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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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Reviews: 464 | Ratings: 2,746
Photo of q33jeff
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Pilsner glass.
LOOK: Clear Yellow. Medium white head. Not lasting.
AROMA: ash, citrus. Touch of pine, but more citrus (unlike Pure Hoppiness)
TASTE: Nice mix of citrus and pine. Light wood/hay/ash.

This is more my speed of IPA. Would rather drink this than Pure Hoppiness or (god forbid) Duet.


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this in the mix and match section at the Local Carnivores. Score!

A - Good orange yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to mild lacing.
S - Good hoppy smell reminds me of their DIPA I had very hoppy with a sweet malt presence.
T - Herbal and bitter with a lingering bitterness that really clings to the palate. Was actually surprised how bitter this is for an APA. Pretty good balance with a good cracker and pale malts.
M - If you love low ABV and a a good lingering bitterness this beer is for you.

Overall Pure Hoppiness is still better but its still a very good hoppy pale ale.

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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 BrokenEdge
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought this brew was slightly overrated, I expected great things and only got good things. Pours kind of meh, orangish amber body with an off white head, left good amounts of lacing. Smell is both floral and citrusy, lots of orange rind, grapefruit juice, and some lemon. Taste is unbalanced, in my opinion. VERY hop forward with little to no malt to back it up: very bitter tropical juice flavors and just a hint of biscuit. I only bought a 12oz single of this, but I'm aware it comes in larger format bottles...it was a fairly pleasant sipper at 12 oz, but can't imagine drinking more than that in one session. Way too bitter and unbalanced to be truly sessionable, as far as I'm concerned. Definitely not a bad beer but didn't meet my expectations. Would drink again though.

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Photo of ale2thechief
2.82/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe I am spoiled by living in New England. This offer from Alpine would be about #16 at my local 20 tap craft beer bar. The look of this beer reminds me of my youth. Very similar pour to Budweiser or miller. Clear with no head and some effervescent bubbles rising up. The flavor is fair. Little too much bitterness. No sense of hops on the palate. If I wasn't drinking Th Julius, Green etc. along with Trillium and NEBCO on a regular basis, maybe this west coast session would resonate higher, but it doesn't.

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Photo of cultclassic89
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This would be the GF brewed version, on draft.

L: Clear, orange amber color, expected carb.

S: Some bright citrus with pine, typical hop characteristics. Not much malt to speak of.

T: Pretty average here. Grapefruit, pine, bit of biscuity malt. Solid, but nothing too interesting.

F: Solid as expected, light medium with ample carb.

O: Solid, but nothing different than what you could pick up locally for most people. I expect the Alpine brewed version to be a bit better.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pleasant golden orange color. Smells wonderful with citrus,pine and tropical fruit notes. Tastes follow with a really big hop flavor that just explodes on the palate. Alpine always is on point with their hoppy beers. Really flavorful for 5.25%.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really well made beer, great robust hop aroma. West coast all the way. Love the depth of flavor here, the hops are a heavy hitter with a decent malt presence. Punchy hops all the way through. This is post Green Flash and damn good.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, pretty tasty. Slightly fruity, mainly bitter. Light. Sort of like a really good Session IPA, if that makes any sense. Not usually a fan of Session IPA's, but this is good.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden color , substantial clarity to it, 1/2" white head. Plenty of aromatics, not over the top like some of the other bigger ipas from Alpine, but this is the session. . .

Super light cracker malt with barely any toasting. Lemon like hop notes and high carbonation. Mild bitterness. Very good stuff, elite session ipa stuff. Would bang in a 6 pack, the 500ml and 22oz bottles rarely make sense though.

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Photo of zshaft
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

looks just ok. nose is very faint floral and head is minimal. not much on the front end of the palate but mouthfeel is nice and by the mid to end palate the flavor really comes through. nice blended hop flavors and very easy drinking. this beer is more than a session and to me doesn't have that watered down session flavor. nice finish makes this beer very good but not as good as alpines other beers imo.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.88/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly floral hops on the nose, though the aroma was fairly faint to me. This was a pretty pedestrian session IPA, mostly citrus notes (grapefruit rind, orange) but watered down for the most part to make it easy-drinking. Fine for what it is

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Photo of MACrist
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style.
APPEARANCE: Light orange/amber. 2 fingers of foamy, off white head that lingers and leaves quite a nice bit of lacing down the glass. From what I can see, the carbonation looks fairly mild, small bubbles slowly rising up the pint glass.
AROMA: Lots of stuff...all on the mild side. Sweet caramel malt, pine, and citrus like grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A bit of astringency, like Simcoe delivers.
TASTE: Some sweet caramel malt immediately, followed by a really mild astringency. Lemon/citrus/pineapple. And kind of a different, peppery note I would not have expected. Interesting.
FEEL: Medium carbonation, does the job. Very dry the entire way through. Medium thin body. A clean, refreshing beer.
OVERALL: Very dry, if that's your thing, most of the usual suspects as far as aroma and flavor go. A little spicy, too. Good IPA, above average for sure but I prefer Founders All Day for all my "session" IPA needs.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 1/27/16. Pours a beautiful light orange with a nice 2 inch sticky white head that leaves behind some nice lace.

Smell pine, garlic, tangerine, marijuana, and grapefruit.

Taste starts with garlic, marijuana, tangerine, and finishes with Pine and grapefruit, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is a ltitle less than medium, perfect amount of life, maybe a little dry, and so so drinkable.

Overall this is really amazing and only 5.25%. That is a lot of flavor for a beer this size.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a short airy khaki colored head that quickly settles into a small ring.

The aroma is of grapefruit and peppery hops. Fairly bright.

The taste is quite grassy and bitter. Not much citrus, kinda has some resin notes. There is a touch of pineapple and a honey note from the malt that provides some sweetness.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Some sweetness on the palate but that is quickly crushed by a dry earthy bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the finish and is chalky.

Not my favorite session IPA, too dry and bitter. Not much of a session either as its over 5%.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big citrus, and grapefruit in the aroma and taste. Some pineapple comes in the taste.

-Had a fairly fresh bottle, but the malt and flavors seemed to have an older IPA quality. Tea, or mint leaf type flavors. Dropped this beer a bit from my original 4.65 rating.

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