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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | 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

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really craving FFF Gumballhead, but since I can't get it easily, I decided to try this brand new wheat ale from BB. Poured into pint glass...

Appearance: dark yellow color with 2 finger head; leaves a noticeable lacing on the glass
Smell: various fruit mixed with mild hops at first; later, it was only wheat
Taste: very drinkable and perfect for hot days in spring/summer; reminds me of a lighter version of Lagunitas Lil Sumpin Sumpin
Mouthfeel: smooth; the hops come on late and linger through the finish
Overall: pretty good, but I was left wanting more; nearly lived up to expectations. If you enjoy Goose Island 312 and are looking for something hoppier, here it is.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
Review from notes 3/1/2014.

A: Hazy gold with floating particles visible. Thin white head.

S: Hoppy nose, I'm anticipating bold pine needles and citrus flavor.

T: Inoffensive hops, just the way I like them.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation.

O: Not a bad choice. I was intrigued by the cool label. If you're looking for a little hop bite, this is a good one.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy mucky lemonade color. Nice little whipped foam topper.

Some hoppy white grapefruit, some other citrus rind, a wheaty aroma, and the unmistakable aroma of cooked broccoli. Even with an olive oil drizzle. A little odd, but decent.

Dry citrus burst. Some light wheatness, at the most pale. Still, flavorful malts. More vegetable-like notes... maybe greens or carrot. A unique pale wheat. Carries the hoppiness that it suggests. Also, pushes a lot of sudsy carb. Good spring seasonal.

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4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.