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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 384
Hads: 2,368
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 674
Gots: 342 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 384 | Hads: 2,368
Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -7%
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%
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 babaracas
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, big off-white soapy head, settles to a thin ring with some big clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, pine, whiff of grapefruit and orange, note of apricot. Taste: grapefruit, pretty rindy, slightly grainy pale backing, finishing resiny with more grapefruit. Body is quite successful given the low abv and amount of hops shoved in here; does really well for a session IPA. Overall it's good and well built, though the hop profile isn't terribly exciting.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber with a frothy light khaki head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral, citrus, grapefruit, hints of tangerine, and a touch of light caramel sweetness.

T: Lots of bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon, a little pine, and a touch of light malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp, very drinkable.

O: Light and refreshing. For a session IPA it's not lacking in flavor, plenty of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 Shippy
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Pours a hazy, bright yellow-gold with a densely bubbly cream colored head. Aromas of citrus and pine with a hint of spice. Flavor much the same with some grapefruit, some noticeable malt notes, and a little mild, lingering bitterness. The flavors are stronger than expected and very well balanced. Smooth, medium mouth feel with some dense carbonation that almost gives it a textured feel. Overall, an excellent session IPA. Lots of flavor, and the flavors work together well. I might start keeping this on hand somewhat regularly.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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 OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is huge citrus and pine, mandarin oranges, a little bit of caramel malt, and floral aroma.

Taste is orange peel, a hint of cream, and surprising floral flavors - maybe lavender or chamomile? Nice bitterness on the finish that meshes well with the floral flavors.

Overall, a great low ABV IPA. I've heard from others that these Alpine beers have been good but not the same since Green Flash took over. If that's the case it's hard to believe how awesome the "originals" must have been.

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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 beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Spiegelau ipa glass from a Green Flash bottle with a best by date of Mar. 18 2016. Consumed 11.28.15.

A: Sunset orange glow, light haze with strong showing of effervesce. Chalky colored white head, one inch has a good duration. Foamy band lace.

S: Wet tropical notes with a fresh wet citrusy-grapefruit balanced by toasted bread and grains. Mid-level offering, short duration.

T: Citrusy-grapefruit bite of hops for flavor is crisp with lemony orange highlights. Fresh pine and toasted grain backing with flowery dry pine hopping. Bready, dank herbal hops, with hints of dried tropical afterthoughts.

M: Light to medium fullness, edgy with good carbonation, light creamy toasted maltiness with a nice alochol breath on the swallow.

O: Respectable hop levels, easy abv% of 5.2 offering. Do not know if this is considered a session ipa, ipa, or pale ale as listed here. Toasted maltiness, good piney dry hops, very good tasting and drinkability. Would rate this outstanding per intent of style? session ipa, very good for ipa, and oustanding for pale ale if that helps.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep gold low-ABV IPA is effervescent and very slightly hazy; its brief-lived medium ivory-colored head leaves fair bands and splotches of lacing. The nose is medium-big: a delicious blend of candy-like spicy florals, green pine and grapefruit. The palate leads with bitter pine and hints of soap; mid-palate the citrus emerges, along with hints of bittersweet nuttiness and a bit of bready malt. The finish is nutty and medium dry, and is followed by the onset of a grassy/piney bitterness that is quite creditable for a session IPA; it sticks around for more than a few minutes as well. The mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and not watery in the least, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Between the malt presence and the mouthfeel, Hoppy Birthday shows itself to be a well-crafted session IPA that does not have any of the weaknesses typical of its breed. (22 oz bottle, 140 days before best-by)

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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%
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 -5.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -5.8%
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 -5.6%
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 -5.6%
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 GuitarIPA
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Main Pub in Manchester. Very enjoyable pale ale with a hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Flavor follows the nose. Nice body for a pale with a some hop bitterness on the finish. Would take this over pretty much any session IPA.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.