Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Hoppy Birthday - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

384 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 384
Hads: 2,369
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 674
Gots: 344 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 5.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

ruth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true.

69 IBUs
View: Beers (48) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 384 | Hads: 2,369
Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.
The taste is dry and metallic bitterness with a solid bitter finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's really good.

 227 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nonic pint at HG.

A: Served a dark golden/medium amber with a greasy and soft off-white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting collar. Sticky sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Citrus hops on the nose with scents of bitter grapefruit and sweet tangerine among other things. There's a couple leafy notes in there as well as a kiss of bready malt. Smells crisp and light.
T: Follows the nose with a solid bitter punch of citrus juice balanced by a touch of bready and toasted malt in the finish. I get hint of onion and something herbal as well. Overall very balanced and extremely smooth and easy to drink, but still packs a nice hoppy bitter punch.
M: On the lighter side of a medium body, soft and smooth carbonation that adds the right amount of chew without any bubbly tingliness. Crisp and thirst quenching mouthfeel.
O: Exceptionally balanced, creamy, and smooth. A perfect amount of light crisp mouthfeel mixed with a clean hop punch. I could drink this all day.

 992 characters

Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz crowler bought a DeCicco's.

Mango and mandarins in the aroma. Nice retention in the glass, a lazy orange colored body. Has a nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

 185 characters

Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank hops, spices and very light citrus/fruit. The flavor is hops, citrus/fruit, malts and a mix of dry, bitter and surprisingly smooth in the finish.

 160 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. Seeing "Green Flash" on the bottle seems wrong to me in some way. Best by April '16.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Lots of small particles in suspension. Less than one finger of off-white creamy/frothy head. Retention is below average, especially for the style and half a finger of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Grapefruit and pine forward hoppiness. Orange citrus and light resiny dankness underneath. Biscuity and bready maltiness with note of caramel. Seems pretty run of the mill.

3.5 T: Mild bitterness. Again hops are primarily piney and grapefruity. Mild nondescript citrus and resin secondarily. Bready malts with just a hint of caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium-medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

3.25 D: Really disappointed given this beer's reputation and my prior experiences with Alpine. I don't know if GF is to blame or not, but this is well before the best buy date.

 997 characters

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this beer is absolutely beautiful. It smells so damn crisp and piny, too. Altogether, no single element seems fantastic, but it features amazing integration and refinement. Tasting it...yep, I'm right. This beer is loaded with pine and resin, yet it finishes so dry and mellow. This tastes 7%, but it feels like 5%. My only niggle is that there's no citrus flavor whatsoever - it's all pine, flowers, and bitter. And I don't care. The mouthfeel is perfect: it's somehow full bodied yet light on its feet. Now this is a session beer! (so what if it's over 5%?) It's the best showcase of Columbus hops I've ever had, by far.

4.3/5: A killer pale ale, enough said

 667 characters

Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

683rd Review on BA
Growler to Flute

App- A vibrant little orange color with a small one finger head and lace all over the glass. For a APA such a rich color.

Smell- Like Emeril says, BAM! Aromatics all over the place with this beer. Hoppy, fruity, lush, crisp.

Taste- WOW! This was seriously good. I'm not normally an APA fan but this was so far above any other APA I was taken aback. Lush, fruity, hoppy but not bitter. Just so damn good.

Mouth- A medium body that borders on light, a carbonation level of medium that almost hit a high note for me.

Drink- Simply put DAMN! I want to drive down to Alpine and get another couple growlers after A generous BA had this at Clusterfork #6

 689 characters

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

Green Flash bottle. Best by 3/18/16. So probably 9/18 bottling date?

A: Clear orange pour, almost red in fact. Tall frothy tan head. Good head retention with a small amount of lacing.

S: Big tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus aromas. Apricot.

T: Huge bitterness bite up front. Harsh, sharp hoppiness. Loads of grapefruit. Big herbal flavor and lots of spicy pine. Big range of flavors in this one. All of them incredibly biting and bitter. No sweetness that I can detect at all. Another wave of bitterness in the finish leading to a drying, herbal, piney and a floral aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, extremely bitter and dry.

O: Hop bomb. Bitter bomb more accurately. Enormous and harsh hop flavors with lots of variety. Teeth-chatteringly bitter. I cannot overstate the brutal one-dimensional quality of this brew. It's not a big beer but "sessionable" it is not. You wouldn't be able to taste anything for a week if you drank a bunch of these.

 953 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

 336 characters

Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a slim 22 oz brown GF bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 18 MAR 16 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal light amber with 1-2 finger light beige frothy head with decent retention but disappointing lacing.

S: herbal earthy onion/garlic, dank Columbus almost meaty aromas, grapefruit pith, and mild floral character

T: tasty but dominated by the earthy onion/garlic but not in an overbearing fashion. Grapefruit and resin push in. Bitterness is moderate. Maltiness is a bit player.

M: very smooth, light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly sticky but mainly rounded

O: enjoyable and atypical with herbal character leading the way but with typical grapefruit citrus and resin flavored carry through. Unique beer.

 772 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronados

A: Golden color with a 1/2 inch cream colored head.

S: I don't even think I can begin to put the smell into words. It's absolutely amazing and the best smelling pale ale I've ever come across. Huge candied grapefruit, mango and citrus hops with a little honey as well. Perfect.

T: Somehow, the taste is just as good as the smell. A hint of mango and then a big hit of citrus and slightly piney hops. Some caramel malts balance the hops before they can get too bitter and the finish has just a touch of pine hop resin. A picture perfect pale ale. Must get more.

 585 characters

Photo of Zach136
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow, off white head with great lacing.

Aroma: Medium+ intensity stone and tropical notes. I get peach more than anything else.

Taste/mouthfeel: More citrus peel hop flavor, medium+ bitterness.

 223 characters

Photo of Florida9
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 653 characters

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best By: 20 APR 16

Mostly clear amber-tinged gold with a small, creamy head on top. Smells of fragrant, spicy-fresh hops: spruce, herbal earthiness, cannabis, and grapefruit peel. Pink grapefruit, lemon, bitter pine resin, grass, tea, and a bit of cereal sweetness. Medium-light, crisp, and bitter.

 302 characters

Photo of zonker17
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a 1 finger head. Citrusy nose with some sweetness. Great balance of malt and hops with some extended bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel for the level of sweet and not overly sweet. I can see why this beer is so well loved.

 250 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy, herbal, and dank hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront scent of ripe citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, passion fruit, and lemon. Herbal hop scent of pine resin along with some cannabis hints. Soft backing malt hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A very nice hoppy smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a dank, juicy, and herbal hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront rush of juicy citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, lemon, and passion fruit. Light backing malt hints of caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty juicy, bitter, and drying.

Overall: A really great lighter West Coast IPA. Big ripe citrus and piney hop flavors.

 1,028 characters

Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-01-16 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Clear gold. Short white head.

S - Mild citrus and floral aroma. Light malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit, pine and a touch of light peach. Nothing exceptional tasting but I'd still have it again.

M - Light body and medium carb. Dry.

O - Kind of generic tasting compared to the Hill Farmstead Citra I just had.

 374 characters

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 766 characters

Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

 297 characters

Photo of ehammond1
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

 680 characters

Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Headkeepers in Greensburg pa. Very underwhelming. Some pine and floral notes. No citrus and hops were somewhat muted in the nose. Taste had moderate bitter finish as well. Was hoping for more.

 211 characters

Photo of koopa
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

 774 characters

Photo of trevorpost
3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Big soapy white head that rapidly recedes into a thin film. Aroma is faint citrus and mango, strong pine, a bit astringent. Flavor is some malt up front with a bitter citrus pine finish. Overly bitter and thin. 5.25% is not session strength. A fine beer, but there are better actually session strength hop forward beers out there.

 355 characters

Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at TW Arrowhead last weekend for $7.99. Best by 3/18/16. Brewed and bottled by Green Flash.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is heaven, lots of fresh citrus just bursting out of the bottle.

Taste is awesome, fresh grapefruit, orange, and pine combine excellently with pale malts leading to a fresh citrus and bitter finish that is clean and not lingering.

Feel is light to medium bodied finishing clean.

Overall believe the hype, this is a solid flavorful IPA that drinks like a 7.0%abv brew. Definitely the best of the session IPA's i have had to date. Although i have no basis of comparison for this beer specifically, this rates up there with the bottles and draft i have had from Alpine directly.

 767 characters

Photo of rawfish
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter shade of amber/gold with good clarity, forms a small white half finger head with minimal retention. As you drink the lacing forms impressive rings that drop down into beautiful sheets of lace, stunning.

Pine forward, delicate and floral with some tropical notes of melons and dried mangoes. Pale malt well hidden under the hop presence.

Pale malts are a touch bready and there's some coarse grains here that come out in the drink. Hops are both floral and resinous with tropical notes of pineapple and mangoes while there's a bitter follow through that never seems to release.

Well carbonated with an average body. Very crisp and dries pretty well.

The best APA I've ever had thus far, it'll give IPAs a run for their hops to be sure. Just another wonderful example of what Alpine can do with hops, they've crammed so much craftsmanship into a beer under 5.5% alcohol.

 889 characters

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.