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Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,840 |  Reviews: 488
Photo of sweemzander
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gerred
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HipCzech
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("best by 08 Feb 17") poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with a billowing and lasting head of slightly off white bubbles. Spotty lace.

Smell: Citrus, pine needles, caramel and garlic shoots.

Taste: Lean malt body with plenty of hop notes: melon, citrus peel and savory herbs.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, light bodied IPA that isn't light on hops or flavor.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company "Hoppy Birthday"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Best By 228FEB17"
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Note: They have new labels, and this is listed as a pale ale at 5.3% ABV

Look: Slightly hazy deep amber colored body beneath a frothy head of white. Particulate is visible in suspension, most likely from dry-hopping.

Smell: Bright and fresh. Piney, earthy, herbal, resinous and citrusy over a caramelish malt base. Exactly what I expect from a west coast American pale ale.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with the malt stepping forward. Remarkably well-balanced between malt and hop, and sweetness and bitterness. There's a dollop of malty sweetness up front, threaded through with some orange-like fruitiness, and then it becomes caramelish and more piney, finally finishing dry and bitter with more orange and plenty of residual pine and resin.

Feel: Medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

Overall: A gleaming example of the west coast American pale ale as it used to be, taken up a notch with extra hops. Superbly rounded, balanced, and polished.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MMOSNN
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattflippin
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CervezaNY
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PUbeer
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near perfect pale ale - hits all the notes I come to expect in a well constructed west coast hoppy brew. Golden pour with a puffy head. Leaves a nice trail of lacing as you drain the glass. Aroma of fresh cut pine and ripe citrus. So inviting. Taste is orange rind, grapefruit, melon, pine layered on a crackery malt chassis. Nothing too acidic or tart. Moderate carbonation and crisp citrus combines to end each sip with a pop. Perfectly imbalanced pale ale.

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Photo of AzIpaGuy
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: herbal for a moment, then pine;

T: earthy up front, then herbal through the middle; pine comes through toward the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a really good session IPA; there was a discernible malt presence throughout;

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Photo of robebo44
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vitaminsteve85
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Herbal pine needles, slight peppery dankness

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA, but the smell rubbed me the wrong way. I loved the taste, which I believe was nicely piney, but I could not get past the smell. It's likely a me problem.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Globe, and beyond it's best by date. 2nd time I've had it, and although this one is over a month beyond it's best by date, it is still really good. It has a very nice piney character in the flavor. To quote a previous review @SFC21: "In the context of session IPAs ... this is at the head of the pack."

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Photo of SFC21
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the most flavorful "session" IPA that I've had to date. I generally don't care for the style as session IPAs tend to taste more like hop water, but this brew manages to avoid that problem.

Huge fluffy white head that laces the glass all the way down. The nose isn't too powerful but light tropical fruits are there.

Tons of hop flavor assault the palette on first sip. Light tropical fruits, like pineapple and papaya, pop as well as some medicinal notes. This beer maintains incredible balance given that it is only 5.25% ABV.

Overall, if rated against regular IPAs this beer would more than hold its own. In the context of session IPAs, however, this is at the head of the pack.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy Birthday pours a foggy fire-orange with a finger of off-white head. Head retention is solid. Lacing spider webs around the glass, at least at the start. Aroma is all hops, while remaining more on the subtle side of IPA hop aromas, perhaps that's the "session" part of the label. Hop notes include orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. A little resin hop stick is also there. Flavor profile is hops throughout, but all in a muted, tuned-down version. Orange, citrus, lemon zest, and biscuit malt all come through. It's a well-tamed birthday party, with not one note sticking out much more then the others. Combine it's balance with it's simplistic notes, and this would be an easily sessionable beer. It is on the bitter side of the spectrum, so that should be accounted for. Mouth feel is medium-thin, and not very filling. Overall, an easy drinking IPA, but it is on the bitter side of things. While it does have somethings going well, it isn't something to go googly-eyes over.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ALPINE can do no wrong in my beer book.
A) Not much of a looker. Clear mid amber with mid carbonation and a short white head, leaving only a little lace.
S) Moderate and complex ,varied aromas of tropical fruits on the nose—mangos, grapefruit, maybe apricot.
T) The taste follows nose, continues with complex flavors of grapefruit, mangos, stone fruit, grasses, and dank pine, the latter being most prominent as it warms. A Caramel malt base also ripens in the finish balanced by the right level of bitterness.
F) Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels more like a stronger IPA, making it one of the most flavorsome Session IPAs.
O) Complex, rich, multi-flavored. Try 6.

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

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,840 ratings
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