Hoppy Birthday
Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #30
Ranked #1,287
4.3 | pDev: 8.37%
May 18, 2022
May 24, 2010
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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
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4.31 by kflorence from Texas on May 18, 2022
5 by doctorgary from New York on Apr 04, 2022
4.13 by minterro from California on Dec 19, 2021
4.21 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
3.62 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by simonrgilbert57 from California

Overall a very good beer. Not much going on with the color but the head is decently frothy and laces nicely. Smell is also generally hoppy, much like the taste. Good dry hop taste in the front but it recedes a bit. Feel is good but feels a bit heavy for 5.3 ABV pale ale like this. Would recommend from one of California's best.

Feb 21, 2021
4.25 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

Lightly hazed, bright golden coloring, ivory head leaving lace, looking lovely.

Bold, citrusy aromatics. Lemon and lime, orange, and pine. floral. Incredibly fresh leafy, green hoppy nose. Beautiful.

In the mouth: a bracingly bitter entrance on the palate. Fresh hop attack, more citrusy goodness. Lean-bodied. Easy-drinking. Bitterness never quits, and alcohol doesn't stand in the way of having a few, if that's what you want to do.

Label side gobbledygook: Hoppy Birthday. "The Most Celebrated Beer in the World." 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 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."

Feb 04, 2021
4.44 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 30, 2021
4.74 by GinDC from Virginia on Nov 15, 2020
4.15 by Shanex from France on Jun 25, 2020
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
4.49 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
4.63 by Justinbshelton from Alabama on May 29, 2020
3.49 by DCH from New York on Apr 03, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GarrettB from Colorado

October 5th, 2015 - We're a little less than a month away from my birthday which was hoppy with other brews, but this would have been a fine choice for a full day of celebration. Somehow both a rusty red color but with a shade of paleness, it is a good smelling beer, with a sessionable freshness, with a fresh, shaggy malt note. It is paired with a great flavor too, with that rusty metallic note I first detected back when Killian's Red was the rage, and a brilliantly fresh flavor. Metallic and grapefruit notes give some bitterness and character, and above all, enjoyable drinkability.

Nov 30, 2019
3.66 by Stevotex from Texas on Oct 01, 2019
3.78 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Jul 26, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Eh. Nothing to chat about IMO, but drinkable.

Apr 27, 2019
4.1 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 04, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

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).

Feb 19, 2019
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Oct 28, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Sep 26, 2018
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Sep 03, 2018
4.15 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Aug 30, 2018
4.25 by skalten from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2018
3.98 by user785335 from Florida on Jul 24, 2018
3.5 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jul 14, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 06, 2018
4 by GRBLUE12 from Florida on Jul 04, 2018
4.18 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Jun 26, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bruno74200 from France

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!

May 30, 2018
4.25 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ahypercube from California

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.

Apr 24, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BWED from Colorado

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.

Apr 22, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by KomodoDragon from Virginia

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?

Apr 14, 2018
4.59 by Nitty703 from Virginia on Apr 10, 2018
4.66 by grapeshops from California on Mar 31, 2018
3.84 by eppie82 from Illinois on Mar 27, 2018
Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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