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:
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

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Reviews: 472 | Ratings: 2,775
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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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, pretty tasty. Slightly fruity, mainly bitter. Light. Sort of like a really good Session IPA, if that makes any sense. Not usually a fan of Session IPA's, but this is good.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color , substantial clarity to it, 1/2" white head. Plenty of aromatics, not over the top like some of the other bigger ipas from Alpine, but this is the session. . .

Super light cracker malt with barely any toasting. Lemon like hop notes and high carbonation. Mild bitterness. Very good stuff, elite session ipa stuff. Would bang in a 6 pack, the 500ml and 22oz bottles rarely make sense though.

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

looks just ok. nose is very faint floral and head is minimal. not much on the front end of the palate but mouthfeel is nice and by the mid to end palate the flavor really comes through. nice blended hop flavors and very easy drinking. this beer is more than a session and to me doesn't have that watered down session flavor. nice finish makes this beer very good but not as good as alpines other beers imo.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly floral hops on the nose, though the aroma was fairly faint to me. This was a pretty pedestrian session IPA, mostly citrus notes (grapefruit rind, orange) but watered down for the most part to make it easy-drinking. Fine for what it is

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Photo of matcris
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style.
APPEARANCE: Light orange/amber. 2 fingers of foamy, off white head that lingers and leaves quite a nice bit of lacing down the glass. From what I can see, the carbonation looks fairly mild, small bubbles slowly rising up the pint glass.
AROMA: Lots of stuff...all on the mild side. Sweet caramel malt, pine, and citrus like grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A bit of astringency, like Simcoe delivers.
TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt immediately, followed by a really mild astringency. Lemon/citrus/pineapple. And kind of a different, peppery note I would not have expected. Interesting.
FEEL: Medium carbonation, does the job. Very dry the entire way through. Medium thin body. A clean, refreshing beer.
OVERALL: Very dry, if that's your thing, most of the usual suspects as far as aroma and flavor go. A little spicy, too. Good IPA, above average for sure but I prefer Founders All Day for all my "session" IPA needs.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 1/27/16. Pours a beautiful light orange with a nice 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind some nice lace.

Smell pine, garlic, tangerine, marijuana, and grapefruit.

Taste starts with garlic, marijuana, tangerine, and finishes with Pine and grapefruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a ltitle less than medium, perfect amount of life, maybe a little dry, and so so drinkable.

Overall this is really amazing and only 5.25%. That is a lot of flavor for a beer this size.

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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 Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big citrus, and grapefruit in the aroma and taste. Some pineapple comes in the taste.

-Had a fairly fresh bottle, but the malt and flavors seemed to have an older IPA quality. Tea, or mint leaf type flavors. Dropped this beer a bit from my original 4.65 rating.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a very tasty Hoppy Pale ale, I did not get to try this before the Green Flash acquisition so I wonder how much the recipe has changed, but this has a lot of hop flavor and bitterness for a beer of only 5.25% very fresh tasting with almost no malt in the taste, excellent drinkability

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,775 ratings.
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