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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

559 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 69
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.
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Photo of KCM
2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of bashiba
2.54/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clean copper color with a light thin white head, some retention.

Smell is funky, kind of an old sock smell mixing in with some IPA piney bitterness.

Has a musty bitter pine hop flavor and not much else, very one dimensial and sub par.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily.

I would stear clear of this in the future.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale amber color. The head is one inch in height and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of citrus with underlying pine. The taste is a lot more piney than the aroma indicates it should be. The mouthfeel is horrible. Even though this beer formed a nice head, it has absolutely no carbonation. It is also very oily, masking the flavor. Overall, this beer has a very nice appearance and aroma, but the mouthfeel and taste make it nearly undrinkable.

Photo of SethB2
2.79/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent amber with a decent head and lacing. Smells, er, not so nice. I'm getting some hops and rubber. Yes, rubber. Taste is a little better than the smell. A hoppy punch up front with a slight amount of sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Drinkability, nah, I'd rather go eslewhere.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful head that leaves a great lacing that's practically stuck to the side of my glass. It has a clear golden brown dark color. The taste is a very piney hop smell that has a very sweet tang to it. It tastes just like it smells. The mouthfeel is watery.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A--Beautiful dark amber color with two fingers of head using a standard pour. Very dark for an IPA. Great lacing as well.

S--Smell is subdued floral hops over a bready malt backbone that dominates the nose, but is not very strong in its own right

T--Caramel, bread, and an empty hop bitterness that unfortunately doesn't have much accompanying flavor. Not saying the beer is flavorless, just saying there isn't much hop flavor. Not really what I look for in an IPA.

M--Average for the style

D--Probably won't be buying this again, the flavor profile is just not right and doesn't leave you wanting more. It was easy to drink but bored me to tears.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a darker, caramel color with just a minimal head. Light lacinig sticks around. The aroma slightly sweet and earthy. The first couple sips I am getting something different. The initial one is the basic, crisp IPA. The 2nd is dare I say creamy and a tad sweet. If finishes nice with a bit of dry/bitterness which is to be expected. Drinkable but not the best example in this vast market of IPA's.

Photo of jtneal111
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI

Not a big fan of this one. I expect much more hop presence in an American IPA(that may just be my NW bias). This beer tastes much more like an amber to me than an IPA. Decent malt, fairly drinkable, medium carbonation, but I hoped for much more of a hop presence, particularly in a beer named "Hop Hearty".

Photo of hopstetrician
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Beezee
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of FalconA
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of MooseBoose
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Jonster02
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of cosine
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Jerktookmyname
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this one is a hazy deep amber with a tan head. aroma is interesting-there is something dominating here which i can't quite put my finger on-a musty/leathery/woody aroma, not terrible, just not what i'm looking for in an ipa. other than that the nose presents with caramel, toffee, and resiny, roasty pine notes. some caramel malt sweetness upfront washed out by a bitter hop astringency. medium bodied. worth a try, not your usual american ipa.

Photo of znichols
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark orange with a tight little full white head. Head dissipates in seconds and the lacing is minimal. Looks decent.

S- the aroma is slightly muted. I get a hint of spicy hops and a little sweet malt. Expecting this to be a very approachable ipa.

T- as expected this is a pretty standard tasting ipa. Great balance between earthy hops and slightly toasty malts. Not a ton going on but I can imagine 3 or 4 of these going down pretty easy while watchin a game.

M- light and bubbly mouthfeel. Id prefer it to have a little less carbonation and be a little more creamy. Not bad though.

O- another very accessible beer from NG. They are great at making this kind of beer. Perfect balance between kent/cascade hops and slightly toasted malts. Finishes pretty dry. No alcohol present. Try if you're in the mood for an easy drinking ipa. Reminds me of sierra nevada pale ale.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle of the most recent release. No bottle dating, oh the humanity.

Overzealous pour into a tulip provides more head than Elton John on a Saturday evening. Big league puff sits atop a clear bright orange base. Looks the part with sheeted lacing.

Smells of clean crystal malts and faint grassy citrus. Tempered would be accurate here.

Buttermilk biscuit, herbal hops, a lingering hint of orange, and a healthy wet blanket of malt on the finish.

Creamy body with a quick fade.

While not a bad beer, why the hell can't Wisconsin make a go-to IPA? My kingdom for an in state IPA that I can drink with rabid impunity and use my hop laden piss to polish my ill gotten goblets. It is simply confounding how, while overall a solid beer state, there remains a perplexing abundance of middlin' IPA's. I'll be damned if I hear the balanced argument here, because this isn't even that. Come on O'So....bottle that Hop Whoopin and give me something to believe in.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a big 3 finger off-white head leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma consists of earthy hops along with a good dose of caramel malts.

Flavor starts off with a little pine flavor along with a biscuity malt flavor. Dank earthy hops linger at the finish along with some grass and floral flavor as well.

A bit thin with medium carbonation levels. I wish this had a little more heft to it.

Not one of my favorites from New Glarus. No off flavors, but it's a bit too thin and the flavors don't mesh great for my palate.

Photo of sfreshnock
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wife's coworker for bringing a nice haul of New Glarus back to Chicago. More reviews to come.

12oz bottle. no drink by date. served in a tulip snifter.

Off the pour this beer is shaping up rather nicely. Nice burnt orange hue with a little haze that is expected from an IPA. Nice off white head forms and drops slowly with sporadic lacing. The smell troubles me greatly as the label says that the aging tanks are infused with Cascade and EKG dry hop additions. No hops on the nose, none, nothing but a grainy aroma. Taste is balanced noble hop and pale malt. I perceive a faint hop presence that grows towards the back of the tongue and lingers in the after taste. The mouthfeel is nice and dry leaving you beckoning for another sip. Overall great drinkability but in my opinion more of a APA than IPA.

Photo of ryrust5301
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light caramel color with a tiny bit of foamy white head. Decent for an ipa, but not spectacular. Aroma is very crisp hops with a touch of caramel blended in for a little depth. Might have aged this one a bit too long as the hops have definitely faded. The hops are of the cascade and goldings variety and that caramel flavor that was present in the nose comes around again. Feel is very light and lacking in carbonation. Let this one sit around too long I think. Plan on picking up some more of this and giving it a re-rate if this ranking is unfair.

Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a couple of singles of this in Hudson, WI, only to keep throwing them in as extras. Been wanting to try it for a while, so I finally brought one almost straight home to try. Let's get to it.

Very amber for an IPA, ruddy-cold-cheeked kind of reddish. Nose has some faint hops, but smells more like a pale than an IPA.

Huh. Really, really malty for an IPA too, almost like Hop Hearty couldn't cut it as an IPA so switched his label to 'amber/red'. The hops, & I assume they're in there by the name of the brew, are crushed & barely discernable. Really, this is all about the malts? Huh.

Not a bad beer, but not at all what's advertised or what I was expecting. Run of the mill & in desperate need of a hops infusion.

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.