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
Ratings:
2,830
Reviews:
486
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
515
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,830 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of sposter4
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Minimal to no head. Slight Hazy appearance. Good pine and citrus notes. Clean crisp finish

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Photo of garrettparkal
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PJHOY
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xrusha
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber in color with absolutely stunning clarity. You could read a book through it. Off white head settles into nothing very quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Soft notes of earthy and piney hops. Subtle hints of sliced tangerine and ruby red grapefruit too. Faint caramel malt base.

T: Earthy hops open with notes of pine and bark. Resin too. Oily. Bitterness clamps down hard. Bitter ruby red grapefruit comes out eventually. Subtle tangerine too. Malt base is grainy with hints of caramel. Bitter, oily, and clamping hop finish of pine and resin.

M: Light in body. Thinly creamy, but a bit watery really. Fine carbonation adds an aggressive scrub.

O: Impressively clean and focused, and the hop flavors are honed in very well. Malt body is somewhat bare bones and thin, but does its job. Bitterness is bitey. Pretty straightforward, but quaffable. If you're really jonesing for some hops, this can deliver a fix in a light and sessionable package. You may even need another hit to fully scratch that itch.

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Photo of SeanVonMorrison
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holopirek
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thing ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of fruity and floral hops up front, with some malty sweetness in the back. Very balanced

T: Follows the nose. Stars off with some nice fruity notes, followed by floral hops and malt to balance. Lightly sweet. Finishes with lingering floral notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great APA/session IPA that is extremely easy to drink while still delivering the hoppiness to cure any hop fix. Definitely worth seeking this one out to give it a shot

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

Photo of Vlaminck
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a clear dark orange color with a thin white head that leaves a bit of lace around the edge. Smell is of citrus grapefruit some pine and light caramel. Taste is similar to the smell with grapefruit, pine, citrus, and light caramel. Medium body, crisp carbonation. Overall a very good IPA, maybe a little bitter for a session beer for me, but overall very good.

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Photo of Sti555
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deereless
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Burt
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RIKIM
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of auroracrisis
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated best before 04 June 2016. Into a Lost Abbey tumbler. It's kind of strange to see this beer available on shelves in my region now.

Pours a pale, clear marmalade orange with a spotty head. Medium bubbles feed the head in a lazy fashion from the bottom of the glass.

Initially the smell is grassy with a touch of pine. A bit of grapefruit and mandarin orange zest round out the hops. A touch of cracker can be sniffed out behind all that hoppy goodness.

Your tongue is greeted with a balance between spruce and pine, and fruity citrus flavors. A little bit of grapefruit and zest. Much like the nose on this one. Graham cracker notes round out the sweeter side of this beer but aren't nearly as present as the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a drying characteristic. Some what low carboantion.

A great session IPA that I'm glad to see make it's way into my neck of the woods. Not mind boggling good but a solid, great beer. I remember when this beer was a hype machine that people were giving up whales for. Now since Green Flash has bought Alpine, I wonder if the current bottled recipe does justice to the truly microbrewed recipes of the past.

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Photo of nlv0127
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prost76
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lucasj82
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerTailor
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,830 ratings.
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