Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale

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559 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 70
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 09-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 559 | Reviews: 401
Reviews by olacub:
Photo of olacub
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clean copper hue, with an impressive head and good lacing.

S: A little citrus, with some candied aromas, and fresh roasted nuts.

T: This is one of my favorite IPA's. Loads of caramel malt, with a swath of medium bitterness cutting through mid-palate. Then, it turns sweet and nutty in the finish.

M: Rich, thick mouthfeel. It's like a meal.

D: Very drinkable for a well-hopped IPA. I think this is very similar to Hop Devil, another of my favorites.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is clear, dark orange in color, almost brown, with a thick, foaming head that left some good lacing.

Smell - This is a big 'un. The huge piney hops and heavily-toasted malts stand out at the nose. I can also pick up some lighter citrus sugar notes.

Taste - The malts turn almost dark at the taste, and the hops are in full effect. This is East Coast hopping at its finest.

Mouthfeel - The almost full body will floor you. This is not for the faint of heart. It is very flat with a huge mouthful of malt in every bite and a sharp, pine and citrus hop punch that keeps you busy.

Chugability - If The Bros knew how fast I sucked this one down they would probably delete my review.

Comments - Garthwaite took it to the house with this offering from New Glarus. It is my first from this venerable brewery and I hope not my last. Cheers, mate!

Update - I had the wonderful opportunity to pop a bottle of this again in 2008. The hop profile is classic. The bitter grapefruit and peach especially stand out. Other than the fact that it doesn't seem as big in the body as I first wrote - I'd call it medium - this is right on.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the brewery.

Bright amber with a thick and lasting white head.

Smell: Floral hops, esters, medium amount of juniper, a bit of lemon,

Taste/mothfeel: Not too hopped, kind of a medium pale ale. Medium bitterness. Smooth and well balanced. No bite.

Super drinkable

Photo of weatherdog
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

It pours a brilliantly clear amber with a generous white head that dies down to a nice layer of bubbles protecting the beer underneath. There is a medium amount of lacing on the sides as I drink the beer.

A nice citrus/orange aroma is what hits me first. It is then followed by a nice bready and crystal malt sweetness. It seems very balanced for an IPA.

Smell is much like the nose in that the citrus type hops hit me first. The bitterness is a tad on the harsh side but balances very well with the residual sweetness from the malts. This is one of the more balanced IPA's I've had and I personally prefer balanced. It is full bodied and kind of chewy. The carbonation is medium and contributes to the beer not having much of a harsh bitter aftertaste.

Photo of sgoodship
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up on a make your own six extravaganza in Steve's (Madison WI).

A: Popped up a soft craggy looking 3 finger cap with no effort. Started producing great lacing immediately. Color was an interesting clear, dark amber - almost bronze. Handsome but not what I was expecting.

S: Nice fresh lemon and grapefruit. Some of the sweet caramel coming through. Not really powerful but very apparent.

T: A smooth, sophisticated brew. I don't think it was ever designed to knock your hop block off but all the same, at times I felt like it was lacking a little oomph. It goes down smooth, the floral is dominant on the pallet and the bitterness and aftertaste is subdued. Felt more like a hybrid of pale ale and IPA.

M: Nice, clean, smooth and creamy making it feel like the fuller side of medium body.

D: A very nice drink but not what I look for in my IPA's, so it's not making it to my top go-to's list. Having said that, it's a great beer and like most things New Glarus, I'd be happy to knock one back any day of the week. Happy to support NG and other fine brews coming out of WI.

Photo of blackearth
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangy-amber color with a thick, white head that lasts almost to the final sip. Aroma is of flowery hops. Medium bodied, this beer has a subtle spiciness and a clean hop finish that lingers but is not over-powering. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Overall a great session beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a nice bright, clear amber color with hints of red and orange as well. A nice one inch head builds up and falls to a half inch that covers the brew. Aromas of citrus and big pine resiny hops waft up into my nostrils. A rich, sweet caramel malt is there as well, but the main player is the big, sticky hop nose...lovely!

First sip brings a bountiful mix of caramel maltiness along with a citrusy, grapefruity, pine sap hoppiness. Initially sweet, this brew brings a nice trail of bitterness on the way down. This one is all about the vibrant hops but is still nicely balanced with a chewy maltiness. A tasty IPA for sure.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a good malt backbone that fills the mouth nicely and provides a great balance. A must try for any fan of the style, this is an easy drinking IPA. I will be looking for more the next time I'm in Wisconsin.

Photo of blitz134
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a perfectly clear amber red body, but only has a very thin white head on the pour which resulted in a few clumps of bubbles when all was said and done. More head would make this appearance nearly perfect.

Floral hop aroma comes across strongly with this brew. A good bit of tangerine citrus in the background. Strong dose of caramel sweet malts round this beer out. Taste is bitter with resin hop flavors, which offer a dirty flavor similar to English IPAs. Not as much citrus or floral hops as in the nose, but does come through in limited amounts in the finish. A dry breadlike malt presence rounds out the flavor. Overall a good flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin for an IPA in my opinion. This one lacks the oilyness and mouth coating power seen in many IPAs. Drinkability is great though. A good flavor which sits light.

Another good brew from New Glarus, I only wish I took more advantage of them when I lived in Wisconsin a few years back.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brass, thick sticky head

SMELL: Herbal, earthy, spicy, citric, toasted grain, faint esters, leafy, ripe pears

TASTE: Oily, smooth, medium body, hop forward, blond tobacco, mild pine, herbal, woody, faint lime rind, dried grass, caramel, semi-astringent hop pull, dry biscuit, dry finish

This IPA got up all in my grill and did not want to back down. For serious hopheads only and hopheads that can understand a heavy hand of hops without using those super alpha-roid palate destroyer hops.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper amber body with a smooth, beige hued head that retains well. Sheet lacing quickly fades into a nice spiderweb of lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with floral and pine cone hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with active carbonation. Some hop oiliness is noted.
Taste begins with a thick, almost syrupy, caramel maltiness, backed up a strong and assertive hops profile of citrusy grapefruit and spruce pine. Well balanced, overall, with a bitter hops finish and pine cone aftertaste.
Tasty IPA, and very hoplicious. Very drinkable, as the abv is well hidden. Thanks to mtnlover for sharing this pleasant sipping ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, picked up on my recent adventure through the heart of wisconsin. No freshness info offered. Pours slightly darker then average almond, mostly clear, under a long lasting frothy tan head, leaving plenty of impressive sheeting. Nose here is mostly of malt, with a hint of peppery spice and hop notes mixed in. Again I initially get mostly malt here, honey, vanilla, then quite late, some mild, drying hop notes show up on the tongue, more light pepper also in evidence. Respectable sessioner, could use some more hops to satisfy my tastes in an "American IPA"

Photo of warriorsoul
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to kmpitz2 for adding this one to the mix...
Pours a worn copper color with a full finger of creamy, off-white head...lacing is somewhat thin and cascades nicely back into the tulip glass.
Sweet malt hits the nose, caramel comes to mind. A generous distribution of hops as well, but nothing over the top.
Taste is fantastic...I was expecting more of a bitter smack, but this IPA is real mellow yet full of hoppiness. Nice balance and the mouthfeel is quite thick for its style. Carbonation is just where it should be...tasting so fresh.
If only it were possible to make this one a session brew...would be mindless...has to be among the handful of the finest IPA's I have tried to date.
2 for 2 today...New Glarus is really making an impression on me.
2 fine BA's supplying me w/ back to back winners...thanks gents.

Photo of badbeer
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours an amber color with a rich creamy head, lacing lasts throughout. Strong hop aroma as you would expect, the smell lures you right into the beer. Taste is of hops and almost perfectly so. Mouthfeel, seems just about right, I do not know what could make it better. Drinkability is definately high, an evening of these would be almost unimaginably good. Yum.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. Props to the man.

Pours a clear honey-infused amber in color, with a tight layer of off-white head. Patchy lacing of the glass.

Aromas are fresh hops, Cascades per the bottle information. Some underlying sweetness, too. Flavor seemed "fresh". Up front citrusy bitterness, followed quickly by a rush of malt sweetness. Finishes dry and spicy. Not aggressive by any means, very nicely balanced. Supremely drinkable. One I would certainly seek out again, and one I would love to try on cask.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm on a big IPA kick tonight and going from a west coast to this is making this seem like an APA. Appearance couldn't be better, I could take a picture and put this one in a print ad anyday, wonderful amber color with a two finger off white head. Hop smell is more mellow in this one with malts detectable in the nose as well.Taste is also quite malty with little bitterness which mouthfeel copies. Again this one comes off more as a APA than an IPA to me but this raises the drinkability level.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great orange appearance, this was one of, if not the first big hopped Midwest beers of its appearance ilk. Good aroma, a little fainter hop/dry hop aroma to it than the name would imply.

Taste, a good, not overfull beer of the ipa style, ample hop character, but not giant amounts of woody/earthy malt bills like a dipa you get lately from the bigger, faster, stronger ipa set. Small caramel feel instead of earth. Nice. Traditional mouthfeel, without being plain. A great, session-ish ipa.

Photo of OStrungT
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden color with an off white head. The head has slight orange tints to it. It fades slowly, leaving few laces.

This beer has a citrus hop aroma. It smells slightly grapefruit like. It is quite floral. It has a slight malty flavor balancing it out quite nicely. It has a very slight piney aroma.

Wow, this beer is well balanced. It has a light citrus hop flavor. It is also malty. It tastes of caramel. I can taste some grapefruit flavor also. A slightly piney flavor is also present.

This beer is very smooth. As I said, it is well balanced. It leaves a grapefruit like aftertaste on my palate. It might be just a little over carbonated.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is so well balanced, and it tastes very good. Also, it is not high in alcohol. If I had access to this beer, I would drink it every day. Thanks ThomasHardy for so generously sharing this beer with me.

Photo of brow1901
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

A- Clear light amber orange with an off white one finger head. The head stays perfect but doesn't leave much lacing.

S- Hops scents that reminds me of lemon grass. Very green and fresh smelling hop character.

T- Nicely balanced between the hops and malt. Malt taste seems to lend a little bitterness to the beer, and carmel. The hops taste grassy and green bitter.

M- A bit too thin in the mouth for me. Nice carbonation though.

D- Good drinkability not an overburden alcohol wise and not a huge hop bomb. Nice and crisp rather, good on a summer night.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a clear deep orange body with a nice bubble white head and a gentle carbonation.

S- The smell of fresh green hops and some citrus hops is very fragrant with a hint of grapefruit in the finish.

T- A nice malty backbone with a slight sweetness blends with an almost white grape hopiness. The caramel flavors come out a bit more as it warms and the hop bitterness is light but complex in the finish. A taste of cat pee, in a very good way, is in the finish hop flavor

M- medium mouthfeel with some creaminess that makes it feel smoother.

D- This is a very well balanced IPA. Many IPAs focus on the hop complexity where this beer takes it a step further. It really brings in the malt and the complex layers of hops to give it a very smooth but bold Drinkability. Well-built and unique IPA.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle.
An unusual IPA to be sure.
Pours a golden yellow with a nice full finger of off white that ends up being very thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is almost a toasted hop scent.
Flavor is an unusual combination of a toasted pale malt and soft citrus peel hops. Somehow this balances very well and makes for a smooth warming sort of IPA. This would really make for a great winter brew as well as a summer staple.
Thanks Steve.

Photo of SMark
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 48° into an Imperial pint glass. Slightly less than two fingers of off white head resulted with some nice Brussels lace as the head dissipated. The beer was a little hazy and amber, copper colored with no date information on the bottle.

The hop presence was evident from the pour. This was even more so after sitting for a couple of minutes. I was unable to detect any caramel malt due to the abundance of hop aroma.

The bitterness was there from the start with slight sweet malt coming around later. This was a very satisfying taste for hop heads.

This lasted quite a while in the mouth with the bitterness and sweet malt combined for a nice fusion and well rounded taste in the mouth.

Beer was well put together with the hops not over powering and the malt seemed to be just right in order to not detract from the hops. I would almost prefer to smell this over tasting but then again let’s get real.

Photo of nicnut45
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a nice dark copper color, almost reddish appearance. Foam dissapates quickly leaving a whispy foam that becomes more concentrated as you move toward the center of the beer forming a nice mound in the center.

Aroma- Nicely balanced between hops and aroma. It has that nice citrusy, piney, I.P.A. smell but you definetly notice the nice malts too. The malts smell of dark brown sugar, molasses, and caramel.

Taste- this has a piney taste that hits you upfront followed by a toasted/burnt bitterness that reminds me of charcoal or burnt toast. A nice bitterness lingers on the tounge after the swallow. The malts dont show up as much as expected but I am thinking toasted malt may have been used to darken this beer but also added to the bitterness of this I.P.A.

Mouthfeel-Thick upfront followed by a slightly below average carbonation.

Drinkability- A nice I.P.A. not overpowering and you can drink a couple without getting a hop headache. Well balanced.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a John's Grocery tulip glass and received a big frothy head which sits atop a brown-tinted, caramel-tinged dark orange body. Not as bright-colored as most IPAs and this helps it stand out already. (Wicked webs of lace are left inside the glass.)

Aroma is of a clearly hops-infused brew, fresh and piney, but not at all one-dimensional, as a fair bit of malt mingles into the smell. Good depth and character in a style category that usually delivers a more straightforward aroma.

As the appearance and aroma have hinted, this isn't an everyday IPA. The hops arrive in full, and any hops-lover will dig the earthy, crisp, piney element here, but malts give a balanced sweetness to the beer, recalling maple syrup, caramel and a warming toastiness. Delicious.

Light and buttery in the mouth, with a slightly more bitter finish than the main flavor hints at.

This beer impresses on all levels. For those who love IPAs but get tired of the same old IPAs (there are so many average ones out there), this is a fantastic find, something a little different to excite the tastebuds. My first New Glarus beer, and it won't be my last. Thanks to mnwags (the midwest's own Schlitzboy) for hooking it up.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gillard for this one.

Pours an interesting clear amber/red/orange color with a nice white head that retains ok and leaves decent lacing.

Nose is fairly balanced, but i am getting a bit more malt sweetness in the nose than i prefer in an IPA. Some sugar, a bit of spicy hops and some slight perfume.

The nose indicated the taste. Far too malty and sweet with insufficient hop presence. A nice malt profile, that is for sure, quite tasty and subtely sweet without being cloying, but they really need to about double the hop content of this beer, and balance out that malt a little bit. What hops there are are all spice hops, slight pine, almost no grapefruit. Some bread and biscuit maltiness towards the finish. There is a bitterness on the finish, but really not as pronounced as it should be. Aftertaste is pretty dry and there is some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite a bit too thick on this one, and ever so slightly undercarbonated. A bit slick, kind of soapy.

Drinkability is fairly good, but really nothing too sessionable. Kind of wierd.

Overall this is a really mediocre IPA. The midwest is coming on a bit stronger lately in the IPA front, especially with Flossmoor coming on strong, and NG is gonna have to step it up a notch if the want to keep up in the IPA world. This isnt an unenjoyable beer, it is just quite average. Give it a try, but dont expect anything incredible. A decent brew.

Photo of screwcitybeernut
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

:::purchased from the New Glarus Brewery's gift shop:::

a::: A very nice golden orange. Fluffy, rocky head, excellent head retention until the very last sip.

s::: Limey hop up front with a teeny caramel sugar background.

t::: Not a complete hop bomb! Well balanced between malty body and hoppy astringency. Balanced IPAs are rare in today's craft market, but the Hop Hearty is not overpowering in any direction.

m::: Medium bodied - not too filling and not too astringent.

d::: Very drinkable IPA. Could have several in a session and not feel weighed down.

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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