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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Ratings: 2,856 |  Reviews: 495
Photo of BeerTailor
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of samibr
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A best by date of 18 MAR 16, I'm guessing a batch code of F15282 poured into a 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a cloudy deep gold with a small amount of white foam that settles quickly.

Smell- Grapefruit forward with a little pine and onion.

Taste- Bitter grapefruit, followed by some pine, washed down with a heavy malt backbone.

Feel- Starts oily and finishes bitter and dry.

Overall- A good beer, but just a bit bitter and more malt than I care for. Drinks pretty large for a session rated at 5.25 abv.

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

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to find some Alpine brews in my local beer store.
A - Pours a murky orange color with a thick finger of white head.
S - Aroma is not strong but it's a combo of orange and grapefruit.
T - A little citrus on the front end, then bready with a bitter finish.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation.
O - Another winner from Alpine. I see BA calls this a Pale. The label and my taste buds say IPA. Well balanced, easy drinking.

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just a bit odd that BA has this listed as a Pale Ale, as the bottle clearly lists it as a session IPA. First smell is of hops and citrus, and the taste follows. Nice balance of hop and malt, with the hips and juiciness more pronounced. Nice color and head has good lacing. My bottle says brewed and bottled by Alpine, not by Green Flash. Good stuff - a really solid IPA.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a lagunitas glass.Smell is hops,grapefruit and a little orange.Taste is citrus and very hoppy.I have to say I like this very much.I think its pretty good.I would buy it again.Only thing I would do is raise the ABV.

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Photo of thebeers
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-gold with a finger-and-a-half of bright white head, and great lacing. Relatively restrained pine and orange aroma. Mild bitterness and a hint of orange up front in the taste, a pretty hollow middle and a bitter aftertaste. Light, but prickly mouthfeel. I don't know if I've explored the whole "session IPA" subcategory enough to stack it against other session IPAs. As an IPA or an APA, it has a nice fresh hop bitterness and is definitely refreshing, but little else going for it. Fairly boring in comparison to other hoppy beers at the same price point, IMO. Maybe if it were priced as a session beer I'd feel differently.

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Photo of instinct2
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justindemino
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This deep gold low-ABV IPA is effervescent and very slightly hazy; its brief-lived medium ivory-colored head leaves fair bands and splotches of lacing. The nose is medium-big: a delicious blend of candy-like spicy florals, green pine and grapefruit. The palate leads with bitter pine and hints of soap; mid-palate the citrus emerges, along with hints of bittersweet nuttiness and a bit of bready malt. The finish is nutty and medium dry, and is followed by the onset of a grassy/piney bitterness that is quite creditable for a session IPA; it sticks around for more than a few minutes as well. The mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and not watery in the least, and the texture is medium-creamy and moderately peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. Between the malt presence and the mouthfeel, Hoppy Birthday shows itself to be a well-crafted session IPA that does not have any of the weaknesses typical of its breed. (22 oz bottle, 140 days before best-by)

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Photo of SerpentX
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moestavern
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of SRBush1974
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanfox81
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz bottle in a nonic. The "best by" date was 3/18/16 and I've had it for about 2 months so let's get to it.

Clear copper color with about a 2F head, dirty white in color. There's active carbonation and fat lacing.

Mild nose of citrus and floral hops. There's some sweet roast pale malt.

Big bold punch of citrus hop flavors. Grapefruit and orange, some lemon and tropical fruits as well. There's a touch of caramel malt that sweetens a bit with warming.

Hop tang, pleasantly bitter and bold. Juicy and pine oil hops make a nice finish.

A very good effort and result. High IBU, low abv - that's a winner.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cfred371
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer says best by June 10th, 2016, which is maddening considering it is December. This is a 12 ounce bottle, bottled and brewed by Green Flash

Look: the beer pours a clear Amber/dark yellow color, white lacing and some white head. Carbonation bubbles are there, but not super prevalent.

Smell: I initially got some mango, and after a swirl, some dank smells from the hops. I am not good at smelling the malt evidently. The dankness dominates.

Taste: The taste is similar to the nose: you get some tropical fruit briefly, followed by a fair amount of resin flavors.

Feel: I thought this was pretty dry and bitter, and a thin mouthfeel. Not amazing

Overall: If people complain about the GF versions of Alpine's brews, the Aloine version of Hoppy Birthday must be unreal. This is a good beer, albeit a bit thinner and less juicy than I prefer. As the beer warms, the beer becomes more tropical and a little less bitter.

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Photo of cbcrunch
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured from a bomber marked Green Flash into my snifter glass. It poured a lighter yellowish orange color. There are some nice hop aromas in the nose some tropical fruits and a hint of pine. The taste was a little better than average for a session IPA with some good bitterness. The mouthfeel was average. This is a good session IPA.

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Photo of Xandrose
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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