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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 667
Gots: 34 | 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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glitchedmind

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-22-2012 13:21:01 | More by glitchedmind
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Romulux

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-20-2012 18:06:15 | More by Romulux
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-19-2012 19:40:22 | More by ADTaber
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xnapshot

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-18-2012 04:23:35 | More by xnapshot
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hopfrenzy

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

05-17-2012 23:18:27 | More by hopfrenzy
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OTB

California

4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to bringing a growler home after missing out on the last few releases. First time with this brew.
Poured into my tulip the brew is a beautiful pale orange with a thick one inch bright white head that leaves curtains of webbing as I drink down. The nose is amazing, pure Citra hop aromas with white flowers and peaches, simply one of the best noses on any beer I've had. The flavor profile follows the nose with concentrated citrus, stone fruits some bitter hop bites and a beautiful glance of light biscuit. The mouth is crisp, dry, and cleanses the palate with perfect carbonation. By far the best pale ale I have ever had, another world class effort from my favorite brewery on the planet.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2012 00:17:21 | More by OTB
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vr6corrado

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-14-2012 16:30:12 | More by vr6corrado
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

05-12-2012 16:35:55 | More by Irrationalist
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MrVonzipper

California

4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer!
Pale clear golden. Fizzy short white head. Low retention and lace. 

Huge bright fresh nose. Bright citrus. A touch floral. Very nice. 

Flavor is very nice for a pale ale. Big crisp flavor. Nice floral and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice and light bodied with pretty high crisp carbonation.

Overall this is an amazing bright, clean, well balanced fresh pale ale. I love Zombie Dust, but this is even better!

Serving type: growler

05-07-2012 01:50:36 | More by MrVonzipper
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rawfish

California

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

Pours a lighter shade of amber/gold with good clarity, forms a small white half finger head with minimal retention. As you drink the lacing forms impressive rings that drop down into beautiful sheets of lace, stunning.

Pine forward, delicate and floral with some tropical notes of melons and dried mangoes. Pale malt well hidden under the hop presence.

Pale malts are a touch bready and there's some coarse grains here that come out in the drink. Hops are both floral and resinous with tropical notes of pineapple and mangoes while there's a bitter follow through that never seems to release.

Well carbonated with an average body. Very crisp and dries pretty well.

The best APA I've ever had thus far, it'll give IPAs a run for their hops to be sure. Just another wonderful example of what Alpine can do with hops, they've crammed so much craftsmanship into a beer under 5.5% alcohol.

Serving type: growler

05-06-2012 19:15:06 | More by rawfish
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AndrewK

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-04-2012 04:52:54 | More by AndrewK
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-01-2012 23:30:18 | More by tbeq00
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LaChupacabra

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-26-2012 00:05:37 | More by LaChupacabra
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HopsintheSack

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-18-2012 18:53:37 | More by HopsintheSack
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Rckmo10

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-14-2012 15:50:30 | More by Rckmo10
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jp7161

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-08-2012 00:15:08 | More by jp7161
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baybassboy

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-18-2012 04:56:18 | More by baybassboy
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islandboi8204

Hawaii

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03-14-12 growler
Slightly hazy golden orange color. A nice fluffy white head and solid lacing.

Smell is what you expect from an Alpine beer - tons of hops. Lots of grapefruit, tropical fruit notes, plenty of pine. Incredible.

Just like the nose, the taste is dominated by hops. A delicious resinous bitterness with tons of grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and lots of pine.

Light body that works just fine for a pale ale. A good amount of carbonation, and a real dry crisp finish.

This is one of my Alpine favorites. So incredibly hoppy, but also really easy to drink and tasty.

12-02-2011 growler
Pours golden straw color, lots of head and carbonation. Plentiful lacing down the glass.

Smells like lemon zest with tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange, mango. Fresh cut grass.

Super floral hoppy taste, lots of grapefruit, orange, mango. Delicious.

Mouthfeel hass nice carbonation, creamy, oily but finishes crisp and with a bitter bite. Not much to balance the bitter hops, but definitely sessionable.

Overall, this is great, right up there with Zombie Dust as far as pale ales go. This would be really nice during the summer.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2012 00:50:10 | More by islandboi8204
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instein


4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-06-2012 15:48:59 | More by instein
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL swingtop growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/12
*From notes

-- A big, epic thanks goes out to billab914 for hand filling a small growler for me to enjoy, as I couldn't make our tasting. A very generous gesture from a good friend and a classy Beer Advocate. Cheers, Bill! --

A: Clean 24k gold. A soft pour yields a minimal head and lacing, which I wholly credit to this being hand filled the night before.

S: Really wonderful stuff. A big wave of juicy West Coast hops put a vice grip my nostrils. It really comes off like one of the big boys, ala a true Left Coast American IPA.

T: Bready malt plays a firm role in the development of the overall profile here. This beer is so well balanced, as the luscious hop character really finds a foot hold and never lets go. A long, tropical finish with bite.

M: Again, I must reference the fact that this wasn't served under the most strict of circumstances. It's a tad bit flat and flabby. There's still a mild amount of carbonation, but it's not prevalent. On the plus side, the texture is nice.

O: What a killer APA. They don't make many like this: a low ABV hop fest. Though I still find 3F's Zombie Dust a better entry (and one of my all-time fav's), this is certainly no slouch. One of the most flavorful beers under 5.5%. Worth seeking out, and heartily recommended.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2012 23:05:54 | More by Rhettroactive
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GarrettB714

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-21-2012 21:25:49 | More by GarrettB714
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-19-2012 23:28:33 | More by IrishColonial
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billab914

Virginia

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

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. It poured a very bright, golden amber color with a thin but sticky white lacing covering the top of the beer. Great lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma has some great topical, fruit punch like flavors to it. I get pineapple, each and mango all coming out. There is a little bit of a creamy orange presence to it as well. It's very hoppy and vibrant. Great aroma overall.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical fruit notes to it. Peach, pineapple and mango are again all there. In the finish I get a little more of a resiny, grapefruit bitterness coming out. It's very bright, juicy and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was an awesome beer. It was very hoppy and bright but at the same time light, refreshing and drinkable. What is really outstanding about this beer though is all that flavor is in a beer with abv in the low 5% range. Great beer overall.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2012 20:57:37 | More by billab914
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jm1229

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-13-2012 21:41:02 | More by jm1229
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2012 05:55:49 | More by emerge077
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.