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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Reviews: 480 | Ratings: 2,797
Photo of allengarvin
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper-gold color with a moderate, fluffy head.
S: Aroma is piney, with lots of earthy resin.
T: Loads of pine-resin flavor, with moderately high bitterness but not enough to cover of some clean, sweet malt--in other words, more balance than many SIPAs. Clean and tasty.
M: Neutral texture, light bodied.
O: Quite decent session IPA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm loving that label art! That cake certainly looks pungent! From the bottle it pours a nice golden amber color with a moderate head and ring like lacing.
Speaking of pungent, the aroma has a dank, canabis like smell. However, there are also moderately big juicy tropical fruit and citrusy tones.
Medium light in the mouth fell and easy to drink. Hops forward, as the name implies, but also a nice taste of tropical and citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit pith. Also, a hint of a malty backbone. Moderately bitter and dry.
As far as so called session iPad go, this one is solid and I could see myself drinking more than one.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden with a decent head and retention. Not much lacing. Great beer. Nose and palate are a ton of resinous, piney hops. Clean, crisp mouthfeel and finish with a lingering resin.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Cloverleaf Tavern. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Pines, pines, pines, sums up the aroma, with an equal mouthfeel and flavor to match. Citrus florals and slight lemon spice thrown into the mix. Good stuff. Recommended, but does not make for the perfect session beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light earthy notes is enticing. Taste is dominated by citrusy notes with some earthy flavours with more bitterness then I was expecting. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Good but bitterness was more apparent than I was expecting.

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

This is the real deal, plain & simple. For a session it's a little high abv, perhaps it's the grain profile. The malt to hop ratio is exactly where you would want it for a beer showcasing 6 hop variations and they are just phenomenal. First smell and swig are like a carousel of flavors. A+

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

Clear, golden in color with a fluffy white head 1 1/2 fingers in depth. Taste is citrus, earthy hops and biscuity malts w/ a mild-moderate hop bitterness at the back end.

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

Pint purchased from Growl Movement in Salem Oregon. $4.00 Clear golden ale with a small white head. Good hoppy fruity aromas , some biscuit malts. Very nice hopped fruity taste..the malts try to balance but no match. Great medium mouth feel..so easy. A great APA....

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big off-white crackly head on top of a slightly hazy orange pint. Leafy, resiny bitter hops explode in the nose. Floral, subtler elements follow suit. Bitter, citrusy hops dominate the taste. Minimalist malt backbone (barely) provides balance. Light carbonation and mouthcoating bitterness makes for a great mouthfeel. Long highly bitter finish.

This is a stellar Session IPA. Very complex and packed with hops. A classic from a classic west coast brewery.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 02 Dec 2016. Sampled on August 18, 2016.

It is an attractive looking amber-copper pour with a long lasting off-white head.

The aroma tends to be subtle and mellow. I get some resin notes along with a muted caramel sweet malt note. But nothing expresses itself as the leader.

Medium, smooth body. Delightful on the tongue.

Roasted caramel malt presence in the taste that is immediately usurped by the resin hoppiness and mildly dry finish. It is fairly easy to drink and not in your face. Hophads - this is a Session Ale - not a DIPA! It is meant to be more subtle.

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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 MFMB
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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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,797 ratings.
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