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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: 3FaveryRogue on 12-28-2013

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Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 57
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Congrats America! The bland and banal world of "American Pale Wheat Ale" has graduated. No longer are we content to simply apply the "yeast-neutral" character of American yeast to a grainy-sweet compilation of malts. What makes American IPAs so distinctive, flavorful and irresistibly drinkable now makes its way to Wheat- its the hops!

But similarly to most beers of its style, Ophelia pours with a hazy golden color with brighter straw hues around the edges. Capped by a fluffy, ivory-white head, the beer's foam character is strong, sturdy and long in its retention. Trailing with broken rings, its lacing patterns are well defined.

The beer's aromas are still light grainy but is also bready and lightly doughy- its yeast and wheat character evident. But its rise of hop intensity is unexpected and very welcomed. Citrusy with grapefruit and orange-type citrus, a softer and "juicier" tropical fruit character rises as the ale warms and gives the ale a uniquely American scent.

But to taste, the focus trends even more hoppy. Its supple grain sweetness of confectioner's sugar fades rather quickly on the early palate, but its taste of light bread extends on and supports the hops in middle palate exceptionally well. What starts off with pink grapefruit and freshly zested oranges develops into a more tropical fruit flavor of mango, pineapple and apricot taste before finish. But once the ale hits the throat, the hops turn pleasantly grassy, herbal and lightly piney with a hint of mint.

Its medium and semi-dry body becomes highly refreshing due to is rugged grain character and its smooth wheaty nature. But its the hops that save the day once again as its piney and resinous dryness sharpens the mouthfeel in finish, drying the palate pleasantly and with ease.

Criticisms may be that the wheat beer is trying to be too much of an IPA. But perhaps that's what this style should become.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ophelia is pale yellow, cloudy with a smallish white head that's a bit loosely constructed but holds a tight foam. Patching seems to offer a bit more than I would have expected.
The smell is somewhat dusty with a lemony twang. It's somewhat more than moderately hoppy, particularly for the style, with a crackery wheat note on the malty side. After the lemon come out some softer, sweeter and less tangy fruit notes.
The body is medium, pretty hefty for what's typical, and semi-dry all the way as hops and tangy, acidic lemon balance in the feel with the sweetness. It's crisp to the point of being sharp, and carbonation offers a soft smoothness as well.

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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the Ophelia...certainly can compete with Blvd 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat. The beer poured a hazy unfiltered yellow with virtually no head and no lace. The smell was a good mix of citrus hops and wheat. The taste was a very good balance of bready malt and citrus hops. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and would certainly try it again.

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3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super effervescent/hazed straw color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Near perfect lacing & head retention

S: Wheattyness & grass

T: Follows the nose, a bit of lemon as well, some tartness & peppery notes up front. More grassiness, tartness & lemon zest as this warms, plus dryness & a bit of green apples. Finishes tart with green apples & lemon zest

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation,

Drinks very easy, didn't really push the hops forward, but this would a nice summer time beer around here

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.