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
Ratings:
2,825
Reviews:
484
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
514
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,825 |  Reviews: 484
Photo of bylerteck
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coopdog1000
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a fluffy head.

S - Citrus hops, piney, some notes of caramel.

T - Hop forward - citrus, grapefruit, and then balanced with some malts, bread dough, some pine and resin comes through in the back end. Feel is low to medium bodied - bit disappointed with the feel but not sure that isn't due to this brew being a bit old?

O - Solid brew with hop punch, but I'm not so sure this is the freshest brew. It says best by December, but damn it taste old to me. I'd rather see a brewed on date as my IPA freshness radar can smell a rat.

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Photo of MoeSzsylak
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BigMike
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: loads of citrus and earthy tones are picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, mango, some pine, and a earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a very tasty lower alcohol IPA. Very easy to drink this one.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light pinkish orange with a thin cap.

Subdued, fruity - maybe orange, grass and pine.

Very earthy. A lot of dry hops. Oak, bread.

Light to medium mouthfeel. ABV tastes around 6.5%.

Nice.

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Photo of Sparky44
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheChairman
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Squire123
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear light golden color with moderate white cap and lacing.

Aroma is primarily resinous hops with a darker, stronger hop underlayer that is pungent and sharply herbal. Floral scent is present in a heavier way but not intrusive, something almost spicy but with a quick cutoff.

Flavor is certainly hop forward and lasting throughout with a tapering off in the aftertaste. Malt is present and carries the hops along but contributes more to the body than the flavor. It all works together but this is a hop show and the hops do sing out. Malt appears as the brew warms and hop flavor develops more fully. Not more hop flavor but one of more depth and intensity. For all that the hops don't cross over into bitterness territory but stay within bounds which is a rather neat balancing act.

Texture is light medium but is certainly no lightweight.

Brewer says they use 6 hop varieties for a combined total of 69 IBU. This combination works well to produce a rather pleasant if limited dimensional flavor. I mean, it is labeled Hoppy Birthday so one shouldn't be surprised that it is a brew that features hops. Billed as a session ale at 5.25% it is that and a refreshing one as well. Sometimes I think a "Session IPA" may be an ingenious solution to a non existent problem but as session ales go this one works well.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EduardoGesio
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Copper-gold color with a moderate, fluffy head.
S: Aroma is piney, with lots of earthy resin.
T: Loads of pine-resin flavor, with moderately high bitterness but not enough to cover of some clean, sweet malt--in other words, more balance than many SIPAs. Clean and tasty.
M: Neutral texture, light bodied.
O: Quite decent session IPA.

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Photo of rxthree
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm loving that label art! That cake certainly looks pungent! From the bottle it pours a nice golden amber color with a moderate head and ring like lacing.
Speaking of pungent, the aroma has a dank, canabis like smell. However, there are also moderately big juicy tropical fruit and citrusy tones.
Medium light in the mouth fell and easy to drink. Hops forward, as the name implies, but also a nice taste of tropical and citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit pith. Also, a hint of a malty backbone. Moderately bitter and dry.
As far as so called session iPad go, this one is solid and I could see myself drinking more than one.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden with a decent head and retention. Not much lacing. Great beer. Nose and palate are a ton of resinous, piney hops. Clean, crisp mouthfeel and finish with a lingering resin.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Cloverleaf Tavern. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Pines, pines, pines, sums up the aroma, with an equal mouthfeel and flavor to match. Citrus florals and slight lemon spice thrown into the mix. Good stuff. Recommended, but does not make for the perfect session beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light earthy notes is enticing. Taste is dominated by citrusy notes with some earthy flavours with more bitterness then I was expecting. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Good but bitterness was more apparent than I was expecting.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krbrevard
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the real deal, plain & simple. For a session it's a little high abv, perhaps it's the grain profile. The malt to hop ratio is exactly where you would want it for a beer showcasing 6 hop variations and they are just phenomenal. First smell and swig are like a carousel of flavors. A+

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Photo of nater919
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of I3eer
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Just straight hops and nothing to balance. Hoppiest beer I've ever had and that isn't a compliment. Extremely bitter.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,825 ratings.
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