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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 348
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 29.23%
Wants: 10
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 3FaveryRogue on 12-28-2013

Subtle hints of citrus round out the complex aroma of Mosaic hops, for a beer so drinkable, it’ll last through multiple acts.
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2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ophelia – American Wheat (5%) - Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado)

App: Pours a very hazy true gold, practically opaque, with very little light passing through. Hazier than a lot of other american wheats. No head to speak of, what head it does throw settles to a filmy white sheen over the top. Some lacing.

Smell: Nose is hoppy with pine and herb hops notes dominating. Slight lemon notes from the wheat. Wheat graininess comes through slightly. Smells cheesy, and honestly a little off.

Taste: Foretaste is slightly sour, with some pleasant cereal wheatiness on the true taste. Hops go from normal to pronounced as the beer sits on the palate, and further sips are taken. Primarily citrus and pine, with some deeper herb like flavors. Not complicated or engaging really, just sort of routinely bitter. Pretty well balanced, but sort of unremarkable. Slight lingering bitterness and wheat flavors in the in aftertaste.

Mouth: Carbonation remains high after continued agitation. Body is solidly medium, but a little disappointing.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Tulip. 2/7/14.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Smooth, Creamy, Hoppy, Wheaty

Ultra-smooth and creamy, cloudy straw, with a magnificent white foam head. Floral, citrus and wheat in the nose. Hoppy, leafy, zesty, wheaty (of course), biscuity, semi-astringent and dry. No garnish needed. This American Wheat Ale is packed with flavor. With examples like this, it’s no wonder Hoppy Wheat Ales are starting to trend.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Spring

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This brings to mind one of my silly-vilian stuporvisors on the Self Defense Test Ship who used to lust after a co-worker named Ophelia. He would emit a wolf whistle and say, "Oh, Ophelia, I wanna feel ya!" It was a different time.

From the bottle: "Hoppy Bouquet Wheat Flavor"; plus the lovely russet-haired Ophelia reclining in a bed of flowers.

I was gentle with Ophelia, but still she was anxious to give me head. My pour netted just over two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention in the face of today's humidity. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7), kind of like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Ophelia smelled wonderful, citrusy but not bitter and with a slight sweetness. I was reminded of tangerines or orange zest. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but the taste was very nice. It had a semi-sweet orange tang along with a wheat tartness that was really refreshing. Finish was semi-dry, more citrus than wheat and a really nice drink on a hot, humid day. Please put this in CANs!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge "Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating... odd
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Ophelia pour a very cloudy, and even chunky, deep golden body beneath a full-sized head of frothy white that steadily drops to a creamy surface covering. The aroma displays a pleasant combination of sweetish wheat malt and gentle hops (lightly citrusy, mildly grassy, softly floral). The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests. It's not particularly bitter, just "firm", and I might be imagining it but I find what I think of as an almost vanilla note which implies sweetness as well. The bitterness does linger somewhat in the finish though, along with subtle hops. Easy to drink and charmingly flavorful, this hoppy wheat is a welcome addition to spring.

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3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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