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Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

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647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 699
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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Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: medium sunny color, near white finger of head, nice lace.

Aroma: grapefruit and citrus, pine resins, light cracker malts, floral.

Taste: grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, pale malt sweetness, pine notes.

Mouthfeel: light, crisp medium carbonation, refreshing.

Overall: ridiculously easy to drink and some serious hoppiness!

EgadBananas, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

mhaugo, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bpfrush, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Holland, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

BMart, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

kscaldef, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev -11.7%

UncleJimbo, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Florida9
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, deep golden yellow in color. Forms a small to moderate sized white head that reduces down to a fairly thick and bubbly surface coating. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is predominantly of Citra and citrus hops mixed with toasty grains and a weedy dankness.

T: lighter bodied, but still full flavored. Toasty grains and citrus, slightly earthy, and a mild herbal quality. Not dry, but not sweet either. Medium finish.

M: On the the lighter side. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness

O: This is a very fine beer. Very well balanced, great flavors, hoppy, yet not at all overdone. Quite drinkable. Glad to hav tried it.

Florida9, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

warnerry, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Alex by way of ArthurPendragon!

A - Pours golden yellow, white frothy head, large bubbles remain here and there, some spotty lacing, and a thin cap on top.

S - Lemon-esk piney hoppy goodness, citrus, pine, slight dank. So so good...the hops is just straight forward, slightly dry, lots of cirtus.

T - Lemon-peel, citrus, pine, hops, bitterness. Straight forward but just well-done and excellent. Really hard to put into a review how good this really is...seriously, get some.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing, perfect carbonation, really f'n good.

D - Wow...just....wow. An awesome APA and right up there with RR Parking Violation. Drinks like an IPA without the ABV. Must get more and if you haven't had it yet, please get you some. A must-try.

Sean9689, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap

O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Hazy golden orange and yellow. Thin white head. Some lacing, but not as much as I was expecting.

This beer smells like hop heaven. It's an absolutely, unmatched, perfect smelling pale. The hop aroma on this is massive--orange, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine--WOW!

Taste falls in line right behind the nose. Bitter enough, but the bitterness never gets in the way of the terrifically pungent citrus and pine flavors biting and wrestling with the tongue--just delicious!

Medium bodied.

The perfect pale ale. It's astounding that so much hop flavor, aroma, and character is packed in to this sessionable, pitcherable, gulpable 5.25% pale ale.

ehammond1, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C'mon, I can't believe I never reviewed this!

A - Light clear honey, huge white head, lots of lace.

S - Skanky, dirty, musky, bad ass hops.

T - Malts take a back seat to this wonderful musky skunky hop offering.

M - Medium to light, good balance and carb.

D - And only 5.25? Oh, session time!

srandycarter, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of koopa
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A big thank you to johndoe8 for sharing the west coast san diego beer week wealth!

Appearance: Perfectly transparent and a slight shade more yellow than a goldfish body. Crown is 2 fingers, slightly off white (hop oil / buttery color), shows good retention and loads of lace!

Smell: Very piny with a bit of grapefruit pith and tangerine over a hint of pale sweet malt.

Taste: Lots of tropical notes up front...pineapple, mango, and tangerine. Soon followed by a bit of resin and a mildly hoppy finish. Very low on the bitterness....citra hops perhaps.

Mouthfeel: A touch chewy for a medium bodied brew but slightly undercarbonated for my liking.

Drinkability: The 2L growler to the head was no problem. This one is extremely drinkable.

What a great American Pale Ale!

koopa, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

stereosforgeeks, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev -11.7%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
5/5  rDev +10.4%

millerbuffoon, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Alpine

Look: Nice golden yellow in color with a nice 1/2 in white head and great retention and lacing

Smell: Is a perfect combonation of floral and citrus hops they are in such perfect balance it almost creates a perfume like note that I want my wife to wear

Taste: Is very similar to the nose with the exception that it also has a very nice frutiness to it. Hands down the best tasting pale ale I have tried

Mouthfeel: A little less than medium body so it could use just a bit more body and perfectly carbonated

Overall: About as perfect as a pale ale can be. Absolutely loved this beer and now I am kicking myself in the ass for not getting a growler of the stuff

DarthKostrizer, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Glowing gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing as it recedes.
S - Pungent, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and a bit of cat pee, with a mild malt backbone.
T - Crisp toasted malt provides the foundation for more pungent hop flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Nicely tropical and "juicy".
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, sessionable even.
O - A really nice APA, expertly hopped and infinitely drinkable.

jsanford, May 09, 2011
Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ADTaber, May 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

IrishColonial, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ncaudle, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Overlord
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More IPA than pale ale, this brew reminded me of the Sierra Nevada Harvest series. BUT WITH THE DIAL CRANKED TO 11!

Pours gold with a hint of orange. Big white sudsy head.

Smell is a gigantic bouquet of floral, grapefruit, and pine notes (you seldom see all three together with such abundance), with a ton of tropical notes and sweeter citrus. Maybe oranges, definitely pineapple, yipes. Insane tropical notes.

Taste is just resplendent with hop character. Almost no malt or citrus sweetness to be found. Just hops everywhere. Grapefruit, both sweet and bitter varieties, fresh cut pine, some acrid lemon/orange rind notes. HOPS!

Very nice bubbly mouthfeel. Tons of thanks to a generous benefactor. Managed to guzzle the entire thing through the Lost finale, which took the edge off a very underwhelming close to the series.

Overlord, May 24, 2010
Photo of akang
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

akang, Aug 28, 2013
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.