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Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a very tasty Hoppy Pale ale, I did not get to try this before the Green Flash acquisition so I wonder how much the recipe has changed, but this has a lot of hop flavor and bitterness for a beer of only 5.25% very fresh tasting with almost no malt in the taste, excellent drinkability

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Photo of dd43
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a session IPA the alcohol level is borderline, typically I look for 5% or less. That said, this beer is just a touch over that and as an IPA it is quite delicious. More resinous and hoppy than I was expecting but pleasantly bitter in the finish and imminently drinkable.

Head was foamy and white like soap bubbles. Didn't last very long, lacing was minimal. Malts were in the distant background, this is a hop forward beer and then some. Citrusy with some ripe fruit flesh in the nose but more of a spruce character than tropical fruit. This is how west coast IPAs should look and feel.

Hoppy Birthday to you, enjoy it on your next anniversary.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a clear honey-gold with a 1.5-finger buff-colored head. Fair amount of lacing. Looks quite good. Smell is primarily an earthy, oniony dankness mixed with grapefruit and pine. Underneath that is sweet oranges and subtle lemons.

Taste is on the earthy side (no onion flavor at all though), finishing with pine and grapefruit pith bitterness that lingers for a while, though it's nowhere near what I would call extreme. Pleasing bitterness. Feel is on the lighter side of medium, with just a touch of wateriness that makes it super drinkable but also detracts just a bit in my book. At the same time there's a little malt sweetness that props it up and gives it some body, so it's not completely thin. Sort of a contradictory sensation I suppose.

This is a really flavorful and nicely bitter beer, especially at a pale ale ABV. Refreshing, tasty, enjoyable.

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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 TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by date of July 12, 2016

Appearance - Pours clear and golden orange in color with very little head that dies quite quickly, leaving few suds on the surface of the brew. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Aromatic, with powerful citrus notes. Distant pine. Light caramel and toasted malt.

Taste - Follows the nose with strong citrus flavor. Orange essence with lesser grapefruit. Lesser notes of pine and spice. Faint, toasty malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Pithy finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate, prickly carbonation. Slick, smooth drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - I'm not big on Session IPA's, but this one stands out from the crowd. I'd liken it to a baby version of Pure Hoppiness, which is one of my favorite DIPA's to date. No doubt it's something I'd buy from time to time.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BBD 7/12/16. Pours a clear copper. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Good, but a bit light, nose of citrus that is mostly orange and grapefruit with a dash of herbal dank.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. World class carbonation with a middle effervescent burst and a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The outstanding hop flavor centered profile is reasonably intense, not very complex and well balanced. It begins with grapefruit then flows to tangerine as a slightly sweet middle emerges shifting the orange notes forward. The middle yields a moderate bitterness that is rind based with subtle dank undertones. The finish is a slow fade of rind.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very pretty golden amber, white fluffy head that lasts, and nice lacing.

Nose is mild, with fresh vanilla, floral hops, nutty oak, spanish almond, grapefruit rind.

Taste is savory, with brown butter, toffee, almond, lemon. The hops are bold, but balanced; never over the top.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable with medium carbonation; actually fun to drink due to how smoothly the flavor profile carries from beginning to end.

Overall, this is an exciting example of how much character a session beer can have while maximizing drinkability.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, best before June 10, 2016.

Pours a translucent, pale amber with a large white head. Good retention, but no lacing on the glass. Nice looking brew. The aroma has a lot of great things going on. Right away I noticed dank, citrus, orange, and grapefruit, all from the hops. Light tropical fruit at the tail end with some pineapple shining through. This was as good as it got though, as it all kind of fell apart in the taste. That dankness from the hops was still there, but the citrus fades quickly and the beer becomes very bitter with no malt anywhere in sight to back it up. An unbalanced, bitter finish disappoints and fails to cash in on what the aroma seemed to promise. Medium-light body, soft carbonation, and a clean but thin/watery texture.

I've been unimpressed by this and Pure Hoppiness. For the prices these Alpine beers are going for, they better be a notch above the competition, and I am just not feelin' it.

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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 Gorilla_Biscuits
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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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.
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