Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Larrytown:
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours medium brown with heavy orange highlights and a billowy, lasting head. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.
The hops are the leading flavor in the nose, some pine and some citrus.
The taste is more subdued than I would have guessed from the nose. The hops are there, but don't hit immediately. Even when they do come, they're balanced out nicely by some sweetness. It's crisp in the mouth and refreshing. I could definitely knock back a few.
This is a fine beer and I'd be happy to drink it again. Ultimately, though, I feel like it's missing something. The hops are at a very drinkable level: refreshing, yet not overpowering. I want to call it "balanced" but there's not another clear flavor here to be balanced against, if that makes sense. Adding a stronger malt/wheat note or maybe a hint of fruitiness (mango works well) could push this to the "outstanding" level. As it is, it's merely "good".
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2008 19:14:04 | More by Larrytown
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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.