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:
#565
Reviews:
494
Ratings:
2,856
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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630
Gots:
525
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,856 |  Reviews: 494
Photo of Ahypercube
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BWED
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 -1.2%
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 Nitty703
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grapeshops
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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%
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%
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 TheCrowsEye
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryguy1510
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 jkermitj
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenP1961
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SiepJones
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ronl12
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gspeer711
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,856 ratings