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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 SteveCarrozza
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Darker than I was expecting on the pour. Citrus on the nose and on the pallet. Also some dankness towards the end. Great to have Alpine available in MA

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

Appearance: Gold, filled with particles, good head.

Smell: Danky then some citrus/grapefruit rind.

Taste: Assertively bitter/hoppy, dank/vegetal mixed with citrus rind bitterness. Moderate body.

Overall: Glad to try another Alpine beer here in MN. I'm not the biggest danky hop fan but this beer had enough citrus and malt body to compose a good beer. Probably would be better in 12oz format instead of bombers.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Now I got that Altered Images "Happy Birthday" song stuck in my head, which is actually a good thing since that song kicks ass.

Pours dark yellow bordering on a very light amber, with a wispy white head that don't stick around too long. Smells hoppy, obviously. A very nice, fairly unique hop profile that plays pretty well against the grassiness that's all too common in session IPAs.

Tastes aggressively verdant and crisp. Really an amazing hop profile, and I just like it more and more with each sip. Centennial and Nelson are quite pleasant, along with some more tropical varieties. It starts with piney centennial, and then the middle and end are a blend of spicy Nelson and fruity Citra. There's other stuff in there, too, that I'm not erudite enough to recognize, but good god, that is one perfect hop profile.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 32oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

The color is a slightly hazy with a nice orange/gold. There is a finger of foamy white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is floral with some a sweet flowery essence in the nose. There is some nice aromas of fruit with some hints of grapefruit and lemon and also hints at a slight cinnamon aroma mixed in.

The taste is hop forward from the start with a spiky hop flavor that is bitter at the edges and has a grassy flavor with some slight citrus flavor. There is a juicy orange flavor that comes out first on the second and third sip. A bitter hop flavor comes quickly forward and swipes at your tongue toward the end of each sip. There is a great hop juice flavor that mixes bitter earthy flavor and quenching fruit flavor that washes away some of the bitterness that tries to build in the back.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is quite smooth going down. It really has roots in bracing bitterness but also changes to a fruit flavor that also brings a cleansing watery feel that prevents bitterness from making this beer unpleasant.

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Photo of ebak92
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My favorite "session" IPA. Very hoppy, just strong enough and refreshing. For reference, my palate, my all time is Pliny the younger, then Sculpin line, then Alpine, followed by Russian River and Stone.

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

Let it be known that the Hunter digs this beer. Whether it's an APA or IPA is up for you to decide. Rusted orange when held to the light. Head retention and lacing are fair. Smells of sugared grapefruit, Wimbledon grass, spruce cones and spearmint. Taste is pretty spot on with the grapefruit, orange zest, and lemon peel. Feel is prickly, and semi-dry. Has that tongue smacking bitterness I speak of frequently. This is a nice beer, overall. I would seek this regularly if it were available to me with more regularity. I may grab another growler tomorrow. Cheers.

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

22 oz. bottle, best by date March 18, 2016 printed on the label. My first beer from Alpine Beer Company, though apparently my version is brewed by Green Flash. 'Green Flash' etched into the glass bottle, though the label says brewed and bottled by Alpine Beer Company, San Diego, California.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice golden orange body, typical of an IPA, with a finger of good frothy fluffy white head that leaves excellent spotty lacing.

S - Huge herbal hop nose. Dank and delicious smelling. Floral, fruity, & citrusy. Smells like straight up West Coast IPA goodness all around, which is impressive considering the lower abv. Fresh, soapy, & floral.

T - Taste follows the nose: very fresh, fruity, herbal, floral, & dank, especially at such a moderately low abv. Piney, herbal, earthy, & citrusy.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, & creamy. Very easy-drinking stuff, light-bodied, and sessionable.

Overall, a nice sessionable IPA. Very West Coast style. Lots of flavor packed into this one for such a moderate abv. Recommended.

Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday -----4/5.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Main Pub in Manchester. Very enjoyable pale ale with a hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Flavor follows the nose. Nice body for a pale with a some hop bitterness on the finish. Would take this over pretty much any session IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden color with about a two inch thick foamy head that sticks around. You immediately smell the hops and the citrus you also get a grapefruit smell. The taste is great citrus taste grapefruit and a bitter piney after taste. Light body good carbonation tingles your tongue. Overall an outstanding beer!!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the beer distributed by GF, bought locally in Birmingham, AL. I have had several Alpine beers through trade and this was one of my least favorites. It was too bitter for a session IPA at least by my tastes

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle dated best by 5/17/2016 into snifter.

A: Crystal clear golden orange with 2-3 finger white head. Decent retention and leaving some light lacing.

S: Grapefruit and bright citrus mixed with floral hops and pine. Some light toasted malts lingering.

T: Grapefruit with some light lemon and orange. Fresh pine and light cracker malts.

M: Medium body with above average carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles with a prickly mouthfeel.

O: Very enjoyable IPA. Nothing crazy outstanding but very solid.

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Photo of dsruble3
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy, more gold than orange, off-white head

S: Citrus (Grapefruit) and Floral (Pine)

T: Starts with the Citrus and Finishes with the Pine, Medium Hoppy

M: Lighter Body, Felt it was more carbonated than others but still pretty easy to drink

O: Nice flavor, decent

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Spiegelau ipa glass from a Green Flash bottle with a best by date of Mar. 18 2016. Consumed 11.28.15.

A: Sunset orange glow, light haze with strong showing of effervesce. Chalky colored white head, one inch has a good duration. Foamy band lace.

S: Wet tropical notes with a fresh wet citrusy-grapefruit balanced by toasted bread and grains. Mid-level offering, short duration.

T: Citrusy-grapefruit bite of hops for flavor is crisp with lemony orange highlights. Fresh pine and toasted grain backing with flowery dry pine hopping. Bready, dank herbal hops, with hints of dried tropical afterthoughts.

M: Light to medium fullness, edgy with good carbonation, light creamy toasted maltiness with a nice alochol breath on the swallow.

O: Respectable hop levels, easy abv% of 5.2 offering. Do not know if this is considered a session ipa, ipa, or pale ale as listed here. Toasted maltiness, good piney dry hops, very good tasting and drinkability. Would rate this outstanding per intent of style? session ipa, very good for ipa, and oustanding for pale ale if that helps.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Marz Brewing tulip out of a 22 ounce Green Flash-imprinted bottle, Hoppy Birthday is little more one-note than I was expecting, especially given the reviews here at this forum—which is not to say that note is bad, but nonetheless a factor that keeps this Alpine issue just out of the upper echelons of IPAs (session or otherwise) for my tastes.

Big funky wet-moss notes on the nose, along with wet hay and pine sugar, introduce this golden-brown supine beast of humuline heft. Head is quite decent but quick-dissipating; lacing is solid; effervescence looks nice, but is pretty negligible on the palate, leavening little the licky-sticky texture of this ale, seeing it drink more like a full-on IPA than the session-sized IPA that was Alpine's putative intent. Still, those pure heart-of-hop elements—green flowers and freshly-cut grass, dew on lichens, thyme and wet sage and bay leaf—buoy and keep it true to its central premise, with substantial supporting rôles filled by the very dry and husky (if very sticky) malting, the nice bite at the tip of the tongue from said malt (so long as the beer is still cold), and the piney, woody sugars.

Still a very good—if perhaps not great—beer, held down by a bit too much viscosity and a bit to shallow set of flavors—both of which press this ale, for my tastes, out of the "session" IPA set. But Hoppy Birthday is nonetheless tasty, hits its marks intensely, and does—true to its wonderfully whimsical label art—suggest a cake baked purely out of hop cones.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Green Flash Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber with a frothy light khaki head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Floral, citrus, grapefruit, hints of tangerine, and a touch of light caramel sweetness.

T: Lots of bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon, a little pine, and a touch of light malt.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp, very drinkable.

O: Light and refreshing. For a session IPA it's not lacking in flavor, plenty of hoppy goodness.

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

22oz Green Flash bottle served in a large mug. Best By 18 March 16.

Pours slightly hazy amber with a medium sized coarse head that appears to be fading very slowly. Moderate amount of active carbonation. Smell was aggressive before I even finished pouring it. Hoppy and bright with a little fresh greens in the background, a little honeysuckle.

Taste is honey and flowers, hops and resin, a little pine. Not the hops bomb I was expecting, it's much more balanced and delicate (but still very hop forward). Hell of a slow, bitter finish that's building with each sip. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is dry and coarse. Overall, very good beer. Glad I bought it.

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

I've had this on tap at the Jersey City Barcade and am having an imperial pint bottle now.
This is more of a session IPA than a pale ale but whatever. This is punch you in the face hoppy, refreshing and tasty. If I see this anywhere, or ever see it again, I will pick it up. Dry, tart, pine and citrus. This is a beer I could drink any time. If you don't like bitter flavors this is not the place to start, but if you do, this is where to be.

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Photo of LAp
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy honey-straw color with a half-finger off white head with good retention. Nose is hops with sweet citrus fruits - tangerine most strongly. Dry, hop-forward palate, with pine notes most prominently emerging, accompanied by a mild malt undertone. Light carbonation lends an almost creamy texture to the mouthfeel. Overall, and excellent pale ale, which could just as easily pass for an IPA with its bold hop character.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a filtered, light orange color with 1 inch of a white colored head. Real nice lacing all over the glass.

Aroma, while slightly weak, boasts bright citrus, grapefruit, and some hop floralness. Like a tame version of a classic west-coast style IPA.

Taste isn't offensive by any means. It's refreshing, light, and crisp. Big punch of bitterness up front, with some nice citrus and bitter grapefruit. The bitter grapefruit pith lingers into the aftertaste. Like the nose, it tastes like a tamed down version of a generic west coast IPA. Surprising amount of flavor for the abv; I would guess it was around 7 percent if I was to drink it blind.

Overall, this clearly isn't the same beer that Is actually brewed by Alpine. Definitely like a more mild version of a generic IPA. Nothing special, but the flavors are well developed for the abv. I see it pairing well with spicy fried chicken along side red beans and rice. It gets a 85/100.

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

A fairly average session IPA. Big bitter pine and citrus with no sweetness whatsoever. The brightness of the hop presence really faded after a few sips as well.

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

Had on 11/25 at Cask Republic in New Haven. Pours a slightly hazy ruby color with some amber notes, decent head leaves minimal lacing. Smell is pretty hoppy initially, some nice fruit and resin there. Body is a bit different, there's a big caramel sweetness to it, very similar to a light bodied amber ale. Beer is hoppy and juicy at first but quickly gets beat by the malt as the beer warms. Hints of mint and pine near the back end. Overall a nice Pale Ale but wasn't expecting so much sweetness. In the end I was a bit disappointed with it.

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

A 22oz bomber with a drink by date of March, 2016

L - The perfect IPA look. Bronze, no clarity, sediment floating, 2 fingers of head and lots of sticky lace left all over the glass. Perfection.

S - Big pine and citrus hops. I am picking up Centennial for sure. Dry hopped obviously. Grapefruit and oranges.

T - Malt sweetness up front, then a huge hop bomb kicks in. But a very well balanced hop bomb. Citrus, grapefruit goodness

F -Medium body, and well carbonated. Enjoyable bitter aftertaste

O - Best session IPA I have had, bar none. I find it well balanced too with some sweet maltiness

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint brassy + golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops over the lighter aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a hint of caramel malts. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A really nice combination of hop flavors and aromas - complex and quite intense for an APA (or Session IPA). Drinks very easy and is just about sessionable. Excellent and totally worth grabbing when it comes out each year.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am lucky enough to get one of these fresh in NC. It was brewed at the green flash brewery, or at least it is in a green flash bottle. Excellent look, one of the best smelling beers I've had in a little while with a taste that backs it up. Do not pass on this!

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Photo of glass_house
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, not great APA. Was excited to finally see it on tap, but was somewhat let down. Nice and crisp, with a pleasant piney bitterness, but seemed to be lacking any kind of depth in the flavor profile. Definitely wouldn't turn one down, but wouldn't seek it out either.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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