Hopper Pale Ale - Madison River Brewing Company
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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
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
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
Pouring to an orange/gold color this beer produces only a small amount of foam that leaves a little lacing. The nose on this beer is citrus/floral and the body of the beer has a slight haze. Carbonation is a little low but active enough that the beer doesn’t seem flat.
Tasting this pale ale reveals flavors of caramel malt, pine, citrus, bread, and earthy hops to finish it off. The body of this beer is medium and the taste leans on the mild end of the spectrum. The bread- like character is nice and it reminds me of several other American- brewed craft beers.
This seems like a decently- made pale ale and a good warm- up beer for this less familiar or less apt to appreciate this style. Nothing is over the top and even the appearance gives the beer an element of approachability. It is smoother than many of its other American pale ale cousins and this, again, helps to widen its appeal with the craft beer rookies.
Hopper Pale Ale isn’t an incredible brew, but I find it certainly worthy of a try. It has enough of the qualities I like in a pale ale to make it deserving of a sample.
04-21-2013 03:02:49 | More by BryanCarey
3.35/5 rDev -8%
Thanks, as always, to the BotM Club.
This one pours a purdy pale gold with ok lacing and retention. Appealingly radiant.
Aroma has some clean cracker and light toast notes backed by a faint bit of fruit ester and some hoppy floral notes.
On the palate this is really clean and well balanced with a bracing closing bitterness. Cracker notes predominate the malt with a solid mid-palate sweetness. Husky dryness and some pepper in the finish.
Overall one that I'd return to, but I can't say I'd seek out. I think this is maybe a good dry hopping addition away from being superb. I'll settle for pleasantly surprised.
07-13-2010 06:35:22 | More by errantnight
3.38/5 rDev -7.1%
Madison River Brewing Co. Hopper Pale Ale, 12 oz bottle
A Red amber color, small thin head. 4
S I expected more hops, but there was little hop aroma. It did have a malty aroma. 3
T There is a good malty flavor with hops dominating, strange since there didn't seem to much hop aroma in the bottle I had. A little citrus flavor. 3.5
M A bit thin. Good carbonation. 3
D An OK beer, but I will not be having another. 3.5
11-04-2010 01:26:54 | More by boss302
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
A-pours with about 1.5 fingers of white foamy head that disappears slowly. Leaves a foamy white lace. Pours a clear amber/copper colour. Seems dark for a pale ale.
S-slightly flowery, grassy aroma. Doesn't really pop at least in the glass I was drinking from, which wasn't ideal to be fair. Also a slight hint of yeast.
T-a hint of honey sweetness at the front which fades to an significant aromatic hoppy flavour at the back. Would be considered mild next to some bolder IPAs out there, but pretty bitter for a typical pale ale. Lacks any sort of real maltiness.
M-Quite a nice mouthfeel. Seems solid on the tongue, which may belie some wheat in the grain bill.
O-Not a bad choice for a nice session beer. Didn't blow me away with complexity and some sweeter malty notes would have probably won me over. As it stands it's a bit one-note with the hops. As others have noted the pale ale marketing may be to avoid comparison with bolder IPAs, which this beer seems closer to. That said they could have made this a rounder beer. A quality ale, but I won't be seeking it out specifically.
01-06-2013 00:09:36 | More by Muhly
3.53/5 rDev -3%
a clean amber pour with a finger of white head, decent retention, decent amount of lacing. smells of grassy hops, slight grapefruit, bread. a grassy bitterness up front with a nice caramel and bready backbone. sweet malty profile. medium body, modest carbonation. pretty refreshing and nice tasting pale ale. not the best beer i've had by any means but not bad at all.
03-27-2013 00:48:05 | More by facundoCNB
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
Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.