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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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551 Ratings
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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 66
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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 03:19:56 | More by Viggo
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 21:40:03 | More by number1bum
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

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 00:05:25 | More by Atron67
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 02:09:01 | More by scaliasux
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 20:27:33 | More by Mebuzzard
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 23:53:46 | More by tempest
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 20:38:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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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 :)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 01:56:30 | More by BeerTruth
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 15:35:29 | More by biegaman
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 18:38:28 | More by Matthew
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 00:49:19 | More by Derek
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 00:32:29 | More by grub
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 23:14:03 | More by BeerBelcher
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

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 16:37:07 | More by happygnome
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:04:20 | More by BeerRun13
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 19:27:58 | More by Absumaster
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 22:11:09 | More by IntriqKen
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 03:21:03 | More by dfried
Photo of Brewfan


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Pizza Port tall nonic. Large frothy white-tan head with a rocky appearance. As it faded, it left behind a patchwork of thick crystalized lace. Clear coppery color with a decent stream of carbonation.
Slightly hoppy on the nose, but has a definite maltiness to it. Slight orange peel aroma files in behind the biscuity maltiness.
Initial bitterness on the tongue, but the crux of this beer seems to be grain and malt. Chewy and full. Hops make themselves known toward the back of the tongue, but the caramel sweetness and citrus zip are definitely on the forefront.
A not overly hoppy IPA. Full bodied and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 16:38:45 | More by Brewfan
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy golden copper color with no less than two fingers of thick off-white foam. Decent lacing is left on the glass as I make my way to th bottom. Smells of sweet caramel malt, grass, peach, and pineapple. Tastes of bitter piney hops upfront, followed by notes of citrus (grapefruit juice and lemon). A few notches above medium in both body and carbonation. A nice IPA. Are there better ones out there? Of course. But I would certainly be happy to revisit this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:18:19 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent IPA, but not what I typically look for in a hoppy beer. Pours to a clear coppery color with a golden hue. A thick white head forms and recedes to a centimeter, leaving a nice lacing the whole way down. Carbonation is plentiful.

The smell is good. A bit of a piney and citric cascade aroma also mixed with a spicy, earthy, woody hops aroma from the East Kent Goldings. This is backed by a strong biscuity, caramel malt aroma. A slight fruity ester as well. Very balanced... almost too much, to the point where it seems more like a pale ale (or it could just be the underwhelming English hops for the American style IPA).

The taste is very consistent with the nose. The first thing that hits is a strong biscuity malt flavor as well as a burnt caramel and toffee. This is accompanied by the English hops profile of spice, earth, and wood. Finally, the finish shows light juicy cascade hops flavors of grapefruit and pine. The bitterness is quite light. Also has a light berry ester that lingers for quite a while, playing well off of the cascades.

The body is fairly thick for an IPA, but probably still in the medium spectrum. Crisp carbonation. The toasty malt character is almost too much for me, though, leaving a hint of a sourness that lingers. Not very bitter. It's really hard to say that this beer is an IPA, much less a Pale Ale. The malt flavor is more dominant than anything. I would probably place it in the amber ale category. Reminds me of a slightly better and hoppier version of Fat Tire. I'm glad I was able to try it, but I'm not really impressed. Thanks again, Joe.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 03:33:03 | More by neonbrown82
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle sent from mnwags; poured to a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber/orange, bordering on red. 1/2 finger of soap-sudsy creamy tan head. Occasionally, lazy bubbles float to the top, but this beer is generally still. Some sticky lace.

S: Mild spiced and wet grass hop aroma from this; unsure of the age, but expected more substance. Malty caramel sugariness and some biscuit dough are most notable.

T: Caramel malts, tasting mildly of pretzel sourdough, come forward with a decent amount of crisp, spicy hops. Cascade & East Kent Goldings used in this brew. Good flavor & balance overall.

M: Fairly soft and coating in the mouth, medium mouthfeel and body. Almost no carbonation to speak of. Some bitterness and vague dryness to the finish.

D: A pretty good IPA, nothing outstanding. I'd like to have this again, maybe fresh from the tap. I imagine this would make an excellent summer refresher, one you could have a 2 or 3 of at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 03:48:16 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of mynie


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid APA pour, very dark syrupy gold amber wiht a decently retentive white head.

A sticky, piny, and spicy blend of West Coast and UK hops along with a very nice kick of caramel malt.

Tastes--citrus and floral hops up front, moving into a wonderful caramely sweet malt middle that balances things out very nicely and finishing off on a spicy, dry hot note.

Wonderfully balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 03:30:17 | More by mynie
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, deep golden color. Rocky, light tan head. Not terribly lively. Bottle tells me it is dry hopped with Cascade & East Kent Golding.

Scents of caramel, citrus and peach. Some other fruit, maybe pineapple.

Taste mainly citrus, lemon/orange. Grassy & herbal hops as well. Biscuity. Finish shows off the grass again.

Medium in body. Medium + in carbonation. Drying.

Good, but far from the best IPA I've had. No problem drinking, but would not chase this one down.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 16:42:16 | More by
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a 12 pack sampler but only 2 IPA's ( I found that odd expected 4 of each)

Appearance —pours a hazy dark amber / copper with about a 1/2 inch off white head disappears to a very thin layer. Lacing is present after every sip

Smell —citrus hops a slightly sour aroma followed by malty sweetness.

Taste — initial strong bitterness grapefruit taste ( a slightly sour bitterness ) followed by a Carmel malty sweetness, finishes rather dry

Mouthfeel —a bit dry, none of the hop prickliness i would have expected, light to medium bodied with a light carbonation

Drinkability—A decent IPA not a hop heads delight but worth trying if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 21:46:21 | More by pmatz2
Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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