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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 708
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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...

DoubleJ, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer appears straw yellow and slightly hazy. The head is thick and white, displays lasting retention, and leaves ample lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma...wow. One of the best aromas in a pale ale I have ever experienced. This would give any IPA more than a run for its money. Fresh hops and a blast of varied citrus. The flavor is absolutely phenomenal. This is perhaps the most drinkable and enjoyable <6% beer I have had the pleasure to sample. Perfect? Ya, pretty much. My highest recommendation.

Huhzubendah, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -11.5%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. It poured a very bright, golden amber color with a thin but sticky white lacing covering the top of the beer. Great lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma has some great topical, fruit punch like flavors to it. I get pineapple, each and mango all coming out. There is a little bit of a creamy orange presence to it as well. It's very hoppy and vibrant. Great aroma overall.

The taste also shows a lot of tropical fruit notes to it. Peach, pineapple and mango are again all there. In the finish I get a little more of a resiny, grapefruit bitterness coming out. It's very bright, juicy and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was an awesome beer. It was very hoppy and bright but at the same time light, refreshing and drinkable. What is really outstanding about this beer though is all that flavor is in a beer with abv in the low 5% range. Great beer overall.

billab914, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Kelp, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden color, plenty of clarity, white head, decent, nice, dissipates in an average amount of time. Good hoppy aroma, nothing like some of the other Alpine dry hopping (Expo, Duet, Nelson) but damn good nonetheless and better than 98% of apa's out there. Props for not being afraid to use Summits.

Barely a malt presence, lots of hopping, very easy to drink. Lemon forward, was not expecting that, although nice to use a descriptor other than grapefruit or pine for once with something hoppy. Good carbonation, not a lot of complexity out of this one, but all my favorite pale's save SNPA are pretty straightforward, and that's a good thing in this reviewer's book. Bitterness held in check.

A very good beer, wouldn't say its deserving to be in the top 100, but the way the brhos changed the list, rare and one time new releases are bound to jump into the list at the expense of more time tested and available stuff. I'd put it midway through my top 10 pales.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +10.6%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5/23/2010

Thanks to Terrance for bringing this growler over. The beer appears transparent golden with a frothy two finger cap, good retention, and scattered lacing.

The aroma is an intoxicating combination of hop scents, with notes of pine resin, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, orange pith, and a bold floral character. The hops are incredibly aromatic and fresh in the nose.

The flavor exhibits a moderate bitterness, with notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Alcohol is not present in the taste. Again, the hops are fresh and vibrant. Malt character is nonexistent to my palate. Hops, hops, ...hops!

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with an upper moderate level of carbonation. The drinkability is insane. Highly recommended. Though a pale ale in name, it's essentially an IPA. I hope they decide to brew this again. Awesome stuff.

HopHead84, May 24, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Pint Glass.

Thanks to Bdige for sending this up to me.

A - Pours a bright, lighter orange with a one finger cream-colored head. The head fades to a thin layer pretty quickly and a few spots of lacing were left on the glass.

S - Citrus, pineapple, orange, tropical fruit, pine.

T - Here the Tropical fruit is up front followed by more pine and grass.

D - Average carbonation and body, a touch bitter.

O - Great! You can't ask for much more than this.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From 500mL swingtop growler to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/12
*From notes

-- A big, epic thanks goes out to billab914 for hand filling a small growler for me to enjoy, as I couldn't make our tasting. A very generous gesture from a good friend and a classy Beer Advocate. Cheers, Bill! --

A: Clean 24k gold. A soft pour yields a minimal head and lacing, which I wholly credit to this being hand filled the night before.

S: Really wonderful stuff. A big wave of juicy West Coast hops put a vice grip my nostrils. It really comes off like one of the big boys, ala a true Left Coast American IPA.

T: Bready malt plays a firm role in the development of the overall profile here. This beer is so well balanced, as the luscious hop character really finds a foot hold and never lets go. A long, tropical finish with bite.

M: Again, I must reference the fact that this wasn't served under the most strict of circumstances. It's a tad bit flat and flabby. There's still a mild amount of carbonation, but it's not prevalent. On the plus side, the texture is nice.

O: What a killer APA. They don't make many like this: a low ABV hop fest. Though I still find 3F's Zombie Dust a better entry (and one of my all-time fav's), this is certainly no slouch. One of the most flavorful beers under 5.5%. Worth seeking out, and heartily recommended.

Rhettroactive, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

drummermattie02, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -6%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

growler from the brewery - thanks to poneill - long overdue review

Pours a semi-hazed golden yellow with a nice fluff of white head on top. Retains with a layer of film and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Strong explosive scents of juicy hops, tropical fruits with orange and pineapple. Bitterness with some tempered sweetness and lighter malt.

Crazy amounts of hops up front, wild juiciness and fruit. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit all swirl around. Exceptionally bitter from the hops, but followed by a mild malt base. This tempers the bitter and sweet flavors as the beer finishes with bitter hops and a refreshing tingle.

Medium lighter body, decent carbonation, dry and refreshing while drinking. This is easily the best super hopped session ale I've had, and it easily surpasses stuff like SD County Session, GF Citra, and others. I wish I could have this all summer.

xnicknj, May 21, 2011
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.25/5  rDev -6%

GraduatedCashew, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A fresh growler provided by Alex, drank from a Cigar City snifter... The body is a bright dark clear gold with a beautiful off-white head. The head rises a few fingers and settles with a nice cap, decent lacing. Crystal colors and contrast, looks great... The aroma is very sharp, at the most basic level its a mixture of catty/dank and sweet amarillo like hops. Other notes of pine and lemon, very good. Its sweet but dank... The taste isn't as sweet as the nose, more of steady hops throughout, not super bitter though. Light grapefruit on the front. This is an apa that tastes like an ipa but drinks like an apa. Has to be one of the most flavorful drinkable 5% beers out there. The aroma is outstanding, well worth trying. The aroma is more of 4.75 and taste is more a 4.25.

jrallen34, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bsuedekum, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one at an impromptu Hobo Tasting #7 which turned out to be a good time in an Ingles parking lot out of the trunk of my Audi with my AR-15 in-check to keep the haters out! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and a very subtle roastiness. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew just plain excellent in all aspects. I have been wanting to try this one for QUITE some time and glad that I finally was able to. The nose on this one was nothing short of excellent. The flavor, well balanced and excellent in all aspects. If you haven't gotten your hands on this one before it is definitely worth seeking out. You won't regret it!

thagr81us, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to spycow for sharing this at DLD.

A - Hazy golden colored beer with a foamy white head that left some nice looking spots and lace on the sides.

S - Great hop smell including citrus that is not too grapefruity, pine resin, and some nice dankness that isn't moldy. The pale malt character keeps from being too sweet and is pretty near perfect.

T - Explosion of hops with sweet citrus and tropical fruits balanced out by bittering resins. Very hop-forward APA, but exceptionally well balanced with its malt backbone. One of the best, if not the best, hoppy APAs I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied, active carbonation, bitter, but clean, finish.

O - Awesome beer, great to drink pretty much anytime, anywhere. Wish I could get this regularly, awesome.

AgentZero, May 15, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy birthday, Matt! Oh, and thanks, Chris! This has spent 2 weeks in the growler already, lets see how it is.

Crystal clear sun-kissed gold with a billowing, off-white head that has exceptional retention and lacing. Just perfect. And the nose? Jeez. Pure hop nectar. Plenty of pine, moderately resiny, grapefruit and a slew of tropical fruit aromas. Sweet, ripe pineapples, blood oranges, tangerines, just beautifully rich and layered. The hop profile probably makes me think of Duet more than any other Alpine beer, but with less bitterness, maybe?

The palate is outstanding. Opening with a big, bright hop flavor, there's tropical and citrus fruit galore. Pine isn't particularly prominent, this has plenty of tropical and citrus. Bitterness is moderate-to-low, allowing the flavor to dominate. Oranges and grapefruit with a definite pineapple character, the full hop flavor is rounded off with a resiny feel that ties together all the flavors. Light in body with soft carbonation, this beer has a long, dry finish that's moderately resiny and quite fruity with a mild bitterness, allowing this to be an insanely drinkable beer.

Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention it, but there's no malt character present, but given that this is a hoppy beer from Alpine, that description is rather unnecessary, isn't it? But I kid. There's a little bit of a light biscuit/cracker-like malt flavor, but it does nothing but provide a brief respite from a wonderful hop character. Thanks a lot, Chris. This makes 99% of the IPAs out there superfluous. I'd have to say this is one of my favorite Alpine beers yet, probably up there with Nelson and O'Brien's IPA. The last beer I drank a growler of, solo, in one sitting, was Younger. And that's very high praise.

DefenCorps, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. the aromas were just like most of other IPA's consisting of a great hop profile, pine, grass, citrus grapefruit, slight pineappple, and some good malt prssence. Upfront the hops and pine flavors were the stara with citrus grapefruit and slight pineapple co-stars. even though it was pretty hoppy the malts did come thru to balance out the hop bomb which was is really a pale ale;great job. the brew was light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a nice slight sweet but bitter hop crisp finish. it drank very good and IMO can become a epic session beer chiilin in the hot socal summer sun.

Gobzilla, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

eawolff99, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -17%

kscaldef, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

illidurit, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

enelson, Jul 08, 2014
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.