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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 696
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010)
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Photo of WeisGuy
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%

Growler from Ultraman9000 - thanks, Martin!

Pours a slightly hazy, bright amber color with a two-finger, frothy white head. Head retention is very good, as is lacing. Tropical fruit and citrus really shine in the nose, with pineapple, tangerine and mango notes coming through. There's a nice cracker and caramel malt aroma underneath the hops. The taste is much the same, with pineapple, mango and tangering fruit flavors melding nicely with a substantial cracker malt with a slight caramel sweetness. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Drinkability is off-the-charts here - this really hits everything I look for in a sessionable beer. The flavors are refreshing and interesting with a very nice balance, though, obviously, this leans to the hoppy side. Overall, another incredible hoppy beer from Alpine. Every time I try something new from this brewery, I am more and more impressed. This might nudge Alpine slightly ahead of Russian River as my favorite brewer for hoppy beers.

WeisGuy, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev -18.8%

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a clear, darker straw-gold color with minimal white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma isn't too powerful, but is slightly spicy with some bitterness in there. It is light-bodied with generally light carbonation. Taste-wise it is slightly bitter with some citrus and somewhat astringent pine. The aftertaste is bitter and somewhat yeasty too. Personally I thought this tasted really good at first, but I tired of it rather quickly. Seemed to be a bit too much yeast in it, and I suppose it didn't impress me overall. Not a bad beer, but it pales (pun, haha) to Alpine's other similar offerings.

mithrascruor, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%

A big thank you to johndoe8 for sharing the west coast san diego beer week wealth!

Appearance: Perfectly transparent and a slight shade more yellow than a goldfish body. Crown is 2 fingers, slightly off white (hop oil / buttery color), shows good retention and loads of lace!

Smell: Very piny with a bit of grapefruit pith and tangerine over a hint of pale sweet malt.

Taste: Lots of tropical notes up front...pineapple, mango, and tangerine. Soon followed by a bit of resin and a mildly hoppy finish. Very low on the bitterness....citra hops perhaps.

Mouthfeel: A touch chewy for a medium bodied brew but slightly undercarbonated for my liking.

Drinkability: The 2L growler to the head was no problem. This one is extremely drinkable.

What a great American Pale Ale!

koopa, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

Happy birthday, Matt! Oh, and thanks, Chris! This has spent 2 weeks in the growler already, lets see how it is.

Crystal clear sun-kissed gold with a billowing, off-white head that has exceptional retention and lacing. Just perfect. And the nose? Jeez. Pure hop nectar. Plenty of pine, moderately resiny, grapefruit and a slew of tropical fruit aromas. Sweet, ripe pineapples, blood oranges, tangerines, just beautifully rich and layered. The hop profile probably makes me think of Duet more than any other Alpine beer, but with less bitterness, maybe?

The palate is outstanding. Opening with a big, bright hop flavor, there's tropical and citrus fruit galore. Pine isn't particularly prominent, this has plenty of tropical and citrus. Bitterness is moderate-to-low, allowing the flavor to dominate. Oranges and grapefruit with a definite pineapple character, the full hop flavor is rounded off with a resiny feel that ties together all the flavors. Light in body with soft carbonation, this beer has a long, dry finish that's moderately resiny and quite fruity with a mild bitterness, allowing this to be an insanely drinkable beer.

Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention it, but there's no malt character present, but given that this is a hoppy beer from Alpine, that description is rather unnecessary, isn't it? But I kid. There's a little bit of a light biscuit/cracker-like malt flavor, but it does nothing but provide a brief respite from a wonderful hop character. Thanks a lot, Chris. This makes 99% of the IPAs out there superfluous. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite Alpine beers yet, probably up there with Nelson and O'Brien's IPA. The last beer I drank a growler of, solo, in one sitting, was Younger. And that's very high praise.

DefenCorps, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%

Huge, huge, HUGE thanks to mday for this. After multiple unanswered ISOs, this gets delivered to my doorstep announced. Glad I got to experience at least part of your California trip.

Pours a moderate yellow-orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. Nose brings forward some really nice tropical, floral, and citrus notes. It seems like they've crammed every single hop variety into this one and then balanced them all out perfectly. The taste is similar with some really well defined hop notes. I got the most out of the tropical hops, though Amyliz4 got more from others. This is just stupendously well done with a beautiful balance between bitterness and drinkability. This is probably the best APA that I have ever had. Thanks again, Mike--I really owe you one.

Thorpe429, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of slayer3604
4.53/5  rDev 0%

THIS is a great little beer...Not the biggest on the block, not the gnarliest but very clean, and well balanced.
Pours a golden haze with a white head with some nice lacing and tiny ropes of co2 rising to the top. Smells like STRAIT UP tropics....mango, pineapple, pommegranite???? So many awesome bright fruit smells along with a sweet piney aroma. Tastes light and maybe even a little too much so...for a beer of this size, there is a LOT going on in it. I'd put Nelson over this one but thats just MHO. ALSO I could drink this for days.

slayer3604, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%

Chilled growler into a glass. Yeah, I killed it alone, shut up, Roger.

Thanks to Chris (largadeer) and Ted (chswimmer) for grabbing it for me.

A: Pours a clear, golden-tinged peach body that is capped by 2" of fluffy, off-white head. Retention is great, and the beer deposits tons of sticky, white lace down the sides of the glass. Great look for a pale ale.

S: Tropical citrus all the way. They took pains to refrigerate this growler for the 5 days before I got it, and the aromatics really show. Fresh-cut pineapple, passionfruit, jackfruit, mango, grapefruit, tangerine. I could go on and on listing tropical fruits that only my girlfriend actually eats. There's a small touch of pine as well.

T: It has a light biscuit malt presence, just enough to give it some body to offset the huge hop flavors. As noted in the nose, it's tropical citrus all the way. It's not very bitter at all; a nearly clean flavor, in fact. Some small pine flavors are noted, but they barely offset the residual biscuit malt, and absolutely pale (ha!) in comparison to the citrus varieties.

M: Light-bodied. It's not crisp, but it has enough cleansing carbonation that the next sip (and many dozens after) are as fresh as the first. The right balance of residual sugar to offset the hop flavors and prevent this from tasting like watery hop juice.

D: I killed a growler. 'Nuff said.

Is there a better pale ale out there?

Arbitrator, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

Gobzilla, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of JRhode
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

JRhode, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of jamex
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

jamex, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of graymoment
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

graymoment, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of OlieIPA
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

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!

OlieIPA, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

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..

HalfFull, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

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).

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of stawn
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

stawn, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

largadeer, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Overlord, May 24, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

HopHead84, May 24, 2010
Photo of Sm00thHoperator
5/5  rDev +10.4%

God this pale ale has to be the best in the world. Forgot zombie dust go for this! So Cal residents only though so come on down and join the fun!

Sunset orange in color with tropical mango and pine aromas. Taste follows the nose with a velvet mouth feel.

Sm00thHoperator, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at tha Joint - Alpine, itself.

Did it again. Alpine all up in it and they did it again. Close, but so far. Raul lives close, but yet so far!

Nothing but clean. All kinds of clean. Your sister after some pert plus kind of clean. This almost shouldn't happen; it's too good!

Now, Zombie this isn't, but lets be real; like your girlfriend in high school whom "stuffed" herself, Zombie is trying to deceive us also. (You're not a Pale Ale, Zombie!) Anyway...

Just sexy. So smooth, so smooth! And sexy. Ruff ruff!

RaulMondesi, Jun 05, 2013
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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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