Hopper Pale Ale - Madison River Brewing Company
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3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
Reviewed fully to my phone at Pinon Flats Campground, Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO.
A- 12oz bottle poured into a goblet with a golden orange body. A head forms on the beer up to one finger with a frothy texture and fair retention. The crown dies down to a medium thick ring leaving spotty lace.
S- Hoppy but not all that much strength overall of the aroma. Dried stone fruits, floral and spicy hints atop a pale caramel malt backdrop and slight yeast bread.
T- Fairly balanced overall as the yeast and malts come to life more here. A hop profile of dried apricot, orange zest, citrus, spicy and earthy tones. Not particularly fruity as the latter elements are quite strong. Balance is struck by pale caramel, cereal grain, apple fruit esters, yeast bread and some sweetness.
MF- Light to medium bodied overall with a texture that is a mix of foamy and silky with slight creaminess. Carbonation comes in at a moderate amount and the beer is fairly bitter.
A somewhat hoppy pale where the yeast esters kind of interfere a bit with a nice mix of malt and hop flavors. Solid but not in the mix with the great ones out there.
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08-06-2014 04:17:25 | More by cbutova
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
04-27-2014 17:24:41 | More by Foyle
3.54/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: medium orange hue with a very light haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam. Quite attractive!
Smell: light malt aroma with a caramelly, bready character. Hop aroma is stronger than the malt with an earthy, somewhat fruity character. Pretty standard combination, but well-enough executed.
Taste: hop flavor is a little bit more subdued than in the aroma; the maltiness adds a bit of a biscuity character which isn't my favorite. So, again, not bad, but nothing special.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a relatively nice creaminess.
Overall: a decent if unspectacular pale ale.
10-10-2013 22:15:16 | More by flagmantho
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours from the beautifully labeled 12-ounce bottle into a stemless bulb of a glass, forming a white-foam head that promptly reduces to a paper-thin film of tiny bubble atop the glowing, unfiltered bronze-hued beverage. The cloudy liquid has a red-orange tinge to it, displaying the complexities of the malt mix that makes up the body of this brew. Smells of spring bloom hoppiness, a sharp mix of pale and sweet malts flavored with fresh herb and bitter orange notes. Citrus hits the mouth first, creating a pleasant sweetness as not-quite-ripe fruit gives way to caramel malt. A savory thickness arrives on a wave of darker, roasted malts. One cannot help but notice the soapiness of the ample bittering hops boiled into the mash. The light floral taste would make this beer super yummy, had the dish-soap citric taste not lingered for so long after each swallow. The mouthfeel is medium, but also leaves an unpleasant aftereffect: a touch of stickiness that coats the roof and sides of the mouth.
Hopper pale ale goes in too many directions at once. It's a fun beer to drink and analyze, but not a well balanced drinking experience. The recipe feels altogether experimental. It is close, but needs some minor tweaks. The soapy taste should really be eliminated.
08-25-2013 01:58:18 | More by sam_bliss
Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.