Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by jf60657:
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured for 120z bottle into goblet. No freshness date. Purchased in Viking liquors, Baraboo WI.
Pours deep brown with a two finger head the color of creamed coffee. Dies down into lovely bubbly lacing.
Smells of faint fresh hops and not much else. Not god or bad.
Tastes very empty but not in a bad way. I detect nice floral hops, mildy spicy, some citrus in the middle and then it goes a little flat. Very small aftertaste of hops lasts for a few seconds. No hop oils left at all.
Mouthfeel is nice. Light carbonation and a wet finish that doesn't leave you feeling dry.
I expected a lot from this beer, heard a lot of New Glarus lore maybe I wanted to much out of this beer. Will finish this sixer and move on. I would buy it if I was in WI again
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2008 05:05:01 | More by jf60657
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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
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