Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat AleOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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: 316 | Reviews: 64
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale brewed by Breckenridge Brewery, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber color with a nice white head. Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale is an unfiltered brew, you can not see though it. The smell of Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale is rich citrus, hops, grains, and malts. The taste of this brew is bold with flavor. You pick up on this citrus and the hops in this brew. Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in the taste. I like the taste of this brew, it is different form most brews on the market. The mouthfeel is rich, bold and smooth. Overall I'm giving Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale a 4.5 out 5. Breckenridge Brewery did a nice job with this one, I would buy this brew again.

Photo of JohnnyHoptimum
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours a cloudy straw color

Smell- Floral with hints of citrus

Taste-Grapefruit, Orange , Citrus,

Mouthfeel- between light and medium body

Overall- Overall a nice spring seasonal, gets you thinking about spring even tho its zero degrees in New England.

I found it at CBC Belmont.

Photo of Treyliff
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a ring

S- fruity hops with some citrus grapefruit & melon, crisp wheat

T- fruity hop flavor with. It's of cantaloupe & grapefruit, crisp wheaty finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- easy drinking hoppy wheat

Photo of KYGunner
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes you come across a beer that is so simple that it is difficult to come up with 250 characters to complete a review. This is one of those beers. That doesn't mean I didn't like it, in fact I did, it simply is hard to write much. The nose and flavor are light piney hops coupled with a light wheat malt. Pure, easy, simple but a nice drinking beer.

Photo of MattyBoom
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppy with a very clean finish

Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Bright nectarine orange coloring with a dense clarity and a good suspension of yeasty matter. Dirty white head is thin and skimmy, average in retention, with minimal lace dressing.

S: Aroma of fresh lemon-lime flower hops, dried orange peel and wheat. Hopping is average at best, as well the strength and complexity. Expected a bit more ummph from a beer called a hoppy wheat.

T: Flavor was tart orange, lemon and flower hops. Herbal orange, wheat and floral notes with a mild bittering finish. Lemon-straw, light dry grapefruit with some semi-dry tropical orange at the finish.

M: creamy, moderate snap of carbonation with a flowery edginess. Dry wheat finish.

O: Overall moderate hoppiness, mildly entertaining, but not enough to really hold your attention. Decent, but forgetable.

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale pink beige color.. like a cloudy grapefruit. Not a lot of head on top.

S: A lot of caramel in there.. A touch of herbal hop aroma, but very slight.

T: Slightly burnt in flavor... with a faint hint of grapefruit juice and apricot. Fairly tame in the flavor department.

M: Very light in body, with high carbonation and a very soft feel.

O: Overall pretty light, enjoyable but definitely not a trip through flavor country. Much like another Ophelia, I think this is a little watery.

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery. Poured from the bottle int oa Weia] two and a half finger thick white soapy head, web-like, and hazy golden body.

Smells like grassy malts, floral hops, and a touch of citrus.

The taste here is pretty much the same as the aroma. Nice and easygoing, but full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth. No lingering elements here.

Overall, a 4.25 Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery. Another spring hopeful I've experienced this winter.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/5/15 (Bottle) - Foggy yellow pour, decent carbonation and white head. Yeast and orange aroma. Nice wheat taste with minimal hop taste. Not very strong, very smooth drinking beer. Overall good summer outdoor beer.

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has lots of small and large particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a small collar of large bubbles, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of grainy malts are present in the nose along with bits of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has much stronger flavors of grainy malts along with notes of yeast and hints of citrusy and floral hops. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable towards the finish and this lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little chewy (from the grain) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The graininess and yeastiness of this beer might make it seem a little "raw" for the style, but this definitely lends for an interesting taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from Breckenridge, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are moderate, based on the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with some orange hues when in the glass. Less than a finger of bubbly white head fades to a ring quickly. Looks good for what it is.

S - Smell is grainy, earthy, grassy, fruity, and floral. Piney hoppiness, crisp golden wheat, honeyed graham cracker, & some breadiness. Has that lightly sour / cheesy pungent aroma that I associate with some Berliner Weissbiers also.

T - Taste follows the nose - lightly earthy, grassy, floral. Some orange / lemon zest. Dry grainy wheat. Hint of honeyed sweetness.

M - Crisp and clean, finishes lightly sticky with mild hop bitterness / resin clinging to the palate. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, if maybe just a tad bloating. Slightly dry.

Overall, an alright offering from Breckenridge; it was about what I expected it to be, though I did enjoy it more than I expected. Mostly just a regular wheat beer with just a touch more hops. A pleasant, enjoyable beer. I would probably have it again.

Breckenridge Ophelia ---3.5/5

Photo of E-McFarden
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obvious fruity hop smell and taste, ending flavors dissipate in a buttery palate.

Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy orange/yellow color with a minimal head

S - Subtle grapefruit and hoppy

T - Fuller bodied than expected, get the grapefruit citrus up front and the hoppy finish. Surprisingly good body and taste for a wheat.

M - The body adds to the mouthfeel.

O - Excellent beer. Better than anticipated.

Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt yellow; small white head that fades very quickly and leaves decent retention and lacing. The aromas are pretty sweet. Lots of malt and wheat. Lots of orange marmalade and fresh peach. Some grass and pine in the mix. The flavors are refreshing. Not too much bitterness. Lots of citrus. More orange. Some lemon zest. More peach. Obviously the wheat is there, but it's not overwhelming. Very clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and crisp. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Easy to drink.

This isn't anything too special, but it's enjoyable. It's very refreshing. I wouldn't mind drinking this in the summer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/13/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, wheat, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of hops bitterness. Then some bready flavors of wheat and a thin malt character come in. Some fruity citrus sweetness creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ophelia – American Wheat (5%) - Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado)
☆☆½

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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy burnt peach color. A white head recedes to a bubbly film. Light lines of lacing hang on the glass.

The beer smells of malts and a strong grassy hay aroma. Hops arrive late offering some citrus.

The beer tastes really balanced and diverse. Faint malts give way to fruity floral notes such as orange and apricot. There's also some woody pine and citric notes like grapefruit rinds.

The mouthfeel is bright and refreshing.

Overall, incredibly interesting, tasty, and refreshing. ABV is 5%.

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Yeah, name a beer after that particular character in Hamlet. Nothing iffy there, nossir... Anyway, this stuff pours a partly cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mixed greens, powdered sugar, honey, and oats. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, orange peel, flowers, powdered sugar, light honey, and some mild grass that sits on the tongue through the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a meek hoppy wheat, one where the hops don't really blend seamlessly with the base. It's alright at best.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : molten, fluffy white 1 finger head. It leaves delicate lace as it descends down to about a ring. The body is completely hazy, signature of a wheat ale, and is mango-orange in color.

Aroma : lots of nice fruity esters out front. I can also detect yeast, orange, and fresh flowers after a rain. Slight orange skin. Nowhere here does this have any off-note hoppiness or rankness. It's very calm and very soothing.

Taste : it's full of wheat, with a very nice balance of Orange, mango, leaf, and fresh grass. The hoppiness is polite, in traces of twig, mango skin, leaf, and tangelo.

Mouthfeel : a wall of creaminess right from the start. It retains a wall of this creaminess, being medium bodied and very appropriately carbonated all the way through. The finish is slightly dry and leaves more of that slight woodiness in the hop.

Overall : I was looking for something different and this did the trick. How this is not collaboratively rated "very good" or "outstanding" is beyond me. It's a little generous with the "hoppy" title, so hopheads may not approve - but it is first and foremost a smooth wheat beer with a slight twist of leafy twiggy hop. It's just damn delicious.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(a bottle from this past release, chilled the entire time - poured into a tulip pint)

L: fairly light-colored liquid, a pale golden, bread crust brown with yellow edges... thumb-width of pillowy foam on the pour, falls down to mucky, big, soapy-looking bubbles... good amount of sediment floating about... holds foam till the end

S: like a generic West Coast hoppy ale - floral notes, grapefruit and hints of lemon... perhaps signs of age with a yeasted muffin aroma coming up hard from the depths

T: mild-moderate grassy/green-oniony bitterness rides through on the yeast... lightly-toasted, toasty cookie-like, mildly cookie-doughy malt in full, while the decaying ghosts of blueberry and grapefruit hop flavors

F: certainly medium-full bodied with a delicate gummy-chewy texture, even in the residual film left on the palate... but it all seems to stay up front... mellow, lazy carbonation... not exactly crisp but moderately dry

O: you can tell what's going on with this beer (when fresh), though the hop noise has simmered down... this might be more interesting with hop varieties with more personality... with as much hype as Mosaic has gotten, why choose to kinda bury it in a malty, yeasty wheat beer?

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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