Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

69 IBUs

Added by HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

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Reviews: 419 | Ratings: 2,574
Photo of HopBomb515
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dull orange with a big white head and tons of lacing. Big hoppy nose. Notes of light pine, dank, light floral hop, grapefruit, and citrus piths. Medium feel, great body for the abv, lingering bitter finish and slightly dry. Really nice pale ale with an amazing level of hoppiness. More pale ale than session ale, in all fairness.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz capped bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass.
"Strong" session IPA at over 5% abv, but who's counting. If you're a "hophead", this is the type of session IPA you want, lots of different hop flavors and aromas in a hop forward, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Big soapy white head that rapidly recedes into a thin film. Aroma is faint citrus and mango, strong pine, a bit astringent. Flavor is some malt up front with a bitter citrus pine finish. Overly bitter and thin. 5.25% is not session strength. A fine beer, but there are better actually session strength hop forward beers out there.

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Photo of exposd
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offering from Alpine Brewing! Very drinkable session IPA with great flavor behind it. As the name gives away, this beer is heavy on the hops for a session ale and the aroma and flavor of the beer are smooth and delicious. Pours a golden color and has a nice head and lacing retention on the glass. This is a great beer for summer since its lighter and so drinkable but I like it any time of the year for just a refreshing, hoppy, smooth, west coast style Session.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of April 2015. Trying it in December 2015. Doh!

Golden straw color from bottle to pint glass.
Lots of foam

Fruity hop notes, citrus, lemon.
Medium mouthfeel.

Slightly creamy head, lots of retention.
Delicious and sessionable beer. The hops are wonderful without being overpowering.

I also love how you get more of a malt complexity.

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Photo of doremite
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at meadhall in Boston. This beer has to be a shadow of its former self. Nice up front I guess, hop forward, but aftertaste very offputting and sharp. Aftertaste wore me down.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, big off-white soapy head, settles to a thin ring with some big clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, pine, whiff of grapefruit and orange, note of apricot. Taste: grapefruit, pretty rindy, slightly grainy pale backing, finishing resiny with more grapefruit. Body is quite successful given the low abv and amount of hops shoved in here; does really well for a session IPA. Overall it's good and well built, though the hop profile isn't terribly exciting.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark/orange in color...clear with one finger white head...lacing is good
Smell - beautiful citrus and floral/pine hop note
Taste - Initial pine/floral hop on the front...complex hop schedule.
Feel - A nice bite...medium carbonation, but what I am amazed by is the alcohol aftertaste for a beer of this ABV.
Overall - This is a good an IPA. A step behind Alesmith from my perspective, but very good.

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Photo of IKR
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mildly hazy amber color with a generous-sized off white head that slowly faded. A good looking IPA.

Smell: Piney, mild fruity, and mild floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

Taste:The pine and mild floral aromas carry over to the taste. The pine notes are the dominant feature in the taste profile with some mild fruity notes coming in towards the end. The beer finishes on a fairly dry and mildly bitter note

Mouth-feel: on the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. nice mouth-feel for an IPA.

Overall: A good easy-drinking IPA.

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Photo of zac16125
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Best by: 20 April 16


A: Translucent golden orange with 3plus fingers width of slightly off white colored head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Very Nice hop profile, dank resinous notes, citrus rind and pine. Balancing pale malts. 4.25

T: Really bitter, in a good way. Tons of pine and lemon zest. Bitterness is nearly astringent, in a good way. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, very good drinkability even considering the bitterness. 4.25

O: Very nice IPA. Alpine never disappoints. I prefer some of the others more (Duet, Nelson) but still excellent. 4.25

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

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass
Appearance: Deep dark yellow, copper color, minimal head some lacing
Smell: Dominant smell is hops with hint of citrus
Taste: Good balance of bitter
Feel:
Overall: excellent beer

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darker than I was expecting on the pour. Citrus on the nose and on the pallet. Also some dankness towards the end. Great to have Alpine available in MA

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Photo of Mdog
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold, filled with particles, good head.

Smell: Danky then some citrus/grapefruit rind.

Taste: Assertively bitter/hoppy, dank/vegetal mixed with citrus rind bitterness. Moderate body.

Overall: Glad to try another Alpine beer here in MN. I'm not the biggest danky hop fan but this beer had enough citrus and malt body to compose a good beer. Probably would be better in 12oz format instead of bombers.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Now I got that Altered Images "Happy Birthday" song stuck in my head, which is actually a good thing since that song kicks ass.

Pours dark yellow bordering on a very light amber, with a wispy white head that don't stick around too long. Smells hoppy, obviously. A very nice, fairly unique hop profile that plays pretty well against the grassiness that's all too common in session IPAs.

Tastes aggressively verdant and crisp. Really an amazing hop profile, and I just like it more and more with each sip. Centennial and Nelson are quite pleasant, along with some more tropical varieties. It starts with piney centennial, and then the middle and end are a blend of spicy Nelson and fruity Citra. There's other stuff in there, too, that I'm not erudite enough to recognize, but good god, that is one perfect hop profile.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

The color is a slightly hazy with a nice orange/gold. There is a finger of foamy white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is floral with some a sweet flowery essence in the nose. There is some nice aromas of fruit with some hints of grapefruit and lemon and also hints at a slight cinnamon aroma mixed in.

The taste is hop forward from the start with a spiky hop flavor that is bitter at the edges and has a grassy flavor with some slight citrus flavor. There is a juicy orange flavor that comes out first on the second and third sip. A bitter hop flavor comes quickly forward and swipes at your tongue toward the end of each sip. There is a great hop juice flavor that mixes bitter earthy flavor and quenching fruit flavor that washes away some of the bitterness that tries to build in the back.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is quite smooth going down. It really has roots in bracing bitterness but also changes to a fruit flavor that also brings a cleansing watery feel that prevents bitterness from making this beer unpleasant.

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Photo of ebak92
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My favorite "session" IPA. Very hoppy, just strong enough and refreshing. For reference, my palate, my all time is Pliny the younger, then Sculpin line, then Alpine, followed by Russian River and Stone.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Let it be known that the Hunter digs this beer. Whether it's an APA or IPA is up for you to decide. Rusted orange when held to the light. Head retention and lacing are fair. Smells of sugared grapefruit, Wimbledon grass, spruce cones and spearmint. Taste is pretty spot on with the grapefruit, orange zest, and lemon peel. Feel is prickly, and semi-dry. Has that tongue smacking bitterness I speak of frequently. This is a nice beer, overall. I would seek this regularly if it were available to me with more regularity. I may grab another growler tomorrow. Cheers.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, best by date March 18, 2016 printed on the label. My first beer from Alpine Beer Company, though apparently my version is brewed by Green Flash. 'Green Flash' etched into the glass bottle, though the label says brewed and bottled by Alpine Beer Company, San Diego, California.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice golden orange body, typical of an IPA, with a finger of good frothy fluffy white head that leaves excellent spotty lacing.

S - Huge herbal hop nose. Dank and delicious smelling. Floral, fruity, & citrusy. Smells like straight up West Coast IPA goodness all around, which is impressive considering the lower abv. Fresh, soapy, & floral.

T - Taste follows the nose: very fresh, fruity, herbal, floral, & dank, especially at such a moderately low abv. Piney, herbal, earthy, & citrusy.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Very easy-drinking stuff, light-bodied, and sessionable.

Overall, a nice sessionable IPA. Very West Coast style. Lots of flavor packed into this one for such a moderate abv. Recommended.

Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday -----4/5.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Main Pub in Manchester. Very enjoyable pale ale with a hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Flavor follows the nose. Nice body for a pale with a some hop bitterness on the finish. Would take this over pretty much any session IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with about a two inch thick foamy head that sticks around. You immediately smell the hops and the citrus you also get a grapefruit smell. The taste is great citrus taste grapefruit and a bitter piney after taste. Light body good carbonation tingles your tongue. Overall an outstanding beer!!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the beer distributed by GF, bought locally in Birmingham, AL. I have had several Alpine beers through trade and this was one of my least favorites. It was too bitter for a session IPA at least by my tastes

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle dated best by 5/17/2016 into snifter.

A: Crystal clear golden orange with 2-3 finger white head. Decent retention and leaving some light lacing.

S: Grapefruit and bright citrus mixed with floral hops and pine. Some light toasted malts lingering.

T: Grapefruit with some light lemon and orange. Fresh pine and light cracker malts.

M: Medium body with above average carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles with a prickly mouthfeel.

O: Very enjoyable IPA. Nothing crazy outstanding but very solid.

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Photo of dsruble3
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy, more gold than orange, off-white head

S: Citrus (Grapefruit) and Floral (Pine)

T: Starts with the Citrus and Finishes with the Pine, Medium Hoppy

M: Lighter Body, Felt it was more carbonated than others but still pretty easy to drink

O: Nice flavor, decent

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Spiegelau ipa glass from a Green Flash bottle with a best by date of Mar. 18 2016. Consumed 11.28.15.

A: Sunset orange glow, light haze with strong showing of effervesce. Chalky colored white head, one inch has a good duration. Foamy band lace.

S: Wet tropical notes with a fresh wet citrusy-grapefruit balanced by toasted bread and grains. Mid-level offering, short duration.

T: Citrusy-grapefruit bite of hops for flavor is crisp with lemony orange highlights. Fresh pine and toasted grain backing with flowery dry pine hopping. Bready, dank herbal hops, with hints of dried tropical afterthoughts.

M: Light to medium fullness, edgy with good carbonation, light creamy toasted maltiness with a nice alochol breath on the swallow.

O: Respectable hop levels, easy abv% of 5.2 offering. Do not know if this is considered a session ipa, ipa, or pale ale as listed here. Toasted maltiness, good piney dry hops, very good tasting and drinkability. Would rate this outstanding per intent of style? session ipa, very good for ipa, and oustanding for pale ale if that helps.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Marz Brewing tulip out of a 22 ounce Green Flash-imprinted bottle, Hoppy Birthday is little more one-note than I was expecting, especially given the reviews here at this forum—which is not to say that note is bad, but nonetheless a factor that keeps this Alpine issue just out of the upper echelons of IPAs (session or otherwise) for my tastes.

Big funky wet-moss notes on the nose, along with wet hay and pine sugar, introduce this golden-brown supine beast of humuline heft. Head is quite decent but quick-dissipating; lacing is solid; effervescence looks nice, but is pretty negligible on the palate, leavening little the licky-sticky texture of this ale, seeing it drink more like a full-on IPA than the session-sized IPA that was Alpine's putative intent. Still, those pure heart-of-hop elements—green flowers and freshly-cut grass, dew on lichens, thyme and wet sage and bay leaf—buoy and keep it true to its central premise, with substantial supporting rôles filled by the very dry and husky (if very sticky) malting, the nice bite at the tip of the tongue from said malt (so long as the beer is still cold), and the piney, woody sugars.

Still a very good—if perhaps not great—beer, held down by a bit too much viscosity and a bit to shallow set of flavors—both of which press this ale, for my tastes, out of the "session" IPA set. But Hoppy Birthday is nonetheless tasty, hits its marks intensely, and does—true to its wonderfully whimsical label art—suggest a cake baked purely out of hop cones.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.