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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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316 Reviews
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Reviews: 316
Hads: 2,050
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 681
Gots: 275 | FT: 3
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 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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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to osnapson (Reddit).

Nice creamy foamy head, nice lacing, semi clear semi hazy honey orange color.

Nose bright hops, citrus, candied orange, mild grassy earthy candied stone fruit, sweet malts with caramel and malty toasted, mild earthy hop.

Taste starts sweet again, candy caramel toasted malt, into big hops, chewy spicy quite bitter, candied stone fruit and orange zest, chewy spicy hops lingering, little dry finish, super bitter rind spicy chewy hops, little sweet malt.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy soft, nice carb.

Overall OK, lots of big hops but not a huge citrus tropical style like the big awesome IPAs of today, so it's good but not great for an APA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine Pub while I waited for the ExPo line to move (it didn't move much as I drank my pint). On to the beer:

It's got a goldenrod color with a few visible bubbles running through the body. A little bit of lace does cling around as the beer's level drops. The nose is what it's all about, hops! Melons and canteloupe and pine, oh my!

No question that Hoppy Birthday is hop forward. And it's emphasized. In fact, you can hardly find the malt. Echoes of melons, crisp pine, gentle passionfruit, and orange provide a highlight reel to the palate. The very dry and bitter finish knocked a little wind out of me though.

While I did like this Alpine offering and can understand what all the fuss is about, I personally would have prefered a finish that wasn't so dry. Not that I'd refuse this beer if you bought me a round...

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a nonic glass. An almost clear orange color with a slight haziness. Smell was nice but standard for the beer type. I especially like the subtle not over the top hoppy/bitterness taste.

It is definitely a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash bottled version. Clear orange color with slightly off-white head. Aroma is really intense for such a low ABV beer. Definitely west coast style hop profile with lots of pine, grapefruit and herbal / woody notes. Starts bitter up-front and gets even more bitter towards the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Slight malt, but mainly it's just about the hops. Grapefruit and orange pith come to mind, with the same abrasive, harsh bitterness. Body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this is a well made beer but doesn't really stand up with anything. Classic hop profile and a lot of bitterness, which lowers the drinkability factor for me.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light haze. Has a piney aroma. Flavor is bitter hops with a pine and herbal / musty hop profile. Has a clean and crisp finish. Very solid overall but drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint poured in a shaker glass at Nob Hill Bar and Grill.

Good looking beer with a bright copper color. Smells dank, floral and citrusy. That quintessential west coast aroma with a big pineyness as well. The flavor is along the same lines, dank, piney and finishing a bit weed-like. The malt lends sweetness and a bit of a biscuity feel.

It's light feeling at times and at other feels both full and filling. There are moments where it feels a bit watered-down like many a light-bodied hop heavy brew feel, but it's not bothersome here.

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Photo of UncleEmu
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine Brewing Co. Hoppy Birthday APA
serving type: standard pint glass, on tap at St. Johns, Sunnyvale CA (July 2014)

A: Really wonderful amber littered with bright orange

S: Lots of hop dank, grapefruit

M: Semi-dry finish, medium bodied

T: Hop forward, but well balanced. The malts provide a deep and dank dish soap that isn't bitter. The pine and grass notes are gentle instead of sharp, making this quite pleasant

O: Wonderfully balanced, full of complimentary and rich flavors, really enjoyable. However, it becomes extremely bitter as it warms. Also, maybe I'm behind on hops, but there is no way in hell I would call this an APA.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to chalice glass with a bright setting sun glow of orange and off white yellow hues. Very hop forward as the name would suggest for an American pale ale with a very floral citrus smell. Taste was more balanced but with a heavy bitter after taste for an APA.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Drank 3 of these. Super hoppy, dry as hell. Very light body, this might be considered a session IPA. Hop flavor reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Pale Ale, which is a good thing in my book.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear coppery orange colored beer under a soapy bubbly pile of head. Aroma is soft and fluffy floral hops, spicy, piney, and fluffy biscuits. Taste is bright and festively hopped. Bitterness lingers around evenly across the board. Rindy grapefruit, sticky pine needles, and a subtle candy lime.

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Photo of frozyn
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap, pours a hazy golden with a thick, frothy white head that turns into plenty of lace. Aroma is pine initially, but citrus emerges as well. Flavor follows the aroma, but pineapple is included as well and there's a general fruity sweetness as well. It's not specific to any fruit, but balances the beer well. This is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so if you like IPAs. The fruitiness helps keep the bitter from destroying your palate, and as bitter as it was, I was surprised not to note any resiny film in my mouth. It was light, crisp, very refreshing, and at the ABV, something I could drink all day long.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash bottle. Best by 3/18/16. So probably 9/18 bottling date?

A: Clear orange pour, almost red in fact. Tall frothy tan head. Good head retention with a small amount of lacing.

S: Big tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus aromas. Apricot.

T: Huge bitterness bite up front. Harsh, sharp hoppiness. Loads of grapefruit. Big herbal flavor and lots of spicy pine. Big range of flavors in this one. All of them incredibly biting and bitter. No sweetness that I can detect at all. Another wave of bitterness in the finish leading to a drying, herbal, piney and a floral aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, extremely bitter and dry.

O: Hop bomb. Bitter bomb more accurately. Enormous and harsh hop flavors with lots of variety. Teeth-chatteringly bitter. I cannot overstate the brutal one-dimensional quality of this brew. It's not a big beer but "sessionable" it is not. You wouldn't be able to taste anything for a week if you drank a bunch of these.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of RachelZ
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besides the great name this beer also has an incredible taste overall. With a pour of hazy yellow and a thin head. Aromas include hops, grapefruit and orange. The carbonation is medium and the flavor is very sweet with caramels and citrus. The aftertaste has a little bitterness.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah. I could totally get used to this one.

Effervescent amber with a white head. A little wet lacing.

Smell and taste are pine and citrus - oranges, really.

Well carbonated. Clean.

Really tasty. Hits on more than one note. A++ would buy again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear orange body with little head and lace that sticks around. The hops are noticeable in aroma, giving off a more citric, earth tone aroma than sweet malts can poke through. Incredibly smooth are first two words that hit me as I take first sip. Smooth, slick, but not watery, a hopped up brew that straddles between citric and grapefruit/tropical fruit hops and has touches of bread/grain hops for balance (maybe caramel). Smooth, oily, buttery, you get the gist. Easy to drink and a hoppy beer that isn't overhopped or messy, a rare thing these days it seems. Very easy to drink

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Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Golden yellow orange with a layer of off white head. Smells of hops and citrus. First sip is a little better but it cleans up quickly and finishes quickly. Little hoppy bite on the back end. Tasty and drinakble. Good ipa.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - bright gold, bubbly carbonation, thin white head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - bouquet of hops in the nose; citrus, pine, floral!
Taste - follows the nose, but brings more grapefruit!
Feel - bitter grapefruit with only a faint malt backbone; how is this not an IPA!
Overall - there's no way this is an APA and not an IPA!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very mildly fogged and true amber in color. Grassy piney nose. Flavor is hoppy, of course. Earthy with grass tones. Hints of pine. It's good stuff. A bit too bridled that though. Wouldn't mind a bit more crazyness about it.

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

poured a 22oz into snifter. GF version Best by date 3/18/16.

A - Very atractive clear golden orange with a perfect white 2.5 finger head. Frothy, light, excellent retention and spotty lacing. This earns it a perfect score.

S - As expected very hop forward with a big resinous and piney aroma. Citrus and light sweetness are added to an herbal scent. It is definitely potent and wonderful.

T - A forward blast of citrus and pine. Not very tropical for me and the sweetness is a lacking a bit to help ward off all the bitter hop notes. Grapefruit pith and some herbal undertones, but mostly pine.

M - Lighter with superb carbonation, but it is very dry on the palate from all the hops.

O - Very tasty, but I guess I prefer a more tropical type of IPA.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/18/2016. Green Flash bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero bitter astringency after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.25%. Overall this is an awesome pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Trail's End. Poured into a pint glass.

Color is gold with a thin bar head. Aroma is very nice - bright citrus and tropical notes. Flavor is similar. This is another of those "hoppy APA or light IPA" beers. Flavor is very crisp and refreshing with a mildly bitter finish. Body is medium with a clean mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

duet for me, was really worth the hype, this one was also really good, but less exceptional i think. less amazing and unique is for sure, but still a really trusty ipa, that i would happily drink all the time if it were available here. unique in that it finds the floral/pine specturm, while almost entirely skipping citrus. sure there is a hint of orange peel, even candied orange peel in the nose, but the flavor is like clover and pine forest, with no citrus in between. usually there is always that element there, but this is way cool in that its polleny and blooming, but also hearty and sappy. its balanced, but its big too, and although the hops drive the flavor, there is definitely a moderate toast to a fuller grain body, really really nice. i like this a whole lot, and amazing to have it on tap for the first time, but i just dont see it as one of the best in the world in its category. maybe i am spoiled, but for me, its a level below the hype that it comes with.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.