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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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311 Reviews
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Reviews: 311
Hads: 2,029
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.97%
Wants: 683
Gots: 271 | FT: 2
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 Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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 HoppyBastard2
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aurora Brew Works in Buffalo after Zwanze Day at the Blue Monk.
Poured into tasting glass(don't judge, long day of drinking).
Golden orangish color, a fair amount of white fluffy foam.
Citrusy and dank aroma. Flavors followed suit.
Incredibly drinkable, could have drank multiple, but was in no condition to do so.
Great beer, enjoyed very much.

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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 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 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 BryanReed
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap this is some good beer.

Nice hazy copper gold pour.

Aroma is a nice balance of pine and bitter citrus, backed by sweet orange and pineapple flesh.

Taste is off the hook. Sharp piney tingle, with lemon lime peel, and fresh juicy orange. The balance between pine and fruit is sublime. Little bit of sweetness from the malt seems to be all that keeps this from being a full blown IPA.

Nice bubbly carbonation, semi dry. But I'm getting a slightly annoying graininess on the finish.

Overall. Is this an APA, or session IPA? Either way, I don't care. Balanced, smooth, and complex. Very nice beer regardless of what style you wanna label it.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this beer is absolutely beautiful. It smells so damn crisp and piny, too. Altogether, no single element seems fantastic, but it features amazing integration and refinement. Tasting it...yep, I'm right. This beer is loaded with pine and resin, yet it finishes so dry and mellow. This tastes 7%, but it feels like 5%. My only niggle is that there's no citrus flavor whatsoever - it's all pine, flowers, and bitter. And I don't care. The mouthfeel is perfect: it's somehow full bodied yet light on its feet. Now this is a session beer! (so what if it's over 5%?) It's the best showcase of Columbus hops I've ever had, by far.

4.3/5: A killer pale ale, enough said

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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Simply amazing. Had it on tap at buckeye bar on Kelleys island oh. This is pretty much a perfect pale ale. Hell, it's a perfect IPA too. If this was available locally, it would be a staple in my fridge. Simply outstanding. Never had old alpine stuff, but not sure how this could have been better.

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Photo of Sintech
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden yellow hue.

Smell - Tropical and citrus.

Taste - Incredible mix of tropical, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very tasty Pale Ale. In my top 4 Pale Ale's all-time.


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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden wheat with little to no head.

Aroma is piney hops with a strong malt background.

Taste is very balanced.

For a 5.2% beer this is an excellent drinker.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Thin white head with good retention and lacing. Clear light golden color. Nose is subtle cirtus hops. Taste is bready, slightly bitter, non-descript hops, pretty good balance. A bit thin mouthfeel but within expectations for the style.

Pretty good but nothing like the quality of Alpine beers I've had from the original Alpine brewery.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap; really nice APA/IPA. Crisp, hop-forward but not overpowering. Easily drinkable. Smells fantastic; citrus and pine. A rare beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of TooGood
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with 1 inch foamy head, leaves terrific lacing on the glass.
Smells of pineapple and lighter citrus.
Tastes lightly citrusy with a decent bitter finish an no aftertaste.
This is a terrific beer.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

High hopes for this based on the ratings over time.

Taste was mid-tier IPA, solid but not nothing game changing. No distinguishing hop characteristics, seems to be a mix of the usual, pine, a touch of citrus, etc.

Feel is a bit thick on the palate, not exactly refreshing.

Overall, this a solid, but unspectacular beer. Learning it was an APA helped the score a bit, but definitely not something I would seek out again.

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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 Rimbimhoot
3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Chicago

A: Dark gold and clear
S: Malty, light pine, bready
T: Bready, light caramel malt backbone, melon, grapefruit bitterness, some pine

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Photo of Josh012012
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a growler of this one. I had not read much about the beer before I tried it and based on the taste I thought it was an imperial IPA. I was shocked to see the ABV.

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

On Tap at Beer Culture. Poured a nice copper color. Nose is more on the piney side, Very hoppy for an APA with some grapefruit to go along with the pine. A bit resinous in feel for an APA.

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Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from growler into clear plastic (poolside) water cup, and then into nonic pint. On first tasting, assumed this beer to be a traditional IPA, but pleased to learn it is actually a very sessionable hoppy APA.

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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 jooler
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From alpine brewery. Great smell but has a rough taste at the end

Edit: from green flash. Same but a lot more bitter. Like unnecessary amount of bitterness for a pale ale

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thick white head, color is a polished bronze, the beer is super cloudy. At first a nose of tart grapefruit dominates, and grapefruit comes through on the tongue, suppressed by strong bitterness. As the beer warmed bitterness gave way to faint red fruit, raspberries and a little strawberry. Grapefruit still dominates on the nose, and the beer is still too carbonated to crush, but a deliciously drinkable and relatively complex treat.

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Photo of gory4d
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark golden with a white head. Smells piney. Tastes much the same, with a faint nutty maltiness way at the back. It's fairly meaty for a beer this low in alcohol. Drinkability suffers a tad from the unremitting hops, but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was an ipa or double ipa. It drinks like one flavor wise. I am having a hard time with the flavors in this beer. Piney and hop resiny. Earthy. Very happy.

For a pale ale this is way hopped up. It tastes stronger than it is. Somewhat bitter. Somewhat sticky. Ends fairly clean. Great for a pale ale, but very odd.

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