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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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world-class

644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
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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Ratings: 644 | Reviews: 116 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

CelticAleMan, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

tbeq00, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerHunter76, Oct 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

jacewg, Jul 11, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

jvillefan, Aug 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

BAsbill, Dec 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

waddellc2, Jun 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

BeerBucks, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

anteater, Dec 15, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

brystmar, Feb 06, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

jmarsh123, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DaveHack, Jun 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -35.3%

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!

MbpBugeye, May 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Paccamacca, Jun 17, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

GJ40, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Oct 22, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

100th review.

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

A: Pours clear light golden with a half finger of snow white head which disappears pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Rich but subtle pine, pepper and spice, citrus, some tangerine.

T: Lots of hops, bright blood orange, mild pine and grapefruit peel, finishing mildly bitter.

M: Medium body and lightly carbed.

O: Light, refreshing, and lots of flavor in this very drinkable pale ale. Hoppy but not a hop bomb. Another light but flavorful ale from Alpine.

pmarlowe, Sep 24, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%

wethorseblanket, Sep 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

savagepm, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ricecracker420, Jun 14, 2014
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.