Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
4.3/5
2,839 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:
487
Ratings:
2,839
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
520
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,839 |  Reviews: 487
Photo of Shnanign
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style.
APPEARANCE: Light orange/amber. 2 fingers of foamy, off white head that lingers and leaves quite a nice bit of lacing down the glass. From what I can see, the carbonation looks fairly mild, small bubbles slowly rising up the pint glass.
AROMA: Lots of stuff...all on the mild side. Sweet caramel malt, pine, and citrus like grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A bit of astringency, like Simcoe delivers.
TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt immediately, followed by a really mild astringency. Lemon/citrus/pineapple. And kind of a different, peppery note I would not have expected. Interesting.
FEEL: Medium carbonation, does the job. Very dry the entire way through. Medium thin body. A clean, refreshing beer.
OVERALL: Very dry, if that's your thing, most of the usual suspects as far as aroma and flavor go. A little spicy, too. Good IPA, above average for sure but I prefer Founders All Day for all my "session" IPA needs.

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jjd315
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcghost
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 1/27/16. Pours a beautiful light orange with a nice 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind some nice lace.

Smell pine, garlic, tangerine, marijuana, and grapefruit.

Taste starts with garlic, marijuana, tangerine, and finishes with Pine and grapefruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a ltitle less than medium, perfect amount of life, maybe a little dry, and so so drinkable.

Overall this is really amazing and only 5.25%. That is a lot of flavor for a beer this size.

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Photo of Johnct
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of micropale
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McGee666
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Hopmeplease
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a short airy khaki colored head that quickly settles into a small ring.

The aroma is of grapefruit and peppery hops. Fairly bright.

The taste is quite grassy and bitter. Not much citrus, kinda has some resin notes. There is a touch of pineapple and a honey note from the malt that provides some sweetness.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Some sweetness on the palate but that is quickly crushed by a dry earthy bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the finish and is chalky.

Not my favorite session IPA, too dry and bitter. Not much of a session either as its over 5%.

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Photo of paresis
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ucmike11
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beernoobie
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coastiebob
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coorsy
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big citrus, and grapefruit in the aroma and taste. Some pineapple comes in the taste.

-Had a fairly fresh bottle, but the malt and flavors seemed to have an older IPA quality. Tea, or mint leaf type flavors. Dropped this beer a bit from my original 4.65 rating.

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Photo of bootdown21
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moysauce
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a very tasty Hoppy Pale ale, I did not get to try this before the Green Flash acquisition so I wonder how much the recipe has changed, but this has a lot of hop flavor and bitterness for a beer of only 5.25% very fresh tasting with almost no malt in the taste, excellent drinkability

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Photo of condorsim
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,839 ratings
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