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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 674
Gots: 36 | 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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California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-27-2014 01:46:11 | More by Rollzroyce21
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-03-2012 02:33:37 | More by tbone1384
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

10-23-2013 17:07:14 | More by BeerHunter76
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jacewg

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +10.4%

07-11-2014 20:33:39 | More by jacewg
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brystmar

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to afksports for sharing the growler!

Enjoyed this at least an hour after its initial opening, still had enough carbonation & plenty of head. Strong piney aroma, very full & complex. Taste is hoppy and fresh, nice clean finish.

Hoppy Bday lands safely in second place amongst APAs, thanks to the sublime Zombie Dust. Wish I could get this regularly.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2012 18:34:20 | More by brystmar
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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-15-2011 16:42:46 | More by cadaugherty
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Ultraman9000 for the growler!

Pours a clear dark straw with a big 3 finger white creamy sticky head.

Smells wonderful. Bright notes of citrus with a fresh floral scent and just a touch of pine.

Starts out citrusy. Orange and lots of red grapefruit with a touch of floral. Very hop forward. Finishes floral, bitter and dry.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

One of my favorite beers ever and I love it every time I get the chance to have it. Light and refreshing, but still loaded with good IPA flavors.

Serving type: growler

02-05-2012 17:45:25 | More by jmarsh123
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codynevels

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-16-2011 01:02:31 | More by codynevels
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

08-30-2013 20:47:00 | More by dfhhead25
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler out at ol' 'Watcher's joint on a night that lead to my demise. I got about 2.5 tasters full of the stuff. I can't say that it was really a crowd favorite amongst the tasting group.

Appearance
This stuff has a nice color, as so often Alpine ales seem to have. Its a semi hazy honey yellow, crowned with a dense, sticky head.

Aroma
I'm not really a fan of Summit hops, and this stuff brings the Summit to its peak. Green onion, dense overgrowth, the banks of a summer creek and dashes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste
The oniony stuff is strong. Someone kept saying this stuff was like liver and onions. Who ever it was was partly correct. Lots of greenery and wild flowers with lots of chive and green onion. Some pine and citrus come around too.

Mouthfeel
Not very dry, this beer is fairly smooth with a lighter body and a decent enough finish. I'd say this one has the structure for drinkablility down.

Overall
As I texted to Ryan011235 that I was drinking this my auto correct took over and I sent "Choppy Birthday". I stand by that moniker, I think its more accurate. I'm not sure why this one is rated so high... Oh yeah! Its a new Alpine tap only! Duh!

Serving type: growler

05-03-2011 01:51:22 | More by MbpBugeye
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BAsbill

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-22-2013 06:36:45 | More by BAsbill
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-09-2013 23:25:19 | More by DaveHack
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

07-10-2014 04:14:00 | More by BeerBucks
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

06-26-2014 21:19:34 | More by waddellc2
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-10-2012 18:51:58 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 12:57:56 | More by Urbancaver
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-09-2013 03:35:17 | More by kawilliams81
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jvillefan

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

200th Review!!

A: A deep golden orange color with an ivory white head that hangs around for a long time.

S: Dank hops. If you have had an Alpine IPA before you know what I'm talking about. Very very hoppy especially for an APA. There are caramel notes in the background as well.

T: A near perfect blend of caramel and toffee with pine and dank hops. The malt characters eventually give way to the hops on the finish.

M: Nice body. It is a little heavy for an APA but very smooth and sessionable. Great carbonation.

O: Amazing APA. One of the best ones out there. Worth the 2 hour drive to get.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 22:53:16 | More by jvillefan
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-15-2013 01:31:38 | More by anteater
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

03-23-2014 15:04:46 | More by greenspointexas
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-29-2013 12:30:15 | More by FLBeerGuy
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

06-09-2013 12:23:34 | More by bauermj
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled on tap at Ale Arsenal. Beautiful golden color with some haze and great lacing. Fantastic aroma with loads of tropical fruit and citrus. Flavors follows with outstanding hop complexity, moderate bitterness and a foundation of toasted malt. A creamy texture and a perfect carbonation. A flavorful and refreshing beer that's perfect for a sunny CA day.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2014 23:38:36 | More by GJ40
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

10-22-2013 23:51:51 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.