Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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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:
#567
Reviews:
495
Ratings:
2,857
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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631
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Ratings: 2,857 |  Reviews: 495
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

Photo of SPD656
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a session IPA the alcohol level is borderline, typically I look for 5% or less. That said, this beer is just a touch over that and as an IPA it is quite delicious. More resinous and hoppy than I was expecting but pleasantly bitter in the finish and imminently drinkable.

Head was foamy and white like soap bubbles. Didn't last very long, lacing was minimal. Malts were in the distant background, this is a hop forward beer and then some. Citrusy with some ripe fruit flesh in the nose but more of a spruce character than tropical fruit. This is how west coast IPAs should look and feel.

Hoppy Birthday to you, enjoy it on your next anniversary.

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Photo of JKasten988
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bkess8
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SayBoom
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,857 ratings