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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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311 Reviews
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Reviews: 311
Hads: 2,026
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 683
Gots: 270 | 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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We open a bomber, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It lights the room with a coppery, amber coloring that supports a sturdy two finger head of bubbling, creamy headiness the color of pancake batter. This retains well, leaving vertical chains of lacing in its wake. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be on the active side. The aroma is whopping, comprising notes of heavily tropical and nectary fruity hoppiness, lighter citric hop oil brushes, sugar loaded pineapple juice, lightly toasted and biscuity pale malts, very faint caramel graininess, dried papaya cubes, green bananas, tangerine flesh, freshly whipped buttercream, fresh honeycomb, bubblegum sugars, simple booziness, and bronze button metallics. The flavoring swirls with toasty pale grainy grit and dryness, gentle booziness, bright citric and piney hop zings, mineral clay, dusty ale yeastiness, freshly liberated tangerine juice, earthen tree barkiness and oiled wet mossiness, toasted honey sweetness, green bell pepper juice, kiwi skins, and the chemical sting of perfume. There is bright lingering bitterness of bitter citric and soapy hops, orange peel pith, unsweetened wafer cookies, and Irish soda bread. The body is full and the carbonation is medium, with decent prickle to the tongue. Each sip gives wonderful slurp and smack, with immense frothiness and creaminess as it crashes into each crevice of your oral cavity. It sloshes around like a syrup, but a syrup that has been aerated and infused to the brim with the softest bubbles. Somewhat like nitro, but yet simultaneously not at all. It makes your mouth water and sweat, but with sticky, binding drops of saliva. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks away easily, in large gulps if you allow it to.

Overall, the most interesting, curious, and memorable thing about this beer is its feel. As outlined above, it is massively heavy and thick for the style. This couples with unremitting waves of dense cream and froth, ensuring that the beer pounds into your palate with ferocity. The aroma also stands out with filling, robust tropical fruity hoppiness. This induces mouthwatering in the drinker that you would not believe. As with many a west coast IPA, the taste to follow leans towards the more bitter persuasion, defiantly deviating from the path. As a pale ale, and a session one at that, the flavoring evens out by about half way through your pint. This makes the second half a bit more “common”, if that’s the right word. It isn’t that it loses flavoring, per se, but rather you get accustomed to it, and there are no more surprises. While not our favorite of the Alpine stock, Hoppy Birthday is certainly a cause for celebration in and of itself.

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Photo of kevanb
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, best by March 18, 2016, Alpine Label in a Green Flash bottle, poured into an Alpine Beer Co. pint glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy copper color, plenty of clarity with just a light chill haze and a foamy white head, about 2 fingers high, loose bubbles with moderate retention and sticky lace. The aroma is pleasant, citrus rind, bitter hop spice, pine, resin, a bit of juicy fruits with some crusty malt, plenty of character for 5.25%, though it does have the typical "session" feel where it's annoyingly restrained. The flavors are nice, loads of hoppy bitterness, grapefruit peel, spice, loads of pine needle, resiny and sappy hop bite, certainly earthy with just a kiss of malt at the end, but plenty of lingering hops and bitterness, satisfying to the last second. The mouthfeel is good, crisp and assertive, full bodied, coating with a nice dry kick.

Verdict: A nice session IPA from Alpine, the aroma left me wanting more and boy did I get it flavorwise, bitter, assertive, crisp, earthy and resinous, definitely full bodied that lacks nothing. Really pleased to find this on the shelf in Chicago, so kudos to Green Flash for giving us the chance to sample Alpine's products without having to harass SoCal locals.

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

L - copper, slight haze, head mostly dissipates

S - mango, citrus, smarties, slightly buttery

T - not too malty or sweet, starts with grapefruit and a little onion, ends with a grassy piney bitterness

F - light bodied, above average carbonation, dry finish

O - I think "session IPA" is a better categorization than "APA", but either way, I will grab this whenever I see it. It tastes like a mixture of Stone Go To (onion/garlic) and MBC - Beer II (citrus, smarties without the sugar).

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was copper in color with a fluffy white head. Carbonation bubbles were apparent.

Smell - The nose makes me think of fresh cut grass. There is some citrus presence.

Taste - The beer is deeply resinous for a session. There are qualities of grass, grapefruit rind, apple, and a biscuity background. The malts create a drying impression that borders on being oaky. The aftertaste is dry with grass lingering.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation helps to dry out the grassy notes. The sweetness is brushed away.

Overall - For a session, this is very flavorful.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some fruity floral hops with a little onion.

The flavor is a little sweet bready malt and fruit with a lot of bitter resiny onion hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation,

Overall, a nice hoppy session IPA. Good except for onion notes.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpine Hoppy Birthday

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

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Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz (best by 3/18/2016) into a tulip. Pours a hazy strwaw w/ a soft white head.

Aroma is light and dry. Citrus rind, biscuity pale malt, floral hops.

Taste follows nose. Crisp bright citrusy hops on pale neutral dry malt. Lighter and more sessionable than an IPA. Nice alpha acid bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is likewise light and crisp, drinkable. Like and IPA light.

Overall a slightly watered-down version of an Alpine (or other SoCal) IPA.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap
L: Vibrant amber orange
S: Clean aroma of floral hops
T: Crisp herbal hop flavors mixed with a sweet malt backbone. Mild bitterness in the finish.
F: Medium mouth feel
Overall a good APA with herbal/floral hop character.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smoke & Barrel, Washington, DC. In a large stemmed tulip

A – Pours orange, with a slight haze, white head, excellent lacing. - 4

S - A pine tree jammed up my nose. Incredible! - 5

T – Pine needles but not excessively bitter. - 4.5

MF – Medium body with a dry finish. - 4.5

O - This beer is all about the hops. Excellent aroma, almost like a hop inhaler. - 4.5

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Photo of Gatch
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous color and a massive, bright white, frothy head. Nose is off-the-scale. Huge tropical fruit and juicy, resiny hops. It's lovely! Flavor is the same. So hoppy yet not really a hop-bomb, in my opinion. Nearly perfect balance with complex character. Regardless of the the hop profile, it's just wonderfully drinkable. Feel is smooth and delicious with every sip. Not overbearing like some hoppy brews can be. This is beyond world class from Alpine. I never found it while I was in college in Arizona but now that Green Flash is involved, this is available in Massachusetts! Hell yeah!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Glowing orange, mostly transparent. A finger of white head.

S - West coast garlic and onion with a lot of pine and some sweet, candy flavor.

T - A lot of pine up front, but still it is faded. The dank hops and garlic/onion cling to the middle of my tongue, but the finish delivers a punch of sweet candy (Spree, Skittles) to make it go down easy.

F - Dead-on for the style and it drinks bigger than the abv thanks to a full body and range of flavors.

O - Needs the pine turned up and the garlic/onion turned down. Sweet, fruity, candy flavor saved the finish.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours orange with a solid white head.

very aromatic, smells like solid pine with some nice citrus. great smell.

taste is fantastic, very bitter at the end. lots of pine. smooth taste, easy to drink.

goes down very smooth, easy to drink. session IPA or Pale Ale, doesn't matter; it's a hoppy ale that is easy drinking.

overall this is pretty damn good, wish i could get this as a 6 pack instead of just bombers. would drink a lot of this!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light haze. Has a piney aroma. Flavor is bitter hops with a pine and herbal / musty hop profile. Has a clean and crisp finish. Very solid overall but drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA

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Photo of mackeyse
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Gold with slight haziness. Foamy white head dissipated quickly leaving a little lace

A: Fruity hops and pine with some grassy notes. Fruity hops is predominant.

T: Very balanced. Pine notes with some biscuit. Herbal tasting. Maybe catching some garlic notes? The peel-like bitterness outweighs the malt and it gets bone dry at the tail end leaving a dry feeling on the roof of my mouth that lingers until the next sip.

O: Session IPA at 5.2% /22oz bottle? It’s either the best Session IPA I’ve had by leaps and bounds or a very stellar PA. I prefer to call it a Pale Ale. Might be one of the more drinkable beers I’ve had recently and the balance is pretty amazing. Mouth feel was interesting with the long hit of dryness/bitterness at the end. Intensity of an IPA without the alcohol % to match, which is impressive.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours golden, with ruby tones, with a thick cream colored head; very visually appealing. Very strong smell; candied citrus and pine dominate, with floral undertones. The taste is reminiscent of the smell, powerful citrus and pine, however, in my opinion it may be just a bit too powerful, it reminds me of eating a hop pellet, albeit not quite as strong. The mouthfeel is solid for the style, finishes fairly dry while still having a juicy body. Overall this was a good beer, very appealing to sense of smell and sight; while the taste was good I honestly think if I picked up another one, I would drink it about two or three weeks from now to see if the hop pellet flavor fades with time.

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Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Golden yellow orange with a layer of off white head. Smells of hops and citrus. First sip is a little better but it cleans up quickly and finishes quickly. Little hoppy bite on the back end. Tasty and drinakble. Good ipa.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops along with some pine.

Tastes of the bright hops with a small malt base. Hops lead off with plenty of citrus and pine. Malts add a touch of caramel sweetness, but not much. A bit of tropical fruits are present in the middle. Finishes with an herbal, almost spring onion type hop flavor and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good, hopped up pale.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank hops, spices and very light citrus/fruit. The flavor is hops, citrus/fruit, malts and a mix of dry, bitter and surprisingly smooth in the finish.

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Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash bottle. Best by 3/18/16. So probably 9/18 bottling date?

A: Clear orange pour, almost red in fact. Tall frothy tan head. Good head retention with a small amount of lacing.

S: Big tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus aromas. Apricot.

T: Huge bitterness bite up front. Harsh, sharp hoppiness. Loads of grapefruit. Big herbal flavor and lots of spicy pine. Big range of flavors in this one. All of them incredibly biting and bitter. No sweetness that I can detect at all. Another wave of bitterness in the finish leading to a drying, herbal, piney and a floral aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, extremely bitter and dry.

O: Hop bomb. Bitter bomb more accurately. Enormous and harsh hop flavors with lots of variety. Teeth-chatteringly bitter. I cannot overstate the brutal one-dimensional quality of this brew. It's not a big beer but "sessionable" it is not. You wouldn't be able to taste anything for a week if you drank a bunch of these.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange, clear, and billowing white head with great retention.

Cracker malt backbone with heavy pine and floral hops. Light grapefruit middle, really perfumy long finish.

Light body, crisp, really bitter.

Great beer. Sessionable and packed with flavor and aroma.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle. Pours bright orange, slight haze, head doesn't last but lots of lace. Citrusy aroma, orange and grapefruit, sweet mango. Great tasting west coast IPA. Grapefruit peel is prominent with some pine and floral notes on the edges. Overall hop flavor has a dank weediness to it that lasts through the sip. Just enough malt to impart a touch of sweet in there. Light body but slick with a semi dry finish. Overall this one has got to be the best low abv IPA I've had.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange with a white head, no head retention, soapy film left on top, lots of lacing, hazy, with a good amount of carbonation.

A: Lots of citrus, grapefruit peel, mango, hint of guava, smells really good.

T: Like the nose, grapefruit peel, mango, guava, moderate bitterness in the middle, citrus peel finish, dry, very tasty.

M: Medium body mouthfeel, dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very tasty, citrus forward, great mouthfeel, wish this was available in six-packs, definitely pick up again if I ever see it.

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Photo of -Rick
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: an orange/yellow color, with a nice white head that stuck around for a while
S: fruity, some grapefruit, mango, orange peel
T: less fruity than the smell, but still present. Aftertaste is a bit bitter
F: light with some nice carbonation
O: I had this right after having a Duet. A lighter and more tropic flavor. IMO, far superior to Duet, though I do not know that I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to chalice glass with a bright setting sun glow of orange and off white yellow hues. Very hop forward as the name would suggest for an American pale ale with a very floral citrus smell. Taste was more balanced but with a heavy bitter after taste for an APA.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful bright golden orange color with a huge pillowy white head. The nose on this is about as good as they come. Huge juicy notes of tropical fruit, most notably grapefruit and mango take center stage accompanied by a good deal of dankness and pine. Taste is the same, tropical and juicy at first with a bitter pine finish. Feel is medium amd resinous with a good amount of carbonation. Overall this beer is fantastic, and to my suprise I like it even more than Duet!

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