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:
#533
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
2,834
Liked:
2,680
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
515
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,834 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of Stanley23
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From a growler, pours a clear honey-gold with a 1.5-finger buff-colored head. Fair amount of lacing. Looks quite good. Smell is primarily an earthy, oniony dankness mixed with grapefruit and pine. Underneath that is sweet oranges and subtle lemons.

Taste is on the earthy side (no onion flavor at all though), finishing with pine and grapefruit pith bitterness that lingers for a while, though it's nowhere near what I would call extreme. Pleasing bitterness. Feel is on the lighter side of medium, with just a touch of wateriness that makes it super drinkable but also detracts just a bit in my book. At the same time there's a little malt sweetness that props it up and gives it some body, so it's not completely thin. Sort of a contradictory sensation I suppose.

This is a really flavorful and nicely bitter beer, especially at a pale ale ABV. Refreshing, tasty, enjoyable.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottspencer
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I noticed that a lot of the reviewers mention citrus and tropical fruit when tasting this beer - I am not sure how they getting this from Hoppy Birthday. In my opinion the hops are overbearing. This beer is very one dimensional, all hop no malt backbone. So if you really love super bitter unbalanced hoppy beer you won't be disappointed with this one.

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DevinK
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of agreenman19
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of July 12, 2016

Appearance - Pours clear and golden orange in color with very little head that dies quite quickly, leaving few suds on the surface of the brew. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Aromatic, with powerful citrus notes. Distant pine. Light caramel and toasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose with strong citrus flavor. Orange essence with lesser grapefruit. Lesser notes of pine and spice. Faint, toasty malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Pithy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate, prickly carbonation. Slick, smooth drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - I'm not big on Session IPA's, but this one stands out from the crowd. I'd liken it to a baby version of Pure Hoppiness, which is one of my favorite DIPA's to date. No doubt it's something I'd buy from time to time.

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Photo of slipperysoup
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of newdamage1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pbhallen
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD 7/12/16. Pours a clear copper. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Good, but a bit light, nose of citrus that is mostly orange and grapefruit with a dash of herbal dank.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. World class carbonation with a middle effervescent burst and a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The outstanding hop flavor centered profile is reasonably intense, not very complex and well balanced. It begins with grapefruit then flows to tangerine as a slightly sweet middle emerges shifting the orange notes forward. The middle yields a moderate bitterness that is rind based with subtle dank undertones. The finish is a slow fade of rind.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very pretty golden amber, white fluffy head that lasts, and nice lacing.

Nose is mild, with fresh vanilla, floral hops, nutty oak, spanish almond, grapefruit rind.

Taste is savory, with brown butter, toffee, almond, lemon. The hops are bold, but balanced; never over the top.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable with medium carbonation; actually fun to drink due to how smoothly the flavor profile carries from beginning to end.

Overall, this is an exciting example of how much character a session beer can have while maximizing drinkability.

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

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

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

Photo of Jacobob10
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, best before June 10, 2016.

Pours a translucent, pale amber with a large white head. Good retention, but no lacing on the glass. Nice looking brew. The aroma has a lot of great things going on. Right away I noticed dank, citrus, orange, and grapefruit, all from the hops. Light tropical fruit at the tail end with some pineapple shining through. This was as good as it got though, as it all kind of fell apart in the taste. That dankness from the hops was still there, but the citrus fades quickly and the beer becomes very bitter with no malt anywhere in sight to back it up. An unbalanced, bitter finish disappoints and fails to cash in on what the aroma seemed to promise. Medium-light body, soft carbonation, and a clean but thin/watery texture.

I've been unimpressed by this and Pure Hoppiness. For the prices these Alpine beers are going for, they better be a notch above the competition, and I am just not feelin' it.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gameface23
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with about a half finger of head. The nose is really nice and hoppy. The flavor is very hop forward but weak on the malt end.

Perhaps this is the best session IPA that I have ever had - although that might not mean much.

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Photo of willardt09
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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