Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat AleOphelia Hoppy Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

59 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 339
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 5.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 77 | 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: 59 | Hads: 339
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 metter98
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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 (942 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy straw body, finger white head,
good lacing

S: big wheat, lemon peel, hint of grass

T: same as nose, solid earthy mild bitter grassy finish

M: med/light body, light oily mouth

O: Solid sessional beer. Wish nose and flavors
were bumped up a little.

OK; WORTH TRYING! (294 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (732 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,899 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 wvsabbath
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, hazy and unfiltered floaters throughout. Minor 1/4 inch foamy head and some decent lacing.

Smell - Faint citric hops, some lemon, wheat, a little yeasty sugar note, some orange and peach at the finish.

Taste - First sip is hop bitter, plenty of pineapple, orange and peach. Wheat comes in along with some grassy notes, lemon and yeasty sugars. Minor sour flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice amount of hops and wheat coats the tongue. Palate gets more of the same along with a sugary note, and some grassy flavors. Aftertaste is alittle mix of sweet fruits and bitter hops.

Overall - Really good beer, espically for Breckenridge. Nice flavors, good balance and smooth and easy to drink. Id rather be drinking this during the summer months but still, its a worthy drink for the winter. (843 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 BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (704 characters)

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Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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