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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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309 Reviews
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Reviews: 309
Hads: 2,013
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 683
Gots: 267 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber golden yellow with a large two finger head of sturdy froth.

Huge pine and resinous notes with citrus and tropical fruit aromas sneaking through.

Grapefruit, mango, pine, resin, and slight dankness.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, herbal, resinous.

Overall, beer of great quality, but could be so much more.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beer is exceptional. Juicy fruits and citrus all in your face, so amazing. The taste is lightly sweet, nice bit of pine, with a light bit of mango and peach, before a nice bit of dank piney finish that lasts in your mouth. Just a great beer, could only imagine what the true alpine iteration would taste like.

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

poured a 22oz into snifter. GF version Best by date 3/18/16.

A - Very atractive clear golden orange with a perfect white 2.5 finger head. Frothy, light, excellent retention and spotty lacing. This earns it a perfect score.

S - As expected very hop forward with a big resinous and piney aroma. Citrus and light sweetness are added to an herbal scent. It is definitely potent and wonderful.

T - A forward blast of citrus and pine. Not very tropical for me and the sweetness is a lacking a bit to help ward off all the bitter hop notes. Grapefruit pith and some herbal undertones, but mostly pine.

M - Lighter with superb carbonation, but it is very dry on the palate from all the hops.

O - Very tasty, but I guess I prefer a more tropical type of IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a lighter orange tinged golden with a half finger white head atop.Tropical fruits and mown grass really stand out in the nose,the hops really jump out at ya.For a "smaller" beer the hop profile is fantastic,tropical fruits,grass,even a bit of sweet onion,not much bitterness but it's there in the finish.I could drink this all day,a hophead's "session" ale even at 5.25%.

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Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green flash bottle. Amber-gold (a bit light), very light haze, sticky looking 1.5 fingers of head. Citrus and piney hops on the nose. Plenty on the tongue as well. Some light sweet malts coming through and maybe a touch of honey. Great stuff, especially considering it says "session" right on the label.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, very pale , no gold or amber hues, bone white fluffy head

S: Mixture of very dank resin, very subtle stone fruit, some pine. Pungent

T: Bold upfront bitterness (IPA like), which lightens then lingers on the sides of the tongue. Little to no malt.

F: Bright punch of bitterness, mellows in midmouth, then finishes crisp and bitter.

O: Very solid IPA/Pale Ale hybrid, especially if you are looking for a bold dank beer!

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A crisp, zesty nose features a nice combination of citrus and floral bouquets. On the tongue is a mild, pithy bitterness perched atop a modest malt backbone. This one is content to vacillate from fruity to grassy to herbal, and I'm OK with that. Solid beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Green Flash bottle, best by March 18th 2016.

Stellar looker. Deep bronze with excellent clarity. Hints of orange hues, and even red tinges of copper when held up to the light, even getting darker surprisingly. Fine streams of pinhead carbonation from the bottom. Off white head, thick and rich with slightly creamy to soapy bubbles in a good large three finger size head. Small retention but controlled and settling real nicely to a good finger height.

Fantastic hop aroma. Deep dank notes, hints of tropical warmth, herbs, a mix of sweet green minty like spice as well. Juicy but also dry with this earth green warmth and spicy character that is just inviting. Mouthwatering bouquet, juicy and rich, with incredbile complexity but also real balanced. Spectacular nose.

Palate hits with a big hop splash. Dry herbal earth tones hit first, nearly drying and pulling out the palate. A good juice flavor manages to bounce it back though and continue some decent malt sweetness for counterbalance. Aftertaste is a big surprise. Slow hop aroma and shooting wood and pine burn that creeps out of nowhere. Palate manages a bit on the wet side but with supportive qualities, but tends to wash out in the mid, and dry like an ashen fire on the finish. Big black spiced pepper notes as well, and does have a bit of a session IPA like feel, but with far more malt backbone and in the pale ale territory.

A real nice brew and take. This was more than I expected and it really delivers.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a Carmel orange with a one finger tan head. A little lacing. Some carbonation also. The perfect citrus hoppy smell. Crisp, clean citrus burst with the great bitter hoppyness backing. The funk comes out a little more than expected for an Apa. My first Alpine Beer makes me understand hy all the hype.

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Photo of markcp
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear golden orange color. Piney, resinous, and spicy hops jump out of the glass. Sweet malt backs it up. So much flavor and body for 5.25%. Reminds me of Zombie Dust.

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Photo of TPiwaron
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose on this beer is ridiculously good. For a 5.25% ABV, this beer packs a bucket-load of hops. I smell pine, I smell citrus, and then I need to take a sip. Would definitely buy again if I can find it in Milwaukee.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Classic golden ipa color.
Ripe tropical fruits and piney.
Pick up ripe tropical fruits along with citrus and finishes with a nice pine bitterness.
Medium light mouthfeel.
Quenches my hop crave, refreshingly good

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber.

L: Pours a golden color, one finger white head.

S: Amazing nose, with fresh pine and citrus.

T: Very refreshing, crisp with a good blend of hops, crisp with pine, grapefruit, and citrus.

F: Mouth feel is crisp, with a dry wash down.

O: Overall, fantastic pale ale. West coast feel, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of hophugger
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing golden-orange in color with a finger and a half of very frothy white head an sticky, spotty lacing. Aroma is dank with lots of pine, citrus rind, pineapple, nectarine and peach. Taste is bold with pine resin, oranges, bitter pineapple, stone fruits an other assorted fresh citrus. Mouthfeel is good, with the citrus, citrus peel and massive amount of hops balancing very well. Finish is strong, slightly bitter, and definitely reminds you again about the large mount of hops present...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.
The taste is dry and metallic bitterness with a solid bitter finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's really good.

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Photo of FranklinPaine
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a growler. This is a very assertive and flavorful "session" IPA! I love the bitterness that is almost astringent but has a fresh, citrusy, piney, and toasty flavor that makes it very drinkable. The mouthfeel is clean with tight carbonation. It has a super clean bitter finish that refreshes the palate and begs for more. A great session IPA. Another great recommendation from CW at City Growler!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright, golden orange coloring with a flurry of carbonation in the body and a fluffy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of wet, dank hops resin forward, with notes of pine, wet grass, grapefruit, lemon zest, and candi sugar. Very balanced and very hoppy nose. Flavors are very hop forward, bitter and resinous, with a solid blend of pine pitch, cannabis, and wet grass. The hoppy notes are balanced by a sweet and tart blend of citrus fruit, heavy on grapefruit and orange, with candi sugar highlights. Smooth, bold bodied, with a solid aftertaste of hoppy, resinous notes and citrus sweetness. The finish is smooth, slick, and dry, with a hoppy linger. Amazingly balanced and damn tasty!

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Photo of Budlum
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy shade of golden yellow topped with a creamy white head that left lacing all down the glass. The nose is vibrant and loaded with citrus, but a bit muted. The flavors are amazing, fresh resinous delicious hops with a background sweetness and black pepper. Awesome. The feel is spot on and lively to match this amazing palate.

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Photo of JemhidiahSSJ4
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got a 64oz growler of this from a gas station in Sidney, OH. Was just tapped and I will be going back tomorrow for a refill before they blow it. Looks great, smells great, taste great. Sessionable APA teater's on the IPA range. Would definitely advise to at least give it a try!

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Photo of Lazhal
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Green Flash version of this from a Crowler. Opened the same day as filled.

A lot of reports indicate the Alpine version is much better. Based on my experience, I agree with this assessment.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually get this on draft but first time getting in a bottle and enjoying at home. Finally, Alpine bottles in NorCal. Best by date: 18 MAR 16F15282. What is crazy is that the label calls it a session IPA. I always known it as a pale ale.
Look: Soapy bubbles and amber.
Smell: Citrus and Piney.
Taste: Really dank! It's a piney hop bomb.
Feel: More carbonated than I like and big bitter bite that lingers.
Overall: It's still a solid pale ale. I just remember it being more memorable on draft. Score should be higher.

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Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a slim 22 oz brown GF bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 18 MAR 16 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal light amber with 1-2 finger light beige frothy head with decent retention but disappointing lacing.

S: herbal earthy onion/garlic, dank Columbus almost meaty aromas, grapefruit pith, and mild floral character

T: tasty but dominated by the earthy onion/garlic but not in an overbearing fashion. Grapefruit and resin push in. Bitterness is moderate. Maltiness is a bit player.

M: very smooth, light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly sticky but mainly rounded

O: enjoyable and atypical with herbal character leading the way but with typical grapefruit citrus and resin flavored carry through. Unique beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear pale amber; bearing a strong resemblance to light copper. The overall appearance is fairly attractive and good-looking; giving off a nice preview of what to expect from the beer's body.

The beer smell is good with a strong hoppy note to it. The hop bitterness comes off a nice pine note with a slight resin quality to it. The malt is fairly overpowered but is strong enough to give a slight sweet honey note.

The beer taste is much better than the smell. Even though it's fairly simple, the notes are strong enough to present a good experience. The hop bitterness from the smell is definitely present in the taste with the same pine and resin notes with the pine being the strongest. The malt is also slightly stronger, so the honey sweetness is more present and takes a little bit of the edge from the hops.

The feel is pretty good. It's a light bodied beer that is smooth with a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting that can cut through grease without leaving your mouth too dry. Recommend.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color with oodles of tiny carbonation bubbles erupting from within. A quarter inch of eggshell white rests on top. Moderate lacing. I smell light hoppy notes. There's a brief piney hop wallop. Light malt and honey notes are present in the fade. The mouth is very crisp and smooth.

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aurora Brew Works in Buffalo after Zwanze Day at the Blue Monk.
Poured into tasting glass(don't judge, long day of drinking).
Golden orangish color, a fair amount of white fluffy foam.
Citrusy and dank aroma. Flavors followed suit.
Incredibly drinkable, could have drank multiple, but was in no condition to do so.
Great beer, enjoyed very much.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.