Hopper Pale Ale - Madison River Brewing Company

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Hopper Pale AleHopper Pale Ale

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a full amber color with a short lived off-white head and no lacing.

S: The nose opens up with grassy hops and a light floral note. A hint of citrus and citrus peel to it, but most of the nose is bready and toffee malts with just a hint of toast.

T: Pretty much the same as the aroma. There is a lot of grassy hops and some slightly sweet citrus along with bitter citrus peel and pine. Otherwise, it's the bread malts with a bit of toffee sweetness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Better than their amber ale, but still not all that good.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up in Lewistown Montana.. Poured into a pseudo shaker pint..

1" head dies back quickly... the brew is a little bit dark for a pale..

Nose tells me there is some citrus hops... but for sure a bit of floral hoppiness comes through..

Flavor has some caramel and lite toasty maltiness .. lite hop bite.. and an even more light hop flavor.. the body is bigger than would be expected out of the glass...

I really wanted more out of this one.... but ... Oh well.. just too little of everything.. and I need real "beer" flavor otherwise just go grab a Michelobe amber.

Photo of flagmantho
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance-The beer is served a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready and caramel smell mixed with some lighter hop aromas of a pine and citrus grapefruit nature. There is a little bit of a grassy smell as well as a light earthy smell which round out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat drier bready and biscuit taste mixed with a decent showing of a citrus hop taste. The citrus gains a little bit of strength as the taste moves forward, with other lighter hop tastes of pine and an earthy nature coming to the tongue as the taste moves toward the end. Along with the hop, comes a little bit of a fruity taste with some peach and apple coming to the tongue. In the end, with the newly arrived hop and fruit, one is left with a middle range hopped and moderate bodied pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body was fairly appropriate for the style, but a little higher carbonation may have been slightly better, as it would have been nice for the blend of modest hop and malt which constitutes the flavor profile of the beer.

Overall- A decent pale ale, but nothing all that out of the ordinary. Decent, but more or less average overall.

Photo of cbutova
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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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Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber with no foam. Lighter side. Light caramel toffee nose. Sweet. Mild taste backed with a sneaky bitter hop. Slightly incongruous. Flavors are good, just a little choppy. Touch too sweet. Ok, easy pale.

Photo of schnarr84
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jkball01
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.