Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely golden hue with a robust and frothy snow white head. The aroma of this beer is its money maker. Tropical fruit, pepper, lemon, earth, citrus. Basically, name a hop note and you'll find it here. All working in delectable assonance, like a choir of Kazoos with perfect pitch playing the "hallelujah chorus". The flavor is quite refreshing. You get a mild malt sweetness up from, but this quickly gives way to a lingering bitterness, not unlike the rind of a grapefruit. The only aspect where this beer begins to fall flat is the mouthfeel, which like every session ipa I have ever had is watery and weak. That being said, this is by months, yards, years, and bounds the best session ipa that I have encountered.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed deep gold color with about two fingers of white that stays for close to ten minutes. Better than average lace.
Smell is dank and fruity hops with some bready malt.
Taste orange zest light grapefruit piney resins and slightly dank herbal. Malts are there but are over taken by the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with ample carbonation. Finish is dry long and bitter.
Overall if there were a separate style for session IPAs this would be world class.
Must love the bitter! Cheers!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden Amber colored clear beer with a. White head that dissipates quick
S - very piney, herbal, dank, garlic/onion, clove, grapefruit and citrus rind in the back
T - follows the nose, piney, herbal, dank, garlic/onion, ganja, clove, grapefruit and citrus rind
M - nice and light, alcohol covered, aftertaste is grapefruit peel, bitter
O - damn fine session ipa, I'd drink a bunch of these, which i probably shouldnt do, but I guess that's the point:), would buy again if I could get it easily

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Light House Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a nice crystal clear golden copper colour. White head with coppery hints poured big thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges, limes), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery notes...

Taste - Tart fruits (grapefruit, oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by light caramel sweetness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...

M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... extremely quaffable brew at 5.2%

Overall - An excellent straight up IPA... very quaffable. Recommended...

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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 Slack
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold to pale amber in color, a bit hazy, a good amount of head.

Robust hops and pine are mixed in with citrus.

Similar to the nose, the hops are present throughout the taste with with some malt to round it out

Medium mouthful and carbonation. Finish is dry, bitter, and lingering.

In my mind, this pretty much defines a west coast ipa. It is simple and hop forward. Not my cup of tea but a strong example of the style.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally broke down and got one. Pretty much in my wheelhouse for beers: can taste the hops without thick annoying booziness. Just a good drinkable beer that actually tastes like beer and not some sludgy over alocholed mess....Will definitely get again. Solid stuff.

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Photo of Hallu
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

By now I think I've tasted 4 or 5 session IPA. I've disliked them all. They were all watered down version of a real IPA. This isn't. Finally someone who does a session IPA and does it well. The smell is very powerful, very tropical, fresh. It's similar to the Omnipollo Zodiak, except instead of ginger it's more lychees. The taste is all West Coast IPA though, very malty and piney. If no one tells you it's a session IPA, you probably will never guess unless you're told beforehand it's an Alpine. It's less powerful than other beers from the Californians, but I find their other beers TOO powerful... So in the end, it's my favorite brew from Alpine. It reminds me of what Modern Times is doing: nothing too harsh, just a complex mix of hops in order to get interesting flavors. Other Alpine beers are too simple, just guns blazing, hops and no surprise. This one is different. Nice job.

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Photo of leantom
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Alpine offering and I have to say that I am very impressed. I had been searching for this one for over five years and finally had the opportunity to try it yesterday. Here goes:

A: Clear but slightly hazy orange. Head and lacing are mediocre but the body carbonation is good.

S: Superb. Like a pine forest (smattering of grapefruit too, though). Some caramel malt, but this one's a pine bomb. Great, albeit simple.

T: A little light, but still exquisite. Pine, some grapefruit, caramel malt.

F: A little light as well, but goes down perfectly. Sufficient body and good carbonation.

O: I'm very happy to have tried this. Excellent.

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice clear yellow gold, weak head, decent lacing. Nice piney smell with some floral notes. Taste was nicely hoppy and piney, with a bit of bitterness. Good beer!

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Amber color with decent head that diminished to a thin film. The aroma is pine and pungent hops. This beer is full of that same flavor, bold hops with pine and the grapefruit. The mouthfeel is resinous and full. A great IPA, especially for a session

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Photo of ordybill
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky golden color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is pine, citrus and malt. The flavor is world class and it is full of citrus.

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Photo of anon
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden/copper hue. Lots of carbonation on the pour. Small off-white head with decent retention, fading to a pool of foam. Lacing is minimal.

Heavy pine resin and hop oil scents. Hop overload on the tongue; again, pine resin and hop oils come through strong, just a hint of dankness and some floral, herby, fruity notes. A bit of breadiness and a light malt backbone balance out the bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Almost feels like a heavier brew, not that that's a bad thing. More to enjoy without feeling the ABV.

A well done, hop-forward ale.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle dated best by aug 16/16. drinking it like 4 months before the best by date, but i wonder how fresh it is!?!

clear orange gold, finger of white head with nice retention and lacing.

first thing I got on the nose upon cracking this was an overwhelming dankness, complimented by earthy notes and pine. some light citrus as well. maybe a touch of tropical .... overall smells like mosaic to me, which is a wonderful thing.

taste is pretty nice, very clean and easy drinking. strongest note for me is the pine on the finish, which is well pronounced, given that its a session ... has a nice bitter bite to it. Also getting a light citrus and malt sweetness up front. feel is appropriate for the style.

overall im pretty impressed with this beer and I think its a great session... after trying pure hoppieness and being slightly underwhelmed, i had lower expectations for this one, but its pretty damn good!!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a decently rocky whit head. Smells of pine and tropical fruit. Taste is similar, along with a thinner body than expected and a bitterness that barely edges out balanced. Great "hoppy pale ale". Cheers!

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Photo of pinyin
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served 38F from the bottle into a 14 ounce goblet. No bottling date, just an enjoy by date of July 12th 2016 (F15424).

Typical west coast IPA pale ale color. Slightly copper, with a minimal amount of chill haze. Attractive in the glass and very minimalist lacing.

Nose consists of bready malts and fruity hops. Melon and mango, somewhat citrusy.

Taste is above average bitter, but balanced. Fruity and bready, with I'm going to assume citra centennial and mosaic hops. This ale is very crisp, and it finishes really well. The aftertaste is epic.

Mouthfeel on Hoppy Birthday is really nice. Smooth and clean, very drinkable ale. .Not too heavy and not watery.

Solid product overall, but at $17 for the six pack, I'll pass. Alpine just got distribution to PA, so I guess I had to try the brand out after hearing and reading good things about them, but the price point of their products is marked up 30% for some reason. I could easily purchase a fresher and very similar product from Victory or Troeg's for $12 a six pack so I won't be returning to purchase anything from the Alpine brand.

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Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, with "Best by" dating on the label.

Pours hazed lighter amber, thin off white head, leaves respectable tiny bubble film,,colar and some spoty lacing.

Pine nose flashing

Bold and flavorful, with waves of fresh tasting hops, tropical, citric, pine...a lot going on here...glad these Alpine beers are now available and distributed to my local area

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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 DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this in the mix and match section at the Local Carnivores. Score!

A - Good orange yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to mild lacing.
S - Good hoppy smell reminds me of their DIPA I had very hoppy with a sweet malt presence.
T - Herbal and bitter with a lingering bitterness that really clings to the palate. Was actually surprised how bitter this is for an APA. Pretty good balance with a good cracker and pale malts.
M - If you love low ABV and a a good lingering bitterness this beer is for you.

Overall Pure Hoppiness is still better but its still a very good hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a moderate head and some sticky lacing.

Froot loops! I'm a little confounded to not see more of this on these reviews, for me there is no other way to describe the initial nose other than Froot Loops. Also some hop dankness, then after a short period, some grassy notes emerge.

Hoppy Birthday is much less frootay on the tongue, with prominent buttery biscuit, then some light tropical bitterness following up.

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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 ale2thechief
2.82/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I am spoiled by living in New England. This offer from Alpine would be about #16 at my local 20 tap craft beer bar. The look of this beer reminds me of my youth. Very similar pour to Budweiser or miller. Clear with no head and some effervescent bubbles rising up. The flavor is fair. Little too much bitterness. No sense of hops on the palate. If I wasn't drinking Th Julius, Green etc. along with Trillium and NEBCO on a regular basis, maybe this west coast session would resonate higher, but it doesn't.

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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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Photo of Bartleby91
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pleasant golden orange color. Smells wonderful with citrus,pine and tropical fruit notes. Tastes follow with a really big hop flavor that just explodes on the palate. Alpine always is on point with their hoppy beers. Really flavorful for 5.25%.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really well made beer, great robust hop aroma. West coast all the way. Love the depth of flavor here, the hops are a heavy hitter with a decent malt presence. Punchy hops all the way through. This is post Green Flash and damn good.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,804 ratings.
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