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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Hop Hearty AleHop Hearty Ale

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very good

559 Ratings
very good

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

Photo of sweetpaulie73
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of bashiba
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
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
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
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 Erdinger2003
2.75/5  rDev -30%
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 SethB2
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
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 alcstradamus
2.83/5  rDev -28%
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 jtneal111
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
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 lonestar4lunch
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
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 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
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
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
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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 timtheenchanta
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light ruby color with a 3/4" head that leaves lots of thin webby lacing.

The nose is absolutely gorgeous. It's comparable to sticking ones nose into a jar of fresh hops. It's mostly fruity.

The taste isn't as wonderful as the smell suggests. It's bland and the hops are more like prunes than citrus fruit. While I could smell this one all day, I'd rather just buy a bag of hops.

Not too great but glad I got to try it. I enjoyed New Glarus' Imperial IPA quite a bit more. Maybe this one just wasn't fresh? I'll have to try it again to see.

Photo of ttu94
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another AIPA from Packer land. Starts out promising, good head and good lacing, a dark hazy gold color. Smell is good and mostly malty with hops very much present as they should be. The taste initially is very good then somthing happens. I don't know if it has too much malt flavor or what but the hop flavor changes to an almost nutty somewhat unpleasant taste that takes over and dominates the aftertaste. I would say it is unique among AIPA that I have had but not for great reasons.

Photo of MiScusi
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to umustdrink for this beer.

This poured an only slightly hazy dark amber with a shade darker than off-white head that is fluffy and a bit rocky, leaving just a little lacing. The smell after just being poured was a lot of sweet caramel malt and some fresh hops. However, after a minute or so all hops recede and this becomes an amber ale. A lot of caramel malt, and it tastes like toasted malt was used in this as well. Expecting an IPA I'm very disappointed. But for a beer overall, it is very good. This would be THE best amber ale I've ever had. I have to rate this low just because of the fact that New Glarus is definitely proclaiming this beer as an IPA, and I don't find it to be anywhere close to an IPA. I believe this bottle to be fresh too. All the flavors come across nicely, they just aren't IPA flavors.

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