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Hopper Pale Ale - Madison River Brewing Company

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Hopper Pale AleHopper Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a strong pale, yet smooth and easy on the finish. Four different barley malts lend a rich amber color and create a backdrop to showcase the distinctive citrus-like flavor and floral aroma of horizon, Centennial and cascade hops. Although this pale could almost be named an IPA with its hoppy ingredients, the body of this beer remains reasonable and avoids and overwhelming bitterness.

43 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-01-2005)
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium to pale golden colored pour. Full one inch head upon the pour leaving qulaity lace sheets behind.

Smell- Equal amounts of grapefruit hops and lightly caramelized malts.

Taste- This beer tastes fresh! Grapefruit juice and light pine hops hit first followed by a mild sweet caramel base. Both combine virtually flawlessly together. Maybe a touch more hops than malt...or at least slightly more assertive.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a light hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable pale ale, which could also pass for an IPA if push came to shove. Great flavors and well balanced.

GClarkage, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

JohnLynch, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Johnny_Muir, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of beerme626
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

beerme626, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of BrewnZ
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

9/20/11

As with all the beers we tasted at the Belgrade tasting room this pale ale had a rich malt character that was balanced by complete fermentation, moderate bitternes, and medium to high American hop flavor you'd expect for the style.

I ranked this the highest of the 9 beers we sampled (4oz) that night. Really enjoyed it!

BrewnZ, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Oelschlager
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Oelschlager, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

En29356, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ShwarzAl3r
4/5  rDev +9.9%

ShwarzAl3r, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of IDABEERGUY
4/5  rDev +9.9%

IDABEERGUY, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of TheMcTwaten
4/5  rDev +9.9%

TheMcTwaten, May 17, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at the local Albertsons, no freshness date on the bottle.

It pours a very hazy(cold?) orange yellow, has about an inch of foam, and does well with the lacing.

Sticking my nose into the glass, I get a lot of caramel/sweet malt with a light hint of citrus hop.

The taste is very big on the bread, surprised I didn't notice it in the smell, some sweet notes, with a light, very light citrus hop note that does nothing to calm the beast that is the bread.

A few more sips in and the bread issue and my palate are getting along better. In fact, I'm kind of digging this beer now.
It certainly looks good and has a good mouthfeel so I'm glad things got sorted out, so to speak.

Bitterbill, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ToddKehoe
4/5  rDev +9.9%

ToddKehoe, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Apathetiq, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tiny off white head that quickly dissipates. Mild lacing. Color is a cloudy copper with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: lovely combination of piney, floral, and tangerine hops with a sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel: fairly light and frothy with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: a sweet, yeasty caramel leads the opening and middle of this brew. The citrus and piney hops take over from the middle through the finish. There is some warming alcohol in the throat as it goes down.
Overall: This is a most excellent ale.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/3/12

A slight haze in a golden copper body, lots of tiny bubbles feed a tight finger of cream colored foam that drops to a thick dense film that leaves several thick rings of lace

S caramel and biscuit with some citric hops, has a grainy thing going for it that smells like a brewery in the summer

T the summer brewery notes are gone and the hops come out much more, some piney rind and the nice caramel flavors blend well together

M full for the color with nice pin prick bubbles work well for it and a fair bit left behind in the mouth, slightly slick in the mouth and sticky on the lips somehow that works

O just a very minor flaw on the nose and very solid in other areas, a nice hoppy pale ale

perhaps a wise move calling this a "strong pale ale' opposed to a weak IPA, I think for style this (APA) it's a solid example, if the brewer called it an IPA the rating would drop, funny how that works

wordemupg, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of kcsc007
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a reagge concert in Bozeman. It was on tap, and was only $3 a pint, which was a great deal.

The beer looks like most Pales, althought I couldn't get a great look at it through the plastic keg cup. Nice, off-white head, with so-so retention. Smelled strongly of nice mild hops. Tasted crisp, clean and not too resiny. The Flavor was similar to that of Sierra Nevada Pale, however, it was much more middle of the road and mellow. Nice balance between the hops and barley, and an excellent blonde/light copper tone.

I was very pleased with this beer, it is extremely easy to drink and leaves a great crisp and refreshing feel in your mouth.

kcsc007, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of algmmech
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Not much head, about a quarter inch, slight lacing. Nice balanced aroma. Noticed citric tasting hops over the pale malt. I would say this leans slightly more to an IPA, just slightly. I really enjoyed this and would buy it again.

algmmech, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of sdockter
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice head that has good retention. Great smell of citrus hops with hints of malt. Nice malt taste with a clean grapefruit hops taste at the finish. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. A very drinkable beer that I enjoyed on our vacation.

sdockter, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pale gold with a slick of off-white head. Carmel aroma with a touch of pine hops. Not too intense.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Again, malt-forward with mildly sweet caramel, biscuit, and some gentle citrus and pine bitterness. Nice all-around pale ale.

grittybrews, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of oregonskibum
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an American shaker pint glass at Windbag in Helena.

A: dark, so hard to comment on color. Appears a dark orange with hints of amber. Minimal head, but nice lacing on glass.

S: aggressive hop bitterness in the nose, but smells a little old. Citrus and piney hops. Think this would be better fresh. Limited malt presence.

T: really enjoying the taste on this one. Some bready and straw flavors blend nicely with green, hoppy bitterness. Has some musty, wet dog notes. Again, I question the freshness.

M: medium body and carbonation. Appropriate for style.

O: tasty. Would like to enjoy this fresh from the brewery. Nice hop forward NW style pale ale.

oregonskibum, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Had on tap at Old Chicago in Bozeman. Poured into glass an amber color with a 2 finger white frothy head and good lacing down the glass.
S: Smells sweet and malty with a slight citrusy hop scent
T: Taste is sweet and malty with a nice clean hop finish. More balanced toward the malty side though.
M: Mildly carbonated, goes down very easily.
D: Overall not a bad pale ale at all, pleasantly suprised. Not as hoppy/bitter as most pale ales which was fine by me, would definatly try this one again.

loren01, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, and hints of sweet fruity malts. Little bit weak.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, grain, and bready malts. Also a little bit of bitterness and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - A decent pale ale. Some nice smooth malts in the smell and taste, this beer is very easy to drink. Might give another shot.

mdfb79, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beers of the Big Sky state sure like to show their native natural splendour on their labels, and this offering is no exception...

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy white head, which leaves some crooked hanging lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of caramel/nougat malt, mild sweet citrus, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready caramel, a wee bit of orange citrus, and floral, weedy, bitter hops. The carbonation is lower than average, the body medium weight, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, nicely balanced between the buttery grain and weedy, fruity hops.

A decently enjoyable APA - well-rounded and full.

biboergosum, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of leaddog
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale copper with a finger width of foamy off-white head.

Smell - Piney hops, citrus, caramalts.

Taste - Piney, earthy hops shine through as the main star. Touch of the caramalt and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit watery but smooth finish.

Overall - A nice refreshing APA by Madison River. The body could use a little more oomph, but the malt and hop balance is well done. I quite enjoyed the hop presence for the style.

leaddog, May 19, 2012
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Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.