Kilbourn Hop Ale - Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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Kilbourn Hop Ale
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 51
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bighuge on 10-26-2003

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Photo of KFBR392
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a burnt orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which dissipated to the edges of the glass while drinking. Carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Light caramel and toffee jump out first with some floral hop notes in the background. Some slightly resinous pine opens up on the body with a lingering gummy sweetness. There is a maple syrupy sweetness lingering as well, unique aroma.

Taste: Chewy malts stick immediately to the palate. Taffy, grass, orange peel, and bitter pine come together on the body. Gummy malts pop up on the back end. The finish is lead and mainly dominated by bitter pine which dries out and gives off some herbal, earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel: A pleasantly sweet front is matched in intensity on the back end with heavy palate punishing hops. Carbonation fits.

Overall: Not something I would want to drink more then one per occasion, but a unique pale for sure. Certainly not another boring pale, so props for that. (986 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. In a pitcher. Poured in a standard pint glass. Clear dark orange-amber in color. Forms a moderate sized foamy head. Good retention; decent lacing. Aroma isn't much. Toast and caramel malts with some earth hops in the mix. Taste is s bit better. Mild caramel malts and a bit of juicy citrus hops before turning more earthy and bitter. Medium mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness - more than expected actually.
A rather drinkable amber ale (its not an APA, and to be fair the menu calls it an amber ale as well). (513 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint on tap at the brewpub

look is a deep amber orange, dark for an apa. smell is hard to pick up, but what's there is enjoyable: floral and citrus hops. taste is well hopped but has a good amount of roasted malts. there's oak, spice, pine sap.

tasty pale (257 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this as a part of their 5oz sampler package in their bar which you get 10 of their tap beers to try.

Seems a lot of people rated this one fairly high and maybe I just got a bad sampler draft, but I really didn't care for this one. Pours a cloudy medium amber color with average head. There is the scent of some hops lingering over the beer. The taste is hoppy as well but it seemed rather watery. There was a vast difference in the texture. Out of the 10 samples I tried, this was my least favorite, but like I said maybe I just got a bad draft. (552 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

*Review from notes on 3-12
Derek the beer guy at Zinke's Village Market told me the hops are actually from his relatives hop farm.

A: Dark amber with a frothy off white head. Leaves huge rings of lacing.

S: Pretty muted here. The glass was served chilled, but even as it warmed up it was still hard to pick up much. Light citrus and grapefruit hops balanced by a light maltiness.

T: Slightly fruity hops, more grapefruit and citrus balanced by a light carmel malt backbone. Very crisp. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: Great drinkability. Not overly hopped, good malt balance. Local hops, lower abv, local microbrew, fresh, can't ask for more. (694 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint.

Appearance was of a light copper to deep ruby color with minimal or no head. Small amount of lacing.

Nose is a light hop, but not much else.

Taste is flowery estery hops. Hops are called "local grown" on the menu. Taste like dried glacier to me. No malt flavor at all, not very balanced for an ale. Hop bite hangs on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a standard carbonation.

Over all a slightly hoppy beer that I would struggle agreeing is an APA. (508 characters)

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark amber brew, darker than I expected, but clear, with a small whitish head.
It has a hoppy, floral aroma, medium body and is surprisingly well balanced, a lot more like an Elgish pale ale than an american pale ale. Spiced, a nice amount of sweetish malts balancing the hoppy bite.
Nicely done. (306 characters)

Photo of Reneejane
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of Tumpster
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All in all a well rounded, well done APA. I was up in the dells (as we cheesheads call it) and knew I had to get to moosejaw for some pizza and beer!! Took the girlfriend and we had a great time. This beer goes down smooth and has great hop to it, served cold to me in a pitcher from the tap, very mid to darker brown but delicious through and through. Was so good I paid $13 for a half gallon growler full of it to take back to Milwaukee with me!! :) (451 characters)

Photo of MagicLantern
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a lightly frosted glass. It's light reddish-brown and pretty clear, with a tiny head. Nose is mild hops, a touch of citrus, roasty malts, and grains. Taste is well-balanced hops and malts, with a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but tangy. Not bad overall. (267 characters)

Photo of hero27
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ the Brewpub.

Amber color. The fresh hop aroma you get right off the bat is great, and I was told all the hops used are locally grown...nice. A solid use of caramel malts, but the hops take over from there and lead to a great, smooth brew that is certainly hop-driven.

I asked the bartender if there were any plans to bottle their beers in the near future, and he actually said they are planning to bottle the Kilbourn Hop Ale soon. Assuming that's done, it'll start very local for sure, but it'd be nice to see this one out in stores for more people to try.

Overall impression..this is a very good, hoppy pale ale. You can't stop at this place and not try this one. (683 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored...clean,,,nice sweeter floral nose...also some toffee...tastewise it's a pretty malty beginning (toffee), then a piney hop bite on the finish..works nicely together but hops dominate the finish..

Medium bodied...slightly acidic on the finish..

A pretty nice little amber ale...they did a nice job of balancing the assertive hopping with a good malt base...not an all-time great but very enjoyable...locally grown hops are apparently used in this.. (467 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of mrpivo
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (571 characters)

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Kilbourn Hop Ale from Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
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