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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 676
Gots: 36 | 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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Pelican5

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

11-29-2012 22:47:03 | More by Pelican5
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littlebeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

11-15-2012 03:59:17 | More by littlebeer
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-03-2012 02:33:37 | More by tbone1384
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iadler

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to hamilton23 for sending this growler. Much appreciated, Steve! From notes on Sept. 10.

A- Pours a translucent gold with a two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S- Tons of citrus and tropical fruit with grapefruit rind, blood orange, lemon, , mango and peach as well as pine needles and a bit of biscuit malt at the finish.

T- Follows the aroma with grapefruit, blood orange, mango and pine needles with just the smallest amount of biscuit malt at the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and a light mouthfeel that finished a bit dry.

O- Just an amazing amount of flavor for being a 5.25% beer. Extremely drinkable and one I would happy sipping on all day.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2012 15:24:19 | More by iadler
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Florida9

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, deep golden yellow in color. Forms a small to moderate sized white head that reduces down to a fairly thick and bubbly surface coating. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is predominantly of Citra and citrus hops mixed with toasty grains and a weedy dankness.

T: lighter bodied, but still full flavored. Toasty grains and citrus, slightly earthy, and a mild herbal quality. Not dry, but not sweet either. Medium finish.

M: On the the lighter side. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness

O: This is a very fine beer. Very well balanced, great flavors, hoppy, yet not at all overdone. Quite drinkable. Glad to hav tried it.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2012 02:06:57 | More by Florida9
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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

10-11-2012 15:36:10 | More by FullObs
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aztec87

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-03-2012 04:43:36 | More by aztec87
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shoyoroll

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

10-02-2012 08:10:32 | More by shoyoroll
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spry

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

09-28-2012 18:22:20 | More by spry
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3Hops

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.4%

09-28-2012 01:08:50 | More by 3Hops
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Altenor

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-27-2012 07:19:41 | More by Altenor
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this happened. Thanks Miller! Growler shared with a few people the day it landed from San Diego.

Good clarity, light amber color, good head and retention. Aroma is weed and pine mostly, right on. Tastes clean and bitter... and clear. Nothing is overpowering about this beer and it drinks very very easy. Finishes dry and feels crisp with ample carbonation in spite of the serving type.

4.25/5

Serving type: growler

09-23-2012 15:23:47 | More by tewaris
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danwho

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-14-2012 23:07:12 | More by danwho
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with this surprise growler as an extra in our most recent box exchange. Really Brett, you are the man. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a perfectly clear color of golden. A rich finger of white creamy head sits atop and slowly fades leaving an entire white wall of lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top. A light swirl revives a finger of yellow stained head back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew is ridiculous. It is an assault of hoppiness inside the nostrils. Big dank hop aspect has an herbaceous feel that leans towards pulp, pine, lemony citrus, more fruit and floral quality. There is a bit of catty elements at times and a bit of cheese when the glass is swirled. Not saying the cheese is a bad thing, it is just a unique phenomenon that ive run across before with brews that have a big dank aroma. Despite all the herbal components going on in this aroma, some smells still bring out that fruity and floral aspect that makes you think for a second that this might be a sweet brew.

The taste is just as herbal as you might think based off of the aroma. It is weedy with some catty notes and a bit of pine. There are rindy and pulp elements of fruit that are more citrus and almost lemony. A fine toasty grain character is hiding under the hops but it provides no sweetness, instead its a toasty backing that the hops take hold of and bring out lots of herbal flavoring. The aftertaste is a bit grassy and hints towards a slight tingle and warmth of alcohol that mix with lemon and pine to create a soothing almost menthol-like finish.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a grossly exaggerated example of an over-hopped pale ale (in a good way!) The modest level of carbonation gives way to a light body that at times is watery in a way that does not distract from the experience but increases it's overall drink-ability. I am pretty sure if this was made available to me on a regular basis I would pound it. The depth of flavor encapsulated here is impressive, I thoroughly enjoyed how much hop flavor it had without being excessively bitter for an APA. Very well done yet again Alpine and thank you a ton for sharing this Brett!

Serving type: growler

09-11-2012 02:53:19 | More by stakem
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-10-2012 18:51:58 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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tarheels86

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler at Woodshop 7. Not exactly mega fresh since this hasn’t been brewed in awhile, but CP filled and immediately fridged by a Woodshop attendee (amtran maybe). Clear to chill haze golden pour. Spotty white foam. Nose is big mango and tangelo. Taste is tangy, nutty, rich, fresh and chewy butterscotch. Heavy, rich, quenching, elusive butterscotch quality only found in select West Coast IPAs like Port Wipeout, Alesmith IPA, Alpine Duet. Very yummy. Amazing palate. Very bitter through the long finish. Still holding up- will be a knockout fresh on tap. 7/23/2012 7/4/8/5/15=3.9

Serving type: growler

09-06-2012 19:29:10 | More by tarheels86
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oline73

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2012 00:49:11 | More by oline73
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

09-03-2012 22:11:55 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

09-02-2012 05:44:29 | More by drewone
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SanDiegoCraftFan

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

08-30-2012 18:47:23 | More by SanDiegoCraftFan
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srandycarter

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C'mon, I can't believe I never reviewed this!

A - Light clear honey, huge white head, lots of lace.

S - Skanky, dirty, musky, bad ass hops.

T - Malts take a back seat to this wonderful musky skunky hop offering.

M - Medium to light, good balance and carb.

D - And only 5.25? Oh, session time!

Serving type: growler

08-29-2012 00:35:44 | More by srandycarter
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-26-2012 21:23:04 | More by Callmecoon
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illidurit

California

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at Woodshop 7. Not super fresh but way better than plenty of fresher hoppy beers out there. Sweet citric aroma with oranges, tangerines, lemons and mild stone fruit. Flavor is nice and tropical, grapefruit and orange and mango, a hint of sweeter malts in the back, dry finish and lightly bitter.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2012 07:21:17 | More by illidurit
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biggied

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes at O'Briens

A- Sticky lacing. Bright lighter brown color with good retention.

S- Tons of aroma hops, huge nose on this beer. The effervescence on this beer is tremendous. Citrus and piney hops are all over this beer.

T- very bitter up front with piney hops, some citrus flavors come through on the back. Residual bitterness is def there.

M- med to light body, drys very quickly, leaving some residual bitterness.

O- Double IPA with an ABV of a American Pale Ale. Awesome session beer for the IPA drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 23:26:33 | More by biggied
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

08-18-2012 13:19:11 | More by t0rin0
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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