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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

401 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 401
Hads: 559
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 71
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.

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Reviews: 401 | Hads: 559
Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange body and off-white foamy head. Malty and faint hop aroma. Light though creamy mouthfeel. Easy drink, bitterness enwrapped in malt, decent balance. Not too complex. Above average brew, Fairly average for its style and will underperform for the hopheads.Dry aftertaste. (280 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery. Was very disappointed that this got retired; this was one of Amyliz4's favorite beers.

Pours a copper caramel color. Nice off white lacing. Nose is quite nice with some citrus notes and a bit of caramel. Taste doesn't go too far in any direction with a nice balance between citrus and caramel. Light bread. Good feel with a bit of sweetness and some bitterness. Drinks quite well and is really quite nice. (450 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thick three finger head that won't give out, while leaving plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Rather balanced, with a full on caramel tone that is joined by a piney hop character

Taste: Caramel malts dominate, up front, but by mid-palate, the piney hops arrive and more than hold their own; after the swallow, the flavor profile is balanced, with the brown sugar and caramel flavors lingering just a bit longer than the hoppy ones

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a tad sticky

Drinkability: As one who likes a more attenuated IPA, this one doesn't really float my boat; still, it is a well-crafted example of a balanced IPA and I recognize it as such (728 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic IPA. Colored with a hue between orange, copper, and golded, with a light, airy head retention / formaiton and shows nice lacing as the beer falls. A rich bready, yet well attenuated malt character sets the tone for a very clean, crisp cracker-like maltiness. Sharp, pungent hops take on more pine than citrus, but make the beer dry and refreshing on the palate. Grassy from dry hopping, and minty in the finish. Those hops blend well with the fruity esters from the yeast. Wish we could get more of this down here in 'tucky. (536 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown colored ale with a nice big head with better then average retention. You can easily feel the bitterness in the aroma. Taste is as expected, i.e. quite bitter with a side of roasted malt and subtle floral notes. I would put this one on a par with Victory Hop Devil as one of the great IPA out there. (327 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color, dark for the style. Head and lace are outstanding; a one finger head persisted until the last sip.

Smell: Toffee-like sweetness, earthy English hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel: As the nose implies, this is a maltier IPA - the caramelly malt backbone is substantial. Chocolate undertones pair well with earthy, citrusy hops - this drinks almost like an ESB to me. Carbonation is high, lending a much needed crispness.

Notes: A good and solid IPA but maltier than I tend to like them. (538 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color, slightly darker amber into orange. Creamy head that leaves intricate lacing. It settles, then creeps up again with a swirl.

Light herbal & grassy notes, sweetly malty later on.

Flavor has some herbal hop notes, but very low bitterness. Body is malty but fairly light. Easy to drink if you enjoy a mellow IPA. Malt seems to win out in the end, like a subtle English IPA. Good for summer weather... (412 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystalline orange-copper with a portly head of orangish beige. The stiffsticky cap of foam looks as expected given what I assume to be the generous hop load in this IPA. There's a perfect one finger ring at the top edge of the glass with fat, vertical rivulets leading down to the beer's surface. Perhaps I could foretell the future by reading lace as some do by reading tea leaves. I predict... that I'm going to like this beer.

The wonderfully hoptastic nose certainly doesn't hide its robust caramel maltiness. Hops win going away, but if the aroma is any indication, they're more than well-supported. Now, to the actual drinking. Hop Hearty is one of the more balanced hoppy IPAs that I've run across. Heavily toasted malt provides more than mere support, it provides flavor as well.

There are still plenty of hops in the house (pine sap is particularly strong), but they don't soar and explode in my mouth due to the restraint imposed on them by the sweet caramel-toffee. The hop bill appears to reside somewhere over the North Atlantic, closer to the U.K. by my palate. There's nothing at all amiss with the medium-full, sparsely carbonated body/mouthfeel.

Hop Hearty Ale is a well-crafted beer from a solid Midwestern microbrewery. Again, even though I like my IPAs to be more hoppy and less malty, I'll still finish the bottle with relish. Another quality offering from the good folks at New Glarus, courtesy of Skidz. (1,430 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a foamy, off-white head that left sticky lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy and floral. Also, some caramel malt aroma.

T - This starts with a nice hop bite, very hop forward. The caramel maltiness takes a back seat to the hops. Very citrusy.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great IPA. It has a great citrus hop bite that will grab your attention. (457 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a huge white pillow like head on top. Very and I mean very slowly receded and left behind lots of lace down the glass. Big time visible sediment here, bottom of the glass was covered.

Smell was a huge hoppy fiesta. Big profile was filled with hints of orange, grapefruit and pineapple. As it warmed a slight sweetness started to come through, but the big name here was hops! This was great citrus centric hoppy IPA, my favorite kind. It was smooth as silk going down and left a nice dry tingling aftertaste, left a long lingering flavor that stayed behind for a good 15 mins. (587 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a brilliantly clear, orange-amber body topped off with a full inch and a half head of off-white foam with some notable staying power to it.

Smell: The nose has a bright zestiness with a lightly oily, pithy lemon character. Pale malts with a note of delicately toasted grains and a plastic-wrapped cube or two of milk caramel.

Taste: Pale malts with a hint of clean, fresh, washed grains and a moderate amount of sweetish caramel tones preclude the citrusy, zesty, spicy hops from the Cascade and EKG's. Medium amount of bitterness. Appropriately dry on the back end with a light, ending malt hint and slight, lingering bitterness. Presents a good balance from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I dug it! A very nice, well balanced India Pale Ale from New Glarus that presents a firm hoppiness but also a nice amount of balancing maltiness. (909 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 huge fingers of off-white colored foamy head. Peters down into a thin, yet rich, retention that leaves some decent looking swathes of lace back. The aroma has a touch of spice to it, along with some strong herbal accents, and a thick tang of tropical fruits and toasted caramel malts.

The taste has a moderately spicy (and sticky) bitterness to it, with a big backing tang of juicy citrus, toast, and toffee. Finishes with a light spicy bitterness and a more earthy feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a big prickly carbonation that spreads out nicely in the mouth. Some oily slickness runs through this as well, adding to the overall smooth feel in the mouth.

This was a little different out of the bottle than it was on tap. Some hop aggressiveness was lost, but balance, feel, and drinkibility were all gained. Either way, this was still a tasty little IPA. (954 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect balance and support that occurs between Hop Hearty's toasted, biscuity, and caramelish malts, and its citrusy and piney hops is what makes it work so well. It's just slightly hazy despite its bottle-conditioning, and its reddish copper body glows with orange and gold highlights beneath a creamy head of white foam. The head retention is very good, and it leaves wide rings of lace at the outset of the glass, and walls of spotty lace as it goes. Piney and citrusy hops grace the nose over a caramel-soaked maltiness, and return moments later in the flavor. It's not agressively hoppy, nor abusively bitter, and its wonderful balance leaves it quite drinkable. In fact, it's soft, juicy grapefruit character is so well entwined within its biscuity/toasty/caramel maltiness that at times you don't even notice it and percieve the combination as one whole. It finishes dry with some short-lingering dull caramel and a sprinkling of hops. It's not a knock-your-socks-off IPA, but it's really well-done and exceptionally balanced. Very drinkable! (1,054 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops and citrus.

T: The taste is malty up front, with sweet flavors of caramel & citrus along with a bit of smokiness. There's a strong hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good IPA that is worth drinking for a long time. (758 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to mothman for this one, thanks Ben

Pours an effervescent orange/copper with 2 fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Above average lacing & average lacing

S: Slight citric hop presence & not much else

T: Biscuitty malt, flinty dryness with floral & citric hops, plus caramel up front. Biscuitty malt, slight hints of tangerine & herbal hops shine through as this warms. Finishes dry with a slight booze pop at the tail end, along with herbal & leafy hops. This would rated higher to me as an English IPA

MF: Medium bodied, a touch sticky with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy enough, not really assertive enough to blow me away as an AIPA, but I would happily session on this given the chance (713 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is typical clear, reddish hue, with a firm, if smallish, white head. Nose is sharp, and hot, pine and spruce associations jumping forward. Some citric tones, too, but however you divvy it, it's all hops, baby! Fresh and bold on the palate, though the finish is a bit too brief, but not unmemorable.
Body's medium, malt back-up is quite good, very substantive. Very tasty, and very rewarding! Deee-licious! Quite a treat for this card-carrying hophead. I sampled this brew after having last had a draft pint of an all time fave, Summit IPA, upon my lips, and it handily held a candle! Onward, Wisconsin! (609 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this one...

Pours clouded caramelish amber with a one-finger white head that lasts.

The smell is of caramel - and plenty of it - with some pine and citrus.

The taste is of lemon, pine and general citric fruitiness with plenty of caramel. The caramel is at an even balance at times, though the hops do get ahead with some sips. This is a maltier, caramelish IPA. Bittersweet finish.

Well, it does have a nice drinkability and it's not bad at all if you are looking for a more balanced IPA with a caramelish flair. (538 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale Pint Glass.

Color is a clear copper gold. Pours 1 and 1/2 fingers of beige head. Good retention with really nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel, light floral hops, mango and citrus fruit. Well balanced for an ipa.

Taste: Big caramel malt flavor mixed in with a bunch of citrus fruits and mango. A decent amount of malts make up for all the hops here. The hops are fairly floral tasting.

Mouthfeel:Fairly bitter, but not as bitter as you would expect from an ipa. This definitely is balanced out a bit more than most. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a floral, somewhat sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer, but nothing I would want a lot of. It has to much of a caramel taste for me and I would rather see more hops in an ipa. It is good, just not for me. (829 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Light lace develops.

Smell: grapefruit and floral hops are very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel and floral hop bitterness is hearty but not overbearing. Grapefruit and pears round out the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is an easy to drink IPA that has a nice balanced flavor. Refreshing too. Worth finding this one and giving it a try. (519 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear, deep copper-amber color that sits beneath a creamy tan head. As I pour this beer, I get suprisingly malty aromas that waft to my nose. As I go in for my first deep smell, I get more malty notes of toasted malt, and carmel. I go in for a deep snort, and just confirm that malt aromas dominated the nose on this beer. Perhaps I get a hint of citrus in the nose, but that is it.

The taste has a zingy, hoppiness to it that is slightly herbal and definitely floral in character. The finish is nicely bitter,but is dominated by a dry, austere maltiness that is evocative of lightly toasted biscuits, caramalized sugar, and raw malted barley. I get flavor notes of lemon, grain husk (a certain astringency in the finish), crystal malt, biscuit malt, and a certain elusive grassiness. The hops certainly are dominant in the front of this beer, but there is a really nice complimenting malt component in the finish, which ends up competing with the bitterness to balance this beer out.

I would, perhaps, have enjoyed this beer a bit more if it had not been labled an IPA. It is so malty as to almost throw me for a loop. It is quite hoppy as well, it is just not a conventional IPA (and really who wants that). While there is a pronounced maltiness here, the hops still play a central role. (1,312 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark amber color with a big thick white head that foamed up pretty good when I poured it. It had very good head retention and left pretty good lacing on the glass as I drank it.

Aroma is strong with earthy, piny and citrus hops. it has a lot of lemon rind to it with some spicy herbalness from the hops as well. The taste is maltier then I expected, it has some roastedness with some slight hints of bitter coffee and chocolate as well as some caramel sweetness. The hops also come through with with some citrus and a moderate bitter, herbal spiciness present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a pretty drinkable beer that I enjoyed having. It's definitely a different and unique IPA which helps set it apart. (821 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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" (568 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic.

Perfectly clear, light orange color with a quickly fading off white tannish head. Leaves behind a thick ring of lace. Aroma is very hoppy, tangy and caramel malt. Thick chewy body with strong, fine carbonation. Flavor has a strong caramel sweet malt body restraining this from being an overwhelming hop bomb. Regardless, plenty of pine and citrus hops, and lingering bitterness through the finish. An unremarkable, but pleasant and drinkable malt forward IPA. (495 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky ruby/tan color, kinda bright. Looks as though it might be a tad sweet. Head forms about 1 inch, tries to chunk up, but fades to a nice lingering head.
Citrus and pine dominate the aroma, yet there is a hint of malt and grain.
As suspected there is a bit of sweetness toward the back of the taste. The crisp citrus/pine flows to a floral flavor, then the malt kicks in, every so briefly, and fades. This is closer to either a traditional IPA or a contemporary PA. Not very hoppy. However, I did enjoy it as it drank well and was refreshing and not over-the-top. (571 characters)

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Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.