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Hopper Pale Ale - Madison River Brewing Company

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Hopper Pale AleHopper Pale Ale

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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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2/5  rDev -45.1%

05-10-2013 01:30:47 | More by Larrydoherty
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

05-04-2013 22:43:30 | More by KTCamm
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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
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

04-17-2013 02:58:11 | More by MeisterMayhem
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New Jersey

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
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-21-2013 13:05:14 | More by Apathetiq
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-03-2013 22:27:57 | More by En29356
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-02-2013 23:22:27 | More by TequilaTom
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-21-2013 23:13:00 | More by MightiestBeard
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-13-2013 06:11:39 | More by JohnnyP3
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance- thin white head, light orange amber

Smell- well noticed hops with earthy tones balance

Taste- hard to notice any malt character, grassy warm notes, hop bitterness noticed at the end

Mouthfeel- light, crisp finish

Overall- a session pale ale, preferably for the summer months

02-10-2013 02:44:21 | More by Sark
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Alberta (Canada)

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
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

09-07-2012 03:26:58 | More by craigreno
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-01-2012 23:39:28 | More by Kornoms
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

08-27-2012 00:55:51 | More by grittybrews
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2012 23:44:36 | More by crobinso
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-22-2012 22:42:56 | More by JohnLynch
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-08-2012 22:18:11 | More by beerme626
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

05-19-2012 03:09:30 | More by leaddog
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

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

03-13-2012 18:47:10 | More by wordemupg
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-28-2012 23:28:56 | More by GeoTravel
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-16-2012 07:23:46 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-28-2011 23:21:46 | More by nmann08
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4.22/5  rDev +15.9%


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!

09-26-2011 22:15:07 | More by BrewnZ
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3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

07-20-2011 02:54:02 | More by womencantsail
Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.