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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:
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:
#536
Reviews:
488
Ratings:
2,840
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
635
Gots:
521
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,840 |  Reviews: 488
Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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 largadeer
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from ArthurPendragon. Thanks, old friend. The beer is a hazy, glowing yellow peach color. An inch of sudsy, frothy foam tops the body and retains nicely for the duration of the glass, which was admittedly brief. The first whiff displays huge tropical fruit and citrus hop aromas. Pineapple, papaya, a plethora of words that begin with P. Also mango maybe, which begins with M. Malt character is faint, possibly even imaginary. The taste is explosively hoppy yet quite dry and nuanced, with a light biscuit malt foundation barely perceptible beneath the hops. The hop flavors range from tropical fruit to fresh pine needles to juicy citrus. The body is light, but this has a ton of flavor. It finishes with a silky smoothness, only moderately bitter really, and with incredible balance. This is exceptional. Superlatives and Alpine seem to go hand in hand.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/18/2016. Green Flash bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero bitter astringency after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.25%. Overall this is an awesome pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
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 DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company "Hoppy Birthday"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Best By 228FEB17"
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Note: They have new labels, and this is listed as a pale ale at 5.3% ABV

Look: Slightly hazy deep amber colored body beneath a frothy head of white. Particulate is visible in suspension, most likely from dry-hopping.

Smell: Bright and fresh. Piney, earthy, herbal, resinous and citrusy over a caramelish malt base. Exactly what I expect from a west coast American pale ale.

Taste: As the aroma suggests with the malt stepping forward. Remarkably well-balanced between malt and hop, and sweetness and bitterness. There's a dollop of malty sweetness up front, threaded through with some orange-like fruitiness, and then it becomes caramelish and more piney, finally finishing dry and bitter with more orange and plenty of residual pine and resin.

Feel: Medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

Overall: A gleaming example of the west coast American pale ale as it used to be, taken up a notch with extra hops. Superbly rounded, balanced, and polished.

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Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 oz growler ... well, actually, the entire 32 oz growler .., into a lager glass.

Only about 18 hours since this was filled yet pours with a rather minimal head. I saw plenty of fine head as the growler was filled (and beer overflowed into the drain). Moreover, the thin head has very good retention, and the feel is only slightly below , so I'll rate this as if the carbonation level were a touch higher.

A: Amber body with plenty of fine-grained carbonation bubbles.

Magnificent hoppy aroma featuring oranges and other citrus tones.

The flavor follows but is more juicy and less citrus rind than the aroma suggests. Very flavorful; very fruity; mild bitterness goes a bit higher in the aftertaste.

O: as good as, or better than, any APA I've had. This has the intensity of an IPA but with lower (average) bitterness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear medium honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint brassy + golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit and tropical/mango hops over the lighter aroma of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a hint of caramel malts. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A really nice combination of hop flavors and aromas - complex and quite intense for an APA (or Session IPA). Drinks very easy and is just about sessionable. Excellent and totally worth grabbing when it comes out each year.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to osnapson (Reddit).

Nice creamy foamy head, nice lacing, semi clear semi hazy honey orange color.

Nose bright hops, citrus, candied orange, mild grassy earthy candied stone fruit, sweet malts with caramel and malty toasted, mild earthy hop.

Taste starts sweet again, candy caramel toasted malt, into big hops, chewy spicy quite bitter, candied stone fruit and orange zest, chewy spicy hops lingering, little dry finish, super bitter rind spicy chewy hops, little sweet malt.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy soft, nice carb.

Overall OK, lots of big hops but not a huge citrus tropical style like the big awesome IPAs of today, so it's good but not great for an APA.

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

On-tap 3/8/2015 at Stevie D’s in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character us hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent hoppy beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a lighter orange tinged golden with a half finger white head atop.Tropical fruits and mown grass really stand out in the nose,the hops really jump out at ya.For a "smaller" beer the hop profile is fantastic,tropical fruits,grass,even a bit of sweet onion,not much bitterness but it's there in the finish.I could drink this all day,a hophead's "session" ale even at 5.25%.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, huge, HUGE thanks to mday for this. After multiple unanswered ISOs, this gets delivered to my doorstep announced. Glad I got to experience at least part of your California trip.

Pours a moderate yellow-orange color with a white head and some pretty good lacing. Nose brings forward some really nice tropical, floral, and citrus notes. It seems like they've crammed every single hop variety into this one and then balanced them all out perfectly. The taste is similar with some really well defined hop notes. I got the most out of the tropical hops, though Amyliz4 got more from others. This is just stupendously well done with a beautiful balance between bitterness and drinkability. This is probably the best APA that I have ever had. Thanks again, Mike--I really owe you one.

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

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber fizzy brew with a decent foam in the pint shaker. On tap at Toma Sol in MIssion Hills. Richly hopped with a spritzy mouthfeel and friendly malty taste.

Hot and tangy on the tongue. Warm and toasty. Wonderful hoppy aromatics with a clean fruity taste and a bitter finish.

I know some are unhappy about the recent agreement to brew at the Green Flash facility, but in the last five years I have never seen Alpine on tap or in stores. Now I am suddenly seeing Alpine a lot of places, and the three I have tried are remarkably good. I don't see a loser here, unless people buy less Green Flash because there are better alternatives!

March 1, 2016 update: Had this on tap and found it underwhelming. Quite bitter but not much hop aromatics. Seemed like an excessively bitter Pale Ale. I would not have rated it very highly.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green Flash bottled version. Clear orange color with slightly off-white head. Aroma is really intense for such a low ABV beer. Definitely west coast style hop profile with lots of pine, grapefruit and herbal / woody notes. Starts bitter up-front and gets even more bitter towards the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. Slight malt, but mainly it's just about the hops. Grapefruit and orange pith come to mind, with the same abrasive, harsh bitterness. Body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this is a well made beer but doesn't really stand up with anything. Classic hop profile and a lot of bitterness, which lowers the drinkability factor for me.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Slightly hazy golden pour, small white head receded to a ringlet, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Balanced aroma of fruity hops and sugary pale malts. Equally balanced taste, fruity hops, light ammonia, palt malt sweetness. Medium body, easily drinkable, and good overall for the style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,840 ratings
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