Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company
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Ratings: 635 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.
A: Pours clear light golden with a half finger of snow white head which disappears pretty quickly. Not much lacing.
S: Rich but subtle pine, pepper and spice, citrus, some tangerine.
T: Lots of hops, bright blood orange, mild pine and grapefruit peel, finishing mildly bitter.
M: Medium body and lightly carbed.
O: Light, refreshing, and lots of flavor in this very drinkable pale ale. Hoppy but not a hop bomb. Another light but flavorful ale from Alpine.
09-24-2011 04:18:36 | More by pmarlowe
4.93/5 rDev +8.8%
On tap at Toronados
A: Golden color with a 1/2 inch cream colored head.
S: I don't even think I can begin to put the smell into words. It's absolutely amazing and the best smelling pale ale I've ever come across. Huge candied grapefruit, mango and citrus hops with a little honey as well. Perfect.
T: Somehow, the taste is just as good as the smell. A hint of mango and then a big hit of citrus and slightly piney hops. Some caramel malts balance the hops before they can get too bitter and the finish has just a touch of pine hop resin. A picture perfect pale ale. Must get more.
09-19-2011 20:18:27 | More by notchucknorris
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
On tap at Alpine
Look: Nice golden yellow in color with a nice 1/2 in white head and great retention and lacing
Smell: Is a perfect combonation of floral and citrus hops they are in such perfect balance it almost creates a perfume like note that I want my wife to wear
Taste: Is very similar to the nose with the exception that it also has a very nice frutiness to it. Hands down the best tasting pale ale I have tried
Mouthfeel: A little less than medium body so it could use just a bit more body and perfectly carbonated
Overall: About as perfect as a pale ale can be. Absolutely loved this beer and now I am kicking myself in the ass for not getting a growler of the stuff
09-06-2011 21:35:04 | More by DarthKostrizer
5/5 rDev +10.4%
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!
08-31-2011 22:10:21 | More by rudeboy916
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
Fresh growler shared by largadeer. HOP PUNS FOR THE WIN HELL YES!!!
Pours clear copper with a great lacey white head. Looks incredible.
Aroma is typical amazing Alpine: citrusy, floral, and herbal hops, as well as just a hint of sweet malt.
Flavor is amazing for a pale ale (or really more of an IPA). Citrusy - tangerine and grapefruit - with an excellent tropical fruit note and some herbal qualities. Just a little sweet malt in the background.
Medium-bodied with great hop resins.
Overall, just incredible. This is what every pale ale should aspire to. I could session the hell out of this if the ABV were under 4.00% and I were legally allowed to do so by British law.
08-26-2011 15:54:16 | More by nickd717
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Reviewed from growler into tulip. Pours a dark gold or light orange with a fairly bubbly white head. The smell is much fainter then I had expected and really had to stick my nose in it, pun intended. Smells sweet citrus and almost musty. The taste far over powers the smell, there is a floral bite with a tangy citrus. Good cabonation with a fairly dry sticky finish. Great beer, absolutely perfect sitting out enjoying the outdoors.
08-17-2011 22:21:31 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
4.53/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a growler into a tulip. Thanks readbaron, I'm glad it arrived safely.
Appearance: Clearly filtered, Hoppy Birthday has a transparent copper orange color with visible resplendent carbonation rising from the bottom to refresh its creamy white head. The head loiters and leaves a good splattering of lace on the glass.
Smell: This has a monster hop aroma. Lots of floral notes, mango, orange rind, and pineapple.
Taste: Up front the sweet pale malt sets the table for the hops. The hop profile is pretty amazing overall. Lots of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple give this a great, well rounded bitterness. Being a lighter beer, this is something I could easily drink all day during the summer.
Mouthfeel: This has a nice, smooth carbonation that really helps to keep the beer clean. I like when there is no unpleasantness lingering - the bubbles lift up and carry away any residue so each sip starts out with a refreshed palate.
Overall: This is pretty damn good. There are four pale ales I find worth my time, every time. Zombie Dust edges out Hoppy birthday on my personal favorite list, with Daisy Cutter and Alpha King tied for a distant third. That is splitting hairs, though, this is another win for Alpine. You can trust them to do right by the hop gods.
08-08-2011 23:44:44 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.47/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-08-2011 00:48:45 | More by hoppymeal
4.2/5 rDev -7.3%
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...
08-05-2011 12:57:56 | More by Urbancaver
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-31-2011 04:15:04 | More by Klym
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
07-27-2011 17:53:00 | More by Cavery
4.85/5 rDev +7.1%
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!
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.
07-26-2011 22:00:38 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
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
07-26-2011 02:23:43 | More by FosterJM
4.2/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
07-22-2011 21:44:32 | More by Phelps
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
06-02-2011 22:54:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-24-2011 04:02:42 | More by Lunch
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-21-2011 06:14:56 | More by xnicknj
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-16-2011 04:27:53 | More by drabmuh
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-15-2011 22:03:57 | More by AgentZero
District of Columbia
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
05-13-2011 17:30:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
District of Columbia
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
05-13-2011 16:03:29 | More by starrdogg
4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
05-11-2011 02:43:25 | More by MiScusi
3.9/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
05-09-2011 14:07:52 | More by jsanford
4.75/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-07-2011 04:41:44 | More by ktrillionaire
2.73/5 rDev -39.7%
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!
05-04-2011 03:49:26 | More by AleWatcher
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.