemony. I had just had the Duet before this one, and the fruitiness of that beer may have influenced my perception of the hops in this one.
Very nice taste and well balanced. Some slight hemp-like flavor that seeps through after the hops dissipate.
Perfect mouthfeel for an APA. Light, crisp, no lingering bitterness, refreshing as all hell.
Very good beer that I would love to have again.
04-17-2011 19:16:10 | More by Chizoad
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.