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Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

Brewed by:
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: 459 | Ratings: 2,728
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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Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -13.8%
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%
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 -6.3%
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 -9.6%
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 +4.9%
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 -1.2%
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 -7.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -6.1%
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 -16.2%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of kalosjakar
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of April 2015. Trying it in December 2015. Doh!

Golden straw color from bottle to pint glass.
Lots of foam

Fruity hop notes, citrus, lemon.
Medium mouthfeel.

Slightly creamy head, lots of retention.
Delicious and sessionable beer. The hops are wonderful without being overpowering.

I also love how you get more of a malt complexity.

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Photo of doremite
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at meadhall in Boston. This beer has to be a shadow of its former self. Nice up front I guess, hop forward, but aftertaste very offputting and sharp. Aftertaste wore me down.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, big off-white soapy head, settles to a thin ring with some big clumps of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, pine, whiff of grapefruit and orange, note of apricot. Taste: grapefruit, pretty rindy, slightly grainy pale backing, finishing resiny with more grapefruit. Body is quite successful given the low abv and amount of hops shoved in here; does really well for a session IPA. Overall it's good and well built, though the hop profile isn't terribly exciting.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark/orange in color...clear with one finger white head...lacing is good
Smell - beautiful citrus and floral/pine hop note
Taste - Initial pine/floral hop on the front...complex hop schedule.
Feel - A nice bite...medium carbonation, but what I am amazed by is the alcohol aftertaste for a beer of this ABV.
Overall - This is a good an IPA. A step behind Alesmith from my perspective, but very good.

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

Appearance: Mildly hazy amber color with a generous-sized off white head that slowly faded. A good looking IPA.

Smell: Piney, mild fruity, and mild floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

Taste:The pine and mild floral aromas carry over to the taste. The pine notes are the dominant feature in the taste profile with some mild fruity notes coming in towards the end. The beer finishes on a fairly dry and mildly bitter note

Mouth-feel: on the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. nice mouth-feel for an IPA.

Overall: A good easy-drinking IPA.

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Photo of zac16125
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Best by: 20 April 16

A: Translucent golden orange with 3plus fingers width of slightly off white colored head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Very Nice hop profile, dank resinous notes, citrus rind and pine. Balancing pale malts. 4.25

T: Really bitter, in a good way. Tons of pine and lemon zest. Bitterness is nearly astringent, in a good way. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, very good drinkability even considering the bitterness. 4.25

O: Very nice IPA. Alpine never disappoints. I prefer some of the others more (Duet, Nelson) but still excellent. 4.25

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

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass
Appearance: Deep dark yellow, copper color, minimal head some lacing
Smell: Dominant smell is hops with hint of citrus
Taste: Good balance of bitter
Overall: excellent beer

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