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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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice and brigh visually. Floral and earthy hops on the nose. Overly bitter on the palate. Thin mouth, not oily or gushed. Not something I'd come back to time and time again, but happy I got to try it. A bt expensive at $12.99 a six or $2.99 per bottle at my bottle shop.

Best by date on bottle is 07/12/16.

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Photo of delta490
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, it is a deep golden amber with a nice cap of off white head that leaves tight sticky lacing in big quantities. The aroma is primarily pine hops with subtle amounts of caramel malt and citrus hops. The taste is much the same but a little lacking in depth. The body has a nice weight and is mostly smooth throughout with just a little hops bite on the finish.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is huge citrus and pine, mandarin oranges, a little bit of caramel malt, and floral aroma.

Taste is orange peel, a hint of cream, and surprising floral flavors - maybe lavender or chamomile? Nice bitterness on the finish that meshes well with the floral flavors.

Overall, a great low ABV IPA. I've heard from others that these Alpine beers have been good but not the same since Green Flash took over. If that's the case it's hard to believe how awesome the "originals" must have been.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, citrus, herbal, and grassy hops followed by toasted, grainy, bready, biscuity, and caramel malts.

Taste: Hoppy deliciousness and balancing malt bill. Light light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear. Super smooth, delicious, and sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and light light bitterness.

Overall: Super sessionable and delicious. Working on the rest of the 6 pack. Now that we can get it here in Massachusetts, I'll look forward to this more often.

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Photo of peensteen
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazed orange colour, ring of white head and slight lace. Smell is full of citrus and pine, some dank/earthy hops, tons of grapefruit and pineapple. Taste s hoppy, stays mildly bitter all the way through, big dank and tropical flavours. Light carbonation, medium-light body. Very good stuff here, I could see this being a staple fridge beer if it were available in my area.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. Seeing "Green Flash" on the bottle seems wrong to me in some way. Best by April '16.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Lots of small particles in suspension. Less than one finger of off-white creamy/frothy head. Retention is below average, especially for the style and half a finger of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Grapefruit and pine forward hoppiness. Orange citrus and light resiny dankness underneath. Biscuity and bready maltiness with note of caramel. Seems pretty run of the mill.

3.5 T: Mild bitterness. Again hops are primarily piney and grapefruity. Mild nondescript citrus and resin secondarily. Bready malts with just a hint of caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium-medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

3.25 D: Really disappointed given this beer's reputation and my prior experiences with Alpine. I don't know if GF is to blame or not, but this is well before the best buy date.

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

Look - A light golden color. Semi hazed
Smell - Grapefruit, pine, dank, citrus
Taste - Follows the nose beautifully. Tons of grapefruit and pine. Nice citrus notes as well.

Overall - So far out of the Alpine/GF beers I've had Pure Hoppiness, Duet and this. Hoppy Birthday is my favorite among the three. Jam packed full of flavor for 5.25%. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, with a touch on tangerine. A very full white head on top, that develops a few craters, but seems to have some real staying power.

S: Big pine and citrus, with notes of grapefruit and orange peel

T: Lemon peel, orange zest, and resinous pine! They are some hops in this thing! Good amount of bitterness, with a long linger.

M: Medium light in body, with medium high carbonation. Very assertive feeling with a long lingering bitterness.

O: This is one hoppy beer! Tasty, very hop forward with loads of citrus and pine! I wish there was a little more complexity, but I guess I can settle for huge amounts of hops!

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Photo of Shippy
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Pours a hazy, bright yellow-gold with a densely bubbly cream colored head. Aromas of citrus and pine with a hint of spice. Flavor much the same with some grapefruit, some noticeable malt notes, and a little mild, lingering bitterness. The flavors are stronger than expected and very well balanced. Smooth, medium mouth feel with some dense carbonation that almost gives it a textured feel. Overall, an excellent session IPA. Lots of flavor, and the flavors work together well. I might start keeping this on hand somewhat regularly.

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Photo of jkal13
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass. Golden color. Pine taste. Hops are definitely the feature, but not overwhelming. Hint of blueberry. Very smooth, simple (in a good way) taste.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a stange

Clear, deep golden color, steady carbonation, one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of pine and citrus

Taste of pine, darkness,

Good sudsing, dryness, crisp finish

Good beer

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Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-01-16 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Clear gold. Short white head.

S - Mild citrus and floral aroma. Light malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit, pine and a touch of light peach. Nothing exceptional tasting but I'd still have it again.

M - Light body and medium carb. Dry.

O - Kind of generic tasting compared to the Hill Farmstead Citra I just had.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -11.5%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.2%
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%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.9%
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 -14.3%
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 -5.2%
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 -1.9%
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 -6.3%
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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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,789 ratings.
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