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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 311
Hads: 2,028
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 683
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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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.

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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 metter98
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos seem to stand out in particular. Some hints of grapefruit are also noticeable.
T: The taste has complex flavors of grapefruit, mangos, and dank pine, the latter of which is most prominent in the finish and lingers through the aftertaste, although as the beer warms up the mango flavors become stronger. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of underlying caramel malts are noticeable.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible—it's almost a little smooth in nature.
O: What I found to really stand out in this beer is the complexity of different types of hop flavors imparted into the taste. It packs in as much hop aromas and flavors as you might expect from a Double IPA but it's only an APA.

Serving type: growler

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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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a little surprise in every beer, Alpine's session IPA celebrates in a bit way- a blend of six specialty hops to give the taste a bright, juicy, citrus and tropical medley on an approachable and moderate alcohol content and body. Its a beer to enjoy specifically on a birthday, or less specifically- any day you can!

Hoppy Birthday pours with the common glowing amber that pierces its moderate haze. As a frothy column of foam builds on top, a host of fragrances emerge and give the nose the perfume of pineapple, grapefruit, and bold floral bouquet and a zesty spruce character. But to the taste, a light coat of honey, caramel and toasted nuttiness frame the short lived sweetness with the bulk of flavors and balances beckoning over the middle palate.

With full saturation in tact, the sweetness and creaminess of the initial sip relaxes and the hops work into a juicy and plump taste with pink grapefruit, tangerine, passionfruit, apricot, mango, pineapple and a curious lemony tang. With the intensity in hop taste seeming moderate and tantalizing, the sweetness continues to fade and the fruit turns to a balancing bitterness with citrus pith, pine needles and a fresh and grassy muddle.

Dry, crisp and clean; Hoppy Birthday's body is medium-light and retains a malty-dry status with the waning moments trending bitter, refreshing and highly rewarding to the senses. So, allow your indulgent side to rule the roost and allow yourself to have more than one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge, HUGE thanks to mday for this. After multiple unanswered ISOs, this gets delivered to my doorstep announced. Glad I got to experience at least part of your California trip.

Pours a moderate yellow-orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. Nose brings forward some really nice tropical, floral, and citrus notes. It seems like they've crammed every single hop variety into this one and then balanced them all out perfectly. The taste is similar with some really well defined hop notes. I got the most out of the tropical hops, though Amyliz4 got more from others. This is just stupendously well done with a beautiful balance between bitterness and drinkability. This is probably the best APA that I have ever had. Thanks again, Mike--I really owe you one.

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4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from ArthurPendragon. Thanks, old friend. The beer is a hazy, glowing yellow peach color. An inch of sudsy, frothy foam tops the body and retains nicely for the duration of the glass, which was admittedly brief. The first whiff displays huge tropical fruit and citrus hop aromas. Pineapple, papaya, a plethora of words that begin with P. Also mango maybe, which begins with M. Malt character is faint, possibly even imaginary. The taste is explosively hoppy yet quite dry and nuanced, with a light biscuit malt foundation barely perceptible beneath the hops. The hop flavors range from tropical fruit to fresh pine needles to juicy citrus. The body is light, but this has a ton of flavor. It finishes with a silky smoothness, only moderately bitter really, and with incredible balance. This is exceptional. Superlatives and Alpine seem to go hand in hand.

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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 oberon
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a lighter orange tinged golden with a half finger white head atop.Tropical fruits and mown grass really stand out in the nose,the hops really jump out at ya.For a "smaller" beer the hop profile is fantastic,tropical fruits,grass,even a bit of sweet onion,not much bitterness but it's there in the finish.I could drink this all day,a hophead's "session" ale even at 5.25%.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

o it began. Hobo tasting No. 7 commenced at Ingles on an overcast and slightly damp day. It was an impromptu event that really was not solidified until a couple hours before, but none the less went off without a hitch. As me and Calton chilled for a good hour enjoying some of the finer craft offerings in our multitude of glassware and bottles and growlers, one could only wonder how much better it could have gotten, enjoyed during a hell of a good time on 04/21/2011.

The first offering of the day the monster growler was opened up to get the ball rolling. This was not an easy feat to track this one down but boy was it worth it. Pouring out a wonderfully light golden amber color, the cloudy body produced a head that was nearly three inches in height over the top of the bottle and easily coated the entire glass with sticky and gooey lacing that left webbing long after we had finished.

The first notes that are picked up from the aroma are super bright citrus hops. Light lemon layered on top of pineapple and grapefruit, but very bright, light and clean. A burst of freshness through the air that was only slightly cut by light grains as it warmed. To call this a sessionable beer is an understatement. So clean, fresh, and easy going we had a hard time not going for pint after pint. Just a quick hit of hops on the first sip that open up the palate and cleanse the senses for a ripe display of fresh fruit and light grains that then wash over you. Fresh and perfectly carbonated it was an effortless offering as the lemon and pineapple flavor melts into a sea of grapefruit and dry finish that begs you to take another sip almost as soon as you finished the last one.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable IPA’s I have ever come across. This was just nuts. I would like to see someone do better than this, incredible light offering that seems it was made to be shared!

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Photo of oline73
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super psyched to try this beer. I was able to get this to celebrate my wife's 30th birthday while the beer is rated #30 on the top hundred. Poured from the growler into a goblet on the day it showed up.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around pretty well and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: This could be the best smelling pale ale I've ever run across. Tons of pine and citrus in the hop profile. The hops don't leave room for much else, but they're spectacular. There also seems to be a slight peppery note.

Taste: Almost lives up to the smell. There is more balance here, which isn't a bad thing. Still getting a ton of citrus peel and pine needle bitterness. There is a nice, light bready malt that backs up the hops. The peppery note is here too, but not as much as it was in the smell.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the light side of medium with light, fluffy carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic pale ale. If I was able, I would have given this a 4.75 overall. About the best smelling beer I've ever run into. Did not disappoint at all.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Toronado SD

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a drop of orange for a little variety. A nice fluffy white head and solid lacing.

S: This is what you expect from an Alpine beer: tons and tons of hops. Lots of grapefruit and some tropical fruit notes along with plenty of pine, too. If there's a malt scent in there, I couldn't find it.

T: The hops continue to dominate on the palate. A very nice resinous bitterness along with tons of fruit character. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and lots of pine.

M: The body is a bit on the light side, but this works just fine for a pale ale. A good amount of carbonation, and a real crisp finish.

D: This is one of my new Alpine favorites. So brutally hoppy, but so easy to drink (helped along by a moderate ABV).

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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 mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber fizzy brew with a decent foam in the pint shaker. On tap at Toma Sol in MIssion Hills. Richly hopped with a spritzy mouthfeel and friendly malty taste.

Hot and tangy on the tongue. Warm and toasty. Wonderful hoppy aromatics with a clean fruity taste and a bitter finish.

I know some are unhappy about the recent agreement to brew at the Green Flash facility, but in the last five years I have never seen Alpine on tap or in stores. Now I am suddenly seeing Alpine a lot of places, and the three I have tried are remarkably good. I don't see a loser here, unless people buy less Green Flash because there are better alternatives!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler acquired at Alpine two days ago. Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery and high ratings. Price was somewhere around $20.00 for the growler.

Served after a warming period after its removal from the refrigerator; I like my hoppy beers cold but this one was a bit too cold. Poured into the glass from straight above because the weight of the growler prevented me from safely side-pouring. Retention will probably be a bit more pronounced than usual.

Let me note that I'm reviewing this as a pale ale, because that's what it is according to Alpine's blog. From the blog post dated 12/04/12:

"Today is the release of the world’s most celebrated beer “Hoppy Birthday.” Available for growler fills and on draught in the pub. This is technically a Pale Ale, but we make it like an IPA, with lots of hoppy goodness from hops like Citra and Nelson. 5.25% abv"

Not an IPA, but brewed like one. Don't shoot the messenger.

Paired with hard pretzels from Costco (all my money goes to beer, okay?).

A: Pours a four finger fluffy frothy beige colour head of great cream, good thickness, soft texture, and great retention (~6 minutes). Body colour is a pale transparent yellow-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. The appearance is a bit lighter than I'd like for the style, but the head makes up for it. I'm excited to try this.

Sm: Nectary hops: citrus, grapefruit, some oily hop lacing, and above all floral character. Quite fresh, refreshing, and inviting. Very pleasant and clean. An above average strength aroma; mild in strength. Some lemongrass. Pale malts.

T: Nectary floral quality. Some unexpected bitterness just on the climax, but it's very quickly disguised by a marvelous floral hop character with tinges of light fruit esters - certainly a hint of lemon. Lemongrass constitutes a large part of the finish, though it's very clean and filtered; a witbier this is not. Some oily hop notes weave throughout the structure, emerging most notably just before the climax before dipping back down again. Very fresh and clean, aiding its refreshing character. No yeasty notes here, nor any alcohol. Pale malts lend body without intruding on the hop build, yet still the malts balance the hops without ever letting the flavour get too sweet. Grapefruit right on the climax, then it bleeds through the finish and remains through the aftertaste. I do get some subtle blood orange as a buried note, but now that I notice it it's there on the climax as well; very subtly executed. That's impressive. The balance is impeccable. Pine in the second act is also subtly done; I'm noticing more and more complexity as I search the flavour profile for new notes to latch onto - and there are plenty. Grassy sure, but the grains are all clean here, giving it a crisp body. What began as a seemingly simple brew is quickly revealing to me my own inability to intially detect its subtle qualities. God, that's refreshing. Some tangerine buried in the second act. Masterfully put together.

It's worth noting that the bitterness isn't fully concealed, which is a minor gripe but an important one.

Mf: Slightly undercarbonated, which I partly attribute to the growler. It does lend the beer a refreshing feel absent of the sharp bite of many complex IPAs (not that I'm alleging that this is an IPA). Smooth and wet, as it should be. Nectary. Not creamy, but then that wouldn't suit it. Thickness is perfect. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Perhaps it could be a bit more crisp and luscious. Good - if understated - presence on the palate. Delightfully buttery - an attribute that really does well alongside the nectary feel. Rather soft, aiding its drinkable refreshing quality. Remarkable.

Dr: The ABV is nowhere to be found, but then I didn't expect it to be. A delightfully drinkable pale ale that is amongst the best I've had. Would pair well with damn near any food. I'll have no issues finishing this growler, but I will regret it there's no more. I never heard any hype around this one, but I think it's a delightful pale ale. Certainly incredibly refreshing. They pack a remarkable amount of flavour into it while maintaining balance and keeping ABV low; that's incredibly difficult to accomplish. Another home run from Alpine. I'd recommend this to friends. A fantastic session beer (if you're not a 4% or less panzy, that is).

High B+

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Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent looking glass of beer comes out of a 22 ounce bomber from the guys at Alpine; great color, smaller but decent head, not much if any lacing to speak of left behind. A pretty good taste but it seems to one dimensional leaning towards the grapefruity citrus, without much else going on. If that's what you want you'll love Hoppy Birthday.

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

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Slightly hazy golden pour, small white head receded to a ringlet, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Balanced aroma of fruity hops and sugary pale malts. Equally balanced taste, fruity hops, light ammonia, palt malt sweetness. Medium body, easily drinkable, and good overall for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of than head. Never quite drops bright, great head retention & lacing

S: Bready, catty & weedy

T: Follows the nose, some much cattiness up front. A little bready, some honey malt & then tons of herbal & woody hops. Finishes catty, with a little cakeyness & with woody hops

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, skews a little bitter

Drinks alright, just not what I hoped for, None of these draft Alpine beers make me happy they sold a share to GF, based on the 4 I've tried on draft

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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 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 chinchill
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 oz growler ... well, actually, the entire 32 oz growler .., into a lager glass.

Only about 18 hours since this was filled yet pours with a rather minimal head. I saw plenty of fine head as the growler was filled (and beer overflowed into the drain). Moreover, the thin head has very good retention, and the feel is only slightly below , so I'll rate this as if the carbonation level were a touch higher.

A: Amber body with plenty of fine-grained carbonation bubbles.

Magnificent hoppy aroma featuring oranges and other citrus tones.

The flavor follows but is more juicy and less citrus rind than the aroma suggests. Very flavorful; very fruity; mild bitterness goes a bit higher in the aftertaste.

O: as good as, or better than, any APA I've had. This has the intensity of an IPA but with lower (average) bitterness.

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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 mdfb79
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 10/02/11 notes. HUGE thanks to Nugganooch for sending me a growler of this; thanks Dane! This has been a huge want of mine for a while but I always seemed to miss having it, so very pumped for it. Poured from a growler into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a clear orange amber color with two fingers of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice lacing left on the glass and an inch of retention throughout drinking. Nice looking IPA.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, and tropical fruits. Very hoppy and very fresh, a wonderful smelling IPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine hops, oranges, fruity malts, and tropical fruitys. More pine hops than the nose and a very light bitterness, but not a lot. Again, very hoppy and great.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. A little bitterness in the taste but super easy to drink thanks to the low ABV. Could have taken down the whole growler by myself.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing IPA; another fantastic beer from Alpine and one of the best single IPA's I've had. Very hoppy and fruity and I felt like I could have drank the whole 64 oz. growler myself. Would love to have it again and would drink this all the time if I lived by Alpine.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to ArthurPendragon for the hookup. I've been looking to try this one for a while, and Arthur came through. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lace. Lightly hazed transparent golden body.

S - Lemon zest, dankness, oranges, hint of pine, a little bit of perfume and cat pee, and a sugary malt bill in the periphery.

T - The taste is an initial burst of fresh citrus zest, ripe grapefruits and oranges, and delicious hop goodness. The finish is doughy with a bit of yeast character, and the total package isn't as sweet as the nose implies. Not much bitterness at all, which is a plus for a session ale.

M - Crisp carbonation that is active but not very harsh. Medium-light body, smooth texture, and a lightly dry finish.

D - As Jason would say, this is "absolutely crushable"! Another winner from Alpine!

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - Best by 18 March 16:

Pours golden with a thick foamy head that settles to a lasting thin head. Web-like lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of powerful hops - citric, resin/pine with floral/perfumey spice.

The taste - plenty of hop goodness here - citric/piney/floral. Just enough cracker-like malt to keep the hops together and to keep it smooth. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

A very enjoyable hop-forward brew!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint brassy + golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops over the lighter aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a hint of caramel malts. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A really nice combination of hop flavors and aromas - complex and quite intense for an APA (or Session IPA). Drinks very easy and is just about sessionable. Excellent and totally worth grabbing when it comes out each year.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.