Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Truth 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

Added by HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#958
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
2,867
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
634
Gots:
528
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,867 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy peach colour, with little carbonation and a finger of off white head.

Smells of pine, citrus, caramel candy malts.

Perfectly hoppy, pine, citrus, and caramel.

Medium, dry body with moderate carbonation.

Got this in SAC, drinking in Redding, Oct 27th, 2018. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. capped bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Great color, clarity and head retention. Nose is peach, pine, grass and a bit of tree sap bitterness. Nice hop bite in the aroma. Very fresh. Beer opens grass, tree sap and pine. Fresh, bright, bitter hop bite on the palate balanced with a mellow, malt body. Finishes with a grassy, almost zesty bitterness at the end. Great. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down aggressive and dry with a sticky, lingering finish. Great.

This was once one of the highest rated IPAs on this site... with the influx of NE IPAs, its standing has fallen quite a bit... but make no mistake, its still one of the best. A perfect example of the style.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of skalten
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Smells of tropical fruits and pine. the taste is amazing balance of the tropical fruits (lemon, tangerine) and some hops. I agree that this tastes like an IPA. The feel is refreshing, clean and crisp as is Alpine's style.

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Photo of GRBLUE12
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Advertised as a pale, I get how one can get it confused with an IPA. Intensely hopped it has aromas of chive and cannabis mostly. The resinous herbal character can also be found in the taste with a nice malt backbone. The carbonation is moderate and permits a full drinkability.

This bottle is too small, my glass is already empty!

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Photo of TeachChefs
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Holy shit, 69 IBUs in a 5.3% ale?? Now that's a session IPA. Pure Hoppiness was so damn amazing, I had to try this one too, although I rarely bother with light beers. I usually am not a fan of such nonsense.

L: Poured into a nonic pint, it produced two fingers of frothy white head with a peach tint. Thin honey amber body with perfect clarity reveals happy-looking bubble streams. A thin, even film lingers on the surface and a dainty lacing pattern decorates the glass.

S: Tons of pine literally springs out of the bottle when cracking; upon pouring, tropical fruits enter the mix, most notably mango, as well as passion, pineapple, lemon and tangerine, followed by a cold herbal presence like camphor and a touch of eucalyptus.

T: Overall impression is a G and T with mango rind and muddled pine needles for garnish. The fruity notes are an undertone in the oceanic cascade of herbal bitterness that splashes over your palate. Malty caramel sweetness is present, but in the background. Finish is tangerine, rye crust and goddamn pine.

F: Camphor/menthol coldness is notable on the tongue. Light, crisp, and refreshing. About the minimum amount of body I can stand in a hoppy ale before I lose interest.

O: This is very much like a "reduced-guilt" version of the brew I just reviewed, Just Outstanding by Kern River Brewing Co. However, it was significantly better than any of the other session ales I have tried. All Day IPA was almost passable for me, but just a little too light. I guess that ten calories makes all the difference.

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Photo of BWED
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Golden in color, with a faint haze to it. Head is just off-white and lies somewhere between foamy and creamy. Retention is great and leaves some nice lacing.

S- All hop. Mix of sweet and dry citrus. Definitely some citra, tropical notes. A bit of earth/pine/dankness. Really just about the whole range of hop characteristics.

T- The sweetness comes out in this one. Citrus with a faint pith bitterness. Light tropical notes. Sweet and biscuity malt character.

M- Body is medium, and with some nice smoothness. Finishes pretty clean and smooth, along with a mild dull bitterness to crisp out the beer.

O- Wonderful. This brewery is really showcasing the hops, and you get the full range in this brew.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Active brew. Very bubbly. Hard to tell if its the bubbles or there is a haziness. Smooth white head terrific lacing.

Inviting floral hops smell. Flavor follows suit. Biscuit malts, slight apple tartness. Crisp balance. I bight light on the back with sweet hop finish.

Immensly enjoyable, thirst quenching pale? session IPA?

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Photo of Nitty703
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grapeshops
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells tropical, pineapple mostly with some sweetness on the nose. Grapefruit pith and pine bitterness after slight initial sweetness. The slightly astringent bitterness sticks with you. This beer reads out more like an IPA to me with less attention to the malt. Well put together feel like a prickly IPA.

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Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoppy Birthday pours a light, clean amber color - carbonation is fairly minimal. Not much of a head, which dissipates rapidly.

The beer smells lightly hoppy, with some tropical aroma to it. The taste follows up with some banana ester to it. It's clean and light in texture and taste and very refreshing. There is only the slightest bit of bitterness to it - I'd almost like a bit more, but how clean it is really does recommend it.

This may be an older bottle, but I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Very sad to see Alpine distribution backing out of Minnesota - I really enjoy their IPAs. I'd drink Pliny every day if I could, but lacking that, I was happy to have Alpine. And now they're gone - unfortunate.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz draft pour into snifterloudy boasts a golden orange hue and floats a fluffy 1/8in head of white foam that quickly disippates to a little more than a few isolated whispy islands and an edge-hugging ring. With agitation sheets of lacing leg it down to the ring.

Aroma is a complex amalgamation of citrus, rind, cracker malt, and pine resin.

Flavors match with more emphasis on the malt after the piney, citrus hops clear. Bitter aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, sticky, and almost chewy with a lasting finish.

Overall solid hop bitters.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryguy1510
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic hoppy delight! From smell to taste and aftertaste the experience changes throughout the drink.. many different hop flavors and refreshing end was amazing!

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Photo of jkermitj
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenP1961
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,867 ratings