Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 2,834 ratings
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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:
#532
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
2,834
Liked:
2,680
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
517
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,834 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of kuhndog
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BobMessina
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a moderate head and some sticky lacing.

Froot loops! I'm a little confounded to not see more of this on these reviews, for me there is no other way to describe the initial nose other than Froot Loops. Also some hop dankness, then after a short period, some grassy notes emerge.

Hoppy Birthday is much less frootay on the tongue, with prominent buttery biscuit, then some light tropical bitterness following up.

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Photo of andyjeigh
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAbastard760
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of speakdf0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought this brew was slightly overrated, I expected great things and only got good things. Pours kind of meh, orangish amber body with an off white head, left good amounts of lacing. Smell is both floral and citrusy, lots of orange rind, grapefruit juice, and some lemon. Taste is unbalanced, in my opinion. VERY hop forward with little to no malt to back it up: very bitter tropical juice flavors and just a hint of biscuit. I only bought a 12oz single of this, but I'm aware it comes in larger format bottles...it was a fairly pleasant sipper at 12 oz, but can't imagine drinking more than that in one session. Way too bitter and unbalanced to be truly sessionable, as far as I'm concerned. Definitely not a bad beer but didn't meet my expectations. Would drink again though.

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Photo of ale2thechief
2.82/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I am spoiled by living in New England. This offer from Alpine would be about #16 at my local 20 tap craft beer bar. The look of this beer reminds me of my youth. Very similar pour to Budweiser or miller. Clear with no head and some effervescent bubbles rising up. The flavor is fair. Little too much bitterness. No sense of hops on the palate. If I wasn't drinking Th Julius, Green etc. along with Trillium and NEBCO on a regular basis, maybe this west coast session would resonate higher, but it doesn't.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jphipps83
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mrbillcsb
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Invinciblejets
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiegeSpitfire
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cultclassic89
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This would be the GF brewed version, on draft.

L: Clear, orange amber color, expected carb.

S: Some bright citrus with pine, typical hop characteristics. Not much malt to speak of.

T: Pretty average here. Grapefruit, pine, bit of biscuity malt. Solid, but nothing too interesting.

F: Solid as expected, light medium with ample carb.

O: Solid, but nothing different than what you could pick up locally for most people. I expect the Alpine brewed version to be a bit better.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pleasant golden orange color. Smells wonderful with citrus,pine and tropical fruit notes. Tastes follow with a really big hop flavor that just explodes on the palate. Alpine always is on point with their hoppy beers. Really flavorful for 5.25%.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 2,834 ratings
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