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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): 5.25%

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:
#537
Reviews:
488
Ratings:
2,840
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
635
Gots:
521
Trade:
5
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Photo of FLima
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 GlennWB
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bobbca8
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of G_Shoe
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 bnes09
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wmcgar01
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -7%
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 calebc10410
3.61/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 i080054
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jack77
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nace4
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Riff
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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 armock
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of NMA
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -0.7%
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 afroskully
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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