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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

59 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 340
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of JohnnyHoptimum
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hazy - what you'd expect from a wheat beer. Decent lacing.
Smells like a hoppy wheat beer. Nothing spectacular but not bad at all.
Tastes a bit hoppier than I'd expect, but does not overwhelm the wheat by any means.
Feels smooth, not overly carbonated like a lot of other wheat beers I've had.
overall, if you're looking for that blend between wheat and hops, this is a fine start. (389 characters)

Photo of jacobdunne
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect beer if you are wanting to get into IPAs. The description "Hoppy Wheat" is absolutely perfect when describing the taste of this beer. This beer is the perfect bridge to enjoying IPAs. Enjoy! (210 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of nismo_2005
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had one of these with my dinner last night did not get to pour it as the restaurant handled that part.
Had a light brown/tan color about 50% haze.
1 and a half finger mostly white head with light lacing
No sentiment or anything like that.
The smell was pretty good definite hint of wheat and floral.
The initial taste the perfect amount of bitter but very smooth. Really good flavor of the hops.
Over all a good looking smelling and tasting beer that go's down very smooth.
Im not sure it was worth the hotel price of $6 for a 12 oz glass but still very good. (559 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; dull gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: mostly tropical fruit; a little wheat in the background; a little sharpness as well;

T: tropical fruit, piney, earthy all the way; a little malt/wheat sweetness at mid-palate; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: as a hop head, this is one of my favorite wheat beers; (425 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty unique brew, so I'm not sure any particular style suits it completely. It's a nice light wheat with a slightly over the top hop profile, and the hops they chose complement the yeast and malts very well.

It is a cloudy yellow color with just a bit of fizz. The aroma is not particularly strong, but still interesting. The balance of hops with the yeast taste works really well.

The aftertaste is pretty clean and very refreshing. You want another.

This is a great drink! (489 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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%. (545 characters)

Photo of Trombone69
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this concept, a hoppy wheat ale, unfiltered. A lot of my top beers are unfiltered wheats. Although I'm not a huge hop head. Anyway, they strike a nice balance here. And the shapely red-headed young woman on the label boosts the "Look" rating from 4.25 to an easy 5. It's the little things in life that make it great. I might have to look for this beer again. Or maybe I can find Ophelia, the red-head instead. I'd like to buy her a beer. (451 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my friends of Breckenridge Brewery, 12 ounces of hoppy wheat ale. On to the beer:

How about a cloudy blonde colored beer with some visible bubbles running through the body? Sounds good, eh? Topping it is a head which a hybrid of soapy and creamy head characteristics, leaving a lot of good lace around. The aroma is "crisp", pleasantly hoppy, perhaps even dank as some might say.

The wheat ale backbone is a sturdy canvas for the hoppy character of this beer. It's quite hoppy, and it brings notes of orange, a vague pepper spice, grassy notes, and delicate melon too. This is backed by a light body with gently crisp carbonation, which in the end makes this a pleasantly made beer. (690 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Hazy color typical for a wheat beer. Thin foamy head with slight lacing on the side of the glass. Slight piney, wheat smell. Pale wheat taste with slight hop bitterness midway through the drink. Mild bitter aftertaste. Wheat taste does overpower the bitterness a bit. Wheat beer was my first love when it came to craft beers, but I have become more of a hop head. So, I do enjoy the combination, but I wish it was more hoppy. It is definitely a beer I can enjoy and would gladly drink again. (512 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, yellowish orange. Left decent lace.
Smell: Mostly floral with just a hint of citrus.
Taste: Citrus, pepper, and floral.

This was so good. Completely cloudy, it poured leaving a thick head which moderately quickly became a solid lace. The smell was mainly floral, but there was definitely citrus complementing it. The taste brought out the big citrusy hop goodness. It was mingled with pepper and floral, and was pretty carbonated. I would definitely get this again and regret only getting one. (516 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegman's enjoyed chilled in a cervoise from the chilled 12oz brown bottle.

The color is a deeply hazed golden with fine bead and light lace with visible carbonation rising to the small white head. The smell is tangy citrus with smell of light hops in the aroma with mild herbal scent. The feel has spritzy cabonation with light bitterness and gentle sweetness with very dry finish and relatively light body.

The taste is slightly bitter with herbal hop flavors initially and light orange taste with a mild wheat toastiness and slightly grassy hop edge with gentle tangy yeast combined with wheat flavors and hint of spice in the nutty dry finish. Overall I enjoyed this it is drinkable and kind of like a white IPA but it has more wheat with a mild yeast flavor throughout. (798 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (474 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/23/2014. Pours very hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright hop notes with a good amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Slight earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, orange/lemon zest, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop flavors and balanced bready malt sweetness; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale wheat ale. All around good robustness and complexity of citrus hops and balanced bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,421 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy golden color with a thick two finger head of a pure white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of some bready smells mixed with a good dose of wheat and a moderately strong spice aroma. The spice is mainly of a coriander and clove nature with some hints of thyme as well. Along with these smells comes some nice hoppy aromas which are mainly of a grassy nature, but contain other smells of a floral nature as well. With a little bit of yeast and some lighter citrus sweetness mixed within the aroma, a very pleasant and inviting smell is produced overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a more cracker and biscuit malt flavor with some citrus orange sweetness upfront. As the taste moves on however, the wheat detected in the nose starts working its way onto the tongue. While this occurs some of the sweeter citrus is replaced by some hop flavors of a grapefruit and grassy nature. Some lighter floral hop flavors join the taste along this time and are accompanied by some yeasty flavors as well. While the grapefruit hop was the strongest of the hop flavors initially , the grass and floral tastes take it over at the end. With a slight increase in the wheat and a bit of a more grainy flavor that comes at the very end, one is left with a somewhat crisp and lighter to moderately hopped, wheaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker and chewier side for a beer of only 5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather average. The chewy body is good for the wheat flavors of the beer as well as good for accentuating the mix of hop tastes. All the while the moderate carbonation does well for the citrus, yeast, and lighter abv., making for a very enjoyable and still refreshing feel overall.

Overall – I actually really enjoyed this brew. It was very drinkable and very flavorful with a nice blend of hop, wheaty malt, and just enough sweetness to keep it all in line. (2,171 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clearly unfiltered, with just a ton of floaties suspended in the honey colored liquid; the head is rather modest, particularly for a wheat beer, as is the lacing

Smell: Bready and lemony, with wheat tang, slight banana and a grassy/citrusy aspect

Taste: Crusty bread and a kiss of sweetness, up front, with the lemony/grassy hops kicking in toward the middle; slight banana undertones build, as well; the finish tilts toward the bitter side

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I wasn't expecting much, given the overall rating and my experience with other Breckenridge beers, but this one surprised me; a very nice beer for a hot summer day (706 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this much more than I thought! Offered at a dive bar in downtown, there's not a great selection for craft but Orphelia was on there so I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised! Super refreshing! Slightly sour wheat with a nice subtle hop to keep it interesting. Great beer. (286 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Handsome dark honey color, hazy with yeast sediment and with a white, creamy head almost a finger thick. Nose is dominated by lemongrass and spice from the yeast, pine and itrus fruits from the hops and a breadiness from the wheat malt. Very good nose; crisp and aromatic. Taste is more along the lines of a wheat, with light tastes of wheat beer but with a clear hop note. The two go hand in hand in Ophelia, and get along great. Finishes slightly dry and with a lingering lemon note.

A hopheads wheat beer, but not too hoppy to be overpowering of the subtle wheat nuances. Very tasty, great summertime beer. (611 characters)

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.