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:
#535
Reviews:
488
Ratings:
2,841
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
522
Trade:
5
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Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is really nice, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toynk
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours medium hazy amber (SRM 8) producing a 1/2" off-white foam cap with moderate retention. Continuous streams of bubles rise from the bottom of the glass. Big tropical fruit aromas of guava, orange and passion fruit greet the nose. Fruit over bread crumb starts the palate with bitterness advancing in from the sides. Alcohol flavors are low and alcohol warming is minimal. Hoppy birthday has a clean fermentation character with the hops producing most of the fruit flavors. The malt character is slightly less than medium and the malt sweetness is medium. Hop flavors are medium to medium high and hop bitterness is medium high. Hoppy birthday has a medium body and medium carbonation. This is a very flavorful and easy to drink beer that is not over alcoholic. The big hop flavors and bitterness are especially appreciated

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Photo of Silva11ha
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger22
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly gold color with a small white head. The smell is intensely hoppy, and the taste essentially stays the same as the scent. There's so piney and citrus undertones to the flavor, as well.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MAJ85
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours somewhat of a translucent gold color with sticky lacing but not much of a head.

S- I'm picking up pine, citrus, and delicious hops. The big 3 of any good pale ale.

T- You can tell right off the bat that it's dry hopped. At the onset you get the taste of bitter hops that is mellowed out by the notes of pine and citrus rind at the tail end, the citrus rind being that of orange and grapefruit. It's really a zesty brew. I'm really digging it, though I am a West Coast rookie.

F- I feel like I could drink this all day, so I'd say this is a very sessionable beer. I would prefer this over many other low ABV beers. Yeah, screw you AB-INBEV.

O- Overall, I have really enjoyed my second West Coast brew. It is all I could want in a hoppy beer, but I could enjoy more than a couple of them at a day on the lake or at the beach which is cool because I tend to get my hop fix from DIPAs. In a couple of months it'll definitely be Hoppy Birthday to me.

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Photo of nhirsch04
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheOakKing
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JRed
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dirty golden in body with frothy white head on top. Strong aroma of pine, citrus rind, lemon, mint. Tastes of pine, citrus rind, some sizable bitterness, lemon, and grass. Dry mouthfeel. Light in body with medium carbonation. The body is probably too light to carry such a hop wallop but it is still good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy and honey colored with a one inch cap; splashy lacing abounds

Smell: From the moment the cap is popped, the bright aromatics burst forth, bringing tropical fruit tones of papaya, guava, custard apple and citrus rind

Taste: Juicy from the outset, with the subtle tropical fruit elements of papaya, guava and custard apple forward; a touch of citrus rind bitterness builds, through the middle, but fades in the finish as the juicier elements re-emerge

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little high in ABV to be a true session ale, this is still a nice, quaffable beverage

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Photo of singletary
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a hippy citrus smell of it. The taste is of a citrus note with a dry bitter taste. Body is medium with a dry finish. Overall a good example of a pale ale, maybe a bit more hippy than I like but still well done.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Megadog31
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Clear golden color with a white foamy head that lasts.
S: Hops and pine, maybe a little citrus Not very strong smell.
T:Light refreshing, very drinkable. Hops are there but not too strong. Definitely some pine and resin.
M: Good bodied for a session IPA, better than expected.
O: Really great session IPA, easy to drink and still good flavor. Some other reviews seem to want to compare against the great IPA's and double IPA"S. But in my opinion session IPA's are a different class and in this class, this is towards the top.

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

Photo of Matthew_Warfield
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off, let me say that normally session IPAs do not appeal to me in the slightest. Normally, I find them weak and watery. This is not the case with Hoppy Birthday! This piney, flavorful beer holds its own with even the best of IPAs. Very strong aromatics and bitters on the front end with a nice lingering citrus finish. Well done Alpine.

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Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,841 ratings
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