Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

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Photo of q33jeff
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pilsner glass.
LOOK: Clear Yellow. Medium white head. Not lasting.
AROMA: ash, citrus. Touch of pine, but more citrus (unlike Pure Hoppiness)
TASTE: Nice mix of citrus and pine. Light wood/hay/ash.

This is more my speed of IPA. Would rather drink this than Pure Hoppiness or (god forbid) Duet.


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Photo of Hendrick24
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Thin white head with good retention and lacing. Clear light golden color. Nose is subtle cirtus hops. Taste is bready, slightly bitter, non-descript hops, pretty good balance. A bit thin mouthfeel but within expectations for the style.

Pretty good but nothing like the quality of Alpine beers I've had from the original Alpine brewery.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, best before June 10, 2016.

Pours a translucent, pale amber with a large white head. Good retention, but no lacing on the glass. Nice looking brew. The aroma has a lot of great things going on. Right away I noticed dank, citrus, orange, and grapefruit, all from the hops. Light tropical fruit at the tail end with some pineapple shining through. This was as good as it got though, as it all kind of fell apart in the taste. That dankness from the hops was still there, but the citrus fades quickly and the beer becomes very bitter with no malt anywhere in sight to back it up. An unbalanced, bitter finish disappoints and fails to cash in on what the aroma seemed to promise. Medium-light body, soft carbonation, and a clean but thin/watery texture.

I've been unimpressed by this and Pure Hoppiness. For the prices these Alpine beers are going for, they better be a notch above the competition, and I am just not feelin' it.

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Photo of thebeers
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-gold with a finger-and-a-half of bright white head, and great lacing. Relatively restrained pine and orange aroma. Mild bitterness and a hint of orange up front in the taste, a pretty hollow middle and a bitter aftertaste. Light, but prickly mouthfeel. I don't know if I've explored the whole "session IPA" subcategory enough to stack it against other session IPAs. As an IPA or an APA, it has a nice fresh hop bitterness and is definitely refreshing, but little else going for it. Fairly boring in comparison to other hoppy beers at the same price point, IMO. Maybe if it were priced as a session beer I'd feel differently.

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Photo of jpro
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with one finger of white head that leaves very little lace. Smell is citrus rind, light resiny hops, and raw biscuit dough / wet socks. Taste has a bit of cracker malt. Feel is light - even though this is a "session" IPA, at 5.25%, this still seems thin.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe it is just me but I just do not get the high ratings for Alpine beers. This is a good beer but certainly not something I would seek out over many others. Typical hop profile, decent malt backbone and flavor. Like Duet and Nelson, I wouldn't seek out or be bothered if I never had again. So many others that are much better.

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Photo of TedStrosser
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately, had right after a Second Fiddle.

Has limited flavor and awful smell - relative to the SF.

I am sure it will grow on me as I drink it.

My third Alpine Beer and would certainly give it another try, as I would their other offerings.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden color, not quite clear. Smallish white head with pretty good lacing.

S: Great citrus hop, grapefruit and a little pine

T: A lot more pine in the taste, the citrus is not that prevalent like in the aroma. Way to much bitter, tons of bitter without the flavor punch up front.

F: Medium mouth feel, kinda nice. The big bitter lingers on the back of tongue and was rather unpleasant.

O: Not balanced, way to much bitter without enough flavor up front. Overrated.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought this brew was slightly overrated, I expected great things and only got good things. Pours kind of meh, orangish amber body with an off white head, left good amounts of lacing. Smell is both floral and citrusy, lots of orange rind, grapefruit juice, and some lemon. Taste is unbalanced, in my opinion. VERY hop forward with little to no malt to back it up: very bitter tropical juice flavors and just a hint of biscuit. I only bought a 12oz single of this, but I'm aware it comes in larger format bottles...it was a fairly pleasant sipper at 12 oz, but can't imagine drinking more than that in one session. Way too bitter and unbalanced to be truly sessionable, as far as I'm concerned. Definitely not a bad beer but didn't meet my expectations. Would drink again though.

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Photo of ppvora
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ordered a 10 oz. draught at a local beer place. Came to my table in a snifter.

Lovely orange color with mild aeration. No head, but that could be due to the fact that maybe it sat for a minute or two before it was delivered to my table.

Aroma: Mild barley, lots of hops, pine and citrus.
Taste: Lovely taste of noble citrusy hops, but not too strong. Many other flavors in the background including a tiny bit of cloves. The care of selection and blending of hops comes through.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness but not in a bad way -- in a pleasant way.

Overall: This may turn out to be one of my favorites -- just a tasty, complex, lovely beer!

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a clear, darker straw-gold color with minimal white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma isn't too powerful, but is slightly spicy with some bitterness in there. It is light-bodied with generally light carbonation. Taste-wise it is slightly bitter with some citrus and somewhat astringent pine. The aftertaste is bitter and somewhat yeasty too. Personally I thought this tasted really good at first, but I tired of it rather quickly. Seemed to be a bit too much yeast in it, and I suppose it didn't impress me overall. Not a bad beer, but it pales (pun, haha) to Alpine's other similar offerings.

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Photo of doremite
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at meadhall in Boston. This beer has to be a shadow of its former self. Nice up front I guess, hop forward, but aftertaste very offputting and sharp. Aftertaste wore me down.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on 11/25 at Cask Republic in New Haven. Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with some amber notes, decent head leaves minimal lacing. Smell is pretty hoppy initially, some nice fruit and resin there. Body is a bit different, there's a big caramel sweetness to it, very similar to a light bodied amber ale. Beer is hoppy and juicy at first but quickly gets beat by the malt as the beer warms. Hints of mint and pine near the back end. Overall a nice Pale Ale but wasn't expecting so much sweetness. In the end I was a bit disappointed with it.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a fluffy head.

S - Citrus hops, piney, some notes of caramel.

T - Hop forward - citrus, grapefruit, and then balanced with some malts, bread dough, some pine and resin comes through in the back end. Feel is low to medium bodied - bit disappointed with the feel but not sure that isn't due to this brew being a bit old?

O - Solid brew with hop punch, but I'm not so sure this is the freshest brew. It says best by December, but damn it taste old to me. I'd rather see a brewed on date as my IPA freshness radar can smell a rat.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

High hopes for this based on the ratings over time.

Taste was mid-tier IPA, solid but not nothing game changing. No distinguishing hop characteristics, seems to be a mix of the usual, pine, a touch of citrus, etc.

Feel is a bit thick on the palate, not exactly refreshing.

Overall, this a solid, but unspectacular beer. Learning it was an APA helped the score a bit, but definitely not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, pretty tasty. Slightly fruity, mainly bitter. Light. Sort of like a really good Session IPA, if that makes any sense. Not usually a fan of Session IPA's, but this is good.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap
L: Vibrant amber orange
S: Clean aroma of floral hops
T: Crisp herbal hop flavors mixed with a sweet malt backbone. Mild bitterness in the finish.
F: Medium mouth feel
Overall a good APA with herbal/floral hop character.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from Green Flash bomber into an IPA glass.

Pours very gold and translucent. 3 finger, white head. Strong carbonation is visible

Nose full of citrus fruit and piney hops. Very strong scent

Taste goes along completely with the nose. Piney/resinous hops are present. Small amount of malt. Quite bitter.

Medium light body, with strong carbonation.

Overall, a solid session IPA.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the beer distributed by GF, bought locally in Birmingham, AL. I have had several Alpine beers through trade and this was one of my least favorites. It was too bitter for a session IPA at least by my tastes

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from GF bottle. This is bitter enough to be more of an IPA than it is an APA. Very much a West coast style hoppy beer as it is overly bitter compared to what I have become accustomed to with a good APA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of than head. Never quite drops bright, great head retention & lacing

S: Bready, catty & weedy

T: Follows the nose, some much cattiness up front. A little bready, some honey malt & then tons of herbal & woody hops. Finishes catty, with a little cakeyness & with woody hops

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, skews a little bitter

Drinks alright, just not what I hoped for, None of these draft Alpine beers make me happy they sold a share to GF, based on the 4 I've tried on draft

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Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint of this one from the tap at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. It was on the newly tapped list.

The beer is a chill hazed dark yellow with a skim of off white foam.

It has an aroma of citrus and malts.

I tis nicely bitter with a touch of sour. There is citrus (grapefruit and tangerine), grains and plum.

The mouth is decent.

All-in-all a decent beer that didn’t live up to the hype (at least for me)…

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber in color with absolutely stunning clarity. You could read a book through it. Off white head settles into nothing very quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Soft notes of earthy and piney hops. Subtle hints of sliced tangerine and ruby red grapefruit too. Faint caramel malt base.

T: Earthy hops open with notes of pine and bark. Resin too. Oily. Bitterness clamps down hard. Bitter ruby red grapefruit comes out eventually. Subtle tangerine too. Malt base is grainy with hints of caramel. Bitter, oily, and clamping hop finish of pine and resin.

M: Light in body. Thinly creamy, but a bit watery really. Fine carbonation adds an aggressive scrub.

O: Impressively clean and focused, and the hop flavors are honed in very well. Malt body is somewhat bare bones and thin, but does its job. Bitterness is bitey. Pretty straightforward, but quaffable. If you're really jonesing for some hops, this can deliver a fix in a light and sessionable package. You may even need another hit to fully scratch that itch.

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Photo of SSS
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-stayed in the bottle...hotel drinking 101
S-More on the dank side than citrus
M-High carbonation and very light mouthfeel
T-Quite bitter with a lack of sweetness to balance. The bitter hop aftertaste lingers quite a bit
O-I found this beer to be a little too bitter for my tastes with a lack of sweet balance, sorry alpine

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Photo of cultclassic89
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This would be the GF brewed version, on draft.

L: Clear, orange amber color, expected carb.

S: Some bright citrus with pine, typical hop characteristics. Not much malt to speak of.

T: Pretty average here. Grapefruit, pine, bit of biscuity malt. Solid, but nothing too interesting.

F: Solid as expected, light medium with ample carb.

O: Solid, but nothing different than what you could pick up locally for most people. I expect the Alpine brewed version to be a bit better.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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