Review: Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday
85 out of 100
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday

Style: Session IPA

ABV: 5.2 IBU: 69

85
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday

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What the brewers say

“Made with six different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Tropical fruit (mangos and pineapple) with an earthy finish. Some fresh hay aroma from dry hopping. The aroma changes as the beer opens—from fruity to more earthy. Lemon-drop candy, pine needles, grass, and spruce tips. Caramel malt character adds balance and interest. Spicy hops with herbal notes of mint, oregano, and thyme.”

Flavor: “Full-flavored—lots of sticky hops and some bready malt. Some earthy hops flavors with lemon peel, herbal notes, and pine needles are supported by a fun caramel malt depth. Bitterness is appropriately firm but not overdone. Residual front-of-the-tongue bitterness/astringency is surprising but far from unpleasant.”

Overall: “Earthy and satisfying, this IPA has a commanding presence. The hops flavors lean toward the spicy/woody end of the spectrum. An enjoyable session IPA that offers a bit more character than is often typical in this category. More like a hopped-up American pale ale in many ways.”

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