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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Growler Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is smooth peachy and slight grapefruity. Crisp, bitter and light citrusy. Dry, herbal and smooth Bitter and light floral fruity. Dry and bitter into the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7896) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Growler at Woodshop 7. Not exactly mega fresh since this hasn’t been brewed in awhile, but CP filled and immediately fridged by a Woodshop attendee. Clear to chill haze golden pour. Spotty white foam. Nose is big mango and tangelo. Taste is tangy, nutty, rich, fresh and chewy butterscotch. Heavy, rich, quenching, elusive butterscotch quality only found in select West Coast IPAs like Port Wipeout, Alesmith IPA, Alpine Duet. Very yummy. Amazing palate. Very bitter through the long finish. Still holding up- will be a knockout fresh on tap.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Tap. Pours a nice golden orange color with a white head. Aroma is super tropical fruit forward, lots of orange, some white grape and grapefruit. Flavor follows the nose tons of tropical fruit with lots of mango and pineapple, lots of juicy hops with the orange and white grape and grapefruit. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall probably the best APA I have ever had, I love Alpine!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sarro (120) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Growler shared by Dan, thanks! Pours a golden straw with a 1.5 finger head. Nose reveals a fruity, almost tropical pineapple note. well carbonated. Taste is sweet malt, super floral and citrus hop forward notes with a nice grassy-ness in the finish. Best Alpine beer I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2012
preCBC tour on tap @the brewery-pours yellow with a white head. Aroma is citrus-lemon/pine. Taste is citrus-lemon/pine hops, sweet light malt.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Cask. Pours a rich hazed golden with hop particulate and a touch of loose white head. Light crisp malt, mostly 2 row, danky pineapple, peach, light dry peppery pine. More citra hop forward, balanced light malt profile, finishes with saltine cracker dryness. Love the citra and wish I could get this beer frequently.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (229) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
Tasted from a growler, in a hotel room in San Francisco. Pours slightly hazy, hay-coloured. Aroma of orange jam, citrus, fruity perfume. High percieved bitterness, average carbonation. Taste is perfume, pine, jam. Really tasty! Something I could drink forever

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Poured up on cask at the brewpub, dry hoped with Citra, with sort of a dirty yet clear gold body with loose like white head. The aroma offers up some grapefruit, citrus cotton candy and floral hop notes around the edges. The taste, despite the cask pour, un leashes a bounty of hoppy goodness that’s a mix of grapefruit, mango, spicy hops and a white wine like quality. There are various flavor hops to start and then the experience flows into increasing levels of drying bitter hoppiness into the finish. It has a fairly thin sessionable body making for a crisp pulsating flavored Pale Ale. Damn.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/8/2011. Poured from a growler into a tulip. Thanks readbaron, I’m glad it arrived safely. Clearly filtered, Hoppy Birthday has a transparent copper orange color with visible resplendent carbonation rising from the bottom to refresh its creamy white head. The head loiters and leaves a good splattering of lace on the glass. This has a monster hop aroma. Lots of floral notes, mango, orange rind, and pineapple. Up front the sweet pale malt sets the table for the hops. The hop profile is pretty amazing overall. Lots of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple give this a great, well rounded bitterness. Being a lighter beer, this is something I could easily drink all day during the summer. This has a nice, smooth carbonation that really helps to keep the beer clean. I like when there is no unpleasantness lingering - the bubbles lift up and carry away any residue so each sip starts out with a refreshed palate. This is pretty damn good. There are four pale ales I find worth my time, every time. Zombie Dust edges out Hoppy birthday on my personal favorite list, with Daisy Cutter and Alpha King tied for a distant third. That is splitting hairs, though, this is another win for Alpine. You can trust them to do right by the hop gods.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (667) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
On tap at ABC brewpub. Light slightly murky pour with plenty of frothy white foam that clings to the glass. Nose is a good dose of floral notes hops, and slight citrus. Taste follows the nose with very little by way of a malt backbone. Crisp and refreshing. At 5% abv this by far one of the best sessionable beers around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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