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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Photo of uvachief
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Golden yellow orange with a layer of off white head. Smells of hops and citrus. First sip is a little better but it cleans up quickly and finishes quickly. Little hoppy bite on the back end. Tasty and drinakble. Good ipa.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops along with some pine.

Tastes of the bright hops with a small malt base. Hops lead off with plenty of citrus and pine. Malts add a touch of caramel sweetness, but not much. A bit of tropical fruits are present in the middle. Finishes with an herbal, almost spring onion type hop flavor and some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good, hopped up pale.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is dank hops, spices and very light citrus/fruit. The flavor is hops, citrus/fruit, malts and a mix of dry, bitter and surprisingly smooth in the finish.

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

Green Flash bottle. Best by 3/18/16. So probably 9/18 bottling date?

A: Clear orange pour, almost red in fact. Tall frothy tan head. Good head retention with a small amount of lacing.

S: Big tropical fruits. Pineapple and citrus aromas. Apricot.

T: Huge bitterness bite up front. Harsh, sharp hoppiness. Loads of grapefruit. Big herbal flavor and lots of spicy pine. Big range of flavors in this one. All of them incredibly biting and bitter. No sweetness that I can detect at all. Another wave of bitterness in the finish leading to a drying, herbal, piney and a floral aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, extremely bitter and dry.

O: Hop bomb. Bitter bomb more accurately. Enormous and harsh hop flavors with lots of variety. Teeth-chatteringly bitter. I cannot overstate the brutal one-dimensional quality of this brew. It's not a big beer but "sessionable" it is not. You wouldn't be able to taste anything for a week if you drank a bunch of these.

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

Bright golden orange, clear, and billowing white head with great retention.

Cracker malt backbone with heavy pine and floral hops. Light grapefruit middle, really perfumy long finish.

Light body, crisp, really bitter.

Great beer. Sessionable and packed with flavor and aroma.

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

Pint bottle. Pours bright orange, slight haze, head doesn't last but lots of lace. Citrusy aroma, orange and grapefruit, sweet mango. Great tasting west coast IPA. Grapefruit peel is prominent with some pine and floral notes on the edges. Overall hop flavor has a dank weediness to it that lasts through the sip. Just enough malt to impart a touch of sweet in there. Light body but slick with a semi dry finish. Overall this one has got to be the best low abv IPA I've had.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange with a white head, no head retention, soapy film left on top, lots of lacing, hazy, with a good amount of carbonation.

A: Lots of citrus, grapefruit peel, mango, hint of guava, smells really good.

T: Like the nose, grapefruit peel, mango, guava, moderate bitterness in the middle, citrus peel finish, dry, very tasty.

M: Medium body mouthfeel, dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very tasty, citrus forward, great mouthfeel, wish this was available in six-packs, definitely pick up again if I ever see it.

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

L: an orange/yellow color, with a nice white head that stuck around for a while
S: fruity, some grapefruit, mango, orange peel
T: less fruity than the smell, but still present. Aftertaste is a bit bitter
F: light with some nice carbonation
O: I had this right after having a Duet. A lighter and more tropic flavor. IMO, far superior to Duet, though I do not know that I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to chalice glass with a bright setting sun glow of orange and off white yellow hues. Very hop forward as the name would suggest for an American pale ale with a very floral citrus smell. Taste was more balanced but with a heavy bitter after taste for an APA.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful bright golden orange color with a huge pillowy white head. The nose on this is about as good as they come. Huge juicy notes of tropical fruit, most notably grapefruit and mango take center stage accompanied by a good deal of dankness and pine. Taste is the same, tropical and juicy at first with a bitter pine finish. Feel is medium amd resinous with a good amount of carbonation. Overall this beer is fantastic, and to my suprise I like it even more than Duet!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer up at the Cloverleaf recently since it was on their PhD list for the fall. I hadn't hear of this brewery before but after having this, it's easy to see how this would be one of the "gold standards" for IPA's from the other side of the country. So easy to drink and so balanced, the quality of this was along the lines of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in quite a few ways!

Nice pour to this as the hue was was a bright almond with plenty of carbonation, lots of bubbly head, and big clumps of soapy lacing left behind. Tons of resinous, earthy, bitter hops in the nose with a hint of caramel malt as both of those were present in the taste as well. Buttery, slick, and lively, there was a lot going on here in the taste but with so many varieties in play here, it was hard to discern exactly what was being utilized. Hints of citrus and pine here but not as strong as would be the case with so many other IPA's, this felt and tasted more like a Pale Ale than anything else. The earthy and dank notes came through in the aftertaste and were easily felt as this didn't have a lot of oil or slickness to the mouthfeel, with only a thin coating lingering after each sip.

The alcohol was light enough that I'd consider this to be a Session IPA. It would be so easy to quaff through a few bottles in one sitting though as the balance was in near-perfect proportion here. Hopheads may be disappointed in this since the punch was lacking but for fans of "standards", this would be a must-have beer. Just enough juicy and sweet malt in the taste to keep this lively, I'd seek this out again for long drinking sessions. Easily one of the most under-the-radar beers I've had in quite some time!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from GF bottle. This is bitter enough to be more of an IPA than it is an APA. Very much a West coast style hoppy beer as it is overly bitter compared to what I have become accustomed to with a good APA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy, herbal, and dank hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront scent of ripe citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, passion fruit, and lemon. Herbal hop scent of pine resin along with some cannabis hints. Soft backing malt hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. A very nice hoppy smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a dank, juicy, and herbal hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big upfront rush of juicy citrus hops with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, lemon, and passion fruit. Light backing malt hints of caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty juicy, bitter, and drying.

Overall: A really great lighter West Coast IPA. Big ripe citrus and piney hop flavors.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber golden yellow with a large two finger head of sturdy froth.

Huge pine and resinous notes with citrus and tropical fruit aromas sneaking through.

Grapefruit, mango, pine, resin, and slight dankness.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, herbal, resinous.

Overall, beer of great quality, but could be so much more.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beer is exceptional. Juicy fruits and citrus all in your face, so amazing. The taste is lightly sweet, nice bit of pine, with a light bit of mango and peach, before a nice bit of dank piney finish that lasts in your mouth. Just a great beer, could only imagine what the true alpine iteration would taste like.

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

poured a 22oz into snifter. GF version Best by date 3/18/16.

A - Very atractive clear golden orange with a perfect white 2.5 finger head. Frothy, light, excellent retention and spotty lacing. This earns it a perfect score.

S - As expected very hop forward with a big resinous and piney aroma. Citrus and light sweetness are added to an herbal scent. It is definitely potent and wonderful.

T - A forward blast of citrus and pine. Not very tropical for me and the sweetness is a lacking a bit to help ward off all the bitter hop notes. Grapefruit pith and some herbal undertones, but mostly pine.

M - Lighter with superb carbonation, but it is very dry on the palate from all the hops.

O - Very tasty, but I guess I prefer a more tropical type of IPA.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a lighter orange tinged golden with a half finger white head atop.Tropical fruits and mown grass really stand out in the nose,the hops really jump out at ya.For a "smaller" beer the hop profile is fantastic,tropical fruits,grass,even a bit of sweet onion,not much bitterness but it's there in the finish.I could drink this all day,a hophead's "session" ale even at 5.25%.

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Photo of Rutager
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Green flash bottle. Amber-gold (a bit light), very light haze, sticky looking 1.5 fingers of head. Citrus and piney hops on the nose. Plenty on the tongue as well. Some light sweet malts coming through and maybe a touch of honey. Great stuff, especially considering it says "session" right on the label.

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

L: Clear, very pale , no gold or amber hues, bone white fluffy head

S: Mixture of very dank resin, very subtle stone fruit, some pine. Pungent

T: Bold upfront bitterness (IPA like), which lightens then lingers on the sides of the tongue. Little to no malt.

F: Bright punch of bitterness, mellows in midmouth, then finishes crisp and bitter.

O: Very solid IPA/Pale Ale hybrid, especially if you are looking for a bold dank beer!

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

A crisp, zesty nose features a nice combination of citrus and floral bouquets. On the tongue is a mild, pithy bitterness perched atop a modest malt backbone. This one is content to vacillate from fruity to grassy to herbal, and I'm OK with that. Solid beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Green Flash bottle, best by March 18th 2016.

Stellar looker. Deep bronze with excellent clarity. Hints of orange hues, and even red tinges of copper when held up to the light, even getting darker surprisingly. Fine streams of pinhead carbonation from the bottom. Off white head, thick and rich with slightly creamy to soapy bubbles in a good large three finger size head. Small retention but controlled and settling real nicely to a good finger height.

Fantastic hop aroma. Deep dank notes, hints of tropical warmth, herbs, a mix of sweet green minty like spice as well. Juicy but also dry with this earth green warmth and spicy character that is just inviting. Mouthwatering bouquet, juicy and rich, with incredbile complexity but also real balanced. Spectacular nose.

Palate hits with a big hop splash. Dry herbal earth tones hit first, nearly drying and pulling out the palate. A good juice flavor manages to bounce it back though and continue some decent malt sweetness for counterbalance. Aftertaste is a big surprise. Slow hop aroma and shooting wood and pine burn that creeps out of nowhere. Palate manages a bit on the wet side but with supportive qualities, but tends to wash out in the mid, and dry like an ashen fire on the finish. Big black spiced pepper notes as well, and does have a bit of a session IPA like feel, but with far more malt backbone and in the pale ale territory.

A real nice brew and take. This was more than I expected and it really delivers.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a Carmel orange with a one finger tan head. A little lacing. Some carbonation also. The perfect citrus hoppy smell. Crisp, clean citrus burst with the great bitter hoppyness backing. The funk comes out a little more than expected for an Apa. My first Alpine Beer makes me understand hy all the hype.

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

Beautiful clear golden orange color. Piney, resinous, and spicy hops jump out of the glass. Sweet malt backs it up. So much flavor and body for 5.25%. Reminds me of Zombie Dust.

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Photo of TPiwaron
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose on this beer is ridiculously good. For a 5.25% ABV, this beer packs a bucket-load of hops. I smell pine, I smell citrus, and then I need to take a sip. Would definitely buy again if I can find it in Milwaukee.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Classic golden ipa color.
Ripe tropical fruits and piney.
Pick up ripe tropical fruits along with citrus and finishes with a nice pine bitterness.
Medium light mouthfeel.
Quenches my hop crave, refreshingly good

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