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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:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
2,746
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
645
Gots:
490
For Trade:
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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 2,746
Photo of brewskis
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is Green Flash's version. Poured out of a bottle with a Green Flash logo on the actual bottle, but Alpine on the label.

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger white head.

Aroma is of dankness, pine resin, grapefruit peel, orange, and floral from the hops. There is a dry cracker malt and very slight bready sweetness in there to balance the citrus and pine from the hops.

Taste is quite bitter. Get lots of pine resin bitterness up front and into the finish. Between that the cracker malt and very slight sweetness play with some citrus (grapefruit and orange) notes from the hops. Very dry beer.

Light medium body. Nicely carbonated and clean.

Overall, this is a solid beer, especially by GF standards. However, this is definitely not as good as the original Alpine version. It lacks the depth and complexity from the hops that the original provided.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of 02 Dec 2016. Sampled on August 18, 2016.

It is an attractive looking amber-copper pour with a long lasting off-white head.

The aroma tends to be subtle and mellow. I get some resin notes along with a muted caramel sweet malt note. But nothing expresses itself as the leader.

Medium, smooth body. Delightful on the tongue.

Roasted caramel malt presence in the taste that is immediately usurped by the resin hoppiness and mildly dry finish. It is fairly easy to drink and not in your face. Hophads - this is a Session Ale - not a DIPA! It is meant to be more subtle.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Legit.. Tropical fruity hops with a big bitterness that is unapologetic... Light pale malt.. piney hops that sometime go a bit catty Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was an ipa or double ipa. It drinks like one flavor wise. I am having a hard time with the flavors in this beer. Piney and hop resiny. Earthy. Very happy.

For a pale ale this is way hopped up. It tastes stronger than it is. Somewhat bitter. Somewhat sticky. Ends fairly clean. Great for a pale ale, but very odd.

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Photo of gory4d
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark golden with a white head. Smells piney. Tastes much the same, with a faint nutty maltiness way at the back. It's fairly meaty for a beer this low in alcohol. Drinkability suffers a tad from the unremitting hops, but it's a solid beer.

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

A light pinkish orange with a thin cap.

Subdued, fruity - maybe orange, grass and pine.

Very earthy. A lot of dry hops. Oak, bread.

Light to medium mouthfeel. ABV tastes around 6.5%.

Nice.

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

22oz (best by 3/18/2016) into a tulip. Pours a hazy strwaw w/ a soft white head.

Aroma is light and dry. Citrus rind, biscuity pale malt, floral hops.

Taste follows nose. Crisp bright citrusy hops on pale neutral dry malt. Lighter and more sessionable than an IPA. Nice alpha acid bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is likewise light and crisp, drinkable. Like and IPA light.

Overall a slightly watered-down version of an Alpine (or other SoCal) IPA.

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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 kevanb
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, best by March 18, 2016, Alpine Label in a Green Flash bottle, poured into an Alpine Beer Co. pint glass.


The beer pours a lightly hazy copper color, plenty of clarity with just a light chill haze and a foamy white head, about 2 fingers high, loose bubbles with moderate retention and sticky lace. The aroma is pleasant, citrus rind, bitter hop spice, pine, resin, a bit of juicy fruits with some crusty malt, plenty of character for 5.25%, though it does have the typical "session" feel where it's annoyingly restrained. The flavors are nice, loads of hoppy bitterness, grapefruit peel, spice, loads of pine needle, resiny and sappy hop bite, certainly earthy with just a kiss of malt at the end, but plenty of lingering hops and bitterness, satisfying to the last second. The mouthfeel is good, crisp and assertive, full bodied, coating with a nice dry kick.


Verdict: A nice session IPA from Alpine, the aroma left me wanting more and boy did I get it flavorwise, bitter, assertive, crisp, earthy and resinous, definitely full bodied that lacks nothing. Really pleased to find this on the shelf in Chicago, so kudos to Green Flash for giving us the chance to sample Alpine's products without having to harass SoCal locals.

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Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Glowing gold with a creamy white head that leaves lots of lacing as it recedes.
S - Pungent, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and a bit of cat pee, with a mild malt backbone.
T - Crisp toasted malt provides the foundation for more pungent hop flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, and mango. Nicely tropical and "juicy".
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium mouth-feel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, sessionable even.
O - A really nice APA, expertly hopped and infinitely drinkable.

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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 LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent looking glass of beer comes out of a 22 ounce bomber from the guys at Alpine; great color, smaller but decent head, not much if any lacing to speak of left behind. A pretty good taste but it seems to one dimensional leaning towards the grapefruity citrus, without much else going on. If that's what you want you'll love Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of MLDucky
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash version. The nose and flavor was more hop forward than the Duet drank side by side. More balanced, not as much bitterness. As it warmed the hope profile came through more and it became more pleasant.

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Photo of zimm421
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear bright orange with a fluffy white head. The nose is dank, fruity and has a good malt presence that comes through as biscuits. The taste starts out very malty, with decent citrus and pine coming through, but nothing really jumps out as the dominant flavor. Overall, it's a very drinkable good beer but not something that blows me away.

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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 stevoj
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at River Room. A nice rich golden body with creamy head. Initial blast of hops on the nose, taste follows with crisp, sharp hop bitterness. One of the hoppier APAs, but very tasty.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is bright lemon, grapefruit and pineapple.
The taste is dry and metallic bitterness with a solid bitter finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's really good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Clear deep orange body. Nice white head. Grapefruit hop aroma. Caramel malt. Taste is just like the nose. Aggressive grapefruit up front. Hefty caramel malt behind it. Not sweet, more bready and toasty. Strong bitterness in the back end. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Straightforward and very tasty.

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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 anon
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden/copper hue. Lots of carbonation on the pour. Small off-white head with decent retention, fading to a pool of foam. Lacing is minimal.

Heavy pine resin and hop oil scents. Hop overload on the tongue; again, pine resin and hop oils come through strong, just a hint of dankness and some floral, herby, fruity notes. A bit of breadiness and a light malt backbone balance out the bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Almost feels like a heavier brew, not that that's a bad thing. More to enjoy without feeling the ABV.

A well done, hop-forward ale.

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Photo of jooler
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From alpine brewery. Great smell but has a rough taste at the end

Edit: from green flash. Same but a lot more bitter. Like unnecessary amount of bitterness for a pale ale

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Photo of barnzy78
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Best by 14 JAN 17
A - slightly hazed tangerine colored ale with a creamy ivory head
S - zesty citric and floral hops fill the nose with orange blossom, grapefruit, lemon, and pine
T - west coast IPA flavors with orange and grapefruit zest, pine, a bit if mango, a bit of lemon-lime along with caramel malt and grain
M - a bit thin for an IPA being on the thin side of medium; moderate carbonation, finishes bitter and dry
O - quite flavorful and one of the better session IPAs I've had to date. I'd buy this as a birthday gift for a hop loving friend for sure, but I doubt I'd get it for myself again.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,746 ratings.
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