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:
2,815
Reviews:
481
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
512
For Trade:
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Ratings: 2,815 |  Reviews: 481
Photo of Suptfgv
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amp
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of npendres
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Roberto11232
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Userme59
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 seantelecine
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light option

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

Thirst-quenching, crisp, and hoppy. It's what a session IPA should strive to be.

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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 phizzle
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eagles22
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 cfcairns
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sanitarium16
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of sjones5045
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paullmcm25
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBonez477
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,815 ratings.
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