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Hop Hearty Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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556 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 68
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 warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to kmpitz2 for adding this one to the mix...
Pours a worn copper color with a full finger of creamy, off-white head...lacing is somewhat thin and cascades nicely back into the tulip glass.
Sweet malt hits the nose, caramel comes to mind. A generous distribution of hops as well, but nothing over the top.
Taste is fantastic...I was expecting more of a bitter smack, but this IPA is real mellow yet full of hoppiness. Nice balance and the mouthfeel is quite thick for its style. Carbonation is just where it should be...tasting so fresh.
If only it were possible to make this one a session brew...would be mindless...has to be among the handful of the finest IPA's I have tried to date.
2 for 2 today...New Glarus is really making an impression on me.
2 fine BA's supplying me w/ back to back winners...thanks gents.

warriorsoul, May 22, 2005
Photo of longarm
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A bright clear amber brew. The carbonation is a little short-lived on top, but it's decent.

Aroma: Mostly dominated by piney hops, a little sweet malt brings it somewhat into balance.

Flavor: Creamy, solid balance of malt and hops. Very nice interpertation of the style. Flavor and aroma combination is not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-like brew that's perhaps a little cloying. It would be nice if the finish was a little more clean.

Drinkability: A tasty pale ale. If it's possible to have a sub-subclass of American PA's that includes Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, then the New Glarus interpretation fits perfectly into that sub-sub-category. Possibly even a little better than SNPA, this is a fine brew, and easily worth the purchase cost here in Wisconsin. This would go especially well with Indian food.

longarm, May 12, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice clear carmel color, good clarity. Head rises to fill the top of my point, and fades unevenly to a rocky surface. Nice hops in the nose, floral and resinous. Taste is hop dominant, and delicious. Hops are the start and finish of this beer, malt takes a back seat. The bitterness is full and pleasing, I really like it. Mouthfeel is well carbonated andfitting. What a great beer, one of my favorites from New Glarus.

TastyTaste, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GV for this one! Shared w/ sckressler.

Nice amber body with a frothy off-white head that sticks around. Real nice lacing as this one goes down. Thought I may need a scrub brush after this one. Real nice carbonation w/ a few bits of hops noted in the bottom.
To me, this one smells really nice. It's not an over the top IPA but you can tell this one should be good just by the smell of those dry hopped Cascade and East Kent Goldings.
I love the way it tastes. Not a pretender by any means. It really gets better as it gets warmer and towards the bottom of the glass. The taste resonates for several seconds after the swallow, making sure to leave a caramel hop explosion swirling in the mouth. Nicely balanced. I wish I could always get this one. I could drink them all night if I had a case.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, copper amber body with a smooth, beige hued head that retains well. Sheet lacing quickly fades into a nice spiderweb of lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with floral and pine cone hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with active carbonation. Some hop oiliness is noted.
Taste begins with a thick, almost syrupy, caramel maltiness, backed up a strong and assertive hops profile of citrusy grapefruit and spruce pine. Well balanced, overall, with a bitter hops finish and pine cone aftertaste.
Tasty IPA, and very hoplicious. Very drinkable, as the abv is well hidden. Thanks to mtnlover for sharing this pleasant sipping ale.

merlin48, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber with a healthy two finger tannish head that laces on the way down.
Aroma is hops citrus rind mixed with pine cones floating in a caramel malt river of goodnesssmells good and inviting.
Taste is good but the caramel malt overpowers the grapefruit like hops a little, not quite bitter enough for my tastes either a light pine coating of the tounge is there but caramel seems to steal the show so to speak.
Mouthfeel is good a solid medium plenty of malt backbone for the hops to ride on.
Drinkability is good overall a nice regular IPA few more hops would bump it up to great so far the best I have had from New Glarus thanks go to Ave for this sample also.

mntlover, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a amber color with some orange tints. A nice creamy head topped the beer and laced the glass.

Already from 12 inches away, the hops hit me. An inviting citrusy aroma that made you want to test this beer out. Once you get by the hops, there is some caramel and malts. Aroma is hop dominate, though.

A very interesting blend of hops (European?). Nice flavor that leaves you wanting another taste. Medium body.

Overall a very nice IPA. Worth a try...and another try.

ncbrewerbun, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head and a fair amount of lacing. Nicely hoppy aroma with some citrus and a faint nutty smell occasionally. Medium-bodied and not quite as hoppy as expected. Still it is very well-rounded with roasted malt offsetting the hops bite. There is also a bit of pine and nuts in the flavor. The finish is fairly bitter with hints of sweet malt and caramel. Not as bold as some IPAs but it is very refreshing and easy to drink. One of New Glarus’ best.

Dogbrick, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Ave
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lightly bubbled amber orange, an OK light tan head that settles into pillows. Very citrus hop nose… Crap, I just spilled some in my keayboard! Guess I don’t use the ‘ key that much anyway. Anyway… Some booze is present in the aroma as well. sweet slick mouth feel. Perhaps not as rounded out as the best IPAs out there, but good over all non the less. Not too dry, bitter enough to keep things interesting. Very drinkable.

Ave, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color wtih a 3 finger head that didn't fall much. The nose had a lot of nice piney hop and caramel. The nose was pretty thick. The flavor was a little more like an APA in my book. A touch of dirty hop, but with good pine and caramel in there as well. I enjoyed it. The feel was just a touch thin, needing more body, but still not all that bad. Overall, the beer is very nicely built, wtih a good flavor and a good nose. I think it may be better called an APA, but I am still not sure where where those styles separate.

kmpitz2, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from garymuchow
Pours a faded amber color with a very dense 2 finger head. Carbonation is decent and the lacing and collar are both very nice. Pretty standard for an IPA.
A nice grassy hop aroma with a nice hint of fruitiness and some malt thrown in there also.
The taste is very refreshing. This is a fine and balanced IPA with a very good hop bite and sweet malt balance.
Were this available in my area, I could see this being my "every day" beer. I can't seem to find much fault in this one, it's pretty much an up to snuff IPA and very enjoyable.

LuckySevens82, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has always been one of my favorite offerings from New Glarus.

The beer pours a deep amber colour, almost copper, and has excellent head retention.

Upon the first taste, I knew there was a strong foundation of malt to live up to high level of hopping. And how it is.... deep caramel and the clean sweetness of maltose... as usual, a technically sound brew from New Glarus. The hops seem domestic - and I think I smell Cascade? in there too, which is rare for New Glarus.

The beer is definitely balanced. There's a good hoppy snap in the aftertaste, and you can tell they definitely didn't hold back on the flavor hops.

This beer is medium to full-bodied, and it leaves me wanting more. Every time I go back to Wisconsin, I will snag a couple of bottles if I see it in the liquor store. It's a winner.

Sixpoint, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange brown and sits reddish-brown in the glass with a small off-white/light tan foamy head.

Smells quite malty and lightly nutty with light hops backing it up. Sweet fruitiness of apples and grapefruit make the bridge between hops and malt.

Taste is quick to bitter with plenty of hops Apples, lemon, grapefruit in a brown sugar coating. Tasty hop concoction. Malts serve as a nice backbone.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with full and delightful carbonation in a medium body.

A power session IPA. Delicious and full of flavor.

Skidz, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of RedBaron
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, hoppy brew from the good folks at New Glarus.

Appearance: Darker copper color. Clear. Poured vigorously, maybe a bit to much CO2 to start, but diminshed into a creamy head (still, I'd prefer less carbo overall).
Smell: Whomever their hop vendor is must love this brewery! Aromatic hops prevail, with fruit-y (tangerine) tones, too. Great aroma.
Taste: Again -- Wham-O! Hops all around. Starts bitter, ends dry.
Mouthfeel: Pretty much a one-trick-hoppy-pony. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing; I just prefer a better malt/hop balance. That said, this certainly is a hoppy, West Coast-style ale.
Drinkability: Good. I'd certainly love to try this beer on draught somewhere, especially pulled from a beer engine, served at a temperature of about 55F.

RedBaron, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a nice yellowish head that stuck around for a bit. Nice hoppy aroma. Toffee was the biggest malt character of both the aroma and the flavor. The hops stuck more to the bitter than to the fruity in the flavor, but it was still a nice IPA. Pleasant to drink.

aracauna, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of paulie
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. Hands down, my favorite commercial IPA. There are hoppier IPAs, maltier IPAs, more alcoholic IPAs. But this one just hits the perfect balance.

Pours a beautiful amber and very clear. Hops come wafting out before you get the glass near your nose. The blend of Cascade and EK Goldings makes it neither an "American" nor and "English" IPA but something in between. The hops are very bold but let the malt through.

Once you start drinking, the hops ride along on the malt in perfect balance. I wish the mouthfeel was just a tad more full, but that is the only flaw in the beer. The finish is not overly bitter but is dry enough to make you want the next sip.

Overall, this is just a fantastic beer.

paulie, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red-copper ale, this one pours out a strong foamy head that leaves fair chunks on a pint.

Smells of fully pungent and fresh Cascades with licks of EKG - the latter round out the brazen citric qualities of the former. Some caramel scents are present, and deep and sweetly so.

This is all the character of an IPA without the palate destruction. A large caramel base provides a thick ballast to the citric and woody hop flavors, creating an almost candied hop flavor. Balanced but complexly so, the hop flavors are even and their bitterness is, nicely, smothered by the judicious malts.

A great median between English and American-styled IPAs.

nomad, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very bitter and somewhat thin (for an IPA). Overly dry and grassy. The pour is promising, full head-good retention. Hops leap out of the bottle, but less fruity than some of my favorites. Mouthfeel reminds me of Indiga, but it doesn't have the flavor or substance of the Lost Coast offering. Not a bad IPA, but I've a many that are much better.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle No Date Pours a clear bright copper color with a head of very loose bubbles that seem to be diminishing rapidly. Grassy hoppy aromawith nrtes of pine and bubblegum. Very interesting. Flavor is only slightly bitter with hops but well balanced and unoffensive. Very middle of the road IPA and a good session brew as well. Body is right on target for the style, medium even carbonation. Very light lacing left behind. Overall a good IPA that I recommend highly.

BierReise, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of light tan head over the orangey-amber brew. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is malty, but shares the stage with piney hops. Taste is solid malts up front, smoothly flowing over the tongue, and then the hops kick in the door and ransack the place. But not so bad that everything can't be put back in order, for an overall balanced flavor from both ends of the malt/hops spectrum cancelling each other out in the end. Wonderful stuff. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent.

ppoitras, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is clear, dark orange in color, almost brown, with a thick, foaming head that left some good lacing.

Smell - This is a big 'un. The huge piney hops and heavily-toasted malts stand out at the nose. I can also pick up some lighter citrus sugar notes.

Taste - The malts turn almost dark at the taste, and the hops are in full effect. This is East Coast hopping at its finest.

Mouthfeel - The almost full body will floor you. This is not for the faint of heart. It is very flat with a huge mouthful of malt in every bite and a sharp, pine and citrus hop punch that keeps you busy.

Chugability - If The Bros knew how fast I sucked this one down they would probably delete my review.

Comments - Garthwaite took it to the house with this offering from New Glarus. It is my first from this venerable brewery and I hope not my last. Cheers, mate!

Update - I had the wonderful opportunity to pop a bottle of this again in 2008. The hop profile is classic. The bitter grapefruit and peach especially stand out. Other than the fact that it doesn't seem as big in the body as I first wrote - I'd call it medium - this is right on.

RoyalT, Jul 01, 2004
Hop Hearty Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.