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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 1,638
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 728
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't understand what beer some of those really low reviewers were drinking, but it certainly wasn't what I had. I only regret not having had more. Had on tap at Streetcar Bistro in Portland, OR on June 26th. Delicious beer, very hoppy, almost drinks like an IPA rather than a pale.

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Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, off white head with great lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ intensity stone and tropical notes. I get peach more than anything else.

Taste/mouthfeel: More citrus peel hop flavor, medium+ bitterness.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Crowler purchased at The Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA.
Poured into a tulip pint.

Light gold with 1 finger of creamy head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Honey, white grape, vanilla, candy sugar, papaya, and pineapple.

White grape, pineapple, papaya, mango, and pine. Smooth malt backbone of honey, candy sugar, and a touch of vanilla.

Medium bodied, juicy, oily, and crisp with a medium-light bitterness.

Phenomenal Pale Ale! Juicy as all Hell!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint poured in a shaker glass at Nob Hill Bar and Grill.

Good looking beer with a bright copper color. Smells dank, floral and citrusy. That quintessential west coast aroma with a big pineyness as well. The flavor is along the same lines, dank, piney and finishing a bit weed-like. The malt lends sweetness and a bit of a biscuity feel.

It's light feeling at times and at other feels both full and filling. There are moments where it feels a bit watered-down like many a light-bodied hop heavy brew feel, but it's not bothersome here.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Due to the acclaim this has received, I expected more. I had this at the end of a long tasting, an this is IPA 7 for the day, so my tasters aren't at full sensitivity. However, I don't taste anything that makes this overly superior to, say, Stone Go-to IPA. I will seek this out again with a fresh palette at a later date.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very flavorful pale.
Had plenty of hop aroma in the nose, I got citrus and some grapefruit.
The taste was very good perhaps a bit lean.
Finished with a slightly course bitterness.
Very good and welcome to the sepa area.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap and I had to try it! My first Alpine beer and it was a good one!

A - Very nice orange color with very good white head that remains. Slight haze from the dry hops. Very good lacing for an APA.

S - Great hoppy fragrance with a fresh citrus character that shines through. There is some dank and an overall fresh hop character that is very pleasant. Some malt is in there after the hops but very hop forward in the nose.

T - Has all the hops from the aroma that is citrus forward but more of the dank, resin comes through but still very fresh and almost light lemony character. The front also has a sweetness from malt. The complimenting malt flavor is there throughout the taste but still more hops as a good APA should be. Smooth finish but a good amount of bitterness for an APA almost like a weak IPA but enough malt to keep balance. The last flavors on the palate are some malt sweet and delicious hops.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Medium carbonation. Very balanced throughout.

Overall, one of the best APAs I've had. Not the best but the fresh hop flavor, the malt balance, and the medium feel make this an extremely good pale ale. I love the citrus hops and the nice sweetness the malt. Perfect if you like session IPAs. I would strongly recommend this if you want a hoppy beer but not too much of anything else.

Glass- Tapped into a Tulip

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Phinally in Philly! On tap at TRIA Taproom. I feel like it's my birthday after having this for the first time. Great IPA. Also had the Duet, but went right back to this. Hopefully more kegs on the way.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Growler the other day.

The beer pour a light copper amber color with considerable lacing and very good head retetion. This beer looks great. On the nose, there's a huge aroma of dank earth, dry citrus and light tropical fruit. This beer smells like a hop bomb. On the palate, it's all that, and is literally almost too much of a good thing (that's how bitter this beer is). Mouthfeel is fairly light otherwise as one would expect, given the abv.), and the finish is long, dry, clean and bracingly bitter. Alcohol is just about indetectable.

Impressive pale ale, no doubt, though I wouldn't mind a bit more malt in the flavor profile to counter the huge amount of bitterness in this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very mildly fogged and true amber in color. Grassy piney nose. Flavor is hoppy, of course. Earthy with grass tones. Hints of pine. It's good stuff. A bit too bridled that though. Wouldn't mind a bit more crazyness about it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Legit.. Tropical fruity hops with a big bitterness that is unapologetic... Light pale malt.. piney hops that sometime go a bit catty Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two plus fingers worth of light airy lush khaki colored froth comprised of lots and lots of big chunky bubbles... Nice retention that really begins to hold around one fingers worth... Turns a bit richer and creamier as it settles a bit... Lots of carbonation some of which clings to the glass and some of which rises sporadically at a modest to slightly quick pace... The color is a somewhat vibrant light copperish amber... A thin film and some lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The aroma is all hops all the time... Glorious hop resins... Fresh hops... Just lots and lots of hops... Mostly piney with some citrus mixed in... There is little or no malt to be found... Dank and hoppy... Lemon zest... Earthy hops... Orange zest... Piney hops... A very light biscuity malt layer is buried beneath the surface... The mouthfeel is medium bodied... Rather sturdy... Mostly dry throughout turning a bit drier on the finish... This is an outstanding American Pale Ale and a very welcome introduction to Alpine... If someone wanted to know what hops tasted like, this is the beer that I might point them to... Lots a goodness in a very subtle <6% ABV... Love it...

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Drank 3 of these. Super hoppy, dry as hell. Very light body, this might be considered a session IPA. Hop flavor reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Pale Ale, which is a good thing in my book.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in 12oz goblet, this was a very nice beer, but not one that stood out from the field of 41 other hoppy pale ales. I will bang again, but it's not a transcendental experience.

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Photo of CHickman
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Solid looking draft beer (on tap at BBD's in Rocky Point, NY) with hazy dark gold color and a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of fresh juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, orange, piney hops, pineapple, graham cracker, lightly toasted grains, biscuit, caramel, floral hops, light spices and more hops. Wow, the hops are aggressive but perfectly sweet and this brew is perfectly balanced. Not much more to say except that it is excellent.

Mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and almost buttery with very mild carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste that trails off with a combo of malty sweetness and fresh juicy hops. Well crafted, this was extremely easy to drink and lived up to the hype and ratings.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - bright gold, bubbly carbonation, thin white head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - bouquet of hops in the nose; citrus, pine, floral!
Taste - follows the nose, but brings more grapefruit!
Feel - bitter grapefruit with only a faint malt backbone; how is this not an IPA!
Overall - there's no way this is an APA and not an IPA!

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Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint of this one from the tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. It was on the newly tapped list.

The beer is a chill hazed dark yellow with a skim of off white foam.

It has an aroma of citrus and malts.

I tis nicely bitter with a touch of sour. There is citrus (grapefruit and tangerine), grains and plum.

The mouth is decent.

All-in-all a decent beer that didn’t live up to the hype (at least for me)…

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

duet for me, was really worth the hype, this one was also really good, but less exceptional i think. less amazing and unique is for sure, but still a really trusty ipa, that i would happily drink all the time if it were available here. unique in that it finds the floral/pine specturm, while almost entirely skipping citrus. sure there is a hint of orange peel, even candied orange peel in the nose, but the flavor is like clover and pine forest, with no citrus in between. usually there is always that element there, but this is way cool in that its polleny and blooming, but also hearty and sappy. its balanced, but its big too, and although the hops drive the flavor, there is definitely a moderate toast to a fuller grain body, really really nice. i like this a whole lot, and amazing to have it on tap for the first time, but i just dont see it as one of the best in the world in its category. maybe i am spoiled, but for me, its a level below the hype that it comes with.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Flying Saucer

Clear golden orange with a fluffy finger of head that sticks around.

Pineapple, peach, and a little dankness.

Fairly pronounced bitterness and some light bready malt flavor breaks in. A little piney and tropical fruity.

Super solid.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nonic pint at HG.

A: Served a dark golden/medium amber with a greasy and soft off-white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting collar. Sticky sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Citrus hops on the nose with scents of bitter grapefruit and sweet tangerine among other things. There's a couple leafy notes in there as well as a kiss of bready malt. Smells crisp and light.
T: Follows the nose with a solid bitter punch of citrus juice balanced by a touch of bready and toasted malt in the finish. I get hint of onion and something herbal as well. Overall very balanced and extremely smooth and easy to drink, but still packs a nice hoppy bitter punch.
M: On the lighter side of a medium body, soft and smooth carbonation that adds the right amount of chew without any bubbly tingliness. Crisp and thirst quenching mouthfeel.
O: Exceptionally balanced, creamy, and smooth. A perfect amount of light crisp mouthfeel mixed with a clean hop punch. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

McLaddens Northampton, MA. Been on draft for about two weeks. Notes taken during second time consuming it.

A- Apricot orange body from the taps to a pint glass. Fairly hazy with a fluffy white cap to a finger. Head retention decent as a small ring drops a large sheet and then some drizzled lace.

S- Definitely leans toward the dank and fruity side of things with hops producing most of the aroma. Tropical tones like mango, tangerine and melon along with general citrus and floral notes.

T- Juicy and fruity with perhaps the orange zesty notes taking more precedence but a finish of mango, peach, tangerine, floral, melon, mint and apricot. Clean besides a tiny hint of light grains.

MF- Somewhat creamy but still crisp with a high end carbonation level. Medium overall thickness finishing clean and lightly bitter.

I am so happy that Alpine brews are now available in MA. Never got to have this one out in CA but it sure is a great one. Finds a nice balance between fruity, bitter and floral and every sip is so satisfying and flavorful.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starts with nice citrus flavor, followed by earthy spice notes, a tad bit of wheat, well balanced. Can tell it is an APA as it is missing just a touch of hops in the finish. Rather crisp and dry.

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Photo of MLDucky
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash version. The nose and flavor was more hop forward than the Duet drank side by side. More balanced, not as much bitterness. As it warmed the hope profile came through more and it became more pleasant.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dry, bitter hop bomb. Less sweet (thankfully) than it smells. Nothing wrong with the feel, but clearly the weakest element, and given the standards set by the likes of Noble or Maine BC, subpar.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.52/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my type of pale. I'm used to the big citrus bombs here on the east coast and this was very piney to me. Nicely balanced but just not my flavor in terms of hops.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.