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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
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Anniversary Beer


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2010
On tap @ Alpine. Golden yellow with a small head. Aroma of tropical fruit, flowers and some light malt aromas. The flavor is dry bitterness on top of a lightly sweet malt base. Medium to light body with average carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Another excellent IPA from Alpine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Tap at Toronado SD a couple weeks ago. Pours a medium golden-yellow color with one finger of white foam. The aroma is very hoppy, basically a pine and spruce forest with sharp pine needles and a going-shopping-for-a-Christmas-tree smell. There are lighter notes of flowers, herbs, skunk, and cat piss. Like I said, a very hoppy aroma. Flavor is also full of earthy sticky hops with lots of pine and sharp grapefruit. Though big on hop aroma and flavor, this is not overly bitter. I am surprised that the ABV is this low considering how otherwise big this beer is, though it could probably use a slightly stronger malt backbone. Alpine are the hop perfectionists, and Hoppy Birthday is no exception. (21, 421)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
on tap at toronado SD. pours a clear, light gold with a thin, white head and tight rings of sticky lace. aroma is great with huge fruity notes of peaches, sweet, dried apricots, and tangerine citrus with notes of fresh cut grass, pine esters, and light, toasted malts. flavor is delicious as well with big, fruity hop notes of tangerine and pink grapefruit with light tropical fruits and hints of sweet, green grapes backed by dry, dusty, toasted, caramel malts. palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. overall, a great sessionable ipa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1125) - Claremont, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Clear golden pour with white head. Aroma is hoppy and taste is sweet and floral with slight bitterness. Too easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Big huge citrus and pine aroma and taste with a woody bitterness and a thick palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 16, 2010
8/16/10 notes: on tap, Blue Palms. A solid all-around clean IPA. Aroma had tropical elements, grapefruit, flowers. Palate is crisp and on the lighter side, which I greatly prefer for IPAs. Hops of clear display here. Finishes with solid bitterness, good floral character.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
I had this on draft at the Blue Palms’ Second Anniversary Party. This clear yellow-gold pour is tropical hoppy and very dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
On tap. Pours with a clear golden body and a large white head. Aroma is huge, amarilloish tropical fruit, caramel, and good all the way around. Taste is fruity, mildly bitter finish, mango, nectarine and dry. Lively bubbles, well attenuated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with a drop of orange for a little variety. A nice fluffy white head and solid lacing. S: This is what you expect from an Alpine beer: tons and tons of hops. Lots of grapefruit and some tropical fruit notes along with plenty of pine, too. If there’s a malt scent in there, I couldn’t find it. T: The hops continue to dominate on the palate. A very nice resinous bitterness along with tons of fruit character. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and lots of pine. M: The body is a bit on the light side, but this works just fine for a pale ale. A good amount of carbonation, and a real crisp finish. D: This is one of my new Alpine favorites. So brutally hoppy, but so easy to drink (helped along by a moderate ABV).

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Not sure if it’s the water integrity or otherwise, but the consistency seems to almost chafe the tongue with a granite-like mouthfeel. The flavor is indicative of its title, however, and douses the taste-buds with obligatory hoppiness. The low APV pulls the leash back on this beer from having a ferocious bite, but it’s still decent enough. The aftertaste feels like you’ve been gargling sand from the Sahara desert, which is probably not the desired effect. Scent is that of spruce trees in a high-wind. Adequate, but not overwhelmingly fantastic.


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