Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday
BA SCORE
4.3/5
Outstanding
2,856 Ratings
Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday
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
Ranking:
#567
Reviews:
495
Ratings:
2,856
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
631
Gots:
525
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,856 |  Reviews: 495
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Green Flash bottle, best by March 18th 2016.

Stellar looker. Deep bronze with excellent clarity. Hints of orange hues, and even red tinges of copper when held up to the light, even getting darker surprisingly. Fine streams of pinhead carbonation from the bottom. Off white head, thick and rich with slightly creamy to soapy bubbles in a good large three finger size head. Small retention but controlled and settling real nicely to a good finger height.

Fantastic hop aroma. Deep dank notes, hints of tropical warmth, herbs, a mix of sweet green minty like spice as well. Juicy but also dry with this earth green warmth and spicy character that is just inviting. Mouthwatering bouquet, juicy and rich, with incredbile complexity but also real balanced. Spectacular nose.

Palate hits with a big hop splash. Dry herbal earth tones hit first, nearly drying and pulling out the palate. A good juice flavor manages to bounce it back though and continue some decent malt sweetness for counterbalance. Aftertaste is a big surprise. Slow hop aroma and shooting wood and pine burn that creeps out of nowhere. Palate manages a bit on the wet side but with supportive qualities, but tends to wash out in the mid, and dry like an ashen fire on the finish. Big black spiced pepper notes as well, and does have a bit of a session IPA like feel, but with far more malt backbone and in the pale ale territory.

A real nice brew and take. This was more than I expected and it really delivers.

 1,545 characters

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

 184 characters

Photo of aasher
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright, golden orange coloring with a flurry of carbonation in the body and a fluffy, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of wet, dank hops resin forward, with notes of pine, wet grass, grapefruit, lemon zest, and candi sugar. Very balanced and very hoppy nose. Flavors are very hop forward, bitter and resinous, with a solid blend of pine pitch, cannabis, and wet grass. The hoppy notes are balanced by a sweet and tart blend of citrus fruit, heavy on grapefruit and orange, with candi sugar highlights. Smooth, bold bodied, with a solid aftertaste of hoppy, resinous notes and citrus sweetness. The finish is smooth, slick, and dry, with a hoppy linger. Amazingly balanced and damn tasty!

 761 characters

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very mildly fogged and true amber in color. Grassy piney nose. Flavor is hoppy, of course. Earthy with grass tones. Hints of pine. It's good stuff. A bit too bridled that though. Wouldn't mind a bit more crazyness about it.

 223 characters

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. The taste is really nice, hoppy, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

 315 characters

Photo of mklisz
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle - Best by 18 March 16:

Pours golden with a thick foamy head that settles to a lasting thin head. Web-like lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of powerful hops - citric, resin/pine with floral/perfumey spice.

The taste - plenty of hop goodness here - citric/piney/floral. Just enough cracker-like malt to keep the hops together and to keep it smooth. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

A very enjoyable hop-forward brew!

 443 characters

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: loads of citrus and earthy tones are picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, mango, some pine, and a earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a very tasty lower alcohol IPA. Very easy to drink this one.

 355 characters

Photo of Dicers
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,856 ratings