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Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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: 2,646
Photo of Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. the aromas were just like most of other IPA's consisting of a great hop profile, pine, grass, citrus grapefruit, slight pineappple, and some good malt prssence. Upfront the hops and pine flavors were the stara with citrus grapefruit and slight pineapple co-stars. even though it was pretty hoppy the malts did come thru to balance out the hop bomb which was is really a pale ale;great job. the brew was light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a nice slight sweet but bitter hop crisp finish. it drank very good and IMO can become a epic session beer chiilin in the hot socal summer sun.

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Photo of JRhode
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a pitcher at the new BBQ joint shared with Jessethehutt.

Nice light golden/orange glow with frothy head that leaves sticky lacing.

Has the Alpine smell with sweet orange/tropical fruit and some piney floral scents as well. Remember thinking, "hope this tastes as good as it smells."

Tasted at least as good as it smelled, with an amazing amount of flavor packed in to a low abv package. Great fruity/bitter hop character that dries out perfectly on the finish. No "balance" whatsoever, just hops. Let those east coast/midwest folk make "balanced" IPAs.

Lively carbonation and refreshing, light mouthfeel.

Drinkability is phenomenal.

I would call this an IPA for sure, and may be my new favorite Alpine IPA. They need to crank out batch after batch of this stuff; no longer on for tastes or growler fills in the tasting room.

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Photo of jamex
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap at Alpine Brewery. Poured a beautiful gold with a nice head.

S: The aroma was amazing. Pine, tangerine, some floral scents and tropical undertones. Like taking a deep breath in a uncharted pine forest while your girlfriend peels an orange about five feet away.

T: I partied like it was my birthday. Hop explosions laced with wonderful citrus and delightful floral notes.

M - Nicely carbonated and refreshing.

D - This was an all around delicious beer, like many of the Alpine beers. They really have hops down to a science. Congratulations on this lovely beer.

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Photo of graymoment
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful appearance with tons of fluffy, white head, which retained for quite some time in the glass.

Citrus and some pine all over the nose, with a very distinct "Alpine" aroma. No discernible malt could be detected whatsoever, either in the aroma or in mouth. Bone dry, all hop, no malt, with very little bitterness.

How they achieved the level of hop complexity without any malt and very little weight or ABV is quite intriguing. I believe it is a Citron dry hopped APA, but presents more like an IPA.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perhaps my favorite brewery...Alpine once again knocks one out of the park; Poured from a growler into an Alpine pint glass at roughly 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: A crystal clear golden hue beer that supported a white frothy head and ample amounts of lacing.

S: Semi-sweet rye-like malt, pine, floral, and ester aromas.

T: A nice balance of sharp and sweet malt that helps balance out the multitude of hop flavors. Perhaps the most extremely rich APA I've ever had.

M: A light bodied brew that provides a slightly dry finish on the palate.

D: A perfect balance between light body and flavor; could of devoured the whole growler by myself.

Overall: Really couldn't ask for more in beer. Easy to drink, lots of flavor, and a style that most people can enjoy. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of HalfFull
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a freshly filled growler, showing a clear golden straw in color with an inch or so of milky white foam. Strong retention and artsy lacing follow.

Mmmm hops, sweet bitter hops. Lots of fruity hops with a touch of pine. Very enticing and quite like the IPA's from Alpine but a tad more towards the sweetness than bitterness side of the equation.

Flavor follows in an IPA Light kind of sense with a notable hop presence throughout, a citric flavor with a perky carbonation and a light grainy feel. A bit of warming suits this beer well as an initially thin feel becomes fuller and more robust. Finishes with a bit of hop infused orange malt tones, offering a smooth feel. Drink is solid but held in check by the one sided approach for a Pale Ale, quite dry and hoppy and perhaps out of balance, yet give me another..

Edit - GF bottle 10/15, best by------. Similar pour and with a robust aroma of hops. Like two or three times the hop presence from a recent growler of Pure Hoppiness. I sense hope again from Green Flash and company. Offers a light orange haze on the pour, firm cap of foam. Coarse, a bit bready, and, dare I say, memorable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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 stawn
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler fill from the brewery on 6.12.10

A - Pours clear golden with a thick fluffy head

S - This is probably the best smelling hoppy beer to ever visit my nose! TONS of pine and citrusy fruits. Absolutely amazing!

T - This tastes even better then the aroma, which I don't know how that's possible. Just a hint of bitterness, but a bouquet of hop flavor! Citrus and pine, grapefruit, lemon. Simply delicious!

M - Appropriate carbonation, low bitterness, which is stellar! Smooth and balanced.

D - I could drink this everyday. One of the best beers I've had from Alpine! And that says a LOT! Perfectly made!

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Photo of largadeer
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Overlord
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More IPA than pale ale, this brew reminded me of the Sierra Nevada Harvest series. BUT WITH THE DIAL CRANKED TO 11!

Pours gold with a hint of orange. Big white sudsy head.

Smell is a gigantic bouquet of floral, grapefruit, and pine notes (you seldom see all three together with such abundance), with a ton of tropical notes and sweeter citrus. Maybe oranges, definitely pineapple, yipes. Insane tropical notes.

Taste is just resplendent with hop character. Almost no malt or citrus sweetness to be found. Just hops everywhere. Grapefruit, both sweet and bitter varieties, fresh cut pine, some acrid lemon/orange rind notes. HOPS!

Very nice bubbly mouthfeel. Tons of thanks to a generous benefactor. Managed to guzzle the entire thing through the Lost finale, which took the edge off a very underwhelming close to the series.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/23/2010

Thanks to Terrance for bringing this growler over. The beer appears transparent golden with a frothy two finger cap, good retention, and scattered lacing.

The aroma is an intoxicating combination of hop scents, with notes of pine resin, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, orange pith, and a bold floral character. The hops are incredibly aromatic and fresh in the nose.

The flavor exhibits a moderate bitterness, with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Alcohol is not present in the taste. Again, the hops are fresh and vibrant. Malt character is nonexistent to my palate. Hops, hops, ...hops!

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with an upper moderate level of carbonation. The drinkability is insane. Highly recommended. Though a pale ale in name, it's essentially an IPA. I hope they decide to brew this again. Awesome stuff.

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