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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.

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Ratings: 559 | Reviews: 401
Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle. Wanted to try this for a while. Poured this beer slightly chilled into a pint glass from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Poured a pretty hazy amber orange color that had some brown tints in it. About two fingers of tannish white head formed with a pretty easy pour. Head faded pretty slowly and left plenty of lace behind. Smell: Nice strong earth aromas, tons of hops and thick malt. A little bit of yeast makes it's way into the nose as well. Nice flavor as well. Hops, more hops, thick sweet malt with a touch of caramel and bread. Pretty bitter but overall pretty well balanced. A nice thick , full mouthfeel. Awesome drinkability. A great IPA from New Glarus.

Photo of ianrca19
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, opaque caramel color, with a big creamy head. Smells floral, with hints of grapefruit rind. Sips fairly full-bodied for an IPA, with a strong grapefruitiness throughout, though the hop bitterness is a bit scaled back, making it a bit smoother. Nicely balanced with nutty malts, and a short lingering fruity hop finish.

A very good all-around IPA.

Photo of Tballz420
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, copper colored brew, medium tan head on top leaves some lace. Nice piney hops on the nose, hints of grapefruit, caramel malt. Fairly malty out of the gate, nutty tones, hint of roast almost. Nice bitter hop backbone. Nice, creamy, med to full mouth. A nice place to turn if you like your IPA but crave a little extra malt. Not bad.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from 12oz bottle a hazy deep amber with a thick head of foam with lots of lacing. The foam subsides after a few minutes but there's still a fine layer left as I get closer to the bottom of my glass.

The smell is a nice mix of caramel malt and citrus hops.

The taste has a very good caramel malt flavour up front..very nice. That's followed by some hops..some grass and some citrus and a touch of dark fruit. The hops aren't overpowering at all and that's fine by me as there are plenty of American IPAs that give you that real hop punch. This is nice and tasty and smooth. It has a fairly thick mouthfeel and the carbonation is fairly light as well. It finishes with a nice balance of malt and hops. I like this son of a gun! Thanks a bunch John for sending this one my way!

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

Pours a cloudy copper with a good one fingered flothy head that settles down to a small cap. Leaves nice lacing. Definately better head retention than the other New Glarus beers.

The smell is piney hop and a slight sweet citrus aroma.

Not as bitter as I expect in many American IPAs. It is rather subdued but evident. There is a bit of sweet malt also noted that makes this a rather well balanced beer. Not a big beer but true to style. Feels medium bodied and well carbonated. A good introductory to American IPAs.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. Aromas of a mellow grapefruity hop. In the taste was about the hop, grapefruity and fantastic. A grapefruity hop sweet mouthfeel and a dry hop aftertaste. Hops everywhere and smooth. Probably the the best IPA I have had in while.

Photo of RedHaze
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark copper with a dense one finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a thick cap that leaves behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; mild citrus and pine, with a bit of some sweet malts and cardboard. Unfortunately I think this bottle may be a little past it's prime, at least I hope so.

Taste; as with the aroma, a bit of some pney and citric hops with a fairly solid malt backbone, but it's all really hurt by a nagging cardboard/oxidized flavor. I can see how this would be a pretty good beer when it's fresh, but this bottle is definitely past it's prime. I had to trade to get this bottle, and I hope that I can have a chance to try this again, but a bit more fresh than this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is good despite the oxidation.

Photo of Homerbag
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a head that does not go away. Not a very hoppy IPA, but good for the common beer drinker. Those who love the mouth puckering ability of some of the more well known IPAs will not enjoy this as much. But, when not comparing it to the other IPAs out there this is a very good and very drinkable brew. Very much an entry level IPA.

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

Pours a burned orange amber with big fluffy head that dies slowly to a thick layer and laces along the sides. Lively carbonation. Smells of hops, malt, caramel, fig. Tastes of hops but is very well balanced with some biscuity characters, malt and finishes midly bitter. Feels a little thin in the mouth and is highly drinkable. A delicious, very well balanced IPA.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with notches on the label, but no way to tell what they mean, into a pint glass. Was a hazy reddish orange color with some carbonation. It had a good head that settled into a constant film with good lacing. The aroma was heavy hops. Not sure which hop variety was dominant but I liked it. The taste was really good with a good hop bite with no bitterness at the end. Good creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good beer but I've before in the past and remember liking it a lot better so need to try again to make sure I had a good sample. Recommend if you can get without to much effort. (4, RB-OAY, T, Y)

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 demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ive enjoyed this brew before, but had another taste last night and will finally review.

Looks great, a deep, clear, amber hued ale. Huge pillowy light tan head formed on a pour that was too aggressive. Decent head retention, medium level of carbonation, and nice sticky clumps of lacings present.

Big caramel nose from the malts. Then a big bitter blast of Goldings with an earthy woodiness with hints of leather and tobacco shows up and is followed by a much more muted grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops.

Taste is pretty similar to what was revealed in the nose. Toasty caramel malts give way to a big, bitter, earthy and woody, slightly floral blast of Goldings that morphs into the more subdued grapefruit of the Cascade hops. The hop combination worked better in the tasting than the aroma.

A medium bodied brew, slight caramel sweetness is muted by the dry toasty malt characteristics, and blown away by the big woody Goldings bitterness. Even with the pronounced old world hops the bitterness level still screams american IPA. While still hop forward my issue with this beer was the choice of hops, as they just didnt work well together in my opinion.

Big woody bitterness greatly reduced the drinkability of this brew. Certainly not approable as far as most IPAs go. It is interesting and tasty in its own right, but I would have a difficult time sessioning this one due to the big blast of Goldings. Ill come back to this again sometime, but probably not anytime too soon.

Photo of ttu94
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
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
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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 screwcitybeernut
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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

Thanks to flyingbison and ThomasHardy for this brew.

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, nice small islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slighlty hoppy, some citrus and caramel. The taste is mostly a nice blend of malts/hop, with some citrus/caramel thrown in. Nice little dry/bitternes finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice IPA, recommended.

Photo of Viggo
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to grub for sharing this beer.

Pours a clear amber, thin off white head, some lace spots, decent retention, thin layer. Smell is pine and citrus, caramel, some sweet malts, grapefruit, grainy, dirty grass, interesting. Taste is grainy, some bread, pine and citrus, grapefruity, light perfume, biscuit, interesting mix of flavours, light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth. Interesting beer, good and not so good elements, but decent overall. Thanks Russ!

Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to BeerTruth for this one. He gave me a bottle a month ago and I dropped it, smashed and spilled, so he gave me another one. I was more careful this time.

Pours a slightly orangey amber, moderately clear with a spongy beige head. Leaves some clumps of chunky head on top and some stick on the sides of the glass as it goes down.

Smell is a nice balance of caramel malt and piney, floral hops. Taste is similar, starting out with some caramel malt sweetness and grain flavor, then a splash of pine hop flavor. Very little bitterness and not as much hop flavor as I'd like in an IPA. Good but not great. Mouthfeel is very chewy, but it finishes clean and there is no lingering hop bitterness whatsoever. Again surprisingly for an IPA the aftertaste is of roasted and caramel malt, rather than hops.

Interesting IPA and one that a non-hophead could definitely handle. Good but not great.

Photo of Atron67
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours an offwhite thick head that stuck around the entire time and left strong laceing down the whole pint glass, had a darker amber color that was clear
S- there is a smooth hop smell throughout with some under lying malt sweetness
T- this has a really nicemlty start that balances the strong hops that are prevalent throughout, but dont really assault all that strongly at any one point. has a real nice smooth taste that goes down well
M- has a nice solid body, which flows over the tongue well.
D- very high, this is a great beer

Photo of scaliasux
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, a few floating objects. Dark reddish-brown. Short but long lasthing, light reddish-tan head. Looks good.

Smell - Prominent chocolate malt notes. Hops actually difficult to detect. Maybe a little off for the style, but by no means bad.

Taste - Rich chocolately or caramel malt. Finishes with noticable, but not overpowering hoppiness. Seems quite well balanced, maybe too well balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, medium body.

Drinkability - The flavor of this beer is exceptional. One of the best beers I've tried. Seems a little misleadingly labeled, though - not really all that hops-dominant and even a little hops-lacking compared to most IPAs I've tried recently.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a great citrus aroma (centennial hops?) and have a dark amber body to match. The malt profile stands out more than your average American IPA with a rich caramel malt flavor that finishes with a bit of cocoa. The hops aren't too big and the bitterness is only moderate, but there's a nice creamy grapefruit quality that comes through. It's not the biggest or the baddest IPA, but it's different and makes for good drinking. My favorite IPA out of WI so far.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazed, kind of pale, flat orange. A heavy finger of thick uneven foam, lace is rather sticky and clumpy.

Aroma - orange and pineapple, Juicyfruit gum anyone?

Taste - a sweet caramel start, nice hops rolling them over quickly with a good balance of citrus, bitterness, even a touch grassy/earthy. A faint hint of metal, just noticeable. Finishes with a snap of pine and some light booziness. Great balance.

Mouthfeel - good chewiness, quite smooth and certainly a heavier than average body.

Drinkability - drat, another fine sessionable that I only have one of. Oh well, I'm happy to have this one, thanks to jj21 for the opportunity.

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