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Hop Happy India Pale Ale - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.18/5  rDev +24%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +13.9%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.