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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
good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%
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: 67 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jkball01
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jkball01, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of IDABEERGUY
4/5  rDev +9.3%

IDABEERGUY, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Jameswoody
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Jameswoody, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of TheMcTwaten
4/5  rDev +9.3%

TheMcTwaten, May 17, 2013
Photo of Larrydoherty
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Larrydoherty, May 10, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

KTCamm, May 04, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

BryanCarey, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of MeisterMayhem
3/5  rDev -18%

MeisterMayhem, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

facundoCNB, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Apathetiq
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Apathetiq, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +9.3%

En29356, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of TequilaTom
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TequilaTom, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of MightiestBeard
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MightiestBeard, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JohnnyP3, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Sark
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Sark, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Muhly
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Muhly, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of craigreno
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

craigreno, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Kornoms, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +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 crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

crobinso, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

JohnLynch, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of beerme626
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

beerme626, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Photo of wordemupg
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 GeoTravel
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GeoTravel, Feb 28, 2012
Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.