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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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world-class

572 Ratings
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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 658
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-14-2014 21:50:21 | More by SierraJosh
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

06-14-2014 20:42:56 | More by heytomcat
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putonyourwalkingshoes

California

4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2014 20:36:58 | More by putonyourwalkingshoes
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pdmoore714

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-14-2014 19:00:56 | More by pdmoore714
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Wowcoolman

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-14-2014 00:03:53 | More by Wowcoolman
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Oakhtar

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

06-13-2014 15:56:21 | More by Oakhtar
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More_betterness

California

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita. So excited to see this on tap outside of actually going to Alpine.

A: Hazy golden amber with a wispy head that recedes quickly. Moderate lacing.

A: Holy crap.. Zesty orange, sweet tangerine, and pine. A backbone of malt emerges as it warms. HUGE hop aroma for an APA.

T: Bitter orange rind and sweet tropical fruits. Crackery malt takes up the rear. So much flavor in respect to the ABV.

M: Soft and thin mouthfeel leads to ridiculous drinkability, and a dry finish accentuates the potent hop character. Masterful.

O: Damn near perfect for the style. Insanely crushable yet abundantly flavorful, seems like this was the 'session ipa' before the style was coined. Beautiful beer, and I can't wait to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2014 05:27:35 | More by More_betterness
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California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-13-2014 01:35:17 | More by random846
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-12-2014 23:52:02 | More by JRod1969
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-12-2014 00:34:08 | More by bcrossan
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California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-11-2014 23:44:57 | More by MrDave
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California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-11-2014 16:47:14 | More by Brent619
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-11-2014 13:36:13 | More by BMart
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California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-11-2014 03:30:18 | More by Booner818
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spark3148857

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I walked, well almost ran, to City Beer Store when I saw they had tapped this. Pours somewhat hazy golden, slightly darker than straw with a fluffy one finger white head. Aroma is well balanced though amazingly hoppy for a 5.5% pale ale. What really sets it apart here is that super fresh hop aroma that is reminiscent of very fresh Pliny. Big piney dank hops overwhelm the senses. On the palate there is big grapefruit up front that turns into lots of piney dankness. Wow, this is dank as hell for a pale and also more bitter than I expected. Similar hop profile to Duet imho, just accentuated in different ways. A delight and lives up to the high expectations. World class west coast APA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2014 02:22:14 | More by spark3148857
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sourdog

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

06-11-2014 01:43:55 | More by sourdog
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Beerswag

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap Lowbrough sacramento, ca
Pours hazy gold with hints of bright orange. Smells fruity, apricot, dank, sour-deisel. Taste is pine citrus, resin, graipfruit rind, apricot, bitter. (Not the typical floral, balanced APA, more of a "hop-head" APA with hops in the forfront and very pertinant, compare to the medium malt profile expressed in traditional Apa's)Mouthfeel is light-medium, dry, crisp, creamy, bitey. Overall a pleasure of an APA. Packed with flavor most complex pale ale to date for me.would go nice with black pepper/ spiced rubbed meats, sausages, bbq, fowl recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2014 20:10:03 | More by Beerswag
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Sm00thHoperator

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God this pale ale has to be the best in the world. Forgot zombie dust go for this! So Cal residents only though so come on down and join the fun!

Sunset orange in color with tropical mango and pine aromas. Taste follows the nose with a velvet mouth feel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2014 05:26:19 | More by Sm00thHoperator
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Thepleasantimbiber

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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GJ40

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on tap at Ale Arsenal. Beautiful golden color with some haze and great lacing. Fantastic aroma with loads of tropical fruit and citrus. Flavors follows with outstanding hop complexity, moderate bitterness and a foundation of toasted malt. A creamy texture and a perfect carbonation. A flavorful and refreshing beer that's perfect for a sunny CA day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2014 23:38:36 | More by GJ40
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.