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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

558 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 69
Gots: 6 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 09-04-2002)
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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.

MrMcGibblets, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

demcorhip, Aug 05, 2007
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.

ttu94, Jul 31, 2007
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.

MiScusi, Jul 29, 2007
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.

lonestar4lunch, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of screwcitybeernut
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

screwcitybeernut, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Wasatch, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

Viggo, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

number1bum, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Atron67, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of scaliasux
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

scaliasux, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

tempest, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 23, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EliteDigger for this one. Cheers my friend!

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Has a nice foggy copper hue with a foamy light khaki bubble filled head. Sticks to the sides of the glass like crazy. Love the smell of this one, maybe one of the most unique and interesting odors in an IPA to date for me. Very earthy hop smell with a soapy/floral odor that follows. Nice mild caramel malt that tingles the nose too. Taste is very complex. I actually noticed malt flavoring first on this one. Such great balance between the earthy/floral hops and the smooth toffee/caramel malt. Medium body with medium/high carbonation, very appropriate for this style. I can't stop sippin' this brew, glad Scott sent me a six pack :)

BeerTruth, May 19, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Grub for sharing all his good beer with us!
Pours a nice dark tawny shade, rocky off white head. A glowing transparency with bright ruby shine. Aroma boasts notes of rye and hops. A little odd though, somewhat off putting. Flavour a little biscuity, minerally with an English style. The body is alittle flat.
The sample was fresh, I just simply couldn't get around this odd hop bill. It was interesting, all be it different, and not among my favourites.

biegaman, May 17, 2007
Photo of Matthew
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to WankerWeasel for a couple bottles of this beer.
12oz bottle, pours a deep cloudy copper color with a small white head that fades to leave a very thin covering over the top of the beer.
Sweet caramel maltiness is present along side a piny and floral earth hop aroma with a light metallic character as well.
Light hop bitterness characterized predominately by the earthy like hoppiness much like the aroma in the nose. Sweet bready malt with only a small presence of the caramel element that is more noticable in the nose is found in the taste. The finish is fairly dry and leaves my palate with a piny like flavor.
The mouthfeel is pretty full with medium level of carbonation.
This is a tasty and easy to drink beer, this IPA is a good beer for the spring or early fall. Not a bad IPA from New Glarus.

Matthew, May 07, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-caramel; off-white head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Sulphur (mineral?), earthy, grassy, sweet toffee.

T: Aggressive bitterness; grapefruit citrus with a little orange; grainy; slightly earthy.

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slight acidity.

D: It's alright, but I'm not keen on the sulphur/mineral quality.

Derek, May 07, 2007
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle from nflmvp in a trade at dark lord day. thanks steve!

12oz bottle.

pours a nice coppery red colour with a small dense off-white head. drops fast but leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. lots of caramel. hint of sulpher or dms? bready malt. mineraly, definitely feels "burtonized". the earthy EKG hops also make me think of this.

taste is good. medium bitterness. big biscuity malt. touch of caramel. hint of alcohol. bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. nice light carbonation.

drinkability is good. the smell threw me initially, but this one has grown on me.

grub, May 07, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the best New Glarus beer I've yet had, and is a very nice IPA.

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with good head formation, which sticks around quite well. Aroma is that of sweet hops, and is mild yet quite good. Flavor is quite smooth, yet a pleasing sweet citrus-y hopiness (like pineapple). Mouthfeel is not watery, but is a bit flat, but still pleasant.

BeerBelcher, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: kind of an orange or amber color with eigth inch of head that does not dissapear fast and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing
s: Strong bitter spring morning type hop aroma, carmel malts present hop aroma is deffinatly strongest very nice
t: very hoppy but nice balance with carmel malts
m: medium bodied beer with less than average carbonation

overall i found this brew to be exceptional, very enjoyable, prolly the best ipa ive had

happygnome, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of BeerRun13
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish amber. Thin but persistant creamy off-white head leaves grade A lacing.
Aroma hits right when you pop the crown. Rich toasty malt, and a piney/floral hop presence.
A quick hit of sweet malt is washed away by more of a citrussy hop character than the aroma suggested. Nice balance between the toasty malt and hops.
Medium-light bodied with a good level of carbonation. I think the hops give this one a dryer more clean bittering finish.
I love me a good IPA... This one ranks up there.

BeerRun13, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown, amber color with a good amount of carbonation and a collapsing head, which clings to the glass.

Smell is full of resinous, grapefruity and citric hops which also has some European hop characteristics, which is earthy and raw. Malt comes in second and is undersnowed by the big hops. Yeast only adds some minor fruity notes.

Taste is resinous hoppy with a little sharp bitter. There are some definate citric (lemon) hop notes, but the beer is also pretty clean bitter and has a mineralic profile. Could the clean bitterness come from the European hops? Like in the smell, malt is at the background and has a slight caramellic taste. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with a short, bitter lingering aftertaste.

Absumaster, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle.
An unusual IPA to be sure.
Pours a golden yellow with a nice full finger of off white that ends up being very thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is almost a toasted hop scent.
Flavor is an unusual combination of a toasted pale malt and soft citrus peel hops. Somehow this balances very well and makes for a smooth warming sort of IPA. This would really make for a great winter brew as well as a summer staple.
Thanks Steve.

IntriqKen, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coppery toffee in color, large chunky beige head. Piney resinous hops in the aroma, but a fair amount of citrus character too, orange peel with some grapefruit. A fair amount of sweet, caramelly malt backs up the aroma, but it's definitely an IPA. The malt in the taste was even more caramelly and bicuity than the aroma led on, almost like toast even. But the malt here too plays more of a supportiing role than anything and doesn't become over bearing. The hops take center stage. The bottle says they used old and new world hops, and you can tell, there is plenty of piney and resinous flavors, but also a lot of citrusy grapefruit and oranges, even some peaches and strawberry. Medium bodies, a pleasue to drink.

Overall: I would classify this this beer as an English style IPA with how biscuity it was, possibly my favorite of the style I have had. But forget that, as an IPA one of my favorites overall. Very well balanced but with all of the hoppy flavors I love.

dfried, Apr 14, 2007
Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.