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: 176
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: logansboat15 on 11-27-2011

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Photo of Awfire
4.47/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent good taste value IPA

Photo of milwaukee512
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kind of disappointing attempt for a Milwaukee Brewery beer.

Photo of bfrank8
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It reminds me of DFH 90 minute, but not quite as good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a MKE tulip.
7.5% ABV

A - Faintly hazy, this golden amber beer has a good level of carbonation feeding the excellent, frothy ivory head, which leaves thick rings of lace coating the glass for a picture-perfect IPA!

S - In keeping with classic midwest-style IPAs, there is a predominant hop nose, but immediately apparent is balance. Light citrus cascades down to earthy tones with resin following. Caramel and toasted, earthy amber malts follow leaving this brew smelling pretty simple, but it works.

T - The balance, once again, takes front and center. Plenty of malt backing allows some caramel and toasted amber malt flavor to penetrate the overarching hop profile of English earthy tones; dried leaves, pine resin, and grass clippings with some American-style citrus drops lingering on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, smooth, and pretty soft from the addition of oats, balance remains key here; a good helping of hops through the boil lets this IPA finish with considerable lingering bitterness but the malt base and style boundry-pushing alcohol even it out with some sweetness.

O - Summed up in one word? Balanced. Hop Happy has plenty of English and American hops that add character and bitterness while smooth maltiness finishes out. Enjoy this IPA with pizza dipped in hot sauce or sprinkled with crushed red pepper for a complimentary zing of spice, elevated by the hops.

Photo of logansboat15
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber color, clearly unfiltered, half finger of off white head

Smell is a dose of pine and earthy hop notes, a little citrus flows through, caramel, toffee, a nice plum like smell with a decent bread backing

Taste is bitter pine, a little grapefruit, bread, biscuit malt, caramel sweetness, some orange, herbal and earthy hops shine through in the bittering finish

Mouthfeel is medium, average carbonation with a nice dry finish

Good stuff, not great, but a nice beer none the less. Give it a shot.

Photo of Trapipa
3.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised at this IPA. Bought one 16 ounce can in a mix six pack. Very tasty, great value. I'm too good at describing but if I needed to take some beer somewhere that bottles weren't allowed - the swimming pool or a NASCAR race - this is what I'd want. Bring it to PA!!

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Yep, they are putting it in the CAN now and The CANQuest (TM) was delighted to score some at Riley's Wines of the World druing the annual visit to Madison, WI for the Great Taste of the Midwest!

From the CAN: "That's local flavor."; "Brewed with three different kinds of hops, this IPA is balanced by the oats added to the mash. The oats not only add an unexpected sweetness, but also a heavier mouthfeel."; "How to Drink Craft Beer From a CAN[:] Find Glass[;] Pour Beer[;] Cheers![;] Share: #LUVMKECRAFT".

The Crack was nice and loud and the inverted Glug netted me two fingers of puffy, rocky, tawny head with great retention as the humidity continues to climb over the course of the day. Color was a coppery deep-amber with NE-quality clarity (SRM = 17). Nose was pine, but cut with a caramel-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the hops were present but cut by a pleasant sweetness. Sticky lacing began to form with each draught that I took from the glass. It surely hid its ABV well, and I was really putting it away until I realized just how big it actually was. Finish was semi-dry with the oats living up to their billing.

Photo of hydrate
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely hoppy but not too much. Slightly sweet. Good overall.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a white soapy head that laces the glass.
Aroma of malts, hops, and alcohol. In the taste, citrus and pine, with a strawberry like fruityness from the ale yeast. Citrus, malt, fruity yeast, mild alcohol and bitterness.
Medium bodied well carbonated brew. Overall, this is a good drinkable IPA with some English ale properties.

Photo of doucmehu
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Casanova in Hudson into a pint glass.

A: Pours a solid golden orange with a slight haze, nice puffy white head. Significant lacing.

S: Plenty of sticky pine and mild orange rind, earthy, grassy freshness. Well rounded but not overwhelming.

T: Follows the nose, with the earthy hops taking precedence over the sweet, citrusy hops. Solid malt sweetness rounds it out, but again nothing too in your face. Just an overall solid IPA flavor.

M: Pretty standard stuff, with an acceptable amount of carbonation, stickiness and bitterness in the finish.

O: A solid IPA, nothing terribly memorable but also seemingly well made. The hop and malt profile work well, with flavors that compliment rather than clash. A very approachable, drinkable IPA.

Photo of cambabeer
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

nice head reddish amber body see through. Somewhat aged funk in the smell, sweet and caramel. Fruity, maybe apple. light feel, hops more in the front with malt in the back. Somewhat yeasty. Somewhat of a german feel to this one for me. Last sip more sour than rest.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

there is really no need for this to be as strong as it is, i find it frustrating to drinkability, and also annoyingly overbalanced. there is an awesome hop nose on it, juicy and fresh and a little sweet, but with a taffy or bubblegum element too, neat hopping for sure. the beer is caramel in color, and definitely has some of that sweetness in the grain flavor too, its only medium bodied, but its heavy a little from the long lasting grain taste, which outlasts the hops in what turn into a tinny finish. carbonation is fine, but the feel is heavy and weird and it sort of starts breaking down into disunity. the nose is the best feature by far in this one. dial back the two row a bit here, and you have something much improved. i think the hops are well thought out, but there is a little refinement necessary on the whole.

Photo of jwc215
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep copper with a thin, lasting off-white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell of citrus, some resinous pine and caramel.

The taste is citrus wrapped in caramel candy. Juicy sweetness turns to a mild bitter bite in the finish.

Starts off a bit fizzy, but the fizz soon settles to become somewhat chewy and quite smooth.

A more "balanced" IPA with a strong caramel backbone. Malt and very well-hidden alcohol make this deceptively easy to drink.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is cloudy amber with a lot of floating globules. A buttery, fine, light tan head settled slowly, leaving an uneven cap and lacing along the glass.

Smell: My first thoughts were of biscuits and caramel. It is very malty for an IPA, which I think is the point. Underneath aromas of bready pale malts, caramel, and toffee is a subtle splash of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and gritty bitterness.

Taste: The hops deliver a nice, lingering bitterness that I was not expecting after the sweetness of the aroma. The mouthfeel is also superb: full and creamy — a sign the oatmeal is doing the trick. The citrus and hop spice slowly work on the palate. Grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and earthy spice really steal the show. Underneath is a solid malt foundation of caramel, toffee, and bready malts. It really is a delicious blend.

Drinkability: Tasty and easy drinking. Bombast is not the goal with this brew, but it does offer a nice dose of hops and flavor. Good stuff.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has a bit of hops, some malts. Taste is bitter and hoppy up front, some pine, a bit of malts at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall nothing special, but not bad, your standard, run of the mill IPA.

Photo of BadgerBeer
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 6 pack at a local liquor store in Madison.

Big fan of the IPA's, and this one is alright in my book. While not the best IPA in my book (would have preferred a bit more hops), it still was refreshing and relatively smooth IPA that I enjoyed.

I'd recommend this beer to someone trying to get into the IPA style, or someone who is looking for a non-overbearing IPA.

If pairing with food, I would suggest something spicy to kick the hops up an extra notch.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The first stop on my return jaunt through MKE (as they call themselves) centers on their normal IPA. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit rind, very light pretzel, and a touch of sweet caramel waiting to be acknowledged in the background. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though now everything is duller, the fruit a touch rindier, and the caramel even more subdued. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA at best, one that promises good tidings but doesn't quite deliver all the way. It ain't bad, but not something I think I'd ever recommend for someone looking for an IPA fix.

Photo of Buebie
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured hard from the bottle to the glass. 2 inches of tan head, falling back quickly to leave a thin film and minimal lacing.
Copper mahogany in color.
Aroma is like the little engine that could, but never quite does. I think I can I think I can....
Mild sweat bready malt and some background hops that present with fruity pebbles and hemp.
Taste is a little better, starting out sweat and malty, a well balanced flavor. Becoming a bit more bitter and finishing with a crisp bittering hop profile. Hemp, leafy hop resin. Kind of a mixture of cascade and centennial.
Feel is slick with a little thicker creaminess and carbo prick.

Overall the flavor was the high point on this guy and all else seemed to lack for me.
A decent offering into the ipa category as flavors were pretty damn good.
This is a much improved brew over their other offerings IMO for hop forwardness into flavor.
Good summer brew on a hot day and a nicely placed alcohol punch.

Photo of jewellrunner
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Why are so many of these Milwaukee Brewing Company beers listed again for Milwaukee Ale House? They're the same beers, no?

Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

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.

Enjoyable texture to the beer. Creamy feel that is unusual for most pale ales. The addition of oats is noticeable and appreciated.

The hops made a disappointed appearance in this beer. Would be a good beer if they could get more out of the hops besides bitterness.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Milwaukee Brewing Hop Happy IPA, brewed and bottled by Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not a drop of gobbledygook anywhere on the paper label. No real information, either, other than the legal necessities. Maybe on the 6-pack holder? Nope, nothing but QR codes. A different kind of gobbledygook, an unreadable kind.

Murky amber hued appearance, slim white head.

Aroma: pithy and pungent, plump with pine and citrus, lemon and grapefruit galore. Not my favorite IPA aromatics, but not bad. We'll see.

Taste: Bright hop flavor greets the tongue immediately, backed up with sufficient malt. Bright, and juicy. Medium-bodied, lean and drinkable. Perfectly serviceable. Average and adequate. I can drink it and not feel a thing, nothing to think about, nothing to worry about.

It's okay. That's all. Sigh.

Photo of Jparker37
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Hazy amber, with little off-white head the lacks any retention or lacing.

S - Dank wet smelling hops. Very pungent and in your face. Comes across mainly as grapefruity. Has a delicate alcoholic tinge to it, even a kiss of sweet malt.

T - No sign of malt early on when hop bitterness quickly ambushes with the bitterness being perceived on the sides of the tongue. Not the most refreshing hop flavors but impactful and ever present.

M - Has a dry medium body with light carbonation. Has a clinging hop finish that refrains from being crisp.

O - I enjoyed the dense smell of this beer but there was little character to the hops and malt in its flavor

Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -11.5%

On draft at Milwaukee Ale House.

The beer is dark copper with a quarter inch of off-white head. The aroma offers resinous hops, pine, earth. Hop flavor followed by subtle notes of mint and herbal tea. An odd assortment. Not entirely off-putting, but certainly unusual. Some bready notes as well, finishing with a semi-sweet bitterness. Interesting. One and done for me.

Photo of KFBR392
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber copper color. Above average carbonation throughout drinking. Almost a finger of head on the pour. Thick lacing left behind after each drink.

Smell: A little faint but what is there is very pleasant. Tangerines, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and some hints from the alcohol content. The aroma was very much on edge which gave me some strong hope for this brew.

Taste: Watered down hops I wouldn't say hit on the front on this brew but provide a slight bump. Hints of grapefruit and alcohol carry the body. There is a straw texture left on the palette. Overall, not much going on.

Mouthfeel: Light. Not nearly as much of a hop presence as I hoped.

Overall: I was in Beloit, Wisconsin and decided to get a mix six of some local products. This is the first of those. Okay, but nothing I would buy again or recommend.

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Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
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