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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:
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
Ranking:
#535
Reviews:
488
Ratings:
2,840
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
635
Gots:
521
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,840 |  Reviews: 488
Photo of jjboesen
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of infinitebruner
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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 zachthelaxer93
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SudsSurfer
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -4.2%
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 aufie
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crownrl28
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BrewSTL
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NHbeerfishing
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gutbuster
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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 SensorySupernova
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Hoppy birthday 2 me.

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Photo of Steve78
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev -7%
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 Eckwus
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of astringency.

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Photo of bobtaylor0414
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppvora
3.7/5  rDev -14%
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 dgherm
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,840 ratings
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