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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

601 Ratings
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 672
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010)
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew for the sample.

Pours clear, light to medium copper in color. A somewhat rocky white head slowly falls back to a ring, lacing my pint glass. Incredible hop aroma, a mix of citrus and sweet berries, ripe sugary sweet grapefruit like you'd find where its grown, not bought from a supermarket. Tangerines, oranges, grass, hay, and some light sugar sweetness in the aroma as well, one of those hoppy beers where you are continually sticking your nose into the glass to catch more of the aroma. Taste hits up front with some orange sweetness, cotton candy, grapefruit and grassy bitterness towards the finish. Light to medium body, bitterness is pleasing, not over the top, but just slightly puckering and dry to keep you thirsty, a perfect balance to the touch of malty body on the tongue. Crisp hoppiness with some zing left on the palate in the finish. This after 5 days across country in a growler, impressive pale ale, very sessionable, delicious.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2011 00:48:45 | More by hoppymeal
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Alpine

pours a light golden yellow. Very clear with a crisp white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells very hop forward. Some nice light citrus and floral aromas. Tastes fruity and lightly bittered. The body is fairly weak but well carbonated. A pretty solid pale ale but the body does not match the bitterness well...

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 12:57:56 | More by Urbancaver
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Klym

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: A middle gold with a nice white head and erratic lacing.

S: Pine hops with some resin lightly sweetened by what I can only describe as green citrus leaves covered in the spritz of citrus fruit. Some mild wheat on the back end of the smell.

T: Bitter piney hops tempered by savory wheat and hay with a mild nougat finish. A lovely, well-developed and well balanced taste. Simple flavors but complex in their excellence.

M: A light oily mouthfeel with some prickle to the carbonation. Seems to almost leave pockets of itself in the corners and sides of the mouth on swallowing. Very pleasant.

O: What an awesome pale ale. I can't imagine making a better one-- truly Alpine doing what they do best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 04:15:04 | More by Klym
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Cavery

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the Brewery yesterday to get some Expo Hop bottles, and they had this precious gem on tap, Hoppy Birthday to me!

Review from thorough cellphone notes (I'm that guy).

A: Early morning light, swirling mixtures of beaming oranges and yellows. Very good looking egg shell bubble foams of various sizes. An undeniably soft honey look to the brew in the glass. Makes you want to spread it on a sandwich. A connect the dots of lacing that didn't hold too well, but the tap pour was perhaps a bit peaceful.

S: Super fresh cut grass with some sappy pine potency. Extremely light but complex herbal notes. Yellower grasses round out the spectrum of intense greenery. Faint grapefruit citrus gives a bit of bitter fruitiness. This is a nose-full that still maintains a very pale-ale appropriate light character.

T: Light florals and pine that dive into whole oat crunchy sweetness. Drying cornflakes that gaine a tone of complexity from buttery floral hops, and a very distinct pine nut pale malt flavor. Wow I really love this, so very good. The pine nut note in the pale malt linger is absolutely delicious. A taste profile properly proportioned to a complex pale ale.

M: A very fancy drying mouth that features a sizzling breakfast mouth-feel. So drying and smooth. There is no medicine or aspirin feelings in this brew. This is simple, and very refined. The mouth really helps give this its pale ale identity. Honestly a bit of a difficult body to assess, as the sizzle gives into dryness so fast I lose the weight of the liquid. Love this!

O: There are many things I love about this beer, but above all: this is truly identifiably a pale ale. It has a hop character, but I wouldn't take this for an IPA. The malt really has strong control over the flavor experience. A wonderful combo of pine nut malt and light bitter floral hops is outstanding. This is a member of the nobility of the summer time session ale kingdom. A very fancy pale ale, but humble with simplicity. Incredible execution here by Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 17:53:00 | More by Cavery
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ehammond1


4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap

O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Hazy golden orange and yellow. Thin white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I was expecting.

This beer smells like hop heaven. It's an absolutely, unmatched, perfect smelling pale. The hop aroma on this is massive--orange, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine--WOW!

Taste falls in line right behind the nose. Bitter enough, but the bitterness never gets in the way of the terrifically pungent citrus and pine flavors biting and wrestling with the tongue--just delicious!

Medium bodied.

The perfect pale ale. It's astounding that so much hop flavor, aroma, and character is packed in to this sessionable, pitcherable, gulpable 5.25% pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 22:00:38 | More by ehammond1
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FosterJM

California

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

683rd Review on BA
Growler to Flute

App- A vibrant little orange color with a small one finger head and lace all over the glass. For a APA such a rich color.

Smell- Like Emeril says, BAM! Aromatics all over the place with this beer. Hoppy, fruity, lush, crisp.

Taste- WOW! This was seriously good. I'm not normally an APA fan but this was so far above any other APA I was taken aback. Lush, fruity, hoppy but not bitter. Just so damn good.

Mouth- A medium body that borders on light, a carbonation level of medium that almost hit a high note for me.

Drink- Simply put DAMN! I want to drive down to Alpine and get another couple growlers after A generous BA had this at Clusterfork #6

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 02:23:43 | More by FosterJM
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Phelps

Arizona

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

Enjoyed at the Alpine brewpub alongside a pulled pork sandwich that was crazy good.

Pale golden orange with the slightest hint of haze. A foamy one-finger head of off-white bubbles becomes a silky top layer and leaves gobby walls of lace.

Incredible nose. Dank and sticky, with fresh-cut grass. Notes of floral honey and white crackers also emerge. So bright and impressive for a pale ale.

The hops are even more dank in the flavor, leading with bright sticky weed before pithy citrus peel and grass swoop in. The finish, however, is kind of weak — there’s no snap. Medium bitterness. Not much malt backbone at all, maybe some pale cracker malt.

Prickly medium carbonation inside a medium-light body. Very mild fizziness, slight dryness. An ale this big in flavor should have a bigger body and be harder to quaff, so it’s incredible the brewers have managed to keep it so light on the palate and drinkable.

What an outstanding pale. Despite its BIG hoppy flavor, the brew retains drinkability. Good to the last drop, yo.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 21:44:32 | More by Phelps
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden color, plenty of clarity, white head, decent, nice, dissipates in an average amount of time. Good hoppy aroma, nothing like some of the other Alpine dry hopping (Expo, Duet, Nelson) but damn good nonetheless and better than 98% of apa's out there. Props for not being afraid to use Summits.

Barely a malt presence, lots of hopping, very easy to drink. Lemon forward, was not expecting that, although nice to use a descriptor other than grapefruit or pine for once with something hoppy. Good carbonation, not a lot of complexity out of this one, but all my favorite pale's save SNPA are pretty straightforward, and that's a good thing in this reviewer's book. Bitterness held in check.

A very good beer, wouldn't say its deserving to be in the top 100, but the way the brhos changed the list, rare and one time new releases are bound to jump into the list at the expense of more time tested and available stuff. I'd put it midway through my top 10 pales.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2011 22:54:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Lunch

Maryland

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

64oz. Growler shared by Dr. Abmuh, thanks!

Well goddamn this is a great APA and if I were categorizing it I'd suggest it being an American IPA, but who the fuck am I to nitpick? Let's drink some more.

Poured into a Jester King snifter and I can smell the motherfucker already. Pours golden with some haze along with a bright white head with a stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Smells of citrus hops a plenty and this translates beautifully into the taste. Lost of bright citrus with no malt. Mouthfeel is perhaps a touch thin, but if these other assholes were not drinking this with me, I would drink all 64oz. myself, just kidding, but not really.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2011 04:02:42 | More by Lunch
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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

growler from the brewery - thanks to poneill - long overdue review

Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head on top. Retains with a layer of film and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Strong explosive scents of juicy hops, tropical fruits with orange and pineapple. Bitterness with some tempered sweetness and lighter malt.

Crazy amounts of hops up front, wild juiciness and fruit. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit all swirl around. Exceptionally bitter from the hops, but followed by a mild malt base. This tempers the bitter and sweet flavors as the beer finishes with bitter hops and a refreshing tingle.

Medium lighter body, decent carbonation, dry and refreshing while drinking. This is easily the best super hopped session ale I've had, and it easily surpasses stuff like SD County Session, GF Citra, and others. I wish I could have this all summer.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2011 06:14:56 | More by xnicknj
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is yellow / light amber and clear with a nice white head with some retention, carbonation moderate to low, looks excellent.

The aroma is grinding and hops. It is strong and awesome, CTZ hops if I am not mistaken.

Beer is light in body, very hoppy, the malt lead off is nearly non-existent. It is very nice, bitterness is about 60 IBU thereabouts, great finish, overall a superb beer. I'd have it again, and again.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 04:27:53 | More by drabmuh
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to spycow for sharing this at DLD.

A - Hazy golden colored beer with a foamy white head that left some nice looking spots and lace on the sides.

S - Great hop smell including citrus that is not too grapefruity, pine resin, and some nice dankness that isn't moldy. The pale malt character keeps from being too sweet and is pretty near perfect.

T - Explosion of hops with sweet citrus and tropical fruits balanced out by bittering resins. Very hop-forward APA, but exceptionally well balanced with its malt backbone. One of the best, if not the best, hoppy APAs I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation, bitter, but clean, finish.

O - Awesome beer, great to drink pretty much anytime, anywhere. Wish I could get this regularly, awesome.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 22:03:57 | More by AgentZero
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to starrdogg for sharing a growler of this amazing beer, thanks Matt. Alpine is quickly becoming in my book the go to brewery for hop heads like me.

A: Very clean almost lager like look with an orange/gold hue with a small ring of head and some good lacing. Some chunks of hops are floating in there, a good sign in my book.

S: What an amazing dry hop smell. So open and inviting, the smell has all the hop goodness of pine, grass, citrus rind, and weed in there. Some sweet candy malt compliments nicely to the hop barrage in the smell. Outstanding smell, just incredible.

T: The taste is so complex, I'm amazed the ABV is so low, not to say I detected any heat, but 5% beers are just not this tasty and all out hoppy. Lemon grass, fresh pine and grass, some citrus (dry), and just the right amount of crispy sugar malt rounds it out. What an awesome beer! The tastiest APA I've ever had, and this is from a die hard 3F fan (Alpha King, Zombie Dust both are amazing but this one may take the cake.)

M: Nice bitter back, and an overall very dry west coast hop beer thats great. Still semi sweet and smooth. Great medium feel, a little spicy.

O: Amazing, just an amazing beer. I absolutely love Alpine.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2011 17:30:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to MrHirschybar for this one.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head, pretty unassuming looking, but nice nonetheless; I had no idea what was coming

S: The aroma is incredible. It's got a huge dank hoppy, citrusy smell that makes my mouth water.

T: The flavor here is incredibly complex, there's so much different flavors here and they all seem to co-exist perfectly. It's both citrusy and piney at the same time. The flavor is huge, like a DIPA, but it's also ridiculously drinkable. Overall, incredibly delicious.

M: It's medium-bodied, a little bit of creaminess up front, but very dry on the back end.

O: This beer is unlike anything I've ever drank and is another huge success from Alpine. They packed so much flavor into a small APA package which combines for the most flavorful borderline-session beer I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2011 16:03:29 | More by starrdogg
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MiScusi

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap more times than I can count on my hands and toes. The color is golden, slightly bronzed, and always carries a nice frothy airy white head. The smell to me is more of a green, earthy smell, with only a tiny bit of citrus hiding in the background. The hop flavor over the palate is spicy, slightly juicy, again just a touch of fruit or citrus. This is not a sweet/bright/citrusy/tropical beer. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side as to be expected. Being a somewhat small-batch beer, it varies a bit from time to time but it's usually a must get anytime we see it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 02:43:25 | More by MiScusi
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jsanford

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Glowing gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing as it recedes.
S - Pungent, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and a bit of cat pee, with a mild malt backbone.
T - Crisp toasted malt provides the foundation for more pungent hop flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Nicely tropical and "juicy".
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, sessionable even.
O - A really nice APA, expertly hopped and infinitely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 14:07:52 | More by jsanford
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Spycow, I think, for the share.

A - It pours a hazy orange-golden hue, and is capped with a big tan head that looks like pancake batter. Lots of lacing ensues.

S - Jeez this is good. It is very reminiscent of the 4-day-old Pliny shared by nerd the other day, except lemon-forward where Pliny proffered tropical and dank. The nose is just pure hoppiness; there is pale malt and pristine minerality somewhere under the hops, but who woud bother looking for it? Anyhow, lemon zest, verbena, lemongrass, tangerine, and hazy cannabis are hugely implied in the aroma.

T - This is one of the best hop-centric beers I've had; the taste is truly world-class. A pristine minerality is suggested by the pale malt base, and it is the basis for extraordinary depth of hop flavor. Lemon-centric notes lead the way but are nearly equaled by a melange of tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. The more I drink of this, the more it seems that the flavor begins as lemon and actively morphs through tangerine and mango phases, ending in a bitter grapefruit astringency. Quite mouth-watering.

M - Lighter than medium by a tad, and plentifully carbonated.

O - Fantastic stuff; this is what APA, and hop-centric, should aspire to be.

Serving type: growler

05-07-2011 04:41:44 | More by ktrillionaire
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shared a growler with some Ba's at my house before DarkLordDay.
Served in a tulip pint.

It's a nice color, like a pretty standard pale ale/IPA. The bee is pretty hazy yellowish gold with a thick white head. Great retention... Good lacing.
So it looks great... Aaaand now we fall apart... Why does this smell like garlic? Oh, summit hops you say? Well I'm not a fan. They ruin this beer the summit hops. The other aromas are great- hiding under the garlic are intense notes of grapefruit and even pineapple. Light malt profile... This beer would be exceptional if it weren't for the garlic.

The body is medium-light with great carbonation and a decent bitter bite... The flavor would be very nice if it weren't for the summit!

Overall-- I'll pass on this one next time. Glad to have tried it!
4.5/3/2/4/3

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 03:49:26 | More by AleWatcher
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler out at ol' 'Watcher's joint on a night that lead to my demise. I got about 2.5 tasters full of the stuff. I can't say that it was really a crowd favorite amongst the tasting group.

Appearance
This stuff has a nice color, as so often Alpine ales seem to have. Its a semi hazy honey yellow, crowned with a dense, sticky head.

Aroma
I'm not really a fan of Summit hops, and this stuff brings the Summit to its peak. Green onion, dense overgrowth, the banks of a summer creek and dashes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste
The oniony stuff is strong. Someone kept saying this stuff was like liver and onions. Who ever it was was partly correct. Lots of greenery and wild flowers with lots of chive and green onion. Some pine and citrus come around too.

Mouthfeel
Not very dry, this beer is fairly smooth with a lighter body and a decent enough finish. I'd say this one has the structure for drinkablility down.

Overall
As I texted to Ryan011235 that I was drinking this my auto correct took over and I sent "Choppy Birthday". I stand by that moniker, I think its more accurate. I'm not sure why this one is rated so high... Oh yeah! Its a new Alpine tap only! Duh!

Serving type: growler

05-03-2011 01:51:22 | More by MbpBugeye
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pour the color of pancake syrup. This beer's got massive head. Bitches love head. Fluffy and cratered like an ice cream float.

Smells grassy with a shot of grapefruit. Definitely San Diego style. Taste hits you with a dry, full bitterness at first but after your tastebuds are shot you can start to get all the hop flavor. Lots of grassy grapefruit and citrus peel. Reminds me of making a hop tea. It's like they boiled this thing, took all the hops they used and squeezed out all the wort from them and fermented that instead. A tiny bit of toasty caramel to relieve your tongue. Low to moderate carbonation makes you think the beer is a little thicker than it actually is.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2011 01:19:29 | More by BearsOnAcid
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321jeff

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by yourefragile, thanks!

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a couple fingers of mostly white head that slowly fades to a thin layer, leaving tons of lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is a solid mix of all the hop smells I can think of, piney resins, grapefruit, pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. Some hints of sweet malts in the background.

The taste is loaded with resiny hops and some sweet citrus flavors. There's plenty of bitterness from the massive amount of hops. It almost tastes more like a mild IPA than an APA, but either way, the flavors work together perfectly and just taste spectacular.

The mouthfeel is equally as good, full and meaty with lots of carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best surprise beers I've ever had. It completely blows any other APA out of the water, and there are some really good APA's out there.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2011 00:18:11 | More by 321jeff
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with 321Jeff and Huhzubendah. Thanks JohnDoe8 for hooking us up!

Pour is a hazy, glowing pale golden with a dense, retentive stark white head. Thick rings of clumpy lacing.

Aroma is much more of an IPA than APA (though I won't hold it against it in the rating). Reminds me a lot of Sculpin. Fresh tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and mild caramel malt.

Medium-thick body with soft carbonation and a pleasant lingering dry hoppy finish. Sweet and juicy ripe tropical fruits dominate from the start and dominate throughout. Amazing. Again, maybe not a great APA per style, but an incredible beer regardless. This growler was ~2-3 weeks old; fresh this would have to be near perfect

Serving type: growler

04-27-2011 23:55:10 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer appears straw yellow and slightly hazy. The head is thick and white, displays lasting retention, and leaves ample lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma...wow. One of the best aromas in a pale ale I have ever experienced. This would give any IPA more than a run for its money. Fresh hops and a blast of varied citrus. The flavor is absolutely phenomenal. This is perhaps the most drinkable and enjoyable <6% beer I have had the pleasure to sample. Perfect? Ya, pretty much. My highest recommendation.

Serving type: growler

04-27-2011 23:39:54 | More by Huhzubendah
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one at an impromptu Hobo Tasting #7 which turned out to be a good time in an Ingles parking lot out of the trunk of my Audi with my AR-15 in-check to keep the haters out! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and a very subtle roastiness. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew just plain excellent in all aspects. I have been wanting to try this one for QUITE some time and glad that I finally was able to. The nose on this one was nothing short of excellent. The flavor, well balanced and excellent in all aspects. If you haven't gotten your hands on this one before it is definitely worth seeking out. You won't regret it!

Serving type: growler

04-27-2011 13:40:25 | More by thagr81us
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

o it began. Hobo tasting No. 7 commenced at Ingles on an overcast and slightly damp day. It was an impromptu event that really was not solidified until a couple hours before, but none the less went off without a hitch. As me and Calton chilled for a good hour enjoying some of the finer craft offerings in our multitude of glassware and bottles and growlers, one could only wonder how much better it could have gotten, enjoyed during a hell of a good time on 04/21/2011.

The first offering of the day the monster growler was opened up to get the ball rolling. This was not an easy feat to track this one down but boy was it worth it. Pouring out a wonderfully light golden amber color, the cloudy body produced a head that was nearly three inches in height over the top of the bottle and easily coated the entire glass with sticky and gooey lacing that left webbing long after we had finished.

The first notes that are picked up from the aroma are super bright citrus hops. Light lemon layered on top of pineapple and grapefruit, but very bright, light and clean. A burst of freshness through the air that was only slightly cut by light grains as it warmed. To call this a sessionable beer is an understatement. So clean, fresh, and easy going we had a hard time not going for pint after pint. Just a quick hit of hops on the first sip that open up the palate and cleanse the senses for a ripe display of fresh fruit and light grains that then wash over you. Fresh and perfectly carbonated it was an effortless offering as the lemon and pineapple flavor melts into a sea of grapefruit and dry finish that begs you to take another sip almost as soon as you finished the last one.

Overall one of the best, most drinkable IPA’s I have ever come across. This was just nuts. I would like to see someone do better than this, incredible light offering that seems it was made to be shared!

Serving type: growler

04-22-2011 22:41:18 | More by mikesgroove
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.