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
Ratings:
2,811
Reviews:
481
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
510
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,811 |  Reviews: 481
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Zack's house spring 2016; Deliciously fresh, pungent, fresh cut grass, a little too much bitter lingering on the finish; needs a smidge more balance for me...

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a short airy khaki colored head that quickly settles into a small ring.

The aroma is of grapefruit and peppery hops. Fairly bright.

The taste is quite grassy and bitter. Not much citrus, kinda has some resin notes. There is a touch of pineapple and a honey note from the malt that provides some sweetness.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Some sweetness on the palate but that is quickly crushed by a dry earthy bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the finish and is chalky.

Not my favorite session IPA, too dry and bitter. Not much of a session either as its over 5%.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a very smooth or balanced beer. Hits with strong grapefruit flavor which almost immediately blends into an okay bitter finish/aftertaste. Definitely isn't a bad beer, but based in this one, it's certainly not something I'd search out.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Chicago

A: Dark gold and clear
S: Malty, light pine, bready
T: Bready, light caramel malt backbone, melon, grapefruit bitterness, some pine

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Big soapy white head that rapidly recedes into a thin film. Aroma is faint citrus and mango, strong pine, a bit astringent. Flavor is some malt up front with a bitter citrus pine finish. Overly bitter and thin. 5.25% is not session strength. A fine beer, but there are better actually session strength hop forward beers out there.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper gold with a big frothy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts with some fruity floral hops with a little onion.

The flavor is a little sweet bready malt and fruit with a lot of bitter resiny onion hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation,

Overall, a nice hoppy session IPA. Good except for onion notes.

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Photo of MathiasO
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of THoffner
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

**
04/12/2016
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 CJNAPS
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eckwus
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of astringency.

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

Photo of DrewBest
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andy1125
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seanecy
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmartin75
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of TripelMark
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimmyShaker1
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrDave
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,811 ratings.
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