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Hop Happy India Pale Ale - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of fuzzcherry
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
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 eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of KFBR392
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into the Boulevard tulip. Coded bottled on date on the bottom of the bottle, but the label at the top says copyright 2011, so I'm assuming this is a pretty old beer. I have had this beer before and was unimpressed, so my expectations are pretty low already.

A - Pours a hazy amber honey color with a giant three finger tan root beer soda looking head. Very creamy looking head hangs out for pretty much the entire time you drink the beer.

S - Because of the glassware I'm assuming, I am actually able to decipher the vaguest hint of hops, unlike the last two times I drank this beer when I just scratched my head and wondered if I was drinking the same beer as everyone else. Cascade and centennial hops? Uhh, if you ask me just forget about it, it smells like an imposter.

T - Has that musty copper kettle malt taste mixed in with some apple cider, but there is virtually the most minimal hop bitterness present, this should be called IPA Light. With a name like Hop Happy IPA, this beer's utter lack of hop bite is disappointing to say the least. Obviously, this beer is partially on the stale side, so maybe I am being overly harsh, and I would gladly give a fresher bottle another shot. However, this beer just tastes very mediocre to me, and a poor example of an IPA. On the other hand, I could definitely see this beer pairing well with the traditional redneck BBQ - ribs, chicken, hotdogs, hamburgers, or with Mexican cuisine like tacos.

M - More of a sticky honey taste this time around, with a nice moderate level of carbonation in the body, and a somewhat surprising bitter lingering. This beer's 7.5% abv is barely noticeable, and there is hardly any alcohol taste at all, just the taste of stale dusty apples.

Overall, I would have to say that out of the three bottles of this stuff I have drank, this has been the best bottle so far. I am still unimpressed, but it was better than it has been. In my defense, I did drink a six pack of Miller Lite earlier. I would try this again, but only if it was a much fresher bottle.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Hop Happy IPA ---2.5/5

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Hop Happy India Pale Ale from Milwaukee Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.