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:
2,829
Reviews:
486
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
514
For Trade:
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Ratings: 2,829 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of anonymoose
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One week old. The beer has a clear orange color. The aroma is citrus and pine. The taste is masked by resiny bitterness and malt. Tastes like an old IPA despite being super fresh

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Photo of NonicPanic
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice flavor and color, I like it hoppier though.

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Photo of andyjeigh
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, best by June 9, 2016.

This is in sixers now with wide distribution. I have had the Alpine version on tap about a year ago, yes it was from Alpine not Green Flash, and I really enjoyed it. Basically was a hoppy pale ale executed well.

This thing is a completely different beast. It's now a "session IPA". This thing poured like a soda. Fizzy bubbles dissipating faster than you can say acquisition. Aroma is decent but not the juicy hop bomb I'm used to. Way too much bitterness for a session IPA. The mouthfeel is thin as hell. Not something I'd want to drink more of. Glad I bought a single bottle of this and not a sixer at $11.99.

Green Flash is running Alpine into the ground. Fortunately for them, most people are too dumb to notice.

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Photo of charrel
3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this at the Yardhouse in LA. Beer had a smokey aftertaste which was very unusual. I am not sure if something was not wrong with the beer

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Photo of Herky21
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a pizza port. Pint.

A: Liquid gold opaque. A thing of beauty. Full and opaque. Thin head but looks lovely in the light.

S: Comes in very subtle. Grapefruit citrus with a honey sweetness.

T: Perfection. I've had this on cask before and didn't enjoy it as much. On tap amazing. Heavy grapefruit pez candy-esque with honey coming in. Hoppy but well rounded and not abrasive.

M: Holds the sweetness and citrus character beautifully start to finish this has the best mouthfeel an apa can have.

O: Impressive but then again its alpine. This is a real treat. I should rate this higher because for its style its world class pale ales just aren't one of my favorite styles and they made an outstanding one.


Update:

Since having the new bottles, I cannot maintain this rating. Much poorer quality just a standard hoppy pale without the magic that Hoppy Birthday used to be. A real shame. Used to love this.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a moderate head and some sticky lacing.

Froot loops! I'm a little confounded to not see more of this on these reviews, for me there is no other way to describe the initial nose other than Froot Loops. Also some hop dankness, then after a short period, some grassy notes emerge.

Hoppy Birthday is much less frootay on the tongue, with prominent buttery biscuit, then some light tropical bitterness following up.

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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 TTripp725
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 Stockatron
3.39/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

May have been an old bottle, tatsed like the yeast had taken over. Solid malt backbone but no hop lift ...

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Photo of skaboom420
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another forced review. Overly bitter without a ton of flavor. Not pleasant.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I noticed that a lot of the reviewers mention citrus and tropical fruit when tasting this beer - I am not sure how they getting this from Hoppy Birthday. In my opinion the hops are overbearing. This beer is very one dimensional, all hop no malt backbone. So if you really love super bitter unbalanced hoppy beer you won't be disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Abbbp
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NelCet
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wiz77
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in 12oz goblet, this was a very nice beer, but not one that stood out from the field of 41 other hoppy pale ales. I will bang again, but it's not a transcendental experience.

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,829 ratings.
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