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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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401 Reviews
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Reviews: 401
Hads: 559
Avg: 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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Reviews: 401 | Hads: 559
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was courtesy of a coworker, whose sister lives in Wisconsin.

Hop Hearty pours a light bodied polished copper in color with a soapy one finger white head. It smells smooth and creamy. It has a sudsy, soapy aspect to it. Light piny hops and a nice malt backbone round it out. The flavors are light and feature a pretty balanced 50/50 split between malt and hop profiles. There is a touch of soap and a good amount of Carmel malt. Again, so balanced and approachable. It's almost somewhere in between a pale and an IPA. It drinks light in body and leaves a nice slightly sweet malt after taste. It is as session able as an IPA could be and doesn't dry out your palate whatsoever. I can see this as being a nice gateway IPA. As always with New Glarus, I was impressed.

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Photo of irrgalaxy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into standard pint glass

A: Crystal clear, with lots of head and foam sticking to the sides of glass. Light brown color.

S: Hoppy

T: Sour aftertaste; moderate hop taste, but not overwhelming. Notes of citrus (grapefruit); very smooth the whole way through.

M: Medium palate, mostly due to the hops.

O: Really drinkable IPA; not superhopped or overly alcoholic, like many American versions. Lacks a bit of the bite that I tend to like, but could drink many more of these than a Mojo.

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Photo of Treebs
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.

A: Pours a solid amber color with a frothy and thick two finger off white head forming on the pour. It slowly recedes to a thin film and juicy collar.

S: Resiny and sticky hops are present upfront and there is a nice caramel and bready malt backing that is slightly sweet in nature.

T: The taste is not as fulfilling as the nose is. Mostly malt forward with some pale malts and slight bread roll sweetness. The is followed by a slightly grassy and light resin hop profile with a finish that is the same with a twinge of flower. Unfortunately the finish fades rather fast.

M: The body is surprising light and refreshing with a nice carbonation. The finish isn't really all there though in terms of lingering taste.

O: This is a light and refreshing IPA, but I wish the flavor profile was a little more hop forward and a bit more vibrant. Still a very solid beer overall.

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Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden (near amber) with 1/2 inch white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Soft and creamy citrus, honey, pinapple, and floral hops. Fairly soft hop profile here.
T: Ah ha! Here come the hops... A wonderful amalgam of pine, citrus, floral, and herbal hop notes balanced well by a background caramel malt backbone. Everyone plays well with each other...no hop profile overpowers another...which is quite a feat.
M: Soft, oily, and smooth up front. Gives way to a moderately sharp hop bite (again, not overly aggressive here, which I like).
D: Imminently drinkable. Pleasant and decently complex with the low ABV making this a great session beer. Another solid offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of DCon
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL.OZ. Bottle of this as an extra in a trade w/ ???. Poured from the White labeled bottle w/ green writing & a hop nug into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Light grass and fruit hit the nose first. Has a mild hop presence and wish there was more of this...


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Photo of suspect
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to bpolglaze for the extra! Always love seeing NG stuff as extras, makes a heart happy.

A: Nice looking beer. Crystal clear golden color with amber hues make up this good lookin' IPA. Slightly aggressive pour leads to a thick, rocky, light creamy colored 1.5 finger head that sloooowly fades to rings and sticky lace.

S: Well balanced hop and malt characters. Picking up on the Golding and Kent hops that went into this one in the form of dried herbs as well as the sturdy malt background. Nice smell.

T: Wow, it's as nicely balanced as the nose. Full hop flavor with multiple varieties present in the flavor in resin, grass, dried herbs as well as touches of citrus zest. Malt backbone slides in and out of the taste doing a dance with the hops. Very nice flavor.

M: Good feel, nice, ample carbonation. Aftertaste lingers for a little bit, hop oils coating the mouth nicely. I keep reaching for the glass.

O: Really good IPA. Solid all the way around. It's not a shocker, NG brews some good stuff and this is definitely one of them.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy hop smell and taste for that matter. Not overly floral on the nose, a nice aroma just a bit more subdued than I expected. Its very malty and reminds me a lot of New Belgiums Hoptober which is one of my favorites. Nice smooth finish and not a lot lingering bitterness. Very sweet in the mouth and finish as well.

Overall, I would buy a six-pack of this. Feels more like an Pale Ale as the hops are hidden a little but it is a great beer.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass. Beer pours a transparent golden/amber with a fairly nondescript head that fades quickly and leaves some thin lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell is a mix of hops and malt. Not quite the level of hops I hope to pick up in my IPA's. This beer tastes like no other IPA I've ever had. It's very light on the hops, and heavy on the malt. Oddly enough, I actually find it quite enjoyable...but grading it to style, I have to ding the score a bit for it's departure from what I expect in an IPA. Otherwise, this would be a 4.0. Perhaps even a 4.5. The mouthfeel is a bit strange too. In addition to the heavy malt presence, it's also quite sweet. The taste doesn't linger, however, and this is actually quite drinkable. Overall, I really like this beer. The scores suffered a bit because of representation of style issues. I'd have it again, however.

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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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had some hearty hops in a shaker pint. Thanks a bunch, Geneseohawk!

Appearance- The pour yields a dense and creamy, two-finger width, orange-tinged head with a smooth lid. The retention is okay, and only manages a so-so amount of sheet lace with burst bubbles.

The body is a lighter amber with glowing copper highlights.

Smell- A sort of sweet malt scent with only a hint of a grassy hop is in here, maybe a little earthy as well. This one is not bursting out of the glass in anyway.

Taste- Again, pretty general on the flavors present in the beer, and a bit muddled. First up we have the earthy and slightly dirty taste of the hops. Malt does show up, and gives the impression of a biscuit malt.

The finish has a citrus, hop oil tinge to it, and barely any bitterness at all. I do like the impression of the English hops and citrus. I just wish they were more dominant and seperated from each other.

Mouth feel- Creamy and relatively smooth, I also enjoy how big of a body this has for an IPA. All IPA's should feel this way. The bitterness is most apparent in the finish and creates a speed bump of sorts.

Overall- I enjoyed this IPA well enough. The flavors are interesting, almost an English IPA with some American influence. However, the flavors are muddled and not as strong as they could be.

I also would enjoy more bitterness in an IPA, and I do not feel like it is the malt that is smoothing it out. Still a nice beer to drink, and I would have it again.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled recently, probably in the last 3-4 weeks, per the friendly beer store employee. Enjoyed 4 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear medium amber. Not much head, about half a finger, that fades pretty fast. Decent lacing. Little visible carbonation.

Smell brings a nice mix of light aromatic hops. The hops blend together so completely that I have a hard time picking out individual characteristics - no one smell really jumps out. Some citrus and some earthy resiny aromas. Overall, it's light and buoyant, but with quite a solid malt base (more so than most IPAs). The smell is definitely the highlight for me.

Taste is decent, "balanced" (= quite malt-heavy). Moderately bitter, especially in the finish. There's nothing remarkable about it at all. Taste has much more of the gentle, earthy, grassy hops. A bit of sweetness from caramel malts. A very rounded flavor, with no peaks sticking out (and thus nothing to hold onto).

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-light body, carbonation a little on the low side. Finish is quite quick for an IPA.

A decent IPA, pretty malty and without a ton of bitterness or hop flavor. As the label says, an interesting blend of old and new world hops, especially in the smell.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Standard amber in color, with an off-white single finger of tiny-bubbled head that lasts about a minute but leaves behind lovely curtains of lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma is a melange of pine resin, caramel, light amounts of grapefruit peel. Flavor presents biscuit malt first and a medium pine blast a split-second later. Resolves on a mostly-dry herbal note that I wish lasted longer than it actually did. Medium body, medium carbonation. A nice IPA that (unfortunately) doesn't do quite enough to stand out from other IPAs on the market. As another BA member has already stated, it does indeed seem as though this beer was designed to introduce the spotted cow frat-boy drones to their first IPA. Which is a good thing. But the downside to this is that this beer is just another good IPA in a crowded market already full of good IPAs... without anything "gimmick-y" to make it memorable, for better or for worse.

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Photo of Duff27
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really nice looking ruby red color with a very small head. Excellent clarity in the body. Below average head retention, minimal lacing.

S- Citrus notes on the nose, not real prominent until you get your sniffer in there deep.

T- Fresh hops, more citrus. "Bready, biscuity." Nice malt backbone. Drinks it's ABV, which is perfect for throwing back a few.

M- Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- I feel like New Glarus made this not with the beer geek in mind but to expose this style to the New Glarus faithful (read: Spotted Cow devotees). They do a good job achieving that, in my opinion, as it is very drinkable.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice caramel color, with a heavy, light tan 2" head. Has a fair amount of blotching around the glass.

S- bready and sweet caramel malts, some citrus hop aroma with a pine resin from the English hops.

T- caramel malts bring a nice mild sweetness. Big bready, biscuit flavors with a slight citrus taste. This beers bitterness is dominated by pine and earthiness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy and slightly dry finish as well.

O- expected more from New Glarus. Average ipa with a slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected from a 6% beer. I see why this beer was on a slight hiatus.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info on the bottle.

A - A bit of a rough pour encourages a four-finger head to rise up. Insane retention means it's sticking around for quite a while. As it slowly lowers, the sides give way to create the plateau with ridiculous amounts of lacing left on the glass. The deep orange-amber beer looks rich and tantalizing.

S - The resinousy pine aroma is powerful on the nose full of sap-like richness. Along side the pine sap is a classic grapefruit citrus aroma backed by sweet, rich Vienna, bready malts. A well-balanced and delicious smelling IPA although not heavily dry-hopped.

T - A surprising amount of bready, biscuit malt is the most prominent part of the flavor, containing light earthy dryness. It's a beefy-yet-crisp malt presence. The hops, interestingly enough, take a back seat. They don't share the grapefruit profile the nose has a but rather get deeper into the resinousy pine flavor. A bit lacking in hops for an American-style-IPA, however, it would sure please the English!

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp, lighter finish that's pretty dry with a little bit of hop bitterness. Hop Hearty is touch rough around the edges with a good moderate carbonation finish.

O - The aroma had me excited for something hearty with hops but the flavor seems to mirror the earthier, more subdued English variety. A bit heavier on the malt that I would have liked to see but it's still a drinkable IPA.

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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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter.

A) Pours out a bright pleasing amber. There was about a half a finger of head, which fizzled out pretty quickly. There was decent lacing.

S) There was light pine and some floral aroma. A little bit of citrus and tropical blend.

T) Nice hop/malt balance. Tastes of caramel, followed by some biting hops flavors, mainly pine and citrus rind. This has a crisp, clean finish. Good aftertaste.

M) A medium body, with about the same on the carbonation front, which works well. This has some tingle, but stays smooth going down the hatch.

O) This is a pretty good IPA. It doesn't crack my top five, but who really gives a shit about my top five. I say give this one a try, it's worth a go.

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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.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper colored, clear, thick white head.

S: Sharp citrus peel, pine needles, faint alcohol.

T: Slick, oily pine. Citric qualities are grapefruit and rind. Herbal mid sip, slightly soapy finish with a strong lingering bitterness. Malt is pretty subdued.

M: Pretty thick actually, medium carbonation.

O: A good IPA. Well rounded, full flavored, but I wish the hop bill was slightly "brighter".

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle to a sam adams perfect pint. they just brought this brew back two weeks ago or so, so i know its pretty fresh. i dont know if i have had a bad new glarus beer yet, so im excited for this one.

a- pours a bit of a ruby yellow. not quite amber, but not quite golden either. dark for an american ipa. thick white head is typical for the style.

s- alot of malt for an american ipa. typical malt profile for new glarus beers, but this one has some nice hope aroma as well. a little out of balance towards the malt though in my opinon

t- reminds me more of an english ipa than american. hops slightly more muted and a bit more sweet malt. hops bitterness is there in the middle, but fades for a bit, then appears again in the finish.

m- carbonation is slightly low, but i dont mind it. finish is slightly dry. very drinkable

overall, im a bit confused by this brew. I expected more of a hop bomb than this and I think i prefer moon man over this new glarus offering. not a bad brew, just a bit out of balance and for something you call hop hearty, lacking a bit in the hops department.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 3401 - Dec 6/11, so fairly fresh! Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium orange/amber colour; translucent; one finger of thick cream coloured head with good retention.

S - Huge cascade hop aroma up front - pine and grapefruit with a slight sweet malt backbone.

T - Bitterness up front with big pine, grapefruit notes and light earthy flavours coming through. A slight sweet malt backbone is evident and provides a touch of balance but the hops steal the show.

M - Somewhat thin and watery at first but the mouthfeel improved as I continued to drink. Overall, light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of knepper
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a copper/light amber/orange with a fizzy white head that retreats to the edges a little too quickly.

Smell: Sugary candies, a bit of alcohol, citrus. Not too exciting. Maybe some earth, crisp fall air characters.

Taste: The beer has a decent crispness at first. A mid-level to low bitterness mingles with a toasty/hint of caramel body. The grassy UK hops are detected first followed by a kind of acidic lemon. I like the interplay and use of UK hops here. Kind of a throwback IPA.

Hop Hearty is a great beer but its definitely not pushing the boundaries of the style. Solid.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No bottled on date but I believe its from this year as I frequent the store I got it from and they recently didn't have it.

A - Light amber in color. This beer pours a little hazy with a small persistant white cap of foam that lacked much lacing.

S - Slight Citrus/herbal pine nose, quite tame for an American IPA.

T - Nice toasty malt character immediatly followed by piney/grassy hop flavors, finishing with a dry/crisp bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes nice and dry. I agree this a great session IPA.

O - This IPA is a good "drink a whole six pack" beer. The flavor never overwhelms and is quite refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of bound4er
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Fairly dark for an IPA (call it amber) with a nice pillowy, white head. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S. Citrus and pine hops with bready malt that, believe it or not, has a faint cherry smell to it. Decent aroma but a bit on the shy side.

T. This is a nice blend of both malt and hops with each playing off one another. Carmel and cracker followed by citrus and herbal hop flavors that leave a lingering, slightly bitter finish that lasts for a few minutes. Well crafted.

M. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. This is a tasty, well balanced IPA that is a nice change of pace from some of the more hop heavy offerings on the market. If you are looking for a nice session style IPA, this would be tough to beat. Glad NG brought this one back.

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