Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by barnzy78:
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz. Pours a bright copper color with a hearty off-white head that holds great retention and leaves a remarkable lacing. Looks impressive. Aromas were not really what I was expecting. As expected, some floral and citrus from the hops, but a lot of toasted grains on the nose as well - it smells like a typical IPA with some extra malt. Tastes are sweet and pleasant - toasty grains, a large dose of caramel with some faint toffee. Hops are present but somewhat subtle (some citrus and some bitter pine notes), but everything seems well balanced, which makes me feel like although this isn't a hop-bomb it is a quality ale. Finishes sweet with a slight bitterness while the alcohol tingles the tongue faintly.
My first assumption was that this seems to be more like an English-style IPA, but it turns out that it is categorized as an American IPA. I had not read the label prior to drinking it and it turns out that East Kent Goldings are used, which was maybe what gave me that thought. I really liked this IPA because of its uniqueness, although it obviously wasn't the best I've had. I most likely would pick it up again though.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2009 18:44:29 | More by barnzy78
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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 543 ratings.