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Hop Happy India Pale Ale - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.22%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

zeff80, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

feloniousmonk, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

jwc215, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

woodychandler, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -10.4%

mothman, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

Huhzubendah, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

dmorgan310, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 27, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

tone77, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

enelson, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

bpfrush, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.15/5  rDev -6%
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.

morimech, Jun 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

jpd7374, Sunday at 05:51 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

hilgart1, Jun 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

atone315, Jun 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Canada_Dan, Jul 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

richkrull, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

jplopez21, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -3%

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
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Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.