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Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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: 448 | Ratings: 2,698
Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber.

L: Pours a golden color, one finger white head.

S: Amazing nose, with fresh pine and citrus.

T: Very refreshing, crisp with a good blend of hops, crisp with pine, grapefruit, and citrus.

F: Mouth feel is crisp, with a dry wash down.

O: Overall, fantastic pale ale. West coast feel, very refreshing and drinkable.

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

Amazing golden-orange in color with a finger and a half of very frothy white head an sticky, spotty lacing. Aroma is dank with lots of pine, citrus rind, pineapple, nectarine and peach. Taste is bold with pine resin, oranges, bitter pineapple, stone fruits an other assorted fresh citrus. Mouthfeel is good, with the citrus, citrus peel and massive amount of hops balancing very well. Finish is strong, slightly bitter, and definitely reminds you again about the large mount of hops present...

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.
The taste is dry and metallic bitterness with a solid bitter finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's really good.

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Photo of FranklinPaine
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a growler. This is a very assertive and flavorful "session" IPA! I love the bitterness that is almost astringent but has a fresh, citrusy, piney, and toasty flavor that makes it very drinkable. The mouthfeel is clean with tight carbonation. It has a super clean bitter finish that refreshes the palate and begs for more. A great session IPA. Another great recommendation from CW at City Growler!

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

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright, golden orange coloring with a flurry of carbonation in the body and a fluffy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of wet, dank hops resin forward, with notes of pine, wet grass, grapefruit, lemon zest, and candi sugar. Very balanced and very hoppy nose. Flavors are very hop forward, bitter and resinous, with a solid blend of pine pitch, cannabis, and wet grass. The hoppy notes are balanced by a sweet and tart blend of citrus fruit, heavy on grapefruit and orange, with candi sugar highlights. Smooth, bold bodied, with a solid aftertaste of hoppy, resinous notes and citrus sweetness. The finish is smooth, slick, and dry, with a hoppy linger. Amazingly balanced and damn tasty!

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

Pours a hazy shade of golden yellow topped with a creamy white head that left lacing all down the glass. The nose is vibrant and loaded with citrus, but a bit muted. The flavors are amazing, fresh resinous delicious hops with a background sweetness and black pepper. Awesome. The feel is spot on and lively to match this amazing palate.

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Photo of JemhidiahSSJ4
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got a 64oz growler of this from a gas station in Sidney, OH. Was just tapped and I will be going back tomorrow for a refill before they blow it. Looks great, smells great, taste great. Sessionable APA teater's on the IPA range. Would definitely advise to at least give it a try!

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

I had the Green Flash version of this from a Crowler. Opened the same day as filled.

A lot of reports indicate the Alpine version is much better. Based on my experience, I agree with this assessment.

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

I usually get this on draft but first time getting in a bottle and enjoying at home. Finally, Alpine bottles in NorCal. Best by date: 18 MAR 16F15282. What is crazy is that the label calls it a session IPA. I always known it as a pale ale.
Look: Soapy bubbles and amber.
Smell: Citrus and Piney.
Taste: Really dank! It's a piney hop bomb.
Feel: More carbonated than I like and big bitter bite that lingers.
Overall: It's still a solid pale ale. I just remember it being more memorable on draft. Score should be higher.

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Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a slim 22 oz brown GF bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 18 MAR 16 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal light amber with 1-2 finger light beige frothy head with decent retention but disappointing lacing.

S: herbal earthy onion/garlic, dank Columbus almost meaty aromas, grapefruit pith, and mild floral character

T: tasty but dominated by the earthy onion/garlic but not in an overbearing fashion. Grapefruit and resin push in. Bitterness is moderate. Maltiness is a bit player.

M: very smooth, light-medium body, low carbonation, slightly sticky but mainly rounded

O: enjoyable and atypical with herbal character leading the way but with typical grapefruit citrus and resin flavored carry through. Unique beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice white foamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear pale amber; bearing a strong resemblance to light copper. The overall appearance is fairly attractive and good-looking; giving off a nice preview of what to expect from the beer's body.

The beer smell is good with a strong hoppy note to it. The hop bitterness comes off a nice pine note with a slight resin quality to it. The malt is fairly overpowered but is strong enough to give a slight sweet honey note.

The beer taste is much better than the smell. Even though it's fairly simple, the notes are strong enough to present a good experience. The hop bitterness from the smell is definitely present in the taste with the same pine and resin notes with the pine being the strongest. The malt is also slightly stronger, so the honey sweetness is more present and takes a little bit of the edge from the hops.

The feel is pretty good. It's a light bodied beer that is smooth with a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting that can cut through grease without leaving your mouth too dry. Recommend.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color with oodles of tiny carbonation bubbles erupting from within. A quarter inch of eggshell white rests on top. Moderate lacing. I smell light hoppy notes. There's a brief piney hop wallop. Light malt and honey notes are present in the fade. The mouth is very crisp and smooth.

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Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aurora Brew Works in Buffalo after Zwanze Day at the Blue Monk.
Poured into tasting glass(don't judge, long day of drinking).
Golden orangish color, a fair amount of white fluffy foam.
Citrusy and dank aroma. Flavors followed suit.
Incredibly drinkable, could have drank multiple, but was in no condition to do so.
Great beer, enjoyed very much.

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

With a little surprise in every beer, Alpine's session IPA celebrates in a bit way- a blend of six specialty hops to give the taste a bright, juicy, citrus and tropical medley on an approachable and moderate alcohol content and body. Its a beer to enjoy specifically on a birthday, or less specifically- any day you can!

Hoppy Birthday pours with the common glowing amber that pierces its moderate haze. As a frothy column of foam builds on top, a host of fragrances emerge and give the nose the perfume of pineapple, grapefruit, and bold floral bouquet and a zesty spruce character. But to the taste, a light coat of honey, caramel and toasted nuttiness frame the short lived sweetness with the bulk of flavors and balances beckoning over the middle palate.

With full saturation in tact, the sweetness and creaminess of the initial sip relaxes and the hops work into a juicy and plump taste with pink grapefruit, tangerine, passionfruit, apricot, mango, pineapple and a curious lemony tang. With the intensity in hop taste seeming moderate and tantalizing, the sweetness continues to fade and the fruit turns to a balancing bitterness with citrus pith, pine needles and a fresh and grassy muddle.

Dry, crisp and clean; Hoppy Birthday's body is medium-light and retains a malty-dry status with the waning moments trending bitter, refreshing and highly rewarding to the senses. So, allow your indulgent side to rule the roost and allow yourself to have more than one.

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

From a 32 oz growler ... well, actually, the entire 32 oz growler .., into a lager glass.

Only about 18 hours since this was filled yet pours with a rather minimal head. I saw plenty of fine head as the growler was filled (and beer overflowed into the drain). Moreover, the thin head has very good retention, and the feel is only slightly below , so I'll rate this as if the carbonation level were a touch higher.

A: Amber body with plenty of fine-grained carbonation bubbles.

Magnificent hoppy aroma featuring oranges and other citrus tones.

The flavor follows but is more juicy and less citrus rind than the aroma suggests. Very flavorful; very fruity; mild bitterness goes a bit higher in the aftertaste.

O: as good as, or better than, any APA I've had. This has the intensity of an IPA but with lower (average) bitterness.

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

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Slightly hazy golden pour, small white head receded to a ringlet, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Balanced aroma of fruity hops and sugary pale malts. Equally balanced taste, fruity hops, light ammonia, palt malt sweetness. Medium body, easily drinkable, and good overall for the style.

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Photo of BryanReed
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap this is some good beer.

Nice hazy copper gold pour.

Aroma is a nice balance of pine and bitter citrus, backed by sweet orange and pineapple flesh.

Taste is off the hook. Sharp piney tingle, with lemon lime peel, and fresh juicy orange. The balance between pine and fruit is sublime. Little bit of sweetness from the malt seems to be all that keeps this from being a full blown IPA.

Nice bubbly carbonation, semi dry. But I'm getting a slightly annoying graininess on the finish.

Overall. Is this an APA, or session IPA? Either way, I don't care. Balanced, smooth, and complex. Very nice beer regardless of what style you wanna label it.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent golden color with a very thick amount of head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells amazing, by far my favorite part of the beer; smells piney and citrusy, just overall fresh. Taste is somewhat disappointing... the dry-hopped aspect of it takes over and creates a very bitter (but nonetheless full of flavor) pale ale. Probably the most taste I've ever had packed into a pale ale... Feel is nice and smooth, slightly creamy, very dry. Overall... well done, I think it's just not my cup of tea. I seem to be in the minority in the overall rating of this beer, I respect it, just don't love it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this beer is absolutely beautiful. It smells so damn crisp and piny, too. Altogether, no single element seems fantastic, but it features amazing integration and refinement. Tasting it...yep, I'm right. This beer is loaded with pine and resin, yet it finishes so dry and mellow. This tastes 7%, but it feels like 5%. My only niggle is that there's no citrus flavor whatsoever - it's all pine, flowers, and bitter. And I don't care. The mouthfeel is perfect: it's somehow full bodied yet light on its feet. Now this is a session beer! (so what if it's over 5%?) It's the best showcase of Columbus hops I've ever had, by far.

4.3/5: A killer pale ale, enough said

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Simply amazing. Had it on tap at buckeye bar on Kelleys island oh. This is pretty much a perfect pale ale. Hell, it's a perfect IPA too. If this was available locally, it would be a staple in my fridge. Simply outstanding. Never had old alpine stuff, but not sure how this could have been better.

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Photo of Sintech
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden yellow hue.

Smell - Tropical and citrus.

Taste - Incredible mix of tropical, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very tasty Pale Ale. In my top 4 Pale Ale's all-time.


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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden wheat with little to no head.

Aroma is piney hops with a strong malt background.

Taste is very balanced.

For a 5.2% beer this is an excellent drinker.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Thin white head with good retention and lacing. Clear light golden color. Nose is subtle cirtus hops. Taste is bready, slightly bitter, non-descript hops, pretty good balance. A bit thin mouthfeel but within expectations for the style.

Pretty good but nothing like the quality of Alpine beers I've had from the original Alpine brewery.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap; really nice APA/IPA. Crisp, hop-forward but not overpowering. Easily drinkable. Smells fantastic; citrus and pine. A rare beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

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

Pours a light golden with 1 inch foamy head, leaves terrific lacing on the glass.
Smells of pineapple and lighter citrus.
Tastes lightly citrusy with a decent bitter finish an no aftertaste.
This is a terrific beer.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.
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