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:
2,815
Reviews:
481
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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636
Gots:
512
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Ratings: 2,815 |  Reviews: 481
Photo of Steve_Trick
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/4/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a white head that fades and leaves nice retention and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of ripe peach and mango. Some garlic and onion in the mix. Bready malts are there, but the hops shine. The flavors are sharp and clean. It has a very clean bitterness. Lots of fresh pine needles. Lots of grapefruit. More peach. Some lemon and lime zest in the mix. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but has a body to it. It's not thin and has active carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

Very nice "Session IPA". It packs a bitter punch. Good stuff.

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

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sankykid
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerandboards
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRock7755
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SlothB77
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Does not live up to the hype at all. Green Flash has let you down.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden honey like in color, clear with a thin head.
S: Super juicy, peach, mango, pineapple, tropical notes galore....truly wonderful!
T: Similar to nose, extremely citrusy, mild bitterness.
M: Mild carbonation, dry/bitter finish, hops prickly to the tongue.
O: Bravo Alpine! Welcome to MA....this is a Trillium like beer in aroma and taste.

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

Photo of brewjoel
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/21/15

A: Medium orange at the core with some tangerine and honey around the edges - some light chill haze, but mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, a small collar, and leaves spots and streaks of lacing

S: Nicely bright citrus - orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flesh, juice, and zest - floral citrus - lightly dank and resinous, some sticky pine - lightly tropical notes with some mango and melon - leafy hops - dry, pale malts and light crackers

T: Thoroughly interesting and highly drinkable - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, oil, zest, and pith - flowery citrus - leafy, lightly spicy hoppy flavors - herbal notes, some pine, lightly resinous, touch of mint - lightly tropical, with some melon, mango, and cantaloupe - moderately bitter, with some touches of aspirin - malts are more or less nonexistent, with some hints of pale malt, light bread, and light crackers

M: On the light side of medium, mostly crisp, lightly oily, low carbonation, refreshing

O: Is there any other kind of birthday?

This is, unsurprisingly, a nice IPA (or session IPA, or whatever you want to call it) from Alpine. I think I may actually prefer it to Pure Hoppiness. It's bright, citrusy, and hovers around the 5% ABV, which I think is a rather impressive. This is the Green Flash brewed version, for the record, so I guess they are doing something right.

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Photo of winningwes91
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcugafsu
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear copper orange with light head and light lacing. Smells of floral and piney hops. Citrus hops dominate beginning to end. Bitter throughout. Light mouthfeel and carbonation. Decent tasting lighter ipa

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

Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of NT03
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tharper178
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IpeeA
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopBomb515
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dull orange with a big white head and tons of lacing. Big hoppy nose. Notes of light pine, dank, light floral hop, grapefruit, and citrus piths. Medium feel, great body for the abv, lingering bitter finish and slightly dry. Really nice pale ale with an amazing level of hoppiness. More pale ale than session ale, in all fairness.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz capped bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass.
"Strong" session IPA at over 5% abv, but who's counting. If you're a "hophead", this is the type of session IPA you want, lots of different hop flavors and aromas in a hop forward, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,815 ratings.
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