Hopper Pale Ale | Madison River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Madison River Brewing Company
Montana, United States
madisonriverbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a strong pale, yet smooth and easy on the finish. Four different barley malts lend a rich amber color and create a backdrop to showcase the distinctive citrus-like flavor and floral aroma of horizon, Centennial and cascade hops. Although this pale could almost be named an IPA with its hoppy ingredients, the body of this beer remains reasonable and avoids and overwhelming bitterness.

43 IBU

Added by Todd on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium to pale golden colored pour. Full one inch head upon the pour leaving qulaity lace sheets behind.

Smell- Equal amounts of grapefruit hops and lightly caramelized malts.

Taste- This beer tastes fresh! Grapefruit juice and light pine hops hit first followed by a mild sweet caramel base. Both combine virtually flawlessly together. Maybe a touch more hops than malt...or at least slightly more assertive.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with a light hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Drinkability- Sessionable pale ale, which could also pass for an IPA if push came to shove. Great flavors and well balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BrewnZ
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

9/20/11

As with all the beers we tasted at the Belgrade tasting room this pale ale had a rich malt character that was balanced by complete fermentation, moderate bitternes, and medium to high American hop flavor you'd expect for the style.

I ranked this the highest of the 9 beers we sampled (4oz) that night. Really enjoyed it!

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at the local Albertsons, no freshness date on the bottle.

It pours a very hazy(cold?) orange yellow, has about an inch of foam, and does well with the lacing.

Sticking my nose into the glass, I get a lot of caramel/sweet malt with a light hint of citrus hop.

The taste is very big on the bread, surprised I didn't notice it in the smell, some sweet notes, with a light, very light citrus hop note that does nothing to calm the beast that is the bread.

A few more sips in and the bread issue and my palate are getting along better. In fact, I'm kind of digging this beer now.
It certainly looks good and has a good mouthfeel so I'm glad things got sorted out, so to speak.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a tiny off white head that quickly dissipates. Mild lacing. Color is a cloudy copper with moderate carbonation present.
Aroma: lovely combination of piney, floral, and tangerine hops with a sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel: fairly light and frothy with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: a sweet, yeasty caramel leads the opening and middle of this brew. The citrus and piney hops take over from the middle through the finish. There is some warming alcohol in the throat as it goes down.
Overall: This is a most excellent ale.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 12/3/12

A slight haze in a golden copper body, lots of tiny bubbles feed a tight finger of cream colored foam that drops to a thick dense film that leaves several thick rings of lace

S caramel and biscuit with some citric hops, has a grainy thing going for it that smells like a brewery in the summer

T the summer brewery notes are gone and the hops come out much more, some piney rind and the nice caramel flavors blend well together

M full for the color with nice pin prick bubbles work well for it and a fair bit left behind in the mouth, slightly slick in the mouth and sticky on the lips somehow that works

O just a very minor flaw on the nose and very solid in other areas, a nice hoppy pale ale

perhaps a wise move calling this a "strong pale ale' opposed to a weak IPA, I think for style this (APA) it's a solid example, if the brewer called it an IPA the rating would drop, funny how that works

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Photo of sporklift87
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcsc007
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a reagge concert in Bozeman. It was on tap, and was only $3 a pint, which was a great deal.

The beer looks like most Pales, althought I couldn't get a great look at it through the plastic keg cup. Nice, off-white head, with so-so retention. Smelled strongly of nice mild hops. Tasted crisp, clean and not too resiny. The Flavor was similar to that of Sierra Nevada Pale, however, it was much more middle of the road and mellow. Nice balance between the hops and barley, and an excellent blonde/light copper tone.

I was very pleased with this beer, it is extremely easy to drink and leaves a great crisp and refreshing feel in your mouth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my favorite beers ive had from these guys so far, super fresh and tasty. the hop profile is cool because they are such familiar varietals, but the manifest themselves somewhat uniquely in this very montana pale ale. on the edge of being ipa really based on how hoppy it is, but there is some real nice balance too. the centennial hops have their classic wet woody thing going on, but they also have a piney sweetness to them, oily, and with the citrus of the cascade, its a great combination. maybe a lot of late kettle and dry hops here, as the bitterness is only average. i like the drinkability that approach provides. cool grain base too, a touch sweeter, maybe some vienna or mid crystal malt, and it has a bunch of body which i really like in a pale ale like this. it tastes rustic and fresh and well integrated, balanced and big. its really smooth in the feel, well carbonated with a toasted malt finish as prominent as the fading hop bitterness. a perfect session pale for a beer drinker. great stuff from these guys, simple but different too. dug this hard.

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Photo of algmmech
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Not much head, about a quarter inch, slight lacing. Nice balanced aroma. Noticed citric tasting hops over the pale malt. I would say this leans slightly more to an IPA, just slightly. I really enjoyed this and would buy it again.

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Photo of sdockter
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice head that has good retention. Great smell of citrus hops with hints of malt. Nice malt taste with a clean grapefruit hops taste at the finish. This is a wonderfully balanced beer. A very drinkable beer that I enjoyed on our vacation.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pale gold with a slick of off-white head. Carmel aroma with a touch of pine hops. Not too intense.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Again, malt-forward with mildly sweet caramel, biscuit, and some gentle citrus and pine bitterness. Nice all-around pale ale.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an American shaker pint glass at Windbag in Helena.

A: dark, so hard to comment on color. Appears a dark orange with hints of amber. Minimal head, but nice lacing on glass.

S: aggressive hop bitterness in the nose, but smells a little old. Citrus and piney hops. Think this would be better fresh. Limited malt presence.

T: really enjoying the taste on this one. Some bready and straw flavors blend nicely with green, hoppy bitterness. Has some musty, wet dog notes. Again, I question the freshness.

M: medium body and carbonation. Appropriate for style.

O: tasty. Would like to enjoy this fresh from the brewery. Nice hop forward NW style pale ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beers of the Big Sky state sure like to show their native natural splendour on their labels, and this offering is no exception...

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with one finger of foamy white head, which leaves some crooked hanging lace around the glass as it melts away. It smells of caramel/nougat malt, mild sweet citrus, and floral, leafy hops. The taste is bready caramel, a wee bit of orange citrus, and floral, weedy, bitter hops. The carbonation is lower than average, the body medium weight, smooth, and a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, nicely balanced between the buttery grain and weedy, fruity hops.

A decently enjoyable APA - well-rounded and full.

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Hopper Pale Ale from Madison River Brewing Company
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