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:
2,856
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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631
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Ratings: 2,856 |  Reviews: 495
Photo of edmiglia
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmahanna41
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldGriz
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nhoelzen
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirt286
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R11415
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johntomk
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. Seeing "Green Flash" on the bottle seems wrong to me in some way. Best by April '16.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Lots of small particles in suspension. Less than one finger of off-white creamy/frothy head. Retention is below average, especially for the style and half a finger of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Grapefruit and pine forward hoppiness. Orange citrus and light resiny dankness underneath. Biscuity and bready maltiness with note of caramel. Seems pretty run of the mill.

3.5 T: Mild bitterness. Again hops are primarily piney and grapefruity. Mild nondescript citrus and resin secondarily. Bready malts with just a hint of caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium-medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very mild creaminess and plenty smooth.

3.25 D: Really disappointed given this beer's reputation and my prior experiences with Alpine. I don't know if GF is to blame or not, but this is well before the best buy date.

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

Look - A light golden color. Semi hazed
Smell - Grapefruit, pine, dank, citrus
Taste - Follows the nose beautifully. Tons of grapefruit and pine. Nice citrus notes as well.

Overall - So far out of the Alpine/GF beers I've had Pure Hoppiness, Duet and this. Hoppy Birthday is my favorite among the three. Jam packed full of flavor for 5.25%. Excellent beer.

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

Photo of schuler
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow, with a touch on tangerine. A very full white head on top, that develops a few craters, but seems to have some real staying power.

S: Big pine and citrus, with notes of grapefruit and orange peel

T: Lemon peel, orange zest, and resinous pine! They are some hops in this thing! Good amount of bitterness, with a long linger.

M: Medium light in body, with medium high carbonation. Very assertive feeling with a long lingering bitterness.

O: This is one hoppy beer! Tasty, very hop forward with loads of citrus and pine! I wish there was a little more complexity, but I guess I can settle for huge amounts of hops!

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Photo of Shippy
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Pours a hazy, bright yellow-gold with a densely bubbly cream colored head. Aromas of citrus and pine with a hint of spice. Flavor much the same with some grapefruit, some noticeable malt notes, and a little mild, lingering bitterness. The flavors are stronger than expected and very well balanced. Smooth, medium mouth feel with some dense carbonation that almost gives it a textured feel. Overall, an excellent session IPA. Lots of flavor, and the flavors work together well. I might start keeping this on hand somewhat regularly.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZRT
2.55/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jkal13
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass. Golden color. Pine taste. Hops are definitely the feature, but not overwhelming. Hint of blueberry. Very smooth, simple (in a good way) taste.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a stange

Clear, deep golden color, steady carbonation, one finger white foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of pine and citrus

Taste of pine, darkness,

Good sudsing, dryness, crisp finish

Good beer

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Photo of Furley80
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Had this on 2016-01-16 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge

A - Clear gold. Short white head.

S - Mild citrus and floral aroma. Light malt backbone.

T - Grapefruit, pine and a touch of light peach. Nothing exceptional tasting but I'd still have it again.

M - Light body and medium carb. Dry.

O - Kind of generic tasting compared to the Hill Farmstead Citra I just had.

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

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

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

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,856 ratings