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Hop Happy India Pale Ale - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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Hop Happy India Pale AleHop Happy India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: logansboat15 on 11-27-2011)
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Reviews by logansboat15:
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4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a six-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Woodman's in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I was attracted by the new retro-designed packaging recently adopted by Milwaukee Brewing Company.

I am not sure if this is the same recipe as Milwaukee Brewing's old IPA brand, but this incarnation tastes better than the earlier version that I recall.

When poured into a tulip glass this IPA produces a massive foamy head and the beer itself appears a deep, clear amber color.

Straight from the fridge it smells rather malty and bread-like with surprisingly little citrus or sharpness of an American IPA than I expected. With a rise in the beer's temperature a floral, citrus note comes through, meeting my expectations of the style.

The taste is fresh, sharp and hoppy, with a spicy, dry finish. This beer is a refreshing, delicious, and worthy of putting into my rotation of "go-to" beers to bring to holiday parties and summer cook-outs. As this brew warms toward room temperature it takes on a nicely balanced flavor profile of malt-versus hops.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and would be a prime candidate to introduce the uninitiated to the world of American India Pale Ales.

Hop Happy is a very agreeable beer at an affordable price. Try some tonight.

logansboat15, Nov 27, 2011
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Aroma was a let down with its timid hop aroma. Mild herbal and pine notes. Sweet caramel from the malt as well.

The flavor was equally disappointing. Definitely IPA levels of bitterness, but the hop flavor is very weak. Herbal and mint notes from the hops. Slightly sweet malt flavor. Nothing poor about the flavor, just not one of the better IPA flavor.

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Smell: This one's only got a very faint smell to it. When you get your nose close enough to be in danger of dunking, you can finally sniff out a whiff or two of hops.

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Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.