Ophelia - Breckenridge Brewery
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3.76/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
01-08-2014 17:28:35 | More by BEERchitect
3.29/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
04-24-2014 17:11:31 | More by TMoney2591
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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
01-26-2014 04:51:44 | More by russpowell
3.94/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
04-29-2014 13:51:52 | More by Slatetank
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
they call this a hoppy wheat, but it all seemed a bit subdued to me. barley hazy pale yellow liquid and a thin white film for head. the nose is wheat malt first, hops second. not overly exciting by any means, but seemingly well crafted and light enough to drink a bunch of. nothing about this really pops in terms of flavor. good ale yeast and fresh wheat leave a mark, but the hops arent where i expected them to be after reading the description. its a little citrusty, but the fuller wheat body covers up a lot of the hops. its a good beer with food, as its plenty full flavored, but it lacks an exciting or distinguishing element to me. clean finish, good bubbles. its a high C or a low B for me, par for the breckenridge course.
01-18-2014 05:06:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
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!
06-18-2014 21:41:17 | More by woodychandler
4.06/5 rDev +15%
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.
03-24-2014 23:58:09 | More by DoubleJ
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-31-2014 04:17:25 | More by superspak
3.34/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-16-2014 23:11:06 | More by beerthulhu
Ophelia from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.