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Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
440
Ratings:
2,664
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
20.84%
 
 
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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is an exceptional looking beer. Clear, golden orange body, a full but not ridiculous head that fades to a thin cap of white. Lacing stands out here, with lots of beautiful tiny bubbles. What you want an IPA to look like (and it is called a session IPA).

S - Lovely, dank hops, pine and resin, a slight sourness, a hint of lemon and peach, and lots of floral overtones.

T - Smashing floral and peach open, resin and sourness begin to dial up, moving to a bright hop-centric middle where the pine is king, then a close of spiky bitterness, profound and overwhelming, that fades. The trick here is that it disappears, rather than lingering, meaning you really can come back for more, despite the punishing aspect of the bitterness in the close.

M - Good carbonation, strong initial drying on the close that fades out quickly, allowing you to come back quickly for more.

O - There is no question this is a bitter one, but the brewers here have managed to create a close that fades the bitterness out completely. Rock solid IPA, and one of the most muscular session IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking, it delivers a quality drinking experience. Happy to see this in Indiana distribution.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
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 BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thing ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of fruity and floral hops up front, with some malty sweetness in the back. Very balanced

T: Follows the nose. Stars off with some nice fruity notes, followed by floral hops and malt to balance. Lightly sweet. Finishes with lingering floral notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great APA/session IPA that is extremely easy to drink while still delivering the hoppiness to cure any hop fix. Definitely worth seeking this one out to give it a shot

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Photo of ksimons
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a clear dark orange color with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lace around the edge. Smell is of citrus grapefruit some pine and light caramel. Taste is similar to the smell with grapefruit, pine, citrus, and light caramel. Medium body, crisp carbonation. Overall a very good IPA, maybe a little bitter for a session beer for me, but overall very good.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated best before 04 June 2016. Into a Lost Abbey tumbler. It's kind of strange to see this beer available on shelves in my region now.

Pours a pale, clear marmalade orange with a spotty head. Medium bubbles feed the head in a lazy fashion from the bottom of the glass.

Initially the smell is grassy with a touch of pine. A bit of grapefruit and mandarin orange zest round out the hops. A touch of cracker can be sniffed out behind all that hoppy goodness.

Your tongue is greeted with a balance between spruce and pine, and fruity citrus flavors. A little bit of grapefruit and zest. Much like the nose on this one. Graham cracker notes round out the sweeter side of this beer but aren't nearly as present as the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a drying characteristic. Some what low carboantion.

A great session IPA that I'm glad to see make it's way into my neck of the woods. Not mind boggling good but a solid, great beer. I remember when this beer was a hype machine that people were giving up whales for. Now since Green Flash has bought Alpine, I wonder if the current bottled recipe does justice to the truly microbrewed recipes of the past.

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Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A best by date of 18 MAR 16, I'm guessing a batch code of F15282 poured into a 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a cloudy deep gold with a small amount of white foam that settles quickly.

Smell- Grapefruit forward with a little pine and onion.

Taste- Bitter grapefruit, followed by some pine, washed down with a heavy malt backbone.

Feel- Starts oily and finishes bitter and dry.

Overall- A good beer, but just a bit bitter and more malt than I care for. Drinks pretty large for a session rated at 5.25 abv.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to find some Alpine brews in my local beer store.
A - Pours a murky orange color with a thick finger of white head.
S - Aroma is not strong but it's a combo of orange and grapefruit.
T - A little citrus on the front end, then bready with a bitter finish.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation.
O - Another winner from Alpine. I see BA calls this a Pale. The label and my taste buds say IPA. Well balanced, easy drinking.

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just a bit odd that BA has this listed as a Pale Ale, as the bottle clearly lists it as a session IPA. First smell is of hops and citrus, and the taste follows. Nice balance of hop and malt, with the hips and juiciness more pronounced. Nice color and head has good lacing. My bottle says brewed and bottled by Alpine, not by Green Flash. Good stuff - a really solid IPA.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a lagunitas glass.Smell is hops,grapefruit and a little orange.Taste is citrus and very hoppy.I have to say I like this very much.I think its pretty good.I would buy it again.Only thing I would do is raise the ABV.

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Photo of thebeers
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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 OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep gold low-ABV IPA is effervescent and very slightly hazy; its brief-lived medium ivory-colored head leaves fair bands and splotches of lacing. The nose is medium-big: a delicious blend of candy-like spicy florals, green pine and grapefruit. The palate leads with bitter pine and hints of soap; mid-palate the citrus emerges, along with hints of bittersweet nuttiness and a bit of bready malt. The finish is nutty and medium dry, and is followed by the onset of a grassy/piney bitterness that is quite creditable for a session IPA; it sticks around for more than a few minutes as well. The mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and not watery in the least, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Between the malt presence and the mouthfeel, Hoppy Birthday shows itself to be a well-crafted session IPA that does not have any of the weaknesses typical of its breed. (22 oz bottle, 140 days before best-by)

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle in a nonic. The "best by" date was 3/18/16 and I've had it for about 2 months so let's get to it.

Clear copper color with about a 2F head, dirty white in color. There's active carbonation and fat lacing.

Mild nose of citrus and floral hops. There's some sweet roast pale malt.

Big bold punch of citrus hop flavors. Grapefruit and orange, some lemon and tropical fruits as well. There's a touch of caramel malt that sweetens a bit with warming.

Hop tang, pleasantly bitter and bold. Juicy and pine oil hops make a nice finish.

A very good effort and result. High IBU, low abv - that's a winner.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer says best by June 10th, 2016, which is maddening considering it is December. This is a 12 ounce bottle, bottled and brewed by Green Flash

Look: the beer pours a clear Amber/dark yellow color, white lacing and some white head. Carbonation bubbles are there, but not super prevalent.

Smell: I initially got some mango, and after a swirl, some dank smells from the hops. I am not good at smelling the malt evidently. The dankness dominates.

Taste: The taste is similar to the nose: you get some tropical fruit briefly, followed by a fair amount of resin flavors.

Feel: I thought this was pretty dry and bitter, and a thin mouthfeel. Not amazing

Overall: If people complain about the GF versions of Alpine's brews, the Aloine version of Hoppy Birthday must be unreal. This is a good beer, albeit a bit thinner and less juicy than I prefer. As the beer warms, the beer becomes more tropical and a little less bitter.

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Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured from a bomber marked Green Flash into my snifter glass. It poured a lighter yellowish orange color. There are some nice hop aromas in the nose some tropical fruits and a hint of pine. The taste was a little better than average for a session IPA with some good bitterness. The mouthfeel was average. This is a good session IPA.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.67/5  rDev -14.1%
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 hoppytobehere
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, best by June 9, 2016.

This is in sixers now with wide distribution. I have had the Alpine version on tap about a year ago, yes it was from Alpine not Green Flash, and I really enjoyed it. Basically was a hoppy pale ale executed well.

This thing is a completely different beast. It's now a "session IPA". This thing poured like a soda. Fizzy bubbles dissipating faster than you can say acquisition. Aroma is decent but not the juicy hop bomb I'm used to. Way too much bitterness for a session IPA. The mouthfeel is thin as hell. Not something I'd want to drink more of. Glad I bought a single bottle of this and not a sixer at $11.99.

Green Flash is running Alpine into the ground. Fortunately for them, most people are too dumb to notice.

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Photo of do_ob
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Light golden on the pour, and settles a vibrant, medium golden in the glass. Great carbonation, great clarity, and topped off with about a finger of white, sticky foam. Modest aroma of light tropical fruit, dank pine, hops, and some light biscuity malt. The taste follows right along. This beer has some fruity highlights, but overall is more dank and pine/hop forward. A little onion on the taste as it warmed up. Very easy drinking, albeit a little more watery than I was hoping for. Still a great sessionable IPA.

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Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/4/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a white head that fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of ripe peach and mango. Some garlic and onion in the mix. Bready malts are there, but the hops shine. The flavors are sharp and clean. It has a very clean bitterness. Lots of fresh pine needles. Lots of grapefruit. More peach. Some lemon and lime zest in the mix. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but has a body to it. It's not thin and has active carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

Very nice "Session IPA". It packs a bitter punch. Good stuff.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden honey like in color, clear with a thin head.
S: Super juicy, peach, mango, pineapple, tropical notes galore....truly wonderful!
T: Similar to nose, extremely citrusy, mild bitterness.
M: Mild carbonation, dry/bitter finish, hops prickly to the tongue.
O: Bravo Alpine! Welcome to MA....this is a Trillium like beer in aroma and taste.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/21/15

A: Medium orange at the core with some tangerine and honey around the edges - some light chill haze, but mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, a small collar, and leaves spots and streaks of lacing

S: Nicely bright citrus - orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, juice, and zest - floral citrus - lightly dank and resinous, some sticky pine - lightly tropical notes with some mango and melon - leafy hops - dry, pale malts and light crackers

T: Thoroughly interesting and highly drinkable - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, oil, zest, and pith - flowery citrus - leafy, lightly spicy hoppy flavors - herbal notes, some pine, lightly resinous, touch of mint - lightly tropical, with some melon, mango, and cantaloupe - moderately bitter, with some touches of aspirin - malts are more or less nonexistent, with some hints of pale malt, light bread, and light crackers

M: On the light side of medium, mostly crisp, lightly oily, low carbonation, refreshing

O: Is there any other kind of birthday?

This is, unsurprisingly, a nice IPA (or session IPA, or whatever you want to call it) from Alpine. I think I may actually prefer it to Pure Hoppiness. It's bright, citrusy, and hovers around the 5% ABV, which I think is a rather impressive. This is the Green Flash brewed version, for the record, so I guess they are doing something right.

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Photo of DudMan
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper orange with light head and light lacing. Smells of floral and piney hops. Citrus hops dominate beginning to end. Bitter throughout. Light mouthfeel and carbonation. Decent tasting lighter ipa

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dull orange with a big white head and tons of lacing. Big hoppy nose. Notes of light pine, dank, light floral hop, grapefruit, and citrus piths. Medium feel, great body for the abv, lingering bitter finish and slightly dry. Really nice pale ale with an amazing level of hoppiness. More pale ale than session ale, in all fairness.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz capped bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass.
"Strong" session IPA at over 5% abv, but who's counting. If you're a "hophead", this is the type of session IPA you want, lots of different hop flavors and aromas in a hop forward, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.57/5  rDev -16.4%
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 exposd
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite offering from Alpine Brewing! Very drinkable session IPA with great flavor behind it. As the name gives away, this beer is heavy on the hops for a session ale and the aroma and flavor of the beer are smooth and delicious. Pours a golden color and has a nice head and lacing retention on the glass. This is a great beer for summer since its lighter and so drinkable but I like it any time of the year for just a refreshing, hoppy, smooth, west coast style Session.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.
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