Hoppy Birthday
Alpine Beer Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #26
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
96
Ranked #713
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 8.35%
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
2,873
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Alpine Beer Company
 
California, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 501 | Ratings: 2,873 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unmarked shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with a one-finger white creamy head that fades fairly quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Orange-forward citrus and resinous hops. Bready malt body adds a fair amount of sweetness in addition to the touch of caramelization.

T: Citrus - oranges and grapefruit. Resin and some dank hops, again with a good bit of sweet biscuit malts. A touch of caramel and oxidation. A moderate citrus bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, average carbonation sensation. The alcohol flavors seem to stick out a bit more than usual.

O: This was decent as it is, but I think it would have been better fresher. Despite being well within the "best by" date on the bottle (March 18, '16), it tastes like an old IPA. I'm not sure if the caramel and sweet flavors were intentional, or possible a bottling or handling issue causing some oxidation. But as it is, it lacks anything outstanding.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly less than clear golden colour with one finger white head. Aroma of ripe pineapple, mango, peach with a definite pine backbone.
Taste is more hop bitterness - pine, citrus rind, but nice malty sweetness underlying.
Mouthfeel medium but for 5.3% really seems perfect - lingering bitterness is great. Easily a beer I could drink everyday (maybe a couple on my birthday).

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +2.8%
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 dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bruno74200
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Ahypercube
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +4.9%
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 -1.4%
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 Vetbidder
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -7.2%
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 -7.2%
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 Ryguy1510
5/5  rDev +16%
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 FLima
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange color with a thick thin head with good retention and leaving good laces.
Fresh piney aroma with hints of oranges, grapefruit, honey, passion fruit, mango, flowers, guava and mild biscuit.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine, lots of spices, resin, grapefruit, biscuit malt, a good deal of mango, tea bags and flowers. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste with a long finished.
Light to medium body with appropriate velvet carbonation.
Don’t expect something unreal given the hype. It is just hard to think of an APA better executed than this one. Hop and sweetness at the perfect level with crisp piney notes on a tropical background. Huge drinkability, never buy singles!

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Photo of andrewh995
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange gold with a small white head. Smells of sweet malts, pine, hops, and citrus. Tastes of pine, bitter hops, some sweetness, and grapefruit zest. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall it really is a pretty incredible IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good IPA, I am somewhat surprised at how high this is rated. Pours a slightly hazy orange/honey yellow color with a medium sized fizzy white head. Head retention is slightly better than average and there are some thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste are both piney and floral hops with a little citrus (orange) in the flavor. Good strong smell and taste. Nicely bitter but some balance with biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is crisp, rich and nicely bitter. A very good IPA, but not necessarily a world-class brew.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

DATE: August 8, 2017... OCCASION: celebrating forty-one years of life and thanking God for them all... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... pours a sizzling copper body teaming with effervescence... the white head is thick with bubbles as well, stopping at a half-finger and holding resiliently... grapefruit, pine, mango, light caramel and tea leaves, with the promise that this is indeed well hopped but also concerned with a balanced profile... the first sip is smooth, balanced and lively enough to elicit attention... creamy as it curls around the tongue, an embrace that causes one to pull back and savor--definitely bigger than its 5.25% ABV!... the back end is memorable, with a lingering malt sensation... the body is substantial but not weighty, as a session should be, and its hops announce nicely at the teeth... the six-headed hop monster is put in its place by a caramel backbone, lasting and ringing in its strength... welcome bitterness bites at the tongue and teeth, with grapefruit, pine, lemon, bitters, and that unmistakable hop punch that makes me wish more than one of these was in the mystery mix pack I found it in... I would buy a case of this, gladly, and rank it above the last few sessions I've had--and they were good, too...

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Photo of Riff
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, clear, with about a finger of fluffy, white head that retains fairly well. Smells of citrus, pine, and a little malt backbone. Softer feel to it, medium body. Citrus is predominant, some floral notes, nice malt backbone, and a little bite to it. Pleasant beer, nothing overpowering about it, just a nicely balanced beer.

As a note, it seems to be labeled as a pale ale now, not as an IPA.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours solid gold with 1/2" head ad minimal lacing. Smells of hops, citrus, and floral. The taste is bold hops up front, very nice mix that is not to bitter and just right. Getting nice citrus notes, some floral, a decent dryness and minor bite on the finish. Overall this is a well done IPA that is refreshing and loaded with nice flavors. Finish is a little dry with mild bitterness but leaves you wanting more, very nice beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate dense, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium aromas of fresh mint and light citrus with medium light malt beneath. Medium light bodied with soft, medium high carbonation. Despite the lighter body, nice creamy smooth feel through the middle. Medium high minty and under-ripe orange citrus flavors with medium malt flavors beneath. Medium high, tangy bitterness, through the middle. Minty and herbal flavors from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with lingering mint flavors and bitterness. Well balanced aromas. Flavors are more IPA like than pale ale, but who cares....great flavors and feel and easy drinking.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 9/15/17, so guessing about 6 weeks old.

nice golden yellow body. however, the head disappears very quickly, leaving a faint ring and covering. a little agitating returns a good head, but only for a short while.

faintly pine aroma, but a more pronounced somewhat funky aroma as well. uh oh.

Thankfully none of the above has an impact on the taste, which is very good indeed. strong sharp, tangy piney bitterness. malt background can be felt.

around medium on the mouth. faintly sweet, bitter and sour on the finish.

overall, a tasty bitter, resiny ipa. appearance and aroma may be a bit sub par, but it cetainly makes up for it in the taste department.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Best before May 20/2017.
Lots of reviews already done on this one. I was lucky to pick up a few in Canada.
A wonderful hoppy IPA right up there with the best.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is really nice, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours medium hazy amber (SRM 8) producing a 1/2" off-white foam cap with moderate retention. Continuous streams of bubles rise from the bottom of the glass. Big tropical fruit aromas of guava, orange and passion fruit greet the nose. Fruit over bread crumb starts the palate with bitterness advancing in from the sides. Alcohol flavors are low and alcohol warming is minimal. Hoppy birthday has a clean fermentation character with the hops producing most of the fruit flavors. The malt character is slightly less than medium and the malt sweetness is medium. Hop flavors are medium to medium high and hop bitterness is medium high. Hoppy birthday has a medium body and medium carbonation. This is a very flavorful and easy to drink beer that is not over alcoholic. The big hop flavors and bitterness are especially appreciated

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Photo of Kinger22
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly gold color with a small white head. The smell is intensely hoppy, and the taste essentially stays the same as the scent. There's so piney and citrus undertones to the flavor, as well.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2873 ratings