Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

Hoppy BirthdayHoppy Birthday
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 2,834 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#533
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
2,834
Liked:
2,680
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
516
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,834 |  Reviews: 486
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden straw yellow/orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really dry, grassy, and bitter, with some dry, bitter grapefruit, perfume, grass, and a little bit of lemon.

This honestly reminds me of a slightly stronger Carton Boat, in how dry and bitter this is. Lots of grass, perfume, a slight amount of grapefruit, and a really long bitter lingering finish.

This is medium bodied, with a strong amount of carbonation, and a really crisp, dry mouthfeel.

I can see why this one is so popular, so tasty and so drinkable.

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

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of MasterSki
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to ArthurPendragon for the hookup. I've been looking to try this one for a while, and Arthur came through. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of off-white foam that eventually settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lace. Lightly hazed transparent golden body.

S - Lemon zest, dankness, oranges, hint of pine, a little bit of perfume and cat pee, and a sugary malt bill in the periphery.

T - The taste is an initial burst of fresh citrus zest, ripe grapefruits and oranges, and delicious hop goodness. The finish is doughy with a bit of yeast character, and the total package isn't as sweet as the nose implies. Not much bitterness at all, which is a plus for a session ale.

M - Crisp carbonation that is active but not very harsh. Medium-light body, smooth texture, and a lightly dry finish.

D - As Jason would say, this is "absolutely crushable"! Another winner from Alpine!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of IPAchris
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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 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.

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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 Gobzilla
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. the aromas were just like most of other IPA's consisting of a great hop profile, pine, grass, citrus grapefruit, slight pineappple, and some good malt prssence. Upfront the hops and pine flavors were the stara with citrus grapefruit and slight pineapple co-stars. even though it was pretty hoppy the malts did come thru to balance out the hop bomb which was is really a pale ale;great job. the brew was light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a nice slight sweet but bitter hop crisp finish. it drank very good and IMO can become a epic session beer chiilin in the hot socal summer sun.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is yellow / light amber and clear with a nice white head with some retention, carbonation moderate to low, looks excellent.

The aroma is grinding and hops. It is strong and awesome, CTZ hops if I am not mistaken.

Beer is light in body, very hoppy, the malt lead off is nearly non-existent. It is very nice, bitterness is about 60 IBU thereabouts, great finish, overall a superb beer. I'd have it again, and again.

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Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -7%

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 2,834 ratings
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