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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:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
465
Ratings:
2,749
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
20.66%
 
 
Wants:
644
Gots:
492
For Trade:
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Reviews: 465 | Ratings: 2,749
Photo of rypkr
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts delicious, finishes very dry with a departing bitterness opposite of how it shows up. Not bad, but probably wouldn't buy again given other options.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was about a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of lots of hops, citrus, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of a little bit of pine, light malt notes, more hops than you'd expect (considering the IBUs), citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange), and a hint of grassiness in the finish. A decent flavor that's more hoppy than anything else. Could have used a touch more citrus, but this is a small quibble.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, bitter finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a solid IPA, but not the best thing Alpine's ever done. Nonetheless, it's a drinkable beer.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper orange color. Good amount of of white foamy head. Smell is of citrus and C hops. Taste: citrus is the first thing to great you but it is followed by grass and fresh cut hay. A little sweet malt in there too. The perfect amount to support the 6 different hops. Which honestly I don't know if I could pick them out. But like I said I think I am tasting a lot of the C ones in this with all the citrus. Medium to light mouthfeel that finishes crisp and dry. Good beer!

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Photo of SSS
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-stayed in the bottle...hotel drinking 101
S-More on the dank side than citrus
M-High carbonation and very light mouthfeel
T-Quite bitter with a lack of sweetness to balance. The bitter hop aftertaste lingers quite a bit
O-I found this beer to be a little too bitter for my tastes with a lack of sweet balance, sorry alpine

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

L- Clear golden body, nice fluffy white head with low retention.
S- Strong notes of orange and grapefruit, and some grassy touch.
T- Starts with lots of citrus: orange, grapefruit and some passion fruit, ends in a fairly bitter floral taste.
F- Light and crisp.
O- Very good.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.75] Beer has a clouded apricot appearance. It forms about 1/4 finger of white head with some irregular bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (5.25%) and has a best by date of (07/12/2016). So it is slightly past prime - but I just got it.

S: [3.25] Musty caramel scent. Slight whiffs of lemon rind.

T: [2.50] Caramel, whites grapes, mild lemon rind. Generally flat in flavor overall. Also there is a metallic taste that lingers and intensifies as I drink it.

M: [3.00] Below medium body with lower carbonation. Both leading to a watery feel. The metallic taste is also visceral and leaves a weird feel too.

O: [2.75] This one is missing the mark all over the place. It is possible that freshness is an issue but it is 5 days past "best by" they made the number not me so they get no slack. The scent is not great and the taste is actually kind of bad - pretty disappointing. My first Alpine Beer Co. beer - I have one more in the fridge. Hoping they can redeem themselves.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Zack's house spring 2016; Deliciously fresh, pungent, fresh cut grass, a little too much bitter lingering on the finish; needs a smidge more balance for me...

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

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy white head that dissipates somewhat but sticks around.

Strong aromas of grapefruit, orange, orange zest, and pine.

Taste follows the nose with notes of grapefruit, orange, orange zest giving way to a piney sappy finish. Nice solid malt backbone gives some balance to the beer.

Feel is light and crisp as anticipated for the style. Medium carbonation gives it some bite.

Nice session IPA from Alpine. Good flavors and feel for a "light" IPA.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly hazy amber. Very thick creamy head that holds well, with big bubbles. Minimal bubbles from carbonation.

S - Strong orange peel notes, with passion fruit, grapefruit, strawberries, and a little pine.

T - Pine tree and planty. Bitterness is pretty mild.

M - Seems slightly flat. Not much burn with medium to light thickness.

O - Smell is great but the taste does not match. Not a bad taste, but a bit disappointing based on the smell. Not sure why it seemed a bit flat.

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Photo of nobodywonder
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very dank hoppy brew.

I've had it several times. Sometimes it has been amazing, other times less so. I feel like it depends on my mood if I want a very danky hoppy brew.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Big citrus aroma with some piney resin. Big and juicy taste. Hop forward with some aggressive piney hops and a nice citrus edge at the end. Overall a good beer, especially for a session IPA, which I like but not as much as your regular IPAs. More of an astringent aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of jkrich
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep golden to orange hue with a quickly dissipating head.

The aroma is very pungent upon opening the bottle: strong, bittersweet tropical fruit explodes outward. This is one the most aromatic ales I have had in awhile.

Initially straight forward in your face hoppy bitterness (in a very good way) until the ale warms a little in the glass, then some malt comes forward to temper the hops. There are faint hints of mango and marmalade.

The mouth feel is somewhat fuller than most "session" IPAs I have tried as well as a lower level of carbonation than is typical for this style; clean and well-rounded mouth feel with a faintly bitter aftertaste on the palate.

A little pricy but well worth trying - refreshing and thirst quenching while maintaining some complexity. This is more than you can ask for when drinking this style of IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Creature Comforts nonic pint glass. Label says Best By 01 OCT 16

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some random wisps of surface foam.

S- Piney hop aroma.

T- Solid bitterness with more piney hop flavor and light bready malt backdrop. The bitterness lingers and the hop character is nice, though not as long-lasting.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A solid IPA that was a bit better when fresh but I just got around to reviewing it on the sixth beer out of the sixer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 29, 2016

16.9 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep gold heading towards copper, with mostly high clarity. Maybe a touch of chill haze. Almost pure white foam, a half inch or so, short duration but leaves a residual layer of bubbles.

S – Grapefruit, a touch of mango, a bit of melon. Tons of hop aroma. Some sweet graininess as well, with light bread crust.

T – Thick, rich grapefruit flavor, along with mango and maybe some kiwi (?!). Rich bread crust provides a substantial backing for big hop flavor.

M – Pleasantly thick, medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation, enough to offset some of the heaviness. Despite big body, only mild sweetness, countering substantial hop-bitter bite and creating great balance.

O – A great beer, at session strength but with a DIPA’s power of aroma and flavor.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely golden hue with a robust and frothy snow white head. The aroma of this beer is its money maker. Tropical fruit, pepper, lemon, earth, citrus. Basically, name a hop note and you'll find it here. All working in delectable assonance, like a choir of Kazoos with perfect pitch playing the "hallelujah chorus". The flavor is quite refreshing. You get a mild malt sweetness up from, but this quickly gives way to a lingering bitterness, not unlike the rind of a grapefruit. The only aspect where this beer begins to fall flat is the mouthfeel, which like every session ipa I have ever had is watery and weak. That being said, this is by months, yards, years, and bounds the best session ipa that I have encountered.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed deep gold color with about two fingers of white that stays for close to ten minutes. Better than average lace.
Smell is dank and fruity hops with some bready malt.
Taste orange zest light grapefruit piney resins and slightly dank herbal. Malts are there but are over taken by the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with ample carbonation. Finish is dry long and bitter.
Overall if there were a separate style for session IPAs this would be world class.
Must love the bitter! Cheers!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden Amber colored clear beer with a. White head that dissipates quick
S - very piney, herbal, dank, garlic/onion, clove, grapefruit and citrus rind in the back
T - follows the nose, piney, herbal, dank, garlic/onion, ganja, clove, grapefruit and citrus rind
M - nice and light, alcohol covered, aftertaste is grapefruit peel, bitter
O - damn fine session ipa, I'd drink a bunch of these, which i probably shouldnt do, but I guess that's the point:), would buy again if I could get it easily

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

355ml bottle bought from Light House Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a nice crystal clear golden copper colour. White head with coppery hints poured big thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges, limes), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery notes...

Taste - Tart fruits (grapefruit, oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by light caramel sweetness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...

M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... extremely quaffable brew at 5.2%

Overall - An excellent straight up IPA... very quaffable. Recommended...

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Photo of ppvora
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Ordered a 10 oz. draught at a local beer place. Came to my table in a snifter.

Lovely orange color with mild aeration. No head, but that could be due to the fact that maybe it sat for a minute or two before it was delivered to my table.

Aroma: Mild barley, lots of hops, pine and citrus.
Taste: Lovely taste of noble citrusy hops, but not too strong. Many other flavors in the background including a tiny bit of cloves. The care of selection and blending of hops comes through.
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness but not in a bad way -- in a pleasant way.

Overall: This may turn out to be one of my favorites -- just a tasty, complex, lovely beer!

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

Deep gold to pale amber in color, a bit hazy, a good amount of head.

Robust hops and pine are mixed in with citrus.

Similar to the nose, the hops are present throughout the taste with with some malt to round it out

Medium mouthful and carbonation. Finish is dry, bitter, and lingering.

In my mind, this pretty much defines a west coast ipa. It is simple and hop forward. Not my cup of tea but a strong example of the style.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally broke down and got one. Pretty much in my wheelhouse for beers: can taste the hops without thick annoying booziness. Just a good drinkable beer that actually tastes like beer and not some sludgy over alocholed mess....Will definitely get again. Solid stuff.

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Photo of Hallu
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

By now I think I've tasted 4 or 5 session IPA. I've disliked them all. They were all watered down version of a real IPA. This isn't. Finally someone who does a session IPA and does it well. The smell is very powerful, very tropical, fresh. It's similar to the Omnipollo Zodiak, except instead of ginger it's more lychees. The taste is all West Coast IPA though, very malty and piney. If no one tells you it's a session IPA, you probably will never guess unless you're told beforehand it's an Alpine. It's less powerful than other beers from the Californians, but I find their other beers TOO powerful... So in the end, it's my favorite brew from Alpine. It reminds me of what Modern Times is doing: nothing too harsh, just a complex mix of hops in order to get interesting flavors. Other Alpine beers are too simple, just guns blazing, hops and no surprise. This one is different. Nice job.

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Photo of leantom
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Alpine offering and I have to say that I am very impressed. I had been searching for this one for over five years and finally had the opportunity to try it yesterday. Here goes:

A: Clear but slightly hazy orange. Head and lacing are mediocre but the body carbonation is good.

S: Superb. Like a pine forest (smattering of grapefruit too, though). Some caramel malt, but this one's a pine bomb. Great, albeit simple.

T: A little light, but still exquisite. Pine, some grapefruit, caramel malt.

F: A little light as well, but goes down perfectly. Sufficient body and good carbonation.

O: I'm very happy to have tried this. Excellent.

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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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