Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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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480
Ratings:
2,797
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Edit to original rating, which was on-tap. This rating is from a 500 ml bottle (best by March 18, 2016) into a tulip. The bottle is labeled Alpine, but "Green Flash" is molded into the glass.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger and a half of nearly white head. Retention is pretty good and the head sticks around leaving some chunks of lace on the glass. The beer is light-honey colored and nearly clear. Just a heavy chill haze.

S-I know this is a pale ale, but it could easily be mistaken for an IPA. Lots of leafy green hops here. West coast style with strong aromas of orange zest and pine, and moderate bitterness. Malts are mostly background filler, but I sniff a little caramel and toffee to balance the hops.

T-The taste is similar. Heavy hops give a distinctly pine/orange flavor and bitterness is pretty high. Some herbal leafy notes too. Finish is crisp and lightly resinous with nice drying character. Maybe a touch harsh, but it fits the style.

M-The body is medium to light and beer drinks crisply with a medium amount of carbonation. Easy to quaff.

O-My second go at this beer (on tap versus bottle) and I still like it. It drinks easily and provides tons of hoppy character. If I had to pick nits, I would say this beer is a little harsh, but if you want west coast hoppy ale, you will do well. This is certainly not a juice bomb, so if that is the hop need you have, look elsewhere.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

duet for me, was really worth the hype, this one was also really good, but less exceptional i think. less amazing and unique is for sure, but still a really trusty ipa, that i would happily drink all the time if it were available here. unique in that it finds the floral/pine specturm, while almost entirely skipping citrus. sure there is a hint of orange peel, even candied orange peel in the nose, but the flavor is like clover and pine forest, with no citrus in between. usually there is always that element there, but this is way cool in that its polleny and blooming, but also hearty and sappy. its balanced, but its big too, and although the hops drive the flavor, there is definitely a moderate toast to a fuller grain body, really really nice. i like this a whole lot, and amazing to have it on tap for the first time, but i just dont see it as one of the best in the world in its category. maybe i am spoiled, but for me, its a level below the hype that it comes with.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Flying Saucer

Clear golden orange with a fluffy finger of head that sticks around.

Pineapple, peach, and a little dankness.

Fairly pronounced bitterness and some light bready malt flavor breaks in. A little piney and tropical fruity.

Super solid.

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

16oz nonic pint at HG.

A: Served a dark golden/medium amber with a greasy and soft off-white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy and lasting collar. Sticky sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Citrus hops on the nose with scents of bitter grapefruit and sweet tangerine among other things. There's a couple leafy notes in there as well as a kiss of bready malt. Smells crisp and light.
T: Follows the nose with a solid bitter punch of citrus juice balanced by a touch of bready and toasted malt in the finish. I get hint of onion and something herbal as well. Overall very balanced and extremely smooth and easy to drink, but still packs a nice hoppy bitter punch.
M: On the lighter side of a medium body, soft and smooth carbonation that adds the right amount of chew without any bubbly tingliness. Crisp and thirst quenching mouthfeel.
O: Exceptionally balanced, creamy, and smooth. A perfect amount of light crisp mouthfeel mixed with a clean hop punch. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

McLaddens Northampton, MA. Been on draft for about two weeks. Notes taken during second time consuming it.

A- Apricot orange body from the taps to a pint glass. Fairly hazy with a fluffy white cap to a finger. Head retention decent as a small ring drops a large sheet and then some drizzled lace.

S- Definitely leans toward the dank and fruity side of things with hops producing most of the aroma. Tropical tones like mango, tangerine and melon along with general citrus and floral notes.

T- Juicy and fruity with perhaps the orange zesty notes taking more precedence but a finish of mango, peach, tangerine, floral, melon, mint and apricot. Clean besides a tiny hint of light grains.

MF- Somewhat creamy but still crisp with a high end carbonation level. Medium overall thickness finishing clean and lightly bitter.

I am so happy that Alpine brews are now available in MA. Never got to have this one out in CA but it sure is a great one. Finds a nice balance between fruity, bitter and floral and every sip is so satisfying and flavorful.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starts with nice citrus flavor, followed by earthy spice notes, a tad bit of wheat, well balanced. Can tell it is an APA as it is missing just a touch of hops in the finish. Rather crisp and dry.

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Photo of MLDucky
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash version. The nose and flavor was more hop forward than the Duet drank side by side. More balanced, not as much bitterness. As it warmed the hope profile came through more and it became more pleasant.

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

On-tap 3/8/2015 at Stevie D’s in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character us hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent hoppy beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dry, bitter hop bomb. Less sweet (thankfully) than it smells. Nothing wrong with the feel, but clearly the weakest element, and given the standards set by the likes of Noble or Maine BC, subpar.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my type of pale. I'm used to the big citrus bombs here on the east coast and this was very piney to me. Nicely balanced but just not my flavor in terms of hops.

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Photo of dynajack1
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting a long time to try my first Alpine beer. On tap at the Ale House Amesbury and this baby didn't disappoint. More than lives up to its lofty rating. Hoping to see more of this around. Thanks Green Flash!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very intense hop bitterness. Mostly heavy pine. I'm wondering if the GF acquisition has eliminated some of the citrus characteristics others have mentioned.

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Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy light amber.

The aroma offers huge tangerine, orange, passionfruit, peach.

The flavor hits of orange up front, a touch of peach and apricot, a light bready malt in the middle, a touch of sweetness, and then some heavy floral drying on the back.

The best pale ale from the best West Coast, up there with some New England hoppy brews.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the Dive Bar in Worcester.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a nice hazy golden hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave thin lacing and a light blanket.

S - Aromas of light tropical notes, pineapple and mango, faint citrus, grapefruit, nice malt backbone. Pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light tropical notes and grapefruit though the malts are much more pronounced. Carmel is rather big though the finish is bitter. Lightly musty, the hops though I feel are overpowered by the malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, a bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was a bit confusing. Everything was quite muted and malty. Good, but certainly not as high the ravg states.

Serving type: On tap

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Photo of unclejazz
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge pineapple and grapefruit nose with equally powerful flavor that matches the nose. So much flavor in such a modest ABV. Heavy bitter finish that matches the rest. Medium body and on the same level as ZD, Edward, etc...
Cheers!

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pint from tap at Dive Bar in NYC.

A: Hazy golden yellow with hints of orange. 2 finger head fades to a strong and consistent lacing.

S: Tropical fruits galore. Pineapple, mango and citrus dominate. Slight pine and caramel at the end.

T: More on the piney, earthy side than the aroma. Still plenty of tropical flavors coming in. Nice caramel biscuit backbone.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Adequate bitterness.

O: definitely one of the better APA's available. Hope to see this more often in NYC. Damn good!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of tropical fruit in the smell. Super flavorful yet light and delicate. This is right up there with Nelson. This is probably the best tasting lighter alcohol beer I've ever tasted.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a glowing orange tan.
There’s an aroma of orange citrus and piney notes. I get a great burst of flavorful orange citrus, as well as a subtle grassy hint that emerges as it opens up and some … Christmas tree notes too. The bitterness is all upfront, followed by a dry, dry, dry finish. This was exceptionally well done IPA.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 4th Ave Pub in Brooklyn for Alpine/Green Flash tap takeover. This has been one of my wants for a while--really happy I had the chance to try it. The nose on this beer is wonderful--hops galore, florally, tropical fruits and some grass. Taste follows the nose--fruity hop bomb that could easily be an IPA. This beer is very well done--right up there with Zombie Dust in terms of world class APAs for me!

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

Thick bubbled but thin head. Plenty of blanket lace on the glass. Cloudy dark amber color.

Semi-earthy with floral hop aroma.

Lots of biting pine and nearly astrigently dry malt. High carbonation but low richness. Chewy finish. Long lasting aftertaste of straight up bitterness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden straw yellow/orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really dry, grassy, and bitter, with some dry, bitter grapefruit, perfume, grass, and a little bit of lemon.

This honestly reminds me of a slightly stronger Carton Boat, in how dry and bitter this is. Lots of grass, perfume, a slight amount of grapefruit, and a really long bitter lingering finish.

This is medium bodied, with a strong amount of carbonation, and a really crisp, dry mouthfeel.

I can see why this one is so popular, so tasty and so drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft. Yes. Have wanted this brew for ages. Poured fairly clear. Thin, white head. Mild lacing. Aroma sinks into my schnozzola and delivers bright, lively hoppiness. potent West coast pine and citrus along with some more East coast tropical fruit and juicy notes. Just a little bit of neutral maltiness but this one is clearly hop perfume. The flavor is simply so bright and lively it's such an enjoyable experience. Very complex hoppiness. No one hop descriptor dominates. Citrus, grass, pine, pineapple, some passion fruit and some mango. This one has plenty to latch on to. Finishes with a nurturing bready malt and a long lasting hoppy grass/fruit combo. Medium bitterness. Light bodied. Long aftertaste. Carbonation adds drinkability. This lived up to the hype for me. West Coast meets East Coast hop profile. One hell of a Pale Ale.

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Photo of Damian
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a pint glass

Hazy, golden amber appearance. The beer was topped by a small, creamy, off-white crown that slowly dropped to a resilient cap of froth. A patchy ring of drippy lacing coated the top inch of the glass.

The aroma was really fruity and bright. Tropical fruits came through strong. Loads of mango, guava and passionfruit. Fairly sweet. There was a dank, marijuana-like quality as well. Somewhat citrusy. Orange zest was apparent. As the beer sat, the tropical notes subsided and the citrus intensified.

The flavor profile was solid, but not quite as smooth or as exotic as the aroma. Tropical fruits were noticeable on the front end. Pineapple and passionfruit dominated. Citrus notes appeared in the center. Orange rind was detectible. Lemony on the back end. The finish was pithy, dry and bitter with strong notes of white grapefruit and pine sap.

Impressive mouthfeel. The liquid was fuller bodied for the style and contained an ultra fine, moderate effervescence. Super soft and fluffy on the palate.

Hoppy Birthday is an immensely flavorful and complex American pale ale that truly pushes the limits of the style. Now that Alpine beers are available in the greater Boston-area, I am looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

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Photo of almostjay
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fireworks Pizza during the Alpine launch party. I tried to go into this tasting with an open mind, as it included Nelson and Duet and I had never tried any of these beers. Hoppy Birthday was the clear winner for me, which was quite a surprise. I'm not sure I've ever had such a full bodied, hop forward satisfying APA. This would be the Alpine beer that's in my fridge at all times if I had the option.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber fizzy brew with a decent foam in the pint shaker. On tap at Toma Sol in MIssion Hills. Richly hopped with a spritzy mouthfeel and friendly malty taste.

Hot and tangy on the tongue. Warm and toasty. Wonderful hoppy aromatics with a clean fruity taste and a bitter finish.

I know some are unhappy about the recent agreement to brew at the Green Flash facility, but in the last five years I have never seen Alpine on tap or in stores. Now I am suddenly seeing Alpine a lot of places, and the three I have tried are remarkably good. I don't see a loser here, unless people buy less Green Flash because there are better alternatives!

March 1, 2016 update: Had this on tap and found it underwhelming. Quite bitter but not much hop aromatics. Seemed like an excessively bitter Pale Ale. I would not have rated it very highly.

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