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Kilbourn Hop Ale - Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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Kilbourn Hop Ale
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bighuge on 10-26-2003)
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Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Baraboo, WI

The beer menu says they use locally grown hops from Zinke's Hop Farm.

The beer pours a copper color with a 1 finger, thick head with medium lacing.

There's a mild, sweet fruit aroma.

The caramel tasting malt is balanced well with the local hops. The beer has medium carbonation and a clean finish. I enjoyed it.

Tucquan, Jan 03, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a winner and my favorite of Moose Jaw’s brews. The hops are all locally grown and damn aromatic. Reminds me of a good English Ale, maybe even an ESB. Medium body. Large floral hop aroma with a touch of pine. Taste is all floral and fruity hops yet it’s not terribly bitter. This is no hop bomb to be sure, however, it is rather refreshing and very drinkable. Surprisingly smooth body for the robust hop flavor too. Great red color with a nice frothy white head.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of MFauver35
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

MFauver35, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a brown hue to it and a lumpy oatmeal head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of slow bubbles.

S- The green herbal hops has some citrus notes along with green citrus pith but not at all bitter. There is a light caramel malt note that comes through as the beer warms.

T- The dry woody pine hops flavor has a green citrus note and a nice spicy hop finish that is bright but full. There is some caramel malt that comes through as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no astringency or alcohol.

D- The nice hops flavor is mellow with no bitterness at all and is full on flavor. There is a nice depth with the woody, green citrus notes and it is pretty dry overall. Good to have a few pints of on a hot day.

rhoadsrage, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +12.4%

richkrull, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper hued without much of a head. Traces of beige residue were present.
The aroma is dominated by bitter flower petals and citric rinds. It smells forcefully bitter. And is backed-up with some toasty, caramelled biscuits.
That toasty caramelness transfer into the flavor, but to a lesser degree. Mostly, it is aggressive with its hops, but no overburdoningly so. Citrus primarily, with bitter orange peel, bolstered with dry florals and herbs.
It's a bit waif in the mouth and could benefit with a rounder feel. Regardless, this a a hoppy quaffer at a venue that seems to specialize in lagers.
Though the menu description is misleading with its grandiose claim of "one of a kind hopping" etc. This is a tasty but standard APA, and those "unique, locally grown" hops strongly suggest cascades and centennials.

cokes, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: darkish strawberry amber, with a smallish khaki head quickly fading to a skim

Nose: APA-esque leafy hops over sweet caramel malt

Taste: standard APA leafy hops, though apparently they're grown locally, so there's that, sweet caramel malt to balance. A little underwhelming.

Feel: medium-rich for style, standard carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: a fairly straightforward APA that I actually enjoyed a little less than their standard Pale.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it pays when your wife heads to the Dells for a Girlz Weekend. She came back with a growler of beer from Moosejaw. The Kilbourn Hop Ale was a cloudy/hazy amber with not much head (was a day old in the growler...may have affected the head). The aroma was nice and hoppy with subtle apricot and spice. The taste was good...fresh hops and pine with good citrus start. The beer was very easy on the mouth and could drink a few of these at a sitting with no problem.

WoodBrew, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 5 oz sampler glass.

Appears a dark amber to brown with a white head. Almost no lacing left on the glass.

The nose is bitter with nice earthy, pine and some hints of citrus. The first sip offers a good caramel backbone with the same hop notes as the nose. There is a stronger pine flavor here and it comes through fairly well.

The body is medium to medium-full with average carbonation levels. Overall, a decent brew, but not something to seek out with all your heart. My second favorite option from the sampler I chose. This is a good APA, but I've had much better.

zimm421, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Rborre321
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%

Rborre321, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of MagicLantern
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visited Moosejaw after camping. On-Tap in Pint Glass.

A: Thin lace with big bubbled. Lace clings to edges leaving rings around edge of glass as beer is sampled.

Reddish copper color transparent with no visible carbonation.

S: Slight hop and grain. Slight breadish smell. Nothing over powering or particularily significant.

T: Hops abound and tastey. Sweet smoot with a slight bitter end.

M: Watery. Light to medium body. Can feel a slight carbonation, but wouldn't call it a bite.

D: The hops would bring me back. It's a nice session beer, drinkable and nice. Nothing exceptional, but certainly a good beer..

Took a growler home.

MagicLantern, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of TooGood
3/5  rDev -15.7%

TooGood, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of mrpivo
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite a nice example of an American Pale Ale. The glass was very clear with a nice cream colored head which hang around while I finished the glass. It also created nice lacing as the glass was drunk. The aroma was definitely hoppy. Prevalent citrus nose of Cascade which I understand were locally grown by a resident. The initial taste was wonderful. Being a hophead I fully appreciated the amount of hops used in this brew although they were nicely balanced with the malt in the background. Carbonation was perfect for the style. Body was perfect.

Overall great beer.

mrpivo, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Ragingbull
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light brown color and really not much going on for a head. Maybe a hint of lacing. Malty at first blush, but the hops comes on quickly. The nose doesn't allow the hops to present as dominant, so it reads a bit malty. The flavor allows the hops to come on rather quickly however. The mouthfeel is decidedly thick for a well hopped beer. The finish is clean and leaves the drinker with a sweetness in the mouth that adds a nice balance to the hops. I am impressed with the balance of this beer, yet it seems to operate as individual parts and flavors. Its balance comes from the presence of both malt and hops moreso than from the confluence of the two.

Ragingbull, Jul 14, 2009
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

ericjubeck, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of JALIEN
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +12.4%

minneapolitanjim, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Reneejane
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kilbourn Hop Ale was bright red and clear. The beer was very crisp and the heavy hop flavor really made it full of character. The hops are Kilbourn hops and while they definitely impart a fruity flavor they don't resemble Cascades or Willamettes, at all. The fruit character is almost more like a berry rather than a citrus flavor. It was hopped enough to almost be an India Pale, but it was definitely just a well hopped APA. Wonderful brew, worth the discovery.

Reneejane, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Jimboe
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -15.7%

BrewtalHonesty, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the menu: “Locally grown hops are harvested from Brownie Zinke’s Hop Farm and are used to create this one-of-a-kind ale.” Locally grown hops! I was sold before I even tried it.

Calvin brought it to me in a nice, room-temperature pint glass, thusly passing his final exam. It had a medium, off-white head with decent retention. I caught a whiff of a big, floral hop nose as soon as I leaned in. The color was a very lightly cloudy medium-amber. The mouthfeel was medium with a grassy-hop flavor on the palate. The finish was still hoppy, but with a light grainy characteristic. Yum.

woodychandler, Jan 07, 2007
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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%

Bilzor, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

slavall, May 29, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops mostly and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation with noticeable bitterness. Tastes of sweet/floral hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Overall, a good brew.

Tone, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazy tea brown with a smallish head that leaves a decent amount of lace. Smells quite earthy, herbal hop, even a bit grassy.

There is a distinctly earthy nature to the otherwise herbal-pine flavors. Medium bitterness. It is a bit light in the body, ample carbonation.

Good amount of flavor in an otherwise middle of road American PA.

JackieTH, Aug 24, 2012
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Kilbourn Hop Ale from Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
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