Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Josievan:
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Reddish copper in color, with the full head and lacing charactertistic of hoppy beers.
Smell: There's a fragrant and pleasant hop aroma.
Taste: Earthy hops dominate, but the beer is well-balanced. The hops hit you first, but then a malty caramel sweetness sneaks in. Then there is a clean, fresh finish from the hops, leaving only a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation to offset the hop punch.
Drinkability: For a hoppy beer, this is quite drinkable. When my glass is empty, I'm left wanting more, and I feel like I could drink two or three bottles.
Notes: I'm not a big IPA fan, but this may be the beer to put me on the track to liking hoppy beers and IPAs. I really haven't tried too many of this style, but it only makes sense that my favorite so far would be brewed by what is probably my favorite brewery. Hop Hearty's name is apt because it accomplishes what many IPAs do not: there's a hearty malt backbone to balance and compliment the hops. Now that I realize that I like this beer, it's a shame that New Glarus is no longer brewing it.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2010 18:26:59 | More by Josievan
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
New Glarus Brewery
I get an immediate hop smack in the face as soon as the bottle is cracked open. Hop Hearty poured amber with a slight haze from the bottle conditioning. A 1+ finger dense craggy off white head formed on the pour. There's very few carbonation bubbles rising to that tightly packed head. Thick drink lines after each sip.
This beer has a solid caramel backbone but the main aspect is the bountiful hop bouquet. Citric hops lead the way in the form of sweetened grapefruit along with a squeeze or two of orange. Pine needles are also a welcome addition. Mild but noticeable alcohol fumes rise through the air adding a nice complexity to things.
That caramel maltiness leads the way along with a mildly toasted malt. Hops quickly take over but are more of a flavor complexity than a bittering component. Piney hops show up first but are soon matched by sweetened grapefruit and orange juice. The pine needle hoppiness shows up again on the backend and leaves a nice moderate bitterness. Nice balance, leaning to the hoppier side but more balanced and flavorful than most.
Medium bodied with a prickly carbonation on the swallow. Lively mouthfeel with enough bitterness to keep you wanting more. Slightly drying on the finish.
I could drink and drink and keep on drinking Hop Hearty. This beer has the ability to make you want another drink immediately after the last.
Hop Hearty is one of my favorite IPAs. If this was available in Illinois it would be constantly stocked in my fridge. A wonderful drink from New Glarus. I'm sure getting it straight from the brewery doesn't hurt the quality either.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2013 20:33:02 | More by joe1510
Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.