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Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

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Reviews: 436 | Ratings: 2,645
Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of tsmith1nu
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am lucky enough to get one of these fresh in NC. It was brewed at the green flash brewery, or at least it is in a green flash bottle. Excellent look, one of the best smelling beers I've had in a little while with a taste that backs it up. Do not pass on this!

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Photo of glass_house
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, not great APA. Was excited to finally see it on tap, but was somewhat let down. Nice and crisp, with a pleasant piney bitterness, but seemed to be lacking any kind of depth in the flavor profile. Definitely wouldn't turn one down, but wouldn't seek it out either.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Four Alpine beers have recently hit Atlanta and this one and Nelson are my favorites. This one's a very hop forward beer with a solid medium body. One of the best "session" beers I've ever had, though 5.25% ABV isn't *that* low. One of those beers that is best from mid-palate to the finish. Love how those hops continue to tickle the tongue long after the sip. Fantastic.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden color, not quite clear. Smallish white head with pretty good lacing.

S: Great citrus hop, grapefruit and a little pine

T: A lot more pine in the taste, the citrus is not that prevalent like in the aroma. Way to much bitter, tons of bitter without the flavor punch up front.

F: Medium mouth feel, kinda nice. The big bitter lingers on the back of tongue and was rather unpleasant.

O: Not balanced, way to much bitter without enough flavor up front. Overrated.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-orange body with a thin, but creamy fringe of froth. Beautiful!

Nose is fresh cut citrus dipped in confectioners sugar. Wow!

Flavor is just like the nose, only slightly less so. Must go with the lowered ABV for the session tag. It is completely delicious in every way, just slightly light to my palate.

Mouthfeel is slick, slightly stripping, high apparent carbonation.

Overall, a top notch session IPA. Love this brew, wish I could find more out here on the East Coast.

Glad I found the one that I did, thanks to Colonial Spirits!

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Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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 vabeerguy
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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 stevoj
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at River Room. A nice rich golden body with creamy head. Initial blast of hops on the nose, taste follows with crisp, sharp hop bitterness. One of the hoppier APAs, but very tasty.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells extremely hoppy. Scents of grapefruit and menthol. Cedar plank and mint.

Starts out dry and woody. medium levee of bitterness and the taste pf pine board. Taste of mango. Could be more complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just OK. Could be more complex.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a pint glass to a light gold topped by a dense one finger head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of pine and citrus with some light caramel sweetness
T: taste is resiny pine and citrus with some grapefruit rind. slight malt sweetness with some caramel toward the middle but the hops are the star of the show with this beer. Swallow is oily hops with pine resin and a little more citrus
M: medium in body with slightly prickly carbonation and an oily hop finish that coats the mouth. Fairly refreshing.
O: Green Flash bottle with an Alpine label and bottle cap. Either way this is some top notch stuff. Best by March 2016 and I'm not sure how far out they put the drink by date. If you see this and you like hops, buy this beer!

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Photo of anonymoose
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One week old. The beer has a clear orange color. The aroma is citrus and pine. The taste is masked by resiny bitterness and malt. Tastes like an old IPA despite being super fresh

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Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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 tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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 DrunkAl
3.22/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Green Flash Bomber. Best by 3/18/16. Guessing that means it’s a month old. Just showed up in Chicago 4 days ago. So decently fresh. Pour is golden orange. Aroma is hops. Not hoppy. Straight hops. On the super dank pine end of the spectrum. Taste is intensely bitter hops. It really tastes like licking the inside of a picked off the vine fresh hops. A lupulin smoothie. Completely out of balance and lacking any malt. Too much hops for such a light beer. This thing is a damn lupulin smoothie.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fantastic offering from Alpine. This one doesn't have as much fruity hop notes on the nose as some of their other offerings, but this one is extremely easy to drink. I could put down like 10 on these on a hot day.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two-finger white foamy head. Decent amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is piney hops, grapefruit peel, and tangerine.

T - The taste starts with a blast of piney hops. Some sweet malts and grapefruit appear mid palate. The finish has a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium/high carbnation. The mouthfeel is crisp though a bit watery.

O - This is a very nice West Coast session ipa. Definetly worth checking out.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear deep golden color with a bright white head that leaves good lacing. The smell is pine mostly with some citrus and malt sweetness. Nice citrusy taste with a balanced sweetness and a bitter piney finish. Another well made beer from Alpine.

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Photo of zonker17
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a 1 finger head. Citrusy nose with some sweetness. Great balance of malt and hops with some extended bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel for the level of sweet and not overly sweet. I can see why this beer is so well loved.

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Photo of Pencible
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like passion fruit and pineapple, with some grapefruit and mango.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and bitter resin, with some sweet pineapple and honey malt. It had a long and clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a fantastic IPA with ideal scent and bold taste. The body was ok, and the finish was very bitter, so it was better to sip. Worth savoring anyway. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 4/19/16. Assuming a six month spread after bottling (a very high estimate for the preservation of hop flavor) this one is three weeks old.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Moderate pine resin.

t: A funky pineyness followed by a pretty strong hop bite which lingered over a medium bready malt base. Dry finish with those persistent bitter notes.

m; Medium, quite smooth with good body and carbonation tingle.

o; A better West Coast style pale. Somewhat similar to a couple of Green Flash entries, whose name is now in raised letters on the Alpine bottle.

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Photo of emyers
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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 joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Whole Foods - Willowbrook

Hoppy Birthday glows bright golden. Polished from top to bottom like a gold chain. A couple streams of carbonation burst to the surface every few seconds. A shallow head, of about half a finger in height, forms on the pour. It's clean white and tacky along the sides of the glass.The bubbles keep the crown firmly in place.

The nose is that of, well hops but let me start by saying the malt base is 100% fresh out the oven biscuits. The hop profile is dank and tropical. Forest floor and oozy pine sap kick it off and don't fade a bit. The tropical notes pop up in the middle with mango mostly. There is some of that dried apricot leathery-ness that I enjoy so much. This is a saliva inducing beer.

Now that's the west coast that I've come to love over the years. A big hit of sticky, resinous pine sap starts thigs off, and frankly I'd be OK with simply that. The sap just keeps going and going, it's big, bad, and bold. The malt base is simple and straightforward, clean, again with the biscuit. Mild tobacco leaf hoppy in the middle with the aforementioned dried apricot and juicy mango popping up on the backend. This beer is delicious.

The weight is moderate but it has a full, plush feel. The bitterness is big upfront but just continues to grow and grow. Hoppy Birthday is a for real tastebud scorcher. The dry finish only accentuates that kick in the tongue hoppiness. That same dryness keeps me drinking fast.

How so much packed into this 5.25% beer is beyond me. I feel the descriptor gets overused but Hoppy Birthday is one dank beer. It's super piney, earthy, leathery, bitter and juicy. It's a crazy good, old school West Coast IPA. Give me this anyday over all the citra bombs on the market. When it comes to hops, Alpine has had it figured out for years.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.