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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 347
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 28.96%
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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 347
Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions below. Full review to follow. Acquired in 6 pack format.

Pours an off-white head which sticks around for about 5 minutes, leaving webby lacing as it dies. Could be creamier and fuller, sure. Body is a slightly hazy copper-yellow with gold hues. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Aroma suggests wheat, lemongrass, barley, floral hops, some breadiness, and grains. Largely unimpressive. Hardly fresh. Certainly not evocative. Aromatic intensity is above average.

Taste is more promising than the aroma. Clean barley, some graininess, wheat, cream, floral hops, suggestions of fruit (particularly rindy tropical fruit and some muted citrus), pale malts, and faint bready malt. It's an interesting hodgepodge...nicely balanced for the most part but a bit reticent. Average flavour duration and intensity. I can't say it's horribly complex in a general sense, but I guess for an American wheat ale it's above average in terms of intricacy. There's little subtlety here, though, and I can't say it's nuanced. I do like it, and it's enjoyable, but it's wanting.

Texture is average. Smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, medium-bodied, moderately thick...standard execution. Doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate the notes in the flavour profile. Disappointingly average. But it gets the job done.

Overall, it's a drinkable wheat ale which hides its modest ABV well and satisfies. It won't impress the discerning drinker, but I do like it and will enjoy polishing off the remainder of the 6 pack. Easily above average, but far from world-class (in classic Breckenridge Brewing fashion).


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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Photo of Phocion
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Hazy pale gold with a finger of frothy white head. Moderate retention and a bit of lacing.

Aroma is very grainy cracked wheat bread. Slightly doughy yeast, but no esters or phenols. Citrus and other tropical fruity hoppiness.

Flavor definitely has a lot of grain in it, but more hop-forward as well. Apricot, orange, and grapefruit. The recipe says Mosaic and palisade and that's not a surprise. Very juicy, but otherwise pretty simple. Subtle wheaty spiciness, but no yeasty phenols.

Flavor is light-medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very refreshing.

Overall, I don't really like what's going on here. It's a pretty standard, bland, boring American Wheat Ale with a generous amount of hops thrown in. Very juicy, but boring. Mosaic are the cool new thing, but you need a good beer behind it as well. Not bad, just not good.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.44/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass. Head is bright white and leaves a ring. Body color is copper and dense looking, opaque - good wheat beer appearance.

Aroma is definitely hop forward: grapefruit and lemon are prominent. Some lighter malt notes, touch of biscuit.

Taste is very good: clean malt flavors, not sweet, wheat and biscuit are noticeable; hops are fresh, bitter, flavoring is citrus and some grass.

Mouthfeel is pretty bitter for lighter ale, very strong not the tongue, and drying.

Overall, a solid hoppy wheat ale that is bitter and slightly biting in the mouthfeel, but good flavors.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with short head that slowly fades.

S: Aromas of lemon, grass, bread and a some fruitty esthers.

T: Taste is a mix of spice, grass, orange peel, biscuity/bready notes, hints of grain.

M: Light to medium body with adequate carbonation and is mildly spicy, dry, with aslightly bitter finish.

O: Overall a decent hoppy wheat but I think I was hopping for a little more from the mosaic hops in this one. But to be fair I will have it again on a hot sunny day.

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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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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Breckinridge has not won me over, but I like this one the best so far.
I came back to it and it compares well with Petaluma's Lagunitas Lil Sumpin.

Appearance - Apricot yellow, hazy with floaters. Small foamy head and decent lacing.

Smell - Too faint. There's citric hops, lemon, wheat, first followed by yeasty sugar, orange and apricot into a pleasant, welcoming but too faint aroma.

Taste - Follows the smell, but more powerfully starts with IPA hop bitter, followed by citric pineapple, orange. Wheat, grassy notes, lemon and yeast. Fruity but not cloying finish.

Mouthfeel - Excellent body. Finale is fruit and bitter hops. Leaves you in a good place, appetizing.
Good with fish, sausage, cassolet, cheeses, pretzels.

Overall -Totally cool IPA wheat beer. I prefer this over most American Wheats.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of danmouer
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

American wheats are not my favorites, especially hoppy ones. In this category, I look for refreshing flavors, a bit of tartness, clean finish...all things hard to deliver if alpha acid gets too high.

This Breckenridge Ophelia deserves a lot of crredit for being adventurous. Not tooo bitter, but nonetheless ver the top somewhat due to the fery nature of the Mosaic hops for which it is a platform. The Mosaics throw out a bit of everything...funky earth, tangerine peel, peachy sweetness, grassy herbs... In the nose nd in the mouth, this brew is chimerical.

I enjoy the adventure. There are no major flaws. But, truth to tell, it is keeping me too off-balance. Each tate is a bit different from the last. Not what I am looking for in a warer weather quencher...so perhaps that's my problem, not Breckenridge's or Ophelia's. Ophelia kdefinitely has some sex appeal, but I'm a bit older, wiser, settled in my ways. She might be just a bit too unpredictable for me.

Good beer. Glad I tried her out. Will enjoy the whole 6 pack I ought, but I won't be ack for sloppy seconds.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ophelia pours a hazy golden color with a small head. There is a creamy wheat aroma, with very strong lemons notes. The taste has a nice crisp wheat flavors, with some hop notes, and lots of lemon flavors. Good flavors, a little over carbonated. Overall its a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of ranger7
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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