Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ruth 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

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with about a half finger of head. The nose is really nice and hoppy. The flavor is very hop forward but weak on the malt end.

Perhaps this is the best session IPA that I have ever had - although that might not mean much.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber "best by 27 Jul 16" into nonic.
Really good. Orange peel at its bitterest. Nice clear golden color. Medium head.
Nice having this much power in an IPA but only 5.25 ABV. Wish it was readily available in 12 oz. 6 packs.

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Photo of TedStrosser
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately, had right after a Second Fiddle.

Has limited flavor and awful smell - relative to the SF.

I am sure it will grow on me as I drink it.

My third Alpine Beer and would certainly give it another try, as I would their other offerings.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Best before 03 Jun 16 printed on the label. Pours a beautiful honey gold with a translucent clarity and loose, half inch, off-white had that quickly loses half its volume within seconds off the pour and disperses into a consistent skim that coalesces around the shoulders. Nose is subdued yet bright - floral, citrus and piney hops express themselves, as well as crackery notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, hops character is a bit muddled and there's also a trace of caramel malt in the mix. Finishes with a medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to light) with a crisp carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer although a bit maltier then I anticipated. The flavor profile, however, doesn't work for me.

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

This is a delightful citra hop. Decently piney, it has a sour mix of lemon and orange, and a lager/pilsner like body. Very easy going, yet satisfying if you're crazing an IPA.

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Photo of jpro
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with one finger of white head that leaves very little lace. Smell is citrus rind, light resiny hops, and raw biscuit dough / wet socks. Taste has a bit of cracker malt. Feel is light - even though this is a "session" IPA, at 5.25%, this still seems thin.

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

Our first Alpine Beer - now in MN! A pale orange typical of the west coat IPA, with a bit of head and light lacing. A piney hop aroma comes up with some light floaral background. Not too much, but a good omen. Taste is hop forward, not as intense as a full-on IPA but can hold its own with many. Lingering bitterness and light aftertaste, light and enjoyable carbonation. Of all the sessionable IPAs out there, this stands out from the crowd. Very nice. The remaining four of the six pack are now destined to be consumed next Sunday for the Super Bowl.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best by July 2016.

Appearance: Light caramel color with great clarity and large bubbles of carbonation visibly ascending. Very thin cap of froth.

Aroma: Classic citrus hop bouquet with a dash of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Very light in the malt department as expected. The hop character comes off a little soapy tasting but is full of vibrant earthy bitterness. Finish and aftertaste of raw bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and well carbonated. Drinkability suffers from the onslaught of IBUs.

Final Thoughts: A little less bittering hops or a little higher FG would have made for a more well-rounded beer. Would I drink it again? Maybe fresh on tap.

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Photo of dank203
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great drinkable sessionable yet flavorful ipa. big pine and citrus notes, little tropical as well. dry finish, yet crisp and juicy. well rounded. would definitely get again.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Purchased in Providence, RI.

Gusher. Pours a crystal clear golden body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly to leave some lacing and retention.

Aromas are piney, resinous, light. On the tongue is light pine, floral notes, finished by a light resinous bitterness. Very drinkable, crisp with medium carbonation.

A very solid session IPA. Could crush this.

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Photo of tlema1
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful gold color, with a thin white head
S: not much on the nose
T: citrus, and tropical fruit
S: light body, very drinkable, bitterness up front
O: I'll put it up there with Duet and Nelson

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden color like that of a dehydrated piss. Amazingly brite. Not even a single drop of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Not a terribly floral hoppy scent. It was there when I opened the bottle but dissipated quickly. Taste is really something else. Very unique. Like a tadty roasty oaty grilled coffee-marinaded brisket. Except its hoppy. Somewhat bitter. Shitty feel. Like thick air. Overall a tastytreat. Will buy again.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice and brigh visually. Floral and earthy hops on the nose. Overly bitter on the palate. Thin mouth, not oily or gushed. Not something I'd come back to time and time again, but happy I got to try it. A bt expensive at $12.99 a six or $2.99 per bottle at my bottle shop.

Best by date on bottle is 07/12/16.

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Photo of delta490
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, it is a deep golden amber with a nice cap of off white head that leaves tight sticky lacing in big quantities. The aroma is primarily pine hops with subtle amounts of caramel malt and citrus hops. The taste is much the same but a little lacking in depth. The body has a nice weight and is mostly smooth throughout with just a little hops bite on the finish.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is huge citrus and pine, mandarin oranges, a little bit of caramel malt, and floral aroma.

Taste is orange peel, a hint of cream, and surprising floral flavors - maybe lavender or chamomile? Nice bitterness on the finish that meshes well with the floral flavors.

Overall, a great low ABV IPA. I've heard from others that these Alpine beers have been good but not the same since Green Flash took over. If that's the case it's hard to believe how awesome the "originals" must have been.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, citrus, herbal, and grassy hops followed by toasted, grainy, bready, biscuity, and caramel malts.

Taste: Hoppy deliciousness and balancing malt bill. Light light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear. Super smooth, delicious, and sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, and light light bitterness.

Overall: Super sessionable and delicious. Working on the rest of the 6 pack. Now that we can get it here in Massachusetts, I'll look forward to this more often.

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Photo of peensteen
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazed orange colour, ring of white head and slight lace. Smell is full of citrus and pine, some dank/earthy hops, tons of grapefruit and pineapple. Taste s hoppy, stays mildly bitter all the way through, big dank and tropical flavours. Light carbonation, medium-light body. Very good stuff here, I could see this being a staple fridge beer if it were available in my area.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
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 +5.4%
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 Beejay
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -5.6%
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 jkal13
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -2.1%
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 Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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 Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This is an exceptional looking beer. Clear, golden orange body, a full but not ridiculous head that fades to a thin cap of white. Lacing stands out here, with lots of beautiful tiny bubbles. What you want an IPA to look like (and it is called a session IPA).

S - Lovely, dank hops, pine and resin, a slight sourness, a hint of lemon and peach, and lots of floral overtones.

T - Smashing floral and peach open, resin and sourness begin to dial up, moving to a bright hop-centric middle where the pine is king, then a close of spiky bitterness, profound and overwhelming, that fades. The trick here is that it disappears, rather than lingering, meaning you really can come back for more, despite the punishing aspect of the bitterness in the close.

M - Good carbonation, strong initial drying on the close that fades out quickly, allowing you to come back quickly for more.

O - There is no question this is a bitter one, but the brewers here have managed to create a close that fades the bitterness out completely. Rock solid IPA, and one of the most muscular session IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking, it delivers a quality drinking experience. Happy to see this in Indiana distribution.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,797 ratings.
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