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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 201
Hads: 1,559
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 734
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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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 micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very flavorful pale.
Had plenty of hop aroma in the nose, I got citrus and some grapefruit.
The taste was very good perhaps a bit lean.
Finished with a slightly course bitterness.
Very good and welcome to the sepa area. (221 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intense hop bitterness. Mostly heavy pine. I'm wondering if the GF acquisition has eliminated some of the citrus characteristics others have mentioned. (156 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the Dive Bar in Worcester.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice hazy golden hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of light tropical notes, pineapple and mango, faint citrus, grapefruit, nice malt backbone. Pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light tropical notes and grapefruit though the malts are much more pronounced. Carmel is rather big though the finish is bitter. Lightly musty, the hops though I feel are overpowered by the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, a bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was a bit confusing. Everything was quite muted and malty. Good, but certainly not as high the ravg states.

Serving type: On tap (742 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing the birthday beer...

Mini pint poured to the brim, 6-8 oz. Bright gold with a touch of orange, rapid carb trails visible. Copious lace all around the edges, constant layer of foam present for the whole glass.

Pine and fruity citrus, though somehow slightly mellow, possibly from being a week old growler, who knows... Orange and floral notes are there and compliment the flavor nicely.

Tastes like a west coast iteration of an APA certainly, citrus and bitter resiny hops dominate a meek pale malt backbone that lends a wee bit of sweetness, though the finish is dry, resiny bitterness all the way. Light feel with maximum hop delivery. Would easily drink a couple pints of this schtuff, though it's not as unique as some of Alpine's other beers. (777 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by my buddy Romulux for our birthdays.

A: Wonderful golden hue with a nice white 1 finger head.

S: Lots of nice hop notes.

T: Great balanced hop flavor. This one is very good. Not overly hoppy, but hoppy enough to satisfy your hop craving.

M: Medium body, well carbonated and refreshing.

O: A great APA. Glad to tick this one. Thank you Romulux. (357 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into Surly stein (0.5L pour). Thanks Tom (airfoil) for this one!

A- Pours a slightly brownish translucent golden with about two fingers of white foamy head that has good retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer leaving foamy lacing along the sides. Nice consistent rising carbonation.

S- Floral hops, pine, a bit of grapefruit, grains, bready malts. Definitely fairly hoppy but a nice balance with the malts.

T- Floral hops with a little bit of bitterness, mango, a bit of pine, some grains, finishes with some bready malts, and a light lemony bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, very high drinkability, nice carbonation.

O- This was a damn good APA, one of the best I've had but definitely not the best and slightly overrated in my opinion. Nice balance, decent amount of flavor, and very high drinkability, but I still prefer some of Alpine's other offerings (Duet is still my favorite). I would drink this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way obtaining it. (984 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A light brown copper with a little gold. Poured with a finger of tan head which quickly dissipated. Some nice spider web lacing.

S: Some grapefruit citrus notes but mostly pine.

T: Very strong piney taste. Can't believe this is a pale ale. One of the strongest pine characteristic beer I've ever had.

F: Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation.

O: A great beer if you love your ipas piney. (415 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to osnapson (Reddit).

Nice creamy foamy head, nice lacing, semi clear semi hazy honey orange color.

Nose bright hops, citrus, candied orange, mild grassy earthy candied stone fruit, sweet malts with caramel and malty toasted, mild earthy hop.

Taste starts sweet again, candy caramel toasted malt, into big hops, chewy spicy quite bitter, candied stone fruit and orange zest, chewy spicy hops lingering, little dry finish, super bitter rind spicy chewy hops, little sweet malt.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy soft, nice carb.

Overall OK, lots of big hops but not a huge citrus tropical style like the big awesome IPAs of today, so it's good but not great for an APA. (689 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Alpine Pub while I waited for the ExPo line to move (it didn't move much as I drank my pint). On to the beer:

It's got a goldenrod color with a few visible bubbles running through the body. A little bit of lace does cling around as the beer's level drops. The nose is what it's all about, hops! Melons and canteloupe and pine, oh my!

No question that Hoppy Birthday is hop forward. And it's emphasized. In fact, you can hardly find the malt. Echoes of melons, crisp pine, gentle passionfruit, and orange provide a highlight reel to the palate. The very dry and bitter finish knocked a little wind out of me though.

While I did like this Alpine offering and can understand what all the fuss is about, I personally would have prefered a finish that wasn't so dry. Not that I'd refuse this beer if you bought me a round... (838 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint poured in a shaker glass at Nob Hill Bar and Grill.

Good looking beer with a bright copper color. Smells dank, floral and citrusy. That quintessential west coast aroma with a big pineyness as well. The flavor is along the same lines, dank, piney and finishing a bit weed-like. The malt lends sweetness and a bit of a biscuity feel.

It's light feeling at times and at other feels both full and filling. There are moments where it feels a bit watered-down like many a light-bodied hop heavy brew feel, but it's not bothersome here. (538 characters)

Photo of UncleEmu
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine Brewing Co. Hoppy Birthday APA
serving type: standard pint glass, on tap at St. Johns, Sunnyvale CA (July 2014)

A: Really wonderful amber littered with bright orange

S: Lots of hop dank, grapefruit

M: Semi-dry finish, medium bodied

T: Hop forward, but well balanced. The malts provide a deep and dank dish soap that isn't bitter. The pine and grass notes are gentle instead of sharp, making this quite pleasant

O: Wonderfully balanced, full of complimentary and rich flavors, really enjoyable. However, it becomes extremely bitter as it warms. Also, maybe I'm behind on hops, but there is no way in hell I would call this an APA. (642 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Drank 3 of these. Super hoppy, dry as hell. Very light body, this might be considered a session IPA. Hop flavor reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Pale Ale, which is a good thing in my book. (197 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap, pours a hazy golden with a thick, frothy white head that turns into plenty of lace. Aroma is pine initially, but citrus emerges as well. Flavor follows the aroma, but pineapple is included as well and there's a general fruity sweetness as well. It's not specific to any fruit, but balances the beer well. This is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so if you like IPAs. The fruitiness helps keep the bitter from destroying your palate, and as bitter as it was, I was surprised not to note any resiny film in my mouth. It was light, crisp, very refreshing, and at the ABV, something I could drink all day long. (614 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (603 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Besides the great name this beer also has an incredible taste overall. With a pour of hazy yellow and a thin head. Aromas include hops, grapefruit and orange. The carbonation is medium and the flavor is very sweet with caramels and citrus. The aftertaste has a little bitterness. (279 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear orange body with little head and lace that sticks around. The hops are noticeable in aroma, giving off a more citric, earth tone aroma than sweet malts can poke through. Incredibly smooth are first two words that hit me as I take first sip. Smooth, slick, but not watery, a hopped up brew that straddles between citric and grapefruit/tropical fruit hops and has touches of bread/grain hops for balance (maybe caramel). Smooth, oily, buttery, you get the gist. Easy to drink and a hoppy beer that isn't overhopped or messy, a rare thing these days it seems. Very easy to drink (596 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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... (331 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - bright gold, bubbly carbonation, thin white head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - bouquet of hops in the nose; citrus, pine, floral!
Taste - follows the nose, but brings more grapefruit!
Feel - bitter grapefruit with only a faint malt backbone; how is this not an IPA!
Overall - there's no way this is an APA and not an IPA! (373 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very mildly fogged and true amber in color. Grassy piney nose. Flavor is hoppy, of course. Earthy with grass tones. Hints of pine. It's good stuff. A bit too bridled that though. Wouldn't mind a bit more crazyness about it. (223 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Trail's End. Poured into a pint glass.

Color is gold with a thin bar head. Aroma is very nice - bright citrus and tropical notes. Flavor is similar. This is another of those "hoppy APA or light IPA" beers. Flavor is very crisp and refreshing with a mildly bitter finish. Body is medium with a clean mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer. (358 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

duet for me, was really worth the hype, this one was also really good, but less exceptional i think. less amazing and unique is for sure, but still a really trusty ipa, that i would happily drink all the time if it were available here. unique in that it finds the floral/pine specturm, while almost entirely skipping citrus. sure there is a hint of orange peel, even candied orange peel in the nose, but the flavor is like clover and pine forest, with no citrus in between. usually there is always that element there, but this is way cool in that its polleny and blooming, but also hearty and sappy. its balanced, but its big too, and although the hops drive the flavor, there is definitely a moderate toast to a fuller grain body, really really nice. i like this a whole lot, and amazing to have it on tap for the first time, but i just dont see it as one of the best in the world in its category. maybe i am spoiled, but for me, its a level below the hype that it comes with. (977 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Received with only a small amount of head, basically a sliver. I'm guessing the head was a pure cotton white. Very similar to Nelson as far as appearance goes. The body is a pale amber that looks a dull amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Also very fruity like Nelson. Citrus of orange and lemon. Some peach, almost cherry. Light notes of honey and caramel. Some mustiness that tends toward armpit and dirty socks.

Taste- Much more mellow than Nelson on the fruit notes but seems to have more of a traditional IPA backbone- much more pine and resin. Not quite as complex as Nelson but no one expects an APA to be complex though it drinks more like a lighter IPA. Lots of matchstick, some grapefruit. A bit of orange and lemon on the front. A very good pale ale but I'm not seeing the 4.55 rating at the moment. Some of the mustiness (armpit, sweat) expressed on the nose. Definitely more traditional bitterness than the Nelson which is odd for an APA versus and IPA. This beer makes me wish for the caramel and malt of Nelson and shows why that beer is ranked so high. This is a bit cold so I do need to reserve judgment until it warms up. Some caramel and biscuit starts to show through which gives this beer some much needed complexity. Has improved quite a bite as it's opened up. Much more balance and integration. I don't expect APAs to press the boundaries of great but this one is. Really good to great but closer to really good. Bright citrus starts to shine. Some grapefruit, lemon and orange peel.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. I don't know if I noticed it last time but these Alpine beers seem to have a lot of zip. Usually that would be a big negative but somehow it works.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and surprisingly robust and complex for an APA. Six bucks seems a bit extravagant for a pint of APA but this is probably the best APA I've ever had. Makes me wonder what Zombie Dust is like.

Overall- Didn't impress at first but turns out to be a more than solid beer. Between really good and great. A must try for APA fans. (2,136 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dry, bitter hop bomb. Less sweet (thankfully) than it smells. Nothing wrong with the feel, but clearly the weakest element, and given the standards set by the likes of Noble or Maine BC, subpar. (199 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at Woodshop 7. Not super fresh but way better than plenty of fresher hoppy beers out there. Sweet citric aroma with oranges, tangerines, lemons and mild stone fruit. Flavor is nice and tropical, grapefruit and orange and mango, a hint of sweeter malts in the back, dry finish and lightly bitter. (310 characters)

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.